Barcelona legend Ronald Nazario has warned the Catalan giants to do everything possible to keep Lionel Messi at the club this summer. Messi has been linked with an exit from the Camp Nou ahead of the 2020-21 season, amid growing reports he told new manager Ronald Koeman he has doubts over his future in Catalonia.Advertisement However, former Brazilian international Ronaldo believes Barcelona would be on a downward slope if Messi leaves in the coming weeks. “Messi is the reference point for this team, and if I was Barcelona, I would not let him leave in any case,” he told an interview with Marca. Loading… Promoted Content10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their KidsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterMost Amazing Advanced Robots That Will Change Our World7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhonePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled23 Marvel Heroes Reimagined By Caricaturist7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian “He has been a great player, and has a very intense relationship with the club.“The situation has been exaggerated by their Champions League defeat. However, Messi needs his teammates to help him.“Barcelona need to try something new next season. But their main player leaving is not the solution.”The Catalan giants remain committed to retaining Messi at the club, despite the Argentinian international entering into the final 12 months of his contract, with no extension agreed.Koeman has already spoken with the 33-year old to inform him of his plans for next season, with Messi at the heart of the project.Ronaldo is one of the few players to retain cult status at Barcelona, despite also playing for arch rivals Real Madrid.Read Also: Barcelona board struggling to pin down MessiHe netted an incredible 47 goals in 49 games in all competitions for Barcelona in his one season at the club in 1996-97.After joining Inter Milan in 1997, he moved to Real Madrid in 2002, scoring 104 goals in 177 games, and winning the La Liga title in 2003.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
He finished on 9-under for the tournament – two shots behind Australian winner Marc Leishman.McIlroy will now head to Texas to play in the World Golf Championship Match Play event.
Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop misses the possible game-winning field goal against the San Diego Chargers during the closing seconds of regulation of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in San Diego. The Chargers eventually won the game 27-24 in overtime. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)Last Sunday evening I watched Kansas City Chiefs kicker, Ryan “the chokester” Succup gag and flinch, kicking the Pittsburgh Steelers out of the postseason.It is not clear whether Succup developed a case of the dreaded malady, “chokitis,” or just deliberately punched the Steelers in the gut while simultaneously punching the San Diego Chargers ticket to play on the “big stage” known as the NFL playoffs. But ya know what boys and girls, the Steelers should not have depended on the competence of a player from another NFL franchise to “pay their toll” so they could continue traveling on the “playoff highway” leading to the Lombardi Trophy.See, in the NFL there is no such thing as an “E-Z Pass lane.”Aubrey BruceLet’s hit “Rew” and do a partial review of the 2013 Steelers season (a complete review may just be a bit too painful for yinz guys and gals to bear).Succup’s botched field goal attempt was not the play that will cause the Steelers to be at home ordering sandwich rings, cases of Bud Light and hot wings while watching the first (wild card) round of the playoffs.In the Steelers opening game they could only score a measly 9 points in a 16-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh drew first blood by scoring a safety on the first play of the game and was only able to muster a “garbage” touchdown with only 1:23 left to play in regulation.You say you don’t agree, okay; was it the following Monday night when the Black and Gold ventured into Paul Brown stadium to face the eventual 2013 AFC North Champion Cincinnati Bengals who had more than an adequate supply of family sized cans of “whoop ass” to send the Steelers packing back to Pittsburgh “smarting” from a 20-10 loss. Although, Steelers reserve tight end David Paulson lost a fumble, “Big” Ben Roethlisberger contributed a fumble and a pick in the losing effort.On the following Sabbath Day “da Chick-a-go” Bears strolled into Heinz Field and promptly smacked the Steelers around by the score of 40-23. Roethlisberger threw 2 picks and fumbled 3 times, losing 2. When you give any offense 5 extra possessions, game, set, match.The next week the Steelers traveled to London and lost to the Minnesota “Vikes” by the score of 34-27. “Big Ben” had this to say about the loss; “We are in unchartered territories and the water is dangerous right now, so we have to stick together and get out of it. Right now, you could say we’re the worst team in the league, that hurts.”They may have entered the review room with glaring questions about a glorious past and a hazy future. However, just as they were stumped by that decades old mystery of a timeless and historical reception by an NFL running back they seemed to be just as perplexed by their own futures.But there was a light at the end of the tunnel or so the Steelers nation hoped. A few folk even began to nitpick and bash. When Steelers rookie running back LeVeon Bell was injured for the initial three games people, even the running back’s own quarterback, sort of expressed doubts about his “toughness” and “heart.”Mike Chiari, featured columnist from Bleacher Report in an article published on September 25, quoted Roethlisberger saying this about Bel; “Honestly, I have no idea with him. You can’t get a read on him. One day, he’s practicing, one day, he’s not; one day, he’s going hard, the next day, he’s not. I wish I could. If he was a guy like Heath Miller that you knew was busting his butt every day to get back there … Le’Veon is a rookie, I don’t know him quite well enough yet. But if he can come back and help us, we’ll take him.”Spoken like a true general manager or head coach, don’t you agree? Steelers tight end has been and remains one of the most consistent Steelers but who is “a guy like Heath Miller?”Injuries affect individual players, differently. Remember the Steelers/Ravens match up on November 29, 2009 in Baltimore? The Steelers lost to the Ravens after Roethlisberger took all of the reps during that weeks practice and informed the team the day before the game Saturday that “concussion symptoms” had returned, thus thrusting Steelers rookie quarterback Dennis Dixon to start placed in an almost impossible situation.At the time that Roethlisberger was forced to issue the Steelers a “rain check” in regards to him competing against Baltimore, Steelers wide receiver and future hall of famer Hines Ward had this to say. “‘Ben practiced all week. Then to find out that he’s still having some headaches and not playing and it came down to the doctors didn’t feel that they were going to clear him or not. It’s hard to say. I’ve lied to a couple of doctors saying I’m straight, I feel good when I know that I’m not really straight. I don’t think guys really worry about the future while they’re playing currently in the NFL.”Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin did not even reveal to the team that Roethlisberger was not starting this important game against the hated Ravens.“At the time, I was more concerned about getting Dennis ready to play,” Tomlin said, “and I proceeded with the assumption that our men understood what kind of competitor (Roethlisberger) is. If they don’t, I will tell them.”Ben Roethlisberger is by no means finished as the Steelers starting QB but the team might be better served to at least drafting, signing or grooming a replacement. The late songstress Billie Holiday once sang; “God bless the child that has his own.” Never depend on anyone to do your work for you.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: email@example.com or 412.583.6741
Submitted by The City of OlympiaThe 37th Annual Olympia Toy Run motorcycle parade is this Saturday, December 6. Motorcyclists will assemble at South Sound Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Run starts at 1:00 p.m., and winds its way from South Sound Center along Pacific Avenue to State Avenue, through downtown Olympia to Deschutes Parkway, ending at Marathon Park.Sponsored by the Olympia Toy Run Coalition, the event attracts nearly ten thousand motorcyclists. Spectators are welcome to gather on sidewalks along the route. The Run may last up to two hours while motorcyclists travel from the South Sound Center to Marathon Park. Motorists should expect travel delays. Intercity Transit has also issued a detour alert for several of its routes: http://www.intercitytransit.com.Information and the route map are posted on the Coalition’s website: http://olytoyrun.com/. According to its website, the Olympia Toy Run “brings motorcyclists together for a very worthy purpose: the joy of a child receiving a gift at Christmas. All the toys and money are donated to the Salvation Army for distribution to needy kids through its Toy ‘n Joy Shop.” Facebook17Tweet0Pin0
LEANDRO MORA, ASSISTANT TRAINER, ANN ARBOR EDDIE, WINNER: “I was so impressed by his performance today. This is not the next California Chrome but at least we have a baby California Derby winner so it’s ok to dream. He hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s given us three wins and a third so we’re very, very pleased.“I think the farther the better for him, like today. Thank God we’ve got two Derbies. We won the California Derby last week at Golden Gate too (with So Conflated) so why not start to dream? We developed a little later this year, not as early as with Nyquist, but we’ve still got some chances to make some pints I hope.“It’s up to Doug and Paul where we go next but Paul likes to try. Don’t be surprised if we go against the big guys. We’ve done well so far so why not keep following that philosophy.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES MARIO GUTIERREZ, ANN ARBOR EDDIE, WINNER: “Everything went really well until the 3/8s. I started asking him a little bit. He didn’t want to pick up the bit. I was worried a little bit turning for home because I really had to ask him. He has so much more ability than that. He’s still a little green.” NOTES: The winning owner is J. Paul Reddam from Irvine, CA. DENNIS O’NEILL, ANN ARBOR EDDIE, WINNER: “When we turned for home we were in trouble and he just keeps trying and trying and trying. We prayed that the wire wouldn’t come too soon. We had a good day. We had three seconds. It’s great for Paul. Paul puts a lot in to the Cal-Breds. It was a fitting end to the day.”