Brownlee’s 46 propels Alab Pilipinas to 1-0 lead in ABL Finals

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Justin Brownlee. Photo from ASEAN Basketball League FacebookSTA. ROSA — Justin Brownlee carried San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to a thrilling 143-130 overtime victory over Mono Vampire to draw first blood in the best-of-five 2018 ASEAN Basketball League Finals Sunday at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex here.The do-it-all forward set the new ABL Finals record with his 46 points, 10 of which came in the extra period where Alab Pilipinas blew the game wide open after rallying back late in regulation.ADVERTISEMENT With the home team staring at a 120-116 deficit in the last 19.3 seconds of the fourt, Brownlee showed his never say die spirit, first drilling a trey to cut the deficit to one with 15.1 on the clock.His foul led to a Michael Singletary split which kept the door open for the hosts, 121-119, with 11.7 ticks left, and that was all Brownlee needed as he sent the behemoth Sam Deguara packing with his fifth foul after a gutsy drive in the final 4.2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThough he wasn’t able to tie the game at the foul line, his misses paved way for Renaldo Balkman’s overtime-forcing tip at 121 with 1.3 seconds left in regulation.In OT, Brownlee picked up where he left off, sparking the decisive 8-0 burst for 129-121 lead with 3:16 to play as Alab never looked back en route to the 1-0 lead. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ No regrets for Santiago as UAAP stint with NU ends without title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ The former Ginebra import also grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out nine assists, and got two steals.Balkman also had another impressive performance with his 39 points, 15 boards, and four assists while Ray Parks left his mark with 27 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals, but had to watch his team get the job done from the bench after fouling out at the 4:42 mark of regulation.Game 2 is on Wednesday, still in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, with the season’s best performers set to be feted before the game.Lawrence Domingo added 14 points and six rebounds, as well as two big blocks on Deguara and Jason Brickman in the crucial moments of the fourth quarter.Singletary kept Mono Vampire in the game with his 42 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, while Paul Zamarshot 4-of-7 from threes to wound up with 25 in the defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Deguara eked out 21 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks despite being in foul trouble all game long, while Brickman got 15 points, 14 assists, and eight rebounds before sitting out from the 2:48 mark of the fourth quarter due to cramps.The Scores:SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 143 — Brownlee 46, Balkman 39, Parks 27, Domingo 14, Raymundo 9, Javelona 8, Alabanza 0, Celiz 0, Hontiveros 0, Sumalinog 0, Urbiztondo 0.MONO VAMPIRE 130 — Singletary 42, Zamar 25, Deguara 21, Brickman 15, Apiromvilaichai 14, Chanthachon 7, Klahan 6, Boonyai 0, Khukhandin 0, Phuangla 0.Quarters: 26-32, 59-58, 87-87, 121-121, 143-130.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View commentslast_img read more

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Tatum shines, Brown returns as Celtics beat 76ers for 2-0 lead

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds, helping the Celtics rally from a 22-point deficit to beat the 76ers 108-103 on Thursday night.Terry Rozier added 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Marcus Smart finished with 19 points and five rebounds as the Celtics improved to 6-0 at TD Garden this postseason. They have never blown a 2-0 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Coach was saying whoever is the tougher team is going to win,” Rozier said. “They definitely punched us in the mouth at the beginning of the game. We just had to bounce back and get things together.”Game 3 is Saturday in Philadelphia. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ 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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames CELEB SIGHTINGSPhiladelphia-born rapper Meek Mill sat courtside for Game 2. Mill was released from jail last week after spending nearly five months behind bars on a probation violation. Rapper Gucci Mane sat across from the 76ers bench wearing a Brown jersey. The two met last year when Brown attended one of his concerts.Another Philly native, actor Kevin Hart, sat a few seats down from Gucci. Hart at times antagonized the TD Garden fans, drawing boos.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “They won two games at home and we have to reciprocate,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “There’s not going to be a pity party.”TIP-INS76ers: Outrebounded the Celtics 49-41. … Went 13 of 33 from the 3-point line.Celtics: The 22-point comeback victory represents their largest come-from-behind playoff victory since Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals (24 pts). … Went 15 of 36 from the 3-point line.HE SAID IT“It’s like a movie. You only see these type of comebacks in movies.” — Celtics guard Marcus Smart.SLOW STARTDespite Brown’s early highlight, the Celtics were sluggish early.They started off the game 0 for 5 and didn’t score until Smart’s 3-pointer at the 8:37 mark of the first quarter.Horford (1 for 3), Rozier (0 for 4), Brown (1 for 4) and Marcus Morris (0 for 3) were a combined 2 for 14 in the period, allowing Philadelphia to build a 31-22. A layup by Dario Saric cut it to 104-101. But Al Horford was able to drive past Embiid for a layup with 8.3 seconds left.Saric scored out of a timeout to make it 106-103. The Sixers quickly fouled Tatum, who calmly hit a pair of free throws.Following an anemic offensive effort in Game 1, the Sixers looked rejuvenated early in Game 2, using a 14-2 run to begin the second quarter on their way to building a 48-26 lead.It didn’t last.The Celtics responded by ending the half on a 25-8 run. It included three straight 3-pointers and a tip-dunk by Jaylen Brown, who returned to action after sitting out the series opener with a strained right hamstring. He came off the bench and played 25 minutes, scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds.The Sixers’ lead was completely erased midway through the third quarter, when Aron Baynes got a 3-pointer to bounce in and put Boston in front for the first time.The lead grew to 76-68 on a baseline dunk by Tatum that capped a 50-20 Celtics run.“Once we got on that run we never looked back,” Rozier said.Brown entered the game for the first time at the 7:14 mark of first quarter. It took less than a minute to make an impact. He missed his first shot attempt before chasing down a loose ball and sprinting ahead for a one-handed dunk .Prior to Thursday, Brown had started every game he’d appeared in this season. It was his first time off the bench since Game 5 of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ J.J. Redick had 23 points for the 76ers, making five 3-pointers. Robert Covington added 22 points and nine rebounds. Joel Embiid finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, but rookie star Ben Simmons missed all four shots and had just one point.“Mentally, just thinking too much,” Simmons said of his tough night. “I’m going to have bad games. It happens. Obviously, it’s bad timing.”Philadelphia recovered after squandering its big lead to nudge back in front 93-88 midway through the fourth quarter.But an 11-4 run put Boston back in the lead 99-95 with less than four minutes to play.It was 101-97 when a missed Philadelphia jumper led to a 2-on-1 fast break and alley-oop dunk from Rozier to Tatum with 2:23 left.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments Boston Celtics forwards Jayson Tatum (0) and Al Horford, right, chest-bump to celebrate in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the team’s NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Boston. The Celtics won 108-103. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — The youth movement is alive and thriving for the Boston Celtics.And for the second straight game it was enough to upend a Philadelphia 76ers team that still has much to figure out as it heads home trailing 2-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Rondina, Gervacio stun USA for PH’s first win in FIVB beach volleyball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Japan league lures Santiago, Espejo away from home

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Santiago, a UAAP Most Valuable Player awardee like the 21-year-old Espejo, had stints in the national teams which competed in two Southeast Asian Games, two Asian Club Championships and the FIVB World Club Championships.With heavy credentials and loads of talent, Serbian coach Moro Branislav once declared that Santiago has what it takes to excel internationally.Santiago, who played for University of Santo Tomas High School, has received offers to play in the United States and Thailand, but has decided to concentrate in local club and collegiate leagues.She is donning the national colors once more this month when the Philippines sees action in the Indonesia Asian Games.The V.Premier League is the top level volleyball league for men and women in Japan founded in 1994. The Challenge League is the secondary division.ADVERTISEMENT Ramirez says cramming won’t yield Olympic medal The competitions are organized by the Japan Volleyball League Organization. In 2006, the name V.League was changed into V.Premier League.Ageo Medics is based in Ageo city in Saitama and is owned by Ageo Medical Group. It was founded in 2001.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:06Passengers bear waiting at terminal for chance to be home for Christmas00:50Trending 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 Ageo Medics placed seventh last season and is bent on moving up with Santiago, a natural middle blocker who has developed to be a formidable open and opposite hitter.Foton president Rommel Sytin said they are supporting the decision of the 22-year-old Santiago, who played for the franchise starting 2015, helping the Tornadoes win two titles in the Philippine Superliga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m more than willing to let her explore,” Sytin said. “It’s greener pasture for her. And that’s our role in the sport of volleyball: Help develop the sport and athletes to reach their potential.”Joining Santiago in the Japanese league is former Ateneo ace Marck Espejo, who is suiting up for the Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler club. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ View comments Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTowering Jaja Santiago is set to join the Ageo Medics, a club team competing in the Saitama Division 1 of the Japanese V.Premier League that fires off Oct. 28.A top official of the Asian Volleyball Confederation confirmed that the 6-foot-5 National University alumna will become the first female Philippine player to play in the prestigious Japanese pro league.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Champ golfer from Spain killed in Iowa; suspect charged

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 This booking photo provided by the Story County (Iowa) Jail shows Collin Daniel Richards. Richards has been charged in the killing of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a former champion golfer from Spain, after her body was found Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at a golf course in Ames, Iowa. (Story County (Iowa) Jail via AP)AMES, Iowa — A man has been charged in the killing of a champion golfer from Spain, after the Iowa State University student’s body was found at a golf course in central Iowa.Police said in a news release that Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. Officers determined the 22-year-old woman had also been assaulted.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Barquin, who was ranked No. 69 nationally by Golfweek, ended her career as a Cyclone with a fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance and earned All-Big 12 Team honors for the third time — the second player in Iowa State’s history to do so.She became the third Cyclone women’s golfer to compete in the U.S. Women’s Open Championship, the university said. The team announced Tuesday it was pulling out of the East & West Match Play in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to be with friends and family and to grieve their loss.Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen said in a statement on Twitter that she was “deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death” of Barquin, describing her as a “dedicated civil engineering student” and an “acclaimed golfer with a bright future.”Head women’s golf coach Christie Martens said in a release that Barquin was “loved by all her teammates and friends” and was an “outstanding representative of our school.”“We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life,” Martens said. /kgaADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Collin Daniel Richards, 22, was charged with first-degree murder.Police were called to the golf course around 10:20 a.m. Monday after golfers found a golf bag with no one around it. Officers found a body some distance from the bag. Investigators have released no information on how Barquin died or whether she knew Richards. Police said Richards has no known address.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 ChrissBarquin was the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. The university said the native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester after exhausting her eligibility at Iowa State in 2017-2018.She was one of the most accomplished players in Cyclone golf history, the university said. In April, she became the second women’s golfer at Iowa State to earn medalist honors at a conference tournament when claiming the 2018 Big 12 Championship. She did it with a three-shot victory. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum IOC signs insurer Allianz as Olympic sponsor from 2021-28 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View commentslast_img read more

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President J.J. Roberts’ Exemplary Legacy

first_imgTwo young Liberians, Torli H. Krua and Joe Luamba, Jr., of the Association for Civic Education, did Liberians a great service last week in publishing in the Daily Observer newspaper their piece, “Liberia Since President J.J. Roberts.”Before getting into what they said about our First President, let us digress for a brief moment to suggest to the authors that they should prepare and present to the Ministry of Education a comprehensive and serious proposal for the re-introduction of CIVICS in the national school curriculum.Their J.J. Roberts piece was a compelling lesson in Civics, and a good start.  Their proposal to the Education Ministry should call for a retrospective view of Liberia before 1822, and reflections on the structure and administrative practices of Liberian traditional society–the role of the Town, Clan and Paramount Chiefs, the various Councils and how they maintained peace and order at the various levels.The most important point the young authors made about the First President was to recall his love for Liberian children. Yes, in his will, President Roberts bequeathed, for the establishment of “a perpetual foundation,” a US$10,000 Bond and the 102 acres of land bearing his Coffee Farm, to educate Liberian Children after his death in 1876.These assets attest that President Roberts was a hard working man, an entrepreneur and a visionary who looked down the corridor of time and knew that the nation’s future lay in the hands of its youth.Since President Roberts was a Methodist, he placed the Foundation in the hands of the Methodist Church (now United Methodist Church (UMC). The church set up a Board of Governors, which administers the Foundation and its scholarship program.   One of the eminent J.J. Roberts scholarship recipients is Kolahun, Lofa County-born Augustine Ngafuan, former Finance Minister, now   Minister of Foreign Affairs, R.L.It has been 136 years since the First Liberian President set  that wonderful example of love and commitment to the future of Liberia.  We have since had 22 former Presidents, several of whom, beginning with William V.S. Tubman, and continuing with William R. Tolbert, Samuel K. Doe and Charles Taylor, had much, much more money to play with personally.  It is sad to say that none of them–not even Tubman who was also a Methodist and who died in office leaving a will–thought to emulate President Roberts’ personal example.The two authors have lamented the lack of transparency in the handling of the First President’s will and called on government to institute a “commission of inquiry” into the will and its administration.  We think, however, that it is the UMC bishop whose   responsibility it is to open up the wil–not  to government scrutiny, because PresidentRoberts did not leave it in the hands of government.  He must have reckoned–and correctly–that had he done that, the government officials might have grabbed up the land for themselves, just as leading Episcopalians  did to church property  in Mamba Point.  The Methodist bishop should first, open up the will to the view of Methodists, and ensure that its administration is inclusive.The authors, Kruah and Luamba, in their piece, also lamented the continued concentration of power in the hands of the Liberian presidency, especially in her appointment of local officials–county superintendents, city mayors, etc.The Daily Observer  has written many editorials calling for the Governance Commission’s recommendations on the devolution of power to be enacted into law.  This would, at long last, put into effect the decentralization of government and empower the people to make decisions at the local level.On this question, however, both the presidency and the Legislature, for reasons no one can understand, are dragging their feet.We appeal, once again, to the Executive and Legislative branches of government to act expeditiously on this matter, which is critical to good governance and peace.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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2 nabbed with cannabis in Police operations

first_imgTwo men were nabbed with a quantity of cannabis during separate Police operations on Monday and Tuesday in Berbice and at Itaballi Police Checkpoint.Police stated that about 14:15h on Tuesday, they arrested a male who wasThe cannabis confiscated in Berbiceattempting to traffic 1882 grams of marijuana.Based on reports received, the man was first spotted by an undercover rank with the illegal plant opposite the B Division Headquarters waiting to be collected.He was promptly arrested and was currently in custody assisting with investigations. In addition, a female cook of Moblissa, Linden- Soesdyke Highway, was arrested after she was found to be in possession of 144 grams of cannabis at the Itaballi Police Checkpoint.Charges are expected to be instituted shortly.last_img

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184th anniversary of Portuguese arrival commemorated

first_imgA section of the gathering at the commemoration ceremony on FridayAs Guyana observed the 184th Anniversary of the arrival of Portuguese in Guyana, President David Granger noted that such a day was created for mutual respect to be given to the Portuguese who have left a legacy on economic development in Guyana.Held at the Sacred Heart Church Compound, Main Street, Georgetown, which has been dubbed an edifice which stands as a monument of the presence of the Portuguese people in Guyana, the event saw a large turnout of Portuguese officials and Government Ministers.In his brief remarks, the Head of State reflected on the contribution of the Portuguese ancestors whom, according to him, through their industriousness and thrift made significant investments in Guyana.According to him, African emancipation created conditions for Portuguese enterprise, the village movement, the enlarged liberated population, the introduction of wage labour, the introduction of coinage, the opening of banks and the diversification of the economy expanded opportunities for the supply of goods and household services and for personal use.He noted that the Portuguese made the most of their shared employment on the plantation and they themselves had been the leading sugar producer. Eight in every ten shops in Georgetown were eventually owned by the Portuguese as such Granger noted that they left a useful lesson for all Guyanese.Meanwhile, Honourary Consul for Portugal to Guyana, Michael Correia expressed his thanks to Bishop Richard Francis for the use of the Sacred Heart Church.However, Correia called for mutual trust between Portuguese and other races living in Guyana.According to Correia, Guyanese heritage is now being seen as Portuguese heritage and as such, he condemned the state of Guyana’s wooden heritage buildings which are currently not being up kept.As such, he called for betterment in the area as Portuguese Arrival Day continues to be observed. May 3 was proclaimed Portuguese Arrival Day by Granger on February 27, 2017.last_img read more

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Arsenal players filmed using ‘hippy crack’

first_imgIn a statement Arsenal said: “The players will be spoken to about this and reminded of their responsibilities as representatives of the club.”Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas or “hippy crack”, is freely available although it is technically illegal to sell it for recreational purposes.In the video, which reportedly comes from a London venue shortly before the start of the current season, other Gunners players including Henrikh Mkhitaryan can be seen rejecting the offer to use the gas.The footage is the latest to show top players being linked with nitrous oxide. Raheem Sterling was warned by his then club Liverpool after footage emerged of him using the substance in 2015.In the same year, Jack Grealish was warned by the then Aston Villa manager, Tim Sherwood, after pictures emerged of him appearing to inhale the gas, and Saido Berahino was reprimanded by West Brom for a similar incident in 2014.When an image was posted of then Tottenham player Kyle Walker in 2013, he apologised on Twitter, writing: “I won’t be doing this again and hope that no one else is influenced into putting their health at risk by my actions.”Arsenal, under new manager Unai Emery, are currently fifth in the Premier League table and are unbeaten in 20 consecutive matches in all competitions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal say they will “remind players of their responsibilities” after a video emerged that appears to show stars inhaling nitrous oxide © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 7 – Arsenal said Friday they will “remind players of their responsibilities” after a video emerged that appears to show a number of stars inhaling nitrous oxide.Players including Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi feature in the footage, which appears to come from CCTV footage and was published by the Sun newspaper on Friday.last_img read more

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Kenya to face Nigeria in Copa AFCON final

first_img0Shares0000Kenya’s, Jacob Onyango, attempts for a goal as Zambia’s Goalkeeper David Minganja blocks the shot during the Copa Coca Cola Africa Cup Tournament, Semifinals held at Nakuru Boys High SchoolNAKURU, Kenya, Dec 14 – Kenya’s St. Anthony’s Boys Kitale will tackle Nigeria in Saturday’s inaugural Copa Coca-Cola African Cup of Nations after seeing off Zambia 1-0 in a hotly contested final at the Nakuru High School on Saturday.While Kenya was forced to work by the Zambians, Nigeria eased past a hapless Botswana hitting the Southern Africans 5-0 in the other semi-final. David Leon scored Kenya’s all important goal from the penalty spot in the second half and head coach David Mayoyo says they will be going in for the title on Saturday.“I am happy that we’ve made it to the finals. It wasn’t an easy match but the boys fought really well and got the important win. When we scored we relaxed a little and invited a lot of pressure but luckily we managed to see them off to qualify for the final,” Mayoyo noted.He added; “We want the trophy to remain in Kenya. We will do our best in the final and hopefully get a win.”The game should have had more goals, as Kenya dominated the first half of the game, creating numerous goal scoring chances.First it was Jacob Onyango whose shot was cleared off the line in the second minute. Fred Kendigi then saw his freekick saved by Zambia keeper David Minganja while Wisdom Naya missed a sitter shooting over the bar from inside the penalty area.Zambia’s first chance fell to Isaac Banda but his shot was way off target.Kenya kept attacking in search of a breakthrough with the impressive midfield trio of Maina, Wisdom and Issa Rashid running the show. The first half ended barren.The first chance of the second half went Zambia’s way but Benny Kalombo’s shot failed to hit the target.Against the run of play, Kenya went ahead from the penalty spot.Substitute Haron Kibiwott was brought down inside the area and defender Leon David stepped forward to expertly convert.Kibiwott nearly doubled his team’s tally a minute later but he hit the side-net from a prime position.Kenya’s, Lucas Maina, dribbles past the Zambian defender during the Copa CocaCola Africa Cup Tournament, quarter finals held at Nakuru Boys High SchoolZambia’s late pressure led by Phiri and Patience Chulu yielded no fruits and Kenya qualified for the final where they will face Nigeria.In the second semi of the day, Nigeria ran riot against Botswana.Williams Gift, James Oghenetega, Hussain Mohammed and Henry Williams scored for the West African team in this one-sided encounter.“The players made it look easy but I don’t think it was an easy game. They executed our game plan well, we scored some good goals and I am satisfied with both the performance and result,” said Nigeria coach Gilbert Igwe.The Nigerians showed early dominance and nearly went ahead in the third minute but Omodara Olamilekan failed to keep his composure in front of goal and eventually shot went wide.The goal did finally come in the 15th minute through the impressive Williams who fired past a Djoka Tumisang in Botswana goal on a one-on-one scenario.The match transformed into a one-sided affair but the West Africans failed to add to their tally before the break.Nigeria continued dominating the clash in the second stanza and eventually added a second goal three minutes after the restart through Oghenetega.Hussain Mohammed made it three-nil in the 44th minute before Williams compounded the Southern Africans’ misery with two-quick goals in the 59th and 62nd minutes.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Russia World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up

first_imgRECORD IN QUALIFYINGAs hosts, Russia had no need to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. They instead played a series of friendlies, and managed some impressive results in 2017, including draws with Belgium and Spain, but have struggled in 2018.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSRussia had two friendlies planned in the weeks leading up to the start of the tournament, and failed to win either of them. They suffered a 1-0 defeat to Austria on May 30 before drawing 1-1 Turkey in Moscow on June 5. They head into the World Cup winless in seven matches.BASE CAMPFederal Sports Centre Novogorsk, Moscow.talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia. 4 4 KEY PLAYERAny chance of success for the hosts rests on the shoulders of Alan Dzagoev, now that Aleksandr Kokorin will miss the tournament having ruptured his cruciate ligaments playing for Zenit Saint Petersburg. Dzagoev, the CSKA Moscow star, missed both Euro 2016 and the Confederations Cup with injury, and will want to make his mark on the world stage this summer to make up for lost time.The 27-year-old is a primarily attacking midfielder who has scored five goals and created a further seven in 27 appearances this season. The majority of Russia’s attacking play will go through Dzagoev, with manager Cherchesov using a defensive system with few creative players, and it will be up to him to act as playmaker in the middle of the park.He will turn 28 just before the start of the tournament, and a solid showing at the World Cup could earn Dzagoev a move away from Russia to one of Europe’s top leagues.ONE TO WATCHOne of Dzagoev’s midfielder partners at CSKA, Aleksandr Golovin could also earn a move away from Russia with a good showing at the World Cup. The 21-year-old Golovin is a technically gifted midfielder who can play anywhere in the middle of the park – though his natural position is central.He has quick feet and a desire to always get forward with the ball, and has shown he can make an impact in the final third with his goal contributions for CSKA this season; he has scored four times and registered two assists in just 19 appearances.At his young age and with only 15 caps to his name, Golovin could suffer from nerves having to perform on such a big stage. However, he does have tournament experience, having played all three of Russia’s games at both Euro 2016 and the Confederations Cup.FIXTURESThursday, June 14: Russia v SAUDI ARABIA (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow) – kick-off 16:00Tuesday, June 19: Russia v EGYPT (Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg) – kick-off 19:00Monday, June 25: URUGUAY v Russia (Cosmos Arena, Samara) – kick-off 15:00KITS Russia take part in their fourth World Cup this summer as hosts. talkSPORT.com take an in-depth look at the Group A nation…MANAGERStanislav Cherchesov was named head coach in the wake of Russia’s failure to exit their group at Euro 2016. He replaced Leonid Slutsky, on the back of a spell in Poland with Legia Warsaw which saw him win the domestic double of Ekstraklasa and Polish Cup in 2015/16.As a player he represented the USSR, the CIS national team, and Russia as an independent country, winning 49 caps in total. A goalkeeper, he spent the majority of his club career with Spartak Moscow – winning five trophies – before winning three Austrian Bundesliga titles with Tirol Insbruck.Since Cherchesov’s appointment, Russia have played 16 games with a record of five wins, five draws and six defeats.CAPTAINIgor Akinfeev is now a seasoned professional with over 500 games played at club level and 103 caps won for Russia. He has spent his entire career with CSKA Moscow – winning 18 major trophies – and has kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the history of Russian football.The 31-year-old was named Russia captain ahead of the 2017 Confederations Cup, and he earned his 100th cap playing Russia’s second group match in that tournament.Rated highly in his youth, Akinfeev was always expected to earn a move away from CSKA to one of Europe’s biggest clubs. However, he rejected such approaches and now looks likely to spend his entire career with the team he has been with since a four-year-old.last_img read more

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