Barca will make late call on Iniesta before Chelsea – Valverde

first_imgBarcelona, Spain | AFP | Barcelona will make a late decision on whether captain Andres Iniesta is fit to face Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday, coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed.Iniesta sustained a hamstring injury against Atletico Madrid on March 4 but the midfielder took part in a light training session on Monday ahead of the last-16 second leg at the Camp Nou. The first leg finished 1-1.“It’s clear when a match like this arrives, a player tends to risk,” Valverde said on Tuesday.“What we have to decide is whether the risk is excessive.”Iniesta could be replaced by Paulinho in the starting line-up but the Spaniard’s absence would represent a major blow to his team’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.“We know what Andres brings to the team, not only on the pitch but as a captain,” Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said. “You give him the ball and he always knows what he has to do to create chances. Everything that he contributes is postive. He is training and we hope he plays.”Lionel Messi, however, is available again, after the Argentinian missed Saturday’s win at Malaga to attend the birth of his son, Ciro.“He will be fine,” Busquets said. “In fact he will be more motivated than what we are used to and physically he is going to be great, after having an extra game’s rest. I hope that this is perfect.”Busquets was also asked whether he thought Messi, who scored his team’s crucial away goal at Stamford Bridge, would ever leave Barcelona and move to the Premier League.“He is at home here,” Busquets said. “He has a great changing room, he is winning titles, has a great project, is winning collective and individual awards.“In the end all these positive things are difficult to find elsewhere, so the Premier League is a league that maybe you would like to play in but if you have to balance the positive and the negative out of here, it is very difficult to leave.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Thunder grad Taylor Stewart scores first university goal to spark Dinos to 1-1 draw

first_imgIt didn’t take Kootenay Thunder grad Taylor Stewart to make her mark in women’s university soccer.Stewart scored the Dinos only goal sparking the University of Calgary to a 1-1 draw against city-rival Mount Royal in Canada West Women’s Soccer League action Sunday at West Varsity Soccer Pitch in Calgary.In their first ever conference match-up between the two Calgary schools, Stewart opened the scoring at the 25th minute taking a pass from teammate Nikki Furukawa.However, Mount Royal, joining CIS league, tied the game before halftime.The point was the first of the season for the Dinos.The University of Calgary opened on the road with losses to UBC (5-1) and Trinity Western (6-1).Saturday, the Dinos played to a scoreless draw against seventh ranked University of Alberta.The Dinos remain at home next weekend where they will play the University of Victoria and the University of the Fraser Valley on Sept. 22-23.Stewart, the 5’5″ midfielder, is joined on the Dinos by Kootenay Thunder teammate Andrea Stinson. Both players toiled in Nelson Youth Soccer before joining the Thunder the past two seasons.The Thunder is part of the Soccer Quest regional teams.Soccer Quest regional teams play in Showcase tournaments in front of college and university scouts during the winter season.Both Stewart and Stinson, along with fellow teammates Brittany Wheeler and Morag Paterson, were seen and recruited by university coaches at these tournaments.Wheeler and Paterson are currently playing at the University of Lethbridge.All four Thunder players also played on the L.V. Rogers Varsity Girl’s squad.Soccer Quest recently formed a partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps to offer a similar regional academy.The program has approximately 90 players in ages ranging from 10 to 18 years of age.last_img read more

Round 5 of the Peace Motocross Association’s MX Series in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The roar of two- and four-stroke engines will be filling the air as the Fort St. John Motocross Association brings motocross action to the Energetic City this weekend.Round 5 of the Peace Motocross Association’s MX series will be happening at the Fort St. John motocross track on Sunday. The FSJ Motocross Club held a work bee last Sunday in order to prepare the track for this weekend’s event. Riders as young as 4 years old from across the Peace Region on both sides of the BC/AB border are set to compete in 15 events.Registration for riders is taking place all day Saturday, and on Sunday morning from 7:00 to 8:00, with the races beginning at 9:30 at the Fort St. John motocross track located on 90th Street south of the Alaska Highway.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Round-up: QPR assess Lynch injury, Ngbakoto not fully fit, loan move for Chelsea defender

first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has told West London Sport that recent QPR signing Yeni Ngbakoto will need time to improve his fitness following the French winger’s move to the club.“Yeni is not fit yet. We need to work him. We need to give him time,” manager Hasselbaink said.Ngbakoto scored on his debut in the EFL Cup tie against Swindon at Loftus Road, where summer signing Joel Lynch went off with an abdominal injury.Rangers are assessing the problem and are not yet sure how long Lynch might be unavailable for.Hasselbaink was unhappy with the performance against Swindon. Click here to see how we rated each Rangers player.Meanwhile, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has backed Antonio Conte to succeed at Chelsea. The two sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Monday.Comte will begin his reign with a derby on Monday eveningThe Blues have loaned centre-back Alex Davey, 21, to League Two club Crawley Town until January.Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has recovered from a hamstring problem and is set to return to the squad for Saturday’s game against Preston.Brentford are at home to Ipswich, who will be without injured striker Brett Pitman for the game at Griffin Park.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Safe, secure World Cup: Jordaan

first_img“Yes, we have crime,” he said, but pointed out that there was a difference between “societal crime and the ability to host a big event”. Proven event hosting track record Briefing a parliamentary committee in Cape Town this week, OC chief executive Danny Jordaan said the international media had raised concerns about South Africa’s ability to host a secure tournament, but said that he was never worried. Pointing to this year’s Confederations Cup and British and Irish Lions rugby tour, which passed without serious incidents, Jordaan reiterated that the level of crime in South Africa would not deter visitors or mar the first soccer World Cup to be held in Africa. The government has invested about R1.3-billion in World Cup security. There will be 41 000 police officers dedicated to securing the tournament, with 700 police officers around the stadiums for each match. The South African Police Service in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, like the National Joint Operations and intelligence structures as well as the South African army will be used during the event. He said South African security forces had experience of policing major events by assisting at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and last year’s Beijing Olympics.center_img Jordaan said South Africa had regularly proved itself capable of hosting international showpieces, starting with the Rugby World Cup in 1995, just a year after the country’s first democratic elections. “The Rugby World Cup, the Cricket World Cup, the Athletics World Cup and now the football World Cup,” he mentioned. “In golf too: the Presidents Cup and other major events. You cannot mention more than 10 countries in the world with that kind of event profile.” With just over 200 days to go till the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, the first on African soil, the 2010 Organising Committee (OC) is assuring tournament supporters and the media that South Africa is ready to put on a premier tournament and protect every visitor “without a doubt”. 11 November 2009 Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Jevon Rockwell, July 25

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The rains have been splitting. They go out over the lake or they head down to Columbus. We finally got some rain yesterday. We had four tenths and we are still dry. It made a little difference but it didn’t go down very far. Our corn is definitely starting to show the dry conditions. It is hurting yield and I think with the heat we have had it is really hurting pollination. Some of our corn started pollination a week ago.The corn is our biggest concern. We have corn that is four and five feet tall with a tassel. That is not going to produce much and we have a lot of that on our heavier ground. On our sand everything looks great, but on our heavier ground the corn is really uneven. Some of the corn is already firing up from the bottom and taking things much harder than the beans. The beans are starting to struggle but are still doing much better than the corn.As far as insects, the worst I have found are the Japanese beetles. They are thick this year. They are eating silks on the corn and they are eating the beans. There are a lot of Japanese beetles. They are worse on the outsides of the fields. When you get into the fields they are not as thick, but they are definitely thicker than they usually are.Our soybeans have held in there pretty well, the double-crops, not so much. They have really stalled out. We cut our wheat high and they haven’t even outgrown the stubble yet. A lot of them are six inches tall and they are waiting on some rain. The rains we have been getting are just enough for them to hold on.last_img read more

Gartner’s Emerging Technology Hype Cycle 2006

first_imgLast month Gartner published their 2006 Hype Cycle special report on Emerging Technologies.  The report surveys 36 key technologies and trends and tries to assess their maturity, impact and speed of adoption.Gartner sees all things Web 2.0 right now at their peak of the Hype cycle.  Four categories within Web 2.0 with large potential impact are identified as:  1.  Social Network Analysis (SNA)  2.  AJAX  3.  Mashups, and  4.  Collective Intelligence Two technologies of interest on the diagram are Collective Intelligence and wikis.  Collective Intelligence (CI) refers to applications that can gather and focus the knowledge of groups.  CI is individuals working together with no centralized authority.  Business Collective Intelligence is the kind of group knowledge that Lew Platt, former CEO of HP, was talking about harnessing when he said “If only HP knew what HP knows”.  Gartner sees CI applications as a cost-effective way to produce content, metadata, software and services, and expects mainstream adoption in five to ten years.Web 2.0 components like blogs, wikis, RSS and AJAX are positioned as CI enabling technologies, transforming the web from being read-only to something much more collaborative.  Leading the CI class of applications are wikis, although  on their hype curve Gartner sees CI and Wikis as two distinct technologies and showing up at quite different locations.  Somewhat surprising is the placment of wikis on the “Trough of Disillusionment” even though wikis are continuing to be positively received and more widely accepted within corporate intranet environments.  Wikis may show up on the trough because they have been slow in receiving acceptance.  InfoWorld first hyped wikis when they declared 2004 the Year of the Enterprise Wiki and the press continues to praise the potential of wikis within the enterprise.   Wikis have the advantage of being flexible and lightweight when compared to traditional Content Management systems.  Content creation and WYSIWYG editing is fast and easy too.  Wikis encourage collaborative authoring, and they excel at being able to easily create links between content elements. But there are many ways where wikis can’t compete with traditional CM.  For example, wikis are weak in creating hierarchical content structure; they evolve organically and hence are typically structured in a totally ad-hoc way.  And when it comes to security, or even the concept of lifecycle information management, wikis come up short when compared to traditional CM systems.That will change.  Technology evolves and it is likely that wikis will adopt more CM-like functionality while CM systems take on more wiki-like characteristics by gradually adopting Web 2.0 ease-of-use capabilities. Gartner’s Emerging Technology Hype Cycle for 2006last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona make Tottenham striker Kane top choice to replace Suarez

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona make Tottenham striker Kane top choice to replace Suarezby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have placed Tottenham striker Harry Kane top of their shortlist of names to succeed Luis Suarez.Mundo Deportivo says Barca have launched plans to find a replacement for the Uruguay international – and among the names under consideration, Spurs ace Kane is the top choice.While accepting the chances of prising Kane away from Tottenham appear remote, Barca intend to test the resolve of their chairman Daniel Levy later this year with an offer for the England captain.At 25, Barca see Kane as a future Ballon d’Or winner and a player capable of making a global impact on and off the pitch.But Levy is unlikely to consider any type of sale unless the player, himself, kicks up a fuss. last_img read more

9 months agoCeltic midfielder James Forrest being watched by Liverpool

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Celtic midfielder James Forrest being watched by Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCeltic midfielder James Forrest is being watched by Liverpool.The Scottish Sun says Liverpool are interested in signing Celtic midfielder Forrest.It’s reported that Jurgen Klopp has been keeping tabs on the winger for a number of months.Forrest has impressed for the Bhoys this term, scoring 17 times.The 27-year-old has a deal at Parkhead until 2022, but could be available for around £8million. last_img