Megan Rapinoe, Jill Ellis among nominees for FIFA awards

first_img U.S. Soccer says it has paid women’s national team more than men’s team United States star Megan Rapinoe and three of her international teammates are among 12 nominees for the Best FIFA Women’s Player Award for 2019, and Jill Ellis is on the list for Best Women’s Coach after leading the U.S. to its second consecutive World Cup title. A first-time Best Women’s Player recipient will be named in Milan on Sept. 23 after former winners Marta, Lieke Martens and Carli Lloyd all failed to make the shortlist announced Wednesday. One NWSL coach also made the cut: Paul Riley of the North Carolina Courage. 2019 Best FIFA Women’s Player nomineesLucy Bronze (Lyon & England)Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars & United States)Caroline Graham Hansen (Barcelona & Norway)Ada Hegerberg (Lyon)Amandine Henry (Lyon & France)Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars & Australia)Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit & United States)Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal & Netherlands)Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride & United States)Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC & United States)Wendie Renard (Lyon & France)Ellen White (Manchester City & England)2019 Best FIFA Women’s Coach nomineesMilena Bertolini (Italy)Jill Ellis (United States)Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden)Futoshi Ikeda (Japan U-20)Antonia Is (Spain U-17)Joe Montemurro (Arsenal)Phil Neville (England)Reynald Pedros (Lyon)Paul Riley (North Carolina Courage)Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands) Rapinoe shapes as a strong contender after inspiring the U.S. to glory at the World Cup in France. The 34-year-old scored six goals in five games, including one in the 2-0 victory over Netherlands in the final, to claim a Golden Ball-Golden Boot double. Here they are! #TheBest Women’s Player nominees:@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected] NOW OPEN https://t.co/t8x1884tdq— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 31, 2019Rapinoe’s compatriots Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Julie Ertz are also in contention, as are England pair Ellen White and Lucy Bronze, who claimed the Silver Ball. Related Newscenter_img Jill Ellis steps down as USWNT coach after back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles The list of contenders has been expanded to 12 from the usual 10 due to a tie in the number of votes received by some nominees.Ellis, meanwhile, is up against Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman, whose side the U.S. beat in the World Cup final. The coaches of both semifinalists, England’s Phil Neville and Sweden’s Peter Gerhardsson, are also on the shortlist.last_img read more

West Brom complete club-record signing

first_img Salomon Rondon 1 West Brom have announced the signing of Salomon Rondon for a club-record deal worth around £12million.The striker has joined the Baggies on a four-year deal from Zenit St Petersburg to become their fifth summer signing. The fee eclipses the £10million Albion, who host Manchester City in their opening Barclays Premier League game on Monday night, paid for Brown Ideye last summer.“I am very happy to be here,” Rondon told the club’s official site.“This is a new opportunity in my career. I can’t wait to be with the other players and to play.“The club showed a lot of interest in me. That’s what is important for a player, what you take into account – and there are expectations of me.” Venezuela international Rondon, who has also played for Malaga and Rubin Kazan, scored 20 goals in 37 games for Zenit last season to tempt Albion boss Tony Pulis to splash out.“He’s got a fantastic goalscoring record in some of the top leagues in Europe and for his country,” Pulis said. “He’s 25 years of age and still to fulfil his full potential.“We hope he hits the ground running, of course, but understand it might take him time to settle. I’m sure our fans will help him and get behind him.“But we feel with age on his side and the prices English clubs are asking for their players, it’s a deal worth doing.“He comes highly recommended. I have spoken to Manuel (Pellegrini) and AVB (Andre Villas-Boas), who have worked with him (at Malaga and Zenit, respectively), and they were full of praise for the lad. We are looking forward to working with him.”last_img read more

Black ice causes havoc on Donegal roads this morning

first_imgA number of cars have gone off Donegal roads this morning with black ice reported across the county, including on some main roads.Motorists are advised to drive with extreme care.Emergency services have dealt with minor accidents in Donegal already today. The N15 at Barnesmore Gap is said to be very icy.A couple of cars left the road around the Kilross area of the Ballybofey-Letterkenny road.Meenaroy was also causing difficulty today while there were reports of a car off the road just beside O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny and another at Newmills.#DONEGAL Reports of icy conditions along the N15 at Barnsmore Gap. Caution needed. https://t.co/ipFDM8svNY— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) February 2, 2018 #DONEGAL Gardai warning of black ice on the N13 outside Letterkenny between Convoy turn-off & Drumkeen. Take extreme care on this stretch. https://t.co/ipFDM8svNY— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) February 2, 2018 Black ice causes havoc on Donegal roads this morning was last modified: February 3rd, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyBarnesmore Gapblack icedonegalkilrossletterkennyNEWMILLSROADSlast_img read more