Madrid injury woes worsen after Isco blow

first_imgReal Madrid will be without midfielder Isco for a spell after the club confirmed he has suffered a hamstring strain.The 27-year-old made his second appearance of the season as he started Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Real Valladolid.He was, however, forced off in the 68th minute due to injury and is now set for a spell on the sidelines with Madrid announcing on Wednesday that the Spaniard is struggling with a muscle problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks 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? A timescale has yet to be revealed although, depending on the severity of the problem, it could well be that the Spain international is out for as much as four weeks.A statement on the club’s official website read: “After the tests carried out today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Isco has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in the right femoral biceps. His recovery will continue to be monitored.”The good news for Los Blancos is that Isco’s injury has come shortly before the international break, giving him an extended period to recover.He is, however, now the sixth Real player to pick up a muscle injury already this season with Ferland Mendy, Brahim Diaz, James Rodriguez and Rodrygo all suffering similar issues.Eden Hazard has also been unable to make his first-team debut due to a hamstring injury that has seen him miss his side’s opening matches of the 2019-20 season.Spanish forward Marco Asensio is another who is sidelined having suffered a cruciate ligament injury in a pre-season friendly meeting with Arsenal.As a result, Zinedine Zidane faces selection issues with his squad looking so thin ahead of Sunday’s visit of Villarreal.Los Blancos kicked off their season with a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo, with goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez securing the three points despite a second-half red card for Luka Modric.They were, however, held by Valladolid in a shock result at the Bernabeu, with Benzema’s 82nd-minute opener cancelled out by Sergi Guardiola.After facing Villarreal on September 1, Madrid will then have a break 14 days before their next fixture against Levante, where Hazard could well make his competitive debut for the club.last_img read more

Legendary Texas Longhorns Recruiter Has Died At 84

first_img Former #Texas coach, recruiting coordinator and administrator Ken Dabbs has passed away.Below is a statement from #Longhorns Head Coach Tom Herman.— Emily Giangreco (@EmilyGiangreco) October 17, 2019Prior to joining Texas’ staff in 1973, Ken Dabbs became Austin (Texas) Westlake High School’s first football coach and athletic director. Four years later, he earned a job with Texas. Westlake is now a major college football pipeline, producing current Longhorns Sam Ehlinger, Jake Ehlinger, and Doak Wilson.Dabbs is survived by Marguerite, his wife, three sons, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.Westlake Presbyterian will host his funeral services on Oct. 25.Many consider Dabbs a great friend and special person. He was best known for his story-telling and friendly personality. When recruiting Campbell, Dabbs offered a friendship rather than other incentives and tactics.He will be missed. But his Texas legacy will most certainly live on.[Emily Giangreco] A Texas Longhorns football helmet sitting on the field.BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Former Texas Longhorns recruiting coordinator Ken Dabbs passed away on Wednesday night at the age of 84. Prior to his passing, the legendary Texas recruiter had a lengthy hospital stay before coming home to be surrounded by family.Perhaps Dabbs’ most notable football achievement was recruiting eventual Heisman winner Earl Campbell. He was tasked by then-head coach Darrell Royal to do all he could to land the talented running back.Dabbs even stayed 17 consecutive nights at an inn close to Campbell’s childhood home to stay in touch with him. Not only did his efforts prove successful — Campbell turned out to be the best player in Texas history.Current head coach Tom Herman put out a statement after Dabbs’ passing, reflecting on what he means to the Longhorns football program:last_img read more

‘That b***ard!’ – How Maradona was used by a murderous dictator

first_imgBefore Argentina’s kids travelled to Japan in August 1979, Diego Maradona was just another promising youngster hoping to make his name at the elite level. By the time that team came home with the World Cup in hand, the curly-haired 18-year-old was ready to conquer the planet.Even today, exactly 40 years on, the Albiceleste’s exploits at the second World Youth Championship retain legendary status in Diego’s home nation. For Maradona himself, it was a giant step on a career that would thrill and outrage in almost equal measure.The story in fact begins just over a year earlier in the Buenos Aires suburb of Jose C. Paz. Maradona was just 17, but already boasted two full seasons as a first-teamer with first club Argentinos Juniors and the clamour to include him in the squad for the 1978 World Cup on home soil had reached fever pitch. 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 Coach Cesar Luis Menotti, however, turned a deaf ear to those cries. Having earned a place in El Flaco’s 25-man preliminary squad, Diego was informed in the AFA training base that due to inexperience he would not make the final cut. El Grafico journalist Carlos Ares was covering the team in Jose C. Paz and remembers the teenager’s despair at being left out.“That day I stayed for dinner and when I left the base alone it was dark, it was very cold and I heard someone crying,” Ares recalled in the book Vivir en los Medios. “I saw the strongest image I can remember: it was Maradona, sitting next to a tree crying his eyes out. I told him what was obvious: ‘You know how many World Cups you’re going to play, right?’ But he answered me, weeping: ‘How do I tell my dad?’ He said he was never going to forgive Menotti”.“There, when I was left out of the 22-man list, ‘because I was too young’, I started to realise that anger was a fuel for me,” Diego himself wrote in his autobiography. Thankfully for the history of Argentine football, Maradona and Menotti were able to overcome that early setback in their relationship, and when the World Cup-winning coach took the reins of the youth side 12 months later Diego was his star forward and talisman.Qualification for the World Championship was secured in January 1979, when Maradona’s team finished second behind hosts Uruguay; a side inspired by their own magical No.10, future Internacional, Racing Club and Genoa star Ruben Paz. Alongside the Albiceleste prodigy was Ramon Diaz, later to star in Italian football and as player and coach for River Plate; together, the pair made a formidable striking duo.Menotti’s plans for Japan faced early, and potentially serious, hurdles. In 1979 Argentina remained in the grip of a military dictatorship, which would later gain infamy worldwide for its ‘disappearances’ of citizens and the ‘flights of death’ where drugged prisoners were thrown out of planes into the Rio de la Plata.Authorities continued to enforce obligatory military service, known informally as the Colimba (a portmanteau of the Spanish words Run-Clean-Sweep), and six members of the squad were due to enter that year: Juan Simon, Juan Barbas, Gabriel Calderon, Sergio Garcia, Osvaldo Escudero and Maradona himself.Argentina military dictatorship, 1970sAt the end of April the teenager entered induction, which caused him to miss several Argentinos games – not to mention shear his trademark curls. Two weeks later he granted an interview to Argentine state television: “I’m very happy because I’ve been treated well, but always trying to comply as much as I can. I have freedom to keep training and to meet up with the national team.”Thanks to their privileged status, however, not to mention the dictatorship’s fondness of using sporting success for its own ends, Argentina’s young stars were spared the worst privations of military service. “I never stood guard, I didn’t even touch a weapon,” Juan Simon told Clarin of his stint in the Rosario Military District. Barbas added: “I didn’t even get as far as the physical.” By the time of the World Cup Maradona and Co. were given leave from the colimba, on the proviso that they report back for duty once the tournament was over.Argentina’s first test in Japan saw the Albiceleste face footballing novices Indonesia, who were easily dispatched in a 5-0 walkover. Diaz hit a hat-trick, while Maradona chipped in with two goals of his own. But they were made to sweat a little more in the next encounter, a tense clash against Yugoslavia decided by Escudero’s solitary goal.First place in Group B would be decided with a clash against heavyweights Poland, who boasted a host of young talents that would go on to take bronze in the World Cup three years later in Spain and who had breezed past Yugoslavia and Indonesia without conceding a single goal. Nevertheless, it took Maradona just seven minutes to break down the Europeans, firing in a brilliant left-footed effort from outside the area to beat Jacek Kazimierski between the posts.From there a potentially tricky clash was all too simple. Calderon and Simon were both on target before half-time, with Andrzej Palasz also striking for Poland; and after the break Calderon added his second of the game to seal a 4-1 win that was a warning to the rest of the competition. The quarter-finals proved similarly straightforward, Maradona again opening the scoring before Diaz struck with his second hat-trick of the World Championships as Algeria were destroyed 5-0 to book a place in the last four.Like their Rioplatense neighbours, Uruguay had also taken Japan by storm. The Celeste won all four of their opening matches to make the semis, Paz scoring three along the way while keeper Fernando Alves (a future Penarol legend and member of the 1986 and 1990 World Cup squads) remained unbeaten in goal. The two South American sides now clashed in Tokyo in a game that was expected to decide the winner of the competition outright.This time it was Argentina who came out on top. Diaz scored early in the second half with a clinical finish past Alves, before Maradona finished off a blistering counter-attack by heading home the second to kill off the contest. Now only the Soviet Union stood in the way of the Albiceleste and a second world title in as many years.“Men, you are already champions, I don’t care about the result of this game, you have already shown you are the best in the world. No fouls or crazy stuff. Go out, play and entertain the 35,000 Japanese who are in the stands.” With those words, Menotti sent his young charges out on September 7, 1979 in front of a capacity crowd in Tokyo’s National Stadium, which had been enraptured by the Argentine side in general and Maradona in particular over the preceding weeks. They did not disappoint their admirers.Despite falling behind to Igor Ponomarev’s opener, Argentina came roaring back. Hugo Alves levelled 68 minutes in and Diaz completed the comeback moments later, but inevitably it was Maradona who had to have the last word. Ten minutes from time the Argentinos prodigy stepped up to fire in a tremendous free-kick from the edge of the area to make it 3-1, confirming his nation as world champions. Celebrations in Tokyo, though, were short-lived.The dictatorship’s insistence on taking the young team’s achievements as their own marked a slightly bitter post-script to the story. Once back in Buenos Aires the Argentina side took part in a public celebration of the title alongside the murderous de facto president Jorge Videla (pictured below). In a morbid twist, the ceremony was timed to coincide with a visit from the International Court of Human Rights, sent to Argentina to investigate reports of disappearances and other grave violations of international law, countered by a massive campaign declaring that the nation was, in fact, “Human and right”.Maradona and his five colimba colleagues, meanwhile, were forced to resume national service as soon as they returned to Argentine soil, including a meeting with the dictator himself in army headquarters.“Although we were champions of the Youth World Cup in 1979, that bastard Videla used us as an example,” Maradona fired on Instagram in a 2017 post. “He made us cut our hair and do military service. And that was with us bringing him the World Cup from Japan!” Escudero added: “In time we worked out that we had been used.”That forced celebration was particularly galling for Jorge Piaggio, who had seen limited playing time in Japan. Piaggio’s cousin was among those officially labelled ‘detained/disappeared’, having gone missing while carrying out military service in 1978. He remains missing to this day.“Imagine the celebrations in my town and how I was received; a big fuss because a world champion had arrived,” he said later of his return to Argentina. “There I found out that my aunt had been in the square, with [protest group demanding information about those disappeared] the Madres (de la Plaza de Mayo), and that she had been attacked by police. She was in Buenos Aires trying to find out where her son was.“The return from Japan was very strange. We celebrated in Japan and clearly a phone call arrived: ‘You have to come back’. I remember we returned in haste; the Interamerican Human Rights Commission was already there, but we did not know. We didn’t even know who they were. We had all the innocence in the world.”That triumph in 1979 had another, rather happier legacy. As the first major international tournament hosted in Japan the World Championship kindled a new love of football in the country’s population, a phenomenon consolidated the following year when the Intercontinental Cup between Europe and South America’s champions was moved to the far east.Superstars like Zico, Renato Gaucho, Ricardo Bochini and, more recently, the likes of Boca idols Juan Roman Riquelme and Carlos Tevez electrified Japanese fans, with the Xeneize in particular gaining a cult following in the country thanks to their exploits in the first decade of the 21st century in beating Real Madrid and AC Milan. But it all began with Menotti, Maradona and that unforgettable young Argentina team that made the Albiceleste world champions at both senior and junior level.Many of those players, as is inevitable, failed to make much of an impact in their professional careers, leaving Japan 1979 as the pinnacle of their footballing achievements. For Maradona, though, the best – and worst – was still yet to come.last_img read more

High School Scoreboard, May 15

first_imgHigh School Scoreboard, May 15 Top 5 individualsD. Halili (S. Kitsap) 70-71—141O. Huntington (Camas) 71-76—147J. Christian (E’claw) 76-73—149C. Thatcher (Bell.) 76-73—149R. Ohashi (KWood) 77-74—148Local state qualifiersOwen Huntington (Camas) 71-76—147Anthony Tobias (BG) 80-85—165Anthony Chae (Skyview) 84-83—167Chase Williams (Union) 83-87—170Camden Mills (Union) 87-84—171Other local resultsCaleb Shira (Camas) 85-87—172Dustin Brooks (Skyview) 82-91—173Derek Harker (Camas) 97-82—179Cameron Miller (Camas) 92-89—181Andrew Rushing (Union) 88-94—182Morgan Huseby (Skyview) 88-95—183GIRLS GOLF4A BI-DISTRICT TOURNAMENTAt Gold Mountain GC, BremertonTeam scores (top 7 to state) — 1, Camas 673; 2, Olympia 682; 3, Kentwood 707; 4, Kennedy Catholic 716; 5, Thomas Jefferson 718; 6, Graham Kapowsin; 7, Hazen; 8, Bellarmine Prep 732; 9, Rogers 735; 10, Enumclaw 742.Top 5 individualsT. Koch (ER) 68-70—138C. Xu (Decatur) 67-73—140K. Knox (Mt. Rainier) 72-72—144J. Bordeaux (Bell.) 72-76—148A. Nguyen (Kennedy) 72-76—148Local state qualifiersEmma Cox (Camas) 78-81—159Ashley Clark (Camas) 79-80—159Maddy Starwalt (Skyview) 83-83—166Wenny Cai (Camas) 89-87—176Elizabeth Gillespie (Camas) 88-94—182Ashley Gillespie (Camas) 93-91—184Other local resultsEmily Davidson (BG) 92-92—184Keely Mickel (Skyview) 91-94—185Callie Mills (Union) 88-99—187Cassidy Pettit (Union) 96-96—192Callie Wengler (Camas) 94-98—192Drew Lobis (Union) 100-96—196Halie Renne (Skyview) 102-112—2143A BI-DISTRICT TOURNAMENTAt McCormick Woods GC,Port OrchardTeam scores (top 5 to state) — 1, Central Kitsap 688; 2, Peninsula 696; 3, Gig Harbor 748; 4, Mountain View 782; 5, Stadium 801; 6, Capital 834; 7, North Thurston 847.Top 5 individualsBrittany Kwon (CK) 72-76—148Kailey Bass (Peninsula) 74-81—155Makena Mehlert (Pen.) 80-87—157Anastacia Johnson (Sta.) 82-82—164Imara Bhanji (CK) 85-87—172Local state qualifiersKiana Coburn (Fort Van.) 84-90—174Audrey Chang (MV) 95-92—187Hallie Tibbits (Fort Van.) 92-102—194Calley West (MV) 90-107—197Maria Martos (MV) 97-100—197Kaila Bonawitz (MV) 108-100—208Mazey Copeland (MV) 101-109—210Cha.Abrahamson (Pra.) 114-100—214Other local resultsMia Renner (Prairie) 119-115—234Kennedy Higgins (Pra.) 126-125—2512A District TournamentDay One, TuesdayAt Capitol City Golf Club, OlympiaIndividual leaders — 1, Lily McCauley (Tumwater) 75; 2, McKenna Canty (Black Hills) 83; 3, Clarissa Escudero (Mark Morris) 84; 4, Josie Nickerson (R.A. Long) 88; 5, Samantha Fenton (Ridgefield) @col_mrice Receive latest stories and local news in your email: First roundTuesday’s GamesIssaquah 4, Tahoma 1Pasco 2, Sunnyside 1Federal Way 2, Gonzaga Prep 1Jackson 3, Hazen 0Wednesday’s GamesSumner at Mount Si, 7 p.m.Auburn Mountainview at Ferris, 5 p.m.Inglemoor at Rogers-Puyallup, 7 p.m.Mariner at Puyallup, 7 p.m.QuarterfinalsFriday or SaturdaySumner-Mount Si at IssaquahPasco at Auburn Mountainview-FerrisInglemoor-Rogers at Mariner-PuyallupFederal Way at Jackson3A State TournamentFirst roundTuesday’s GamesStadium 3, O’Dea 0Kamiakin 2, Marysville-Pilchuck 1Mountain View 2, Hermiston, Ore., 1, (PK)Gig Harbor 3, Shorecrest 2 (PK)Bellevue 2, Peninsula 1 (PK)Wednesday’s GamesSqualicum vs. Lakeside-Seattle, 5 p.m. at Interbay StadiumWilson vs. Roosevelt, 7 p.m. at Interbay StadiumInterlake vs. Meadowdale, 7 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium.QuarterfinalsFriday or SaturdaySqualicum-Lakeside at StadiumKamiakin at Mountain ViewGig Harbor at BellevueWilson-Roosevelt at Interlake-MeadowdaleMOUNTAIN VIEW 2, HERMISTON 1(Mountain View wins 3-2 PK)Mountain ViewGoals (assists) — Christopher Grozav (Andres Lopez-Garcia). Goalkeeper saves — Cole Taylor 5. PK goals — Grozav, Elijah Thompson, Justin Lufkin-Quant.Halftime — 0-0.2A State TournamentFirst roundTuesday’s GamesSehome 3, Port Angeles 1Toppenish 7, Highline 1Franklin Pierce 1, Burlington-Edison 0 (SO)Columbia River 3, Foss 1Wednesday’s GamesWoodland vs. Sequim, 6 p.m. at Peninsula CollegeMountlake Terrace at Ellensburg, 5 p.m.Aberdeen at Liberty, 7 p.m.Grandview at Fife, 5:30 p.m.QuarterfinalsFriday or SaturdayWoodland-Sequim at SehomeMountlake Terrace-Ellensburg at ToppenishFranklin Pierce at Columbia RiverAberdeen-Liberty at Grandview-FifeCOLUMBIA RIVER 3, FOSS 1 Foss Goals (assists) — Matteo Pasquetto (Alex Lyro). Goalkeeper saves — Chris Carmona 20.Columbia River Goals (assists) — Aaron Espinosa (unassisted); Espinosa (Jackson Kleier); Kleier (Jake Connop). Goalkeeper saves — Miles Miranda 7.Halftime — Columbia River 1-0.1A State TournamentFirst roundTuesday’s GamesConnell 2, Cashmere 1Lakeside 2, Royal 1Cascade 2, Wahluke 1Klahoya 5, Forks 1Overlake 1, Hoquiam 0Wednesday’s GamesBridgeport at Vashon Island, 5 p.m.Seton Catholic at King’s, 6 p.m.Bush at Toledo-Winlock, 6 p.m.QuarterfinalsFriday or SaturdayBridgeport-Vashon Island at ConnellLakeside at CascadeKlahoya at OverlakeSeton Catholic-King’s at Bush-Toledo/WinlockBOYS GOLF4A BI-DISTRICT TOURNAMENTAt Gold Mountain GC, BremertonTeam scores (top 7 to state) — 1, Bellarmine Prep 620; 2, South Kitsap 639; 3, Kentwood 641; 4, Tahoma 643; 5, Enumclaw 645; 6, Sumner 655; 7, Auburn Mountainview 565; 8, Camas 675; 9, Curtis 683; 10, Kentlake 686. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. GO Share: (360) 735-4548 WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULESOFTBALL1A district tournamentAt Fort Borst Park, CentraliaFirst roundHoquiam vs. La Center, noonKing’s Way Christian vs. Elma, noonForks vs. Castle Rock, noonSemifinals, loser-out games, 4 p.m.GIRLS GOLF2A district tournament, 10 a.m. at Capitol City GC, Olympia1A district tournament, 10 a.m. at Tumwater Valley GC, TumwaterSOFTBALL4A bi-district Tournament Tuesday’s play-in gamesOlympia 16, Mount Rainier 0Camas 10, Kentridge 0Curtis 6, Enumclaw 4CAMAS 10, KENTRIDGE 0Kentridge 000 00—0 0 4Camas 402 31—10 12 0KentridgePitching — Olivia Ross 4 IP, 2 K, 0 BB.CamasPitching — Mary Pipkin 5 IP, 7 K, 0 BB; Highlights — Katie Hancock 2-4, RBI; Amelia Wong 2-3; Sophie Franklin 1-3, RBI; Marleigh Foster 2-3, 2 RBI, 2B; Carrigan Foster 1-3, 2 RBI; Emma Carroll RBI; Mary Pipkin 2-3, RBI; Emry Miller 1-1, 2B; Allison Snyder 1-1.BOYS SOCCER4A State Tournament Local golfersCOLUMBIA RIVER — 7, Madeline Kim 91; 8, Naomi Phelps 92; 14, Karlyn Gomez 100; 19, Sami Myers 1-4; 36, Sequoia Davey 115; 39, Alexandra Runnells 117.HOCKINSON — 15, Hannah Bowie 102; 17, Isabella Smith 103; 19, Olivia Rude 104; 39, Grace Phillips 117.RIDGEFIELD — 5, Samantha Fenton 90; 11, Alyssa Dewey 96; 23, Samantha Saenz 109; 28, Alicia Hodge 111.WASHOUGAL — 21, Corrin Kazzel 105; 32, McKenna Jackson 112; 37, Kailee Neyer 116; 44, Ellie Watts 118; 47, Mariah Moran 121; 49, Kayla Johnson 49.WOODLAND — 9, Abby Bozarth 93; 10, Rayleah Trice 95; 39, Zoe Jouwsma 117;  52, Erin Madsen 128; 56, Hannah Landigran 130; 58, Addie Landigran 132.1A/2B District TournamentMonday-TuesdayAt Tumwater Valley Golf ClubTop 5 individualsM. Parker (Montesano) 80-84—164M. Hull (Life Christian) 82-85—167G. Grubb (Montesano) 86-92—178B. Smith (Hoquiam) 98-91—189B. Bogdanovich (Hoq) 95-98—193Local state qualifiersR.Philbrook (King’s Way) 99-101—200A.Evanson (King’s Way) 102-102—204H. Graham (La Center) 103-101—204H. Moats (King’s Way) 107-107—214 [email protected] By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor Published: May 14, 2019, 11:09pm Subscribe Today Micah Rice Columbian Sports Editor The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Share:last_img read more