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Milan attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is brimming with confidence ahead of this weekend’s Serie A clash against Juventus, and the Swedish international has voiced his opinion that he is the best player in the world.The striker was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.”I’m the best player in the world. I really feel that way. You’re finished if you don’t belief in yourself. The fact that I’ve never won the FIFA Player of the Year award or the Ballon d’Or doesn’t mean that I can’t be the best player.”The striker also explained his decision to change clubs on a regular basis and pointed out that he needs a new challenge to stay fully motivated.He continued: “I feel that it’s better not to stay at the same club too long. You keep learning new things if you change clubs every now and then. You can get complacent if you stick with the same club too long. You need to be motivated to perform and moving clubs forces you to prove your worth again time and time again.”The former Barcelona and Inter attacker also talked about his future and revealed that he’s likely to retire at the age of 33.“Milan will probably be my last club. I expect to retire from professional football at the age of 33. I don’t want to end my career spitting blood after every match simply because I’m too old to keep up.” Source: Goal.com
VIDEO: Watch Zack Greinke sum up his hard-luck lossDe La Rosa — a two-time 16-game winner in 2009 and 2013 — allowed just two hits with three strikeouts and no walks in 7 1/3 shutout innings. He also induced two double plays to thwart whatever momentum the Dodgers were building, improving to 6-2 against L.A. in his last nine starts despite a 4.15 ERA.“Obviously he gave us a lot more opportunities last week, walking some guys,” Mattingly said. “He’s always tough to get ready for because he’s wild in the strike zone and has a big changeup. He threw more strikes. He’s traditionally a guy who has been pretty good against us. We have a lot of trouble with him.”VIDEO: Watch Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reflect on why Jorge De La Rosa was so effectiveGreinke sustained his first loss since Aug. 9, 2014 at Milwaukee despite allowing just one run in six innings. He posted five strikeouts, no walks and one hit batter.Greinke was also aided by a spectacular catch in center field by Kike Hernandez, who was filling in for Pederson.Hernandez made a run-saving catch to end the fourth inning with a full sprint to dead center to catch Michael McKenry’s long drive just before crashing into the wall.VIDEO: Watch Zack Greinke respond to Kike Hernandez’s catch in center field“I knew he hit it good,” Greinke said. “The way he was running straight back, it looked like it was going to be way over his head or a home run. Somehow he caught it. That made a big difference.”VIDEO: Watch Dodgers manager Don Mattingly react to Kike Hernandez’ catch and reflect on his versatilityGreinke left the game for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth, having thrown 100 pitches.Yet reliever Sergio Santos coughed up five runs in two innings, including two-run homers to Daniel Descalso in the seventh and Nolan Arenado in the eighth. Descalso entered the game hitting .132.To be fair, Santos became just the sixth Dodger to record four strikeouts in one inning, following Kenley Jansen’s four-strikeout performance in the eighth inning from the previous night.“His is the better one without any runs coming across,” said Santos, the pride of Los Altos and Mater Dei High. “It’s kind of weird. You feel like you’ve made a lot of good pitches but you have a couple that you made a mistake on.”VIDEO: Watch Sergio Santos reflect on his four-strikeout, three-run inningGreinke was trying to start the season 6-0 for the first time since 2009 and become the first Dodger to accomplish the feat since Kaz Ishii in 2002. He also saw his streak of winning 10 straight decisions come to an end.It was just Greinke’s second loss against an NL West opponent since joining the Dodgers, falling to 26-2 overall against NL West foes. Greinke’s streak of eight straight quality starts (at least six innings pitched and fewer than three runs allowed) remained intact, but that was little consolation.“Obviously Zack was good,” Mattingly said. “He kept us in the game and gave us a chance. Tonight we just didn’t do a whole lot behind him.” Maybe the Dodgers got a little complacent.After all, Zack Greinke was on the mound. And the way he’s been pitching, it might have seemed like they could give Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson, Yasmani Grandal and Andre Ethier a simultaneous day off.The offense decided to take a day off, too.The Colorado Rockies stymied the Dodgers with a three-hitter for a 7-1 victory Saturday night at Dodger Stadium and handed Greinke his first loss since Aug. 9 before a crowd of 48,378. Greinke was brilliant in six stellar innings, allowing just a booming solo homer to suddenly resurgent Carlos Gonzalez in the first inning.But Greinke was outdueled by left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.Yes, that was the same De La Rosa who entered the game with an 0-2 record and a 9.56 ERA.However De La Rosa channeled a younger and more effective version of himself, retiring 19 straight batters at one point.“I was pitching OK. The guys made a lot of good plays behind me. But De La Rosa pitched better,” Greinke said. “It happens.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
IOWA CITY — Cancer deaths and new cancer cases will rise statewide in the year ahead, according to predictions in the “2019 Cancer in Iowa” report being released by the State Health Registry of Iowa.Mary Charlton, an epidemiology professor at the University of Iowa, says the increases were expected, for the most part, though it was hoped they would have further slowed. “We estimate there will be 18,100 new cancers diagnosed in Iowa this year, that’s up a few hundred from last year,” Charlton says. “We expect there will be about 6,400 cancer deaths among Iowans, which is up about a hundred from last year. About 3,000 will occur among females and 3,400 among males.”Charlton says it’s encouraging the numbers aren’t increasing dramatically, but it’s also frustrating as the top cancer killers are the easiest to avoid. “Unfortunately, lung cancer continues to be the most common cause of cancer death for both males and females, accounting for one in every four cancer deaths in Iowa,” Charlton says. “That’s just not coming down at a rate that it has in previous years and that’s unfortunate because lung cancer is largely preventable.”It’s known that tobacco use causes the vast majority of lung cancer cases, she says, along with Iowa’s radon prevalence. The most common cancers in Iowa are similar for both sexes, with one difference at the top. “The top cancers among females remain breast cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer, and then among males, prostate cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer,” Charlton says. “One cancer that is rising is melanoma. It continues to go up. It’s #5 for both females and males.”Another rising cancer in Iowa is throat cancer, especially in men. Charlton emphasizes, Iowans have the ability to lower their risk levels by working to prevent two of the worst cancer killers, colorectal and lung. “Colorectal cancer through colonoscopy and screening, and lung cancer through tobacco prevention and being aware of radon levels in people’s homes,” Charlton says. “The more we can do to chip away at those major risk factors, I think we’ll finally start to see the cancer cases coming down in Iowa.”The State Health Registry of Iowa, based at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has been gathering cancer incidence and follow-up data for the state since 1973.Link to full report:https://shri.public-health.uiowa.edu/2019/03/05/state-health-registry-of-iowa-issues-cancer-in-iowa-2019-report-highlights-hpv-related-cancers/
Madrid, Spain | AFP | Real Madrid won their 33rd La Liga title and first for five years as Cristiano Ronaldo’s 40th goal of the season helped seal a 2-0 win at Malaga on Sunday.Ronaldo got Madrid off to the perfect start after just two minutes before Karim Benzema’s close range finish sealed the title 10 minutes into the second-half.Madrid beat out Barcelona at the top of the table by three points as the Catalans’ come-from-behind 4-2 victory over Eibar in outgoing coach Luis Enrique’s last home game in charge wasn’t enough for a third straight title. Share on: WhatsApp
Athletic tips In the interview also Athletic Bilbao. Team that, wait, wins the Copa del Rey (the return of the semifinals is played next week. The lions leave with a 1-0 advantage over Granada and the return is played in Los Cármenes). In which Clemente did not forecast was LaLiga. “As Athletic can not be, may God give it to Saint Peter to bless it, “he said. Atlético was ready in Lisbon. And also two years later, in Milan. As he had been in 1974 in Brussels against Bayern. But neither before the Germans nor later in their next two Champions finals, both of the 21st century, that Lisbon, that Milan, the rojiblanco club achieved what it so much craves. In his museum La Orejona. Javier Clemente, who was his coach in the eighties-nineties, has talked about it in an interview with Efe and sounds meridian. “I have been to Atlético de Madrid and it would be good for football if Atlético de Madrid won the Champions League“he declared when asked about what he expects. And his wish is clear: that a Spanish team wins.”I am friends with Pep. But if they arrive in Madrid or Barcelona, it is good for Spanish football to win. Or the Athletic. Valencia has it harder, “he said.
MOST READ Nietes wants 4th world title to usher in new year Romeo: Hoping for positive startSan Miguel coach Leo Austria is well aware that all eyes are on his Beermen when the Philippine Cup kicks off the Philippine Basketball Association Season 44 on Jan. 13.“Four straight (Philippine Cup titles) and we’re gunning for fifth,” he told the Inquirer. “Notching four was already unprecedented.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments But Austria said that he is treading carefully.“Over at social media, people are saying there are not enough basketballs to go around [the team],” he said. “The challenge now lies in conjuring the perfect chemistry. I always try to tell keep everyone in line to avoid them from being consumed by an individualistic mind-set.”Austria, who had steered San Miguel Beer to six PBA titles, touched up on Romeo, who, he acknowledged has been the target of flak by fans.“We had a lengthy conversation,” he said of his first chat with Romeo since the cager’s trade from TNT. “He shared a lot of things.”“I told him that’s only the start,” Austria said. “You’re up for more. You should no longer be the awards. It should be a championship. He was positive about it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “The expectations are swelling. You could see it everywhere, on paper,” he added. “The same could be said with our formidable lineup. We still have to work things out. I know that talent couldn’t prevail if you put in the hard work.”The toil, according to Austria, starts with the team’s chemistry. He believes he can expand his notoriously limited player rotation sans imports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s all-Filipino. I feel like my rotation is going to be great. It could include 10, 11 or maybe 12. And with our new additions? That’s exciting,” he said.San Miguel acquired embattled guard Terrence Romeo, international veteran Paul Zamar, and recalled old hand Ronald Tubid as part of the campaign to reassert their dominance in the prestigious conference. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
There is no argument that officials and players of Barrack Young Controllers are not sincerely happy of the team’s recent performance in the national soccer league.The reason is that BYC, the Liberian champions are set to leave the country on February 5, to honor their first leg CAF Cup Championship match against Ghana’s Asante Kotoko at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.The Baba Yara Sports Stadium is Kotoko’s home-ground and the city of Kumasi is the home of the team.This means that Kumasi and its stadium are favorite places for Kotoko. The team is sometimes referred to as Kumasi Asante Kotoko. And like their traditional rivals, Hearts of Oak, is also known as Accra Hearts of Oak, since Accra is its home ground.It is no joke that Kotoko is taking the competition with all seriousness.For example, reports from Ghana indicate that at least eight players from Kotoko formed part of the Black Stars that reached the finals of the just ended 2014 CAF CHAN competition in South Africa.How prepared is BYC against Kotoko in Kumasi on February 9? A closer look at the team’s league matches is not encouraging, if that is the yardstick to measure the team’s seriousness.The team has played three recent matches, losing one, drawing one and winning one, none proving their preparedness for their match a team like Kotoko.The team’s 1-1 draw against Jubilee FC, and its victory 2-1 over Watanga last Sunday showed poor marksmanship. BYC has not put up any impressive performance in three matches. Can they change the tune and make a difference against a determined side like Kotoko?Does it make sense to wonder about what could happen in Kumasi on Sunday, February 9?It is absolutely unfair to pitch a poorly prepared team against one that is determined to reach the stars. Don’t accuse me of making a doomed prediction against BYC.Soccer competition survives on adequate preparation and I am not impressed with the team’s league performances, which should indicate their preparedness against any team outside Liberia, let alone Kotoko of Ghana.Except some miracles fall in favor of BYC, I am not sure the team’s coaches will still have their jobs, the day after February 9.The next problem is the chances of Red Lions against Equatorial Guinea’s Estrela Cantanhez.True, not many of us have heard of the exploits of Cantanhez, but qualifying for a CAF tournament means they have something to offer their countrymen.Now playing their first leg at home, one would think that Red Lions have prepared well and winning their league matches.A look at the Cellcom LFA League shows that Red Lions are dancing on the relegation zone.Red Lions have not shown any impressive and determined performance against any local team, let alone a foreign team and as a result there are more questions about what could happen in Monrovia on February 9.This conclusion should not surprise you, since the team is struggling to maintain a respectable position on the league.The two representatives must challenge themselves to play more than expected, if they are able to ensure favorable representations.Perhaps our two representatives can prove me wrong by playing above themselves to assure Liberian soccer fans that Liberian football is not dead.At least Cellcom has done enough and it is time for our club representatives to do their best, which means winning their matches against their opponents on February 9.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Donegal Schoolboys 1997 are through to the final of the Under 15 Foyle Cup after an impressive performance in the semi final against St Johnstone FC from Scotland last night.They finished 4-1 winners with goals from Jack Blake, Kieran Maloney, Eamon Mc Hugh and Kieran Mc Phearson.They will play Draperstown Celtic FC in the final at the Riverside Stadium at 7.30pm on Friday. They came through their section with a 7-0 win against ANB Soccer from Canada, 4-0 win against Limavady United FC and they topped their section with a hard earned 1-1 draw against Crumlin Colts.The squad are under the stewardship of Jerry Rodden, Joe Rodden and Danny Doggan. FOYLE CUP: SUPER DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS THROUGH TO FINAL was last modified: July 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOYLE CUP: SUPER DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS THROUGH TO FINAL
Leicester, though, are unwilling to sell such a prized asset and have slapped an £80million price tag on the 25-year-old, which represents a world-record fee, beating Liverpool’s £75million signing of Virgil van Dijk.But given the player’s talent, Brown, speaking exclusively to 888sport, doesn’t think his price should matter when it comes to signing him.He said: “Maguire had a fantastic tournament and has been really good for Leicester since joining them from Hull. He’s shown that he can play on the world stage. That’s the sort of player Manchester United need. He knows the Premier League and knows what it’s about.“I never talk about the money side of it because if a player will strengthen your team then the transfer fee is what it is. I don’t talk about the money. All I care about is whether he will be good for the team and he definitely would be a great signing.” Most Popular Premier League News ALTERED If the Red Devils do baulk at the cost, though, Brown is backing another World Cup star to be the club’s second choice in the transfer market.Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina is wanted by several clubs having impressed for Colombia in Russia and Brown feels he could be a good fit at Old Trafford.“[Yerry] Mina could be a good partner for Bailly,” he added. “Obviously, he’s not played in the Premier League before but he actually did very well in the World Cup. I think Harry Maguire would be first choice but that doesn’t take anything away from Mina who is a good player.” England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade impact predicted Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Mina scored against England at the World Cup earlier this summer smart causal 2 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 2 And with Maguire and Mina as possible incomings, Brown told 888sport he felt defender Chris Smalling may need to leave Old Trafford for the sake of his career.“Chris Smalling two seasons ago was United’s best defender,” he noted. “Then Jose started to make a few changes and he hasn’t played a lot since then. He might have had a word with the manager already asking what the plan is for his future and if Jose has said he won’t be playing much then it’s in Chris’ best interests to leave and get first team football. If he’s not said that though then there is still competition for places there.“Chris is still at a good age and will want to be playing.”Read the full 888sport interview with Wes Brown, including his thoughts on who should wear the armband this season. revealed latest BEST OF gameday cracker BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Manchester United should forget about the possible world-record transfer fee and sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, says Wes Brown.The Red Devils are seemingly intent on landing a new centre-back with England World Cup star Maguire at the top of Jose Mourinho’s wishlist. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Manchester United target Harry Maguire was superb for England at World Cup 2018.