MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Felda is in last place in the group with two points, but a win could also boost its chances of nailing one of the two spots to the knockout round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SHAH ALAM, Selangor —Filipino club Ceres-Negros FC tries to inch closer to the knockout stage of the AFC Cup when it clashes with Malaysian side Felda United on Tuesday at the 80,000-seater Shah Alam Stadium here.With five points from their first three matches, the Busmen hope to keep their lead in Group F, where they are barely ahead of Hanoi FC on goal difference heading into Match Day 4.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town The Busmen are unbeaten in away matches since reaching the group stage of the second-tier club competition last year.But with Felda proving to be tough nut to crack for the Busmen in Bacolod City two weeks ago, Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic expects another difficult match. Ceres needed a big penalty save from Roland Muller in the second half to preserve a 0-0 standoff with Felda at Panaad Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnCeres will miss top midfielder Manny Ott due to suspension for accumulated yellow cards. Martin Steuble is expected to return to the starting lineup in his place.“If the style for both teams didn’t change, I think it will be a very hard game for both teams,” said Vidakovic. “Everyone is a champion or second place in the group [in their own countries], so it’s very very hard. Every game you have to fight for the points.” LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Unilab 21K lures thousands in BGC SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test View comments
On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Inside the locker room, it appears everything was understood. Stephenson and coach Nate McMillan say there were no hurt feelings.Game 3 is Thursday at Indiana.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES FILE – In this March 10, 2017, file photo, Indiana Pacers’ Paul George reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, in Milwaukee. Paul George isn’t happy. He’s upset that the Pacers have to fight their way back from a 2-0 deficit against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. And he’s upset about what put the Pacers in this hole _ the play of his teammates. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash, File)NDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Pacers star Paul George is attacking critics of his recent postgame comments.George calls the notion that he threw teammates under the bus “completely ignorant.” The four-time All-Star insists he was only trying to motivate other players to perform better after losing the first two games in their first-round playoff series against Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Warriors take 2-0 series lead on Blazers, win without Durant Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely READ: NBA: Pacers’ George calls out teammates after Game 2 lossThe questions began after George criticized C.J. Miles for taking the final shot in a one-point loss in Game 1 at Cleveland. George said he should have taken the shot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnGeorge also called out Lance Stephenson and Myles Turner following a Game 2 loss.READ: NBA: Irving shines as Cavs take grip on Pacers View comments
Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation San Miguel Beer clamped down hard on TNT KaTropa in the second half on Friday night to complete a rally from 15 points down and move within a win of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title after a 111-102 triumph that highlighted the talent of a franchise working on building a modern-day dynasty.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Creamline tests Adamson-Akari Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks View comments Alex Cabagnot scored 12 points in the fourth period, Arwind Santos had 20 of 27 in the second half and the San Miguel defense held the Texters to just 41 points in the final two quarters at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“This game proves the saying that defense wins championships,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria. “They worked together on defense. That’s the character of this team, the character that gave us our first championship together.”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’After allowing Ranidel de Ocampo 19 first-half points that powered the Texters to a 61-46 lead at the half, the Beermen held the many-time national team member scoreless in the final two periods while also making life hell for Jason Castro in the same stretch.San Miguel now has two chances to wrap this thing up and snap a 17-year title drought in this tournament—starting with Game 6 on Sunday. LSU title parade draws massive crowds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ But, more importantly, a title here puts the Beermen in line for a second Grand Slam.“This is not over yet,” Austria warned, even as TNT coach Nash Racela is looking at one key statistic that did them in.“We have to limit our turnovers,” Racela said after his charges committed 24 total blunders. “Again, the goal is to get to a Game 7. Our emotions cannot be dictated [by the result] of this game. We have to be focused on the next game.”ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs
Eleven Jamaicans, led by top discus thrower Fedrick Dacres, will be in action at today’s seventh stage of the lucrative Diamond League series in Paris. Dacres who won at the Stockholm meet with a season’s best 69.57 metres, will be hoping for another big win here in a bid to improve on his third place in the standings. He has 19 points and fans can expect another great battle among the top throwers including leader and reigning World champion Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania who is on 22 points, Christoph Harting, Piotr Malachowski and Daniel Stahl. In the women’s triple jump, both Shanieka Ricketts with a season’s best 14.55 metres and Kimberly Williams with a best of 14.64 metres, will once again square off with leader Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia who has a season’s best of 14.83 metres and Venezuela’s, Yulimer Rojas. A lot of eyes will also be focused on new American sensation Toni Franklin who has a season’s best 14.84 metres. Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallists in the men’s 110m hurdles, Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment, will be hoping to advance from the heats of their event to the finals later in the day. Levy showed good form during the recent JAAA National Championships and he will be hoping to improve on his season’s best 13.16 seconds and in the process complete back to back success at the meet after winning the event last year. Russian Sergey Shubenkov with a season’s best 12.99 seconds, along with Orlando Ortega of Spain and American Devon Allen are expected to be the main threats for the Jamaicans. Following his disappointment at the National Championships, Yohan Blake will match strides with a quality field in the men’s 100 metres. With a season’s best of 10.00 seconds at the Racers Grand Prix, Blake will do battle with five athletes who have gone sub 10 seconds this season. They include Americans Michael Rodgers, 9.89, and Ronnie Baker, 9.90, home boy, Jimmy Vicaut 9.92, China’s Bingtian Su, 9.91 and Arthur Cisse (9.94) of Cote d’Ivoire. The other Jamaicans down to compete today are Stephenie Ann McPherson and Anastasia Le-Roy in the women’s 400 metres, Natoya Goule in the 800 metres and Aisha Praught in the 3000m steeplechase. 11:50 a.m: Women’s Triple Jump Shanieka Ricketts, Kimberly Williamson 12:17 p.m: Men’s 110m hurdles – Heat 1 Hansle Parchment 12:26 p.m: Men’s 110m hurdles – Heat 2 Ronald Levy 1:12 pm: Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Aisha Praught 1:26 pm: Men’s discus throw Fredrick Dacres 1:53 pm : Men’s 110m hurdles final 2:03 pm: Women’s 400m Stephenie Ann McPherson, Anastasia Le-Roy 2:33 pm: Women’s 200m Shericka Jackson 2:42 pm: Women’s 800m Natoya Goule 2:52 p.m: Men’s 100m Yohan Blake Schedule for Jamaicans:
LONDON (CMC): West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor will make his debut for Somerset on Friday against Surrey, after signing up for the last nine group-stage matches of the county’s T20 Blast campaign. The 34-year-old will also be available for the knockout stages of the championship, carded for late August, once Somerset qualify. SOUTH GROUP Somerset currently lie third in the South Group on six points after winning three of their first five matches. “I’m really excited to be joining Somerset for the Vitality Blast,” said Jamaican Taylor. “It’s a real honour to join such a prestigious club and I hope that I can help bring my experience to what looks like a really exciting group of young players.” Taylor made his name in Tests, taking 130 wickets from 46 Tests as a spearhead for the Caribbean side, but has since focused his attention to the shorter formats. He has picked up 33 wickets from 30 T20 Internationals and 104 scalps from 89 T20s overall, and represented the Windies as recently as the tour of New Zealand last December. Director of cricket Andy Hurry said Taylor’s acquisition had been a major boost for the club. “We are delighted to have secured such a high-quality player for the business end of the Vitality Blast,” Hurry said. “He brings with him a wealth of International T20 experience and is a player who can really impact games with the ball, both with the new ball and especially at the end of an innings.”
MUNICH (AP): Germany’s bid for a fresh start after the debacle of their World Cup defence was frustrated by France goalkeeper Alphonse Areola as their UEFA Nations League opener finished 0-0 yesterday. Areola, making his international debut in place of injured captain Hugo Lloris, produced a host of saves in the second half, but Germany will take encouragement after dominating all but a short period of the game. Joachim Lowe’s side was looking to atone for its first-round World Cup exit and made a cautious start against the new world champion. Loew had indicated changes beforehand, yet he left his three new call-ups on the bench. Fine Reflexes Timo Werner produced Germany’s only effort of note in the first half, which was gathered easily by Areola. The Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper then showed fine reflexes despite the falling rain to deny Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Thomas Mueller and Matthias Ginter after the break. Germany might have picked an easier opponent with which to make a new start. Loew’s side failed to beat France in their previous three meetings, while the last win was a nervy 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup quarter finals. The Netherlands are with Germany and France in their Nations League group of three. The winners will go on to compete against the other group winners from League A for a four-team mini-tournament, the Nations League Finals, in June 2019. The bottom team in each group will be relegated to League B. Other results: League B: Czech Republic 1 Ukraine 2; Wales 4 Ireland 1. League C: Norway 2 Cyprus 0; Slovebia 1 Bulgaris 2/ League D: Gibraltar 0 Macedonia 2; Latvia 0 Andorra 0.
– Port Antonio High vs Glenmuir – Carder Park – Lennon High vs Old Harbour High – Juici Park – St James High vs Petersfield High – Jarrett Park – Charlemont High vs Maggotty High – Dinthill All matches kick off at 2:30 p.m. Western Bureau: Coach of Glenmuir High, Warren Simpson, says his school has struggled in the daCosta Cup but the team has good talent and can challenge for the Ben Francis Cup. Former champions Glenmuir will face Port Antonio High today in the quarter-finals of the ISSA/WATA Ben Francis KO Cup at Carder Park at 2:30 p.m. “We did not get positive results in the daCosta Cup, but now the players are gelling and showing a lot more in the transition from defence and midfield into attack,” said Simpson. In another game to be played at Juici Park, 2016 champions Lennon High will take on Old Harbour High and Byjeon Thomas, coach of Lennon, said they are looking forward to today’s start of a competition that could turn an average season into something great. “We are definitely looking to cap off this season by doing our best in the Ben Francis. Hopefully, that will result in victory and us lifting the trophy at the end … I think that we have the quality, we just lack the experience this year,” said Thomas who does not believe there is any pressure on them to deliver despite being the last of the eight quarter-finalists to have won the Cup. “I don’t think we are under any more pressure than the other teams to deliver because it’s eight teams with similar capabilities …. they (school community) are looking forward to it but I’m sure the other schools are also looking to lift the trophy as well. Everyone will be up for the games and all eight teams are looking to finish their season with a title,” he added. Today’s games
Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore said that he is disappointed in the unavailability of Ravel Morrison, noting that he was looking forward to the former English youth player being part of the squad, which is preparing for the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League match against Suriname. Whitmore was speaking at the press launch at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday ahead of the contest, which is set for the same venue on Saturday starting at 7:00 p.m. “With Ravel Morrison, we have written to his club and haven’t gotten a response, so we just have to move on,” said Whitmore. “We were definitely trying to get him in for the Suriname game, but as I said, unfortunately, that situation arose and we just have to move past that and be positive going forward,” he added. Promising player Morrison, 25, earned a reputation as one of England’s most promising youngsters after rising through the ranks at the Manchester United Academy. He signed to West Ham before playing on loan at several clubs, eventually transferring to Italian outfit Lazio. He most recently featured on loan from Lazio in the Mexican top flight with Atlas, with rumours suggesting that the Italians are looking to terminate the midfielder’s contract. Nevertheless, Whitmore underlined that the door is not closed on the former Manchester United and West Ham midfielder or any other player who has an interest in representing the national team, including the controversial Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, who has been at the centre of a dispute between the Jamaica Football Federation and his agent and father, Craig Butler. “We need all players once the players are committed … it’s not just about talent. Once they are committed and want to play for the national team, then that would be a plus for both me and the technical staff,” said Whitmore. “The players have to want to come to play for the national team and wear the national colours with pride. That’s the sort of players we have been looking for, not only talent. So no, the door is not shut on any player who wants to play for us,” said Whitmore. Whitmore, speaking specifically in regards to Bailey, pointed out that the player’s commitment is key moving forward but was quick to point out that his focus is on getting the full complement of players to meet their potential and achieve success. “(Leon) Bailey is another situation where the door is not closed. We sent out a press release a few weeks ago about the selection policy, and once Bailey meets the criteria (we can move forward). As I mentioned before, what we want is committed players,” said Whitmore. “It’s a team game, and whether Bailey is here or not, it has to go on. If Bailey was here, it would not be him alone or even with Butler (Kyle). The two of them alone can’t play, we have to think about the team. We are all one, working for one goal, so until Bailey realises that, then we can’t move forward,” he added.
President and chief executive officer of United States-based, Valeo Football Academy, Emelio Williams has made a commitment to assist with developing the skills of local players and their coaches.Speaking at the launch of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Valeo Football Academy at the Scotiabank Sports club on Tuesday, Williams, a former St Jago High Manning Cup player ,said Jamaica has always possessed immense talent. However, he said, Jamaica lacks a system which can properly develop players and coaches.”Travel is a large part of the programme. Experiencing different cultures, ways of playing football, different ways of training is great exposure. Only when they see the world they know what is possible,” Williams said.Valeo will take teams from the local academy to the USA and enter them in some national tournaments. They will also travel to Portugal and train at their facilities there.The academy will also host combines for top Spanish and Portuguese clubs annually, and they intend to host one in Jamaica this year.”We are looking to bring Sporting (Lisbon) or a Spanish first division club to play a combine here. Last year we had Sporting (Lisbon).Before that we had Barcelona and also Liverpool. They came with their academy coaches and spent two or three weeks looking at players.Looking for talent”These coaches are looking for talent, so you have to be at your best and that’s why we advocate training and preparation, because luck is when preparation meets opportunity,” he reasoned.The project got underway last year at the Barbican Football field on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The academy’s aim is to develop KSAFA’s elite players into world class footballers.The programme will focus on players between the ages of eight and 16, but main focus will be on the 13-15 age groups. There are also plans to assist with infrastructure development.”In the US every community has a turf field, so you can play on a flat smooth surface.I don’t see why Jamaica can’t have turf fields. So that will be one of our major initiatives this year,” he stated.KSAFA president, Wayne Shaw, said this development was very significant for the future of local football.”For us to get to a next World Cup this is the way we have to go. We have to be looking to 2026 and these players being developed now are the ones we will be expecting to see in 2026,” Shaw said.
to be lit at Rahaman’s Park on SundayAs Guyanese prepare to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Swyamsevak Sangh will be lighting the biggest diya on Sunday evening at Rahaman’s Park, Greater Georgetown, which signifies the beginning of the festival of lights.This is in keeping with Guyana’s Jubilee celebrations to mark the country’s independence anniversary. However, the first Diya was lit in 2015 at the same location and would have illuminated the entire area.As usual, the event will be attended by Government officials and members of the Opposition, the Indian High Commission, heads of leading Hindu and other religious organisations.Diwali coincides with the Hindu New Year and celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.The festival usually falls between the middle of October and the middle of November, although this is decided upon by the Hindu lunar calendar. While each organisation has its own reason to celebrate the festival, one of the most popular stories told is the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom in northern India from exile after defeating the demon King Ravanna.Meanwhile, the aim of the national Diya lighting is to promote, preserve and spread awareness of oneness and national unity. This event will commence at 18:00h and conclude at 19:30h.