FOOTBALL: CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier vs Costa Rica Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will be aiming to make the National Stadium their fortress tonight as they seek to beat Costa Rica and lift their chances of advancing to the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. The Group Two CONCACAF fourth round battle will kick off at 7 o’clock at the venue which was called ‘The Office’ during the journey to France 98 campaign because the Boyz couldn’t lose there during the qualification campaign. In recent matches the venue has not been as impregnable as in the past. The Boyz lost 0-2 against Panama on November 13 and 2-3 on September 4 last year against Nicaragua in their last outings there. The Panama game was the opening match in this four-team semi-final round qualification. Both countries are now locked on three points after two matches. Jamaica rebounded and won their second game, on the road — 1-0 in Port-Au-Prince. Costa Rica have a perfect record in the group. They had a 1-0 home win over the Haitians and a 2-1 away success at Panama City, victories that have given them group leadership with maximum six points. Head coach, Winfried Schäfer, views the qualification as a step by step process. “Only focus is Costa Rica, Costa Rica, Costa Rica,” he said. As they’ve branded their campaign the ‘Road to Russia’, Schäfer said along the route “we’ve many stones”. Continuing, he theorised: “We can stop or build from the stone the bridge to Russia. Many, many stones are very, very heavy and for this we need the support. “… When we win then the next step (to the final round) is we’ve to work in Costa Rica too,” he said of next Tuesday’s return fixture. “It’s the same,” he said. “Before we talk about Russia we’ve to win on Friday. We’ve to win against Costa Rica and against Panama, it’s step by step, we’ve to build.” “It’s gonna be vital in terms of progressing through this group,” key midfielder Jobi McAnuff said about the Boyz transforming their play on home territory. “The home games are very, very important. “We’re still disappointed with the last two we’ve had and we need to make sure we transfer the away performances back here at The Office and make sure we win the game.” This is the third of six matches this round and only two will qualify to the final six, the CONCACAF Hexagonal, that ultimately decides the three or four World Cup qualifiers. “Every game is crucial, especially when it’s in a tight little group like this,” McAnuff pointed out. “There’s only four teams and it’s important not to lose, because then you lose too much ground. So if we win at home that would give us a good platform to go to the away leg and try and get another result over there.” McAnuff represents one of Schäfer’s key materials, given his leadership role on the pitch and the type of skill that saw him weave through the heart of the Costa Rica team with a dribble from half-line before scoring from inside the penalty box, when the teams last met. That was a 2-2 result at the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer, when Jamaica were on a high and made a first-time appearance in the final. Before that, the teams also drew 1-1 at the National Stadium in World Cup qualification when Schäfer had just arrived and sprang crowd favourite Jermain “Tuffy” Anderson on to the pitch for a late equaliser. “Tuffy” is not part of this group, but practically everybody from the Gold Cup final appearance remains, with the exception of captain Rodolph Austin and striker Giles Barnes. Austin, just recovering from injury, may play the return match. In his absence Adrian Mariappa will captain the team, playing in defence alongside Wes Morgan, the captain of much-storied English Premiership leaders Leicester City, who has promised to “give his all” for the Boyz. Their presence, along with Je-Vaughn Watson, Garath McCleary, Michael Hector, Simon Dawkins and others has strengthened Schäfer’s belief that they can get a good result at home. “The last time we lost at home – the first match the players were not ready for Nicaragua and the last match the team was not ready for the situation, one day before,” he said of pay disputes ahead of the game. “But now I think the team is ready. “They (Costa Rica) are a very good team, they’ve very good players,” he pointed out. “We played two times — 1-1, 2-2 and we’ve to watch what we’re doing at home. All players want to be in Russia.” “Very positive,” is how McAnuff labelled their attitude. “We put up a very good performance the last time we played them in the Gold Cup and to be honest they were lucky to come away with a draw. We finished very strongly and they will be wary of what we’ve got to offer.” read more
The Independent Anti-Doping Panel (IADP) overseeing the case involving national 400 metres runner Riker Hylton and the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has ruled that it has no jurisdiction to overturn the provisional suspension issued to the athlete by the commission. The panel made the announcement Friday afternoon during the second day of the preliminary hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. It added that the proper course of action for Hylton is to make an appeal elsewhere. This may be through the Jamaican Appeals Tribunal or the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Hylton’s attorney, Dr Emir Crowne, said that in making this ruling, the panel has “implicitly sanctioned an unfair hearing process”. “I’m fairly certain that when WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) approved those rules and JADCO said it controls its own formal procedure, that WADA themselves interpreted that to mean that there is a right to a fair and impartial hearing,” Crowne added. JADCO’s attorney, Lackston Robinson, declined to speak with the media about the ruling. NEXT COURSE OF ACTION Crowne said that he now has to speak with Hylton, who was not present at Friday’s session, to decide their next course of action in terms of filing an appeal. “It (the ruling) leaves athletes in almost an unconscionable position because the filing fee alone to CAS is 1,000 Swiss Francs (about Ja$130,000),” he said. “I don’t know how many Jamaican athletes or Jamaicans, period, have 1,000 Francs lying around to file an appeal to CAS, and that’s just the filing fee. The fee for a single arbitrator is 9,000 Francs (about Ja$1,155,000) and a panel of three starts at 18,000 (about Ja$2,300,000) Swiss Francs.” Since the panel did not specify that athletes go to CAS for their appeals, as it only suggested making an appeal, it means Hylton’s team can now go before the Jamaican Appeals Tribunal, but with the official hearing set to start on May 30, Crowne believes it may be a pointless process due to the time it may take to get an overturn by that method. Hylton is accused by JADCO of breaching Article 2.3 of its rules, alleging that he failed or evaded to submit a sample requested by a collection officer. His provisional suspension bars him from participating in track and field whether by training or competing during his hearing. read more
LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Right now, we’re between the hammer and the anvil,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “This is the NBA. If you expect it just to be easy, you’ve been led down the wrong road. This is not what we would like but this is when you start to develop some character.”Bam Adebayo scored 12 for Miami, which got 11 apiece from Justise Winslow and Hassan Whiteside.Atlanta led by 19 early in the second half and was still up by 13 with 8:50 left, before Miami went on a 14-0 run to grab the lead — a spurt where Richardson scored seven of those points, including a follow shot with 5:04 left to cap the flurry. Atlanta answered with a 7-0 run, and Miami then scored five straight to get back within one.Prince made the second of two free throws with 14 seconds left, giving Atlanta a 115-113 lead. Miami took its final timeout, set up a play with no fewer than four options — Atlanta took away the first three — and Wade passed up what would have been a contested jumper to send the ball to Richardson for the wide-open look.“I think it ended the right way,” Young said.ADVERTISEMENT Tuesday was the 11th anniversary of a dark day in Miami sports history, the slaying of University of Miami and Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor. Wade paid tribute to Taylor on his game sneakers, scrawling “RIP Sean Taylor” on them.UP NEXTHawks: Visit Charlotte on Wednesday.Heat: Host New Orleans on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blake Griffin’s 30 powers Pistons past Knicks Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Richardson’s shot bounced off the front of the rim with less than 2 seconds remaining, time ran out on the Heat and the Atlanta Hawks — who wasted every bit of a 19-point, second-half lead — escaped from Miami with a 115-113 win on Tuesday night.“Just kind of went our way,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said after his team snapped a seven-game road slide. “But we’ll take it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissTaurean Prince scored 18 points, Trae Young finished with 17 points and 10 assists, and John Collins added 16 points for the Hawks. Atlanta is 2-0 against Miami this season, and 3-16 against everyone else.Richardson led Miami with 22 points. Wade scored 18 and Wayne Ellington added 15 for the Heat, who have lost six straight at home. It’s only the 10th time in the 31 years of Heat basketball that Miami has lost so many consecutive games at home. Miami scored a season-high 38 points in the first quarter, and followed that with a 14-point clunkfest in the second as the Hawks took control.Atlanta outscored Miami by 19 points in the second quarter. A 3-pointer by Kent Bazemore beat the halftime buzzer and Atlanta went into the break with its biggest halftime lead of the season, 68-52.That quarter was far more damning than Richardson’s miss at the end.“We had one of those lulls … and it cost us the game,” Richardson said.TIP-INSHawks: Vince Carter, who went through shootaround in the morning and warmed up pregame — with a 360-degree dunk as part of that warmup — didn’t play. He’s been held out of the last two Hawks games. … Young connected on a 33-footer in the third quarter, which has sort of become his thing. He’s got 10 makes from 30 feet or deeper already this season.Heat: For the first time in team history, Miami allowed 100 points through three quarters in back-to-back games. The Heat trailed Toronto 101-89 after three on Sunday, and were down 100-86 going into the fourth against the Hawks. … Whiteside was 1 for 7 from the foul line, and the Heat had 20 turnovers turned into 26 Atlanta points.INJURY WATCHMiami was again without All-Star point guard Goran Dragic (right knee) and guard Tyler Johnson (right hamstring). Atlanta was missing guard Tyler Dorsey (left ankle), though he could rejoin the club in Charlotte on Wednesday. Kevin Huerter started for Atlanta for the fourth time this season, after dealing with an aching back throughout the day.WADE TRIBUTE 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 Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) dunks over Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Josh Richardson took the last pass from Dwyane Wade, then wound up taking a wide-open 3-pointer that would have been a game-winner.Like everything else this season for Miami, the last shot didn’t go according to plan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum read more
Matt Gilmore was the second racer to cross the finish line, earning second place with a time of 33:24, while Tate Haugan rounded out third at 34:24.The race also offered a short course, where there Nicki and Ty Haugan finished first at 29:24, while Jolea Bilodeau completed the course at 31:57.The Club will next race in a Thursday evening Baldonnel time trial, which will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a road race Sunday, July 15, beginning from Humpty’s at 10 a.m.- Advertisement -For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club or any of its upcoming events, visit the Club’s official website.
“It’s not enough for me when those responsible try to distance themselves from events like this,” Buttolo said. “I won’t allow a situation like Italy to take place in and around Saxony stadiums.” David Beckham’s goal in his first full match for Real Madrid since Dec. 20 might have helped coach Fabio Capello keep his job. Capello, who said last month that Beckham would never again play for the Spanish powerhouse, was rewarded when the midfielder scored on a freekick in the 37th minute to help Madrid beat Real Sociedad 2-1 in the Spanish league on Saturday. Madrid’s victory ended a run of two straight defeats. Madrid was eliminated from the Copa del Rey in Beckham’s absence. “Capello, you owe him one,” ran the headline of sports daily Marca, adding Beckham had “saved the coach with a freekick 34 days after he was condemned.” Capello said he was “pleased” with the midfielder’s display. TENNIS: Nadia Petrova came back from a set down to beat Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and win the Gaz de France in Paris. TRACK: Olympic champion Liu Xiang ran 7.42 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles at the Karlsruhe (Germany) indoor meet to lower his own Asian record by .001 seconds. Also, Marcus Brunson of the United States ran 6.46 seconds in the 60 meters. BIATHLON: Michael Greis won the gold medal in the men’s 15-kilometer mass start at the World Championships in Anterselva, Italy. The 28-year-old German finished the race in 37 minutes, 52.12seconds, with two shooting errors. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ronaldo, wearing a No. 99 jersey, came on as a substitute in the 63rd minute for his firstappearance for Milan since joining from Real Madrid last week. Milan beat Livorno 2-1. Inter leads the league with 60points, 11 more than second-place AS Roma. A state politician demanded a crackdown in Leipzig, Germany, after 42 people were injured when police and security officers clashed with 800 hooligans following a soccer match. The fans of FC Lokomotive Leipzig attacked 300 police officers after FC Erzgebirge Aue II beat their team 3-0 on Saturday. Police said 36 officers and sixfans were injured, while 21police vehicles were vandalized. Saxony interior minister Albrecht Buttolo demanded strong action from the German government. Adriano put Inter ahead in the first minute with a shot from the left side of the penalty area and Hernan Crespo added the second in the 51st. The game was one of four in Serie A played in an empty stadium. The stadiums had failed to meet new security standards put in place after the death of a police officer in rioting at the Catania-Palermo game Feb. 2. Inter Milan won its 15thstraight game in the Italian league by stopping Chievo Verona 2-0 in a stadium without fans, and Ronaldo made his debut in AC Milan’s victory. The country’s top league resumed Sunday, more than a week after all professional soccer in Italy was suspended because of fan violence. read more
0Shares0000Brazil’s Alexandre Pato (centre) in action for Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian © AFP/File / STRSHANGHAI, China, Aug 15 – Brazilian star Alexandre Pato refuses to give up hope of a recall to the national side, saying he’s at the peak of his career following his move to China.The 27-year-old forward is enjoying football and life again in the Chinese Super League, having signed for Tianjin Quanjian on an 18-million-euro transfer from Villarreal in Spain in January. Pato’s career was in freefall prior to the move, but the one-time teen prodigy and former AC Milan player has prospered in the CSL, scoring 12 goals in 20 games and staying free of serious injury.That sparked talk of a return to one of Europe’s top leagues and a possible international recall, four years after his last cap for Brazil.“Of course I won’t give up on my wish to get back into the Brazilian national team and I hope to be able to get back in,” Pato told the Chinese football website Dongqiudi.“When I was leaving Villarreal someone told me that if I chose China I would be saying goodbye to the Brazilian national team and mainstream football leagues.“But I didn’t care as I thought Chinese football had a lot of potential and room for development,” he said in the comments published on Monday.“I had two offers at the time: Tianjin Quanjian and another club, and I thought my decision to come here was correct.”This week another Brazilian, Paulinho, was snapped up by Barcelona from Guangzhou Evergrande for 40 million euros, proving that the CSL is no career-killer.Pato, who rose to stardom at AC Milan before injuries took their toll, has played 27 times for his country, scoring 10 goals.But he has not appeared in the famous yellow and blue since 2013.The former boy wonder says he has tweaked his game in a bid to stay fit.“When I was younger I had much more explosive power and speed, but I got injured a lot of the time because of this,” he said.“Now I don’t rely so much on speed and power. I feel that I’m at the peak of my career now because I’m well prepared both physically and mentally, and I like my playing style right now.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) read more
When Danielle van de Donk’s pass was touched into her path, Groenen sent a low shot from 20 yards beyond the reach of goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl and into the far corner.Having knocked out Italy and former winners Japan in the previous two rounds, the Dutch are now just one game away from adding a first World Cup to the title they won at Euro 2017 as hosts.“We never knew this would be possible. It’s one more match and we might possibly be world champions,” said a beaming Groenen.Getting this far is a remarkable achievement for the “Oranje”, appearing at just their second World Cup, but they will need to improve drastically if they are to stand any chance of defeating the holders.The Netherlands have long been a force in the men’s game, but they had never even been to a major women’s tournament until a decade ago.“I think the potential has been in the Netherlands for a longer period of time but the facilities were not there,” said Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman, pointing to the start of the Dutch league in 2007 as the catalyst.“It’s the whole development in the Netherlands and also the individuals that made bigger steps.“Now they have been in a couple of tournaments so they are very experienced now too and they believe they can perform really well.”The USA made it through to their third successive World Cup final after beating England 2-1 on Tuesday. That was a game which had it all, and it was always going to be difficult for this second semi-final to reach the same heights.After ending a long hoodoo against old rivals Germany in the last round, 2016 Olympic finalists Sweden were the better team in the first half here.– Goalkeeping heroics –There was desperate disappointment for Sweden, as the 2016 Olympic runners-up fell short © AFP / FRANCK FIFEA Sari van Veenendaal save from Lina Hurtig in the 37th minute was the only chance of note in the first half, but the Dutch goalkeeper and captain denied Sweden again in the 56th minute as she tipped Nilla Fischer’s low shot onto the post.On this evidence, it is remarkable that Van Veenendaal was released by Arsenal prior to the tournament.That was not the best save in the second half, though, with Sweden’s Lindahl displaying stunning athleticism to tip a Vivianne Miedema header onto the bar.Extra time approached, although substitute Shanice van de Sanden might have won it in stoppage time had her powerful strike not been tipped over by Lindahl.The Dutch had seen Lieke Martens go off at half-time having been an injury doubt ahead of the game. She is a concern for the final, which her side reached thanks to Groenen finally getting the breakthrough in the first period of extra time.It was a fine goal by the 24-year-old, but it was agonising for Sweden, and the 2003 World Cup runners-up also saw midfielder Kosovare Asllani go off on a stretcher at the end after being hit in the face by the ball.They will face England in the third-place play-off in Nice on Saturday.“Now it’s about the medal,” said coach Peter Gerhardsson. “Ending up third of course feels a lot better than ending up fourth. We’ll do everything in our power to try to do that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jackie Groenen scored the extra-time goal that takes the Netherlands through to a women’s World Cup final against the United States © AFP / FRANCK FIFELYON, France, Jul 4 – The Netherlands’ rise as a force in women’s football continued on Wednesday as Jackie Groenen’s extra-time strike saw them edge out Sweden 1-0 in a gruelling World Cup semi-final in Lyon, taking the European champions through to this weekend’s final against the United States.After a goalless 90 minutes, midfielder Groenen — a former judo European Championship bronze medallist as a youth who recently agreed a move to Manchester United — broke the deadlock in the 99th minute of a tense contest, breaking Swedish hearts in the process. read more
Leicester apparently want £10m for Ben Chilwell 1 It had looked like Jonas Hector was destined for Liverpool, but not so, according to local reports.The Liverpool Echo understands the Germany international does not fit the description of someone who will develop under manager Jurgen Klopp and other left backs are being looked at.This hasn’t gone down well with fans given that Leicester reserve Ben Chilwell and Hull’s Scotland international Andrew Robertson are the names being mentioned as possible rivals for Alberto Moreno’s position.Liverpool have reportedly had a £7m offer for Chilwell rejected, with champions Leicester said to be wanting £10m and the Reds will look elsewhere if they cannot land the 19-year-old.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The VA said Tuesday it is in discussions with credit-monitoring services to determine “how veterans and others potentially affected can best be served” in the aftermath of the theft, according to spokesman Matt Burns. He said the VA has received no reports of stolen data being used for fraudulent purposes. Burns said the VA had no specific comment on the lawsuit because it does not comment on pending litigation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A coalition of veterans’ groups charged in a lawsuit Tuesday that their privacy rights were violated after thieves stole personal data on 26.5 million military personnel from a Veterans Affairs employee. The class-action lawsuit against the federal government, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, is the second suit since the VA disclosed the May 3 burglary two weeks ago. It demands that the VA fully disclose which military personnel are affected by the data theft and seeks $1,000 in damages to each person up to $26.5 billion total. The veterans are also asking for a court order barring VA employees from using sensitive data until independent experts determine proper safeguards. “VA arrogantly compounded its disregard for veterans’ privacy rights by recklessly failing to make even the most rudimentary effort to safeguard this trove of the personally identifiable information from unauthorized disclosure,” the complaint states. read more
A 5K in honour and memory of tragic Orla O’Reilly, the youth worker killed in a car crash recently, takes place this Thursday, December 31st. The event is very much a family occasion and takes place in the scenic surroundings of Coravaddy Woods on the outskirts of Letterkenny.All proceeds form the event go directly to the Donegal Young Carers Group. All details of the event are contained in the above poster.See you all there!5K IN HONOUR OF TRAGIC ORLA was last modified: December 28th, 2015 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:5kdonegalOrla O’Reilly read more