Source: BBC Captain Sergio Ramos says he wants to end his career at Real Madrid despite receiving an offer to play in China.Real president Florentino Perez said on Wednesday that Spain defender Ramos had asked to leave on a free transfer and move to the Chinese Super League.“It is true that I have an offer from China on the table, I will not lie about it,” said 33-year-old Ramos, who has been at Real since 2005 and whose contract expires in 2021.“My dream is to retire here.”Perez said Ramos and his agent told him they had received a “very good offer” from an unnamed club but that the club could not pay a fee.“I told Ramos that it was impossible for Real Madrid to let their captain go for free,” said Perez.Ramos said: “At no moment did I consider going to China.“Yesterday I went to see the president to make everything clear.“I told the president that I would never go to a team that could compete with Real Madrid.“If one day I go then it is because I think my body does not allow me to give a high level.“I am the captain of Real Madrid and I feel very loved and supported by my team-mates.“I’m not looking to renew [my contract]. I am happy with what I have. People always think it’s a strategy to earn more, but it’s the opposite.”Ramos has helped Real win 20 trophies during 14 years at the Bernabeu Stadium, including four Champions Leagues and four La Liga titles.However, Real endured a difficult 2018-19 season in which they failed to win a trophy.They finished third in La Liga – 19 points behind champions Barcelona – were knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16 by Ajax, and were beaten by Barca in the Copa del Rey semi-finals.In March, Zinedine Zidane returned as manager only 10 months after leaving.
Corey Seager of the Dodgers saw some playing time in the 2014 exhibition Freeway Series, but Monday he got his first taste of the real deal when his Dodgers visited Angel Stadium for the first of three games with the Angels.“Yeah, the Freeway Series (in ‘14) was still spring training, so people were still working on everything,” said Seager, one of baseball’s hottest young prospects who made his major-league debut on Thursday in San Diego. “And now it’s the regular season, it’s at the end of the year, it’s in playoff-push times and it’s definitely going to be a different game.”Going from Triple-A Oklahoma City to the big leagues is a different game, too. Seager has so far handled it very well. In 15 at-bats in four games, he was batting .333 (5-for-15) with two doubles and three RBIs before Monday.Seager, just 21, was asked to give himself an early report card. “There’s ups and downs,” he said. “There are ABs I gave away and ABs where I was locked in. So it could go both ways.”Angels manager Mike Scioscia is impressed with what he has seen.“Just in preparing for this series and seeing the limited at-bats that we’ve seen, you see the talent is real and he looks like a very exciting young player,” Scioscia said. “Has a chance to be a special player. So we’ll, hopefully, make some pitches and contain him.”Dodgers manager Don Mattingly also likes the early returns on Seager, a shortstop/third baseman who started at shortstop Monday.“He looks calm, he doesn’t seem to be overwhelmed in any way,” Mattingly said. “He hasn’t had anything totally difficult. But anything that’s been a little out of the ordinary, he seems to have handled pretty easily. His at-bats seem pretty good. Yeah, I think he’s been good.” Scioscia remembers L.A.Scioscia was a catcher for 13 years in the big leagues, all with the Dodgers. Though his loyalty these days rests with the Angels, he has fond memories of his days with the team up the 5 Freeway.“I’m always thankful for the opportunity to play with an organization like the Dodgers,” Scioscia said. “And not just to play at Dodger Stadium, but coming up through it and having access to the best coaches and mentors in the world, guys like Roy Campanella and Del Crandall and Johnny Roseboro from the catching perspective.“And just getting to grow as a young baseball player, I got a great education there and so I’m very, very thankful for that. And you always have those memories. But right now it’s what our team is doing, what the Angels are doing and that’s what we want to focus on.”Grandal taken out of lineupDodgers No. 1 catcher Yasmani Grandal was in the original starting lineup Monday, but was pulled in favor of A.J. Ellis. The reason is a bothersome left shoulder.“Yeah, his shoulder, kind of, as he went to hit today is bothering him again,” Mattingly said. “So, obviously, it crept up on him. So we’re … back to day to day with him.”This first cropped up in August, so when Mattingly was asked how much concern he has, he was forthcoming.“Well, a little more now than before,” he said. “The fact that it kind of bounced back on him, you know, worries me a little.”Mattingly said he expects Grandal will have some tests done.Giavotella improving slightlyAngels second baseman Johnny Giavotella was recently diagnosed with fourth nerve palsy and is on the shelf. He said Monday there is some improvement.“Slowly but surely, it’s getting better,” said Giavotella, who said he’s still experiencing the double vision that comes with the malady. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more
A legal argument as to whether or not charges of bribery must be dropped against Andrew Grove and his Sable Mining Company intensified yesterday at Criminal Court ‘C,’ with Judge Emery Paye suspending his ruling.Judge Paye did not give any date to hand down his ruling after defense lawyers and prosecutors rested their presentations.Andrew Grove and his Sable Mining Company were indicted along with several former and present government officials, including Speaker Alex Tyler, for allegedly bribing said officials to change the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) Law to avoid any bidding process to enable them obtain the approval for mining of the Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County.The indictment was also based on a Global Witness report implicating them having paid over US$900,000 to change the PPCC Law.Grove’s and Sable Mining’s legal team, the Justice and Peace Interest Consortium, yesterday argued that their clients are not Liberians and they are not employees of the Liberian government or members of the National Legislature to change any laws. Therefore, they argued, they cannot be held responsible for lawmakers to change their country’s laws.Besides, they said the court lacked extraterritorial jurisdiction to try their clients, because they are not Liberians and are not under the country’s jurisdiction.They claimed that there is no extradition treaty between Liberia and Great Britain, and there is no legal basis to have their clients brought back to the country for prosecution.In counterargument, prosecutors said that, though the defendants were non-Liberians and not government officials, they offered and paid money for the performance of an official duty of the lawmakers. Furthermore, their action helped to create an opportunity for people to defraud the government, which is a serious crime under the Liberian law.Responding to the defendants’ argument that they were not involved in lawmaking, prosecutors clarified the defendants committed a crime of bribery, of which they do not have to be Liberian citizens to commit. Prosecutors also contended that the defendants cannot be tried in absentia, since they have not been brought under the jurisdiction of the court, “so there is no need for their lawyers to ask for dismissal of the indictment.”“We have not served them with the writ of arrest, the indictment and other relevant legal documents to have them extradited to Liberia for their prosecution,” Cllr. Daku Mulbah, lead prosecutor of the Global Witness bribery scandal, said. He maintained that there is an extradition treaty with the government of Great Britain, dated back to the 1800s, leaving both countries to exchange intelligence and security information.Further Cllr. Mulbah claimed that evidently the defendants interacted, designated and appointed Cllr. Varney Sherman as their legal counsel and Sherman’s report to them revealed that they facilitated changing the Act.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more