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Football News Neymar under fire after World Cup ‘mea culpa’ advert

first_imgSao Paulo: Neymar’s decision to use a sponsored advert to admit he sometimes over-reacted to fouls at the World Cup has backfired, with Brazilian marketing experts saying it had made the Paris Saint-Germain striker’s image even worse.Under the title ‘A New Man Every Day,’ Sunday’s video was backed by personal care products maker Gillette and broadcast on several Brazilian TV networks.“You may think I exaggerate. And sometimes I do exaggerate. But the truth is I suffer on the pitch,” Neymar said in the advert, referring to the constant fouls he received at the World Cup.“I took long to accept your criticism. I took long to look at myself in the mirror and become a new man.”Brazil was knocked out by Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinals earlier this month.ALSO READ | Liverpool vs Manchester United: Klopp’s rampant reds bulldoze over Red Devils as Shaqiri scores stunner on debutMarketing specialists said the advert damaged the 26-year-old player’s brand as much as his histrionics did in Russia.“The whole market waited 15 days since the end of the World Cup to hear from him,” Amir Somoggi, a partner at marketing company Sports Value, told The Associated Press.“He gave some interviews, but did not admit his exaggerations then. Now he has hidden behind a TV commercial to do that. This was great for the sponsor, after all we are talking about the brand. But it was not good for Neymar, who now has an even bigger image crisis to handle.”Sports marketing consultant Erich Beting believes the timing of the advert was a mistake.“Neymar’s problems happened on the pitch, and he will not play tomorrow to show he has changed, as the ad says. That fact, and his decision to pick an ad to do it, will make it all sound empty. It will be weeks until he has a chance to show any real improvement,” Beting said.Jose Colagrossi, another sports marketing consultant, agreed.“It would be different if he really meant it, in a live press conference, looking eye to eye and not in a sponsored video,” he said.ALSO READ | Kylian Mbappe reveals he played World Cup finals with a back injuryIt is not the first time Neymar has used an advert to handle an image crisis.In 2011, he was criticised for constant misbehavior and he used an advert sponsored by phone carrier Nextel to address his fans.“You cursed at me when I made mistakes, you screamed when I didn’t listen,” he said in the ad. “You know who I am. Only another happy boy playing with his ball.”     Now, some of the criticism for the image crisis is aimed at Neymar da Silva Santos, his father and the man who manages his career.Ricardo Fort, who heads global sponsorship deals at Coca-Cola, said the Brazil striker needs to take control of his career.“After this World Cup, who thinks of Neymar thinks of theatrics, faking. These are attributes that no brand wants to get associated with,” Fort wrote in an open letter to the player in Monday’s edition of magazine Meio & Mensagem.“It is time for you to hire a professional to take care of your career. You are too valuable to be treated like that.” Asked to comment on the negativity, Neymar’s staff directed the Associated Press to Procter & Gamble, owners of Gillette. The company did not discuss the criticism of the player, or the ad.”Like many others, Neymar Jr. faces challenges, injuries and defeats, and the objective of Gillette is to encourage every man, with no distinction, to reflect on the opportunity of becoming a new man every day,” the company said in a statement.The firm also denied a report by newspaper O Globo saying the striker was paid about USD 250,000 for the ad. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Underdogs Camptown versus overlords Police in tonight’s Turbo Final

first_imgTHE much-anticipated finale of the Turbo Knockout Football competition will take place this evening at the Ministry of Education ground in an underdog versus overlord battle.The overlords, in this case, are the Police FC boys who have won two titles on the trot with the recently-concluded Mayors Cup in Linden and before that, the Corona Beer Inaugural title.Police, through captain Winston Tanner, are obviously banking on carrying on their momentum from the Hamilton Green cup, saying, “We just came off a finals victory on Thursday and we are looking to continue the momentum into this Turbo final.”“I want to encourage the football fans to come out and support an exciting final between the Guyana Police FC and Camptown”, Tanner added.Their opponents, Camptown FC are however putting in the hours, according to captain Lezhan Lord, who stated, “We’ve been working hard; morning, evening and basically every day preparing for this finals.”He continued, “It means a lot to us to be in this turbo finals and its means a lot for us to win it also; so we are coming strong and bringing our ‘A’ game.”Co-director of the tournament’s organisers, Troy Mendonca contended that the hype has been built up and the stage set for an eagerly-anticipated final.“We have works ongoing on the field to ensure that our spectators are comfortable and tomorrow (tonight) is shaping up to be an epic final,” Mendonca said.Tonight’s final begins at 21:00hrs with the third place play off between Pouderoyen and Grove Hi-Tech commencing at 19:00hrs.last_img read more

Three-game win streak not in cards for Trojans

first_imgWith the score tied 12-12 in the first set, reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week Joshua Walker went to his knees in search of a missing contact.Racking them up · Sophomore outside hitter Tony Ciarelli recorded a team-high 21 kills, six digs and two assists in a losing effort Tuesday. – Gage Allard | Daily Trojan Three minutes later, as Hawai’i’s opposite hitter finally arose to Johnny Nash’s 1972 hit “I Can See Clearly Now” blaring on the arena sound system, the No. 7 USC men’s volleyball team and the Galen Center crowd erupted in a throng of laughter. Unfortunately, for the Trojan faithful it would be Walker and his No. 5 Hawai’i Warriors’ team that would get the last laugh Tuesday night.In a match that saw constant bantering from both sides, two injury timeouts and action more befitting of a NCAA tournament environment, the Warriors (12-7, 8-6) defeated USC (10-7, 8-6) in four sets, much to the dismay of the 200 plus fans in attendance.Hawai’i regained its step after dropping Monday night’s match to the Trojans, in large part because of the 180-second hiatus caused by the missing lens. When play resumed, the Warriors, behind eight kills from Walker took the first set 32-30 and never looked back.“We are conscious of our failures in the first set, but maybe it is just too big of an elephant in the room right now,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said. “If we knew exactly what the problem was, trust me it would have been gone by now.”In the winning effort, Hawai’i was led by 6-foot-9 opposite hitter Jonas Umlauft’s impressive 25 kills and Walker, a notorious Trojan-killer, who chipped in with 22 kills.While the match marks the team’s second win in three showdowns with the Trojans this season, the victory was hanging in the balance after the Trojans rebounded to take the second set, 30-27, with eight kills by sophomore outside hitter Tony Ciarelli and a team set hitting percentage of .235.But in a night of few silver linings, the Warriors took advantage of every mistake made by USC. In the third set, Hawai’i quickly got out in front of the Trojans, 6-1, and capitalized on several service and attack errors down the stretch to take the set with relative ease.The fourth set looked promising for the Trojans, as a block and kill by junior middle blocker Austin Zahn gave the team an early 13-9 cushion. But in similar fashion to its play in the month of February, USC folded when the match got close.Using three straight errors and a block by Umlauft, the Warriors took a late 27-26 lead they wouldn’t relinquish en route to a 30-27 victory.“USC has been our new rival the past few years, and we know when we play them it’s going to be a battle,” Warriors’ outside hitter Joshua Walker said. “You know if you can beat a team like [USC], you have a very good team.”For the Trojans, their bid for a three-game win streak was denied, but in defeat, optimism and improvement were the main messages Ferguson took away from the night’s match.“The offense continues to improve and our attackers are getting better and better each match,” Ferguson said. “I like the new alignment we have in there with [freshman] Maddison McKibbin starting at opposite. Right now it’s all little things.”last_img read more

FC Željezničar began preparations for the continuation of the season

first_imgAfter the break ,after the ending of autumn part of BHT Premier League, players of FC Željezničar gathered today on Grbavica stadium in Sarajevo in order to attend the roll-call and start the preparations for spring season.The autumn champion will start the spring season with the ambition to defend the title of champion of BiH. At the Željezničar roll-call, 30 players showed up: Karić, Antolović, Bukvić, Čilić B., Kvesić, Kerla, Brković D., Vasilić, Bogičević, Ćutuk, Zolotić, Svraka, Jamak, Tomić, Hasanović, Bekrić, Stanić, Brković F., Čolić E., Smajić, Selimović, Adilović, Hodžić, Pehilj, Ramić, Hasanhodžić, Sadiković, Joshida, Nikolić, Obučina .Standard measurements and verification of the players are planned for today, and also the first training session.last_img read more

Steel Sensations…Why the Steelers still have a chance

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) makes a touchdown catch over Indianapolis Colts free safety Josh Gordy (27)in the third quarter of the NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)After the Steelers throttled the Colts 51-34 on Sunday evening in Pittsburgh, it became apparent that there is one big reason the Steelers still have a chance at something special this season; Big Ben. All he did Sunday was throw for record setting numbers with 522 yards, six touchdowns and an impressive 81.6% completion percentage (40 of 49 balls completed).In doing so, Roethlisberger became only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to win at least 100 games in his first 150 starts, improving to a career mark of 100-50.  The guy has never had one losing season since entering the league in 2004 and he’s poised to continue that streak in 2014 as he has his Steelers at 5-3.  They are 5-3 largely due to the play of their franchise quarterback, who’s a fierce competitor and clearly can’t stand losing, to anyone, at anything.” Big Day for Big Ben ” , Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a record setting day as he threw for 522 yards and 6 touchdowns in the Steelers 51-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts. (Courier Photo by William McBride)To anyone saying he was in the beginning of his demise, he shot that down in 60 minutes of brilliance. His throws were perfect, his reads spot on and his ability to extend plays unmatched. Coming into the game; many people were talking about the rise of Andrew Luck and rightfully so but Big Ben showed why he’s still the class of the NFL and why he is a two time Super Bowl champion.There are so many plays that this guy makes that nobody else can. He’s impossible to bring down with one man, he’s impossible to rattle and he’s impossible to break. He is truly a once in a lifetime player that the Steelers must reward massively this offseason.Yes, the offense is stacked with talent like LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown but Big Ben helps make those guys who they are.Everyone likes to say how great Peyton Manning makes his receivers; you don’t think Ben has something to do with the success of the receivers here?  What has Mike Wallace done since leaving? What about Jerricho Cotchery? Yea, Emmanuel Sanders has had a great year but he went to play with Manning. Furthering my point, often times the QB makes the receiver.Many will take Manning, Brady, Brees or Rodgers as the top QB in the league and it’s hard to argue with the numbers they put up. But if you want a guy who can put up elite numbers as well as fit the blue collar working style of the Steel City, then you have to take Big Ben all day long. You can have your Mannings, Brady’s, Bree’s or Rodgers because for this team and this city, Big Ben is the one and only and should never be questioned.  All the guy does is win and that’s the number that matters most.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at read more

Aubameyang, at balance price

first_imgPremier League* Data updated as of April 29, 2020 It seems increasingly clear that the paths of Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang separate. The footballer is happy in London and its performance in the Emirates Stadium It has been good, something that cannot be said about the squad in general during this season. However, the footballer has the ambition to dispute the next Champions League and whether the Premier League resumes as if it does not, it will be a difficult thing to do as gunner in the ensemble that he now directs Mikel Arteta. The striker ends his contract in 2021 and the best the English can do, knowing that it will not renew, is to sell it in the next transfer window so that it does not leave at zero cost the following year. The problem is that its price will not be too high. Being 30 years old, close to finishing his contract and showing his desire to play in a competition that seems complicated for his club makes his new appraisal, according to the English media, go to 34 million euros. 14 This is a price that all teams will undoubtedly want to pay, Since it adapts to the pocket more than most cracks with the intention of leaving and taking into account the quality of the very fast Gabonese player, offers will not be lacking. For example, there has been talk of Manchester United or Barcelona, ​​which is still looking for a nine, although Lautaro Martínez is the priority. Inter Milan, owner of the footballer, now seems the best placed to sign him, since if Mauro Icardi does not return and they end up selling the Argentine, they will need an attacker like Aubameyang to continue the good season they have done so far.last_img read more

Former SWAT head sent on leave with pay

first_imgThe former Head of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit, Motie Dookie, who was entwined in an alcohol smuggling scandal late last year was on Tuesday last sent on “special leave” with pay, following directions from Government.A Police source confirmed that the directive was made by a Government Minister. Less than two weeks ago, although the investigation was ongoing into the smuggling allegation, Dookie was posted to A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) as one of the five Sub Divisional Officers.Earlier this year, Dookie was removed from his post as the Commander of the SWAT Unit, pending the outcome of an investigation into alcohol smuggling that heFormer SWAT Head, Motie Dookiewas implicated in.According to information at the time, on December 31, 2017, Dookie was taken into Police custody at the Whim Police Station and placed under close arrest after 30 cases of illegal whiskey was discovered in a vehicle in which he was travelling.The discovery was made when officers stopped the minibus on the Whim Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice, to conduct a routine search.Dookie reportedly told the Police that there were only 10 cases of whiskey but a search later unveiled that there were actually 30 cases.A source at the time told iNews that following interrogation by officials attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Dookie “was not able to provide us with all the necessary documentation but is insisting that there was no wrongdoing on his part. We have questioned the driver of the minibus too. He said the alcohol was to be used at a party.Dookie was not given permission to leave Georgetown by his commanding officer. At that time, the former SWAT Head had only been at his appointed post for three months following the dismissal of his predecessor, Deputy Superintendent Lonsdale Withrite.last_img read more

Liquor bar proprietor remanded for TIP

first_imgProprietor of Liquor Love Bar, Savita Persaud was on Tuesday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan whom she stood before in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to four counts of Trafficking In Persons charges.Remanded: Savita PersaudPersaud, of Station Street, Kitty, Georgetown, denied the charges which stated that during January 31 and March 8, 2019, she unlawfully recruited, transported and withheld the identification papers of two Venezuelans for sexual exploitation.The defendant was also slapped with two counts of Trafficking In Persons during the same period. Additionally, she was charged with employing a child on a property that sells liquor.Defense Attorney George Thomas in a bail submission told the court that his client rented the property to the Venezuelans and is innocent of the trafficking accusations.However, the prosecutor opposed bail on the grounds of the serious nature, prevalence and the penalty that the offence attracts.As such, the prosecution’s submission was upheld by the Chief Magistrate who remanded the woman to prison.The matter will continue on March 15, 2019.last_img read more

Grocery worker faces 11 new charges, allegedly attacked two women in Van Nuys

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Prosecutors filed 11 new sex-related charges Wednesday against an employee of an upscale grocery store in Beverly Glen who had already been accused of attacking two women in the Van Nuys area. The new felony counts against Fernando Lopez-Garcia include one count of attempted forcible rape stemming from an alleged June 8 attack and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object involving different alleged victims on July 16 and Sept. 30, according to the criminal complaint. The 22-year-old man – who worked as a butcher at the Beverly Glen Marketplace – also is charged with six new misdemeanor counts of sexual battery involving six separate victims between June 20 and Oct. 10. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

Local police deal with the mentally ill

first_imgPasadena police Cmdr. Chris Vicino said the teams are trained monthly and distribute training bulletins to other officers to assist in their education on the mentally ill. “They are taught to have some degree of sensitivity in terms of the force they use,” Vicino added. “We want the officer to protect themselves and citizens, but we also want them to recognize someone who is mentally disturbed.” Vicino said his department handles about seven to 10 critical missing cases a month, including not only the mentally ill but children and Alzheimer’s patients. “Some of them are resolved very quickly as a result of \ a lot and us knowing where they’ve gone,” he said. “Some of the group homes that some folks are placed in are less secure than others.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Schizophrenia is an often misunderstood disease. “Contrary to popular perception, schizophrenia is not synonymous with `split or multiple personality disorder,”‘ notes the Web site for the National Mental Health Information Center, which estimates that more than 2.4 million Americans have the disease. For that reason and others, the National Schizophrenia Foundation sponsors an annual national Schizophrenia Awareness Week, which takes place this week. The foundation uses the time to educate people on improved medications and greater awareness of the disease, which gives more hope for schizophrenics than there was just a few decades ago. Many local police organizations deal on a regular basis with those who suffer from schizophrenia and other mental disorders who go missing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAccording to the National Mental Health Center, schizophrenia is a seriously debilitating brain disease that is characterized by visual and audible hallucinations and disconnected thoughts, symptoms which result in withdrawal from society. On May 13, Sui Ko – a 56-year-old Monterey Park resident who has schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes – went missing from his nephew’s residence in the 600 block of South Garfield Avenue. Monterey Park police put out a “critical missing” release to other police agencies and the press about Ko, who takes medication five times a day, doesn’t know the area and speaks little English. Bloodhounds from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tracked Ko to a bus stop bench in Monterey Park and believed he may have boarded a bus. Monterey Park Lt. Gene Harris said the family located Ko the next day at the corner of East Third Street and Atlantic Boulevard in East L.A. He said the family took him by the police station so officers could see their relative was in good shape. According to Monterey Park police lead clerk D.J. Casey, 33 people have been reported missing to Monterey Park police so far this year, two of whom (including Ko) were schizophrenics. Harris noted that the police academy offers little education to officers when it comes to dealing with the mentally ill other than identifying obvious symptoms. The Pasadena Police Department has three officer-and-psychiatrist teams that are dedicated to dealing with the mentally ill, particularly the homeless who are stricken. last_img