Setién ‘transforms’ Arthur

first_imgThe arrival of Setién allowed rocket fire to the radicals of the possession style. “Arthur will now be indisputable,” he took for granted. The numbers have said the exact opposite. Attacked by pubic problems that are not new and that left him out of combat at the end of last season and before the end of 2019 in this one, Arthur is only playing in small doses with Setién who, however, has been able to find him a good provisional role.Arthur has only played 166 minutes in seven games. His only appearance as a starter, in Valencia, was a fiasco. He was an inconsequential player who was shipwrecked and to which the rhythm of the game passed over. Barça was much better with Arturo Vidal on the pitch. Arthur seemed somewhat disappointed. Already in the game against Ibiza he had not been especially active in the 20 minutes given by the Cantabrian coach. Accepted that his physical condition is not the best, and that it is costing him to become a footballer who supports the rigors of European football (the club is demanding more professional behavior and the player has already had to ask for forgiveness twice publicly), and above all that endures the parties at a high intensity level, Setién has decided to reinvent him while he gets fit. In the last four games (Leganés, Levante, Athletic and Betis) he has played 19 ‘, 10’, 21 ‘and 33’ respectively. In all contributed something. A goal against Leganés, control against the granotas, a golden assistance to Messi that the Argentine could not turn into a goal in San Mamés; and, finally, a few minutes of quality at Villamarín to keep the ball and drive transitions with 2-3.Arthur is fatigued too soon too often. As if he beat the rhythm of the games and was not quite physically fine. But in these moments he has taken his quality for a walk and, waiting for him to recover some exuberance in his football, it is important that he offer a service to the team. Also, for now, he has found an accommodation and that is something. That leaving that provisional role to be a player with hierarchy from the beginning depends on Arthur himself. It is obvious that he speaks the language that Setién likes.last_img read more

Eibar thanks the health and essential services staff for their great effort

first_imgEibar thanks the health and essential services personnel for their great effort to combat the coronavirus, which has paralyzed almost all sports, social and work activity, except for what is essential. Eibar donated the coronavirus tests to OsakidetzaTwo weeks ago, Eibar donated the coronavirus tests sent by LaLiga to all First Division football clubs to Osakidetza (Basque Health Service).The eibarresa entity considered then that this material to make tests to detect COVID-19 was needed by the medical services that try to spread the epidemic.In the Catalan club there was no one with symptoms of the disease (fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, shortness of breath, dry cough), so in a gesture of solidarity he transferred the material sent by the Professional Football League for use by people with coronavirus symptoms or risk groups ( elderly or with respiratory, cardiac, or defenseless problems). Eibar made this decision considering that there were people who needed to pass the tests to detect COVID-19 with a higher priority than the Barça footballers.The LFP (Professional Soccer League) sent coronavirus tests to the First Division and Second clubs to detect positives in the soccer players and technicians. The sooner sick people are detected by COVID-19, the more possibilities there are to avoid later infections.. Isolation of the sick in a soccer team would prevent the disease from spreading to the rest of the staff, and to the workers of the soccer entities. What LaLiga wants is that the sanitary problem affects the teams of the highest category as little as possible, to resume the competition as soon as possible -possibly behind closed doors- when the alarm state is over. Eibar thanks the health and essential services personnel for their great effort to combat the coronavirus, which has paralyzed almost all sports, social and work activity, except for what is essential. The Gipuzkoan club released this message of encouragement (with applause icons) on social networks on Wednesday to the groups fighting against the epidemic, praising the work of medical personnel, who take care of the health of the sick, and that of minimum services, which allows the consequences of COVID-19 to be mitigated to a society that continues to function despite the confinement of people in their homes.Eibar released a video in which two Barça players appear, Anaitz Arbilla and Alaitz Seoane, from the men’s and women’s first team, respectively, together with representatives of Athletic Club (Aritz Aduriz and Garazi Murua), the Royal Society (Mikel Oyarzabal and Nahikari García), the Alavés (Martín Agirregabiria and Maialen Martínez de Marigorta), and Osasuna coach Jagoba Arrasate.In this audiovisual, the Basque and Navarrese athletes expressed a message of thanks and solidarity. “You encourage us every week, but now it is up to us to encourage you. Because at this moment we all play together. To those who are at home, to those who give their all in health services, to those who maintain essential services every day, to those who are suffering: We will get ahead, we will return sooner rather than later. Together we will make it“they stressed.last_img read more

Former Thailand coach Tim Lewis impressed with Gilas’ depth

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Reyes says he was ‘asked’ to leave Maliksi out of SEAG roster Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Lewis. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonGilas Pilipinas resumed team practices on Thursday and curiously welcomed a new face in coach Tim Lewis.The British mentor, who was last seen in the country mentoring Thailand in the 2017 Seaba Championship, was on hand at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig and ran a few defensive drills with the squad which is preparing for the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in August.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Coach Chot Reyes explained that Lewis’ involvement is just temporary, saying he’s been in communication with the former Thailand coach since the regional tiff in May.“We’ve been talking since the Seaba and he’s doing some work now with TNT. So I said, ‘Since you’re in town, we might as well take advantage of your knowledge.’ And he really wanted to come and watch the Gilas practice. There are things that he does that we feel is gonna be useful for us and so that’s why he’s here,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Lewis also said that he’s in the country only as a guest and thanked as Reyes for allowing him to subject the national team to some defensive schemes.“It’s just a casual basis. I’ve come over as a guest to (assistant coach) Josh Reyes and be around him, talk about basketball. And then his dad offered me the opportunity to be on the floor,” he said. “It’s a very loose situation, so there’s no contract. I’m glad to help out. It’s just an opportunity to coach basketball somewhere else in the world and I appreciate them giving me the opportunity.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES Having a first-hand look at the Gilas pool, the 49-year-old coach believes that despite sending a youthful cadet squad in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines is still going to be the team-to-beat no matter what.“You got so many tools, so many weapons, so much depth at each spot. And the way that you play is at an uptempo style of basketball cause you’ve adopted because of the lack of size at times. And now, you have the additions to the size as well,” he said.“You’re never scared to bring in these younger guys, too, to put them on the face of adversity and challenge them and see whether they could take it. It’s impressive. It’s a well-oiled machine. It’s a really good job done by you guys. I think it’s exciting times for Philippine basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Coach Topex: Pirates lack Lions’ championship class

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor all the milestones that his team has achieved this season—an elimination round sweep and a first finals appearance, Lyceum coach Topex Robinson still doesn’t think the Pirates are the heavy favorites in the NCAA Season 93 championship series against defending champion San Beda starting Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.For one, Robinson said his team didn’t have the championship culture that the Red Lions had established over the past 11 seasons in the NCAA, where San Beda had lost just twice in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? The Pirates are the latest challengers to the throne of the Lions, whose iron-fisted grip of the league has thrown traditional powerhouses San Sebastian and Letran under the shade for most of the past decade.READ: Fernandez knows ‘underdog’ San Beda will come out big vs LyceumFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s obvious that they’re determined to win,” said Robinson, who was part of the television panel that called the Lions’ 76-71 win over the Stags in a knockout duel last Tuesday.“At the end of the day, they’re the stronger team and they have more experience than us. Their experience showed against San Sebastian and we know what we have to face. They have a good group of guys that are motivated to show that they are the defending champions.” “That time, San Sebastian was the favorite, but San Beda came and won so we might see history repeat itself,” Fernandez said. “For us, we’ll just take it one game at a time.”Interesting matchups abound in the finals with Lyceum star CJ Perez and San Beda’s Robert Bolick all eager to prove their worth in the NCAA’s biggest stage.“The excitement is there, but it’s a matter of channeling it to positivity,” said Robinson. “We know it’s our first time to be in this level and it’s really unchartered territory. We know that we got nothing to lose and we’re happy where we are.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lifesavers up even minus star import MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 The regular season results, however, point to the Pirates as the team to beat in the finals.They clobbered teams by double-digit margins in 13 of their 18 wins. And although they did come away with a couple of narrow wins against the Lions, the Pirates were in control for most of those two games.READ: Robinson admits San Beda ‘stronger, more experienced team’“Right now, Lyceum is the best team (in the league) because they beat us twice,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, on his second stint as Lions coach after steering the team to back-to-back crowns in 2013 and 2014. “We’re the underdogs in the series. But again, we’ll find a way to win.”The Lions are no strangers to these type of situations even in the midst of one of college basketball’s most dominant runs with Fernandez recalling the time San Beda overcame a San Sebastian team led by now PBA star Calvin Abueva.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgThe most controversial and divisive national issue in Liberia now is the mid-term senatorial elections. “Should they be held now or postponed until Liberia reaches the zero Ebola infection point?” This is the question that divides households, communities, institutions, political parties, and the religious community across the country. My personal and candid opinion is that the mid-term senatorial elections should not be held now under the prevailing Ebola crisis that is affecting every aspect of our national life and survival. I state clearly below why I take this position.We observed the good news that the rate of infection is declining in many parts of the country with some notable exceptions. That phase two is a great opportunity and is at the same time a big risk. This is a great opportunity if we accelerate our gains and kick this deadly virus out of the country and the region, and a grave risk if we become complacent.I added my voice to many calling for an acceleration of our combined efforts (the government, health workers, media, internal partners, inter-religious community, teachers, civil society organizations, traditional leaders, security forces, and communities) to fight and defeat Ebola out of Liberia and the region. Let there be a district to district, community to community and house to house campaign emphasizing the risks as well as the opportunities in phase two of the war against Ebola.How then do elections fit in with the need to heighten our combined efforts to eradicate Ebola? The question of the mid-term elections in Liberia now has two sides and serious implications. Those who want elections now generally use two main arguments. That if we do not have the elections we run the risk of a constitutional crisis. The argument goes that come January 6, 2014, the full bench of the House of Senate will be incomplete and the organic law of the land (the constitution) would have been violated. On account of this some people are even entertaining the idea of an interim government.The other argument is that though Ebola is here and is killing a lot of people yet most offices are still operating, markets continue to function, religious Services take place regularly, entertainment places are open, and people generally move about freely throughout the length and breadth of the country. All of the above activities involve the movement and gathering of people. And these two are some of the key means of spreading Ebola. If they can continue with some controls and success therefore elections can be held with similar controls put in place.Those of us who oppose to elections now do so for the following reasons. Our constitution allows that when there is a state of emergency wherein “there is a threat or outbreak of war or where there is civil unrest affecting the existence, security or well-being of the Republic amounting to a clear and present danger” certain exercises and functions of state and its people such as their rights, freedoms and guarantees may be curtailed or suspended (article 86 of the Liberian 1986 constitution). Most Liberians and international partners agree that Ebola is a form of war that poses a clear and present danger. Can one have elections in time of a civil war raging on? And if we cannot will we be violating a constitutional provision? The answer is no. Necessity dictates that one cannot have elections in time of war.Another reason is that an election of the mid-term kind requires campaigning that in turn involves mass movement of people, gathering in numbers and lots of sweating in some instances. Elections in Liberia and their associated activities more than those of running offices, market, religious and entertainment places, increase the risk of Ebola inflection spread. There is a real danger, which we pray against, that the elections might roll back a little some of the gains we have made in the fight against Ebola!The mid-term elections might send the wrong signal that the Ebola Virus Disease is no longer the threat to national life and existence it was a month or so ago. They might detract from the intensification of the war against Ebola. We are at a critical point in the fight against Ebola when we should be concentrating all our energies on bringing the rate of infection to zero. We should not permit anything to distract us even just a little. Furthermore elections may sound incentive to those who (and their families) are still battling with the onslaughts of Ebola.In my view, if we can accelerate and focus our fight at the community level, employing all of the partners (local and international) and resources available to us, and bring down the spread of the disease to zero then all the other good things shall follow: elections, opening of our learning institutions, and the much needed infrastructural, agricultural and other economy activities. Mid-term elections might just distract and harm the cause of fighting Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sup. Court to Decide 13 Convicted Mercenaries’ Fate

first_imgThe fate of 13 persons that were sentenced to life imprisonment for their involvement in staging mercenary activities in neighboring La Cote d’Ivoire now rest with the Supreme Court.Following compelling arguments yesterday by attorneys for prosecution and defense, the fate of the 13 convicts now rests in the hands of the Supreme Court.The attorneys argued whether or not the High Court should reverse the 2013 decision by Criminal Court ‘E’ at the Temple of Justice that convicted the 13 men for mercenary activities.The lawyers’ arguments were based on the defense team’s appeal against Judge Emery Paye’s judgment to the Supreme Court.Judge Paye, in early June 2013, conceded with the jury unanimous guilty verdict and sentenced the 13 men to life imprisonment.  The defense team rejected the verdict and announced an appeal before the High Court. After the lawyers’ arguments, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor informed the parties that the court would reserve its ruling on the matter.Prosecuting attorneys in the case are asking the High Court not to disturb the unanimous verdict and the life sentenced given by the court to the convicted men.The state pointed to four separate witnesses who testified during the trial to seeing that the convicts were based in the Garlos Town including the Thai forest and controlled areas in that country.They also cited witness testimony that the convicted men used weapons such as M-50, RPG and Ak-47 to fight in La Cote d, Ivoire.The prosecution also highlighted prior incidents in 2010 to 2012 regarding the killing of several persons including seven United Nations peacekeepers by the convicts. “All of our witnesses like Thomas Glaider, Pascal Kollie, and Baryee Gaye, corroborated each other’s testimonies and hence the court has heard and tried the fact and could not hesitate, but to arrive at that decision,” they further alleged.They added, “Witnesses, Inspector Savior Howard of the Liberian National Police, visited the crime scene as opposed by the defense lawyers that none of the investigators visited the crime scene both in Liberia and La Cote d’Ivoire.”Defense Attorney, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, on the other hand, urged the High Court to reverse the judge’s ruling and release the convicts, “because the lower court ignored the fact that the material evidences given in the case were based on hearsay, particularly the evidence presented by Thomas Gladior, whom they alleged was the source of the information that led to the arrest and indictment of the defendants.Cllr. Gongloe then argued that the evidence produced in the case did not prove the indictment as to the existence of a training camp in Liberia.Gongloe cited testimonies given by two witnesses from La Côte d’Ivoire regarding the 13 men’s involvement in their country’s civil conflict was based on hearsay, meaning they were told by someone else.They also contended that there was not a forensic report presented to the court to establish that the 13 men used guns.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Saints grateful for win

first_imgSaints standout Jon Joe finished with 18 points but was quiet until the fourth quarter when he scored six points during the critical final minutes. Miller scored 12 for the Saints. “We got more movement out of Jon (in the fourth quarter),” Robbins said. “We actually talked about it at halftime, that we wanted more movement than we were getting.” Friday’s game was a treat for fans of half-court basketball, but the flow didn’t allow the Saints to ever pull too far ahead of San Luis Obispo. San Dimas led only 19-17 at halftime and it was a one-possession affair for most of the second half until the final three minutes. The Saints took a 32-29 lead into the fourth quarter, courtesy of a 3-pointer by Robby Schroeder. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Honestly, I kind of expected it (to be close) because they’re a pretty good team,” Robbins said. “I just think our kids don’t want to quit yet. They want to keep playing.” San Dimas improved to 19-9 and will play Centennial of Corona, a 77-27 winner over Saddleback, in Tuesday’s second-round game. SAN DIMAS – It might have been too close for comfort, but on a night when most San Gabriel Valley high school boys basketball teams saw their seasons end, San Dimas coach Bruce Robbins was simply happy to be moving on. San Dimas couldn’t shake visiting San Luis Obispo on Friday until the final minute of a 49-40 victory in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II-A playoffs. center_img San Luis Obispo took a 34-32 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Conner Reese. San Dimas got the lead back for good moments later when point guard Donte Miller drove the lane and finished with a layup over defenders for a 36-34 advantage. The Tigers wouldn’t go away and closed to within 40-38 in the final minute. But San Dimas’ Nick Schultz clinched the victory with a baseline jumper with 40 seconds left. “What we had talked about this week was to get into gaps and not settle for 3-point shots,” Robbins said. “We kind of, for the first part of the game, settled for 3-point shots. Then, in the fourth quarter I think, we quit taking the first 3 or second 3 that came along. “Donte Miller got into gaps with the dribble because they didn’t have somebody quick enough to keep him from getting into the gaps.” last_img read more

Hoover could clean up at Masters

first_imgHoover already has won the CIF-SS Eastern Division title, the prestigious Five-Counties title, along with the Colton, Dick Comly Invitational (Victor Valley) and North Torrance Tournament of Champions titles. Last year Hoover shined at Masters, then went to state and lost his first match. He then won three consecutive matches before losing to the No. 1 seed, who also previously lost. Hoover finished two wins short of placing. That was unacceptable to him, and he is not looking to duplicate that agonizing experience. Despite last year’s painful effort, he is confident. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound pin machine is so dedicated to wrestling that he hasn’t played football since his freshman year, despite the urgings of Scorpion coaches. “I’m confident,” Hoover said. “I think I have a mental edge over a lot of the guys at Masters because I’ve beaten a lot of them.” Added Scorpions coach Dave Stidham, a former Pacific High School wrestler: “Ryan is just a beast on the mat and I have the separated shoulder, broken finger and black eyes to prove it from wrestling with him.” Hoover, who has a 3.7 grade point average, is being pursued by many schools, but said he is most interested in Oregon State. The preliminary rounds will begin this morning, with the finals scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. The top eight in each weight class advance to the state meet next week in Bakersfield. Besides Hoover, there are many other wrestlers to look for today and tomorrow. At 103 pounds, Huntington Beach Marina’s Victoria Anthony will wrestle. Carter athletic director Joe Paluba said Anthony is believed to be the first girl to ever wrestle in a Masters Meet. Also wrestling at 103 pounds is Arroyo Valley’s Javier Palacios. Among the other area wrestlers to watch are Ryan Eagleson (Rancho Cucamonga) and Jose Briseno (Arroyo Valley) at 130 pounds; Jesse Moreno (Cajon) at 135; Cody Bollinger (Sultana) at 140; Isaac Whisner (Rim of the World) and Jarrod Brooksher (Sultana) at 145; Vinny Maraj (Yucca Valley) at 152; Eli McWatters (Sultana) at 160; Greg Fehrs (Claremont) at 171; Justin Correa (Hesperia) at 189; Zach Sweeney (Sultana), Marcus Johnson (Diamond Bar) and Danny Reyes (Hesperia) at 215 and Marcus Austin (Etiwanda) at 285. This is the first time Carter has hosted the event after about a quarter-century at Fountain Valley High School. Carter athletic director and co-meet director Joe Paluba said he expects a total of 3,000 fans to attend the two-day event. There will be a total of eight mats in use today, with six of them borrowed from Upland High School. Six separate food vendors will be operating to feed the horde of fans and wrestlers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The difficult road to the CIF-State Meet continues today for Hesperia’s Ryan Hoover and hundreds of other Southern Section wrestlers. Hoover will try to defend his heavyweight title at the CIF-Masters Meet being held today and Saturday at Carter High School. center_img And, excuse the pun, for Hoover no less than cleaning up will do when it comes to Masters and State competition. “I have a lot to prove,” said Hoover, who is 48-0, ranked first in the state and 12th in the nation. “Anything less than a state championship will be a disappointment this year.” last_img read more

No pressure! Which Premier League new boy will make the biggest impact on debut this weekend?

first_img 6 6 6 6. Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – City parted with another eye-watering fee to secure the services of the Argentine defender and Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping he has finally identified the long-term centre-back partner for Vincent Kompany. Only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo received more than Otamendi’s seven Man of the Match awards in La Liga last season. He may, however, have to fill in at right-back for the league leaders at Palace if Bacary Sagna is sidelined through injury. 5. Michail Antonio (West Ham) – Widely regarded as the best player in the Championship, Antonio snubbed offers from other second tier sides to pursue his Premier League dream. Along with fellow new recruit Victor Moses, he will be expected to inject some pace into the West Ham attack. Can he help the Hammers transfer their stunning away form into a first home win of the season against Newcastle on Monday night? The Premier League returns this weekend after the first international break of the season and, with Manchester United v Liverpool live on talkSPORT on Saturday, it’s fair to say it’s back with a bang.A caveat to this weekend’s set of fixtures will be the prospected debuts of several new signings following the trials and tribulations of transfer deadline day.Premier League clubs splashed out nearly £900m between them during the summer window and a handful of the heftier purchases are in line for their top flight bows over the next few days.But which new signing are you most excited about and who will make the biggest impact? 1. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – No pressure, kid. The most expensive teenager in history could make his United debut this weekend in traditionally their biggest fixture of the season – Liverpool at home. Could Louis van Gaal be tempted to throw him into the mix straight away? Even the Dutchman admitted earlier this week that the astronomical fee Monaco received for his services was ‘ridiculous.’ Good luck to him. 6 4. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – The latest South East Asian import to the Premier League will be hoping to be more Ji-Sung Park than Shinji Kagawa. He was brilliant for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, with the physical demands of the German top flight perhaps a good indicator he should settle well in England. Spurs go to lowly Sunderland on Sunday still looking for their first win of the season. 6 3. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – The most expensive Premier League import of the summer has gone from £18m Chelsea misfit to £54m world-beater in the space of 18 months. Quite a transformation for a man Jose Mourinho shunted for temperamental reasons. The Belgian has a point to prove to more than a few people, and he can make a start during a tricky away fixture at Crystal Palace. 6 2. Virgin van Dijk (Southampton) – This is an intriguing one. Long earmarked as the finest player in the SPL with Celtic, the Dutch centre-back must now make the sizeable step up to Premier League football. A trip to West Brom is a relatively low key introduction for the tall defender but if he can strike up an instant understanding with captain Jose Fonte, Saints might be onto a winning formula. last_img read more

A weekend of bliss for Tyler Perry as ‘Married’ wins box office

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Disney reported an $11.5 million haul for “The Game Plan,” Warner Bros. reported $11.01 million for “Michael Clayton” and Sony reported $11 million for “We Own the Night.” Universal’s “The Golden Age,” a follow-up to 1998’s “Elizabeth,” was No. 6 with $6.2 million. Despite the rush of movies featuring top stars, overall business continued to slide. Revenues were down for the fourth-straight weekend, with the top 12 films taking in $85.5 million, off 14 percent from the same weekend last year, when “The Grudge 2” and “The Departed” led the box office. Though “Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls” had a so-so opening earlier this year, “Why Did I Get Married?” joined his previous hits “Madea’s Family Reunion” and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” which also opened at No. 1. “Why Did I Get Married?” follows the domestic trials of couples re-evaluating their relationships during an annual reunion. Academy Awards heavyweights such as George Clooney and Cate Blanchett were no match for another of Tyler Perry’s populist tales. The Lionsgate release “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” a marital yarn whose ensemble cast includes Janet Jackson, Malik Yoba, Jill Scott and writer-director Perry, debuted as the No. 1 weekend movie with $21.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Perry’s flick came in well ahead of Clooney’s legal drama “Michael Clayton,” Blanchett’s historical pageant “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” and Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg’s crime saga “We Own the Night,” which all pulled in modest crowds. “The Game Plan,” which had been No. 1 the previous two weekends, was neck-and-neck with “Michael Clayton” and “We Own the Night” for second-place. Exact rankings awaited final studio numbers today. “Tyler Perry is a mogul,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “There is a built-in audience base for Tyler Perry’s movies, no matter what time of year, no matter what the subject matter.” “Michael Clayton,” which went into nationwide release after opening in a handful of theaters a week earlier, stars Clooney as an attorney in moral crisis over a class-action lawsuit. “We Own the Night” features Phoenix and Wahlberg in the story of a black-sheep brother who makes amends with his family of cops to take on Russian drug dealers. In “The Golden Age,” Blanchett reprises her role as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth I as she faces a holy war with Spain. The studios are counting on Oscar buzz for Blanchett and Clooney to keep “The Golden Age” and “Michael Clayton.” “We think we really have a solid Oscar contender here, and we’re in for the long run,” said Dan Fellman, Warner’s head of distribution. Top movies Here are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” $21.5 million. 2. “The Game Plan,” $11.5 million. 3. “Michael Clayton,” $11.01 million. 4. “We Own the Night,” $11 million. 5. “The Heartbreak Kid,” $7.4 million. 6. “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” $6.2 million. 7. “The Kingdom,” $4.6 million. 8. “Across the Universe,” $4 million. 9. “Resident Evil: Extinction,” $2.65 million. 10. “The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising,” $2.15 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more