Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Groupama stadium on September 22, 2019 in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP)Neymar scored a fine late winner as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lyon 1-0 on Sunday to move three points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table.The Brazilian finally beat Anthony Lopes, who had pulled off numerous impressive saves, with three minutes of normal time to play at the Groupama Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT View comments It was Neymar’s second winning goal in as many league games since being reinstated to the team following a protracted transfer saga which saw him attempt to force through a return to Barcelona.“Neymar can do better,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel. “It’s the second or third game in four months for him. He’s not at 100 percent capacity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“He is not at his limit. He can do better, he will do better. He’s going to get to his best level, with matches and decisive goals like that, it’s going to help him.”The Parisians sit top on 15 points after Angers and Nice both won over the weekend to temporarily join Tuchel’s side at the summit, and followed up their impressive midweek Champions League victory over Real Madrid with the win in constant drizzling rain in Lyon. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sylvinho’s Lyon remain in ninth place and are without a win since mid-August.PSG were without the attacking trio of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi due to injuries, while midfielder Marco Verratti started on the bench.The best of the early chances fell to Neymar on 22 minutes but his effort was superbly saved by Lopes.Neymar was denied again by another tidy Lopes stop four minutes before the break as the Portugal international tipped the Brazil forward’s dangerous free-kick over the bar.PSG’s domination from the first half carried over into the second 45 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Vince Carter signs with Hawks for historic 22nd NBA campaign Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano This jewelry designer is also an architect Abdou Diallo had the pick of the chances, using the wet conditions to glance a header from a Neymar corner over the crossbar.The world’s most expensive player was targeted by home fans when taking set-pieces from the left-hand side as they threw plastic bottles and rolled-up bin bags at him.With 87 minutes on the clock, substitute Verratti found Neymar in the box who dribbled into space and finally beat Lopes to the keeper’s left with a low shot.He celebrated by running towards the same corner of the ground where he had earlier been taunted by the Lyon supporters.Hat-trick hero NingaEarlier, Angers moved into second place after replacement Casimir Ninga scored an 11-minute hat-trick in a 4-1 thrashing of Saint-Etienne.Ninga, who joined the club from second-tier Caen in August, put Angers into the lead with less than a quarter of an hour remaining before adding two more goals by the 89th minute to clinch their first home win over Saint-Etienne in 43 years.The defeat at Stade Raymond Kopa leaves Les Verts a point above the relegation zone, with Ghislain Printant’s outfit having failed to win since the opening day of the season.Stephane Moulin’s Angers, who finished 13th in the league last season, have claimed four wins from their opening six fixtures to pull level with Nice in second spot.“Casimir made a thundering impact. I truly congratulate him because he’s worked a lot since arriving at the club,” Moulin said.“The second half perfectly resembles what we have been doing since the start of the season. It’s a little bit new but it corresponds perfectly to what we’re trying to do.”
Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Kiefer Ravena made sure the rest of the league would know about his return.Ravena is making up for lost time after being out for 18 months due to a Fiba-imposed suspension.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Read Next Thieves steal 500,000 euros from Olympiakos basketball team offices Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? In just his third game back in the PBA, the NLEX guard has helped his team to a 3-0 record in the 2019 Governors’ Cup and his big contributions has earned him the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honors.The 25-year-old Ravena was at his best this past week, displaying his all-around brilliance in the Road Warriors’ two victories over the Meralco Bolts and Blackwater Elite.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40He fired a season-high 25 points that went with seven rebounds and seven assists in a 115-109 win over the Elite on Sunday in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.That performance was a followup to his 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a 105-99 triumph over the Bolts last Wednesday. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Behind Ravena and reinforcement Olu Ashaolu, NLEX has emerged as the surprise leader early in the conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man
Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ MOST READ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio was all smiles after the Batang Pier pulled out a gutsy 98-96 win over Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night that assured their march into the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.But he is also well aware that such a smile could wear off just as quick, with his charges up for a mammoth task.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Wells, the most impressive among the imports, has been in and out of the San Miguel lineup reportedly because of an injury, but this latest development seems to belie that.Commissioner Willie Marcial told scribes before Sunday night’s games that the league is going to look into the incident and will come up with the appropriate actions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Justin Brownlee had 31 points for the crowd favorites, while three locals tossed in 14 or more as the Gin Kings slipped to 7-4.“A win is a win, whether it be by one, two, or three points,” Jarencio said. “Now, we just have to be ready for the twice-to-beat [opponent].”That foe could either be the retooled Bolts or Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, which is reportedly repairing a rift among import Dez Wells and some of its locals.That quarterfinal matchup will be finalized this Wednesday when NLEX takes on Alaska and San Miguel battles TNT at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sources on Sunday said that Wells got into a fight with Arwind Santos and Ronald Tubid during practice, an incident that also included Kelly Nabong, who reportedly came to Wells’ rescue.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics PH tennis team shows readiness for SEA Games Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments “It’s nice that for the whole season, we’re in the quarterfinals,” Jarencio told reporters after getting 30 points and 13 rebounds from Michael Qualls and steady games from Sean Anthony and Christian Standhardinger.“But it’s time to step up,” he said. “It’s time for the semis. That’s the [new] goal of the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAnthony had 18 points while Standhardinger 17 and 11 rebounds as the Batang Pier wound up with a 5-6 record for seventh spot and the right to face the No. 2 team but needing to beat that squad twice to make the Final Four.NorthPort’s win also put to naught an 83-81 win Rain or Shine pulled out over Meralco earlier in the night, as the Elasto Painters still got the boot after closing out with a 4-7 record. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis
Rennes attacking midfielder Romain del Castillo says he is inspired by summer signing Hatem Ben Arfa.Ben Arfa has endured something of a nomadic career thus far, playing for seven clubs, including the likes of Newcastle United, PSG and Marseille.Rennes signed the midfielder in the summer following his release from PSG, and Del Castillo believes he is an inspiration to all of his team-mates.”When you are an offensive player like me, you watch his videos,” he told Goal when asked about the 31-year-old. 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! “We are inspired by a player like him. What he does on the field is extraordinary and playing with him everyday is positive.”Rennes are currently sixth in Ligue 1 and will also play in the Europa League this season, facing Astana, Dynamo Kyiv and Jablonec, and the midfielder is confident of qualification.”We watched the draw all together during a dinner at the training center.”We don’t have big teams in our group, but this is good. If we meet the big teams in the final stages, it’s even better.”We have the opportunity to qualify the club for the final stages and we are happy.”Ben Arfa’s next opportunity to impress will come against OGC Nice this weekend.He spent the 2015-16 season with Nice, and claimed in the summer that he received an offer to return to the club, only to reject it.”I had a lot of requests, I wanted to take my time,” he explained.”The Europa League was one of the criteria, but the important thing was the setting and Stade Rennes has changed in size.”There was Nice too but it’s hard to go back with your ex.”
Manchester City fans worried about it, journalists enquired about it.Would Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’ documentary leak Pep Guardiola’s closely guarded tactical secrets to the world?Of course not. For one thing, the Barcelona-based MediaPro are co-producers and their links to City’s Catalans are so established that they would not want to reveal any sensitive information any more than City themselves would. 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! And when it comes to the day-to-day life at Manchester City, there is little more sensitive than Guardiola’s tactical secrets.The Catalan’s methodology is top secret. Only his trusted lieutenants and the club’s head analysts – a group of less than 10 people – have access to the password-protected files containing the Premier League champions’ most detailed plans.One of Guardiola’s magnetic tactics boards features heavily in ‘All or Nothing’, but it is one thing to highlight his desire to get his team in behind Liverpool’s high defence. The real information, the advice to players, the triggers, the passing patterns, are quite another.And with no sign of a third Marti Perarnau tactical opus in the works, the majority of City’s plans for domestic and European domination will remain under lock and encryption key.But sources close to the City boss have told Goal that he has come up with brand new ideas ahead of a fresh assault on the Champions League.The Catalan is not only working on general improvements, but specific new passing combinations and subtle tweaks specifically designed to be useful in European competition.There is no coach more scrutinised than Guardiola when it comes to success in the Champions League and in the coming months he will be asked time and again about his record in the competition and whether he can finally win the trophy for a third time – something only two men have achieved in history.But with a squad as talented, versatile and intelligent as the one he has assembled, it is right that expectations are high of City this season.And Guardiola is targeting at least a semi-final appearance.As far back as April, when City were knocked out by Liverpool, he had established three key areas in need of particular improvement.He believes City can improve individually, collectively and emotionally.Any player should be capable of individual improvement but Guardiola wants to see more from specific members of his squad. For example, for Raheem Sterling to improve his finishing, for John Stones and Gabriel Jesus to maintain their confidence, and for Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi, among others, to eradicate mistakes in big games.Guardiola also wants his team to evolve tactically, something that has become evident in the early weeks of the new season. City have used different shapes in each of their five games so far and their two first home matches highlighted Guardiola’s desire to mix things up; in the first he kept his pacey players on the bench and filled the team with central playmakers; in the second he emptied the middle of the pitch and played Sterling and Riyad Mahrez in something resembling a front four.The City boss accepted long before last season ended that his side would most likely not break all records once again this time around, so he focused instead on making them even more solid – particularly in the biggest games – and, above all, eradicating any complacency. In recent weeks he has repeatedly challenged his charges to avoid some of the early-season problems he endured at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where his defending champions suffered shock results, and has introduced a raft of training ground fines in a bid to keep players on their toes.And when it comes to the Champions League he will go even further. As well as the general improvements he is working hard to implement, he has developed new in-game passing patterns, designed to help his side get from back to front quickly and efficiently. City are also keeping their opponents guessing by switching the positions of two players in different positions. Key to that particular ploy will be Benjamin Mendy, whose increased tactical understanding has already proven important for the Blues this season.He has been deadly either out wide or through the middle, and his specific instructions are to attack the space if it opens up for him, or to play it to the winger, who would therefore be free, if the space closes. Simple, but it has proven effective so far, and City are hoping his current injury worries are nothing serious.City’s line-ups, tactics and performances in these opening weeks are proof that Guardiola is searching for new ways to take his side forward. We’ll soon find out if he can find the answers in Europe. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The Punjab government will be introducing a biometric attendance system in all the colleges and industrial training institutes run by the state Technical Education department. Charanjit Singh Channi, Minister, Punjab Technical Education and Industrial Training made this announcement while presiding over the first review meeting of the department at Chandigarh.He said that the biometric system would be introduced both for the staff and students which would be directly connected with the head office.”The state government would launch a scholarship scheme for meritorious students interested in studying in government polytechnic, engineering colleges and industrial training institutes (ITIs),” Channi said. He said the scheme will also be applicable for outstanding sports students. In a stern message to all the officials, the minister said corruption and favouritism would not be tolerated at any level in the department and all promotions would be based on performance.Highlights as stated by ChanniBased on the present and future needs of the global industry, the state-run institutes should focus on providing job orientated quality educationHe also asked the heads of the department to make extra efforts to tie up with big industrial units and multinational companies at their levels for the placement and practical training of studentsAnnouncing zero tolerance towards copying in exams, along with the erring students, the examiners concerned will also be held responsible”The answer sheets of students seeking revaluation would be put on the department website and if a difference of more than 10 percent is found in the revaluation cases, action will be taken against the examiner,” he saidHe asked the senior officials to inspect all polytechnic, engineering colleges and ITIs regularly and submit their performance reports to himThe minister also announced annual state awards for the three best-performing principals and teachers from each of the institutes of the technical education department.With inputs from PTI advertisementRead: Odisha government: Mobile science lab launched for students Read: Hindi to be made compulsory in schools from Class 1-8: SC receives PIL For information on more latest news and updates, click here
B. Sai Praneeth, the latest among Indian shuttlers to make their mark in the international arena by winning his maiden Super Series title, believes that this could be a turning point for his career.He won the Singapore Open on Sunday by defeating Kadambi Srikanth, his training partner at the Gopichand Badminton Academy here, giving a big boost to his confidence and career.The World No. 30 defeated Srikanth, ranked a place higher, 17-21, 21-17, 21-12, to win his maiden Super Series title.”It can be turning point for my career. From now on, I will have the confidence. I know where I am and at which level I am playing,” Praneeth told IANS in an interview on his return home.It was the first time in the history of badminton that two Indians played the final of a Super Series championship.”It was very, very long wait. There were injuries in between and my performance went down. I was waiting for one good performance and I got it now,” said Praneeth, who was dismissed by some as a one-match wonder.Despite defeating big guns like Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat in his career, the 24-year-old was unlucky not have big titles to his name.”I was hoping that someday I would win a big tournament. I got one now and I want to continue winning big tournaments like this,” said Praneeth, who took up the racquet at the age of eight.He now looks for consistency and wants to focus on fitness ahead of the Indonesian and Australian Opens. He hopes to qualify for the World Championship thanks to his improved in ranking.advertisementFacing Srikanth, winner of 2014 China Open and 2015 India Open, in the Singapore Open final was not easy for Praneeth.”It was tough playing with a player with whom you practice every day,” said Praneeth, who had been practicing with Srikanth for the past eight years.”When you play somebody with whom you practice regularly, you know his weak points and he knows your weak points. Winning points is not easy and your strategy doesn’t work because the opponent knows how you respond,” explained the Hyderabadi.Down by a game and trailing 2-7 in the second, Praneeth made a strong comeback. “By taking a lead, I gained confidence and I maintained it till the end,” he recalled.Praneeth believes that with more Indian shuttlers showing their mettle, there may be more all-Indian finals at international competitions. He feels that such contests will have no impact on the personal equation he shares with his practice partner.”A match is a match. You can’t relate the match with your personal relationship. We have to win no matter who is the opponent,” said Praneeth, who scored his fifth victory over Srikanth in six meetings.Praneeth has come a long way since defeating former World and Olympic champion Toufik Hidayat in the first round of the 2013 Indonesian Open and reigning World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the first round of the 2016 All England championship.He had come close to defeating World and Olympic champion Lin Dan in the Malaysian Open earlier this month.
Staring at elimination after an inexplicable batting collapse followed by a wash-out, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be aiming for revival when they clash against out-of-sorts Gujarat Lions in an IPL match here on Thursday.The Bangalore outfit will have to win all its remaining six matches to keep alive the hopes of making the knockouts.With the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad called off here without a ball being bowled due to rain on Tuesday night, Bangalore had to share a point.They now have just five points from eight games and are lying sixth in the points table.Come Thursday, it will be an arduous task for Virat Kohli and Co. after being dismissed for a meagre 49 — the lowest ever total in the history of IPL — against Kolkata Knight Riders. During that disastrous outing at the Eden Gardens, none of RCB’s 11 batsmen could get to double figures.RCB’s ‘Big Three’ – skipper Virat Kohli (154 from 4 matches), Chris Gayle (144 from 5 games) and AB de Villiers (145 from 4 games) – have been inconsistent so far.For India captain Kohli, it will be difficult to digest the fact that RCB can be out of the tournament before the knock-out phase.However, they would fancy their chances against an out- of-form Gujarat Lions, who have gathered just four points from seven games and are languishing at the bottom of the table.The Lions batting has also been quite dismal with big guns making contributions only intermittently and would be desperate to arrest this slide.advertisementIt would be interesting to see if Irfan Pathan, roped in as a replacement for injured Dwayne Bravo would be included in the playing XI.Irfan was one of the biggest names to remain unsold at the IPL auctions.In the last nine seasons, Irfan had played for five franchises, taking 80 wickets and scoring 1,137 runs in 102 IPL matches.Gujarat will take a cue from their last win against Kolkata Knight Riders when skipper Suresh Raina scored a 46- ball 84 against a potent attack.Raina has scored 275 in the tournament so far and is among the top five run-getters. The team would depend heavily on him against the Royal Challengers.Brendon McCullum, who is the highest run-getter for Gujarat with 258 runs, and Aaron Finch will be aiming to match the likes of RCB’s ‘Big-Three’ stroke for stroke.Bowling has been a big problem for the Gujarat team, which has taken only 26 wickets from six games.They will be hoping to fit in their best pacer Andrew Tye, who has taken nine wickets in four games including a hat-trick.However, Ravindra Jadeja – a key bowler in the Gujarat line-up – is yet to fire, while Praveen Kumar has also lacked pace and swing.The only silver-lining in their bowling has been Kerala pacer Basil Thampi, whose ability to bowl yorkers at will has been impressive.Teams (from):Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (capt), Tymal Mills, Aniket Chaudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Vishnu Vinod, Sreenath Arvind, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi.Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (capt), Akshadeep Nath, Shubham Agarwal, Basil Thampi, Irfan Pathan, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhaval Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Praveen Kumar, Brandon McCullum, Munaf Patel, Pratham Singh, Jason Roy, Shadab Jakati, Pradeep Sangwan, Shelly Shaurya, Nathusingh, Dwayne Smith, Tejas Baroka and Andrew Tye
An adventure streak turned out to be a nightmare for this young lady when her bungee jump miserably failed and she smacked into the riverbed after the rope was overestimated.A video capturing the terrifying incident illustrates that as soon as she jumped to take the bungee leap, she thumped into the shallow riverbed.Two rescuers immediately reached to help the young lady moments after they heard her crashing. The onlookers who made the video were left horrified after the incident.The lady was unable to move after the incident and was immediately taken to a private clinic nearby. Surprisingly, she suffered minor injuries considering the height of the fall.The travel agency who organised the sport is covering the woman’s medical expenses.”She does not have fractures, according to the initial diagnosis, but we are awaiting further tests,” RT quoted the company’s director Oscar Sandoval.He added that “It was a human mistake. Somebody did something wrong.””We are checking the videos in order to know who or what released the brake of the rope. It is the first time something like this has happened to us; we have a lot of years of experience,” he said.According to a report by the Human Research Funding, there have been several successful bungee jumps because the people adhered to the strict guidelines and safety standards.The most common reason why a bungee jumper suffers an accident is because the cord was too long. This happens because the jumper doesn’t get enough space for their court to stretch as it consumes the energy from the jump. This results in a ground impact and a potential tragedy.advertisementSo, if you are planning anytime soon to go for the recreational activity, make sure you stick to the safety guidelines to avoid breaking your teeth.
Kolkata, May 5 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today said he will speak to the All India Football Federation on the issue of I-League champions Aizawl FC threatening a fast unto death if they are left out of a proposed unified leagues top tier. “As far as the controversy between Aizawl FC and Indian Super League (ISL) is concerned, Im going to talk to the AIFF. Definitely I would like to take their case up at AIFF,” Goel said during his inspection of the Saltlake Stadiums preparation for the U-17 World Cup in October. Goel, however, said hes yet to receive any official letter from the I-League champions. Ironically, Aizawl are not a part of the merger plans and stare at relegation into second division. In the new ISL, the existing eight clubs will be joined by at least three I-League clubs. The AIFF is in talks with Bengaluru FC, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. In a statement, the club said it had submitted a “formal claim to the AIFF to continue in the top league even after proposed merger of the existing top league with the ISL.” Aizawl FC said they would approach PM Narendra Modi and Asian Football Confederation president Salman Bin Ibrahim Al- Khalifa if they are denied an opportunity to defend their I- League title next season. The Mizo side also threatened to resort to fast unto death if the AIFF relegates the club to the second division, as is being widely speculated. PTI TAP PM PMadvertisement
Rising Pune Supergiant’s Jaydev Unadkat took the third hat-trick of this year’s Indian Premier League as the visitors beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs in at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on Saturday.Unadkat’s 5/30 from his four overs helped Pune defend a paltry total of 148 and win four matches in a row, also helping them to climb to the second spot in the IPL table.Unadkat, who had to defend 13 runs in the final over ended up bowling a hat-trick maiden and picked up his second five-wicket haul as Hyderabad were stopped at 136/9.This is how Unadkat picked up his hat-trick in the final over:19.2 overs: Unadkat to Bipul Sharma, OUT! BIPUL SHARMA IS GONE! Unadkat has his third, it’s Stokes again with another catch. Length delivery angling in on the stumps, Bipul slogs over square leg. A lot of height on it, but not enough distance. It’s right down the Englishman’s throat who takes it in his safe hands. The hosts now need 13 off the final 4 balls.19.3 overs: Unadkat to Rashid, OUT! Another one bites the dust! From around the wicket, it’s hurled outside off, on a length, Rashid Khan swings at it hard and gets a huge top edge. It skies straight up, Unadkat moves to his right, settles himself under the ball and takes it himself. He’s on a hat-trick here now.19.4 overs: Unadkat to Bhuvneshwar, OUT! HAT-TRICK FOR JAYDEV UNADKAT! This is a stupendous over from the left-arm pacer. Wow. He has a 5-wicket haul too and with that, he completes 100 Indian T20 League wickets too. Superb. Back of a length delivery around off, Bhuvneshwar Kumar looks to hit it away but gets it off the splice. Lobs into the hands of Manoj Tiwary at extra cover who runs in a few paces to take it.advertisementThe last wicket also gave the left-arm pacer his 100th IPL wicket and his best-ever figures in the tournament.Before this, Samuel Badree and Andrew Tye were the other two bowlers to take hat-tricks in this year’s edition. This is also the third instance where three hat-tricks have been taken in a season after 2008 and 2009.Pune are now second in the table with 16 points from 12 games while Hyderabad remain fourth with 13 points from equal amount of games.RPS will next play the Delhi Daredevils on May 12 at the Feroz Shah Kotla while SRH will take on the table-toppers Mumbai Indians on Tuesday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
England captain Eoin Morgan’s century led his team to an impressive series opening 72-run victory against top-ranked South Africa in their opening one-day international at Headingley on Wednesday.England made 339 for six in their 50 overs and then bowled out the tourists for 267 with five overs to spare.With the Champions Trophy starting next week, tournament hosts England look in fine shape with bat and ball after a highly disciplined performance.”It was very pleasing, it has been a pretty good day at the office for us,” said Morgan.”I thought the partnerships we built, we gave ourselves the best opportunity to get a par score or more,” added Morgan, whose century was his 11th in ODIs.England’s spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali, who was given the man of the match award, struck a crucial unbeaten 77, including five sixes, in a match-winning 117 run partnership with Morgan.Ali also played a key role with the ball, picking up the wicket of South African skipper AB de Villiers just as the strokemaker was beginning to look dangerous on 45.The only concern for England was a knee injury for all-rounder Ben Stokes which hampered his ability with the ball.BRIGHT STARTThe Yorkshire venue of Headingley welcomed the world’s visiting number one ranked ODI team with bright sunshine before Morgan’s 107 from 93 balls put the spine in England’s total.Ali’s contribution was essential after the two strong-hitting middle order batsmen – Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler – had been dismissed for 25 and seven respectively.Alex Hales (61) and local favourite Joe Root (37) had laid the foundations with a 98-run second wicket partnership after opener Jason Roy was caught behind for one by Quinton de Kock, attempting to drive Wayne Parnell.advertisementSouth Africa made an excellent start in response, with Hashim Amla scoring 73 before he was trapped lbw by Mark Wood, departing at 145 for two.Faf du Plessis, who had batted beautifully for his 67 in a 112 run partnership with Amla, quickly followed after edging Liam Plunkett with keeper Jos Buttler safely pocketing.But, with England bowling a consistent and tight line and length, South Africa’s middle order was unable to respond, De Villiers running out of partners before going on the attack and being caught by Plunkett at deep mid-wicket off Ali.England seamer Chris Woakes did the bulk of the damage picking up 4-38.The three-match series continues at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Saturday and finishes at Lord’s on Monday.
Perhaps Jose Mourinho should have listened to the advice from Manchester United’s crosstown rivals.That’s the unbeaten Manchester City team now 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League.A week ago, City players were filmed in their dressing room celebrating their latest victory by singing “park the bus”, mocking the term for Mourinho’s propensity to grind out results by stifling opponents with an unambitious setup.Which was just what United required in the closing moments at Leicester on Saturday, holding a 2-1 lead secured by Juan Mata’s double. Instead United imploded. Another lapse in concentration allowed Harry Maguire to stun United and grab a 2-2 draw for Leicester.It was especially costly as City surged to a 17th successive victory with Sergio Aguero scoring twice in a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth.Chelsea’s title defense faltered again in a 0-0 draw at resurgent Everton. The third-place champion fell 16 points adrift of City.Tottenham has challenged for the trophy in the last two seasons but it was far from a contender this time. In the north London club’s first away win since September, Harry Kane’s hat trick secured a 3-0 win at Burnley and a rise into fifth place.At the other end of the standings, Stoke manager Mark Hughes claimed only a second victory in nine games. A 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion took Stoke three points clear of the relegation zone to ease the pressure on Hughes.West Brom is only a point above last-place Swansea, which drew with Crystal Palace 1-1 in the first game since Paul Clement was fired by the south Wales club.advertisementNewcastle climbed out of the relegation zone by beating fellow struggler West Ham 3-2 for a first win in 10 games. In other results around mid-table, Brighton defeated Watford 1-0, while Southampton and Huddersfield drew 1-1.FREE-SCORING CITYWith a threat in front of goal not seen in England’s top-fight in 35 years, Man City has surpassed a century of goals in 2017.And Pep Guardiola’s 101-goal team still has another two games to overhaul Liverpool’s top-flight record of 106 goals in 1982.As well as two headers from Augero, Raheem Sterling and Danilo also netted for the leaders who are running away with a third title since 2012.This season, City has collected 55 points from a possible 57 and scored 60 while conceding only 12 times.MAN UNITED COLLAPSESJuan Mata spearheaded United’s recovery with a double that canceled out Jamie Vardy’s opener at the culmination of a lightning counterattack. But Mourinho’s side spurned chances to extend its lead and couldn’t even exploit Leicester going a man down in the 73rd minute when substitute Daniel Amartey was booked for the second time in four minutes.Then in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Maguire got ahead of United defender Chris Smalling at the far post to latch onto Marc Albrighton’s cross and stab the ball into the net.Mourinho was fuming.”I cannot stop the game and give a team talk,” the United manager said. “For the last two minutes the players had to immediately adapt, to read the game, which they didn’t so we had childish decisions in front of goal and bad decisions as it was not just about the goals we missed, or dribbling or hitting the post. It was not just about missing chances with an open goal, it was also about decisions. Easy decisions.”KANE CHASES RECORDKane took his 2017 goal tally to 36 Premier League goals, matching Alan Shearer’s calendar-year record set 1995. And Tottenham still has another game to go against Southampton on Tuesday.Kane’s first came from the penalty spot after only seven minutes, with Dele Alli earning himself pantomime villain status for tumbling under a clumsy challenge from Kevin Long. Two further strikes came in the second half as Tottenham quickly recovered from a 4-1 loss to Man City a week earlier.”His contribution not only with goals, with attitude, professional, ethic, how he works, I think it’s fantastic,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.
Sunil Chhetri struck a scorcher on Sunday night and set alight the Sree Kanteevara Stadium in Bengaluru.The ‘Captain-Legend’ has not had a run full of goals this Indian Super League (ISL) season but last night was different. With a magnificent strike from 25-yards out, Chhetri put Bengaluru FC on top of things.Chhetri scored his fifth goal of the season and in the most stunning fashion.In the 39th minute of the ISL match against ATK, Chhetri intercepted Conor Thomas’ loose pass and opened up space for himself on the right foot.With about a yard of space, India top-scorer smashed the ball past ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumdar to put Bengaluru ahead in the game.What. A. Strike! @chetrisunil11 @bengalurufc #LetsFootball #BENKOL https://t.co/7ypcbBNn5Z pic.twitter.com/tDBosEjQPr- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 7, 2018As Chhetri found the back of the net, the Fortess went into frenzy.Chhetri is an impeccable figure at the Bengaluru club and the reaction of the supporters showed exactly that.Chhetri treats them no different.ALSO WATCHHe makes sure he thanks them with his hands folded in a ‘namaste’ after every single game and the ‘West Block Blues’ and the rest of the crowd thanks him back with the famous Vikings clap.The Viking Clap is back in Bengaluru! Watch the @bengalurufc players celebrate with the fans!#ISLMoments #BENKOL #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/83HQ4FVJZ0- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 7, 2018Chhetri has provided Bengaluru FC with a whole lot of moments of celebrate and this particular one will surely count somewhere at the top.advertisementEventually, it was Chhetri’s strike that got Bengaluru the win on the night and sent them on top of the league table with 18 points from nine games.Bengaluru began the match on a high tempo with chances coming thick and fast. They got their first chance in about the fourth minute but Chhetri’s strike put them ahead in the game.BFC was all over ATK in the first half and it was only in the second half that they began to find their footing.Robbie Keane came close to scoring when he tricked two markers and went for the strike, only for BFC keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to pull off a fine save.Keane continued to influence the proceedings for ATK and found Rupert Nongrum in space. Nongrum’s cross found Tom Thorpe, whose across the face of goal went begging.On the other end of the pitch, Debjit was called into action when Miku went for a first-time drive.Braulio Nogreba then had two chances in quick succession in the dying minutes to consolidate the game for BFC, but he first shot wide from a narrow angle and then was brilliantly stopped by defender Jordi Montel..@bengalurufc edged @WorldATK and returned to the top of the #HeroISL table thanks to a magnificent @chetrisunil11 strike!More videos: https://t.co/cVyUhTONeX#ISLRecap #LetsFootball #BENKOL pic.twitter.com/05hXyrCVsc- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 7, 2018
Sarthak Ranjan, son of Pappu Yadav, Bihar’s MP from Madhepura, has been included in Delhi’s side for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. And that too at the expense of under-23 top-scorer Hiten Dalal, who has been put in the reserves.Pappu Yadav, whose official name is Rajesh Ranjan, is a former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)and has now floated his own party Jan Adhikar Party while his wife Ranjeet Ranjan is a Congress MP from Supaul.The three-member selection committee, comprising Atul Wassan, Hari Gidwani and Robin Singh Junior, has drawn flak from all corners for ignoring some of the performers and selecting an influential person’s son, who at the start of the season, had almost given up on the game.Here’s our 15 men squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy starting from 9th January, @pradeepsangy will be leading our #DelhiBoys #DDCA pic.twitter.com/1e15oXxPL0- DDCA (@DDCA_Cricket) January 6, 2018Sarthak was also a controversial pick for Delhi during the last Mushtaq Ali campaign during which he scored 5, 3 and 2 aggregating 10 runs in three games.At the start of the season, Sarthak withdrew himself after being named in the Ranji Trophy probables list.There were conflicting reports that he had lost interest in the sport and was pursuing body-building (to prepare for Mr India contest).Suddenly, during the end of the season, Sarthak’s mother Ranjeet Ranjan wrote an e-mail to DDCA administrator Justice (Retd) Vikramajit Sen that her son was earlier suffering from depression and but was now fit to play.advertisementAs per protocol, Justice Sen forwarded the letter to the selectors as it was their domain.Suddenly, without playing a single match, Sarthak was put into the standby list of the Delhi U-23 team playing the CK Nayudu Trophy.When Wassan was asked about this, he said: “Sarthak had some mental issues. Once he was deemed fit, I personally monitored him and kept him in the standbys as Delhi U-23 was playing really well.”However, what has raised a lot of eyebrows is the fact that after Delhi emerged U-23 national champions, their top scorer Hiten Dalal was ignored and kept on standbys after a stupendous season.Dalal scored 468 runs in the CK Nayudu Trophy, including one century, three half-centuries at an average of 52 and a strike rate of 91.58. He, in fact, hit 17 sixes in the longer format.”The selection committee has been entrusted with the job and we believe they have done their duty without any pressure.The boy in question (Sarthak), I feel, is attracting some attention because of who his father is.”But I have no information that selectors were under any kind of pressure,” Justice Sen told PTI when asked about Ranjan’s controversial selection.There is a school of thought in the DDCA that with IPL auctions due on January 27-28, a lot of players, who don’t deserve to be in the state team, have made it only to ensure that they are somehow picked by franchises in the lowest bracket.”Where do you leave a boy like Hiten, whose parents are not heavyweight politicians? He scores runs and someone’s parent just writes a letter that he is fit, doesn’t play a match and is in the team,” a senior DDCA official, who keenly followed the victorious U-23 team coached by Rajkumar Sharma (Virat Kohli’s coach), said on condition of anonymity.”And what exactly about monitoring is Wassan talking about. He just came for one U-23 session, wanted to watch Sarthak bat and put him in the standbys.”Agar inka bas chalta toh usko team daal dete without performance. Just because the team was doing well, they couldn’t tinker with it,” the official alleged.Another questionable selection is Kshitij Sharma, who was picked on the basis of good performances in the Lala Raghubir Trophy — a tournament that is played at the Modern School Barakhamba ground with a 30-yard boundary on either sides.Sharma is believed to be a candidate of a DDCA veteran, who always had a say in selection matter of state’s senior as well as age-group teams.(With inputs from PTI)
OnePlus’ latest bezel-less flagship, the OnePlus 5T was launched on November 21 and went on open sale in India a week later on Tuesday. But while India got the smartphone in only one Midnight Black colour option, folks in China have the chance to get their hands on a limited edition Lava Red colour as the OnePlus 5T goes on sale over their as well.The OnePlus 5T Lava Red variant has shown up on the OnePlus China store, but is yet to appear in the buying section. The limited edition variant sees the back of the handset coated bright red while the narrow bezels on the front stay black. It is unclear how many units of the Lava Red variant are available for OnePlus fans in China, but since the colour seems to be a popular choice these days for a smartphone, you can expect them to disappear pretty fast. You may recall Apple doing something similar by coming out with a Red colour variant for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus earlier this year.There is no word as of now on whether OnePlus will release the Lava Red OnePlus 5T in India. The company has been known to come out with limited edition models of its products like the OnePlus 3T Black Colette and the OnePlus 5 Castelbajac variant in the past. The company also launched the OnePlus 3T Midnight Black Limited Edition variant in India earlier this year, so there is a possibility of the Lava Red edition for the country as well.advertisementAlso Read: OnePlus 5T review: Takes the best of OnePlus 5 and makes it even betterThe OnePlus 5T was unveiled in the US at $499, but has been priced cheaper in China and India at CNY 2,999 and Rs 32,999, respectively. India being one of the biggest markets for OnePlus, pricing the latest flagship identically to the OnePlus 5 made it an attractive deal for a lot of OnePlus fans. In fact, the smartphone sold out within 5 minutes of going on a 1 hour sale on Amazon India earlier this week. The device is now available on open sale on Amazon and OnePlusStore.in.The newest smartphone from OnePlus highlights a 6.01-inch full-HD AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It sports an updated dual rear camera system with one 16-megapixel sensor and one 20-megapixel sensor. Much like the OnePlus 5, the OnePlus 5T is powered by a 2.45GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and houses a 3,300mAh battery with support for OnePlus’ Dash charging.
WASHINGTON — Put Jake Peavy on the San Francisco Giants, and he suddenly turns into quite a postseason performer.Same for a couple of rookies, Hunter Strickland and Joe Panik.Seems that October aura manager Bruce Bochy has cultivated with the Giants rubs off on anyone joining the club.The intense Peavy took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, Strickland and the rest of San Francisco’s rested bullpen barely protected a lead, and the wild-card Giants won their league-record ninth consecutive postseason game by beating Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Oct. 3d in an NL Division Series opener.“Nobody is scared of the moment,” said Peavy, who won the 2007 NL Cy Young Award with San Diego and last year’s World Series with Boston, but was 0-3 with a 9.27 ERA in five previous starts beyond the regular season. “We understand that we might not be, man for man, the favorites.”Perhaps they should be.Peavy, the 33-year-old right-hander with the tattoo sleeve on his left arm, finally earned his first postseason win, allowing only two hits in 5 2-3 scoreless innings, and getting plenty of help.Strickland spent much of the season at High-A and Double-A in the minors, and has all of seven major league innings on his resume, but struck out Ian Desmond swinging at a 100 mph fastball with the bases loaded in the sixth after Peavy left, cussing up a storm.Panik provided a nice defensive play at second base to end the seventh and contributed one of San Francisco’s three RBI singles.No swinging from the heels for this bunch. No costly misplays in the field, either, such as the passed ball by Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos that led to an unearned run. That was one of a couple examples of jumpy play by a Washington team that won its division and led the NL with 96 wins but has never won a postseason series.Under Bochy, the Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012. They have not lost a postseason game since trailing 3-1 against St. Louis in the NLCS two years ago.When the lights are brightest, the stage biggest, the stakes highest, San Francisco comes through.“We’ve done it so many times now, it seems to be part of our DNA,” said Hunter Pence, who stole a base in the fourth and came home on Brandon Belt’s hit off Strasburg.“But I think the thing that we know is: What’s in the past is in the past, and we’ve got to move forward and we’ve got to be ready for the game tomorrow. Because if not, they’ll jump all over us.”Game 2 is Oct. 4 with Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann — who threw a no-hitter in the regular-season finale — facing Tim Hudson.Strasburg took the loss in his playoff debut; he was shut down in 2012 to protect his surgically repaired elbow. He showed up with his best material, reaching 99 mph. “He gave us a chance,” Manager Matt Williams said. “Jake was a little bit better.”The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2009 lasted five-plus innings, allowing eight hits — all singles, all to center or right field — and two runs, one earned. He tied for the NL lead this season with a career-high 242 strikeouts, but only managed two, in part because the Giants rarely missed.“Wasn’t like they were hitting me all around the yard,” Strasburg said. “Hit it where we weren’t.”Peavy didn’t top 92 mph, but that didn’t matter. He put pitches where he wanted, often barely over the black edge of the plate.“He mixed really well. He’s a very smart pitcher,” said catcher Buster Posey, the 2012 NL MVP, who drove in a run. “He knows when not to give in.”The first hit Peavy allowed was by Bryce Harper in the fifth, a bouncing single off the glove of diving first baseman Belt. As Harper ran through the bag, he yelled, “Let’s go!” But any notion of a rally was quickly silenced when Peavy got Ramos to ground into a first-pitch, 4-6-3 double play, followed by Asdrubal Cabrera’s inning-ending foul pop.Peavy was lifted with two runners aboard in the sixth, and Javier Lopez loaded the bases with a walk. Bochy turned to Strickland, who, calm as a 10-year veteran, took care of Ian Desmond — 8-for-12 with a grand slam and 17 RBIs with the bases full this season — on four fastballs, the slowest at 98 mph.“He just stepped into as big a fire as you can step into,” Pence said about Strickland, “and he came up huge.”But in the seventh, Strickland served up a pair of 97 mph fastballs that were turned into homers, one by Harper into the third deck, the other by Cabrera, making it 3-2.Bochy knew his relievers were rested after Madison Bumgarner’s four-hit shutout in the wild-card victory at Pittsburgh on Oct. 1 — a day the Nationals played an intrasquad scrimmage to fight rust.Jeremy Affeldt got the last out in the seventh. Sergio Romo struck out Desmond and got Harper on a grounder to end a threat in the eighth. And Santiago Casilla pitched a perfect ninth for the save.“These guys, they have been through it. They have a calmness about them,” Bochy said about his bunch. “When you have your back as many times against the wall as you can in the postseason, that experience is invaluable.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Booed off the ice after a listless first period against the New York Islanders, the Minnesota Wild found their fire.Their play immediately picked up out of the intermission. Then the inspiration came in frightening form, when defenseman Keith Ballard’s head hit hard on the ice.Nino Niederreiter dived for a loose puck in traffic around the net and tapped in the go-ahead goal with the end of his stick with 4:33 left, capping a furious comeback by the Wild for a 5-4 win over the Islanders on Tuesday night.“We have too much pride and character to allow that to continue, and I thought we showed that the rest of the game,” coach Mike Yeo said.Ballard was driven into the glass between the benches by Islanders left wing Matt Martin, who wasn’t penalized for his straight-on hit. Pinned awkwardly against the wall, Ballard fell before his helmet bounced against the ice.“It was a very emotional night,” captain Mikko Koivu said. “At the end a great feeling, but still you don’t want to see one of your teammates going down like that.”Ballard got up after a few minutes and walked slowly with assistance to the locker room, before being taken to a hospital for further observation and evaluation. “It obviously was a scary moment at the time, but I felt like we carried it in a positive way,” Niederreiter said.Mikael Granlund immediately hit Kyle Okposo, who drew a slashing penalty for angrily hitting Granlund in the leg in response. Jason Pominville scored on the power play on the first of three assists by Ryan Suter, who returned from a two-game absence to the mumps. Then Kyle Brodziak dropped the gloves with Martin upon his re-entry.“With what happened to Keith, it was all pretty sickening to us,” said Thomas Vanek, who scored the tying goal with 8:12 left. Vanek, who played part of last season with the Islanders, said he didn’t believe Martin intended any malice.“I heard it wasn’t dirty, but still we’re all playing this game because we love it and we shouldn’t hurt each other,” Vanek said.The Islanders lost their second straight game after taking a 3-0 lead in the first period.“They kept coming and we didn’t. We’re more upset with the way we played, not the way them came at us,” said Josh Bailey, who made it 4-1 on the Islanders’ only shot of the second period. “We should be able to handle that.”Sloppy faceoffs and weak defense in front of the net helped smooth the Wild’s path to victory. “You’ve got to have the will to defend around your goalie,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.Koivu scored early in the third period for the Wild to spark the comeback, and Erik Haula’s goal brought them within one.Chad Johnson got the surprise start over Jaroslav Halak, who had an 11-game winning streak stopped on Dec. 6 when he gave up six goals to St. Louis after being given the big lead.Johnson, who made 25 saves, skated toward the bench and whacked his stick against the wall after a whistle soon after Niederreiter’s goal.“We’ve got to win some one-on-one battles and generate some forechecks and some momentum to get some pressure off our ‘D’,” Islanders captain John Tavares said.Michael Grabner, Brock Nelson and Martin scored early for the Islanders against Niklas Backstrom, who finished with 15 saves. The Wild outshot the Islanders 27-8 over the final two periods.“We shouldn’t have to have something like that to bring it out of us,” Yeo said.(DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
BERLIN — German authorities foiled what they believe may have been an imminent Boston Marathon-style attack on a professional cycling race planned for Friday, seizing a cache of weapons, including a pipe bomb, and chemicals that can be used to make explosives in a raid on a suspected Islamic extremist’s home outside Frankfurt.Authorities detained a 35-year-old Turkish-German man and his 34-year-old Turkish wife in the raid in the town of Oberursel. The couple, whose names weren’t released in line with Germany privacy rules, had been under surveillance.Security officials were worried that the couple may have been targeting the one-day Eschborn to Frankfurt race, which draws around 200 professional riders and thousands of spectators on the May Day public holiday. Police said the race would be canceled in case the couple had accomplices, or they placed as-yet undetected explosive devices along the route.Suspicions were heightened when police recently observed the male suspect, a trained chemist, apparently scouting out the area where the race was due to take place, said Frankfurt’s chief prosecutor, Albrecht Schreiber. The race was supposed to pass through Oberursel.“The result of the raid shows that our suspicions were confirmed,” Schreiber told reporters Thursday at a news conference in Wiesbaden, the state capital of Hesse.“According to our current information, we have prevented an attack,” said Stefan Mueller, the chief of police for western Hesse state.Authorities in Germany have long warned that the country is at high risk of an attack after being named as a target by extremists, including some who have joined the Islamic State group. Mueller declined to say whether authorities believe that known extremist groups were involved.In the Boston Marathon attack, three people were killed and more than 260 injured when two bombs exploded at the finish line on April 15, 2013.“Of course we talked about the Boston attack last night,” said Mueller, explaining why security officials decided to go ahead with the raid. The race “is a soft target, and of course, since the Boston Marathon, it’s part of the security assessment for every marathon in Germany, and of course this is true for cycling races too.”Prosecutors in Frankfurt launched an investigation against the couple in mid-April after an employee at a hardware store informed police about a suspiciously large purchase of a chemical that can be used to make bombs. The couple had used a false name when they bought three liters (nearly a gallon) of hydrogen peroxide, but police were able to identify them and put them under surveillance.“This hydrogen peroxide triggered an alert,” Frankfurt’s deputy chief prosecutor Stefan Rojczyk told The Associated Press earlier Thursday.“Three liters is completely unusual,” he said. “You can use it to clear algae from your pond, but you can also use it to build bombs.”Schreiber said investigators found a functioning pipe bomb, 100 rounds of ammunition, parts of an assault rifle, the hydrogen peroxide, a training rocket for an anti-tank weapon and various other chemicals in the cellar of the couple’s home.Heavily-armed police wearing masks were involved in the overnight raid, and forensic officers in white suits entered the property and later carted out evidence during daylight hours on Thursday.Schreiber said the detained man was linked to the extreme Islamic Salafist movement in the Frankfurt area and was known to police for 15 previous offenses. The two suspects would likely appear before a judge later Thursday, he said, adding that two young children found at the premises were being looked after by social services.“I want to emphasize that an attack was prevented, but it will have to be seen whether a concrete attack against tomorrow’s cycle race was planned,” he said.Mueller, the police chief, said hydrogen peroxide can be used to produce a substance called TATP. It has been used by extremists to build improvised explosive devices in the past, including by the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, who tried to detonate a bomb in his shoe during a trans-Atlantic flight.FRANK JORDANS, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
PARIS — Carli Lloyd wasn’t thrilled to open the Women’s World Cup on the bench for the United States. She accepted the role, but made no secret she wanted to start.When the call came Sunday, Lloyd made it count with a pair of goals to lead the defending champions to a 3-0 victory over Chile. The win pushed the United States into the round of 16.Lloyd was the hero of the World Cup in Canada four years ago when she scored three goals in the final against Japan that gave the Americans their third World Cup title. But she was on the bench when the U.S. opened the tournament, even though she scored later as a substitute in the 13-0 victory over Thailand.“I know that my ability is there, I know this is my best version of me. I’ve just got to go out there and prove it,” she said. “Whether that’s coming off the bench and making an impact, whether that’s starting and getting the opportunity, which I’m grateful for, I’m just trying to make the most of it. I want to win.”Lloyd became the first player to score in six straight World Cup matches with her goal in the 11th minute.She added another on a header off a corner in the 35th for her 10th career World Cup goal, which moved her into third on the U.S. list behind Abby Wambach (14) and Michelle Akers (12). At 36, she became the oldest player to have a multi-goal game in the tournament.She nearly got another hat trick — which would have made her the first player with two in the World Cup — but her penalty kick in the 81st minute went wide left.“It’s haunting me right now,” Lloyd said. “Wasn’t good enough.”United States’ Carli Lloyd celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Chile at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)The score could have been worse for Chile without unshakable goalkeeper Christiane Endler, who finished with six saves and fended off a flurry of U.S. shots in the second half.Endler was named player of the match.“I love the balls coming towards me and being able to showcase my skills,” she said through a translator. “Obviously it’s difficult to maintain concentration. I think in the first half it was difficult for me to get into the game. I think the second half went better for me and in general for the team.”The victory over Chile was more subdued than the U.S. team’s record-breaking rout of Thailand. The Americans celebrated every goal even after the win was well in hand, and the display offended many who thought the champions should have shown more class. The controversy clouded the run-up to the match against Chile.Several of the American players reached out to their Thai counterparts following the match. Lloyd exchanged encouraging words and tweets with goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying, and FIFA posted an interview with Thailand’s coach thanking the U.S. players for being professional and playing well.After such a rout, Jill Ellis made sweeping changes to the starting lineup against Chile, including a new front line with Lloyd, Christen Press and Mallory Pugh. Alex Morgan was moved to the bench along with Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath.Becky Sauerbrunn, who sat out the match against Thailand because of a minor quad injury, returned and anchored a backline that included 20-year-old Tierna Davidson, who was making her World Cup debut. Davidson is the youngest player to start for the United States in a World Cup since Tiffany Roberts against Norway in 1995.Chile made just one lineup change, starting midfielder Claudia Soto in place of Yanara Aedo.Chile lost its opener to Sweden 2-0, but Endler was solid in that game, too, keeping the Swedes out of the goal until 83rd minute. The second goal got past the 6-footer in stoppage time.Julie Ertz scored in the 26th minute with a header off a corner kick from Davidson that Endler got her hands on but couldn’t stop. It was Ertz’s first World Cup goal and came with her husband Zach Ertz, a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, looking on.United States’ Julie Ertz, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)Endler denied Lloyd another chance at the hat trick when she tipped the U.S. captain’s shot over the net in the 72nd minute.Sweden also advanced out of Group F with a victory 5-1 victory over Thailand earlier Sunday in Nice. Japan, playing in Group D with England, also went through to the knockout stage because both the United States and Sweden won.Former Vice President Joe Biden was among the U.S. team’s well-wishers before the sold-out game at Parc des Princes stadium. Biden, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, referenced the team’s lawsuit against U.S. Soccer alleging gender discrimination and seeking equitable pay.“As we cheer them on in the World Cup, we must support their fight off the field for equal pay. In 2019, it’s past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men,” Biden tweeted.Good luck to the @USWNT as they take on Chile! As we cheer them on in the World Cup, we must support their fight off the field for equal pay. In 2019, it’s past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men. #OneNationOneTeam https://t.co/bJQZm2aQMv— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 16, 2019U.S. soccer maintains the two teams have different pay structures because of separate collective bargaining agreements.But for now, the players are concentrating on France and bringing home a fourth World Cup championship.The United States plays Sweden on Thursday to wrap up the group stage. It is the first meeting between the two teams since Sweden ousted the Americans from the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.Chile wraps up the group with a match against Thailand on Thursday.By: Anne M. Peterson, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares