Mourinho rules out January defender swoop

first_img“One thing is to play Antonio Valencia at right-back, another thing is to play another one. One thing is to play Paul Pogba and another thing is Paul Pogba not being available to play. It depends on the situation.“What I know is there are teams without European competitions and we are in the worst European competition to play because if you go all the way, you have matches and matches and matches non-stop.“We have a two-legged semi-final against Hull. If we play the final, if we beat Hull, we would have to play against Manchester City later because it’s scheduled for the day of the final.“So I hope we are going to have a very complicated situation. But it would be very complicated.”Mourinho’s meeting with Hull in Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final first leg will see him face the east Yorkshire club’s new manager, his countryman and friend Marco Silva.“Let me wish my friend Marco big luck,” said Mourinho. “He’s a talented young manager. I want to wish him all the luck, except against us obviously.“And I want to make it very clear that my job is football manager, not football agent. And I have nothing to do with Marco coming to England.“He came to England because he is good and because he had good results previously!” Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ 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 Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Benfica defender Victor Lindelof has also been strongly linked with United, but Mourinho’s position suggests the Sweden international may now have to wait until the end of the season to complete any move.Despite being satisfied with his squad, Mourinho says it is a tall order to expect his team to cope with the pressure of competing on four fronts: the Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League.Silva welcome“I have 24 players,” said Mourinho, who has revealed he will not consider selecting Morgan Schneiderlin or Memphis Depay while they appear likely to leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window.“I cannot have 25 or 30. We have the right number of players. Is every player the same? No. Let’s be realistic. The squad is good, but not every player is the same.ADVERTISEMENT But Mourinho says that with Phil Jones back to full fitness and in fine form and Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo performing solidly, he will not make any such move.“No, I wait for Bailly,” Mourinho told reporters at the United training base west of Manchester. “I hope the three can control the situation in those eight matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I will try to rest one in every game. On Saturday (against Reading in the FA Cup) I will rest one, against Hull (in Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final first leg) another.“We’ll try to make a rotation between these three. We still have Daley Blind as the fourth in case we need him to play there. We have Michael Carrick, so let’s try.” MOST READ Rookie Van Opstal finally gets chance in SMB win over Elite Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho waves to fans after the final whistle during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. APJose Mourinho will not sign a new defender in January despite losing Ivorian center-back Eric Bailly to the Africa Cup of Nations, the Manchester United manager said on Friday.Mourinho has been linked with a potential move for a central defender, with Southampton’s Portuguese center-back Jose Fonte having handed in a transfer request and reportedly a target for his countryman.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ View commentslast_img read more

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Zouma to return as Conte rests players for Cup clash

first_imgFilipinos 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 “We have nothing to lose so we will try and get between Chelsea’s lines, win some corners and get some shots off on goal.“We will try and play on the front foot, like we do in every game.“We are going there full of confidence and we gave the players two days off in order to freshen their minds and bodies.“It’s a massive match for the club and we don’t want to leave anything behind on the pitch.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely He hinted 22-year-old Zouma was ready to come into his three-man backline for Premier League games should injuries occur to David Luiz, Gary Cahill or Cesar Azpilicueta.“I don’t think we need another central defender,” said Conte.“Kurt Zouma is ready to start. I’m pleased for him. He’s in the starting XI. Also for him, it’s a good opportunity to show me he’s in good form.“His injury was very bad, very bad. I knew this and I talked with my club about it and for this reason we knew Kurt needed more time to recover.“But now he’s in good shape and ready to play and restart his career.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books View comments LATEST STORIES Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federercenter_img 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round MOST READ Klopp hopes reserves can avoid FA Cup slip-up Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Football players Kurt Zouma, Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi attend Hublot x Chelsea FC event in Los Angeles at Sony Pictures Studios on July 28, 2016 in Culver City, California. Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Hublot/AFPAntonio Conte is set to bring Kurt Zouma and Michy Batshuayi into the Chelsea side for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie with League One side Peterborough United.The Blues manager will rest a number of his first-team players against the third tier outfit, four days after seeing their 13-league game winning run come to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Play on the front foot’Batshuayi has been forced to wait for his chance since arriving in a £33 million move from Marseille at the start of the season.Conte admits it has taken the 23-year-old Belgium international longer than he had hoped to adapt to the rigors of English football.“Diego is doing very well but playing a lot. For Michy it’s a good opportunity to show me his promise,” said Conte.“It’s not easy to arrive in England in this league and adapt when he’s a striker and young player, because this league is very physical.“But he’s working a lot and I’m seeing he’s improving and getting the idea about our football.“It’s a good opportunity to show that he deserves to play more in future.”Peterborough lie eighth in League One and travel to Stamford Bridge on the back of a good run of form that has brought three wins followed by three draws in their last six matches.That has lifted confidence among Grant McCann’s side and the manager insists he will not be asking his side to change their style for the meeting with the Premier League leaders.“I’m not making changes just because it’s Chelsea,” said McCann. Conte revealed he plans to start Zouma in his defense against Peterborough, 11 months after the French defender ruptured cruciate knee ligaments facing Manchester United.The 47-year-old Italian also confirmed Batshuayi will start up front, most likely in place of leading striker Diego Costa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnZouma has been back in training for weeks, with Conte cautious in bringing him back into the first-team fold after such a severe injury.The former Italy national coach has confirmed he is looking to buy new players in January, but not in central defesce. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’last_img read more

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Kings cool Hotshots

first_imgView comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Alab nips Singapore, keeps third spot Now, the multititled coach wants more of this type of game, believing that it will ultimately favor his side.“I thought, before the series, that this would be a defensive battle,” Cone said after limiting the Hotshots to their lowest output of the season and allowing just one player to score in twin digits. “But this is much graver. We’re bleeding for points and so are they.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It’s not bad basketball, it’s just really good defense,” he said. “And I’d like to think that this favors us. But they’re a great team, too.”Sol Mercado and Japeth Aguilar combined for 11 points in the fourth where the Kings scooted away in the dying minutes as the Kings grabbed the confidence booster they need going into Wednesday’s Game 4 at Smart Araneta Coliseum after posting the most convincing win of the series thus far. LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member In the other Final Four series, TNT KaTropa tries to pin San Miguel Beer’s back harder against the wall when the Texters shoot for a commanding 3-1 lead at 7 p.m. also at MoA Arena on Tuesday .The winner of the series’ last two games, the Texters have all the momentum they need to keep the resilient defending champions at bay.But if there’s one team that knows how to bounce back, it’s San Miguel, having erased a 0-3 deficit in the championship series against Alaska last season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Star won the first two games by an average of three points and the man responsible for doing that, Paul Lee, got bottled up so hard by the Ginebra defense that he was held to seven points, more than 10 below his average.“We’re back in the series now and we still have a chance to win this,” Cone, a Grand Slam winner with two different teams, said. “We just need the confidence.”Coming into the series, Star was easily one of the best, if not the top, offensive teams in the league. But against the bullish Ginebra defense, the Hotshots scored just four points in the last six minutes to lose big.Mercado went on to finish with 16 points and six assists, while Aguilar wound up with 15 and 13 rebounds.The Kings also got a lift from the veteran Joe Devance, who took pain killer shots for a left foot injury so he could give Ginebra some inside presence. He finished with six points and six rebounds but is “50-50 for Game 4,” according to Cone.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte PBA IMAGESThe box-office dream of a PBA Philippine Cup Final Four match-up has taken such a defensive twist that even Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone cannot believe it.But he sure as heck believes that his Gin Kings are back in the fight after taking down Star, 73-62, on Monday night at Mall of Asia Arena that cut the Hotshots’ best-of-seven series lead to 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILGlast_img read more

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NU coach unimpressed

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder PLAY LIST 05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Rain or Shine opens title defense vs Guiao, Chism China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing View comments National University coach Roger Gorayeb on Wednesday warned that even a Final Four finish won’t be achievable if the Lady Bulldogs continue to play without fire.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon NU scored a 25-21, 25-20, 25-19 win over league doormat Adamson in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.It was their second straight victory—after a scrambling win over University of the Philippines—but Gorayeb sounded as if they lost, lashing out at his wards for not giving it their best.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I have to tell them again and again that they need to have intensity,” said Gorayeb. “I got tired telling them that.”With NU trailing 11-16 in the third set, Gorayeb refused to talk to his players in the huddle and instead allowed assistant Edjet Mabbayad to give instructions. MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “You will be surprised because in practice they move differently,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “We won’t be able to reach the end if we continue to play this way.”The Lady Bulldogs, despite a powerful lineup led by versatile 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago, finished fifth last season.Now, Gorayeb said he is particularly worried over their next game, where they are pitted against heavyweight La Salle.La Salle was one of the three teams which dealt NU’s losses in the first round, aside from University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University.“There is still a long way to go but every team they (Lady Bulldogs) face, they show a different character,” he said. “We can’t afford to play that way against La Salle.”ADVERTISEMENT He’s got all the reasons to be concerned as La Salle flashed its razor-sharp game to cut down Far Eastern University later in the second game, 25-5, 25-23, 25-23.In handing FEU’s second straight defeat, La Salle also recovered its wits after losing to Ateneo in the last game of the first round.On a bright note, Gorayeb said he is thankful they were pitted against Adamson at the start of the second round because “we didn’t prepare for the game because I thought the second round would start on Saturday yet.”He said that during practice, he just instructed the team to run and lift weights not knowing they would have a game Wednesday.Santiago topscored with 15 points, while Jorelle Singh finished with 10 for NU, which rallied from a five-point deficit in the third set.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incidentlast_img read more

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Clutch Castro carries TNT to tie Finals series at 2-2

first_imgFilipinos 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 “It was a hard-fought ballgame. Both teams gave their best today and it’s nice that we ended up with the win,” said coach Nash Racela. “All we did, really, was just to tie the series.”Seemingly inspired by his laboring wife Kristy in the United States, hulking TNT import Joshua Smith frustrated the Beermen frontline and racked 20 markers, 15 boards, and two dimes as he imposed his presence in the paint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRoger Pogoy also recaptured his shooting touch and fired 14 points on a 6-of-9 sniping from the field, on top of three rebounds to bounce back from his two scoreless outings.Ranidel de Ocampo chipped in 13 markers, five rebounds, and three dimes while Troy Rosario had his best outing in the championship series with 13 points, three boards, and three assists. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gilas stint ‘dream come true’ for Fil-German Standhardinger Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut MOST READ 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathoncenter_img Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas Game 5 is on Friday, still at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Racela said that the TNT players were motivated seeing Chris Ross and Charles Rhodes bag the individual plums earlier in the night.“After they got their awards, I huddled the team and just told them, ‘Let them get all the individual awards and let’s get the team awards.’ For us that’s the more important thing,” he said.Winning the Best Import award earlier, Rhodes did not go home happy as he hit the showers early after getting ejected with 1:08 left in the fourth period. He led San Miguel with 22 points and eight rebounds.Alex Cabagnot scored 18 markers, six boards, and five assists, while Marcio Lassiter shot 1-of-8 from beyond the arc and chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know LATEST STORIES It was a night to forget for Ross, who earlier was feted with the Best Player of the Conference award, but was limited to just eight markers, five boards, four assists, and two steals.Foul-riddled all game long, June Mar Fajardo also struggled in the tiff as he finished with 13 points and nine rebounds in the loss.The Scores:TNT 102 – Smith 20, Castro 17, Pogoy 14, Rosario 13, De Ocampo 13, Garcia 10, Tautuaa 6, Rosales 3, Reyes 3, Williams 2, Semerad 1, Carey 0.SAN MIGUEL 97 – Rhodes 22, Cabagnot 18, Lassiter 14, Fajardo 13, Santos 12, Ross 8, De Ocampo 4, Tubid 3, Heruela 3, Espinas 0, Semerad 0, McCarthy 0, Van Opstal 0, Agovida 0.Quarters: 27-24, 49-47, 73-76, 102-97. Jayson Castro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayson Castro took matters into his own hands and carried TNT to a 102-97 victory to equalize the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series to two games apiece Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The speedy Kapampangan playmaker scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and got four rebounds, as he spurred the huge fourth quarter rally from a 78-73, capped off by an amazing reverse layup with 1:39 to spare to steer the KaTropa to the huge Game 4 win.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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French Open champ Ostapenko on the rise again in WTA rankings

first_imgTobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Dying at Wimbledon would have been acceptable—Bartoli Angelique Kerber (GER) 7,035 ptsSimona Halep (ROM) 6,920Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6,855Serena Williams (USA) 4,810Elina Svitolina (UKR) 4,765Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 4,550Johanna Konta (GBR) 4,400Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 4,310Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 4,010Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 3,985Venus Williams (USA) 3,941Petra Kvitova (CZE) 3,135Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 3.110Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 3.095Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 3,060Elena Vesnina (RUS) 2,831Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 2,580Madison Keys (USA) 2,523Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 2,325Timea Bacsinsky (SUI) 1,873 MOST READ LATEST STORIES 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 LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko celebrates after winning the second set against Britain’s Johanna Konta during their women’s singles third round tennis match at the ATP Aegon International tennis tournament in Eastbourne, southern England, on June 29, 2017. AFPSurprise French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko resumed her rise up the rankings to number 13 ahead of her Wimbledon opener on Monday.The Latvian who jumped 35 places last month to 12th spot following her shock triumph at Roland Garros, then slipped back to 14th place last month, is on the rise again after reaching the third round of the Eastbourne tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LSU title parade draws massive crowds Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ The top 10 remains unchanged as Wimbledon gets underway although third-placed Czech Karolina Pliskova, the winner at Eastbourne, is closing the gap on second-placed Simona Halep of Romania.WTA ranking: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’last_img read more

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Diones nails triple jump silver at Asian Athletics C’ships

first_imgClippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES LSU title parade draws massive crowds Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Ernest John Obiena also made the country proud on Friday after claiming the bronze medal in men’s pole vault, an event usually dominated by China, Japan and South Korea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Navarro dazzles in first game with Stagscenter_img Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:40Filipinos 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 MOST READ LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Xu Xiao of China likewise registered 16.45m but Diones had a better second best jump of 16.43m compared to Xu’s 16.41mIt was the third medal of Diones in an international meet the past three months after winning the gold in the 2017 Thailand Open last June.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’The BS Criminology graduate from Jose Rizal University also topped the Ayala National Athletics Open in Ilagan City last May where Diones reset the national record to 16.70m.After these feats, Diones is now a strong contender for the gold in the coming Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. New Philippine record in men’s triple jump by Harry Diones (left). Photo by June NavarroTriple jumper Mark Harry Diones is now a force in the continental scene after capturing a silver medal Saturday in the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, India.The 24-year-old from Libmanan, Camarines Sur jumped 16.45 meters behind the golden effort of China’s Zhu Yaming (16.82m).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Okano, Viljugrein take Reggae Marathon crowns

first_img “My body felt light, I felt good this morning, so I was just able to keep my form and composure. It was my first time, but I had a really good run and I enjoyed it,” said Okano, who was speaking through interpreter Gregory St Pierre Gordon. “It was hot, got pretty warm, but (It was) nothing too much out of the ordinary, so I was able to enjoy myself and have a good run,” he added. Okano, who was running outside of Japan for the first time, said he is looking forward to competing in Jamaica again next year. “Yes, I’m looking forward to running overseas again and hopefully it will be Jamaica again,” said Okano. Norway’s Ann Viljugrein took the female marathon in 3:29:09, ahead of Celine Vandenbroucke, 3:38:54, and Victoria Old, 3:49:57. G.C Foster College’s Oshane Archibald was the men’s half-marathon winner in 1:13:21, followed by Kemar Leslie, 1:18:03, and Ryon Chambers, 1:22:17. Charlie Pipe took the female equivalent in 1:37:13 with Paulina Tautz, 1:38:57 and Arieya Martin rounding out the top three. Garfield Gordon, also of G.C. Foster, continued his good run of form, taking the men’s 10K in a time of 31:42 ahead of Dwayne Graham, 33:20, and Tyrese Reid, 33:43. Schoolgirl Samantha Pryce, 41:03, took the female 10K ahead of Aniesha Lawrence, 41:50, and Zoeyann Wint, 41:52. GOOD RUN Despite the change of day from Saturday to Sunday for the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K in Negril, the event still saw some 2,646 participants turn out for the 18th staging, with half the numbers coming in from overseas. The Tottori Prefecture Marathon in Japan continues to show up big for Jamaica’s most prestigious road race, with their athlete Daichi Okano taking the men’s marathon in 2:47.17. Gregory McKenzie, 2:49:39, and Troy Pennington, 2:58:40, took second- and third-place honours, respectively. Okano, 26, despite being autistic, has been running competitively since the age of 15. However, this is his third competitive marathon and his first win. He expressed that he enjoyed running here, although it got a bit hot near the end.last_img read more

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Patriots make light work of Chargers

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP): Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and had three touchdowns and the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 in the divisional play-offs yesterday to earn their eighth straight trip to the AFC championship game. New England (12-5) will play at Kansas City in next week’s AFC title game. The Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 in Foxborough in Week six. It is the 13th conference championship game appearance by the Patriots during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. The Chargers (13-5) have not reached the AFC title game since the 2007 season. Quarterback Philip Rivers finished 25 of 51 for 331 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He is 0-5 in games played in Foxborough, including 0-3 in the postseason. Brady finished 34 of 44 for 343 yards and a touchdown. He improves to 8-0 as a starter against Rivers, who drops to 1-8 against New England all-time. James White tied Darren Sproles’ NFL postseason record with 15 catches, totalling 97 yards. New England scored on their first four possessions of the game to build a 35-7 half-time lead.last_img read more

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Ideology…

first_img…of powerThere are some who claim that Granger, the present leader of the PNC, doesn’t have an ideology like his mentor, Forbes Burnham. They couldn’t be further from the truth!! The question that arises is: “What was Burnham’s ideology?” That is, the body of ideas that both “explained” the world and simultaneously guided him in negotiating that world. The short answer is Burnham’s ideology was encapsulated in one word – ‘power’.There are, running around, some who’ll want you to believe that Burnham’s ideology was “socialism”, or Marxism, or even “Black Power”!! The last was ironically the closest; since he was black, and wanted power more than anything else in the world! But following Fanon in his explication of “Black Faces; White masks”, it’s quite possible Burnham didn’t even see himself as ‘black”!  Burnham’s “black power” was about his personal power – he couldn’t care less about other black people, and saw them only as a means for him to acquire the personal power he craved!!And this is what Granger’s all about. He’s just as opportunistic about using whatever that’s floating around out here if it would help to get him power. Granger, for instance, is never tired about boasting about how he’s consummating Burnham’s “legacy”. But if, from an economic standpoint, Granger has just adopted the neo-liberal model of the IMF – circa 1980s!! — how could he be consummating Burnham’s “cooperative socialism”?? We all know what Burnham thought about the IMF, don’t we?? He called it an “International Mother F**ker” and threw them out of the country.Granger’s all about power. If Burnham’s bible – in his own words – was that of Machiavelli’s “The Prince’ – which explained in lurid detail how to get and keep power by any means necessary, Granger’s bible is from his military background – Carl von Clausewitz’s “On War”. As is typical of these 19th century tomes, their philosophy was summarised rather pithily by the author himself: “War is a mere continuation of politics by other means”!As one analyst wrote: Clausewitz is “the source of the doctrine of ‘absolute war,’ the fight to a finish theory which, beginning with the argument that ‘war is only a continuation of state policy by other means,’ ended by making policy the slave of strategy…” And this is what’s playing out in Guyana’s politics today. Granger will stop at nothing to win what he sees as a “war” against the PPP.The firing of 7700 sugar workers in just another policy in his total war strategy. The battles over constitutional interpretation (“perceptions”!!) and judicial appointments are just another front of his total war.It cannot be too soon for Guyanese to understand the Burnhamite ideology of total power – before we’re all consumed by Granger!…of sell outYour Eyewitness isn’t surprised at the surprise being expressed by the Georgetown chatterati at the shameless sell-out of our country to various and sundry carpetbaggers, foreign and domestic. He isn’t surprised because they’re all cut from the same pack of cards: people who think you can just sit around in air-conditioned rooms, sign pieces of paper, and – voila!! – the country will develop.Sorry to burst your bubbles, chumps!! These carpetbaggers come in all stripes and hues, but they all have one thing in common: they’ve come to take you to the cleaners. Most often, this will take the form of tax concessions — which used to be called “tax holidays”, but which today are in much more devious guises. Of course, the PPP had to sweeten the deal for Rusal to come here…but the question that must be challenging the PNC brain-trust is: How was the PPP able to do it WITH SO LITTLE!!!One answer, of course, is their percentage might just be too high!!…of brother’s keeperBack in the days of slavery, one of the slogans was “Am I not a man and a brother?” Seems like one of our big ones has abandoned the homily.He’s said his brother’s on his own!!last_img read more

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