Tokyo: Star striker David Villa, Spain’s top goalscorer, Wednesday announced he will retire next month, ending a glittering career in which he won the World Cup, European Championships and Champions League. The 37-year-old Vissel Kobe striker said he will call it a day at the end of the 2019 J-League season after a 19-year career that took in Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia while accumulating 98 caps for his country. “I have decided to end my professional career and that I have decided to retire,” Villa told reporters in Kobe, his voice occasionally breaking with emotion. “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. This is the result of discussions I had with my family and people around me… I wanted to retire from football, not be forced to retire from football,” he said.Villa will become an investor in Queensboro FC, a new franchise based in the New York district of Queens that will play in the second tier of US football. “Even though I will no longer be on the pitch, I will continue to be involved in football in other ways and will continue to contribute to the football world,” he said. Villa played in three World Cups and was a member of the Spanish side that lifted the trophy in 2010 and won the European Championships in 2008, though he missed out on the 2012 triumph through injury.He scored 59 times for Spain, a national record. His club honours include the 2010-11 Champions League, the 2011 UEFA Super Club, 2011 Club World Cup and two La Liga wins in 2010-11 and 2012-13 with Barcelona. Villa scored the third goal for Barcelona at Wembley in the 3-1 win over Manchester United in the 2010-11 Champions League Final.He won a third La Liga with Atletico Madrid in his one season there in 2013-14 after leaving Barcelona. After leaving Atletico, Villa embarked on a successful spell in Major League Soccer for New York City, where he scored 80 goals in 124 appearances. Villa was New York City’s first-ever signing and his haul included the first goal scored at Yankee Stadium in an opening home victory over the New England Revolution. At Vissel Kobe, he played alongside fellow Spanish legend Andres Iniesta and German striker Lukas Podolski but the presence of the ageing foreign stars has done little to bring success to the ambitious Japanese club.Also Read | Lionel Messi Hits ‘Dead-Ball’ Hat-Trick, Barcelona Beat Celta Vigo 4-1Vissel Kobe are currently languishing 10th in the J-League after 31 games — the same position they finished last year. Villa has scored 12 goals in 26 appearances for Vissel. He is expected to play three more J-League matches as well as semi-finals and finals of the Emperor’s Cup. His retirement ceremony will be on December 7, the day of his last J-League game. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Freshman defender Catie Sessions scored her first collegiate over the weekend against Penn State while also adding her third assist.[/media-credit]Wisconsin women’s soccer suffered a tough 1-0 loss at Ohio State Friday to start off the weekend that halted the Badgers’ unbeaten streak at 10. But after that disappointment, the Badgers headed to Penn State. Against the Nittany Lions, Wisconsin (7-4-4, 4-1-2 Big Ten) secured its first win since the Iowa game Oct. 3.As head coach Paula Wilkins spoke Monday, she mentioned it was a total team effort that resulted in the win.“As I told the players after the game, this was their victory,” Wilkins said. “The way they played as a team set the bar for the rest of the Big Ten and showed me they’re ready to beat the rest of the Big Ten.”The game was a homecoming for Wilkins, who grew up near the Penn State campus and had been involved with the women’s soccer program there from the time it became a varsity sport in 1994 until she became the Wisconsin head coach in 2007. That included the 2001-2006 seasons that Wilkins spent as the Nittany Lions’ head coach, leading them to a 109-13-5 record and six NCAA tournament appearances.“It was very exciting and emotional for the coaching staff,” Wilkins said. “These were all my players…[they] had been under my philosophy, under my tactics, under my sort of culture change. For them to beat Penn State after four years was pretty amazing.”Penn State’s Jeffrey Field, Wilkins’ old stomping ground, is one of the hardest places for visiting teams to win in the country, but under her lead, the Badgers did just that.“Penn State has only lost three games ever, and we were the third, ever on Jeffrey Field,” Wilkins said. “That was an accomplishment, as I mentioned to [my team]. That was [my team’s] victory, more than anything: They had done things that other teams had not done.”Wilkins also emphasized the importance of using the Penn State game to propel them through the final three games of the regular season.“I told them, ‘This can’t just be a small stepping stone. You guys keep building on that,” Wilkins said. “To go to a place where you know the mystique is so great because you helped build it, knowing that to break it down is difficult, especially the way we did it…it’s an emotional roller coaster.”Team ChemistryWilkins said that she is seeing her team come closer together during the final stretch of the regular season, as emphasized by the play of some freshmen on the team.“I think it speaks volumes for the team that as the team has evolved they have let freshmen have a huge impact,” Wilkins said. “Sometimes upper-classmen sort of watch after their territory but this team isn’t like that.”Kodee Williams, a freshman, drilled the winning goal against Penn State for her second of her season and career. Another freshman contributor, midfielder Catie Sessions, scored the first goal at Penn State and assisted the second. She has three assists on the season.Wilkins also acknowledged the play of some of the upper-classmen on the club, juniors Erin Jacobsen and Laurie Nosbusch.“I think [Jacobsen] is probably the biggest unsung hero of our team,” Wilkins said. “She doesn’t really have the stats to show it but yesterday in the game, probably against one of the best players in college soccer, Christine Nairn, she basically shut her down. What she did really was a key to the game, a key to our success.”Nosbusch is the team’s leading goal scorer with five after Sunday’s game.“[Nosbusch] just scoring goals [contributes],” Wilkins said. “I think the commentators said that sometimes they’re not the prettiest goals. Sometimes they are very good goals, but sometimes they’re just scrappy and I think the goal she scored against Penn State was a testament to that.”The spirit of the bench players and the way the team has bonded with each other has especially caught the eye of Wilkins.“When I said it was a team victory, it wasn’t just the 12 people that played,” Wilkins said. “The people on the bench brought the energy needed to overwhelm and overcome what Penn State had there. We’ve talked about that all year and it’s really been the [thing] with our team, the bonding and the attitude of everyone involved, understanding what role they play and how they affect the outcome.”In second place and closing the season with three games at home versus Michigan State Friday, Michigan Sunday, and Northwestern Nov. 1, Wisconsin is looking to win its first Big Ten title under Wilkins. An emphasis has been placed on changing the culture of Wisconsin women’s soccer since Wilkins entered, something she says she’s beginning to see.“They understand they can fight in games and battle,” Wilkins said. “Their resolve is incredible, they [don’t] flinch…They believe they can do anything. And that really goes to the leadership of the team.”
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “There’s so much psychological traffic, and a very difficult cycle to break: Poverty, chemical dependency, trauma, lack of opportunity, homelessness, the safety factor within. Eight out of 10 go back to the traffickers. But in our program so far, seven of 10 don’t go back to trafficking or chemical dependency. That’s crazy exciting news.”RFW began in 2009. There have been 212 women that have made it through the three-phase program. “Some of them relapse seven times before they get there,” DeSeaegher said.The first step is an emergency home. Victims are often referred to RFW from other agencies. They must be sober for a month. Their mental health has to be addressed.Once they stabilize, they go to the second phase, in which six women stay in a house, with round-the-clock care, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. they learn social skills, financial tips, trust and collaboration. For 16-year-olds who flee a non-functioning home for the Darwinian streets, a sense of collaboration is like a Ph.D.They also hold addiction meetings and slowly ease toward job placement, which is the third phase.“Financial intelligence and budgeting are critical,” DeSaegher said. “If you’re them, why would you save anything for tomorrow? I might be the first trustworthy man they’ve ever met. I’m high-fiving them on the patio. Really, what we’re doing is rebuilding from scratch.”COVID-19, as always, brought its own problems. There were not many street transactions anyway, but now they dried up, and the industry went totally online, and the online vendors began giving away their product. RFW found it harder to find volunteers. Still, all the houses stayed open.DeSaegher says San Diego’s sex-trafficking industry exceeds $110 million underground, and 80 percent of the victims are from north of the border. He is a former Qualcomm executive who says an associate formed a program that found vulnerable women.“He was shocked,” DeSaegher said. “The FBI knows what’s going on. You can’t tell their parents. That just drives the girls further away.Related Articles The Dodgers listen to Marty Lamb.He scouted Walker Buehler as a high school righthander in Lexington, Ky., monitored him at Vanderbilt, recommended him. He told the Dodgers that Will Smith was jumping up the draft boards for a reason, and the Dodgers signed the catcher from the U. of Louisville, too. They drafted Matt Beaty, Luke Raley and Landon Knack, from Lamb’s reports.All the scouts were sidelined this spring when the virus came, but Lamb had enough stuff on Louisville pitcher Bobby Miller. The Dodgers took him at the end of the first round.The hiatus was an adjustment, but Lamb knew all along that life is more than radar guns and questionnaires. He learned about what his friend Ked Frank was doing in Kentucky, a project called Refuge For Women. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I used to brag about my staff, that they were heroes. They are, but the young women are the heroes, too. Through therapy, they’re able to face that the man they were with wasn’t a boyfriend. They face the demons. It’s a comeback story, just like sports.”John Shelby, one of the prime movers of the Dodgers’ last World Series title in 1988, still lives in Kentucky. All three of his sons played for the U. of Kentucky, and John T., the oldest, is on the coaching staff.“I got John to come out to see the facility one day,” Lamb said. “After that he told me I was going to see him there a lot more often, and his kids would be there, too.”The website is Refugeforwomen.com, in case anybody needs to buy a candle, or light one. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Victims of sex trafficking come to the houses RFW is building or has built. They sober up, they clean up, they learn. In Kentucky they make candles, in a brand called Survivor Made.“I went out and took a look at it, helped them out with some things around the house, mowed the yard,” Lamb said. “I realized it was something I should be involved with.”Lamb is now on the RFW board. It operates facilities in Las Vegas, North Texas, Angleton, Texas, Kentucky and San Diego.Dan DeSaegher runs the San Diego operation. A new home for survivors is opening in September. It is part of a nine-to-12 month process that takes the homeless, and the hopeless, and re-installs them into society.“For the first couple of weeks we’re a recovery home,” DeSaegher said. “The traffickers actually don’t chase them down. The sad truth is that it’s easier for them to find a new girl. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season