Barclays Premier League Reviews

first_imgASTON VILLA 0MANCHESTER UNITED 1GOALS:- UNITED: JANUZAJ 12th.Manchester United went to the top of the Barclays Premier League for the first time since August 2015 with a narrow victory at Aston Villa on Friday night. Adnan Januzaj’s early goal extended United’s unbeaten run at Villa Park to 20 league games. Januzaj, given a rare start, scored the vital goal when he converted a pass from Juan Mata.SOUTHAMPTON 0EVERTON 3GOALS:- EVERTON: LUKAKU 22nd, 45th; BARKLEY 84th.Romelu Lukaku struck twice in the first half to earn Everton an impressive win at St Mary’s, their first there for more than 10 years. The Belgian’s brace came from his first two shots on target, the first a header, and the second a ruthless finish high into the net. Ross Barkley, who scored two goals last season, added his second in two games before then end.SUNDERLAND 1NORWICH CITY 3GOALS:- SUNDERLAND: WATMORE 88th. NORWICH: MARTIN 26th; WHITTAKER 37th; REDMOND 57th.Sunderland suffered another heavy defeat when they were well beaten by newly promoted Norwich. A week after losing 4-1 at Leicester, the Black Cats were undone by two first-half goals from Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker. Nathan Redmond added a third soon after the interval, before Duncan Watmore scored on his senior debut two minutes from the end.SWANSEA CITY 2NEWCASTLE UNITED 0GOALS:- SWANSEA: GOMIS 9th; A AYEW 52nd.Swansea punished 10-man Newcastle as Steve McClaren suffered his first defeat as Magpies boss. Jonjo Shelvey set up Bafetimbi Gomis for the first goal, before Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat was sent off shortly before half-time for persistently fouling Jefferson Montero. The Ecuadorian then set up AndrÈ Ayew to head his second Swansea goal in as many games.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2STOKE CITY 2GOALS:- SPURS: DIER 19th; CHADLI 45th. STOKE: ARNAUTOVIC PEN 78th; DIOUF 83rd.Spurs squandered a two-goal first-half lead as Stoke staged a feisty come back.Eric Dier gave Tottenham the lead with a header from a corner, and Spurs added a second before half-time when Nacer Chadli volleyed in. Marko Arnautovic pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Toby Alderweireld brought down Joselu. And Mame Diouf secured a point when he converted Stephen Ireland’s cross.WATFORD 0WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0Watford are still unbeaten in two Barclays Premier League games after securing a second draw. The Hornets dominated the match but could not break through a well-organised West Brom defence. Odion Ighalo had the hosts’ best chance, but put a diving header wide from six yards. West Brom could have stolen the points, but Saido Berahino missed a clear headed chance five minutes from time.WEST HAM UNITED 1LEICESTER CITY 2GOALS:- WEST HAM: PAYET 55th; LEICESTER: OKAZAKI 27th; MAHREZ 38th.Leicester moved to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a second straight win, at Upton Park. Shinji Okazaki put the visitors ahead, heading home the loose ball after goalkeeper Adrian blocked his volley. Riyad Mahrez made it 2-0 before half-time with a powerful finish for his third goal of the season. West Ham improved after the break, and Dimitri Payet pulled a goal back, but Kasper Schmeichel denied Diafra Sakho as they searched for an equaliser. West Ham keeper Adrian was sent off for a challenge on Jamie Vardyafter he went up for a corner in stoppage time.last_img read more

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‘No pressure’, says Holder, as he embraces WI leadership

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Newly appointed West Indies Test captain Jason Holder says he is looking forward to the responsibility the new role will bring but says he does not feel under any pressure as he gears up for the assignment.The 23-year-old fast bowler was announced to replace Denesh Ramdin as Test captain earlier this month, ahead of next month’s tour of Sri Lanka.Holder, also the one-day international captain, is a relative newcomer to international cricket with just eight Tests and 33 ODIs behind him but believes he has what is required to handle the responsibility of leadership.”At this present time, there’s no pressure on me. Obviously, it is something I’ve done before. I’m the captain of the one-day team,” Holder said here yesterday in his first official media conference.”It’s obviously some added responsibility in the Test arena (but) I don’t think it is something that I can’t handle, if not I would not have taken the job. It’s about me gelling the guys together and getting the best out of everybody.”He added: “It is something I am looking forward to. I’ve done it a little bit in the one-day arena, and it is about translating that into the Test arena now. I’ve obviously led teams before. I’ve led Barbados in youth cricket and I’ve led West Indies A teams, and stuff like that, so I’m not, in a sense, new to it.”It is something that I’ve handled in the past before and I don’t expect to falter in this arena in a sense. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m always up for the challenge and I will try to take it on as best as I possibly can.”meteoric riseHolder’s rise has been meteoric since his international debut just over two years ago, and he has become an entrenched member of the West Indies in all formats of the game.Picked for his bowling, he pressed his case as a genuine all-rounder with a maiden Test century against England in Antigua last April and an unbeaten 82 against the touring Australians in Kingston last June.Holder said that he did not envision the burden of captaincy getting in the way of his continued development as a cricketer.”It is international cricket; it is international sport. You have to expect these things (leadership roles) as they always come up in international sport,” he told journalists.”It’s more responsibility, but I don’t think that should impede my cricket. My cricket is at heart first. I have to play as a cricketer first and lead the guys afterwards, and I think once I do that, I don’t think it (captaincy) should get in the way of my actual cricket.”last_img read more

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Hot clash at Jarrett Park

first_imgA full slate of matches will be contested this afternoon in the Inter-zone round of the 2015 ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup, but none can rival the Zone 2 clash between two of the winningest schools in the history of the competition. Cornwall College and Rusea’s High School, arguably the Cup’s biggest rivalry, share a common and healthy respect for each other. Not only do they account for 21 titles between them, but they also account for two of the largest following in local schoolboy football. And this time will be no different, as throngs of supporters are expected to make their way to Jarrett Park. It should be an intriguing match with Rusea’s super talented striker Deshane Beckford and Cornwall’s Jourdain Fletcher and Alrick Ottey on show. The two top two will face off at 6 p.m. in the feature match of a triple header at Jarrett Park. Cornwall enter the game the happier of the two, having won their opening match in the Inter-zone, a 1-0 win over Herbert Morrison on Wednesday while Rusea’s were held 1-1 by Petersfield. But for Aaron Lawrence, the Rusea’s coach, the game is only won on the field of play and not on past results. “Cornwall are one of those teams touted to win this year, but we are not concerned about that. We have been training well and the players are ready for this,” Lawrence said. Cornwall’s coach Dr Dean Weatherly believes a victory will put them on the brink of winning the zone, and is predicting a good game against his rivals. “We are treating it as a do-or-die game, because a win for us will all but put us in the next round and also the Super Cup, so it’s a vitally important game,” stated Weatherly.last_img read more

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Big setback for Man United

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal cast doubt on his team’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League after a 2-1 loss at relegation-threatened Sunderland in the Premier League, placing the Dutchman under fresh scrutiny yesterday.The latest embarrassing loss for United this season was sealed by a late own goal by David de Gea in the 82nd minute, with a goal-line clearance from Anthony Martial cannoning off the back of the goalkeeper and into the net.Martial had equalised for United in the 39th minute after recently signed Wahbi Khazri put Sunderland ahead in the third minute.The loss left United six points behind fourth-place Manchester City, having played one more game.great chanceWith the top four in action against each other today – leaders Leicester are at Arsenal, and Manchester City host Tottenham – United wasted a great chance to close the gap on the Champions League places.”It will be very difficult now,” van Gaal said about United finishing in the top four. “It’s too much at this time. I think after this match, winning the Europa League is the best route.”Chelsea have endured an even more miserable season, but the ailing champions did manage to produce their most emphatic win of the campaign yesterday by routing Newcastle 5-1 to climb to 12th place. Manager Guus Hiddink remains unbeaten since replacing fired JosÈ Mourinho in December, but Chelsea are 14 points from fourth place.Diego Costa, wearing a mask after breaking his nose, took just five minutes to put Chelsea in front, and Pedro Rodriguez intercepted sloppy Newcastle, passing to score in the 9th minute.Willian completed a counterattack after being set up by Costa in the 17th, Pedro netted again in the 59th and Bertrand Traore became the first player from Burkina Faso to score in the Premier League in the 83rd.relegation zoneMeanwhile, Norwich threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to West Ham and stay in the relegation zone, now only a point above Sunderland. Swansea lost 1-0 at home to Southampton and are only three points above the bottom three in 16th place.Stoke beat Bournemouth 3-1 and Watford won 2-1 at Crystal Palace, for whom Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first Premier League goal since October 2014. Troy Deeney scored both of Watford’s goals.West Bromwich produced a steely defensive display to beat Everton 1-0 away, courtesy of a goal by Salomon Rondon.last_img read more

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Tony Becca: Rally ‘round the West Indies

first_img These young champions, however, deserve high praise for what they have done. They are the first West Indians to win this title, but they have just started. The development must go on and on. It cannot stop here. It must not appear to stop here. The West Indies need more cricketers, much more good cricketers. The West Indies won for the first time, but this is a development tournament. It should be noted also that Namibia defeated South Africa, that Nepal defeated New Zealand, that Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe, that Zimbabwe defeated South Africa, and that Afghanistan defeated New Zealand. It should be noted also that Namibia, Nepal, and Afghanistan finished at numbers seven, eight and nine, and above Zimbabwe, South Africa, and New Zealand at numbers 10, 11, and 12. With Australia absent, it was also good to see not only Burnham of England scoring three centuries, but also that the improvement of smaller nations and the fact that the most successful players were from the less fancied teams. They included the most successful fast bowler, left-hander Fritz Coetzee of Namibia, the most successful bowler in a match, Cakacava Tikolsuva of Namibia, who took six wickets against the West Indies, the third most successful bowler, Lamichlanke of Nepal, and that Karim Tanat of Afghanistan scored the second highest total of 156, admittedly against Fiji. HIGH PRAISE The young West Indians ended up winning the low-scoring final, 146 for five to 145, in the last over, to end cock of the walk and the champions, the undisputed champions of all they surveyed. And they ended in style. After falling to 70 for five against India, the young West Indians settled themselves, lost not another wicket, and batted on confidently and without much trouble, or so it appeared. Man for man, they were not the best, however. The batsmen did not compare with Jack Burnhan and David Lawrence of England; Sarfaraz Khan and Rishalb Pant of India; Hashan Moshin and Unair Masood of Pakistan; neither did all-rounder Mehidiz Hasan Miraz of Bangladesh; neither did the pacers, left-armer Fritz Coetze of Namibia; Avesh Khan of India; Saqib Muhammad the Prophet of England; Muhammad the Prophet Jalfuddin of Bangladesh; and neither spin bowlers like left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar of India; and right-arm spinner Sandeep Lamichlanke of Nepal. In a team in which all the boys were apparently brim full of confidence and played like one, always with a smile and with a purpose, the standouts were captain and batsman Shimron Hetmyer, batsman Shamar Springer, batsman Gidron Pope, batsman Keemo Paul, batsman Keacy Carty, paceman Chemar Holder, and fast bowler Alzaar Joseph with Joseph as the one most likely to push ahead. The West Indies won the title, and every one of the players, every one of the party, deserved every credit for their wonderful achievement and their surprising gift. The ones which, to me, made the big difference, however, were the captain Hetmyer and his leadership; Paul, with his presence of mind for his controversial but correct run-out of Zimbabwe’s last batsman, Richard Nagarava; Pope’s innings, all but one of them, which set the team on the way; Springer’s innings against Bangladesh, wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach’s unusual stumping of Pant (from the unusual distance of some 20 yards back) in the first over of the final match; and the consistently good fast bowling by Joseph. The victory should serve as an inspiration to young cricketers in the region. It shows beyond a doubt that there are still good cricketers around these shores, and that providing that they are groomed properly, there are enough good cricketers to make the future promising and fulfilling. These young West Indians could, with a little luck, make the people remember the happiness of days gone by, days like in the 1960s when the West Indies had six players on the Rest of the World team Conrad Hunte, Rohan Kanhai, Garry Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Wes Hall, and Charlie Griffith. Hopefully, however, as some do not remember, the players will also remember that they are only young cricketers; that they are still learning the game; that as good as they are or promise to be, they are not yet members of the West Indies team, or great members; that they are still only 17, 18, or 19 years old; that there are players only a few months older than they are who were not eligible for the team; that some of them – most of them – will never make it; and that others around their age will make the West Indies team instead. LOW-SCORING FINAL It is written, somewhere in the Good Book, in huge, bold, bright letters, that “a little child shall lead them”, and that is gospel. It has been proven right. One week ago, in faraway Bangladesh, West Indies cricket came alive again, and it came alive, not through performances of the West Indies team, but through the surprising, dazzling deeds of the young West Indies team in the Under-19 World Cup tournament. The young West Indians denied overwhelming favourites India a fourth hold on the title, used the opportunity to surprise everyone and win their first title, covered themselves in glory, and all with refreshingly attractive cricket built around wonderful awareness of the game, good captaincy, sensible batting, consistent bowling, generally brilliant fielding, and magnificent self-confidence. It was more remarkable the way they came back to snatch and dominate the action. Starting the tournament as rank outsiders, the West Indians suffered early embarrassment when they lost three practise matches to Bangladesh before losing their first match of the tournament to England by a comfortable margin of 61 runs. From there on, however, they reeled off victory after victory until victory, sweet, expected, and emotional victory, became theirs as if by divine right. First, Fiji were beaten by 262 runs, but that was hardly unexpected. Then came victory by two runs over Zimbabwe, and then, after squeezing past Zimbabwe into the second round by the skin of their teeth, the West Indies, getting better and better, and stronger and stronger with every match, knocked off Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India one by one, one after the other, to shock the world and lift the crown. In the end, the young West Indies, considered by many, except those closely connected to the team, to be more a prime consideration for the Wooden Spoon, fluttered around Pakistan and Bangladesh, displaying their new-found skill in batting, bowling, and fielding while fully enjoying themselves, and except on occasion, at 70 for five in the final, while preening themselves and playing as if they were untouchable and unbeatable.last_img read more

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Westmoreland to benefit from INSPORTS clinics

first_imgKINGSTON:The Institute of Sports’ (INSPORTS) adminis-trative team visited the Llandilo community playing field, among several others in Westmoreland, to observe the rehabilitation exercises beingcarried undertaken.This is in keeping with INSPORTS’ ongoing efforts to expand its community football development coaching clinics, where approximately 150 youngsters from neighbouring communities in Westmoreland will benefit, commencing this month.The aim of the rehabilitation project is to rid the playing fields of water log and unevenness in an effort to prevent injury to the players during the coaching clinics.Llandilo is among several playing fields currently being upgraded to host the INSPORTS All-Island Community Football Championship.”The Llandilo playing field has a lot of potential and this is a very good venture for INSPORTS to conduct,” said Everton Tomlinson, president, Westmoreland Football Association (WFA).”I’m really looking forward to seeing these programmes continue and I know the agency is working hard on many similar projects currently underway across the island,” he observed.The state agency is on a drive to establish centres within each parish to host its community football development coaching programme, in which approximately 5,500 youths will participate, with a projected 65 per cent increase in participation within a five-month period.IMPROVING FUNDAMENTALSThe coaching programme focuses on exercises geared towards improving the fundamental techniques of the game at the grass roots level. A 360-degree approach will be taken, integrating technical skills, tactical skills and fostering positive attitudes and discipline.Key facets of the training exercises include ball control, where players will be instructed in the proper techniques of foot control, chesting, heading, kicking (shooting), movement (running on and off the ball), jumping and sweeping, as well as how to receive a pass, make a pass and shoot at the goal.Focus will also be placed on developing the technical and physical ability needed to possess the ball, including skills such as marking and tackling.Players will also be exposed to team play, the rules of the game, as well as team formation and the necessary skill set associated with defence, midfield and attacking positions.”What we find is that we have many young people with the raw talent and passion for the game. However, they often lack the technical and fundamental skills needed to advance to the professional level,” noted Ian Andrews, INSPORTS’ administrative director.”INSPORTS, therefore, saw it necessary to establish this coaching clinic programme to train players at the community level in the fundamentals of the game.”What we are doing is establishing a feeder programme from the community level to the national level. When these players advance to play professionally, they would have already gained the necessary skills and expertise,” he continued.Assistant national sports coordinator for INSPORTS, Rudolph Barnes, shared similar sentiments.”You can see the difference when you look at countries like Argentina, whose players are at an advanced level. They have the knowledge of the game, which is second nature to them. This is what the agency is trying to establish as a culture in Jamaica. It starts at the community level and doing this will only put Jamaica in a more competitive position,” shared Barnes.Kevin Blake, a player from the community, was impressed.He said: “I’m really impressed with the number of activities that INSPORTS has been conducting. I want to commend the present sports minister, Olivia Grange, for encouraging the development of football and other sports within the communities.”last_img read more

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Aguero back from ban to bolster Man City

first_img In the context of the title race, it is a huge match with Liverpool lying second and City in third. It is a no-lose scenario for Chelsea, who hold a six-point lead and knows one or both of their two closest rivals will drop points. With struggling Stoke visiting Stamford Bridge tomorrow, there is a strong chance that Chelsea will be extending their winning run to 13 games matching the top-tier record in English football. So neither Liverpool nor City can afford to lose a game that has the makings of a classic, given the teams’ attractive and attacking style of play. “For me,” City midfielder Yaya Toure said, “it’s almost a ‘final’ of the Premier League because I think it’s going to be a similar kind of football. I think for the fans, it’s going to be fantastic.” Here’s what else to look out for in the second round of Premier League matches in the busy festive period: For a promoted team, a game at United’s iconic Old Trafford stadium is always something to look forward to. It will be particularly special for Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka. Karanka will be reunited with United manager Jose Mourinho. The pair worked together for three years as coach (Mourinho) and assistant at Real Madrid from 2010. It was a glowing reference from Mourinho that helped get Karanka the job at Middlesbrough in 2013. “I have a lot to thank Jose Mourinho for,” said Karanka, who added he will “share a glass of wine or beer or coke” with his old mentor after the game. Sixth-placed United have won their last four league games to move back in touch with the Champions League qualification positions. MANCHESTER, England (AP): It has been a strange season for Sergio Aguero. The goals have flowed for Manchester City nothing new there but other factors have transpired to make it one of the most turbulent periods of the Argentine’s career. The season started with Aguero, one of the world’s most feared strikers, being publicly urged by City manager Pep Guardiola to change his style of play in order to become a more complete footballer. He has been dropped for big games by both his club and his country, and found himself sitting out seven of City’s 18 English Premier League games through suspension following two separate acts of violent conduct. The last time Aguero was seen in a City jersey, he was walking sheepishly off the field at Etihad Stadium on December 3 after being shown a red card for a reckless, two-footed lunge on Chelsea defender David Luiz. It has been a grind for City amid their star player’s four-match absence, with a humiliating 4-2 loss at Leicester followed by wins over Watford, Arsenal and Hull that lacked the sparkle of earlier in the season. Swansea begin life after Bob Bradley, who was fired on Tuesday, with a home match against Bournemouth. Long-time assistant coach Alan Curtis will be in temporary charge of the Welsh team, which is next to last and only above Hull on goal difference. Hull host Everton today while, tomorrow, it’s also Leicester vs West Ham and Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion. On Sunday, fifth-placed Tottenham visit Watford and fourth-placed Arsenal host Crystal Palace. Now Aguero is available again and his return can’t come quickly enough for City. His first game back is tomorrow away to Liverpool, who have beaten City three straight times in the league and have not lost at home to their upcoming opponents in 13 years. Guardiola has made do without Aguero by selecting four different players Kelechi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling, Nolito and Kevin De Bruyne in the lone-striker role, but Aguero offers a different threat entirely. “Aguero is a wonderful player,” Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum said of a striker who has 16 goals from 19 games in all competitions this season, “and can win the game on his own for Manchester City.” TODAY 3 p.m: Hull City vs Everton TOMORROW 10 a.m: Burnley vs Sunderland 10 a.m: Chelsea vs Stoke City 10 a.m: Leicester vs West Ham 10 a.m: Man United vs Middlesbrough 10 a.m: Southampton vs West Brom 10 a.m: Swansea vs Bournemouth 12:30 p.m: Liverpool vs Man City SUNDAY 8:30 a.m: Watford – Tottenham 11 a.m: Arsenal – Crystal Palace MONDAY 7:30 a.m: Middlesbrough vs Leicester 10 a.m: Everton vs Southampton 10 a.m: Man City vs Burnley 10 a.m: Sunderland vs Liverpool 10 a.m: West Brom vs Hull City 12:15 p.m: West Ham vs Man United TUESDAY 2:45 p.m: Bournemouth vs Arsenal 3 p.m: Crystal Palace vs Swansea 3 p.m: Stoke City vs Watford ON THIS WEEKEND SWANSEA vs BOURNEMOUTH BURNLEY vs SUNDERLAND Available again make or break Sunderland’s hopes of getting out of the bottom three took a hit ahead of the game against their likely relegation rivals, with manager David Moyes saying goalkeeper Jordan Pickford would miss the next “six to eight weeks” with a knee injury. Alongside striker Jermain Defoe, the 22-year-old Pickford has been Sunderland’s most important player in a tough season for the team. “It’s a major disappointment for him and for us because he’s been saving us points,” said Moyes, who will replace Pickford with Vito Mannone. Sunderland are third from bottom, six points behind Burnley. MANCHESTER UNITED vs MIDDLESBROUGHlast_img read more

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Indians finally looking like defending AL champs

first_imgADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Lamar Odom opens up about drug-fueled brush with death McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez, left, Francisco Lindor, center, and Erik Gonzalez celebrate a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. APCLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians are finally starting to look like the defending American League champions.Cleveland ran its winning streak to a seven games — its longest of the season — and moved to a season-high 10 games over .500 with Thursday’s 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Bauer worked out of a jam in the seventh that began with runners on second and third and no out. The right-hander realized he had one of two options.“I either give up runs and we probably lose or I find a way to get out of it,” he said. “Thankfully, it worked out.”The Angels were swept for the first time since April 14-16 at Kansas City.“We’re not going to look back at the series,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Those guys, that’s a good team over there, and we cracked open the door for them a couple of times.” Manager Terry Francona knows the streak has come at a critical point for his team, which stumbled out of the All-Star break with a 1-5 road trip.“We needed it, but needing it and doing it are two different things,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We’re trying to play the game the right way, that’s what we did,” said Francisco Lindor, who singled to break a tie in the seventh. “It helps a lot. You win a couple of games in a row and it definitely builds up your confidence.”Trevor Bauer (9-8) pitched a season-high eight innings, striking out six and allowing seven hits. Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 18th save while JC Ramirez (9-9) took the loss. View commentslast_img read more

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Cebu to host Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific C’ship anew in 2018

first_imgMOST READ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and DOT secretary Wanda Teo announce the Cebu hosting of the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — For the second time in three years, Cebu will be the home for the best triathletes in Asia-Pacific as it is set to host the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship.Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu announced the development, together with Department of Tourism (DOT) secretary Wanda Teo on Friday here at Shangri-La Mactan, as the lead organizer for Ironman events in the country commemorates its 10th year in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite “I think it’s fitting. Ironman recognized our quality. The athletes really enjoy coming here and I expect another sell out crowd in a very short period of time,” said Uytengsu. “For the second time for us to do this, we want to do as many big, bold things as we could in our 10-year anniversary.”The awarding of hosting rights to Cebu for the Asia Pacific Championship continued the abundance of good news for triathlon aficionados in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Earlier in the week, Sunrise Events officially announced the staging of the first full distance Ironman race in the country next June in Subic Bay.Uytengsu can’t help but be overwhelemed overwhelmed with how the Philippines has accepted triathlon and the Ironman races since they started organized the events in Camarines Sur nine years ago. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TNT overcomes Alaska, Henton’s big game End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “When we started, we had only 583 athletes. I never thought that the sport of triathlon would have grown the way it has, that Filipinos would embrace the challenge of Ironman. It’s very heartwarming to see the people accept the challenge and come up and say that their life was changed, that they’re living a healthier lifestyle, and they feel better about themselves. I think we’ve created a healthy nation and that’s amazing,” he said.And it’s not just individual change, as Uytengsu said that the growing community of triathlon has also helped its host cities when it comes to income generation.“We’re doing our share in sports tourism. We’re bringing people to the Philippines for the first time, who probably wouldn’t come to the Philippines if not for Ironman,” he said.Uytensu teased that grander things are still in store for the Filipino triathlon community.“There’s some things I can’t say right now. There’s more good things to come. It’s really exciting and I’m a very happy man right now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

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Heat guard Dion Waiters decides to have ankle surgery

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “No,” Waiters said. “Hell no.”But in that same interview, Waiters also conceded that surgery was likely inevitable, saying “until I take care of it and do what I was supposed to do with it, even if I have a little sprain it’s going to be severe.”Waiters went to Los Angeles last week for a second opinion, then ultimately made the decision to try and get ready for next season. He finished 2017-18 averaging 14.3 points for Miami, which has seen a number of key players deal with injuries yet still is fourth in the East with exactly half of this season in the books.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Pacers rally from 22-point deficit to beat Cavaliers Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The Heat announced Friday night that Waiters has decided to have surgery on his long-problematic left ankle. No timetable for his return was announced, though Waiters has previously said he was told it might take eight to 10 months to recover from such a procedure.“We are confident this surgery will resolve all of the issues with the ankle,” the Heat said in a statement. “This process will not just repair the ankle, but also kick-start a whole new reboot for Dion. A full recovery is expected.”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 folkWaiters considered surgery last summer, deciding against it because he would not have been ready for the start of this season. He missed the final 13 games of last season, when Miami lost a tiebreaker for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The ankle still wasn’t right when this season started, and when Waiters twisted it on Dec. 22 he thought he’d just miss a few games.Not long after that, he insisted surgery would not interrupt his season. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson FILE – BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 20: Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics defends Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat during the second quarter at TD Garden on December 20, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Dion Waiters of the Miami Heat thought surgery could wait.He changed his mind, and his season is over.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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