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Messi, Ronaldo Go after Pele’s Record


first_imgThe rivalry between former World Footballer of the Year recipient Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo took another dimension last week as the duo go head to head to erase age-long goal record set by legendary Pele.The duo in the last 11 years have five Ballon Dor each and had continued to break new ground in the present day football especially at club level when they have won several trophies both in domestic and Europe.Barcelona forward, Messi has  scored his 576th goal in 660 appearances for Barcelona with goal against Levante last Thursday has his latest installment in Copa del Rey win for his club. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Attachments areacenter_img  After beating Gerd Muller’s record of 565 goals for Bayern Munich in 1964-1969 back in November, the Argentine only has Pele ahead of him.Pele, who played for Santos between 1956 and 1974, scored incredible 619 goals in 638 games for the Brazilian side. Thus, Messi needs 44 more goals to get ahead of the legendary Brazilian forward.As Messi said back in November, he himself is not really focused on the individual achievements. “I am delighted, I have just found out now. I am happy for this new stat,” he told reporters after the game against PSV when he has also become the player with the most UCL goals for one club.Another player who also has a chance of beating Pele’s record is, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward has scored an impressive 589 goals in 789 games. However, it also should be noted, that Ronaldo is 869 days older than his counterpart.Interestingly, Pele has bashed Messi for being a ‘one skill’ player back in December:“How can you make a comparison between a guy who heads the ball well, shoots with the left, shoots with the right and another who only shoots with one leg, only has one skill and doesn’t head the ball well?” Pele told Brazilian daily newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo, as cited by the Mirror.Earlier in 2015, the Brazilian legend, never accepted the Barca no.10 as a better player than himself, even praised his life-long rival Diego Maradona as superior to Leo: “You will ask me,” Pele said, “was (Maradona) better than Messi? Yes, by a lot. Much better.”last_img read more


Badgers hope to get back on track


first_imgSenior guard Rae Lin D\’Alie\’s Badgers have lacked their trademark stingy defense and have shot a miserable 37.9 percent from the field in their past five games.[/media-credit]A lack of energy and intensity never seemed to be among the Wisconsin women’s basketball team’s faults.Through the sprints, scrimmages and drills, the Badgers consistently appear loud and energetic. However, having lost two of their last three after a four-game win streak in January, energy and intensity is exactly what the Badgers (17-7, 7-6) find themselves looking to improve as Indiana (13-10, 6-6) visits the Kohl Center Sunday evening.“I think that we need to crank it up a notch,” junior forward Tara Steinbauer said. “I think that our practices need to be more intense. I think that for games, the next five games are really huge for us, and I think we need to come out focused and mentally prepared for each and every one of those, and I think that starts in practice.”After falling to Purdue on a shot with two seconds remaining last Sunday, Wisconsin finds itself looking to refocus as postseason play approaches. After a successful January that saw the Badgers pick up wins over four quality Big Ten opponents, including a Jan. 14 road upset 48-45 of then-No. 20 Michigan State, Wisconsin has struggled.In its last five games, UW has allowed opponents to score an average of 60.2 points per game — much higher than the team’s Big Ten-leading average of 53.9. Additionally, Wisconsin has shot only 37.9 percent from the field in that span, compared to its season average of 42.7, which is good for third in the Big Ten. Together, these shortcomings on both sides of the ball have left Wisconsin searching for consistency, especially in the second half of games.“Our ability to finish the game,” head coach Lisa Stone noted as one of her team’s recent struggles. “[We need to] make free throws and do some of the details down the stretch, continue to defend as we’re defending and rebound… get more people involved offensively.”Fortunately for Stone’s squad, leading scorer Alyssa Karel survived a scare Sunday after awkwardly landing on her right knee while going for a steal. Averaging 14.1 points per game and consistently keying the Badgers’ offensive attack, the junior guard practiced Tuesday and is back at full strength, according to Stone.Riding a two-game win streak, Indiana will look to exploit Wisconsin’s recent defensive struggles with an up-tempo attack. Sophomore forward Danilsa Andujar is the Hoosiers’ tallest player at 6-foot-2, while the Badgers’ pair of junior forwards, Steinbauer and Lin Zastrow, stand at 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-4, respectively. As a result, Indiana relies on their transition game to trigger fastbreaks and provide easy buckets, as well as an aggressive matchup zone.“They’re a very good defensive team,” Stone said. “They rebound the ball hard. They penetrate really hard to the basket. …They’re good in transition, they’re good at getting to the basket, and, defensively, they play a matchup zone that tries to disrupt your flow. It’s important that we improve on our areas of turnovers and toughness with the ball and find ways to get good shots.”Leading the way for the Hoosiers’ offense are guards Jori Davis and Jamie Braun. Davis, a junior from Rochester, NY, is the Big Ten’s fourth-leading scorer with 17.7 points per game, while Braun, a Wisconsin native, contributes 11.6. Complementing the veteran guard duo in the starting lineup is 6-foot-1 junior forward Hope Elam, junior guard Whitney Lindsay, and Danilsa Andujar.“They’re going to play hard, they always play hard against us,” Wisconsin senior guard Rae Lin D’Alie said. “They’re going to come out with a lot of energy, we have to match that and have more. Our defense has definitely got to be on point. A lot of their guards can score; they have a post player [Elam] who can shoot the three, who can drive, who can make moves inside. So we’re going to have to be ready defensively, definitely.”For the Badgers, taking care of the ball will be at a premium. Despite ranking 56th in the nation in turnovers per game, Wisconsin has gave the ball away an average of 21.5 times over the last two games.“One of the biggest things for us is going to be taking care of the ball,” Steinbauer said. “I think we need to show some toughness with the ball up top.”Under her tenure, Stone’s teams have been known for stingy defense and safe offensive play, so the Badgers’ recent stretch is a reason for concern.“Stay focused on details, take one game a time, redeem ourselves at home,” Stone said of her expectations for Sunday. “It’s important that we come out with some energy and we play harder, longer.”last_img read more


To Prevent Disputes: LLA Warns Land Sellers, Buyers


first_imgDr. Brandy explains the importance work of the LLA in the meeting.The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) has commenced investigation into the long-running land dispute along the Schieffelin-Marshall Highway, warning land sellers and buyers to respect the rule of law.According to LLA’s statement issued in Monrovia, the Schieffelin- Marshall Highway has become the epicenter of increasing waves of land disputes, resulting into violence and the destruction of property.But the chairman of the Land Authority, Dr. Cecil T.O. Brandy, cautioned that unless these violent land conflicts are resolved, the situation will continue to threaten the country’s peace, beginning with instability in those communities.Dr. Brandy spoke in Marshall City at the start of a two-week sensitization and awareness town hall meeting with land owners, administrators, chiefs and elders from both Schieffelin and Marshall on how government intends to amicably resolve land disputes in areas identified as “hot zones.”In the meeting, some residents and “land owners” complained of being denied access to their land by imposters, who often brandish deadly weapons such as firearms and machetes.Some of the land owners, administrators, chiefs and elders at the meeting in Marshall CityDr. Brandy then reminded the public of the Act on Criminal Conveyance of Land, which was passed into law by the Legislature in 2014. This law states that anybody, who knowingly, willfully or purposely transfers or delivers something such as a right or property to another person(s) or group of persons or an institution or institutions through dishonest means will face the full force of the law.The Land Authority has therefore called on all those claiming ownership of land within Henry Town, Kprakpacon, Caterville, Mondeh Town, Ben Town and Kpein Town along the Marshall road to immediately stop the sale of land in these areas and remain peaceful and law-abiding.The public is also advised not to buy land in these areas, as the Land Authority is putting in place mechanisms to prevent the illegal sale of land and land dispute along the Schieffelin–Marshall Highway.Meanwhile, the Land Authority has requested that all those who purchased land within the Schieffelin-Marshall corridor to submit copies of their deeds, and other supporting documents to the LLA offices for verification along with information on their grantors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more