Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Andre Holmes deflected Colby Wadman’s punt just before it crossed the goal line and Isaac Yiadom was in position to down it at the 1. But he couldn’t hold onto the ball and Harris picked it up before racing 99 yards down the sideline for the touchdown that stunned the Broncos. Only Patrick Peterson (99 yards) and Robert Bailey (103) have punt returns that long in NFL history.The Broncos weren’t much better at the other phases of the game, committing pre-snap penalties, generating almost no consistent offense in the first half and then allowing Doug Martin to scamper 24 yards untouched around the end to make it 14-0 midway through the second quarter.Martin, who was born in Oakland, finished with 107 yards for his biggest rushing day since 2015.Case Keenum got the Broncos on the board with a pair of TD passes in the second half to DaeSean Hamilton and Courtland Sutton. But it wasn’t enough as Jalen Richard scored on a 3-yard run for Oakland and the Raiders sealed the win with interceptions by Marcus Gilchrist and Erik Harris.RED FLAG ALERTADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college It’s no Christmas miracle: Giannis Antetokounmpo has arrived Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Raiders coach Jon Gruden threw his challenge flag after Keenum’s 19-yard TD pass to Sutton, believing that Keenum crossed the line before the throw. But scoring plays are automatically reviewed and the replay booth confirmed the call without a stoppage. Oakland was charged with a timeout, the second time this season Gruden has tried to challenge a TD.FIRST-HALF SHUTOUTThe Raiders came into the game allowing the most points per game in franchise history since 1961, but gave up nothing in the opening half against the Broncos. It’s the third straight meeting between the teams where Denver failed to score in the opening half. Those are the only times in the past 90 games that Oakland has pitched a first-half shutout.MILESTONE WATCHBroncos running back Phillip Lindsay passed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the first half, joining Dominic Rhodes and LaGarrette Blount as the only undrafted rookies to top 1,000 in a season in the Super Bowl era. Lindsay ran for 46 yards before leaving with a hand injury and as has 1,037 on the season. He needs 68 more to break Rhodes’ record set in 2001 for Indianapolis.UP NEXTBroncos: Host the Chargers on Sunday.Raiders: Visit the Chiefs on Sunday. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. An Oakland Raiders fan holds up a sign before an NFL football game between the Raiders and the Denver Broncos in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)OAKLAND, Calif. — Dwayne Harris returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown after Denver failed to down it, and the Raiders gave their fans plenty to celebrate in their possible final game in Oakland, beating the Broncos 27-14 on Monday night.The Raiders (4-11) are set to move to Las Vegas in 2020 and have no lease for next year. With Oakland officials having sued the team over the move, the Raiders are looking into other options for 2019, including AT&T Park in San Francisco.ADVERTISEMENT View comments A decision is expected before the Super Bowl, but many of the die-hards came out for this game knowing it could be the last NFL game ever in the stadium that opened in 1966.It has been almost that long since the Broncos (6-9) had gone back-to-back seasons with losing records, having last done it in 1971-72. After going 5-11 in coach Vance Joseph’s first season, Denver has done little better in year two and general manager John Elway could be ready to make a change after the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Broncos opened the month with playoff aspirations, but three straight losses to teams that entered the game with losing records ended those hopes and have the team searching for answers.Shortly after Oakland native Marshawn Lynch lit the torch in honor of late owner Al Davis before the game, Harris delivered the biggest highlight with a punt return that was tied for the second-longest ever. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
Hector Herald scored 12 points and pulled down five rebounds and Anthony Stover chipped in with seven points and five rebounds. The Wildcats (28-2) will travel Saturday to play Crenshaw in the second round. “This place was packed in a small town and they had the whole place rooting for them and our young kids really stepped up – especially Matt Raya,” Cook said. Jessica Horton scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Rio Hondo Prep, but the Kares lost, 54-33, to Mission Prep on Thursday. Rio Hondo Prep coach Joe Parker said 10 of his players are on his softball team as well and they had to forfeit the Kares’ softball game in the Duarte Tournament today. “We lost Josh and Yader Combs in the third quarter and I am not sure if they’ll be ready on Saturday,” coach Sid Cooke said. Justin Cook scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for Renaissance. “We were already playing softball, so this is kind of a relief,” Parker said. Marianna Gamez scored eight points for the Kares, Meagan Sands had six and Kristian Llamas scored five points for Rio Hondo Prep. From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sophomore Matt Raya’s two free throws with 22 seconds to play sealed a first-round 61-58 road victory for Renaissance Academy over Emmanuel Reedley of Fresno Thursday in the CIF State Division V boys basketball playoffs. The Wildcats were led by Josh Thomas, who scored 18 points, but suffered a third-quarter injury that may have ended his season.
“This contract ends in 2020. It was signed by our predecessors and there’s nothing we can do. They (KPL) don’t feel like they want to support the national team. In September 2020 it ends and maybe from there we will implement what we want to implement. But till then we will keep tussling with them,” an agitated Mwendwa told Capital Sport.The High Court has ruled that the 2017 KPL comprise of 16 teams.Photo/COURTESYHe added; “For sure, this means continuing to have KPL will be impossible after two years. For us there is no way we can delegate this authority again to such a company.”KPL had gone to the tribunal on Tuesday evening under a certificate of urgency, accusing FKF of overreaching their mandate and interfering with the running of the league over its decision to ‘forcefully’ postpone Saturday’s Mashemeji Derby to allow players to turn out for the national team.In his ruling, Tribunal chair John Ohaga said that the mandate to run the league which includes postponing fixtures lies with the league managers especially now that the said two friendly games against Swaziland and Equatorial Guinea were outside the FIFA calendar.FKF President Nick Mwendwa peruses documents presented by KPL as he appeared before the Sports Disputes Tribunal PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe cited the ruling of the same tribunal when the two parties first came in before it on the issue of expanding the league in 2016, where it was ruled that KPL’s mandate to run the league cannot be interfered with.“If FKF wishes to schedule an international match which requires clubs to release players outside the FIFA dates, this must be on a voluntary basis. If it requires KPL to postpone matches, then this also must be negotiated and agreed between the relevant parties,” Ohaga said in his brief ruling delivered shortly after 6:45pm on Wednesday.It added; “Outside the formal instruments, no party can impose on the other. It is for this reason that the agreement requires the two to collaborate closely on decisions though the laid out Joint Executive Committee.”-Derby standoff-Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards fans in a past Mashemeji derby.PHOTO/courtesy.Thus, the ruling meant that KPL was left to decide whether or not the derby would go on, just a few hours after home team AFC Leopards had written to them that they are not able to continue with preparations for the derby asking for postponement.Later on in the evening, KPL sent a statement to newsrooms saying the derby had been postponed, the most practical thing to do with only two days of preparation left.Mwendwa in his statement after the ruling has accused KPL and in particular CEO Jack Oguda and Logistics Manager Frank Okoth for failing to have a sportsman’s spirit, saying that clubs had released players for the two friendly games without issue.“I was well aware this is outside FIFA window and that is why we wrote to KPL asking them to shelve just this one game. We are asking the football community to hold hands together to prepare for Ghana. KPL do not want to be part of the process to build the game at national level, I can’t do anything about it,” said Mwendwa.FKF President Nick Mwendwa. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe added; “We are trying to prepare for Ghana. We have to make sacrifices. I know our relationship has not been the best but the clubs are happy with us and released players. It is the KPL management which is making these calls. Obviously it is not good for us but it is what it is.”At the tribunal on Wednesday, the arguments quickly shifted from the initial reason of national team engagement to the security around the Bukhungu Stadium which FKF said is not secure enough for a derby crowd.However, in his ruling, Ohaga termed it as a faint issue deviating from the main argument, at one point referring to the tussle as a storm in a tea cup.FKF and their legal team could also not produce written evidence on their opposition to the derby on security issues with Mwendwa saying he had made phone calls on the same to both club chairmen.-India Four Nation Tournament-Harambee Stars head coach Sebastian Migne leads players in training. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, the Federation chief said the national team’s trip to India for a four-nation tournament will go on despite the fact that KPL have refused to schedule more fixtures. The trip is schedule for June 1-10.The national team faces the prospect of having a weak team travelling to India with four KPL clubs; Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Kariobangi Sharks and Kakamega Homeboyz who have a significant number in the national team set to take part in the SportPesa Super Cup from June 3.Mwendwa has now insinuated that the same tournament is in jeopardy as it does not fall within FIFA friendly and will wait to see whether KPL will postpone fixtures for the tournament to be played.“We are wondering because when it is Hull City or KPL All Stars having friendlies, they postpone games, but when it is the national team, they can’t. Will they postpone games for the four clubs? At this rate, even that tournament might not be played,” added Mwendwa.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mwendwa announced this decision on Wednesday night, just moments after the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) ruled that FKF should not interfere with KPL’s running of the league.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23- The frosty relations between the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has just taken a new twist after FKF boss Nick Mwendwa revealed the contract between them and the league managers will not be renewed when the current term expires in 2020.Mwendwa announced this decision on Wednesday night, just moments after the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) ruled that FKF should not interfere with KPL’s running of the league.
1 Borussia Monchengladbach’s director of sport Max Eberl has admitted midfielder Granit Xhaka could leave the club, if a tempting offer is received.The Swiss midfielder has attracted interest from a host of clubs, with Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly among the admirers – but he still has three and a half years left to run on his contract in the Bundesliga.That does not mean he does not have a price, however, with Eberl saying the Foals would be unable to turn down a substantial bid for the 23-year-old.“It depends a bit on our own sporting success, it depends on Granit’s own performances and of course it depends on the figures,” Eberl told WDR 2 radio.“If they reach a certain dimension, then you could get dizzy. There are always situations in which every club would have to make considerations.”Eberl says Gladbach do not have to sell, though, and he hopes a bid does not arrive.“It is all in our own hands,” he said. “As things stand, we are happy to have him with us and hopefully he will stay with us for a long time.”Xhaka has scored three goals in 15 games for the Foals this season and was recently appointed club captain.However, he will miss their next three games due to a red card he picked up in their final fixture of 2015 against Darmstadt. Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka
Naomh MhuireThe under 14s will play away to Four Masters this Wednesday evening. The under 12 A and B teams both will travel to Ardara next Monday evening for their next round of games. Well done to Jack o Donnell and Daniel Ward who both played at half-time during the Donegal v Cavan game on Sunday last. A great start to the Summer league last Friday with 6 teams in action. The league continues every Friday evening at 5.30pm. Check the website for latest tables, fixtures and results.Under 8s and under 10s training continues every Saturday in the banks from 10am – 11am. The adult teams are in action this weekend on Sunday with an away trip to Glenfin with 1:30 throw in for Reserves and 3pm for Seniors. Theer was a game schedule for Friday but this has been rescheduled.The Peil na mBan are running a Bags2Clubs which is a project that specalises in good quality second hand clothing that can be re-use again. Peil na mBan will be collecting clothing, soft toys, paired shoes, hats, belts and handbags. Anyone who has these item and want rid of them should put them in plastic bags and drop them off in the clubhouse and we can sort them out for collection. All proceeds for this fundraiser used by our Girls,u10,u12,u14,u16,minor and ladies teams to ensure we can move forward and attempt to take titles to the club. At the moment we have club players playing on the County u14s and u16s.Contact any club members if you have stuff for us and we can collect it, or simply leave it in the clubhouseThe u14 girls are out against Naomh Conaill in the banks Tuesday 2nd May at 6.15pm.This is the 1st leg of the girls championship. We have two more game v St’Nauls/ on 29th and MacCumhaills on 5th June.The senior Ladies have a Division 3 league game in the Banks on Sunday 27th with a 12 noon throw in. Comhghairdeas dó Jack O’Brien was called into the Donegal Minor Squad for the Opening round of the Ulster Championship v Cavan on Sunday and who progressed to the quarter final against Derry.The clun have O’Neill 22″ Kit Bags for sale priced at €28. Text 0863189931 to order. Leave your name and number and you will be contacted.Lotto details for week 16th May. Jackpot 1880 euro. No jackpot winner and two match 3 winners: Eileen Boyle – Doire na Mainsear, Sharon Boyle – 39B Mullachdubh. Numbers drawn were 7-9-14-16.May 100 club draw will take place on Wed. 30th at 9pm in Caislean Óir. Sellers to make sure all money is collected and in before the draw. New Members always welcome.Check out details on www.naomhmhuire.ie.GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NEWS
The Emergency Department/Acute Medical Assessment Unit at Letterkenny General Hospital is on schedule to re-open in mid March.An update on the hospital’s progress today revealed that by that time essential diagnostic equipment such as the MRI and CT scanners will be becoming operational and the new pharmacy will be completed.The Pulmonary Laboratory and the Cardiac Investigations unit will follow shortly afterwards. Mr Seán Murphy, General Manager, Letterkenny Hospital said these areas have been a priority.“There will be a tangible improvement in patient services when they are fully operational again. We continue to make progress on other key areas, including:“Coronary Care Unit: specification for the new unit was submitted to National Capital Steering Committee to commence late 2014 for completion September 2015;“Kitchen/Dining Room rebuild will commence in June with completion in December 2014; “Laboratory will commence mid March 2014 with completion late 2014.“Radiology – Approval received for multi-purpose Interventional Suite for project completion April 2016.”Dr Colm O’Donnell, consultant radiologist in Letterkenny General Hospital and one of four new clinical directors for the West/North West Hospitals Group added, “With the installation of the MRI scanner, we should resume scanning on a phased basis in early February. When fully operational we will bring back scanning of adult inpatients and outpatients from the North West Independent Hospital in Ballykelly.“Very importantly, we will bring back scanning of the vast majority of our paediatric patients to Letterkenny from Temple Street Children’s Hospital and from Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin. This will result in a considerable improvement in service for our patients. Of course we are immensely grateful to the other facilities for the support they provided since the July flood.“Looking to the future, we are very excited that Letterkenny will be getting a new multi-purpose interventional suite. This will allow us carry out a variety of diagnostic and treatment procedures within our own hospital facilities, greatly improving the services for many patients each year who would have had to travel to Dublin previously for their treatments, including cancer and cardiac procedures such as the insertion of pacemakers. Mr Seán Murphy said flood management at the hospital is being assessed on a continual basis.“As previously advised, there are improved interim arrangements in place at the culvert with additional monitoring and clearing. The rebuilding works will include a new culvert, now estimated to cost in excess of €600,000 due to enhancements to the design.“A planning application is being advanced with Donegal County Council. Internal flood management measures such as flood doors are also being designed into the new building works. A detailed flood management strategy involving the culvert and buildings is being advanced by HSE Estates.”The indicative budget for the rebuild works is in excess of €15m and overall costs will exceed €30m when equipment and contingency costs are taken into account. Discussions are ongoing with insurers. Despite the significant disruption caused by the flood, patient services at Letterkenny General Hospital continued to improve during 2013 with better patient access, the appointment of more consultants, the establishment of multidisciplinary teams with St James’s Hospital Dublin for colposcopy services and the introduction of audiology screening of all newborns.Improving patient access will remain a priority for 2014 with the appointment of more consultants. NCHD recruitment and compliance with the EWTD is one of the challenges facing the hospital during 2014, said a spokesman.Mr Bill Maher, Group CEO of the West/North West Hospitals Group, stated, “I’m very pleased to report that across the Group, including at Letterkenny despite the considerable disruption, we achieved the national waiting list target that no inpatient is now waiting more than eight months for an appointment.”Mr Maher outlined the Group’s priorities including the continued integration of patient services across the hospitals in the Group and the preparation of the Group for Trust status; the development of a centre for learning and innovation and the re-building of Letterkenny Hospital.HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPT ON SCHEDULE FOR MARCH OPENING was last modified: January 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:hospitalletterkenny
ST EUNAN’S Minors are through the County Championship final after a nervy win over Aodh Ruadh at St Mary’s Convoy this evening.The Letterkenny lads eventually won 0-14 to 0-07 but it could have been so different.The Ballyshannon side trailed 0-07 to 0-05 at the break after establishing a four point lead early in the first half. St Eunan’s missed a number of chances to pull much further ahead in the second half but led by 0-10 to 0-07 with ten minutes left – and Aodh Ruadh were awarded a penalty.But the spot kick went the wrong side of the post and St Eunan’s showed their class to finish the game in style with Niall O’Donnell and Rory Carr impressive for the black and amber. GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S MINORS THROUGH TO COUNTY FINAL AFTER WIN OVER AODH RUADH was last modified: September 5th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aodh RuadhMinor ChampionshipSt Eunans
No plans this Thursday night? Why not put your knowledge to the test at the All Blakes Team table quiz in aid of Relay for Life!The event promises to be a night of great craic and good competition in Blake’s Bar, Letterkenny Main Street at 9.30pm. All are welcome to come and support the fundraiser and there will be great prizes on offer, sponsored by Kernan’s. The ‘All Blakes’ are getting ready to take part in Relay for Life Donegal on 25th-26th May to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society to fund research provide local support services in Donegal.The ‘All Blakes’ Relay for Life teamAnd the family team are also running a mega-draw ‘Raffle for Relay’ this weekend!Instead of just asking people to donate money to this great Charity which they will gladly accept, the ‘All Blakes’ team together with all of their generous sponsors are also giving everyone a chance to win some amazing prizes. Vouchers from a wide range of local businesses have been donated and there are over 15 prizes to be won!And the first prize is an incredible trip to Man Utd. V Arsenal, sponsored by Ireland West Airport Knock! These tickets are available in Blake’s Bar, The Brewery, The Cottage, Arena 7, Hue Hair Salon and Tír na nÓg to name but a few and can also be obtained from any of the ALL BLAKES TEAM.So, if you see any of the All Blakes Team with buckets or raffle tickets over the next week, please give what you can. Every little helps and remember it is all for a great cause.Let’s all help out with the fight against Cancer.Time to get behind the ‘All Blakes’ Big Quiz night! was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all blakesTable quiz
India head coach Ravi Shastri has now joined the list of wishes that have been showered on the Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma ever since they declared their marriage to the world.On December 11, Kohli and Anushka tied the knot in Tuscany, Italy, which was attended by only close friends and family.Shastri took to Twitter to wish the “young man” (Kohli) and wished the couple “all the happiness and a blissful married life.”Many congratulations young man. God bless you two with all the happiness and a blissful married life. Happiness – @imVkohli @AnushkaSharma pic.twitter.com/p2EAH44UBv- Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) December 16, 2017On the other hand, Kohli is surely enjoying his rare time off from cricketing duties.After having the beautiful wedding in Italy, Kohli and Anushka were last seen enjoying an exotic honeymoon.Four days after their wedding, Anushka shared their honeymoon picture on Instagram that sent the social media into frenzy.Now, fresh pictures have come out on social media where the couple fondly called ‘Virushka’ are seen having a gala time with friends and family.Photo Credit: Instagram The photos exhibit the friendly yet loving equation between the Indian captain and the Bollywood star.Photo Credit: Instagram The couple will host a reception in Delhi on December 21 after which they will throw another reception party in Mumbai.Kohli, who finished 2017 with 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds in international cricket, had been rested for India’s limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka.advertisementKohli has been in sensational form since the beginning of 2016 when he smashed two hundreds in the five-match ODI series against Australia before turning his focus to T20 cricket, breaking a plethora of records. After scoring hundreds of runs in the international format, Kohli amassed 973 runs including four hundreds in 2016 IPL.He also became the only batsman to hit double hundreds in four successive Test series during the one-off match against Bangladesh earlier this year. After a lean patch in Test cricket against Australia, Kohli hammered 610 rus in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka at home.Currently, Kohli is the leading run-scorer in ODIs this year and is ranked No.1 in ODIs and T20 Internationals. He is also ranked number 2 in Test cricket.’In the course of a dominant year for India, Kohli also went past Ricky Ponting and is now second in the list of century scorers in ODIs. The Delhi dasher has 32 hundreds and many experts feel he would be able to get close to Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 tons in the format.Kohli now has the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). He joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top of the list for most double centuries by an Indian in Test cricket.Kohli became the only Indian to aggregate over 600 runs in a single Test series for the third time. Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid had achieved the feat twice.Kohli broke a plethora of records during the Test series against Sri Lanka and became only the second Indian batsman after Vinod Kambli to score two consecutive double hundreds.Under Kohli, India have won nine successive Test series but their major challenge will be in South Africa where the first Test between the two teams gets underway in Cape Town on January 5.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) â Michel Platini reluctantly handed over the reins of power in European soccer to Aleksander Ceferin, a little-known Slovenian lawyer who won the UEFA presidential election by a landslide on Wednesday.Ceferin will complete Platini’s four-year term through 2019 while the disgraced former France captain returns to his FIFA-imposed exile to continue serving a four-year ban over an improper payment.Before Ceferin beat UEFA vice president Michael van Praag 42-13 in the secret ballot, Platini was given special dispensation by FIFA’s ethics judge to bid farewell to European soccer leaders. Platini assured UEFA delegates he has a “clear conscience” over the legitimacy of the 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) he received from FIFA in 2011 that led to his downfall four years later.After Platini was initially suspended last October by FIFA, a political vacuum opened up in European soccer that was capitalized on by the elite clubs to influence the future of the Champions League. Ceferin’s immediate challenge is to heal the rifts created by the secret deal, which he opposes, to increase guaranteed Champions League places for clubs from the powerful leagues of England, Spain, Germany, and Italy.“The most important thing is to give that leadership back to UEFA that clearly we have not had since Michel Platini had to step down last year,” UEFA vice president David Gill said.With only 2 1/2 years until having to renew his mandate, Ceferin will have little time to waste to convince UEFA’s members it was right to entrust someone with only five years of experience around the governing body with its top job.“Some people may have said that I am not a leader, that I am too young and too inexperienced to become the next UEFA president,” said Ceferin, a father-of three from Ljubljana. “It’s not because you repeat again and again, loud and clear ‘I am a leader’ that you are a leader. If you have to do it you are probably not a leader.”Ceferin, aged 48, said combining running a law firm in the former Yugoslav republic of Slovenia with leading the country’s soccer federation since 2011 required him to be “creative, strong and inspiring.”“You can say that I am young and experienced but I honestly think it disrespectful for all small and medium-sized federations who, 365 days a year, have to do more with less,” Ceferin said.Reinhard Grindel, the German federation president, viewed Ceferin’s election as a vote against the UEFA establishment, including Van Praag of the Netherlands.“This big majority shows that a lot of FAs … have a wish to get a new dynamic in UEFA from outside the executive committee,” Grindel said. “Michael van Praag had seven years the chance to give a lot of reform ideas in his work in the executive committee and he did not.“So a lot of my colleagues think, focusing on his speech today, that it is a problem to say now ‘Let’s start very new at zero’ after being part of the executive committee for seven years.”Ceferin is the seventh president in the 62-year history of UEFA, which every four years organizes the European Championship â the wealthiest competition between national teams after the World Cup. He said he speaks five languages, is a black belt in karate, and has crossed the Sahara Desert five times, four by car and once on motorbike.He will take charge at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, after a campaign clouded by accusations that he was being assisted by Gianni Infantino, the organization’s general secretary before being elected FIFA president in February.Ceferin’s campaign emerged in May, shortly after Infantino traveled to Slovenia to open a national soccer center. Weeks later, FIFA appointed Tomaz Vesel as an independent auditor overseeing its billion-dollar annual income â and Infantino’s salary and bonuses. Vesel is also from Slovenia and plays on a veterans’ soccer team with Ceferin.Infantino said it was a “pity” critics suggested he influenced the election of one of soccer’s six regional confederations that sit under FIFA.“This is an insult on the intelligence of all the national associations and those who are voting,” Infantino said after the vote. “You have seen there was a democratic process.”Infantino was separated on the front row from Platini, whose self-proclaimed destiny he assumed by becoming FIFA president.Despite being banned from holding any position of power or involvement in soccer, Platini was allowed by FIFA’s ethics judge to address UEFA delegates on Wednesday as a “gesture of humanity.”“Be assured that I have a clear conscience, that I’m convinced I did not make the slightest mistake, and that I’m continuing the legal battle,” Platini said. “I want to thank everyone in this room who had the courage and loyalty to support me during the past months.”TweetPinShare0 Shares