Messi demands Abidal name names after dressing room criticism

first_img Earlier Tuesday Abidal had spoken glowingly of Messi and had sounded optimistic of an extended deal “I’m sure we’ll come to a deal with Leo because he knows we need him. He’s on top form, enjoying his game and breaking records,” said Abidal. Read Also:Odion Ighalo unveiled finally as Manchester United player “We as a club want to make him even happier and to do that by surrounding him with the right teammates. We want a strong team with a good everyday feeling and above all we want to win titles.” Messi signed his last extension in 2017, with his current deal running through to 2021 but reportedly containing a clause that could allow him to quit Barcelona in June. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Lionel Messi has hit back at Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal after the Frenchman blamed slackness in the dressing room for the departure of recently-fired coach Ernesto Valverde. In an interview with Spanish daily Sport Abidal said that under Valverde, who was sacked in mid-January, many players had been unhappy, hadn’t worked hard enough nor communicated properly. Lionel Messi has criticised Barcelona sports director Eric Abidal Now Argentine ace Messi has fired a salvo at across his own ranks just as the club are trying to get him to sign a contract extension. “Sincerely I don’t like doing this kind of thing but everyone has to be made responsible for their actions and what they say,” Messi said on Instagram. “We the players in the dressing room are the first to admit it when we haven’t played well. The directors need to take their responsibilities too. “I believe that if you talk about the players (in this way) you should name names instead of worrying everyone and encouraging rumours that are far from certain.”Advertisement Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingInsane Japanese Tech That Make You Wish You Lived In JapanWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian ActressesInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Gorgeous Bollywood Divas Who Earn A LotYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

UW struggles in road win

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa — Winning on the road in the Big Ten is never easy, and the No. 11 Wisconsin volleyball team showed exactly how hard it is to win away from home in their four game struggle against Iowa, winning 30-19, 26-30, 30-24, 30-21. “Iowa is one of those dangerous teams that is at the bottom of the conference but they fight like it is going to be the end of the world,” head coach Pete Waite said. “They have their backs against the wall, and that’s a dangerous team.”While the Badgers beat the Hawkeyes in almost every statistical category, it was evident that they are still not as comfortable playing on the road as they are at home.”It is one of the things we’ve been working on and struggling with this year is playing as well on the road as we do at home,” senior middle blocker and assistant captain Amy Bladow said. “We really talked about that after Minnesota, and it’s one of the things we wanted to work on tonight.”Wisconsin was able to come out in game one and jump right on Iowa, as they never trailed after taking a 3-2 lead. The Badgers were able to hold the Hawkeyes to a .068 hitting percentage in game one while they hit .286 and were led by freshman Brittney Dolgner with a game-high six kills. Game two started similarly with Wisconsin grabbing an early lead but things quickly turned south. With the Badgers trailing 15-10, Waite decided to put his senior captain Katie Lorenzen in — playing for the first time in Big Ten play — looking for a spark to get the team back in the game.”Lorenzen came in and did a nice job of changing the tempo of the game,” Waite said. “Jackie (Simpson) wasn’t doing anything too badly, it was just we needed a change out there and she did come in and kick started the team.” With Lorenzen running the offense, the Badgers were able to pull within two at 27-25 after a kill by Audra Jeffers, but Iowa went on a 3-1 run to end the game. Senior floor captain, Maria Carlini — who was scheduled to have the night off — was put in the starting lineup to start game three in an effort to boost the Badger’s offense. Carlini went on to have nine kills through two games. With Badgers down 2-6 to start game four, Waite went back to junior Jackie Simpson to try and spark the offense. The move worked as Wisconsin continued to peck away at the Iowa lead until they took the lead for good at 18-17.”The transition went really smoothly,” Bladow said. “When [Lorenzen] went in she did a really good job. She dug some really good balls, and blocked some really good balls and she obviously set really well. Then when [Simpson] went back in, it was the same thing. “I think it says a lot about both those girls that either of them can play, and it doesn’t affect our team energy. They both bring energy, and they both bring fire. They transition smoothly and will help us out a lot.”Both setters were able to spread the ball around as four Badgers finished with double-digit digs. Dolgner led all players with 25 kills, matching her career-high. Taylor Reineke, Bladow and Jeffers were also in double figures with 11, 11 and 10 kills respectively. “That is always our game plan [to spread the offensive],” Waite said. “If we do that, it’s really tough to stop the offense. The game we struggled in is probably not very balanced. We got [Dolgner] doing in the back row and that helped us.”Iowa was led on the night by sophomore outside-hitter Catherine Smale and junior right-side hitter Stacy Vitali with 15 and 11 kills respectively.While Wisconsin out-blocked Iowa 13-11, the Badgers did not have as good of night up at the net as they would have liked. “Iowa did a really good job of hitting around us,” Bladow said. “They roll shotted to the corners and they tipped a lot of balls and that really just makes our block ineffective.”One bright spot, however, was the blocking of Dolgner, who had five block assists on the night.”[Dolgner] had a couple good blocks tonight,” Waite said. “She is working on it everyday. We are watching tapes with her and we are showing things. It is a difficult thing going up against big hitters going at her, so for her to put up a couple bigger numbers, it helps us.”On the defensive side of the ball, Wisconsin out-dug Iowa 88-74. Junior libero Jocelyn Wack led all players with 25 digs. Junior Megan Mills and Dolgner also had double-digit digs with 15 and 14 respectively. The Hawkeyes were led by sophomore libero Emily Hiza with 21 digs.last_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods closes out day with birdie to finish at even par

first_img U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods struggling to get going on Moving Day Tiger fighting until the end today.Big-time 🐦 on 16. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/eMoHUkrvKP— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2019His putter got him in trouble on the front nine as he missed a putt for par at the seventh and then another for birdie at the eighth which put him at 1 over for the front nine.Things just never quite looked right as Woods was visibly frustrated throughout points in his round. U.S. Open 2019: Runaway golf cart injures spectators in freak accident But he did make some really nice putts like the one on No. 5 which was part of his lone back-to-back birdies on the day.Back-to-back for Tiger! #USOpen pic.twitter.com/WiBH8Tqnhj— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2019He also finished his day up with a birdie at 18 to get to even par for the tournament. He had a putt for eagle but it was from long range and just slid past the hole on the right.Woods likely will not compete for the championship Sunday as he is well back of the leaders and four back of the leader in the clubhouse Danny Willett who sits at 4 under.center_img Tiger Woods battled from the first hole at Pebble Beach on Saturday.The 15-time major winner shot an even-par 71 in Round 3 at the U.S. Open but that number doesn’t even begin to tell the story. Woods was repeatedly in the fairway throughout the day but he never figured out his iron play and it got him in tons of trouble.He made five bogeys and five birdies to finish out his round and is now even par for the tournament going into the final round. Related Newslast_img read more