Battle on for RSPL fourth spot

first_img Tomorrow’s game With most people sold on the top three and writing Rivoli United and Waterhouse off as the teams to be relegated from this season’s Red Stripe Premier League, the focus will be on the fourth place, where there are about four teams in the running. Sitting in fourth place at the moment are Humble Lion who are 10 points behind third-placed Portmore United – who have 46 points. Waiting on a slip-up from the Clarendon-based team are first timers UWI FC, just two points behind on 34; Harbour View on 33; and Cavalier, the best placed on the three teams, on 30 points. Boys’ Town and Reno would possibly consider themselves in the running, too, but with their huge negative goal difference, it is highly unlikely. With the situation being what it is, none of the contenders can afford to lose. One loss for Humble Lion and a win for UWI FC could see both teams swapping places. Humble Lion’s opponents have designs of their own as they will want to keep on accumulating points to ensure that they are not caught by one of the two of Waterhouse and Rivoli. Portmore United recently broke their three-match losing streak with a win over the struggling Rivoli United. Despite the win being a narrow late one, Portmore United should still start favourites over Harbour View as they will have home advantage. If Boys’ Town report in form similar to what they did last week when they were spanked 4-0 by Montego Bay United, then UWI FC will get the better of them. That heavy loss could also have the effect of waking them up and inspiring in them the fighting spirit for which they were known in years past. The Marcel Gayle-coached UWI FC are playing with even more confidence now and must be convinced that they have what it takes to get the better of Boys’ Town, especially with the goal-scoring form of Girvon Brown and the creativity brought by Keammar Daley, who joined the club in the January transfer window. – 5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Waterhouse – Stadium East – 3 p.m.: Portmore United vs Harbour View – Juice Park – 3 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Humble Lion – Edward Seaga Complex – 3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Boys’ Town – UWI Bowl, Mona – 8:40 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Rivoli United – Anthony Spaulding Complex Today’s gameslast_img read more

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Che’Lu zeroes in on crown

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSamboy de Leon hit the big shots late for Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian as it pulled off a huge 107-103 Game 1 victory against Zark’s Burger-Lyceum in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals Tuesday at Pasig Sports Center.The former Magnolia forward nailed the go-ahead triple with 1:19 to play that gave the Revellers a 104-101 lead with 1:19 remaining and took the air out of the Jawbreakers.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames De Leon finished with 18 points, shooting 4-of-5 from three-point territory, to go with five rebounds and three assists.CJ Perez kept things interesting with his two foul shots in the final 39.1, but that was quickly negated by a huge undergoal stab from Michael Calisaan with 28.8 seconds left, 106-103.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownZark’s-Lyceum failed to find its mark from that point on, as Allyn Bulanadi put on the finishing touches with a split before Ryan Costelo intercepted the ensuing possession to seal the deal for Che’Lu-San Sebastian.Alfred Batino contributed 17 points and 10 boards, while Calisaan punched in 15 and 12. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Bulanadi and Costelo both had 13 points in the victory.“Both teams deserved to win but it was in the end game where the difference was our defense. It was a good comeback for our team,” said coach Stevenson Tiu as Che’Lu-San Sebastian survived the absence of leading scorer Jeff Viernes, who was called up by GlobalPort in the PBA.The Revellers won the battle of the boards, 60-48, while also going 10-of-25 from threes.Che’Lu-San Sebastian has a chance to claim the crown in Game 2 on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Jaycee Marcelino paced Zark’s-Lyceum with 23 points, eight rebounds, four steals, and three assists.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vidakovic sets club record target for Ceres-Negros in tricky match vs Home United Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Atletico Champions League bid suffers blow in Azerbaijan

first_imgAtletico now have just two points from their opening three games and remain third in Group C behind Chelsea and Roma, who were due to meet at Stamford Bridge later on Wednesday.The visitors had a host of chances to open the scoring in the first half, but suffered from a familiar lack of firepower in already their fourth 0-0 draw of the season.“The strikers have to work on it. We are good at the back, created chances and we didn’t take them,” Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann told BeIN Sports Spain.“There are still games to go. We will try to win them all and see what happens.”Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco were both denied by Ibrahim Sehic when clean through, while Jose Maria Gimenez fired inches wide from a corner before the break.However, it was Azerbaijani champions Qarabag, in their first ever season in the Champions League, who had the better chances in the second period.Ndlovu’s rising effort flew inches over the bar before he thought he had won a penalty as he was clipped by Diego Godin inside the area.Instead, French referee Ruddy Buquet reduced the hosts to 10 men for what he thought was a dive.Atletico pressed unconvincingly in the search for a winner and their best chance came when Fernando Torres headed over after he too appeared to be pushed with the goal gaping five minutes from time.Buquet was unmoved, though, as Atletico’s European campaign continues to stumble after a stalemate away to Roma and a 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Qarabag’s Donald Guerrier and Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko vie for the ball during their UEFA Champions League match between Qarabag in Baku on October 18, 2017 © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVBAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct 18 – Atletico Madrid suffered a fresh blow to their chances of reaching the Champions League last 16 as 10-man Qarabag held on for a 0-0 draw to secure their first ever point in the competition in Baku.It could have been even worse for the 2014 and 2016 finalists had South African striker Dino Ndlovu won a penalty rather than being shown a second yellow card for diving 15 minutes from time.last_img read more

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Arsenal held by improving West Ham

first_imgWest Ham almost won it late on but substitute Javier Hernandez saw his shot hit the underside of the bar, bounce downwards and stay out.David Moyes’ hosts were unchanged following Saturday’s stirring derby win over Chelsea, but the home fans made hardly any noise at all in the opening stages as Arsenal stroked the ball about purposefully, with Alexis Sanchez firing straight at Adrian, the man currently keeping England number one Joe Hart on the bench.Marko Arnautovic scored the only goal againat Chelsea and had the ball in the net again in the 14th minute with a firm header from Arthur Masuaku’s cross from the left, but was denied by a correct offside call.Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, openly coveted by West Ham manager David Moyes as a January signing and making his first Premier League start in 577 days, was given a rare start but struggled to make an impact.Sanchez was trying to make something happen however and saw an effort deflected behind. But when the corner was half-cleared to Alex Iwobi on the edge of the box he could not hit the target.The recalled Nigerian did much better with his next effort, from closer range, but although it beat the goalkeeper it thumped back off the outside of the post.– Giroud fails to impress –Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud attempts an overhead kick as West Ham United’s Aaron Cresswell attempts to block during their match in east London on December 13, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONAinsley Maitland-Niles was making his first Premier League start for Arsenal and twice the 20-year-old left-back delivered enticing high balls towards Olivier Giroud only for the Frenchman, who had complained his World Cup place was in jeopardy because of a lack of first-team action, to fail to connect on both occasions.That wasn’t the case with Maitland-Niles’ next cross though as Giroud leaped to launch a bicycle kick that smacked straight into Aaron Cresswell’s face.The half ended with West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini in the book for hacking down Wilshere — and the second began with a great chance for Arnautovic, who scuffed over the bar.Wave after wave of Arsenal attacks followed but when a deflection broke kindly for Mesut Ozil, the German poked across goal and wide.Wilshere was becoming more and more influential, both on the run and through his passing but West Ham were defending in numbers and held firm.Arnautovic had an effort cleared off the line by Nacho Monreal, but the Austrian had already been penalised for a push on Laurent Koscielny in the build-up.Wilshere blazed Arsenal’s clearest chance of the night over the bar soon after and, after the Gunners replaced Iwobi with Danny Welbeck, Sanchez forced Adrian into a diving save from a long-range free-kick.Just a few seconds were remaining when Hammers skipper Mark Noble set up Hernandez, but although the Mexican striker’s shot had the beating of Cech, it hit the bar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck (L) vies with West Ham United’s Arthur Masuaku during their match in east London on December 13, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 14 – Arsenal lost ground on their rivals for a Premier League top-four place after a 0-0 draw at London Stadium on Wednesday that left West Ham United stuck in the relegation places.The Gunners bossed possession but created few clear chances and are now seventh in the table, still below Burnley and now behind Tottenham Hotspur, having dropped seven points from their last three games.last_img read more

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Pochettino rules out Barcelona switch

first_img0Shares0000Having begun his coaching career with Barcelona’s fierce rivals Espanyol, Pochettino has ruled out the possibility of leading the Catalan team.LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 2 – Mauricio Pochettino says he has dreams of one day coaching Argentina before returning to Newells Old Boys as he ruled out ever joining Barcelona.The Tottenham Hotspur manager is preparing his side to face the European giants in the Champions League on Wednesday. Having begun his coaching career with Barcelona’s fierce rivals Espanyol, Pochettino has ruled out the possibility of leading the Catalan team.The Spurs boss needs no motivation for this clash, but will hope his side can perform better than they did in the recent 2-1 loss to Inter Milan.He told Marca: “It motivates me being a periquito and living so many years in Barcelona.“Going back to the city is always nice and playing against Barcelona, too. It is always motivating.”Pochettino added: “I have a lot of friends in Barcelona, who are from the Blaugrana and to whom I have enormous respect, but my path and that of Barcelona are different, opposite directions, and coaching there would be impossible.”As a player, Pochettino turned out for Newell’s Old Boys, Espanyol, Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux, and revealed he would like to coach where he began in the game.“At a professional level, some day I’d like to be Argentina coach and also coach Newells Old Boys, where I started.“They are two of the dreams I have, but for now, it’s to get to Tottenham as high as possible and always winning. That is my philosophy,” the manager explained.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Liverpool’s Gomez to have leg surgery

first_imgLiverpool’s inital assessment was that Gomez might be sidelined for six weeks, but have now refused to set a specific timescale for the England international’s recovery, although he is expected to play again this season.“Liverpool can confirm Joe Gomez is to undergo surgery to assist his recovery from a lower leg fracture sustained at Burnley on December 5,” the club said in a statement.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp added: “It’s a blow for the boy and for us — because prior to the injury he was in such fantastic shape.“But he is too valuable to take any risk with, both for our present and future, so we get this procedure done and he comes back when he’s ready.”Meanwhile, Gomez said it had been difficult finding out he would be sidelined for longer than first thought.“Obviously being out for longer than we’d first hoped for is hard to swallow but it’s part and parcel of the industry,” he said. “It was an injury caused by an impact, like nearly all the injuries I’ve had in my career, so I know it’s just a case of when it’s fully healed I’m good to go again.“The hardest part is not being able to help the team and contribute on the pitch at the moment, so it’s important I come back ready to go and this procedure will help with that.”Liverpool, last crowned champions of England in 1990, will go five points clear at the top of the table if they win away to West Ham later Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gomez has started 12 Premier League games for Liverpool this season © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFELONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 4 – Liverpool’s Joe Gomez is to undergo an operation in the hope of aiding his recovery from a lower leg fracture, the Premier League leaders announced Monday.Gomez suffered the injury in a 3-1 victory at Burnley early in December.last_img read more

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Forum to address Filipino addiction

first_img“Despite the facts attesting to early exposure and use of alcohol by generations of Filipinos, there seems to be, likewise, a phenomenon of non-recognition of alcoholism as a medical condition,” according to the report, which will be presented at Tuesday’s forum. In focus group discussions, participants described the cultural inclusion of alcohol into religious, business and social functions. “Try talking alcohol addiction (in the Philippines) and good luck if anyone understands the concept,” one participant said. Drinking and other substance abuse have carried over to the United States, particularly among young women, the survey concluded. The liberation women have experienced in this country has afforded them access to alcohol – in many cases for the first time, researchers found. Based on the findings, new outreach programs will be designed to incorporate the entire family – an important factor in treating addiction, particularly for new immigrants, Almeda said. Other ideas for future educational and treatment programs will be discussed by Tuesday’s panel. In addition to Almeda, participants include two rehabilitation specialists, two high school students who will share their experience in the Filipino culture and the director of the county’s Department of Health Services’ Alcohol and Drug Prevention program. melissa.evans@dailybreeze.com 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After conducting two substance abuse surveys, the Asian American Drug Abuse Program Inc. is organizing a forum Tuesday night to discuss the findings and future treatment programs targeted specifically at this ethnic group. “It is very evident that the family and the home are deemed to be the dominant channels of access, at least with respect to alcohol,” said Carol Almeda, who conducted the survey and helped organize the forum with the Carson Regional Library. The Asian American Drug Abuse Program contracts with Los Angeles County Department of Health Services in providing treatment programs. They serve the entire community, but focus on Asian-American substance abuse. Very little research has been conducted on alcohol and drug addiction specifically within the Filipino community, Almeda said. Counselors and others who work in treatment have, however, seen an anecdotal rise in people seeking treatment and problems arising from substance abuse. In a 2007 survey of the Carson and Long Beach Filipino communities, nearly three-quarters of respondents said they started drinking before the age of 21. The majority said their primary access to alcohol was at home, with the family, the survey showed. SOUTH BAY: The Asian American Drug Abuse program will discuss findings from local surveys and offer recommendations. By Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER A steep rise in drug and alcohol abuse in the Filipino community has prompted a local agency to step up outreach and treatment programs in areas where many live, including Carson and other parts of the South Bay. last_img read more

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Mourinho must build on ‘perfect foundation’ or or risk pressure

first_imgOn Wednesday night, Manchester United secured Europa League glory at Ajax’s expense as they won the final 2-0 in Stockholm.Ultimately, victory at the Friends Arena was never really in doubt once the whistle blew, even allowing for the pre-match nerves. This was manager Jose Mourinho’s 14th major cup final, after all. He’s now won 12 of those 14 finals, with United winning this trophy for the first time in their illustrious history. To go with an EFL Cup win back in February, it’s been a season of mixed emotions for United and their fans. On one hand, two trophies in Mourinho’s debut campaign at Old Trafford is a hugely commendable return and he must be applauded for delivering silverware so early on.On the other, though, there’s a nagging sensation that the two trophies merely mask what has been an underwhelming campaign for the club. Having finished fifth in Louis van Gaal’s second and final season at the Old Trafford helm, Mourinho’s United laboured to sixth, a full seven points off a top-four finish and a whopping 24 points behind champions Chelsea. Considering the vast sums of money spent to rebuild the squad over the last two years, fans have every right to demand a better return on the funds spent bolstering the squad.“We feel that we are candidates to win the title,” Mourinho said back in August. Once he realised that was unattainable, his tune changed before he turned his focus on a Europa League triumph. In that regard, Mourinho succeeded in controlling the narrative, and for good reason. His record in major cup finals speaks for itself, but there’s no denying that he – to an extent – failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford in his debut season. Undoubtedly, there is a foundation for further success – winning breeds confidence and the most important wins deliver silverware – however, such a capitulation in the Premier League does not warrant being swept under the rug.Indeed, United scored fewer goals (54) than any other team in the Premier League’s top seven this season, despite averaging the fourth most key passes per game (11.9). Their home form in particular left little to the imagination. Of the 54 goals scored, 26 of those were netted at Old Trafford. That was fewer than Swansea (27), relegated Hull (28) and Bournemouth (35). Fine margins played a part in the less than impressive goal return – United hit the woodwork 19 times in England’s top tier this term, the third most – but even then they missed more clear-cut goal-scoring chances (50) than any other Premier League side.Defensively the team was as solid as one might expect of a Mourinho managed side as they conceded the second fewest goals (29) in the top-flight of English football, while there is no denying that the Portuguese boss brought out the best in the likes of Eric Bailly, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia and Paul Pogba. Wayward finishing was the primary factor for the sub-par Premier League performance for United, yet it doesn’t excuse negative tactics from Mourinho, which impacted their finish in the top-flight of English football.The idea is for United to take an early advantage and then sit and hope to hit opponents on the counter-attack. It’s a staple of any Mourinho-managed side and when it works, he’s hailed as a tactical genius. Yet, when the going got tough and opponents handed the incentive to United, this was when they faltered. The likes of Swansea, Bournemouth, Hull and Burnley all came away with positive results from Old Trafford this season, be it due to resolute defending – and superb goalkeeping – or because United took the initiative yet failed to kill the game off, allowing the opposition back into matches.It’s a flaw that Mourinho and United must work on this summer in order to improve upon their league position in the coming campaign. For now, United fans will revel in their Europa League success, but another campaign where the team labours behind their top four rivals, could see pressure begin to mount on Mourinho. He has the perfect foundation to build upon now – he must not let that go to waste Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho 1last_img read more

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Volleyball Returns Home For Pair of Key Matches

first_imgStory Links ESPN+ – Missouri State Drake Match Notes Live Stats center_img ESPN3 – SIU DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team gears up for a two-game homestand against Missouri State and Southern Illinois Nov. 1-2. Friday’s game against Missouri State begins at 6 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN+. Saturday’s match will begin at 5 p.m. and will available on ESPN3.Following a four-game road trip, the Bulldogs (9-15, 3-8 MVC) hope to continue their momentum following a comeback win against Valparaiso. In the win, sophomore Emily Plock finished with 20-plus kills for the third consecutive game, bringing her season total to 337 which is fifth in the MVC. Paige Aspinwall recorded a double-double in the match, totaling 32 assists and 16 digs.Missouri State (7-18, 4-7 MVC) won the first meeting between the two teams, 3-1, in Springfield. Junior Laynie Dake leads the Bears with 221 kills and 281.0 points. Missouri State is fourth in the MVC with 2.05 blocks per set.Southern Illinois (12-13, 4-7 MVC), who will face UNI prior to its match with Drake, defeated Drake, 3-1, in Carbondale on Oct. 4. The Salukis hit the road after a five-game homestand where they went 2-3, including wins over Missouri State and Illinois State. Senior Alayna Martin is averaging 5.5 assists per set and has also totaled 298 total digs. The Salukis lead the MVC with 141 service aces.A strong weekend for the Bulldogs could see them move up in MVC rankings, as they currently sit just one game behind the Bears and Salukis in the conference standings. Following the homestand, Drake heads to Illinois for matches against Bradley and Illinois State on Friday Nov. 8 and Saturday Nov. 9. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Man released without charge after gun and ammunition find

first_imgA man has been released without charge after a weapon and ammunitionwas discovered in Convoy.The man, who is in his 20s, was arrested in the village onyesterday evening.Members of the Gardai backed up by the Regional Support Unit carriedout the raid. A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene after officers recovered afirearm and ammunition.The man was detained at Letterkenny Garda station under Section 30 ofthe Offences against the State Act, 1939.The man was released without charge this afternoon (Mon) and a file onthe incident is to be prepared for the Director of PublicProsecutions.Man released without charge after gun and ammunition find was last modified: July 26th, 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) Tags:ammunitionarrestconvoyGardaigunlast_img read more

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