UAAP: La Salle shuts down UST for 3rd win

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—De La Salle finished off its first round campaign with a 92-77 beating of University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue https://web.facebook.com/inquirersports/videos/1029784057216072/“We were due to win. When our team follows the game plan, trust that results will follow,” said La Salle head coach Gian Nazario. “This time around we made sure we woul finish the game well.”Encho Serrano finished with a career-high 29 points with five rebounds to lead the Green Archers while Aljun Melecio put up 26 points and dished out five assists.Brent Paraiso, who played for La Salle in Season 80, led the Growling Tigers with 22 points and six rebounds while Soulemane Chabiyo added 16 points and 14 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Sacramento Kings coach Walton focused on team, not lawsuit The Green Archers recovered from their 72-71 loss to University of the Philippines and improved to a 3-4 record to climb to fifth place while the Growling Tigers slipped to 4-3.Using a solid second quarter where they led by 42-32, the Green Archers pulled away and never let the usually-fiery Growling Tigers get momentum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Justine Baltazar’s hook shot put La Salle up 78-61 late in the fourth, effectively putting the game to bed.POST-GAME INTERVIEW Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View commentslast_img read more

Wenger: Weah’s life like a film

first_imgArsène Wenger ‘I’ll have time to go if I’m suspended’ – Wenger considers president Weah’s inauguration invitation Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 20:16 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) wenger-cropped Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Monaco Premier League FA Cup African All Stars The Frenchman coached the newly-elected Liberia president when they were together at Monaco and lavished praise on his former star Arsene Wenger spoke glowingly of former player George Weah following his election as Liberian president and confirmed that he has received an invitation to the inauguration.Weah first made a mark on European football at Monaco, when Wenger signed him for the Ligue 1 side in 1988, winning the African Footballer of the Year award for the first time the next year and staying there until joining Paris Saint-Germain in 1992.Although Weah left Wenger and Monaco, he often credited the manager with having a significant influence on his career, as he went on to play for AC Milan in 1995, becoming the first non-European player to win the Ballon d’Or later that year and establishing himself as one of the finest African footballers in history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He took the road less travelled upon retirement, though, as he headed into politics and was successfully elected as the next Liberian president in December, with Wenger thrilled for the 51-year-old.”I have been invited by George to come the day when he will be made president,” Wenger told reporters on Friday.”When you look at his life, the life of this guy is a real film. It can make a fantastic film.”I remember seeing him for first time in Monaco, looking a bit lost, knowing no one, not being rated by anyone, but then becoming the best player in the world and today becoming president of his country.”It’s unbelievable. He was always strong mentally, convinced he was on a mission. I saw how much he suffered for his country during the war when he was at Monaco.”He had such love and care for his people. I didn’t think during that time that he’d become president, but I’ve seen him crying when there was war in Liberia.”It’s a happy story and I hope he does well, he is an example to every footballer.”Wenger is doubtful that he will be able to attend the inauguration on January 22, though he did make a cheeky dig at the Football Association, as he has until 18:00 GMT on Friday to answer a charge of improper conduct which could result in a suspension.”Maybe if I’m suspended I will have time to go,” Wenger said to a chorus of laughter.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Looks for Eleventh 5-0 Start in 114 Football Seasons

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It’s a rarity for Oklahoma State to win its first five games. Historically, anyway. It’s only happened 10 times in the 114-year history of Oklahoma State football. If OSU beats Kansas State on Saturday, that would mark the fourth time Mike Gundy has done it since taking over in 2005.The other seasons Gundy’s teams have done it were all pretty memorable — 2008 (Oregon Holiday Bowl), 2010 (Arizona Alamo Bowl) and 2011 (no explanation necessary).Still, it’s a schedule that’s backloaded so 5-0 might not mean what it normally would to a college football team. OSU’s schedule thus far has been, well, pretty bad. Still, a win over KSU would further propel the momentum that’s already been set in motion.AdChoices广告“They are obviously a well-coached team,” said Mason Rudolph on Monday. “They’re always going to be in the right place at the right time. I’ve seen some film and learned a lot about them last year and was able to see them go through the game plan there. They’re well-coached, very athletic and a high energy team. It’s going to be great to play at home in front of a good crowd and take the next step forward.”last_img read more

WATCH: Here Are The Best Plays of The Alamo Bowl

first_imgOklahoma State scored seemingly at will on Thursday evening in the Alamo Bowl and pummeled Colorado on defense. Mike Yurcich called one of the best games of his career. Glenn Spencer pushed every correct button. The result was one of the best wins of the last few years over a top 10 team in a bowl game.Here is a look back at some of the best plays from Thursday night. El Presidente. pic.twitter.com/iR21SdKgbB— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016 What a hit. What a night. pic.twitter.com/QH6hbhSlEq— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016 Joe Bob loves that 4th down stop. https://t.co/WlPi30cWnJ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016center_img Dimes on dimes on dimes. pic.twitter.com/Z2cggctOOA— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Trey Carter Making the Switch to Defensive Tackle

first_imgOver the last couple of years, Oklahoma State has enjoyed its deepest group of defensive linemen since Mike Gundy took the reins twelve years ago.Credit Joe Bob Clements’ proven recruiting acumen and Mike Gundy’s foresight a few years ago when he decided to designate extra scholarships for a Cowboy defense that, like most in the Big 12, can never have enough depth.“Last year, we were fortunate to play two groups up front and stay fresh,” said Gundy. “I think we’re going to have that luxury (this year), knock on wood. If (Jordan) Brailford continues to progress and stay healthy, he could be quite an impact player for us on the pass rush. When we can keep a group of four fresh, we’re going to be a much better team. That was something we lacked here for a number of years.”The return of Brailford at the end spot along with the loss of tackles Vincent Taylor and Mote Maile provided an opportunity for a little shuffling in the trenches.Redshirt junior Trey Carter who started spring camp with the defensive end designation will move inside to add depth at the tackle position.“He’s done great,” said Gundy. “We were just talking about him in the locker room. We talked about Ateman, and Trey is another success story. He was a late qualifier and came in here. We’ve essentially become his family away from home and he’s put all of his money into it, his pride into it and his time into it. He’s done very well. He’s done well in class and is buying in. The team really likes him. He’s got a great sense of humor and he’s really fun to be around.”But it’s not his sense of humor that allows for the move inside. It’s the hard work his head coach mentioned and the fact that Carter has added nearly 40 pounds since arriving on campus three years ago. Entering spring at 295, he outweighed the rest of the edge rushers on the team.“When I got to 290, they were like, ‘OK you’re putting on a lot of weight.’,” said Carter. “A defensive end I think typically weighs anywhere from 245 all the way to 275. Other than that, it was really just because I put on a lot of weight.”The extra weight was not just a belated “freshman 15.” Carter credits the gain to healthy eating, hard work and, of course, strength and training guru, Rob Glass. Combine those factors and his body “just decided to grow.”Carter followed a redshirt freshman year where he appeared in just one game by contributing regularly on defense and in special teams in 2016. His breakout performance in the Alamo Bowl saw him terrorize Colorado’s O-line with a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.Carter heading into this spring with high hopes but defensive end is one of the deepest positions on the roster. With Brailford returning from injury to compete with 2016 starters Cole Walterscheid and Jarrell Owens, and with Tralund Webber coming off a huge year, Carter and the coaching staff saw an opportunity on the inside.Tackle depth is not exactly an issue. There are several guys ready to vie for a starting spot. Darrion Daniels is a stud who has seen meaningful reps since day one. DeQuinton Osborne provided a boost last season after transferring in and Vili Leveni is hopefully finally healthy. The Cowboys also welcome Michigan State-transfer Enoch Smith Jr. to the fold.Once again, the defensive line should be the strength of Oklahoma State’s defense. And it’s because of guys like Carter that OSU has been able to lose NFL talent from their D-line year after year without skipping a beat up. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Nick Saban Will Make $4M More Than Oklahoma State’s 10 Football Coaches This Year

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. With his new contract, Nick Saban will make over $11 million this season as the head coach of Alabama. He is still wildly underpaid.Alabama makes clown money, and he is the primary driver of that money. Alabama would still be getting a deal if you doubled his salary.Anyway, Saban will make $11 million in 2017, but that includes a $4 million bonus. His base salary is *only* $7.125 million for this season (and next). The stunner? That is more or less what Oklahoma State’s entire staff will make.Mike Gundy is trying to figure out how to operate a printer so he can slide this data under Mike Holder’s unsigned door. Alabama is great, no doubt, but Oklahoma State has been pretty dang good in the last 10 years as well. OSU is 93-37 since Saban took over in 2007. Alabama is 119-19 in that time.In 2016, Mike Gundy made $3.775 million and his nine assistants made a combined $3.28 million for a combined $7.059 million. Or slightly less than Saban will make (without his bonus) this season.We don’t know the pay increases for all the assistants (and won’t for a while), but Gundy is set to make $3.9 million this year so OSU’s 10 coaches will (barely) surpass Saban’s base with their 2017 salaries. Throw in the signing bonus, and Saban blows ’em out of the water.What’s more startling is what Saban’s assistants are making. Alabama’s nine assistants will make a combined $6 million this year.So that’s $13.1 million in staff salaries without the signing bonus and $17.1 million with it in 2017 for the Alabama coaching staff. In other words, take Saban out of it, and Alabama’s other coaches are still making nearly what all of OSU’s coaches will make combined (including Gundy).Amateur athletics, baby!last_img read more

Dortmund boss hoping to avoid Arsenal

first_imgArsenal Dortmund boss Stoger hoping to avoid ‘curious and funny’ clash with Arsenal Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 18:40 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Peter Stoger composite Getty/Goal Arsenal Borussia Dortmund UEFA Europa League BVB are one of 16 teams left in the Europa League, but their head coach is eager to be drawn against someone other than the Gunners in Friday’s draw Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger believes that facing Arsenal in the Europa League would be “curious and funny”.Both clubs overcame shocks in their second legs to earn their places in Friday’s last-16 draw, with Dortmund scoring a late equaliser against Atalanta to advance on a 4-3 aggregate score.Arsenal held a 3-0 lead from their first leg with Ostersunds, but two first-half goals from the visitors put Arsene Wenger’s side under pressure before Sead Kolasinac sealed their progression. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The Gunners broke their club transfer record to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng from the German side during the January transfer window, and Stoger is hoping that the two clubs will not meet in the next round of the Europa League.It would be the first time since the 2014-15 Champions League group stage for the pair to meet, with both clubs recording 2-0 wins in their home grounds that season.In the early part of the decade, the sides seemed to be constantly drawn against each other, facing off in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 Champions League group stage as well as in 2014-15.Stoger believes it would be interesting to face the Gunners again, but would prefer a different name to be drawn from the pot, telling Sport1, it would be “curious and funny, but there are certainly other clubs that we would rather have now.”The Europa League last-16 draw takes place on Friday, February 23 at 12:00 GMT and is being held at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon. It is an open draw with no seeding, meaning any of the 16 teams could face each other.last_img read more

Kante & Chelsea buoyed by Barcelona draw

first_imgChelsea Kante and Chelsea taking confidence from Barcelona draw to Man Utd Nicholas McGee 19:22 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) KanteSuarez-Cropped Getty Images Chelsea UEFA Champions League Manchester United v Chelsea Manchester United Premier League Barcelona v Chelsea Barcelona The Blues were disappointed to be held in the Champions League, but attention has now switched to a challenge for second place in the Premier League N’Golo Kante believes Chelsea can take plenty of confidence from their performance in the Champions League against Barcelona. Chelsea largely controlled the first leg of their round-of-16 tie on Tuesday and appeared poised to take 1-0 lead into the return fixture at Camp Nou.However, a mistake from Andreas Christensen allowed Lionel Messi to net a crucial away goal for Barca, leaving the Spanish giants favourites to progress. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The Blues will look to build on that display when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, and midfielder Kante feels Chelsea can be buoyed by how they competed with the Blaugrana as they eye second in the Premier League.Kante said: “Second place is still possible, we have to fight for this and see what we can do at the end of the season. It’s very tight. We play in Manchester and if we win we will have the same number of points. “We have to keep winning and hopefully be in the Champions League next season.”For sure this kind of game gives us confidence for the second leg and also in the Premier League.”We played well. We were compact throughout the game, we tried not to give them a lot of chances and we did well in that. We hit the post two times, we scored and to finish 1-1 is a little bit disappointing.”But it’s like that, we have to go in two weeks and play to win. We showed we have the ability to do something against Barcelona.”The Premier League is another competition and this is another opponent but it’s important, we are fourth in the table and if we want to be at the top of the table and play Champions League next season we have to win these kind of games [against United].”last_img read more

Matuidi: Neymar wanted me at PSG

first_imgBlaise Matuidi Matuidi: Neymar wanted me to stay at PSG Dom Farrell 20:03 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) BlaiseMatuidi - cropped Getty Images PSG Neymar Juventus Serie A Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League The midfielder spoke to various members of the Parisians’ squad before making his decision to leave for Turin in the summer – and he has no regrets France midfielder Blaise Matuidi would never have swapped Paris Saint-Germain for Juventus had Neymar had his way.Matuidi ended a six-year stay at Parc des Princes when he joined the Serie A champions for an initial €20 million in August, just over two weeks after PSG smashed the world transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona.It meant a three-minute substitute cameo against Guingamp was the sum of the time Matuidi spent on the field with the Brazil superstar in PSG colours, but Neymar was well aware of his quality. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “Without going into details, I had a discussion with Neymar,” the 30-year-old told L’Equipe.  “I talked a lot with Dani Alves too, with Thiago Motta.”In short, they all wanted me to stay, because, beyond my qualities, I spent six years in Paris and I know this club very well.”But my choice was made and I would have been frustrated at the end of my career not to try to play abroad. And what an experience, it is beautiful.”While PSG boast a commanding 11-point lead at the top of Ligue 1, Juventus are embroiled in a gripping scrap with Napoli in pursuit of a seventh consecutive Scudetto.Maurizio Sarri’s men lead by four points, although Juve’s postponed match against Atalanta last weekend gives them a game in hand.last_img read more

Your supporters are your best spokespeople

first_imgToday I’m continuing yesterday’s theme: giving your supporters the means to promote you. It’s even better than finding celebrity spokespeople. After all, the number one reason people give money or take action is because someone asked them — especially someone they know. So how do you give your core supporters ways to be evangelists for your cause? 1. Send them a nifty email and ask them to forward it to five friends. Make it an email that just asks for a simple action, like signing a petition or joining a community so you can get the email addresses of those five friends and cultivate them as donors. 2. If they have a blog, ask them to link to you or fundraise for you on their blog. Give them cool tools to do it. At Network for Good, we’re creating cool tools to give bloggers to call attention to your cause next month. In the meantime, check out Word of Blog.3. Send your supporters cool pictures or put them on Flickr and ask people to share the good work you are doing. Pictures are so compelling.4. Ask your supporters to hold events for you, like dinner party fundraisers or races and make it easy for them to recruit people with tools like First Giving.5. Ask them to tell their stories to you (so you can spread them). I love this new campaign encouraging women to vote by sharing stories of their “first times” voting in an attention-seizing way. The personal stories your supporters have about why they support you are often far more interesting and compelling then any appeal you could create.last_img read more

Should you social network?

first_imgIt seems like a new social network or social network application targeting do-gooders sprouts up every day – like change.org, zaadz or razoo, Causes on Facebook, etc. So what is an overwhelmed do-gooder to do? What should a nonprofit do?My clever colleague Justin Perkins of Care2 has some great materials to help you weigh the relative merits and risks of investing in social networks.First, he does a nice analysis of the “Long Tail” of Facebook causes here.Second, he created a nifty ROI calculator to help you decide which investments are worth an effort.Both are required reading! And listen to the bottom line:The same old organizing rules still seem to apply, though there are some obvious advantages to playing in social networks if you are promoting a nonprofit cause. Social networks are different from other mediums, in that they tap into some basic human needs in a new way — the need to be part of a group, the need to be creative, and the need to have a voice heard in a public forum. But it’s tough to get in the middle of that, as an organization. It can take a lot of time. In the meantime, on a self-promotional note, don’t forget that you can create a Six Degrees badge that works on many social networks — as a way to experiment to encourage supports across different platforms! (Six Degrees is part of Network for Good, where I work). You could win a $10,000 matching grant if you’re really good at it!last_img read more

Have Argentina finally broken Messi?

first_imgWorld Cup Have woeful Argentina finally broken Messi? Sam Lee In Saint Petersburg Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Lionel Messi Argentina Croatia World Cup 2018 Getty World Cup Lionel Messi Argentina Sergio Agüero For years he has single-handedly carried a nation despite upheaval in the technical area, problems on the pitch and disputes with the federation Lionel Messi is a man of few words, and mixed zones, those interview areas where the world’s best players very rarely say anything, let alone anything of note, are usually quiet places.So you can imagine the furore when the very best player in the world walked down into the vast grey corridors of the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and picked that time and place to retire from international football with Argentina .“It’s tough, it’s not the time for analysis,” he told shocked reporters, not long after missing a shoot-out penalty in the final of the Copa America. “In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it’s not for me. That’s the way I feel right now, it’s a huge sadness once again and I missed the penalty that was so important. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 “I tried so hard to be a champion with Argentina. But it didn’t happen. I couldn’t do it. I think it’s best for everyone, for me and for many people who want it. The choice for me is over, it is a decision. I tried many times to be a champion but was not able to be.”The Copa America Centenario was effectively a bonus; staged to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the oldest international football tournament on the planet, it provided an extra opportunity for Argentina, and for Messi in particular, to get the monkey off their backs and finally win a trophy.But having lost the World Cup final to Germany in 2014, and then lost the 2015 Copa final on penalties to Chile, they lost again. To Chile. On penalties. Messi stepped up first and missed.It was all too much for him.Lionel Messi ArgentinaLionel Messi ArgentinaLionel Messi ArgentinaAfter all, during the early years of his Argentina career he was barely even liked by many of his own fans; at the 2011 Copa America, held on home soil, he was announced as ‘the best player in the world’, but Carlos Tevez was ‘the player of the people’, and it was the then Manchester City striker whose name was cheered loudest up and down the country.He finally managed to shake off the unpatriotic tag, but only because he was being called a bottler instead. Or worse, a failure.Not all Argentina fans felt this way, of course, but Messi was probably talking about those who do when he referenced the “many people who want” his retirement.On top of that there was the Argentine Football Association, who Messi hit out at a few days before his mixed zone mic drop. “What a disaster they are, my God,” he posted on Instagram after another flight had been delayed. He vowed to say even more after the final, but decided to retire instead. Yet he could not stay away; within two months he had reversed his decision, despite even more instability in his absence. Gerardo Martino, who had replaced Alejandro Sabella after the World Cup and led Argentina to the two Copa finals, had resigned. Edgardo Bauza replaced him and Messi rode again.World Cup qualification had not got off to the best start and after a brief rally Argentina were struggling again; in April 2017 Bauza was gone, replaced by Jorge Sampaoli.The former Chile boss was seen as the man who would finally build a cohesive unit around Messi, yet he drew his first three qualifiers in charge. With only one left, against Ecuador, there was a genuine danger that Argentina would not even make the World Cup. Messi scored a hat-trick and they did.But here we are. The hope was that Sampaoli, having secured qualification, would have a bit more space to forge a functioning team in the build-up to Russia, but that has not happened. Argentina are a shambles and it looks like Messi is struggling more than ever.On Sunday, Goal outlined the situation surrounding Argentine football in recent years, why so many fans are so demanding of their national team, and of Messi . It does appear that the strain is starting to show.Lionel Messi Argentina Islandia Iceland World Cup 16062018Lionel Messi Argentina Islandia Iceland World Cup 16062018Lionel Messi Argentina Croatia 210618The missed penalty against Iceland hit Messi hard – it has been reported that he sat out of a family barbecue the day after, electing instead to stay in his room by himself.The footage of him rubbing his head, Pep Guardiola-esque, during the national anthems ahead of the Croatia game were concerning. His performance even more so.So many times he has bailed out Argentina with individual brilliance but he made no impact whatsoever in Nizhny Novgorod. He looked completely lost.If Sampaoli has done one thing during his reign he has protected Messi. Before the World Cup the coach said the team was as much Messi’s as it was his own, and after the brutal Croatia defeat he blamed himself and the other players for failing to give Messi anything to work with. In those hours after the match it looked as if Sampaoli’s position would be untenable, his players having abandoned him and Argentina all but out of the World Cup after just two games.Yet somehow they are still standing. If they beat Nigeria in Saint Petersburg, and if Iceland don’t beat Croatia, they will be through to the knock-outs.We have no idea what state they will be in for that game. After all, the only thing that has changed since Thursday night is that Nigeria beat Iceland – Sampaoli still does not have a system, he does not know his best XI, or even a functioning XI, and some of his best players are plainly tired of him already.Inevitably, it will be down to Messi to solve all of this on his own.But is there anything left?last_img read more

‘Neymar playacting is absolutely pathetic’

first_imgWorld Cup ‘I wouldn’t like to see him after a flu injection!’ – Neymar branded ‘absolutely pathetic’ by O’Neill Robin Bairner 00:57 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Neymar Brazil Mexico World Cup 2018 020718 Getty World Cup Brazil Brazil v Mexico Mexico Neymar The attacker might have led his side to victory on Monday, but he won few friends for what has been perceived as gamesmanship Neymar has been branded “absolutely pathetic” by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, who has accused the Brazil star of playacting and detracting from his own abilities.The Paris Saint-Germain forward scored one and set up the other as the Selecao progressed to the quarter-finals of the World Cup at the expense of Mexico , but he has once again come under the spotlight due to his reaction to being fouled.One incident in particular caught the attention, with Neymar reacting dramatically after apparently having his foot trodden on by Miguel Layun when the ball was dead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 O’Neill, speaking to ITV, did not hold back on the matter and questioned why he needed to make such a big deal of every bit of contact.“Neymar’s reaction is pathetic. It’s absolutely pathetic,” the former Celtic and Aston Villa manager said. “Honestly, it’s a red card nowadays because they’ve spotted standing on his foot. But I mean the pain threshold of Neymar is just incredibly low, I must admit. I wouldn’t like to see him coming out of the doctor’s surgery after getting a flu injection. “He’s a top-quality player, he’s a top-quality actor. “He hasn’t really hit it yet… part of that thinking is to do with this playacting. He’s been down dozens and dozens of times, he gets up again. He’s completed four games, he hasn’t done too badly out of it.”The moment overshadowed a commanding performance from the Brazilians and Neymar, who netted his sixth goal in World Cup finals. In doing so, he achieved the mark in quicker time than either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi .Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was furious with officiating in the last 16 tie in Samara, claiming that the referee was biased towards the 2014 World Cup semi-finalists .Tite’s side have now won all of their last three matches after being held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their opening game.Next up for Brazil will be a quarter-final date with either Belgium or Japan, potentially followed by a semi-final with France or Uruguay.last_img read more

ESPN Releases Final Bowl Prediction For Texas

first_imgA Texas Longhorns football helmet sitting on the field.BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)The Texas Longhorns were unable to beat Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game and suffered their fourth loss of the season. But the Longhorns’ strong season has them in play for a major bowl game.ESPN just released its final bowl predictions that will no doubt leave Texas fans pleased.Two analysts for ESPN have the Longhorns playing their final game of 2018 in a New Year’s Six bowl game against another team that couldn’t get it done on Championship Saturday.ESPN analysts Mitch Sherman and Kyle Bonagura both have Texas scheduled to face off with SEC runner-up Georgia in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on January 1 at 8:45 p.m.The Bulldogs are coming off a heartbreaking 35-28 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game in which they blew a 14-point lead.There’s little doubt that QB Jake Fromm and company will be looking to get redemption against any team they come across in the New Year’s Six.Texas last appeared in the Sugar Bowl in 1995, a 28-10 loss to Virginia Tech. Their only win in the bowl game came in 1948 in a 27-7 win over Alabama.last_img read more

Amitabh Bachchan takes a sly dig at ICC boundary rule after England World Cup win

first_imgAmitabh Bachchan takes a sly dig at ICC boundary rule after England World Cup winAmitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to mock International Cricket Council (ICC)’s boundary rule, after the final World Cup match between England and New Zealand.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 18:34 IST Amitabh Bachchan on England’s World Cup winBollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is the latest to join the list of people criticising the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the “boundary rule” which helped England win their first men’s World Cup. On Sunday, two dramatic run-outs in the final over of England’s innings took the game into a Super Over with the scores tied on 241 after the end of 50 overs against New Zealand at Lord’s.However, with the Super Over also ending in a tie, the winner of the showpiece event was decided by the number of boundaries scored. England scored 26 boundaries in total in the entire duration of the match as compared to 17 by the Black Caps and were thus crowned as champions.Bachchan took to Twitter to mock the ICC rule and said in Hindi, “You have Rs 2,000, I have Rs 2,000. You have one note of 2,000; I have four notes of 500. Who is richer? ICC: The one who has four notes of 500 is richer.”T 3227 – 2000 , 2000 ,2000 , 500 4 …???ICC – 500 4 .. #IccrulesEf~NSAmitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 15, 2019Actor-turned-politician Paresh Rawal also slammed the sport’s governing body and tweeted: Instead of changing M.S. Dhoni gloves, the stupid ICC should have changed their super over rules.”Instead of changing @msdhoni gloves , the stupid @ICC should have changed their super over rules !!!!Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) July 15, 2019Earlier, many former cricketers like Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Brett Lee, Yuvraj Singh and others criticised the ICC for the boundary rule.ALSO READ | ICC World Cup 2019: Amitabh Bachchan to Sonakshi Sinha, B-Town reacts to India’s loss to New ZealandadvertisementALSO READ | Amitabh Bachchan wants ICC World Cup 2019 to be shifted to India. Reason will leave you in splitsALSO READ | Bitter pill to swallow: Sachin Tendulkar after India crash out of World Cup 2019ALSO WATCH | Decoding Team India’s defeat in World Cup semi-finalGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIANS Tags :Follow Amitabh BachchanFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow England World Cup winlast_img read more

Navios Midstream Partners to Expand Fleet with Two VLCCs

first_imgzoom Monaco-based tanker owner and operator Navios Maritime Midstream Partners (NAP) plans to launch syndication of a USD 205 million Term Loan B to finance the purchase of up to two very large crude carriers.Apart from financing the purchase of up to two VLCCs from Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, NAP plans to use the remainder of the loan to refinance existing term indebtedness and to pay related fees and expenses.The timing and size of any new credit facility and the use of proceeds thereof are subject to market and other conditions, and there can be no assurance that such actions will take place at any specific time, or at all, said NAP in a stock exchange announcement.last_img read more

Arrest of American actress in North Dakota brings new awareness to StandingRock

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsThe arrest of an American actress who is protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline project is creating a new awareness for those opposing the project.Shailene Woodley, who plays Edward Snowden’s girlfriend in Oliver Stone’s movie “Snowden” recorded her arrest near Standing Rock, North Dakota Monday.It comes amid another legal defeat for the Sioux Tribe and a beefing up of law enforcement.See related stories: Standing Rock dward@aptn.calast_img

Skilled immigrant doesnt want welfare but Quebec system makes it attractive

first_imgMONTREAL — Hugo Hernan Ruiz, a 42-year-old systems engineer from Colombia, has a master’s degree in his field and ran the IT department of an oil company in his home country.His French is excellent considering he arrived in Quebec in 2016 with little knowledge of the language. But like many highly educated newcomers to the province, Ruiz has struggled to find work despite being selected as a skilled immigrant by provincial authorities.After failing to find a job, he decided to open his own consulting business to take advantage of his South American contacts. He applied for a provincial program that assists budding entrepreneurs with grants, marketing and training.But he was rejected because the program was for people who were on welfare or who had received Employment Insurance — and he fit neither category.It would become a common refrain, he said, as he tried unsuccessfully to navigate the Quebec bureaucracy.“I think there needs to be a reflection,” Ruiz said over coffee at a strip mall in the Montreal suburb of Laval, where he settled with his wife and two children. “What happens to immigrants who are trying to succeed and who don’t come here to live off the government?”As Quebec Premier Francois Legault moves to reduce immigration in order, he says, to ensure newcomers learn French and find work, Ruiz’s case highlights the obstacles and contradictions facing educated immigrants who are neither poor nor wealthy.Yann Hairaud, head of a Montreal-based immigrant employment centre, said he knows of cases where skilled workers find options closed to them because they aren’t on welfare.“Unfortunately yes,” he said in an interview. “These situations can happen. There is a certain incoherence in some of the rules that exist for newcomers.”Shortly after Ruiz arrived in Quebec, he enrolled in a French-language program to study what’s known as the internet of things — the network of objects that contain electronics and can interact with one another.“I thought that instead of taking French courses, I would take a French-language course in my field, so I would learn both,” he said.He graduated with a vocational certificate last August — but because the government didn’t fully pay for his training, more doors were closed to him. A paid public-sector internship caught his eye, but to get it he had to qualify for a provincial salary subsidy.He was rejected for the subsidy, he explained, because the government hadn’t paid for his training.“I brought all my savings with me (from Colombia) and I prepared financially in order to avoid asking for welfare,” Ruiz said. “I’m not criticizing the Employment Department or the government. But I think the country needs to reflect on whether the immigration system encourages immigrants to go on welfare.”Dominique Anglade, immigration critic for the provincial Liberals, has not heard of immigrants going on welfare to land jobs, but she acknowledged those on social assistance have a certain advantage.Anglade, a former economy minister, said in an interview that “a high percentage” of immigrants fail to complete the necessary training to have their skills recognized in Quebec, in part because of the high costs involved.“When you go on welfare, you do have some support that can help you actually accomplish finding a job and everything else,” she said. She blamed the discrepancy on government departments not working hand in hand.Immigration Department spokesperson Chantal Bouchard, said integration “is obviously a priority” but referred questions about the obstacles facing skilled immigrants to the Employment Department.Employment Department spokesman Vincent Breton did not respond directly to questions about whether people who are not receiving welfare are at a disadvantage when seeking work.“As you know, the Employment Department offers many measures and programs for those who want to integrate into the workforce,” Breton said in an email, adding that each file is analyzed on its individual merits.Hairaud, whose organization CITIM works with about 1,800 immigrants a year, said the Employment Department gives priority to certain groups, including those who are on welfare or unemployment insurance.Quebec seeks out skilled workers, he noted, but they are ineligible for government support programs if they are deemed too successful.“It’s contradictory, the right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing,” Hairaud said.Despite the difficulties, the employment landscape is improving for immigrants, partly due to Quebec’s strong economy. In August 2018, the unemployment rate for immigrants between the ages of 25 and 54 fell to 6.1 per cent after hovering above 10 per cent for much of the previous decade, the Institut du Quebec reported.Ruiz said he’s happy in Canada. His two young children are in school, and he wants to start a new life here. But he questions the value Canada places on the first generation of immigrants.“My experience looking for work has been bizarre,” he said. “What is the life for professionals who come here? Is the first generation of immigrants important to Canada?”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more