Sweden’s Emil Forsberg, left, celebrates the opening side’s goal during the round of 16 match between Switzerland and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)MOSCOW – Sweden has advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1994 with a 1-0 win over Switzerland.The Swedes took the lead in the 66th minute at St. Petersburg when Emil Forsberg’s right-foot shot deflected off defender Manuel Akanji and past the wrong-footed Yann Sommer.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Forsberg also cleared a corner off his own line to preserve Sweden’s lead in the 80th minute.Referee Damir Skomina awarded Sweden a penalty in stoppage time for a foul by Michael Lang on Martin Olsson but overturned his own decision after a review showed Lang’s push was just outside the area. Lang was sent off for the challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSweden will play the winner of Tuesday’s later match between England and Colombia at Spartak Stadium in Moscow.No. 6-ranked Switzerland had more of the possession but created few clear-cut chances against the well-drilled Sweden defense. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gilas players say sorry for failing to keep emotions in check leading to brawl LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Crawford: “Yeah, that’s about it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Benavidez (27-0, 18 KOs), a former WBA interim super lightweight champion, was shot multiple times in an August 2016 incident in his hometown of Phoenix. Benavidez returned in February to stop Matthew Strode in the eighth round in Corpus Christi. The exchange with Crawford came the day before at the weigh-in.Benavidez knocked out Frank Rojas in the first round in his previous fight, which was on the Crawford-Horn undercard.“When Terence Crawford gets in the ring, it’s like Alabama in football. He’s that dominant,” Top Rank president Todd duBoef said. “He’s going to have his hands full with a guy who will not back down.”Crawford said no when asked if Benavidez, who was not on the teleconference, has any boxing qualities he admires.At that, duBoef said: “Terence, you’d say he has a good mouth, right?”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college McGregor late for pre-fight presser, Nurmagomedov not in a mood to wait Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “That comes with the territory when you have people who want your spot,” Crawford told reporters. “They want any opportunity to prove their worthiness, to make a name for themselves. That’s how I took it. He’s trying to piggyback off my name to make himself bigger.”So why grant Benavidez a fight?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Oh, why not? Why not?,” Crawford said. “Talk is cheap. We’re in the same division, same promoter, it’s an interesting fight. He’s always saying I’m fighting smaller guys. It’s the chance to see what he’s made of.”Crawford (33-0, 24 knockouts) is a three-division world champion who holds the WBO title at 147 pounds. He won the belt by stopping defending WBO champion Jeff Horn in the ninth round in Las Vegas in June. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – In this June 9, 2018, file photo, Terence Crawford celebrates after defeating Jeff Horn, of Australia, in a welterweight title boxing match in Las Vegas. Crawford said he’s eager to make unbeaten challenger Jose Benavidez Jr. eat his words when they meet in the ring in Omaha, Neb., on Oct. 13. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)OMAHA, Nebraska — World champion welterweight Terence “Bud” Crawford said he’s eager to make unbeaten challenger Jose Benavidez Jr. eat his words when they meet in the ring at CHI Health Center on Oct. 13.A heated confrontation between Benavidez and Crawford in February was a major topic during a teleconference to promote the fight Thursday. Crawford got riled when Benavidez approached him at a boxing event in Corpus Christi, Texas, and accused Crawford of ducking him out of fear.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments
The Azkals, who finished the group stage with two wins and two draws for eight points, two behind Thailand, will next face Vietnam in the knockout stage with the first leg set at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City on Dec. 2. The return leg will be four days later in Hanoi, the place where they first made their mark in the competition.Chances came at a premium as Manny Ott bungled three opportunities in the second half after Stephan Schrock scuffed an effort wide in the fourth minute. The Azkals also had to survive the absence of Phil Younghusband, who left the match in the first half after sustaining a cut.But the Azkals once again showcased a disciplined performance, stopping the Indonesia transition with timely tackles.The Philippines’ return to the Indonesian capital not only evoked memories of its historic semifinal run in 2010, but also showed how far the team has come since then.No team in Southeast Asia has made a bigger leap than the Azkals in recent years as they are one of only three teams in the region that qualified for the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates early next year along with traditional powerhouses Thailand and Vietnam.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In truth, the Azkals had already sealed their entry to the next round before the end of their match with the Indonesians, with Singapore losing to Thailand, 0-3, in Bangkok.But the post-match reaction was a clear indication that they are never satisfied.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I thought we could have played better,” said Azkals coach Sven Goran Eriksson, after the Filipinos returned to the knockout stage after missing out on the 2016 edition that it hosted. “We’re happy that we’re through to the next round, but we have to improve if we want to go to the final.”Bungled chances Heroine is world champ MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew JAKARTA—As the final whistle blew at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, the Philippine Azkals hardly showed any emotion.A goalless draw with Indonesia was enough to send the Azkals to the semifinals of the AFF Suzuki Cup, but this was a team that knew it could have done better even with the tough conditions at the Indonesian capital.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I think we’ve improved consistently over the years,” said captain Phil Younghusband. “Before, at this stage of the competition, we would usually be the ones who were looking to prevent teams from advancing since we didn’t have a chance on the last match, but it’s been a different case in the past few years.”Now 31, Younghusband, along with older brother, James, and Neil Etheridge are the only remnants of the 2010 squad, which also featured current assistant coach Chris Greatwich.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments
The Gambian super cup winners, Real de Banjul on Saturday forced Liberia’s FC BYC to an entertaining 1-1 draw at the KG5 Mini-Stadium, in Banjul, The Gambia.The game was the first leg of the CAF Club Champions match between the two sides. The second leg will be played in Bamako, Mali on Sunday, the 1st of March.According to reports, the Liberian football champions took a 3rd minute lead through striker Lamine Jabateh.The report further said the Blue boys (BYC) had other opportunities to increase their advantage as well as the host (Real de Banjul) who also missed a couple of gilt-edged chances to ensure parity.The first half ended with the national anthems on the lips of Liberians on the KG5 Mini-Stadium.Reports also indicated that despite the setback, Real de Banjul refused to go down without a fight and immediately made some substitutions which paid dividends not long afterward.In the 83rd minute, the Banjul’s hitman Modou Sawo leveled the tally, thus making the host to fall back to defend.The Blues reconsolidated but results were futile in their attempt to grab a win away.However, many football pundits believe that a win or draw for BYC is an advantage or a goalless draw can qualify the Liberian outfit for the next preliminary round in the CAF Club Champions League.They indicated that the draw boost BYC’s hope of qualifying for the second round, as well as keeping open the chances of making it to the group stage.Meanwhile, up to press time last night, the game between Liberia’s second football giants and Horoya FC of Guinea and FC Fassell were goalless.According to reports, the host (FC Fassell) were determined to secure the three points ahead of their counterpart to have advantage for qualifying for the next stage as well as to pocket the US$10,000 promised by is Chief Executive Officer Cassell Kouh for a win.The return leg would be take place on Friday, the 27th of February also in Bamako, Mali.FC Fassell should have hosted the Guinean team in Monrovia as well as Horoya FC of Guinea for FC Fassell but because of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) the Confederation of African Football (CAF) delocalized football activities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia thus forcing clubs from these countries participating in CAF competitions to find neutral venues for their respective home matches.Howbeit, the Malian Football Association (MFA) agreed to serve as home ground for Liberian representatives as well as the Sierra Leonean and Guinean teams.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
‘Disabled are Liberians too,’ she saysEmma Smith has blasted presidential candidates for not having a policy on how to improve the lives of disabled Liberians.The shy singer said she is sad and broken that none of the presidential aspirants have come out publicly with a plan for people living with disability.The “Hold Ground” singer noted that while it is not anyone’s fault to be born disabled, it is the responsibility of people who want to take state power to promulgate polices that will benefit the disabled, instead of trying to silence them.“I have visited these presidential hopefuls’ websites and listened to them discussing their policies for Liberia’s transformation, and I have not been able to find anyone having a policy on disabled people in Liberia. This is the total exclusion of these kinds of Liberians from benefiting from the national cake.“They are Liberians, too, and they deserve better lives, not poverty. The same way you need their votes, it is the same way they depend on you for a better future. And if these politicians don’t know, let them know now that people living with disabilities experience barriers, difficulties, biases and inequalities every day.“As a matter of fact, most of the disabled Liberian children are out of school and live miserable lives, which they don’t deserve. Yet, those who want to seek state power don’t care to address them. It is totally frustrating and sad,” Emma Smith said.For the last 50 years, Emma noted, successive governments, including this one, have neglected the disabled community, a neglect that she said will continue due to the fact that none of the presidential hopefuls and other politicians want to correct this wrong, citing it as why none of them have it as a priority when elected.“I don’t think that these presidential hopefuls care about Liberians. Silencing these people is a clear example that they don’t care,” she said. “And their attitudes not to have a clear vision for disabled Liberians is a disproportionate and brutal impact on the disabled community, who are now among the poorest and most excluded in the country.”Emma, who is the founder and executive director of Emma Smith Recovery Life Foundation Election, a non-governmental organization that caters to the less privileged, also said that she was expecting that during this election year, politicians will see the need to address the disabled community, who have been overlooked in the past.“This is the truth and the suffering of these people has been long due to the fact that none of the past governments had them as a priority. This is because disabled Liberians have not been considered as a priority. I see this as total wickedness.|“And it pains my heart to see people who want to become president of Liberia don’t think that the disabled can make meaningful contributions to the development and renewal of our country,” added the tough talking singer. – Advertisement – Singer Emma Smith Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
So, a few years removed from being an All-Star, Young was out of the game, and what made it worse was being forced to see the Tigers’ run to the World Series. He couldn’t leave the area; a court order required him to take an alcohol-breath test every morning for 30 days. “You talk about low point,” Young said Monday at the Washington Nationals’ spring training complex. “If I was in California or Florida, it wouldn’t have been so bad. “But being in Detroit – not good.” He was ready to take a year away from the game and try to sort things out. But thanks to his old pal Jim Bowden, the Nationals’ general manager, Young now has a shot at resuming his career. Bowden, Cincinnati’s general manager when Young was with the Reds, called the player this month and offered him a second chance. “Jim Bowden had his hand out,” Young said, “and gave me an opportunity.” It came with catches, of course. First, he was given a non-guaranteed, minor-league contract. And if Young causes any trouble, he’s gone. “Zero tolerance,” Bowden said. VIERA, Fla. – Dmitri Young was not allowed to forget what he lost last fall, not allowed to escape reminders of the one thing that always came easily and gave him a sense of purpose as the rest of his life fell apart: baseball. Because as he dealt with all sorts of personal problems in 2006, problems mainly of his own doing – an assault charge, treatment for alcoholism and depression, a divorce, hospitalization for diabetes – he also faced a professional crisis. He was cut by the Detroit Tigers with less than a month left in the regular season. Which leads to the natural question: Given all of the 33-year-old Young’s woes, is he the best person to have hanging out with the team’s kids? Bowden thinks so. “What I do in there,” Young said, nodding toward the minor- league clubhouse, “will reflect what I do over there,” he continued, looking at the field. “There’s a lot of future big leaguers in that room,” Young said. “The only thing I’ve always been was good with the young guys. They see how I act as a big leaguer, hopefully that will rub off.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Time up for Arsene Wenger? Patience among Arsenal fans is wearing thin after another poor season © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 6 – Arsene Wenger has one last chance to salvage the worst year of his Arsenal reign and potentially save his job when the beleaguered Gunners boss faces AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday.Wenger has presided over a miserable campaign that threatens to bring a painful end to the Frenchman’s near 22-year spell in north London. Battered by a wretched run of eight defeats in 13 games, Arsenal were outclassed by Manchester City in the League Cup final and saw their FA Cup defence ruined with a shock defeat at second-tier Nottingham Forest.A 2-1 loss at Brighton on Sunday was Arsenal’s fourth successive defeat in all competitions and left Wenger’s side 13 points adrift of the Premier League’s top four and 33 points behind runaway leaders City.Furious Arsenal fans chanted “we want Wenger out” during the Brighton debacle.And, although criticism for the 68-year-old is nothing new, the opprobrium has risen to unprecedented levels this term as Arsenal’s decline has become ever more apparent.Wenger suffered foul-mouthed abuse while boarding a train home from a defeat at Stoke back in 2014 and was subjected to sustained calls for his sacking before signing a new contract at the end of last season.But even those torrid times seem tame in comparison to the current tidal wave of angst engulfing Wenger.Support for Wenger has waned so dramatically that 88 per cent of the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust’s 1,000 members on Monday voted in favour of his contract being terminated at the end of the season.“The responses to our survey showed huge affection and respect for Arsene but also the view that he is no longer taking Arsenal forward,” said an AST spokesman.“Our message to the club is that they must be proactive and take the decision sooner rather than later.”That would be a bitter conclusion for Wenger, who for so long was heralded as the club’s greatest ever manager but is now in danger of leaving with a severely tarnished legacy.Greeted by sneering newspaper headlines that asked “Arsene Who?” when he was hired as a relative unknown in 1996, Wenger blazed a trail through the Premier League with his commitment to sports science and a world-wide scouting network that far eclipsed those of Arsenal’s rivals at the time.– Powerbase eroded –He led Arsenal to three Premier League titles, including the incredible ‘Invincibles’ campaign in 2003-04, while also reaching the 2006 Champions League final and winning seven FA Cups.But once Wenger’s competitors caught up with his ground-breaking methods, he was unable to adapt.While Alex Ferguson built several great teams over his Manchester United reign, Wenger’s second act was less edifying once iconic players like Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp moved on.Ironically, Henry hardly helped Wenger last week when he made it clear he would be interested in succeeding his old boss.“If you love a place and they ask – I repeat, they ask – for help, you are always going to say yes,” Henry said.Wenger has already seen his powerbase eroded by the recruitment of Raul Sanllehi from Barcelona as head of football operations and a new chief scout in Sven Mislintat from Borussia Dortmund.Yet he is said to have told his coaching staff he will resist any attempts to get him to agree to a dignified exit this summer, potentially forcing American owner Stan Kroenke to sack him.Wenger has one year left on his contract, but it is hard to believe he will be allowed to depart on his terms if Arsenal miss out on Champions League qualification again.The only remaining hope for silverware, and a return to the Champions League, is to win the Europa League, with Arsenal’s first leg of their last 16 clash against Milan at the San Siro on Thursday.Wenger will have noted that, despite their status as one of the giants of European football, Milan — seventh in Serie A — are faring as badly as Arsenal this season.Given Wenger’s failures in Europe — he has never won a continental competition with Arsenal — it would be bleakly appropriate if a loss to Milan proved the beginning of the end.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
But new fears arose when Wilshere was forced off in the 57th minute of the EFL Cup semi-final, first-leg clash at Stamford Bridge, which finished goalless, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger claiming afterwards he had sprained an ankle.The England international suggested on Thursday, however, that the problem is minor and shouldn’t prevent him from returning to action at former employers Bournemouth on Sunday.“Thanks for all the messages and support after last night,” Wilshere said on Twitter. “Good news is I should be back in a couple of days.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The England international suggested on Thursday, however, that the problem is minor and shouldn’t prevent him from returning to action at former employers Bournemouth on Sunday.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 12 – Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has played down concerns that he could be set for another spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury against Chelsea on Wednesday.The 26-year-old is starting to rediscover his best form now that he’s back to full fitness, having recovered from a fractured leg that saw him miss the start of the season.
0Shares0000Madagascar players celebrate a goal in a previous matchALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jun 27 – On their maiden appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations and just a day after their country celebrated the 59th Independence Day, Madagascar gave its people a wonderful gift, moving a stop into qualifying for the second round of the tourney in their maiden appearance.The Barea beat Burundi’s Swallows 1-0 at the Alexandria Stadium on Thursday evening, Marco Ilaimaharitra scoring the lone goal in the 76th minute to move the debutants to second in Group B, two points behind leaders Nigeria. Burundi’s last 16 dream has been derailed and will need to win their last game of the group against Guinea to have a meaningful chance as one of the best four number three teams.Burundi had a game of two halves, performing brilliantly in the second period after a tough first half.The Swallows would have been relieved to hear the half time whistle as they were forced to play on the back foot with Madagascar raiding their goalmouth like enraged bees.Carolus Andriamanitsoro forced Burundi keeper Jonathan Nahimana to a good save after 13 minutes, the keeper smoother behind a well struck freekick for a corner.Five minutes later, Nahimana had to make a brilliant save from close range to keep out Andriamanitsoro again after the forward had picked up the ball at the edge of the six yard box when the keeper punched a cross from the right to his path.In the 25th minute, the pacy winger was at it again, this time breaking into the box off a counter, but Fredrick Nsabiyumva tracked back brilliantly for Burundi to shield away the striker with calls for a penalty falling in deaf ears.Burundi’s only dangerous chance of the first half came in the 27th minute when Cedric Amissi broke into the box, but Madagascar defender Jerome Mombris made a decisive block to deny him an eye at goal.Off a counter, Madagascar should have been ahead two minutes to the break when skipper Faneva Andriatsima raced into the box, but once again, Omar Ng’ando raced back brilliantly to tackle the ball away from his path.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
Ricardo Moniz Notts County have parted company with manager Ricardo Moniz.Coaches Dave Kevan and Dean Yates have also left the Sky Bet League Two club.The Magpies have won just two league games since October and sit 15th in the table following their relegation from League One last season.Academy boss Mick Halsall and under-21 team coach Richard Dryden will take interim charge of the first team, the club said in a statement.Former Red Bull Salzburg and 1860 Munich boss Moniz, from Holland, lasted under nine months at Meadow Lane, having been appointed in April.County chairman Ray Trew said: “I made it clear when appointing Ricardo that I wanted someone who would bring an exciting, attacking brand of football to Meadow Lane and I think it would be fair to say that in part he has done this, with some eye-catching attacking play on show at times this season.“However, whilst showing considerable flair at times, particularly here at home, I feel that we have lacked a level of discipline and organisation in our defensive play throughout the season which has undermined our efforts and our right to play this free-flowing attacking style.”Moniz’s last match in charge was a 2-2 draw against Morecambe on Monday.Trew added: “My goal for this club is, and always has been, to improve and whilst I by no means want to keep chopping and changing managers, I refuse to let us stagnate and I feel that the time is right for a new approach to reignite our season and get us back on track to where we want and need to be.”SEE HERE: League One news: Martin Ling resigns as Swindon Town boss due to health reasons 1