Sergio Ramos could miss two to three weeks

first_imgSpanish sports daily Marca said Ramos could be out for between two and three weeks. That could mean he would miss the second legs of a Copa Del Rey tie against Numancia and four games in La Liga, but should have time to regain match fitness before the first leg of the Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain on February 14.Marca said that Ramos suffered the injury on Thursday in a training session for players who were not selected for the first leg against second-division Numancia which Real won 3-0.The injury adds to Zinedine Zidane’s problems for the league game in Vigo on Sunday. The Real coach is already without another defender Dani Carvajal, suspended for a red card in El Clasico in December.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sergio Ramos in action during the FIFA Club World Cup 2017 final against Gremio in December 2017 © AFP/FileMADRID, Spain, Jan 5 – Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos could miss two to three weeks, Spanish media estimated, after the club said on Friday that he has a calf injury.“He has been diagnosed with a muscular tear of the left soleus muscle,” Real Madrid said in a statement, adding that “his recovery will continue to be assessed.”last_img read more

California environmentalists oppose Bush plan to sell forest land

first_imgEnvironmental groups sharply criticized the Bush administration’s proposal to sell up to 85,000 acres of national forests in California to pay for rural schools, saying the loss of protected land in an already crowded state would be devastating. California would lose the most acreage of any state under the plan, which calls for the sale of more than 300,000 acres in 34 states. The list includes up to 500 parcels in 16 national forests located across the Golden State, with the Central Valley and Northern California potentially losing the most open space. The plan also lists possible, smaller, sales in seven national forests in Southern California, including the Los Padres, Angeles and San Bernardino forests. The proposal would help raise $800 million over the next five years to pay for schools and roads in rural counties hurt by logging cutbacks on federal land. The Bureau of Land Management also plans to sell federal lands to raise an estimated $250 million over five years. In California, environmentalists and politicians decried the plan, saying the state can’t afford to lose more public land, particularly in crowded metropolitan areas such as the Riverside-San Bernardino area and the Central Coast. “The urban population in Ventura County and the surrounding area is skyrocketing and the infusion of people in the national forest is just increasing,” said Alan Sanders, conservation chair of the Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club. The list includes four possible parcels from the Los Padres National Forest, which straddles Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, for a total of 430 acres. “The idea that you would start selling off parcels and have people build residences and industrial uses in areas that aren’t getting enough protection right now is just wrong,” he said. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called the proposal “a terrible idea based on a misguided sense of priorities.” “California’s remaining wildlands are diminishing at a rapid rate, and we need, at the very least, to keep what we have, not to sell them off to the highest bidder,” she said in a statement. Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey, who directs U.S. forest policy, said the parcels to be sold are isolated, expensive to manage or no longer meet the needs of the 193 million-acre national forest system. Fewer than 200,000 of the 309,000 acres identified Friday are likely to be sold, Rey said. “Every acre is precious,” said Carl Holguin, a spokesman with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service in Vallejo. “But some of these are parcels that have been identified as surplus to our long-term management objectives.” That’s no consolation to Lynn Adler, who runs the Sacramento-based Mountain Lion Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving open space for the big cats. She says each mountain lion needs 100 acres of space – about the amount of acreage that’s proposed for sale in the Angeles National Forest. FOR MORE INFORMATION Forest Service plan, list of proposed parcels in 34 states: http://www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/rural_schools.shtml AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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