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Brighter future as Maroons acquire services of Akhuetie

first_imgMOST READ Fighting Maroons coach Bo Perasol confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon in a short text message.“Yes, Bright has committed to play for UP. We were also able to secure the release from Perpetual,” he wrote.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 returnThe Maroons bested Ateneo and defending champion La Salle in the recruitment war for the high-scoring center.Perasol explained that the UP management led by team manager Dan Palami and Akhuetie are still in the process of transferring his school records and the 19-year-old is set to enroll this coming academic year. From L-R: Taipan Millan, Dan Palami, Bright Akhueti, Renan Dalisay, Coach Bo Perasol, Rollie Fabi, Jayson Jorvina. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAkhuetie averaged 17.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.7 blocks in his sophomore year for the Altas this past NCAA Season 92.If the Nigerian’s enrollment goes as smooth-sailing as expected, he can see action for UP in UAAP Season 81 at the soonest.“He will be definitely be a big positive factor to our program. He also needs that one year to make himself comfortable to the UP educational system,” said Perasol.NowheretogobutUP Foundation headed by its chairman, Renan Dalisay, as well as former Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla and UP alumni Ronald Mascarinas and Robina Pe also played a big role in luring the 6’8″ big man.The Fighting Maroons are coming off a morale-boosting 5-9 record this past year in Perasol’s first year at the helm.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Bright Akhuetie. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines’ future just got brighter.Bluechip big man Bright Akhuetie is set to go from Las Piñas to Diliman after securing his release papers from University of Perpetual Help – System Dalta.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town The acquisition of Akhuetie is expected to boost the fortunes of the UP Fighting Maroons, who exceeded expectations and almost made it to the UAAP Final Four behind a strong showing in the second round of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round 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 Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Rousey quotes JK Rowling about hitting rock bottom on Instagram ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ View commentslast_img read more

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Santos mum on Ferrer after Game 3 blabber

first_imgMOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Kevin Alas gestures after making a basket. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel forward Arwind Santos doused whatever feud he had with Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer following their heated exchanges in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.“I just smiled at him earlier. I don’t have anymore comments regarding him and our previous encounter,” said Santos Friday after the Beermen’s 94-85 win over the Gin Kings in Game 4 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Beermen firepower simply overwhelming for Kings Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 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 READ: After run-in, Santos asks rookie Ferrer: What have you proven?Santos and Ferrer were suddenly the focus of the crowd’s attention after the two talked trash against each other in Game 4 when the first year forward clapped in the face of the 2013 MVP.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 returnThat caused Santos to say a few words at Ferrer, with the 11-year veteran telling the rookie, “what have you proven in this league?”READ: ‘Focused’ Ferrer shrugs off brush with Santos China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The two also had their moments in the fourth quarter of Game 4 when Santos, who was about to land out of bounds, threw the ball at Ferrer hoping it would bounce off the court.The ball, though, hit Ferrer in the head and the Ginebra forward was able to recover possession to go up for a shot and which Santos immediately blocked.“I just thank God and the fans of San Miguel for our win.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Barton leads Nuggets over Clippers

first_imgNets beat Knicks again, score win at MSG MOST READ The lead grew to as much as 25 and the Clippers never threatened. Barton’s seventh 3-pointer, which tied a career high, capped a 20-point half for the guard.The Clippers made the decision to leave home Griffin and Jordan before Wednesday’s loss to Milwaukee, but Malone was asked before Thursday’s tip how he found out that the two big men were out.“I called up Doc (Rivers) after the game last night and said, ‘Tough loss to Milwaukee, guys look tired and why don’t you keep them home,’” Malone joked. “One of my assistant coaches texted me after the game, and listening to the postgame comments that Doc had mentioned he was going to leave them home.”Jordan had played in every game this season, was busy with All-Star weekend and has been flying back and forth to his home in Houston to deal with a family issue, so Rivers told the center he wasn’t going to play against Denver.“I didn’t pose it as a question,” Rivers said. “I thought that was a better way of doing that. He’s had no rest all year, and he went through the All-Star weekend, and he enjoyed that whole weekend, if I know my DJ. He’s done more travel than us these past two weeks, which is virtually impossible.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu 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 The Clippers played without Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, who were left back in Los Angeles for the one-game trip. Denver forwards Wilson Chandler (right groin) and Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) also sat, but Kenneth Faried returned after missing nine games with lower back spasms. Faried had 12 points in 18 minutes.Chris Paul had 18 points and 14 assists, J.J. Redick scored a team-high 22 points and Austin Rivers had 17 for the Clippers, who have lost three straight.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 returnThe Nuggets led by as many as 15 in the first half and 13 at the break, but the Clippers quickly cut it to six in the third quarter.Barton, who scored 13 points in the second quarter, ended the third with nine points in the final 56 seconds to give Denver a 103-80 lead heading into the fourth. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton, front right, loses control of the ball as Los Angeles Clippers forward Brandon Bass, front left, and guard Austin Rivers defend in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 129-114. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, COLORADO—Will Barton scored a career-high 35 points, Nikola Jokic recorded his fifth triple-double of the season and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 129-114 on Thursday night to win their fourth straight.Jokic finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to help lead Denver to a win in a matchup of short-handed teams.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spotlast_img read more

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Nambatac says defense carried Racal to Game 2 win over Cignal

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLearning its lessons from Game 1, Racal came out with a lot of spunk on the defensive end as it established early control against Cignal-San Beda.Those adjustments resulted to the 100-90 Game 2 victory for the Tile Masters on Monday, as they equalized the series and forced a winner-take-all affair in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Santos sparks SMB bench in win over Bolts 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 MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Rey Nambatac shared that Racal’s defensive schemes truly spelled the difference as it had every answer to the Hawkeyes’ second half rallies.“We really adjusted on the defensive end and that’s what brought us the win. Our defense really bore fruit for us,” he said in Filipino.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 returnVeering away from the defense they employed in the semifinals, the Tile Masters contained the Hawkeyes’ usual hitters.“Game 1 was really a motivation for us because we were there. We trailed by five points, but we couldn’t finish the job,” he said. “This time, we had no let-ups and made sure that we will get the win.” Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebucenter_img ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Nambatac was a beneficiary in the adjustments, with him taking advantage of the creases on the Hawkeyes’ defense en route to 24 points, four rebounds, three steals, and two assists.But for the Letran guard, it’s not just him but rather it was the whole team following coach Jerry Codiñera’s system which allowed Racal to live another day.“I just followed the system and we weren’t too overeager. We were patient in letting our game come to us so even in the fourth quarter, we still had control of the game,” he said.As the Finals go on a do-or-die Game 3 on Thursday, Nambatac is bracing for a tougher outing for both teams with everything at stake.“Game 3 will have more pressure on both teams because it’s already a do-or-die,” he said. “We’ll just do our best and we know that we can get this one.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social medialast_img read more

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Bulls point guard Rondo racing for game five fitness

first_imgWith a cast on his right thumb, Chicago Bulls’ Rajon Rondo, center, sits on the bench during Game 3 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)Chicago point guard Rajon Rondo has tested his ailing right wrist and broken thumb but remains a “long shot” to return to NBA playoff action for the Bulls’ game five against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.“This is honestly the first time he has touched a basketball with that right hand,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after Rondo took a few set shots with his right hand at practice on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Leonard, Mills lead Spurs past Grizzlies for 3-2 series lead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ll see how it goes,” Hoiberg said. “Just watching him wince a little bit when the ball was coming to him makes me think it’s a long shot. But if there’s anybody who can do it and will try to fight through it, it’s Rondo because of the competitor he is.”The Bulls and Celtics are tied at two games apiece in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.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 returnWith Rondo directing their offense the Bulls won the first two games of the series, but he broke his thumb in game two and the Bulls dropped the next two games without him. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Former No. 10 Juan Monaco retires from tennis

first_imgMOST READ 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 Federer to skip French Open, focus on grass, hard courts China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak He won eight of his nine titles on clay. He also won three doubles titles.He was also a member of Argentina’s first Davis Cup triumph in 2016. He did not play in the final against Croatia in Zagreb, but was on the team for the quarterfinal against Italy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundOn Twitter, Monaco called his decision “the correct one,” and said it was difficult “translating his feeling into a note.” LATEST STORIES Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next File.- In this March 22, 2017 file photo Juan Monaco returns a shot from Federico Delbonis, both of Argentina, during a tennis match at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Monaco, 33, announced Monday May 15 his retirement from competition.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentine tennis player Juan Monaco announced his retirement on Monday.The 33-year-old Monaco won nine ATP singles titles and reached No. 10 in the rankings in 2012, his high-water mark.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workinglast_img read more

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Standhardinger arrives from Germany, attends first Gilas practice

first_imgMarck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon 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) Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Standhardinger arrived late Tuesday night from Germany and was welcomed to the team by SBP president Al Panlilio, coach Chot Reyes, and team manager Butch Antonio.Also joining the team’s practices for the first time were Mac Belo, who just recovered from a torn meniscus surgery, and Jio Jalalon, who was coming off a flu.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 returnAlso attending the sessions were SEA Games-bound players Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Ferrer, Mike Tolomia, Ray Parks, Carl Bryan Cruz, Raymar Jose, Von Pessumal, and Almond Vosotros, as well as fellow cadets Matthew Wright, Ed Daquioag, and Fonzo Gotladera.Jones Cup import Mike Myers was also on hand for the sessions.center_img End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Only 7 players show up at PH volleyball team training Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental LATEST STORIES Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonHighly-touted forward Christian Standhardinger finally showed up at Gilas Pilipinas’ Wednesday afternoon practice at Meralco Gym.The 27-year-old Fil-German made his first public appearance with the national team as he is set to be a part of the Philippines’ squad for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Breaking barriers – Maurice Ashley on being first black grandmaster

first_img MAKING COMPARISONS Maurice Ashley made black history by becoming the first ever African-American chess grandmaster in 1999 when he defeated Romanian Adrian Negulescu over a series of nine games, gaining the required norms needed for the achievement. Growing up in Tower Hill, St Andrew, and migrating to the United States at age 12, Ashley is also, by extension, the first Jamaican to accomplish such a feat. He said although creating history was not his primary focus as he was just focusing on becoming a grandmaster, during the games with Negulescu, it was made very clear to him by other black players within the chess community what he was on the verge of achieving. “I was very close to it. I had two norms already, and all I heard was the brothers and sisters saying, ‘We’re watching you, Maurice. Do it! Do it, man! We’re rooting for you! Make us proud!’ he shared. “If I wasn’t going to do it for myself, I had to do it for them – the brothers and the sisters at the chess tournaments. They knew it was a major moment, and they were waiting for it because they didn’t have a black grandmaster to look up to and say one of us did it.” Ashley has often been compared by many to baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first black professional baseball player. However, Ashley believes that such a comparison may be exaggerated. “I have heard it. People make comparisons, that’s what we do. I’m one who does chess commentary, so I engage in some hyperbole (exaggeration) myself,” he said. “Jackie Robinson went through a lot more than I did. I understand the correlation in terms of being a pioneer in a sport. I get that. “Jackie Robinson, though, went through such harsh conditions than I ever could imagine. I remember reading his autobiography, and I can tell you how inspiring it was to read the difficulties that he went through and to understand that his path was absolutely torturous. He had to stand up as a man and handle his business. I don’t compare myself to a great person like Jackie Robinson because I feel like I’m standing on his shoulders and the shoulders of many giants who preceded me.” Ashley said that he was never bothered by preconceptions based on stereotypes that Blacks do not necessarily belong playing chess because some may believe that they lack the intelligence needed to excel at it. “Clearly, there are people who look at black people and anybody in their own limited way,” he said. “They have a mindset that says that this race does X, that race does Y. That’s not our problem. For me, I grew up proud of my intelligence. My grandmother was a schoolteacher. She taught us our ABCs and our 123s at a young age, and she wanted us to hold our heads up with pride when we went to school and be read and be educated. I was already thinking of myself as the smartest person in the room every time I walked into the room. I didn’t care who you were, whether black, white, Green, Purple. You’re going to have to challenge me because I’m bringing it.” Ashley looked to other black sports icons for inspiration and said that one story that stands out most in his mind is that of American tennis legend Arthur Ashe. “He was such a mild-mannered, peaceful giant. He went about his business in the classiest way,” Ashley said after a few seconds of deep thought. “He was courageous, particularly in his fight when he found out that through no fault of his own, he was HIV-positive and he was going to die, leaving behind a beautiful wife and daughter. Reading his story, as well, was inspirational. “The imprint his story left on my heart is that if people can overcome that, then whatever I’m doing is really nothing in comparison. Not belittling my own journey, but it’s just clear that life is about struggling and overcoming those struggles, those challenges, and becoming great at what you do.”last_img read more

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Shock defeat for Manning No. 1 seed

first_img “I’m very disappointed because of the poor, poor officiating. I don’t normally complain about officiating, but this one was very poor. When the game started, there was a hand ball in the box, and we got no call from the referee,” a visibly upset Anderson told The Gleaner. “It definitely looked bad, I don’t know what you saw, but it was questionable. We got a few chances, but did not finish, the players’ heads were down based on the calls in the game.” he added. “Even the red-card decision, we were not the aggressors. My player was boxed in the face and was pulled away by his teammates, and he got the red card,” Anderson added. Meanwhile, coach of Haile Selassie Perry Bartley said that he was not surprised by the result and his team’s performance. “I’m not surprised. We started out a bit nervous, but as the game progressed, we got into our own and started putting some passes together. We then got the first goal and that propelled us to the victory. We give God thanks,” Bartley said. “We have got to go back to our training ground and prepare for the next leg. Nothing will change in our approach,” he added. Both teams will meet again in the second leg tomorrow. marc.stamp@gleanerjm.com Holy Trinity High’s coach Devon Anderson was left fuming after the top seeds were humbled 2-0 by Haile Selassie High in an ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup second-round match yesterday at the Constant Spring Complex. The losers played the final 14 minutes of the match with 10 men after central defender Ronaldinho Rosseau picked up a second yellow card and was ejected by FIFA referee Kevin Morrison for unsporting behaviour. Tyrese Bloomfield of Haile Selassie was also shown a yellow card following a midfield confrontation between both players. Bloomfield opened the scoring when he netted in the 38th minute and Roberto Freeman added the second in the 79th minute. It was Holy Trinity’s first defeat of the season and Anderson heaped most of the blame on poor officiating. Today’s games St Jago 0 St George’s College 1 Hydel 0 St Catherine 2 Haile Selassie 2 Holy Trinity 0 POOR OFFICIATING Yesterday’s results – 1 p.m. – Charlie Smith vs Jamaica College at Stadium East – 3 p.m. – STATHS vs Camperdown at Stadium East – 5 p.m. – Tivoli High vs Kingston College at Stadium East – 1 p.m. – Wolmer’s Boys vs Bridgeport at Constant Spring – 3 p.m. – Excelsior vs Calabar at Constant Springlast_img read more

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World Cup 2018 | Giroud joins Zidane as France beat Ireland

first_imgPARIS (AP): Olivier Giroud moved level with Zinedine Zidane for international goals as France began its World Cup preparations with a comfortable 2-0 friendly win against Ireland yesterday. Giroud poked the ball home in the 40th minute after his initial header from a corner was cleared off the line. It took the Chelsea striker to 31 international goals on his 72nd appearance – fourth with Zidane on France’s all-time list. “I’m happy on a personal level, I didn’t get many chances tonight,” Giroud said. “We tried to impose our way of playing. We knew they would sit deep and defend in numbers.” Lyon forward Nabil Fekir made it 2-0 moments after Giroud’s goal, following a blunder from Ireland goalkeeper Colin Doyle. Receiving the ball inside the penalty area on the left, Fekir showed neat footwork to switch the ball on to his right foot and hit a curling shot, which Doyle only managed to push over his own head. France coach Didier Deschamps handed a first start to central midfielder Steven N’Zonzi and selected Fekir on the right of a three-man attack with Giroud at centre forward and Kylian Mbappe on the left. Fit-again left back Benjamin Mendy, meanwhile, showed no lingering effect from the serious knee injury, which sidelined him for most of Manchester City’s victorious Premier League campaign. From his cross, Giroud headed wide in the 31st as France dominated the first half, also hitting the post through midfielder Corentin Tolisso’s curling strike from 20 metres. Doyle denied Giroud after the break, while Mbappe missed several chances. “I was very pleased with our team spirit,” Deschamps said. France hosts Italy and the United States before flying out to Russia, where it opens its World Cup campaign against Australia on June 16. Les Bleus take on Peru five days later and then Denmark on June 26.last_img read more

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