Ronaldo agrees new five-year contract with Real Madrid

first_img(REUTERS)-Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to extend his contract with Real Madrid until 2021, the European champions confirmed yesterday.Ronaldo, Real’s all-time top scorer with 371 goals in 360 games, will sign the new deal today at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before giving a news conference.Ronaldo is reported to be in line for an increase on his current salary, estimated to be 21 million euros ($23 million), making him the highest-paid player at Real Madrid.The Portuguese has collected one La Liga title, two King’s Cups and two Champions League titles since joining Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 96 million euros but has had an inconsistent start to the current campaign.The forward failed to hit the target in a near anonymous display in Real’s 3-0 win over Leganes yesterday to mark five games without scoring at the Bernabeu, his longest run without a goal in front of Real’s fans since he joined the club.Ronaldo’s last goal at the Bernabeu came against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Sept. 14. His only goal there in the league was against Osasuna on Sept. 10.Ronaldo has scored seven goals in the league and Champions League this term and made amends for his worst start to a season since joining Real by hitting a hat-trick in last week’s 4-2 win away to Alaves.The 31-year-old missed a series of chances against Legia Warsaw on Wednesday, however, and was seen venting his fury at Bale for not passing to him in the second half against Leganes.“Nothing is up with Cristiano, we always want him to score and at Alaves he scored three and that’s that,” said Zidane.“He always wants to score but it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t once in a while. I think he’s playing well, working hard for the team. He obviously always wants to score but I think he’s relaxed about it.”Despite the player’s current inconsistency, Zidane expressed his delight at Ronaldo extending his stay at the club.I’m happy because he’s the type of player who deserves to finish his career at Real Madrid,” said Zidane, who saw out his playing days at the Bernabeu and was infamously sent off for France in the 2006 World Cup final in his last ever game.“He’s unique. His dream is to retire here, wearing this great white shirt, just like I did.”last_img read more

Karolis Kundrotas builds off Lithuanian upbringing as Elon freshman

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Elon administration charged head basketball coach Matt Matheny to go find overseas players. He had already established relationships in different countries when he was an assistant at Davidson. But now in charge, he was tasked with finding international athletes for his own program.He found Karolis Kundrotas at a prep school in London that has served as a basketball hotbed of talent. But London is not where Kundrotas found his love for basketball. It’s from a basketball-obsessed city in Lithuania that has developed numerous NBA talents.“Karolis fits perfectly into what we look for in recruiting at Elon,” Matheny said, “He’s someone that is coachable, that is tough and that is willing to work.”The 6-foot, 11-inch freshman Kundrotas, who was born and raised in Kaunus will come to the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 7 p.m. to face Syracuse (2-0) as a part of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Though he’s scored just five points in 15 minutes this season for Elon (2-1), Kundrotas’ past stops shaped the promising player.Kundrotas moved to England with his mother in 2006 and played at the Barking Abbey Basketball Academy. The academy’s professionalism helped prepare him to play Division I.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter failing to bring in European recruits in past years, Mattheny successfully reeled in Kundrotas.“The coaches there are really sharp,” Kundrotas said of the Academy. “The closest program that I’ve been to that matched American standards.”The Barking Abbey program, which head coach Lloyd Gardner called the British version of an American“prep school,” is linked to a normal British state high school and is regarded as one of the top basketball programs in the UK for developing young players.The Abbey program previously sent fellow Lithuanian Paulius Satkus one year earlier to James Madison and Kundrotas followed a similar path.Program director Matt Clark said that every Lithuanian player comes with solid fundamentals and a 3-point shot, which Clark called a “signature” of all European big men.“Lithuanians grow up with basketball,” Clark said. “It’s their national sport. A large number of their heroes are basketball players.”Kundrotas’ hometown in Lithuania, Kaunus, is a goldmine for basketball stars, producing several NBA players including Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Donatas Motiejūnas Arvydas Sabonis, Šarūnas Marčiulionis and Linas Kleiza.“Being from the same place,” the freshman said, “they’re people that I look up to. I idolize them.”While many young athletes in Lithuania look up to players like Ilgauskus and Montiejunas, Kundrotas said that his hero was another Lithuanian basketball star.Šarūnas “Šaras” Jasikevičius was another product of Kaunus, Lithuania and played point guard in the United States for Maryland. Jasikevičius played a majority of his career overseas, but had a brief stint with the Indiana Pacers in the NBA.“He was the man in my eyes,” Kundrotas said, “with Zydrunas of course, he’s also legend.”Kundrotas hasn’t come close to the level that his heroes have reached yet, but Matheny thinks highly of his future.Matheny believes that despite Kundrotas coming more game-ready than the coaching staff anticipated, he still has a lot to work on and to learn before he can play big minutes for the Phoenix.Both are excited for the opportunity to play at Syracuse. It’s a chance for Kundrotas to play in the type of venue his countrymen became accustomed to.“I can’t believe the opportunity I’ve got from where I come from,” Kundrotas said, “I can’t wait.” Comments Published on November 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm Contact Jack: jfupton@syr.edulast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Wednesday, March 2, 2016.•9:18 a.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 700 block N. Elm, Wellington.•10:19 a.m. Officers took a report of an unattended death in the 1200 block S. G, Wellington.•12:05 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1100 block E. 8th, Wellington by known suspect.•12:08 p.m. Officers investigated a criminal threat in the 1000 block S. Jefferson, Wellington by known suspect.•12:48 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 600 block S. C, Wellington involving an unknown driver and a fixed object/mailbox owned by Delmer Ray, Wellington.•3:20 p.m. Quinta R. Arebalo, 43, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•3:21 p.m. Officers investigated disorderly conduct in the Wellington by known suspect.•3:43 p.m. Christopher A. Asbury, 22, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with disorderly conduct.•3:45 p.m. Officers took a report of found car cover in the 300 block N. B, Wellington.•4:16 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a trailer in the 1100 block N. C, Wellington.•5:11 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.•6:58 p.m. Officers investigated criminal trespass in the 900 block N. C, Wellington by known suspect.•10:17 p.m. Officers investigated a forgery in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington by known suspect.last_img read more

Mason City man arrested after high speed chase on motorcycle in Clear Lake

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — A Mason City man is in jail after leading authorities on a high speed chase in Clear Lake earlier this morning.Shortly before 4:45 AM, officers attempted to make a stop on a motorcycle being driven by 19-year-old Crisstian Jacobs. Jacobs allegedly accelerated at a high rate of speed after turning onto US Highway 18. He continued to elude officers, turning on McIntosh Road before fleeing into Clear Lake.Jacobs was later apprehended and charged with eluding, failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to provide proof of insurance, not having a valid driver’s license, and three charges of speeding — two of those charges being 16-20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, with the other charge being over 21 miles per hour over the speed limit.Jacobs is being held at last check in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $2000 bond.last_img read more