Ex-Liverpool man Skrtel leaves Atalanta after 24 days

first_imgMartin Skrtel has terminated his Atalanta contract by mutual consent less than a month after joining from Fenerbahce and has been replaced by Simon Kjaer on deadline day.Skrtel, 34, is reported to have fallen out with coach Gian Piero Gasperini regarding slow first-team integration and the two parties agreed to end their association just 24 days after the defender joined.The former Liverpool defender had spent the three previous seasons at Turkish giants Fenerbahce before departing the club on a free transfer this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Previously, Skrtel enjoyed a nine-year spell at Anfield, which saw him claim one trophy, the 2011-12 League Cup.He also finished as a runner-up for the Premier League title in both 2008-09 and 2013-14, while missing out on a Europa League crown as Liverpool fell to Sevilla in the 2016 final.Skrtel featured in the Champions League in two of his three seasons at Fenerbahce, and appeared set to return to the tournament with Atalanta, who will appear in the competition for the first time in their history this season.However, if he does feature in the Champions League, it will not be with Atalanta, as their partnership has come to an abrupt end.A statement from the club simply stated: ”Atalanta BC announces that it has consensually terminated the contract with Martin Skrtel.”Atalanta moved efficiently to secure a replacement, however, with Denmark international Kjaer arriving on loan from Sevilla, where he had spent two seasons.Although generally first choice at the back in those two campaigns, the signings of Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos saw Kjaer fall down the pecking order and he becomes the third player to swap Sevilla for Atalanta in this window after Luis Muriel and Guilherme Arana.Kjaer is the 19th player to leave Sevilla since Monchi’s return as sporting director, while they added a 13th new signing of this window with the deadline-day acquisition of goalkeeper Yassine Bounou. Bounou arrives on loan from Girona with a purchase option.Atalanta had mixed fortunes their opening two Serie A games of the season, winning one and losing one, and return from the international break against Genoa on September 14. They will then face Dinamo Zabreb midweek, the first of their matches in Champions League Group C, which also includes Manchester City and Shakhtar.last_img read more

Liverpool edge Salzburg in seven-goal thriller

first_imgMohamed Salah stuck twice as holders Liverpool survived a major Champions League scare to defeat Salzburg 4-3 at Anfield.Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson and Salah goals had seemingly put Jurgen Klopp’s side in complete control in what was their first European game on home soil since triumphing in last season’s competition. They were left stunned, however, when the visitors responded via goals from Hwang Hee-chan, Takumi Minamino and substitute Erling Haaland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career But Salah’s sixth goal of the campaign with 21 minutes remaining got the Reds out of jail as they got up and running in Group E.What. A. Game!9′ Mané25′ Robertson36′ Salah39′ Hwang56′ Minamino60′ Haaland69′ Salah#UCL pic.twitter.com/VuN6bFT3Pl— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 2, 2019The visitors served an early warning via Minamino’s long-range shot, yet by the ninth minute the Reds were ahead after Mane drove towards goal down the left before playing a one-two with Roberto Firmino and slotting inside the right post.Robertson doubled the advantage in the 25th minute, finishing a slick move he had started near the halfway line when he swept home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross from six yards out.Liverpool made it three 11 minutes later and had Salzburg goalkeeper Cican Stankovic to thank as he parried Firmino’s header into Salah’s path and the Egypt forward made no mistake from close range.Salzburg gave themselves some hope six minutes before the break thanks to a superb individual goal from Hwang, who cut inside Virgil van Dijk before firing home.The home side made a complacent start to the second half and they were punished when Minamino sent a rasping volley into the ground and beyond Adrian.That was enough to prompt the introduction of in-form Haaland and he soon had his goal, tapping in from close range for his 15th of the campaign to silence Anfield.But Salah came to the rescue when he latched onto Firmino’s flick-on to have the final say in a pulsating match.What does it mean? Relief for Reds as they escape unscathedThey might have got the result, but Jurgen Klopp will be far from impressed with his team after seeing them surrender a three-goal lead before Salah spared their blushes.After losing to Napoli on matchday one, it has been a somewhat unconvincing start to the defence of their European crown – though it should be said the Reds were mesmeric for much of the opening half here, building on their fine domestic form. Qualifying from this group should still be a formality.Sadio on the Mane against old clubMane took all of nine minutes to remind Salzburg what they are missing with a stunning goal – his seventh of the season in all competitions, The Senegal international scored 31 goals in 59 league starts for the Austrian side, earning himself a Premier League move to Southampton for just £11.8million. The rest is history, of course, but what a bargain fee that looks now.Uncharacteristic lapses from RedsSalzburg might be Europe’s goal kings, having scored 55 times in their 12 previous outings this season, but Liverpool would have expected to keep them at bay at fortress Anfield. The likes of Joe Gomez and Fabinho had nervy moments, while even the usually unflappable Virgil van Dijk was troubled at times.Key Opta facts- Liverpool have won their last 12 home matches in all competitions, their best winning run at Anfield since an 18-game streak between April and November 1985.- Salzburg became only the fourth team to score three goals away at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League (also Barcelona, Chelsea and Real Madrid).- Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Roberto Firmino is the only player to have both scored (14) and assisted (10) at least 10 goals in the Champions League.- Salzburg’s two Champions League matches this season have seen 15 goals (9 scored, 6 conceded), more than any other team.- Andrew Robertson is the first Scotsman to score for Liverpool in European competition since Gary McAllister in the 2001 UEFA Cup final.What’s next?A trip to Genk on October 23 in what is the first of back-to-back Champions League matches against the Belgian side awaits Liverpool, who return to Premier League action against Leicester City on Saturday. Salzburg, meanwhile, host Napoli in matchday three. read morelast_img read more

LeBron James is the AP’s male athlete of 2018

first_img Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Joey Logano6 Follow AthletePts By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: James Harden8 Kevin Durant16 Tua Tagovailoa21 Daniel Cormier9 Drew Brees25 On the court, James remained dominant. He averaged 28.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 8.4 assists in 2018 between his time with the Cavaliers and Lakers, playing in 102 games through Thursday.“In addition to being on everyone’s short list as one of the league’s all-time greatest players, LeBron is among the hardest working players and is a thoughtful and impactful leader,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “He serves on the executive committee of the Players Association even as he builds an impressive media company of his own. And what’s most inspiring, and no surprise given his talent and focus, is how he’s done all of this while embracing his unique opportunity to positively impact communities in need.”James becomes the third man to win the award at least three times, joining Lance Armstrong (a four-time winner from 2002 through 2005), Tiger Woods (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2006) and Michael Jordan (1991, 1992 and 1993).Armstrong won the Tour de France in each of his years as the AP recipient, — though he was later stripped of the titles in a doping scandal. Woods won at least one major and was the PGA’s Player of the Year in all four of his AP-winning years. Jordan’s three awards coincided with his first three NBA championships in Chicago. And James’ first two times getting the award were in 2013 and 2016, years where his fingerprints mussed up the Larry O’Brien Trophy in a title celebration. Brooks Koepka16 Pat Mahomes37 Justify33 LeBron James was named The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File) Novak Djokovic6 Terence Crawford3 LeBron James78 Follow The Columbian on Instagram And this is just the start. James and his LeBron James Family Foundation have enormous plans for the school in the years ahead.“It is already such a success,” James said. “And it’s something that I never thought was possible until we made it happen. So yes, it’s been a pretty good year.”A busy year, too.He had a documentary series called “Shut Up and Dribble,” which discusses the role athletes have in the current political and cultural climate. His show “The Shop,” featuring James and friends talking about life in the backdrop of a barbershop, has been enormously popular. James has faced criticism in recent days for posting rap lyrics that included the phrase “Jewish money,” for which he apologized, and even rival coaches have spoken out about how he’s used his fame for good.“To this day, he hasn’t missed a step,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said earlier this year. “He hasn’t fallen off the ledge and he’s been a brilliant example for millions of kids, especially kids with lesser opportunity and haven’t had the same advantages as others.” LeBron James went to the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year. He changed addresses again, leaving his Cleveland home for the second time to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the biggest move of free agency over the summer. He remained arguably the dominant player in the basketball, adding even more glitz on a legacy that reached epic status long ago.It was, by any measure, a fantastic year for James.And even without a title, it may have been his most significant year.For the third time, James has been selected as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year — after 2018 saw him continue to excel on the court, open the “I Promise” school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and further use his voice as an activist who bristled at being told to “shut up and dribble.”“I would describe it as a success because I was able to inspire so many people throughout the year,” James said. “I got to go back to China, to Paris, to Berlin, I opened up a school. And all these kids I was able to see, all over the world and in my hometown, I was able to inspire, to make them think they can be so much more than what they think they’re capable of being. That was my outlook for 2018.”James received 78 points in balloting by U.S. editors and news directors announced Thursday, while Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts was second with 46. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was third, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was fourth and Triple Crown winner Justify was fifth. Published: December 27, 2018, 11:30am GO LeBron James is the AP’s male athlete of 2018 Continues to excel on and off the court Share: Luka Modric8 Lewis Hamilton3 By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer Alex Ovechkin41 Mookie Betts46 And James’ closest rivals in the AP balloting this year — Betts and Ovechkin — also won titles in 2018.James’ year included no championship, no scoring title, no MVP award. But some of the people closest to James still considered 2018 to be his finest year yet.“I like to talk about generations,” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, one of James’ best friends. “There will never be another Michael Jordan because he was the first to be a global superstar, the first to take the NBA to another level. There will never be another LeBron James, and a lot of it is from what he’s done away from the game. Him understanding his voice has been so refreshing and so important to the culture and his friends.”The “I Promise” school is perhaps James’ most prized accomplishment yet. It opened in July for 240 third- and fourth-graders, a public school in Akron that is perhaps like none other. Families — not just the kids — get support there, whether it’s by helping put food on the table or providing adult education or even legal assistance. On the court, he was already an icon.Off the court, he’s looking to be one as well in the years ahead.“The next star is out there,” James said. “And I’m not just talking sports. Doctor, nurse, pilots, they’re out there. The one thing they need is knowing that people care about them and care about their lives. I believe it’s part of my job, and I take it very seriously, to try to tap into that.”2018 Male Athlete of the Year Voting Shohei Ohtani7 Kylian Mbappe14last_img read more

Brock Bazaar to raise funds for student volunteer experience

It’s a chance to score a good deal while supporting students who want to help others.The second annual Brock Bazaar will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Academic South hallway. The event raises money for the University’s Alternative Reading Week program, which allows students to participate in volunteer work both in the local community and abroad.The community wide yard sale, hosted by the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society, allows Brock students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader public, to register and sell their items. The $20 registration fee for sellers is donated to the ARW program, while vendors get to keep whatever they make from selling their items.Parking for the event is free in D Lot. Registration can be done online or by visiting Mackenzie Chown A-Block 204. Anyone who would like to donate items to the cause but is unable to attend can connect with organizers via the above link. read more