Blatche arriving soon, will play for Gilas vs Japanese

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Their next games in February are away matches against Chinese Taipei and Australia. June Mar Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, Jason Castro, Calvin Abueva, Gabe Norwood, Terrence Romeo, Matthew Wright and RR Pogoy are the consensus shoo-ins for the final 12-man lineup in Tokyo. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘He made me into an MVP’: Bolick repays Fernandez’ trust with NCAA crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Blatche was set to arrive Nov. 12 but apparently, failed to get a leave from the Flying Tigers. Xinjiang’s next game will be in January, and that poses another problem for the Gilas coaching staff as the Filipinos will play the Taiwanese and Australia in February.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneReports reaching the Gilas camp say that Blatche could flaunt his best form yet in a Team PH uniform.Gilas flies out for Japan on Nov. 21 to play the Japanese before coming home to tangle with the Taiwanese three days later at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche, barring any injuries, will finally join Gilas Pilipinas in the next couple of days and will reinforce the Filipinos in their first two Fiba Asia Qualifying games against Japan and Chinese Taipei.The 6-foot-11 Blatche, Team PH’s naturalized player, will play Xinjiang’s final game for the year in the China Basketball Association slated Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

3 to stand trial before judge and jury

first_imgMultiplex Mall owner’s murderThe three men accused of gunning down the Multiplex Mall owner Ganesh Ramlall on July 5, 2015 outside his La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara (WCD) home have all been committed to stand trial in the High Court.Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool told 21-year-old Fazeel Bacchus of Cornelia Ida, WCD; 32-year-old Lennox Roberts of Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) and 35-year-old Kurt Erskine of Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) that the submissions made by their attorneys, Brandon De Santos and Lyndon Amsterdam, were considered; however, a prima facie case has been made out against them. Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes was hired by the State as a special prosecutor for the case.However, when given an opportunity to address the court, the accused all maintained their innocence in the matter. Bacchus, who was named one of the masterminds of the crime, decried the harsh life in prison and stated: “I was not even there; why do I have to face this?”Ramlall, a father of one, was shot five times about his body, including once to his head, around 00:10h on the morning of his demise.Reports are that the 48-year-old had just returned home from a barbeque with friends when he proceeded to use an outdoor bathroom at his premises.However, as the man walked into his yard, he was pounced upon by four men who opened fire on him.The man’s wife raised an alarm and neighbours fired shots at the bandits, but the men managed to escape with Ramlall’s jewellery and wallet.Ramlall was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where he was pronounced dead on arrival.His relatives quickly posted a $5 million reward for anyone with information on the killing.Shortly after, Police raided a house in Craig, EBD, where Bacchus and Roberts, along with several others , were arrested.When interrogated, the two men reportedly confessed to the murder of the Regent Street Multiplex business owner.They further revealed to Police that the murder was hatched some two months prior to it being carried out.As such, they both, mere days after their confession, appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, and were remanded to prison.Erskine was later apprehended and subsequently charged with the murder as well after he was implicated by the two.During the Preliminary Inquiry, which commenced before Magistrate Liverpool at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court, the wife of Ramlall, along with neighbours, testified.last_img read more

Chelsea’s top four bid in tatters as Huddersfield survive

first_imgFifth placed Chelsea’s attempt to salvage a troubled season by finishing in the top four is now out of their hands heading into the final game of the season at Newcastle on Sunday.Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday means Chelsea can’t make up the four-point gap to their third placed London rivals.Fourth placed Liverpool are two points ahead of Chelsea and, given their vastly superior goal difference, they will condemn the Blues to the Europa League next season if they avoid defeat against Brighton at Anfield on Sunday.That would be a suitably downbeat conclusion to a lacklustre title defence from Chelsea and could prove the last straw for Blues owner Roman Abramovich as he reportedly plans to part ways with Conte.Conte appears set to leave after just two years in charge following a contentious campaign marred by the Italian’s feud with the Chelsea hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans.The 48-year-old, who has one year left on his contract, has seen a host of leading managers linked with his job in recent weeks and added fuel to the fire this week when he said his future would be revealed after the FA Cup final against Manchester United on May 19.Time to celebrate: Huddersfield Town coach David Wagner and his assistant Christoph Buhler celebrate survival© AFP Ben STANSALLHuddersfield’s reward for a tenacious display is another season among English football’s elite after a superb result that seals their safety with a game in spare.Fresh from their impressive 0-0 draw at champions Manchester City on Sunday, Huddersfield boss David Wagner had urged his players “to make an impossible task possible” by sealing their top-flight status at the Bridge.Wagner’s side rose to the challenge with a heroic effort that earns them an unexpected second season among the elite.In what could be Conte’s final home match, he made six changes to the side that beat Champions League finalists Liverpool 1-0 on Sunday, with Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard surprisingly left on the bench.It was a gamble that backfired.Antonio Rudiger produced a candidate for miss of the season as the Chelsea defender somehow shot wide from virtually on the goal-line.– Fighting for survival –Alvaro Morata has endured a miserable first season with Chelsea and the misfiring Spain striker wasted a golden opportunity when he took a heavy touch as he rounded Jonas Lossl and could only cross harmlessly from a tight angle.As the tension mounted, referee Lee Mason infuriated Chelsea when he blew for half-time without allowing them to take a corner he had awarded seconds earlier, provoking several players to angrily surround the official.If that was a symbol of Chelsea’s frustration, there was worse to come after the interval.Rudiger headed wastefully over from Willian’s free-kick, then Huddersfield took the lead with their first serious attack in the 50th minute.When Aaron Mooy played a pass over the top of the Chelsea defence, Blues goalkeeper Willy Caballero came rushing to the edge of the area in a bid to clear.But Depoitre beat Caballero to the ball and in the process left him sprawled on the turf, giving the Belgian striker time to clip his shot past Rudiger for his first goal since December.Conte responded by sending on Giroud and Hazard and Chelsea grabbed a bizarre equaliser in the 62nd minute.Azpilicueta drilled over a low cross that prompted a panicked clearance from Mathias Zanka and the ball hit Alonso in the face before rebounding into the Huddersfield net.Conte’s side to laid siege to the Huddersfield goal.But the visitors, fighting for survival, threw their bodies in the way time and again before Lossl superbly pushed Andreas Christensen’s header onto the post.No wonder Conte held his head in his hands.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl is mobbed by team-mates after a string of fine saves kept the scoreline level. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, May 9 – Chelsea’s bid to qualify for the Champions League suffered a hammer blow as Huddersfield secured their Premier League survival with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.Antonio Conte’s side fell behind to Laurent Depoitre’s second half strike and although Marcos Alonso bagged a fortuitous equaliser, the Blues couldn’t find a priceless winner.last_img read more

Fans, sponsors make it a World Cup with Chinese characteristics

first_img0Shares0000Chinese football fans celebrate after Germany beat Argentina 2014 World Cup final © AFP/File / JOHANNES EISELESHANGHAI, China, Jun 4 – True to form, China failed to qualify for the World Cup but the planet’s most populous country will be far from absent: thousands of its fans will fly to Russia, and Chinese sponsors will loom large on global TV screens.Despite not being able to cheer on their home side, many Chinese supporters are undeterred, and they are expected to arrive in numbers that will dwarf the followers of many competing teams. The growing presence of fans and sponsors can be linked to China’s consumer boom, while excitement for football has been spurred on by President Xi Jinping’s ambitions to make 73rd-ranked China a world power in the sport.China have only qualified once for the World Cup — when they exited goalless in 2002 — but expectations are high that it will bid to hold the tournament, with 2030 and 2034 often mentioned as possibilities.One Chinese fan, Dai Qian, said he will spend nearly $10,000 to visit Russia and watch the tournament.“We appreciate football as an art and we like the feeling of watching live football,” said the 38-year-old, a university professor in energy engineering who will travel as part of a 400-strong Chinese tour group.According to the latest FIFA figures, nearly 37,000 tickets out of 1.7 million went to Chinese fans, the second-largest showing from countries that didn’t make the tournament, after the United States.Dai said that in the absence of their own team, Chinese fans back the countries of their favourite players. For him, it’s Argentina because he grew up watching Italy’s Serie A on TV and was a fan of Gabriel Batistuta, the former Fiorentina and Roma striker.– ‘Jump to be a global brand’ –The World Cup is a major advertising vehicle in China © AFP / WANG ZhaoAccording to research by Britain’s Professor Simon Chadwick, Germany are the most popular foreign team in China, with some female fans swayed by the players’ looks.It helps that Germany are reigning world champions and among the favourites in Russia.“There is something about ‘brand Germany’ and the relationship between Germany and China,” said Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at University of Salford.“There are sections of the Chinese population who like to be conspicuous consumers — who like to be seen to be consuming the best brands, the best-quality brands, and that confers a particular status on them. The same is true of their football.“So if you can be a fan, why not pick the best?”Mark Dreyer, Beijing-based founder of the China Sports Insider website, said the growing ability of Chinese to afford overseas travel is a major reason for the large numbers going to the World Cup.Russia is also much closer geographically to China than, for example, the World Cup in Brazil four years ago.Television viewers across the globe and fans in World Cup stadiums will also become familiar with three tournament sponsors from China — tech company Vivo, electrical appliance and electronics supplier Hisense, and Mengniu Dairy.There is also FIFA sponsor Wanda Group, a Chinese conglomerate and formerly a major stakeholder in Spain’s Atletico Madrid.Zhu Shuqin, brand director at Hisense, declined to tell AFP how much the company paid for its sponsorship.But she said a similar deal at football’s 2016 European Championship in France “helped us greatly in our global market expansion”.That included a 60 percent surge in television sales in Europe in one quarter, Zhu said.Already well known in China, Hisense are eyeing the North American, European and Japanese markets.“We want to use such sponsorship to realise our globalisation goal,” said Zhu, outlining the company’s hopes from the World Cup.“Secondly, we can see in the global market of consumer electronics that the top companies, such as Samsung and Sony, all choose this kind of top event to sponsor so that they can jump to be a global brand from a regional one.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Too much time between games could hinder Leicester, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

first_img1 Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger is happy with Arsenal’s hectic fixture schedule and hopes too much time to think in between games could be the downfall of leaders Leicester.The table-topping Foxes travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday five points clear at the Barclays Premier League summit – with the Gunners third, below fierce local rivals Tottenham.With no continental tournaments to worry about and having already been knocked out of the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup, many believe a less congested run-in could see Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester complete a most remarkable title success.But Wenger, whose side remain in the FA Cup – looking to win it for a third straight year – and have a Champions League last-16 clash with Barcelona on the horizon, believes too much time thinking about upcoming fixtures could be detrimental to a team.“Yes, time to think can be a disadvantage if you not are thinking in a positive way and the pressure is on,” he said. “It is true that sometimes the less time you have to wait for the next game, the better it is.“I believe they are still in a position where they think where they have nothing to lose. But once you are top of the league, you can also think about losing what you have.“That is where the nerves come in a little bit. I do not know how they will respond to that.”Some Leicester fans are planning to miss the first five minutes of Sunday’s noon kick-off in north London in protest to the late decision to switch the date of the match for television purposes.Arsenal supporters group REDaction has called on home fans to applaud Leicester’s efforts, but Wenger is keen to keep any protests away from the match itself.“You want everybody there when the game starts,” the Arsenal boss said when asked if he would be disappointed if fans came in late.“For me, the game is a joy and everyone has to be part of it. You can protest before and after, but during the game, you want everybody to be there.“It (a game of football) is a moment of happiness in your life. Life is not every day fantastic – sometimes it’s boring, sometimes it’s difficult for many people. Football is a moment of happiness in your life, so don’t miss it.”last_img read more

Charges shock camp neighbors

first_imgOCEANSIDE – The Marine unit known as the “Thundering Third” earned a reputation for heroism on battlefields that include Guadalcanal and Okinawa during World War II, Vietnam and Iraq. The unit’s honorable background now is sullied as military investigators probe the possibility that some members murdered two dozen Iraqi civilians. People who live and work in Oceanside, a city bordering the unit’s home at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, expressed dismay Friday at the allegations. “I don’t want people to get the interpretation that is what Marines are like. There’s a lot of variables in each situation. But this is a severe black eye for the Marine Corps,” said Juan Duff, a retired Marine sergeant major. A criminal investigation into the Nov. 26 civilian deaths in the Iraqi town of Haditha points toward a conclusion that Marines committed unprovoked murders, a senior defense official said Friday. A separate investigation is under way to determine whether Marines lied to cover up the killings. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment returned to Camp Pendleton this spring following their third Iraq deployment since 2003. The unit’s last deployment lasted from September 2005 until March, officials said. During their second deployment in 2004, the Thundering Third took part in the battle to clear Iraqi militants from the stronghold of Fallujah. Chris Wright, a colonel in the Marine Reserves, noted that Marines have been under tremendous stress from repeated deployments and often confusing combat situations. “Some of those guys have been over there several times already. It’s a very different war from ’03. It’s an insurgency; it’s very frustrating,” said Wright, the executive director of the 1st Marine Division Association in Oceanside, which provides support to active and retired Marines. In April, three officers with the battalion were relieved of command for a “lack of confidence in their leadership abilities” due to a series of incidents over their entire six-month deployment in Iraq, said Lt. Col. Sean Gibson, a Marine spokesman. Relieved of command last month were Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani, the battalion’s commanding officer; Capt. James S. Kimber, commanding officer of the Battalion’s India Company; and Capt. Lucas M. McConnell, commanding officer of the Battalion’s Kilo Company. They have not been charged with any wrongdoing. Several members of a second Pendleton battalion – the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, known as the Darkhorse – were sent back from Iraq as the military probes the alleged killing of an Iraqi civilian on April 26 in Hamandiyah, west of Baghdad. Some are being held in pre-trial confinement, while others were restricted to the base, said Pendleton spokesman Lt. Lawton King. No charges have been filed. Oceanside resident Rochelle Hoyt said questioned whether the Marines had lowered their recruitment standards. “I support our country but I think it’s just a select few that do that,” Hoyt said. “They should investigate people before they join the Marines so you don’t just have people that join up and kill unarmed bystanders.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgFour Masters GAA: The Club wishes to thank all members for their application for a ticket for the Donegal/Tyrone game. Unfortunately a number of members were unsuccessful in receiving a ticket for this match as the Club only received 142 tickets while 247 applications were made to the Club for a ticket.Four Masters GAA Lotto: There was no winner of the annual lotto for week 45. John Hanna, C/O Hanna Hats, won €50 and Paddy and Mary Gildea, Upper Main Street, won €50 each. The numbers drawn were 3, 18, 23, 24. Next weeks total now stands at €2000. The next draw will take place on Monday 27th May.Camogie Match: Four Masters 5/6thClass girls will play Mac Cumhaill’s on Wednesday at Tirchonaill Park. Throw in 7pm. Best of luck to the girls! James McAllister Memorial Hurling and Camogie Cup: This fantastic annual memorial competition will take place at Tirchonaill Park at 3pm Saturday 25th May. This is a competition between al hurlers and camog’s in memory of James McAllister, who was a great and dedicated member of Four Masters GAA. Please come along and support.Four Masters Ladies: The Under 16b Four Masters Ladies faced Carndonagh in Convoy on Monday 20th May in the Semi-Final, coming away with a great win. Final score Four Masters 1-13 Carndonagh 1-04. Well done girls this is a fantastic win. The final between Four Masters and Milford will be played on Friday. Time and venue to be confirmed.Donegal GAA Jersey Day: The County will be awash with green and gold on Friday the 24th of May as schools and businesses from tip to toe of the county are asked to don their Donegal jersey for a day in support of the 2013 Donegal GAA Senior Football Team Training Fund. Please show your support by wearing the County colours!Donegal G.A.A Bucket Collection: There will be a Fundraising Initiative on Saturday 25thMay, collectors from Four Masters GAA will be out on the Diamond, Donegal Town from 10am – 6pm. All money raised will be going to support the Donegal G.A.A. training fund. Please give what you can. No amount is too little. Your support is greatly appreciated. Hurling: A great display of hurling took place on Sunday morning, 19th May, at Tirchonaill Park as Four Masters Under 10’s competed with Setanta and Aodh Rua, in the Club’s first Under 10 Hurling blitz of the season. The Under 8’s will be in Ballyshannon on Sunday 26thMay in their second outing this season.Under 10’s: The Four Masters Under 10 footballers will compete in their first official blitz this Saturday in Tirchonaill Park at 12 noon when they meet Killybegs and Dungloe. The very best of luck to all players. GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Man United see off Burnley at Turf Moor thanks to Romelu Lukaku brace

first_img Lukaku ensured the Red Devils left Turf Moor with all three points The sprightly Alexis Sanchez set up Lukaku for his first after his quick feet allowed him to cross the ball to the back post for the big Belgian to head home.Looking impressive in the new pink away kit, United then doubled their lead when Lukaku reacted quickest in the box after Joe Hart initially denied the impressive Jesse Lingard.The game seemed to be drawing to an inevitable conclusion as the second half began before bursting into life.A silly tackle by Aaron Lennon on substitute Rashford in the box looked to hand Lukaku the chance to get his hat-trick, but Paul Pogba stepped up instead – only to see Hart stop his weak spot kick. 4 BURNLEY NEXT PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES:Wolves (A), Bournemouth (H), Cardiff City (A), Huddersfield Town (H)MANCHESTER UNITED NEXT PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES:Watford (A), Wolves (H), West Ham (A), Newcastle United (H)PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE 4 Rashford lost his head after a robust challenge by Phil Bardsley center_img Romelu Lukaku scored his first Manchester United brace in over a year as the Red Devils comfortably saw off Burnley at Turf Moor.Despite finishing the game with ten men after Marcus Rashford’s red card, Jose Mourinho’s men answered their critics perfectly after a difficult week started with defeat against Tottenham Hotspur. 4 After initially looking bright off the bench, Rashford produced a moment of madness just moments later when, after a robust challenge by Phil Bardsley, he decided to butt heads with the former United man.Referee Jon Moss had no option but to brandish a red card to the England starlet, who is now set to miss the next three domestic games for violent conduct.For Sean Dyche, his Clarets side are surely in for a long season after showing little heart or passion throughout the 90 minutes – perhaps beleaguered by their early Europa League exploits.MATCH STATISTICS 4last_img read more

England manager Gareth Southgate surprises schoolkids

first_imgA group of schoolkids were given a welcome surprise when Gareth Southgate paid them a special visit.To help mark a unique partnership agreement between the Football Foundation and the England team, the Three Lions boss turned up to support a training session at Anglesey Primary Academy.Ahead of the clashes with Croatia and Spain this month, Southgate took time out from his preparations to offer his coaching expertise as well as some words of encouragement to the youngsters.The school –  in Burton-on-Trent – is one of many to have benefited from financial support from the Football Foundation, which directs £60million every year into grassroots sport.Check out the brilliant reaction from the kids to Southgate’s surprise appearance below…Funded by the Premier League, The Football Association and the Government, the Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity.The Foundation receives money from the very top of the professional game and also from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport through Sport England.It then uses this money to leverage even more partnership funding, to deliver a programme of new and improved community sports facilities in towns and cities across the country.The Football Foundation has been named as the official lead sponsor of the England team for the upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures against Croatia and Spain.You can listen to live radio commentary of Croatia v England on Friday night and Spain v England on October 15 on talkSPORTlast_img read more

Humboldt State offensive lineman Alex Cappa named first-team AFCA All-American

first_imgARCATA >> Sometimes the work an offensive line can go underappreciated. When it comes to Humboldt State junior left tackle Alex Cappa, it’s hard to ignore the body of work he’s put together.And it just keeps on growing.All of a week after earning all-region recognition from the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, Cappa was named as a first-team American Football Coaches Association All-America selection, it was announced on Wednesday. It’s the first of what is likely to be a …last_img