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Messi played South Africa friendly due to ‘contractual issue’ – Valverde

first_img0Shares0000FBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted Lionel Messi played in a friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday due to a “contractual issue” even though the striker was left out of last weekend’s loss to Levante © AFP/File / PHILL MAGAKOEBARCELONA, Spain, May 19 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted Lionel Messi played in a friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday due to a “contractual issue” even though the striker was left out of last weekend’s loss to Levante.Levante’s shock 5-4 victory ended Barca’s hopes of completing their first ever unbeaten La Liga season in what was their 37th, and penultimate, match of the campaign. The result placed added scrutiny on Valverde’s decision to rest Messi, who was not even included on the bench at the City of Valencia Stadium, as Barca chased an equaliser in the final 20 minutes.But Messi did come on as a substitute in South Africa three days later as Barca took part in a friendly to contribute to celebrations marking 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela.“In South Africa I played him for 15 minutes because of a contractual issue,” Valverde said on Saturday. “But he has helped us a lot and the idea now is to rest him.”Messi has made 57 appearances for club and country this season and with Barcelona’s domestic double already confirmed, his next focus is Argentina and this summer’s World Cup.Valverde indicated Messi is also likely to be spared Sunday’s final league game of the season at home to Real Sociedad.“Messi has played a lot of big matches, even sometimes playing with discomfort,” Valverde said. “Now the plan is to rest him a little.”Barca will be hoping to finish on a high against Real Sociedad as Andres Iniesta plays his final game for the club.Iniesta joined Barcelona’s academy 22 years ago and Valverde accepts the Spaniard will be impossible to replace.“We shouldn’t make the mistake of trying to find an Iniesta replica because we’re never going to find one,” Valverde said. “We will all have to make up for his absence together.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Volleyball Falls In MVC Tournament Quarterfinals, 3-0

first_imgStory Links Box Score (PDF) “It still remains an amazing season for Drake volleyball,” McBroom said. “They’ve taken such huge strides and this team has done some much to elevate Drake volleyball. It has been an amazing season and it’s unfortunate it had to end on a negative note. Full Schedule Roster Drake (23-10, 12-6 MVC) was paced by Odessa Cody’s (Chicago, Ill.) 11 kills on 27 attempts while Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) added 10 kills. Paige Aspinwall (Dayton, Minn.) posted a double-double with 21 assists and 10 digs for her ninth double-double of the season and third against Indiana State. Photos nNORMAL, Ill. – The Drake University volleyball team’s appearance in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament was cut short by Indiana State as the Sycamores swept the Bulldogs, 3-0, in Thursday evening’s quarterfinal contest. Box Score (HTML) Neither led by more than three points in the second set until ISU took a 17-12 lead before Drake rattled off five-straight points, four of them from the combined efforts of Cheek and Fry to tie the match at 17-17. Each team clawed for every successive point with neither able to accumulate a two-point cushion until a kill from ISU’s Nikkie White gave the Sycamores a 30-28 advantage for a 2-0 lead in the match that they would put away in the third set.center_img  Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs’ MVC Tournament appearance was their first since 2010 and first meeting with Indiana State in the six-team tournament field. The tournament berth came following one of the most successful regular seasons in program history as the team’s 23 wins are the third most in program history and most since 2010. Additionally, the team’s 12 conference wins were the second most by the program in an 18-game MVC schedule. Earlier in the day Thursday, Nov. 23, three Bulldogs collected All-MVC honors as senior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) and junior Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) earned first team All-MVC honors while Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) was named to the All-Freshman team. Inderski and Cheek’s inclusion on the first team marked just the second time in program history and the first since 1996 that two Bulldogs have earned first-team honors. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set behind Aspinwall’s serving with four of those points coming via kills. The Sycamores pulled back within two points quickly at 8-6 and a later 5-0 run capped by back-to-back blocks tied the match at 14-14. The match proceeded neck-and-neck until three-straight points gave the Sycamores their first lead of the match at 21-20 to force a Drake timeout. Those three points were part of a larger 7-3 run that Indiana State used to pull away for a 25-23 win in the first set. Gross had three of her four kills for ISU in the first set during that span. After falling behind by a two sets to none margin in the match, Drake’s offense was unable to get in gear following the intermission and hit .091 in the third set with Indiana State using a 7-0 run to take a 19-11 lead late en route to the 25-19 set win.   “Indiana State came out and played very well and executed,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “We came out tentative after the first set and once we started playing tentative, we couldn’t find rhythm and get into our game.” “I’m so proud of Odessa Cody,” McBroom said. “She hasn’t gotten a lot of attention or honors, but she’s someone who walked on four years ago, earned a starting role last year then tonight in her final match had an outstanding performance. She did a phenomenal job for our team tonight.” The Sycamores prevailed by set scores of 25-23, 30-28 and 25-19 while hitting .206 with two players in double-figure kills.last_img read more

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RESULTS: WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE DONEGAL MARATHON?

first_imgMARK DOYLE was the winner of todays’s Donegal marathon in Letterkenny.Here’s a full list of runners and where they came:PlaceBibNameSexAGClubNetGun1185Mark DoylemSM2:38:292:38:422165Ciaran McGonaglemSMRosses A.C.2:41:472:42:003114Mark WalkermSM2:57:572:58:094216Gerard BoglemM50UnitedHealthGroup2:58:492:59:035182Dara Mc NultymM40Foyle Valley AC2:59:573:00:106207Terry CanningmM40Omagh Harriers3:00:043:00:187132Sean Paul HughesmM503:02:593:03:138206Kevin WallacemSM3:04:373:05:009127Terence CoylemM553:05:463:06:0110154Drew FowlermSMBallydrain Harriers3:12:083:12:2311199Luke IzardmSM3:12:513:13:0812129Ronan MatthewsmSM3:19:083:19:2013101Patrick McGarritymSM3:22:103:22:2614213Graham CambridgemSM3:22:503:23:1515167Thomas DohertymM503:24:063:24:2216163James CurleymM403:25:053:25:2717178Christy CahillmM503:25:493:26:1318205Stephen ElliottmM45Usual Suspects3:26:373:27:2019204Conor McBridemSM3:27:123:27:5720887Kieran CoylemSMUnitedHealthGroup3:28:033:28:2221164Margaret CarlinwSWSt. Brendan’s (Kerry) A.C.3:28:363:28:5122133Peter O DonnellmSM24/7 Triathlon Club,3:28:573:29:2823170Francis Mc ManusmSMMarathon Club Ireland3:30:253:30:5324146Patrick Mc NameemM503:31:123:31:2625123Peter KardosmM403:34:233:34:4026147Hugh McNultymSMNorth East Runners A.C.3:34:403:34:5727141Tracey OdonnellwSW3:35:533:36:2528195Dipak ValamM45Marathon Club Ireland3:36:013:36:2929200Andy LeathemmM45Usual Suspects3:36:133:36:5730202Janice WhitewSWUsual Suspects3:36:143:36:5731152Simon ChodziesnermM503:37:013:37:2432102Paddy HanniganmM503:37:273:37:5033136Rob HeffernanmSM3:37:253:37:5234210Martin DevlinmM45Rosses AC3:43:283:43:5335190Barry EvansmM45Monaghan Town Runners3:44:183:44:3836194Annamarie McClearywW40Monaghan Town Runners3:44:183:44:3837209Brian WardmM45Letterkenny A.C.3:44:283:44:4338208Michael ClarkemM403:46:483:47:1639144James DohertymM60Milford A.C.3:49:183:49:4740108Michael BrehemM503:50:433:50:5941156John SweeneymM503:53:273:53:4342191Packie BonermM453:53:323:54:2643159Martin O’NeillmM503:53:433:54:3444137Patrick MorningmM503:54:503:55:1345187Deirdre LynnwSWMarathon Club Ireland3:56:333:57:1346201Cezary LubinskimSMMarathon Club Ireland3:56:463:57:1347193Helena DornanwW40Ballycastle Runners3:56:583:57:4048160Liam SmithmM45Marathon Club Ireland3:57:143:57:4349115Martin O’DonnellmM45North Westmeath A.C.3:58:373:58:5150203Michael McCartneymM50Usual Suspects3:58:573:59:4051117Loretta CullenwW45Tír Chonaill A.C.3:59:083:59:5852157Aidan BlackmM403:59:434:00:3653198Michael ShielsmSM4:01:024:01:2054192Philip NicholsonmSM4:00:374:01:3255186Claire MartinwW45Ballymena Runners AC4:03:314:04:1356188Ricky BoalmM454:06:364:07:0957120Patrick DonagheymSM4:07:104:07:4858116Stephen CunninghammSM4:07:284:07:5559197Eugene WintersmM55Marathon Club Ireland4:08:064:08:5160111Ashley Hickson-LovencemSM4:08:124:09:0261179Jonathan OdgersmSM4:09:144:09:3562148Kathleen GriffinwW40Rosses A.C.4:09:334:10:0063124Stephen Mc LaughlinmM454:14:314:15:0164214Dessie ShielsmSM4:15:584:16:2365173Christopher AshmoremM504:17:074:17:3866184Fiona AllanwSWDundrum South Dublin A.C.4:20:474:21:4267151Frank FernsmM454:21:234:22:0368162Patrick TorpeymM454:22:314:22:5669180Angela MurphywW55Marathon Club Ireland4:23:104:23:3270138Diane SheridanwW40Monaghan Town Runners4:23:434:24:0471211Stacey CrockerwW404:25:034:25:2672134Vincent McLoughlinmM504:34:324:35:0073128Denis O’DonnellmSM4:36:334:36:4874168Eithne CoxwW45Letterkenny A.C.4:36:484:37:0675131Anna-Marie KrugerwSW4:43:074:43:4076172Lucy FoleywW45Marathon Club Ireland4:43:534:44:3777161Eunan MageemM40St Peters4:45:214:45:5578119Martin BradymM404:45:214:45:5679153Mark RamseymM454:45:244:45:5980142Maire CallaghanwW604:47:514:48:3581174Susie RobinsonwW404:48:494:49:3482175Niall CochranemSM4:53:324:54:1683176Tom MentonmM455:00:495:01:2784215David BradymM60Raheny5:09:515:09:5185196Gerard FaymM40Drogheda & District A.C.5:09:125:09:5186212Colm Mc DaidmM405:10:545:11:2287143Angela TrimblewW405:18:095:19:0188177John McGrathmSM5:22:135:23:0689166Sheila FitzgibbonswW45Marathon Club Ireland5:25:215:25:5390130Kerry O`donnellwSW5:25:285:26:2091109Philip McAvoymM50100 Marathon Club Ireland,5:26:005:26:2092110Andrew JohnstonmM40100 Marathon Club Ireland,5:27:385:28:1393158Peter McGlynnmM60100 Marathon Club Ireland,6:12:036:12:0394189Seamus DornanmM40100 Marathon Club Ireland,6:34:136:34:1395183Brenda Okeeffe MierewSW100 Marathon Club Ireland,6:34:136:34:13RESULTS: WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE DONEGAL MARATHON? was last modified: August 23rd, 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:2015DONEGAL MARATHONResultslast_img
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