Messi aims to score against Chelsea at 9th attempt

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Bayern Munich hosts Besiktas in Tuesday’s other game while the following day sees Manchester United traveling to Sevilla, and Shakhtar Donetsk playing host to Roma.Two weeks ago, the prospect of a Chelsea win over Barca would have been unthinkable after Conte’s men had slumped to successive defeats by two of the Premier League’s lesser lights.The London club was still smarting from a 3-0 home loss against Bournemouth when it traveled to Watford and succumbed to an embarrassing 4-1 reverse.Chelsea has got back on track since then, though, easing past West Bromwich Albion 3-0 in the league last Monday before swatting aside second-tier Hull 4-0 in the FA Cup four days later.Conte has several selection dilemmas. He must choose between captain Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger for a place at the back, and between Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud up front.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano SEVILLA-MAN UNITEDFrance midfielder Paul Pogba missed Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round win over Huddersfield through illness and United manager Jose Mourinho is unsure whether he will feature against Sevilla.Asked whether Pogba had a serious problem, Mourinho replied: “I don’t know and, honestly, I don’t care.”United is a distant second in the Premier League, 16 points behind Manchester City. Mourinho’s team has been inconsistent in recent weeks, winning two and losing two of its last four games in all competitions.Sevilla, fifth in its domestic league, has won three matches in a row and is hoping to have Ever Banega and Luis Muriel back after injury.SHAKHTAR-ROMAAfter a difficult run domestically, Roma has turned things around with three straight wins.Turkish winger Cengiz Under scored his fourth goal in three matches to help the team to a 2-0 victory at Udinese on Saturday that left Roma in third place, two points ahead of Inter Milan.“We’ve got to make the most of the fact they’ve had a winter break and might not be match fit,” Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said of Ukraine’s Shakhtar. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Cesc Fabregas will also be desperate to play against his former team but may have to settle for a spot on the bench.Barca has lost only once in 38 matches this season since falling in the Spanish Super Cup to Real Madrid in August. It has a seven-point lead at the top of La Liga and has reached the final of the Copa del Rey.Messi is having another stellar campaign, scoring 27 times in all competitions, and he helped set up two goals in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Eibar.Philippe Coutinho is ineligible for Barca following his move from Liverpool.Here’s a closer look at the week’s other games:BAYERN-BESIKTASBayern coach Jupp Heynckes must decide which of his in-form attacking midfielders should play.Arjen Robben shone for the runaway Bundesliga leader in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Wolfsburg but Thomas Mueller could take his place on the right, with James Rodriguez coming in to partner Arturo Vidal, having been rested at the weekend.The victory means Heynckes has won 21 out of 22 games since returning as coach.Besiktas surprised many by advancing from a group featuring Porto, Monaco and Leipzig. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Team Steph, Team LeBron tip off NBA All-Star Game Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi competes for the ball with players from SD Eibar’s Cote during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar, at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Saturday, Feb.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)LONDON — As unlikely as it sounds, Lionel Messi is still waiting to score his first goal against Chelsea after drawing a blank in eight previous Champions League matches.The five-time World Player of the Year is likely to get another chance to break his duck this week and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the past will count for little when Barcelona visits Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LAST WEEKThe first-leg matches played last week saw defending champion Real Madrid beat Paris Saint Germain 3-1 and Liverpool crush Porto 5-0.Manchester City cruised to a 4-0 win at Basel while Tottenham retrieved an early two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 at Juventus.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I hope we maintain this tradition but we are speaking about a fantastic player,” Conte said ahead of the last-16, first-leg Champions League game. “The most important thing is the present.“We must have great respect but at the same time we must be excited to play this type of game and take on this type of challenge. It won’t be easy because we know very well this player, we are talking about one of the best in the world.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe teams have produced some epic games in the past although they have not met in the Champions League since Chelsea pulled off a remarkable backs-to-the-wall semifinal victory over Barcelona on the way to winning the trophy in 2012.Messi missed a penalty in the second leg at the Nou Camp as the London club overcame the first-half dismissal of captain John Terry, and a 2-0 deficit, to draw the game 2-2 and secure an unforgettable 3-2 aggregate win. View commentslast_img read more

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Improved chemistry doing wonders for Che’Lu-San Sebastian

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, a familiar foe stands in the Revellers’ way in their quest to stretch that streak to three: Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.Calisaan very well knows how tough the duel will be next Tuesday, especially with the Jawbreakers, mainly composed of the Lyceum Pirates, owning the number of the Golden Stags-backed Revellers, may it be in the NCAA or in the other collegiate tournaments.“I really want to win against them. We haven’t won against Lyceum,” he shared.Getting that victory, at least for Calisaan, may very well be the best birthday gift he can ask for as he turns 23 years old in that day.“I really wish we can get that,” he said. “We’ll really work hard for it and continue helping each other.”ADVERTISEMENT UAAP Juniors MVP Cansino soars in 6th week of NBTC 24 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMichael Calisaan believes that the improved team chemistry has been the biggest factor for Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian as it finally won back-to-back games in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“The team is really jelling now,” he shared after the Revellers’ 87-65 victory over Go for Gold on Tuesday. “What we’ve been putting focus on is our teamwork. We may be a new team, but now, we’re seeing signs of improvement in our past two games.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Calisaan has had a huge hand in keeping Che’Lu-San Sebastian in the thick of things midway through the conference, averaging 12.29 points and 8.71 rebounds.Revellers have also drawn huge contributions from guys like Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan, and  their standout showing is exactly what the team had in mind when they decided to join the first conference of the developmental league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We wanted to have the experience. This is another level for us to learn in preparation for our NCAA season and it’s just going to help us in the long run,” said Calisaan.Sitting at fifth with its 4-3 card, Che’Lu-San Sebastian wants nothing more than to continue its winning ways going to the homestretch of the eliminations. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Cavs investigating racial taunts of Spurs’ Patty Mills

first_imgMavs hire former AT&T exec after report of hostile workplace Mills posted a message on Twitter thanking a fan who tweeted a clip of the taunts. Mills wrote: “Hope your efforts will enlighten this confused, hateful fan.”The Cavaliers said Monday the team is reviewing the matter. The team’s security department might use video footage to help spot the offender.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMills was not asked about what happened following the Spurs’ 110-94 win. It’s not yet known if Mills heard the taunts or was informed of them following the game.Last week, the Chicago Blackhawks banned four fans from attending their games after they were ejected for making racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:38UN official: Justice not done for Khashoggi02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills, center, from Australia, drives between Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jeff Green, left, and Kyle Korver in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to identify the fan who racially taunted San Antonio guard Patty Mills.Mills is black and from Australia with an Aboriginal heritage. He was at the foul line in the fourth quarter Sunday when a male spectator can be heard on the ABC broadcast twice yelling, “Hey, Jamaica called, they want their bobsledder back!”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Smith-Pelly, who is black, was sitting in the penalty box when the fans repeatedly chanted “basketball” at him.last_img read more

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Celtics’ Brown 1 of many injuries impacting NBA playoffs

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident After Jaylen Brown strained his right hamstring in Boston’s Game 7 win over Milwaukee, he all but begged the Celtics doctors and trainers to let him suit up for the start of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup with Philadelphia.Boston managed to win without him in its 117-101 victory over the sluggish 76ers in Game 1 Monday night, thanks to career nights by Al Horford, Terry Rozier and rookie Jayson Tatum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut despite two days or rest and treatment, coach Brad Stevens said Brown is “very doubtful” for Game 2 on Thursday night.“The bottom line is with this hamstring injury is it’s not terrible. Not a long-term thing. It shouldn’t linger if he comes back at the right time,” Stevens said. If Brown can’t go for Game 2, it will again put stress on a Celtics rotation that just recently got back Marcus Smart from a right thumb surgery.Fred VanVleet appeared to tweak his right shoulder in the second half of the Raptors’ 113-112 overtime loss to Cleveland in Game 1 of their series Tuesday night. He missed most of Toronto’s first-round series against Washington with shoulder problems, but the Raptors still turned to him with the game on the line against the Cavaliers. VanVleet missed what would have been a go-ahead 3-pointer in the waning moments of regulation and another in the extra frame.“I wish I wasn’t hurt,” he said, “but I’m not looking for any excuses.”Elsewhere in the league, the return of some players and absence of others has been just as noticeable.Stephen Curry, who sat out all of Golden State’s first-round series win over San Antonio with a sprained ligament in his left knee, gave the Warriors a major lift in his return for Game 2 of the Golden State’s semifinal matchup with the Pelicans on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Injured Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown stands at the bench in street clothes as he watches the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, April 30, 2018, in Boston. The Celtics won 117-101. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Injuries are having a major impact on the NBA playoffs.A tweak, turn or strain to this or that has sidelined or limited players from All-Stars to reserves — and that has influenced the early outcomes of Round 2.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Ricky Rubio missed the Jazz’s series-opening loss against Houston on Sunday with a left hamstring injury and is out indefinitely. The Rockets’ Luc Mbah a Moute returned in Game 1 from the dislocated right shoulder he sustained last month. Houston originally thought he’s be out a full month, but he came back ahead of schedule and didn’t show any lingering effects from the injury in 21 minutes of action.A closer look at Thursday’s games:CAVALIERS AT RAPTORSCavaliers lead 1-0. Game 2, 6 p.m. EDT, ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: The Raptors have lost seven straight playoff games against the Cavaliers, dating to the 2016 Eastern Conference finals, and blew a chance to take a lead in the series by coughing up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 1 . The Raptors missed four potential game-winning shots at the end of regulation, and a wide-open 3 by VanVleet late in overtime.KEEP AN EYE ON: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas. He had 21 points and 21 rebounds in Game 1 and shot 7 for 19, but missed five of six attempts in the fourth. On Wednesday, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he can live with Valanciunas getting looks in the post if it means fewer touches for Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, and fewer 3-point attempts by the Raptors.INJURY UPDATE: While VanVleet acknowledged he’s still dealing with discomfort in his shoulder, he plans to play through it for now.PRESSURE IS ON: The Raptors. The top-seeded team in the East has already surrendered home court advantage to its playoff nemesis and is 0-5 all-time on the road against Cleveland in the postseason. If Toronto can’t even this series before it shifts to Ohio, it might not be coming back across the border for Game 5.76ERS AT CELTICSCeltics lead 1-0. Game 2, 8:30 p.m. EDT, TNT. MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding NEED TO KNOW: The Celtics negated the athleticism of the 76ers in Game 1 by knocking down 17 3-pointers. Before the big scoring nights by Rozier (29 points), Tatum (28 points) and Horford (26 points), the Celtics hadn’t had three players score 25 or more points in a playoff game since 2009.KEEP AN EYE ON: 76ers C Joel Embiid. He had 31 points and 12 rebounds in Game 1, becoming the first Philadelphia player to register 30 points and 10 rebounds in a playoff game since Allen Iverson in 2001. But he said the focus will be on defense in Game 2. “We didn’t stick to the game plan,” he said. “There’s a lot of stuff we can definitely correct.”INJURY UPDATE: Smart said Wednesday that his thumb remained “a little sore” after Game 1 but added “I’m good to go” for Game 2.PRESSURE IS ON: The 76ers. They entered the series on six days of rest but were doomed by a slow start in Game 1. This young group mostly cruised over the final three games last series against Miami. Being down 0-2 with its home court to defend is a lot to ask against a Celtics team playing with a lot of confidence.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop ‘tested positive’ for EPO In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img read more

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RK Ilagan struggles in return from ban as Stags’ woes continue

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Chinese football club sorry for foul-mouthed jibe at rival on Weibo Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img RK Ilagan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian guard RK Ilagan returned from suspension on Tuesday, but his first game back didn’t turn out the way he wanted it to be.Ilagan, who was suspended by the Stags after he was found playing in other leagues which is a violation of NCAA rules, struggled mightily in his return.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum He finished with 13 points but went just 3-of-11 from the field and was a game-worst minus-33 as the Stags’ woes continued at the start of the second round.“Nung pagpasok ko medyo naninibago pa ako. Masaya naman ako na nakabalik na ako pero kaya lang kinulang kami,” Ilagan said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’(When I entered the game I was still trying to get my rhythm back. I’m happy to be back but we fell short.)Ilagan was suspended for the remainder of the first round, missing two games for San Sebastian while two of the Stags’ three wins where he appeared in were forfeited due to the incident. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The 21-year-old Ilagan said he immediately apologized to his coaches and teammates. He also used his suspension to be with his family before joining San Sebastian’s B-team to keep himself in shape.“Kinausap ko sila at humingi ako ng pasensya. Sinabi ko rin na magtulungan na lang kami every game,” he said.(I spoke to them and asked for their forgiveness. I also told them that we just need to help each other every game.) ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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PH’s Garcia, partner win back-to-back ITF juniors crowns

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ SBP seeks change in Fiba Asia Champions Cup eligibility rules Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Garcia, 16, and Nirundorn, 15, went on an eight-game winning streak to take two crowns in the 18-under tournaments. They capped a four-win spell with a final victory over Indian tandem of Subash Paramasivam and Arjun Sriram, 6-2, 6-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGarcia and Nirundorn, were seeded fourth in the tournament.The duo followed this up with another four-game run that kicked off with an upset over the top-seeded pair of Prasanna Bagade and Kushan Shah of India, 6-1, 6-3. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Filipino Junior Davis Cup Team Member Matthew Castillejo Garcia and his partner Tanapatt Nirundorn of Thailand stamped their class in the ITF Junior Tennis Championships in Colombo, Sri Lanka, winning back to back championships recently.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Garcia, son of tennis legend and sports broadcaster Dyan Castillejo, and Nirundorn ended that run with a blistering 6-0, 6-4 triumph over the tough South Korean pair of Hyeoung Jin Kim and Sunwoo Kim in the final.“I’m thankful for the good partnership we had (with Nirundorn),” said Garcia. “We played really well in the first set but got tight in the second as the Koreans also played better.“I thank God for the wins and hope to be able to have more in the future,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

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Big 3 of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer closes 2018 ranked 1-2-3

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ The rest of the ATP top 10 for 2018: No. 4 Alexander Zverev, No. 5 del Potro, No. 6 Kevin Anderson, No. 7 Marin Cilic, No. 8 Dominic Thiem, No. 9 Kei Nishikori and No. 10 John Isner.Del Potro was the runner-up at the U.S. Open, Anderson at Wimbledon, Cilic at the Australian Open, and Thiem at the French Open.Neither Anderson nor Isner ever had finished a year in the top 10, while del Potro is back in that group for the first time since 2013.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Rockets’ Chris Paul out vs. Wizards with sore left leg View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The 31-year-old from Serbia is also the oldest man to be No. 1 at season’s end and the first to finish atop the rankings after being outside the top 20 during the year — or outside the top 10 at the end of the previous year (he was No. 12 in 2017).Simona Halep ended the season at No. 1 in the WTA rankings for the second consecutive year; she clinched that spot more than a month ago. Angelique Kerber was No. 2 among women, followed by Caroline Wozniacki, Elina Svitolina and Naomi Osaka.Djokovic overtook Nadal three weeks ago; the Spaniard did not compete anywhere after stopping because of a painful right knee during his U.S. Open semifinal in September against Juan Martin del Potro. Nadal had arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle this month.Nadal concludes a season at No. 1 or No. 2 for the 10th time, trailing only Federer’s 11.Federer, meanwhile, is in the year-end top three for a record 14th time. The 37-year-old from Switzerland has won 20 Grand Slam singles championships, the most by a man, followed by Nadal with 17, then Djokovic and the retired Sampras with 14 apiece.ADVERTISEMENT This is the first time, though, that each of those three men spent some time at No. 1 during the same year. The seven changes there were the most since 1999, when there were eight.Djokovic won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2018, while Federer took the Australian Open, and Nadal earned the title at the French Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThey accounted for Nos. 1-3 in the final rankings in 2007-11 and 2014, too.For Djokovic, it marks the fifth time he has closed a year in the top spot, following 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Only Pete Sampras, with six year-end No. 1 finishes, did it more often. FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, Novak Djokovic, of Serbia celebrates, after defeating Alexander Zverev, of Germany, in the ATP World Tour Finals men’s singles tennis match at the O2 arena in London. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are the top three in the year-end ATP rankings for the first time since 2014. It is the seventh time that trio of tennis greats is 1-2-3 to close a season. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)The Big Three is the year-end top three, something that last happened in 2014.With Novak Djokovic at No. 1, Rafael Nadal at No. 2 and Roger Federer at No. 3 on Monday, that trio of tennis greats leads the season’s final ATP rankings for the seventh time.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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2 Indian Hospitals’ Delegations Expected Here

first_imgTwo of India’s most renowned hospitals are expected to send representatives in Liberia shortly in contemplation of creating a public-partnership within the health sector of the country. At the same time, they will perform clinical procedures at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center (JFKMC) in Sinkor.The hospitals—Indraprastha Apollo (Apollo) and LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI)—are expected to build a long term, mutually beneficial partnership for better health services for the citizens of Liberia.The Daily Observer was informed that negotiations for the arrival of the delegations was made successful by the Indian Honorary Consul General to Liberia, Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva, who is commonly known as Jeety.The hospitals’ partnerships with JFK would aimed at offering “super specialist consultation services, training of medical and paramedical personnel and treatment of patients in need of specialized care at centers.”A release from JFK said LVPEI’s delegation arrived in Liberia on February 15, and will remain in the country until the 17th.The delegation is expected to hold talks with Dr. (MD) Walter T. Gwenigale, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare and senior officials of the Health Ministry. Later, its members will  meet with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.The release also said that the visiting delegation led by Dr. (MD) Gullapali N. Rao, founder of LVPEI, will tour the medical facilities of JFK, meet with the A.M. Doglioti College administrative staff. The delegates will hold discussions with some members of government institutions, NGO community, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Lion’s Club.“LV Prasad Eye Institute offers comprehensive patient care, clinical research, sight enhancement, and rehabilitation, community eye health, education, and product development. It is a WHO collaborating center for the prevention of blindness. Equipped with cutting-edge technology and distinguished professionals in the field of eye care, it emphasizes the provision of quality eye care to people from all walks of society. The Eye Institute is a non-profit organization governed by the Hyderabad Eye Institute and the Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation,” the release stated.The Apollo delegation, according to JFK, will arrive in Liberia on Wednesday, February 19 and stay in the country until the 22nd.It will begin screening at the JFK on Thursday, February 20 and Friday, February 21 respectively.JFK administration said it is pleased that Apollo’s physicians will screen and evaluate for cancerous diseases, neurological and spinal disorders. JFK said that the Apollo delegation will also hold scientific lectures on advances in cancer care and neurological sciences.Apollo’s partnership with JFK is aimed at, among other things, ensuring speedy, efficient and cost-effective delivery of medical services; values for money for the taxpayer and patients through optimal knowledge transfer and risk management and efficiencies from integrating design and delivery of medical services with operation; maintenance/upgrading and effective utilization of state assets to the benefit of all users of JFK’s services.Apollo Hospitals Group is an integrated healthcare organization with owns and manages hospitals, diagnostic clinics, dispensing pharmacies and consultancy services. In addition, the group’s services include healthcare at the patient’s doorstep, clinical & diagnostic services, medical business process outsourcing, third party administration services, and health insurance.Many Liberians travel to India every year to seek medical attention. Most of said that India’s medical fees are relatively less expensive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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4000 Artisanal Fishermen, Women Want Landing Facility in Buchanan

first_imgAbout 4000 members of the artisanal fishing community resident at the port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County have sounded a clarion plea to the West Africa Fisheries Project (WARFP), Bureau National Fisheries (BNF), World Bank and stakeholders to construct a landing facility at the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The fishermen and women were pointed  out that the construction of a landing facility, including a cold storage, preservation, training and business strategies, are indeed critical to the socio-economic development and progress of the fishing communities at the port city of Buchanan.The plea was contained in an exclusive interview conducted with the Daily Observer last week at three separate artisanal fishing communities in Buchanan.The artisanal fishermen and women comprising Liberians and Ghanaians also sounded an SOS call on the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) to prevail on the relevant agencies of the Liberian Government that are allegedly in the constant habit of harassing fishermen and women.They further explained that current structures on the ground at the various fishing communities in Buchanan are not up to standard in terms of preserving the fish for several months before sale is carried out at the Buchanan and other markets in the country.“We keenly listened to the Liberian leader’s pronouncement on the importation of agriculture and other farming implements free of duty fees in the county,” the fishermen and women asserted.The vice chairman of the Fanti Town fishing community, Joseph T. Karr, told our reporter that the community has been experiencing  great difficulty with Liberian custom officials at the Buchanan port of entry, when they (fishermen and women)  try to clear fishing implements imported from abroad.Asked about bigger vessels’ intrusion into Liberian territorial waters, vice chair Karr said such practices had been dealt with months ago by the Navy Division of the Armed Forces of Liberia {AFL}.As to why there is an acute shortage of fish on the Buchanan Market, Mr. Karr pointed out that at this time of the year, fishermen and women are preparing their fishing nets for the upcoming season in late October when they expect a massive turnout of more fish in the Atlantic Ocean.He further indicated that the construction of a landing facility at the port city of Buchanan would alleviate the huge burden on the artisanal fishermen and women in the maintenance of their canoes that needed constant repairs.  Regrettably, they claimed that their biggest challenge has been the lack of understanding on the part of custom   authorities that imported agriculture-related products should be duty free in    order to boost and enhance agriculture activities in the country.“I would greatly want the Bureau of National Fisheries {BNF} to concentrate on the professional capacity building of the fishermen and women in the areas of preservation techniques, co-management and other critical business skills,” Mr. Karr stressed.He also added that socio-economic conditions continue to remain bleak owing to low profit margins and other factors associated with the sustained development, growth and progress of some fishing communities in the country.Fisherman Karr also frowned on those who continue to use other poisonous chemicals that sometime destroy the young marine resources in rivers and Atlantic Ocean in the country.For her part, fisherwoman Betty James told the Daily Observer that the provision of cheaper fishing nets and improved training in fish preservation would improve her financial conditions at the port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County.“We have over the years tried with this old methods of drying our fish with wood, but such methods had not given us solid financial strength as compared to our sisters and brothers in other countries in West Africa,” Madam Betty James asserted.“I’m a mother of five children, three girls and two and only one of the children going to school owing to my current socio-economic conditions in Buchanan City, Grand Grand Bassa County,” Madam James nodded in frustration.Sadly, she added we sometimes buy those very old net from our counter parts that had lived out their usefulness to meet strong waves of the sea water and other rivers in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CICA Motors Donates 2 Vehicles to Red Cross

first_imgCICA Motors Liberia Incorporated formerly Reelin (Liberia) Inc., the distributor of TOYOTA, YAMAHA and BRIDGESTONE Products in Liberia, has donated two brand new vehicles, Land Cruiser Ambulance and HINO truck to the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) to fight the deadly virus in Liberia. The total cost of the two vehicles is put at US$97,000.CICA Motors Liberia Incorporated is the Liberian subsidiary of the CFAO Automotive Group in France and Liberia’s exclusive distributor of the world-famous Toyota brand. The company sells broad range of cars, including commercial.Presenting the vehicles to the LNRCS yesterday, the Managing Director of ‎CICA MOTORS LIBERIA, Mr. Marc Boisgarnier said the vehicles was intended to be used by the LNRCS’ Ebola response.He said when CFAO group first took over REELIN last December; nobody knew that the country would be faced with such an epidemic.Mr. Boisgarnier: “No one told me that I will have to wash my hands and take my temperature every day. In fact, nobody could imagine that hundreds of people would have die and continue to die of the virus.”The director of CICA Motors Liberia asserted that Ebola is a virus that can be everywhere; it is a virus that requires a lot of energy and means to fight against it.“That is why we decided locally to contribute in donating these two vehicles to the Red Cross in its fight,” he added.According to him, the LNRCS is good customer of the company. It usually purchases vehicles and motorcycles from them (CICA). He stated that being aware of the work LNRCS is involved in on the field, “We decided to donate these two vehicles to the entity. We are sure that these vehicles which are known for their durability will accomplish the nature of their work,” he added. The manager of CICA Motors further disclosed that TOYOTA MOTORS CORPORATION, which manufactured the vehicles also decided to contribute directly to this fight against Ebola. He disclosed that would make more vehicle donations in the coming weeks under the name of TOYOTA.“We are proud that our group also decided to do some donations to Guinea and Sierra Leone because if we do not fight in all the terrain where the epidemic is, we will have less chance to win,” said CICA Motors boss.Receiving the keys to the vehicles, the president of the Liberia National Red Cross Society, Mr. Emmanuel O. Kparh, thanked CICA Motors Liberia for the gesture, saying, it could not have been no other time for the vehicles than now, when they are going to be essential to the Ebola fight.“The Red Cross is very pleased with the donation made by the CICA family and these vehicles will be used to help remove Ebola dead bodies from communities and other areas for burial,” Mr.  Kaprh said.The Liberia Red Cross president said the entity is doing all it can to help government fight the deadly Ebola disease.Meanwhile, District # 13 Representative Saah Joseph said the anti-Ebola campaign is not about who wins but it is about Liberians working together.Rep. Joseph stated that the business community, too, is equally doing all it can to ensure that the virus is kick out of Liberia.He told the gathering that he will remain committed to the Ebola fight.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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