2) Barcelona $3.16billion (£2.07billion) 3) Manchester United $3.10billion (£2.03billion) 4) Bayern Munich $2.35billion (£1.54billion) 5) Manchester City $1.38billion (£905million) 6) Chelsea $1.37billion (£898million) 7) Arsenal $1.31billion (£859million) 8) Liverpool $982million (£644million) 9) Juventus $837million (£549million) 10) AC Milan $775million (£508million) Real Madrid have retained their place as the most valuable football team in the world for a third straight year, but Manchester United could soon topple them. The reigning European champions’ value has dropped five per cent to $3.26billion (£2.13billion) this year, but their £746million (£489million) revenue is the highest of any sports team in the world. Rivals Barcelona are second in the 2015 list with a value of $3.16billion (£2.07billion), followed by Manchester United at $3.10billion (£2.03billion). Unlike the Spanish giants, however, the value of Louis van Gaal’s side has grown this year, with Forbes reporting a 10 per cent increase. No club are as adept at acquiring sponsorship as United, with US car giant Chevrolet’s kit sponsorship deal worth a reported £53million per season. Next term the coffers are to be boosted further after a mammoth £750million deal was struck with Adidas – a “global technical sponsorship and dual branded licensing deal” running for 10 years. United believe it is the biggest kit deal in sport and may well help them surpass Barcelona and Real Madrid, especially given the recent £5.136billion domestic television deal. The Old Trafford giants are one of eight Premier League sides in the top 20, with Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool amongst the top-eight most valuable clubs. Tottenham, Newcastle and West Ham complete the Premier League’s representation. Forbes’ top 10 most valuable teams of 2015: 1) Real Madrid $3.26billion (£2.13billion) Press Association
The 29-year-old has penned a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium and becomes the Foxes’ first signing of the summer. “I’m happy that I’ve signed for Leicester City,” he said. Leicester have signed Austria defender Christian Fuchs on a free transfer after his exit from Schalke. “It was always a goal for me to play in the Premier League, and I’m happy that this dream has come true. “Everybody watches the Premier League. I think it’s the best league in the world. Leicester City is a new experience and new challenge for me.” Fuchs has been capped 66 times by his country and made 99 league appearances for Schalke before moving to England. He made 35 appearances last season, including in the Champions League, and scored three times, one a stunning strike in Schalke’s 4-3 win over Real Madrid in the Bernabeu. Fuchs was also linked with a move to Swansea earlier this year but joins the Foxes after their dramatic escape from Barclays Premier League relegation at the end of the season. Press Association
“But then he came in and apologised to us later because I think it affected him. He liked to express himself, but to keep it controlled. “I was captain at the time – team captain initially and then he saw through me and eventually made me club captain and started to leave me out. I’d say I was getting old, but Martin will say I was getting rubbish. That was towards the end. “He was great to work under, treated you with respect as long as you treated him with respect as well. There was no problem that way, he’s a very good manager to work with.” However, for all the positivity surrounding O’Neill’s appointment in November 2013, the Scotland game could prove pivotal to the current campaign and in the longer term, to his future, and Boyd, who was speaking in Dublin at the launch of Ford’s exclusive ‘152’ Summer Sales Event, is not convinced the Ireland boss will get the result he craves this weekend. Asked for his prediction, he said with a smile: “Scotland will win 1-0 with a set-piece with 10 minutes left. “I think there is a renewed enthusiasm about the [Scotland] team and there is a pride back in the performances. It’s not just about getting the results, which is vitally important, it’s the way the team is trying to play football under Gordon. “When we had success when I was playing way back all those years ago, we were built on solidity, on not giving much away, winning 1-0 quite often. “This team is slightly different, they are more adventurous. They seem to be getting there, which is better to watch for the fans. It’s more entertaining. “It’s about trying to get the balance of getting to a championship eventually. But you do want to see attractive football. I think the way Gordon has gone about it, he is getting both – success and performances.” Press Association Tom Boyd is predicting a no-holds-barred battle of wits as Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan go head-to-head in Dublin on Saturday evening. He said: “They’re both winners and you can see that coming right through them. They’re enthusiastic about the game as well and have a real passion for their football. “Martin comes alive on match day, but Gordon is probably like that 24 hours a day – even at training, I hear. They think about the game very deeply, and are just so passionate about it. “There is an edge to it, especially with both being successful Celtic managers in the past as well. Managers like to get the better of their peers, so that will certainly be an element, the bragging rights that come with that in terms of managers. “They’ll be putting on a nice public face for the cameras, the two ex-Celtic managers and all that. But deep down, both want to win. Even if it is just for the bragging rights, they want to win. That doesn’t change, that comes from your will to win, your desire to win.” Former Scotland international Boyd will be hoping for a repeat of the Group D victory the Scots secured over their neighbours courtesy of Shaun Maloney’s lone strike in Glasgow in November last year. However, having served as captain in O’Neill’s 2001 Treble-winning Celtic team, he knows just how effective the 63-year-old can be in rallying his troops when they need it most. He said: “Whether or not it was the fact that he was a lawyer or not, I don’t know, but he can certainly command an audience of people and of players. He could keep control, a controlled aggression. “I did see him lose it after one game, when we lost 1-0 at Inverness after we’d beaten Liverpool. There were a few expletives after that game and I remember he lost it a little bit. The Republic of Ireland boss and his Scotland counterpart will be in opposing dug-outs at the Aviva Stadium having both occupied with some distinction the home bench at Celtic Park earlier in their managerial careers. However, while the three precious Euro 2016 qualification points at stake will be the main focus for both, former Bhoys skipper Boyd, who played with Strachan and for O’Neill, insists they will not be the only motivation for the pair.
Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. firstname.lastname@example.org Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 The Golden Bucks avenged a season-opening loss to Washington Academy, cruising to a 19-0 win on Friday in East Machias.Jack Cyr, Tyler Maguire and Jake Gauvin each had three hits for the Golden Bucks in the five-inning contest.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
RING legend and current WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is eying a run for president of the Philippines in 2022. The eight-division world champ originally got into politics in 2009 and won a senate seat in 2016. Incumbent president Rodrigo Duterte is ineligible for re-election and the election to decide Duterte’s successor will take place on May 9, 2022.In the meantime, the 41-year-old Pacquiao is expected to continue to fight for one more year. He may next fight in oil-rich Bahrain, which is reportedly looking to bankroll some major boxing events. (Fightnews)
Who will Stop the Americans in France?Think of football and quite often Brazil will come to mind as an example of success. But not for the followers of the women’s game. While in the men’s version, the South American country has an enviable collection of five FIFA World Cup titles and a legion of legendary players, it is the United States who are the powerhouse in the female landscape. Out of seven World Cups, the Americans have won three and finished as runner-ups once. They have also won four Olympic gold medals in six attempts. But Brazil’s best result in the tournament is a solitary second place in 2007, though they do also have two Olympic silver medals.In fact, the only country with success on both fronts is Germany, with four men’s and two women’s titles. But what explains the reversal of scenarios in the US and Brazil?First mover advantageThe US men’s team’s best result in a World Cup was third in 1930, but since then they have only reached the last eight once, in 2002, where they reached the quarter-finals – losing to eventual runners-up Germany. This was just one of the unusual results registered in a tournament where Turkey finished third and co-hosts South Korea fourth.But the women’s game had a much different trajectory thanks to Title IX – a federal law that in 1972 established gender equality in the distribution of funding in high school and university sports, and which still forms the basis of professional sports in the US.By the time the first Women’s World Cup took place in 1991, the US had a larger talent pool than anyone else. It took advantage of the fact that in many other countries women’s football remained for years underfunded and with low participation rates.However, it was the 1999 world title that raised the game’s profile. In that year, the US hosted and won the 1999 World Cup – the shirtless celebration of defender Brandi Chastain after scoring the winning penalty in the final against China is often referenced as one of the most iconic sporting moments by American media.Mia Hamm – who topped the all-time international scoring list in 1999, a month prior to the World Cup – even became a punchline in the sitcom Friends.That game in Los Angeles attracted a crowd of more than 90,000 people, the biggest ever for a women’s match.Brazil and the prejudice ruleThe story of women’s football in Brazil is marred by sexism. The game was actually outlawed in 1941 by then dictator Getulio Vargas – and the prohibition was only lifted in 1979.Without a proper grassroots system and a strong league, the women’s team has actually punched above its weight by reaching the 2007 final and the semi-finals in 1999.And Brazil have also produced the woman voted the best player of all-time: Marta.Sheer numbersWorld governing body Fifa’s latest census of the woman’s game, in 2014, established that there were more 30 million female players worldwide.About half of them were based in the US and Canada.In the whole of South America, Fifa counted a little over 255,000 players.The US numbers are also impressive at grassroots level: national governing body US Soccer says that women amount to 47 per cent of all players at high-school level, and 53 per cent at university competitions.“Many other countries in Europe are still lagging in the women’s movement, and even in Brazil, where soccer is a cultural phenomenon, women have struggled to gain recognition and access to basic resources,” economist and author Stefan Szymanski told American radio PBS earlier this year.Better conditionsThe 23-women squad sent by the US to the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France is formed from players taking part in the National Women’s Soccer League, one of the strongest and most-watched competitions in the world of women’s football.Players have a minimum annual wage of $16,500 and a maximum of $46,200.As for Brazil, 16 players are based abroad, plying their trade in places as diverse as South Korea and Denmark, as the domestic league struggles to attract the interest of public, sponsors and media.The seven games of the opening round of the 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro had less than 10,000 people in attendance, despite many clubs giving tickets away for free.Wages are hardly enticing: a survey by news portal UOL in 2017 showed that three out of four players earned less than $6,000 a year.MileageIn sporting tournaments like the World Cup, experience is an asset. A point proven by a quick look at the number of matches played by the American stars.On average, each of the 23 American players in France has played for her country 75 times. For Brazil, the average is 40.“When we go to a competition like the World Cup we face teams that train together and play together more than us. We lack both in the physical and psychological departments,” says former Brazil captain Juliana Cabral.Brazil kicked off their 2019 World Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win over Jamaica – striker Cristiane scoring a hat-trick in the victory.The US began their tournament on Tuesday with a 13-0 whitewash of Thailand in Reims, while Brazil are next in action against Australia on Thursday in Montpellier.Megan Rapinoe celebrate her goal against thailand Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After a wobbling start against Ukraine, in which the Super Falcons were pummelled 3-0, the Nigerian girls however bounced back against South Korea on Wednesday with a 2-0 win. The team would however face a daunting task on Monday against host and one of the tournament’s favourite, France, in a game that would decide if the team will remain in France or not An own goal in the first half and another superb master class goal by Asisat Oshoala ensured that the Super Falcons defeated South Korea 2-0 and remain in contention to progress to the next stage of the competitionOshoala revealed that her side’s desire to claim their first win inspired her goal in Nigeria’s 2-0 triumph over South Korea in Grenoble on Wednesday. At Stade des Alpes, the three-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year scored with a brilliant finish in the 75th minute to seal the Super Falcons’ first Women’s World Cup win at the showpiece, and the Barcelona forward is now aiming to help her side secure a positive result against France in Rennes on Monday.“We had more confidence when we got the first goal and we tried to tell ourselves that we needed to give more because one goal was not enough and then, I got the second goal,” Oshoala said.“At first, I think we were a little bit scared of losing and going out. But after a while, we just decided to go for it. I always say that I’m never under pressure – I just go on the pitch and do my job. It’s an 11-player game and I just look to enjoy the game, have fun and do the right thing for my team.“The group is wide open now. We just have to concentrate now on making sure we get the points we need against France.”Head coach of Nigeria’s women team, Thomas Dennerby, praised his players for their solid display, in their 2-0 win over South Korea on Wednesday afternoon. “Today our discipline was better than against Norway – no mistakes at all. If we can be as compact as we were today, don’t let teams overplay us in midfield and find passes through, we know we’ll get opportunities for players like Asisat.“The players followed our match plan and that’s all you can really ask. Now we go to play France, a really good team. If we can come out with a point everyone would be extremely happy.“But you can’t just go to defend – you need to know what to do when you win the ball back. And hopefully, we can have a little bit of success,” Dennerby told reporters after the game.Former Green Eagles goalkeeper Emmanuel Okala however warned the team not to be carried away by their victory against South Korea, saying the Super Falcons still needed to work hard.Okala told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the team played well and showed a lot of resilience in their encounter with South Korea. “It is a good thing that they won. They deserve it after putting in lots of enterprise in the game. º––ºº˝19˙ẇI will, however, appeal to them to work harder. They need to continue to improve in subsequent games and brush up various departments of the team.“We wish them well and will continue to pray for their success in all their remaining matches in France. I believe they can do us proud,” Okala said. Meanwhile, France head coach Corinne Diacre has predicted a tough battle for her side when they come up against the Super Falcons of Nigeria in their last group game on Monday.France top Group A with six points from two games – three ahead of second-placed Norway and third-placed Nigeria – with one group game left against Nigeria on Monday. ”I am going to relax, think about it tomorrow, then we will reflect on things – what we can do, who may stay on the bench because we did have some injuries and let them recover,”Diacre told reporters after her side victory against the Norwegians.”We are going to have to think about this long and hard. Norway gave us a hard time; Nigeria will probably do the same. For the time being, now we are just going to stay put and fight hard to win that match against Nigeria.”Nigeria are third on the Group A log with three points from two games and will hope to claim their spot in the next round when they face Les Bleus at the Roazhon Park, Rennes.
That the view of Tipp FM expert Tom McGrath following the news that the two-time All-Ireland winner is going to be working with the Dan Breen Cup holders this year.Tommy Maher and Paddy McCormack will still be on the sideline for Sars along with another new addition to the set-up – club stalwart Johnny Enright.Tom McGrath says that while Sars probably aren’t doing much wrong at the moment the Mullinahone great is a welcome acquisition for them.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Jamaica government says it will extend by a further 60 days, the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Denham Town in Kingston, and Mount Salem, St. James, as the country deals with the criminal situation on the island.National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang told the Senate that as a result, the ZOSOs will remain in effect in the two areas to August 19, and September 7, 2019, respectively.Chang said that the ZOSOs reflect the shared consensus regarding the attainment of crime reduction through social intervention noting “in my April address, I acknowledged this very fact, noting that all governments have undertaken and have invested considerably in substantial social intervention programs in vulnerable communities over the years. Through Zones, this effort continues.”Last phase of these ZOSOsChang said that the two current ZOSOs in Mount Salem and Denham Town, were operationalized in 2017 and are still in the build phase, adding that this is the longest and last phase of the three-phase strategy.“Reports from the Social Intervention Committee have indicated that social intervention programs, pursued under various thematic areas, are being successfully executed in a peaceful environment, conducive to community development and continued prosperity,” he said, adding that successes in these areas continue to be manifested by an overall lower crime rate.In the case of Mount Salem, over a period of 638 days, from September 1, 2017 to May 31, 2019, only three category-one crimes have been reported in the space. They include one aggravated assault, one rape, and a break-in.No recorded cases of murders“It is important to note that there have been no recorded cases of murders or shootings since the declaration of the Zone,” the Security Minister said.He said that during the 638 days prior to the declaration of the Zone, that is, December 3, 2015 to August 31, 2017, there were 38 category-one crimes, inclusive of 16 murders, and 19 incidents of shooting.In the case of Denham Town, over a period of 593 days, that is, from October 16, 2017 to May 31, 2019, there have been a 58 per cent reduction in murders, a 75 per cent reduction in shootings, a 63 per cent decrease in robberies, an 88 per cent decline in break-ins and a 59 per cent reduction in overall category-one crimes since the declaration of the Zone.“While our ambitions are much greater than that which has been reported here, we continue to be motivated by the gains we have made so far,” Chang said.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a ZOSO in order to tackle increased crime and volatility. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The Zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defense Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister.
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WESA and RFRSH yesterday announced that they have agreed that ‘RFRSH will comply with WESA’s Multi-Team Ownership Regulations’. Ken Hershman, WESAUnder these rules, ownership or control of multiple esports organisations or teams that participate in Pro League is prohibited. For those unaware RFRSH is the Copenhagen based esports media company behind three sizable orgs in the form of Astralis, GODSENT and Heroic. This means that these teams will be able to take part in Pro League, and RFRSH will comply with this WESA ruling within the given 18 month time frame.Ken Hershman, Executive Chairman and Commissioner, WESA commented: “The rules and regulations we have implemented are designed to protect the integrity of our Member organisations, their players and the esports industry at large. “RFRSH has indicated that they also share the vision to invest in improvements for players, fans and the scene in general. We are very pleased that RFRSH has embraced the regulations and we look forward to continue working with them to move the industry forward.”Today WESA and @RFRSH_Ent announce that they have agreed on compliance with WESA’s Multi-team Ownership Regulations. https://t.co/PnYXzNzD6d— WESA (@WESAofficial) June 29, 2017Nikolaj Nyholm, CEO and Founder, RFRSH stated: “RFRSH shares the same vision as WESA and its Members to help further professionalize the esports industry. “We are taking the necessary steps to comply to WESA’s rules and regulations and are excited to work alongside WESA and all of its Members.”This decision does not mean that RFRSH and its teams have become WESA members, but we can presume that this is a stepping stone on the way to that reality. WESA’s members include EnVyUS, FaZe Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, mousesports, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, OpTic Gaming, Renegades, SK Gaming, Virtus.pro and ESL. The question now is which route does RFRSH take in terms of solving this multiple team ownership issue? Back in March, a statement on RFRSH’s site read as follows: ‘Under the RFRSH Model, the players have a minority share in the team and thereby all players are or will be co-owners of their respective teams. Thereby the players will also benefit from the financial success and/or a sale of the team.‘We do not see a conflict in multiple team ownership under this model, as each team is and will be its own entity, however, when the teams and brands are fully established, RFRSH will no (longer) have a controlling share or ownership of the teams, brands or orgs.’ It stated earlier that the RFRSH model is designed to build, develop and establish viable teams and brands over a 36 month period. You can read this statement in full here. Esports Insider says: WESA’s ruling on multiple team ownership is a good move and it’s positive to see more groups like RFRSH complying with it, even with the seemingly excessive 18 month grace period. What will now happen to Astralis, GODSENT and Heroic is very much up in the air.