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first_imgChelsea inch closer to EPL title LONDON, England (AP): Chelsea was one more win away from taking the English Premier League title after beating Middlesbrough 3-0 yesterday. The Blues have the chance to claim their second league title in three seasons when they face West Brom on Friday. They moved seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham, and all but consigned Middlesbrough to relegation. Goals came from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso, and Nemanja Matic in an attack masterfully orchestrated by Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge. “We have the possibility to do this on Friday but it won’t be easy because West Brom is a really good team, a physical team, and we must pay great attention,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. With this result, Middlesbrough have become the second team relegated from the Premiership, as they still have 28 points. Hull City sits ahead of them in 18th place on 34 points, with Swansea in 17th on 35. Each have only two more games to play. NKorea to host Malaysia in soccer after diplomatic dispute KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP): North Korea has finally been approved to host a 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match against Malaysia following political tensions between the countries. The Asian Football Confederation says the game can go ahead in Pyongyang on June 8 after the Malaysian football federation confirmed it was not subject to “government travel restrictions.” Diplomatic tensions escalated amid investigations into the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother in Kuala Lumpur. Both countries imposed travel bans on the other’s citizens. The original March 28 qualifier was postponed and a neutral venue sought. The game opens both teams’ program in a four-nation Asian Cup qualifying group that also includes Lebanon and Hong Kong. Bouchard eliminates Sharapova at Madrid Open MADRID, Spain (AP): Motivated more than usual, Eugenie Bouchard used her game to send a message to Maria Sharapova by defeating the Russian 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in a thrilling second-round match at the Madrid Open yesterday. Bouchard, one of the most outspoken players against Sharapova’s return to tennis following a doping ban, jumped up and down after converting her second match point in just under three hours. The players casually shook hands at the net and exchanged brief plaudits. It was their first meeting since Bouchard called Sharapova a cheater and said she should have been banned for life from the sport after testing positive for meldonium at last year’s Australian Open.last_img read more

Eric Kelly falls to Brazilian foe in ONE Manila undercard

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Barcelona to face Valencia in Copa del Rey semifinals Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Chinese flyweight Ma Hao Bin (9-1) settled for a unanimous decision victory over Sotir Kichukov (13-7).The winner of ONE Changsha Bantamweight Tournament was the clear aggressor in the match but did not have enough power in his strikes to knock his Bulgarian foe out, allowing the fight to go the distance.Hayato Suzuki (18-1-2) also inched his way to a title shot as he submitted Yago Bryan (3-4).The Japanese contender squeezed the air out of his Brazilian foe as he locked in the rear naked choke to take the victory at the 4:03 mark of round one.Emilio Urrutia (11-4) displayed his impeccable striking as he knocked out Bruno Pucci (5-3).ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Things didn’t get better from there as Nunes caught Kelly’s right foot, sending him to the ground before locking in the D’arce choke at the 1:31 mark of the second round to gain the submission victory.Kelly dropped to 12-5 as he suffered his fourth straight defeat, while Nunes rose to 11-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPhoto from ONE ChampionshipIn the night’s other matches, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao (364-46-9) will also go down in history as the victor in the first ever Muay Thai bout in ONE Championship, stopping Joseph Lasiri (31-5) in the second round.The 25-year veteran athlete out of Evolve MMA punished his Italian foe with his thunderous high kicks which reverberated throughout the 20,000-seater arena, before closing out the match with a killer right straight which floored Lasiri with 2:30 to spare in the second round. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ The American featherweight connected with his barrage of punches, bloodying his Brazilian foe in the process before flooring him with a right hook at the 3:33 mark of the opening round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo from ONE ChampionshipEric Kelly failed to hoist the country’s flag as he fell to Rafael Nunes in the undercard of ONE: Global Superheroes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Desperate to snap his skid, the Baguio-native tried to bring the fight to the ground but almost found himself in trouble late in the opening round against his Brazilian foe.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ilagan forced to watch from bench as Stags come up short vs Pirates

first_imgSan Sebastian ultimately fizzled out in the final minutes after the Pirates’ constant traps even before the ball handler crossed the midway line.Ilagan said he regretted what had happened and he just promised that he would keep his emotions in check the next time he steps on the court.“The coaches told me that I have to develop my leadership and to communicate better with the younger players,” said the third year Ilagan. “I’m teaching the younger players the things I learned from past veterans like Ryan Costelo. Whenever they feel pressure I just talk to them.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Rhea Dimaculangan begs off from PH volleyball national team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img And if there was one player who deemed the setback too bitter to swallow it had to be Regille Ilagan.The diminutive gunner was punishing the Pirates for 18 points before he got called for his fifth and final foul at the 8:02 mark of the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I got carried away with my emotions, because I’m not used to this type of atmosphere and this is all my fault,” said Ilagan in Filipino. “I got into it, I got a technical. I couldn’t do anything about it so I just cheered my teammates on.”With Ilagan on the bench, the Stags carried on and tallied four straight steals for a 9-1 run to give them a 69-68 lead. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West San Sebastian didn’t open the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament the way it wanted to after bowing to Lyceum, 67-65, in a heartbreaker Saturday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Repeat offender to spend more time on remand

first_imgRoyston James of Lot 15 A, Front Road, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown was on Monday further remanded to prison by Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman, before whom he reappeared to answer a charge of gun possession.On his first appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts back in August, James had denied the allegation made against him.The court had heard then that on August 1, 2018, the 40-year-old man had been found in possession of a .38 revolver without being the holder of a firearm licence at the time.On this occasion, James’s attorney, Paul Fung-A-Fat, requested that bail be granted to his client in a reasonable sum; but Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris cited the serious nature of the offence in objecting to the defendant being placed on bail.The prosecution’s submissions were upheld, and James, who allegedly is well known to Police, was remanded to prison.He is expected to make another court appearance on September 24.last_img read more

Middleton scores in OT to beat Senior Canucks in Dawson Creek

first_imgSaturday’s game was a back-and-forth tilt on the scoreboard, as the teams exchanged leads multiple times throughout the evening. Despite Fort St. John out-shooting the Senior Canucks 18-12 in the first, the opening frame concluded with the scoreboard reading 2-2.The Canucks built themselves a two-goal lead to start the second, scoring an even strength goal and a power-play marker, as the scoreboard read 4-2 in favour of Dawson Creek.However, that lead was cut in half courtesy of Senior Flyers forward Kole Norris, who scored 12:14 into the second, wrapping up the game’s middle period with a score of 4-3 for Dawson Creek.- Advertisement -At 11:18 into the third, Jeff Shipton scored his second of the game, on the power-play, tying the game at 4-4. The Senior Flyers then pulled ahead on the scoreboard, as Matt Shuya scored, providing Fort St. John a 5-4 lead with 7:12 remaining in the final period.As the rest of the game dictated, the scoring wasn’t done there, as Senior Canucks’ Jeff Taylor scored on the power-play, tying the game at 5-5, meaning the game needed to be decided in extra-time.In overtime, tension was high for the Flyers, as Paul Wiens took a hooking penalty, which proved to be the deciding factor in the game. Short-handed, Flyers forward Luke Middleton scored the overtime winner, providing the Flyers the 6-5 road victory.Advertisement The Senior Flyers will next hit the ice Friday, January 25, when the team welcomes the Grande Prairie Athletics to the North Peace Arena, a game Senior Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy said has been a focal point for the team for quite some time.last_img read more


first_imgBoth our Seniors and Reserves took on Fanad Gaels in Portsalon on Saturday evening with our Seniors getting a draw and our Reserves unfortunately beaten by a few points. Both teams are in action twice this weekend with an away game in Killybegs on Friday at 6.30pm and 8pm and a home game on Sunday against Cloughaneely at 1.30pm and 3pm. Everyone is encouraged to get out and support the lads in both matches.Our minors had a good win over Bundoran at home on Thursday evening last. Good performances from Alan Quinn, Eoin McGarrigle and Paul Robinson helped them on their way to victory.Anyone with any information they wish to have included in the club notes should contact Shane Walsh on by 6pm on Monday evening. GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

$1.2 billion windfall for state

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Another $524 million came from corporate taxes. Finance officials said they believe that increase is related to new federal rules governing offshore profits. The rules allow large companies to transfer profits from overseas operations back to the U.S. at special low tax rates this year. SACRAMENTO – California’s budget has received a $1.2 billion boost from unexpected revenue since July 1, the start of the fiscal year, according to the state Department of Finance. Revenue in September alone was $897 million over the projected estimate. State finance officials said Thursday that most of the unanticipated income probably was due to several one-time factors instead of any surge in the overall California economy. More than one-third of the unexpected income last month came from a jump in personal income taxes, which rose $376 million above estimates. Analysts said they suspect some of that additional income was the result of payments wealthy Californians are required to make this year under Proposition 63, which imposed a 1 percent tax on net income over $1 million. last_img read more


first_imgPeople living in Donegal and using addresses in Derry to obtain free health care are to be targeted in a new initiative by the UK Department of Health aimed at tackling fraudulent health claims It is estimated false claims are costing the UK Health Service £0.25 billion a year.The Health Department in the North has launched a number of initiatives to combat the problem which ranges from people claiming free prescriptions to consultants claiming for unworked hours. Northern Health Minister Edwin Poots said the people wrongfully obtaining free treatment at Altnagelvin Hospital was an issue investigators would be looking at.Mr Poots said: “With it costing up to 100 euro for using emergency departments it is very tempting to say you are a resident of Northern Ireland.“That is an issue, certainly at Altnagelvin. We would never refuse anyone a service but it is an issue if not a resident in Northern Ireland and we have to recoup that money.”  DONEGAL HEALTHCARE ‘CHEATS’ FACING CRACKDOWN IN THE NORTH was last modified: October 2nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL HEALTHCARE ‘CHEATS’ FACING CRACKDOWN IN THE NORTHlast_img read more

Warning issued as roadside flooding occurs across Donegal

first_imgGardai have issued a warning following heavy rain throughout the county all day.Dozens of roads have been flooded along their sides making driving hazardous.There are reports of roads being partially flooded in Glenswilly, Ballyare, Ramelton, Lifford, Donegal Town and parts of Inishowen. Gardai have urged motorists to slow down and not to drive at speed through flooded roads.Further heavy rain is forecast in the coming days.Warning issued as roadside flooding occurs across Donegal was last modified: October 21st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South African soccer in 2003

first_img19 December 2003Perhaps the most disappointing time for South African soccer in 2003 was the national team’s disastrous foray into north Africa in November.In games meant to prepare Bafana Bafana for the 2004 African Cup of Nations tournament in Tunisia in January, coach Shakes Mashaba’s charges showed little character or cohesion, losing to Egypt (2-1) and then to Tunisia (2-0) four days later.Mashaba argued that the losses gave him an idea of what was wrong with the squad. “I will have to work hard to restore confidence in the players,” he said. African Nations Cup: uphill for SA This lack of cohesion by the national team on the field is mainly due to administrative bungling and the ongoing club-versus-country saga.The South African Football Association’s (Safa) has a perennial inability to co-ordinate Bafana’s games (both official and friendlies) with the international football calendar.This has led to a fallout between the association and some overseas-based players over their availability. The overseas-based players argue that some of the call-ups, especially for friendlies and regional tournaments, are unnecessary and jeopardise their club careers.In most cases, those who respond to their call-up arrive two or three days before a game, giving the coach little time to work out a game plan and to mould the overseas and locally-based players into an organised unit.Another problem is that the squad that is selected almost always assembles for not more than a week before the particular game. This further complicates the coach’s job of integrating the individuals’ playing styles.The proper organisation of the national team needs urgent attention. Safa needs to put mechanisms in place to allow the national squad to assemble timeously in order to give the coach enough opportunity to experiment with different combinations.Moreover, it is important that the squad plays practice matches against organised formations such professional invitational teams, lower division teams and even high school teams.The scorecardIn 2003, Bafana played 11 matches – seven friendlies, two ACN qualifiers, one Cosafa qualifier and a Nelson Mandela Challenge match.Of the seven friendlies, they won three, lost three and drew one. The squad won the last two ACN qualifying games against Burundi and Ivory Coast, and beat Costa Rica to annex the Mandela Challenge cup. Bafana, however, came unstuck against Zimbabwe in the Cosafa Cup qualifier.Another disappointing development for Bafana was the loss of Shaun Bartlett to the squad due to the unresolved club-versus-country issue.Bartlett, who has been capped 64 times and has scored more than 20 times for South Africa, announced his retirement from international football to concentrate on his club career at Charlton Athletic in England.Lesley ManyathelaTragedy struck the soccer fraternity when striker Lesley Manyathela died in a car accident on his way home to Limpopo province in August.Manyathela, who played for Orlando Pirates, had also played for Bafana Bafana on five occasions. He made his debut on 20 March 2002 in an international friendly against Saudi Arabia. He then went on to feature against Georgia, Botswana, Swaziland and Senegal. Tributes pour in for Manyathela The good newsSome of the best news for soccer this year was the induction into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame of Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, the midfield general of many fine Kaizer Chiefs teams of the mid-1970s to mid-1980s.Ntsoelengoe played in North America for 11 years and was voted in alongside seven other players, including Carlos Alberto, the captain of possibly the greatest team in history, Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winners. Ace enters Hall of Fame During his years in North America, Ntsoelengoe played for Miami Torros, Denver Dynamos, Minnesota Kicks and Toronto Blizzards in the North American Soccer League (NASL).Banyana come of ageThe women’s senior national squad, Banyana Banyana, performed exceptionally throughout the year.The main highlight for Banyana was advancing to the finals of the All Africa Games, hosted by Nigeria. Although they narrowly lost (1-0) to the hosts, their performance in the Games was inspired.The Nigerians had, in previous encounters, completely outclassed Banyana, defeating them by huge margins. This narrow defeat by Africa’s women’s soccer champions indicates a maturity on the part of Banyana who have come a long way since 1993 when they were first assembled as a national squad.Also, Banyana’s road to the Games finals was littered with dream performances. They brushed aside tough opponents such as Cameroon and Ghana.The women’s team, judging by this year’s performance, are maturing with time and their approach to the game is becoming more sophisticated.Banyana have conquered all their opponents in the southern African region. They have easily defeated neighbours Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, and Mozambique with wide margins in recent encounters. SA’s soccer ‘girls’ growing up The maturity of their approach to the game was recognised when four of their best players were invited for trials by English premier league team, Arsenal. Veronica Phewa, Mpumi Nyandeni, Portia Modise and Antonio Carelse were subsequently signed after impressive performances, making the quartet the first South African women soccer players to play overseas.The Premier Soccer LeagueThe 16-team PSL kicked off the 2003/2004 season on a high with the teams that finished in the top eight bracket competing in the SA Airways-sponsored Supa 8. Exciting football was on display as the eight teams vied for the R1.2-million first prize.There were surprises aplenty as the big name teams were edged out, with the final being played between Jomo Cosmos and Moroka Swallows. Jomo Sono’s charges emerged victorious after defeating Swallows through a golden goal in extra time.The other lucrative competition, the Coca-Cola Cup, which is contested by all the 16 teams on a knockout basis, also produced skilful displays and some moments of brilliance.The R2-million tournament was eventually won by glamour team Kaizer Chiefs who walloped the much-improved Wits University 3-1 in the final.The league campaign, which kicked off in August, is producing mixed results as teams do battle to amass the goals and the points to stay in the hunt for the highest honour in the local game.Although the race for the championship is still wide open, five teams have emerged as favourites after playing 12 games thus far. Chiefs, Ajax Cape Town, Wits, Santos and Swallows are at the top end of the table after collecting at least 20 points each.Defending champions Orlando Pirates have had a bad start to the season. Currently lying sixth on the log, they have conceded 10 goals from just 13 games, an indication of a porous defence since the departure to England of captain and centre back Mbulelo Mabizela.Referees: the weak linkSince the beginning of the season, especially in the two cup competitions, the referees have been in the spotlight, albeit for all the wrong reasons.Rumblings about inconsistency, incompetence as well as downright favouritism were levelled against the men in the middle and their assistants throughout the Coca-Cola and Supa 8 tournaments, as well as in league matches.The league, however, has no power to act against the referees as they fall under the control of Safa. But the association has remained silent about these rumblings, and no action has been taken – at least not to the public’s knowledge.The coaches keep movingJob security for PSL coaches continues to be elusive. Before the season was three months old, eight teams had already changed coaches. Some were fired, others jumped, while some were demoted.The list includes veteran Austrian coach Walter Rautmann who was fired by Black Leopards after saving the team from relegation in the 2002/2003 season.Dutchman Clemens Westerhof of Cape Town-based strugglers Hellenic was also given the boot after a string of poor results.Pirates coach Roy Barreto was forced to quit after a bad start to the season. He failed to take the defending champions past the first round of the Supa 8. His charges were also knocked out in the initial stages of the Coca-Cola Cup.He jumped the Buccaneers ship after being pelted with missiles following the loss to Manning Rangers, who knocked them out of the Coca-Cola Cup. In an ironic twist, Barreto was named Rangers coach just three days later.Steve Komphela left Rangers to rejoin Dynamos as head coach. Komphela, before joining Rangers, had been assistant coach at Dynamos where he worked under Jacob Sakala.Komphela’s arrival at Dynamos was accompanied by an announcement that Sakala had been demoted to the team’s under-12 academy.Oscar Fullone of Sundowns was re-assigned as technical director, and the team brought in Khabo Zondo from Golden Arrows as coach.The Tsetse FliesThe national under-12 team – nicknamed the Tsetse Flies – achieved a great feat in September when they lifted the 2003 Danone Nations Cup tournament in Paris, beating Poland 2-0 in the finals.Graham Abrahams, spokesman for Sports Minister Ngconde Balfour, said the minister was “delighted at the feat attained by the Tsetse Flies. This a clear indication that the country’s soccer has a bright future in those youngsters,” said Abrahams. SA soccer boys conquer the world  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more