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Schippers excited by Thompson clash

first_imgEUGENE, Oregon:World 200m champion Dafne Schippers says she is excited about competing against Jamaican Elaine Thompson at today’s Prefontaine Classic at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.The sprinter also noted that she has not been bothered by the extra pressure that has come about after her 200m gold and 100m silver-medal performances at last year’s World Championships.”It’s OK. I give myself more pressure than the world gives me, so it’s not a problem for me at all,” she said.Schippers stopped the clock at 21.63 to lead Thompson (21.66) to the line in the final at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, and is looking forward to what will be her third outing against MVP standout in the 200m since they both burst unto the scene in the sprint events last season.’It’s a very nice race. I think the standard is very high with a lot of good athletes in the same race, and I love to race with very fast women. It’s good to compete with these girls – girls like Elaine,” Schippers told The Gleaner yesterday.In their second meeting, Schippers clocked 22.12 to win at the Brussels Diamond League, also last year, with the Jamaican finishing third in 22.26.RIVALRY RENEWEDThey renewed their rivalry in the 60m earlier this season with the Dutch star winning twice at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix before taking silver ahead of the bronze medal-winning Jamaican at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. Thompson had earlier beaten Schippers at the semi-final stage.”This type of competition is crucial and important ahead of the Olympic Games. This is important for me,” Schippers noted. “I love to run with the best and with very fast girls. Its very nice to compete with Elaine and Tori. It’s not the most important race this year but I am looking forward to it.”The athlete has had a really impressive start to the season. She has the two fastest 200m times this year at 22.02 and 22.25, both of which came in negative wind, while her 10.83 in the 100m is only bettered by American Tori Bowie’s 10.80, another athlete that she will be facing today.”I am very happy with my progress. My body feels very good and I am happy with my season so far. I’m looking forward to continue to take the next steps and we will see what happens at the Olympics,” she added. “I’ve worked more on my start and my endurance for the 200m. I’ve been training a lot on my start this season,” said the former heptathlete, who, for the first time in her career, has started her season training exclusively for the sprints.The women’s 200m will face the starter at 4:04 p.m. (Jamaica time).andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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Ateneo, San Beda, HTC earn PCCL Elite 8 opening wins

first_imgUAAP champion Ateneo easily handled Naga Foundation College, 84-69, to open its campaign in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Elite 8 Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.The Blue Eagles are the first of the Group A teams to earn a victory in the round-robin-styled competition that will see the top two groups from each bundle advancing the knockout semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Robert Bolick played floor general for the Red Lions with 14 points and seven assists while AC Soberano also had 14 points.JV Mocon had a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double for San Beda.Alvin Capobres led the Stags with 14 points and five boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Thirdy Ravena missed out on a triple-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists while committing just one turnover to lead Ateneo.HTC never experienced to take the lead as Ateneo held fort as early as the first quarter with a 27-16 lead with a minute remaining in the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Blue Eagles had its biggest lead in the game, 80-61, when Gian Mamuyac hit a three-pointer with 5:43 left in the game that ended a 21-4 run throughout the final two quarters.Emmanuel Ojoula led the Tigers with 34 points and 14 rebounds. View comments Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track South Korea dog meat restaurants refuse to stop serving for Olympics OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In the first game, Holy Trinity College pulled off a 75-69 upset win over UAAP runner-up De La Salle in Group B.The Green Archers, although, tapped their Team B for the tournament.Joseph Diamante and Leomark Salas had 21 and 20 points, respectively to lead the Wildcats while Everby Dialogo added a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double.Antonio Miguel Yang led the Green Archers with 21 points and eight rebounds.And in the second game, NCAA defending champion San Beda closed out league rival San Sebastian, 70-67, in Group B.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Nash, Kidd, Allen, Hill in 13-member Basketball Hall of Fame class

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Former NBA player Steve Nash, left, smiles as former NBA player Jason Kidd, right, looks on during a news conference for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2018 announcement, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)SAN ANTONIO — Steve Nash was an unsung Canadian kid who got one significant U.S. basketball scholarship offer. Jason Kidd was an Oakland hoops prodigy ticketed for superstardom from childhood.After parallel careers that first crossed during college workouts a quarter-century ago, two of the best point guards of their generation are thrilled to be headed into the Basketball Hall of Fame together.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism They played nearly two seasons together with the Phoenix Suns from late 1996 to 1998, but their bond began in the Bay Area during their famed group workouts while Nash was at Santa Clara and Kidd was at California.“He kept pushing me, and hopefully I pushed him to become a better player,” Kidd said. “Steve was always early, and he was always the last to leave, and he never gets tired. So when you have a workout partner like that, it will only make you better.”Nash went on to become a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and an eight-time All-Star, while Kidd earned 10 All-Star selections and claimed a championship ring in Dallas in 2011.They’re both also bonded with Hill, the seven-time NBA All-Star who won two NCAA titles at Duke. The trio’s professional careers all encompassed roughly the same two-decade stretch, and they exchanged excited text messages earlier this week when they learned of their impending Hall trip.“I’m just following Steve and Grant around,” Kidd said with a grin. “I was (NBA) co-rookie of the year with Grant, I’ve known Steve forever, and now we’re going into this class together. I said, ‘Whatever you do next, I’m going to go with you there, too.’”ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIEScenter_img Handy man: Calderon doing whatever Cavaliers need Thorn has a lengthy career as a player, coach and executive. He served as the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations between stints in the front offices of the Bulls and Nets.Radja was one of the greatest European players of his generation. The Croatian scorer also played four seasons for the Boston Celtics.Washington (1898-1971) was a spectacular athlete who excelled at tennis but also played on 11 consecutive Women’s Colored Basketball World’s Championship teams.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It’s even more special when it’s with him, and with so many people you respect,” Nash said.Nash, Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen learned Saturday that they are among the 13-member Hall of Fame class that will be inducted in September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe class also includes Maurice Cheeks, Tina Thompson, coach Lefty Driesell, Charlie Scott, longtime executive Rick Welts, NBA executive Rod Thorn, Katie Smith, the late Ora Mae Washington and Croatian star Dino Radja. Most of the inductees appeared together before the Final Four semifinals in San Antonio, beginning the five-month stretch of togetherness before the ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts.But Nash and Kidd have been linked since their teenage years for more than their sublime playmaking skills, and they’ve both provided assists to each other along the way. Former NBA player Ray Allen, right, speaks as former WNBA player Tina Thompson, left, looks on during a news conference for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2018 announcement, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Allen, a 10-time All-Star, is the most prolific 3-point shooter in NBA history and a two-time league champion whose career also encompassed roughly the same two-decade stretch as his three fellow inductees.The class also includes two giants of the modern women’s game. Thompson was the first draft choice in WNBA history and a four-time league champion, while Smith is the top scorer in women’s professional basketball history.Driesell, best known for his 17 seasons at Maryland, is the only NCAA coach to win 100 games at four different schools. Scott is a five-time NBA All-Star who also excelled in the ABA.Driesell drew laughs when the Hall of Famers got together with his still-dry wit: “I think it’s more for my players and my coaching staffs and my trainers and athletic directors that hired me than it is for me, because I’m 86 years old. I want them to enjoy it. I probably won’t be around too long to enjoy it … but it’s just a big honor and a thrill.”Scott, the first black scholarship athlete at North Carolina before his championship-winning NBA career with the Suns and Boston Celtics, shared his enormous mutual respect for Driesell.“If people don’t know it, if it wasn’t for Lefty, there would be no Charlie Scott,” Scott said. “He was the guy who first recruited me (to Davidson). And I guess he hated it, but he put my name in the newspaper, and that was when Coach (Dean) Smith saw it, and that’s when Coach Smith started recruiting me.”Driesell laughed that he would have been in the Hall of Fame much earlier if Scott had come to Davidson.Cheeks is a four-time NBA All-Star and one of the greatest defensive point guards in hoops history. The Philadelphia 76ers great played the same position as Kidd and Nash, but at a different time in the game’s evolution.“When I was playing, (the job) was making sure I was taking care of my players,” Cheeks said. “I would have been crazy not to get the ball to Julius (Erving) and Moses (Malone).”Welts, the first openly gay NBA executive, has worked in several aspects of the game, including the launch of the WNBA. The former president of the Phoenix Suns, he became the Warriors’ president and chief of operations in 2011. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Dr. Broderick’s Ebola Theory under the Microscope: No Germ of Truth

first_imgDr. Cyril Broderick’s conspiracy theory about the origin of the Ebola Virus Disease cannot be substantiated.  His sources failed to corroborate his sweeping conclusion that “Ebola is a genetically modified organism” (GMO) invented by Western powers.  Yet, Dr. Broderick’s hypothesis is alluring mainly because it evokes the specter of past unethical uses of science, such as the notorious 1932-1972 Tuskegee syphilis experiment.  In that experiment, the United States government deliberately withheld syphilis treatment from unsuspecting African Americans.  Dr. Broderick’s Ebola conspiracy may stir memories of Tuskegee, especially, since President Bill Clinton’s public apology of 1997 acknowledged that “what the United States government did was shameful.”  Still, Dr. Broderick’s conspiracy theory must be evaluated solely on the evidence he presents.  I have analyzed each of the five points he put forward in support of his argument.    First Point: “Ebola is a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO).”  His source is “Emerging Viruses” by Leonard Horowitz.  The following is essentially all that Dr. Broderick presents from the 100-plus page book in defense of his highly controversial claim: “In Chapter 7 . . . the discussion made it obvious that the war was between countries that hosted the KGB and the CIA, and the manufacture of AIDS-like viruses was clearly directed at the other.  In passing during the interview, mention was made of Fort Detrick, the Ebola Building, and a lot of problems of strange illnesses in Fredrick [Maryland].  By Chapter 12 . . . he had confirmed the existence of an American Military-Medical-Industry that conducts biological weapons tests under the guise . . . to . . . improve the health of black Africans overseas.” After reading the 1995 # 1 New York Times Bestseller, The Hot Zone (cited next by Dr. Broderick) it became clear that the places Dr. Broderick mentions above were connected to a 1990 near biological disaster in the United States.  That event made national headlines, and involved research in deadly diseases and apparently bioweapons at the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland; this must be Dr. Broderick’s so-called “Ebola Building.”  Virologists at USAMRIID discovered a “strange illness” and raised alarm when they realized that the unidentified illness had infected several persons.  Investigations further revealed that the infected people had contact with monkeys imported from the Philippines by a private company in Reston, Virginia.  It was later determined that the infection was a new strain of the Ebola virus and was subsequently named Ebola Reston.  Though Ebola Reston was fatal in the monkeys, it proved to be non-lethal in the infected people.  The other Ebola strains are Ebola Sudan and Ebola Zaire.  It is the latter, the deadliest, that is currently killing Liberians (as well as Guineans and Sierra Leoneans).  Dr. Broderick clearly failed to prove his provocative point that Ebola is a GMO. Second Point: “Ebola has a terrible history and testing has been secretly taking place in Africa.” Here, Dr. Broderick’s only source is the above-mentioned The Hot Zone.  But amazingly, he gives no citation from the 422-page book to back his argument.  Instead, Dr. Broderick writes the following:  “A terrifying true story . . . what was found in animals killed by the Ebola virus is what the virus has been doing to citizens of . . . Liberia in its most recent outbreak . . .. The 1976 Ebola incident in Zaire, during President Mobutu Sese Seko, was the introduction of the GMO Ebola to Africa.”There is no clear indication in The Hot Zone of clandestine Ebola experiments in Africa, the crux of Dr. Broderick’s second point.  What is rather straightforward is that following a number of outbreaks of new diseases in Africa (Ebola Zaire in 1976, for example) specimens were gathered and sent overseas.  Take as an example, Marburg virus.  This disease, though not as deadly as Ebola (Marburg kills 25% of its victim compared to 50%-90% for Ebola Zaire), also rapidly reduces body tissues to liquid, a process known as liquefaction.  When an unknown disease struck in Kenya in 1980, specimens from a victim were sent abroad.  Experiments later proved that the unknown infection was Marburg.  Earlier in the 1960s, this disease had been diagnosed in Marburg, Germany, in monkeys imported from Africa.Third Point: “Sites around Africa, and West Africa, have over the years been set up for testing emerging diseases, especially Ebola.”  Here too, Dr. Broderick’s presentation is dubious.  For instance, he cites one quotation in The Guardian: “The US government funding of Ebola trials on healthy humans comes amid warnings by top scientists in Harvard and Yale. . . .”  But so far, I have been unable to locate this source.  A well-known US-based conservative blog that has been similarly critical of Dr. Broderick’s article noted this about that quotation: “A routine Internet search finds no evidence that such a sentence was ever written in the pages of The Guardian.  A second reference by Dr. Broderick is likewise questionable.  Indeed, the latter source raises important questions about biological research by Western nations inside West Africa.  But it leaves these queries open, i.e., it provides no answers or evidence: e.g., “Is this purely defensive research? Or as we have seen in the past, is this research being covertly used to develop offensive bioweapons?” Dr. Broderick simply repeats the author’s insinuations.   Fourth and Final Point: Dr. Broderick’s last two points sound essentially like manifestos.  He calls for political and judicial actions against the perpetrators of “the detestable and devilish deeds” by repeating his allegations. The Ebola epidemic is giving rise to hysteria in the United States.  This in turn contributes to the negative image of Liberians and Africans.  Dr. Broderick’s unsubstantiated conspiracy theory feeds into this negative stereotype.  Hopefully, more fact-based exchanges will present a balanced and nuanced image of Liberia, and Africa at large.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ICT Reporters’ Assn to be Launched in Monrovia

first_imgLiberia Information and Communications Technology Reporters Association (LICTRA) that promotes and disseminates information about the sector is expected to be launched on Wednesday, September 9, in Monrovia.The association will periodically contact all sector leaders to provide details regarding performances and challenges facing the system in the country.Ramsey T. Gorwor, Sr. the executive director of LICTRA, told the Daily Observer yesterday that the organization will report on all telecommunications related issues in the country as well as inform the public on emerging developments.Mr. Gorwor disclosed that the organization will also initiate programs, including hosting a technology event similar to Ted Talks, involving students from all ICT entities in Liberia.“Today technology makes work easier and help to develop new skills. With the introduction of computers there has been a paradigm shift making information accessible to almost half of the world’s population,” he added.He then acknowledged ICT organizations and supporting partners in the country who have and continue to make immense contributions towards the development of the sector; and called on the government to construct more ICT centers, and provide local and foreign scholarships as a means of encourage more Liberians in the sector.“It will attract foreign companies and lead to a sharp increase for jobs and will also help promote the telecommunications sector, including all the ICT activities and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications’ policies as well as the Liberia Telecommunication Authority,” he said.He thanked the Post Master General of Liberia, Dr. Frederick B. Norkeh for the construction of ICT components within the ministry, including Chief Information Office (CIO) and the Project Management Office (PMO) and the newly constructed ICT center in Sinoe.The September 9 launching program will be graced by the Minister of Posts and Telecommunication, Dr. Norkeh, LTA Managing Director, Angelique Weeks, LIBTECO Managing Director, Sebastian Muah, and the Press Union of Liberia president Abdullai Kamara, amongst others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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PPP to elect new GS, Executive Committee today

first_imgThe recently elected Central Committee of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will today meet at Freedom House, Robb Street, Georgetown, to vote for the Executive Committee. This Committee will be the highest decision-making forum within the Party. At today’s meeting, the 35-member Central Committee will vote for the Party’s new General Secretary; the Executive body, comprising of 15 members and three candidate members. These candidate members will have all rights except voting powers. Also, today the members will elect the Party’s secretaries who will form its secretariat.The Central Committee was elected at the Party’s recently concluded 31st Congress held at Cotton Field, Essequibo Coast in December.While the Party seeks to elect its highest decision-making body today, local observers have pointed out that this will also be an opportunity for members to discuss the youths within the Party and the new movement demanding sweeping changes, as well as the modernisation of the Party’s approach to politics.The most important aspect of this meeting today will be the fact that those elected on the Executive Committee will wield authority in the PPP until it is successful at winning future elections.Those elected to the 35-seat Central Committee are: Bharrat Jagdeo with 718 votes; Dr Frank Anthony with 620 votes; Gail Teixeira with 583 votes; Donald Ramotar with 570; Anil Nandlall with 548; Clement Rohee with 522; Ganga Persaud with 512; Irfaan Ali with 511 votes; Zulfikar Mustapha, with 496 votes; Shyam Nokta with 495; Indra Chandarpal with 490; Dr Roger Luncheon with 488; Pauline Sukhai with 460; Nigel Dharamlall with 453 votes; Dr Vindiya Persaud with 439 votes; Hydar Ally with 422; and Vickram Bharrat with 408. Also making the Central Committee cut are Dharankumar Seeraj with 393; Komal Chand with 378; Collin Croal with 360; Alister Charlie with 356; Brian Allicock with 326; Neil Kumar with 321 votes; David Armogan with 317 votes; Jennifer Westford with 304 votes; Vishwa Mahadeo with 289; Clinton Collymore with 287; Kwame McCoy with 281 votes; Dr Bheri Ramsaran with 278; Faizal Jaffaraly with 277; Majeed Hussain with 267 votes; Rickey Ramdat with 260 votes; Claire Singh with 255; Anand Persaud with 242; and Mitra Devi Ally with 230 votes.last_img read more

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Skate with the Huskies to be held tomorrow night

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies will be having their Skate with the Huskies event tomorrow evening after the Santa Claus Parade. The skate will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.Skaters will need to be in full gear, and are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item.Last year’s Skate with the Huskies event was the best attended event to date with the team hoping for more of the same this year.- Advertisement -On the ice the Huskies will next be in action on Saturday night as they host the Fairview Flyers at 8 p.m.last_img read more

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Dems approve $2.9 trillion budget – minus Bush cuts

first_imgWASHINGTON – Majority Democrats passed an important test Thursday with approval of a $2.9 trillion budget plan that promises big spending increases for party priorities such as education and health care. The budget blueprint sets a course to produce a small surplus in five years by assuming that many of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts would expire. Putting the framework in place also sets up veto confrontations over increases for domestic programs. The nonbinding measure for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 does not go to Bush for his signature or veto. Rather, it sets parameters for Congress to follow when writing tax and spending legislation this year. The House passed the measure by a 214-209 vote without a single Republican voting for it. The Senate quickly followed on a 52-40 vote; moderate Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine joined with Democrats. The measure moves to bolster domestic programs whose budgets Bush has curbed and lets expire tax cuts that have benefited upper-bracket taxpayers. “The budget rejects the misplaced priorities of the Bush administration, which wants to hand out tax breaks worth $150,000 a year to those making more than a million dollars, while making deep cuts in education and Social Security benefits,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. 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

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Balotelli deal ‘too good for Liverpool to turn down’, claims Campbell

first_imgKevin Campbell believes Liverpool’s £16m move for Mario Balotelli is a deal ‘too good to turn down’.The former Manchester City striker is one of the most controversial men in world football, but Campbell believes he is worth the gamble.“It will be colourful,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “But at that money it’s too good a deal to turn down.“For all his antics, we know he can put the ball in the back of the net. He’s a threat and he will score goals for Liverpool.”last_img read more

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Di Maria to Man United Latest: Argentine says goodbye to Madrid as he closes in on move

first_img1 Angel di Maria Angel di Maria has said goodbye to his Real Madrid team-mates as he gets set to join Manchester United.The Argentine ace, who asked to leave Madrid earlier this week, did not train with the rest of the squad on Sunday but was on hand to bid farwell to Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale et al.Manager Carlo Ancelotti revealed: “He has come and has not practised. It’s not official yet, but he came to say goodbye.“We gave thanks for what he has done for this club and wish him luck for the future. It is not official, but it is solved.”United are yet to make any official comment on reports the 26-year-old will move to Old Trafford in what is understood to be a new British record deal at £63million.last_img read more

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