Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles

first_imgBicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ronaldo lost a World Cup semifinal in 2006 but never got past the second round again. He did help Portugal to its first European Championship in 2016.If Argentina and Portugal won Saturday, the rivals would have matched up for a spot in the semifinals. Instead, they’ll race to the airport. Argentina lost to France 4-3 in Kazan and Portugal fell to Uruguay 2-1 at Sochi.Brazil’s Pele and Argentina’s Diego Maradona became national treasures at home, celebrated for World Cup titles and global superstars. Fans who never saw them play for their clubs know of Pele and Maradona’s accomplishments every four years at the global tournament.Messi and Ronaldo will be remembered for great club success, but not country triumph.Barcelona signed the 13-year-old Messi to a contract scrawled on a napkin in 2000. He was 17 when he made his competitive first-team debut. Titles accumulated at an unprecedented rate: four in the Champions League, nine in La Liga and six in the Copa del Rey. Adulation at Camp Nou turned into worship; media called him “La Pugla (The Flea)” for his small frame and unparalleled acceleration, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger equated Messi’s moves with a video-game creation, proclaiming he was “like a PlayStation.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LeBron returns to LA to plot next move as free agency nears MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View comments Saturday will likely mark the end of an era for the World Cup, a decade in which much of the hype and pre-tournament talk has been about the best players in the world, the Spanish league rivals who have evenly split the last 10 FIFA Player of the Year Awards. Once again, both men have failed to replicate their club success for their countries.Messi is a week past his 31st birthday and Ronaldo 33, former phenoms unlikely to reach Qatar 2022 or retain their exceptional skill if they manage to hang on.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 crownFor both superstars, a World Cup title remained an unreachable star. On Saturday, they were both outshined by a pair of Paris Saint-Germain teammates, France’s Kylian Mbappe and Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani. Younger legs have more speed and endurance. Most importantly, Cavani and Mbappe had more support and less pressure.Messi hasn’t won a senior title with his nation, losing finals at the 2014 World Cup, and the 2007, ’15 and ’16 Copa Americas, the last when Messi failed on his penalty kick during a shootout. He faced massive criticism at home and retired from the national team only to be lured back for this World Cup cycle. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts as France players celebrate taking the lead with their side’s third goal by France’s Kylian Mbappe, during the round of 16 match between France and Argentina, at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)MOSCOW — Lionel Messi stared, hands on hips, pain etched across a face once boyish and filled with limitless joy, now obscured by a brown beard and hardened by expectations for his nation unmet.Four hours later and 950 miles (1,530 kilometers) away, Cristiano Ronaldo’s eyes were wide in anger as he shouted in protest just ahead of the final whistle, once again arguing with a referee. The tirade got Ronaldo a second yellow card that would have suspended him for the next match. No worries, Portugal’s World Cup ended with a loss.ADVERTISEMENT He scored at a rate once unfathomable: 383 goals in 418 league matches, 100 in 125 Champions League games and 552 in 637 first-team appearances overall. He was a lifer for one of the most popular clubs in the world, a brand of his own, earning love in Spain but detachment from his countrymen in South America. Too often, his World Cup failures were compared to Maradona’s successes.Ronaldo, too, debuted at 17, for Sporting Lisbon. His crossover dribble was already famous when Alex Ferguson snatched him for Manchester United ahead of the 2003-04 season and gave him the No. 7 of just-departed David Beckham. After six seasons that included three Premier League titles, one Champions League and one FA Cup, he moved to Real Madrid and scored 450 goals in 438 matches, winning four Champions League titles, and the league and cup twice each. He’s set a Champions League record with 120 goals, leaving Messi a distant second.They were soccer’s yin and yang, Messi understated and distant, Ronaldo flamboyant with a model girlfriend and attention-grabbing hairdos. They are global spokesmen, Ronaldo for Nike, Toyota and many more; Messi for the likes of Adidas and Pepsi.Ronaldo grew a goatee for this World Cup. He said it was because of a bet with Portugal teammate Ricardo Quaresma, but it coincided with the release of a commercial of Messi with a real goat — as in “Greatest of All Time.”They have entertained, becoming household names in continents far afield, royalty of the internet age when satellites beamed their twice-a-week matches to homes, bars and laptops in ways Pele, Maradona and predecessors couldn’t envisage.But now their time at the top has come to an end. Mbappe, just 19, and others in the next generation are ready for leading roles. It is too soon to proclaim which will emerge to become the best. As dusk descended late on a midsummer Russian night, dawn was just ahead.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

Parab-2017 takes off in Koraput

first_imgKoraput (Odisha), Dec 21 (PTI) Parab-2017, the three-day annual cultural extravaganza showcasing the rich cultural heritage of tribal Koraput began at the stadium ground here today.The festival was inaugurated by minister of tourism and culture Ashok Chandra Panda.Braving the cold, people in large numbers including foreign tourists, enjoyed cultural programmes, till late in the evening.”Over 500 artistes from across the country will perform reflecting the tribal art and culture of their areas. However, the traditional dance and music of undivided Koraput district would be under the spotlight during the three-day celebrations,? said collector (Koraput) Anupam Saha.A five-day Pallishree Mela is also being organized at the festival ground where a variety of handicrafts are on display.The festival, featuring a number of competitive sports, tribal dance, songs, music and art was launched at the shrine of Goddess Sankuli Devi of B Singh Pur in the district on November 19 and was celebrated in blocks across the district till December 20.Earlier in the day, the minister laid the foundation stone for a permanent Parab ground near the SLN medical college and hospital. A budget of Rs 4.30 crore has been made for the project which will spread over 25 acres of land.?From next year, Parab will be celebrated at its own ground. While there will be around 60-70 permanent stalls in the Parab ground, around 700 stalls will could be erected during the festival,” said Panda. PTI CORR AAM JMlast_img read more

Chelsea join race for Nicolo Barella

first_imgChelsea have joined the race to sign Nicolo Barella from CagliariCagliari are believed to be a seeking a fee in the region of €50million for Italy international midfielder, according to reports by Gianluca DiMarzio.The president of Cagliari, Tommasi Giulini, who had previously ruled out the sale of Barella during the January transfer window, believes €50million is the start negotiation fee for Barella and would prefer an outright payment.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Reports in Italy suggest Napoli remain the team most interested in the 21-year-old, but any deal taking the player to Naples will have to include some of the club’s players whilst Milan and Juventus are believed to be monitoring the player’s situation.Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has already signed Jorginho from Napoli last summer but remains keen to add another midfielder to his squad, and Barella is understood to be the former Napoli boss’ first choice.last_img read more

Frequent school changes hurt kids math scores

first_imgStudents who change schools frequently are at risk of lower math scores and have a harder time managing their behaviour and attention in the classroom than students who stay in the same school, says a new study.Children who experienced fewer school transitions over a five-year period, demonstrated greater cognitive skills and higher math achievement in early elementary school, relative to their counterparts who changed schools frequently, showed the findings of the study. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the children in the study were from low-income families in Chicago. “Simply stated, frequently changing schools is a major risk factor for low-income children’s school success,” said the study’s lead author Allison Friedman-Krauss from New York University.Data for the study came from 381 children (52 per cent girls) enrolled in the Chicago School Readiness Project. On average, children in the study scored in an acceptable range on standardised math tests in fourth grade.  However, children who moved frequently were predicted to score, on average, 10 points lower than their peers who did not change schools frequently, the authors wrote. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Although moving once or twice may not be extremely detrimental to the development of children who are already at risk, moving almost every year during elementary school increased the probability that students would face more difficulty in the long run,” study co-author C Cybele Raver, professor of applied psychology at New York University noted. This suggests the need for policies at the state, district and school levels to prevent school changes and to support students, families and teachers when children do change schools,” Raver pointed out. The study was published in the American Psychological Association’s journal Developmental Psychology.last_img read more

Will Googles Chromecast Revolutionize Your Living Room and Conference Room

first_img 3 min read Google wants you to be able to stream video, pictures and other content online from any device straight to your TV. The tech giant held a press conference today to announce, among other things, the release of its new Chromecast device. A small dongle that plugs into a TV’s HDMI port, Chromecast is a strong play by Google to insert itself even more thoroughly into your living room, with wide-reaching potential applications in business settings as well.The Chromecast device is essentially an app-driven gadget that lets users watch content from any number of devices on their TV. Much like the Apple TV or Roku, it allows users to connect to streaming services such as YouTube and Netflix using their smartphone, tablet or laptop like a remote control to watch that content on their TV. Unlike Apple Airplay and Apple TV, however, Chromecast will work with all sorts of mobile devices, so even if you’re a platform-divided family, everyone can play.While Chromecast communicates with the user’s mobile device, it actually pulls the content itself from the cloud, leaving the smartphone free for other tasks. So even if you decide to watch a YouTube video, you can leave it running on the TV and tweet about it to your friends at the same time. Chromecast will also sync between all devices with the app. When you pause a show, you can pick up exactly where you left off — even from another device.The Chromecast’s versatility in an office setting has many businesses taking notice as well. The possibilities for in-office presentations are obvious, but there are other applications as well. One might use Chromecast to take a demo to a customer, and play it on their TV without a mess of wires or worrying about compatibility. While it’s just a beta feature to start, Chromecast also includes screen-mirroring capabilities for anything that’s on your Chrome browser, allowing easy demonstrations and training, for example.The $35 price, which includes three months of Netflix might be a challenging shot across the bow to Apple and the other companies in the streaming video and music market. Roku streaming players start at $49.99, and an Apple TV will set you back $99; Google stays well south of those numbers with the Chromecast. Of course, you’ll need Wi-Fi and a TV with HDMI inputs to use Chromecast, but that includes pretty much every TV manufactured in the last 10 years. And the fact that it works with almost any Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone, tablet or PC means it might be the last streaming video device you need to buy.Related: Google Releases New Maps App for Smartphones and Tablets July 24, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more