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Guttman’s curse! Benfica suffer 8th defeat in European finals

first_imgBenfica lost the Europa league final 4-2 on penalties against SevillaSports fans are by nature a superstitious lot and are no strangers to their clubs being “cursed.”It took the Boston Red Sox 86 years to break the Curse of the Bambino, while for the Chicago Cubs, it’s 104 years and counting. So in the annals of great sporting hoodoos, Portuguese football club Benfica has a way to go.However, after eight defeats in European finals since 1962, it becomes harder to deny that the club’s Bela Guttman curse lives on.The Portuguese club was arguably the better side over the 120 minutes of Wednesday’s Europa League final, but ultimately lost 4-2 to Sevilla on penalties after the match ended goalless.It is the second successive year that Benfica players have had to console themselves with runner-up medals, after losing to Chelsea in the final of the same competition last season.”The players fought but they lacked a bit of luck again,” Benfica captain Luisao said. “Once again, in a final, the ball just didn’t go in.”Benfica coach Jorge Jesus and several of the players laughed off talk of the infamous curse in the buildup to the final, but it has now been 52 years since coach Guttman stormed out and the club has failed in every single one of its subsequent European title clashes.Known as the Jose Mourinho of his era, Guttman had just led Benfica to back-to-back European Cup victories and the Portuguese club looked set to rule the international stage for years to come.However, shortly after steering his side to victory over Real Madrid in 1962, Guttman quit when his request for a pay rise was turned down.On leaving he allegedly cursed the club, declaring “not in a hundred years from now will Benfica ever be European champion.”And so far it hasn’t.It has lost to AC Milan (twice), Inter Milan, Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven in the European Cup and Anderlecht, Chelsea and now Benfica in the Europa League or UEFA Cup as it was formerly known.The last European Cup final it was involved in was held in Vienna, where Guttman is buried, and legend Eusebio even went to the grave of his former manager to pray for the curse to be lifted.It had little effect and Benfica remains jinxed.Jesus bullishly said in the pre-match press conference that he didn’t believe in any sort of hoodoo, adding: “most of the players don’t even know about these statistics. It’s folklore.”However, after once again bemoaning his team’s poor luck in a final and saying “the best team did not win the Europa League,” Jesus may be rethinking his opinion on the curse.Benfica fans will be consoling themselves that there only 48 years to go.last_img read more

15 days agoMan Utd to bid for £130M-rated Leicester duo Maddison and Chilwell

first_imgMan Utd to bid for £130M-rated Leicester duo Maddison and Chilwellby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are planning to bid for £130m-rated Leicester City duo James Maddison and Ben Chilwell.The Sun says United have sent scouts to watch the Foxes pair during their recent matches against Tottenham and Liverpool.It is understood the Old Trafford chief was impressed with Maddison and Chilwell during their 1-0 home win over Leicester earlier this campaign.A United source said: “We have already compiled a scouting report of both of them. We have been watching them for a few years now.“They fit all the right requirements and criteria in terms of quality and keeping an English core which is important.“Ole likes them but it would be difficult to get them both at the same time. We will have to wait and see what happens.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Peace Villa receives a donation to complete new Salon space for the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Thanks to a donation by John and Marilynne Herron, these funds helped to complete the new Salon space in Peace Villa for residents to get their hair done.The Salon was in need of an upgrade and a change in design as the amount of need on the salon by residents has increased over the past 5 years. The Salon, run by volunteers, was hard to navigate and the shampoo sink was not set at a height that made it easy for the senior clients to use.Salon days are set for Thursdays running from 8:30 am to Noon, giving residents the opportunity to receive a free service including shampoo, cut and style as well as benefiting from this special time to feel pampered, cared for and the opportunity for social connection, shared Niki Hedges, Executive Director for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. “The original space for the Salon was set up in the Callahan Room where the washing sink was challenging and some residents were not able to access this sink comfortably due to the height and its location.  In order to care for the number of residents, it was important to install haircutting stations and sinks for all needs,” said HedgesThe Herron’s shared they are honoured to have been able to help with this special and important project.Jill Copes, a Volunteer for three years at the Salon comes in from Cecil Lake to help at the Salon every Thursday in Peace Villa. Copes said, “I was so happy to be asked to volunteer doing hair at Peace Villa as I enjoy coming to spend time with the ladies. Each one is special and they really appreciate some pampering”Copes shares, she knew how important this is to the residents in care as her mum got her hair done every week and knows how it was so special and important to her well being.It has a new and bright feel to create a space that provides a sense of wellbeing, a space to be cared for, to socialize and to have a connection, shared Hedges.last_img read more

Shiv Sena tears into BJP over midnight political drama in Goa

first_imgMumbai: In a scathing attack on the political drama between the BJP and its allies in Goa over the leadership issue, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday dubbed it as a “terrible state of democracy”, saying they did not even wait for late chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s ashes to cool down.The “shameless game of power” started even before Parrikar’s ashes could merge with the land of Gomantak, the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. It claimed that had the BJP waited till Tuesday, its government in Goa would have fallen and one of the two deputy chief ministers would have joined the Congress and got the desired post, it claimed. BJP MLA Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa just before 2 am on Tuesday, capping a day of hectic parleys between the saffron party and its allies to put a new government in place in the state. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAfter multiple postponements of the oath ceremony on Monday, the day Parrikar was cremated with state honours, 11 other ministers, including those from BJP’s allies Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP), were also sworn in. “In the end, those who were eyeing their shares like cats ended the game post Monday midnight with the swearing in of Sawant as the chief minister along with his two deputies,” the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said.last_img read more

French masterchef cooks up a storm

first_imgTo celebrate the pursuit of consistent innovation, excellence and global talent, JW Marriott, Aerocity has organised an international programme named ‘Masters of Marriott’ – under which culinary mavens of Marriott International, as well as renowned chefs from across the world, will host masterclasses, ticketed events, meet and greets, and much more throughout the year.As part of the programme, Julien Royer – French Chef and co-owner of a 2-Michelin starred modern French restaurant was invited to engage with Marriott guests, and serve them the best from his kitchen. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainRoyer in an interview talked about dining scene in Singapore as well as his love for Indian cuisine over lunch – where he served visually delightful and authentic French food from his restaurant located at the iconic National Gallery Singapore. Highlight of the meal was ‘Cauliflower and curry tartlette’ which had a strong yet refreshing taste of Cinnamon. ‘Quinoa fritter with salsa and dehydrated cream’, ‘Celeriac root vegetable mash with mushroom ketchup and truffle’, ‘Potato Gaufrette with aspragus and smoked cream’ were equally enticing options to try. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe main course had ‘Scottish Salmon’ (Tomato cucumber salsa, wasabi mayo, shiso verde, yuzu sake foam) and ‘Toban Yaki Tofu Steak’ (Sauteed mushroom, asparagus, scallions, Korean BBQ sauce). Though his food is vividly loved by the people, Royer wishes to step out of his comfort zone and try experimenting with Indian cuisine. “I loved the cuisine’s diversity and was amazed by the variety of vegetarian food you get in India. I haven’t tried to cook anything as per Indian taste yet, but would surely love to incorporate one Indian dish in my restaurant’s menu.” But what would that be? Royer says, Tandoori will be his choice. “I love the tandoori flavour, its complexity and the way it last in your palette for a long.” It is interesting to note that Royer was one of the first people to open an entirely vegetarian restaurant in Singapore three years ago. “For me, vegetables are very important and should not be viewed as just an accompaniment but as equals to any protein on a plate.” He loves to challenge himself and experiment with vegetable/ingredients which people usually avoid. Commenting on the dining scenes in Singapore and India, Royer says, “I think Singapore is the cross point of different nationalities, culture, and religion. There are chefs from all across the world including Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, opening their own restaurants. This makes the dining scene extremely interesting and competitive, leaving the restaurant owners with no option but to maintain the quality and offer best to the customers.” “I cannot comment on the Indian dining scene because I haven’t spent enough time…but I would love to explore some good food places soon,” he concludes.last_img read more

Oppn will get zero battey sannata says PM Modi

first_imgBanda (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday promised to work “in mission mode” to rid Bundelhand of its water scarcity, while also claiming that the opposition will be reduced to ‘zero battey sannata’ in the Lok Sabha polls.”Opposition leaders are going with long faces after half of the polling is over as they know the outcome,” he said at a public meeting here in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. “The opposition will get ‘zero battey sannata’,” he added, playing on the name of a Hindi movie, ‘Nil Battey Sannata’, which means zero divided by zero – a slang for nothing. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Stating that he understands well the problem of acute water scarcity in the region, which is also responsible for its backwardness, the prime minister said it will be handled “in mission mode”. “I feel the struggle for water faced by my sisters. This challenge also has been accepted by your chowkidar,” said Modi. He promised to start work to provide water to the parched region “in mission mode” within a month after the announcement of the election result, if they return “the Modi government” to the power again. He said he would get women rid of water scarcity just like he freed them from smoke by providing LPG connections and the personal humiliation by providing toilets. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe also promised to establish a ‘Jal Shakti Mantralaya’ to deal with the country-wide problem of water scarcity by reviving rivers. If voted to power, his next government would make an all out effort to ensure that water reaches people though all available means just like, he said, his government provided electricity to all villages in the last five years. Accusing the previous governments of “doing selfish politics”, the prime minister rued that even the Congress government supported by the SP and BSP kept hundreds of irrigation projects pending. “We have taken up 99 such big projects and most of them are on the verge of completion,” he said, while also referring to his government’s various other work like the Bundelkhand Expressway and the defence corridor projects impacting the region. Jibing at the Opposition, he said all the leaders in the poll fray, despite fielding a small numbwer of candidates are dreaming of becoming prime minister. He said the SP-BSP and the Congress have not told people about any of their schemes for ending terrorism and appear to be afraid of talking about the terrorism. Later in the evening before filing his nomination from Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also held a mega roadshow in the temple town as thousands lined the streets to take a glimpse of their star candidate. The PM later tweeted that he was “grateful for the warmth and affection” shown by the people of Kashi. As chants of ‘Modi, Modi’ rent the air, the PM’s cavalcade traversed through Assi Ghat, Bhadaini, Sonarpura, Madanpura, Jangambadi, Godowlia before concluding at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, where he performed the evening aarti. Modi began the roadshow by garlanding the statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya outside the Banaras Hindu University. He was accompanied by BJP chief Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other top alliance leaders.last_img read more

Knicks Raymond Felton Out With Fractured Finger

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton, the team’s second-leading scorer and floor general, will be sidelined up to six weeks because of a broken finger.It is a blow to the Knicks, who have been among the strongest teams this so far this season. While Carmelo Anthony has been mostly brilliant, it has been Felton’s open-court speed and floor generalship that has been significant to their success.“This is not a season-ending injury,” Felton told reporters in Phoenix, according to Newsday. “It’s something that will last four to six weeks at the most.”Felton, who is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists, broke his right pinkie finger in the third quarter when he and Steve Nash dove for a loose ball in the Los Angeles Lakers’ Christmas Day win over New York. X-rays  revealed the fracture.He flew back from the West Coast Thursday to meet with a doctor to determine if surgery is needed; the team went on to Sacramento.“I may need surgery,” Felton told reporters, according to the New York Post. “I got to do what’s best for my hand so I can get back and help this team.”With Felton sidelined, savvy veteran and future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd started in Felton’s place in Phoenix Wednesday, when J.R. Smith hit a jump shot at the buzzer. Kidd, 39, was outstanding with 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes. The Knicks are 21-8.“We just have to go back and assess it and see where we are and go from there, but again, like I said, injuries occur,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “Key guys get banged up here and there, and we have enough guys on our team that guys just got to step up and play until guys get back. That’s how it’s got to be.” read more

Candace Parkers Celebration Leaves Teammate With Bloody Eye

Los Angeles Sparks star Nneda Ogwumike pulled off a series of good plays and her teammate Candace Parker rewarded her with a bloody eye.Ogwumike hit a clutch shot in the final minute of the first overtime against the Tulsa Shock and in a wild celebration Parker tackled her against the goalpost. Parker’s head caught Ogwumike in the left eye, and the blood started flowing.Ogwumike took it like a champ and returned to the game. She hit six straight shots to keep the Sparks in the lead. Parker redeemed herself  by hitting the game-winning shot with 5.7 seconds for  a 90-88 victory over the Shock.Let’s watch the headbutting encounter in the video below. read more

Stephen Curry Doesnt Have His Shot Back

Thursday night, the record-setting Golden State Warriors avoided playoff elimination, taking Game 5 of the Western Conference finals from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Reigning MVP Steph Curry had 31 points on 9-of-20 shooting, but questions remain about whether, after suffering a knee injury early in the playoffs, this is the same Curry who laid waste to the league throughout the season and if he can finish digging the Warriors out of a 3-1 series hole.Curry has shot 35 percent from three in eight games since first being injured, far below his regular-season average of 45 percent. Here’s a breakdown of his 3-point shooting relative to the quality of shots (as divined by the NBA’s player-tracking data) he’s taken throughout the season: Compared with his regular-season showing, post-injury Curry has maintained a high volume of shots with comparable shot quality: He’s taken 10.6 3-point attempts per game with average expected value per shot of .97 points, versus. 11.2 and .98 during the regular season.Relative to expectation, however, Curry has been mortal. He isn’t shooting “badly” by NBA standards, but he has been awful by his own. Curry averaged a flabbergasting .38 points above expectation per 3-point attempt in the regular season, but he’s averaged just .08 points per shot above expectation post-injury. Previously, his worst eight-game stretch was .09 and came from Dec. 11 to Jan. 2.The average 3-pointer taken by a Curry teammate this year had an expected value of 1.1 points, and the Warriors shot .09 better than expectation on them. In other words, since returning from injury, Curry has been chucking like his MVP self but has been connecting like any old Warrior.On the one hand, it is probably good news for the Warriors that Curry appears to be getting his usual looks at his usual frequency since his return. On the other hand, any evidence that Curry isn’t really himself is bad news, because the Warriors are in desperate need of some flabbergasting performances if they hope to repeat. read more

Agent Buffon just as important to PSG as Neymar

first_imgThe agent of Gianluigi Buffon insists that he is considered to be just as important as Neymar at Paris Saint-GermainThe legendary Italian goalkeeper opted to continue his playing career at PSG for at least another two seasons after leaving Juventus in June.And things got off to a bright start for Buffon in this newest chapter of his career by winning the Trophee des Champions at the weekend in his first ever competitive match for PSG after they thrashed AS Monaco 4-0 at Shenzhen in China.“Starting well is always a good thing in football. Anything can happen, but PSG are a great club for him,” Silvano Martina told RMC Sport, via Football-Italia.“They’re a very good team and they deserved to win the cup, which is always good for your CV.“I went for a coffee with him once and he told me he was happy to retire, before adding that he could’ve done well at another big club for a couple more years.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.After 17 years at Juventus, Buffon made the surprise decision to play his club football outside of Italy for the first time in his career at the age of 40.“How did PSG come about? I have a friend there, I sent him a message and he told me to go there right away,” said Martina.“For them, it was as important a deal as that for Neymar. Buffon felt the desire of the French club to have him in their team and he’s very fired up.“It’s as if he’s 10 years younger. They offered a two-year contract, while he only wanted to sign for a year: this proves their honesty. PSG had already wanted him in 2009.”Buffon will get his first taste of Ligue 1 this Sunday in PSG’s first game of the league campaign against Caen at the Parc Des Princes.last_img read more