Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award MONACO (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA’s award as the best player in Europe last season after helping Portugal to win the European Championship and having another stellar campaign for Real Madrid. Ronaldo, a favourite for a fourth world player of the year award, beat club teammate Gareth Bale of Wales and Atletico Madrid’s France star Antoine Griezmann. The vote, by journalists from UEFA’s 55-member countries, was announced at the Champions League draw yesterday. Ronaldo also received the award in 2014. Lionel Messi (twice), Andres Iniesta and Franck Ribery previously won the award, which was first presented in 2011. UEFA created the prize after the original European Footballer of the Year honour, known as the Ballon d’Or, merged with FIFA’s world player award. Barcelona sign goalkeeper Cillessen BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Barcelona have signed Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, clearing the way for Claudio Bravo to complete his move to Manchester City. Barcelona announced the transfers of both goalkeepers yesterday, signing Cillessen before finalising the sale of Bravo. The Spanish champions says Cillessen agreed to a five-year contract after securing his transfer from Dutch club Ajax for US$14.6 million plus a possible US$2.25 million in variables. Barcelona say they will receive US$20.3 million for Bravo, plus a possible US$2.25 million in variables, from City. The 33-year-old Bravo helped Barcelona win the Spanish league in his two seasons at the club. Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been Barcelona’s ‘keeper in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. It is expected he will now be their first-choice player in La Liga. Dilshan retiring from ODIs COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): Sri Lanka allrounder Tillakaratne Dilshan will retire from one-day international cricket on Sunday, after the third match of the current series against Australia. Sri Lanka Cricket announced the decision yesterday. Cricket website espncricinfo.com says the 39-year-old Dilshan will retire from international cricket altogether after the second Twenty20 against Australia in Colombo on September 9. However, Sri Lanka Cricket’s chief executive officer Ashley de Silva said that Dilshan only informed them of retiring from one-day internationals. Dilshan, who has already retired from tests, made his ODI debut in 1999 against Zimbabwe. He went on to play 329 games, scoring 10,248 runs at an average of 39.26, with 22 centuries and 47 fifties. The off-spinner also has 106 ODI wickets. Dilshan has also played in 78 Twenty20 internationals, scoring 1,884 runs. Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala said Sunday’s ODI in Dambulla will be dedicated to Dilshan.
Cerritos has defeated Saddleback (4-3) and tied Orange Coast (1-1), both of whom qualified for last season’s Southern California playoffs. The Falcons’ only loss was to traditional Northern California power Lassen (1-0) at the Victor Valley Tournament. “It’s going great,” said Jensen. “We’ve already won more games than all of last year.” The Falcons host San Diego Mesa at 4 p.m. today. The women’s water polo team, under first-year coach Sergio Macias, took second place at the Cuesta Tournament over the weekend and takes a 3-1 record into today’s SCC opener at home against L.A. Trade Tech. The Falcons opened with an 11-3 victory over Foothill, which made last season’s state Final Four. Cerritos followed that with wins over Modesto (16-6) and Cuesta (13-8). Its only loss was to San Joaquin Delta (9-8). Sophomore driver Berlyn Sanchez leads the team in goals (13), assists (four) and steals (nine). Freshman driver Christina Edwards has 10 goals, and freshman goalie Barbara Diaz has 20 saves. The women’s volleyball team took second place at the Pasadena Tournament over the weekend, advancing undefeated through pool play before a 25-24 loss to SCC foe El Camino in the final. Sophomores Nancy Marin (Gahr High) and Stephanie Crowell (Downey High) were selected to the all-tournament team. Marin had 28 kills and 10 blocks while Crowell, a setter, had 100 assists and 10 kills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Falcons finished the meet with 110 points, behind Orange Coast (44) and Riverside (51). Eighteen teams and 157 runners competed. The Falcon men finished fifth out of 22 teams on a four-mile course. Sophomore Brandon Johnson (Cabrillo High) paced Cerritos with a 12th-place finish in 22:20.90. He was followed by sophomore Vincent Rojas (Millikan High), who finished 15th in 22:25.40, freshman Jaime Buenrostro from Downey High (23:11.30, 31st) and freshmen Jorge Cruz (23:30.60, 41st) and Mark Valencia (24:03.50, 70th), both from Paramount High. Cerritos College’s women’s cross country team, which finished fourth at last year’s state championships, is off to a fine start in 2005 with a third-place finish at the Southern California Preview meet last week at the University of San Diego. The Falcons were led by sophomore Meryl Follosco, an all-state and All-South Coast Conference performer a year ago. Follosco placed second on the 5K course in 19 minutes, 52 seconds. She was followed by freshman Maria Vargas (Downey High) in 20:51.60 in eighth place and sophomore Liliana Yera (Bellflower High), who placed 30th in 21:51.70. Rounding out the scoring for Cerritos were freshman Mohani Martinez (21:58.40, 35th place) and freshman Jessika Villalva (22:27.00, 45th). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Cerritos, which finished 11th in the state last year, had 162 points and placed behind Orange Coast (33), El Camino (73), Glendale (136) and Oxnard (139). The meet featured 194 runners. The Falcons return to competition at the L.A. City Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday at L.A. Pierce College. from Cerritos Falcons’ women’s soccer team has jumped to a 5-1-1 record this season, led by the efforts of Mexican national team member Lina Valderrama. The freshman forward has scored eight goals and added two assists for a Cerritos team that finished a disappointing 4-10-5 (1-8-3 in the SCC) in 2004. “(Valderrama) has great dribbling skills, has speed and is a leader on the field,” said Cerritos co-coach Debbie Jensen. “Obviously, she has the ability to find the net. She wants to score. She’s very competitive.”