Zidane feels ‘lucky’ to be back in Champions League final

first_imgMADRID (AP):Zinedine Zidane couldn’t have asked for much more after only five months as Real Madrid’s head coach. The former France great has a chance to end the season celebrating the Champions League title, just like he did 14 years ago as a player for the Spanish powerhouse.Victory tomorrow against Atletico Madrid would cap a superb start to Zidane’s head-coaching career, joining Miguel Munoz, Giovanni Trapattoni, Johan Cruyff, Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola as the only men to have won the European tournament both as a coach and a player.Zidane would also become one of the few coaches to win European football’s most important club competition in his first job as a head coach, along with seven other men, including Guus Hiddink, Vicente del Bosque and Guardiola.Zidane scored with a remarkable left-foot volley on the edge of the area to give Madrid their ninth title in the 2002 final against Bayer Leverkusen. He also won the tournament as an assistant coach to Ancelotti two years ago against Atletico.”I’m lucky to be here and share these moments with the players and fans. I’m very happy,” the 43-year-old Zidane said. “I’m thinking about how lucky I am to be in a final with this great club.”Zidane led Madrid to the final in Milan after taking over a club in crisis under coach Rafa Benitez. After an up-and-down start, he put the team back on track and it finished the season by winning 15 of its last 17 matches. The setbacks were a 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals and a 0-0 draw against Manchester City in the first leg of the tournament’s semi-finals.Madrid won their last 12 Spanish league matches to finish only one point behind champions Barcelona.”After he arrived, everybody could see that the team improved,” Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos said. “We didn’t have a good first half of the season but we improved a lot with him.”A loss tomorrow would leave Madrid without a title this season, although Zidane’s first spell as head coach would not likely be defined by that.”Failure would be if we didn’t give everything,” said Zidane, who was coaching Madrid’s “B” team in the third division before replacing Benitez in January. “We know that in a final the most important thing is to prepare well and anything can happen. We must prepare as always and see what happens on Saturday.”As a player, Zidane was used to the big stage after leading France to the World Cup title in 1998 and the European Championship title in 2000. He was named the world’s best player of the year three times.”There’s always pressure at Real Madrid,” he said. “It’s part of the job and I like it. I was a player and I also had pressure. I like it. I’ve got a lot to learn but the desire I’ve got to learn is tremendous. I’m going to improve, obviously, but there’s still a long way to go until I’m an important coach.”last_img read more

Prep Football: St. Bernard’s, Del Norte go for league perfection

first_imgThe final week of the 2016 regular season may not offer any league titles at stake as was the case seven days earlier, but perfection for one, as well as the final chance to make its case for the highest possible seed in the North Coast Section playoffs, which will see its brackets released on Sunday.For league champions Del Norte and St. Bernard’s both of those are true.The Crusaders and Warriors can not only finish the regular season on lengthy winning streaks today, but also wrap up …last_img read more

Ignored for Khel Ratna, Bajrang Punia to move court

first_imgStar Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has vowed to move court after being ignored for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.Asian Games champion Bajrang was considered as a strong contender for India’s highest sporting honour following his recent achievements. He won gold medals in Gold Coast and Jakarta this year. The Haryana grappler has also won a World Championship bronze medal in 2013 besides winning silver medals in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.The selection committee, which met on Monday, recommended cricketer Virat Kohli and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu for the prestigious award.Speaking to Mail Today, the 24-year-old wrestler said he was ‘hurt’. “I don’t know what is in their (selection committee’s) mind. My achievements are there what else do you want? I am coming to Delhi tomorrow and will file a case in the court against it. I am really disappointed,” Bajrang said on Tuesday.”I tried Rathore sir’s (Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh) number several times but of no use. He didn’t even reply. I will now meet him personally and enquire about the matter,” he added. “The World Championship is scheduled to begin next month and such ignorance of the ministry is really disappointing,” said Bajrang, who is currently training in Bengaluru.Meanwhile, Olympic bronze medallist and Bajrang’s guru, Yogeshwar Dutt, raised questions over ‘selection criteria’. “Bajrang has been consistently performing well in international tournaments. I am unable to understand why his name not being nominated for Khel Ratna. I am not against anybody. I am happy for the athletes who are getting awards but on what basis Bajrang has been ignored? The committee must make the criteria for selection transparent,” he said.advertisementIt is also learnt that Indian wrestling coach Sujeet Maan has also expressed his disappointment over Dronacharya award snub. According to sources, Maan is likely to meet the sports minister soon.last_img read more

8 Things to Know About Mary Kills People

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Add Dr. Mary Harris to the list of complex and layered lead female characters that Canadian TV seems to be giving us lots of at the moment (and that we’re totally loving by the way!). Mary is a strong, intriguing, smart and mysterious woman who, after two episodes, we can’t wait to learn more about. Dr. Mary Harris: angel of death or murderer? That’ll be for viewers to decide in the new Global TV drama Mary Kills People, premiering Wednesday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and April 23 at 10 p.m. on Lifetime in the U.S. Hannibal’s Caroline Dhavernas stars as Mary, an overworked single mother and ER doctor who is running an illegal business assisting patients in going out “on their own terms.” While Mary has managed to build her business and be busier than ever, she’s also on the brink of having her double life exposed and things getting a lot more complicated.From creator Tara Armstrong and showrunner Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue), the one-hour drama has also been picked up by Lifetime in the U.S. Over the course of its six episode first season, Mary Kills People will follow Mary’s exploits as she balances her family life and day job with side duties helping terminal patients end their lives on their own terms…all while eluding the police. Dhavernas is joined by a talented ensemble that includes Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast), Lyriq Bent (The Book of Negroes), Richard Short (Vinyl), Greg Bryk (Bitten) and Charlotte Sullivan (Rookie Blue).We here at The TV Junkies were lucky enough to screen Mary Kills People’s first two episodes and thought we’d pass along a few teases to help get fans even more excited for the premiere. So check out our main takeaways from watching those first two episodes and everything we thinks fans should know before they meet Mary.Dhavernas is Divinelast_img read more