Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine And so far, semblance of the old Yap is showing as he slowly finds his role among the Elasto Painters’ deepartillery.With Star next on Rain or Shine’s schedule, the two-time PBA Most Valuable Player made it clear that if there’s one game he badly wants to win, it’s definitely this one.“It’s still basketball. I don’t want to pressure myself so all I have to do is play my game,” he said. “We’ll see. If I have a bad game, it is what it is. But I want to win this game and we still have to play it.”He ended: “We’re always ready here in Rain or Shine. All the players and coaches know that this game is a big deal for me, and I’m sure they’ll be there to support me.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Stalzer: We can count on each other when we’re down Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Coming off his best game in a Rain or Shine jersey, James Yap believes that he’s now ready to face his old team Star.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m going to prepare hard for that game. I came from there, spent 12 years and won seven championships there. People have been anticipating for that game,” he said, as he looks forward to the duel next Sunday.Yap fired a season-best 15 points and five rebounds in the Elasto Painters’ 107-93 win over Blackwater on Friday, and he’s convinced that slowly, he’s getting his bearings back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“I’m already 80 to 90-percent when it comes to my conditioning. I’m close. At least, I’m getting my rhythm back, but it’s still not solid,” he said.“All I want is to be ready. I’m the new guy in this team, so I want my adjustment to not affect the team as a whole. We all know Rain or Shine is a strong team and has good players, so we have to be on the same level as they are.”
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We’ll see what he’s got.”The NFC West is one of two division titles still up for grabs as all 32 teams are in action on Sunday.Five teams are in contention for two remaining playoff berths and six clubs have a shot at three remaining first-round byes.The Green Bay Packers can clinch a first-round bye with a victory over the Detroit Lions — who have lost eight straight.If the Packers win and San Francisco lose, Green Bay can also secure home field advantage.The New Orleans Saints’ post-season schedule could also be affected by the outcome in Seattle.Drew Brees and the Saints can secure home field advantage with a victory at Carolina and defeats or ties by either San Francisco or Green Bay.The Philadelphia Eagles have the upper hand in the battle for the NFC East. They can lock it up with a victory over at the New York Giants.Spoiler alert?The Eagles are riding a season-high three-game winning streak that includes their win last week over division rivals Dallas — who now must beat the Redskins and hope for Philadelphia to falter. Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday The Giants aren’t shy about their desire to play spoiler to the Eagles’ playoff aspirations.“We are not going to the playoffs, so we definitely want to get this W and knock them out,” veteran safety Antoine Bethea said. “We don’t want anyone celebrating on our field.”In the AFC, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have clinched their 11th straight AFC East title, and can secure a first-round bye with a victory over the Miami Dolphins.The playoff-bound Houston Texans host a Tennessee Titans team who can earn a playoff berth with a win.The Baltimore Ravens, already assured of the top seed in the AFC, are expected to rest starters including quarterback Lamar Jackson when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers — who are still in the chase for a playoff berth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Seahawks quarterback Wilson said he was “super-excited” to welcome back Lynch, and added that to his eye “Beast Mode” hasn’t lost a step.“He’s been working,” Wilson said. “He looks great, looks explosive, looks fast, looks strong as ever. He’s got some special things he can do.”While the loser of the game will still make the playoffs as a wild card, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks were “thrilled” to find themselves playing for the division and a possible first-round bye.“It’s the last week of the season, playing for everything, for a division and all that,” Carroll said. “It is what we aim for.”Garoppolo admitted he was “kind of surprised” by the Seahawks decision to bring in Lynch and Robert Turbin after injuries to C.J. Prosise and Chris Carson.ADVERTISEMENT If the 12-3 Niners falter, the Seahawks could gain home field advantage with a win and defeats for both Green Bay and New Orleans.“Can’t wait for it,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said of the loud, hostile environment of CenturyLink Field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4San Francisco arrive as favorites, not least because of the rash of injuries affecting Seattle that prompted the Seahawks to take a chance that 33-year-old running back Lynch can make an immediate impact even though he hasn’t played since midway through last season with Oakland.“Only one person can pull this off and that’s No. 24,” linebacker K.J. Wright said of Lynch, who played for the Seahawks from 2010-15. “Back in the building, it feels good. When I heard the news I was like, ‘Perfect.’” SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 11: Tevin Coleman #26 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium on November 11, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP“Beast Mode” is back in Seattle as Marshawn Lynch returns Sunday to the Seahawks, who host the San Francisco 49ers in the final game of the NFL regular season with the NFC West division title on the line.The 49ers can clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a victory over Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:40Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’ When Pops met Martin’s son Santino View comments
“We are just waiting for our president (Joey Romasanta) to arrive and then we will talk about what to do with the women’s team,” Cayco said.The LVPI has already green-lighted the 2020 training and development of the men’s team, which scaled new heights in scoring a silver medal in the biennial games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Cayco said Romasanta is meeting Asian Volleyball Confederation officials in Thailand.Though Cayco didn’t confirm it, the LVPI meeting is expected to zero in on the proposal to put up at least six fixed slots in the national team (NT) made up of young players. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption View comments US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aguinaldo joins Thai League 1 club Drastic measures are in order for the troubled national women’s volleyball team.Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc., (LVPI) executive vice president Peter Cayco on Saturday said they would hold a meeting in the coming weeks to discuss changes after the women’s team’s poor showing in the Southeast Asian Games, where it failed to win a single game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas MOST READ More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall That way, it would be easier to develop chemistry among players.The players in the fixed slots will form a core of the team and will only be beefed up by members of the national pool when there are international competitions.But there has been no solution floated as to the restructuring of the calendars of two rival popular women’s leagues, the Philippine Superliga and the Premier Volleyball League, whose conflicting schedules hamper training sessions of the national women’s squads.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES
While harping on just how much of a difference-maker Stanley Pringle was on Sunday night, Tim Cone also pointed out how damaging Raymond Almazan’s absence was for Meralco.“Huge, huge, huge,” Cone swiftly answered when asked about how big a factor Almazan’s early exit in Game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals was for the Gin Kings, who won, 92-84, for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“We talked about it at halftime. I said that ‘this is the time for Japeth (Aguilar) and Greg (Slaughter),’—that they can really make a lot of of forays into the paint and get some seals with Raymond out,” Cone said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was a big difference. I mean, it was what, a one-point game at the half? Then we got up by 20 and ended up beating them? Obviously he’s a presence. Or, his lack of presence was really felt,” said Cone of Almazan.Meralco coach Norman Black said such a loss, without a doubt, took the wind out of his squad.“It seemed to affect them [in a good way] going to the third quarter. Ginebra did a good job of jumping on top of us immediately, taking advantage of it, and taking control of the game,” Black said.The lanky big man remains day-to-day as the Bolts await the official reading of Almazan’s MRI test, Black and team manager Paolo Trillo told the Inquirer in separate messages.“He’s been playing great. Anytime you lose a player the caliber of Raymond, it’s definitely going to hurt your team,” Meralco import Allen Durham said. INQADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Almazan hurt his left knee after an awkward landing that also hit Ginebra’s LA Tenorio. He had to leave six minutes into the game to undergo an MRI test at Makati Medical Center.The Kings and the Bolts were neck-and-neck in the first half, before Ginebra pulled away with leads of as many as 23 in the third period—a testament to just how vulnerable Meralco’s interior had become without one of its best defensive men.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Aguilar reprised his solid performances in the first two games, scoring 23 points that went with seven blocks—Meralco had a grand total of two swats as a team.Pringle also made his presence felt. Without the usual resistance in the paint, Ginebra’s dynamo had his way inside, pouring 17 of his total 21 points in the third, helping push the Kings out of reach. ‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high MOST READ Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall LATEST STORIES More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ Ceres battles Shan in knockout first round Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption View comments
The highly successful relationship between the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, M.S (RHTY&SC, M.S) and Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), through its international soft drink brand Pepsi, has been renewed for the 14th consecutive year.On Friday last, the company renewed its cricket sponsorship of the RHTY&SC, M.S Under-19 and Intermediate cricket teams. Pepsi has been sponsoring the teams since 2004 when they replaced former official sponsor Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company.DDL Marketing Manager Larry Wills (right) and RHTY&SC Assistant Organising Secretary Ravindranauth Kissoonlall finalise the partnershipSecretary/CEO Hilbert Foster hailed the long-standing relationship between the club and the official sponsor. He stated that DDL and Pepsi are two of the main reasons why the RHTY&SC, M.S is widely considered Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation with an unmatched list of activities and achievements.The club, Foster stated, has won the Guyana Cricket Club-of-the-Year Award five times since DDL and Pepsi came on board- 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2016. The teams have also won Berbice Championships and have produced Berbice and Guyana junior cricketers, while Shemaine Campbelle and Assad Fudadin have gone on to represent the West Indies.Since 2004, the Pepsi Under-19 team has produced players of the calibre of Assad Fudadin, Abdel Fudadin, Shemaine Campbelle, Akshay Homraj, Clinton Pestano, Dominic Rikhi, Loydel Lewis, Kevlon Anderson, Kevin Sinclair, Brandon Prashad, Naresh Mahadeo, Keith Simpson, Sylus Tyndall, Parmanand Narine, Shailendra Shameer, Brandon Corlette, Marian Samaroo, Sheneta Grimmond, Plaffina Millington and Deborah Vanderstoop among others who have either played for Berbice or Guyana.The team also won the lone Intermediate tournament for Berbice team when they lifted the Neal and Massy title in 2010.Foster also disclosed that under the name of the sponsorship, the Pepsi teams have undertaken hundreds of personal development projects under the sub-headings of sports, culture, charity, pro-education, awards/honour, religious, youth development, job creation, social community development among others.Kevin Sinclair would be in charge of the Under-19 team with Kevlon Anderson as his deputy, while Major James Fraser and Delbert Hicks would be in charge of the Intermediate team.Among the players of the Pepsi teams would be Kevlon Anderson, Junior Sinclair, Shemaine Campbelle, Sylus Tyndall, Keith Simpson, Brandon Corlette, Mark Papannah, Troy Mathieson, Brandon Prashad, Erva Giddings and Chanderpaul Govindan.Marketing Manager of DDL, Larry Wills, hailed the relationship between the two organisations as successful and noted that the teams have represented the Pepsi brand with pride and success on and off the cricket field.DDL, he stated, invests heavily in sports, culture, education and youth development as part of its corporate duties and is proud to be associated with the RHTY&SC, M.S. The sponsorship for 2017 is worth $240,000.
0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, May 31- Safaricom have cancelled the launch of the Sakata Ball Season 3 on Thursday after declining to give in to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) who were demanding a fifth of the sponsorship fee to sanction the event.“In its letter to Safaricom dated May 30, the FKF demanded to be paid 20 percent of the total sponsorship cost of the tournament as administration fees half of which was to be paid prior to its launch, failing which it would disown the event. “We have been holding discussions with FKF for the last four months and we have written commitments from them expressing their support for this event and our contribution to local football development generally including the possibility of sponsoring FKF leagues in future,” a statement from the company said.“It is therefore a painful decision for us to cancel the launch, but a necessary one in the context of the unreasonable demands that have been placed on us,” Safaricom added.By the time of posting, FKF top brass were locked in a meeting over Saturday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier featuring Harambee Stars and Malawi and could not be reached for comment.The Safaricom Sakata Ball Challenge was first launched in 2010 as a boys’ only tournament before girls were included in the second edition last year. Today, ex-Sakata players comprise 90% of the U 20 girls’ football team while others like Abdi Malik have played for both the U-20 team and Harambee Stars.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Victor Wanyama celebrating after scoring the winner and his debut for Tottenham Hotspur against Crystal Palace.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 20 – Kenya’s Victor Wanyama scored his debut goal to fire Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in an English Premier League match played on Saturday.Wanyama’s 83rd minute header at White Hart Lane finally broke the resistance of a Palace side who are without a goal and without a point after the opening two games of the campaign. After last weekend’s frustrating draw at Everton, the Kenya international’s goal brought relief for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who finished third last season after challenging champions Leicester until the final weeks.The late rally, inspired by the introduction of Dele Alli who had been surprisingly omitted from the starting line-up, kick-started Tottenham’s anticipated title challenge while underlining the problems confronting the problems confronting Alan Pardew, the Palace manager, whose side have won just two league games in 2016.🗣@VictorWanyama: “It’s hard to explain. It means the world to me. On my debut in front of these fans it’s amazing.” pic.twitter.com/trFO4bVxJW— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 20, 2016Palace were handed a major lift before kick-off when they completed the signing of striker Christian Benteke from Liverpool for a club record fee of £27 million, rising to a possible £32 million with add-ons.Pardew had spoken before the game about the importance of quickly bringing in a high-profile player after the departure of Yannick Bolasie to Everton and former captain Mile Jedinak to Aston Villa.Benteke, though, was ineligible for the trip to north London, leaving Connor Wickham as Palace’s only recognised striker as they attempted to get their season on track following the disappointing opening day defeat to West Bromwich Albion.Pochettino is in a much stronger position when it comes to forward options and the Tottenham manager opted to pair Vincent Janssen with Harry Kane up front.– Promising partnership –Janssen was handed his first start since his £18.5 million move from AZ Alkmaar at the expense of England midfielder Alli, who dropped to the bench.Pochettino had been fulsome in his praise for the forward following Janssen’s performance at Everton and the Dutchman quickly settled in front of his home supporters, with his partnership with Kane offering early signs of promise.The pattern of the opening half ensured the Tottenham forwards had much more opportunity to get involved than Wickham, whose best work was helping his side defend a succession of Spurs set-pieces.Apart from an effort from Jason Puncheon that brought a smart save from Michel Vorm, deputising for injured Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, Palace showed few signs of being capable of ending the problems in front of goal that marred last season.Their weaknesses only highlighted the importance of getting Benteke match-fit and involved as quickly as possible, although the visitors could at least draw satisfaction from the way they prevented Tottenham turning territorial dominance into goals in the first half.Victor Wanyama headed home from close range after Harry Kane’s knock-on.Central to those efforts was Wayne Hennessey who pulled off three excellent saves to keep his side on level terms.The keeper was well positioned to deny Toby Alderweireld’s free header from an Erik Lamela corner, although the centre-back should have done much better with his effort.And midway through the first half, Hennessey adjusted his position well to parry Kane’s deflected shot before recovering to smother Janssen’s follow-up.Tottenham needed to show more invention if they were to find a way through although Kane was unfortunate to see a diving header drift wide from Eric Dier’s well-placed through-ball.Alli provided the spark when he eventually appeared in the 67th minute, immediately setting up Janssen for a good chance before firing over with a first time shot.Then seven minutes from time, he won the corner that allowed Lamela to cross for Kane whose header was diverted home by Wanyama for the winning goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Chelsea have recalled striker Patrick Bamford from his loan spell at Burnley.The 23-year-old failed to start a game for the Clarets, with all six of his appearances this season coming from the bench.There have been reports that Middlesbrough are keen on signing the former England Under-21 international, who had a spell on loan with the Teesside club in the 2014-2015 season during which time he scored 17 goals.Bamford has never played for the current Premier League leaders. He has also spent time on loan at MK Dons, Derby, Crystal Palace and Norwich.Burnley said in a tweet: “Patrick Bamford has ended his loan spell with Burnley after being recalled by parent club Chelsea.” 1 Patrick Bamford in action for Burnley
1 Granit Xhaka is sent off during Arsenal’s win over Burnley Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will encourage Granit Xhaka not to tackle after the Swiss midfielder was sent off for the second time this season.The 24-year-old begins a four-match ban this weekend after being dismissed during the 2-1 victory over Burnley last Sunday.Xhaka, who was signed for £30million from German side Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, was praised by Wenger for his commitment and dedication but the Frenchman believes his tackling technique is a fundamental problem and thinks the best course of action is to simply stop doing it.“(I have concerns) more about his technique,” Wenger said on Thursday.“I think he’s not naturally a great tackler and in his decision-making I think he is quite intelligent on the pitch. But it’s more the way he tackles that is not really convincing. He doesn’t master well the technique of tackling.“I would rather encourage him not to tackle, to stay on his feet and that’s the best way to deal with it. Tackling is a technique that you learn at a young age.“You can improve it but when you are face-to-face with somebody, it’s better you stay up.”The player now has nine red cards for club and country since 2014, and things got worse for him when he was spoken to by the police over an allegation of racial abuse at Heathrow Airport on Monday.The 24-year-old denies any wrongdoing and was not arrested. He visited a local police station after the alleged incident was reported.A statement related to the incident was released by the Metropolitan Police on Tuesday, which read: “Police were called at 19:29hrs on Monday, 23 January following an allegation that a member of staff had been racially abused at Heathrow Airport, Terminal Five. “The allegation was made by a third party. Officers attended and spoke with a man in his 20s. He was not arrested. He voluntarily attended a west London police station where he was interviewed under caution. Enquiries continue.”Wenger was adamant that the player had not let Arsenal down, either over the racial abuse allegations or the second red card.“There are two incidents which have been talked about,” Wenger said.“One is the sending-off. I felt that the sending-off was harsh when I watched it again. It was not a dangerous tackle, it was a clumsy tackle.“You have to accept that he can be punished for these kinds of tackles now. He has to learn from that. I don’t think he wanted to injure anybody.“He has to learn from it. Unfortunately we will lose him for four games in a very important period of the season.“Hopefully we will get away with it. The other incident, at Heathrow, he denies completely. I have talked with him about it and he completely denies what happened there.“I can only talk about him on what I’ve seen since the start. He’s had a fantastic attitude since he arrived here on a daily basis.“Sometimes you don’t know how the players will behave on a daily basis but I must say that he has been absolutely marvellous to handle with his commitment, focus, dedication and I’ve never heard anything bad said about him.”
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