At Argentina football club, Maradona is God, Messi is Adam

first_img0Shares0000Young people play football at the Sportivo Pereyra club in Barracas, where local artist Santiago Barbeito has painted the sport’s version of the Sistine Chapel featuring legends Diego Maradona (R) and Lionel Messi (L) © AFP / JUAN MABROMATABUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Apr 26 – There is no question that football is a sort of religion in Argentina.And one of the football-mad country’s brightest stars, Diego Maradona, is known for his infamous “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup. Now, on the ceiling of one club in Buenos Aires, in a painting modeled after Michelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel, Maradona is God, extending his hand to Adam — Lionel Messi.Argentina-born Pope Francis, an avowed football fan, would certainly smile at the grand gesture made by the club Sportivo Pereyra, located in the Barracas district of the capital, where football and other team sports are played.“For us, this pitch is our temple — a sacred temple of football, and what better than to have a fresco on the ceiling that is worthy of a temple,” coach Ricardo Elsegood told AFP.“The Sistine Chapel has God and Adam, and the chapel of football has Messi and Maradona.”In this version of Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam,” instead of the angels surrounding God, other football stars are featured: Juan Riquelme, Gabriel Batistuta, Mario Kempes, Sergio Aguero, Claudio Caniggia, Ricardo Bochini and Ariel Ortega.The players are clad in the classic blue and white striped jersey of Argentina’s national team.Argentina’s Sistine Chapel of football pays tribute to Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” © AFP / JUAN MABROMATAThe club, where many children play, is located in the southern part of Buenos Aires, not far from the stadium of the Boca Juniors, Argentina’s most successful club.“It’s as if Maradona had bestowed upon Messi the gift of continued good football,” explains the artist who painted the work, Santiago Barbeito.For Elsegood, it was a simple decision.“We realized the ceiling was rather dark. We thought at first of painting it blue with white clouds. But one day, the artist came and said it would be better to do it with Messi and Maradona,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lee Strobel’s The Case for a Creator Debuts on Film

first_imgA film version of Lee Strobel’s book The Case for a Creator has been released by Illustra Media.  The book, third in a series of best-sellers by Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith) describes Strobel’s own journey from atheism to Christianity and how Darwinian had evolution played a big part in his youthful rejection of religion.  Strobel interviews various scientists and theologians who explain the evidence for intelligent design from the cosmic to the atomic, from galaxies to cells.    Incorporating footage from Illustra’s highly-successful ID films Unlocking the Mystery of Life and The Privileged Planet along with new interviews, animations and subject matter (such as the fossil record) The Case for a Creator packages a wide variety of creation evidences into a one-hour package centered around Strobel’s spiritual quest.  One reviewer wrote, “This DVD is excellent.  It is just as high quality, if not more so, than the other Illustra productions.  It basically smashes Unlocking, Icons, and Privileged Planet into one disc.  It’s a wonderful resource.”  Access Research Network says, “As with previous Illustra Media documentaries, this one is chock full of stunning graphics, amazing animations, and a theater-worthy soundtrack.”    The DVD also contains bonus features with lists of additional resources.  Of special interest is a series of frequently-asked questions, answered in short interviews by by the scientists and theologians seen in the main film.  Click here for the producer’s film page.This DVD makes a convenient witnessing tool.  The prior three films mentioned above are all still excellent and go into more detail in their respective subjects.  But for people not willing to watch three hours of video, The Case for a Creator brings most of the best arguments together into a single, attractively-produced hour-long package.    Though some of the animations will look familiar, the film includes new animations of ATP synthase and other molecular machines, an enhanced look at the universe-generator from The Privileged Planet, a dramatic visualization of the precision of the gravitational constant, and more.  Viewers will get a kick out of the “monkey-typewriter” segment.  The story line revolving around a true testimony of a skeptic investigating the case for a Creator may make this film resonate with more viewers than one strictly about science.  Anything Illustra produces carries with it a reputation of production quality and content credibility unsurpassed in the field of creation/ID graphical media.  Get a quantity of these DVDs and start handing them out.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gymnast McKayla Maroney says settlement covered up sex abuse

first_img“First and foremost, she wants this never to happen to another little girl,” Manly said in an interview.The settlement included nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses and Maroney or her parents could be sued for more than $100,000 for violating the agreement. The suit seeks to invalidate those provisions under a California law which prohibits settlements in civil cases that could result in criminal sex offense charges.“It’s despicable and it is wrong,” Manly said of the settlement agreement.Nassar has admitted to sexually assaulting female gymnasts, possessing child pornography and molesting girls who sought treatment. He was sentenced earlier this month to serve 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography.Maroney’s lawsuit also names the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University, where Nassar had worked for decades.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed US Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Mckayla Maroney (left) revealed on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, that the team’s former doctor, Larry Nassar (right), molested her from when she was 13 years old until she left the sport in 2016. AFP FILE PHOTOSLOS ANGELES — Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney was forced to sign a confidential settlement with the group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts to keep allegations that she was sexually abused by team doctor Larry Nassar a secret, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).Maroney, who won a team gold and an individual silver on vault as part of the “Fierce Five” U.S. women’s team at the 2012 Olympics in London, said Nassar’s abuse started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next After suffering sexual abuse and “years of psychological trauma,” Maroney reached a settlement with USA Gymnastics in December 2016, but the terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed in court papers. Her lawsuit seeks to invalidate parts of the settlement, arguing it violated California law and that USA Gymnastics “had a plan to keep the sexual abuse of Nassar quiet.”Maroney, who is now 22 years old, said in a Twitter post in October that the abuse started when she was 13 and attending a U.S. national team training camp in Houston. Nassar told her at the time that she was receiving “medically necessary treatment he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,” she said at the time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHer attorney, John Manly, said she had been abused between 50 and 100 times by Nassar, including at the Olympics and during the world championships.She has described Nassar giving her a sleeping pill while the team traveled to Japan for the 2011 world championships. Maroney says Nassar later visited her in her hotel room after the team arrived in Tokyo, where he molested her yet again. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The court complaint alleges the university had received complaints from two female athletes who accused the doctor of inappropriately touching them in the late 1990s and that the USOC has had “a culture and atmosphere that conceals known and suspected sexual abusers.”USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 City Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isaiah Thomas could be playing for Cavaliers next weeklast_img read more

Wimbledon 2011: Paes-Cara Black out of mixed doubles

first_imgLeander Paes and Cara Black bowed out of the Wimbledon mixed doubles event after suffering a straight set defeat in the quarter-finals against Daniel Nestor and Yung-Jan Chan here.The 14th seed Indo-Zimbabwean pair lost 3-6 2-6 to the eighth seed Canadian-Taipei combination.Paes’ doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi though advanced to the semifinals with Elena Vesnina after defeating Israel’s Jonathan Erlich and Shahar Peer 6-4 6-1.Erlich and Peer were no match for the in-form Indo-Russian duo as they sen packing their opponents in exactly an hour.Bhupathi and Vesnina, who dominated proceedings from the word go, committed no double faults as compared to the four by Erlich and Peer.Bhupathi and Vesnina served six winners as compared to six by the unseeded Israeli pair.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Touch Football Australia Website Refresh and Reboot

first_imgTouch Football Australia today announced the launch of its newly revamped and re-designed website to the membership and wider public. The streamlined site developed in conjunction with technology partners, Sports Technology Group (STG) offers users quick and easy access to essential information on the sport and a number of enhanced and new features. The new website goes live today, Wednesday 5 July 2017 and is located at the same URL address, transitioning from the previous site: https://www.touchfootball.com.au.According to Acting CEO’s Tim Arnold and Garry Foran, the new and improved site provides a welcome change and improvement to the online platform and a new level of service and content delivery to members and the broader touch football community.“It features easier navigation on where to play touch football and find key TFA resources, junior and schools information, publications and services,” Arnold said. “It also features a streamlined video and image gallery, refreshed domestic and international news and events carousel and relevant sport and commercial partner information.“The new website has a clean, uncluttered design, improved functionality and richer, refreshed content; all focused and aligned to TFA’s strategic targets of one million participants and exposures by 2020 and ensuring quality experiences for participants,” Arnold added.“The cleaner lines and look, social images and navigation of the site provides for our members and extended audiences the latest information and content. But as a far better reflection and representation of the sport and in a more structured, user-friendly and mobile ready format.”Foran praised the work of the staff who have led the project, stating “it’s been a whole of TFA team effort – we are excited about the evolution of the site to what it is today, with the various State website upgrades to follow in coming months. This all follows the extensive member and wider user feedback and capturing the latest in online technology and design and contemporary approaches,” he said.TFA’s new website will be updated on a regular basis with news of events, activations, milestones and latest information, all aligned and integrated with TFA communication channels. Come and join the touch football conversation and stay connected with our new social news hub, digital channels and member stories from across the country.The new and improved TFA TV platform is now also bigger and better with the option of switching easily between videos and the photo gallery – submit your own and on the site you go!Log on and visit us now at www.touchfootball.com.au – we hope you enjoy the experience and welcome ongoing feedback. Check out the video as a guide through the new features and sign up to the TFA Newsletter!last_img read more

SaberCat clawing his way back Former Buckeye Jamario ONeal is back in

If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. That goes for former Buckeye safety Jamario O’Neal as he continues his career in the Arena Football League with the San Jose SaberCats. A native of Mansfield, Ohio, O’Neal moved to Cleveland and played his final two years of high school at Glenville High School. O’Neal was the first commitment of the Buckeyes’ 2005 recruiting class. His career at Ohio State, however, never panned out. “I didn’t do the little things and stay on the grind that got me to that point,” O’Neal said. “I had a lot going in my life with school and everything, and I just kind of lost my passion for football.” O’Neal was an All-Ohio team selection his junior and senior years of high school. His senior year garnered him a Parade All-America honor before he came to OSU. Four years later, after splitting time at safety and cornerback with the Buckeyes, O’Neal amassed 49 tackles, one forced fumble, one interception and two passes defended. His recruiting class also included Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Donald Washington, New Orleans Saints’ cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and Washington Redskins’ defensive back Anderson Russell in the secondary with him. “Just thinking about all the times I could’ve done extra films, gassers (and) time in the weight room, I had talent but didn’t work hard,” he said. “You had guys like Malcolm and Donald who worked hard and had talent.” After being suspended for the Spring Game and first two games of 2008 for a team violation, O’Neal didn’t make it back into the starting rotation. O’Neal worked out during Pro Day, but no one offered him a contract during the NFL Draft. He spent the next two years out of football, until he got a phone call from his agent in October 2010 regarding the SaberCats and another chance on the field. “I had time to reflect while I was away,” he said. He immediately began to study the team playbook and prepare for the faster pace of the indoor game. “I was out of football for damned near two years,” he said. “Adjusting to the mental aspect was easy. With the physical aspect, that is something that you have to work on everyday.” After missing the first four games of the season with a strained hamstring, O’Neal had an immediate impact with a forced fumble and recovery in his first game against the Tulsa Talons. “Jamario brought real good enthusiasm,” teammate Mervin Brookins said. “He turns it on when he gets on the field.” In week seven, O’Neal had an interception return for a touchdown in a 68-61 win against the Philadelphia Soul. Since then, he’s had 11.5 tackles, nine of which were solo in three games for the 5-3 SaberCats. Having proved his playing abilities to everyone who said he was a bust, O’Neal is confident when talking about his future after football. “After this: big things. I just need to stay focused,” he said. read more

Ohio State athletics selfreports 24 minor NCAA violations

Coach Pete Hanson sent letters to two prospective student-athletes in March 2013 that promised them athletically related financial aid. At the time each athlete received said letter, they had not yet reached their senior years in high school. The Compliance Office determined there to be seven impermissible phone calls to prospective student-athletes and/or their parents after an April 2013 review of phone records between Aug. 1, 2012, and March 1, 2013. The report states they were the result of inadvertent “pocket dials.” A coach inadvertently sent recruiting materials to a 2016 prospective student-athlete. Men’s GymnasticsReported Nov. 5 Two incoming prospective student-athletes — one in men’s soccer and the other in women’s volleyball — participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not being enrolled at OSU. Program engaged in seven hours of out-of-season conditioning activities involving gymnastics equipment. Members of the synchronized swimming team posted photos of prospective student-athletes they were hosting to both Facebook and Instagram on Oct. 21, 2012. The photos that were posted were then commented on by the student-athletes and coach Holly Vargo-Brown. Coach Geoff Carlston made an impermissible telephone call to a prospective student-athlete who was a sophomore in high school on Oct. 8, 2012. On April 24, an assistant coach replied to an email from a prospective student-athlete who was a sophomore in high school. Reported Nov. 4 Women’s LacrosseReported July 23 Two private camps in spring 2013 impermissibly used the names of an OSU coach and two student-athletes to advertise the camps. A women’s hockey volunteer coach was involved with a local sports club that had multiple prospective student-athletes residing outside a permitted 50-mile radius of the university. On May 7, the coach provided a private lesson to a current member of the women’s team, and while also serving as a volunteer coach for the men’s ice hockey team from 2009-11, the coach provided three student-athletes a combined total of four private lessons during summer vacation. Women’s SoccerReported July 25 Synchronized SwimmingReported July 9 Click to expand.The Ohio State athletic department self-reported 24 minor violations in the second half of 2013, including nine for “impermissible” phone calls, text messages and emails to prospective student-athletes, as well as three violations for various involvement in conditioning and summer camp activities.The figures are a result of an open records request submitted Thursday by The Lantern and released Friday by the OSU public records office.None of the violations are considered major, but the report included 19 violations that included “prospective student-athletes.”The last 2013 violation was reported Nov. 6.In each case, the school proposed its own corrective action to either the Big Ten or NCAA, who accepted the proposals but at times, offered further recommendations to each sport. Common resolutions include issuing a letter of education to the respective coaching staff and restraining them from contacting the prospective student-athletes for a period of time, usually two weeks. The football program, however, was only restricted to one week of no contact for impermissible phone calls.OSU athletic director and Vice President Gene Smith said the school typically has “about 40” self-reported secondary violations annually during an interview with The Lantern May 15, 2012.“On an annual basis, we have about 40 (violations),” Smith said. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem. I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees (and) 1,000 athletes – something’s not right.”FootballReported June 27 WrestlingReported July 11 Carlston replied to a text message from a prospective student-athlete in February 2013 who was a junior in high school. Carlston mistakenly thought it was an email, not a text. Reported July 19 On Jan. 10, 2013, the Compliance Office approved and provided what was determined to be an official visit for a prospective student-athlete who had not yet been registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Reported July 29 On Oct. 17, 2012, coach Alexis Venechanos made an impermissible phone call to a prospective student-athlete in the 2015 class. An assistant coach made an impermissible phone call to a 2015 prospective student-athlete March 26. A total of three incoming student-athletes were employed as volunteers at the LiFE Sports Camp June 26. All three were enrolled in summer school, but were still considered prospective student-athletes in terms of employment. On both March 25 and May 7, coach Tom Ryan made two impermissible phone calls to 2014 prospective student-athletes. The field hockey program received approval from the OSU Compliance Office that allowed it to put an image of a current member of the team on an institutional brochure. Women’s VolleyballReported July 15 BaseballReported July 29 A member of the coaching staff was reported to have used a smokeless tobacco product during a game, violating NCAA bylaws. An assistant coach made an impermissible phone call to a 2015 prospective student-athlete April 25. An assistant coach and an assistant director of compliance distributed camp postcards at a soccer tournament May 4. Reported Nov. 6 Field HockeyReported July 24 Men’s SoccerReported July 29 The baseball director of operations participated in an off-campus baseball league against prospective student-athletes. Women’s GolfReported Sept. 12 On June 25, coach Therese Hession accepted a Facebook friend request from a 2016 prospective student-athlete. Two incoming prospective student-athletes — one in women’s volleyball and the other in men’s soccer — participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not enrolled at OSU. Men’s and Women’s Ice HockeyReported Aug. 1 Men’s VolleyballReported July 15 Men’s and Women’s Swimming and DivingReported July 15During a dead period, then-men’s and women’s diving coach Vince Panzano flew to The Woodlands, Texas, April 15 and observed several unknown prospective student-athletes practice. read more

Rick Lewis and Ohio State lacrosse set sights on matchup with Rutgers

Rick Lewis and the Buckeyes are set to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, his fathers former team on Saturday.Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern photographerRick Lewis took the lacrosse field in Piscataway, N.J., 29 years ago to lead the defense for Rutgers in the 1986 NCAA tournament. Now his son, Rick Lewis Jr., prepares to step onto that same field, as the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team looks to bring home a win this weekend in the Buckeyes’ final regular-season matchup of the inaugural Big Ten lacrosse season.“I’ve always looked up to my dad,” Lewis Jr. said. “So it’ll be really special to have my last regular season game … where he played his first.”Now a senior midfielder and captain for OSU, Lewis Jr. grew up with a lacrosse stick in his hand, receiving his first one from his dad’s friends at the hospital just hours after he was born. From there, his dad became his coach and the rest is history, Lewis Jr. said.The midfielder grew up playing in Cumming, Ga., earning All-American honors at St. Pius X Catholic High School, and also spent time playing in leagues in New Jersey, making him no stranger to Rutgers territory.“I know a lot of those guys,” Lewis Jr. said. “With the team in New Jersey, I was actually coached by my dad’s college roommate. I even lived at his house for the summer.”And while his old summer coach might be supporting Rutgers this weekend, Lewis Jr. said his dad will be on OSU’s side.“He’s rooting for the Buckeyes, definitely wearing scarlet and gray,” Lewis Jr. said.For the Lewis family, Saturday’s matchup might be “a fun rivalry game,” but for OSU, the stakes are high to bring home a final conference win for the regular season. And while Rutgers has already lost its chance at an NCAA tournament berth, OSU coach Nick Myers said he expects the Scarlet Knights to be ready to win.“These are two tough teams that are both hungry for a final Big Ten win,” Myers said. “It’ll be a battle.”OSU is coming off its only home loss this season, a 10-9 overtime heartbreaker against Maryland on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Terrapins locked up at least a share of the Big Ten title, and a win would have done the same for the Buckeyes. But instead of dwelling on the disappointment, the team used the loss as motivation through practices this week, Myers said.“It was the closure we needed,” he said. “We looked at what we did well, and the situations throughout the game where we need to improve. We’re focused on how to be successful against a formidable team this weekend.”Senior midfielder Christopher May said OSU focused on its efforts at the face-off X in particular, hoping to secure regular possession to kick-start the offense against Rutgers.“Maryland had a super talented faceoff unit. They communicated well and were good at causing loose balls, so we took that as a learning experience,” May said. “Rutgers likes to create offense off the faceoff. We’re going to try to limit the transition and put ourselves in a better position to win this game.”The loss against Maryland dropped OSU to No. 2 in the Big Ten. Even if the Terrapins lose against Johns Hopkins this weekend, the Buckeyes would share the No. 1 spot heading into the conference tournament, but would fall short because of the tiebreaker, as long as they win against Rutgers on Saturday.“We come out every game (at) full speed. They’re a very dangerous team so we’re preparing and ready to go,” Lewis Jr. said. “We’re focused on playing a full 60 minutes. If we do that, we can play with anybody in the country.”The game against Rutgers marks the end of the inaugural Big Ten regular season, one that, regardless of record, has been an honor for the team, Myers said.“It’s been everything we could’ve hoped it would be,” he said.Saturday’s game is set for noon in Piscataway, N.J. read more

Milner reveals key items ahead of Liverpools game against Roma

first_imgLiverpool’s James Milner has taken to social media to show fans what he has packed ahead of their return leg against AS Roma in the Champions League semi-finalsThe midfielder joined Twitter in March and has been quickly gathering followers on the social media account.Milner recently uploaded a picture of his suitcase ahead of the second leg clash with Roma on Wednesday to give fans a look inside.“Packing almost complete for Rome, just need to dig out my Italian phrase book and hot water bottle. What a find the LFC branded plug adapter was!” the 32-year-old wrote on Twitter.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Packing almost complete for Rome, just need to dig out my Italian phrase book and hot water bottle. What a find the LFC branded plug adapter was! #incrediblescenes #essentials #willuseHendostoothpaste pic.twitter.com/UIIS5ejOs5— James Milner (@JamesMilner) 29 April 2018Since leaving Manchester City for Liverpool, Milner has impressed with his continued consistent performances at Anfield and recently had to deny rumours that he was on the verge of coming out of retirement for the England squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup.last_img read more

Higuain to return to Italy

first_imgJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is expected to arrive in Italy today to decide his future, according to Calciomercato.Reports in the Italian press suggest that the Argentina international will arrive in Turin today to discuss his future with the club hierarchy.Both Chelsea and AC Milan are interested in the services of the former Madrid Man and the San Siro based outfit want him in part exchange for Leonardo Bonucci.It is understood that Higuain will arrive at Juventus with his brother who is also his agent as they seek to make a firm decision over where the player would be playing his football next season.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Higuain wants a contract of 8million euros per year and is yet to agree personal terms with Milan but in the presence of Nicolas, his agent should speed things up.Chelsea are believed to be waiting in the background should the deal to join Milan fall through as Maurizio Sarri is keen on a reunion with the former Napoli hitman.Reports suggest Higuain would favor a move to England to join Chelsea and a decision over his future is expected in the next three days.last_img read more