GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina SMC-Alab Pilipinas eight-game winning streak grinds to a halt View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Beda fended off Emilio Aguinaldo College, 21-17, 21-10, to seal a sweep of NCAA Season ‘93 women’s beach volleyball tournament Saturday at Boardwalk in Subic. Twins Ella and Nieza Viray gave San Beda its first title with an 11-0 season sweep. In the men’s division, Palo Lim and Joshua Mina of EAC also completed an11-0 sweep after beating Perpetual Help’s Joebert Almodiel and Rey Taneo, 17-21, 21-17, 15-13. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ
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Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lakers: Chandler had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. … Los Angeles had seven turnovers in the first quarter but none in the second. … Kuzma scored 12 points in the second quarter. … Rajon Rondo (sprained right ring finger) and JaVale McGee (respiratory infection) were inactive.Kings: Fox made a buzzer-beating jumper to end the third quarter. … Sacramento made its first six shots then missed nine of the next 12. … No. 2 draft pick Marvin Bagley III remains sidelined with a left knee bone bruise.UP NEXTLakers: Head back to Los Angeles to host the Clippers on Friday night.Kings: Host Portland on Jan. 1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bogdanovic, who had 11 points through three quarters, sparked the comeback with 12 points in the fourth, including a pair of buckets from beyond the arc.After Justin Jackson made three free throws to tie the score at 112, Kyle Kuzma made a 3-pointer with 41 seconds remaining. De’Aaron Fox followed with two free throws for Sacramento, and Kyle Kuzma made one of two for Los Angeles with 4.6 left.Following a timeout, Bogdanovic got the ball outside the arc and launched a 27-footer over the 7-foot-1 Chandler for the game-winner.“We switched and I don’t think we necessarily should have switched but credit to him, he made a hell of a shot over a 7-footer at the buzzer,” Kuzma said. “It’s always a tough way to lose.”James was held out with a groin injury, ending his consecutive games played streak at 156. He was injured during the Lakers’ 127-101 victory over two-time defending NBA champion Golden State on Christmas when he slipped while going for a loose ball.ADVERTISEMENT Damian Lillard’s 3-pointer in OT lifts Blazers over Warriors 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 LATEST STORIES 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 Kuzma had 34 points to help make up for James’ absence, and Lonzo Ball added 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. But the Lakers struggled down the stretch and lost their fourth in six games.Walton blamed the loss on his team’s failures in rebounding and defense late in the game and not on James’ absence.“Those type of things are what cost us the game, not not having him at the end or that shot that Bogdanovic hit,” Walton said.Bogdanovic finished with 23 points and Fox added 15 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Iman Shumpert scored 18 points and matched his career high with six 3s.“We keep things interesting,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We scrambled around and got loose balls and were able to get out in transition. Heck of a win.”BALL MISSING AT THE ENDBall was on the bench for the final few minutes after checking out of the game due to cramping. Ball said after the game he was fine and expects to play against the Clippers on Friday.COMEBACK KIDSThe Kings are the first team to win three consecutive home games when trailing by 15 points or more since San Antonio did it during the 2016-17 season.TIP-INS ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Bogdan Bogdanovic made a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Sacramento Kings rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Los Angeles 117-116 on Thursday night.“This is the first close game we’ve been in that he’s not there,” Walton said. “If LeBron James is playing in that game it probably finishes a little differently. When you get the best closer in the game on your team, then you rely on him to do that. All that said, we made enough plays to win.”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 ChrissNot quite enough.Los Angeles led 104-89 with 6:44 remaining following a dunk by Tyson Chandler before Sacramento surged back. View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 04: Bogdan Bogdanovic #8 of the Sacramento Kings handles the ball during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 4, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPSACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers looked just fine for 3 ½ quarters in their first game without LeBron James.Down the stretch it was a different story, when the four-time MVP’s absence was noticeable and costly, even as coach Luke Walton found a variety of other reasons to blame.ADVERTISEMENT
…walks free as time served on remand compensated for sentenceAfter spending the last 11 years on remand for murder, Rayon Dick called “Bushes” on Wednesday confessed to the lesser count of manslaughter before Justice Navindra Singh, during the case hearing at the Demerara High Court.Dick was initially slapped with a murder charge detailing that on November 11, 2007, in the county of Essequibo, he murdered 55-year-old Hubert Albert called “Uncle Bertie”, however, his guilty plea was accepted for the lesser count of manslaughter.After accepting the plea, Justice Singh considered the years Dick already spent on remand and noted that those years would have been the duration of his initial sentence for the lesser offence, as such he was allowed to walk a free man.The state’s case was presented by Prosecutor Teriq Mohammed in association with Tuanna Hardy, while the former accused was represented by Attorney Mark Conway.According to Police reports, the deceased of Port Kiatuma, Region One (Barima-Waini), was a cook at a mining camp in the North West District (NWD). On the day in question, Albert was murdered at about 08:30h at White Creek Backdam, NWD.Investigations had revealed that Albert was in the camp preparing a meal when Dick had entered, and being armed with a knife, dealt the deceased several stab wounds about his body. “Bushes” was later arrested and the murder weapon recovered.
Meanwhile, Morris Kapacila’s letter closes with “I don’t think people have the right to block traffic anywhere, unless it’s an emergency, and I don’t think coffee at Tim Horton’s qualifies.” By Christine Rumleskie Rogers says even adding relevant signage wouldn’t make a difference, given the problems with enforcement.It’s definitely not the first time a Canadian city has felt the ‘drive-thru’ heat from frustrated citizens, and Rogers says the City is very aware of the local issue.But at Monday’s meeting, councilors offered little input on how to fix the problem.Councilor Larry Evans says he was reading an anti-idling bylaw from elsewhere, that instructed Tim Horton’s to only serve hot beverages from the drive thrus.Advertisement A concerned Fort St. John resident sparked some drive-thru debate at a recent city council meeting.- Advertisement -Morris Kapacila addressed a letter to Council that read, “I have had several incidents while driving past the Tim Horton’s at the Mall location, finding the right-hand lane is blocked by traffic waiting for a cup of coffee.”He goes on to say, “In my opinion, this creates a very dangerous situation, especially when there is fresh snow on the road.”But at Monday’s council meeting, Fort St. John’s Director of Facilities and Protective Services, Jim Rogers, said drivers aren’t doing anything illegal.[asset|aid=2759|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=088356c0b2e3c808f226fd51fbc5f111-Rogers – Timmys parking 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Fort St. John has an anti-idling bylaw that affects City-owned vehicles, but there’s nothing in place for the public.Rogers says even if bylaws were changed, the current buildings would be ‘grandfathered-in’.[asset|aid=2760|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=088356c0b2e3c808f226fd51fbc5f111-Rogers – Timmys parking 2_1_Pub.mp3] Evans says both Tim Horton’s drive thrus cause traffic back-up problems, and both locations should be dealt with.Council didn’t come up with an immediate solution, so it simply received the letter for information.Advertisement
…reminds of Govt’s illegal status, says all decisions after Sept 19 subject to reviewFollowing Government’s announcement that it would be recalling Ambassadors from overseas who it claims have overstayed their time, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has reminded that because of its illegal status, the Government has no authority to make such decisions.Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Karen CummingsNandlall, when contacted, informed Guyana Times that contrary to what the Government is claiming, the Government is currently not a caretaker Government but an illegal one. He claimed that the Government was supposed to act as a caretaker Government and announce a date for elections, up until September 19.“It was a Caretaker Government from the time the No-Confidence Motion was passed, that is, from the 21st December 2018 to three months immediately succeeding that time, that is, on or about the 20th March 2019, when elections were to be held under Article 106 (6) of the Constitution.”“Then the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its consequential orders delivered on the 12th July 2019, in the No-Confidence Motion cases, indicated that that litigation placed the constitutional clock on pause, in relation to the three months within which elections shall be held consequent upon the passage of the No-Confidence Motion, as mandated by Article 106 (6) of the Constitution.”Former Attorney General Anil NandlallNandlall referred to the CCJ’s act of referring to a three months’ grace period for Government to hold elections as “judicial benevolence”, but made it clear that the three months’ period has elapsed.“The first minute into the 19th September 2019, this Government became absolutely illegal, unconstitutional and unlawful. From that moment, it ceased to govern by virtue of constitutional authority.”“Consequently, every decision and appointment made, every contract signed and awarded and every cent of taxpayers’ dollars spent are illegal, unconstitutional and unlawful. Even monies budgeted for; they have no authority to spend because those monies were budgeted in accordance with the Constitution to be spent by a Government recognised by the Constitution.”Nandlall noted that at some point in time, all these decisions that were made including the decision to recall the unnamed Ambassadors from their overseas missions, will have to be reviewed.“This is a unit masquerading as a lawful Government and at some point in time, these decisions that are being made, contracts that are being awarded and monies that are being spent, will have to be reviewed, their legality or lack thereof examined and consequential legal actions taken,” he said.The Ministry’s announcement that it would be recalling Ambassadors follows speculation on the reason for former Director General Audrey Jardine-Waddell’s removal from the post. The Ministry confirmed that indeed, Waddell has been removed and will be replaced by Charlene Phoenix as their first Permanent Secretary, with effect from December 2.According to the Ministry, however, there are Ambassadors that have been serving for 20 years, when in fact their tenure is supposed to be 3 to 5 years. The Ministry claimed that this has impeded the work of younger, up and coming foreign service officers and that the reshuffling was part of “promoting greater efficiency”.A cursory check on the current Ambassadors’ residence overseas revealed only a few Ambassadors with over a decade of service abroad. But the Foreign Affairs Ministry has not revealed the names of those Ambassadors who were targeted.Questions have been raised as to whether there is more to the issue than the Ministry is letting on. For instance, there had been reports that Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Karen Cummings, was being undermined at the Ministry.Those reports appeared shortly before word got out that Jardine-Waddell was being reassigned. However, it has also been alleged that the technical staff were being impeded from doing their job due to political interference.Waddell’s reassignment also comes after reports in sections of the media that her contract was not renewed by the Government. When she was asked about these claims, however, Waddell had denied knowledge of such a development.
(818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CALABASAS – Four-term Mayor Dennis Washburn and City Councilman Barry Groveman were handily re-elected Tuesday, fending off a challenge by Toby Keeler and Dale Reicheneder. “I’m gratified that the people of Calabasas have seen my work and would like to have me continue,” Washburn said late Tuesday, after the final votes were counted. “I’ve been on the council for 16 years and we’ve never looked back. I hope to continue to do good work.” Washburn, 64, a professional mediator, helped co-found the city in 1991. He has served as mayor four times during his 16 years on the City Council and also is active in the Southern California Association of Governments, League of California Cities and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. Groveman, 53, is a former Calabasas mayor seeking his second four-year term on the council. He is an environmental attorney and former prosecutor who co-authored Proposition 65, the state’s Safe Drinking Water Act. Keeler served on the Planning Commission, is a co-founder of Old Topanga Homeowners and served three terms as president of the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation. Reicheneder, a 41-year-old attorney, has lived in the 23,000-resident city for eight years. Calabasas has a well-earned “green” reputation, enacting environmentally friendly policies such as banning smoking and Styrofoam cups. Local officials and residents said this election hinged on who would best be able to maintain that reputation, as well as limit unnecessary development. email@example.com
0Shares0000Mexico’s players take part in horseplay during a training session at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on June 16, 2018, on the eve of their World Cup opener against Germany © AFP / Yuri KADOBNOVMEXICO CITY, Mexico, Jun 17 – Between the orgy accusations and the drug-trafficking charges facing their veteran star, Mexico have had their share of distractions heading into their World Cup opener against Germany on Sunday.The headaches started last year when the US Treasury Department accused El Tri’s longtime captain, Rafael Marquez, of being a “front person” for an international drug-trafficking organization. And they got worse on June 5, when gossip magazine TVNotas reported that nine members of Mexico’s World Cup squad had an all-night party with a group of 30 prostitutes after their farewell home match that weekend.The Mexican Football Federation decided against punishing the players, because “they have not missed training” and “a free day is a free day,” in the words of general secretary Guillermo Cantu.But the public condemnation and online mockery have been blistering.“The federation doesn’t have to punish the party-boy players. The public and private ridicule will be more than enough,” sports journalist David Faitelson of ESPN wrote on Twitter.As the scandal swirled, midfielder Hector Herrera asked for a leave of absence from training in Denmark to travel to Portugal, where he is based, and tend to “personal matters,” according to media reports.Trying to calm the storm, star striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez posted a video online that he said proved the team “didn’t do anything bad” — though he admitted, “I don’t think we’d do it again.”– ‘Locker-room anthropology’ –Mexico’s national football team supporters cheer outside the Kremlin © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVThe controversy echoes similar scandals around the team in recent years.In September 2010, Mexico players had an all-night party in their hotel with unidentified women after a friendly.On that occasion, the federation fined 11 players and slapped six-month suspensions on defender Efrain Juarez and forward Carlos Vela.In June 2011, before a trip to Argentina for the Copa America, Mexican players hired sex workers in a hotel in Quito, Ecuador. They were fined and suspended from the team for half a year.The latest chapter has particularly outraged some die-hard fans, who worry the scandal will distract the team going into their high-stakes opening match against the world champions.“The scandal will affect the family life of those involved, their relationships with their teammates and their performance at the World Cup,” said Mexican writer Juan Villoro in a scathing newspaper column entitled “Locker-room anthropology.”Other fans take the view that in football, as in love, it is best to forgive and forget.“I’m with my Mexico, just like during every World Cup,” said Alfonso Avila, a 37-year-old fan.“I hope when the team starts delivering results that all those people who criticized them aren’t going to try to jump on the bandwagon.”– Nothing new –So will El Tri be distracted by the noise?AFP asked veterans of the Mexican national team to weigh in.“I think it will distract them, and I think a lot of the players will have family problems,” said Manuel Negrete, a member of Mexico’s 1986 World Cup squad.“They need to be extremely concentrated on the one-on-one against Germany.”But there is nothing new in footballers behaving badly, said 89-year-old Antonio “Tota” Carbajal, a five-time World Cup veteran.“This isn’t the first team to go through this. I went through it myself,” he said, recalling an incident from the 1966 World Cup in England, when two players snuck out of training camp to go to a bar — and coach Ignacio Trelles followed them to drag them back.This year’s squad “did a stupid thing, you can’t deny it,” he said.“But these things unite the team.”– Tarnished leader –The bigger problem may be longtime leader Marquez’s legal woes.Marquez, who was the team captain for years, is playing in his fifth World Cup, and coach Juan Carlos Osorio says he is counting on his leadership.But the 39-year-old arrives in Russia under the cloud of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation that cost him sponsors and forced him to take a nearly three-month break from football last year to focus on his legal defense.“He’s a guy whose leadership will be very necessary at the World Cup,” said former national team member Joaquin Beltran.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
1 He is one of England’s most skilful youngsters and wanted by three of the country’s biggest clubs, so here talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight looks closely at Patrick Roberts.Name: Patrick RobertsDate of birth: 05/02/97Born: LondonClub: FulhamPosition: ForwardInternational: England U16 (seven caps), U17 (14 caps) and U19 (four caps)What’s the latest?Liverpool are keen to beat Chelsea and Arsenal to the signing of Fulham whizz-kid Patrick Roberts, with scouts from Merseyside watching the 17-year-old on a number of occasions. Roberts has two years left on his contract, but one report claims Fulham would sanction a transfer if he was loaned back to the club.The nitty gritty:1) He can play behind the striker and in a wide forward role on the right, utilising his close control and superb dribbling ability. He also has an eye for goal and is building up an impressive highlight reel on YouTube (see video evidence below).2) Roberts was a member of Fulham’s 2012/13 U18 title winners, then signed a professional contract with the club in February 2014 on his 17th birthday, keeping him in south west London until 2016.3) A month after signing his contract, Roberts made his Fulham debut in March in the club’s 5-0 loss at Man City. In the same season he was instrumental in the Cottagers’ run to the FA Youth Cup final where they were beaten by Chelsea 7-6 on aggregate.4) Despite being 17, Roberts is a member of the England U19 set-up, who he made his first appearance for in September against Germany. However, in May he was a member of the U17 European Championship-winning side, playing a total of 14 times for the age group.5) In the past he has claimed to love watching Lionel Messi play and also singled out Steven Gerrard, explaining his family are big Liverpool fans. However, Roberts also reserved praise for Fulham U16 coach Mark Pembridge’s influence in developing his talent. “He’s someone that has always encouraged me to be creative and said that I should always have confidence in my ability,” he told the Fulham website.What is being said?He’s an exceptional talent and with the right guidance and the right mentality, I’m sure he’ll have a big future– Fulham midfielder Scott ParkerHe says:I would say that my main strength as a player is my dribbling ability – I like to take defenders on whenever I can. I’m not a bad finisher either, so I do like to chip in with a few goals tooVideo evidence: Patrick Roberts playing against Man City
0Shares0000Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist, left, celebrates after opening the scoring from the penalty spot.NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia, Jun 18- Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 in both countries’ first match at the 2018 World Cup in Russia thanks to a penalty from captain Andreas Granqvist that was awarded thanks to VAR.Veteran Swedish skipper Granqvist scored the only goal of the game from the spot after Viktor Claesson was upended by South Korean substitute Kim Min-woo Kim in the 62nd minute. Despite furious appeals, El Salvadorean referee Joel Aguilar, who had ironically been whistle-happy up until that point, intially waved away Swedish penalty claims.But after consulting the video, he pointed to the spot.It was the third VAR penalty awarded at these championships after France and Peru also benefitted from video referrals.The win was reward for Sweden’s more attacking approach, but it was unsurprising the winner came from the penalty spot in a game between two sides who had only managed two goals between them in seven games heading into Russia.Sweden never really convinced that they would score prior to the penalty despite their domination and a toothless South Korea did not manage one shot on target.However they should have equalised in the 90th minute but Hwang Hee-chan put a free header wide, spurning the Koreans’ best chace of the game by far.The victory leaves Sweden joint top of the group after Mexico’s surprise victory against world champions Germany on Sunday.Next up for the Swedes is an intriguing encounter against Germany in Sochi on June 23.South Korea started the game brightly, forcing the first corner in the fourth minute, but were gradually forced back by an attritional Swedish side.It was the Europeans who came closest to breaking the deadlock when forward Marcus Berg was denied by a fine point-blank save Jo Hyeon-woo in the 20th minute.Berg was denied again nine minutes later by a desperate last-ditch block from Kim Young-gwon.Captain Andreas Granqvist scored the penalty that gave Sweden victoryDespite their increasing dominance, Sweden also demonstrated why they have struggled to score goals.Berg, again, and Claesson went close before the end of the half, but it was clear for everyone to see why they had only scored once in their four matches prior to Russia.Korea threatened only on the break where Son Heung-min’s pace troubled 33-year-old Granqvist, who was without defending partner Victor Lindelof, who was ill.The somewhat rancorous build-up to the game — where Sweden were accused of spying on their opponents — was increasingly reflected in the niggly nature of the match.Resilient Sweden held firm after the goal and the Hwang late scare aside, and a half-hearted South Korea appeal for a penalty, their defence rarely looked troubled.The huge celebrations, the first match played in the $290 million stadium, at the end showed the importance the Swedes attached to this match.Before the game, South Korea’s coach Tae Yong-shin called it a “must win” game but the defeat leaves his side contemplating only an early exit.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The three lanes were expected to be blocked until about 9 a.m., Villalobos said. LOS ANGELES – One person was killed and three others were critically injured today in a fiery multi-vehicle crash that left three lanes of the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway blocked in South Los Angeles at the start of the morning commute, authorities said. The collision occurred at 5:20 a.m. just north of El Segundo Boulevard, said California Highway Patrol Officer John Seumanutafa. One vehicle ended up in flames, and one person was trapped in one of the vehicles, according to the CHP. Paramedics transported four people for hospital treatment in critical condition, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. One of them later died, said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 The new Everton goalkeeper denied Linus Wahlqvist in the final minutes Jordan Pickford was England Under-21s’ hero as his late penalty save earned the Young Lions a 0-0 draw against defending champions Sweden in their European Under-21 Championship opener in Poland.The new £30million Everton goalkeeper kept out Linus Wahlqvist’s spot-kick to help Aidy Boothroyd’s side cling onto a point.Pickford became the world’s third most expensive keeper when he completed his move to the Toffees from Sunderland on Thursday, and swiftly proved his value.England failed to break down the holders, although Tammy Abraham twice went close and Ben Chilwell’s deflected effort hit the bar.Pawel Cibicki struck the woodwork for Sweden as, in front of the watching Football Association hierarchy – including senior boss Gareth Southgate and technical director Dan Ashworth – England rode their luck.Group A also includes hosts Poland and Slovakia and, with only the three group winners and best runners-up going through, England must improve.England did score an early victory before the game when a thunderstorm soaked the Kolporter Arena.Sweden had not agreed to have the pitch watered as they felt it would give England an advantage, only for their stubborn approach to backfire because of the weather. And the holders also offered resistance on the pitch as England dominated without finding an early breakthrough. Sweden held firm against England’s tempo and high pressing line and Abraham lifted an eight-yard volley over after 10 minutes.The Chelsea striker, who scored 26 goals on loan at Bristol City last season, also bundled his way through only to be thwarted by goalkeeper Anton Cajtoft. It was a promising start but Sweden began to find their feet and carved out the best chance after 26 minutes. Cibicki and Gustav Engvall combined on the right to bamboozle Nathaniel Chalobah only for Cibicki to shoot over from six yards. It was a warning to the Young Lions, who had conceded a record number of goals in European Under-21 Championships – 63 – before kick off. England were faced with much more of a battle than the first 20 minutes suggested but Jacob Murphy drilled over before Abraham went close a minute before the break. The 19-year-old forward – four years younger than some of his opponents – looked raw but acrobatically directed a volley over as England ended the half on top. But Sweden began to exert some more pressure and England were saved by the woodwork after 57 minutes. Cibicki had been a constant threat and the Malmo forward showed exactly why when he was allowed too much time on the edge of the area to curl a brilliant effort which cracked off the angle of post and bar with Pickford beaten. Minutes later Lewis Baker shot over from James Ward-Prowse’s neat corner and Chilwell’s 30-yard deflected effort looped onto the bar. But England were stretched at the back with substitute Carlos Strandberg causing problems and Mason Holgate executed a brilliant tackle to stop the Club Brugge striker running clean through. The fact the break came from England’s own corner – after Cajtoft turned Ward-Prowse’s free-kick wide – sounded alarm bells.And the Young Lions were rescued by Pickford with nine minutes left when he capped a fine personal week with a penalty save after Chilwell clattered into Wahlqvist. The Leicester defender appeared to get some of the ball but it was a reckless lunge in a needless situation.But Pickford stood up to Wahlqvist to beat away the IFK Norrkoping defender’s chipped penalty before gathering Strandberg’s follow-up as England survived.
The chairman of the Donegal Joint Policing Committee has paid tribute to Garda Superintendent Vincent O’Brien who has announced his retirement.Garda Supt Vincent O’BrienCllr Patrick Mc Gowan paid tribute to Supt O’Brien who leaves the force in June after more than 30 years service.He worked in the Donegal for a long time and began his career in Lifford during the Troubles and climbed up the ranks during a very successful career . “I would have worked very closely with Supt O’Brien as Donegal JPC Chair and found him to be very knowledgeable in all issues affecting Donegal and in the unique situation we find ourselves in being surrounded by a border, his experience and hard work would have helped to tackle crime.“I would like to wish him all the best on his well deserved retirement and spoke to him recently about his future plans which will see him doing quite a bit of traveling,” said Cllr McGowan.Born in Sligo, Supt O’Brien has served in Lifford, Buncrana and Letterkenny during a long and varied career. CHAIRMAN OF DONEGAL JOINT-POLICING COMMITTEE PAYS TRIBUTE TO SUPT VINCENT O’BRIEN was last modified: May 9th, 2013 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:cllr patrick McGowanGardaretirementSupt Vincent O’Brien
Maurizio Sarri was announced as new Chelsea manager at the start of this monthNew Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is time barred. His protracted recruitment from Napoli was only formalised less than a month to the FA Cup winners’ Premier League opener away to Huddersfield Town.The scant time available for the 59-year-old Italian to implement his philosophy makes him a bookmakers candidate for early dismissal by club owner Roman Abramovich, whose zero tolerance for failure is legendary.Enter Sarri. The chain smoking former banker is the antithesis to the intense Antonio Conte, who memorably won a the Premier League title in his first season.Sarri is a purist. Conte is a pragmatist. Sarri is a football philosopher in the mould of Arrigo Sacchi and Pep Guardiola. Conte is the practical football alchemist driven by results. And perhaps most importantly, Sarri is a trialist, albeit an experienced one, and Conte is a serial winner.Football’s cognoscenti is split by the Russian’s approach to club ownership. Abramovich’s hire and fire modus operandi has made Chelsea the most successful English club (in terms of trophies won) during his era. But the billionaire remains restless.15 years after he prized the West London club from long-time owner Ken Bates, Abramovich is yet to witness the champagne football that gets his pulses racing.In his first press conference, Sarri, whose Napoli side twice finished second behind perennial Serie A champions Juventus, said he intends to have fun at Stamford Bridge.I think he wants to project an image of calm in order for his players to perform with the Guardiolesque freedom we witnessed from Manchester City last season.His approach will hence be a marked departure from Conte who pushed some of his players – David Luiz, Willian and Thibaut Courtois into near mutiny.In Chelsea’s first pre season game at Perth Glory, Sarri paired Cesc Fabregas with £50m acquisition Jorginho in a 4-2-3-1 system, the same formation with which he won plaudits at Napoli. Fans of the West London club can therefore immediately forget about Conte’s title winning 3-5-2.By fielding teenage defender Nathan Ampadu with David Luiz in central defence ahead of Tomas Kalas who won promotion on loan at neighbours Fulham; and starting Odoi instead of Timeoue Bakayako, Sarri showed a remarkable faith in youth that his predecessors didn’t.There were also starts for Alvaro Morata and Ross Barkley in an attacking midfield role. The duo’s inability to hit the ground running as Chelsea floundered in the second half of last season to miss out on Champions League qualification contributed to Conte’s dismissal.In fact, with limited time to execute transfers, getting the best out of last season’s signings Bakayoko, Morata, Barkley and Danny Drinkwater could prove handy.Ultimately though, warding off potential bids from moneybags Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain for World Cup stars Eden Hazard, Courtois and Ngolo Kante, in addition to getting the best out of former loanees Ruben Loftus Cheek and Tammy Abraham, would compensate for limited incoming transfers.As Sarri implements his vision of soccer Nirvana, he needs to appreciate that Premier League football is faster, more intense, physically more demanding and much more results oriented than anything he ever witnessed in Serie A.Allowing a Chelsea playing style evolution should deliver better dividends than any rapidly undertaken Sarri revolution.Comments Tags: Chelseapremier leaguetop
Chelsea have reportedly been told they can land Brazillian superstar Kaka for a cut-price £22m.QPR await offers for Taarabt. Again.The Daily Star say Real Madrid are ready to sell the midfielder and that his move to Stamford Bridge could be partly funded by the sale of Florent Malouda to Russian club Anzhi for £6m.Metro say Serbia winger Milos Krasic has emerged as Chelsea’s top attacking transfer target after being told he has no future at Juventus.Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror suggest Fulham are leading the race to sign Chris Gunter from Nottingham Forest.Blackburn and Norwich are also believed to be interested in buying the Wales defender.A transfer window wouldn’t be a transfer window without Adel Taarabt being linked with a host of top clubs only for not a single bid to materialise.And the Daily Mail say QPR are struggling to drum up serious interest in the Moroccan, who was said to be close to a move to Paris St Germain.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on Twitter
My recent voyage down to the Bay Area allowed me to rest, but also do some catching up on baseball that wasn’t so Humboldt County-themed. Basically, I got to actually watch games rather than following along on my phone for once.And, as I’ve pretty much thought all season long, two main thoughts continued to pop into my head as my feet were kicked up in the recliner.One, the Giants’ frontline starters, Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto, are really, really good.Secondly, the Giants’ bullpen, …
It has been a difficult start to their World Cup journey for debutants Panama.After losing to Belgium in their Group G encounter, they suffered another massive defeat at the hands of England in their second game.But for a team which is making its World Cup debut, the result hardly matters.The country is known for its ports and tourism and football is not what you associate with the North American nation.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEReaching the World Cup is seen as a massive achievement for a country which has a population of little over four million and that was clearly visible by the reaction of Panama TV’s World Cup commentators, who broke down in tears while listening to their national anthem being played for the first time in the tournament’s history.In a video doing the rounds on social media, two commentators were captured listening to the national anthem.Wow. Panama commentators reaction off air while they listen for the first time the Panama anthem at the World Cup.I totally, totally understand them pic.twitter.com/dusriPyXkBTancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 24, 2018The world got to see another example of how much Panamanians love football when the fans celebrated wildly after Felipe Baloy, 37, scored their first-ever goal at a World Cup, against England.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe Panama’s national broadcaster also released another video of the same TV commentators celebrating the historic goal in the studio.¡COGE TU GOL HISTÓRICO! Así vivimos el primer gol de Panamá en un Mundial junto a @samudio14 y @miguelremon #EstoyEnElMundial #Rusia2018 pic.twitter.com/C8tPtPbfoDadvertisementDeportes RPC (@deportes_rpc) June 24, 2018Panama lost their World Cup debut match against Belgium 3-0 as Romelu Lukaku scored a brace for the European nation after Dries Mertens opened the scoring.They suffered a 6-1 loss in their second match to England. Harry Kane scored a hat-trick, John Stones scored a brace and Jesse Lingard added one more. Baloy scored the only goal for PanamaThe tiny nation has been eliminated from the ongoing tournament as a result of the two losses.Their last match of the quadrennial event is against Tunisia on Thursday.