PARIS, France (Reuters) – Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon d‘Or for world player-of-the-year yesterday for a joint-record fifth time, going level with eternal rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi as the player to have won the prize the most times.The Real Madrid forward won the award, handed out by magazine France Football, for the second consecutive year having led his side to the La Liga title with 25 goals and a successive Champions League crown, netting 12 goals including two in the 4-1 win over Juventus in the final.Ronaldo collected the trophy in a glitzy ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in the French capital, presented by former France player David Ginola.“I feel very happy, it’s a fantastic moment in my career,” Ronaldo said upon collecting the award, standing with his mother Maria Dolores and his oldest son Cristiano Jr.”I’ve waited a long time for this. This has been a stupendous year for me; we won the Champions League and La Liga and on a personal level I was top scorer in the Champions League.“Trophies help me win prizes like this and I have to thank my team mates at Madrid and Portugal. They’ve been very important to me.”Messi came second while Paris St Germain forward Neymar Jr, the most expensive player in the world, came third; veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finished fourth and Real midfielder Luka Modric came fifth.Chelsea and France midfielder N‘Golo Kante was the highest-ranked Premier League player, coming eighth, while Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, ranked 10th, was the only English player to make it into the top 10.Ronaldo, who this year also helped the national side qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year, won his first Ballon d‘Or in 2008 while with Manchester United and collected it again in 2013, 2014 and 2016.The 32-year-old was last month named the Best FIFA Men’s Player in the global soccer body’s own awards ceremony.Real Madrid president Florentino Perez joined Ronaldo on stage and paid tribute to the Portuguese, who he said was the best player of all-time alongside the late Real great Alfredo di Stefano.“This fifth Ballon d‘Or is a great honour and a great achievement for the club and Real Madrid fans around the world. Cristiano is the best player in the world. He represents the values of Real Madrid. Cristiano is the best player in history along with Di Stefano; he is his heir,” Perez said.The Ballon d‘Or was first awarded in 1956 and was partnered with FIFA from 2010 to 2015, until becoming its own entity once again.
He emphasized that the ultimate success of the Knighthood of St. Christopher depended on how much an individual sacrifices freely and constantly gives in the service of God and society.In his sermon at the service, Diocesan Bishop of Ikwuano, Rt. Rev. Chigozirim Onyegbule described Knights as watchmen who are called upon by God to watch over His people and defend them when necessary.Drawing from the book of Ezekiel 3: 16-17, Onyegbule charged the newly inducted Knights to advance the works of God through soul winning, studying the scriptures and being fearless.In an interview shortly after his investiture, Sir Honour Sirawoo assured of his commitment to the ideals of St Christopher, who invested his life in selflessness, maintenance of peace, promotion of truth and harmony.He thanked the Anglican Communion and Archbishop Nwaobia for finding him worthy of such a lofty honour, adding that he would devote the rest of his life to the promotion of a better society, brotherliness and philanthropic gestures.A member of the Men Christian Association in the Anglican Communion, Patron of the Boys Brigade, contributor to the building of several churches, recipient of awards including the Anglican Youth Service Award for Dedicated Service to God; Sir Sirawoo holds the Governor’s Medal of Honour (GMH) of Rivers State.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Honour Sirawoo was among the nine persons inducted at the weekend as Knight of St. Christopher in the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.The investiture was performed by the Archbishop, Province of Aba and Bishop, Diocese of Isiala Ngwa South, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.Conducting the ceremony during an investiture church service at the St. Peter’s Cathedral, Owerrinta in Abia State, the Archbishop, Most Revered Isaac Nwaobia disclosed that Knights of St. Christopher are patron saint designed to be carriers of Christ, His Church and Gospel.
Marjory Elwell has been through it all. The Syracuse women’s soccer defender has been through the injuries. She’s been through losing. She’s been through a coaching change. ‘I think as a player, I’ve definitely grown,’ Elwell said. ‘Because especially in my class, I’ve had to overcome a lot.’ And now Elwell is finally going through a competitive season. One of only two seniors on the Orange, Elwell has seen the team transform this year from a mediocre program into a competitive member of the Big East. ‘It’s definitely been frustrating,’ Elwell said. ‘Because every year, I feel like our team has the ability to do so much more than it does, and it always just ends up being really frustrating.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text In each of the previous two seasons, the Orange had recorded only five victories. Head coach Phil Wheddon’s team has already won six games this season and has a chance to finish the season with a winning record, a feat the program has not accomplished since 2003. Prior to coming to Syracuse, all Elwell knew was winning. She won back-to-back state championships at Moorestown High School in Moorestown, N.J., while making the all-state team three times. Graduating with a 65-14-3 career record, winning was something Elwell was accustomed to, to say the least. But coming to SU in 2007, the outside back joined a struggling squad that had won a combined eight games in the past two seasons. Elwell started four matches her freshman year as the Orange won seven games. It seemed like the program was on the rise. But then Elwell went through her first big change. The plug was pulled on then-coach Pat Farmer. In came Wheddon. And there was an immediate change in the atmosphere of the program. Elwell noticed how Wheddon, unlike Farmer, demanded intensity from his players in both games and practices. ‘Phil really encourages competitions at practice, so each practice is like a tryout,’ Elwell said. ‘You have to constantly be on your toes and know that there’s someone else fighting for your position all the time. I think that’s a positive thing, because no one really feels comfortable at their position.’ Although Syracuse only won five games in each of Wheddon’s first two seasons, the team showed renewed inspiration and a passion to improve. The third coach in program history knew it would take time to rebuild the roster and implement his defense-first approach. In 2008, the Orange defense kept opponents scoreless for four consecutive contests, spanning 301:40. Elwell strongly contributed to that impressive accomplishment, starting seven games over the course of the season. She started another five games last season. ‘She’s someone,’ Wheddon said of Elwell, ‘you can turn to in every situation.’ But even though SU was improving and Elwell was contributing, she couldn’t stay healthy. The only other senior on roster, Megan Bellingham, who called Elwell ‘one of the best teammates (she’s) ever had,’ has seen her battle injuries for the better part of four years. ‘She’s definitely had ups and downs with injuries,’ Bellingham said. ‘She’s known what it’s like to come back from nothing, right after surgeries. She’s always positive and always works hard, even when things aren’t going her way.’ This season, Elwell has nursed a sprained right ankle that has helped keep her out of all but five games. But she returned Sunday against Seton Hall in a 0-0 tie, starting on senior night at SU Soccer Stadium. Elwell wants to get back to winning. After all, this is her last chance. ‘I only have a few more weeks left of soccer in my career,’ Elwell said. ‘Ever.’ The Orange faces Marquette, which is undefeated in Big East play, on the road before heading to Tampa, Fla., to close its season out against USF in what could be the most important game of Elwell’s career. Whether the team makes the tournament or not, Elwell has put in four years of sweat and tears into the program. She has overcome the injuries (for now). She has overcome the change. She has overcome the losing. ‘I feel really positive about this season right now,’ Elwell said. ‘I’m hoping that this year will finally be the year we make the Big East tournament. I definitely feel like we have all the components it takes to do that.’ firstname.lastname@example.org Published on October 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: email@example.com | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Alpena Township Fire Department was called to a fire investigation Monday afternoon. Around 2:30 pm the Township discovered a chimney fire of off Long Lake Road.Residents of the home were able to make it outside as crews worked on the roof and basement. The fire started inside of the chimney and was put out within an hour.No damages or injuries were reported. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena County Sheriff discusses ways to improve school safetyNext MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena Unveils New Patient Tower Plans
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers1. Lakers.2. Clippers.As it turned out when No. 1 played No. 2, it was no contest. The opener was a Clippers home game – and one of the most eagerly awaited in franchise history – but so many Lakers fans bought up the place, TNT’s Reggie Miller guessed they made up two-thirds of the crowd.When the Clippers brought Kawhi Leonard out before tipoff to welcome the crowd, there were audible jeers.Leonard already knew the deal here. When he was shown on the Jumbotron at a recent Rams game, he was booed a lot more loudly there. We’re off and running in the capital of professional basketball.It’s not just local fans who think that way with the Lakers back … they hope … and the Clippers at unprecedented heights of expectation.All NBA metrics point this way. So many media outlets have moved correspondents here, the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay called Los Angeles “the Hemingway’s Paris of NBA dorks.”Meanwhile, StubHub listed the league’s most in-demand teams, which started with: Not that hurt feelings proved a problem. Kawhi outscored the supposed prince of the city, LeBron James, 30-18, as the Clippers eased to a 112-102 victory.James sniffed afterward, “It’s not a rivalry,” which is correct. The teams are playing for an NBA title, not local bragging rights, which are soon forgotten, even if it wasn’t the most gracious thing LeBron could have said under the circumstances.Of course, it’s a good thing for the Lakers it’s not a rivalry because they’d be losing it, having gone 5-24 against their crosstown, uh, neighbors since the start of the 2012-13 season – so long ago that Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard were here.Last week’s handful of games is, of course, only that, offering no proof.Nevertheless, however mixed the portents, they sum up the local teams’ relative positions.The Lakers have reason to hope again with Anthony Davis’ arrival confirming their status as a destination for stars.They retain their place as local darlings after decades of excellence, above not only the ugly duckling Clippers but the market’s old-time faves, the Dodgers and Rams.The Clippers have most of the advantages that have been earned lately, starting with a managerial mismatch.From an afterthought run by Coach Doc Rivers doing double duty, the Clippers have built the NBA’s hottest front office with GM Lawrence Frank and consultant Jerry West, with a deep staff of highly regarded young officials like Michael Winger and Trent Redden who turned down offers from other teams.Meanwhile, the Lakers have to show they’re past last spring’s meltdown when Magic Johnson fled and Jeanie Buss and her friends and family took over.Lakers fans still wince at the thought of West yearning to return in 2017, being left out in the cold and going, instead, to the Clippers.Suggesting that unrest continued to bubble last summer, Jerry’s son, Ryan, another highly regarded young Lakers staffer, joined the Clippers.Oh, and Ty Lue, the Lakers’ top coaching candidate before turning them down, is now an assistant on Rivers’ staff.The Clippers are deeper than the Lakers … and perhaps everyone else … with everyone solid in their roles from Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet and Ivica Zubac to Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.Leonard slides seamlessly into his role as the starters’ missing No. 1 option, able to create shots out of nothing.The injured Paul George, another two-way star, will add his own dimension upon his return with voluminous 3-point shooting – he was No. 3 in 3-pointers made last season, behind James Harden and Steph Curry – that will keep the floor spread wide open.At the end of halves and fourth quarters, Kawhi and PG will meld with the crack second unit led by Sweet Lou and Trez.Old dynamics are changing in the Western Conference. Five-time defending conference champion Golden State had dominated the Clippers, but that’s over as the Clips showed, routing the Warriors 141-122 in the opening of sparkling, stunned Chase Arena.“This is not a one-off,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “This is the reality.”The Lakers, meanwhile, will need time with a new coaching staff and nine new players, experimenting with James at point guard while awaiting the return of key pieces Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo.This means showing the necessary poise, although they couldn’t have set the bar much lower.It was a year ago at this time that they started 1-4 and Johnson called then-Coach Luke Walton in for a loud reproach that the press reported, decibel by decibel, turning Luke into a lame duck.We still don’t know the whole story, but LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, was already criticizing Walton privately but widely, including to Commissioner Adam Silver, who acknowledged it (“I think he said something along the lines that ‘Luke Walton is not the right guy to coach LeBron.’”)This almost certainly came from James and was conveyed to Johnson, which is presumably what tripped out Magic into airing out Luke, and there went their season.In other words, Frank Vogel had better not take his time to get this working, or do stuff LeBron doesn’t like.Everywhere but here, the rise of the underdog Clippers is as big a story as the saga of the once-majestic Lakers – or bigger.Eight New York Times writers, asked to make predictions, all picked the Clippers to come out of the West.Four of the eight picked the Clippers to win the title, with three picking the 76ers.Five picked Frank to be Executive of the Year.Five picked Williams to win his fourth Sixth Man of the Year award and one picked Harrell.With all the local star power, the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Athletic, Fox and NBA.com have moved correspondents here. ESPN has an entire bureau on the beat.“These days, almost every shoe meeting happens in L.A.,” The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis wrote. “Nearly every free-agent courtship is conducted in L.A., whether the team is based here or not. In June, the Timberwolves’ unsuccessful wooing of D’Angelo Russell included a helicopter flight over the city.”For sure, this is where it’s happening.Now, to see what “it” is. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Add in the fact that DeShields, 27, is primarily a platoon option in center field, and the return further underwhelms. He was an 0.8 fWAR player last year despite stealing 24 bases. He managed just a 72 wRC+ in 408 plate appearances.Again, this is what the Indians accepted for Kluber, who might be done, just average or still an ace at 34.This deal might turn out to be nothing for nothing in terms of WAR, but Cleveland, in theory, could have/should put itself in a better position to win a trade of its veteran ace, injuries or not. Right now, the one it did make is an L that’s getting larger. The trade looked odd when it was announced last December: Corey Kluber, two-time American League Cy Young winner, and cash from the Indians to the Rangers for right-handed reliever Emmanuel Clase and outfielder Delino DeShields Jr.That return was considered extremely light at the time. Couldn’t the Indians have gotten more from other pitching-hungry teams like the Padres or Blue Jays? MORE: Worst in-season trades for every AL franchiseSure, there was room for rationalization: Kluber missed most of last season with forearm and oblique injuries and had a 5.80 ERA in seven starts; he has one year and an option remaining on his contract but the Indians didn’t want to pay him in his decline phase; and Clase was throwing 100 mph as a 21-year-old rookie last year.Now, though, the Tribe won’t have Clase for most or all of the 2020 season, if it even takes place amid the coronavirus outbreak. That’s because Clase tested positive for PEDs (Boldenone, according to reports), earning an 80-day suspension on Friday from MLB. Under normal circumstances, Clase would also be ineligible for postseason play.But let’s back up for a minute. There was a good chance Clase wasn’t going to be ready on whatever day Opening Day might be this year. He was dealing with a shoulder strain in spring training and hadn’t been throwing in exhibitions, as Cleveland.com noted. Who knows when he would have been healthy, anyway?That means there was already a good chance the pitching part of the return wasn’t going to work out for the Indians this year. The suspension now confirms that.
4 Dele received treatment and came off during the second half of Spurs’ winCredit: Reuters4 The midfielder insists there are no hard feelings between the pairCredit: PA:Press AssociationJosé Mourinho rages in hilarious video after Raheem Sterling tried to win second penalty during Tottenham win City dominated the game and had 14 shots before Steve Bergwijn’s stunning debut strike put Tottenham 1-0 up with their first one of the game in the 63rd minute.That came three minutes after City were reduced to ten men when Ukraine defender Oleksandr Zinchenko received his second booking for blocking Harry Winks.Son Heung-min then made it 2-0 with Tottenham’s second shot of the game in the 71st minute.But all the talk afterwards was of VAR and Dutch international Bergwijn, who only joined the North London club from PSV Eindhoven in a £27million deal last week.Dele admitted: “It was a great debut and I am buzzing for him to get the goal and the three points.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrong“Every manager, every player has different styles and tactics and we are making a transition and we have been working on a lot on the training field and tactically.“We can take a lot of positives from today, to take three points off a tough team. We are going to keep working on different tactics and a different style.“Every management has a different style and we have to keep adapting.”4 DELE ALLI bears no hard feelings towards Raheem Sterling after his England team-mate’s horror lunge on him.Manchester City ace Sterling was lucky to escape a red card after VAR reviewed his over-the-top tackle on Tottenham star Dele in their Premier League clash yesterday.4 Raheem Sterling escaped with just a yellow card for his tackle on England team-mate Dele AlliCredit: Sky SportsSpurs boss Jose Mourinho insisted the 12th-minute incident was worthy of a sending off.But Dele said: “I am not sure to be honest, I have not had a proper look back at it, it is obviously for the referee and VAR to make the decision.“They didn’t give the red card, but there are no hard feelings. Definitely not.“He is a good friend of mine, I know he would never have done it intentionally.“It is football and these things happen so I know it was nothing intentional, he is not a player like that, so I understand.”Dele carried on playing after the foul until he was subbed with Tanguy Ndombele in the 70th minute.Dele said afterwards: “It was a bit sore in the game, we made a decision in the game to change and hopefully it is not too bad tomorrow.”SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamHe revealed he did chat with Sterling about the incident during the game, which Spurs won 2-0.He said: “We were speaking about it at half-time and we are good friends. I know what sort of player Raheem is and he would never intentionally try to hurt someone.“We were just chatting, he is not in the best of moods, he is a winner so it was difficult. We haven’t seen each other for a while so it was nice to have a catch up.“There are no hard feelings, he is a fantastic player and we move on.”
How the Cowboys cope with life after Tamou and Hannant has been the question asked most often in Townsville over the summer but Bolton has won the right to partner co-captain Matt Scott in the front row against the Raiders on Saturday night.The renowned outdoorsman of the Cowboys squad, Bolton missed six weeks of the Cowboys’ premiership season in 2015 due to an injury incurred whilst fishing and along with Blake Leary and Ben Spina regularly pull in barramundi more than a metre in length in the waterways of the state’s north.When one of the Cowboys’ under-20s got their 4WD bogged at a river’s edge on Sunday two other players came to their aid… only to get bogged themselves.So an SOS was sent to Bolton who in fading light extricated one of the stranded vehicles before heading back on Monday afternoon to retrieve the others.”They rang me at about 6 o’clock to come and try and tow them out and it got dark so I didn’t want to go out too far,” Bolton told NRL.com.”There were three cars stuck out there – two of them went out to help them – and they got bogged. I got one out and the other two are still there.”Bolton is also the man Cowboys coach Paul Green has turned to in his hour of need ahead of a host of young props eager to prove themselves in the top grade.With the window of opportunity well and truly open, the likes of Sam Hoare, Patrick Kaufusi, Braden Uele and Corey Jensen have done all they can to push for a spot in the 17 for Round 1 but it will be Bolton who gets first crack at the big Raiders pack.Entering his 11th season with the Cowboys Bolton has started in the front row only 11 times in his 178 career games to date and says coming back for a second stint later in games will be the major adjustment to his previous role from the bench.”I’ve started both the trials and thought what I did there wasn’t too bad and fingers crossed I can get a start at the start of the year this weekend and hopefully cement a spot through the year, prove myself as a starting front-rower,” Bolton said.”The only thing that will change is probably the time that I’m actually on the field during games and I might get a couple more minutes with a bit of luck with the two stints.”If I can get two stints then the minutes will be up and hopefully I can do a bit more work out there.”It’s a bit more of a mental preparation, trying to get yourself in that state of mind. I’m used to doing the one stint and coming off and not having to go back on you do relax a bit more and go into more of a spectator’s role.”Having to go back out there is something that I will have to get used to and something I’ve worked pretty hard on to get my lungs going again just after half-time because I know I’m going to get back out there.”Very much cut from the cloth of the old school front-rowers, Bolton says he will bypass any sideline stints on the bike for a few simple laps up and down the sideline prior to returning to the field.The addition of former Raider Shaun Fensom gives the Cowboys additional depth in the middle of the field and while others may question the club’s prop department Bolton is excited to see how the young front-rowers develop during the season.”Those blokes were ripping into us a bit that whole pre-season and looking to put their best foot forward for a spot,” Bolton said of the competition for places.”Everyone was talking about that depth being a bit light on in the front row so everyone was keen to put a good impression in and it will be good for us in the long run.”I’m pretty lucky that I’ve grown up and watched these younger kids come through and I know what they can do.”I’m looking forward to playing alongside them and obviously myself and Matthew with a bit more experience have to help them through just with the consistency of it.”We’ve got a lot of depth here and definitely a lot of ability so it’s just a matter of putting those performances on the field.”If we can start well I think it will help them through those games especially early in the year.”
Embattled jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, who was recently slapped with a 20-raceday suspension by the stewards for not riding MEET JUSTIN on its merits on September 26, highlighted yesterday’s nine-race programme at Caymanas Park with three winners, including 2-1 chance MIRACLE STAR, for trainer Patrick Chang in the overnight allowance mile.His other winners were even-money favourite BATTLE SONG, for trainer Victor Williams in the fourth over the straight, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, for trainer Harry Parsard in the seventh race for the Nasatol Trophy, again over the straight, upstaging title-chasing jockeys Shane Ellis and Robert Halledeen, with two winners each.The 1997 champion jockey should have started his suspension this Saturday, but he appealed the ban and $10,000 fine imposed by the stewards. On Tuesday, he was granted a stay by the Jamaica Racing Commission and will continue to ride until the appeal is heard.Henry brought the 6-y-o horse MIRACLE STAR with a well-timed run to catch long-time leader and evens favourite ROYAL VIBES (Halledeen up) within shades of the wire, winning by a neck in a field of seven.LONG RUNNING TRAIN, who was always prominent on the stands’ side in the Nasatol Trophy, swooped down on long-time leader and 3-2 favourite ROYAL ASSAULT (Ellis up) in the last furlong to win by 1 1/2 lengths in the smart time of 57.4.Henry has ridden 22 winners so far this season to hold down eighth position in the jockeys’ standings.