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Pellegrini set to coach Real Betis – Report

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Premier League, La Liga back on DStv, GOtv Former Real Madrid and Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini is set to take over at La Liga side Real Betis from next season, Spanish newspaper El Pais said on Wednesday.The report in El Pais said the Chilean, 66, has agreed to sign a two-year contract with the option of a third year with Betis, who sacked coach Rubi last month. One of Spain’s best-supported clubs with more than 50,000 season ticket holders, Betis are currently 14th in La Liga, nine points above the relegation zone.A report in newspaper Marca said the club wishes to wait until they have mathematically guaranteed their status in the top flight before announcing they have hired Pellegrini.Pellegrini won the Premier League title with City in 2014 as well as two League Cups and had successful stays in Spain’s top-flight with Villarreal, who he took to the Champions League semi-finals in 2006.He led Malaga into Europe’s top competition for the first time in 2012 and to the last eight of the competition the following year, losing to eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund.Reuters/NAN. Tags: La LigaManuel Pellegrininew managerReal Betislast_img read more

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IOC lifts doping ban on Russia

first_img– Olympic doping cases – Two Russians, curler Alexander Krushelnitsky and bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeyeva, were kicked out of the Olympics after their doping tests were revealed to be positive, with Krushelnitsky being stripped of his bronze medal.The scandal meant that the Olympic team from Russia could not use national colours or flag for the closing ceremony in Pyeongchang as originally hoped.Moscow blamed the two cases on “negligence rather than malicious intent,” while Krushelnitsky denied knowingly doping and some Russian media said his food was spiked by an ex-girlfriend.Russia’s Olympic ban followed the uncovering of a doping conspiracy where tainted urine samples were switched with clean ones.The government has denied any state involvement in the plot but a top sports official Vitaly Mutko, currently a deputy prime minister, was suspended by the IOC for life.Russia’s reinstatement in the IOC does not affect the suspended status of its RUSADA national anti-doping agency with the World Anti-Doping Agency, which on Monday said the country remains non-compliant, citing “proven systemic manipulation of the doping control process.”Putin said Wednesday that “the fight against the evil of doping should be without compromise.”WADA previously criticised the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport which overturned Olympic life bans on 28 Russians accused of doping, though they still did not compete in Pyeongchang.“Unfortunately so far our relationship with WADA, the reinstatement of status of RUSADA, is not complete,” Zhukov said.“There is still a lot of work to be done which is likely to be as difficult as the work to reinstate the Russian Olympic Committee,” he said.“But we must do this as quickly as possible to create a comprehensive system to fight doping in Russia.”Share on: WhatsApp Moscow, Russia | AFP | The International Olympic Committee has lifted a ban against Russia, Moscow officials said on Wednesday, after the country had been barred from the Pyeongchang games over state-sponsored doping.The news, confirmed later by the IOC, was announced as Olympic athletes were feted in the Kremlin, thanking President Vladimir Putin for letting them compete under a neutral status.“The rights of the Russian Olympic Committee have been fully restored,” said the president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov.Zhukov said Russia received a letter from the IOC Wednesday which confirms that no other Olympic athletes from Russia had tested positive for doping, following two positive Russian drug tests at this month’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang.“All of the doping tests that were conducted on our athletes in the last days of the Olympics were negative,” Zhukov said. The IOC said in a statement that Russia’s suspension has been “automatically lifted with immediate effect.”Russia was banned in December from taking part in the 2018 Olympics following revelations of widespread doping, though 168 athletes were deemed “clean” and were cleared to go to Pyeongchang to compete under the Olympic flag.The time since the ban on December 5 was “probably some of the most difficult months in the history of Russian sports and the Olympic movement in Russia,” Zhukov said, praising athletes in particular for competing in “difficult conditions.”Putin praised Russian athletes as they were honoured in a Kremlin ceremony, saying the Olympic suspension was “a page we must turn.”“You showed your best athletic and human qualities. You showed your fighting character,” Putin told the athletes. The ceremony followed Russia’s Pyeongchang medalists receiving keys to white Mercedes SUVs the day earlier.“Despite all the difficulties, the Games had pleasant surprises and gave us new heroes,” Putin said. “The entire team deserves our thanks.”Silver medalist figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva said in a short speech: “We put all our soul into our performance. We fought for medals for our Motherland.”last_img read more

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OVERTIME

first_imgBILL NEALA super… Super Bowl Special Review:10 Hold up… Wait a minute… Oh man, get on your feet and jam… We don’t need no music.  We got soul… If you ain’t gonna party, take your dead xx home… The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire…We don’t need no water let the xx burn… Awwww Sooki Sooki now!! Yep, all of them. You can use all them good old par-tay shout outs and it won’t come close to what Beyonce did… Are–You–Kiddin–Me? Did you see her? Did you see them? Did you see her?? There will be an emergency meeting called with the “Top Ten Committee” cause somebody’s “body” has got to go! Ms. Beyonce has just moved into the No. 1 spot. Sorry Halle and J-Lo. Step it down one. By the way, she gets 4 stars—4 basketballs—hell—4 cucumbers, I don’t care… it’s over!!!:09 You can’t discount the emotional ride. Just ask Hines Ward how bad they wanted to win for Jerome Bettis. The Ravens rode the Ray Lewis emotional horse all the way to the Super Bowl title. Well played Ray, well played. Deer antler juice and all!:08 Did ya’ll see Beyonce?!?  Oh my bad. Back to the game.:07 Don’t get me wrong. Emotion is good and talent is essential, but it sure doesn’t hurt to have a no-call when Jimmy Smith assaulted Michael Crabtree in the end zone. That was a flag, no doubt about it. C’mon ref!:06 Joe Flacco named MVP… I am ok with it, but a lot can be said for Jacoby Jones’ more than 300 collective yards, including the 108 yard kick-off return, longest in Super Bowl history.:05 The night the lights went out in New Orleans. Call it a desperate attempt by the 49ers to slow the Ravens machine down. Call it bad luck in the bayou, but if you ask me, that was Miss Rudolph putting a “root” on somebody and the stadium just got in the way.last_img read more

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