‘We can’t be worried about reputations!’ – Chris Coleman not scared of Ronaldo

first_imgChris Coleman has urged his Wales players to focus upon themselves rather than worry about the reputations of Portugal’s stars – including Cristiano Ronaldo.The Dragons reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals after an excellent display against a Belgium team considered likely contenders for silverware.Their starting XI was littered with a host of star names, but Coleman’s unheralded team secured a 3-1 win due to hard work and a fantastic team ethic.And for Coleman, beating teams with star names has been easy, with the Round of 16 clash against Northern Ireland actually the biggest test.The 46-year-old told talkSPORT: “[Cristiano] Ronaldo, he’s a world class player. But we don’t know how he’s going to perform on Wednesday.“From our experience, Hamsik for Slovakia is a fantastic player and England were littered with top quality players, and Eden Hazard for Belgium.“But I think our hardest match in terms of trying to how he had to try and win it was Northern Ireland, and that wasn’t one great player, that was one great team.“Again, team spirit and organisation are hard to play against, and it shows how far that can take you.“We can’t be worried about reputations. We just have to worry about ourselves and try to stamp our authority and bring our own game plan.”The cost of the victory over Belgium was two bookings handed out to Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey, which mean they are suspended for the meeting with Portugal.Coleman believes the ban is harsh on the two excellent performers, but he is confident the players he names to start will be up to the task of facing Ronaldo and his teammates.He added: “If you’re looking at Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies, they are two players that deserve to be in a semi-final, and unfortunately, because of the rules they are going to miss that.“It’s harsh on both players who have been absolutely outstanding.“Our guys will know that they’ve got to do a job and give their very best, and I hope that’s enough to get a result.”last_img read more

Nature center’s skunk officially a Californian

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventSwift said that Ferguson’s new role as spokesanimal for wildlife preservation will help reinforce the state’s position of respecting wild animals. “They have long claws and they dig and dig and dig,” he continued, splaying Ferguson’s feet wide with his fingertip. “They could wreak havoc on a yard.” The skunk has been checked over for any problems and has had his scent glands removed, Swift said. When he’s not putting on a show, Ferguson has a comfortable shaded enclosure with a fleece blanket, water pan, a cinder block on which to sharpen his nails and a “behavioral enrichment” box filled with sawdust and sand so he can dig up crickets and mealworms, just like he would do in the wild. In the meantime, the young skunk enjoys a diet of kibble, lettuce, bananas, mealworms, carrots, apples and bugs. NEWHALL – Ferguson the Skunk, a resident of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center for the last year, is finally a certified Californian, having passed a battery of screenings and tests just in time for the center’s open house on Saturday. He came to the center last spring, after a Texas family moving to Santa Clarita gave him to a wildlife rescue group. In Texas, skunks are legal pets; in California, they are not. “He was a little black ball of fur when they got him,” said Ian Swift, superintendent of the center, as he cuddled the black-and-white striped animal. “But skunks have the highest rate of rabies among all the wild animals. “People have to remember that they are wild animals and react that way, unlike dogs or cats, which are bred over thousands of years to become domesticated and somewhat goofy.” Along with Ferguson, several other celebrity residents of the center will be on display, including OJ, the center’s 22-year-old horned owl and a 12-foot-long Burmese python. The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and also features panning for “gold,” nature art, rubber ducky races and other family activities. Admission to the open house is free. The Placerita Nature Center is located at 19152 Placerita Canyon Road. Off-site parking is available with a shuttle to the park. For information, call (661) 259-7721. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661)257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more