Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MANILA, Philippines—Tickets for the opening spectacle and some of the sports events of 2019 Southeast Asian Games are now on sale.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe opening ceremonies scheduled for November 30 at Philippine Stadium is expected to draw a packed crowd with 11 nations, including the host country, parading their delegations in front of mostly Filipino fans.Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is expected to light the SEA Games cauldron marking the start of the biennial games. General admission tickets to some events are being sold for as low as P50.Information are available at SMTickets.com. Sports have been organized according to the cluster location of the events.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: 2019 SEA Games Torch Run Cebu leg Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Tickets for the opening rites range from P1,000 to P12,000.Meanwhile, those interested in watching the action in Manila, Subic, Clark and other venues can also start purchasing their tickets. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES Rice industry paralysis MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
First-half goals by Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar earned Monaco a surprise 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League Group E opener at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday to silence the London club’s record ‘home’ attendance. (Ronaldo, Morata help Real Madrid earn comeback win vs Sporting Lisbon )More than 85,000 packed the national stadium — Tottenham’s adopted home for this year’s Champions League — on a balmy Riviera-like night in London but the club’s second campaign among Europe’s elite began in disheartening fashion.Toby Alderweireld’s header shortly before the interval offered hope of a second-half siege but Monaco, leaders of Ligue 1, held out comfortably to top the early group standings. (Sergio Aguero hat-trick helps Manchester City trounce Moenchengladbach)”We conceded a goal after 16 minutes that, at this level and in football, you cannot concede,” Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said. “We improved in the second half and had chances to win.”They had only two shots on target and scored twice. We feel very disappointed with the result, we deserved more but you cannot concede like we did.”RECORD CROWDThe crowd, beating the 75,038 that watched Tottenham play Sunderland at White Hart Lane in 1938, was a new record for a home fixture for a British club in the competition. (Mahrez brace gives Leicester City flying start in Champions League)And they pumped up the volume as the game kicked off with Spurs on the front foot and Son Heung-Min close to giving the hosts a dream start with a shot cleared off the line.advertisementNear silence descended on the huge stadium when Monaco, who stunned Arsenal two seasons ago in the last 16, took the lead with their first real incursion after 15 minutes.Argentine playmaker Erik Lamela carelessly gave the ball away in his own half and Portugal international Silva ran on unopposed before smashing a shot past Hugo Lloris.Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, known for their high-tempo football last season when they challenged for the Premier League title, struggled to exert any sustained pressure.Monaco looked comfortable and doubled their lead in the 31st minute when Djibril Sidibe slung in a hopeful cross and it rebounded off the body of Spurs left back Ben Davies to Lemar, on for the injured Nabil Dirar, to send a powerful shot into the roof of the net past Lloris.DELE ALLI’S NEAR MISSThe tiny travelling pod of Monaco fans numbering no more than 350 celebrated but it was the vast home majority who found their voices again just before half-time when Lamela’s corner was headed powerfully home by Belgian Alderweireld.Dele Alli was desperately close to equalising in first-half stoppage time, stretching to reach a Lamela cross.Tottenham were re-energised at the start of the second half and Alli brought a superb save from Danijel Subasic after letting fly with a dipping volley from 25 metres.Harry Kane then found himself clear on goal but delayed his shot far too long and was closed down.Kane wasted an even better chance with 12 minutes remaining, shooting straight at Subasic from in front of goal.Monaco were calm thereafter and suffered no late alarms.
Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova beat Misaki Doi and Kurumi Nara 6-7 (3), 7-5, 10-8 in the first round of the women’s doubles event at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament here on Tuesday.The Indo-Czech advanced to the quarter-finals after a hard-fought contest against their Japanese opponents at Indoor Court 3.The match was a see-saw affair and stretched for 2 hours and two minutes.The first set was a close contest which the Indo-Czech pair surrendered in 48 minutes in a tie-breaker.But from there on Sania-Barbora managed to hold a slight edge on the contest and edged the second set 7-5 in 56 minutes and the deciding thirs set tie-breaker by a slender margin in 18 minutes.They will next face China’s Yifan Xu and Japanese Miyu Kato in the quarters.Sania and Barbora were beaten in the quarter-finals of the US Open recently.
Manchester United should be favouring Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld over Leicester defender Harry Maguire, says Rio Ferdinand, while they also need to get the best out of Paul Pogba.The Red Devils are scrambling around trying to find a new centre-half ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline, with several options having been considered as the summer window runs down.Belgium international Alderweireld appears to have emerged as the favoured choice of Jose Mourinho, with Goal revealing that a compromise has been reached with Spurs over a fee, and that decision is supported by Ferdinand. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The former United defender told the Mirror: “Harry Maguire did great at the World Cup, but of the players potentially available he would not be my first choice. I would go for Alderweireld, all day long, because he is suited to the way United play.“But it will take more than a quality defender to galvanise them, and this is where you have to respect Mourinho’s track record and his history of winning trophies.“Do I think he will still be manager of Manchester United this time next year? Put it this way: I hope so, because if he is still there, it means they have been successful and won something.“I wouldn’t write him off. He has won 20 trophies as a manager.“He knows how to galvanise teams by instilling a siege mentality sometimes and he is going to need all his dark arts to create that atmosphere of ‘Manchester United against the world’ to make them formidable again.“But it’s not just new signings that is going to be the catalyst. It’s the manager who sets the tone, and he’s got a few big issues to address.”One of the biggest challenges facing Mourinho is bringing the best out of Pogba, with the Frenchman having shown during a triumphant World Cup campaign with his country this summer what he is capable of when confident and played in a favoured role.Ferdinand added: “He’s got to get Paul Pogba to play for United the way he did for France at the World Cup.“The talent at Mourinho’s disposal is undeniable. But can he get the best out of them, and play in a way that maximises their ability?“It’s going to be a big ask for United to win the title, and I’m afraid I would be surprised if they made serious inroads in the Champions League as well.”
Apple ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack with its iPhone 7 and paved the way for Android phones to follow. After Xiaomi and HTC, now the Chinese company Honor is speculated to launch its next flagship Honor 9 sans the headphone jack.In a latest leak by The Tech Point, the Honor 9 is exposed from several angles, including the top and bottom sides of the phone. The bottom side of the phone shows two speaker grills divide by a USB Type-C port in the middle. This means that the smartphone may ditch the headphone jack. The two speaker grills- one possibly would be the mic for calls and the other would be the loudspeaker.The other picture of Honor 9 reveals that it will stick to its dual camera set up for its next flagship as well. From the previous leaked pictures of Honor 9, we know that the device may share its looks and design with its predecessor Honor 8. The upcoming Honor 9 is also speculated to come with the laser focus module and LED flash.Further, it is expected to sport a reflective glass back and a fingerprint scanner at the front. Though the Honor 9 may twin Honor 8 design wise but there is one major difference expected this time- the placement of fingerprint sensor. While in Honor 8, the sensor was placed on the rear panel, Honor 9 is expected to come with a front-mounted fingerprint sensor.Alongside this, the Honor 9 is also expected to be powered by a Kirin 960 SoC and a battery size of more than 3000 mAh. Along with headphone jack, Honor 9 is also expected to drop the Honor 8’s Smart Key feature this time.advertisementAlso Read: Huawei Honor 9 live images leak, shows dual cameras, fingerprint scannerLately, several Android smartphones have dropped the headphone jack citing reasons like water resistance and space constraints. Recently Xiaomi ditched the headphone in its Mi 6 smartphone. The company told Android central that by eliminating headphone jack, phone can have more space for other components. It further said that USB Type-C audio port is common these days and offer good sound quality.Not only Xiaomi, HTC too seem to be on the same track. The rumours around its next flagship HTC U11 suggest that the phone may ditch the headphone jack and instead may come with a separate headphone adaptor.
New Delhi, May 7 (PTI) Heena Sindhu claimed a bronze medal in the womens 10m Air Pistol as India ended the Grand Prix of Liberation Plezn 2017 Shooting championships with seven medals. On the final day of the championship, Heena shot 218.8 in the eight-woman final, won by Greek shooter Anna Korakaki, who had won a gold medal in the 25m pistol and a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol at Rio Games. Anna sot 246.3 to finish ahead of Germanys rising star, 21-year old Michelle Skeries took silver with a score of 237.8. India returned from the championship in Czech Republic with a haul of one gold, two silver and four bronze medals. With the second stage of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup for Rifle and Pistol slated for later this month in Munich, this performance should do the squad a world of good. India?s Shri Nivetha Paramanantham had also qualified for the womens 10m Air Pistol finals but finished fourth behind Heena with a finals score of 198.7. Earlier Shri Nivetha had qualified for the finals in 3rd position ahead of Heena who qualified in 5th position, but used her class and finals experience to finish among the medals. Indians made it to four more finals with Pooja Ghatkar finishing fourth in Women?s 10m Air Rifle, Gurpreet Singh finishing 6th in the Men?s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol which was won eventually by Germany?s Olympic champion Christian Reitz and Chain Singh finishing seventh in the Men?s 50m Rifle 3 Positions final. Former Olympic Bronze medalist, Gagan Narang who competed for the first time for his shooting academy Gun for Glory (the event allowed private participation at own cost) finished 4th in the Men?s 50m Rifle Prone event while Sushil Ghaley representing India finished fifth. There were also impressive performances by the Indian men?s 25m Standard Pistol team, which swept the medals in the event, with Neeraj Kumar winning gold, Harpreet Singh silver and Deepak Sharma the bronze medal. Veteran women?s Rifle shooter Tejaswini Sawant also won silver in the 50m Rifle Prone event while Pemba Tamang won bronze in the Men?s 25m Centre Fire Pistol. PTI AT ATadvertisement
The South African government on Tuesday said it had lifted a ban on the country’s rugby union hosting international events after it made progress improving racial diversity in the sport, paving the way for a 2023 Rugby World Cup bid.The government imposed the ban last year having pushed for the country’s main sports to create more opportunities for black players and administrators more than two-decades after the end of white-minority rule under the Apartheid system.The ban also applied to athletics, cricket and netball.”I would like to congratulate rugby, cricket and netball on their improved scores, you were clearly willing to walk the extra mile,” Sports Minister Thulas Nxesi said in a statement issued by South African Rugby.”Their right to bid for and host major sporting events, which was revoked before, is hereby immediately reinstated.”Cricket and netball have also had their sanctions lifted, while the ban remained in place for the athletics federation.Nxesi, who is new in the post, said he expected sporting federations to provide leadership on racial diversity at school and club levels.The government report also examines participation demographics, governance, and employment equity from school to elite level.”This is great news and a tribute to the work that the sport has been doing in recent years to stay in tune and relevant to modern South Africa,” SA Rugby president Mark Alexander said.”We can now put the finishing touches to what we believe will be an outstanding bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.”advertisementSouth Africa are bidding to host the global showpiece along with Ireland and France. A decision is due in November.
Sunderland manager David Moyes has resigned following their relegation from the Premier League this season, the northeast club said in a statement on Monday.Moyes, who joined Sunderland at the start of the campaign, said earlier this month he would stay in charge next term but the Scot decided to leave after a meeting with the board in London on Monday.”I would like to thank (chairman) Ellis Short and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club,” Moyes, 54, said in a statement.”I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League”.Short added: “I pursued the services of David Moyes for a considerable period prior to his appointment last summer, which makes the announcement of his departure difficult for everyone concerned.”Having worked tirelessly throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is testament to his character.”Sunderland appointed Moyes on a four-year contract in July to replace Sam Allardyce who left to become England manager.However, the former Everton and Manchester United boss, who had been released by Real Sociedad, struggled at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland finished bottom of the table with 24 points after only six victories in 38 games, scoring 29 goals.The Scot, who was sacked by Real Sociedad after just a year in charge, had last managed in England during an ill-fated spell at United in 2013-14, following Alex Ferguson’s retirement.advertisementMoyes had started his managerial career at Preston North End, winning the third-tier crown, before leaving to take over at Everton where he spent more than 11 years.He was Sunderland’s fourth full-time managerial appointment since Italian Paolo Di Canio was sacked in September 2013.The club had flirted with relegation in each of the previous four seasons before finally going down this term.Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips is the bookmakers’ favourite to take over with former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka and Leeds United boss Garry Monk also backed.Chairman Short added: “In the days ahead we will take some time for reflection, and then focus on recruitment and pre-season as we prepare for our Championship campaign.”ALSO WATCH:
Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods was arrested in South Florida on Monday morning on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to media reports.Woods, who is second on the all-time list with 14 major titles, was taken into custody at about 3 a.m. (0700 GMT) near his Jupiter Island home and released hours later on his own recognizance, NBC affiliate WPTV reported.Woods’s representatives did not respond immediately to Reuters when asked to confirm the reports.(Reuters Photo)Woods, who is currently sidelined from competition after having his fourth back surgery in April, said last week that he felt better than he had in years and had no plans to retire from competitive golf.”Presently, I’m not looking ahead,” Woods, 41, wrote on his website.”I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.”This is not the first time Woods has made headlines away from the golf course. His private life unravelled in late 2009 over allegations about affairs with several women and ultimately led to the end of his marriage.Those allegations followed a bizarre early morning car accident outside his Florida home that rapidly ballooned into a fully-fledged sex scandal which turned his previously unblemished life and career upside down.
Dani Alves is hoping his penchant for winning cups rubs off on his teammates when Juventus try to end a 21-year wait for the Champions League title by beating Real Madrid on Saturday.During a trophy-laden eight years with Barcelona the 34-year-old Brazilian right back won the Champions League three times as well as three Club World Cups and three UEFA Super Cups.Add in the two UEFA Cups he won with Sevilla and it is obvious why Juventus feel that in Alves they have a player who can guide them to European glory.Alves is no lover of record books, however, and says his vast collection of silverware will mean nothing if Juventus fall short in Cardiff’s National Stadium.”The moments you have had are just history but history is made in every moment,” Alves, a key figure in Juve’s domestic double having signed last year, told reporters on Friday.”You need to try every day to add pages to that story – life has brought me to this team to try to deliver this dream.”I don’t feel more important just because I’ve been through this. I just came to try to share this dream with them.”Alves is the second-most decorated footballer of all time in European competitions with nine winners’ medals – one behind former AC Milan great Paolo Maldini on the all-time list.He won the Champions League in 2008-09 and 2010-11 and again in 2014-15 with Barca when Juventus were their victims in the final.advertisementVeteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon, who was in goal for Juve two years ago and will be again on Saturday, is yet to add a Champions League winners’ medal to his showcase and Alves would like nothing more than to fill that space for his team mate.”For a player as a big as Gigi it wouldn’t change his career as a player but I think it would be one more wonderful page added to his football history,” he said.”When I arrived I said they weren’t signing a star but a worker who wanted to achieve things with them, in order to take the Cup home. We need to make sure the dream comes reality and it would be something to finally win this trophy with Buffon. It’s nice to live all this again with my new team mates.”After nearly a decade being a thorn in the left-hand side of a succession of Real Madrid teams with Barca, Alves plays down the significance of Saturday’s opponents in Cardiff.”It’s special to me but it’s not Dani Alves v Real Madrid, it’s Juventus v Real Madrid,” he said.
After a four-match unbeaten run, India will look to securing a semi-finals berth at the ICC Women’s World Cup when they meet South Africa at the Grace Road ground here on Saturday.India will look to maintaining their winning streak after having defeated England, the West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in their previous outings.On the other hand, South Africa have been a bit inconsistent, winning two of their four matches. They lost to England while their match against New Zealand was abandoned due to rain.India are at the second spot on the points table with eight points, the same as defending champions Australia who are at the top position due to a superior run rate.For South Africa, a win against India will help them enter the top four and get into contention for a semi-finals spot. The Proteas are presently at the fifth spot with five points.India will heavily depend upon their in-form batter Smriti Mandhana and skipper Mithali Raj who have been in good nick throughout the tournament.Mandhana and Raj have figured in all the four matches played by India so far. Mandhana has scored 206 runs with an average of 51.50 while Raj has scored 178 runs with an average of 44.50.In the bowling department, the Indian spinners have wreaked the most damage on the opposition and may prove to be the key against South Africa as well.Indian spinners Ekta Bisht and Deepti Sharma have picked up seven wickets each while Poonam Yadav has taken five wickets in the four matches that India have played so far.advertisementTalented Indian batter Veda Krishnamurthy believes that her side holds the upper hand against South Africa and knows their strengths and weaknesses with the white ball.”We’re quite confident for the game against South Africa because in the last four or five games we have played against them we have done well. We are aware of their team, we know what combinations and players are there, so we can play according to our strengths,” she said.”We played them a couple of months back so we know their strengths and weaknesses, so we will be working towards them. We are more compact than them, because individually, South Africa are very good, but when it comes to collective performance, they really depend on their main players to do well.”On the other hand, South Africa will depend on their openers Lizelee Lee and Laura Wolvaardt to start well against India.Lee with 161 runs and Wolvaardt with 138 runs have been the leading scorers for South Africa in the three matches they have played so far.In the bowling department, pacer Marizanhe Kapp will be the key for the Proteas. Kapp is the leading wicket taker in the tournament with eight scalps in three matches.Leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk, who has picked up five wickets in three matches, will be another important player in the Proteas bowling department.Squads:India: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wicketkeeper), Poonam Yadav.South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Trisha Chetty (wicketkeeper), Moseline Daniels, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon and Laura Wolvaardt.
LG launched three new Q series smartphones — LG Q6, LG Q6+, and LG Q6a earlier this month. The company now silently announces another phone under its Q series called – LG Q8. The new LG Q8 is the mini version of the LG V20, as the company claims itself. The smartphone comes with a 5.2-inch QHD panel with a secondary display, while from the back side the phone looks much like the V20.LG Q8 comes with a metal body with IP67 waterproofing, Quad DAC, basically it is the water resistant version of the LG V20. The phone further comes with the Snapdragon 820 processor by Qualcomm, unlike the LG V20 which is powered by Snapdragon 821 chipset.On the display front, the smartphone comes with a 5.2-inch QHD IPS LCD display with a 106×1040 pixel resolution. The screen is further protected with Gorilla Glass 4. Although being a phone so small, the LG G8 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and is backed by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery, which is really not that bad for a phone of this size.LG Q8 comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable via a microSd card. While on the optics front, the smartphone comes with dual cameras (13-megapixel + 8-megapixel sensor) at the rear, while on the front, the handset features a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. The back camera is capable of 4K 2160p video, while the front cam comes with a wide lens which comes with the ability to record 1080p video.advertisementThe LG Q8 was found listed on the company’s Italian site, which clearly indicates that the smartphone is yet to hit the other markets. There’s no mention about the pricing details of the LG Q8.LG announced three new smartphones called — LG Q6, LG Q6+, and LG Q6a a few days ago. Commenting on all the three brand new Q series smartphones, LG said, “Q series offers some of the most sought premium features at a competitive price.” All the three Q series smartphones — LG Q6, LG Q6+, and LG Q6a comes packed with the company’s FullVision display, which was also seen in the company’s previous flagship phone – LG G6. Further, all the phones sport almost similar design language and as the LG G6. Reports suggest that the LG Q6, LG Q6+, and LG Q6a looks pretty much similar and are launched in two colour variants — Astro Black and Ice Platinum colours.Also Read: LG Q6, LG Q6+, and LG Q6a launched: Full specs, availability and everything else to know
The Nawab of Bollywood, Saif Ali Khan turns 47 today, and more than the birthday boy, it’s his darling daughter who has been ruffling our hearts of late. Even without making an official Bollywood debut, this lovely 23-year-old has managed to create a fan-base for herself, thanks to her flawless beauty and brilliant style-sense.While she has managed to get us hooked on to her public appearances by a grand display of the fashionista in her, on more than one occasions, Sara is an emerging fashion-icon of the industry.Also Read: Jhanvi Kapoor should learn a thing or two about donning velvet from Kendall Jenner Last night, the Pataudis celebrated Saif’s birthday in a private family affair, and Sara stole the limelight yet again. The gorgeous lady looked ultra-hot in a white, one-shoulder top teamed with a pair of matching shorts, but it was her spiffy choice of shoes that made all the difference.Picture courtesy: Instagram/kareenakapoorteam Sara teamed her simple-yet-chic outfit with a pair of denim, thigh-high boots that looked just so hot on her well-toned legs. While she was busy setting the world on fire in her casual look, we were thrown back to the time when Hollywood celebrity Kim Kardashian first sported denim boots.Picture courtesy: Instagram/saraaalikhanAlso Read: Lakme Fashion Week ’17: Showstopper Disha Patani looks like a sensual swanKnown for being the progenitor of quirky fashion trends, the American model had worn a pair of distressed, open-toe, heeled boots by Gianvito Ross with a sweater-dress earlier last year. As expected, denim boots turned into a massively followed fashion trend in the international fashion arena.advertisementPhoto: Pinterest/fashionbombdaily.comPhoto: Yogen Shah While our tinsel-town celebs have stayed away from this much-loved shoe-trend, actress Kriti Sanon donned a similar pair in the track Main Tera Boyfriend for her film, Raabta. When the newbie, Kriti could only take up this trend for a dance number, Sara Ali was seen sporting it casually like a total boss.Kriti Sanon wearing denim boots in the song Main Tera Boyfriend. Photo: Youtube It is appreciable to see Sara taking a step forward (pun intended), and successfully trying to step into Kim’s shoes (pun intended, again).Photo: Yogen Shah Do we have a fashion-forward star-kid on the block already?
Ivan Rakitic, FC Barcelona’s Croatian midfielder, has stoked fire saying Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo, at least according to him.The 29-year-old midfielder has tried to raise questions on Ronaldo’s claim of being the best footballer in the world. Ronaldo bagged his fifth Ballon d’Or in Paris this week and in the process drew level with Messi in the trophy count.Cristiano Ronaldo struck two goal in Real Madrid’s 5-0 drubbing of Sevilla on Saturday, after showing off his shiny Ballon d’Or trophy collection at the Bernabeu pitch before kick off.”You know my opinion,” Rakitic was quoted as saying by ESPNFC after Barcelona’s 2-0 La Liga win over Villarreal on Sunday.”With all the respect in the world for Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s up against the greatest in the history of the game.”I congratulate him for winning the Ballon d’Or but, for me, Leo is unique. There’s only one No. 1. Those behind him are unfortunate enough to have coincided with him.” Messi scored the second goal in Barcelona’s win against Villarreal, matching Gerd Muller’s long-standing record for the most goals for one club in the top five European leagues.Leo #Messi – 525 ??Gerd Mller – 525 ???????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/Cu2t89sNsG- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 11, 2017Luis Suarez opened the scoring for Barcelona in the second half. Villarreal were then reduced to 10-men following Daniel Raba’s dismissal. Barcelona after the win, remain five points clear at the top of the La Liga table, ahead of Valencia.(With Inputs from IANS)advertisement
ATHENS — Defending champion Olympiakos rolled to an easy 3-0 victory over OFI in the Greek league on Sept. 13.OFI defender Dele Adeleye conceded the match-winner with an own goal in the 22nd minute, and Jimmy Durmaz and Alejandro Dominguez put the result away with scores in the 44th and 54th minutes, respectively.Olympiakos aimed at conserving its forces for its Champions League match on Sept. 9 against visiting Atletico Madrid, but still dominated the game. It had 25 attempts at goal against OFI’s one, and also had a shot by Jorge Benitez hit the crossbar in the 69th.Olympiakos shares second place with PAOK, also a 3-0 winner over newcomer Niki Volos. Veria, which overcame a first-minute goal by visiting Kerkyra to win 2-1, tops the league with three wins in as many games. TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Nothing seems to be bothering the St. Louis Blues these days. Not blown leads, late deficits, or even some overtime.The Blues dealt with several challenges Nov. 3 against the New York Rangers, and escaped Madison Square Garden with a 4-3 shootout victory and a five-game winning streak.“These are the types of wins you really need to achieve,” said Brian Elliott, who had 36 saves and a first-period assist. “This is a big one for us. They were coming at us hard early and we responded really well in the second and third.”Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the third round of the shootout, the Blues’ second straight, to go along with a goal and an assist in regulation. It was St. Louis’ eighth win in nine visits to the Garden (8-0-1).The Rangers lost at home in a shootout for the second straight game, following a 1-0 defeat against Winnipeg on Nov. 1. They are 4-1-2 in their past seven.“We’re playing some solid hockey,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We lose the last two games in a shootout, so I would say that our 5-on-5 play in both (was good). “We are taking steps in the right direction.”Alexander Steen also scored in the shootout, and Patrik Berglund and Jay Bouwmeester added regulation goals for the Blues, who lost a 2-1 lead in the third. It was St. Louis’ third victory after regulation during its win streak.“That’s the type of hockey we have to play,” forward David Backes said. “It was up to us find a way to come back.”Martin St. Louis scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the third for the Rangers, who also led 1-0 in the first period on Chris Kreider’s third of the season. Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots.“There were a lot of positives we take out,” said St. Louis, who had his 52nd multi-goal game, “but this is a game of results. We have to find ways, and we didn’t.”The Rangers earned a point despite a depleted defense corps and a rare start by Talbot, who gave Henrik Lundqvist his second game off this season.On defense, the Rangers were missing captain Ryan McDonagh (separated shoulder), John Moore (suspension) and Kevin Klein (foot). New York was forced to use Michael Kostka and recent call-ups Conor Allen and Dylan McIlrath.The Rangers, who beat the Blues in St. Louis in the season opener, nearly won this one during an overtime power play, but Rick Nash’s shot struck the post, and Elliott covered the rebound.The Blues took their first lead at 3:50 of the third when defenseman Barret Jackman’s shot hit Rangers forward Chris Mueller and then bounded in off Berglund for his first goal.“I thought I played pretty well. I hadn’t been in a game in a while,” Talbot said. “We have to find a way to win the close games, and that starts with me.”New York was later denied after Elliott got out of position. The Blues had four other players in the crease, including Backes and Jaden Schwartz on the goal line blocking pucks.The Blues escaped that flurry, but just over a minute later, the Rangers tied it 2-2 on St. Louis’ second of the season. Carl Hagelin sent a behind-the-back pass from behind the net to St. Louis, who sneaked behind Elliott and scored inside the right post at 6:28.New York went ahead at 13:17 when Nash feathered a perfect pass across the Blues zone that eluded defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and landed on St. Louis’ stick for his second of the night. However, that lead lasted only 1:16 before Bouwmeester’s rising snap shot beat Talbot.Lee Stempniak scored New York’s lone goal in the shootout.The Blues outshot the Rangers 17-8 in the second and got even at 1 on Tarasenko’s seventh of the season and sixth in four games.With St. Louis on its first power play, Tarasenko — the NHL’s No. 1 star of last week — streaked into the New York end and eluded defenders seemingly with each stride. He got in on Talbot, quickly moved left to right, shifting from forehand to backhand, and reaching wide to tuck the puck inside the post at 7:18.Elliott earned his first assist of the season.On their first power play, the Rangers dug the puck free along the right-wing boards back to rookie forward Anthony Duclair at the blue line. He moved the puck to his left to Matt Hunwick, whose shot was deflected in by Kreider at 5:29.The Rangers finished with a 15-4 shots lead in the period.“First period, that was the worst we played all year,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I think we made the mistake of looking at who was out with the Rangers rather than who was in. We played a great second period.“Our best player was our goalie, and it was like three different hockey games.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
MOSCOW — The Kontinental Hockey League’s President says he wants to slash its salary cap as clubs struggle financially in Russia’s economic crisis.Dmitry Chernyshenko told Russian media he wants to cut the 1.1 billion ruble ($17 million) salary cap by 50 million rubles a year each season until 2017-18.At current exchange rates, that would result in a cap that is a fifth of the NHL’s current $69 million level.The plans likely spell an end to the KHL’s plans to rival the NHL’s popularity and attract big-name players from North America.Almost all of the KHL’s 28 clubs rely heavily on Russian state-owned companies and regional governments for their revenue.With Russian government finances under pressure from low oil prices, several clubs are reportedly struggling to pay players.TweetPinShare0 Shares