Duterte, Trump discuss cooperation vs COVID-19

first_imgIt was his former aide and now Sen. Christopher“Bong” Go who posted on social mediaon Sunday evening the Duterte and Trump talk. MANILA – President Rodrigo had atelephone conversation with United States (US) PresidentDonald Trump to tackle bilateral cooperation on coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19) response. The Philippines has the highest numberof COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, with 6,259 cases. Of that number, 409 havedied and 572 have recovered. The US, meanwhile, has the highestnumber of COVID-19 cases and deaths worldwide, with 735,366 people who havecontracted the viral disease and 39,095 deaths because of it./PN President Rodrigo Duterte’s telephone conversation with United States President Donald Trump on possible bilateral cooperation over the coronavirus disease pandemic was “cordial,” says Malacañang. SEN. CHRISTOPHER GO “They discussed bilateralcooperation on the COVID-19 response,” said Go. According to Go, Trump phoned Duterte ataround 10:10 p.m. on Sunday and it lasted for 18 minutes. “I am not allowed to talk about thedetails but it is about a possible cooperation,” Roque added.  Presidential spokesperson Harry Roquemeanwhile said it was the US government who initiated the talk. last_img read more

Van Gaal defends backline

first_img Van Gaal insists the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Tyler Blackett are not to blame though. The United manager says his team have conceded so many goals because they have been giving away possession further up the field and he wants to see that eradicated in the near future. “We have conceded too many goals,” Van Gaal said ahead of Sunday’s game against Everton. “Everyone is writing it’s because of the weak defence, but no. “Our problem is that we lose the ball so easily. And I want that to improve. “I want my defensive organisation (to be) better but the defence begins in the striker’s position. “All the teams are mostly scoring goals out of counter-attacks against us and free-kicks and corners but not that they make their goals like we do out of building play up.” Van Gaal has also told his star players they must track back more to protect their back four. Louis van Gaal says he is completely happy with his defence despite the amount of goals conceded by Manchester United so far this season. Press Association Respected pundits, including Gary Neville and Ruud Gullit, have questioned why Van Gaal did not spend more of his budget on his backline this summer – and a quick glance at the goals conceded column shows why. After six matches, Crystal Palace are the only side in the top 11 with a worse record than Van Gaal’s men, who have conceded nine goals in six games. “We have a lot of creative players and they need more discipline,” he said. “So we are looking for a balance in attacking football without thinking too much about only attacking but also guarding your defence.” Paddy McNair put in arguably the best defensive performance of the season on his debut last weekend in the 2-1 win over West Ham. Van Gaal confirmed the 19-year-old will retain his place in the team for Sunday’s game against Roberto Martinez’s side. ‘We still have three central defenders injured so he (McNair) shall play,” Van Gaal said. ”He is the only player who can play in the right-sided defensive position. ”I chose him last week and he played very good. It’s difficult for a player like him to maintain that level – that is his biggest challenge.” Everton defender John Stones is a natural leader and a future captain, according to manager Roberto Martinez, who believes the youngster is learning from some of the best at Goodison Park. The 20-year-old has started five of the last six matches, missing only the Capital One Cup defeat at Swansea in that time, and is developing a maturity beyond his years. He had an excellent game in last weekend’s Merseyside derby and faces as tough a test on Sunday as Everton head to Old Trafford looking to produce a repeat of their landmark win at Manchester United last season. “John Stones has been in terrific form ever since he played his first (pre-season) friendly in the USA,” said Martinez. “Since then he has been growing as a footballer and he is a complete centre-half. “In the modern game you need centre halves who are as good in defensive duties as they are exposing one versus one situations and being good on the ball. “John has gone to the next level this season. He has shown he is ready for any challenge. “Every time he has played for England he has done well and he is growing at club level every game. “John is really well rounded but the focus is on what he can do at Everton – it is not up to me to measure his possibilities with the national team. “He is a leader. He is born with that quality. He has real high standards in everything he does and for a young man he has always got the right approach on a daily basis. “In my eyes he is a potential captain and leader, someone very close to Phil Jagielka and Gareth Barry. “He has a good core to learn from – Jagielka, Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz and it has been beneficial having Tim Howard behind him. “Clearly in the last few weeks he has earned his place and performances have shown that.” Everton travel to Old Trafford after a long trip to southern Russia in the Europa League in midweek but they will not use that as an excuse. Last season they recorded their first league win at United since 1992, on the way to doing the double over the Red Devils, but Martinez expects a tougher task this time around. “To be able to win was a real mental barrier which we had to break down and it was a real feeling of satisfaction and dose of confidence,” he said of last year’s performance. “This season it is completely different. We need to go there again and face a completely different side and way of playing and be able to adapt to that. “The challenge is to go there and be ourselves and try to win the game.” last_img read more

McClaren takes charge at Newcastle

first_img McClaren has been handed the challenge of securing a top-eight finish in the Barclays Premier League and to aim for a first trophy for the club since 1969. Charnley added: “Steve has been tasked to secure a top-eight finish in the Premier League and he is also heavily incentivised to try to win a cup competition. “We recognise supporters’ strong desire to win a trophy, an ambition which the club now shares, as Mike Ashley made clear in his comments on the last day of the season. Steve is excited by this and he has our full support in trying to achieve this goal. “Our immediate focus will be on working with Steve to assess and improve upon our playing squad, as well as appointing individuals to his backroom staff.” Former England boss McClaren was identified as the club’s top target within weeks of Pardew’s departure in January, but opted at that point to remain at Derby and see through the club’s bid for promotion to the Barclays Premier League. Ultimately he was to fall short in that quest for the second successive season, but another more urgent approach proved equally fruitless when Newcastle came calling again in May in desperate need, with just three games of their own unravelling campaign remaining. However, they finally got their man after investigating a series of possibilities – Frenchman Remi Garde was an early candidate and compatriot Patrick Vieira’s representatives also received a call – were considered. McClaren said: “I am privileged to be appointed head coach of Newcastle United FC. This is a big club with a wonderful heritage. Press Association The Magpies, who parted company with John Carver and Steve Stoneon Tuesday, announced on Wednesday evening that the 54-year-old has been installed as Alan Pardew’s permanent replacement after signing a three-year contract which could eventually be extended to eight. Managing director Lee Charnley said: “From my first meeting with Steve, I knew he was the perfect fit for Newcastle United. I am delighted that we have secured the services of one of the best coaches in English football.” Steve McClaren has finally been announced as Newcastle’s new head coach six months after initially being offered the job. “St. James’ Park is like a cathedral on a Saturday afternoon, a symbol for the city, and I am excited to be given this opportunity. I know how important Newcastle United is to the city and the region. “The supporters are some of the most loyal, passionate and devoted in the world. Despite everything, they maintain their faith. We owe it to them to do everything we can to reward them with success. “There’s a lot of work to do but the club has made it clear about wanting success, and I would not have come here if I didn’t believe they were serious. This club has waited far too long to win a trophy. That’s one of my primary objectives here. “I’ve already won trophies as a manager and a club the size of Newcastle United should be winning cups and finishing in the top eight in the Premier League. “I’m determined to give the supporters of Newcastle United a team they can be proud of. The hard work starts now.” The club now faces the task of rebuilding and re-invigorating a squad which stumbled through last season and very nearly over a precipice as a perfect storm of poor recruitment, indecision, injury and suspension threatened to engulf it. Owner Ashley has already indicated he will invest heavily this summer, and while McClaren will have only a partial role to play in that process, along with Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr, the success or otherwise of that mission could go a long way towards determining his fate on Tyneside. Ashley, whose dysfunctional relationship with the club’s fans has plumbed new depths in recent months, has insisted he is going nowhere until he has won something and ended a wait for silverware which currently extends to 46 years. McClaren has also been appointed to the club’s board of directors along with Charnley, Carr and club ambassador Bob Moncur, with Ashley stepping down along with finance director John Irving, who is leaving the club. Charnley said: “It was particularly important for us that the head coach also became a board member in order to gain a full understanding and appreciation for the club and its operations as a whole, not just the football side. In Steve, we have an individual that embraced that responsibility.” last_img read more

Football News Real Madrid held to 0-0 draw by Getafe, in danger of losing UEFA Champions League spot

first_imghighlights Getafe: Real Madrid’s dreary end to the season took another turn for the worse on Thursday as they were left holding on for a goalless draw away to Champions League chasers Getafe. Just 48 hours before Barcelona are set to be celebrating a 26th La Liga title at Camp Nou, Madrid drifted to a stalemate that leaves them 15 points behind the soon-to-be champions and, on this evidence, with significant ground to make up. It says something that Getafe was, in the end, disappointed not to win here, Sevilla’s 5-0 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano before kick-off meaning they stay fourth, only by virtue of a superior head-to-head. Real Madrid was mathematically ruled out of the title race after Barcelona beat Alaves on Tuesday while Atletico Madrid looks likely to finish above them too for a second consecutive year.    Zinedine Zidane has insisted La Liga will be the club’s “bread and butter” next season, their priority ahead of the Champions League after seven years with only one league title to their name. But they have work to do, with very few of his squad showing many reasons to keep them this summer and several more looking like they could well be replaced. “The shame today is we deserved more,” Zidane said. “We created chances, in the first half especially. I am not happy with the result, but with the way we played, our concentration, I am happy.”RELATED     Getafe still has a lot to play for. If they snatch a Champions League spot, it would be one of the greatest shocks La Liga has seen in years, perhaps even trumping Atletico Madrid winning the title in 2014. Their average attendance here is just under 10,000 while the club’s wage bill stands at a little less than 40 million euros. Madrid’s is close to 570 million. Karim Benzema skewed wide of the far post with 62 seconds on the clock and Madrid hardly created a better chance for the rest of the half. Gareth Bale started and was greeted by silence rather than the whistles that have accompanied him at the Santiago Bernabeu in recent weeks. But he looked low on confidence, a shadow of the player he can be.    Bale pulled back for Benzema, who could only find the hands of David Soria on the slide while Casemiro had an instinctive effort blocked from six yards. But Getafe was largely untroubled even if they lacked creativity, their best opening coming from a free-kick which Mauro Arambarri caught well but Keylor Navas was equal to. For 10 minutes, Madrid peppered the Getafe goal after the break. Soria came out quickly to deny Bale, pushed a Casemiro shot around the post and then saved from Isco, who should have scored after Dani Carvajal picked him out.    Bale and Brahim Diaz departed, replaced by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, but it was Navas that was called upon next, making two quick-fire saves to keep out Jorge Molina and Jaime Mata. Mata wanted a penalty for a Carvajal push as Getafe looked more likely to find a late winner. It was not to be. Getafe’s Champions League dream hangs in the balance. Real Madrid are mathematically ruled out of the La Liga title after Barcelona beat Alaves.Sevilla are currently in fourth in the La Liga.Getafe could still seal a spot in the UEFA Champions League.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Marshall to play for United States in Regional Super 50

first_imgMIAMI, Florida, (CMC) – West Indies flop Xavier Marshall will turn out for United States in the Regional Super50 starting later this month, after being named in the 14-man squad for the one-day tournament.The 31-year-old Jamaican played seven Tests and 24 One-Day Internationals for West Indies but failed to make much of an impression during an underwhelming career.He managed just two Test half-centuries and a single hundred in ODIs – an unbeaten 157 against Canada 10 years ago.Marshall disappeared from international cricket in 2009 following poor form and last appeared in the West Indies domestic competition five years ago, when he represented Jamaica in the one-day tournament.He subsequently migrated to the United States.Marshall follows in the footsteps of fellow Jamaican and Test star, Jermaine Lawson, who also turned out for the United States four years ago at the ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament in Kuala Lumpur. Lawson played Test 13 Tests.Marshall, a powerful right-hander, joins former India Under-19 players Saurabh Netravalkar and Sunny Sohal, in the US squad.United States will do battle in Group B of the Regional Super50 which runs from January 30 to February 24, alongside Jamaica Scorpions, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Guyana Jaguars and English County Kent.The group will be staged in Antigua while Group A, comprising reigning champions Barbados Pride, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners, Windward Islands Volcanoes and English County Hampshire, will be contested in Barbados.last_img read more

Bademosi U-19 Cricket: Ukpong, Fadahunsi Hail Team OyoÂ

first_imgReacting to the outcome, Okon who was tournament co-ordinator said he was not surprised at the exploits of the Oyo state team.“We have a very healthy cricket culture in the state and Ibadan in particular. You see these kids, they train with the Indians here and we have a developmental programme which engages them at very early age. We monitor their growth and development”, he saidUkpong said he was looking forward to the second edition which he projected would be tougher because other states would be better prepared, as“From what we saw, they now know it is no child’s play.” South West representative on the board of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Okon Ukpong has hailed the Oyo State team at the just concluded Jide Bademosi U-19 Cricket tournament held at the Liberty Stadium Cricket Oval, Ibadan.Team Oyo were in devastating form at the tournament as the Runsewe Sulaimon captained team defeated all comers to the trophy. Lagos, Ogun and Osun were the other teams at the competition. Chairman of the Energy and Mineral Resources, EMR, Seye Fadahunsi said the competition provided a good stead for young cricketers in the South West to express themselves as competitions had become rare. “I congratulate Oyo for their feat. The essence of the tournament was achieved as we saw young cricketers who with proper attention could make this country proud in future”, he satd.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Robin van Persie could cost Man City the league title – Mancini

first_imgManchester City manager Roberto Mancini says the club’s failure to sign striker Robin van Persie in the summer could cost them the Premier League title.Mancini says he was “very close” to signing Van Persie, who has scored 14 goals in 20 games following a £24m move to Manchester United from Arsenal.“Robin van Persie is a very important player for United,” said Mancini, whose side trail United by seven points.“He has changed their situation. He is the difference between us.”Van Persie, who scored 37 goals for Arsenal last season, was linked with City before deciding to sign for rivals United.“We wanted Van Persie because we knew he could be an important player,” added Mancini.“He is totally different from our other strikers. We wanted him for the Champions League and for the Premier League.“We were very close. We were sure he was for us but this did not happen and now we can do nothing. We were very close three or four months before he joined United.”Mancini said he knew why City failed in their bid to sign the Dutchman but would not elaborate. When asked if it related to money, the Italian said: “It is not the problem.” Mancini added he retained faith in his striker options of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli despite the quartet struggling to find the back of the net recently.“I am happy, very happy,” he said. “Last year we were the team that scored the most goals in the Premier League.“But when you can improve your team with another top player, this is important. With Van Persie we would play with three strikers sometimes.”last_img read more

GFA to announce GN Bank as Division One League Sponsor

first_imgThe Division One League is set to be launched at the Coconut Groove Hotel, Accra at 2pm on Wednesday February 18, 2015.The launch will also see the official announcement of the sponsorship agreement between the Ghana Football Association and GN Bank, a wholly owned Ghanaian bank with branches across the country.With the national character of the Division One League, G.N Bank sees this unique product of the GFA as an opportunity for mutual benefits as they increase their branches and extend their footprints across all major towns and districts in Ghana.To enhance the promotion of and the attention to the Division One League, a media deal will also be signed by the GFA at the launch.This year’s Division one League will have three Zones made up of 16 clubs with three winners of each zone qualifying automatically into the Ghana Premier League.last_img read more

LA Dodgers score five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks

first_imgTheir offense can muster a come-from-behind rally. Their middle relievers are capable of holding a lead, and closer Kenley Jansen can still pitch just as efficiently on the second night of back-to-back appearances.But the night left at least one question unanswered, with no real sample size on which to rest an educated guess: Who is Ross Stripling as a major league pitcher?“That’s a good question,” he said. “I think I can be multiple things.”For now, two times through the rotation, Stripling is one of three Dodger starters who has allowed two or fewer runs. (Clayton Kershaw and Kenta Maeda are the others.)While Kershaw and Maeda have had time to established themselves somewhere — Kershaw here, Maeda in Japan – Stripling has not. A year ago, he was still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. When he returned with Double-A Tulsa last June, he barely had time to formulate a pregame routine, let alone a scouting report for opponents to draw on. Ross Stripling is mortal after all. After pitching into the eighth inning without allowing a hit in his major league debut, Stripling began his second start for the Dodgers by surrendering a single to the first batter he faced.By the seventh inning of Thursday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the rookie had run out of pitches again. This time the Dodgers had a five-run rally up their sleeve, and they were able to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 5-2 win before the announced crowd of 40,879.In the process the Dodgers answered several of the questions lingering from their tepid start. In the hours before his historic debut in San Francisco, Stripling was antsy, listening to the clubhouse clock tick while waiting for the game to begin. Thursday, he was calm and focused.“As far as just broad, who I am, I’m a guy who throws strikes and competes,” he said. “I’m never going to just fool around and throw random stuff in there. Every pitch I throw is going to have conviction behind it and have a purpose. That’s just kind of who I am.”Stripling is 26, older than a typical rookie, which goes a long way toward explaining the poise that’s impressed his teammates. His major league debut was delayed by the grind of a 14-month Tommy John rehab the last two years, then accelerated this spring by preseason injuries to Brett Anderson, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Mike Bolsinger.Even after he allowed five hits and two runs in six innings in a no-decision Thursday, it’s safe to say that Stripling has exceeded whatever expectations were lingering in his new ulnar collateral ligament.A.J. Ellis, who has caught both of Stripling’s starts, said he realized in spring training that the rookie had four above-average major league pitches: A fastball, slider, curveball and changeup.“I think this is what a lot of people envisioned him being before his Tommy John surgery,” Ellis said. “He mixes speeds well, lives in a lot of different velocities, really disrupts a hitter’s timing. He’s got a lot of weapons. He can figure out a lot of different ways to get a hitter out.”That approach, said veteran reliever J.P. Howell, can have a ripple effect on the pitchers who come behind him.“The way (Stripling) moves the ball in and out, it helps the bullpen because then we can just stick to our strengths,” Howell said. “We don’t have to do certain things to set hitters up. We can just attack them.”Howell, who had not retired any of the six batters he faced prior to Thursday’s game, pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning. When the Dodgers rallied for five runs against starter Robbie Ray, Randall Delgado and Andrew Chafin in the bottom of the inning, Howell became the winning pitcher of record.Yimi Garcia pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth.Arizona was leading 2-1 when Kiké Hernandez hit a two-run double against Delgado, which proved to be the game-winning hit. Chafin replaced Delgado and allowed back-to-back RBI singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig that gave the Dodgers a 5-2 lead – their largest at any point in the series.Puig finished 2 for 4 and is hitting .405 through the season’s first 10 games. Hernandez went 2 for 3 and is batting an even .400.The Dodgers host the San Francisco Giants for three games beginning Friday.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NBA Draft lottery could be heads-or-tails situation for Lakers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES>> What if a coin flip costs the Lakers their prized high first-round draft pick? It’s unlikely, but it’s statistically possible.It’s been fairly well-chronicled that if the Lakers finish with the NBA’s second-worst record, they enter the draft lottery with a 55.8-percent chance to land a top-three pick, and thus avoid having to send it to Philadelphia. Finish with the third-worst record, and the Lakers’ retention chance drops to 46.9 percent.But what if the Lakers and Phoenix end up tied for the second-worst record, as seems increasingly possible? Get that coin ready in advance of the May 16 draft lottery.The Suns fell to 22-52 with Sunday’s loss to Charlotte, while the Lakers entered their evening game against Portland with a 21-51 record. Brooklyn has all but clinched the league’s worst record, while Orlando and Sacramento clearly are “battling” for the fourth-worst record. SITTING OUTIngram missed Sunday’s game because of tendinitis in his right knee, an injury that kept him out of the fourth quarter and overtime in Friday night’s game.“Not that it’s terrible,” Coach Luke Walton said of Ingram’s injury. “He was out there warming up (pregame). It wasn’t right. He wants to play. That’s the type of young man he is.”Corey Brewer replaced Ingram and made his first start with the Lakers. Ingram had appeared in all 72 Lakers games this season, with averages of 9.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.CLOSE WATCHThe NCAA tournament is down to its final four teams, which means something to Walton. Not only did Walton make the Final Four in 2001 with Arizona – the Wildcats lost in the championship game – but if the Lakers hold their high pick, they will have two first-round picks in this year’s draft.Magic Johnson and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka have been scouting tournament games in person, and Walton said he’s most interested to see how prospects handle pressure.“In my limited experience in evaluating,” Walton said, “that’s the thing I’m looking for the most, (is) how they rise to the challenge in ‘one or done’ type things and how they’re winning or losing.”CLOSE CALLNeither the Lakers nor the Suns hold a significant edge when it comes to remaining opponents.The Lakers play five teams with records above .500 (Washington, the Clippers, Memphis, San Antonio and Golden State) and four teams with records below .500 (Minnesota twice, Sacramento and New Orleans). The Lakers have a 5-15 record in previous games against those teams this season.Phoenix plays five teams with records above .500 (Atlanta, the Clippers, Houston, Golden State and Oklahoma City) and three teams with records below .500 (Portland, Dallas and Sacramento). The Suns have a 6-16 record in previous games against those teams this season.The Lakers’ final opponents entered Sunday with a collective winning percentage of .547 this season, while the Suns’ final opponents had a .558 winning percentage. Of course, given the inclination of some playoff-bound teams to rest players, facing winning teams might not be a reliable predictor.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe NBA’s draft-selection system is complex, but think of it this way: each of the 14 non-playoff teams essentially has a number of lottery tickets, and hopes to match the winning ping-pong ball combination.If the Lakers finish second, they will have 199 sets of four-number combinations, out of 1,000. If they finish third, they will hold 156 combinations.If the Lakers and Suns tie for second, each team instead will receive 177 combinations, while a 178th combination will be determined by a coin flip.Of course, nobody will ever know whether that particular extra combination ends up being a winner, but as with any lottery, the more tickets one holds, the better. The NBA holds separate draws for the first, second and third draft picks.If nothing else, the Lakers can hope for continued luck. Last season, they finished with the second-worst record and thus had only a 38.7 percent chance of drafting No. 1 or No. 2. One of their four-number combinations came up for the No. 2 pick, which they used to draft Brandon Ingram.last_img read more