Lionel Messi fears football will “never be the same” due to the coronavirus pandemic. Argentina and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, Top-level European leagues are only just returning to action in a highly controlled manner, following strict safety protocols and playing in empty stadiums. And Messi opened up on the tragedy of seeing loved ones die from the virus, which he describes as the “most unfair thing of all”. The 32-year-old told El Pais, via Goal: “Most of us are left with doubts about what the world is going to be like after everything that has happened. “Beyond the confinement and the situation that took us by surprise, many people had a really hard time because this situation affected them in some way, as it happened with all those who lost their family and friends and could not even see them. “I think there were a lot of negative things in this crisis, but there can be nothing worse than losing the people you love the most, that creates enormous frustration for me and seems to me the most unfair thing of all.Advertisement Loading… “Football, like life in general, I think will never be the same.” Spain has been one of the hardest-hit countries in the pandemic with 27,125 deaths linked to coronavirus from 286,308 confirmed cases. Meanwhile in Messi’s home of Argentina, 528 people have died with a severe economic impact also taking its toll on the South American nation. The Barcelona forward has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to medical needs in both countries. read also:Messi expresses heartbreak over Copa America postponement Life will take a small step towards normality in Spain when LaLiga resumes on June 11, with Messi’s Blaugrana back in action four days later. League bosses are planning a frantic fixture schedule to finish the extended 2019/20 campaign with LaLiga president Javier Tebas considering staging a tribute to Covid-19 victims before the opening game. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Most Popular Movies With Sylvester StalloneTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made
The USC women’s basketball team clinched the third seed in the Pac-10 tournament on Saturday with a comeback victory over Arizona State, 62-52.USC (18-11, 12-6) used a dominating second half to beat the Sun Devils (17-12, 9-9); the Women of Troy outscored Arizona State 36-19 after halftime.Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Next step · Senior forward Aarika Hughes scored nine points in her final regular season game at USC. Hughes also posted three rebounds. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan“We had the same record [as ASU] coming in, and we knew we needed this win,” senior guard Hailey Dunham said. “[It was] tough to be down seven at halftime but to come out with a 10-point win at the end was something we really needed.”Arizona State seized an early lead in the game on the strength of its inside play. The Sun Devils pounded the ball inside and scored 24 of their 33 first-half points in the paint. USC shot just 30 percent in the first half and entered the break down seven points.The second half was a different story for the Women of Troy. USC employed a small lineup for much of the second half and harassed the Sun Devils into 15 turnovers and just 19 points.“We’re not as big as a lot of teams, but Hailey [Dunham] and Christina [Marinacci] are [as] feisty as anybody that’s “6’4”, 6’5”, so I feel comfortable and confident that they can get down there and hold their own,” USC coach Michael Cooper said.The Women of Troy opened the second half on a tear and tied the score at 43 on a Dunham layup. The game was a back-and-forth affair from then on until USC pulled away late. Redshirt junior guard Jacki Gemelos delivered the knockout punch with a steal and layup that pushed the lead to 52-46 late in the game.Sophomore guard Ashley Corral said the team changed up its defensive focus after halftime and keyed in on Arizona State guard Danielle Orsillo.“Just little things like being late on screens, getting hit on screens — we focused on that and executed it,” Corral said.The Sun Devils shot 26 percent from the field in the second half.Corral led the Women of Troy with 20 points and three assists. She also added four 3-pointers to further her school record for threes made in a season. Dunham added seven points, six rebounds and some gritty defense down low.“I think I was outweighed by quite a bit, but I tried to use [my] muscle to bang around down low and try to shut them down,” she said.Freshman forward Christina Marinacci finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Aarika Hughes chipped in nine points in her final regular season game for USC.“To be among the elites you have to beat the elites, and this was a big, big game,” Cooper said. “It’s always nice to end the season on a positive note because, if you head into a conference championship, you always want to go in on a positive note.”The Women of Troy set their best conference mark since the 2004-2005 season with the victory. Their 18 wins on the season are the most in four years.USC earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament and opens up against Oregon in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. on Friday. The two teams split the regular-season series.
While in Lagos and Accra, Okocha will share his views on the Bundesliga during live studio shows and serve as co-commentator for Bundesliga matches. He will also take part in various activities like football clinics, autograph sessions, Five-a-side football, visits to grassroots academies, selfies and more with African football fans.Oliseh who won the Bundesliga trophy “Meisterschale”, the Olympic Gold Medal and the African Cup of Nations played for Bundesliga clubs FC Köln, Borussia Dortmund and VfL Bochum. He will visit Kenya between December 20 and 22, appearing as an analyst and guest with media partners, holding training sessions with local football managers and meeting with football fans in Nairobi.“We are very happy that Jay-Jay and Sunday will join the Legends Tour and I believe that African football fans will enjoy a wonderful week with the two legends shortly before the end of the year,” said Overseas PR Director of StarTimes, William Masy.Okocha is rated as one of the best dribblers in Bundesliga’s history – his entertaining style delighted fans of Eintracht Frankfurt and all over Germany. Oliseh left his footprints in Köln, Dortmund and Bochum as rock-solid midfielder and reached ultimate heights when he became Bundesliga champion with Borussia Dortmund in season 2001/02.In 2015, StarTimes signed an exclusive broadcasting contract with DFL Sports Enterprises for five successive seasons (2015/16 to 2019/20), acquiring extensive media rights to provide exposure of the Bundesliga in Sub-Saharan Africa.As part of build up to the legends tour events, Okocha and Oliseh were both in Germany to watch their former clubs Eintracht Frankfurt and Dortmund do battle on November 26. The game ended 2-1 in favour of Eintracht Frankfurt. Okocha met with his former coach and was on the pitch to loud applause cheering the home fans before the game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram SarTimes and DFL Deutsche Fussball Liga have announced that Austin Jay-Jay Okocha and Sunday Oliseh, two of the most famed African football icons, will join the StarTimes & Bundesliga Legends Tour to Africa this month.From December 16-22, the two Bundesliga legends will be on a three-country trek to interact with African football fans and to promote the German football league as well as its official broadcaster in Sub-Saharan Africa, StarTimes.Okocha, Olympic Gold Medal winner and African Cup of Nations winner who played for Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt, will travel to Nigeria and Ghana from December 16-19.
MORE: Lane Kiffin still made about being fired by USCTaulia Tagovailoa, also a quarterback, has not announced the move, although sources told The Athletic’s Aaron Suttles that he has spoken on multiple occasions in the past about transferring.He committed to the Crimson Tide in April 2018 and played in five games as a freshman last season, backing up his brother and Mac Jones, who is now the incumbent starter. He completed 9 of 12 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Speculation over where Taulia Tagovailoa will transfer was intense Friday. According to 247Sports.com’s timeline, he received scholarship offers from Hawaii, Oregon, Florida Atlantic, Syracuse, Oklahoma State, Florida, Tennessee, Nebraska and Michigan in addition to Alabama. His unofficial visits included trips to LSU and South Carolina. The sophomore would have to sit out the 2020 season after making a move and then have three years of eligibility remaining.Jones will face a challenge from five-star freshman Bryce Young while attempting to succeed Tua Tagovailoa, who was selected fifth overall by the Dolphins in last month’s NFL Draft. Taulia Tagovailoa is leaving Alabama.AL.com and the Tuscaloosa News reported Friday that the younger brother of former Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal.