Lyon president Aulas: We tried to buy Ronaldo

first_imgOlympique Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, has admitted they had a chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo as a junior player. “He was 15-16 years old and he was already very strong. I tried to buy him from Sporting Lisbon, but unfortunately, I couldn’t. Read Also:Ronaldo set to make 1,000th senior appearance against SPAL “I am satisfied to have seen the beginning of a fantastic story. Cristiano Ronaldo is crazy and I am not surprised that at 35 he still has incredible means.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Ronaldo and Juventus will be in Lyon next week for the first-leg of their Champions League round 16 tie. Aulas revealed to L’Equipe: “During a youth tournament in Portugal, we met Cristiano Ronaldo.Advertisement Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Matthews Jr. part of drug investigation

first_imgMatthews had two at-bats in an intrasquad game Tuesday. “We talked to Gary and made him aware of the article and right now there are no details,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We didn’t really know what happened or what’s going on. We have to see what’s going on.” Matthews was not the only athlete linked to the investigation. Former heavyweight Evander Holyfield also was named and allegedly used the name “Evan Fields” when placing orders. Admitted steroid user Jose Canseco also was named by the Times Union as an alleged client of Applied Pharmacy Services. A number of unnamed NFL players also were linked. In addition to the Mobile, Ala., provider, a pharmacy in Orlando, Fla., also has been under investigation by a special grand jury in New York for over a year. A top physician with the Pittsburgh Steelers allegedly ordered $150,000 worth of testosterone and human growth hormone on a personal credit card through Signature Pharmacy. Because he is a physician there was no law broken. The retail value of those drugs is said to be worth $750,000. Another alleged customer of Signature is former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jason Grimsley, who had mail-order steroids seized at his home last year. Intrasquad news Kelvim Escobar pitched well, John Lackey looked rusty and Dustin Moseley was roughed up. Nobody was worried about the results, though, as the Angels took the field for an intrasquad game. Pitchers only worked an inning.On offense, Casey Kotchman had a two-run single while Mike Napoli homered. TEMPE, Ariz. – Gary Matthews Jr.’s name has surfaced in the investigation of a Mobile, Ala.-based internet pharmacy accused in the illegal distribution of prescription drugs, including human growth hormone. In a report Tuesday in the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union, the newspaper credited “sources with knowledge of the investigation” for linking the Angels’ new outfielder to the situation. The report did not reveal what types of products Matthews ordered, if any, although he was labeled a customer by the newspaper. center_img Finally … Hector Carrasco has emerged as the likely starting candidate in case Jered Weaver is not ready at the start of the season. He didn’t pitch well, though, in his inning of work, giving up a hit and two walks. 3B Chone Figgins failed to make a play to his left on a hard-hit ball by Maicer Izturis. Figgins committed 10 errors at 3B in 34 games (32 starts). “It wasn’t an easy play,” Scioscia said. “On the practice field, Figgy has been very impressive. It’s just going to take some balls being hit to him and feeling good about making plays. He’ll settle in and play at a high level at third base.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

TD DOHERTY OPENS ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ DEBATE IN DAIL

first_imgOpening the debate on Sinn Féin’s motion of no confidence in the government this evening the party’s Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty said budget 2013 marks the total betrayal of the election promises of this Fine Gael and Labour government.Speaking during the debate Deputy Doherty outlined the reality of the respite care grant for carers he has spoken to and met personally describing their situation as the human face of this Fine Gael and Labour budget.The Donegal TD later spoke on Prime Time about cuts in Respite Care grants. Below is the full text of Deputy Doherty’s speech:SF No Confidence PMB – 11.12.12 – Pearse Doherty“The motion tabled by Sinn Féin tonight is very simple.“It says that this house has no confidence in the government because Fine Gael and Labour have failed in their obligations to make political decisions and choices that benefit the citizens of this state. “When this Government was formed there was enormous hope and expectation that things were going to be different.“In the months that followed the formation of the coalition that hope has slowly been dashed.“As Fine Gael and Labour started to break their election promises and programme for government commitments one by one, public confidence in the Government started to ebb away.“But what the Government did last Wednesday has opened the floodgates of deep disappointment and burning anger.“Today, across the state, people of all political persuasions and none have lost confidence in this Government. “Sinn Féin’s motion tonight is simply an echo of the frustration and disillusionment felt by hundreds of thousands of ordinary people across the state.“It is a reflection of the anger of ordinary people who are asking themselves why Fine Gael and Labour lied to them. Why the parties now in government made pre-election promises on child benefit and property tax only to break those promises within months of taking office.“Pre-election promises may mean little to politicians like Pat Rabbitte or his colleagues in cabinet. But for voters they are the reason why they chose one candidate over another or one party over another.“For almost a week now my offices in Leinster House and Donegal have been inundated with calls from angry and upset people; not just constituents of mine, but people from all across the state. “Some of them want to vent their anger; some want to explain the human impact this budget will have on their lives; all of them feel that this government has let them down.“Budget 2013 marks the total betrayal of the election promises of this Fine Gael and Labour government.“I could give countless examples of why TDs from both sides of the house should vote no confidence in this government.“Tonight I will focus on just three – the cut to the carers respite grant, the cut to child benefit and the family home tax.“Last Wednesday a woman from Co Sligo rang. She was in tears.“As a blind pensioner who lives alone in a rural area her telephone and broadband are her lifelines to the outside world. They are not a luxury. They are vital for her to live.“She said that if the cuts to the telephone allowance went ahead she could not afford her phone and internet service.“She would be cut off, isolated, her quality of life destroyed.“This is the human face of this Fine Gael and Labour budget.“Today I had the great privilege of talking to the carers who gathered in front of the Dáil calling for the reversal of the Carers Respite Grant. They are all remarkable people.“Each of them told a different story of how this cut would impact on them and the loved ones they care for.“As the protest came to an end and after many hours of carers standing in the freezing cold I invited a couple of them to come in and warm themselves with a cup of tea before they headed home.“One of the women was Caroline from Dublin. She told me her own personal story. Caroline in wheelchair bound. She lives with a debilitating and progressive disease. Yet she is a woman with remarkable strength and courage.“I initially thought that Caroline was the person being cared for. But in fact Caroline was the carer. She lives alone with her 75 year old mother who suffers with Parkinson’s disease and is a diabetic.“Caroline administers her mother’s dialysis at home. She talked about the challenges she has being wheelchair bound, getting her mother out of bed, wash and shower and dress her.“While she started telling the story with the kind of humour that comes naturally to a daughter talking about caring for her mother, quickly her eyes welled up and she broke into tears.“She asked why the government valued her so little. She said that she hated the way this government made her feel about herself.“Caroline is a 24 hours a day, seven days a week carer. Her mother could not function without her support.“And every day she has the strength and courage to carry out the countless invisible tasks of a carer so that her mother can live with dignity.“This is the human face of Budget 2013. This is the real consequence of Fine Gael and Labours proposal to cut the respite care grant.“And for every cut to a vital support there is a story like Caroline’s.“This is what Fine Gael and Labour are doing to the people they promised to protect. This is a budget that attacks carers, the sick, older people, children and families.“It is a budget that will increase financial hardship and poverty for tens of thousands of families.“The cuts to child benefit, the cuts to the back to school clothing and footwear allowance and the taxing of maternity benefit are all anti-child measures.“During the general election campaign Eamon Gilmore said there would be no cuts to child benefit under his watch, that it was a red line issue.“I don’t need to explain to anyone in the Labour Party the impact that this will have on children and families.“You know only too well. It is why you made this issue a central part of your election campaign.“How do you expect those families who are going to be affected by this cut, particularly those who voted for you on the basis of this promise, to have any confidence in you?“And then there is the Family Home Tax. The government claim it is a property tax but that just isn’t true. It is a tax on the family home.“170,000 families are in serious mortgage distress. Hundreds of thousands more are in negative equity. Tens of thousands paid huge sums in stamp duty at the height of the boom. 1.8 million households have less that €100 per month after paying essential bills.“Fine Gael and Labour campaigned on a promise to assist those who are struggling to pay their mortgages, to ease their burden.“And what have you done? You have slapped a tax on their family home on top of all the other stealth taxes and charges contained in the budget.“The Government could have introduced a wealth tax; making those with the most pay the most.“They could have cut the lavish pay of politicians, senior civil servants and bankers.“They could have introduced emergency legislation to claw back the massive pensions to the bankers and cabinet Ministers who wrecked the economy.“But no – Fine Gael and Labour chose to hit carers, the sick, children and families. They chose to behave just like Fianna Fail.“And these are just three of the reasons why the public has lost confidence in this government.“They have lost confidence because you made a choice, to make ordinary people pay for the bad decisions, the failed policies and the stroke politics of Fianna Fail and their crooked banker and developer friends.“This is what Budget 2013 is about. There is no doubt that Fine Gael and Labour have broken their contract with the people. They have ridden roughshod over their election promises.“They have torn to shreds their programme for government commitments. They have destroyed the hopes and expectations of the entire population.“This is the reason why Sinn Féin has tabled a motion of no confidence in the Government tonight.“Not because you do not have our support, but because you have lost the support of the people.“I urge the House to support this motion.”TD DOHERTY OPENS ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ DEBATE IN DAIL was last modified: December 11th, 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:TD DOHERTY OPENS ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ DEBATE IN DAILlast_img read more