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

Los Angeles Clippers, still experiencing lapses of solid play, host Golden State Warriors

first_imgThe Clippers led the Atlanta Hawks 57-50 at halftime on Tuesday night and by 13 points (72-59) with 7:07 left in the third quarter. But they lost 107-104. In one sense, there is no shame losing on the road to a team that is now 21-7 and in second place in the Eastern Conference standings. On the other, the Clippers still don’t seem to be able to sustain their play.When you’re up by 13 and lose by three, that’s a 16-point turnaround during the most important part of the game.“Until we put it all together, this is going to keep happening,” said Chris Paul, whose team plays host to the Golden State Warriors (23-4) on Christmas night at 7:30. “It’s just little lapses. (Coach) Doc (Rivers) always tells us that during the game, ‘Those small plays may seem small, but in the end, they’re big plays when you lose by two or three.’”Second-year coach Rivers said he wasn’t too concerned and that he didn’t want to “over analyze” back-to-back close losses; they lost by seven points Monday at San Antonio. Nonetheless, he was bummed out about coming home empty. “Our defense has to be better, especially in the beginning of the game,” he said. “I think right now, we’re just trying to outscore teams. That starts with me. I think we gave up 31 in the first quarter. That’s been consistent for us. When teams start out the game like that, they really start to get their confidence.”The rematchThe Clippers, who have lost three of their past four, will be looking to avenge an embarrassing Nov. 5 loss at Golden State, when the Warriors led by 27 points after three quarters on their way to a 121-104 victory. Afterward, Rivers said his team was “soft.” Interestingly, one has to wonder if perhaps the Warriors were looking ahead because they found a way to lose by 10 points (115-105) to the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers on Tuesday.One thing’s for sure, Paul is looking forward to it — in more ways than one.“It’s pretty special,” he said of playing on Christmas, “because you have to be an elite team in order to get that opportunity. When I came into the league, I wanted to play. When you get kids, you’re not sure. It’s an honor and a privilege. I’m just happy we’re at home.”Golden State’s Draymond Green was philosophical about his team’s loss to the Lakers, who are just 9-19.“Of course, out of 82 games, you’re going to have one of those,” said Green, whose team has the league’s best record. “We really haven’t had one of those all season. I’m not saying it’s OK, but we just have to bounce back Thursday.”This and thatWarriors post Andrew Bogut has missed the past seven games with a knee injury, and will be out again. He leads the team in rebounding and blocks with respective averages of 9.3 and 2.2. … Golden State’s Steph Curry averages 23.4 points, sixth in the league. Right behind him is the Clippers’ Blake Griffin at 23.1 points per game. “It’s disappointing because you lost two close ones where you had a chance to win the game,” he said. “We just keep having these stretches at some point where teams are making runs. We’ll get it figured out. I actually like the way we’re playing.“I think we’re very close to going on an amazing run. I can feel it, I can see it.”Defensive woesThe Clippers (19-10) lost Tuesday mostly because they did not shoot the ball well — 40.2 percent from the field, 67.9 percent from the free-throw line — and because Atlanta shot better on both fronts. The Hawks shot 44.7 overall, and a whopping 52 percent (12 of 23) from 3-point range. They also made 77.7 percent of their free throws.Paul believes his team’s defense is still not getting it done.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more