BPL previews

first_imgAFC B’MOUTH VS ASTON VILLABarclays Premier League newcomers AFC Bournemouth are in the top flight for the first time in their history. Arguably the ‘smallest’ club ever to feature in the Premier League – they have a stadium with a capacity of less than 12,000, and just six years ago, they finished 21st in the fourth tier of the English game. Villa lost the FA Cup final 4-0 against Arsenal and have lost key players Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke.EVERTON VS LIVERPOOLLiverpool have much to prove as they look to find a top-four finish. Boss Brendan Rodgers has signed Manchester City’s James Milner, Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne and Villa’s Belgium front man Christian Benteke. Revenge could be in the air after the massive 6-1 Stoke win last May. VS WATFORDWatford are back in the Barclays Premier League and with a new boss, head coach Enrique S·nchez Flores, who played for Spanish clubs Valencia, Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza, and has since coached the likes of Valencia, Benfica (Portugal) and AtlÈtico Madrid. He faces fellow Spaniard Roberto MartÌnez, whose Everton side struggled last season, finishing in 11th place, their lowest placing since 2005-06.LEICESTER CITY VS SUNDERLANDAfter keeping Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League last term, interim boss Dick Advocaat said he was returning to Holland. Fans persuaded him to change his mind and now he takes his side to another team that just survived relegation after a remarkable run of seven wins and a draw from their last nine. But while Leicester survived, manager Nigel Pearson did not and so former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri takes charge for the first time.NORWICH CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACENorwich are back in the Premier League and, under manager Alex Neil hopes are high that the Canaries will retain their status. Palace brought in Alan Pardew as their boss in early 2014 and his record is impressive with the club finishing in 12th spot. Palace last won at Norwich in 2010.NEWCASTLE VS SOUTHAMPTONNewcastle have a new boss in former England manager Steve McClaren and after the poor season they suffered last term they will be keen to make a mark even if the jury is out on their manager. Saints are unbeaten in their last four against the Magpies, winning the last three.STOKE CITYlast_img read more

Bell credits sponsors’ input for success

first_imgBell credits sponsors’ input for successBelieving Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) made a big Brand Jamaica impression at the recent Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California, the organisation’s executive director, Lorna Bell, moved to credit corporate sponsors, supporters and the Government for helping to actualise that outstanding showing.Jamaica returned home last week with 29 medals from the July 25-August 2 summer showpiece.Prior to that, SOJ was the recipient of a $10-million donation from telecommunications giants Digicel to assist in their travel and accommodation.While Digicel’s donation was the leading sponsorship, other companies and organisations like the Jamaica Constabulary Force, with its Law Enforcement Torch Run, also raised $2.5 million. The Sports Development Foundation (SDF) also donated $2 million, while team gear worn by the athletes was supplied by sportswear company Puma.”We couldn’t have done it without them … Digicel, the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Puma and of course the Government of Jamaica,” Bell told The Gleaner.She was speaking at the official welcome/celebration press conference for the team’s arrival, held at the Pineapple Room at The Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.”Well, I am hoping that after all this exposure with ESPN, ABC and, of course, Jamaica … no one will be left behind. Let us all work together as a team. Let us all work together as a family and get all these children involved in all that is happening,” she continued.Bell added that the only low point with Team Jamaica at the Games was that they were not together all the time.”Three sports were at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and the other five were at USC (University of South California), so we couldn’t have got to see each other, as we would want to cheer on each other, but Jamaicans came out, they supported us, and I really have to thank those people overseas also,” stressed the executive director.last_img read more

DeRozan scores 38 as Raptors beat Heat 112-104 in OT

first_imgTORONTO (AP):DeMar DeRozan matched his season high with 38 points and added 10 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 112-104 in overtime on Saturday night.Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 16 points for the Raptors, who secured the season series against the Heat for the second straight season, as well as a potential play-off tiebreaker should they finish with the same record.Joe Johnson had 28 points while Luol Deng added 20 for the Heat, which had Dwyane Wade on the sidelines with an injured thigh.Deng tied it at 97 on a three-pointer from the corner with 3.1 seconds remaining in regulation and DeRozan’s jumper before the buzzer went in and out.In overtime, the teams traded scores until five straight trips to the free throw line, four for DeRozan and one for Bismack Biyombo, allowed the Raptors to score seven unanswered points to take a 109-101 lead with 42 seconds to play.Johnson’s three-pointer closed the gap to six points, but a pair of free throws from Cory Joseph allowed Toronto to close out the game.Stephen Curry scored 15 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors rallied from a nine-point deficit over the final 12 minutes to beat the Phoenix Suns 123-116.Curry, who spent most of the third quarter on the bench in foul trouble, made three of his seven three-pointers in the fourth, including two as part of an 18-8 run to close out the game.The NBA’s reigning MVP capped his night with a behind-the-back pass to Shaun Livingston for a layup that helped extend the Warriors’ record home winning streak to 48 games.Golden State (59-6) also stayed one game ahead of the pace of the 1995-96 Bulls, who set an NBA record with 72 wins.Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 93-85 for their 41st straight home victory, the third-longest streak in NBA history.Only Golden State with their current 48 and the Chicago teams that won 44 straight in 1995-96 had longer streaks.LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points and Tim Duncan had 11 for San Antonio. Kevin Durant had 28 points for the Thunder.Jusuf Nurkic scored all of his season-high 17 points in the second half and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Washington Wizards 116-100.Gary Harris, D.J. Augustin and Darrell Arthur also scored 17 points and Will Barton finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Denver. The Nuggets outscored Washington 41-17 in the final 12 minutes to win their fourth straight.John Wall had 19 points and 11 assists and Otto Porter scored 21 points for the Wizards.Elsewhere, the Milwaukee Bucks topped the New Orleans Pelicans 103-92, the Atlanta Hawks downed the Memphis Grizzlies 95-83, the Detroit Pistons used a big second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 125-111, and the Charlotte Hornets had a 125-109 win over the Houston Rockets.last_img read more

Hall leads Corinaldi into final

first_img ENTERTAINING WIN A ding-dong battle ensued all through the four quarters, with goal attack Shelly-Ann Hall of Corinaldi making all the difference. Her accurate shooting accounted for 16 of her team’s 17 goals. Teammate Eshana Tingling played alternate positions, holding down the goal attack role in the first half, scoring two goals, before taking the wing attack bib in the second. It was her all-round game that helped Hall to dominate as much as she did inside the arc. Howard Cooke have only themselves to blame for not defeating their nemesis as they held the lead with a few minutes remaining in the game but had several unforced errors that Corinaldi capitalised on to seize the lead and held on for the entertaining win. The third-place play-off will be contested between beaten semi-finalists Howard Cooke and Hosanna Prep at 1 p.m., with the final set to begin at 1:30 p.m. WESTERN BUREAU: Defending champions Corinaldi Avenue Primary will meet Anchovy in today’s final of the Burger King/St James Under-13 netball competition. Corinaldi dispatched arch-rivals Howard Cooke 19-17 in their semi-final matchup on Monday at the Montego Bay Boys and Girls’ Club, venue for the title matchup this afternoon. In their semi-final, Anchovy had it much easier, registering a lopsided 14-3 win against Hosanna Prep. Toni-Ann Green scored 10 goals for Hosanna playing in the goal shooter’s role, while goal attack Kaliah Godfrey accounted for the remaining four goals. However, it was the first semi-final that had the attention of all and sundry as Howard Cooke began the contest looking ominous, especially through their goal shooter, Chrishawn Ramsey.last_img read more

Kaepernick opts out of contract, becomes free agent

first_imgSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP): Colin Kaepernick is a free agent after opting out of his San Francisco 49ers contract yesterday. The six-year veteran quarterback who drew particular attention and headlines last season by not standing for the national anthem, met with new general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan before making the move. Kaepernick made a meteoric rise with the 49ers under coach Jim Harbaugh, leading them to the 2012 NFC title and a close loss to Baltimore in the Super Bowl. But his career spiralled in recent seasons, and he was benched for journeyman Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 11 starts in 2016. He’s thrown for 72 touchdowns since joining San Francisco as a 2011 second-round draft pick. His decision leaves the team with no quarterbacks on the roster. Gabbert and Christian Ponder also are free agents. “You’ve got to do your homework and look into everything,” Shanahan told the team’s website. Kaepernick originally signed a $114 million, six-year contract with the 49ers in 2014, but restructured it down to a two-year deal last October one day after replacing Gabbert as San Francisco’s starting quarterback. The new contract, much more franchise-friendly than the original deal, converting Kaepernick’s game bonuses into guaranteed money, included the clause allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent in 2017. Kaepernick, 29, has indicated he plans to stand for the anthem next season. He knelt through the “Star Spangled Banner” all of last season to protest police brutality and the treatment of minorities, drawing criticism and acclaim alike.last_img read more

JCA honours Sabina Park icons

first_imgFormer West Indies captain Jimmy Adams was among 10 former West Indies players honoured by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) during the luncheon interval of the first Brighto Paints-Q Mobile Test between the West Indies and Pakistan at Sabina Park yesterday.The players were honoured for having played at the venue, which is currently hosting its 50th Test, and received from JCA president Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, a commemorative medal and T-shirt. The presentations were done next to the playing pitch.In addition to Adams, the other former players were Easton McMorris, Maurice Foster, Jeffrey Dujon, Ian Bishop, Nehemiah Perry, Franklyn Rose, Roland Holder, Uton Dowe and Wavell Hinds.”The presentation was borne from the fact that we wanted to recognise as best as possible the players, who participated in the 50 Test matches that have been played at Sabina Park,” explained JCA second vice-president, Mark Neita.”I think it is fair to say that a lot of those players have played a significant role in the development and performance of West Indies teams over the many years.”Up to today’s test match it is 195 players, including Shimron Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh – who have made their debuts in this match – would have represented the West Indies at Sabina Park, are we are happy,” he added.last_img read more

Kings’ Randolph arrested on pot charge at LA housing project

first_imgAlbay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Officers also arrested Stanley Walton, 43, on suspicion of carrying a gun as an ex-convict, Preciado said. She didn’t know if Walton has an attorney.Police recovered two guns, impounded two vehicles and seized narcotics, Preciado said.Randolph, a 16-year league veteran, spent eight seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies before signing with the Sacramento Kings in July. The Kings issued a statement Thursday saying the team was aware of the situation and would have no further comment at this time.The two-time NBA All-Star played for Michigan State University before being drafted in 2001 by the Portland Trail Blazers. Randolph also played for the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “The charges are false and misleading,” Randolph’s agent and attorney Raymond Brothers told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We’re looking at all options to resolve this matter.”Police on patrol observed a crowd drinking, smoking pot, blasting music and blocking streets at the Nickerson Gardens project in Watts, Preciado said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Officers called for backup when the crowd grew and people began throwing bottles and rocks.Five police cars and one sheriff’s vehicle ended up with smashed windows and slashed tires. No officers were hurt. LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Calisaan tows San Sebastian to rout of St. Benilde 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ FILE – In this April 27, 2017, file photo Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph warms up before an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis, Tenn. Police say Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Randolph was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill,File)Veteran NBA forward Zach Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, authorities said Thursday.Randolph, 36, was taken into custody late Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Liliana Preciado.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View commentslast_img read more

Philippines falls to Vietnam in bronze medal match

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Vicente said he still doesn’t want to talk about the putting up a new team although he was tasked by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas to groom a team for the long haul.“Let’s not completely disband the team. Maybe we can add more players,” added Vicente.The Philippines won over Malaysia but lost to Vietnam in the group stage, pitting the Nationals against Thailand in the semifinals.After losing to Thailand in the semis, the country once again faced Vietnam which we have previously defeated in the Asian Championships but were now suddenly unstoppable.“They all played great. All of them,” said Vicente at the mixed zone looking at Valdez who was being interviewed beside him.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jaja Santiago exploded with 20 points, Alyssa Valdez 17, Jovelyn Gonzaga 12 and Aby Marano 9 for the Philippines which went one set up and 20-17 in the second set.But Vietnam would always have an answer through unstoppable Tran Thi Thuy and Nguyen Thin Ngoc Hoa who unloaded 26 and 20 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’PH coach Francis Vicente noted the improvement from two years ago when the Nationals failed to make the final four.“The fighting mode is there but still needs more. But I’m happy. Maybe in the next SEA Games (Philippines 2019) the results would be different. Maybe we’ll be up there on top,” said Vicente. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Malacañang hails Filipino SEA Games medalists But the Vietnamese had more blocks, 14-5, and superior floor defense that proved to be telling. Vietnam also led in attacks 66-55.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal FILE PHOTO – Jaja Santiago of the Philippines attacks the defense of Vietnam during their women’s volleyball match in the 29th Southeast Asian Games. The Vietnamese prevailed, 26-24, 25-12, 25-23. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine women’s volleyball team — a squad of big-name players steep in drama and intrigue — wound up with an uneventful fourth-place finish Sunday.Taking on Vietnam for the bronze medal match, the Nationals fought long and hard but in the end showed obvious lack of chemistry to yield, 25-27, 25-22, 25-20, 25-21, in the Southeast Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ravena, Alas ready to step up for Gilas in Romeo’s absence

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The NLEX guards are included in Reyes’ 12-man lineup for the Japan game with Philippine side dealing with a depleted guard rotation.“It’s a big advantage for me to play with some of the best players in the league,” said Ravena. “Being around them twice a day helps me a lot when it comes to learning the nuances of the game. We’re locked in these next two weeks which will be important for our campaign in the 2019 Fiba World Cup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the thronePhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRavena has had numerous stints with the national team, last seeing action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.Alas, meanwhile, had to wait for three long years before getting this chance again, with his last tour coming in the 2014 Fiba Asia Cup in China. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Go, Nieto power Eagles to Finals “I’m just excited to play for the national team again. I’m really looking forward playing against Japan,” said Alas, who has grown into one of the the Road Warriors’ top guys the past season.The match against the Japanese is set at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Manila).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from Fiba.comWith Terrence Romeo missing Gilas Pilipinas duty due to a knee injury, coach Chot Reyes is hard-pressed to find someone to fill the hole left by the high-scoring guard, putting much of the burden on the shoulders of Jayson Castro.Fortunately, Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas are raring to contribute for the national team as it opens its 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers campaign against Japan on Friday at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Austria says ‘racial slur’ provoked Ross; Guiao denies using N-word

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Things came to head with 1:46 mark of the fourth quarter and the game already decided. While Kevin Alas was at the charity stripe, Guiao and Ross traded barbs that triggered a commotion among the players as they tried to come between the two.READ: SMB stays unscathed, escapes NLEX FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRoss was ejected after he was attested with his second technical foul and refused to entertain questions from the media after the game.Coach Leo Austria shed light on the exchange between Ross and Guiao, as relayed to him by the Defensive Player of the Year. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Ravena says staredown not intended to shame Pessumal Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf there’s one thing that San Miguel guard Chris Ross and NLEX coach Yeng Guiao have in common, it’s that both of them don’t want to lose.But the similarities end there as both figures  find themselves always at war, much like on Friday when Guiao and Ross butt heads anew late in San Miguel’s 109-98 win over NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I confronted Chris Ross because he’s one of the most important players in my team, especially in the endgame. According to Chris, he was called a n****r,” said the Beermen mentor. “That’s a word that he doesn’t want to hear from any people and that flared him up.”READ: PBA: RoS coach Guiao fined P20K for actions towards SMB’s RossGuiao, meanwhile, said that he just gave in to what Ross, who was talking trash him in front of the Road Warriors bench, wanted.“He was there in front of us and he wouldn’t stop trash talking. For me, you should be respectful at that point and be the one to distance yourself given that you’re already winning. The game was a foregone conclusion at that time, so maybe he should have been more respectful. He should just shut up,” he said. “I didn’t understand what he was saying and what he was talking about so I trash-talked him too.”Guiao, however, denied that he dropped the racial slur on Ross.ADVERTISEMENT “No, I did not say the N-word. I don’t know if anyone heard, but I didn’t,” he said.The fiery mentor admitted, though, that he gave Ross the middle finger as a part of his “psychological warfare,” but there’s nothing more to it.“He likes to mock, not just against us, everytime there are skirmishes like that. He also knows what he’s capable of,” said Guiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more