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Barça bill scandal stains La Masia

first_imgAccording to Sport, Tantra Soft SA is a consultancy services company in computer science and information technology that was founded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in June 2007. Its manager -since July 2016, Juan Carlos Vera Zanotti, has also been linked to I3Ventures. . Furthermore, since September 25, 2009 -as recorded in the minutes of the company’s Ordinary Assembly- “Carlos Rafael Ibáñez Constantino” was appointed as Alternate Director. Carlos Ibáñez is the maximum person in charge of I3 Ventures.The information relates that the managers of the Blaugrana grassroots soccer saw expenses in their budget on behalf of Tantra Soft that they did not locate. When they complained to the board that this expense came from, they received no response and had to assume it because the club’s CEO, Grascar Grau, had authorized it. The scandal of the fragmented invoices by Barcelona to pay the company I3 Ventures for the monitoring of Social Networks does not stop. The Sport newspaper advanced through Xavier Torres information confirming that The fees charged by this company came out in part from the budget of Blaugrana grassroots football, which in two years paid a company called Tantra Soft, a subsidiary of I3 Ventures, 297,000 euros.Payments were made as follows: 198,000 were paid in season 18-19 and 99,000 in the current season. This second amount corresponds to the first term of what was agreed for this exercise. The second was not paid because Cadena SER discovered the scandal and contracts were suspended.The concept of these payments, which depended directly on the presidency department headed by Jaume Masferrer, supposedly removed from his duties as a result of the scandal, and were paid by way of monitoring the club’s social media accounts related to grassroots football.last_img read more

Gayle sparkles but Renegades beaten

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Marquee West Indies opener Chris Gayle extended his decent form in the Big Bash League, but his Melbourne Renegades crashed to a ten-wicket defeat to Perth Scorchers yesterday.The left-handed Gayle stroked 41 off 35 balls to help Renegades up to 170 for four off their 20 overs, after they were sent in at Docklands Stadium.He struck two fours and three sixes and put on 98 off 68 deliveries for the first wicket with captain Aaron Finch, who slammed 72 off 48 balls with six fours and three sixes. Gayle was one of two wickets to fall in the 12th over off successive deliveries, but Finch and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, who hit 35 from 25 balls, added a further 47 for the third wicket to keep the innings afloat.West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo chipped in with 14 from ten balls at the death.In reply, captain Michael Klinger smashed an unbeaten 90 from 58 balls with seven fours and three sixes, while opening partner Shaun Marsh cracked 76 not out off 54 deliveries, as Scorchers motored to their target in the penultimate over.Medium pacer Bravo went wicket-less from his four overs, which cost 35 runs.last_img read more

Vision upsets in Ronron feature

first_imgVISION, offering odds of 12-1 with leading jockey Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, made virtually all to win the second running of the Ronron Trophy, a restricted stakes event over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.Breaking smartly from the number two post position, the 3-y-o grey colt led under pressure from 7-1 chance CLASSY AVIATOR on his inside, passing the half mile with the highly fancied pair of BIRD CATCHER (5-2) and PURE AMAZEMENT (5-1) in close touch in a field of 12 three-year-olds.VISION, however, maintained a narrow lead over the Aaron Chatrie-ridden CLASSY AVIATOR into the straight, finding extra under a bustling ride to beat CLASSY AVIATOR on the rails by 11/2 lengths with the American filly, PURE AMAZEMENT a close third. The 2-1 favourite, ANOTHER FURY, was a big disappointment and ended up in the eleventh spot.VISION, who had previously won over this trip on August 20 with Walker aboard, is by He’stherealthing out of the Alisios mare Money Spinner, owned by the trainer’s wife, Elizabeth DaCosta, and bred by Orange Valley Estates Limited.DaCosta had a second winner on the card in QUEEN OF BAGDAD (8-1), who stormed through from well off the pace to catch and beat stable-companion DYSFUNCTIONAL, the 3-5 favourite with Walker aboard, by a neck.FIRST OF THREEOwned by Carlton Watson, QUEEN OF BAGDAD was the first of three winners for top apprentice Bebeto Harvey on the 10-race programme. Harvey also won the closing race over the straight aboard 2-1 chance STAR OF DAVID as well as the 99-1 outsider A VESSEL OF LOVE for trainer Lawrence Freemantle in the eighth race over 1100 metres for maiden three-year-old fillies.Coming from far off the pace, A VESSEL OF LOVE finished like a runaway train to beat 11-1 chance BROOKLYN by a neck in a 13-horse field.This weekend will feature the two-day Heroes Racing Carnival with the Cash Pot Only One For Me Trophy kicking off the Supreme Ventures 2-y-o series on Saturday and the popular Gold Cup race over 1400 metres highlighting Monday’s Heroes Day programme on October 17.last_img read more

Past winners of daCosta Cup

first_imgPast winners of daCosta Cup1950: Munro College1951: Munro College1952: Munro College1953: Cornwall College1954: No Competition1955: Cornwall College1956: Cornwall College1957: Munro College1958: Cornwall College1959: Cornwall College1960: No Competition1961: Munro College1962: Munro College1963: Cornwall College1964: Munro College1965: Vere Technical1966: No Competition1967: Vere Technical1968: Vere Technical1969: Vere Technical1970: Vere Technical1971: Vere Technical1972: No Competition1973: No Competition1974: STETHS1975: Vere Technical1976: Vere Technical1977: Clarendon College1978: Clarendon College1979: Dinthill Technical1980: Vere Technical1981:Dinthill Technical1982: Cornwall College1983: Cornwall College1984: Rusea’s High1985: Rusea’s High1986: Herbert Morrison Tech1987: Rusea’s Comprehensive1988: Herbert Morrison1989: Rusea’s High1990: Rusea’s High1991: Clarendon College1992: Rusea’s High1993: Rusea’s High1994: Clarendon College1995: Cornwall College1996: Clarendon College1997: No Competition1998: Clarendon College1999: STETHS2000: Cornwall College2001: Cornwall College2002: Rusea’s High2003: Frome Technical2004: Glenmuir High2005: Godfrey Stewart2006: Glenmuir High2007: Garvey Maceo2008: St James High2009: STETHS2010: Rusea’s High2011: Rusea’s High2012: Glenmuir High2013: STETHS2014: Clarendon College2015: STETHS2016: ???last_img read more

Ronaldo joins Messi as five-time winner of FIFA player award

first_imgPortuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Cristiano Ronaldo has caught up with Lionel Messi to become a five-time winner of FIFA’s best player award.The Real Madrid forward was crowned player of the year on Monday at the FIFA Best ceremony at the London Palladium theater attended by runner-up Messi and third-placed Neymar.ADVERTISEMENT A second successive honor for Ronaldo was expected after a season in which the Portuguese eclipsed his award counterparts in the trophy stakes.As well as Spanish league and Spanish Super Cup success, Ronaldo scored twice in the Champions League final against Juventus to win European soccer’s elite competition for the third time in four seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRonaldo’s coach at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, was crowned coach of the year.FIFA has shifted its award ceremony from its usual January slot to October so players are judged across a season — based on the typical European schedule — rather than the calendar year. View comments Metta World Peace joins Lakers’ G League team as assistant coach The women’s award honored the Netherlands’ success at the European Championship in August. Lieke Martens, who scored in the final win over Denmark, won the player’s award and Sarina Wiegman collected the coaching accolade.The Puskas Award for best goal went to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for a scorpion-style kick. The Puskas Award-winning goal from an overhead back-heeled strike came on New Year’s Day in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIEScenter_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 awardlast_img read more

Young Asiad-bound athletes feted

first_imgCarpio 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ POC Super Kids awardees: Kai Sotto (basketball), Tara Borlain (athletics), Marco Imbang Umgeher (alpine skiing), Dexy Manalo (canoe-kayak), Morris Madlos (sailing), Rizumu Ono (table tennis), John Paolo Rivero (weightlifting), Daniel Quizon (chess), Jane Linete Hipolito (weightlifting), Kieth Absalon (football), Justin Ceriola (jiu-jitsu), Trojan Dangadang (canoe-kayak), Christine Talledo (dragonboat, Eya Laure (volleyball).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacquiao’s KL title fight unstoppable LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Filipino athletes 17 years old and below bound for the 18th Asian Games will hog the limelight in the first Phoenix Petroleum Siklab Youth Sports Awards on Wednesday at Century Park Hotel Manila Grand Ballroom.Archer Nicole Tagle, judoka Maria Takahashi, gymnasts Carlos Yulo and Kaitlin de Guzman are among the Siklab awardees competing in the Asiad set Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Joining them are bowler Angelo Kenzo Umali and fencer Samantha Kyle Catantan, who will lead the 50 sports achievers to be conferred with the Philippine Olympic Committee Young Heroes awards.Also to be feted are Andrew Kim Remolino (triathlon), Rex Luis Krog (cycling), Chezka Centeno (billiards), Alex Eala (tennis), Veruel Verdadero (athletics) and boxers Chriztian Pitt Laurente, Kenneth Dela Pena and John Vincent Pangga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJoining them in the premier honor roll are Mary Angeline Alcantara (taekwondo), Rafael Barreto (swimming), Bea Hernandez (bowling), Sarah Barredo (badminton), Allaney Jia Doroy (chess), Ghen-yan Berdon (muay), Johnzenth Gajo (wushu), AJ Lim (tennis), Rosegie Ramos (weightlifting) and Bhay Newberry (swimming).It will be the first time that an award-giving body such as Siklab will recognize the importance of the accomplishments of junior sports heroes. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View commentslast_img read more

India spank Harambee Stars in Mumbai

first_imgStars will now need to win their final round-robin match against Chinese Taipei on Friday to book a slot in Sunday’s final after starting off their campaign with a 2-1 win over New Zealand on Saturday.India on the other hand started off with a 5-0 thrashing of Chinese Taipei.It was a difficult outing for Sebastien Migne’s charges who were forced to play long balls because of the soggy nature of the pitch and they had few chances to score.The game opened up in the second half and Kenya almost had the opener in the 49th minute when Ovella Ochieng burst through the centre of the Indian defence but could only shoot inches wide of the goal.Harambee Stars players celebrate one of their goals during their Heroes InterContinental Cup match against New Zealand at the Mumbai Arena on June 2, 2018. PHOTO/Indian Football AssociationBut the Indians got the much needed opener in the 68th minute after they were awarded a penalty after Chhetri was hacked inside the box by Michael Kibwage. The skipper stepped up to score.Two minutes later, the Indians were 2-0 up when Lalpekhlua lit up the full to capacity arena with a wonderful shot from range that found keeper Matasi flat footed.Kenya tried to push in for an equalizer attempting to use Piston Mutamba’s height in attack but they couldn’t break the backline. Substitute Mark Makwatta came close with a shot from range but the Indian keeper saved.Chhetri then drove the final nail into Kenya’s coffin with a beauty of a goal, chipping the ball over Matasi after India launched a counter attack.Migne had made only one change from the team that won on Saturday, bringing in Dennis Odhiambo for Makwatta. The tactician was forced into a change pre-match after left back Eric Ouma suffered an injury during warm up and was replaced by Bolton Omwenga.Meanwhile, the stadium was full to capacity after captain Sunil Chhetri’s emotional plea for fans to support the team after barely 2,500 people turned up to watch them play against Chinese Taipei.Chhetri’s heartfelt appeal — backed by India’s cricket heroes Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar — went viral on social media, prompting fans to shell out for tickets.Every seat in the 15,000-capacity Mumbai Football Arena was quickly sold with one fan buying more than 1,000 tickets for the Intercontinental Cup game.Chhetri’s plea came after India thrashed Taiwan 5-0 in front of just 2,569 people in the Mumbai stadium on Friday.The disheartened Chhetri, who scored a hat-trick in the match, said in a Twitter video: “To everyone who has lost hope in Indian football I request you to come and watch us in the stadiums.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000India and Kenya players walk off the pitch at half time during their Heroes InterContinental Cup at the Mumbai Arena on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Indian Football AssociationNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 4- Skipper Sunil Chhetri notched a brace on his 100th cap as India thumped Kenya’s Harambee Stars 3-0 in their second match at the four-nation InterContinental Heroes Cup at a water-logged Mumbai Arena on Monday night.After a barren first half, Chhetri opened the scoring in the 68th minute from the penalty spot before Jeje Lalpekhlua scored the second two minutes later. The skipper then put the icing on the cake in the second minute of added time as India picked their second win of the tournament.last_img read more

Unbelievable transfer! Messi’s Instagram reveals Chelsea signing inspired by Cole*

first_imgLionel Messi to Chelsea? It couldn’t happen, could it?Well, the Barcelona player’s Instagram account begs to differ… and we all know that photo-sharing services are where all the big deals are done.Now we can reveal the truth behind Messi’s messaging on Instagram with stars of the Chelsea team.Just check out the video above for the full story.Coming next week: Why Tumblr suggests Ronaldo is on his way to Aston Villa.DISCLAIMER: *Carlton, that is. And like Carlton’s dribbling ability, this video is not to be taken seriously.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, March 23

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Liverpool are eyeing Andriy Yarmolenko, the Dynamo Kiev attacker who dumped rivals Everton out of the Europa League. The Reds, who could lose Raheem Sterling in the summer, are preparing a £19.5m swoop for the Ukraine star. (Daily Star)Arsenal are set to meet with Palermo officials next week to seal the signing of Paulo Dybala. The Gunners have been scouting Argentine forward Dybala for months and would be more than willing to pay Palermo’s £28.9million asking price. (Metro)Arsenal wonderkid Chuba Akpom is set to leave the club this week to join Norwich City on loan. (Daily Mirror)Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta has again insisted the Serie A champions have no need to sell Paul Pogba amid interest from Manchester United and Chelsea. (Sky Sports)Newcastle are keen on Hoffenheim right-back Andreas Beck. Germany international Beck, 28, can go this summer for around £1.5million with Napoli also keen. (Daily Mirror)Crystal Palace Alan Pardew is already planning his summer transfer activity after guiding the Eagles clear of relegation trouble. (Daily Telegraph)Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has signed a pre-contract agreement with Colorado Rapids. Doyle has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal with a 12-month option and will link up with the MLS side on July 1 when his contract at Molineux has expired. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest headlines…Video – Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid: Sensational Suarez seals El Clasico victoryMourinho ‘pretty confident’ Chelsea will claim Premier League title‘I’ve let my Liverpool team-mates, manager and supporters down’ – Gerrard apologises for shock red cardQPR need ‘miraculous run of form’ to avoid Premier League drop, admits Ramseylast_img read more

Fabian Delph closing in on Manchester City return

first_img Fabian Delph 1 Fabian Delph is hoping to return to action for Manchester City after the current international break.The England midfielder has missed the last nine matches with an Achilles injury but is now nearing the end of his recovery.The 26-year-old told City TV: “It was a bit of a tricky injury, this one. It was an Achilles problem but I’m nearly there now and should start training with the team in the next few days.“I’m really excited to be getting back out on the pitch again and I’m hoping to be available for the next game.City return to domestic action with Premier League trip to Bournemouth on April 2 before facing Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final four days later.News of Delph’s recovery, soon after another positive update on Kevin De Bruyne’s knee problem, will lift City after a difficult past week.Last Sunday’s derby defeat to Manchester United has dragged City into a battle for fourth place in the Premier League while Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling have all joined the injury list.Delph has endured a difficult first season at the Etihad Stadium since moving from Aston Villa last summer, with spells out for hamstring injuries earlier in the campaign.He said: “Apart from my injuries, it’s been a fantastic first year at City. The boys have welcomed me, the fans have been great with me and hopefully I can get fully fit, put all the injuries behind me and get going again.”last_img read more

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