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  •  For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine visit Flashpoint Ukraine The latest developments in Russia s war on Ukraine All times EST 2 30 a m Negotiations on creating a safety zone around Ukraine s Russia controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant are tough and Kyiv appears to be just stalling for time Reuters reported Monday citing Russian state owned news agency RIA Novosti which quoted Moscow s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov While consultations with the IAEA are ongoing it would not be right to make public information about the possible parameters of the ZNPP protection zone The negotiation process is not progressing easily Ryabkov said in an interview with the agency We handed over our proposals to Rafael Grossi the agency s director general As far as we know Kyiv has not yet given a clear answer to the initiative of the IAEA head Apparently it s just stalling 2 a m Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi is set to visit Moscow in February Russia s Vedomosti newspaper said on Monday citing two sources According to the newspaper Wang may visit Russian President Vladimir Putin one of the sources said Reuters was not able to immediately verify the report 1 30 a m Russia s deputy foreign minister said in an interview published on state media Monday that it was quite possible the New START nuclear arms control treaty with the United States would end after 2026 according to Reuters This is quite a possible scenario Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the RIA news agency in an interview U S Russia talks on resuming inspections under the New START treaty which expires in February 2026 were called off at the last minute in November 2022 Neither side has agreed on a time frame for new talks 1 a m Ukraine s world heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk has told Agence France Presse he has two goals this year a unification title fight with Tyson Fury and rebuilding the house where his good friend was killed by Russian soldiers Oleksiy Dzhunkivskyi a former teammate of Usyk was shot in the hall of the building in Irpin a suburb of Kyiv Usyk has teamed up with the charity United24 and is raising funds to restore the badly damaged five story house to its former glory He has contributed 205 000 towards the overall cost of 330 000 In a Zoom interview Usyk told AFP it had been a coincidence he had selected the building to take a look I randomly chose this house the 36 year old former cruiserweight world champion said through an interpreter When we came to look at it and saw how destroyed the house was I was a little surprised In this house there was a boxing gym of my good friend He and I were in the national team we went to boxing competitions together Oleksiy Dzhunkivskyi was shot by Russian soldiers right in this hall When Russia invaded Ukraine last February Usyk had wanted to take up arms immediately However he was dissuaded from doing so as his compatriots felt that in his role as a sports star with global renown he could add another weapon to the Ukrainian war chest The guys from the Armed Forces convinced me that I need to prepare and fight to help my country on the international stage talk about it and bring opportunities to Ukraine to restore my country he said 12 01 a m NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged South Korea on Monday to increase military support to Ukraine citing other countries that have changed their policy of not providing weapons to countries in conflict after Russia s invasion Reuters reported Stoltenberg is in Seoul the first stop on a trip that will include Japan and is aimed at strengthening ties with U S allies in the face of the war in Ukraine and rising competition with China Speaking at the Chey Institute for Advanced Studies in Seoul he thanked South Korea for its non lethal aid to Ukraine but urged it to do more adding there is an urgent need for ammunition Russia calls the invasion a special operation I urge the Republic of Korea to continue and to step up on the specific issue of military support he said At the end of the day it s a decision for you to make but I ll say that several NATO allies who have had as a policy to never export weapons to countries in a conflict have changed that policy now In meetings with senior South Korean officials Stoltenberg argued that events in Europe and North America are interconnected with other regions and that the alliance wants to help manage global threats by increasing partnerships in Asia South Korea has signed major deals providing hundreds of tanks aircraft and other weapons to NATO member Poland since the war began but South Korean President Yoon Suk yeol has said that his country s law against providing arms to countries in conflicts makes providing weapons to Ukraine difficult Stoltenberg noted that countries such as Germany Sweden and Norway had similar policies but changed them If we don t want autocracy and tyranny to win then they need weapons that s the reality he said referring to Ukraine The NATO chief said it was extremely important that Russia doesn t win this war not only for the Ukrainians but also to avoid sending a wrong message to authoritarian leaders including in Beijing that they can get what they want by force Although China is not NATO s adversary it has become much higher on NATO s agenda Stoltenberg said citing Beijing s rising military capabilities and coercive behavior in the region In a statement carried by state media on Monday North Korea called Stoltenberg s visit a prelude to confrontation and war as it brings the dark clouds of a new Cold War to the Asia Pacific region Last year South Korea opened its first diplomatic mission to NATO vowing to deepen cooperation on non proliferation cyber defense counterterrorism disaster response and other security areas The NATO chief s visit also comes as U S Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was due to arrive in Seoul on Monday for talks with his South Korean counterpart Lee Jong Sup Some information in this report came from Reuters and Agence France Presse Credit https www voanews com a latest developments in ukraine jan 30 6939481 html
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     For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine visit Flashpoint Ukraine The latest developments in Russia s war on Ukraine All times EST 2 30 a m Negotiations on creating a safety zone around Ukraine s Russia controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant are tough and Kyiv appears to be just stalling for time Reuters reported Monday citing Russian state owned news agency RIA Novosti which quoted Moscow s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov While consultations with the IAEA are ongoing it would not be right to make public information about the possible parameters of the ZNPP protection zone The negotiation process is not progressing easily Ryabkov said in an interview with the agency We handed over our proposals to Rafael Grossi the agency s director general As far as we know Kyiv has not yet given a clear answer to the initiative of the IAEA head Apparently it s just stalling 2 a m Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi is set to visit Moscow in February Russia s Vedomosti newspaper said on Monday citing two sources According to the newspaper Wang may visit Russian President Vladimir Putin one of the sources said Reuters was not able to immediately verify the report 1 30 a m Russia s deputy foreign minister said in an interview published on state media Monday that it was quite possible the New START nuclear arms control treaty with the United States would end after 2026 according to Reuters This is quite a possible scenario Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the RIA news agency in an interview U S Russia talks on resuming inspections under the New START treaty which expires in February 2026 were called off at the last minute in November 2022 Neither side has agreed on a time frame for new talks 1 a m Ukraine s world heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk has told Agence France Presse he has two goals this year a unification title fight with Tyson Fury and rebuilding the house where his good friend was killed by Russian soldiers Oleksiy Dzhunkivskyi a former teammate of Usyk was shot in the hall of the building in Irpin a suburb of Kyiv Usyk has teamed up with the charity United24 and is raising funds to restore the badly damaged five story house to its former glory He has contributed 205 000 towards the overall cost of 330 000 In a Zoom interview Usyk told AFP it had been a coincidence he had selected the building to take a look I randomly chose this house the 36 year old former cruiserweight world champion said through an interpreter When we came to look at it and saw how destroyed the house was I was a little surprised In this house there was a boxing gym of my good friend He and I were in the national team we went to boxing competitions together Oleksiy Dzhunkivskyi was shot by Russian soldiers right in this hall When Russia invaded Ukraine last February Usyk had wanted to take up arms immediately However he was dissuaded from doing so as his compatriots felt that in his role as a sports star with global renown he could add another weapon to the Ukrainian war chest The guys from the Armed Forces convinced me that I need to prepare and fight to help my country on the international stage talk about it and bring opportunities to Ukraine to restore my country he said 12 01 a m NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged South Korea on Monday to increase military support to Ukraine citing other countries that have changed their policy of not providing weapons to countries in conflict after Russia s invasion Reuters reported Stoltenberg is in Seoul the first stop on a trip that will include Japan and is aimed at strengthening ties with U S allies in the face of the war in Ukraine and rising competition with China Speaking at the Chey Institute for Advanced Studies in Seoul he thanked South Korea for its non lethal aid to Ukraine but urged it to do more adding there is an urgent need for ammunition Russia calls the invasion a special operation I urge the Republic of Korea to continue and to step up on the specific issue of military support he said At the end of the day it s a decision for you to make but I ll say that several NATO allies who have had as a policy to never export weapons to countries in a conflict have changed that policy now In meetings with senior South Korean officials Stoltenberg argued that events in Europe and North America are interconnected with other regions and that the alliance wants to help manage global threats by increasing partnerships in Asia South Korea has signed major deals providing hundreds of tanks aircraft and other weapons to NATO member Poland since the war began but South Korean President Yoon Suk yeol has said that his country s law against providing arms to countries in conflicts makes providing weapons to Ukraine difficult Stoltenberg noted that countries such as Germany Sweden and Norway had similar policies but changed them If we don t want autocracy and tyranny to win then they need weapons that s the reality he said referring to Ukraine The NATO chief said it was extremely important that Russia doesn t win this war not only for the Ukrainians but also to avoid sending a wrong message to authoritarian leaders including in Beijing that they can get what they want by force Although China is not NATO s adversary it has become much higher on NATO s agenda Stoltenberg said citing Beijing s rising military capabilities and coercive behavior in the region In a statement carried by state media on Monday North Korea called Stoltenberg s visit a prelude to confrontation and war as it brings the dark clouds of a new Cold War to the Asia Pacific region Last year South Korea opened its first diplomatic mission to NATO vowing to deepen cooperation on non proliferation cyber defense counterterrorism disaster response and other security areas The NATO chief s visit also comes as U S Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was due to arrive in Seoul on Monday for talks with his South Korean counterpart Lee Jong Sup Some information in this report came from Reuters and Agence France Presse Credit https www voanews com a latest developments in ukraine jan 30 6939481 html
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    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flashpoint Ukraine.

    The latest developments in Russia’s war on Ukraine. All times EST.

    2:30 a.m.: Negotiations on creating a safety zone around Ukraine's Russia-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant are tough, and Kyiv appears to be just stalling for time, Reuters reported Monday, citing Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti which quoted Moscow’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

    "While consultations with the IAEA are ongoing, it would not be right to make public information about the possible parameters of the ZNPP protection zone. The negotiation process is not progressing easily," Ryabkov said in an interview with the agency.

    "We handed over our proposals to Rafael Grossi, the agency's director general. As far as we know, Kyiv has not yet given a clear answer to the initiative of the IAEA head. Apparently, it's just stalling."

    2 a.m.: Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi is set to visit Moscow in February, Russia's Vedomosti newspaper said on Monday, citing two sources.

    According to the newspaper, Wang may visit Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of the sources said.

    Reuters was not able to immediately verify the report.

    1:30 a.m.: Russia's deputy foreign minister said in an interview published on state media Monday that it was "quite possible" the New START nuclear arms control treaty with the United States would end after 2026, according to Reuters.

    "This is quite a possible scenario," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the RIA news agency in an interview.

    U.S.-Russia talks on resuming inspections under the New START treaty, which expires in February 2026, were called off at the last minute in November 2022. Neither side has agreed on a time frame for new talks.

    1 a.m.: Ukraine's world heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk has told Agence France-Presse he has two goals this year — a unification title fight with Tyson Fury and rebuilding the house where his "good friend" was killed by Russian soldiers.

    Oleksiy Dzhunkivskyi, a former teammate of Usyk, was shot in the hall of the building in Irpin, a suburb of Kyiv. Usyk has teamed up with the charity United24 and is raising funds to restore the badly damaged five-story house to its former glory.

    He has contributed $205,000 towards the overall cost of $330,000.

    In a Zoom interview, Usyk told AFP it had been a coincidence he had selected the building to take a look. "I randomly chose this house," the 36-year-old former cruiserweight world champion said through an interpreter. "When we came to look at it and saw how destroyed the house was, I was a little surprised. In this house there was a boxing gym of my good friend. He and I were in the national team, we went to boxing competitions together. Oleksiy Dzhunkivskyi was shot by Russian soldiers right in this hall."

    When Russia invaded Ukraine last February, Usyk had wanted to take up arms immediately. However, he was dissuaded from doing so as his compatriots felt that in his role as a sports star with global renown, he could add another weapon to the Ukrainian war chest. "The guys from the Armed Forces convinced me that I need to prepare and fight to help my country on the international stage, talk about it and bring opportunities to Ukraine to restore my country," he said.

    12:01 a.m.: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged South Korea on Monday to increase military support to Ukraine, citing other countries that have changed their policy of not providing weapons to countries in conflict after Russia's invasion, Reuters reported.

    Stoltenberg is in Seoul, the first stop on a trip that will include Japan and is aimed at strengthening ties with U.S. allies in the face of the war in Ukraine and rising competition with China.

    Speaking at the Chey Institute for Advanced Studies in Seoul, he thanked South Korea for its non-lethal aid to Ukraine, but urged it to do more, adding there is an "urgent need" for ammunition. Russia calls the invasion a "special operation."

    "I urge the Republic of Korea to continue and to step up on the specific issue of military support," he said. "At the end of the day, it's a decision for you to make, but I'll say that several NATO allies who have had as a policy to never export weapons to countries in a conflict have changed that policy now."

    In meetings with senior South Korean officials, Stoltenberg argued that events in Europe and North America are interconnected with other regions, and that the alliance wants to help manage global threats by increasing partnerships in Asia.

    South Korea has signed major deals providing hundreds of tanks, aircraft and other weapons to NATO member Poland since the war began, but South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has said that his country's law against providing arms to countries in conflicts makes providing weapons to Ukraine difficult.

    Stoltenberg noted that countries such as Germany, Sweden, and Norway had similar policies but changed them.

    "If we don't want autocracy and tyranny to win, then they need weapons, that's the reality," he said, referring to Ukraine.

    The NATO chief said it was "extremely important" that Russia doesn't win this war, not only for the Ukrainians but also to avoid sending a wrong message to authoritarian leaders, including in Beijing, that they can get what they want by force.

    Although China is not NATO's adversary, it has become "much higher" on NATO's agenda, Stoltenberg said, citing Beijing's rising military capabilities and coercive behavior in the region.

    In a statement carried by state media on Monday, North Korea called Stoltenberg's visit a "prelude to confrontation and war as it brings the dark clouds of a 'new Cold War' to the Asia-Pacific region."

    Last year South Korea opened its first diplomatic mission to NATO, vowing to deepen cooperation on non-proliferation, cyber defense, counterterrorism, disaster response and other security areas.

    The NATO chief's visit also comes as U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was due to arrive in Seoul on Monday for talks with his South Korean counterpart Lee Jong-Sup.

    Some information in this report came from Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

    Credit: https://www.voanews.com/a/latest-developments-in-ukraine-jan-30/6939481.html

  •  As far as Australian tennis doubles combinations go forget the Special Ks here comes Team Kinky Unseeded pair Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata completed a perfect Australian Open beating Monaco s Hugo Nys and Poland s Jan Zieli ski 6 4 7 6 7 4 late on Saturday night at Melbourne Park Their victory made it two consecutive Australian successes in the men s doubles at the first major of the year after Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis took the title in 2022 Hours after waking up from the night before Kubler spoke to ABC Radio about his amazing fortnight partnering Hijikata to a men s doubles crown the journey to this point what s ahead for the pair and the struggle to find a nickname for the unlikely duo Kubler said he struggled to get to bed after the triumph The problem with those late finishes is that all the adrenaline is still pumping so you re not wanting to get to sleep I didn t get to bed until about 5 AM AEDT but lots of celebrating with my team and Rinky s Hijikata team after that that s for sure I was actually all right my flight out of Melbourne is a bit little later today So I went to bed around 5 5 30 AM and I was able to wake up at 10 30 11 So it wasn t too bad Hijikata is straight off to a tournament in Tasmania but Kubler has a couple of weeks off to enjoy the moment Kubler has overcome a horrible run with injuries particularly with his knees A fourth round singles effort at Wimbledon last year saw things start to turn around but a run to the final at Melbourne Park was not seen on the cards I actually think I need more time it hasn t sunk in yet what me and Rinky did last night on Rod Laver Arena The middle part of last year I had that great run at Wimbledon and then if anyone had told me that this is how my Australian Open would have gone I wouldn t have believed them for a second And even the summer in general having played the United Cup for Australia as well Honestly I couldn t have wished any more from this summer It s been so great to play in front of all the fans and feel their energy while I m out there According to Kubler the partnership might not have happened if it wasn t for Hijikata s persistence Rinky has asked me a couple of times before but I ve always told him look I don t really play doubles I probably won t do it he said And then a month ago Rinky reached out and said look do you want to play doubles And I m getting coached by someone who coached Rinky for a lot of his teenage years I said worst case it s going to be a lot of fun we get along very well our teams are very close Then for the run we ve had the last two weeks we both definitely didn t expect this but at the same time we were just going out there and enjoying it and swinging and hitting it as hard as we can Thank God Rinky asked me because I probably would have been still there last minute trying to find someone Thank God he did that Now on the back of their major title success Kubler and Hijikata are eyeing a possible run at all four Grand Slam events in 2023 The good thing is as funny as it sounds me and Rinky can have a bit of a doubles schedule now I think we can get into all the tournaments if we enter together if we sign in together So we ve got the French Open coming up where we can play together we ve got Wimbledon the US Open if everything works out we might even get to the end of year finals It s pretty crazy also just like last year at the Australian Open Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis were able to win and hopefully we can do something similar to what they did afterwards They played a bit they won a few tournaments throughout the year and also with Max Purcell and Matt Ebden making the final last year We re just happy to be part of this Australian tennis doubles culture starting to grow again While Hijikata s next tournament is in Tasmania Kubler is now off to Brisbane for some rest and training before heading to the Middle East for some ATP tournaments With my singles I think I m ranked in the high 70s I m able to play the same schedule for singles and doubles now Kubler said I think after the third round or the fourth I think my doubles ranking went higher than my singles and I went oh no I don t know if I could handle that because I ve never seen myself as a doubles player rather than a singles player But now I m able to properly plan my singles and then enter the doubles as well And as for a name for the new partnership The Special Ks was an obvious moniker for Kokkinakis and Kyrgios but Kubler and Hijikata found it a little more difficult to settle on a name People tried I just felt we didn t have that one a nickname where you know when someone says it you go yeah that s the one Kubler said We sort of went with Team Kinky like that has a bit of a ring to it it s kind of funny but then every interview there was like The Ice Brothers and just right We said if the public run with one we ll happily just take it but I was thinking more the Team Kinky because it s a bit funny and we don t take it too seriously so that s always good Credit https www abc net au news 2023 01 29 whats next team kinky jason kubler speaks aust open doubles win 101904942
    What’s next for Team Kinky? Jason Kubler speaks after his Australian Open doubles win with Rinky Hijikata
     As far as Australian tennis doubles combinations go forget the Special Ks here comes Team Kinky Unseeded pair Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata completed a perfect Australian Open beating Monaco s Hugo Nys and Poland s Jan Zieli ski 6 4 7 6 7 4 late on Saturday night at Melbourne Park Their victory made it two consecutive Australian successes in the men s doubles at the first major of the year after Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis took the title in 2022 Hours after waking up from the night before Kubler spoke to ABC Radio about his amazing fortnight partnering Hijikata to a men s doubles crown the journey to this point what s ahead for the pair and the struggle to find a nickname for the unlikely duo Kubler said he struggled to get to bed after the triumph The problem with those late finishes is that all the adrenaline is still pumping so you re not wanting to get to sleep I didn t get to bed until about 5 AM AEDT but lots of celebrating with my team and Rinky s Hijikata team after that that s for sure I was actually all right my flight out of Melbourne is a bit little later today So I went to bed around 5 5 30 AM and I was able to wake up at 10 30 11 So it wasn t too bad Hijikata is straight off to a tournament in Tasmania but Kubler has a couple of weeks off to enjoy the moment Kubler has overcome a horrible run with injuries particularly with his knees A fourth round singles effort at Wimbledon last year saw things start to turn around but a run to the final at Melbourne Park was not seen on the cards I actually think I need more time it hasn t sunk in yet what me and Rinky did last night on Rod Laver Arena The middle part of last year I had that great run at Wimbledon and then if anyone had told me that this is how my Australian Open would have gone I wouldn t have believed them for a second And even the summer in general having played the United Cup for Australia as well Honestly I couldn t have wished any more from this summer It s been so great to play in front of all the fans and feel their energy while I m out there According to Kubler the partnership might not have happened if it wasn t for Hijikata s persistence Rinky has asked me a couple of times before but I ve always told him look I don t really play doubles I probably won t do it he said And then a month ago Rinky reached out and said look do you want to play doubles And I m getting coached by someone who coached Rinky for a lot of his teenage years I said worst case it s going to be a lot of fun we get along very well our teams are very close Then for the run we ve had the last two weeks we both definitely didn t expect this but at the same time we were just going out there and enjoying it and swinging and hitting it as hard as we can Thank God Rinky asked me because I probably would have been still there last minute trying to find someone Thank God he did that Now on the back of their major title success Kubler and Hijikata are eyeing a possible run at all four Grand Slam events in 2023 The good thing is as funny as it sounds me and Rinky can have a bit of a doubles schedule now I think we can get into all the tournaments if we enter together if we sign in together So we ve got the French Open coming up where we can play together we ve got Wimbledon the US Open if everything works out we might even get to the end of year finals It s pretty crazy also just like last year at the Australian Open Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis were able to win and hopefully we can do something similar to what they did afterwards They played a bit they won a few tournaments throughout the year and also with Max Purcell and Matt Ebden making the final last year We re just happy to be part of this Australian tennis doubles culture starting to grow again While Hijikata s next tournament is in Tasmania Kubler is now off to Brisbane for some rest and training before heading to the Middle East for some ATP tournaments With my singles I think I m ranked in the high 70s I m able to play the same schedule for singles and doubles now Kubler said I think after the third round or the fourth I think my doubles ranking went higher than my singles and I went oh no I don t know if I could handle that because I ve never seen myself as a doubles player rather than a singles player But now I m able to properly plan my singles and then enter the doubles as well And as for a name for the new partnership The Special Ks was an obvious moniker for Kokkinakis and Kyrgios but Kubler and Hijikata found it a little more difficult to settle on a name People tried I just felt we didn t have that one a nickname where you know when someone says it you go yeah that s the one Kubler said We sort of went with Team Kinky like that has a bit of a ring to it it s kind of funny but then every interview there was like The Ice Brothers and just right We said if the public run with one we ll happily just take it but I was thinking more the Team Kinky because it s a bit funny and we don t take it too seriously so that s always good Credit https www abc net au news 2023 01 29 whats next team kinky jason kubler speaks aust open doubles win 101904942
    What’s next for Team Kinky? Jason Kubler speaks after his Australian Open doubles win with Rinky Hijikata
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    What’s next for Team Kinky? Jason Kubler speaks after his Australian Open doubles win with Rinky Hijikata

    As far as Australian tennis doubles combinations go, forget the Special Ks — here comes Team Kinky.

    Unseeded pair Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata completed a perfect Australian Open, beating Monaco's Hugo Nys and Poland's Jan Zieliński 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) late on Saturday night at Melbourne Park.

    Their victory made it two consecutive Australian successes in the men's doubles at the first major of the year, after Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis took the title in 2022.

    Hours after waking up from the night before, Kubler spoke to ABC Radio about his amazing fortnight partnering Hijikata to a men's doubles crown, the journey to this point, what's ahead for the pair — and the struggle to find a nickname for the unlikely duo.

    Kubler said he struggled to get to bed after the triumph.

    "The problem with those late finishes is that all the adrenaline is still pumping so you're not wanting to get to sleep. I didn't get to bed until about 5 (AM AEDT), but lots of celebrating with my team and Rinky's [Hijikata] team after that, that's for sure!"

    "I was actually all right – my flight [out of Melbourne] is a bit little later today. So I went to bed around 5, 5:30 (AM) and I was able to wake up at 10:30, 11. So it wasn't too bad."

    Hijikata is straight off to a tournament in Tasmania, but Kubler has a couple of weeks off to enjoy the moment.

    Kubler has overcome a horrible run with injuries, particularly with his knees. A fourth round singles effort at Wimbledon last year saw things start to turn around, but a run to the final at Melbourne Park was not seen on the cards.

    "I actually think I need more time, it hasn't sunk in yet what me and Rinky did last night [on Rod Laver Arena].

    "The middle part of last year I had that great run at Wimbledon, and then if anyone had told me that this is how my Australian Open would have gone, I wouldn't have believed them for a second.

    "And even the summer in general, having played the United Cup [for Australia] as well. Honestly, I couldn't have wished any more from this summer. It's been so great to play in front of all the fans, and feel their energy while I'm out there.

    According to Kubler, the partnership might not have happened if it wasn't for Hijikata's persistence.

    "Rinky has asked me a couple of times before, but I've always told him 'look, I don't really play doubles, I probably won't do it'," he said.

    "And then a month ago, Rinky reached out and said 'look, do you want to play doubles?'. And I'm getting coached by someone who coached Rinky for a lot of his teenage years, I said worst case it's going to be a lot of fun, we get along very well our teams are very close.

    "Then for the run we've had the last two weeks, we both definitely didn't expect this, but at the same time we were just going out there and enjoying it, and swinging and hitting it as hard as we can.

    "Thank God Rinky asked me, because I probably would have been [still there] last minute trying to find someone. Thank God he did that!"

    Now, on the back of their major title success, Kubler and Hijikata are eyeing a possible run at all four Grand Slam events in 2023.

    "The good thing is, as funny as it sounds, me and Rinky can have a bit of a doubles schedule now. I think we can get into all the tournaments if we enter together, if we sign in together.

    "So we've got the French Open coming up where we can play together, we've got Wimbledon, the US Open —if everything works out we might even get to the end of year finals.

    "It's pretty crazy, also, just like last year at the Australian Open Nick [Kyrgios] and Thanasi [Kokkinakis] were able to win, and hopefully we can do something similar to what they did [afterwards].

    "They played a bit, they won a few tournaments throughout the year and also with Max Purcell and Matt Ebden making the final last year.

    "We're just happy to be part of this Australian tennis doubles culture starting to grow again."

    While Hijikata's next tournament is in Tasmania, Kubler is now off to Brisbane for some rest and training before heading to the Middle East for some ATP tournaments.

    "With my singles, I think I'm [ranked] in the high 70s – I'm able to play the same schedule for singles and doubles now," Kubler said.

    "I think [after] the third round or the fourth I think my doubles ranking went higher than my singles and I went 'oh no!' – I don't know if I could handle that because I've never seen myself as a doubles player rather than a singles player. But now I'm able to properly plan my singles and then enter the doubles as well."

    And as for a name for the new partnership?

    The "Special Ks" was an obvious moniker for Kokkinakis and Kyrgios, but Kubler and Hijikata found it a little more difficult to settle on a name.

    "[People] tried … I just felt we didn't have that one [a nickname] where you know when someone says it you go 'yeah, that's the one'," Kubler said.

    "We sort of went with Team Kinky, like that has a bit of a ring to it, it's kind of funny … but then every interview there was like "The Ice Brothers", and "just right".

    "We said if the public run with one, we'll happily just take it, but I was thinking more the Team Kinky because it's a bit funny and we don't take it too seriously, so that's always good."

    Credit: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-29/whats-next-team-kinky-jason-kubler-speaks-aust-open-doubles-win/101904942

  •  Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata have ensured an Australian Open trophy has remained in home hands storming to a shock straight sets win in the men s doubles final With singles champion Ash Barty retiring and Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis unable to defend their 2022 doubles crown due to injury Kubler and Hijikata have flown the flag beating Monaco s Hugo Nys and Poland s Jan Zielinski 6 4 7 6 7 4 in Saturday night s decider The men s match didn t get started on Rod Laver Arena until after 11pm with the women s singles final stretching to three sets But plenty of local fans stuck around at Melbourne Park post midnight to watch the unlikely victory and the pair being presented the trophy by doubles legends American twins Mike and Bob Bryan They also will also split an impressive prize cheque of 695 000 Kubler the former junior world No 1 who s completed a spectacular rise over the past 12 months after an injury hit career said it was his career highlight It s pretty crazy now what me and Rinky can do for the rest of the year I think we can play all of the tournaments together hopefully build off this the 29 year old said But man this is the highlight of the career for me Rinky is only 21 and he s a grand slam champion so he s got a great future ahead of him Playing together for the first time the local wildcards cut a swathe through the draw to make the title match knocking off three top 10 seeds including top ranked Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski in the quarter finals Nys and Zielinski were also playing in their maiden grand slam final and only linked as a pair last March However they won the Metz trophy last season and reached the US Open quarter finals Showing no signs of nerves the Australians broke Zielinski s serve to love early in the opening set Kubler himself served well throughout while Hijikata at 21 eight years younger than his partner was outstanding at the net They both outplayed their opponents from the back of the court to fire up their fans Kubler stormed through his serve to level at 6 6 in the second set sending it to a tiebreak They edged ahead 5 4 after a searing Kubler forehand and won the match in a chaotic final point that left Hijikata on his backside I had no clue what was going on Kubs Kubler swatted two balls back and I absolutely stacked it Hijikata said To be honest I m a bit dirty that that s my match point winning a grand slam on that Hijikata said he didn t have long to celebrate flying out to Burnie in Tasmania on Sunday for a challenger tournament No all Australian pairing since the legendary Woodies Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde had won the Open men s doubles in a quarter of a century until last year Now Kubler and Hijikata have repeated the wildcard heroics of the Special Ks Kyrgios and Kokkinakis Australians own two of the four men s grand slam doubles trophies After losing last year s Australian Open final to Kyrgios and Kokkinakis Max Purcell and Matt Ebden won Wimbledon six months later Novak Djokovic admits the most satisfying grand slam title win of his record setting career was also tinged with sadness because Credit https www 2ec com au sport kubler and hijikata win open doubles crown
    Kubler and Hijikata win Open doubles crown
     Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata have ensured an Australian Open trophy has remained in home hands storming to a shock straight sets win in the men s doubles final With singles champion Ash Barty retiring and Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis unable to defend their 2022 doubles crown due to injury Kubler and Hijikata have flown the flag beating Monaco s Hugo Nys and Poland s Jan Zielinski 6 4 7 6 7 4 in Saturday night s decider The men s match didn t get started on Rod Laver Arena until after 11pm with the women s singles final stretching to three sets But plenty of local fans stuck around at Melbourne Park post midnight to watch the unlikely victory and the pair being presented the trophy by doubles legends American twins Mike and Bob Bryan They also will also split an impressive prize cheque of 695 000 Kubler the former junior world No 1 who s completed a spectacular rise over the past 12 months after an injury hit career said it was his career highlight It s pretty crazy now what me and Rinky can do for the rest of the year I think we can play all of the tournaments together hopefully build off this the 29 year old said But man this is the highlight of the career for me Rinky is only 21 and he s a grand slam champion so he s got a great future ahead of him Playing together for the first time the local wildcards cut a swathe through the draw to make the title match knocking off three top 10 seeds including top ranked Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski in the quarter finals Nys and Zielinski were also playing in their maiden grand slam final and only linked as a pair last March However they won the Metz trophy last season and reached the US Open quarter finals Showing no signs of nerves the Australians broke Zielinski s serve to love early in the opening set Kubler himself served well throughout while Hijikata at 21 eight years younger than his partner was outstanding at the net They both outplayed their opponents from the back of the court to fire up their fans Kubler stormed through his serve to level at 6 6 in the second set sending it to a tiebreak They edged ahead 5 4 after a searing Kubler forehand and won the match in a chaotic final point that left Hijikata on his backside I had no clue what was going on Kubs Kubler swatted two balls back and I absolutely stacked it Hijikata said To be honest I m a bit dirty that that s my match point winning a grand slam on that Hijikata said he didn t have long to celebrate flying out to Burnie in Tasmania on Sunday for a challenger tournament No all Australian pairing since the legendary Woodies Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde had won the Open men s doubles in a quarter of a century until last year Now Kubler and Hijikata have repeated the wildcard heroics of the Special Ks Kyrgios and Kokkinakis Australians own two of the four men s grand slam doubles trophies After losing last year s Australian Open final to Kyrgios and Kokkinakis Max Purcell and Matt Ebden won Wimbledon six months later Novak Djokovic admits the most satisfying grand slam title win of his record setting career was also tinged with sadness because Credit https www 2ec com au sport kubler and hijikata win open doubles crown
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    Kubler and Hijikata win Open doubles crown

    Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata have ensured an Australian Open trophy has remained in home hands, storming to a shock straight-sets win in the men’s doubles final.

    With singles champion Ash Barty retiring and Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis unable to defend their 2022 doubles crown due to injury, Kubler and Hijikata have flown the flag, beating Monaco’s Hugo Nys and Poland’s Jan Zielinski 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in Saturday night’s decider.

    The men’s match didn’t get started on Rod Laver Arena until after 11pm with the women’s singles final stretching to three sets.

    But plenty of local fans stuck around at Melbourne Park post-midnight to watch the unlikely victory and the pair being presented the trophy by doubles legends, American twins Mike and Bob Bryan.

    They also will also split an impressive prize cheque of $695,000.

    Kubler, the former junior world No.1 who’s completed a spectacular rise over the past 12 months after an injury-hit career, said it was his career highlight.

    “It’s pretty crazy now what me and Rinky can do for the rest of the year – I think we can play all of the tournaments together, hopefully build off this,” the 29-year-old said.

    “But, man, this is the highlight of the career for me.

    “Rinky is only 21 and he’s a grand slam champion so he’s got a great future ahead of him.”

    Playing together for the first time, the local wildcards cut a swathe through the draw to make the title match, knocking off three top 10 seeds including top-ranked Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski in the quarter-finals.

    Nys and Zielinski were also playing in their maiden grand slam final and only linked as a pair last March.

    However, they won the Metz trophy last season and reached the US Open quarter-finals.

    Showing no signs of nerves, the Australians broke Zielinski’s serve to love early in the opening set.

    Kubler himself served well throughout while Hijikata, at 21 eight years younger than his partner, was outstanding at the net.

    They both outplayed their opponents from the back of the court to fire up their fans.

    Kubler stormed through his serve to level at 6-6 in the second set, sending it to a tiebreak.

    They edged ahead 5-4 after a searing Kubler forehand and won the match in a chaotic final point that left Hijikata on his backside.

    “I had no clue what was going on – Kubs (Kubler) swatted two balls back and I absolutely stacked it,” Hijikata said.

    “To be honest, I’m a bit dirty that that’s my match point, winning a grand slam on that.”

    Hijikata said he didn’t have long to celebrate, flying out to Burnie in Tasmania on Sunday for a challenger tournament.

    No all-Australian pairing since the legendary Woodies – Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde – had won the Open men’s doubles in a quarter of a century until last year.

    Now Kubler and Hijikata have repeated the wildcard heroics of the ‘Special Ks’, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis.

    Australians own two of the four men’s grand slam doubles trophies.

    After losing last year’s Australian Open final to Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, Max Purcell and Matt Ebden won Wimbledon six months later.

    Novak Djokovic admits the most satisfying grand slam title win of his record-setting career was also tinged with sadness because...

    Credit: https://www.2ec.com.au/sport/kubler-and-hijikata-win-open-doubles-crown/

  •  Lil Yachty has unleashed a bizarre new music video for the track sAy sOMETHINg in which he tells a woman he loves her just two weeks after first meeting check it out below The video directed by Crowns amp Owls was released on Friday January 27 and opens with Lil Yachty on a date with a woman Things appear to be going smoothly until Lil Yachty holds a gun to his temple and tells the woman he loves her in the middle of singing the lyrics to the song Viewers are then transported into Boat s mind where he envisions a life with the woman such as going on dates and eventually having a baby Things go awry when he suddenly begins to picture her drifting away from him in a car and at the diner where they re on the date Yachty then comes back to reality and the woman wastes no time turning down his statement Mm mm don t ever in your life say that to me again she says in the video That shit just made me itch What are you talking about love me Yachty responds with a stunned look on his face I was thinking we d be together That s why I brought you here This is my favorite diner my favorite fries The woman reminds Lil Yachty they ve only been seeing each for two weeks and calls the whole situation crazy as fuck Yachty shows his persistence and says things feel different in this relationship but the situation goes even more left when he finds out the woman has been seeing someone else causing the rapper to become a shell of his former self and commit a vicious crime The song is track number 10 on Lil Yachty s new album Let s Start Here which was released the same day as the video The album serves as the Atlanta native s first studio project since 2020 s Lil Boat 3 and follows his 2021 mixtape Michigan Boat Boy Let s Start Here is a new chapter for Lil Yachty who often opts for an Atlanta trap sound For the album Yachty went the alternative route and created a project inspired by psychedelic rock The 25 year old first teased the album back in May 2022 I try not to tweet cuz I know y all want the album I ll come back with that best one yet Promise He then shared details for it earlier this month with an Instagram post revealing the ominous cover art that shows businessmen and women laughing with devilish smiles Let s Start Here 1 27 Chapter 2 Thank You for the patience Yachty wrote on Instagram The new project comes after Lil Yachty s recent track Poland inspired a pretty big viral moment back in October The song catapulted to viral fame thanks to its absurd warbling hook I took the Wooooock to Poland a reference to Wockhardt the pharmaceutical company that produces promethazine codeine syrup which has inspired countless memes on social media During the online hype Quality Control CEO Pierre Pee Thomas shared an alleged text conversation with Poland s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki inviting Lil Boat to his homeland Thank you for the call Pee wrote alluding to a recent phone conversation with Prime Minister Morawiecki Let s make arrangements to get Mr Yachty to your country to celebrate Credit https hiphopdx com news lil yachty rejection extreme bizarre video say something
    Lil Yachty Takes Rejection To The Extreme In Bizarre New Video
     Lil Yachty has unleashed a bizarre new music video for the track sAy sOMETHINg in which he tells a woman he loves her just two weeks after first meeting check it out below The video directed by Crowns amp Owls was released on Friday January 27 and opens with Lil Yachty on a date with a woman Things appear to be going smoothly until Lil Yachty holds a gun to his temple and tells the woman he loves her in the middle of singing the lyrics to the song Viewers are then transported into Boat s mind where he envisions a life with the woman such as going on dates and eventually having a baby Things go awry when he suddenly begins to picture her drifting away from him in a car and at the diner where they re on the date Yachty then comes back to reality and the woman wastes no time turning down his statement Mm mm don t ever in your life say that to me again she says in the video That shit just made me itch What are you talking about love me Yachty responds with a stunned look on his face I was thinking we d be together That s why I brought you here This is my favorite diner my favorite fries The woman reminds Lil Yachty they ve only been seeing each for two weeks and calls the whole situation crazy as fuck Yachty shows his persistence and says things feel different in this relationship but the situation goes even more left when he finds out the woman has been seeing someone else causing the rapper to become a shell of his former self and commit a vicious crime The song is track number 10 on Lil Yachty s new album Let s Start Here which was released the same day as the video The album serves as the Atlanta native s first studio project since 2020 s Lil Boat 3 and follows his 2021 mixtape Michigan Boat Boy Let s Start Here is a new chapter for Lil Yachty who often opts for an Atlanta trap sound For the album Yachty went the alternative route and created a project inspired by psychedelic rock The 25 year old first teased the album back in May 2022 I try not to tweet cuz I know y all want the album I ll come back with that best one yet Promise He then shared details for it earlier this month with an Instagram post revealing the ominous cover art that shows businessmen and women laughing with devilish smiles Let s Start Here 1 27 Chapter 2 Thank You for the patience Yachty wrote on Instagram The new project comes after Lil Yachty s recent track Poland inspired a pretty big viral moment back in October The song catapulted to viral fame thanks to its absurd warbling hook I took the Wooooock to Poland a reference to Wockhardt the pharmaceutical company that produces promethazine codeine syrup which has inspired countless memes on social media During the online hype Quality Control CEO Pierre Pee Thomas shared an alleged text conversation with Poland s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki inviting Lil Boat to his homeland Thank you for the call Pee wrote alluding to a recent phone conversation with Prime Minister Morawiecki Let s make arrangements to get Mr Yachty to your country to celebrate Credit https hiphopdx com news lil yachty rejection extreme bizarre video say something
    Lil Yachty Takes Rejection To The Extreme In Bizarre New Video
    Foreign1 day ago

    Lil Yachty Takes Rejection To The Extreme In Bizarre New Video

    Lil Yachty has unleashed a bizarre new music video for the track “sAy sOMETHINg” in which he tells a woman he loves her just two weeks after first meeting — check it out below.

    The video, directed by Crowns & Owls, was released on Friday (January 27) and opens with Lil Yachty on a date with a woman. Things appear to be going smoothly until Lil Yachty holds a gun to his temple and tells the woman he loves her in the middle of singing the lyrics to the song.

    Viewers are then transported into Boat’s mind, where he envisions a life with the woman, such as going on dates and eventually having a baby. Things go awry when he suddenly begins to picture her drifting away from him in a car and at the diner where they’re on the date.

    Yachty then comes back to reality, and the woman wastes no time turning down his statement. “Mm, mm, don’t ever in your life say that to me again,” she says in the video. “That shit just made me itch. What are you talking about, ‘love me?'”

    Yachty responds with a stunned look on his face: “I was thinking we’d be together. That’s why I brought you here. This is my favorite diner, my favorite fries.”

    The woman reminds Lil Yachty they’ve only been seeing each for two weeks and calls the whole situation “crazy as fuck.” Yachty shows his persistence and says things feel different in this relationship, but the situation goes even more left when he finds out the woman has been seeing someone else, causing the rapper to become a shell of his former self and commit a vicious crime.

    The song is track number 10 on Lil Yachty’s new album, Let’s Start Here, which was released the same day as the video. The album serves as the Atlanta native’s first studio project since 2020’s Lil Boat 3 and follows his 2021 mixtape Michigan Boat Boy.

    Let’s Start Here is a new chapter for Lil Yachty, who often opts for an Atlanta trap sound. For the album, Yachty went the alternative route and created a project inspired by psychedelic rock.

    The 25-year-old first teased the album back in May 2022: “I try not to tweet ‘cuz I know y’all want [the] album… I’ll come back with that, best one yet. Promise.”

    He then shared details for it earlier this month with an Instagram post revealing the ominous cover art that shows businessmen and women laughing with devilish smiles. “Let’s Start Here. – 1/27 Chapter 2. Thank You for the patience,” Yachty wrote on Instagram.

    The new project comes after Lil Yachty’s recent track “Poland” inspired a pretty big viral moment back in October.

    The song  catapulted to viral fame thanks to its absurd, warbling hook (“I took the Wooooock to Poland,” a reference to Wockhardt, the pharmaceutical company that produces promethazine-codeine syrup), which has inspired countless memes on social media.

    During the online hype, Quality Control CEO Pierre “Pee” Thomas shared an alleged text conversation with Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki inviting Lil Boat to his homeland.

    “Thank you for the call,” Pee wrote, alluding to a recent phone conversation with Prime Minister Morawiecki. “Let’s make arrangements to get Mr. Yachty to [your] country to celebrate.”

    Credit: https://hiphopdx.com/news/lil-yachty-rejection-extreme-bizarre-video-say-something

  •  Real Madrid will face their intra city rivals Atletico Madrid in a Copa del Rey quarterfinal match that will determine which team advances to the semifinals of the competition The Madrid derby matchups are always high strung affairs but the tension spiked in the lead up with Atletico supporters once again targeting Real s Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr with racist abuse hanging an effigy of the player from a bridge near the club s training base Both Real and Atletico issued strong statements condemning the act Vinicius should be extra motivated to get his first career goal against his club s rivals and help Real Madrid move closer to ending a Copa del Rey drought that has run nearly a decade since they last hoisted the trophy in April 2014 Atletico won it the season before 2013 and are on a similar dry spell with neither Madrid side even reaching the final during the span since their last triumph Real will be hosting this single elimination match due to the luck of the quarterfinal draw There must be a winner on the day with extra time and penalties if necessary used in case of a draw after 90 minutes Extra time will likely be needed These two teams have played in five winner take all matchups in their history and all five have gone to extra time Champions League 2014 2016 UEFA Super Cup 2018 Spanish Supercopa 2020 and Copa del Rey 2013 Atletico Madrid won two of them UEFA Super Cup and Copa del Rey La Liga leaders Barcelona and Osasuna are the first two 2023 Copa del Rey semifinalists after advancing on Wednesday The remaining semifinalist will come from the Valencia vs Athletic Club matchup also happening on Thursday The semifinal draw takes place on Friday It will take some searching to find a legal stream or broadcast of the Madrid derby depending on where in the world you re based Below we provide some reliable resources and guides to help you figure out whether you re able to tune in to a legal stream or broadcast According to LiveSoccerTV and 90min only a few of the regions below will be able to watch a live stream of the Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid quarterfinal ESPN in the USA and ViaPlay in the UK both of which require a subscription to view In countries in which Bet365 operates the stream is available for registered users of the sports betting site who have a funded account and have made a bet in a specific window of time The Copa del Rey is the oldest domestic cup competition in Spain founded in 1903 But the coverage of the competition is not as widespread globally as league play from Spain with La Liga running a full season from August through May Fans around the world need to do their homework to find out how to watch the remaining Copa del Rey matches in the competition LiveSoccerTV offers a guide North Africa will be served by beIN Sports while sub Saharan Africa will see the matches carried by Star Times beIN Sports also serves many Arab countries and Iran with Setanta carrying the matches for Afghanistan in addition to Voot and MTV Uzbekistan UzReport as well and Kazakhstan Many countries don t have a listed carrier Japan South Korea Southeast Asia Thailand Vietnam and Indonesia Countries like Spain Movistar France L Equipe Sweden Sport Bladet Play Denmark TV2 Sport Turkey Tivibor Spor 2 Hungary Sport 2 Hungary Czech Republic and Slovakia Sport 1 and the Balkan countries Arena Sport and Moja TV can tune in However other nations like the UK Ireland Portugal Belgium Germany Austria Poland and Italy will likely have to pursue the Bet365 com route if the betting site is legal in those territories The UK does have streaming available on ViaPlay through Sky Sports and Virgin Media Fans in the USA can stream the matches in the same place they get their La Liga action ESPN But there are no listed carriers in Canada Sky will air the matches in Mexico and parts of Central America Unfortunately there is no broadcaster or streamer carrying the matches in Australia and New Zealand and fans will have to explore the Bet365 option if legally available in those countries Several Spanish speaking countries will be able to watch it on DirecTV Sports Paraguay will have it on Tigo Sports while the matches will be carried by Star in Brazil Credit https www sportingnews com au soccer news real madrid atletico madrid channel watch tv tzd0ffni3vqazakstx3e22af
    What channel is Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid? How to watch Copa del Rey quarterfinal on TV
     Real Madrid will face their intra city rivals Atletico Madrid in a Copa del Rey quarterfinal match that will determine which team advances to the semifinals of the competition The Madrid derby matchups are always high strung affairs but the tension spiked in the lead up with Atletico supporters once again targeting Real s Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr with racist abuse hanging an effigy of the player from a bridge near the club s training base Both Real and Atletico issued strong statements condemning the act Vinicius should be extra motivated to get his first career goal against his club s rivals and help Real Madrid move closer to ending a Copa del Rey drought that has run nearly a decade since they last hoisted the trophy in April 2014 Atletico won it the season before 2013 and are on a similar dry spell with neither Madrid side even reaching the final during the span since their last triumph Real will be hosting this single elimination match due to the luck of the quarterfinal draw There must be a winner on the day with extra time and penalties if necessary used in case of a draw after 90 minutes Extra time will likely be needed These two teams have played in five winner take all matchups in their history and all five have gone to extra time Champions League 2014 2016 UEFA Super Cup 2018 Spanish Supercopa 2020 and Copa del Rey 2013 Atletico Madrid won two of them UEFA Super Cup and Copa del Rey La Liga leaders Barcelona and Osasuna are the first two 2023 Copa del Rey semifinalists after advancing on Wednesday The remaining semifinalist will come from the Valencia vs Athletic Club matchup also happening on Thursday The semifinal draw takes place on Friday It will take some searching to find a legal stream or broadcast of the Madrid derby depending on where in the world you re based Below we provide some reliable resources and guides to help you figure out whether you re able to tune in to a legal stream or broadcast According to LiveSoccerTV and 90min only a few of the regions below will be able to watch a live stream of the Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid quarterfinal ESPN in the USA and ViaPlay in the UK both of which require a subscription to view In countries in which Bet365 operates the stream is available for registered users of the sports betting site who have a funded account and have made a bet in a specific window of time The Copa del Rey is the oldest domestic cup competition in Spain founded in 1903 But the coverage of the competition is not as widespread globally as league play from Spain with La Liga running a full season from August through May Fans around the world need to do their homework to find out how to watch the remaining Copa del Rey matches in the competition LiveSoccerTV offers a guide North Africa will be served by beIN Sports while sub Saharan Africa will see the matches carried by Star Times beIN Sports also serves many Arab countries and Iran with Setanta carrying the matches for Afghanistan in addition to Voot and MTV Uzbekistan UzReport as well and Kazakhstan Many countries don t have a listed carrier Japan South Korea Southeast Asia Thailand Vietnam and Indonesia Countries like Spain Movistar France L Equipe Sweden Sport Bladet Play Denmark TV2 Sport Turkey Tivibor Spor 2 Hungary Sport 2 Hungary Czech Republic and Slovakia Sport 1 and the Balkan countries Arena Sport and Moja TV can tune in However other nations like the UK Ireland Portugal Belgium Germany Austria Poland and Italy will likely have to pursue the Bet365 com route if the betting site is legal in those territories The UK does have streaming available on ViaPlay through Sky Sports and Virgin Media Fans in the USA can stream the matches in the same place they get their La Liga action ESPN But there are no listed carriers in Canada Sky will air the matches in Mexico and parts of Central America Unfortunately there is no broadcaster or streamer carrying the matches in Australia and New Zealand and fans will have to explore the Bet365 option if legally available in those countries Several Spanish speaking countries will be able to watch it on DirecTV Sports Paraguay will have it on Tigo Sports while the matches will be carried by Star in Brazil Credit https www sportingnews com au soccer news real madrid atletico madrid channel watch tv tzd0ffni3vqazakstx3e22af
    What channel is Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid? How to watch Copa del Rey quarterfinal on TV
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    What channel is Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid? How to watch Copa del Rey quarterfinal on TV

    Real Madrid will face their intra-city rivals Atletico Madrid in a Copa del Rey quarterfinal match that will determine which team advances to the semifinals of the competition.

    The Madrid derby matchups are always high-strung affairs, but the tension spiked in the lead-up with Atletico supporters once again targeting Real's Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr with racist abuse, hanging an effigy of the player from a bridge near the club's training base. Both Real and Atletico issued strong statements condemning the act.

    Vinicius should be extra motivated to get his first career goal against his club's rivals and help Real Madrid move closer to ending a Copa del Rey drought that has run nearly a decade since they last hoisted the trophy in April 2014. Atletico won it the season before (2013) and are on a similar dry spell with neither Madrid side even reaching the final during the span since their last triumph.

    Real will be hosting this single elimination match due to the luck of the quarterfinal draw. There must be a winner on the day with extra time and penalties, if necessary, used in case of a draw after 90 minutes.

    Extra time will likely be needed. These two teams have played in five winner-take-all matchups in their history, and all five have gone to extra time: Champions League (2014, 2016), UEFA Super Cup (2018), Spanish Supercopa (2020), and Copa del Rey (2013). Atletico Madrid won two of them (UEFA Super Cup and Copa del Rey).

    La Liga leaders Barcelona and Osasuna are the first two 2023 Copa del Rey semifinalists after advancing on Wednesday. The remaining semifinalist will come from the Valencia vs. Athletic Club matchup also happening on Thursday. The semifinal draw takes place on Friday.

    It will take some searching to find a legal stream or broadcast of the Madrid derby, depending on where in the world you're based.

    Below we provide some reliable resources and guides to help you figure out whether you're able to tune in to a legal stream or broadcast.

    According to LiveSoccerTV and 90min, only a few of the regions below will be able to watch a live stream of the Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid quarterfinal: ESPN+ in the USA and ViaPlay in the UK, both of which require a subscription to view.

    In countries in which Bet365 operates, the stream is available for registered users of the sports betting site who have a funded account and have made a bet in a specific window of time.

    The Copa del Rey is the oldest domestic cup competition in Spain, founded in 1903. But the coverage of the competition is not as widespread globally as league play from Spain with La Liga running a full season from August through May.

    Fans around the world need to do their homework to find out how to watch the remaining Copa del Rey matches in the competition. LiveSoccerTV offers a guide.

    North Africa will be served by beIN Sports, while sub-Saharan Africa will see the matches carried by Star Times.

    beIN Sports also serves many Arab countries and Iran, with Setanta carrying the matches for Afghanistan (in addition to Voot and MTV), Uzbekistan (UzReport as well), and Kazakhstan.

    Many countries don't have a listed carrier: Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

    Countries like Spain (Movistar+), France (L'Equipe), Sweden (Sport Bladet Play), Denmark (TV2 Sport), Turkey (Tivibor Spor 2), Hungary (Sport 2 Hungary), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Sport 1), and the Balkan countries (Arena Sport and Moja TV) can tune in.

    However, other nations like the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Poland, and Italy will likely have to pursue the Bet365.com route if the betting site is legal in those territories. The UK does have streaming available on ViaPlay through Sky Sports and Virgin Media.

    Fans in the USA can stream the matches in the same place they get their La Liga action: ESPN+. But there are no listed carriers in Canada.

    Sky will air the matches in Mexico and parts of Central America.

    Unfortunately, there is no broadcaster or streamer carrying the matches in Australia and New Zealand and fans will have to explore the Bet365 option if legally available in those countries.

    Several Spanish-speaking countries will be able to watch it on DirecTV Sports (Paraguay will have it on Tigo Sports), while the matches will be carried by Star+ in Brazil.

    Credit: https://www.sportingnews.com/au/soccer/news/real-madrid-atletico-madrid-channel-watch-tv/tzd0ffni3vqazakstx3e22af

  •  BARCELONA Ousmane Dembele scored the only goal of the game as Barcelona beat 10 man Real Sociedad 1 0 at Camp Nou on Wednesday to book their place in the semifinal of the Copa del Rey Dembele who was brilliant on the night fired home in the 52nd minute beating goalkeeper Alex Remiro at his near post after latching on to a through ball from Jules Kounde Brais Mendez had earlier been sent off for a reckless challenge on Sergio Busquets but even down a player La Real almost equalised when Alexander Sorloth missed an open goal from six yards Barca will regret not taking their chances to kill off the game with Gavi hitting the woodwork and they had goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen to thank for late stops from Robert Navarro and Jon Ander Olasagasti The best periods in Barcelona s recent history have often been accompanied by a clearly defined Gala XI the term given by the local media to the first choice team Under Xavi the Gala XI has not always been obvious but it does appear to be now Against La Real the Barca coach lined up with the same side which easily beat Real Madrid to win the Spanish Supercopa recently Ter Stegen in goal a back four of Kounde Ronald Araujo Andreas Christensen and Alejandro Balde a midfield of Busquets Frenkie de Jong Pedri and Gavi and a front line of Dembele and Robert Lewandowski The first 30 minutes here were brilliant even if there were no goals The football was good there was an offside goal and missed chances from Kounde De Jong and Dembele On another day Barca would have scored two against an in form opponent who came to Camp Nou on a nine game winning run Mendez s red card only upped Barca s domination and they eventually broke the deadlock early in the second half What followed was not so good Barca failed to score a second goal and in the end were hanging on with Sorloth missing a sitter and Ter Stegen making two big late saves Xavi has repeated throughout his time as Barca coach that well coached and performing consistently Dembele can be one of the best players in the world The Frenchman is now regularly producing match winning performances Wednesday s performance was not just about his goal It was everything It was his searing pace It was his decision making It was his chance creation Real Sociedad could not stop him He was unplayable His goal was excellently took and he also set up openings for De Jong and Gavi the latter hitting the bar Real Sociedad have been one of the best teams in Spain this season but Mendez s dismissal ended any hopes they had of extending their winning run in all competitions to 10 games They had just about weathered the Barca storm in the first half when the midfielder was sent off Already without the injured David Silva and Mikel Merino dropping down to 10 men made a difficult task at Camp Nou a near impossible one That said even with a man less they came close to equalising through Sorloth who won t want to see a replay of his miss from six yards before substitutes Navarro and Olasagasti brought the best out of Ter Stegen La Real now turn their attention back to LaLiga They travel to Real Madrid on Sunday and can move level with Carlo Ancelotti s side with a win at the Santiago Bernabeu They also remain in the Europa League BEST Ousmane Dembele Barcelona At the heart of almost everything Barca did with a blistering performance BEST Jules Kounde Barcelona After Dembele a handful of Barca players impressed but Kounde s contribution in defence and attack setting up the goal and almost scoring himself stood out BEST Take Kubo Real Sociedad The away side s brightest player hitting the bar in the first half and causing problems with his pace and close control in the second WORST Brais Mendez Real Sociedad Could have no complaints about his first half red card for an over the top challenge on Busquets WORST Alexander Sorloth Real Sociedad The Norway striker produced a candidate for miss of the season turning over the bar from six yards out with the goal gaping WORST Robert Lewandowski Barcelona A rare off night for the Poland international who already has 22 goals for Barca this season Ousmane Dembele is having a stellar year because of plays and goals like these Even with 10 men Real Sociedad were in it all the way until the final whistle keeping Barcelona keeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen on his toes A game saving effort by the German there after an initial blunder Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez on Ousmane Dembele s performance I think he has matured a lot since we took over We have given him the tools He is lethal We always say when he comes inside he has to shoot more because he has the quality and can make the difference in games You see the faces of the full backs they suffer We have just given him confidence He has so much potential I believe in him I think a lot of this comes down to making the right decisions He is also enjoying himself and the fans are enjoying him I am delighted for him because he is a good guy and good professional He has turned things around and that is not easy at Barca Xavi on coaching Dembele He s the one full of confidence and quality We try to guide him I think he is happy and that is important I speak often with him For me he is still one of the best in the world in his position He has so much quality but from there you have to believe in yourself At Barca it s important to have that mentality to believe that you can influence games Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil on the result We are annoyed because we wanted to get through It s difficult here 11 vs 11 against Barca in their current form so imagine But we knew we would get chances We were close even with a man less I don t usually like the word proud because it means you have lost and we came to win The red card marks the game We competed we had chances to draw But against Barca in their form with a player like Dembele it is complicated In the last 10 minutes they seemed more nervous and 1 1 seemed more likely than 2 2 It still hurts I am annoyed Alguacil on Mendez s red card If I am the referee and I am called to look at the image I do the same But it s football and I am sure Xavi would agree with me that without VAR it passes as just another moment Barcelona has won six of the seven games that Ousmane Dembele has scored in this season with the lone exception being the Champions League group stage match vs Inter Milan 3 3 draw Barcelona extended a club record home winning streak vs Real Sociedad now up to 27 games Barcelona The top side in LaLiga return to action with a trip to Girona on Saturday Three more league games Real Betis Sevilla Villarreal before the Europa League campaign returns with a first leg matchup against Manchester United Feb 16 at Camp Nou Real Sociedad Another measuring stick test for the San Sebastian side This time a trip to Real Madrid in a Sunday clash of the second and third placed teams in LaLiga Credit https www espn com soccer spanish copa del rey story 4861272 barcelonas new gala xi emerges as ousmane dembele and co reach copa del rey semis over real sociedad
    Barcelona’s new ‘Gala XI’ emerges as Dembele and Co. reach Copa del Rey semis
     BARCELONA Ousmane Dembele scored the only goal of the game as Barcelona beat 10 man Real Sociedad 1 0 at Camp Nou on Wednesday to book their place in the semifinal of the Copa del Rey Dembele who was brilliant on the night fired home in the 52nd minute beating goalkeeper Alex Remiro at his near post after latching on to a through ball from Jules Kounde Brais Mendez had earlier been sent off for a reckless challenge on Sergio Busquets but even down a player La Real almost equalised when Alexander Sorloth missed an open goal from six yards Barca will regret not taking their chances to kill off the game with Gavi hitting the woodwork and they had goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen to thank for late stops from Robert Navarro and Jon Ander Olasagasti The best periods in Barcelona s recent history have often been accompanied by a clearly defined Gala XI the term given by the local media to the first choice team Under Xavi the Gala XI has not always been obvious but it does appear to be now Against La Real the Barca coach lined up with the same side which easily beat Real Madrid to win the Spanish Supercopa recently Ter Stegen in goal a back four of Kounde Ronald Araujo Andreas Christensen and Alejandro Balde a midfield of Busquets Frenkie de Jong Pedri and Gavi and a front line of Dembele and Robert Lewandowski The first 30 minutes here were brilliant even if there were no goals The football was good there was an offside goal and missed chances from Kounde De Jong and Dembele On another day Barca would have scored two against an in form opponent who came to Camp Nou on a nine game winning run Mendez s red card only upped Barca s domination and they eventually broke the deadlock early in the second half What followed was not so good Barca failed to score a second goal and in the end were hanging on with Sorloth missing a sitter and Ter Stegen making two big late saves Xavi has repeated throughout his time as Barca coach that well coached and performing consistently Dembele can be one of the best players in the world The Frenchman is now regularly producing match winning performances Wednesday s performance was not just about his goal It was everything It was his searing pace It was his decision making It was his chance creation Real Sociedad could not stop him He was unplayable His goal was excellently took and he also set up openings for De Jong and Gavi the latter hitting the bar Real Sociedad have been one of the best teams in Spain this season but Mendez s dismissal ended any hopes they had of extending their winning run in all competitions to 10 games They had just about weathered the Barca storm in the first half when the midfielder was sent off Already without the injured David Silva and Mikel Merino dropping down to 10 men made a difficult task at Camp Nou a near impossible one That said even with a man less they came close to equalising through Sorloth who won t want to see a replay of his miss from six yards before substitutes Navarro and Olasagasti brought the best out of Ter Stegen La Real now turn their attention back to LaLiga They travel to Real Madrid on Sunday and can move level with Carlo Ancelotti s side with a win at the Santiago Bernabeu They also remain in the Europa League BEST Ousmane Dembele Barcelona At the heart of almost everything Barca did with a blistering performance BEST Jules Kounde Barcelona After Dembele a handful of Barca players impressed but Kounde s contribution in defence and attack setting up the goal and almost scoring himself stood out BEST Take Kubo Real Sociedad The away side s brightest player hitting the bar in the first half and causing problems with his pace and close control in the second WORST Brais Mendez Real Sociedad Could have no complaints about his first half red card for an over the top challenge on Busquets WORST Alexander Sorloth Real Sociedad The Norway striker produced a candidate for miss of the season turning over the bar from six yards out with the goal gaping WORST Robert Lewandowski Barcelona A rare off night for the Poland international who already has 22 goals for Barca this season Ousmane Dembele is having a stellar year because of plays and goals like these Even with 10 men Real Sociedad were in it all the way until the final whistle keeping Barcelona keeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen on his toes A game saving effort by the German there after an initial blunder Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez on Ousmane Dembele s performance I think he has matured a lot since we took over We have given him the tools He is lethal We always say when he comes inside he has to shoot more because he has the quality and can make the difference in games You see the faces of the full backs they suffer We have just given him confidence He has so much potential I believe in him I think a lot of this comes down to making the right decisions He is also enjoying himself and the fans are enjoying him I am delighted for him because he is a good guy and good professional He has turned things around and that is not easy at Barca Xavi on coaching Dembele He s the one full of confidence and quality We try to guide him I think he is happy and that is important I speak often with him For me he is still one of the best in the world in his position He has so much quality but from there you have to believe in yourself At Barca it s important to have that mentality to believe that you can influence games Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil on the result We are annoyed because we wanted to get through It s difficult here 11 vs 11 against Barca in their current form so imagine But we knew we would get chances We were close even with a man less I don t usually like the word proud because it means you have lost and we came to win The red card marks the game We competed we had chances to draw But against Barca in their form with a player like Dembele it is complicated In the last 10 minutes they seemed more nervous and 1 1 seemed more likely than 2 2 It still hurts I am annoyed Alguacil on Mendez s red card If I am the referee and I am called to look at the image I do the same But it s football and I am sure Xavi would agree with me that without VAR it passes as just another moment Barcelona has won six of the seven games that Ousmane Dembele has scored in this season with the lone exception being the Champions League group stage match vs Inter Milan 3 3 draw Barcelona extended a club record home winning streak vs Real Sociedad now up to 27 games Barcelona The top side in LaLiga return to action with a trip to Girona on Saturday Three more league games Real Betis Sevilla Villarreal before the Europa League campaign returns with a first leg matchup against Manchester United Feb 16 at Camp Nou Real Sociedad Another measuring stick test for the San Sebastian side This time a trip to Real Madrid in a Sunday clash of the second and third placed teams in LaLiga Credit https www espn com soccer spanish copa del rey story 4861272 barcelonas new gala xi emerges as ousmane dembele and co reach copa del rey semis over real sociedad
    Barcelona’s new ‘Gala XI’ emerges as Dembele and Co. reach Copa del Rey semis
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    Barcelona’s new ‘Gala XI’ emerges as Dembele and Co. reach Copa del Rey semis

    BARCELONA -- Ousmane Dembele scored the only goal of the game as Barcelona beat 10-man Real Sociedad 1-0 at Camp Nou on Wednesday to book their place in the semifinal of the Copa del Rey.

    Dembele, who was brilliant on the night, fired home in the 52nd minute, beating goalkeeper Alex Remiro at his near post after latching on to a through ball from Jules Kounde.

    Brais Mendez had earlier been sent off for a reckless challenge on Sergio Busquets, but even down a player La Real almost equalised when Alexander Sorloth missed an open goal from six yards.

    Barca will regret not taking their chances to kill off the game, with Gavi hitting the woodwork, and they had goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to thank for late stops from Robert Navarro and Jon Ander Olasagasti.

    The best periods in Barcelona's recent history have often been accompanied by a clearly defined "Gala XI" -- the term given by the local media to the first-choice team. Under Xavi, the Gala XI has not always been obvious, but it does appear to be now.

    Against La Real, the Barca coach lined up with the same side which easily beat Real Madrid to win the Spanish Supercopa recently: Ter Stegen in goal, a back four of Kounde, Ronald Araujo, Andreas Christensen and Alejandro Balde; a midfield of Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri and Gavi; and a front line of Dembele and Robert Lewandowski.

    The first 30 minutes here were brilliant, even if there were no goals. The football was good, there was an offside goal and missed chances from Kounde, De Jong and Dembele. On another day, Barca would have scored two against an in-form opponent who came to Camp Nou on a nine-game winning run.

    Mendez's red card only upped Barca's domination and they eventually broke the deadlock early in the second half. What followed was not so good. Barca failed to score a second goal and in the end were hanging on, with Sorloth missing a sitter and Ter Stegen making two big late saves.

    Xavi has repeated throughout his time as Barca coach that, well coached and performing consistently, Dembele can be one of the best players in the world. The Frenchman is now regularly producing match winning performances.

    Wednesday's performance was not just about his goal. It was everything. It was his searing pace. It was his decision making. It was his chance creation. Real Sociedad could not stop him. He was unplayable. His goal was excellently took and he also set up openings for De Jong and Gavi, the latter hitting the bar.

    Real Sociedad have been one of the best teams in Spain this season, but Mendez's dismissal ended any hopes they had of extending their winning run in all competitions to 10 games. They had just about weathered the Barca storm in the first half when the midfielder was sent off.

    Already without the injured David Silva and Mikel Merino, dropping down to 10 men made a difficult task at Camp Nou a near impossible one. That said, even with a man less, they came close to equalising through Sorloth, who won't want to see a replay of his miss from six yards, before substitutes Navarro and Olasagasti brought the best out of Ter Stegen.

    La Real now turn their attention back to LaLiga. They travel to Real Madrid on Sunday and can move level with Carlo Ancelotti's side with a win at the Santiago Bernabeu. They also remain in the Europa League.

    BEST: Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona At the heart of almost everything Barca did with a blistering performance.

    BEST: Jules Kounde, Barcelona After Dembele, a handful of Barca players impressed, but Kounde's contribution in defence and attack -- setting up the goal and almost scoring himself -- stood out.

    BEST: Take Kubo, Real Sociedad The away side's brightest player, hitting the bar in the first half and causing problems with his pace and close control in the second.

    WORST: Brais Mendez, Real Sociedad Could have no complaints about his first-half red card for an over-the-top challenge on Busquets.

    WORST: Alexander Sorloth, Real Sociedad The Norway striker produced a candidate for miss of the season, turning over the bar from six yards out with the goal gaping.

    WORST: Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona A rare off night for the Poland international, who already has 22 goals for Barca this season.

    Ousmane Dembele is having a stellar year because of plays and goals like these.

    Even with 10 men, Real Sociedad were in it all the way until the final whistle, keeping Barcelona keeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen on his toes.

    A game-saving effort by the German there after an initial blunder.

    Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez, on Ousmane Dembele's performance: "I think he has matured a lot since we took over. We have given him the tools. He is lethal. We always say when he comes inside, he has to shoot more because he has the quality and can make the difference in games. You see the faces of the full-backs, they suffer. We have just given him confidence. He has so much potential. I believe in him. I think a lot of this comes down to making the right decisions. He is also enjoying himself and the fans are enjoying him. I am delighted for him because he is a good guy and good professional. He has turned things around and that is not easy at Barca."

    Xavi, on coaching Dembele: "He's the one full of confidence and quality. We try to guide him. I think he is happy and that is important. I speak often with him. For me, he is still one of the best in the world in his position. He has so much quality but from there you have to believe in yourself. At Barca, it's important to have that mentality to believe that you can influence games."

    Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil, on the result: "We are annoyed because we wanted to get through. It's difficult here 11 vs. 11 against Barca in their current form, so imagine ... But we knew we would get chances. We were close, even with a man less.

    "I don't usually like the word proud because it means you have lost, and we came to win. The red card marks the game. We competed, we had chances to draw. But against Barca, in their form, with a player like Dembele, it is complicated. In the last 10 minutes they seemed more nervous and 1-1 seemed more likely than 2-2. It still hurts, I am annoyed."

    Alguacil, on Mendez's red card: "If I am the referee and I am called to look at the image, I do the same. But it's football, and I am sure Xavi would agree with me that without VAR, it passes as just another moment."

    - Barcelona has won six of the seven games that Ousmane Dembele has scored in this season, with the lone exception being the Champions League group-stage match vs. Inter Milan (3-3 draw).

    - Barcelona extended a club-record home winning streak vs. Real Sociedad, now up to 27 games.

    Barcelona: The top side in LaLiga return to action with a trip to Girona on Saturday. Three more league games (Real Betis, Sevilla, Villarreal) before the Europa League campaign returns with a first-leg matchup against Manchester United (Feb. 16) at Camp Nou.

    Real Sociedad: Another measuring stick test for the San Sebastian side. This time a trip to Real Madrid in a Sunday clash of the second- and third-placed teams in LaLiga.

    Credit: https://www.espn.com/soccer/spanish-copa-del-rey/story/4861272/barcelonas-new-gala-xi-emerges-as-ousmane-dembele-and-co-reach-copa-del-rey-semis-over-real-sociedad

  •  Almost a year ago to the day Barcelona s squad were on a plane up to Bilbao where they would be knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the round of 16 stage Ousmane Dembele was not aboard Negotiations over Dembele s contract extension had stalled earlier in the month and Barcelona s sporting directors led by Mateu Alemany took an executive decision the France winger would not be part of Xavi s team to face Athletic In the meantime the club started working on how to put an end to Dembele s time at the Camp Nou in the most profitable way for everyone involved A lot has changed at Barcelona 12 months Dembele was replaced in the 84th minute in Barcelona s 1 0 home win over Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey quarter finals on Wednesday night The 25 year old had scored the tie s only goal and put in a dazzling overall performance which earned him a standing ovation from the crowd as he walked off the pitch I m so happy for Dembele because he s done something that is not easy in Barcelona to turn the omelette onto the other side Xavi said afterwards That had nothing to do with Dembele s cooking skills it is a peculiar Spanish idiom used by the Barcelona boss that can be translated as turning the tables Dembele s skills warmed the frozen spectators at the Camp Nou An attendance of 59 610 fans made for Barcelona s worst turnout of the season probably explained by this being a 9pm local time kick off in one of the coldest weeks of the past year it was 4C 39F during the game but felt even colder The tie unfolded relatively comfortably for Barcelona Jesus Gil Manzano was the referee in charge which was surprising given he had sent off Robert Lewandowski in Barcelona s game away at Osasuna before the World Cup break That red card led to a three match ban for the Poland striker Fans made their feelings clear by booing and aiming chants at Gil Manzano at the start of the game but this time it was Real Sociedad who had a man dismissed Brais Mendez was shown a straight red card in the 40th minute following a VAR review after he planted his studs on Sergio Busquets ankle If you look at the VAR picture as the referee did it is a red card Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil conceded Barcelona played more than 50 minutes with an extra man as a result but they had already been the better team on the pitch when it was 11 vs 11 led from the first minute by the lively Dembele A big part of the Frenchman s revival should be attributed to Xavi s new preferred formation Even though plenty of fans stayed away the Barcelona manager did not take the quarter final clash lightly winning the Copa del Rey would be another valuable trophy for the legendary midfielder after claiming the Supercopa de Espana less than two weeks ago Xavi s four leading midfielders were back in the line up Busquets Frenkie de Jong Gavi and Pedri That meant it was a familiar starting XI to the one that inspired the 3 1 demolition of Real Madrid in that Supercopa final It is easy to see why this is fast becoming Xavi s preferred system It is one in which his brightest midfielders can connect and combine at will and that is exactly what happened for 60 minutes last night But it also allowed Dembele to put in his best performance yet in five and a half years at the Camp Nou There were still some scares for Barcelona They could not finish off the game and struggled in the closing stages Marc Andre ter Stegen was their saviour again and Real Sociedad striker Alexander Sorloth is unlikely to forget the open goal he missed in the 59th minute Dembele remained the star of the show It is no exaggeration to say Xavi has changed the 25 year old s life Dembele has registered 40 goals and 41 assists in 177 appearances since joining as a highly rated youngster from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 But it did not always look as if he could fulfil that huge potential at the Camp Nou Dembele has provided almost half of all his assists for the club 20 and a quarter of his goals with Xavi on the sidelines as coach from 58 games in other words 37 per cent of his Barcelona goal contributions have come from 33 per cent of his matches since Xavi became manager in November 2021 And even more important than the numbers is the belief Dembele is exhibiting Ousmane has matured a lot as a footballer since we are here Xavi said We try to provide him with all the tools to make him see what he needs to do in any action when he needs to demand the ball at his feet and when he needs to run into space In that department he is deadly At Christmas Barcelona sources who wished to remain anonymous to protect their position voiced concerns over how Dembele would return to club football after a disastrous display in the World Cup final where France boss Didier Deschamps replaced him and fellow forward Olivier Giroud after 41 minutes with Argentina already 2 0 up Instead Dembele is thriving The Copa del Rey where his Barcelona career looked set to run its course last year has turned out to be the stage where he completed his comeback Now the bigger challenge for Dembele is how he can keep producing such displays and not revert to the frustrating performances that led senior figures at the club to question whether he could cope with Barcelona s lofty standards Xavi and the Camp Nou were treated to Dembele turning over a new leaf or omelette on Thursday Now it s up to the Frenchman to prove he can do it every week Subscribe to The Athletic for in depth coverage of your favorite players teams leagues and clubs Try a week on us Credit https theathletic com 4126494 2023 01 26 ousmane dembeles masterclass shows how he is turning the page on his barcelona career
    Dembele’s masterclass shows how he is turning the page on his Barcelona career
     Almost a year ago to the day Barcelona s squad were on a plane up to Bilbao where they would be knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the round of 16 stage Ousmane Dembele was not aboard Negotiations over Dembele s contract extension had stalled earlier in the month and Barcelona s sporting directors led by Mateu Alemany took an executive decision the France winger would not be part of Xavi s team to face Athletic In the meantime the club started working on how to put an end to Dembele s time at the Camp Nou in the most profitable way for everyone involved A lot has changed at Barcelona 12 months Dembele was replaced in the 84th minute in Barcelona s 1 0 home win over Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey quarter finals on Wednesday night The 25 year old had scored the tie s only goal and put in a dazzling overall performance which earned him a standing ovation from the crowd as he walked off the pitch I m so happy for Dembele because he s done something that is not easy in Barcelona to turn the omelette onto the other side Xavi said afterwards That had nothing to do with Dembele s cooking skills it is a peculiar Spanish idiom used by the Barcelona boss that can be translated as turning the tables Dembele s skills warmed the frozen spectators at the Camp Nou An attendance of 59 610 fans made for Barcelona s worst turnout of the season probably explained by this being a 9pm local time kick off in one of the coldest weeks of the past year it was 4C 39F during the game but felt even colder The tie unfolded relatively comfortably for Barcelona Jesus Gil Manzano was the referee in charge which was surprising given he had sent off Robert Lewandowski in Barcelona s game away at Osasuna before the World Cup break That red card led to a three match ban for the Poland striker Fans made their feelings clear by booing and aiming chants at Gil Manzano at the start of the game but this time it was Real Sociedad who had a man dismissed Brais Mendez was shown a straight red card in the 40th minute following a VAR review after he planted his studs on Sergio Busquets ankle If you look at the VAR picture as the referee did it is a red card Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil conceded Barcelona played more than 50 minutes with an extra man as a result but they had already been the better team on the pitch when it was 11 vs 11 led from the first minute by the lively Dembele A big part of the Frenchman s revival should be attributed to Xavi s new preferred formation Even though plenty of fans stayed away the Barcelona manager did not take the quarter final clash lightly winning the Copa del Rey would be another valuable trophy for the legendary midfielder after claiming the Supercopa de Espana less than two weeks ago Xavi s four leading midfielders were back in the line up Busquets Frenkie de Jong Gavi and Pedri That meant it was a familiar starting XI to the one that inspired the 3 1 demolition of Real Madrid in that Supercopa final It is easy to see why this is fast becoming Xavi s preferred system It is one in which his brightest midfielders can connect and combine at will and that is exactly what happened for 60 minutes last night But it also allowed Dembele to put in his best performance yet in five and a half years at the Camp Nou There were still some scares for Barcelona They could not finish off the game and struggled in the closing stages Marc Andre ter Stegen was their saviour again and Real Sociedad striker Alexander Sorloth is unlikely to forget the open goal he missed in the 59th minute Dembele remained the star of the show It is no exaggeration to say Xavi has changed the 25 year old s life Dembele has registered 40 goals and 41 assists in 177 appearances since joining as a highly rated youngster from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 But it did not always look as if he could fulfil that huge potential at the Camp Nou Dembele has provided almost half of all his assists for the club 20 and a quarter of his goals with Xavi on the sidelines as coach from 58 games in other words 37 per cent of his Barcelona goal contributions have come from 33 per cent of his matches since Xavi became manager in November 2021 And even more important than the numbers is the belief Dembele is exhibiting Ousmane has matured a lot as a footballer since we are here Xavi said We try to provide him with all the tools to make him see what he needs to do in any action when he needs to demand the ball at his feet and when he needs to run into space In that department he is deadly At Christmas Barcelona sources who wished to remain anonymous to protect their position voiced concerns over how Dembele would return to club football after a disastrous display in the World Cup final where France boss Didier Deschamps replaced him and fellow forward Olivier Giroud after 41 minutes with Argentina already 2 0 up Instead Dembele is thriving The Copa del Rey where his Barcelona career looked set to run its course last year has turned out to be the stage where he completed his comeback Now the bigger challenge for Dembele is how he can keep producing such displays and not revert to the frustrating performances that led senior figures at the club to question whether he could cope with Barcelona s lofty standards Xavi and the Camp Nou were treated to Dembele turning over a new leaf or omelette on Thursday Now it s up to the Frenchman to prove he can do it every week Subscribe to The Athletic for in depth coverage of your favorite players teams leagues and clubs Try a week on us Credit https theathletic com 4126494 2023 01 26 ousmane dembeles masterclass shows how he is turning the page on his barcelona career
    Dembele’s masterclass shows how he is turning the page on his Barcelona career
    General news4 days ago

    Dembele’s masterclass shows how he is turning the page on his Barcelona career

    Almost a year ago to the day, Barcelona’s squad were on a plane up to Bilbao, where they would be knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the round of 16 stage. Ousmane Dembele was not aboard.

    Negotiations over Dembele’s contract extension had stalled earlier in the month and Barcelona’s sporting directors, led by Mateu Alemany, took an executive decision — the France winger would not be part of Xavi’s team to face Athletic. In the meantime, the club started working on how to put an end to Dembele’s time at the Camp Nou in the most profitable way for everyone involved.

    A lot has changed at Barcelona 12 months.

    Dembele was replaced in the 84th minute in Barcelona’s 1-0 home win over Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday night. The 25-year-old had scored the tie’s only goal and put in a dazzling overall performance, which earned him a standing ovation from the crowd as he walked off the pitch.

    “I’m so happy for Dembele, because he’s done something that is not easy in Barcelona — to turn the omelette onto the other side,” Xavi said afterwards. That had nothing to do with Dembele’s cooking skills — it is a peculiar Spanish idiom used by the Barcelona boss that can be translated as “turning the tables”.

    Dembele’s skills warmed the frozen spectators at the Camp Nou. An attendance of 59,610 fans made for Barcelona’s worst turnout of the season — probably explained by this being a 9pm local time kick-off in one of the coldest weeks of the past year: it was 4C (39F) during the game, but felt even colder.

    The tie unfolded relatively comfortably for Barcelona. Jesus Gil Manzano was the referee in charge — which was surprising, given he had sent off Robert Lewandowski in Barcelona’s game away at Osasuna before the World Cup break. That red card led to a three-match ban for the Poland striker.

    Fans made their feelings clear by booing and aiming chants at Gil Manzano at the start of the game but this time, it was Real Sociedad who had a man dismissed. Brais Mendez was shown a straight red card in the 40th minute, following a VAR review, after he planted his studs on Sergio Busquets’ ankle.

    “If you look at the VAR picture, as the referee did, it is a red card,” Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil conceded.

    Barcelona played more than 50 minutes with an extra man as a result, but they had already been the better team on the pitch when it was 11 vs 11, led from the first minute by the lively Dembele.

    A big part of the Frenchman’s revival should be attributed to Xavi’s new preferred formation. Even though plenty of fans stayed away, the Barcelona manager did not take the quarter-final clash lightly – winning the Copa del Rey would be another valuable trophy for the legendary midfielder after claiming the Supercopa de Espana less than two weeks ago.

    Xavi’s four leading midfielders were back in the line-up: Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Gavi and Pedri. That meant it was a familiar starting XI to the one that inspired the 3-1 demolition of Real Madrid in that Supercopa final.

    It is easy to see why this is fast becoming Xavi’s preferred system. It is one in which his brightest midfielders can connect and combine at will — and that is exactly what happened for 60 minutes last night. But it also allowed Dembele to put in his best performance yet in five and a half years at the Camp Nou.

    There were still some scares for Barcelona. They could not finish off the game and struggled in the closing stages. Marc-Andre ter Stegen was their saviour again, and Real Sociedad striker Alexander Sorloth is unlikely to forget the open goal he missed in the 59th minute.

    Dembele remained the star of the show.

    It is no exaggeration to say Xavi has changed the 25-year-old’s life. Dembele has registered 40 goals and 41 assists in 177 appearances since joining as a highly rated youngster from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017. But it did not always look as if he could fulfil that huge potential at the Camp Nou.

    Dembele has provided almost half of all his assists for the club (20) and a quarter of his goals with Xavi on the sidelines as coach (from 58 games) — in other words, 37 per cent of his Barcelona goal contributions have come from 33 per cent of his matches since Xavi became manager in November 2021. And even more important than the numbers is the belief Dembele is exhibiting.

    “Ousmane has matured a lot as a footballer since we are here,” Xavi said. “We try to provide him with all the tools to make him see what he needs to do in any action — when he needs to demand the ball at his feet and when he needs to run into space. In that department, he is deadly.

    At Christmas, Barcelona sources, who wished to remain anonymous to protect their position, voiced concerns over how Dembele would return to club football after a disastrous display in the World Cup final — where France boss Didier Deschamps replaced him (and fellow forward Olivier Giroud) after 41 minutes with Argentina already 2-0 up.

    Instead, Dembele is thriving. The Copa del Rey, where his Barcelona career looked set to run its course last year, has turned out to be the stage where he completed his comeback.

    Now the bigger challenge for Dembele is how he can keep producing such displays — and not revert to the frustrating performances that led senior figures at the club to question whether he could cope with Barcelona’s lofty standards.

    Xavi and the Camp Nou were treated to Dembele turning over a new leaf — or omelette — on Thursday.

    Now it’s up to the Frenchman to prove he can do it every week.

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  •  MADRID The days of Barcelona fans jeering Ousmane Demb l are long gone There were only cheers from the crowd at the Camp Nou after the France forward led the hosts to the semifinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday Demb l scored the winning goal early in the second half as Barcelona defeated 10 man Real Sociedad 1 0 to return to the last four after a one year absence The result ended a nine game winning streak for Sociedad which played a man down from the 40th minute after Brais M ndez was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets It was Sociedad s 27th straight loss to Barcelona as a visitor It hasn t won at the Catalan club in 31 matches dating to 1991 The Basque Country side arrived as one of the hottest teams in Spain with 21 wins in 28 matches in all competitions this season with 13 of those wins coming in away games It had lost only four times overall and is third in the Spanish league six points behind leader Barcelona Barcelona was in control for most of the match though and opened the scoring in the 52nd through Demb l s angled shot from inside the area after a pass into space by defender Jules Kound Barcelona fans had been upset with Demb l after he refused to accept the club s decision to loan him to another club last summer He has been playing well and been crucial for the team recently though and again created several opportunities Wednesday before scoring his third goal in six matches Some fans were on their feet to give him an ovation when Demb l was replaced by Ansu Fati in the 84th Sociedad had a couple of good chances near the end but couldn t capitalize on them with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andr ter Stegen coming up with big saves Barcelona was eliminated in the round of 16 last season and won the Copa in 2021 for its last title before the departure of Lionel Messi The Catalan club has won four matches in a row including the Spanish Super Cup final against Real Madrid in Saudi Arabia Barcelona coach Xavi had Robert Lewandowski back after the Poland striker couldn t play against Getafe in the Spanish league because of a suspension Sociedad was without veteran playmaker David Silva because of a muscle injury Barcelona eliminated third division club Ceuta in the round of 16 while Sociedad got past Mallorca Struggling Sevilla visits Osasuna in the other quarterfinal on Wednesday Real Madrid hosts city rival Atletico Madrid on Thursday and Athletic Bilbao visits Valencia The draw for the semifinals will be on Monday Credit https www washingtonpost com sports soccer barcelona beats 10 man sociedad 1 0 to reach copa semifinals 2023 01 25 e620158c 9cfd 11ed 93e0 38551e88239c_story html
    Barcelona beats 10-man Sociedad 1-0 to reach Copa semifinals
     MADRID The days of Barcelona fans jeering Ousmane Demb l are long gone There were only cheers from the crowd at the Camp Nou after the France forward led the hosts to the semifinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday Demb l scored the winning goal early in the second half as Barcelona defeated 10 man Real Sociedad 1 0 to return to the last four after a one year absence The result ended a nine game winning streak for Sociedad which played a man down from the 40th minute after Brais M ndez was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets It was Sociedad s 27th straight loss to Barcelona as a visitor It hasn t won at the Catalan club in 31 matches dating to 1991 The Basque Country side arrived as one of the hottest teams in Spain with 21 wins in 28 matches in all competitions this season with 13 of those wins coming in away games It had lost only four times overall and is third in the Spanish league six points behind leader Barcelona Barcelona was in control for most of the match though and opened the scoring in the 52nd through Demb l s angled shot from inside the area after a pass into space by defender Jules Kound Barcelona fans had been upset with Demb l after he refused to accept the club s decision to loan him to another club last summer He has been playing well and been crucial for the team recently though and again created several opportunities Wednesday before scoring his third goal in six matches Some fans were on their feet to give him an ovation when Demb l was replaced by Ansu Fati in the 84th Sociedad had a couple of good chances near the end but couldn t capitalize on them with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andr ter Stegen coming up with big saves Barcelona was eliminated in the round of 16 last season and won the Copa in 2021 for its last title before the departure of Lionel Messi The Catalan club has won four matches in a row including the Spanish Super Cup final against Real Madrid in Saudi Arabia Barcelona coach Xavi had Robert Lewandowski back after the Poland striker couldn t play against Getafe in the Spanish league because of a suspension Sociedad was without veteran playmaker David Silva because of a muscle injury Barcelona eliminated third division club Ceuta in the round of 16 while Sociedad got past Mallorca Struggling Sevilla visits Osasuna in the other quarterfinal on Wednesday Real Madrid hosts city rival Atletico Madrid on Thursday and Athletic Bilbao visits Valencia The draw for the semifinals will be on Monday Credit https www washingtonpost com sports soccer barcelona beats 10 man sociedad 1 0 to reach copa semifinals 2023 01 25 e620158c 9cfd 11ed 93e0 38551e88239c_story html
    Barcelona beats 10-man Sociedad 1-0 to reach Copa semifinals
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    Barcelona beats 10-man Sociedad 1-0 to reach Copa semifinals

    MADRID — The days of Barcelona fans jeering Ousmane Dembélé are long gone.

    There were only cheers from the crowd at the Camp Nou after the France forward led the hosts to the semifinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

    Dembélé scored the winning goal early in the second half as Barcelona defeated 10-man Real Sociedad 1-0 to return to the last four after a one-year absence.

    The result ended a nine-game winning streak for Sociedad, which played a man down from the 40th minute after Brais Méndez was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets.

    It was Sociedad’s 27th straight loss to Barcelona as a visitor. It hasn’t won at the Catalan club in 31 matches, dating to 1991.

    The Basque Country side arrived as one of the hottest teams in Spain with 21 wins in 28 matches in all competitions this season, with 13 of those wins coming in away games. It had lost only four times overall and is third in the Spanish league, six points behind leader Barcelona.

    Barcelona was in control for most of the match, though, and opened the scoring in the 52nd through Dembélé’s angled shot from inside the area after a pass into space by defender Jules Koundé.

    Barcelona fans had been upset with Dembélé after he refused to accept the club’s decision to loan him to another club last summer. He has been playing well and been crucial for the team recently, though, and again created several opportunities Wednesday before scoring his third goal in six matches.

    Some fans were on their feet to give him an ovation when Dembélé was replaced by Ansu Fati in the 84th.

    Sociedad had a couple of good chances near the end but couldn’t capitalize on them, with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen coming up with big saves.

    Barcelona was eliminated in the round of 16 last season and won the Copa in 2021 for its last title before the departure of Lionel Messi. The Catalan club has won four matches in a row, including the Spanish Super Cup final against Real Madrid in Saudi Arabia.

    Barcelona coach Xavi had Robert Lewandowski back after the Poland striker couldn’t play against Getafe in the Spanish league because of a suspension.

    Sociedad was without veteran playmaker David Silva because of a muscle injury.

    Barcelona eliminated third-division club Ceuta in the round of 16, while Sociedad got past Mallorca.

    Struggling Sevilla visits Osasuna in the other quarterfinal on Wednesday. Real Madrid hosts city rival Atletico Madrid on Thursday, and Athletic Bilbao visits Valencia.

    The draw for the semifinals will be on Monday.

    Credit: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/soccer/barcelona-beats-10-man-sociedad-1-0-to-reach-copa-semifinals/2023/01/25/e620158c-9cfd-11ed-93e0-38551e88239c_story.html

  •  The tanks won t arrive in Ukraine for many months President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the U S will send Ukraine a battalion of 31 M1 Abrams tanks the Army s premier main battle tank in a significant show of support for Kyiv in its fight against Russia The tanks won t arrive in Ukraine for many months and the Pentagon is working through the challenges involved in providing the training equipment and fuel to operate the 70 ton tracked weapons officials said But the decision is a huge symbolic win for Ukraine which is bogged down in brutal fighting across the country and preparing for a spring counteroffensive to repel the Russians Other nations including Germany are set to send their own modern tanks to Kyiv which has been pleading for the weapons for months Biden approved the tanks as part of a 400 million procurement through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative a fund set aside by Congress to support Ukraine The U S will now sign contracts for the 31 Abrams tanks along with 120mm rounds and other ammunition eight tactical recovery vehicles other support vehicles and equipment training maintenance and sustainment according to the State Department The news comes after weeks of discussions between U S and European leaders particularly the Germans who have long resisted sending their own Leopard 2 tanks Biden has spoken with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz multiple times this month about providing assistance to Ukraine and the two nations announced last month that they would send Patriot missile systems to help defend Ukrainian cities said a senior administration official speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement Top members of Biden s national security team Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Joint Chiefs Chair Gen Mark Milley and national security adviser Jake Sullivan also met frequently with their German and European counterparts including most recently at a meeting of defense ministers at Ramstein Air Base Germany last week Top U S officials urged Germany to send their Leopard 2s which are abundant across Europe and easier for the Ukrainians to use and maintain than the Abrams But Berlin stood firm with senior German leaders privately telling Washington that they would only send Leopards if the U S sent Abrams The president knew Ukraine needed Leopards on the battlefield as soon as possible so he worked with his national security team to approve the Abrams He ultimately decided to send American tanks after Austin s recommendation according to two other U S officials Biden knew the only way Germany would do Leopards is if we did Abrams and allied unity is the most important thing to him So Secretary Austin sent a proposal on how to make it happen one of the officials said But asked on Wednesday whether Germany had forced Biden s hand by insisting it would send Leopards only if the U S sent Abrams the president responded in the negative Biden said the tanks will help Ukrainian forces defend against the ongoing Russian onslaught As news of Biden s decision emerged in media reports Tuesday including POLITICO the government in Berlin announced on Wednesday that Germany and its European partners planned to quickly send two Leopard 2 tank battalions to Kyiv Poland Spain Norway and Finland are also likely to join in the coalition of nations sending Leopards The decision comes after Pentagon leaders argued publicly and privately that now may not be the right time to send the Abrams The tanks are too complicated for Ukrainian forces to learn to operate quickly and maintain on the battlefield they argued The administration s thinking on the challenges the Abrams presents hasn t changed But the decision was made to procure them now so that when they arrive on the battlefield Ukrainian forces will be able to maintain and operate them Procuring the weapons through the assistance initiative means it will be months before Ukraine actually gets them Speaking on MSNBC after the announcement National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby insisted that while the U S never took tanks off the table officials did speak openly about the challenges that would come with supplying them Another reason to procure the Abrams through contracts rather then sending them directly from DoD stocks is because the Pentagon does not have sufficient tanks in its inventory to transfer them to Ukraine said a second senior administration official The M1s will build on the capabilities the Pentagon has provided in previous aid packages including hundreds of armored vehicles air defenses and artillery shells officials said DoD is now working through the challenges of delivering the Abrams and supporting them on the battlefield The military will be setting up a very careful training program to teach the Ukrainians how to maintain sustain and operate the weapons which do require a good deal of assistance the official said In addition to the tanks themselves DoD is also procuring eight M88 recovery vehicles which are designed to repair or replace damaged Abrams parts during a fight as well as extricate vehicles that become bogged down These vehicles go with the Abrams to be able to provide coverage of your operation to make sure Ukrainians will be able to keep these Abrams up and running the official said At the same time DoD is training Ukrainians on combined arms maneuver tactics which will allow Ukrainian forces to integrate the Abrams and other armored capabilities into their overall operations All of these weapons are aimed at helping Ukraine continue fighting Russia over the coming weeks and months particularly in the wide open terrain of the northeastern Donbas region said a third senior administration official The Abrams in particular is reflective of the administration s long term commitment to the war We ve said all along the capabilities we re going to provide are going to evolve with the needs of the war And I think that s what you re seeing here said the third senior administration official Credit https www politico com news 2023 01 25 u s to send 31 abrams tanks to ukraine in major reversal 00079437
    U.S. to send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, in major reversal
     The tanks won t arrive in Ukraine for many months President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the U S will send Ukraine a battalion of 31 M1 Abrams tanks the Army s premier main battle tank in a significant show of support for Kyiv in its fight against Russia The tanks won t arrive in Ukraine for many months and the Pentagon is working through the challenges involved in providing the training equipment and fuel to operate the 70 ton tracked weapons officials said But the decision is a huge symbolic win for Ukraine which is bogged down in brutal fighting across the country and preparing for a spring counteroffensive to repel the Russians Other nations including Germany are set to send their own modern tanks to Kyiv which has been pleading for the weapons for months Biden approved the tanks as part of a 400 million procurement through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative a fund set aside by Congress to support Ukraine The U S will now sign contracts for the 31 Abrams tanks along with 120mm rounds and other ammunition eight tactical recovery vehicles other support vehicles and equipment training maintenance and sustainment according to the State Department The news comes after weeks of discussions between U S and European leaders particularly the Germans who have long resisted sending their own Leopard 2 tanks Biden has spoken with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz multiple times this month about providing assistance to Ukraine and the two nations announced last month that they would send Patriot missile systems to help defend Ukrainian cities said a senior administration official speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement Top members of Biden s national security team Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Joint Chiefs Chair Gen Mark Milley and national security adviser Jake Sullivan also met frequently with their German and European counterparts including most recently at a meeting of defense ministers at Ramstein Air Base Germany last week Top U S officials urged Germany to send their Leopard 2s which are abundant across Europe and easier for the Ukrainians to use and maintain than the Abrams But Berlin stood firm with senior German leaders privately telling Washington that they would only send Leopards if the U S sent Abrams The president knew Ukraine needed Leopards on the battlefield as soon as possible so he worked with his national security team to approve the Abrams He ultimately decided to send American tanks after Austin s recommendation according to two other U S officials Biden knew the only way Germany would do Leopards is if we did Abrams and allied unity is the most important thing to him So Secretary Austin sent a proposal on how to make it happen one of the officials said But asked on Wednesday whether Germany had forced Biden s hand by insisting it would send Leopards only if the U S sent Abrams the president responded in the negative Biden said the tanks will help Ukrainian forces defend against the ongoing Russian onslaught As news of Biden s decision emerged in media reports Tuesday including POLITICO the government in Berlin announced on Wednesday that Germany and its European partners planned to quickly send two Leopard 2 tank battalions to Kyiv Poland Spain Norway and Finland are also likely to join in the coalition of nations sending Leopards The decision comes after Pentagon leaders argued publicly and privately that now may not be the right time to send the Abrams The tanks are too complicated for Ukrainian forces to learn to operate quickly and maintain on the battlefield they argued The administration s thinking on the challenges the Abrams presents hasn t changed But the decision was made to procure them now so that when they arrive on the battlefield Ukrainian forces will be able to maintain and operate them Procuring the weapons through the assistance initiative means it will be months before Ukraine actually gets them Speaking on MSNBC after the announcement National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby insisted that while the U S never took tanks off the table officials did speak openly about the challenges that would come with supplying them Another reason to procure the Abrams through contracts rather then sending them directly from DoD stocks is because the Pentagon does not have sufficient tanks in its inventory to transfer them to Ukraine said a second senior administration official The M1s will build on the capabilities the Pentagon has provided in previous aid packages including hundreds of armored vehicles air defenses and artillery shells officials said DoD is now working through the challenges of delivering the Abrams and supporting them on the battlefield The military will be setting up a very careful training program to teach the Ukrainians how to maintain sustain and operate the weapons which do require a good deal of assistance the official said In addition to the tanks themselves DoD is also procuring eight M88 recovery vehicles which are designed to repair or replace damaged Abrams parts during a fight as well as extricate vehicles that become bogged down These vehicles go with the Abrams to be able to provide coverage of your operation to make sure Ukrainians will be able to keep these Abrams up and running the official said At the same time DoD is training Ukrainians on combined arms maneuver tactics which will allow Ukrainian forces to integrate the Abrams and other armored capabilities into their overall operations All of these weapons are aimed at helping Ukraine continue fighting Russia over the coming weeks and months particularly in the wide open terrain of the northeastern Donbas region said a third senior administration official The Abrams in particular is reflective of the administration s long term commitment to the war We ve said all along the capabilities we re going to provide are going to evolve with the needs of the war And I think that s what you re seeing here said the third senior administration official Credit https www politico com news 2023 01 25 u s to send 31 abrams tanks to ukraine in major reversal 00079437
    U.S. to send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, in major reversal
    General news4 days ago

    U.S. to send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, in major reversal

    The tanks won’t arrive in Ukraine for many months.

    President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the U.S. will send Ukraine a battalion of 31 M1 Abrams tanks, the Army’s premier main battle tank, in a significant show of support for Kyiv in its fight against Russia.

    The tanks won’t arrive in Ukraine for many months, and the Pentagon is working through the challenges involved in providing the training, equipment and fuel to operate the 70-ton tracked weapons, officials said.

    But the decision is a huge symbolic win for Ukraine, which is bogged down in brutal fighting across the country and preparing for a spring counteroffensive to repel the Russians. Other nations, including Germany, are set to send their own modern tanks to Kyiv, which has been pleading for the weapons for months.

    Biden approved the tanks as part of a $400 million procurement through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, a fund set aside by Congress to support Ukraine. The U.S. will now sign contracts for the 31 Abrams tanks, along with 120mm rounds and other ammunition, eight tactical recovery vehicles, other support vehicles and equipment, training, maintenance and sustainment, according to the State Department.

    The news comes after weeks of discussions between U.S. and European leaders, particularly the Germans, who have long resisted sending their own Leopard 2 tanks. Biden has spoken with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz multiple times this month about providing assistance to Ukraine, and the two nations announced last month that they would send Patriot missile systems to help defend Ukrainian cities, said a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement.

    Top members of Biden’s national security team — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Mark Milley and national security adviser Jake Sullivan — also met frequently with their German and European counterparts, including most recently at a meeting of defense ministers at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, last week.

    Top U.S. officials urged Germany to send their Leopard 2s, which are abundant across Europe and easier for the Ukrainians to use and maintain than the Abrams. But Berlin stood firm, with senior German leaders privately telling Washington that they would only send Leopards if the U.S. sent Abrams.

    The president knew Ukraine needed Leopards on the battlefield as soon as possible, so he worked with his national security team to approve the Abrams. He ultimately decided to send American tanks after Austin’s recommendation, according to two other U.S. officials.

    Biden “knew the only way Germany would do Leopards is if we did Abrams and allied unity is the most important thing to him. So Secretary Austin sent a proposal on how to make it happen,” one of the officials said.

    But asked on Wednesday whether Germany had forced Biden’s hand by insisting it would send Leopards only if the U.S. sent Abrams, the president responded in the negative.

    Biden said the tanks will help Ukrainian forces defend against the ongoing Russian onslaught.

    As news of Biden’s decision emerged in media reports Tuesday, including POLITICO, the government in Berlin announced on Wednesday that Germany and its European partners planned to “quickly” send two Leopard 2 tank battalions to Kyiv. Poland, Spain, Norway and Finland are also likely to join in the coalition of nations sending Leopards.

    The decision comes after Pentagon leaders argued publicly and privately that now may not be the right time to send the Abrams. The tanks are too complicated for Ukrainian forces to learn to operate quickly and maintain on the battlefield, they argued.

    The administration’s thinking on the challenges the Abrams presents hasn’t changed. But the decision was made to procure them now so that when they arrive on the battlefield, Ukrainian forces will be able to maintain and operate them.

    Procuring the weapons through the assistance initiative means it will be months before Ukraine actually gets them.

    Speaking on MSNBC after the announcement, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby insisted that while the U.S. never took tanks off the table, officials did speak openly about the challenges that would come with supplying them.

    Another reason to procure the Abrams through contracts rather then sending them directly from DoD stocks is because the Pentagon does not have sufficient tanks in its inventory to transfer them to Ukraine, said a second senior administration official.

    The M1s will build on the capabilities the Pentagon has provided in previous aid packages, including hundreds of armored vehicles, air defenses and artillery shells, officials said.

    DoD is now working through the challenges of delivering the Abrams and supporting them on the battlefield. The military will be setting up a “very careful” training program to teach the Ukrainians how to maintain, sustain and operate the weapons, “which do require a good deal of assistance,” the official said.

    In addition to the tanks themselves, DoD is also procuring eight M88 recovery vehicles, which are designed to repair or replace damaged Abrams parts during a fight, as well as extricate vehicles that become bogged down. These vehicles “go with the Abrams to be able to provide coverage of your operation, to make sure Ukrainians will be able to keep these Abrams up and running,” the official said.

    At the same time, DoD is training Ukrainians on combined arms maneuver tactics, which will allow Ukrainian forces to integrate the Abrams and other armored capabilities into their overall operations.

    All of these weapons are aimed at helping Ukraine continue fighting Russia over the coming weeks and months, particularly in the wide-open terrain of the northeastern Donbas region, said a third senior administration official. The Abrams, in particular, is reflective of the administration’s long-term commitment to the war.

    “We’ve said all along, the capabilities we’re going to provide are going to evolve with the needs of the war. And I think that’s what you’re seeing here,” said the third senior administration official.

    Credit: https://www.politico.com/news/2023/01/25/u-s-to-send-31-abrams-tanks-to-ukraine-in-major-reversal-00079437

  •  Already have Rappler Sign in to listen to groundbreaking journalism LOS ANGELES USA A lot of sadness over Dolly de Leon s Oscars snub for her powerful performance in Triangle of Sadness The film bagged three Academy nominations best picture director and original screenplay the latter two for Ruben Ostlund but Dolly whose portrayal of Abigail elevated the film did not get a nod Many people especially Filipinos around the world hoped to hear or read that Dolly scored what would have been the first acting nomination by a Pinoy actor in the Oscars 95 year history But in the Academy s nominations announcement early Tuesday morning Tuesday evening Manila time at the Academy s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills there was disappointingly no Oscar love for Dolly Let me put it this way minus Dolly s portrayal of the toilet yacht worker who becomes a chief player midway would Triangle of Sadness have been as effective Would Ruben Ostlund s satire of the super rich have been as memorable Had Dolly been nominated there would have been three Asians in the best supporting actress category she Hong Chau The Whale and Stephanie Hsu Everything Everywhere All at Once But Hong and Stephanie s citations still mark the first time that two Asian women are recognized in this category in the same year In the early morning ceremonies hosted by Oscar winner Riz Ahmed and M3GAN actress Allison Williams Hong Stephanie Angela Bassett Black Panther Wakanda Forever Kerry Condon The Banshees of Inisherin and Jamie Lee Curtis Everything Everywhere All at Once were announced as the best supporting actress contenders The nominations announcement was otherwise a banner year for Asian actors It was the largest batch of Asian nominees ever Hong Stephanie Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan the latter two for Everything Everywhere And these four actors are all first time Academy nominees Michelle Yeoh became the first Oscar best actress nominee to openly identify herself as Asian Merle Oberon whose father was British and mother was from Sri Lanka formerly Ceylon and had Maori roots as well garnered a best actress nod for The Dark Angel in 1936 But the Bombay born Merle passed herself as white a sad reflection of the racist colonial society of that era She made up a story that she was of French Irish and Dutch descent and that she was born in Tasmania If Michelle wins on March 12 she would be the first Asian and the first Malaysian to triumph as best actress in the Academy s almost century of existence She would be the second woman of color to cinch that honor after Halle Berry who made history in 2002 for Monster s Ball Ana de Armas who was cited for Blonde is the first Cuban to be nominated in this circle The other best actress nominees are Cate Blanchett Tar and Andrea Riseborough To Leslie whose inclusion surprised some and was credited to last minute heavy push on social media by her famous fellow actors including Jane Fonda Gwyneth Paltrow Amy Adams Geena Davis and Kate Winslet Left out were two women who were buzzed as very likely nominees Viola Davis The Woman King and Danielle Deadwyler Till Before Tuesday morning many thought Viola s nomination was a lock Back to Stephanie she is the second openly queer actor in the Oscars history since Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters 1999 to earn an acting nod for portraying a queer character In the supporting actor race Ke Huy Quan also from Everything Everywhere became the first Vietnam born nominee Ke was frustrated that he could not bounce back for 40 years since his big break as a child actor as Short Round in Steven Spielberg s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom After last Tuesday morning Ke became only the second ethnically Chinese performer to be in the running for best supporting actor since the late Haing S Ngor who went on to win for The Killing Fields in 1985 Haing remains the first and only Asian best supporting actor winner Except for Judd Hirsch all supporting actor contenders this year are first timers Brendan Gleeson The Banshees of Inisherin Brian Tyree Henry Causeway Barry Keoghan The Banshees and Ke Judd holds the record for having the longest gap between supporting actor nods 42 years between Ordinary People 1981 and now for The Fabelmans For his 10 minute onscreen minutes as a grand uncle in Steven Spielberg s film based on his youth Judd also became the second oldest acting nominee Christopher Plummer is the oldest he was 88 when he was cited for All the Money in the World in 2018 It s a remarkable year for Oscar nominee neophytes For 16 of the 20 acting contenders it was their first time to hear or read their names as Academy nominees In the best actor derby it s the first time since 1934 that all nominees are rookie contenders Austin Butler Elvis Colin Farrell The Banshees Brendan Fraser The Whale and Paul Mescal Aftersun Puss in Boots The Last Wish co directed by Filipino Januel Mercado got in the best animated feature film race But under the Academy rules director Joel Crawford and producer Mark Swift were listed as the nominees The Last Wish is up against Guillermo del Toro s Pinocchio Marcel the Shell with Shoes On The Sea Beast and Turning Red the first Pixar feature directed by an Asian woman Domee Shi and it s her feature directing debut Domee is the sole Asian director of the nominated films in this category Daniel Kwan a Massachusetts native of Chinese heritage is the only non Caucasian among the best director finalists Daniel Scheinert Kwan s fellow director Everything Everywhere Martin McDonagh The Banshees Steven Spielberg The Fabelmans Todd Field Tar and Ruben Ostlund Triangle of Sadness Potential female filmmaker nominees especially Gina Prince Bythewood The Woman King Sarah Polley Women Talking and Charlotte Wells Aftersun were left out Kwan and Scheinert known collectively as the Daniels have two other nominations best picture as producers with Jonathan Wang and original screenplay Asian films were shut out of the international feature field South Korea s Decision to Leave directed by Park Chan wook was considered a shoo in among the 15 on the shortlist but it did not make it to the top five Cambodia s Return to Seoul Pakistan s Joyland and India s Last Film Show also failed to make the cut Instead these are the five nominees All Quiet on the Western Front Germany Argentina 1985 Argentina Close Belgium EO Poland and The Quiet Girl Ireland Only Argentina 1985 managed to crash this circle of European films All Quiet on the Western Front also made it to the 10 best picture candidates Avatar The Way of Water The Banshees Elvis Everything Everywhere The Fabelmans Tar Top Gun Maverick Triangle of Sadness and Women Talking With his original score citation for The Fabelmans John Williams not only boosted his record for having the most nominations 53 At 90 he is now also the oldest person to be in the running for a competitive Oscar By mid Tuesday No Dolly de Leon was trending on Twitter as hundreds of folks who loved the actress performance in Triangle of Sadness tweeted their sentiments Earlier on Monday expectations for the Pinay went on overdrive as Dolly the only Asian in the best supporting actress derby of the Guldbagge Golden Beetles Sweden s most prestigious film honors won The 95th Oscar awards will be handed out on March 12 in Hollywood Credit https www rappler com entertainment celebrities only in hollywood triangle of sadness dolly de leon oscars snub
    Dolly de Leon’s Oscars disappointment has caused a triangle of anguish
     Already have Rappler Sign in to listen to groundbreaking journalism LOS ANGELES USA A lot of sadness over Dolly de Leon s Oscars snub for her powerful performance in Triangle of Sadness The film bagged three Academy nominations best picture director and original screenplay the latter two for Ruben Ostlund but Dolly whose portrayal of Abigail elevated the film did not get a nod Many people especially Filipinos around the world hoped to hear or read that Dolly scored what would have been the first acting nomination by a Pinoy actor in the Oscars 95 year history But in the Academy s nominations announcement early Tuesday morning Tuesday evening Manila time at the Academy s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills there was disappointingly no Oscar love for Dolly Let me put it this way minus Dolly s portrayal of the toilet yacht worker who becomes a chief player midway would Triangle of Sadness have been as effective Would Ruben Ostlund s satire of the super rich have been as memorable Had Dolly been nominated there would have been three Asians in the best supporting actress category she Hong Chau The Whale and Stephanie Hsu Everything Everywhere All at Once But Hong and Stephanie s citations still mark the first time that two Asian women are recognized in this category in the same year In the early morning ceremonies hosted by Oscar winner Riz Ahmed and M3GAN actress Allison Williams Hong Stephanie Angela Bassett Black Panther Wakanda Forever Kerry Condon The Banshees of Inisherin and Jamie Lee Curtis Everything Everywhere All at Once were announced as the best supporting actress contenders The nominations announcement was otherwise a banner year for Asian actors It was the largest batch of Asian nominees ever Hong Stephanie Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan the latter two for Everything Everywhere And these four actors are all first time Academy nominees Michelle Yeoh became the first Oscar best actress nominee to openly identify herself as Asian Merle Oberon whose father was British and mother was from Sri Lanka formerly Ceylon and had Maori roots as well garnered a best actress nod for The Dark Angel in 1936 But the Bombay born Merle passed herself as white a sad reflection of the racist colonial society of that era She made up a story that she was of French Irish and Dutch descent and that she was born in Tasmania If Michelle wins on March 12 she would be the first Asian and the first Malaysian to triumph as best actress in the Academy s almost century of existence She would be the second woman of color to cinch that honor after Halle Berry who made history in 2002 for Monster s Ball Ana de Armas who was cited for Blonde is the first Cuban to be nominated in this circle The other best actress nominees are Cate Blanchett Tar and Andrea Riseborough To Leslie whose inclusion surprised some and was credited to last minute heavy push on social media by her famous fellow actors including Jane Fonda Gwyneth Paltrow Amy Adams Geena Davis and Kate Winslet Left out were two women who were buzzed as very likely nominees Viola Davis The Woman King and Danielle Deadwyler Till Before Tuesday morning many thought Viola s nomination was a lock Back to Stephanie she is the second openly queer actor in the Oscars history since Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters 1999 to earn an acting nod for portraying a queer character In the supporting actor race Ke Huy Quan also from Everything Everywhere became the first Vietnam born nominee Ke was frustrated that he could not bounce back for 40 years since his big break as a child actor as Short Round in Steven Spielberg s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom After last Tuesday morning Ke became only the second ethnically Chinese performer to be in the running for best supporting actor since the late Haing S Ngor who went on to win for The Killing Fields in 1985 Haing remains the first and only Asian best supporting actor winner Except for Judd Hirsch all supporting actor contenders this year are first timers Brendan Gleeson The Banshees of Inisherin Brian Tyree Henry Causeway Barry Keoghan The Banshees and Ke Judd holds the record for having the longest gap between supporting actor nods 42 years between Ordinary People 1981 and now for The Fabelmans For his 10 minute onscreen minutes as a grand uncle in Steven Spielberg s film based on his youth Judd also became the second oldest acting nominee Christopher Plummer is the oldest he was 88 when he was cited for All the Money in the World in 2018 It s a remarkable year for Oscar nominee neophytes For 16 of the 20 acting contenders it was their first time to hear or read their names as Academy nominees In the best actor derby it s the first time since 1934 that all nominees are rookie contenders Austin Butler Elvis Colin Farrell The Banshees Brendan Fraser The Whale and Paul Mescal Aftersun Puss in Boots The Last Wish co directed by Filipino Januel Mercado got in the best animated feature film race But under the Academy rules director Joel Crawford and producer Mark Swift were listed as the nominees The Last Wish is up against Guillermo del Toro s Pinocchio Marcel the Shell with Shoes On The Sea Beast and Turning Red the first Pixar feature directed by an Asian woman Domee Shi and it s her feature directing debut Domee is the sole Asian director of the nominated films in this category Daniel Kwan a Massachusetts native of Chinese heritage is the only non Caucasian among the best director finalists Daniel Scheinert Kwan s fellow director Everything Everywhere Martin McDonagh The Banshees Steven Spielberg The Fabelmans Todd Field Tar and Ruben Ostlund Triangle of Sadness Potential female filmmaker nominees especially Gina Prince Bythewood The Woman King Sarah Polley Women Talking and Charlotte Wells Aftersun were left out Kwan and Scheinert known collectively as the Daniels have two other nominations best picture as producers with Jonathan Wang and original screenplay Asian films were shut out of the international feature field South Korea s Decision to Leave directed by Park Chan wook was considered a shoo in among the 15 on the shortlist but it did not make it to the top five Cambodia s Return to Seoul Pakistan s Joyland and India s Last Film Show also failed to make the cut Instead these are the five nominees All Quiet on the Western Front Germany Argentina 1985 Argentina Close Belgium EO Poland and The Quiet Girl Ireland Only Argentina 1985 managed to crash this circle of European films All Quiet on the Western Front also made it to the 10 best picture candidates Avatar The Way of Water The Banshees Elvis Everything Everywhere The Fabelmans Tar Top Gun Maverick Triangle of Sadness and Women Talking With his original score citation for The Fabelmans John Williams not only boosted his record for having the most nominations 53 At 90 he is now also the oldest person to be in the running for a competitive Oscar By mid Tuesday No Dolly de Leon was trending on Twitter as hundreds of folks who loved the actress performance in Triangle of Sadness tweeted their sentiments Earlier on Monday expectations for the Pinay went on overdrive as Dolly the only Asian in the best supporting actress derby of the Guldbagge Golden Beetles Sweden s most prestigious film honors won The 95th Oscar awards will be handed out on March 12 in Hollywood Credit https www rappler com entertainment celebrities only in hollywood triangle of sadness dolly de leon oscars snub
    Dolly de Leon’s Oscars disappointment has caused a triangle of anguish
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    LOS ANGELES, USA – A lot of sadness over Dolly de Leon’s Oscars snub for her powerful performance in Triangle of Sadness. The film bagged three Academy nominations – best picture, director, and original screenplay (the latter two for Ruben Ostlund) – but Dolly, whose portrayal of Abigail elevated the film, did not get a nod.

    Many people, especially Filipinos around the world, hoped to hear or read that Dolly scored what would have been the first acting nomination by a Pinoy actor in the Oscars’ 95-year history. But in the Academy’s nominations announcement early Tuesday morning (Tuesday evening, Manila time) at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, there was disappointingly no Oscar love for Dolly.

    Let me put it this way – minus Dolly’s portrayal of the toilet yacht worker who becomes a chief player midway – would Triangle of Sadness have been as effective? Would Ruben Ostlund’s satire of the super-rich have been as memorable?

    Had Dolly been nominated, there would have been three Asians in the best supporting actress category – she, Hong Chau (The Whale) and Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once). But Hong and Stephanie’s citations still mark the first time that two Asian women are recognized in this category in the same year.

    In the early morning ceremonies hosted by Oscar winner Riz Ahmed and M3GAN actress Allison Williams – Hong, Stephanie, Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin) and Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All at Once) were announced as the best supporting actress contenders.

    The nominations announcement was otherwise a banner year for Asian actors. It was the largest batch of Asian nominees ever – Hong, Stephanie, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan (the latter two for Everything Everywhere…). And these four actors are all first-time Academy nominees.

    Michelle Yeoh became the first Oscar best actress nominee to openly identify herself as Asian.

    Merle Oberon, whose father was British and mother was from Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) and had Maori roots as well, garnered a best actress nod for The Dark Angel in 1936. But the Bombay-born Merle passed herself as white, a sad reflection of the racist colonial society of that era. She made up a story that she was of French, Irish and Dutch descent and that she was born in Tasmania.

    If Michelle wins on March 12, she would be the first Asian and the first Malaysian to triumph as best actress in the Academy‘s almost century of existence. She would be the second woman of color to cinch that honor after Halle Berry who made history in 2002 for Monster’s Ball.

    Ana de Armas, who was cited for Blonde, is the first Cuban to be nominated in this circle.

    The other best actress nominees are Cate Blanchett (Tar) and Andrea Riseborough (To Leslie), whose inclusion surprised some and was credited to last-minute heavy push on social media by her famous fellow actors, including Jane Fonda, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Adams, Geena Davis, and Kate Winslet.

    Left out were two women who were buzzed as very likely nominees: Viola Davis (The Woman King) and Danielle Deadwyler (Till). Before Tuesday morning, many thought Viola’s nomination was a lock.

    Back to Stephanie, she is the second openly queer actor in the Oscars’ history, since Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters (1999), to earn an acting nod for portraying a queer character.

    In the supporting actor race, Ke Huy Quan, also from Everything, Everywhere…, became the first Vietnam-born nominee. Ke was frustrated that he could not bounce back for 40 years since his big break as a child actor as Short Round in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

    After last Tuesday morning, Ke became only the second ethnically Chinese performer to be in the running for best supporting actor since the late Haing S. Ngor who went on to win for The Killing Fields in 1985. Haing remains the first and only Asian best supporting actor winner.

    Except for Judd Hirsch, all supporting actor contenders this year are first-timers: Brendan Gleeson (The Banshees of Inisherin), Brian Tyree Henry (Causeway), Barry Keoghan (The Banshees…) and Ke. Judd holds the record for having the longest gap between supporting actor nods – 42 years – between Ordinary People (1981) and now, for The Fabelmans.

    For his 10-minute onscreen minutes as a grand uncle in Steven Spielberg’s film based on his youth, Judd also became the second oldest acting nominee (Christopher Plummer is the oldest – he was 88 when he was cited for All the Money in the World in 2018).

    It’s a remarkable year for Oscar nominee neophytes. For 16 of the 20 acting contenders, it was their first time to hear or read their names as Academy nominees.

    In the best actor derby, it’s the first time since 1934 that all nominees are rookie contenders: Austin Butler (Elvis), Colin Farrell (The Banshees…), Brendan Fraser (The Whale) and Paul Mescal (Aftersun).

    Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, co-directed by Filipino Januel Mercado, got in the best animated feature film race. But under the Academy rules, director Joel Crawford and producer Mark Swift were listed as the nominees.

    The Last Wish is up against Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, The Sea Beast and Turning Red (the first Pixar feature directed by an Asian woman, Domee Shi, and it’s her feature directing debut). Domee is the sole Asian director of the nominated films in this category.

    Daniel Kwan, a Massachusetts native of Chinese heritage, is the only non-Caucasian among the best director finalists: Daniel Scheinert, Kwan’s fellow director (Everything Everywhere…); Martin McDonagh (The Banshees…). Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans), Todd Field (Tar), and Ruben Ostlund (Triangle of Sadness).

    Potential female filmmaker nominees, especially Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Woman King), Sarah Polley (Women Talking) and Charlotte Wells (Aftersun), were left out.

    Kwan and Scheinert, known collectively as the Daniels, have two other nominations – best picture (as producers, with Jonathan Wang) and original screenplay.

    Asian films were shut out of the international feature field. South Korea’s Decision to Leave, directed by Park Chan-wook, was considered a shoo-in among the 15 on the shortlist but it did not make it to the top five. Cambodia’s Return to Seoul, Pakistan’s Joyland, and India’s Last Film Show also failed to make the cut.

    Instead, these are the five nominees: All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany), Argentina, 1985 (Argentina), Close (Belgium), EO (Poland), and The Quiet Girl (Ireland). Only Argentina, 1985 managed to crash this circle of European films.

    All Quiet on the Western Front also made it to the 10 best picture candidates: Avatar: The Way of Water, The Banshees…, Elvis, Everything, Everywhere…, The Fabelmans, Tar, Top Gun: Maverick, Triangle of Sadness, and Women Talking.

    With his original score citation for The Fabelmans, John Williams not only boosted his record for having the most nominations (53). At 90, he is now also the oldest person to be in the running for a competitive Oscar.

    By mid-Tuesday, “No Dolly de Leon” was trending on Twitter as hundreds of folks who loved the actress’ performance in Triangle of Sadness tweeted their sentiments. Earlier, on Monday, expectations for the Pinay went on overdrive as Dolly, the only Asian in the best supporting actress derby of the Guldbagge (Golden Beetles), Sweden’s most prestigious film honors, won.

    The 95th Oscar awards will be handed out on March 12 in Hollywood.

    Credit: https://www.rappler.com/entertainment/celebrities/only-in-hollywood-triangle-of-sadness-dolly-de-leon-oscars-snub/

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