Madrid stunned by Leganes at home, eliminated from Copa

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The elimination in the Copa quarterfinals was the latest setback for Madrid in what has been a disappointing season.It is fourth in the Spanish league, trailing leader Barcelona by 19 points with a game in hand, and its only realistic chance of a title the rest of the season will be in the Champions League, where it faces Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bernabeu crowd loudly jeered Madrid after the loss, with Zidane among those criticized the most after fielding second-stringers despite the big gap to Barcelona in La Liga.“We clearly failed,” Zidane said. “And I’m the one responsible for it.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Alaves forward Ruben Sobrino, who scored in both matches, missed the decisive penalty by sending the ball over the crossbar at Mendizorroza Stadium.Rodrigo, Santi Mina and Jose Luis Gaya all converted from the spot for the visitors, with their only miss coming from midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia after a save by goalkeeper Antonio Sivera. Alaves’ goals in the shootout were scored by Tomas Pina and Munir El Haddadi.El Haddadi put Alaves in front with a header into the top corner after a long cross by Rodrigo Ely in the 73rd, and Santi Mina equalized in a breakaway four minutes later after a making a run from near the halfway line.Sobrino netted the winner from close range following a free kick into the area. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Leganes’ players celebrate their victory against Real Madrid at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Leganes won 2-1. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MADRID — Real Madrid followed its biggest win of the season with its most embarrassing defeat on Wednesday, and the pressure is back on for coach Zinedine Zidane and his players.After routing Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 to give fans a glimmer of hope after a series of poor results, Madrid crashed out of the Copa del Rey with a shock 2-1 loss to Leganes at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel Beer still unscathed; Meralco defense junks KIA LATEST STORIEScenter_img Playing without Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters, Madrid was unable to defend its 1-0 win from the first leg, being eliminated on away goals after a 2-2 draw on aggregate.“We were not supposed to be eliminated like this after having won the first leg,” said Zidane, calling the defeat the worst moment of his coaching career with Madrid. “I’m upset. It’s a big disappointment. I know it’s a difficult night for the fans.”It’s the second consecutive year Madrid has been eliminated in the Copa quarterfinals, having lost to Celta Vigo last season.Leganes, based just south of Madrid, was playing in the last eight of the Copa for the first time in the team’s 89-year history.“The key was that we believed we could achieve this, even after the loss last week,” Leganes coach Asier Garitano said. “We played a great match and everything went well.”ADVERTISEMENT The visitors provided the bigger threat at the Bernabeu, opening the scoring with Javi Eraso’s curling shot into the top corner of the net. Eraso picked up the loose ball just outside the area after a bad exchange of passes between Madrid defenders Achraf Hakimi and Nacho Fernandez. Hakimi’s pass was too short and Fernandez couldn’t control the ball under pressure from Eraso.After being jeered at halftime, Madrid came back strongly after the break, with Karim Benzema scoring early with a close-range shot over the goalkeeper after a through ball by Lucas Vazquez. The goal ended Benzema’s six-match scoreless streak that dated back to November.However, Leganes stunned the home crowd again less than 10 minutes later, when Gabriel Pires scored with a header from a corner taken by Eraso.Benzema nearly scored an equalizer that would have allowed Madrid to advance in the 81st, but his shot from inside the area was saved by goalkeeper Nereo Champagne. The goalkeeper also stopped Sergio Ramos from scoring with a header in the 85th.Madrid, which won the Spanish Super Cup and the Club World Cup earlier this season, endured a three-match winless streak at home before trouncing Deportivo in Sunday’s league match.On Tuesday, Sevilla advanced to the semifinals after eliminating Atletico Madrid 5-2 on aggregate. Three-time defending champion Barcelona hosts city rival Espanyol on Thursday to try to overcome a 1-0 first-leg loss.WIN ON PENALTIESTwo penalty saves by goalkeeper Jaume Domenech helped Valencia defeat Alaves 3-2 in a shootout.A 2-1 win by Alaves in regulation time of the second leg evened the series at 3-3 on aggregate. Domenech then stopped shots by Alfonso Pedraza and forward Hernan Perez to send Valencia through to the last four for the second time in three seasons. 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Lady Red Spikers up

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SBC’s top hitter Cesca Racraquin challenges St. Benildes’ Dianne Ventura as Marites Pablo tries to provide help during their PVL Collegiate Conference clash at the Filoil Flying V Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOChesca Racraquin doesn’t mind being likened to seasoned veteran Rachel Anne Daquis, but as much as possible, she wants to carve her own niche.On Wednesday night she made a strong case for it.ADVERTISEMENT Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal PLAY LIST 02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side San Beda had the chance to finish the match early but allowed St. Benilde to come back mainly through Ranya Musa, who had 22 points including eight blocks.“We lacked the aggressiveness in the third set because after winning the first two we became very complacent,” said Racraquin.The fourth frame was tied at 13 until “our rotation allowed us to make crucial adjustments,” said Racraquin, whose three straight points gave San Beda a 20-17 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The 20-year-old Racraquin displayed leadership beyond her years in leading San Beda to a 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22 triumph over St. Benilde in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.“I know that I have something different to offer,” said Racraquin, who scored 15 points including 12 attacks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTrue to her promise, the 5-foot-8 stunner also proved to be as sharp on the defensive end, making 22 excellent digs and 10 receptions for the Lady Red Spikers, who improved to a 2-1 record.In the second match, Lyceum downed Jose Rizal University, 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, 25-22, for its first win. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Never an easy road to the Grand Slam Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

ISL 2019-20: Odisha FC to Play First Three Home Games in Pune Instead of Bhubaneswar

first_imgBhubaneswar: Debutants Odisha FC will be playing their first three home games of the Indian Super League in Pune owing to construction work at the city’s Kalinga Stadium.The franchise will play the matches against ATK, Bengaluru FC and Hyderabad FC on November 24, December 4 and 11 respectively at Pune’s Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. Kalinga Stadium, which is owned by the Odisha Sports and Youth Services Department, is not ready as its upgradation work got delayed due to persistent showers in the state capital.As the venue is going to host the 2020 FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup, the state government is trying to ensure that the turf is in proper condition as per the FIFA guidelines. The stadium is expected to be ready before December 16.All other six games will go ahead as per schedule and informing about the same, Odisha FC owner Rohan Sharma said, “Unfortunately, things are beyond our control so we have to consider an alternative venue for the first three home games. We look forward to having Kalinga Stadium full when we have our eventual first home game. Bhubaneswarfootballindian footballindian super league First Published: November 9, 2019, 8:29 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

NBA: Legendary All Star Spurs guard Manu Ginobili may not play for very much…

first_imgAdvertisement San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) ORG XMIT: OTKAdvertisementLongtime San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili has been working out with the team this summer and given indications that he plans to return for a 17th NBA season, but that is apparently not a guarantee.According to a Wednesday afternoon report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Argentinian legend is seriously considering retirement. He’ll reportedly meet soon with his longtime coach, Gregg Popovich, to discuss his future.Ginobili, who was drafted by the Spurs in the second round in 1999 and played for the team since 2002, is still working out at the team’s practice facility and has one year left on his contract. A key part of four NBA championship teams, Ginobili played only 20 minutes per game last season, averaging 9.8 points.The Spurs are reportedly hopeful that Ginobili will return, but the two-time All-Star and Olympic gold medallist would be returning to a roster also recently stripped of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.Also Read-NBA: Jordan Clarkson will not be able to represent Philippines in Asian Gameslast_img read more

MS Dhoni, Steve Smith together a blessing for Rising Pune Supergiant: Jaydev Unadkat

first_imgJaydev Unadkat has been in impressive form this Indian Premier League season with 22 wickets in only 11 matches at a brilliant average of 13.77.Unadkat, who had to wait for four matches before make his Rising Pune Supergiant debut, has been key to guiding the franchise to their maiden IPL final.The left-arm pacer has grown in confidence after Pune showed faith in the pacer when they bought him for Rs 30 lakh in the player auction in February.”I have grown in confidence from doing well. The first game was important and I kept going well from there. I became the captain’s go-to-man in pressure situations and I am enjoying that. I also feel fortunate to get that opportunity. It will be great to finish on high,” Unadkat tol India Today in an exclusive chat.Unadkat, in the last two seasons, had played just two games for Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders, respectively.However, he bounced back in style with his consistent performances which also included a hat-trick against Sunrisers Hyderabad this season.”My slower ones have worked well. I did not get enough game time in the past two seasons but I got it this time and  I was happy to have played a crucial role in the team’s victory,” he said.The 25-year-old speedster also praised captain Steve Smith and MS Dhoni and said that the team was “blessed” to have them. “Steve Smith and MS Dhoni have been brilliant. Both leaders have been great for their countries. We have been blessed to have them around,” he said.advertisementBen Stokes, who became the costliest foreign player when Pune bought the all-rounder for a whopping Rs 14.50 crore, has returned home to prepare for the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales from June 1.Stokes finished his IPL 2017 campaign with 12 wickets and 316 runs from 12 matches. However, the Pune franchise did well in his absence to defeat the two-time champions Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in the Qualifier 1 on Tuesday. “Ben Stokes has been a pivotal player with both bat and ball. He is the one player we would definitely miss. But we did well in the qualifier and we will try to repeat that performance in one more match,” Unadkat said.It was a change in fortunes for RPS, who finished seventh in the points table in their debut season in 2016, to qualify for the final. Pune await the Qualifier 2 winners between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in the final on Super Sunday.last_img read more

Greek Community Members React as Giannis Has Milwaukee Dreaming of 1st Title Since ’71

first_imgMILWAUKEE — Hunter Trimmel couldn’t give away his season tickets to Milwaukee Bucks games five years ago.Losing season after season made the Bucks almost an afterthought in Wisconsin, where most teams live in the shadow of the Green Bay Packers. But now the Bucks are the hottest ticket in town, with a glittery new arena and a young superstar that has the team knocking on the door of the NBA Finals. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against Toronto is Wednesday night.Trimmel, 37, was among hundreds of fans flocking to the plaza outside Fiserv Forum last week before the Bucks faced Boston in Game 5 of the conference semifinals. The plaza, with plenty of bars and jumbo TV screens for fans who can’t get inside, is part of an atmosphere that Trimmel — a Bucks fan since 1992 — said is a new experience.“I hate to say it but we felt like a minor league team for a while,” Trimmel said.It’s a golden era in Milwaukee: The Bucks are in contention just a year after the Brewers came within one game of going to the World Series, shifting the focus of this sports-crazed state from the beloved Packers to two long-neglected teams suddenly on the rise.In this May 8, 2019 photo, Lou Liapis, left, and brother Pete Liapis hold the “Gyro Step” at their restaurant Georgie Porgie’s in Oak Creek, Wis. They created the Greek-inspired sandwich, which includes a burger patty, gyro meat, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce, in honor of the fancy footwork of Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was born in Greece. It will be available during the playoffs. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)The last Wisconsin professional sports team to win it all was the Packers in 2011.The Bucks’ success has been a long time coming. Their only NBA title came in 1971, when a team featuring legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson beat the Baltimore Bullets.The Bucks were solid in the 1980s, putting up several 50-win seasons behind stars like Sidney Moncrief, Marques Johnson and Junior Bridgeman before things got brutal in the ’90s — six losing seasons, including four where they didn’t win more than 30 games.“There was a generation when they stumbled through the wilderness, and a lot of fans lost interest,” said Drew Olson, a longtime Milwaukee sports reporter who now hosts a sports talk radio show on 97.3’s The Game. “It was almost to the point that people went to the Bucks games to see the other team.”Olson traced the turnaround to Herb Kohl selling the team in 2014 to Wes Edens and Marc Lasry, two hedge fund managers from New York, and said it paralleled the Selig family’s sale of the Brewers to Los Angeles investor Mark Attanasio in 2005.“In both cases the locals were skeptical whether we should trust these guys — whether they’re buying the team to move the team,” Olson said. “As it turns out, they’ve been really good stewards of these franchises.”Leading the Bucks’ resurgence is MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, a fan favorite and a source of pride for Milwaukee’s Greek community. Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, Greece. He is just 24.“It’s important for the Greek community to be able to gather together as a unit and celebrate him. And he in turn celebrates us,” said Tim Stasinoulias, 61, a Bucks fan since the team came to Milwaukee in 1968.File-This May 8, 2019, file photo shows Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo driving past Boston Celtics’ Aron Baynes during the first half of Game 5 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)The Bucks host an annual “Greek Night” event where fans get a Q&A session with Antetokounmpo. Since his arrival in Milwaukee in 2013, Antetokounmpo’s been known to sing the Greek national anthem during those events.“It’s a bit of a renaissance in Milwaukee sports, just in general with the success recently of the Brewers and now we have the Bucks,” said Stasinoulias. “Who would have thought that the Packers would be third on the totem pole at this point?”Rather than ranking each team’s success, others take another view.“This is the best Wisconsin sports has ever been as a whole,” said Steven Slack, 35, a resident of Sun Prairie who was waiting for the game outside the arena.“We’ve never had three teams actually in contention before simultaneously. Because we have, we literally have the MVP in all three leagues,” he said, referring to reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich, Antetokounmpo’s potential to win it this year, and Aaron Rodgers, the Packers quarterback who has won two MVPs and is in frequent contention.The Bucks’ success is also a financial boon for the city. Each playoff game is estimated to have a $3 million economic impact on downtown businesses — everything from hotels to transportation and food and beverage, according to Visit Milwaukee, an agency that promotes tourism to the city. It only helps that the Bucks are playing in their new half-billion-dollar arena for the first time this year, attracting dedicated and casual fans alike to the restaurants and bars in the plaza outside the stadium. Taxpayers contributed about $250 million to the arena’s construction.Away from the arena, the city has been expressing its pride for the team, too, with buses and streetcars flashing “Fear the Deer” and “Go Bucks” on their digital displays. The city’s Public Market has a banner under its name with the same phrase, which is the team’s rallying cry. Billboards on the highway are counting down the number of victories needed to win the championship.Longtime season-ticket holder Rod Johnson, 55, went to games with his father back when tickets cost $5 and the Bucks played in what was called the MECCA Arena. He saw Abdul-Jabbar play and remembers the 1971 championship season. It’s been an agonizing wait for another title.“We’re hoping for one more now,” he said. “This could be the year.”By: Ivan Moreno, Associated PressTweetPinShare147147 Shareslast_img read more

DDCA forms Cricket Committee led by Sehwag with Gambhir as special invitee

first_imgHaving won many a matches for India on the cricket field, the hit opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir will now be padding up together off the field after being named in the newly formed Cricket Committee of Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA).The DDCA on Wednesday announced the formation of the committee led by former India captain Virender Sehwag, along with former Test opener Aakash Chopra and Rahul Sanghvi.Gambhir was also named as a special invitee to the committee.Also Read – Gautam Gambhir to take all key cricketing decisions in DDCA”The Cricket Committee is authorised to form various selection committees as per the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee and the BCCI guidelines for the state association and to give valuable guidance to the association for the improvement of cricket in Delhi,” the DDCA said in a statement.DDCA elections: Tempers flare after an action-packed day of votingConfirming the development in a series of tweets, newly elected DDCA President Rajat Sharma wrote: “I am pleased to share with you the constitution of Cricket Committee as per the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee and the BCCI guidelines for the state associations.”I am pleased to share with you the constitution of Cricket Committee as per the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee and the BCCI guidelines for the State Associations. (1/3)Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) July 25, 2018The cricket committee comprises of following former cricket playersi. Virender Sehwag Former International Playerii. Rahul Sanghvi Former International Playeriii. Aakash Chopra Former International Player. (2/3)advertisementRajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) July 25, 2018Mr Gautam Gambhir, current player will be special invitee to the Committee. The Cricket Committee is authorised to form various Selection Committees and to give valuable guidance to the Association for the improvement of Cricket in Delhi. (3/3)#DDCA @delhi_cricketRajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) July 25, 2018Earlier this month, newly elected DDCA secretary Vinod Tihara had declared that senior opener Gambhir will be back as “government nominee” in the board.Gambhir was cornered during the 17 month regime of High Court-appointed administrator Justice Vikramajit Sen.He was appointed government nominee last year but Justice Sen made it clear that he won’t be allowed as long as he remains an active cricketer.However, after Rajat Sharma panel swept to victory in the DDCA elections, secretary Tihara made it clear that they have grand plans for Gambhir. And now they have not only brought Gambhir back in the fray but also roped in his former opening partner Sehwag.Interestingly, Rajat Sharma in his press release stated that the appointments have been done as per Lodha Committee recommendations, however, the powers and scope of the committee has again given rise to questions on Conflict of Interest.Some of the questions being asked are how can Gambhir, being an active cricketer, have a say in selection of selectors, who will in turn select him?Sehwag on the other hand, has a cricket academy and is also an expert on the channel owned by the DDCA president himself.Sanghvi meanwhile, is associated with IPL franchise Mumbai Indians while Chopra is an expert on various news channels.DDCA secretary Vinod Tihara admitted that this is a practical issue but for them paramount was having the top names in Delhi cricket on board.Asked if the committee will be honorary or get remuneration, Tihara told PTI: “We haven’t decided on that part but Gautam will be a special invitee.”When further asked if he would have a say in selection of selectors and coach, Tihara replied: “Of course he would have a role. I understand your question on Conflict of Interest but if we strictly follow Lodha recommendations, we won’t get quality people on cricket committee.”For us it was important that we form a panel that has eminence and knowledge. This panel has both. If we start nitpicking, we will not get good enough people,” Tihara said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Asian Games 2018 women’s hockey final: India eye first gold since 1982

first_imgIndian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal and her teammates would have only one thing on their mind as they get ready to take on Japan in the final at Asian Games 2018, to end the 36-year wait for a gold medal at the continental event.India defeated China 1-0 in the semi-finals to break a 20-year-old jinx as they reached the final of the Asian Games after 20 years.The Indian women last made it to the summit clash of the Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998 and ended runners-up after losing to Korea.Having already achieved that goal, India’s next target will be to reclaim the gold medal after 36 long years.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSThe Indians won their only Asiad gold in the women’s hockey way back in 1982 in New Delhi. Come tomorrow, they would be desperate to break that jinx and add to their one gold, one silver and three bronze medals tally from nine previous appearances.Going by world ranking and performance in the tournament so far, world No 9 India will start as favourites against 14th ranked Japan.The Indian Eves will eye their first gold medal at the Asiad since 1982 when they face Japan in the Final of the @asiangames2018. Watch this landmark clash LIVE on @SPNSportsIndia and @SonyLIV at 6:30 PM (IST) on 31st August!#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvJPN India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 30, 2018Like their male counterparts, the Indian women too have been impressive in the Games so far with an unbeaten record, having registered huge victories against Indonesia (8-0), Kazakhstan (21-0), Korea (4-1) and Thailand (5-0) in the pool stages before the close win over resilient Chinese yesterday.advertisementThe Indians have been brilliant in defence so far and conceding just one goal in 300 minutes is a testimony to the fact.Asian Games 2018 Day 11 wrap: Swapna and Arpinder win gold, India in women’s hockey finalDeep Grace Ekka, Deepika, Gurjit Kaur, Sunita Lakra and youngster Reena Khokhar have all played a major role in backline.But chief coach Sjoerd Marijne doesn’t believe in crediting an individual, instead he feels the credit for the strong display in defence is a result of collective effort.”We have been good in defence throughout the tournament. We have been excellent with tackling. The only goal we conceded was against a strong team like Korea, and that gives me and the girls huge confidence going into the final,” Marijne said on the eve of the all-important summit clash.”We have defended well as a unit with everyone executing their duties.”The coach is aware of the threat Japan can pose, but said his players are confident about their abilities.”We have played Japan in the past and we know that they are a strong side. They have played well in this tournament and deserve to be in the final. But I believe we have the quality and confidence to beat any team in the world,” Marijne said.”It is important for us to stick to our game-plan.”At 9, the Indians are currently the highest ranked side in women’s hockey in Asia, but captain Rani Rampal wants more as a gold here will ensure a direct berth in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”The final against Japan will be exciting for sure but we are determined to give everything on the pitch to win the match. The team knows that they came here to only achieve one thing, and that is qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” she said.”We will make sure that we play like the best team in Asia and work hard to achieve our goal,” Rani added.India’s forwardline, led by experienced Vandana Katariya and skipper Rani herself, has been in prime form throughout the tournament, scoring a total of 39 goals in the five matches that they have played here so far.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Report: PSG 2 Strasbourg 0

first_imgNeymar provided Paris Saint-Germain with an injury scare after hobbling off having appeared to twist his right foot in the 2-0 Coupe de France win over Strasbourg.PSG’s 9-0 thrashing of Guingamp on Saturday was soured by midfielder Marco Verratti suffering a sprained left ankle, and Neymar sustained a problem in their latest success.The Brazil forward received treatment for an issue seemingly sustained after a challenge from Strasbourg midfielder Moataz Zemzemi and, though Neymar returned to the pitch, he withdrew himself in the 62nd minute and was consoled as he made his way down the tunnel. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Thomas Tuchel’s side had been 1-0 up at the time thanks to Edinson Cavani’s early goal, and Angel Di Maria’s 80th-minute volley made sure of their progress to the last 16.GOAL! 2-0! Angel Di Maria makes it two! #PSGRCSA#ICICESTPARIS— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 23, 2019PSG went ahead inside four minutes, Cavani placing home after Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gathered Thiago Silva’s long ball.After going close with a pair of free-kicks, Neymar somehow poked wide in front of an open goal after sliding to reach Di Maria’s squared pass.Cavani’s downward header from a corner was clawed away by Matz Sels, who kept out Neymar’s effort and saw Di Maria’s follow-up attempt hit the post before half-time.Neymar’s eventful evening continued when he suffered his apparent injury when trying to fend off Zemzemi, who attempted to tackle the Brazilian three times before the referee’s whistle went.The PSG forward was unhappy with the rough treatment meted out and got a form of revenge when he flicked the ball over the Strasbourg midfielder before firing wide from the resultant set piece.However, Neymar left the pitch shortly after and his evening ended with 28 minutes still to play.It appeared to have an adverse effect on Tuchel’s men, who barely created anything until Di Maria reached Julian Draxler’s back-post cross to make sure of the win 10 minutes from time.That killed off any hope of a Strasbourg fightback and also allowed Tuchel to introduce Jese Rodriguez from the bench for his first PSG appearance since December 2016. What does it mean? PSG left with Neymar fearsNeymar sustained his injury with less than three weeks to go until the first leg of PSG’s Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United. A fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle suffered last February ensured he missed the rest of the domestic season. A similar period on the sidelines would be a significant blow to PSG’s continental hopes.No Mbappe … then no Neymar, no problem.Tuchel opted to leave Kylian Mbappe out of his matchday squad and even after Neymar came off his team still had plenty of firepower. Di Maria looked the most dangerous throughout and got his reward when Draxler picked him out at the back post to score the second with 10 minutes to go.Zemzemi endures night to forgetHe may have injured Neymar but Zemzemi was made to look foolish when the PSG forward responded by flicking the ball over his head moments later. Moreover, it was Zemzemi’s dreadful clearance that allowed the home side to score their second and clinch the tie.What’s next?Ligue 1 leaders PSG, who are 13 points clear with two games in hand, may be without Neymar when they entertain Rennes on Sunday before a trip to Lyon. Fifth-placed Strasbourg will hope to get back to winning ways in the first of back-to-back games against Bordeaux.  read morelast_img read more

Keppel Agrees USD 95 Mn Worth of FPSO Dredger Deals

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Keppel Offshore & Marine Singapore-based shipbuilder Keppel Offshore & Marine has secured two contracts worth around SGD 130 million (USD 95.5 million).Through its subsidiaries, Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) and Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), the shipbuilder agreed the modification of a floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) and the construction of a new dredger with repeat customers.Namely, Keppel Shipyard and Yinson Nepeta Production, a subsidiary of Yinson Production (Yinson), signed a deal for the fast-track modification and upgrading of FPSO Allan. Keppel Shipyard’s scope of work includes refurbishment and life extension works, fabrication and installation of a new riser balcony, spread mooring system and helideck, as well as modification of the vessel’s topsides and marine systems.The project for Yinson is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2019 with delivery expected in the first quarter of 2020. Upon completion, the FPSO will have a storage capacity of 700,000 barrels of oil and a processing capacity of 60,000 barrels of oil per day. It will be deployed in the Anyala and Madu fields, offshore Nigeria for First Exploration and Petroleum Development Co Ltd.The shipbuilding contract was signed between Keppel FELS and Van Oord for the construction of a high-specification trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD). This follows from an option granted to Van Oord based on earlier contracts entered in May 2018 for two similar units.Expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022, the TSHD will have a hopper capacity of 10,500m3 and will be LNG ready.“This is the third newbuild dredger for Van Oord and the third FPSO project for Yinson. We are able to leverage the experience of working closely with our customers as well as our engineering and construction expertise to further improve productivity on their projects,” Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel O&M, said.last_img read more

Environmental Assessment Board Holds Hearings on Petrochemical Project

first_img Antigonish, Claymore Inn, 136 Church St.: Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Nova Scotia Environmental Assessment Board will hold public hearings on a proposed liquified natural gas, petrochemical and electrical co-generation project that is being proposed for the Goldboro Industrial Park, Guysborough County. The hearings will be held from Nov. 20 to Nov. 25 in Guysborough, Sherbrooke, and Antigonish. The project is being proposed by Keltic Petrochemical Inc. of Halifax. The hearings schedule is: — Guysborough, Royal Canadian Legion Hall (Branch 81), 10628 Highway 16: Monday, Nov. 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — Sherbrooke, Lions Community Centre, 7996 Highway 7: Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Further dates and/or locations may be scheduled following Nov. 6, the deadline for interested parties to advise the Environmental Assessment Board that they wish to make presentations at the hearings. Any additional sessions will be advertised. The hearings concern the environmental assessment of the proposed project. More information about the project is available on the website at .last_img read more

Illegal Tobacco Seized in Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgA significant amount of illegal tobacco has been taken off the streets following a vehicle check by members of the Halifax District RCMP along with Service Nova Scotia’s Compliance and Special Investigations Unit. On Sunday, Nov. 19, one arrest was made in Bedford, along with the seizure of a vehicle and 200,000 contraband cigarettes. The estimated provincial tax value of the cigarettes is more than $55,000 and the federal tax value is $42,000. Charges are pending under the Nova Scotia Revenue Act, Excise Act 2001 and the Criminal Code. A 54-year-old man from Ottawa is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth court on Jan. 31. Service Nova Scotia, through the audit and enforcement section of its Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Branch, is responsible for reducing illegal tobacco in Nova Scotia by working with its law enforcement partners, and through education and enforcement. Since 2006-07, the amount of illegal tobacco present in the province has decreased from 30 per cent of all tobacco consumed to less than 10 per cent. Anyone with information about the sale and manufacturing of illegal tobacco is asked to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced. If police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash reward of up to $2,000.last_img read more

Nigeria insists Boko Haram defeated after 10year insurgency

first_imgLagos: Nigeria’s presidency claimed Boko Haram’s 10-year-old insurgency had been “defeated” but admitted that international jihadists posed a growing threat. “The position of the Nigerian government is that the Boko Haram terrorism has been degraded and defeated. The real Boko Haram we know is defeated,” the presidency said in a statement late Tuesday. It said the country was now facing “a mixture” of Boko Haram remnants, criminal groups and jihadists from the Maghreb and West Africa fuelled by turmoil in Libya and the collapse of the Islamic State caliphate in the Middle East. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”As a consequence of these international gangs, we have seen an increase of trans-border crimes and the proliferation of small arms in the Lake Chad Basin area,” the statement said. President Muhammadu Buhari, a former general who vowed to crush Boko Haram when he became president in 2015 for his first term in office, has previously said the group were “beaten”. The uprising began in northeast Nigeria in July 2009 when fighting between the hardline group and government forces left hundreds of jihadists dead, including leader Muhammad Yusuf. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSince then, the bloody campaign has killed some 27,000 people, displaced over two million people and spilled over into neighbouring countries. In 2015, the Nigerian army forced the jihadists out of major towns but they remain at large in remote strongholds. Fighters still launch persistent attacks and a breakaway faction loyal to IS, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has ratcheted up assaults against the military since last year. Over the weekend an attack by the Boko Haram group headed by long-time leader Abubakar Shekau killed 65 villagers close to the regional capital Maiduguri. The army has often been criticised for failing to safeguard local communities, with vigilante groups stepping into the void left by the authorities. But the presidency said it was looking to bolster its military capacity and expected the long-awaited delivery of Super Tucano turbo-prop warplanes from the United States “beginning next year”.last_img read more

Director Kevin Smith says hell do whatever he can to save East

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Director Kevin Smith says he will do what he can to save the Rio Theatre. – Global News Advertisementcenter_img Smith, who studied at the Vancouver Film School, is in town to direct a TV series and has offered to hold a benefit to raise money for the Rio, located on Broadway and Commercial Drive. Twitter Facebook A Hollywood director is throwing his weight behind an effort to save an iconic East Vancouver theatre.Kevin Smith, best known for the 1994 indie film Clerks, tweeted his support for the Rio Theatre, which is under threat of development.VFS alum and Vancouver lover here, ready to assist! I’ve long loved the @RioTheatre and would be honored and happy to do a benefit screening/Q&A to raise loot & awareness for the @RioTheatre! Would a Family Day event be too soon?— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 2, 2018last_img read more

Imams forced to dance in the street in religiously repressed Xianjang

By Kristina FriedRabat – In the Muslim majority district of Xinjiang on Monday, imams were forced by the Chinese state to dance in the street holding banners that read “our income comes from the CKP not from Allah,” according to World Bulletin. The imams were also made to swear an oath that they would not teach religion to children on the grounds that prayer “is unhealthy and harmful to the soul.” Teachers in the district were forced to take a similar oath, also swearing to teach their students to stay away from mosques. In addition to the banners, the imams were also made to chant statements exalting the state such as “peace of the country gives peace to the soul.”This latest indignity comes after over half a decade of oppression by the Chinese state in the Xinjiang region, known by activists as East Turkestan, which has been autonomous since 1955 and is home to Uighur Muslims, a Turkish-speaking minority. Recently, China has increased its religious repression in the region, with human rights groups claiming that China has been using anti-terrorism as an excuse.China has gone so far as to ban religious practices and icons, including clothing, in government buildings and to ban women in hijabs and burqas from using public transportation, as well as make it illegal for students and government officials to observe Ramadan. read more

Ban Kimoon urges restraint by Ethiopia and Eritrea as tensions rise

Of particular concern are “recent shooting incidents, as well as the building up of military forces in the border area,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The Secretary-General called on the two countries to exercise “utmost restraint,” maintain their commitment to the Algiers Agreements – the pacts which ended the border war in 2000 – and preserve the integrity of the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ), where the UN has deployed a peacekeeping mission known as UNMEE.He also urged them to facilitate the implementation of the decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) regarding the demarcation of their border. In 2002 the Commission handed down a final and binding decision awarding Badme, the town that triggered fighting between the two countries from 1998 to 2000, to Eritrea. 11 October 2007Voicing his concern at escalating tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the two East African neighbours to show maximum restraint and abide by the accords that ended their border war seven years ago. read more

UN Tribunal releases two Kosovo fighters found not guilty of war crimes

Fatmir Limaj and Isak Musliu had been charged by Carla Del Ponte, prosecutor for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on 24 January 2003 in connection with crimes at the camp in 1998 including the torture and murder of a number of Serb, non-Albanian and Albanian detainees.The Tribunal found a third former KLA member, Haradin Bala, guilty of those charges and sentenced him to 13 years in prison.

Kinder Morgan faces more hurdles after federal OK of Trans Mountain pipeline

Kinder Morgan faces more hurdles after federal OK of Trans Mountain pipeline Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson participates in a question and answer session after addressing the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday November 3, 2016. Anderson is asking opponents of its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to be “lawful and respectful,” a day after the project secured federal approval.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2016 12:30 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The president of Kinder Morgan Canada issued a plea to opponents of its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Wednesday to be “lawful and respectful” as they protest the project which secured federal approval the day before.But Ian Anderson also conceded that protesters marching or filing legal challenges aren’t the only hurdles facing the $6.8-billion project.“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us and we’re looking forward to getting from ‘yes’ to starting to build,” he said on a media conference call.“I don’t think I’d be sitting here today if I didn’t think we could continue on the path to building and executing on this project.”Kinder Morgan said Wednesday it will obtain remaining government permits, including a provincial environmental assessment, put together a final cost estimate and consult with shippers committed to the project over the next few months before making a final investment decision.Opponents have been quick to point out that Trans Mountain’s federal approval means it has reached the same step at which Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline project stalled two years ago.That project was approved by the National Energy Board and the Harper government, but a court reversed the approval earlier this year, ruling that Ottawa had failed to adequately consult aboriginal people. The proposed pipeline from Alberta to the B.C. North Coast was permanently halted by the Trudeau government on Tuesday.Dinara Millington, vice-president of research at the Calgary-based Canadian Energy Research Institute, said the prospect of a similar court ruling against Trans Mountain likely presents the largest risk that the project won’t be allowed to proceed.She pointed out that a duty to consult with First Nations is among the 157 conditions imposed by the NEB in its recommendation for approval of Trans Mountain last May and would likely be used against it in a court challenge.Another vulnerability comes from the construction permits Trans Mountain must obtain from various Lower Mainland municipalities, she said, suggesting opponents will use those opportunities to delay the project.“This is where the most stiff opposition is happening,” Millington said. “I think that’s where they will face a lot of opposition.”She said the business case for the Trans Mountain expansion is strong because the current pipeline, with 300,000 barrels per day of capacity, often can’t accommodate all of the demand for transport.On the call, Anderson said the company will consider forming a joint venture to share the costs and profits of the project, adding that it has a “long list” of potential partners who are interested.In a research note, RBC Capital Markets analyst Elvira Scotto said Trans Mountain’s federal approval means Kinder Morgan can likely charge a “premium” to allow a partner to join the project.The company said it hopes to begin construction next fall and put the pipeline in service by 2019.The expansion would triple capacity to about 890,000 barrels per day of oil on the 1,150-kilometre pipeline route between the Edmonton area in Alberta and Kinder Morgan’s marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C.It would also increase the potential number of tankers leaving Vancouver-area waters from five to 34 per month.B.C. Premier Christy Clark said Wednesday that five conditions necessary for provincial support of energy pipelines are “very close” to being met by the federal government, news that Anderson said he found encouraging.The conditions include advanced marine oil spill response systems, First Nations consultations and financial benefits for the province.Kinder Morgan hasn’t released a list of its committed shippers but the companies who have talked about their support of the project include all of the big Alberta oilsands producers.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

Daily Gift Alarm Clock that Jumps and Rolls

first_imgFor all those who constantly sleep through their alarms in the morning, Nanda Home has created a solution to get you out of bed: Tocky. It’s an alarm clock that will jump from your night stand and start swiftly rolling and turning away. The only way to get Tocky to stop is to get out from under the covers and chase this cute little guy down as he tries to evade you. This new version of the original Clocky is equipped with a microphone, so you can record your own wake up sound or message. Now you could wake up to the sound of your mom yelling at you to get your lazy butt out of bed, or your own voice threatening that if you’re late one more time, you’re going to get fired. Or you can upload MP3s to Tocky, so he can blast your favorite tune as he buggies around your room. Also, the new touch sensitive screen makes setting the alarm time and changing the track a breeze.You can get Tocky for $69 at, where you can also see some videos him doing his thing. I’ve personally seen and heard the Clocky in action, and it’s definitelyenough to get the most stubborn, “not a morning” person out of bed. And Tocky’s new features make it the perfect gift for that frustrating, constant over-sleeper in your life.  AdChoices广告last_img read more