VETERAN WALKS FOR CHARITY

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– A Detroit football icon passed through Alpena today. He’s walking across the state to raise money for several Michigan charities.If you’re a Detroit Lions fan, you’ve likely seen Michael Rollins in the bleachers. You might know him by his alter ego: the Reverend of Roar. This musician, sound engineer, and former marine uses his theatre skills pump up crowds on game day. This week, Michael has taken those skills on the road, walking down U.S. 23 on a journey to ford field.While at a benefit event in de tour, he learned that his car had broken down and would take three weeks to repair. That’s when an idea started to form in his head. “The theatre brought me in, the marine core made me a man, and we were putting [the earlier charity event] together for the [Eastern Upper Peninsula Hospice]. So I want to pull the E.U.P. Hospital {sic}, the Planet Ant Theatre down in Tramhamck, and the NFL Wounded Warrior project. And we’ve got three great charities and one great walk.”You can find him streaming his journey on Facebook and Instagram, both of which have links to his GoFundMe me for the walk. Even though it’s an arduous journey, Michael says he’s reinvigorated when he sees people donating and cheering him on. He has currently raised over $5,000.00.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Tawas Point Lighthouse to Remain ClosedNext Local Teen Hosts Board Game Onlinelast_img read more

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Richard Kingson: I’ll be in post for Ghana in Brazil 2014

first_imgAfter  Black Stars coach James kwasi Appiah had announced his men for the world cup qualifier against Egypt, there had been numerous criticism in the Ghanaian media centering  on the inclusion of Goalkeeper Richard Kingson.The former Blackpool and Galatasaray goalkeeper  returns to the Blackstars for the first time in two years after he was said to be clubless by the  national team’s trainers.Kingson broke his silence  on Monday  on the  Asempa fm’s ultimate sports show in an interview with host Kofi Asare Brako. He sounded very optimistic of proving his critics wrong if given the opportunity to be in post in the Egypt clash.“If I am fortunate to start against Egypt, I know I will perform above my many years experience and do more than before, that is what I know to do best and in Jesus name ,the whole world will see my capabilities. Even if I don’t start, God knows best and it is Ghana we are all dying for and wanting to qualify to Brazil.” he said.Speaking about Ghana’s chances for Brazil, ”Olele” as he is popularly called in Ghana , disclosed his optimism for the Blackstars and believes we have a foot there waiting to sideline Egypt and sees himself in post for Ghana at the worldcup.“On October 15, people will see that Ghana has a God. And the Lord I serve will glorify his name. I know I am already in Brazil”.He added.last_img read more

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Tertiary Football League set for grand launch

first_imgThe Tertiary Football League (TFL) is set for a grand launch on Kwesé TV on Saturday, September 23.The event will be broadcast LIVE from the Kwesé Free Sports Studio between 5-6pm with the seeding and draw for the league expected to be conducted.Several top industry actors, including football administrators, coaches, journalists, sponsors and selected fans will be in attendance.The draw will kick start the main campaign, which begins on Saturday, September 30 with the opening ceremony set to take place at the University of Ghana campus.Twelve (12) tertiary institutions housed into two zones – Southern and Northern are expected to participate in the 10-week football bonanza.Excitement is already building in the air for the country’s first major premier tertiary football league among high-flying institutions in the West African nation. The grand launch will set the tone for the start of the league expected to be key to the development of youth football in Ghana.The historic Premier tertiary football league is expected to be saturated with all the ingredients that make the most loved sport in Ghana thick.The University of Ghana will host the Southern zone with Accra Technical University, Marshalls University College, Ghana Institute of Management of Public Administration (GIMPA), Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) and All Nations University College battling it out for the two qualifying slots available.The Paa Joe stadium in Kumasi will host the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Christian Service University, University of Education (Kumasi), Ghana Technology University (Kumasi), Garden City University College, Kumasi Technical University and Baptist University College.The teams will be engaged in a round-robin format to determine the two qualifying teams from each zone to feature in the top-four. The Tertiary Football League is powered by celebrated sports firm Rite Sports with support from the Ghana Football Association.last_img read more

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Bucks vs. Pistons: Predictions, picks for 2019 NBA playoffs first-round series

first_imgOn the sidelines, this matchup features last year’s Coach of the Year, Dwane Casey, against this year’s likely recipient of the award, Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer. Safe bet that Budenholzer will enjoy a better fate than Casey, who was fired after last season despite his award-winning performance in Toronto. This year, he did an admirable job leading a team that had been 17-23 to a .500 record and a playoff spot.NBA PLAYOFFS 2019: Full schedule | East predictionsBucks vs. Pistons: Schedule, breakdown, predictionDateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 14Game 1 at Milwaukee7 p.m. ET (TNT/fuboTV)April 17Game 2 at Milwaukee8 p.m. ET (NBA TV)April 20Game 3 at Detroit8 p.m. ET (ESPN)April 22Game 4 at Detroit8 p.m. ET (TNT/fuboTV)*April 24Game 5 at MilwaukeeTBD*April 26Game 6 at DetroitTBD*April 28Game 7 at MilwaukeeTBD(*if necessary)The key playerMilwaukee swept four games from Detroit in the regular season, and while Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton are the All-Stars for the Bucks, point guard Eric Beldsoe led the charge against Detroit, averaging 20.5 points and 6.5 assists while shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from the 3-point line in the four games.Bledose will also be the primary defender against Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson, who improved as the season went on and was a big part of Detroit’s second-half turnaround.  The big number42.2. No team was stingier when it came to yielding points in the paint this season then the Bucks, who thrived by sticking center Brook Lopez near the rim and allowing his presence to deter drives. The Bucks enter the playoffs as the only 60-win team in the NBA, a mark they hit for the first time since 1981. They started the year 7-0 and finished with the highest-rated defense in the league (104.9) and the third-rated offense (113.5), for a league-best net rating of 8.6.Of the Bucks’ starters, only Eric Bledsoe and Tony Snell have every been out of the postseason’s first round (each made one appearance in a conference semifinal), and on the bench, George Hill is the only player with extensive playoff experience, at least until Pau Gasol gets healthy. As a franchise, the Bucks have not won a series since 2001, so there’s some pressure on this bunch to back up what they did in the regular season. Milwaukee will allow opponents to shoot 3s — it led the league with 36.3 attempts against per game — and teams shoot 36.1 percent against the Bucks. But they’re not going to allow you to get to the rim on them. The Bucks allowed only 23.9 percent of opponents’ shots to be at the rim, lowest in the NBA.Bucks vs. Pistons predictionThe Pistons rallied nicely late in the year, but the Bucks are a terrible matchup for them. They could make a series of it if they’re hot from the 3-point line, but they can’t win four out of seven.Bucks over Pistons, 4-1last_img read more

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Glenda Walton, 72, Wellington: Aug. 26, 1941 – Jan. 2, 2014

first_imgGlenda WaltonGlenda Fern (Scott) Walton, of Wellington, died Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 72.Glenda was born the daughter of Glenn and Ruby (Lawson) Scott on Tuesday, August 26, 1941 in Briartown, Oklahoma.On January 22, 1960, Glenda and Ronald Walton were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated nearly 54 years of marriage.She retired following 15 year as a Supervisor and Toll Collector for the Kansas Turnpike Authority. Outside of work, Glenda had many interests but she was known best as an avid Bingo player and a loyal KU basketball fan. She loved the time spent with her friends during bingo and has loved basketball since she played it in her younger days. Above all, Glenda will be remembered by her family as a loving and kind wife, mother and grandmother.Survivors include her husband, Ron Walton of Wellington; daughters, Ronda Walton of Coweta, Oklahoma, Wanda Keith and her husband Craig and Tina Walton all of Wellington, a son, John Walton of Wellington; grandsons, Aaron Norton, Jake Walton and Jack Walton all of Wellington, granddaughters, Vanessa Keith of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Katelyn Keith of Mission, her mother, Ruby Scott, brother, Nick Scott and his wife Jane, sister, Debbie Allen and her husband Larry all of Checotah, Oklahoma and sister, Marilyn Pendleton of Tonkawa, Oklahoma.She was preceded in death by her father, brother, Roger Scott and brother-in-law, Don Pendleton.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 5, 2013 with family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Funeral services for Glenda will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 6, 2014 in the chapel of Day Funeral Home, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington.A private interment will follow at the Sumner Memorial Gardens, Wellington.Memorials have been established in her loving memory with DaVita Dialysis Center. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

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Tony Becca: Rally ‘round the West Indies

first_img These young champions, however, deserve high praise for what they have done. They are the first West Indians to win this title, but they have just started. The development must go on and on. It cannot stop here. It must not appear to stop here. The West Indies need more cricketers, much more good cricketers. The West Indies won for the first time, but this is a development tournament. It should be noted also that Namibia defeated South Africa, that Nepal defeated New Zealand, that Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe, that Zimbabwe defeated South Africa, and that Afghanistan defeated New Zealand. It should be noted also that Namibia, Nepal, and Afghanistan finished at numbers seven, eight and nine, and above Zimbabwe, South Africa, and New Zealand at numbers 10, 11, and 12. With Australia absent, it was also good to see not only Burnham of England scoring three centuries, but also that the improvement of smaller nations and the fact that the most successful players were from the less fancied teams. They included the most successful fast bowler, left-hander Fritz Coetzee of Namibia, the most successful bowler in a match, Cakacava Tikolsuva of Namibia, who took six wickets against the West Indies, the third most successful bowler, Lamichlanke of Nepal, and that Karim Tanat of Afghanistan scored the second highest total of 156, admittedly against Fiji. HIGH PRAISE The young West Indians ended up winning the low-scoring final, 146 for five to 145, in the last over, to end cock of the walk and the champions, the undisputed champions of all they surveyed. And they ended in style. After falling to 70 for five against India, the young West Indians settled themselves, lost not another wicket, and batted on confidently and without much trouble, or so it appeared. Man for man, they were not the best, however. The batsmen did not compare with Jack Burnhan and David Lawrence of England; Sarfaraz Khan and Rishalb Pant of India; Hashan Moshin and Unair Masood of Pakistan; neither did all-rounder Mehidiz Hasan Miraz of Bangladesh; neither did the pacers, left-armer Fritz Coetze of Namibia; Avesh Khan of India; Saqib Muhammad the Prophet of England; Muhammad the Prophet Jalfuddin of Bangladesh; and neither spin bowlers like left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar of India; and right-arm spinner Sandeep Lamichlanke of Nepal. In a team in which all the boys were apparently brim full of confidence and played like one, always with a smile and with a purpose, the standouts were captain and batsman Shimron Hetmyer, batsman Shamar Springer, batsman Gidron Pope, batsman Keemo Paul, batsman Keacy Carty, paceman Chemar Holder, and fast bowler Alzaar Joseph with Joseph as the one most likely to push ahead. The West Indies won the title, and every one of the players, every one of the party, deserved every credit for their wonderful achievement and their surprising gift. The ones which, to me, made the big difference, however, were the captain Hetmyer and his leadership; Paul, with his presence of mind for his controversial but correct run-out of Zimbabwe’s last batsman, Richard Nagarava; Pope’s innings, all but one of them, which set the team on the way; Springer’s innings against Bangladesh, wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach’s unusual stumping of Pant (from the unusual distance of some 20 yards back) in the first over of the final match; and the consistently good fast bowling by Joseph. The victory should serve as an inspiration to young cricketers in the region. It shows beyond a doubt that there are still good cricketers around these shores, and that providing that they are groomed properly, there are enough good cricketers to make the future promising and fulfilling. These young West Indians could, with a little luck, make the people remember the happiness of days gone by, days like in the 1960s when the West Indies had six players on the Rest of the World team Conrad Hunte, Rohan Kanhai, Garry Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Wes Hall, and Charlie Griffith. Hopefully, however, as some do not remember, the players will also remember that they are only young cricketers; that they are still learning the game; that as good as they are or promise to be, they are not yet members of the West Indies team, or great members; that they are still only 17, 18, or 19 years old; that there are players only a few months older than they are who were not eligible for the team; that some of them – most of them – will never make it; and that others around their age will make the West Indies team instead. LOW-SCORING FINAL It is written, somewhere in the Good Book, in huge, bold, bright letters, that “a little child shall lead them”, and that is gospel. It has been proven right. One week ago, in faraway Bangladesh, West Indies cricket came alive again, and it came alive, not through performances of the West Indies team, but through the surprising, dazzling deeds of the young West Indies team in the Under-19 World Cup tournament. The young West Indians denied overwhelming favourites India a fourth hold on the title, used the opportunity to surprise everyone and win their first title, covered themselves in glory, and all with refreshingly attractive cricket built around wonderful awareness of the game, good captaincy, sensible batting, consistent bowling, generally brilliant fielding, and magnificent self-confidence. It was more remarkable the way they came back to snatch and dominate the action. Starting the tournament as rank outsiders, the West Indians suffered early embarrassment when they lost three practise matches to Bangladesh before losing their first match of the tournament to England by a comfortable margin of 61 runs. From there on, however, they reeled off victory after victory until victory, sweet, expected, and emotional victory, became theirs as if by divine right. First, Fiji were beaten by 262 runs, but that was hardly unexpected. Then came victory by two runs over Zimbabwe, and then, after squeezing past Zimbabwe into the second round by the skin of their teeth, the West Indies, getting better and better, and stronger and stronger with every match, knocked off Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India one by one, one after the other, to shock the world and lift the crown. In the end, the young West Indies, considered by many, except those closely connected to the team, to be more a prime consideration for the Wooden Spoon, fluttered around Pakistan and Bangladesh, displaying their new-found skill in batting, bowling, and fielding while fully enjoying themselves, and except on occasion, at 70 for five in the final, while preening themselves and playing as if they were untouchable and unbeatable.last_img read more

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President Congratulates Muslims at Climax of Ramadan

first_imgPresident George M. Weah’s expected reshuffling “is going to ensure that we have better alignment and coordination on matters that are critical to the economy, uproot corruption and enhance better service delivery.”Offers Muslim Gov’t Employees Day OffPresident George Manneh Weah has wished all Muslims a happy and blessed Eid Mubarak as they climax a month-long fasting and sacred encounter with Allah. According to him, all Muslim government employees are free to take the day off to celebrate, without it being counted against them.The Liberian leader said he cannot emphasize enough the longstanding contributions the Islamic Community has made to the society, and as such reaffirms his Government’s unwavering support and commitment to the promotion of religious tolerance.A statement from the Executive Mansion said: “In respect of the sacred nature of the day to the Islamic Faith, the President hereby informs all Muslims within the employ of the Government of Liberia that they are at liberty to take this day off from work at no repercussion to them, as they join their Islamic brothers and sisters to celebrate the joyous and festive Eid Mubarak.”It added: “It is the hope and prayer of the President that the month-long Ramadan period will yield bountiful blessings for the Nation as we work collectively towards a prosperous and better Liberia.”In a related development, President Weah has called for unity amongst Muslims so that together they can contribute to making Liberia a better place. He said he recognizes the strides Muslims were able to make during the past thirty days, interceding on behalf of the nation, and emphasized that he does not take lightly when it comes to God’s business.President Weah spoke Thursday, June 14, 2018 when Muslim leaders offered prayers for him and the nation at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.“We thank Allah for bringing you through these tense thirty days; let’s come together because we are one country, one people and one destiny,” President Weah told the Muslim leaders. He also reminded them that as a former Muslim convert, he will strive to keep the Islamic disciplines.The President also defended his decision to break fast with Muslims sometime ago at his Jamaica Resort, indicating that President Donald Trump did similar thing at the White House for Muslims in the United States.Earlier, Muslim leaders offered prayers for President Weah and the entire nation. They beseeched Allah to guide and bless the President as he steers the state of affairs of the nation.Also in their supplications, they asked Allah to protect the President from the menace of terrorism and fanaticism, that Allah will give him long life, wisdom and make him a reconciler, unifier as well as a forgiven leader.Grand Mufti Samaworo (Gurley Street Mosque)In brief remarks, Muslim leaders thanked President Weah for giving young Muslims opportunity to serve in his government. “When people doubted our ability to make meaningful contributions to this government, you insisted that we can make it,” said Musa Konneh, a Muslim and acting Managing Director of the Liberia Agricultural Regulatory Authority.He said as Muslims they will support the President with their blood and sweat to ensure the success of the government.Grand Mufti, Sheik Abubakar Mory D. Sumaworo informed the President of the time they spent praying for him to be successful. He said they had come to appreciate the President for the strides he has been making for the Muslims Community, such as the donation he made at the beginning of the Ramadan.“The burden of this country lies on you – but let Allah give you the strength to carry us through. We will be the soldiers to fight for the success of the country,” he said.The Muslim Cleric informed the President that he has been the choice of the nation, the one long yearned and waited for to lead, and stressed that they will do anything to fight against extremism and insecurity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Abused Venezuelan migrants to get Govt support

first_imgKarly Bennett of the UNFPAWith an estimated 30,000 Venezuelan migrants now in Guyana, their vulnerability to various types of abuse and exploitation is high.It is with this in mind that the Guyana Government has partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to develop a programme for Venezuelan survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV).Government has already been providing a number of supportive measures for Venezuelan migrants including seeking to develop homesteads and integrating migrant children into the local school system.The Ministry of Social Protection’s Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Policy Unit met with the UNFPA on Thursday to interact with stakeholders to identify key service providers, the types of services offered to survivors and to generate a map of services with key contact information.GBV Specialist attached to the UNFPA, Karly Bennett revealed that there are currently 177,000 Venezuelan migrants in the Caribbean, with some 30,000 already settled in Guyana.Because of their vulnerability to violence, UNFPA, the Government and other UN agencies conducted an assessment in Regions One, Four, and Seven.“What came out of the report is that some of the major concerns are around trafficking, sexual violence, survival sex, sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment and IPV or domestic violence. We see this a lot in emergencies, this kind of convergence of sexual violence, trafficking and survival sex, that means there is a combination of people trafficked for sexual servitude,” Bennett explained.In light of the findings, she recommended that the first step to address this issue is service mapping.During this step, the aim is to bring together key players in each region and map the services available for GBV survival.The next step highlighted is to make a referral pathway including brochures or leaflets with all the requisite information to distribute to victims. Bennett finally recommended the training of frontline providers including immigration, police officers and social workers to strengthen their referral systems.Manager of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Policy Unit, Akilah Dorris explained that her Unit does not have access to readily available information of GBV in Guyana and relies on reports shared by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and very few partners.The Unit is governed by the 1996 Domestic Violence Act and the 2010 Sexual Offenses Act which were both amended. Both Acts provide basic provisions for persons who were identified as victims of sexual violence, GBV or domestic violence; as well as the mechanisms to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.According to the Manager, the most recent drafted national plan of action which focusses on the protection of victims, prevention of GBV, sexual and domestic violence, prosecutions, rehabilitation of victims among others will soon be approved for implementation.In the interim, the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Policy Unit has developed protocols for police officers, medical practitioners and prosecutors to address sexual violence related matters. With support from the UNFPA, a consultancy that will see the development and implementation of an Essential Services Package for survivors of Gender Based Violence is being undertaken.Representatives from Women Across Differences, International Office of Migration, Counter Trafficking Unit, Blossom Inc, Childlink, Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association, Ministries of Communities and Public Health, Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Sex Worker Association were present at the workshop.last_img read more

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Day one of 51st Oilman’s Golf Tournament comes to a close

first_imgIn action from division nine sponsored by NOV Wilson, coming out on top in their games were: Randy Morrow, Victor Peebles, Dave Buziak, Chris Wilson, Matt Giesbrecht, Larry Pimm, Larry Duncan, and Robin DeRose. Division 10 sponsored by Cabre Oilfield winners were: Warren Donis, Chris Jorven, Howie Maxwell, Sean Thomas, Vance Lucas, Bernard Salinas, and Kyle Gardner.   Over in division 11 sponsored by Tempest Energy Services, moving onto the A side will be: Grant Trask, Rob Petrone, Tip Johnson, Mitch Bacon, Aaron Kielo and Stephen Bennett. Division 12 was sponsored by Magnum Oilfield Rentals. Winners of today’s matches include: Dennis Vig, Rob Varga, Troy Ramstead, Lyle Levers, Kerry Lawson, and Shane Richter. Advertisement TCL and Backcountry Truckin’ sponsored division 15. Winners in that grouping from today were: Larry Solodon, Tracy Travis, Lyle Campbell, Al Hill, Brent Hansen, Keith Salmon, Jay Greenwood and Brian Zieger. Division 18 play was sponsored by Peace Country Rentals. Winners from today’s contests were: Lane Gellings, Steve Horychun, Garry Gray, Derek Tsuruda, Jack Wilson, Dan Broten and Pete Anders. Match play continues during the rest of tomorrow’s action starting in the morning and going on into the early evening. The winners of tomorrow’s match play events move onto the finals in their respective divisions on Saturday while the losers take part in best ball events Saturday as well. It was a fantastic time for golf as a light breeze accompanied a few clouds throughout the day. The day’s action consisted of match play games, and that will continue throughout tomorrow, with the players losing in tomorrow’s matches moving into best ball play on Saturday. Winners from the championship division sponsored by the Fort St. John Petroleum association include: Justin McKinnon, Kevin McNee, Jeremy Clother, Gene Danyluk, Greg Pallister, Dillon Maier, Blayne Streeper and Terry Duffy. – Advertisement -Over in division three sponsored by FloRite Environmental Systems, moving onto the A side will be: Nick Gaudreau, Todd Alexander, Anthony Corno, Scott Mayhew, Ron Smeeth, Jeff Toews, Lorne Hoskyn and Ian Tittley. Winners in division five sponsored by Zedi Field Services are: Roger Unruh, Rui Miranda, Phil Bernert, Don Wallin, Rob Garant, Lex Neufeld, Lee Hartman and Dan Gauvin. Focus sponsored division eight. Winners in that group include: Carson Hoffmeyer, Chad Gullickson, Wyatt Soule, Blair Myers, Stan Nyberg, Scott Albrecht, Gregg Pearson and Scott Pengelly. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Atletico thrash Marseille to win Europa

first_img0Shares0000Fernando Torres was given the honour of lifting the Europa League trophy on his final appearance for his boyhood club. Photo/COURTESYLYON, France, May 16 – Antoine Griezmann was the hero for Atletico Madrid as the French striker scored twice in their 3-0 win over Marseille in Wednesday’s Europa League final, allowing his club to win the trophy for the third time in nine seasons.It is Griezmann’s first major title as an Atletico player, and a fitting way to bow out if he leaves at the season’s end, with Barcelona tipped as his next destination. Griezmann — brought up in Macon, just 70 kilometres from Lyon — scored once in each half, his lethal finishes coming either side of Marseille losing Dimitri Payet to injury, the French side’s captain coming off in tears.He now has 29 goals for the season, although it was Gabi’s late strike that put the seal on the victory.Marseille had been desperate to win the second European trophy in their history, on French soil, 25 years after beating AC Milan in the inaugural Champions League final in Munich.The Atletico Madrid players are showered in confetti as they pose with their Europa League trophy after a 3-0 win on the night. Photo/COURTESYBut it was a flat night for their huge support, who threatened to ruin the occasion by constantly lighting flares and setting off firecrackers at one end of the stadium, with some even being thrown onto the pitch towards the end.The game carried on regardless, with Rudi Garcia’s side well beaten by Diego Simeone’s Atletico.Their triumph comes after their agonising defeats to city rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016. They had previously won the Europa League in 2010 and again in 2012, the latter coming just six months after Simeone’s appointment.Simeone served a touchline ban here, meaning assistant German ‘Mono’ Burgos nominally took charge, but that did not perturb them on the field.Having fallen into this competition by virtue of a shock group-stage exit from the Champions League, Atletico were the favourites against a Marseille side whose continental campaign had begun in the the third qualifying round last July.– Marseille’s regrets –Dimitri Payet was forced off injured just 32 minutes into the Europa League finalJust being in his final, their 19th European game of the season, was an achievement for Garcia’s team. But they will look back on the evening with regrets.After all, they had started well and had a great chance to open the scoring inside four minutes, Valere Germain shooting over from an excellent position after being slipped in by Payet.It was the kind of chance that does not come up often against an Atletico side who had kept 33 clean sheets in all competitions this season before this game.Antoine Griezmann scored both goals as Atletico Madrid sunk Marseille in the Europa League finalHaving been on top, Marseille were then punished for sloppy defending as they fell behind in the 21st minute.Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda opted to play a pass to Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, deep in midfield, rather than clear long. The Cameroonian’s attempt at a touch was awful, and Gabi pounced on the loose ball, sending Griezmann through to finish.That subdued the massed ranks of Marseille fans, and things got worse for them when Payet, their captain and most influential player who had been struggling with a hamstring problem ahead of the game, came off crying just after the half-hour mark.The striker celebrated by performing a dance inspired by the game Fortnite. Photo/COURTESYOM needed to take the game to Atletico in the second half, but instead they conceded again just four minutes after the restart.It was a glorious goal, Griezmann finding Koke and then latching onto the return ball as he stormed into the box before lifting a deft finish over Mandanda and in.Substitute Kostas Mitroglou nearly set up a grandstand finale, his header coming off Jan Oblak’s post, before Gabi’s low drive in the 89th minute made it 3-0.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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