Fiorentina commemorate Astori before emotional return to action

first_img0Shares0000Players and supporter pay tribute to late Fiorentina’s captain Davide Astori before Fiorentina host Benevento at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence © AFP / Claudio GiovanniniFLORENCE, Italy, Mar 11 – Fiorentina returned to action on Sunday in a home game on played in a poignant atmosphere, a week after the sudden death of the Serie A side’s captain Davide Astori.Last Sunday’s top-flight fixtures in Italy were postponed after Astori’s body was found in his hotel room ahead of an away game against Udinese. After emotional scenes on Friday night as Roma, one of Astori’s former clubs, beat Torino, and a commemoration on Saturday at the Verona derby, Fiorentina kicked off Sunday’s gamne at their Artemio Franchi stadium against bottom-placed Benevento.For the warm-up, all the Fiorentina players and coach Stefano Pioli wore shirts bearing the number “13” and the name “Astori”.The ground was packed on three sides, only the space reserved for visiting fans was largely empty.One banner in the crowd read “Ciao captain”, another “Our captain forever” and purple smoke from flares to match the colour of Fiorentina’s shirts filled the sky.The screens played a video homage to the club’s late skipper. The flags above the curved stands at either end of the long, narrow stadium flew at half mast.The stadium announcer included “Number 13, forever our captain, Davide Astori” in the line-up.A post-mortem examination found that Astori, who was 31, most likely died from a cardiac arrest linked to the slowing of his heart rate.In a draining week, Fiorentina players and fans as well as stars from other Italian clubs attended Astori’s funeral in Florence on Thursday, including Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and his Juventus teammate Giorgio Chiellini who came to pay their respects to the defender who captained his club and played 14 times for his country.On Sunday, as the Fiorentina and Benevento teams re-emerged for the match, accompanied by mascots in the shirts of Fiorentina or another of Astori’s clubs, Cagliari, all the advertising hoardings round the pitch turned purple and bore only the words “Davide Astori” and the club crest.The pre-match ceremony began with the two sides lining up as Italian star Jovanotti sung his hit “Terra Degli Omini”. Players, from both teams, wept.The Fiorentina players held a long, home-made, banner saying “Ciao Davide”. Both teams had the same phrase sewn on their left shirt shoulders. The words were repeated on many of the banners in the crowd. Others read “Linked forever”, “Florentine forever”, “Ciao Davide” and “True captain, man from another time.”In the top deck of the Curva Fiesole, home of Fiorentina’s Ultras, all the fans held purple, white and red flags spelling “Davide”.Fans remained eerily silent as the teams shook hands, the referee conducted the coin toss and then the players reassembled in the centre circle for a formal silence.As that ended, some in the crowd started a brief “Davide” chant.Before kick off, fans in the main stand released a cloud of purple and white balloons that floated heavenwards.The match finally started six minutes after the scheduled kickoff.The advertising billboards switched to their normal slogans.There remained one more planned commemoration.After 13 minutes, Astori’s shirt number, the action simply stopped, the players and match officials, like the fans, stood and clapped for 60 seconds.The supporters in the Curva Fiesole held up their flags again and, as the clapping ended, they waved them.Eleven minutes later, as the rain began to fall, Fiorentina, who had been applying steady pressure, took the lead.Vitor Hugo, who had stepped into Astori’s place in the centre of defence and wears 31. The reverse of Astori’s number, leapt to meet a high ball and headed it powerfully into the net. Then he grabbed a tee-shirt printed with a picture of Astori and held it up as the crowd applauded.As the rain intensified, the crowd chanted: “un capitano, c’è solo un capitano!” (“One captain, there’s only one captain!”)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ryanair strikes halted as airline granted High Court injunction

first_imgRyanair has been granted an injunction from the High Court this morning (Weds) preventing a planned strike over the next two days by some of the airline’s pilots based in Ireland.Around 180 pilots who are members of the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association, which is a branch of the Fórsa union, were due to take industrial action tomorrow and on Friday in a dispute over pay and conditions.It follows a ballot of eligible IALPA members which was passed by the overwhelming majority of those who took part. Ryanair sought an injunction preventing Fórsa and 11 named individuals from proceeding with the work stoppage, which was due to get under way after midnight tonight.According to RTE, during two days of High Court hearings, the airline argued a strike would be a breach of an agreement put in place following a series of strikes at Ryanair last year.It requires any matters of dispute between the two sides to be referred to an independent mediator and to go through a dispute resolutions process before industrial action can take place.Ryanair also claimed that the secret ballot that led to the vote in favour of industrial action was unlawful. However, the union strenuously denied this and told the court it had been conducted according to union rules and the law.It also claimed that its current pay claim is not covered by the terms of the 2018 agreement.Ryanair strikes halted as airline granted High Court injunction was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

John Wall on Wizards’ playoff downfall: ‘Our bench got outplayed’

first_img“I think Kelly Oubre could’ve played a little bit more, but coach makes the decision, and we stick behind him 100 percent,” he added.Wall was instrumental throughout the Wizards’ playoff push, but appeared to have ran out of steam in the deciding game after missing his last 11 shots from the field.Oubre, on the other hand, was suspended for one-game of the series for his altercation with Kelly Olynyk, but managed to produce 6.5 points per game on 51.6 percent shooting.Earlier, Wall’s backcourt mate Bradley Beal made headlines after proclaiming that “Cleveland didn’t want to see us.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT The Wizards were one win away from challenging the Cavs, but lost a pivotal game 7 against the Celtics.Over the weekend, the Wizards’ best player, John Wall, shared why he believes his team failed to set up a date with the perennial Eastern conference powerhouse.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We need to help our bench,” the four-time NBA All-Star told CSN’s Chase Hughes. “Just to be honest, that was our downfall in each series that we had in the [Eastern Conference] semifinals, our bench got out played.”He also wished that the team’s young role player, Kelly Oubre, could have gotten more playing time, but refused to throw his coach Scott Brooks under the bus. LATEST STORIES Cavs arrange 3rd Finals showdown with Warriors, eliminate CelticsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Washington Wizards guard John Wall (AP/Alex Brandon)The reigning NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers are set for a finals rematch against the Golden State Warriors, after dispatching the Boston Celtics in five games of the Eastern Conference Finals.Still, both fans and pundits alike are still left wondering if the Washington Wizards would have posted a better challenge to the LeBron James-led squad.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Koy Banal makes coaching return as Seafarers face Batangas Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

Zion Williamson’s 29 leads No. 2 Duke to rout of St. John’s

first_imgLATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ponds faced relentless pressure all day from Jones, and a couple of his five turnovers led directly to breakaway dunks by Williamson.“We had live-ball turnovers that, to me, just turned the game, turned the whole atmosphere of the game,” coach Chris Mullin said.BIG PICTURESt. John’s: The Red Storm knocked off one Duke team full of one-and-done freshmen — stunning last year’s group 81-77 in Madison Square Garden behind 33 points from Ponds — but with Jones neutralizing him this time, they couldn’t do it again. If nothing else, though, they’re still the answer to a trivia question: St. John’s was the last non-ACC team to beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, pulling it off in 2000.Duke: The Blue Devils’ 3-point shooting remains an enigma. Duke entered shooting just 31 percent from long distance — the worst percentage in school history — even after a 10-for-19 performance five nights earlier at Notre Dame. The Blue Devils promptly made their first four 3s against the Red Storm’s 2-3 zone — and then hit just 3 of 22 after that.ZIONLIGHTWilliamson’s defining dunks came late in the first half. With Jones pestering Ponds, Williamson picked the Red Storm guard’s pocket and the lefty went the other way for a thunderous breakaway slam with his right hand. Williamson did the same thing a few minutes later — stealing the ball from Ponds and soaring in for a right-handed slam — in the final minute of the half to give Duke its first double-figure lead at 47-37.HE SAID IT“To the fans I appreciate the love that they’re showing and want me to come to their team. But I’m still in college and I’m enjoying the process and whichever team that drafts me, I’ll be ready to work.” — Williamson, who has not declared his intentions for next season, when asked about the concept of NBA teams tanking for the chance to draft him.END OF THE STREAK Williamson stuffed the stat sheet in this one — hitting 13 of 17 shots while finishing with five steals, two blocks and a couple of his customary highlight-reel dunks.He scored 12 points — all either at the rim or the free-throw line — during the 26-6 run that bridged the halves and pushed the lead into the 20s. Cameron Reddish capped the run with his fourth 3 of the game, making it 61-39 with about 16½ minutes left.LJ Figueroa had 14 points and Marvin Clark II added 12 for the Red Storm (16-6), who fell behind by 20 points before they hit a shot in the second half while losing their third in four games.Ponds, the hero of last year’s upset win over Duke and a 20.9-point scorer, had all 11 of his in the second half.“I knew that he was a key to their team,” Jones said. “So for myself, I knew that I had to come out stronger than him and set the tone early for our entire team.”ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duke backup Jordan Goldwire hit a 3-pointer in the final minute of garbage time, but it was anything but meaningless to him. He had been 0 for 15 for the season from long range, and no player in Division I missed more 3s without making one.UP NEXTSt. John’s: Faces another daunting road challenge Tuesday night at No. 10 Marquette — coached by former Duke assistant and player Steve Wojciechowski.Duke: Plays host to Boston College on Tuesday night. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Williamson scored 29 points in the second-ranked Blue Devils’ 91-61 rout of St. John’s on Saturday while creating the latest set of highlights for the most visible player on arguably the nation’s most visible team.“Nobody has brought in the exposure that he brought in,” Krzyzewski said, pointing to Williamson’s 2.3 million followers on Instagram. “When does that happen? It may never happen, and it’s happening for him. And we are such high profile. Everything is looked at closely, and his excellent play is looked at by everybody.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“And the thing about that kid is, he doesn’t want all that attention, and he handles it so well,” he added. “We have a good group, so I’m not sure many groups would handle it the same way.”Tre Jones flirted with a triple-double with 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while playing lockdown defense on Shamorie Ponds. And RJ Barrett added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Blue Devils (19-2), who shot 56 percent while winning their fifth straight. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Duke’s Zion Williamson, center, reacts with Marques Bolden (20), Cam Reddish (2) and RJ Barrett (5) following a play against St. John’s during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Duke won 91-61. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)DURHAM, N.C. — Zion Williamson stole the ball and soared for dunks. He blocked shots with authority. And once again, he scored points in bunches.In other words, just a typical game for Duke’s must-see freshman phenom.ADVERTISEMENT Donald Trump on golf course with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more