Real Madrid will never give up on their hopes of winning La Liga this season, coach Santiago Solari has vowed despite the eight-point gap between them and leaders Barcelona.Solari’s side are third in the Spanish top flight, but edged slightly closer to their main rivals on Sunday by beating Deportivo Alaves 3-0, capitalising on Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Valencia and second-placed Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 defeat at Real Betis.AdChoices广告Having recovered from their early-season inconsistency, Madrid are now on a four-game winning streak in the Spanish top flight. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? They still have a sizeable deficit to overcome if they are to beat Ernesto Valverde’s reigning champions to the crown, but Solari insists they will keep up the fight.”Madrid never give up,” he said at a press conference. “Always until the very end, and when I say the end I mean until the last game of the season.”We showed hunger to cut the gap in points and we did it. Same as last week and the week before that. We will always go out to win the game, regardless of the mathematics.”Vinicius Junior was among the goals for Madrid on Sunday, doubling his side’s lead in his 11th La Liga appearance since the 18-year-old’s move from Flamengo last summer.And Solari was full of praise for the Brazilian, who has now scored three goals in all competitions this season.”He had a great match. He was applauded for it. He is responding very well,” he said.”We are delighted with his arrival and his progress. He always has the support of the mature players in the squad. They take care of him, love him and advise him.”Madrid face fierce rivals Barca at Camp Nou on Wednesday for the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie before resuming league action with a trip to city neighbours Atletico. The following Wednesday, February 13, they will return to their Champions League campaign, taking on Ajax in the first leg of their last-16 clash.
In 2015 Walter Decker became the oldest person to climb the stairs of the CN Tower. It took him just under 46 minutes to go up the 1776 stairs.“First thing in the morning, seven days a week, I do 60 pushups”, and “depending on the weather, I may go for a walk. At least 2 k’s.”Two days a week he climbs the Kenilworth stairs, going up and down 5 times.Now at 92, Walter, and hundreds of others, will climb the steps of the Stelco Tower. He’s expecting to be the oldest participant.“I’m hoping, if there’s someone out there that thinks they can join me, I’d welcome meeting them.”The Stelco Tower is the second tallest building in Hamilton, with 533 stairs from the street to the top. It should be a breeze for 92 year old Walter Decker.“Everything is a bit of a challenge. I can do it. If I can do it they can do it.”Other than exercising regularly and eating healthy, Walter has one other routine.“I enjoy a cocktail before dinner every night. Mostly vodka orange juice, sometimes a martini.”The Steeltown Stairclimb is Saturday February 4th. You can sign up or make a donation at on.lung.ca.