Cesc Fabregas reacts to Matthijs de Ligt breaking his Champions League record in win over Spurs

first_img Read More Read More Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 May 2019 10:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link529Shares De Ligt was a rock at the heart of Ajax’s defence as Spurs were kept at bay (Picture: Getty)Incredibly, De Ligt was not even born the last time Ajax made the final of the Champions League – way back in 1996 – but he already has a horde of admirers around Europe and is expected to join Barcelona in the summer.Speaking about the young defender, Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport: ‘I really, really love this player. The youngest captain to ever get to this stage of the tournament, leading his team. It’s the personality about him I like. Bar his footballing ability, which you can it’s obvious, as a personality he looks like he’s meant to be at this stage.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors The Dutch teenager continues to make history in Europe (Picture: Getty)Cesc Fabregas has congratulated Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt on becoming the youngest player to captain a team in a Champions League semi-final, a record the Spaniard previously held.The Dutch teenager gave another gargantuan performance in the heart of Ajax’s defence against Tottenham on Tuesday night, helping to record a 1-0 first-leg victory.He had already claimed Fabregas’ record as the youngest player to skipper a Champions League knockout match, and, at 19 years and 261 days, has now broken the record for a semi-final too. struggling Manchester United captain Harry… PLAY Top articles SPONSORED About Connatix V67539 1 min. story Full Screen Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Read More by Metro Skip Adcenter_img / Comment Coming Next Skip Video Settings Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Fabregas was just 21 when he captained Arsenal against United in 2009 (Picture: Getty)Fabregas set the original record back in the 2008/09 season while he was still at Arsenal, skippering the side in a 4-1 aggregate defeat to Manchester United.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT 1/1 Read More There were no hard feelings from Fabregas that his record had been eclipsed, tweeting ‘congratulations big boy’ to the defender after he had helped defeat Spurs in their own backyard – something Cesc no doubt enjoyed!Next up, De Ligt will be hoping to become the youngest player to ever captain a team in a Champions League final – or better yet, lift it.He would be the youngest skipper to reach the tournament’s showpiece since, somewhat ironically, Steve Gerrard, who lifted the trophy in 2005 at just 24 years of age; Ajax could of course face Liverpool in the final if they overcome Barcelona. Advertisement Cesc Fabregas reacts to Matthijs de Ligt breaking his Champions League record in win over Spurs Advertisementlast_img read more

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The top sale in the region goes to this $1.25m Wamuran home

first_img552 Jackson Road, Wamuran“The modern home (and) its position looks out to the Glass House Mountains, North Stradbroke Island … and Moreton Island,” Mr Flint said.He said there were limited properties like this, particularly with views, on the market in the area but when they were listed, they sold quickly.“Anything with views always sells a lot better than something that doesn’t have a view,” he said.According to the latest CoreLogic market trends research, the media sales price for a house in Wamuran was around $568,500. 552 Jackson Road, WamuranA MODERN house with acreage and panoramic views has sold at Wamuran for $1.25 million.Elders Real Estate Nambour and Manly salesman Peter Flint said despite being on the market with them for four months, the property at 552 Jackson Rd had attracted a lot of interest.He said the home, which sits on a 17.7ha block, received two offers before a family snapped it up.It was the top sale recorded in the Moreton News coverage area within the past week.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019There were two main features that Mr Flint said enticed potential buyers to the property.last_img read more

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My Reno: School sweethearts prove renovating is a team effort

first_img RENO FACT CHECK The kitchen in the house at 22 Mackerel St, Manly West, after the renovation.SPENDING 50 years with the same person is quite an achievement.Surviving a live-in home renovation as a couple is another.School sweethearts Sandra and Jeff Bryant did both — and would do it all again if they had the chance.Prior to Jeff’s passing at the end of 2019, the couple finished renovating a house in Manly West. RELATED: Feel safe with bullet proof doors Total spend: $200,000 The transformation is testament to how well they worked together as a team in life and in love.“Jeff always used to say the hardest thing you can do in any relationship is to build or renovate together,” Sandra said.“In our situation, we worked so well together because we respected each other’s work so much.“We trusted each other and made a good team.” BEFORE: The front of the house at 22 Mackerel St, Manly West, before the renovation. AFTER: The front of the house after the renovation.After travelling Australia in a caravan for two years, family circumstances brought the Bryants back to Brisbane, where they decided to spend their retirement restoring houses.Jeff was a talented builder with 30 years’ experience in the industry and Sandra had the planning skills and eye for detail.They bought the property at 22 Mackerel Street in June of 2017 in Manly West, where they had already renovated two other homes. The original home was dark and dingy inside and just as bleak on the outside.“It was ugly!” Sandra said. “It was very, very neglected.“That worried Jeff when we bought it because he does all the building side of things and I have to come up with all the other side, and he just wondered how we could possibly make this poor ugly duckling into a swan.” BEFORE: The back of the house at 22 Mackerel St, Manly West, before the renovation. AFTER: The back of the house after the renovation.But they had their hearts set on a low-set brick home after their last project was a post-war, timber house.“That was a lot of hard work so we thought a low-level brick might be appealing, as it’s pretty sought-after, so we searched for months and then this one came up,” Sandra said.The couple lived onsite in their caravan during the renovation process, moving in to the house to sleep at night once they had finished one of the bedrooms.They moved on from room to room.“We completely renovate every square inch,” Sandra said.“We just shuffle around from room to room and live accordingly.“That never worried us because we were nomads anyway.”They decided to keep the configuration of the house, apart from adding an extension to install an ensuite and walk-in robe in one of the bedrooms to make it the master. So, the original three-bedroom, one-bathroom house became a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home. BEFORE: The backyard after the renovation. AFTER: The outdoor entertainment area and backyard of the house at 22 Mackerel St, Manly West, after the renovation.It was the first time they had added an extension to one of their properties, but Sandra said she was thrilled with the result — especially the contrast of the grey HardiePlank cladding against the brick of the original house.The final structural addition to the house was the timber back deck.Jeff’s experience as a tradesman allowed him to do all of the labour, apart from the electrical and plumbing, while Sandra was involved in the design process, sourced all the materials and decided on the grey and white colour scheme that flows throughout the home.A standout feature inside is the floor, which is covered in a light grey tile that resembles weatherboards.“It does make a statement because it flows from the front door right through the house, except for the carpet in the bedrooms,” Sandra said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“I also love the garage and the tiles we used over the big garage door.” BEFORE: Inside the house at 22 Mackerel St, Manly West, before the renovation. AFTER: The kitchen in the house at 22 Mackerel St, Manly West, after the renovation. AFTER: The living room of the house after the renovation.Sandra said each renovation had been a learning process, but also extremely rewarding.“We got a lot of pleasure out of restoring something that 40 years ago was probably beautiful,” she said.“It’s so satisfying to come in and restore its beauty.”But she admitted living through a renovation was not for everyone.“A lot of people say; ‘We’d love to do that’, but I don’t think they realise how much work is involved,” Sandra said.“We had to clean up the job site every day before we could walk around the house.“I think you learn as you go along, but you can never predict your market.“There’s nothing to say one, two, three or even four people are gonig to like it, so we try to keep it practical.“I’m totally going to miss that I don’t get to do it anymore.” The property is for sale through Danny Day at Place Manly for offers over $680,000. 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Lillian M. Cowan, 87, Laurel

first_imgLillian M. Cowan, age 87, of Laurel, Indiana died Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Morning Breeze Retirement & Healthcare in Greensburg, Indiana.Born January 6, 1931 in Rush County, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Ira & Glada (Feeback) Haley. On August 12, 1948 she was united in marriage to Herman L. Cowan and he survives.Lil was a member of the Buena Southern Missionary Baptist Church. In her leisure time she enjoyed butterflies, nature, and spending time on her porch swing. She had worked in the cafeteria at Laurel Elementary School for several years, before retirement.Survivors include her husband of over 70 years, Herman L. Cowan of Laurel; a daughter & son-in-law, Nancy (Ronald C.) Spurlock of Connersville; a son & daughter-in-law, Dave (Janice Hundley) Cowan of Brookville, Indiana; two sisters, Fay Doll & Louise Newton both of Rushville, Indiana; four grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild.Besides her parents she was preceded in death by nine brothers & sisters, and a great grandchild.Pastor Rob Edwards of the Buena Southern Missionary Baptist Church will officiate the Funeral Services on Monday, December 10, 2018, 2:00 P.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery in Rush County, Indiana.Family & friends may visit from 12:00 Noon until the time of the services at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home.Memorial contributions may be directed to Buena Southern Missionary Baptist Church. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cowan family to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

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Pardew ready to talk to Ashley

first_imgAlan Pardew knows he has an awkward conversation with owner Mike Ashley to come, but hopes he will remain in the Newcastle manager’s job after it. Press Association “We know we’ve got an uncomfortable conversation regarding the form this year, the under-achievement and everything else. “We need to find out what the reasons were and then it’s for Mike, and hopefully with me, to decide how to go forward. “It’s a privilege and honour to be manager of this club. “But Mike could decide he needs a new manager. “I like to think that he won’t, that next year he’ll stay with myself.” Pardew’s men are one place outside the drop zone with two games left. center_img The Magpies have failed to back-up last season’s top-five finish and are in the midst of a relegation battle heading into Sunday’s game at QPR. With an eight-year contract to his name Pardew would not be expected to be made to pay for results, but the former West Ham manager knows that could end up being the case. “Mike and I will sit down as soon as we know what division we’re in,” he told a number of national newspapers. last_img read more

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Spurs spending thrills Vertonghen

first_img Andre Villas-Boas’ side have beaten Crystal Palace, Swansea and Dinamo Tbilisi (twice) without conceding a goal. But the real acid test for Spurs will come on Sunday when they travel to the Emirates Stadium for the first north London derby of the season. Spurs held a seven-point lead over Arsenal, but just like the year before, they lost their nerve in the final stretch and ended up back in the Europa League. Vertonghen, who snubbed interest from Arsenal to join Spurs, admitted it was a bitter pill to swallow. “That was painful, yes,” the Belgium defender said. “We thought we were a better team than Arsenal at the end. “I don’t know why we (slipped up). Maybe they had the experience of playing in the Champions League before. But we were all very disappointed, especially because we thought we were supposed to be comfortable. “That is why we have to finish in the top four.” Vertonghen has noted an improved strength in the depth of the Tottenham squad following their summer splurge and a surge in confidence among the players. The Belgian also thinks that with the arrival of powerhouses such as Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue, Arsenal will find themselves up against a much more physically imposing Spurs team. When asked whether it would be a bruising experience playing against Tottenham, Vertonghen said: “I think so, yes. If you see guys like Chadli, Paulinho and Capoue, they are all tall guys who have pace but physical power as well. “Maybe we lacked that last year. They make us stronger in both ways, in a skilful way too.” Jan Vertonghen is convinced that Tottenham have a much better chance of beating Arsenal to a top-four place in the Barclays Premier League this season despite the impending departure of Gareth Bale. A quick look at the new arrivals board at White Hart Lane shows why the club are so confident of success in the post-Bale era. Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue and Paulinho are all regular faces in their respective national squads while in Erik Lamela, Spurs have signed one of the brightest prospects in world football. Vertonghen, who moved to Spurs from Ajax last summer, has no doubt that other clubs will have taken note of Tottenham’s ambition following their spending spree. “I think it sends a message to everybody, to all the top four, that we want to be up there and they have to look at us as well and where we are going to be,” Vertonghen said. “Other teams are looking at us. There is a lot of interest in us. “There’s a lot of competition and the quality of the players is very high here. They have just so much power. I think we have a strong team anyway, whatever happens (with Bale). “We have bought some very good players and it is always good to have different players who can score.” Early-season results suggest Tottenham fans have every reason to share Vertonghen’s confidence. After over two months of negotiation, speculation and controversy, Bale is closing on his world-record move to Real Madrid. Tottenham fans reacted with fear when it emerged that Real’s interest in the player was serious earlier this summer, but a recruitment drive has been so successful this summer that they are no longer perturbed about losing the man who scored 26 times for the club last term. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Last-gasp heroics delight O’Mahony

first_img “We knew how hard it was going to be coming away to France. Any game over here is tough, especially in a cauldron like this,” said O’Mahony. “We knew it would take something special to get a win and as happened it was a special performance from a team that wasn’t playing particularly well. “But the sign of a good team and a team that is progressing is to get a win like that out in France. It is certainly going to be up there in many books. “We wanted to win more than anything. We expected a fight and we got it all right – it was bruising and there will be plenty of sore bodies tomorrow. “We spoke about that and we said it would pay off. We said that if we went to a dark place, and we hurt ourselves, we were going to be in a good place. And that’s where we are – we are in a good place. “We have two to go but this has put us in a good position. We will enjoy this over Christmas.” Munster must still play Gloucester and Edinburgh in January, but they end the year where they wanted to be. O’Mahony offered particular praise to the Munster pack, whose pressure told with a penalty try early in the second half. “We have some great game-breakers and with a team like this you can never give up,” O’Mahony said. “We trusted our scrum. We know it is good. We had to show some bottle there and credit to the front row, the front five and the whole pack for that penalty try.” An 18-17 success puts the two-time Heineken Cup champions’ in firm control of Pool 6, but w hen Tommaso Benvenuti ran in the try for Perpignan that put them ahead in the 77th minute, the game looked dead for Munster. Yet they conjured something out of nothing and Hanrahan’s try from the last move of the match made it 18-17 to the visitors at the Stade Aime Giral. Munster captain Peter O’Mahony said the reward was worth the toil as the two-time Heineken Cup winners earned victory over Perpignan with a last-gasp try from JJ Hanrahan.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Gael Clichy urges improvement from Manchester City after draw at West Ham

first_img City needed two Sergio Aguero goals to salvage a 2-2 draw at West Ham after Enner Valencia had twice fired the hosts into the lead. They can count themselves unfortunate, having also hit the post twice through Aguero and Fabian Delph. Press Association Manchester City defender Gael Clichy looked back on two dropped points in the Barclays Premier League title race and admitted: “We have to do better.” “I was surprised to come on that early,” Byram told the club website. “I was over the moon to be on the bench and to be involved and see how they do things down here. “When I walked out of the tunnel and saw the bubbles in the air and saw a full house with the fans cheering, it was great. Then to be thrown on, I was really happy. “When you’ve got players like we’ve got in our team, it makes it easier, because you’ve got two or three options every time you get it and I think it really helps when you’ve got players like that. “Hopefully I’ve given the manager something to think about. That’s what I’ve tried to do since I came in.” But in the end City were relieved to come away with a point after Hammers midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate’s header rattled the crossbar in stoppage time. “I think we can always do better. We conceded a couple of goals which tells you we can do better,” full-back Clichy told City TV. “Overall our performance was good but the second goal killed us a bit as we were on top of them. But that’s what happens if you don’t take your chances. “It’s a hard place to go. We wanted the three points and we didn’t get them, but we will take the positives. “I’m not surprised at how good West Ham were, they are a great team with great players. But we can do better and we have to do better.” In among a number of impressive performers for West Ham was Sam Byram, who was thrown in for a quicker-than-expected debut after Carl Jenkinson went off 12 minutes in. Right-back Jenkinson was injured giving away the penalty with which Aguero cancelled out Valencia’s 55-second opener. Byram, who only arrived from Leeds three days earlier, kept Kevin De Bruyne and then Raheem Sterling quiet as West Ham threatened to complete a double over City this season, only for Aguero to rescue them with 10 minutes left after Valencia had poked in his second. last_img read more

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GSA tennis teams fall in Northern Maine title matches

first_imgBLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy boys’ and girls’ tennis teams lost Tuesday in their respective Class C North championship matches at Bates College in Lewiston.On the boys’ side, GSA fell to a 4-1 defeat against top-ranked Orono (14-1). The doubles duo of Joey Mitchell and Liam Webb gave the Eagles their lone win on the day with a 7-5, 6-4 triumph over the Red Riots’ Alex Brown and Sam Henderson.GSA’s girls’ team (12-3) played No. 1 Mattanawcook Academy (15-0) and fell just short of upsetting the defending state champion Lynx. The No. 2 Eagles used a singles win from Chloe Politte and a doubles victory from Libby Weed and Hattie Slayton to make the second singles match the decider, and Mattanawcook claimed a tiebreaker win to repeat as the Class C North champion.The losses came after both GSA teams pulled off impressive quarterfinal and semifinal wins to reach Tuesday’s regional finals. The girls advanced to the title match with 5-0 wins over No. 7 Van Buren (8-3) and No. 6 Piscataquis (10-5), and the boys beat sixth-ranked Houlton (8-7) 5-0 before upsetting No. 2 Mattanawcook (11-3) 3-2 in the semifinals.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textState title matches for all three classes will be held Saturday, June 8, at Lewiston High School. Class C matches will begin at 9:15 a.m. with Class B (12:45 p.m.) and Class A (4:15 p.m.) to follow.last_img read more

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Third T20 at Providence Stadium tonight

first_imgWindies Women hunting for their first T20  win against India-By Clifton RossAFTER being  2-0 down in the five-match T20 series, the West Indies Women will be hunting a win come this evening when they tackle India in game three, under lights at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.With the final three matches of the T20 series being played in Guyana, the hosts are eager to return to their winning ways, especially with a change of venue and atmosphere. The eve of the 3rd encounter saw an ramped up Windies unit pushing in some stiff net sessions on Wednesday morning.Under the watchful eyes of the coaching staff which includes head coach, former Windies pacer Courtney Walsh and his assistant, Guyanese Rayon Griffith, the women further fine-tuned themselves in the batting and bowling departments as they looked to shrug off the remnants of the last match they lost.Recently-appointed Windies vice-captain, Guyanese Shamaine Campbelle, said that she believes her team has lots more to show over the next three matches. “We were doing some work, so we have to improve on our batting. We just have to go out there and express ourselves the way we know”, said Campbelle.The 27-year-old Berbician, who is just four games away from 100 international T20’s, acknowledged that her own personal form will be key to the team rebounding and possibly forcing the series into a game 5.“They say there’s always room for improvement and I’ve been out for a while with injury, but I’m coming back strong, so I just need to go out there, execute and do what I’m accustomed doing”, she ended.Shifting gears to the first of three games at Providence, Windies will favour their star-studded bowling attack which features Anisa Mohammed, Stafanie Taylor, Afy Fletcher and Shakera Selman; players who should find the bowler-friendly Providence track suitable to their craft.India, on the other hand, will be entering the match with their tails up having commenced their T20 series tour with back-to-back wins. Known as the “15-year-old run-machine”, leading run-scorer, Shafali Verma, with 142 runs under her belt thus far and a top-score of 73, will have all eyes on her for the remainder of the series.Deepti Sharma, the 22-year-old off-break bowler, is another X-Factor for India, as she sits on the leading wicket-takers list with 5 victims heading into the third match. Clearly, India will be looking to wrap up the series come this evening.The home team, on the other hand, will be keen on winning the remaining matches without any further hiccups; thus reminding the world why they were T20 World Champs. The match bowls off at 18:00hrs.last_img read more

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