Ballon d’Or 2019: Matthijs de Ligt beats João Félix, Jadon Sancho to win Kopa Trophy

first_img Source: en.as.com Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt won the second edition of the Kopa Trophy at the Ballon d’Or gala in Paris on Monday.The Kopa Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding player under the age of 21, with PSG star Kylian Mbappé winning the first edition last year.Dutch centre back De Ligt was among ten candidates for this year’s edition of the award and eventually beat out fellow favourites João Félix of Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.The Juventus player’s nomination comes days after Felix won Tuttosport’s Golden Boy accolade. De Ligt’s credentialsDe Ligt’s nomination comes on the back of a stunning campaign last season with Ajax, whom he captained to their first Champions League semi-final since 1997 at the tender age of 19.The talented young defender was the subject of an intense bidding war in the summer, with Juventus beating early favourites Barcelona to secure his signature in July.Following his 85-million-euro move to Serie A, the Ajax academy graduate has clocked up 15 appearances for Juventus, netting one goallast_img read more

Frustrations, technicals adding up for Lakers’ Nick Young

first_imgORLANDO — So much for that infectious smile.Lately, Lakers forward Nick Young has provided several other facial expressions on the court, and it’s cost him.Young picked up his fourth technical foul in the past five games during the Lakers’ 114-105 loss Friday to the Orlando Magic at Amway Center, bouncing the ball with 30.8 seconds left in the third quarter after receiving a no-call on a drive to the basket. Two of those technicals stem from Young’s ejection last week in Phoenix, where he was swarmed by numerous defenders. “It’s tough. I’ve been frustrated,” said Young after posting 16 points on only 6-of-16 shooting. “It’s everything going around. I’m also fighting for that respect factor, too, and playing with passion.” Young is nowhere near the NBA-maximum 16 technical fouls that yield an automatic suspension. But he has already forfeited $14,634 in player salary for a one-game suspension, $8,000 in technicals, and $2,000 for an ejection. Young makes about $1.1 million this season and has a player option next season worth $1.2 million. “It’s tough losing to teams. We’re better than that,” Young said. “It hurts. I came here saying I’m about to retire today.”Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni blamed Young’s latest technical foul on frustration and fatigue, while Pau Gasol suggested Young will have to remain positive. “The more positive and active we get on the floor, the better off we’ll be,” Gasol said. “People are frustrated and down on themselves. It carries and drags people around them.” Adjusted timetable After expressing optimism Lakers forward Xavier Henry could return from a bone bruise in his right knee within the next week, D’Antoni suddenly sounded pessimistic.“It’s another 10-14 days probably,” D’Antoni said.Henry sounded surprised when reporters informed him of the timetable. After checking with the Lakers’ training staff, Henry predicted his knee will “be all right within the next week or so.”Henry is at least penciled out for the Lakers’ slew of games against New York (Sunday), Indiana (Tuesday) and Charlotte (Friday). Henry will receive an MRI on Monday on his right knee, which has also suffered an abnormality in his meniscus. Henry has missed the past 13 games, but had made some progress this week by participating in weight-bearing exercises that involved running, cutting and shooting. The Lakers refused to call Henry’s latest timetable a setback and characterized it as a precautionary measure. Henry had also played in a full set of on-court basketball drills including games of three-on-three on Jan. 12, but he felt soreness in his right knee and scaled back his workload.“I don’t like it’s been this long, but I can’t help how my body reacts and recovers,” said Henry, who had averaged 10.4 points at small forward and point guard. “It’s an injury that sucks to have. “Sometimes you start feeling better in the next day and then you come in and you’re as stiff as ever. But it’s been feeling great for the past week.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Also, shoot Getafe: “They have made 29 fouls and we go with one more card”

first_imgQuique Setién appeared in the ‘flash interview’ of Movistar LaLiga after the game to give his first analysis of the victory (2-1) against Getafe.-More troubles than expected?– The predicted thing was that the party was going to be complicated, hard. They had won four games. It has been a match with alternatives and I think that in the first part we could have solved. But I am quite happy because it was not so easy to win.-Messi breaks blackboards-We have high level players who appear in difficult matches and this is normal. And it is what we want., That they plug in and solve.– Pitos have been heard.-Like everyone. We get nervous at the start of the ball. We were having a hard time leaving and when you left we needed them and you had to start again. But you have to respect people.-It has been a game that has been played on the benches.-The matches are played in the field.And the complaints to the referee?– They have made 29 fouls and we go with a card more than the rival.Also, at a press conference.Are you happy with how the team came out with the ball?We knew it was going to be very hard. They exert high and aggressive pressure and on many occasions we have overcome it, sometimes failures and the opponent has a lot to say. We have done 60 good minutes, but then when we left we needed and slowed us down. In the end the victory is deserved but suffered because you get a goal out of nowhere.How important is Ter Stegen in the ball out? The goalkeeper is the one who has to manage the ball and ensure that the partner can get rid of the brand of players as aggressive and intense as those of Getafe. We will continue to do so.How is the team physically?Well, very well, all physical records are correct.What did he complain about in the end?They made many mistakes to cut the rhythm, I understood that they had to be more severe when they cut the rhythm.What did you think of Angel?They are all good players. Among the three strikers they have scored 25 goals.How do you see Arthur?I could have changed to another, but I had to do something and get a cool man, that’s why I thought about Ivan, but I’m very happy with his performance.Are you worried about Jordi Alba’s injury?We do not know what he has. We do not know what he has.Do you see Junior ready to replace him?Ready has to be. He is in Barça and will grow safe.Do you see the signing of a forward essential?Let’s see if they leave us. We have said several times, we have said the club like me, but we must wait.Did Ter Stegen miss his whistles when he took the ball?It can be a product of the nerves, see the difficulties, even I get nervous. It is our sign of identity and we try to control the game from behind, the risk is such, but the benefit too.Is it here that I wanted to be?In moments we have done many things well. Rivals also play and I am very perfectionist. There are no teams that win games easily. In general I am happy with how things are going.last_img read more