Sarri pleased with Juve’s character

first_imgMaurizio Sarri believes Juventus were fortunate to come out of their Serie A match against Fiorentina with a point, but was happy with his side’s character.Juve dropped points for the first time this season on Saturday, drawing 0-0 with Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.The visitors lost Douglas Costa and Miralem Pjanic to suspected hamstring and thigh injuries respectively before half-time and never really got going, with full debutant Franck Ribery the biggest threat for the home side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Although Sarri, who watched on from the sideline for the first time this season after overcoming a bout of pneumonia, pointed out injuries and a general lack of fitness had an impact on Juve’s display, he accepts his side were not up to scratch.”We didn’t put in a good quality performance,” Sarri told Sky Italia. “It was a very complicated situation, as Fiorentina played well and we used up all our substitutions with injuries and had no more fresh legs to introduce.”With all those variables, we did well in terms of character to get a point out of it. We lost possession too many times, which may also be a consequence of physical issues.”Playing in mid-afternoon in Florence when it’s realistically still summer is tough for everyone. “We had difficulty on a purely technical level and I am confident a team with less personality would’ve lost. That is the positive and certainly a valuable quality to have a team that can fight it out for a point even when not in great shape.”We had five players at the Copa America and eight on the treatment table, so we have half the squad at a more advanced fitness level than the rest.”It was a difficult situation to deal with and we needed some time to get them all to acceptable levels, but the good news is that we tend to finish games strong.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Douglas Costa started up front for Juve, and Sarri suggested the trio needed to do more to get themselves into the game, as well as assist defensively.”When the team defends deeper, we need the forwards to come back and help more,” added the former Chelsea boss.”It was evident after 30 minutes that this was going to be extremely difficult.”last_img read more

USCG Airlifts Two Sick Passengers from Cruise Ship

first_imgzoom The United States Coast Guard medevaced a 25-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman Sunday from a cruise ship approximately 135 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.CARNIVAL SPLENDORUS Coast Guard 7th District personnel contacted Coast Guard 5th District Command Center watchstanders at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday, notifying them the Carnival Splendor, a 950-foot cruise ship, had two sick individuals in need of medical attention aboard approximately 410 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras.Fifth District watchstanders contacted the Carnival Splendor, requesting the ship alter course toward North Carolina, and they agreed to conduct the medevac Sunday morning when the Carnival Splendor would be close enough for a Coast Guard helicopter to remove the sick passengers.At approximately 4 a.m. Sunday, command center watchstanders dispatched crews aboard an MH-60 Jawhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to assist.The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at approximately 5:45 a.m., hoisted two people into the helicopter and took the patients to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the patients were reported to be in stable condition.Press Release, May 12, 2014, Image: USCGlast_img read more

UN mission urges calm on fifth anniversary of NATOs intervention in Kosovo

UNMIK and the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) said that while the people of Kosovo “should be able to express themselves freely and openly,” UNMIK Police and KFOR cannot “accept actions which incite violence.”The top UN envoy to the province has also issued an open letter to Kosovars, saying the five-year anniversary should be used to mark a new beginning after last week’s deadly violence.Harri Holkeri, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, called on the people of Kosovo to play their part individually to make sure that the events do not re-occur.Some 28 people were killed and hundreds injured after violence erupted across the province following the drowning of three ethnic Albanian children in the town of Cabra. At least 30 religious sites, mostly churches, were destroyed and more than 300 homes were burnt.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated that 3,200 people – mostly ethnic Serbs and Roma – fled their homes because of the attacks.A UNHCR spokesman said the agency had distributed mattresses, blankets, jerry cans and food supplies to the evacuees, who are either living with host families or staying temporarily at KFOR bases.Mr. Holkeri visited the towns of Obilic and Gracanica today to inspect the damage caused in the rioting, and also met with Bishop Artemije, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo.The envoy said the province had experienced “ethnically motivated violence” that may have started spontaneously but was orchestrated by extremist elements.Mr. Holkeri added he would seek international help to re-build churches and other religious sites damaged during the violence.His deputy, Charles Brayshaw, travelled to Prizren to inspect homes and religious sites damaged in that town and to talk to some of the people who had to flee their homes last week.The head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has also condemned the violence, particularly the damage to Kosovo’s cultural and religious heritage.Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, said it is not just the monuments but “a memory and cultural identity that are being destroyed.” read more