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Makati roads closed ?to traffic tomorrow

Some roads in Makati will be closed to motorists starting at 1 p.m. tomorrow to give way to the annual “Flores de Mayo.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 29th, 2019

UEFA puts future Champions League ideas to league officials

By Graham Dunbar, Associated Press NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has included promotion and relegation, plus places for more teams, in its future vision for the Champions League and other club competitions. European Leagues president Lars-Christer Olsson told reporters that UEFA leaders proposed the ideas in a meeting Wednesday. It was part of year-long talks about changing competition formats and prize money distribution models that would take effect in 2024. The leagues are competing for influence with the European Club Association, whose own plans are reflected in UEFA's opening proposal. "There are ideas about promotion and relegation. It's a different system to the one we have today," Olsson said at UEFA headquarters. "The total picture is that there would be more clubs involved." Olsson said there was "not a big difference" between UEFA's presentation Wednesday and the ECA's confidential proposal at UEFA in March that has since been reported. He declined to give more details before UEFA updates its 55 member federations on May 17 in Budapest, Hungary. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who hosted the 2 ½-hour meeting, said talks currently involve "only ideas and opinions" and are more transparent than the previous round in 2016 before he was elected. Decisions then favored clubs from Europe's wealthiest leagues. "Our aim is to find a solution that reflects the changes in the game, preserves the position of UEFA's competitions as the most attractive and exciting in the world, while providing significant solidarity funding across European football," Ceferin said in a statement. UEFA expects to announce any changes next year after further rounds of meetings with clubs, leagues and other stakeholders including broadcasters worldwide. "This is the first meeting of several," said Olsson, suggesting the 29-nation European Leagues group could agree a counter proposal at an October assembly in London. The leagues want Champions League entries to be decided only on the merit of domestic league placings and winning a UEFA competition. That has been a basic principle since the European Cup kicked off in 1955 with only national league champions playing. Club leaders want placings in Champions League groups, possibly doubled in size to eight teams, to secure some entries for the next season's edition. Bigger groups also would satisfy elite clubs who want more games against each other and prize money increases funded by new broadcasting rights deals. The ECA's move toward a closed league system is seen as protecting the elite group from new challengers. It follows Juventus and Real Madrid — whose officials hold the top two positions in the ECA — being eliminated in the Champions League by Ajax. Though Ajax is a four-time European champion, it had to advance through three preliminary rounds last August as runner-up in the mid-ranked Netherlands league last season. Olsson welcomed Ajax's return to the top 24 years after last winning the Champions League. "Competitions (themselves) are more important than individual clubs. There will always be clubs to play (in them)," he said. It is unclear if possible extra places in UEFA competitions from 2024 would be added in larger group stages or only in expanded preliminary rounds. Starting in September 2021, and for three seasons until 2024, there will be 32 teams in the group stages of each of the Champions League, Europa League and a new third-tier competition. The round-robin groups have four teams each playing six games. The leagues have pushed for a fairer distribution of more than $2 billion in annual Champions League prize money to help close a widening wealth gap between clubs. UEFA said it would share around €240 million ($268 million) in solidarity payments this season to clubs across Europe......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

Marcos Bridge eastbound side closed for repairs starting May 4

MANILA, Philippines – The eastbound side of the Marcos Bridge along Marcos Highway in Marikina City will be closed for rehabilitation beginning Saturday, May 4. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia said on Tuesday, April 30, that the closure will last for 4 months. After the rehabilitation of the eastbound ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2019

Kennon Road closed for week-long repairs

Baguio City – The whole.stretch of the historic Kennon road is closed to vehicular traffic nightly for one week starting Sept 27 to give way for repair work on the bridge at the Camp 5 section of the road and the concreting on different portions o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 26th, 2016

Bridge closed to pilgrims for Peñafrancia parade

NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur: The City Engineering Office and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have recommended the temporary closure of Colgante Bridge here for the Peñafrancia fluvial parade on September 17, saying the bridge is unfit t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 4th, 2016

Strong finish not enough for Woods at US Open

By Josh Dubow, Associated Press PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The crowd was roaring, the birdies were dropping and Tiger Woods looked like his vintage self for the final 12 holes of the U.S. Open. The problem for Woods was what happened on the first 60 holes. Woods salvaged an otherwise disappointing weekend at Pebble Beach by birdieing six of his final 12 holes Sunday to finish the tournament at 2-under par, far behind the top contenders on a weekend made for low scores. Woods finally got in on the action after bogeys on four of the first six holes with an impressive turnaround that even he couldn't explain. "I wish I would have known because I would have turned it around a little earlier than that, he said. "Again, got off to another crappy start and was able to fight it off. Turned back around and got it to under par for the week which is — normally it's a good thing, but this week the guys are definitely taking to it." The problem for Woods all weekend was his inability to take advantage of the scoring opportunities on the first seven holes at Pebble Beach. He played that stretch at 2-over par for the tournament and 4 over in the final two rounds. Woods left his approach shots short on three of the early bogeys on Sunday and hit a tee shot into the rough at the par-3 fifth hole on the other. As he walked off the sixth green after his fourth bogey, Woods trudged toward the seventh tee, head down, seemingly defeated. But then he made a 15-footer for birdie at 7, hit an approach to 5 feet on 8 for another birdie and drained a 40-foot putt on 13, prompting a fan to yell, "The comeback has started!" While that might have been a bit of hyperbole, Woods hit another great approach shot on 16 to get back under par for the tournament and closed it out with another on 18 to the delight of the fans. "Just because I got off to a bad start doesn't mean it's over," he said. "Keep grinding, keep playing. And I was able to turn my round around today as well as yesterday. So rounds that could have easily slipped away and kind of gone the other way pretty easily I was able it to turnaround." The final round of 69 tied for Woods' second-best closing round ever at a U.S. Open, behind only the 67 at Pebble Beach in 2000 when he had a record-setting 15-stroke win. Now after starting the year by winning his first major since 2008 at the Masters, Woods has missed the cut at the PGA Championship last month and finished far out of the lead at the U.S. Open. He plans to take a few weeks off from competition before gearing up for a run at his 16th career major next month at the British Open, played on an unfamiliar course to him at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. "I'm looking forward to getting up there and taking a look at the golf course and trying to figure out," Woods said. "I hope that my practice rounds are such that we get different winds, especially on a golf course that I've never played, and to get a different feel how it could play for the week. And definitely have to do my homework once I get there.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Bridge board seeks upgrade of CCTV in Mandaue-Mactan bridges

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — More advanced closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, including ones that are capable of capturing plate numbers, are eyed to be installed in the two bridges connecting mainland Cebu and Mactan Island. In a meeting with the members of the Mactan Cebu Bridge Management Board (MCBMB) at the Capitol on Friday, June […] The post Bridge board seeks upgrade of CCTV in Mandaue-Mactan bridges appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

US Citizenship Services Manila Field Office closed starting July 5

Due to insufficient workload, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will close its Manila Field Office beginning July 5, the US Embassy in Manila said yesterday. With the closure, the USCIS will transition Forms I-407 (Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status) and I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) solely to domestic and electronic […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 6th, 2019

Makati City to hold Mega Job Fair on June 7

MAKATI CITY, June 4 (PIA) - Good news to jobseekers! The Makati City government will hold a Mega Job Fair on Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Ayala Malls Circuit Activity Center starting at 10AM......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 4th, 2019

Makati City to hold Mega Job Fair on June 7

MAKATI CITY, June 4 (PIA) - Good news to jobseekers! The Makati City government will hold a Mega Job Fair on Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Ayala Malls Circuit Activity Center starting at 10AM......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 4th, 2019

Patrick Cantlay rallies from 4 back to win the Memorial

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Patrick Cantlay got another handshake with Jack Nicklaus, this time as the Memorial winner. Starting four shots behind, Cantlay closed with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot victory Sunday. It was the lowest final round by a winner in tournament history, and it moved the 27-year-old Californian into the top 10 in the world. Martin Kaymer, trying to end five years without a victory, started with a two-shot lead and never recovered from back-to-back bogeys on the back nine. He shot 38 on the back nine and finished with a 72. Adam Scott was the last player with a chance to catch Cantlay when he ran off three straight birdies to get within two shots, but he narrowly missed birdies on the last two holes and had to settle for a 68. Cantlay first met the tournament host in 2011 when he won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the top player in college at UCLA. And he leaned on the advice of Nicklaus going into the final round to relax, enjoy the surroundings and finish it off. "I finished it," Cantlay told Nicklaus as he walked off the 18th green after making an 8-foot par putt that effectively sealed it. Cantlay finished at 19-under 269 and won for the second time in a PGA Tour career that is younger than it seems. A rising star coming out of UCLA — he was low amateur at the 2011 U.S. Open and opened with a 60 at the Travelers Championship a week later — he missed two full years with a back injury that nearly cost him his career. He is in his third full year since returning, and a victory over a strong field on a strong course is what long was expected of his skills. And there some atonement at Muirfield Village for Cantlay. A year ago, he took a two-shot lead to the back nine and didn't make a birdie the rest of the way, missing a playoff by two shots. This time, he putted for birdie on every hole on the back nine until the 18th. "Being able to win on this golf course, in front of Jacking, making that putt on the last hole, I can't tell you how good it feels," he said. Scott finished at 17-under 271. Only six other players have had a lower 72-hole score at the Memorial since it began in 1976. One of them is Cantlay, who moves to No. 8 in the world with a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach looming. Cantlay is the only player to finish in the top 10 at both majors this year, leading late at the Masters until two bogeys over the last three holes. Tiger Woods knew he had no chance to win the Memorial from 11 shots behind going into the final round, though he still put on a show and got what he needed out of his final event before the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He went out in 31 and was 7 under for his round through 12 holes until a sloppy bogey on the 14th and a closing bogey for a 67. He wound up in a tie for ninth at 9-under 279. "The goal today was to get to double digits (under par) and get something positive going into the Open," he said. "I got to double digits, I just didn't stay there." Kaymer is five years removed from his last victory at the 2014 U.S. Open and played like he was ready for that drought to end. He stuffed a wedge into a foot for birdie on the third hole, and stretched his lead to four shots by laying up on the par-5 fifth and spinning back a wedge to 6 feet. Cantlay was the only player who looked capable of chasing him and played like he had to. On the fifth, he sent his drive well to the right into the rough. It was on a hill, with a flat enough lie that he had the gallery move beyond the cart path for a route to the green. His 4-iron ran onto the green, setting up a birdie. No matter. For every birdie he made, Kaymer added another. Cantlay rolled in a 15-foot birdie on the par-3 eighth and was walking off the green, while behind him a work was posting another birdie for Kaymer at the seventh. But it all changed. Cantlay closed out the front nine with a 12-foot birdie to get within two, while Kaymer in the group behind chopped his way to a bogey. And then the German blinked twice with bogeys from bunker on No. 12 and with an errant shot from the fairway on No. 13. With two more birdies, Cantlay was on his way. DIVOTS: Nick Price was selected as the Memorial Tournament honoree for 2020. CBS host Jim Nantz was chosen to receive be the Memorial Journalism honoree. ... Matt Minister, the caddie for Cantlay, grew up in the Columbus area and played college golf at Ohio State......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2019

Roads closed for repair ahead of school opening

Ahead of the opening of classes on Monday, the Department of Public Works and Highways is implementing three-day road repair projects starting last night until Monday morning......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 31st, 2019

All s well that ends well for No. 1 Osaka at French Open

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Naomi Osaka screamed "Oh, my God!" after one shanked shot. Mouthed something and clasped her hands together, as if praying, after another. There were plenty of deep sighs and exaggerated eyerolls, too. The No. 1-seeded Osaka got off to a terrible start at the French Open again, never masking her frustration. After some slip-ups near the end, Osaka also prevailed again, displaying the grit and groundstrokes that just won't let her lose during what's become a 16-match Grand Slam winning streak. Osaka trailed by a set and a break Thursday against former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the second round at Roland Garros, before coming all the way back to win an entertaining matchup 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 and prolong her bid for a third consecutive major championship. "I have this mindset that I feel like I can win if it gets down to the wire. Like, if I have to break a person, I feel like I have the ability to do that," Osaka said. "So I probably shouldn't wait until the last minute." Probably. In the first round, Osaka not only dropped the opening set, but did so by a 6-0 score. This time, Osaka ceded the first four games against Azarenka and was responsible for their match's initial seven unforced errors. "Technically, like, she kind of killed me in the first set," Osaka said, "and I just kept trying to find a way to stay positive." Defending champion Simona Halep required that same sort of resolve to get through her own test, blowing a big lead in the second set and a trio of match points before holding on to beat 87th-ranked Magda Linette 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Halep, who said afterward she felt a "little bit sick" and plans to "sleep all day tomorrow," was up a set and 5-3 in the second before dropping four games in a row and getting broken twice while serving for the match. Neither Osaka nor Halep managed to put on the sort of solid performance seen from Serena Williams — barely bothered during a 6-3, 6-2 victory over qualifier Kurumi Nara — or top-seeded man Novak Djokovic, also a straight-set winners. Azarenka sought to control points with deep, attacking strokes and by going after Osaka's backhand side. "I played very smart. I really played the right spots," Azarenka said. "I was doing everything that I was supposed to do. And, especially, moving well and pushing her back." Azarenka knows a thing or two about how to perform on the sport's biggest stages: She won two titles at the Australian Open, reached two finals at the U.S. Open and was a semifinalist at both Wimbledon and, back in 2013, the French Open. She is currently ranked 43rd, though, on account of missing time over the past few seasons while pregnant and then dealing with a custody issue involving her son. So what, in terms of talent and tenacity, could have passed for a late-in-the-proceedings showdown at a major was held, instead, in Week 1, with the temperature barely above 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 Celsius) and the occasional raindrop. When Azarenka sprinted for a cross-court forehand winner that closed a 15-stroke exchange, she led 4-2 in the second set after 77 minutes. They would play for more than 1½ additional hours, and Azarenka certainly had opportunities to edge even farther ahead, such as when she had a break point to go up 5-2 and serve for the victory but netted a forehand. Or the three times she was one point from leading 5-3 but got broken there with her second double-fault of the game. It was Azarenka's serve that faltered down the stretch. It also was Osaka's top-notch returning that contributed to a key stretch in which she grabbed 9 of 11 games. "She has, obviously, a lot of confidence," Azarenka said. Which Osaka should, of course, given that she won the U.S. Open in September and the Australian Open in January and is trying to become the first woman in tennis history to collect her first three Slam trophies in a row. "She's very powerful. She's very explosive," Azarenka said. "Her shots are pretty heavy. She can hit both sides, pretty even. She has a big serve, and she's consistent. ... And proving that she deserves to be where she's at right now." All of which is true. And all of which made it fascinating, then, to hear Osaka describe her attitude going into the match. "Today I kind of felt like a challenger," she said. "Like, I know she went to the semis here before, so obviously she has a lot more experience here," said the 21-year-old Osaka, who has never been past the third round in Paris but is 9-1 on clay in 2019 after entering the season with a 9-11 mark on the slow surface. "She won Grand Slams and she was No. 1 way before I was. I'm still kind of new at this." New at it, maybe. Good at it, definitely......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 31st, 2019

Marcos Highway Bridge closed for 4 months

The planned closure of the Marcos Highway Bridge will finally push through tomorrow, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

Marcos Bridge to be closed on Saturday — MMDA

THE Marcos Bridge in Marikina City will be closed on Saturday for rehabilitation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday. MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia Jr. said…READ The post Marcos Bridge to be closed on Saturday — MMDA appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

Koepka survives Bethpage Black to win PGA Championship

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Brooks Koepka took his place in PGA Championship history with a wire-to-wire victory, minus the style points. In a raging wind that turned Bethpage Black into a beast, Koepka lost all but one shot of his record seven-shot lead Sunday. He lost the brutal Long Island crowd, which began chanting "DJ!" for Dustin Johnson as Koepka was on his way to a fourth straight bogey. But he delivered the key shots over the closing stretch as Johnson faded with two straight bogeys, and Koepka closed with a 4-over 74 for a two-shot victory and joined Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA Championship since it went to stroke play in 1958. Koepka said at the start of the week that majors are sometimes the easiest to win. This one should have been. It wasn't. His 74 was the highest final round by a PGA champion since Vijay Singh won in a playoff in 2004 at Whistling Straits. "I'm just glad I don't have to play any more holes," Koepka said. "That was a stressful round of golf. I'm glad to have this thing back in my hands." Koepka appeared to wrap it up with a gap wedge from 156 yards to 2 feet on the 10th hole for a birdie, as Johnson made his first bogey of the round up ahead on the 11th. That restored the lead to six shots, and the coronation was on. And then it all changed in a New York minute. Koepka missed three straight fairways and made three straight bogeys, having to make a 6-foot putt on No. 11 to keep it from being worse. The wind was so fickle that it died as he hit 7-iron to the par-3 14th that sailed over the green, leading to a fourth straight bogey. The crowd sensed a collapse, and began chanting, "DJ! DJ! DJ!" as Koepka was playing the hole. Ahead of him, Johnson made birdie on the 15th — the toughest hole at Bethpage Black all week — and the lead was down to one. That was as close as Johnson got. His 5-iron pierced through a wind that gusted close to 25 mph, over the green and into a buried lie. He missed the 7-foot par putt, went long of the green on the par-3 17th for another bogey and had to settle for 69. "Hit the shot I wanted to right at the flag," Johnson said of his 5-iron from 194 yards on the 16th. "I don't know how it flew 200 yards into the wind like that. Johnson now has runner-up finishes in all four of the majors, the wrong kind of career Grand Slam. "I gave it a run," he said. "That's all you can ask for." Koepka returned to No. 1 in the world with a performance that defines his dominance in golf's biggest events. He becomes the first player to hold back-to-back titles in two majors at the same time, having won a second straight U.S. Open last summer 60 miles down the road at Shinnecock Hills. He was the first wire-to-wire winner in the PGA Championship since Hal Sutton at Riviera in 1983. And what stakes his claim as one of the best in his generation was a third straight year winning a major. He joins a most elite group — only Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer have done that since the Masters began in 1934. He now has four majors in his last eight, a streak not seen since Woods won seven out of 11 when he captured the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. Next up is the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where Koepka defends his title for the third time. No one has won the U.S. Open three straight years since Willie Anderson in 1905. No one will doubt whether Koepka is capable the way he is playing. The 29-year-old Floridian is an imposing figure, a power off the tee and out of the rough with no obvious weakness in his game and the kind of mental fortitude that majors require. He needed all of it over the final hour of this one. Koepka doesn't know his resting heart rate, and he said on the eve of the final round that it probably was not much different on the first tee of a major than when he was chilling on his couch. But he could feel this one getting away from him. He could sense Johnson making a charge. He could hear it. "How could you not with the 'DJ' chants," Koepka said. "I heard everything." Bethpage has a reputation for being over the top, and it irritated Harold Varner III, who shot 81 playing in the final group. "I thought it was pretty weird how they were telling Brooks to choke," Varner said about the 14th hole. "That's not my cup of tea. I was pulling for him after that." Koepka held it together at the most crucial moment. He piped his driver down the 15th fairway and two-putted for par. And he drilled another one into the 16th, which played the most difficult in the final round because it was into the wind. Johnson hit 5-iron just over the green. The wind died enough 20 minutes later that Koepka hit 7-iron only to 50 feet and had another good lag putt to get par. He kept it interesting to the end, three-putting the 17th as the lead went back to two shots, and pulling his driver on the 18th into fescue so thick it left him little choice but to lay up and scramble for par. Once his medium lob wedge settled 6 feet away, he could relax. Finally. Woods won the Wanamaker Trophy in consecutive years twice, in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2006 and 2007. Koepka was starting to draw comparisons with Woods for the way he obliterated the competition, much like Woods in his 12-shot victory in the 1997 Masters and 15-shot victory in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Koepka tied the PGA Championship record by opening with a 63. He broke the major championship record for 36 holes at 128. He set another PGA Championship record with his seven-shot lead. In the end, just having his name on the heaviest championship trophy in golf was all that mattered. Jordan Spieth registered his first top 10 since the British Open last summer with a 71 to finish at 2-under 278, six shots behind. He tied for third with Patrick Cantlay (71) and Matt Wallace (72). This really was a two-man race over the back nine that not many would have seen coming at the start of the final round. Only the outcome was expected......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 20th, 2019

Ceferin stresses big clubs with closed Champions League idea

By Rob Harris, Associated Press UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin told leaders from European leagues not to forget the importance of big clubs in generating cash during a private meeting in which plans were detailed for a closed-off Champions League favoring the elite. A recording and images obtained by The Associated Press from the meeting at the UEFA headquarters on Wednesday highlights the schism between clubs and leagues over the ability to influence UEFA as it considers revamping its club competitions starting with the 2024-25 season. The dramatic proposal, shown during the meeting in Nyon, would lock in 24 of the 32 slots in the Champions League without the need to qualify annually through domestic leagues and would introduce promotion from and relegation to the Europa League. The plan has infuriated domestic leagues, particularly La Liga President Javier Tebas, who views UEFA as too closely aligned to the vision of European Club Association head Andrea Agnelli of Juventus. In a letter obtained by the AP last month, European Leagues President Lars-Christer Olsson floated the possibility of an investigation to determine whether the ECA was abusing a dominant position as UEFA was lobbied for more games between leading clubs. "Speaking about big clubs, this is a typical populist tool that is used in Europe not only in football," Ceferin told European Leagues representatives in the closed-doors meeting. "More and more the rich are taking everything from you and we the rich will help. Is that logical? I don't think so. And it's true big clubs are taking a lot of money, the most the biggest amount of money because of their results. And it's true that we have to think about that. But they're also bringing a lot of money on the table which is very easily forgotten." Hitting out at claims he is "killing football," Ceferin rebuked members of the European Leagues organization over public criticism and warned his executive committee could have pushed ahead with a revamp of competitions without discussing it with them. "We will not insult, but the more shouting there will be, the less consultation process there will be," Ceferin said. "Shouting in the media tells us much more about those people than about UEFA," Ceferin added. "We were listening about what will happen here, about how we are killing football, destroying football — despite the fact that UEFA is the only organization in European football that shares money as solidarity to every single country in Europe." The early UEFA vision, if approved, would see the Champions League group stage start a month earlier in August and double the size of each group to eight teams. But 24 of the 32 clubs in the 2024-25 group stage could retain their places the following season regardless of their domestic league finish. That would give certainty to leading clubs that attract the biggest television audiences but reduced opportunities for outsiders. Four Champions League teams will be relegated each season into the next season's second-tier Europa League. They would be replaced by the Europa League semifinalists, who would be promoted. Only four qualifying places would be left for national champions competing in preliminary rounds. It would leave the Dutch league runner-up — as Ajax was before reaching the Champions League semifinals this season — with no ability to qualify. Promotion and relegation is also envisaged between the Europa League and a third-tier competition that has yet to launch. The third competition, first revealed by the AP in 2015, would kick off in the 2021-22 season with a 32-team format in eight groups of four. But it could be enlarged to 64 teams from 2024, with four groups of 16 teams, possibly arranged by region, according to the UEFA documents. "You have to know that the ones who are shouting generate huge revenues and don't share anything with the others in Europe," Ceferin said. "The ones who really have problems respectfully and humbly wait for our explanation. And that's why we want to discuss we want to discuss because of the ones who deserve. That we discuss the ones who need our help and not the ones who are scared about their personal interest." In 2016, Ceferin decried a secret deal over Champions League changes agreed just before he was elected to succeed Michel Platini as UEFA president. Ceferin was frustrated UEFA caved into demands of Spain, Germany, England and Italy to guarantee them 16 of the 32 Champions League group-stage places. Now Ceferin is giving the impression he is consulting more by bringing leagues and clubs to meetings in Nyon. But his unhappiness with officials from leagues was clear in the tone. "We can go to the ExCo and decide and not ask anyone and your representative in the ExCo go can vote against," Ceferin said, referring to Olsson, who sits on the executive committee. "But we don't want to do it. That's why we are discussing. Legal action threats, I will not comment that much. As a lawyer with 25 year experience, this is quite the joke." Ceferin called on European Leagues officials to approach the talks "with some class without hostility and without false solidarity" and challenged them to come forward with proposals. "I hope we will exchange many important ideas and arguments," Ceferin said. "And if we do that we will come at the end to a solution that will be good for all the European football and — trust me or don't trust me — but the fact is that for UEFA that's our goal. We cannot do what clubs say and we cannot do what league say. We will do what is right for European football. And we will protect it together.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 11th, 2019

All or nothing: Home runs, strikeouts on pace for records

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati manager David Bell notices the difference from his playing days. "There's just no question that swings are geared for more home runs," he said. "The swings are different than they used to be. It's pretty obvious when you pull up a video of 20 years ago, 30 years ago." Baseball's all-or-nothing trend accelerated in the season's first full month, as batters binged on home runs and pitchers thrived on strikeouts. Players hit 1,144 home runs in 874 games through April 30, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, an average of 1.31 per game. That is on track to break the record average of 1.26 set two years ago. "I think we're starting to see more and more, some of the miss-hits are going pretty far, too," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. Even more significantly, the barrage took place during a time when cold weather in much of the country usually causes many fly balls to die on warning tracks. There were 912 homers in 838 games through April last year, an average of 1.09 in a season that ended at 1.15 — the second-highest ever. This year's weather was better to some degree; there have been 15 postponements, down from 28 through last April. "The ball's been flying here more than I've ever seen," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after New York and Minnesota combined for a Citi Field-record 10 long balls. "This time of year, the balls don't usually travel like they are." Perhaps more alarming to baseball officials is the rise in strikeouts. Batters are averaging 8.86 strikeouts per game, up from 8.48 last year — the 11th consecutive record year for whiffs. Strikeouts are on pace to top 43,000, up from 41,207 last year and 30,644 in 2005. "Pitching just continues to get better and better, more wipeout stuff. Just nastier pitching," Los Angeles Dodgers infielder David Freese said. "Younger age guys are starting to learn even in their teens to get the ball in the air, not necessarily to hit the ball up the middle, other way type of stuff." Before 2017, strikeouts never exceeded hits over a full calendar month. There were more whiffs than hits in April, June and September last year, and there were 187 more strikeouts than hits over the full season. This year already there were 949 strikeouts and 848 hits in March and 6,799 strikeouts and 6,371 hits in April, leaving strikeouts 529 ahead. "Relief pitchers are throwing 95-plus (mph). Starters are throwing 93 or higher with movement," Mets third baseman Todd Frazier said. "Balls are going left and right, and up and down, and sideways." And perhaps because batters are crowding the plate, there have been 368 hit batters, an average of 0.42 per game on track to be the highest since 1900. Frazier notes swings have changed as batters try to go deep. "People got to understand, it's not how it used to be," he said. "When I was younger, they taught you to get on top of the ball, backspin." With more strikeouts, requiring lengthier plate appearances, the average time of nine-inning games backtracked to 3 hours, 3 minutes, 48 seconds, up from 3:00:50 through April last season. ___ AP Sports Writers Josh Dubow and Dave Skretta contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2019

PBA D-League: Metropac-San Beda drops 49-point hammer on CD14-Trinity

Metropac-San Beda hardly broke a sweat against CD14 Designs-Trinity for a 49-point rout, 119-70, to inch closer to a playoff berth in the 2019 PBA D-League, Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao. James Canlas started off the mauling when he went for 14 in the first quarter and finished with 16 points to lead the Movers' 18-3 opening salvo. "Medyo maganda ang simula namin," said coach Boyet Fernandez. "Gusto ko lang makita ang attitude ng players namin how they react in this game, lalo na we're facing a winless team." Clint Doliguez chipped in 12 points in the victory as four other players got to double-digit in scoring as Metropac-San Beda forced a tie for the Foundation Group top spot at 6-1 together with CEU. It was all Movers in the game, with their stingy defense leading to 26 White Stallion turnovers and turned to 33 points in their favor. The snoozefest resulted to a seveth straight defeat for the cellar-dwelling CD14 Designs-Trinity. Kimley Medina poured 17 points in the losing cause for the White Stallions. Meanwhile, Diliman College-Gerry's Grill fanned its hopes for a playoff berth with a 108-95 drubbing of Wangs Basketball. Beninese big man Kevin Gandjeto scored a team-best 33 points, on top of 17 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks as the Blue Dragons pulled up to an even 3-3 standing. The victory was a big morale-booster for Diliman-Gerry's as coach Rensy Bajar believes that his side can snag a top four finish in the Foundation Group. "The way were playing, we're starting to pick up. I think we can show some more and play  good basketball," he said. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME DILIMAN-GERRY'S 108  -- Gandjeto 33, Balagtas 20, Brutas 19, Bauzon 13, Mahari 9, Cabanag 5, Torrado 4, Darang 3, Sombero 2, Bonsubre 0, Enriquez 0, Brill 0, Ngo 0, Tay 0, Salazar 0. WANGS 95 -- Inigo 33, Tolentino 16, Vito 8, Lim 8, Bulawan 7, Estrella 6, Tongco 5, De Mesa 5, Wong 5, Santos 2, Brojan 0, Lucas 0, Ilac 0, Evangelista 0, Singontiko 0. QUARTER SCORES: 25-16, 53-34, 78-65, 108-95. SECOND GAME METROPAC-SAN BEDA 119 -- Canlas 16, Doliguez 12, Soberano 11, Bahio 11, Oftana 10, Alfaro 10, Obenza 9, Tankoua 8, Visser 8, Nelle 7, Etrata 7, Carino 6, Abuda 4, Presbitero 0, Cuntapay 0. CD14 DESIGNS-TRINITY 70 -- Medina 17, Tayongtong 14, Mabayo 11, Vitug 7, Montero 6, Dela Cruz 5, Balucanag 4, Juanico 2, Juico 2, Ingel 2, Tadeo 0, Nidoy 0, Chua 0. QUARTER SCORES: 34-16, 66-35, 87-48, 119-70......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2019

UAAP Season 81: Di pwedeng matapos ang season na di ko na-redeem sarili ko -- Permentilla

Chiara Permentilla admitted the she struggled in her second season after a promising debut last year. So heading into Adamson University’s last game in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday, the second year open spiker made sure that she’ll redeem herself. And she did. The Filipino-Italian played her best game of the tournament, scoring 16 points in the Lady Falcons’ 25-20, 25-23, 25-19, drubbing of University of the Philippines that ended their nine-game losing skid for a positive season-ender.      Permentilla had 12 kills, three aces a kill block for Adamson. A performance that she dedicated to her graduating seniors Eli Soyud and Joy Dacoron. The Lipa, Batangas pride thanked head coach Onyok Getigan for his trust. “Sobrang thankful ako kay coach Onyok na kasi nagtiwala talaga siya sa akin na kaya ko, na sabi nga niya ‘Kung magkaka-error ka man, alam ko naman na kaya mong bawiin. Magtiwala ka sa akin kasi kapag nilagay kita dyan may reason,’” she said. “Pinanghawakan ko yung sinabi ni coach Onyok na kung nagtitiwala siya sa akin kailangan mag-perform ako para naman ma-reciprocate ko ang laking tiwala sa akin ni coach.” Permentilla averaged a paltry 7.5 points per game in the Lady Falcons’ first 13 outings.   It was a dip in her performance that she said rooted from a so-so performance in the offseason. “Siguro naka-affect din yung sa offseason namin. Kasi yung PVL (Premier Volleyball League) namin I was seldom used in eliminations and come yung semis namin dun na lang ako nagamit and then yun nga when coach Air (Padda) was with us sobrang taas ng expectations niya sa akin and I wasn’t delivering,” she explained. “So mas nagamit ang kaposisyon ko and then yun sobrang bumaba ang kompiyansa ko, sobrang nagda-doubt na rin ako sa skills ko kung kaya ko bang ibangon ang sarili ko? O kung kaya ko bang pagandahin pa ang magiging performance ko ngayong season?” said Permentilla. Permentilla was also aware that she drew a lot of criticisms for her lackluster game. “It’s not frustrating. Actually, nila-like ko pa na nga ang mga ganoon nila sa akin. Wala people will always say kung ano ang gusto nila. Hindi naman sila makakapagsabi ng ganoon kung hindi naman nila nakikita so tinatanggap ko lahat,” she said. “Tinatanggap ko lahat ng bash, tinatanggap ko lahat ng napupuna nila sa akin kasi nga iniisip ko na hindi nga sila makakapagsabi ng ganyan sa akin kung maganda naman ang nilalaro ko and dadating ang time na sabi ko sa sarili ko na ‘I’m gonna prove myself right na hindi ako ganoong klase ng player.’” Permentilla learned a lot this season and breakout game – albeit a bit late – could be a start of something big next year in her third and last playing eligibility.    “Sobrang sarap sa feeling kasi di ko alam kung makakabawi pa ako this season. Ang iniisip ko na lang na since di niya ako tinanggal sa starting six na ipo-prove ko talaga ang sarili ko na kaya kong makabawi, kaya kong makabangon and ipo-prove ko na di masasayang ang starting spot na ibinibigay sa akin,” she said. “Sabi ko talaga na hindi pwedeng matapos ang season na ‘to na di ko nare-redeem ang sarili ko. Kasi whatever happens toward the end of the season is how people are gonna remember me.” “Gusto ko maganda naman ang isipin nila sa Chiara Permentilla,” Permentilla closed.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 27th, 2019