Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Selection doubts for both coaches ahead of Saturday's Barca-Real Madrid

Both FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino and Carlo Ancelotti,Buy Cheap Abercrombie Men's Sweaters his opposite number in Real Madrid, have doubts regarding their respective starting 11s ahead of Saturday's Clasico between the two sides in the Camp Nou Stadium.The game is the first time either coach has sat in the dugout for a Clasico and the result and performance of their teams could go a long way to determining how long they last in their current positions.Barca go into the game with a three point lead over Real Madrid and the advantage of playing in front of a stadium packed with their home fans.Martino's side has not been at its best since returning from the international break and has managed just two draws from two games, although some would argue that the 1-1 draw Barca took away to AC Milan in the San Siro Stadium was far from a bad result.The good news for Martino is that Leo Messi looked back to his best on Tuesday night after missing three weeks with a thigh injury and Messi's will be the first name down on the Barca teamsheet, quickly followed by that of Neymar, after that there are questions Martino must answer, such as who will be the third player in attack.Alexis Sanchez seems to be Martino' s preferred choice and the Chilean has been in good form this season with his pace and workrate compensating somewhat for his lack of precision in front of goal. There is also a good case for including Pedro Rodriguez, who has a habit of finding the net against Real Madrid and also for Cesc Fabrigas,Wholesale Outerwears cheap Outerwears who can play as a false striker and whose late arrival into the penalty area is hard for defenders to close down. 

Cesc's inclusion would mean there are no doubts over the regular midfield of Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, meaning the remaining questions to be answered hang over the Barca defense.While Dani Alves and Adriano are both certain to play as full backs, who plays in central defense depends on whether or not Gerard Pique is able to play after suffering a slight pelvic injury in Milan.Snow plough suppliers If Pique recovers he will probably partner club captain Carles Puyol, who was rested in midweek, but if Pique can't play, Martino will have to decide between youngster Marc Bartra,Wholesale Caps cheap Caps who has performed well in recent weeks, or the more experienced Javier Mascherano, who only returned after injury himself on Tuesday night.Ancelotti also has doubts,China Block clamp but apart from Xabi Alonso, who is putting the final touches to his return after injury, he has no fitness problems in his squad.Real Madrid look to be improving in recent games and as a result Ancelotti will keep faith with a three man midfield, composed of Sami Khedira, Luka Modric and Asier Illaramendi, with Isco relegated to the subs' bench. 

There are questions over who will play at right back with Alvaro Arbeloa likely to get the nod ahead of Javier Carvajal, although it is possible Ancelotti might decide to move Sergio Ramos across to the right and pair Rafael Varane and Pepe in central defense, a move that would add to Madrid's considerably height advantage at set pieces.Speaking on Spanish radio on Thursday night, Ancelotti hinted that Gareth Bale could start in the Camp Nou, which seems logical if Madrid want to see a return on their massive summer investment, but that decision means Ancelotti has to decide between dropping Angel de Maria or playing without a specialized center-forward.Di Maria has responded to Bale' s arrival with some of the best form of his career and his pace and ability to curl the ball in from the right would be lost if Bale replaced him in that position.In order to accommodate both Bale and Di Maria, Ancelotti could opt to play Cristiano Ronaldo as a central striker, but has already said that would not be a good idea given Ronaldo's effectiveness cutting in from the left, or he could play Bale in a central role and leave both Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata out of his line-up.What the debate does do is highlight the options available to both coaches ahead of what promises to be another tense encounter in the biggest club match in the world.

Xue/Xia lead eight teams into Xiamen Grand Slam women's top 16

Top seeded Chinese world champion Xue Chen and her new teenager partner Xia Xinyi collceted their third straight victory in pool A Friday morning to lead eight teams into the women's top 16 of the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Xiamen Grand Slam.April Ross and Kerri Walsh, who had claimed the gold medal two weeks ago at the Sao Paulo Grand Slam, were hammered by Italy's Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth 2-0 in their last pool E match, but they still advanced to the 24-team knockout stage as the second finishers from the pool.Xue and 16-year-old World Tour debutant Xia beat Argentina's Ana Gallay/Georgina Klug 2-0 (21-16, 21-13) in 39 minutes to finish atop of pool A with a 3-0 win-loss record and earn a bye in the first round of the knockout stage which was set to start Saturday morning."Xia is playing in the World Tour for the first time and this is our first World Tour event, I did not expect to win three matches in a row," said Xue, who had captured the title of the World Championships with her old partner Zhang Xi in July. "She has been doing a great job and I am very satisfied with our cooperation. As a young player in her age, her performance was quite surprising to me." 

"I think we have been playing better and better as a team in the last three matches," said Xia. "As a newcomer, I have a lot to learn and improve. I need more experience and training to be a better beach volleyball player."Following two easy wins on Thursday, the new combination of April Ross and Kerri Walsh received a blow Friday morning as they lost to Menegatti/Orsi Toth in straight sets 21-16 and 21-18 while Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova of Czech Republic pulled off another upset in the women's pool play by taming Brazil's seventh seeds Agatha Bednarczuk/Maria Antonelli 2-0 (21-17, 24-22). Having squandered a three-point lead in the second set, the 10th seeded Slukova/Kolocova finally converted on their fourth match point thanks to a solid block by Slukova."Agatha and Maria are a really strong team, so against a strong team like this it's always difficult to keep the lead as they can come back in the middle of the set with some unbelievable play, and they can just take the lead away from you," said Slukova. "But I am really proud of us because we kept going and kept pushing and at the end we still won the second set.Container ramps suppliers I think it's the strongest play by us."The girls from Czech Republic now had a 2-0 record against Agatha/Antonelli this season. "World Tour is always tough tournament and we can't expect to win any game. But we played them already once this year, in Berlin, and we won and it was a tough game. So we knew that if we play well we can beat them. But if we struggle with service, reception, everything, we can easily lose 2-0." 

Fourth seeds Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst of Germany, second seeds Taiana Lima/Talita Da Rocha Antunes, third seeds Maria Clara Salgado Rufino, both from Brazil, sixth seeds Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler of Germany, eighth seeds Yue Yuan/Ma Yuanyuan from China joined Xue/Xia, Menegatti/Orsi Toth and Slukova/Kolocova in the women's top 16 after winning respective pools with unbeaten records.Ludwig/Walkenhorst, runners-up to April/Walsh at the Sao Paulo Grand Slam,Glass handler suppliers rallied past Emily Day/Summer Ross of the United States 18-21, 21-16 and 15-4 in the last round pool D match."It's really cool.China Fork Carriage Bar We don't have to play one more match today. It's already been a long season and it's always cool to go out of the pool as first. I feel good and I am satisfied with the three good matches. But tomorrow is a new day and new games and we have to fight again,Buy Cheap Abercrombie Men's Fleece" said Ludwig.Ludwig was quite satisfied with her overall performance over the season. "In the beginning it was a slow start, but on and on we always make top 10, top five and even two finals. I think right now we're the seventh in the world ranking, and now I have a new partner. Everything is pretty new and we did a pretty good job this season," she added.The women's elimination round will start on Saturday morning with the semifinal and final matches scheduled for Sunday.Buy Cheap Abercrombie Men's T-shirts The double gender Xiamen Grand Slam is the last of a record 10 Grand Slam events on the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar.China has hosted more than 23 women's and 14 men's tournaments on the FIVB World Tour, but this is the first visit for an FIVB international beach volleyball event in the city of Xiamen. The event in Xiamen is one of three FIVB international beach volleyball events being held in China this year. The first was the 2013 FIVB Open tournament held in Fuzhou on April 23 to 28, followed by the Shanghai Grand Slam, which took place from April 30 to May 5, 2013.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Ancelotti drops striker hint, Pique struggles ahead of Clasico

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he has made his mind up who will lead his side's attack when they take on bitter rivals FC Barcelona in the first 'Clasico' of the season in the Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday night.Speaking in the wake of Wednesday's hard-fought Champions League victory 2-1 at home to Juventus, which came thanks to two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Ancelotti praised Karim Benzema.Benzema returned to the starting 11 ahead of Alvaro Morata and although he missed an easy second half chance to assure the win, the coach was pleased with the workrate shown by the sometimes languid Frenchman."I know which striker will play in Barcelona," said Ancelotti.Buy High quality Coach Grade Sunglasses, Custom Fit Stripe Shirt and more. "I asked Benzema to work hard to close down Andrea Pirlo and he did that job very well. While it is true that he didn't score he worked very well and I am satisfied with him," he continued.One surprise was that young defender Rafael Varene was left out of the side with Pepe and Sergio Ramos in the starting 11, but Ancelotti is happy with the central defense as it currently is. 

"Varene being substitute is not for no reason. I think he is looking good, but we have three central defenders and at the moment Pepe and Ramos are playing well," he said.Wednesday night saw Gareth Bale continue his recovery with another substitute appearance in the second half of the game and Ancelotti was content with the way the record signing is progressing.Sexy Lingerie Factorywelcome to high quality oakley Grade AAA sunglasses,Free shipping‎!"He likes to play in the right and that is what he will do," advised the Madrid coach. "He came into the game when there was not a lot of intensity in the game and the general play of the team will allow him to play better. Meanwhile he is in better physical shape," advised Ancelotti.Best Dsquared Long T-Shirts Meanwhile with two days to goal head of the big game, FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino has a couple of physical worries. Midfielder,Buy cheap Grade AAA MICHAEL KORS Handbags, Custom Fit Stripe Shirt and more. Jonathan Dos Santos is certain to miss the game and could be out of action for several weeks after damaging the cruciate ligament in his knee. The young Mexican will undergo tests this Thursday to discover the full extent of the injury.Dos Santos would have been substitute at best in the game, but Gerard Pique is a fixture in the Barca starting 11 when fit and he is a bigger worry for Martino.Pique missed training with a slight pelvic problem which he sustained during Barca's 1-1 draw away to Milan on Tuesday and is a doubt for the game. Pique had missed Saturday's 0-0 draw away to Osasuna with a physical problem and Barca would miss his height and power in the air should be not be able to play.The good news for Barca is that Carles Puyol could play after 90 minutes action in Pamplona last weekend.

Neymar and Alexis give Barca win in Clasico

Goals from Neymar and second half substitute Alexis Sanchez gave Barcelona a 2-1 win at home to traditional rivals Real Madrid in the Camp Nou Stadium Saturday evening.Jese Rodriguez scored a late consolation goal for Madrid, who may count themselves unlucky to return home empty handed after an excellent second half performance.Our store can offer Dsquared Long T-Shirts cheap price, welcome choose!Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti produced a huge surprise with his line up,Isuzu Auto Parts opting to play with central defender Sergio Ramos in midfield, Javier Carvajal at right back and Alvaro Arbeloa left on the subs' bench, alongside Karim Benzema.With Alvaro Morata left in the stand, Ancelotti opted to play without a specialized striker and instead Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria formed a trio with the accent on pace.There were no surprises in the Barca line up, where Cesc Fabrigas played as a false "9" and Gerard Pique, who had recovered from a pelvic injury, partnered Javier Mascherano in defense.Our store can offer High quality Dior(men) Fashion shoes, welcome choose!Barca carried the weight of the game, but suffered an early setback when Sergio Busquets was booked for challenging Angel di Maria from behind, although Ramos soon had his name taken after using his elbow on Neymar.Madrid looked dangerous from set pieces with Carvajal crossing well for Bale to knock the ball down into the Barca box and were well-organized in midfield, happy to drop deep and deny Barca space.However, on 19 minutes they went to sleep, allowing Andres Iniesta to advance towards the edge of their penalty area before giving the ball to Neymar whose right foot shot from a narrow angle took a deflection on its way past Diego Lopez and into the net. 

Messi should have doubled the lead a minute later as he went clean through on goal, but Pepe worked back quickly and Messi's shot slid past the post.The rest of the half saw Barca control the ball, but Madrid kept their shape and almost snatched a goal on the stroke of halftime. Ronaldo did well to work space on the left and crossed for the onrushing Sami Khedira,Buy high quality Coach Grade Sunglasses, Custom Fit Stripe Shirt and more. whose close range effort was well saved by Victor Valdes.The second half was a different affair as Madrid pushed their lines forward and looked to pressure in the Barcelona half, which created an early half chance for Bale from another cross into the area.The Madrid pressure saw Iniesta lose the ball in his own half just before the hour and as Ronaldo's pace carried him into a shooting position, Valdes pulled off another fine save to keep the scores level. Madrid had good appeals for a penalty waved away with 20 minutes remaining as Mascherano looked to have given Ronaldo a push in the back.Barca were looking ragged and after Benzema replaced Bale, while Madrid looked better balanced and the Frenchman was unlucky to see his 25 yard shot bounce back off the underside of the crossbar.That was to be decisive as Alexis scored Barca's second with 12 minutes remaining. His pace allowed him to turn Varane and chip Diego Lopez from 30 yards Lululemon Women's Pants out.The goal should have killed the game off, but Jese Rodriguez took advantage of a late break started by Ronaldo to score a consolation goal for Madrid in injury time, although Barca were able to manage the last two minutes to virtually ensure no further football was played.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Kenya rugby stars go on strike

Core players of the Kenyan national rugby sevens team went on strike late Thursday to protest over delay in signing new contracts.The strike comes hardly a day after the country's union unveiled South African Paul Treu as the new head coach in a bumper pay,Buy cheap Coach Grade Sunglasses, Custom Fit Stripe Shirt and more. perks and bonus deal that is unprecedented in the East African nation.The industrial action by the group of about 30 players who are contracted to play for the country every season throws preparations for the second leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai later next month into a spin in hardly the sort of welcome Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) wanted to be accorded to the immediate former South Africa head coach.On Wednesday, KRU announced the biggest pay package in the history of Kenyan sport for Treu and the expanded team he is set to bring to Kenya from November 1 when his three-year contract that runs to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, gets underway.The South African is set to earn a monthly net salary of 11,000 U.S. dollars alongside other sweeteners such as first class tickets from title sponsors, Kenya Airways,Buy men Dsquared t-shirt cheap, Custom Fit Stripe Shirt and more. an official car, comprehensive insurance and massive bonuses pegged on the hue of the medal Kenya will win at the Rio Olympics.Driven by the disclosure, the players downed their tools demanding better terms with KRU and despite the administrators quelling talk of a strike saying the issue has been resolved and the affected asked to collect their contracts on Thursday, reports indicate they are yet to accept the proposals put to them. 

Further accounts disclosed that the new head coach who takes over from English man Mike Friday, who like Treu resignewelcome to High quality Grade A Juicy Couture Handbags,Free shipping‎!d after the Moscow World Cup Sevens in June, will be getting more on his phone allowance than KRU is offering some players in the side, incensing the charges further."They are wondering why there is no money to pay them well while there are funds available to give the coach better pay in his phone allowances for example," a source conversant with the stand-off said.In mitigation, KRU said their hands were tied in offering better packages since Kenya Airways, are yet to renew their 4.72 million U.S. dollars deal with them.Their initial deal lapsed at the end of last season just before the team went to Russia where Kenya finished fourth in the Main Cup, the best performance by an African nation at the event."The issue is about contracts, because the players went to (HSBC Series opener) Gold Coast 7s with the sponsorship deal not signed earlier this month,Buy high quality Bench Outerwear Yoga Clothes, Custom Fit Stripe Shirt and more." an official at KRU who is not authorized to speak to the press told local media. "The players trained today (Thursday) and some of them like assistant captain, Collins Injera, picked their contracts and we expect the rest to finish signing theirs soon."It's the second occasion in six months that the Kenyan aces have dropped their tools since following their industrial action in May over unpaid salaries and bonuses in May.

Two Dutch pairs into semis of Xiamen Beach Volleyball Grand Slam

Dutch reigning world champions Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen set up a men's semifinal clash with compatriots Jon Stiekema/Christiaan Varenhorst here Friday in the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Xiamen Grand Slam.Brouwer/Meeuwsen, who had been crowned at the world championships in Poland in July, swept Greece's dark horses Kotsilianos Georgios/Zoupani Nikos 2-0 (21-12, 21-17) in 32 minutes in the quarterfinals Friday afternoon for their fifth straight win in Xiamen and a berth in Saturday morning's semifinals."It's very nice! In the last tournament of the season, it will be great to finish it with the best results possible. We're going for it tomorrow, " said Meeuwsen."I think we performed at a good level all season long, with one big win, like you already said. I am pretty satisfied, but it will be nice to get nice results here as a finish."Meeuwsen thought it was no coincidence that two teams from the Netherlands made it into the top four in the windy weather in Xiamen."We used to praticed in the wind a lot in our country, so we are used to this condition. It's no coincidence that we're both in," he added.Coach Grade Sunglasses saleThe 20th seeded Stiekema/Varenhorst beat Italy's Alex.

"We are excited of course. It was almost like a home game for us with the wind. In the Netherlands we have the same weather," said Varenhorst. "In the condition like this, I think we can reach the final and maybe win the cnbattachmentgold."Italy's 11th seeds Nicolai Paolo/Daniele Lupo eliminated seventh seeded Evandro Goncalves Oliveira/Emanuel Rego of Brazil 2-0 (21-15, 21-16) to make the semifinals for the third time in their fifth trip to China."I like to play in China! It's different to play (in windy conditions). We have focused on the match and we played better than our opponents, so we are proud of this," said Paolo. "Emanuel is like the history of the sport, a legend.Sexy Lingerie Factory So we are proud of ourselves."Paolo and Lupo will also go for the chamionship. "We try to win the tournmanent every time we play, we'll try to do that and we are ready for this. We have a good season,welcome to cheap Dsquared Long Sleeve T-Shirts,find Latest Styles!‎ but sometimes we lost some matches with our mistakes. So we have to stay focused and prepare for the next match. "In the last quarterfinal match,Nike Air Max 10th seeded Alison Cerutti/Vitor Goncalves Felipe rallied past Jacob Gibb/Casey Patterson of the United States 2-1 (11-21, 23-21, 15-11) to remain as the only Brazilian tandem in the title contention following the elimination of Pedro/Bruno and Ricardo/Alvaro.The double gender Xiamen Grand Slam is the last of a record 10 Grand Slam events on the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar with the men's and women's semifinal and final matches set for Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Barca's 100 percent record ends with 0-0 draw in Pamplona

FC Barcelona's 100 percent start to the season came to an end on Saturday night as they were held to a 0-0 draw in Pamplona by a hard-working Osasuna.Although Barcelona controlled the majority of the play,When flying to and from Logan Airport nothing is more stressful China Fork Carriage than having to ask a friend to pick you up in the middle of the night. they struggled to break down a committed and tenacious rivals, who allowed few spaces in attack and limited Barca to just a handful of chances.The draw means that Barca are now just three points ahead of Real Madrid a week before the two sides meet in the Camp Nou Stadium and also means their attempt to equal Madrid's record start to the season of nine consecutive wins has failed at the last hurdle.Despite the importance of the game, Barca coach, Tata Martino made sweeping changes to his side,Wholesale Bikini&Gallus cheap Bikini&Gallus resting players such as Gerard Pique and Dani Alves and bringing Carles Puyol back into the side after his injury problems along with Martin Montoya.Meanwhile Leo Messi began the game on the bench as a precaution as he recovers from a muscle strain.The first 45 minutes were hard work for both sides on a dry pitch in the El Sadar Stadium and Osasuna showed why they are improving under coach Javi Gracia. 

The home side looked compact and denied Barca spaces in their own half, closing down players such as Neymar, who once again came in for some rough treatment from opposing defenders, Pedro and Andres Iniesta.Chances were few and far between with Montoya finding space, but lacking the final pass, while the best opportunity was a Marc Bartra header from a corner which flew over the Osasuna crossbar and both keepers spent more time clearing the ball with their feet than making saves.The second half saw few changes to the game plan, although Barca gained more control as time progressed and began to carve out opportunities.Buy Cheap Ralph Lauren Women's SkirtsNeymar was inches away from a fine Montoya cross 10 minutes after break after Barca's best move of the game,Himalayan Salt Lamps are not just beautiful Bar suppliers they also produce negative ions which cleans the air that we breathe. but the best opportunities fell to Cesc Fabrigas, who was uninspired in font of goal, failing to lob the ball over Osasuna keeper Andres Fernandez and then shooting over the bar when being put through by Xavi Hernandez.Messi came into the game with 20 minutes remaining, Buy Cheap Juicy Couture Tracksuits but looked slightly off his best and surrounded by a crowd of defenders every time he got the ball for once he was unable to work his magic.

Scolari: Brazil favorites to win World Cup

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari accepts that Brazil will be favorites to win next year's World Cup on home soil.Scolari, who guided the Selecao to victory at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea,Wholesale Binkini cheap Binkini warned rivals his team is ready to replicate the form that saw them overcome Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup final in June."If we continue at this rate and continue working like we are, it's going to be difficult to beat us," Scolari told TV Globo on Sunday."We don't have the experience of some of the other teams but we have the pace and dynamism that few teams can match."The comments represent a change of tone from Scolari, who in July said the team did not yet deserve favorite status."We have to make the final and win it. Brazil are not only favorites, we obligated to win it," Scolari said. "We only have one goal,Wholesale Caps cheap Caps and that's to finish first. Nobody is going to be accept second.Slowly but surely people are Rotator suppliers getting back to the Natural Resources that the Good Lord provided us with."Brazil are currently ranked 11th in the FIFA world rankings, a position skewed by the team's lack of competitive matches due to their automatic World Cup qualification. 

Surprisingly, reigning European and world champions Spain were not among the countries listed by Scolari as Brazil's most likely challengers during the June 12-July 13 tournament.When asked to name other contenders, he replied: "Germany,Buy Cheap Abercrombie Men's Outerwears Argentina and England, who are playing very well under Roy Hodgson. The Netherlands have a lot of quality and Colombia have one of their best teams in 40 or 50 years."Scolari said he hopes Portugal, whom he coached from 2003 to 2008, qualify via the playoffs."It would be great to see Cristiano Ronaldo there," Scolari said.Buy Cheap Ralph Lauren HandbagsThe 64-year-old also gave the strongest indication yet that Diego Costa will be selected for Brazil's friendlies against Honduras and Chile next month.Brazil-born Costa is embroiled in a nationality dispute after informing FIFA of his desire to play for Spain, where he has lived since 2007 and with whom he holds citizenship."He shouldn't be able to play for another country after playing in two friendlies for Brazil," Scolari said. "It's up to me to decide whether I select him and that's what I intend to do."

Monday, October 21, 2013

Surprises and away wins in Spain's matchday 9

The weekend back in domestic competition after the international break traditionally sees more than its fair share of surprises and this weekend was no different as both FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid saw their perfect starts to the campaign came to an end.Both sides went into their games on Saturday night on the back of eight straight wins to kick off the campaign and looking to equal the best ever start to a season which was set by Real Madrid in the days when football was still broadcast in black and white., however, it was not to be.A 0-0 draw in Pamplona ended Barca's perfect record a week ahead of playing Real Madrid in the 'Clasico'.Barca struggled to break down a hard-working and well-organized Osasuna and Cesc Fabrigas failed to take the few chances which fell their way.The good news for Barca was the return of Carles Puyol after 7 months out injured,Isuzu Auto Parts while Leo Messi also came on Wholesale Lingerie Sexy Lingerieafter three weeks sidelined with a muscle problem.Barca coach Tata Martino complained after the game that the referee had allowed Osasuna to get away with too many fouls on Neymar, but insisted he was content with the performance.That result means a win would have taken Atletico Madrid top, but they lost 1-0 away to Espanyol in a tight and physical game which was decided by a strange own goal by Atletico goalkeeper,Nike Air Max Thibaut Courtois, who somehow managed to kick the ball into his own net after Sergio Garcia had failed to contact with a cross from the left. 

Real Madrid were able to take advantage of those results to close the gap at the top of the table with a 2-0 home win against Malaga.Malaga keeper Willy Caballero was the hero of the game, but was stranded as Di Maria's curling cross evaded everyone to nestle in the corner of the net, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty in injury time after Gareth Bale fell over in the Malaga area.Real Sociedad took a morale boosting win away to Valencia ahead of their Champions League trip to play Manchester United.Antoine Griezmann and Ruben Pardo, who scored a stunning shot put the Basque side 2-0 ahead before Dorlan Pabon netted a 93rd minute strike to put some canada goose jacket women sheen on the scoreline for Valencia whose recent run of form comes to an end.Sunday saw Getafe take their fourth consecutive win as they defeated Granada 2-0 away from home. Granada have lost 4 from 5 games in front of their fans and were condemned to defeat by an own goal and a smart shot from Pedro Leon.

Almeria are rock bottom of the table after losing 1-0 at home to Rayo Vallecano, who climb out of the relegation zone thanks to Alejandro Galvez's second half free kick. Rayo ended with 10 men after Saul was shown two harsh yellow cards.On a day of away wins, Elche took their third consecutive triumph with a 2-1 win away to Betis in a game where all the goals came in the first half.Our store can offer Lululemon Outerwear cheap price, welcome choose! Manu Del Moral and Fidel scored early goals for the visitors while Jorge Molina's goal for Betis, which was scored from an offside position, was not enough to save a point.Valladolid did, save a point, however, fighting back from 2-0 down to claim a draw at home to Sevilla. Carlos Baca and new Spain international Alberto Moreno put Sevilla two goals up on the half hour, but strikes in the last 10 minutes from Manucho and Patrick Ebert earned Valladolid a point to lift them out of the bottom three.The round of games ends on Monday when Celta play Levante and Athletic Club entertain Villarreal.

World bronze medalist Tola wins Beijing Marathon with new event record

Tadese Tola of Ethiopia broke the event record set 27 years ago to win the men's race at the Beijing International marathon here on Sunday, two months after he claimed a marathon bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia."It was my first time to compete in Beijing and I am happy for today's result," said Tola, who will turn 26 by the end of the month. "The weather is very good and the course is very good too."Tola clocked two hours, seven minutes and 16 seconds to finish the race, trimming the former event record set by Japanese runner Taisuke Kodama in 1986 by 19 seconds.Lululemon Women's PantsThe Ethiopian improved his marathon personal best to 2:04:49 and finished third in his first race of 2013 at the Dubai Marathon. He also finished as runner-up at the the 2013 Paris Marathon."After the World Championships I never stopped training. So I came to Beijing with good form," said Tola who clocked 2:10:23 to take the bronze in Moscow worlds with the gold went to Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda in 2:09:51. 

Launched in 1981,Isuzu Auto Parts the Beijing Marathon witnessed a fast and close competition on Sunday as the leading trio were almost shoulder-to-shoulder at the last 500 meters, before Tola surged a fast homestretch sprint to hit the finishing line first.Benard Kiprop Kipyego of Kenya trailed 3 seconds behind to finish second while his countryman Rono Daniel Kipkurgat finished third in 2:07:20.China's Wholesale Lingerie Sexy Lingerie 22-year-old runner Zhang Yingying claimed the title of women's event in 2:31:19, extending China's overwhelming record in the women's race of Beijing Marathon as it was the 22nd straight women's title won by Chinese since 1992. 

Makda Harun Haji of Ethiopia pocketed the silver in 2:33:04 while the bronze was notched by Yeshimebet Tadesse Bifa, also from Ethiopia, in 2:35:20."I just ran to my normal level today like I usually did in my training. During the last part of the race I was leading alone and I think if someone can chase me closely the result could be better," said Zhang, whose personal best is 2:22:38 when she won the Xiamen Marathon with a course record in 2008.canada goose jacket women"After 35 kilometers I was feeling exhausted but I managed to hang on and took the gold," she added.Zhang claimed the half marathon title at Beijing Marathon in 2006 and finished second in the full length race in 2007. She also competed in the women's 5,Nike Air Max000m and 10,000m event in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Stephen Curry joins Under Armour

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, who played in Nike shoes for the first four years of his NBA career, has signed with Under Armour. The story was first reported by Yahoo! Sports last week, but the shoe and apparel brand didn't confirm the move until Tuesday."Our key attributes for players we want to have on our team are young, underdog and next -- and Steph checked all those boxes," Matt Mirchin, Under Armour's senior vice president of global marketing, told ESPN.Rotator supplierscom.Buy Dsquared Long Sleeve T-Shirts, Custom Fit Stripe Shirt and more. "We couldn't talk to him until August given his contract, but when we did, both sides realized it was a great opportunity and the deal came together quickly.Wholesale Women Fleece cheap Women Fleece"Curry will be the biggest star who has stepped into basketball shoes made by Under Armour, which started to seriously play in the basketball shoe marketplace three years ago. He joins a group of endorsers who are primarily guards, including Brandon Jennings of the Detroit Pistons, Raymond Felton of the New York Knicks, Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Bobcats and Greivis Vasquez of the Sacramento Kings.Curry will wear Under Armour's lightweight shoe, the Anatomix Spawn, this season, and the brand will sell shoes in Warriors colors for $120. Mirchin said he expects Curry will get a signature shoe as early as the end of next season. 

Under Armour's market share currently sits at 0.35 percent of the U.S. basketball retail market, according to SportsOneSource, a sports market tracking firm. Nike, which includes the Jordan and Converse brands, owns 92.6 percent of the U.S. retail market, the firm reports.Last season, Curry had two of the best performances in the NBA: a league season-high 54-point game at Madison Square Garden against Knicks, and a 47-point performance against the Los Angeles Lakers in April.Among the top 10 scorers last season,Buy Cheap Juicy Couture Kids Curry will join Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez as the only players not to wear shoes made by Nike. Carmelo Anthony, James Harden and Russell Westbrook wear shoes made by Nike's Jordan brand, while Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and LaMarcus Aldridge sport the familiar swoosh. Lopez wears adidas, and Wade last season jumped from Jordan to Li-Ning. The Chinese brand acknowledged that it had problems keeping up with demand and was unable to fully capitalize on Wade's Heat winning another title. 

Under Armour announced in July that it is expecting to grow revenues by as much as 24 percent in 2013, which would result in $2.25 billion in annual sales. In the company's last quarterly report, which ended in June, shoe sales made up only 18.4 percent of the company's net revenues. (Apparel made up 70 percent.)Under Armour has worked to increase sneaker market share by seeding the grassroots market.Wholesale Outerwears cheap Outerwears The company has signed 28 youth teams and more than 60 high-profile high school programs. It sponsors 13 college programs including Auburn, Boston College, St. John's, Maryland, Temple, Texas Tech and Northwestern."Having the best wear our product at the pro level is really the last step for us," Mirchin said.