PVL: BanKo Perlas puts Choco Mucho Final 4 bid in peril

first_imgPH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics BanKo Perlas Spikers. PVL PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–BanKo Perlas melted Choco Mucho, 25-20, 25-19, 27-15, late Wednesday to inch closer to a semifinal spot in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.But the Perlas Spikers need to be jolted up by the Flying Titans late in the third before ensuring their 9th victory in 14 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Choco Mucho now teeters in danger zone after dropping its eighth defeat against six victories. To make it to the next round, it will have to win both its remaining games and hope Motolite and PacificTown Army lose all theirs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Valdez, Maraño lead ‘best possible’ PH volleyball team for SEA Games Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View commentslast_img read more

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Olympics-bound Yulo wins historic gold for PH in world championships

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “For now, I just want to show my mother the gold medal I won,” said Yulo in Filipino after the awarding ceremonies. He has been away from his mom and the entire family, being based in Japan to train. The family still lives along Leveriza Street in Pasay City, a few blocks away from the Rizal Memorial complex where he was influenced to take up the sport after watching the national gymnasts train.Yulo sees his victory as a springboard to confidently confront the much bigger challenge next year in the Games.“It (world championship win) will motivate me to work harder for the Olympics,” Yulo said.At 19, Yulo was the youngest competitor in Stuttgart, and the 4-foot-11 bundle of energy knows that duplicating the world championship feat in Tokyo will require more effort.“I’m very happy with my performance. But my coach has always been telling me that a lot of work still needs to be done,” said Yulo, who placed third in the same event last year in Doha.Degree of difficultyMunehiro Kugimiya, Yulo’s Japanese coach for more than six years now, has transformed his ward into a world-class gymnast with an eye on the Olympics.Yulo, who capped his routine of one minute and 19 seconds with a flashy triple twist, scored 15.300 points to defeat Artem Dolgopyat of Israel (15.200) and China’s Xiao Ruoteng (14.933).Raising the degree of difficulty from 6.2 to 6.5 paid dividends for Yulo as he outperformed Dolgopyat, who came into the final as the top qualifier.Olympics slot Much bigger challengeADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue TNT extends run to six; NorthPort up Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Yulo’s winning score, though, was still a far cry from what the standard was in the Rio De Janeiro Games in 2016.Max Whitlock of Great Britain won the gold medal in the floor exercise in Rio with a score of 15.633 based on difficulty and execution, while Brazil’s Diego Hypolito and Arthur Mariano finished second (15.533) and third (15.433), respectively.Yulo, an awardee of the Philippine Sportswriters Association and the Siklab Sports Youth Awards, booked a ticket to the Games after advancing to the finals of the men’s all-around and floor exercise events.He became just the second Filipino after pole vaulter EJ Obiena to book a slot to the Games.A cash windfall from the government will likewise excite Yulo to end the country’s gold-medal drought in the Olympics, since a golden performance will net P10 million from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) plus future endorsements.“Last year, I was looking at my [bronze] medal and I was like, ‘I will get the gold medal next year,’” Yulo said. “[Looking at it now] it’s ridiculous. I don’t really know. I didn’t expect to win this medal. I’m very happy right now.”“We are all thrilled with the golden performance of Caloy (Yulo). The Office of the President and the PSC family congratulate Caloy for this achievement,” said PSC Chair William Ramirez.Happy PresidentRamirez added that President Duterte was happy for Yulo while Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Sen. Bong Go had been closely monitoring the competition.Malacañang on Sunday hailed Yulo even as the PSC had already reportedly arranged a courtesy call on the President when he planes back from Germany on Monday.center_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers France’s Samir Ait Said took the bronze medal, three years after he suffered a horrific leg break at the 2016 Rio Olympics. —With reports from Julie M. Aurelio and the wires/pdiSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Philippines’ Carlos Edriel Yulo poses with gold medal on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Floor event after the apparatus finals at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, southern Germany, on October 12, 2019. (Photo by Thomas KIENZLE / AFP)Updated @ 12:52 a.m., Oct. 14, 2019MANILA, Philippines — Gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo became the latest toast of Philippine sports late Saturday night in Stuttgart, Germany.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Communications Secretary Martin Andanar congratulated Yulo on his victory, a feat which he said made all Filipinos proud.“It is truly a historic event and we celebrate Yulo’s win with all our fellow Filipinos. We expect great things from this talented young man at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” he said.“Our hard work has paid off. I thank the entire country for the love and support,” said Cynthia Carrion, president of Gymnastics Association of the Philippines. She expressed gratitude to Yulo’s chief backers, the PSC and MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF).According to Carrion, the PSC pays for the salary of Kugimiya while MVPSF shoulders the education and training of Yulo in Japan.“Some of my personal friends also helped finance Caloy. I hope our developmental team will continue to grow, so that more attention will be given to gymnastics,” said Carrion, also a board member of the Philippine Olympic Committee.Based in TokyoTokyo-based Yulo improved on last year’s bronze medal, which made him the first Filipino ever to occupy a podium spot at the championships.A little over two hours after Yulo tasted glory, Ibrahim Colak struck gold in the rings final to hand Turkey its first-ever medal at the championships.Colak earned a 14.933 to hold off a spirited challenge from Italy’s Marco Lodadio, who finished just 0.033 of a point behind.“I’m so happy for this. I don’t know what can I say but I did,” Colak said. “Also, I have tickets for the Olympic Games now. This will be the first time for me.” No, make that the brightest Filipino hope for a gold medal next year in the Tokyo Olympics.Yulo ruled the floor exercise final and gave the country its first-ever gold medal in the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championship, and that means, more than anything, beating basically the same high-quality field that he will be going up against in Tokyo next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAnd Yulo knows what’s ahead—how much work needs to be done to end the Philippines’ age-old quest for a Summer Games gold.But first things first.last_img read more

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1st Test, SA vs NZ: Wet outfield forces abandonment on day three

first_imgA bright and sunny Sunday at Kingsmead failed to yield cricket in the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand when wet patches on the outfield wiped out the game’s third day.Just 22 overs were possible on the second day of the match because of persistent rain, and while overhead conditions were vastly improved on day three, an overnight deluge had created several sodden areas in the field that could not be improved sufficiently for play to get underway.New Zealand therefore remained rooted on 15/2 in reply to South Africa’s first-innings total of 263 all out.No rain is forecast for the remaining two days in the match, which will be followed by a second and final Test at Centurion on Saturday.last_img

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Lalita Babar conferred with SJAM award

first_imgMumbai, Sep 3 (PTI) Lalita Babar, who finished 10th in 3000m steeplechase final at the Rio Olympic Games last month, was today conferred with the sportswoman of the year award at the Sports Journalists Association of Mumbais (SJAM) Golden Jubilee Annual Awards 2016. Satara-based Babar received the award from former India pacer Zaheer Khan, who was the chief guest at the event here. Maharashtras sixth Chess GM Shardul Gagare got the sportsman of the year award. Mumbai and India middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane received the International Cricketer of the Year award, while Rohit Sharma was presented with a special award for making the highest ODI score at Kolkata in 2014. Shardul Thakur and Shreyas Iyer shared the Ranji Trophy Cricketer of the year award. Their awards were received by officials of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). MCA was given the team of the year award, which Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare and coach Chandrakant Pandit received. Mumbai had won the Ranji Trophy for the 41st time, defeating Saurashtra in the final. Devika Vaidya got the woman cricketer of the year award. Kabaddi team U Mumba was conferred with an Excellence award, while kabaddi player Abhilasha Mahtre got the sportsperson of the year Indian Games award. Tennis player Siddhant Bhantia won the junior sportsman of the year award, while chess player Akanksha Hagawane bagged the junior sportswoman of the year. Young batsman Arrmaan Jaffer won the junior cricketer of the year award. PTI NRB CM CMlast_img read more

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Khanna declines AITA chief post due to sports code controversy

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 3 (PTI) Anil Khanna was today re-elected as AITA President for a second term but the veteran sports administrator refused to take up the position unless the government resolves the contentious sports code issue. All India Tennis Association (AITA) thus will work without a head even as it made Khanna honorary Life President and elected several new office-bearers at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Indore. “It has been going on for the last two years. The AITA was first federation to follow the sports code and has requested the government to resolve the issue many times but nothing has been done. We want uniformity in all National Sports Federations (NSFs) as far as sports code is concerned,” Khanna told PTI from Indore. “It is very important for the growth of the game and the players to resolve this issue at the earliest,” Khanna said. Under former Sports Minister Sarbanada Sonowal, the AITA was threatened with de-recognition if Khanna does not step down. Khanna had offered to step down after becoming ITF president but AITA Executive Committee refused his proposal and chose to fight with the government on the issue. Khanna was was elected as AITA president for a four-year term (2012-2016) after serving as AITA secretary general for two consecutive terms. The Sports Code requires a cooling off period of four years if an office-bearer seeks re-election after serving two consecutive terms. AITA contends that Khanna did not seek re-election as secretary general but was elected as president in June 2012 and there were no instructions that a person, who has served as secretary general, cannot become president without serving cooling-off period. Khanna had narrowly lost the ITF presidential elections but was elected as vice-president of the world governing body of the sport and was also included in the powerful board of directors. Khanna will now be the third Hon. Life President as it already has two others — S M Krishna and Yashwant Sinha. “Mr Khannas name had been proposed for unanimous election at the AGM by 23 affiliated units. Mr Khanna, however, declined to take up the position of President till such time that the matter relating to sports code is finally settled with consideration of Mudgal Committee Report and acceptance of the Age and Tenure Guidelines by IOA, IOC and ITF,” an AITA release said. ITF, the world governing body allows three consecutive terms as President. The rule states, “The President may be re-elected for two further terms of four years, so that the maximum period of service as President is twelve years. All service as President is counted. Term limits as a Board Member and as President are to be considered independently from each other.” More PTI AT AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Raise Funds for a Cause on Ketto and Win Two Free Tickets to

first_imgSee Coldplay, JAY Z and Several Indian Artists Live in Mumbai (Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). Raise Funds for a Cause on Ketto and Win Two Free Tickets to See Coldplay, JAY Z and Several Indian Artists Live in MumbaiMUMBAI, September 28, 2016/PRNewswire/– – Global Citizen India and Ketto, Partner to Give Away 1000 Free Tickets to Those who Raise Funds for Projects on Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Quality Education and Gender Equality – All Funds Raised to go Directly to Partner NGOs of Global Citizen India; WaterAid India, Miracle Foundation and Oxfam India Global Citizen India [http://www.globalcitizen.in], the social action platform, has partnered with Ketto [http://www.ketto.org ], Asias most trusted crowdfunding platform, to give away 1000 free tickets to the much anticipated inaugural Global Citizen Festival India to be held in Mumbai on 19 November, featuring headline acts of Coldplay and Jay Z among others.The Festival is the first initiative of newly-launched Global Citizen India and will invite stars from the world of music, sport, art and culture as well as leading figures from government and corporates to commit their support to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Quality Education and Gender Equality.While 80% of the tickets to the Festival will be earned by people who sign up to the http://www.globalcitizen.in platform and perform Action Journeys, for the first time tickets will also be available by raising funds through the dedicated Global Citizen India Ketto platform: (MORE) PRNewswire DLadvertisementlast_img read more

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2017 Ducati SuperSport unveiled at Intermot

first_imgDucati took advantage of the special press-only day at Intermot 2016 to unveil the first of a series of new bikes for 2017. At the Cologne motorcycle fair, Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali took to the stage to present the SuperSport, the company’s latest sport road bike.ALSO READ:Ducati to unveil new SuperSport at Intermot 2016The Ducati SuperSport is designed for those who want a sport-inspired bike that still provides comfort and easy handling on everyday roads. A fun bike that’s versatile and accessible, with the style and soul of a true Ducati thoroughbred.Features: 2017 Ducati SuperSport S A lean and mean road machine with a decidedly approachable feel thanks to easy handling, the confidence-inspiring Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch ABS + Ducati Traction Control), the awesome price-quality ratio of the equipment and the long maintenance intervals.Engine:Powering the SuperSport is a twin-cylinder 937cc Testastretta engine, delivering 113 hp and full yet linear torque curve. Thanks to the three Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), the SuperSport’s temperament can be adapted to maximise enjoyment whatever the riding conditions.ALSO READ:BMW Motorrad to unveil two new motorcycles at IntermotAgile on city streets, comfortable on the motorway and superlative on twisting country roads, the SuperSport is super-versatile. Relaxed rider and passenger positions, good airflow deflection from the height-adjustable screen and the mileage provided by the 16-litre fuel tank also make the new Ducati SuperSport a cool companion on medium-distance rides.Suspension:The SuperSport range includes a SuperSport S version featuring fully adjustable Ohlins suspension, the Ducati Quick Shift up/down system and a rear seat cover: the latter are also available as accessories for the SuperSport.advertisement2017 Ducati SuperSport SPrice:The SuperSport will be available in the UK priced at 10,995 (Rs 9.31 lakh), 12,295 (Rs 10.41 lakh) for SuperSport S in red and 12495 (Rs 10.58 lakh) for the SuperSport S in Silk White.ALSO READ: Yamaha teases new bike; could be all new YZF-R6Catch all the action from Intermot 2016 here .last_img read more

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Alastair Cook defends England’s defensive tactics

first_imgEngland’s defensive batting approach against India was a conscious decision to save the second Test on a wearing track, the touring side’s captain Alastair Cook said after the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the series on Monday. (India unbeaten at home in 16 Tests since 2012)Cook and Haseeb Hameed showed exemplary patience and defensive technique during their 75-run opening stand on Sunday to keep India at bay for over 50 overs, facing a target of 405 to win on a track offering sharp turn and uneven bounce.Both fell before the close of play on the penultimate day, however, and England were bowled out shortly after lunch on the fifth and final day to give India victory by 246 runs. (Vizag Test: Kohli, Ashwin help India annihilate England)India captain Virat Kohli questioned England’s approach and said the defensive mentality made it easier for his side to attack with more fielders in close catching positions.”We set our stall out pretty clearly that from the start of the innings that we wanted to take it as deep as possible,” Cook told reporters.”We saw in one game, South Africa played 140-odd overs. If we got to play 150-odd overs then we could have saved the game. We made a conscious effort to play that way. Everyone bought into it.”The England side is filled with fluent strokemakers including Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.But after the opening stand of 75 in 50.2 overs, Root, who has a career strike-rate of 55, made 25 off 107 balls. Ben Duckett fell without scoring in 16 balls and Moeen made two from 31 deliveries. (Virat Kohli, Joe Root after 50 Tests: Who has the better stats?)advertisementStokes, who smashed 258 off 198 balls in Cape Town in January against South Africa during which he struck 30 fours and 11 sixes, took 33 deliveries to make six runs.”It’s not some people’s natural way of playing,” Cook said. “But you say play your natural way and suddenly you’re four down then lower order start digging in and you think, ‘why didn’t we start that right at the beginning of the game’.”Cook singled out Adil Rashid for special praise, saying the leg-spinner was a changed bowler from the tour of Bangladesh where England lost their first-ever Test against the hosts and drew the series 1-1.”One thing we spoke about in Bangladesh was we didn’t have the control with our spinners,” Cook said of Rashid, who has taken 13 wickets in the two Tests. “Adil has taken it to heart, gone away and bowled beautifully.”He wasn’t bowling the full tosses and long hops like he had been. That’s a huge credit to him,” Cook added.”Rash can bowl. He’s a good bowler and I think he’s starting to believe it now. I think we’re starting to see a bloke who realises he can play.”last_img read more

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Dortmund break Champions League record, Real and Leicester advance to last 16

first_imgBorussia Dortmund beat Legia Warsaw in a pulsating 8-4 victory on Tuesday that broke the record for goals scored in a Champions League match.The record was set in injury time when Marco Reus, who had earlier scored twice, unleashed a shot that was deflected into the net by Legia captain Jakub Rzezniczak. The 12 goals were one more than the total when Monaco beat Deportivo La Coruna 8-3 on November 5, 2003.Shinji Kagawa scored twice for Dortmund, while Aleksandar Prijovic also got two for Legia.In the two matches against the Polish side, Dortmund scored a total of 14 goals, having won the first leg 6-0. (Also read: Usain Bolt plans to train with Borussia Dortmund)The winner of Group F will be decided in the final round when Dortmund visits Real Madrid. Both teams are through to the round of 16. Dortmund has 13 points and Real Madrid 11. Sporting, which lost 2-1 to Real Madrid, has three points and Legia one.The scoring bonanza included a four-minute spell in the first half with three Dortmund goals, two of them from Kagawa.Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel made nine changes to the side that beat Bayern Munich over the weekend. Reus, the captain for the match, played his first game since a groin injury in May.”That’s how you imagine a comeback after a long time. I’m fine now, it’s great that I could play from the start,” Reus said. “But it was tough. I’ve been out for a long time.”Dortmund’s final goal came from a pass by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the club’s top scorer, who came on with 20 minutes left. He did not score, although he hit the post.advertisementAubameyang passed across the penalty area and Reus hit a low shot that struck Rzezniczak and slipped through the legs of Legia goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.”It’s fantastic for Reus, I am really pleased,” Tuchel said. “I’ve never had such a game, though, so I don’t really know how to analyze it. We scored a clear victory, but I really don’t know what to say.”Dortmund’s reshuffled defense was caught out in the 10th minute, when Vadis Odjidja crossed into the area. Prijovic controlled the ball and then curled it inside the far post with the outside of his right boot.Dortmund replied quickly. Kagawa stooped at the far post for a rare header off a cross from Ousmane Dembele in the 17th. One minute later, Kagawa and Dembele swapped passes before Kagawa drilled in with his left foot. And in the 20th, Cierzniak tried to punch out a free kick, only for the ball to hit Nuri Sahin and bounce into the net.The action never stopped and in the 24th Prijovic got his second, shooting through the legs of a defender. Prijovic nearly had a hat trick, but hit the crossbar from point-blank range.The ball soon ended up in Dortmund’s possession and Sahin fed Reus, who set up Dembele. Dembele fooled two defenders before shooting under Cierzniak in the 29th. Reus then completed the seven-goal scoring fest in the first half by tapping in a low cross from Kagawa.Reus got his second in the 52nd, again from close range from a Dembele pass, to make it 6-2.Michal Kucharczyk pulled one back for Legia, before Felix Passlack scored after a great run by Christian Pulisic, who crossed for Andre Schuerrle. His shot was blocked, but Passlack headed the rebound into the net.Nemanja Nikolic scored Legia’s fourth, before Rzezniczak’s own-goal completed the win.A small group of Legia supporters made it into the stadium although UEFA had imposed a ban after Polish fans had created disturbances in the match at Real Madrid.REAL MADRID 2 – 1 SPORTING LISBONDefending champion Real Madrid advanced from the group stage of the Champions League for the 20th straight time after beating 10-man Sporting Lisbon 2-1 on Tuesday.Karim Benzema came off the bench to get the late winner in the 87th minute.A draw would have been enough to get Madrid through to the knockout stages anyway, but victory gave the team a chance to finish first in Group F with a home victory over Borussia Dortmund in the final round.LEICESTER CITY 2 – 1 CLUB BRUGESLeicester City added another tale of remarkable success to an incredible year by reaching the last 16 of the Champions League in their debut season with a 2-1 victory over Club Bruges on Tuesday.A volley from Shinji Okazaki and a Riyad Mahrez penalty put Leicester two goals ahead in the first half and they managed to see off a revival from the visitors who pulled one back with a fine individual effort after the break from Jose Izquierdo.advertisementThe result moved the Premier League champions to 13 points from five matches and not only ensured their spot in the knockout stages, but also their status as Group G winners with one match to spare.JUVENTUS 3 – 1 SEVILLAJuventus came from behind to secure a 3-1 win at Sevilla and reach the Champions League knockout stage on Tuesday, helped by a controversial penalty and a first-half sending-off.Nicolas Pareja gave Sevilla an early lead but it fell apart for the hosts after Franco Vazquez was booked twice in a five-minute spell and Juve’s Claudio Marchisio levelled with a hotly-protested penalty in first-half stoppage time.Late goals by Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzukic for the visitors then settled a petulant game that produced 31 fouls and eight yellow cards.MONACO 2 – 1 SPURSMonaco cruised into the Champions League last 16 at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur as goals by Djibril Sidibe and Thomas Lemar earned a 2-1 Group E win that would have been more emphatic but for visiting keeper Hugo Lloris.All the goals came in a breathless spell just after halftime as Sidibe headed home in the 48th minute only for Harry Kane to equalise from the penalty spot four minutes later.Lemar put Monaco back in front a minute later with an angled shot and France international Lloris, who saved a first-half spot kick from Radamel Falcao, spared the Londoners a thrashing.Monaco are assured of top spot with 11 points from five games, four more than Bayer Leverkusen who go through to the knockout round as runners-up.FC COPENHAGEN 0 – 0 FC PORTOFC Porto missed their chance to book a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League as Danish champions FC Copenhagen held them to a 0-0 draw at the Parken Stadium in their Group G clash on Tuesday.The first 45 minutes were played at an electrifying pace with plenty of aggression from both sides but despite a number of chances at both ends, neither could find a way to break the deadlock.Copenhagen keeper Robin Olsen made a scrambling double save to thwart Andre Silva midway through the second half and he was called into action on several other occasions as the Danes hung on to keep their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage alive.(With inputs from AP and Reuters)last_img read more

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‘Warrior’ Vidal will bring energy to Barca – Valverde

first_imgErnesto Valverde expects “warrior” Arturo Vidal to offer something different in Barcelona’s midfield as the Chile international finalises a transfer from Bayern Munich.Vidal is expected to be confirmed as a Barca player upon the successful completion of a medical after a deal was agreed between the two clubs.At 31, the former Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus star is approaching the latter stages of his career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Barca coach Valverde expects the Serie A, Bundesliga and Copa America winner to complement the less combative players in central positions. “He’s a player who we hope will bring energy to the midfield,” the boss said ahead of his team’s International Champions Cup match against AC Milan in Santa Clara, California on Sunday.”He has a lot of experience and has played a lot of games on all the teams he has appeared with. He’s accustomed to playing in big matches.”He has a lot of presence on the field and I think that will be very good for us.”Many observers will consider Vidal to be an improvement on Brazil international Paulinho, who has returned to Guangzhou Evergrande just one season after a surprise switch to Camp Nou. “Like Paulinho, he’s a player who’s a little bit different than the ones we have and we think he will be able to adapt well,” Valverde said. “He’s a warrior. Our team has space for many different types of players.”Last year there was a little bit of controversy when Paulinho came, and before he even played a single minute. Then people saw that he worked out really well.”Questioned about Barca’s other potential transfer activity, Valverde said: “We are trying to enrich our team.”We are FC Barcelona and, like any other club, we are open to improving our team.”We don’t know what might happen before the end of the transfer window.”Arturo Vidal Chile Confederations CupValverde was reluctant to guarantee Rafinha a place in the Barca squad during the season ahead amid rumours of a potential exit for the 25-year-old.”Rafinha is having a good preseason and we’ll see what happens in the end,” he said.”Right now he is on our team and last year he wasn’t able to participate much and I didn’t see him until January.”Jasper Cillessen’s future, though, appears more assured, although he is likely to remain Barca’s second-choice goalkeeper behind Marc-Andre ter Stegen. “I can’t imagine any other situation than him being here,” he said.”He’s a player we are expecting to have. He’s a great goalkeeper and a great professional.”last_img read more

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‘Simeone extension would be perfect for Atleti’

first_imgDiego Simeone is a “blessing” for Atletico Madrid and it would be “perfect” for all parties if he signed a contract extension, CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin says.The Argentine coach has enjoyed almost seven years at the helm of the Spanish side, guiding them to a La Liga title, two Europa League successes and two Champions League finals.With his side sitting third in the Spanish top flight and just a point behind leaders Sevilla after eight games, Simeone is still flourishing at Atleti and the club hope to keep the dream partnership together, Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I think it was a blessing for all parties, for me, for the club, for the fans, but also for him [when Simeone arrived],” he Gil Marin told Juventude Rebelde. “We have grown a lot together and hopefully we can continue like this for many more years.”In football, you cannot establish too many long-term projects at the sporting level, you can do it at structural levels. In the case of Diego, he has this season and the next, and evidently the perfect thing for both parties would be to extend the link for longer.”Atletico have had a strong start to their Champions League campaign, too, having won their first two matches in Group A.Although a spot in the knockout round is in their sights, Gil Marin says they are realistic about their chances of going all the way to seal the European crown.”It’s not an obsession,” he said. “Obviously it’s a challenge and it would be beautiful, but it is not necessary, just a longing, because it would never be a failure not to achieve it.”Following the conclusion of the international break, Atletico Madrid are back in action Saturday as the team visits Villarreal for a league clash.last_img read more

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Champions Trophy: Other teams ‘petrified’ of England, says Sam Billings

first_imgEngland wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings has returned home from the Indian Premier League (IPL) carrying with him the message that rivals are “petrified” of his team ahead of next month’s Champions Trophy on home soil.England have undergone a major transformation in white-ball cricket since being unceremoniously dumped out the 2015 World Cup during the group stage and have emerged as one of the favourites for the June 1-18 one-day international tournament.Billings said his interaction with players from other leading nations during IPL Twenty20 matches for the Delhi Daredevils convinced him of a new-found respect for his country’s limited-overs prowess.”The best thing about the IPL is you share a dressing room with these guys and previously in this country we haven’t made one-day cricket a priority as such, but people are petrified of our side now,” Billings told British media. (Wood recalled, Finn dropped from England’s Champions Trophy squad)”It was very interesting to hear what other internationals think of our side,” said Billings, who has been given an opportunity to impress in his wicketkeeping role in 50-over matches against Ireland on Friday and Sunday.”There is a buzz around the reputation of the England team in white-ball cricket… it’s amazing to think about that transition from two years ago.”The Kent player, who turns 26 next month, played eight matches for the Delhi franchise before flying home for the two-match series against Ireland.One-day captain Eoin Morgan has called the current squad the “most talented group” he has played with and backed the decision to allow Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler to continue their participation in the IPL.advertisement”I think it’s the right decision, part of our development as a side, to get as many players as possible playing in the biggest and best tournaments in the world, albeit T20,” Morgan said.”The development of 50-over cricket has got that much closer to the T20 format. This year we’ve had more players at the Big Bash (seven) and eight players at the IPL, which shows a lot of strength.”To rub shoulders with some of the biggest and best names in the world and put in performances like Ben Stokes did the other night (scoring a match-winning century for his Pune side) bodes well for our future development.”last_img read more

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IPL 2017: Table-toppers Mumbai Indians face confident Kings XI Punjab

first_imgTable-toppers Mumbai Indians, the first team to secure a berth in the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs, are all set to take on a confident Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium here on Thursday.Mumbai, sitting atop the IPL standings with nine wins and three losses, will be looking to shrug off their performance in the last match, where they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets.On the other hand, high on confidence after defeating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 14 runs on Tuesday, Punjab will look for a big win as, to qualify for the playoffs, they have to win all their three remaining matches in the cash-rich tournament.Going into Thursday’s tie, the hosts will have a slight advantage as they have a much more balanced team as compared to Punjab.In the batting department, opener Parthiv Patel along with Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, Nitesh Rana and Hardik Pandya are going through a purple patch that will surely help the visitors in outplaying the hosts.The bowling department, which includes the likes of veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Mcclenaghan, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah are also in prime form. So it will be an uphill task for the visitors to beat Mumbai in their own den.On the other hand, Punjab’s batting department which includes in-form Manan Vohra, Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh and Wriddhiman Saha all have chipped in from time to time but need to be more consistent to lend depth to the batting.Skipper Glenn Maxwell is due for a big score after getting under 300 runs in 12 matches, with an unbeaten 44 being his highest score this season.advertisementOn the bowling front, medium pacer Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia were brilliant in the last match and they will like to continue their form.Apart for them, Axar Patel and Swapnil Singh also contributed well for the cause.So Punjab will aim for a strong finish in order to qualify for the playoffs.last_img read more

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Chawrasia, Kapur to tee off in Sweden

first_imgMalmo (Sweden), May 31 (PTI) Indian golfer SSP Chawrasia, who was unable to fire over the weekend at the BMW PGA Championships, will be hoping that his first appearance at the Nordea Masters after a gap of three years will be a more fruitful one. Winner of four European Tour titles in his six international successes, Chawrasia has made the cut at Nordea twice in four previous starts, the last of which was in 2013. He finished T-52 in 2013 and T-47 in 2009. Also flying the Indian flag will be in-form Shiv Kapur, who won in Taiwan and was second at Thailand in recent weeks. Kapur has also had mixed results in Nordea Masters, having made three cuts and missed as many since 2010. His best was T-40 in 2011. But this time around he is coming in good form with a win and T-2 on Asian Tour and he was also T-12 at Maybank, which is con-sanctioned by Asian and European Tours. Chawrasia will tee off with Nacho Elvira and Raphael Jacquelin from 10th while Kapur will go out with Oscar Stark and Simon Dyson, also from the tenth. Meanwhile, the field for this years Nordea Masters will see two of Swedens biggest sporting superstars return home. The reigning Race to Dubai champion Henrik Stenson and BMW PGA Champion Alex Noren will tee it up together in the first and second rounds alongside defending Nordea Masters champion Matthew Fitzpatrick in what is a mouth-watering group for the home crowds. Another interesting group will be the 2016 Ryder Cup player Chris Wood of England alongside fellow multiple European Tour winners Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and Thorbjørn Olesen of Denmark. The field also has some other big names like the 2018 Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn alongside ten-time Ryder Cup legend Lee Westwood and Frenchman Alexander Levy, who earned a spot at the US Open at Mondays International Sectional Qualifier at Walton Heath. PTI Cor ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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AP CM announces Rs 1 crore to Arjuna awardee archer Surekha

first_imgAmaravati, Aug 31 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today announced a reward of Rs one crore to archer Vennam Jyoti Surekha, who received the prestigious Arjuna award two days ago.He also announced a 500- sq yd house site in Vijayawada and a government job for her. Surekha met the Chief Minister here this afternoon.The Chief Minister lauded her achievements in the field of archery and promised full support for her to excel further.”Surekha did Andhra Pradesh proud by winning 70 medals at national and international archery competitions. She is also the youngest to receive Arjuna award from south India,” the Chief Minister said.Surekha, who is currently pursuing her MBA, told the Chief Minister that bagging a Olympic medal for the country was her aim.Chandrababu asked the Special Chief Secretary (Youth Affairs and Sports) to identify top ten sports-persons in the state and extend all necessary support for them to excel in their fields.The Chief Minister also announced Rs 10 lakh reward for 10-year-old Devisri Prasad of Tirupati on setting the Guinness World Record in skating.Prasad achieved the feat by skating under 60 cars, covering a distance of 115 meters (forward and backward).The Chief Minister congratulated the kid on the achievement. PTI DBV NRBlast_img read more

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Gujarat portfolio allocation: CM Rupani retains Home

first_imgGandhinagar, Dec 28 (PTI) Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has retained the key Home department after the portfolios were alloted in the first Cabinet meeting held here tonight.Rupani kept majority of his past portfolios of General Administration, Home, Planning, Ports and Mines among others. He will also handle Urban Development, Petroleum, Climate Change, Science and Technology and Information and Broadcasting.Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel has been alloted Road and Building, Health, Medical Education, Narmada, Kalpsar and Capital Project.Another important portfolio — Finance — was given to Saurabh Patel, who will also handle Energy.Senior cabinet minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama would handle Education, Law and Justice and Parliamentary and Legislative Affairs departments.New face R C Faldu has been given the charge of Agriculture, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Transport.Kaushik Patel has been given Revenue, while Ganpat Vasava was given Tribal Development, Forest and Tourism.As a cabinet minister, Vasava would also handle Women and Child Development department.While Jayesh Radadiya was alloted Food, Civil Supply and Consumer Affairs as well as Cottage Industries, Dilip Thakor has been given Labour and Employment and Disaster Management and Pilgrimage development.Young cabinet minster Ishwar Parmar, a Dalit, has been given Social Justice and Empowerment as well as OBC Welfare department.Minister of State (MoS) Pradipsinh Jadeja has retained the Home portfolio.MoS Parbat Patel has been alloted Irrigation and Water Supply with independent charge, while MoS Parshottam Solanki has retained Fisheries.MoS Bachu Khabad has been given Rural Development and Animal Husbandry and MoS Jaydrathsinh Parmar was alloted Agriculture. Parmar was also given independent charge of Panchayats and Environment portfolios.advertisementMoS Ishwar Patel has been given Sports and Culture departments, while Vasan Ahir has been made MoS for OBC Welfare department.Lone woman minister Vibhavariben Patel has been made MoS for Women and Child Development, Primary and Secondary Education as well as for Pilgrimage development.Tribal leader Raman Patkar has been given charge of Forest and Tribal Welfare department as MoS.Patidar leader from Surat Kishor Kanani will be the MoS for Health and Medical Education.The BJP government was sworn-in for the sixth time in Gujarat on December 26.Though todays meet was supposed to be held at 5:00pm, it got delayed and started at around 9:00pm as Rupani, Patel and state BJP president Jitu Vaghani held a four-hour long meeting at the chief ministers residence before arriving at the state secretariat for the cabinet meet. PTI PJT PD NRB SMNlast_img read more

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Europe Wins Ryder Cup Again

first_imgGLENEAGLES, Scotland — Europe added another layer of Ryder Cup dominance on Sept. 28th behind Rory McIlroy big start, two big rallies and a rookie who hit the shot of his life to give this performance a finish it deserved.Jamie Donaldson, unaware he already had done enough to retain the Ryder Cup, hit a 9-iron that settled 2 feet from the cup on the 15th hole. Keegan Bradley walked onto the green, saw Donaldson’s ball next to the hole, removed his cap and conceded the birdie.And the celebration was on. The result in the record book was Europe 16½, United States 11½. It’s an old story for the Americans. Europe won for third straight time, and now has won eight of the last 10.“It came down to me to close it out, but it’s all about the team,” Donaldson said. “Everyone played their heart out to retain the Ryder Cup. And that’s what it’s all about.”McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose made sure the Americans would not get their redemption from the meltdown at Medinah two years ago as the first team to blow a four-point lead at home.McIlroy was 6-under par on his first six holes and trounced Rickie Fowler to set the tone. The Americans put plenty of red on the board early, just not for long.McDowell was 3-down after five holes and Rose was four behind after six holes. McDowell rallied to beat Jordan Spieth, while Rose earned a halve against Hunter Mahan.Martin Kaymer, who holed the winning point at Medinah, put Europe on the cusp of victory when he chipped in for eagle on the 16th to beat Bubba Watson.That set the stage for Donaldson. “The shot of my life,” he called it.Europe captain Paul McGinley, who spoke all week about a template for success, stood by the 15th green with the rest of the players who had finished their matches. Donaldson was mobbed by his teammates, another happy occasion for Europe.Asked for the highlight of the week, McGinley turned to Donaldson and said, “When you look at a face like that.” He put both hands on Donaldson’s face and hugged him.The Americans still can’t figure out this exhibition of team play.They even brought back Tom Watson, at 65 the oldest captain in Ryder Cup history and the last American captain to win on European soil. Watson made a series of questionable moves during team play and the Americans didn’t have much hope on Sept. 28th.Watson attributed the loss to foursomes — Europe was unbeaten in both sessions and collected seven of the eight points — though McGinley wrote that off as a fluke. Asked what he would tell his team in a final meeting, Watson said, “You played your best, but it wasn’t enough. You’ve got to find out what it takes a little better.”Watson sure didn’t find it. Except for a victory at Valhalla behind captain Paul Azinger in 2008, the Americans haven’t solved this Ryder Cup puzzle.Phil Mickelson, on the bench for both sessions Sept. 27th, finished off a 2-1 week by beating Stephen Gallacher. Asked about the future of the Ryder Cup, Mickelson went back to that last U.S. victory.“We had a great formula in ’08, and I don’t know why we strayed from it,” Mickelson said. “What Zinger did was really a good format. Maybe we should relive that.”Azinger has said that Watson never asked him about his “pod” system in which the U.S. team was broken into three groups of four players and stuck together the entire week.No team embodies togetherness quite like Europe. The Americans now have to wait two more years — Hazeltine outside Minneapolis is the next Ryder Cup — to figure that out.(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Iraklis Draws 3-3 with PAOK

first_imgATHENS — Iraklis took the lead twice but needed a stoppage-time equalizer from defender Sebastian Bartolini to snatch a 3-3 draw with PAOK in the Thessaloniki derby in the Greek league on Oct. 18.Just a minute earlier, PAOK striker Dimitar Berbatov had a chance to secure victory with a penalty, but Iraklis goalkeeper Dusan Pernis easily parried his spot-kick.Giorgos Makris and Apostolos Vellios gaven host Iraklis the lead in the 14th and 43rd minutes respectively, with PAOK equalizing through Dimitris Pelkas in the 35th and Berbatov in the 65th before Giorgos Tzavellas put PAOK ahead in the 77th.PAOK is in fifth place, 10 points behind leader Olympiakos, and Iraklis is joint 12th.Also, Atromitos won 1-0 at Veria, Panetolikos drew 2-2 at Levadiakos and Asteras and Xanthi drew 1-1.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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