No talks over exit between Barca and Messi – club source

first_img Another possible outcome of Monday’s meeting is that the club’s presidential elections, due in June 2021, are brought forward, although it is more likely they would be advanced to earlier next year than the next few months. Sporting director Eric Abidal will also have his future discussed and could be moved on. Defender Gerard Pique called for sweeping changes after describing the heavy loss to Bayern, Barca’s worst ever in Europe, as their “rock bottom”. But Bartomeu asked for patience. “We are hurting, but once we get to next week we will start making decisions,” he told television channel Movistar. Barcelona maintained they are yet to hear from Lionel Messi that he wants to leave the club this summer ahead of an emergency board meeting being held at Camp Nou on Monday. Barca officials, including under-fire president Josep Maria Bartomeu, were due to discuss wholesale changes following the team’s humiliating 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat by Bayern Munich on Friday. Loading… A report from Esporte Interativo on Sunday even claimed Messi has made up his mind to leave this summer, although a Barcelona source told AFP shortly before the board meeting was due to start that there had still been no communication with the club to that effect. Messi’s frustration will be among the issues to be discussed along with the future of coach Quique Setien, who is expected to be sacked. Ronald Koeman had emerged as the favourite on Monday to replace Setien given concerns around the suitability of Mauricio Pochettino, who has previously said he would never coach Barcelona due to his links to rivals Espanyol. Another option is Barca B coach Garcia Pimienta, who could oversee a greater emphasis on youth before a longer-term appointment is made after the presidential elections next year. Xavi has been learning the ropes at Qatari side Al-Sadd and has been linked with a return Former Barca midfielder Xavi Hernandez would be the preferred option of Messi and other senior players but Xavi has recently signed a new deal with Qatari club Al-Sadd and is against working under the current board. Full time. pic.twitter.com/973E1TmV23— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 14, 2020center_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Can You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right NowPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee Read Also: Lyon shares surge on stock market after UCL win over Man City “The credibility of a coach is diminished when this happens, clearly. That is obvious, but that does not bother me right now. “I think what happens today needs to be analysed with a bit more perspective,” he added. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 @jmbartomeu Statements on Movistar+ pic.twitter.com/BOCQfUiCRj— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 14, 2020last_img read more

The evolution of an alley-oop dunk

first_imgNow that was a little bit ridiculous.With six minutes left in Saturday’s game against Washington, USC had a comfortable lead and total control of the game.The score was 69-48, a few fans were starting to pile out of the Galen Center and an impressive win was seemingly on the way for USC. Then redshirt senior point guard Mike Gerrity and redshirt senior forward Marcus Johnson connected on an alley-oop dunk for the ages — a dynamic display of just about everything good in the world of sports.A perfect synergy of instinct, skill and luck; a beautiful rendezvous between ball and player just above the rim; a meeting of two objects — ball and player.Quite simply, it left everyone in the building in utter disbelief.“He did not throw a lob right now,” redshirt junior forward Alex Stepheson said postgame, describing his initial reaction to seeing Gerrity heave the ball from beyond midcourt. “Tell me he did not throw a lob right now.”He did, Alex.Gerrity caught a pass from sophomore forward Nikola Vucevic, dribbled twice and hurled the ball towards the vicinity of the basket.Gerrity said afterward that his football skills were horrible, but I’d venture to say he was probably just being humble — I’d like to see USC quarterback Matt Barkley make that throw.Anyways, while the ball was in the air, Johnson was running down the court.Somewhere mid-flight, he said he got the idea that he should jump to meet the ball.Good decision, Marcus.Just after that came the monstrous slam that electrified the crowd to never-before-seen levels.But it’s not the first time Gerrity and Johnson have connected on an alley-oop. And it’s definitely not the first time Johnson has ignited the Galen Center crowd with a big dunk.Finisher · Senior forward Marcus Johnson, shown here against Tennessee, was at the receiving end of a crowd pleasing alley-oop. – Seth Rubinroit | Daily Trojan In the area of alley-oops, they’re both old hands.Gerrity, an altogether average athlete, has one redeeming factor that has propelled him to success at the college level: He’s got the vision of an NBA-caliber point guard.Teammates have been saying it since they met him.Guard Jio Fontan, who’s sitting this season after transferring from Fordham, told me a couple weeks ago that he had so much to learn from watching Gerrity pass.This alley-oop slam is only the latest manifestation of Gerrity’s passing ability — in short, he just knows how to dish.And Johnson is similarly talented in his field — the field of dunking.Many USC fans first learned Johnson’s name after his spectacular posterization of Cal’s Jorge Gutierrez last February, and the dunks have kept coming since.“It’s just stupid what he can do in the air,” Stepheson said of Johnson,No, Alex, that’s not stupid at all.What Johnson can do in the air is quite amazing actually.That man can jump.In practice, in games, heck, just about anywhere — that man can jump.And the Galen Center crowd is just the beneficiary of this teamwork, the witnesses to an alley-oop dunk for the ages.So while only 11 games remain for the Trojans this year no matter their record, this season isn’t a total waste.Not at all.This Gerrity-Johnson connection will be remembered for years to come as the alley-oop heard ’round Los Angeles.Never mind that it took place in an already decided game, never mind that it took place in front of fewer than 6,000 fans and never mind that it won’t really affect the season of the team it benefited.None of that matters.There is always something to be said of the beauty of an alley-oop dunk.Always.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” runs Mondays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Pedro at pmoura@usc.edu.last_img read more

AEW news: Kenny Omega not cleared by doctors after AEW Full Gear

first_img 9 months ago Chris Jericho calls out WWE NXT for being “just another WWE show” COMMENT Written By Akhil Nambiar Here is some disappointing news for AEW fans around the world. Kenny Omega has not been cleared for in-ring action following an injury he sustained during AEW Full Gear. According to the former heavyweight champion, doctors have refused to clear him to compete in professional wrestling matches. Omega took to Twitter to break the news to his fans.Also Read | WWE RAW: The Kabuki Warriors Set To Defend Their Tag Team Championship Also Read | WWE Raw: Becky To Open, Lana To Make The Episode A Nightmare For RusevKenny Omega was injured in a brutal match against Jon Moxley in last Saturday’s AEW Full Gear Pay per view. During the loss to Moxley, the duo had a brutal fight involving trash cans, barbed wires, mouse traps, steel chains, and pretty much anything that they could lay their hands on. Now, it looks like the brutal fight has taken its toll on the Best Bout Machine.Also Read | WWE News: Shane McMahon Reveals His WWE Status, John Cena RespondsHowever, this doesn’t spell the end of Omega-Moxley feud. According to the former IWGP heavyweight champion, he still has Moxley in his sights. Their match may have split public opinion. But it has to be acknowledged that these two wrestlers put their bodies through hell for the main event.Also Read | WWE Survivor Series: 4 Superstars Who Could Be On SmackDown Men’s TeamAEW athletes restedKenny Omega is not the only AEW star to be advised rest by the doctors. Cody Rhodes was also not medically cleared by his doctors to fight in the ring following injuries he sustained in a match against Chris Jericho. Cody received eight stitches after busting his head against the ramp. Cody suffered the injury to his forehead after he dived out to the metal ramp that was connected to the ring. He missed Jericho and landed face down, resulting in a nasty cut above his right eye. The injury nearly stopped the match. Cody also suffered bruised ribs, taking him out of action for a few weeks. WE RECOMMEND First Published: 12th November, 2019 14:07 IST WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago AEW Dynamite narrowly tops WWE NXT viewership numbers this week FOLLOW US Last Updated: 12th November, 2019 14:07 IST AEW News: Kenny Omega Not Cleared By Doctors After AEW Full Gear Here is some disappointing news for AEW fans around the world. Kenny Omega has not been cleared for in-ring action following an injury he sustained recently. 10 months ago AEW Dynamite: Cody Rhodes smashed glass to confront Chris Jericho 9 months ago AEW provides Cody Rhodes’ health update after major blow to the head LIVE TV 10 months ago AEW: The Rock praises Cody Rhodes’ ‘heated’ AEW Dynamite Promo SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more