New Delhi: Spanish giants Barcelona have unveiled their new signing Arturo Vidal following his switch from Bayern Munich. The 31-year-old dynamic midfielder joins the Blaugrana on a three-year deal for a fee of £27 million after lifting six trophies in Germany.The 100-cap Chilean will sign the contract on Monday, just before his official presentation on the Nou Camp.“To be honest I am very happy and I am looking forward to starting training with my teammates, to wearing such a famous shirt, and to doing important things here.“It is a dream. I hope to achieve my objectives. I am here to win all the trophies available and I will give everything on the pitch to achieve this,” Vidal said at his unveiling.“I am excited to play with Messi, [Luis] Suarez, Sergio Busquets… they are all great players,” he addedVidal comes in as a replacement for Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, who rejoined Guangzhou Evergrande on a season-long loan with an option to make it permanent.Paulinho scored a total of nine goals in La Liga and was crucial to their title-winning campaign amid heavy criticism from the fans.Meanwhile, fans are showing mixed reaction over the signing of the 31-year-old Vidal, despite his magnificent trophy-laden career at Bayern Munich and Juventus.The Chilean has won 13 trophies for Bayern and Juve. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Published on October 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 Mark Brode hates his cleats. After just 10 games, he is already on his second pair. The first set ripped, and the current pair is on its way. Brode’s right cleat has a tear that requires taping before every game. ‘These cleats are terrible, man,’ he said. ‘They’re falling apart big time. Now I have to play with a taped shoe.’ But that taped shoe — as worn and tattered as it may be — had one piece of magic left within its seams. One perfect strike that gave the Syracuse men’s soccer team just its second win of the season. With just over 30 seconds remaining in overtime against No. 24 Colgate Wednesday, Brode stepped up to take a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. After a fake by junior Nick Roydhouse, Brode drilled the ball into the upper corner for the 3-2 win over the Raiders. It was Brode’s second goal of the game. And it was SU’s third goal on a free kick this season, all of which have come from Brode and Roydhouse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Their efforts are the culmination of hours spent perfecting the art of the free kick. It’s proved to be one of the Orange’s most potent weapons this season, accounting for 37.5 percent of the team’s goals. Though Brode’s goal came in the 100th minute of play, it was set up more than an hour earlier in the first half. In the 22nd minute, Roydhouse was taken down just outside the penalty box. Just like the seconds prior to the game-winning goal, Brode and Roydhouse stood over the ball in the first half. Brode faked, and Roydhouse took a left-footed strike toward goal. Although it missed, it gave the Raiders something to think about when they faced that very same scenario in overtime. ‘I think Colgate was fully expecting me to take the shot,’ Roydhouse said. And that was his plan all along. As he and Brode hovered over the ball in overtime, it was Roydhouse who spoke up first, saying he wanted to be the one to strike the ball. But Brode had other ideas. ‘He really wanted that one, too, but I told him I was going to take it,’ Brode said. ‘I practice a lot bending (the ball to the) back post. I just went to hit it and curve it as fast as I possibly could.’ So this time it was Roydhouse who provided the fake and Brode who would take the strike on goal. Roydhouse faked, and Brode struck the outside of the ball with his taped-up right foot. As the ball bent toward the back post, Roydhouse began to jump up and down. He’d seen his free kick against Northeastern give the Orange its first win of the season, and with Brode’s shot in mid-flight he knew the team had its second. ‘I’d like to see my reaction on tape, because I think I started jumping as soon as he hit it,’ Roydhouse said. ‘Perfection. He couldn’t have hit it any better.’ That perfection, that inability to hit the ball any better, came from striking hundreds of free kicks identical to this one with Roydhouse after training sessions. The pair will often stay late, past the time when practice has concluded and the others have left, just to work on their set pieces. With a bag of soccer balls and plastic defenders, they perfect their craft. All in hopes of having one chance to do something special during the games. ‘That’s always how you become confident on anything is practice,’ SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. ‘They’re two good soccer junkies. … It wasn’t just about completing that (play). It was about the composure that Brode had with 40-odd seconds to go to take that one. I think that’s just reward for a lot of hard work for him and for the team.’ And as he stood over the ball to take that shot, he was definitely composed. He told Roydhouse he wanted the chance to hit the shot, and he never wavered. Roydhouse, the team’s leader in goals and specialist on set pieces, couldn’t stop him. He knew it was Brode’s free kick to strike. ‘I couldn’t say no to him,’ Roydhouse said. ‘He must have had a feeling or something.’ Maybe he’ll have to keep those worn-out cleats after all. ‘We should probably see if we can get the guy a new pair of boots,’ McIntyre said. ‘But if he’s scoring with them, and if it works, sometimes you don’t mess with it.’ [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
The Wisconsin men’s hockey team had two chances this weekend to score a big upset win on the road against Michigan, but ended up leaving Ann Arbor empty handed.Wisconsin (4-22-4, 2-12-2 Big Ten) began their series with 17th-ranked Michigan (19-11-0, 11-5-0) Friday night by losing 3-0 to the Wolverines. While the Badgers played better Saturday, it still wasn’t enough to keep Michigan from running away in the final period.The Big Ten’s cellar dweller Wisconsin skated tough for two periods against the first-place Wolverines for much of the game Friday night, but were unable to take advantage of big opportunities early on. Unfortunately for the Badgers, they paid the price more than a minute into the second period when Zach Hyman scored an early second period goal to give Michigan a 1-0 that they would take into the third. After that, the co-leaders in the Big Ten standings never looked back.Less than five minutes into the third, Wolverines’ forward Zach Werenski vaulted a shot past Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel to extend Michigan’s lead to two.An empty-net goal by J.T. Compher in the final minute of the game would be icing on the cake, giving Michigan 3-0 shutout in game one of the two-game series.Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said following the game he was satisfied with how his team played for the most part, but that it came down to his team not making big plays in crucial situations.“We just didn’t take advantage of those moments of truth with the puck,” Eaves said. “We executed well, that’s the only hole I thought we had tonight.”After getting shutout Friday, Wisconsin gave the Wolverines everything they had in Saturday afternoon’s rematch, for two periods at least.The Badgers got on the board first forward Ryan Wagner put in a rebound a little less than halfway into the first period. Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but its lead would not last for long in the second period. After Michigan forward Justin Selman tied it up, Compher scored his second goal of the series to put Michigan ahead by a goal.It looked like Michigan was going to carry its lead and the game’s momentum into the third period, but Wisconsin’s leading scorer Grant Besse had other ideas. With 29 seconds left in the period, Besse fired a shot off the crossbar, causing the puck to trickle just over the goal line before Michigan goaltender Steve Racine could bat it away. The referees originally signaled no goal, but after a lengthy review and to the crowd’s dismay, the referees reversed their decision and ruled Besse’s shot a goal, silencing Yost Ice Arena and allowing the Badgers to escape the second period tied up with all the momentum.While Wisconsin and Michigan were neck and neck at the second intermission, the Wolverines and specifically J.T. Compher would prove too tough to stick with in the final period. Eight minutes into the third, Compher scored his second by rocketing a wrist-shot just over Rumpel’s shoulder and into the top corner of the net. After the Wolverines tacked on another goal four minutes later, Compher converted an empty-netter, giving him a hat trick and his team their second consecutive three-goal win over the Badgers.According to Eaves, he was especially disappointed with his team’s final period Saturday because they missed an opportunity to take advantage of the momentum that provided Besse’s late second-period goal.“We didn’t come out with the energy one thought we would have had, getting that late goal in the second,” Eaves said. “That was the only period I was really disappointed in the whole weekend. We didn’t take the energy that we had; we just kind of sat on our heels and let them dictate.”While the Badgers were unable to leave Ann Arbor with a victory, Eaves still felt following Friday’s game that his team’s improved play of late is an encouraging sign of getting hot at the right time.“We’re getting closer,” Eaves said. “We keep talking about playing our best hockey in March. If we play like this come March we’re giving ourselves a real good chance at winning some games.”
DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s disappointed a federal judge has temporarily blocked a new Iowa law that significantly boosted the penalty for trespassing on a farm.“We’re going to continue to work with the Iowa attorney general to look at what our next steps may look like,” Reynolds says. “We’re working with them right now.”Supporters say the law’s needed to penalize untrained people who trespass on farm property and harm livestock or crops. Critics say the new law was designed to prevent undercover investigators from exposing animal abuse or questionable farming practices.The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa says it’s a victory for free speech to have the law temporarily blocked while appeals run their course.