Ronaldo hints at return against Sweden, eyes 100-goal mark

first_img Loading… Read Also: Messi returns to training for the first time“Never has Portugal had so many quality attacking players,” wrote Manuel Queiroz in sports daily O Jogo, singling out Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United, Bernardo Silva of Manchester City and Joao Felix of Atletico Madrid. He added that the country has “a great deck of cards even without the fourth ace.”Other publications praised Manchester City right back Joao Cancelo, who opened the scoring with a curling left-foot shot and others mentioned Ronaldo’s replacement Diogo Jota of Wolves.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Portuguese media and fans were  anticipating Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100th international goal after the attacker hinted on social media that he was fit to return to face Sweden on Monday.Advertisement Ronaldo missed the opening game of his country’s Nations League defence against Croatia with a toe infection, but posted “happy to be back” on Instragram on Sunday, along with photos showing him training with the squad for the first time since last Tuesday.center_img Portugal play Sweden on Tuesday in Solna, the scene of a memorable Ronaldo display in the second leg of a World Cup qualifying playoff in 2013.Ronaldo had scored the only goal in the first leg, and then exchanged goals with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the second. Ronaldo hit a hat-trick between the 50th and 79th minute while the Swedish star hit two in four minutes in the middle of the outburst. Portugal won the match and the playoff.The 35-year-old Juventus star has now scored 99 international goals and is chasing the men’s record of 109 by Ali Daei of Iran.Yet while Portuguese media were on Monday excited by the prospect, the emphatic 4-1 win over Croatia led some to suggest Portugal could free itself from its “Ronaldo-dependance”. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?last_img read more

Lakers’ Steve Nash officially announces retirement from NBA

first_imgScott advised Lakers fans to “take a look at everything he’s done over his career and judge him that way, not by what ended up happening here.”“It didn’t work out the way he planned or the way he wanted or the way the organization wanted,” Scott said. “But fans also have to look at the fact that the guy did everything possible to get on the court.”Scott envisioned his veteran point guard playing between 15 to 20 minutes per game while mentoring the team’s backcourt in Jeremy Lin, Ronnie Price and Clarkson. Instead, the Lakers ruled Nash out for the rest of the 2014-15 season after appearing in only two exhibition games. The criticism Nash faced went beyond his injuries.He remained mostly absent from the team, other than mentoring Clarkson periodically for the past two months. “There’s been a lot of negativity online, but in my nearly three years in L.A., I’ve never met anyone who didn’t show me anything but love and support for my efforts,” Nash said. “There’s a lot of class in Lakerland, and the organization and staff have given me unwavering support.”Nash’s prolonged absence concerned some in the organization. But Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and Scott publicly supported Nash.“He needed time to start focusing on the next phase of his life,” Scott said. “Guys need that peace away from the game to get their head right.” • MORE COVERAGE: Lakers gush about Nash’s career, defend himNash’s retirement seemed inevitable after the Lakers ruled him out for the 2014-15 season. But the Lakers asked him to delay his retirement so they could trade his $9.8 million contract before the Feb. 19, 2015 trade deadline. Without any suitors, the Lakers will still owe Nash his full salary. The Lakers acquired Nash from the Phoenix Suns in 2012 in a sign-and-trade worth $28 million for three year, a deal that involved sending two first and second-round draft picks. But Nash played in only 65 of a possible 164 regular-season games amid overlapping nerve issues with his left knee, back and hamstrings. Nash also averaged 11.4 points and 6.4 assists through two seasons, a stark drop from his career averages of 14.4 points and 8.5 assists. Perhaps Nash’s only highlight entailed his last assist in April, 2014 against Houston, which surpassed Mark Jackson on the NBA’s all-time assists list. ◘ PHOTOS: Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash announces retirement“When I signed with the Lakers, I had big dreams of lifting the fans up and lighting this city on fire,” said Nash, who played for Phoenix (1996-98, 2004-12) and Dallas (1998-2004). “I turned down more lucrative offers to come to L.A. because I wanted to be in the ‘fire,’ and play for high risk and high reward in my last NBA chapter.” The tributes gushed out as quickly as Steve Nash led his team on a fast break.Lakers coach Byron Scott called Nash a “modern-day Bob Cousy” after collecting two NBA most valuable player awards, climbing to third place on the league’s all-time assists list and revolutionizing the NBA’s fast-paced play. Lakers backup center and fellow Canadian Robert Sacre noted how Nash had “always been that guy that Canadians have always looked up to” after he became the first NBA star from that country. Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson recalled idolizing Nash growing up for “making passes people couldn’t see” and expressed gratitude for his personal mentorship.Nash has not played in the past five months because of chronic back problems. But the Lakers (19-50) spent very little talking about Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers (17-52) at Staples Center. Instead, the Lakers focused on the 41-year-old Nash officially announcing his retirement in an essay released Saturday morning on “The Players Tribune” website. “The greatest gift has been to be completely immersed in my passion and striving for something I loved so much,” Nash wrote. “The obsession became my best friend. I talked to her, cherished her, fought with her and got knocked on my ass by her.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ranking Big Ten coaches for 2019: Jim Harbaugh is No. 1, at least for a year

first_img— Nebraska’s Scott Frost could shoot up the top 25 this year with the high expectations at Nebraska, but we need to see him win some big games, too. The Huskers gave up 30 or more points in eight games last season, and they were 1-7 in those games.— The Big Ten has the most coaches in the top 25 of our rankings, with seven, and 10 coaches in the top 40. That is part of the legacy Meyer leaves behind. The quality of the conference is just better now.— Of the returning coaches, Rutgers’ Chris Ash is the only one who moved more than five spots in either direction in our overall rankings. Ash fell seven spots to No. 90. That means most of the conference has stability. But he hasn’t won anything. Who else would you put No. 1? Mark Dantonio and James Franklin have Big Ten championships. That’s fair, but Harbaugh has evened the series with Dantonio traded blowouts the last three years with Franklin. You can get cute and say Pat Fitzgerald, Paul Chryst, Jeff Brohm or Scott Frost. That does not hold up. Harbaugh is 6-1 against those coaches in Big Ten play.  MORE: Big Ten 2019 early conference primerThis comes down to the fact Meyer is out and Ryan Day is in, and Harbaugh’s albatross it the Ohio State game. He’s 0-4 against the Buckeyes, and that’s why this No. 1 ranking is temporary. If you want to put Day ahead of Harbaugh you can, but that’s a reach considering Day hasn’t felt the pressure of being a head coach in The Game yet. Meyer was 7-0 in that one and beat all those other coaches, too.Can Harbaugh do that now? He still has a lot to prove in Ann Arbor.We can all agree on that. With that in mind, here is a look at our Big Ten coach rankings:2019 Big Ten Coach Rankings  RankNameSchoolWLPCT.OVR1Jim HarbaughMichigan6735.657102Mark DantonioMichigan State12568.648133James FranklinPenn State6936.657144Paul ChrystWisconsin6131.663165Pat FitzgeraldNorthwestern9670.578186Ryan DayOhio State301.000227Kirk FerentzIowa152101.601258Scott FrostNebraska2315.605289Jeff BrohmPurdue4323.6523210P.J. FleckMinnesota4235.5453911Tom AllenIndiana1015.4006712Mike LocksleyMaryland331.0887913Lovie SmithIllinois927.2508814Chris AshRutgers729.19490MORE: SN’s post-spring preseason top 25Quick reads  — Ohio State’s Ryan Day is difficult to rank because we know he can coach. He proved that in the 3-0 stint while Meyer was suspended last season. But to be fair, we have him higher than the last time we faced this predicament. When Lincoln Riley took over for Bob Stoops two years ago, our initial ranking was No. 44. If you want to go higher with Day, then that’s OK by us. Jim Harbaugh is the top coach in the Big Ten heading into 2019.  Everybody OK with that? Sporting News’ annual 1-130 coach rankings were released this week, and our Big Ten rankings were a little tougher at the top after Ohio State coach Urban Meyer retired in the offseason. That was the default setting since 2012. That’s why Harbaugh is No. 1 — at least for 2019.  last_img read more

Greek generic drugs prices sky high

first_imgWhile Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis may claim that doctors are ‘partying’ at the expense of patients, his ministry’s pricing rules for generic drugs means patients and insurance funds pay much more than their counterparts in SwedenGeneric drugs sold in Greece can cost up to 880% times the price of the same medicines in more affluent Sweden due to the pricing system followed by the health ministry, Eleftherotypia has revealed.The health ministry has repeatedly claimed that doctors are frustrating the government’s aim to reach a point where 60% of all drugs prescribed are generic. But the pricing system followed by the government means that the difference between patent and generic drugs is insignificant compared to Sweden, where half of all prescriptions are generic.Under current rules, when the patent expires on a particular medicine, the price of drug is reduced by 50%, based on the highest price it once had on the market.Similarly, under the same rules, the generic drug costs 40% of the original price of the patented drug.Thus, if one patented drug cost €10 a pack, its off-patent price would be €5 and the generic equivalent €4 – a minimal price difference.These rates are fixed, meaning that the rules applied to patented drugs – that they must cost the average of the three lowest prices of the drugs in other EU countries – do not apply.The situation has attracted the attention of the troika, which has called on the health minister to change the pricing system for off-patent drugs so that they too are in line with the three lowest prices available elsewhere in the EU. Source:enetenglish Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more