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Heroic SAF trooper laid to rest in Kapangan, Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 8 (PIA) -- In the service of the nation, another brave Cordilleran special force trooper sacrificed his life and was laid to rest in his hometown in Taba-ao, Kapangan in.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsNov 8th, 2019

Heroic SAF trooper laid to rest in Kapangan, Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 8 (PIA) -- In the service of the nation, another brave Cordilleran special force trooper sacrificed his life and was laid to rest in his hometown in Taba-ao, Kapangan in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 8th, 2019

Former Senate president Pimentel laid to rest

The late former Senate president Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. was buried at the Heritage Park in Taguig City yesterday morning......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 26th, 2019

Statesman Nene Pimentel laid to rest

Statesman Nene Pimentel laid to rest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsOct 26th, 2019

Former Senate President Nene Pimentel laid to rest

MANILA, Philippines — Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel was laid to rest on Saturday at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City. Pimentel was brought to his final resting place after being given the final honors, which was entirely streamed online via Facebook account of Senator Koko Pimentel. The late senator’s family members as well […] The post Former Senate President Nene Pimentel laid to rest appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 26th, 2019

Ex-Senate president Nene Pimentel laid to rest

Former Senate president Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. was brought to his final resting place on Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 26th, 2019

Phillies fire manager Gabe Kapler in hyped season gone wrong

By Rob Maaddi, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gabe Kapler took the fall for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was fired Thursday, nearly two weeks after a disappointing finish to a season of big expectations highlighted by Bryce Harper's arrival. Kapler went 161-163 in two years, his team unable to deliver following its offseason spending spree. Philadelphia finished 81-81, its first nonlosing season since 2012. "Several years ago, I promised our loyal fans that I would do everything in my power to bring a world championship team to our city. I will never waver from that commitment," Phillies managing partner John Middleton said in a statement. "I have decided that some changes are necessary to achieve our ultimate objective. Consequently, we will replace our manager. I am indebted to Gabe for the steadfast effort, energy and enthusiasm that he brought to our club, and we are unquestionably a better team and organization as a result of his contributions." The Phillies were only two games behind in the NL wild-card standings after beating Atlanta on Sept. 18 but lost eight of the next nine, including a five-game sweep at Washington. They finished eight games behind Milwaukee for the second wild card and 16 behind the first-place Braves in the NL East. Last year, the Phillies had a one-game lead in the division on Aug. 11 before going 15-31 the rest of the way. "When we hired Kap, it was our goal to develop a positive, forward-thinking and collaborative culture throughout the organization that would allow us to compete with the best teams in the league year in and year out," general manager Matt Klentak said. "While we have fallen short in the win column for the last two years, I can confidently say that Kap's efforts have established a strong and sustainable foundation for this organization moving forward." He added that in the coming weeks the baseball operations department will try to "find the right individual to build upon the existing foundation and bring a championship home to Philadelphia." The Phillies are the eighth team changing managers among the 20 that failed to reach the postseason. San Francisco's Bruce Bochy and Kansas City's Ned Yost retired. San Diego's Andy Green, Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle, the New York Mets' Mickey Callaway and the Los Angeles Angels' Brad Ausmus were fired. The Chicago Cubs and Joe Maddon jointly said he would leave. Injuries were a big reason why the Phillies failed to have a winning record for the first time since 2011. They lost leadoff hitter Andrew McCutchen for the season in June and six of their top seven relievers missed significant time. Free-agent addition David Robertson pitched just 6 2/3 innings and Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter threw a combined 23 innings. Also, starting center fielder Odubel Herrera played just 39 games before he was suspended for the rest of the season under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The team also announced pitching coach Chris Young, head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and assistant athletic trainer Chris Mudd will not return. Hitting coach Charlie Manuel will return to his role as a senior adviser. The new manager will inherit the remainder of the coaching staff. Despite adding Harper, McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura, the offense was inconsistent, and the Phillies couldn't string together more than four victories in a row. Hitting coach John Mallee was fired and replaced by Manuel, a former manager, in August. The Phillies improved but couldn't overcome poor pitching. The starting rotation struggled throughout the season and the injury-depleted bullpen was filled with minor leaguers and castoffs. "We came into 2019 with very high hopes. We fell short of those, and that responsibility lies with me," Kapler said. "The next Phillies manager will inherit a team of talented, dedicated and committed players. There has been nothing more fulfilling in my professional career than the opportunity to work with the players on this team." The Phillies began the season with a three-game sweep of Atlanta, and led the division for two months before falling behind the Braves in June. By the trade deadline, team President Andy MacPhail said he didn't think the club was one or two players away from World Series contention so Klentak made a few minor moves rather than dealing prospects for high-profile players. Kapler wasn't popular in Philly because of his laid-back personality and new-school philosophy. He was heavily criticized for his use of analytics and unfairly ridiculed for being too positive in his assessment of his players. Harper, Realmuto and other players backed their manager but management caved to public pressure. "My hope is that I helped contribute to a developing culture in the organization that flourishes in the years to come," Kapler said. "I've come to care for this franchise and have the best wishes for this group in the future. The passion and devotion of the Phillies fan base both inspired and humbled me daily. It was an honor to grow, develop and learn with this team. I'm looking forward to what the future brings, and I know I'm a better leader and person for having had this opportunity." The team's dismal pitching certainly wasn't Kapler's fault. The Phillies counted on Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez to fill out a rotation led by ace Aaron Nola. Arrieta struggled and needed elbow surgery. Pivetta was demoted to the minors and moved to the bullpen. Eflin had had ups and downs and Velasquez couldn't pitch deep into games. Even Nola wasn't the same guy who finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting last year. Klentak traded for Jason Vargas and signed Drew Smyly and added other pitchers off waivers. That didn't cut it. Still, Kapler took the fall for the team's shortcomings......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2019

New-look Clippers ready to level up beyond Best Team in L.A.

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com LOS ANGELES -- It was almost exactly a year ago when the Clippers welcomed the media on the same day the Lakers debuted LeBron James, and Patrick Beverley told the half-dozen or so reporters who must’ve made a wrong turn: “We’re the best team in L.A.” That bit of bravado went unnoticed and unheard, partly because of the Laker noise, partly because few -- if anyone -- bought it. Of course, Beverley was ultimately proven wise when the Clippers scrapped their way to 48 wins and a pair of first-round wins against the Warriors while LeBron and the Lakers almost literally collapsed from a kick to the groin. With a swell of attention now being paid to presumptive title favorites, who added Paul George and Kawhi Leonard while retaining much of the supporting cast, Beverley was given the chance Sunday (Monday, PHL time) to double down on his prophecy. He toned it down. “We’ll see,” he said. Yet his sinister grin was plain to see, and it reflected the swagger and internal expectations of a franchise not known for through-the-roof projections. Such is the new world order in Los Angeles, and perhaps the NBA, in 2019-20. These are unprecedented times for the Clippers, who’ve had winning teams before but none with this much title twinkle headed into the season. “We know what we’re capable of doing,” said Beverley, and so does everyone else. You don’t add the reigning NBA Finals MVP and another who finished third in the regular-season Kia MVP balloting without shaking up the establishment, even if you’ve never won a championship in franchise history. But there’s a long wait between now and next spring's playoffs, and a shorter one to see George on the floor. The 29-year-old swingman is still in the mending stage after off-season surgery on both shoulders. He said “I’m not sure” when he’ll be ready to play, even with opening night against the Lakers a little over three weeks away. George said he hasn’t had any complications or setbacks, but won’t engage in any contact work in camp and coach Doc Rivers said George will not appear in any games until he does. “There’s no problems,” George said. “I’m just going to do light work and drills for now.” The other issue as it relates to health is Leonard’s usage. Last year in Toronto, still smarting from a persistent quad injury that led to his stormy exit from the Spurs, Leonard didn’t play on consecutive nights during back-to-back games. Rivers said there are no such restrictions this season, or demands from the player, although the coach wants to reserve the right to monitor and change the approach if necessary. "Last year, I was going in with an injury that I was dealing with the year before, still was lingering, and we knew that I had to be healthy going throughout the season and making it to the playoffs,” Leonard said. "This time, I'm feeling good. I’m feeling way better than I was at the start of last season. There really was no plan laid out to discuss with everyone." Rivers also noted that the Clippers’ depth will allow for rest periods for George and Leonard; both players are joining a team that prospered without an All-Star last season, a team that will probably once again bring reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell off the bench. In due time, the Clippers will be complete, and that’s the most important takeaway from their first official gathering. The level of enthusiasm is “sky-high,” said Williams. Rivers has flexibility with Leonard and George, widely considered among the most elite two-way players in basketball. On offense, George and Leonard are top-10 league scorers (26.6 points last year for Leonard; 28.0 for George). Playing those two alongside Williams, who averaged 20 points last season in just 26 minutes off the bench, should cause matchup headaches. “We’ll force a lot of defenses to make a lot of hard decisions,” said Williams. And the options afforded to Rivers might even be richer on the other end. Rivers thinks pairing two newcomers plus Beverley -- who guarded Kevin Durant in the playoffs, while giving away seven inches -- can be “special.” Utilizing three players who can legitimately guard multiple positions, the Clippers’ defense could be epic, if not historic. George said: “It’s going to be scary … we’ve really got a chance to do something special on the defensive end. Watching Pat get out there and picking somebody up 94 feet, that's going to get me going. It's going to get Kawhi going. It's just going to become contagious on a nightly basis. I honestly think, for the first time, people are going to be excited to watch the defensive end as opposed to watching the offensive end.” The makings of a unique season, then, is on deck for the Clippers. It became realistic when Leonard, fresh off a title in Toronto, chose George and the Clippers over LeBron James and Anthony Davis and the Lakers — which, in itself, seems un-Clipper-like given the club’s former reputation and history, when superstars were once allergic to L.A.’s "other" basketball team. But these are new times. “We actually wanted to be teammates for a long time,” said George. “This was always in the works to happen at some point.” From the top of the organization to the bottom, everyone knows the potential and just the same, would rather allow a scenario to play itself out than speak it into existence. That’s why Beverley provided the most unexpected news of camp by playing it coy. But you knew where he stood. “Can’t wait to get started,” he said, echoing the thoughts of a locker room thinking big. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

Cardinal Quevedo on Pat Diaz: “Like Jesus, a man of peace, a man of non-violence”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 08 Sept) – Journalist Patricio Ponce Diaz, described by Cardinal Orlando Quevedo as “peacemaker” and “editor and writer extraordinaire” was laid to rest on Saturday at the Forest Lake Memorial Park, his grave shaded by a golden shower tree. At the funeral mass at the Sts. Peter and Paul Church […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 8th, 2019

Patricio P. Diaz: “editor and writer extraordinaire”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 06 Sept) – Journalist Patricio Ponce Diaz will be laid to rest on Saturday, September 7 at the Forest Lake Memorial Park here after the 10:30 a.m. mass officiated by his friend, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, the Archbishop Emeritus of Cotabato. The 93-year old Diaz, described by Quevedo as “editor and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

Coroner: Angels Tyler Skaggs died of accidental overdose

By Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of an accidental overdose from a toxic mix of the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone along with alcohol, a Texas medical examiner said in a report released Friday. Skaggs' family issued a statement suggesting a team employee was part of the investigation into the death. "That is completely out of character for someone who worked so hard to become a Major League Baseball player and had a very promising future in the game he loved so much," the family said less than two hours after the coroner's report was made public. "We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them." The 27-year-old Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office report said Skaggs died as a result of "mixed ethanol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents." It said simply: "Manner of death: Accident." The coroner's office didn't comment further. The death rocked baseball shortly before the All-Star Game and laid bare the emotions of Angels manager Brad Ausmus, star outfielder Mike Trout and fellow left-hander Andrew Heaney, his best friend on the team, along with the rest of his teammates and LA staff members. The family statement thanked police in the Dallas suburb of Southlake for its investigation and said they "were shocked to learn that it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels." The family said it had hired Texas attorney Rusty Hardin to try to determine how Skaggs ended up with the drugs. "We are heartbroken to learn that the passing of our beloved Tyler was the result of a combination of dangerous drugs and alcohol," the family said. Southlake police said the investigation was ongoing and wouldn't release additional information. The Angels said the club was cooperating with the investigation. "We were unaware of the allegation and will investigate," MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said. Skaggs wouldn't necessarily have been subject to testing by Major League Baseball for the drugs found in his system. Players on 40-man rosters are tested for drugs of abuse only if the player-management joint treatment board finds reasonable cause, if a player has been found to have used or possessed a drug of abuse, or if a player is subjected to testing under a treatment program. The Southern California native was drafted by the Angels in the first round in 2009 and made his big league debut with Arizona three years later after being traded. Skaggs returned to the Angels in 2014 and missed all of the next season recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left elbow. He also spent more than three months on the disabled list in 2017 with a right oblique muscle strain. Skaggs was 28-38 with a 4.41 ERA in 96 career appearances, all starts. The day before he died, Skaggs posted a picture on Instagram of him and the Angels in cowboy hats and other western clothing outside their plane. Skaggs organized the effort because the club was stopping in both major league cities in Texas. The first game after Skaggs died was played without music or the usual in-game promotions for the Rangers, who painted his number "45" on the back of the mound at Globe Life Park. Ausmus and his players fought back tears talking about the death with reporters. In their first home game after Skaggs died, the Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 13-0 on a combined no-hitter from Taylor Cole and Félix Peña. All the LA players were wearing Skaggs' number and covered the mound with their jerseys after the victory. It was a day before what would have been Skaggs' 28th birthday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 31st, 2019

Archbishop who led anti-casino protest buried in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 August) – Archbishop Emeritus Jesus Tuquib, who led the protest against government plan to put up a casino in the city in 1993, was laid to rest inside the Metropolitan Cathedral here Wednesday morning. Tuquib served as archbishop of Cagayan de Oro for 18 years. He was 89 years old. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 7th, 2019

MPBL: Pasay stuns Bacoor to end 4-game skid

The Pasay Voyagers vanquished the Bacoor Strikers 83-78 in front of a raucous crowd at the Cuneta Astrodome in Thursday night's main game at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball Lakan Season. The win finally concludes a four-game streak of heartbreaking losses for Pasay, and pushes their record to 4-5. "Gustung-gusto naming bumawi sa mga sunud-sunod na talo na dikit," said player of the game Raymund Ilagan, who was influential all night long with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Pasay took a 46-36 lead into the locker room at the half, buoyed by Jan Jamon's 12 first-half points, including a corner three as time expired in the second quarter. The Strikers gained some ground in the third with nine points from 6 foot 9 Matthew Aquino. This despite a pair of treys from Pasay skipper Jaypee Belencion. The score stood at 67-61 at the start of the fourth. In the final period, Ilagan and Jamon delivered the big baskets to keep Pasay in front. Bacoor missed several close range attempts and committed key turnovers down the stretch. An RJ Ramirez triple in the last two minutes cut the Pasay lead to 81-78, but the ghosts of previous late-game collapses were laid to rest thanks to a Dhon Reverente steal and split from the line that confirmed the victory. At the final buzzer dozens of Pasay's long-suffering fans stormed on to the court to celebrate with the players. Pasay's sensational three-point shooting was crucial in their win. The Voyagers hit 13 of 33 three-pointers, just shy of 40 percent. Seven different Voyagers connected from beyond the arc. Ramirez topscored for Bacoor with 15 points as the Strikers absorb a second loss in eight outings. The second game was a tasty battle for bragging rights in the canned fish aisle with Bacolod Masters Sardines eking out an 82-80 win over Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines. Bacolod homegrown Paolo Javelona had a colossal night, finishing with 27 points. Zamboanga had a 50-38 halftime lead that was decimated by Javelona's 17 third quarter barrage. The third quarter ended with the Negrenses up 61-58. With a minute to go in the game Jopher Custodio buried a triple that put Bacolod ahead 83-78. The cushion was crucial because Javelona committed two turnovers in the last few seconds, but Zamboanga was unable to capitalize on either and Bacolod hung on for the win. The Zamboangueños were led by Leo de Vera's 14 points and Reed Juntilla's 17. Bacolod improves to 3-5 while Zamboanga is back at .500 with a 4-4 card. The afternoon game saw Caloocan Victory Liner overcome Rizal Xentro Malls Golden Coolers 92-78, with Thomas Torres scoring 17 points to lead the Supremos to victory. There was a farcical start to the game when in the very first possession Caloocan player Rene Pacquiao shot into the basket he was supposed to defend. Apparently the players contesting the opening jump ball lined up facing the wrong side to start the game, confusing the other eight combatants. The points were initially awarded to Rizal, but after a delay and discussion, the basket was nullified, clock reset, and game restarted. Once Caloocan figured out which rim to shoot at, they proved to be quite adept at doing so, sprinting to a 21-4 run to start the game. The Coolers battled back in the second and third quarters thanks to Jayvee Vidal's 11 assists and Kelvin Gregorio's offense. Gregorio finished with 28 big points to lead all scorers. Rizal pulled to as close as three, 61-58, but in the fourth quarter Caloocan reigned supreme, with Almond Vosotros hitting ten of his 15 points. Rizal are stuck on one win against six losses while Caloocan advances to 6-1......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

Last respects

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte pays her last respects to veteran photojournalist Rene Lumawag who was laid to rest at the Forest Lake San Pedro Memorial Park in Davao City early afternoon of July 6, 2019. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 6th, 2019

Community volunteers serve as officials for a day in Kapangan

KAPANGAN, Benguet, June 28(PIA) -- Community volunteers in this municipality got a chance to run the affairs of the local government here while the officials became community workers.On Mond.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 30th, 2019

Community volunteers serve as officials for a day in Kapangan

KAPANGAN, Benguet, June 28(PIA) -- Community volunteers in this municipality got a chance to run the affairs of the local government here while the officials became community workers.On Mond.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019

Kuwait - Filipino maid Dayag laid to rest

Kuwait - Filipino maid Dayag laid to rest MENAFN.COM (MENAFN - Arab Times) Lovely Jane Dayag, the daughter of the murdered OFW Constancia LagoDayag, mourns as the lifeless body of her mother arrives.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2019

Kin, friends say goodbye as Captain Bontuyan laid to rest

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Only God knows who Police Captain Delfin Bontuyan was. This was the message of Reverend Fr. Eduardo Villaluna to the hundreds of friends and relatives who attended the slain cop’s Requiem Mass at the San Isidro Parish in Barangay Talamban on Thursday afternoon, May 30. “Dios ra mao ang nakakita sa […] The post Kin, friends say goodbye as Captain Bontuyan laid to rest appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2019

Full funeral honors, 21-gun salute for Captain Bontuyan

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Slain Police Captain Delfin Bontuyan will be laid to rest this Thursday afternoon, May 30, at the Angelicum Gardens in Mandaue City, in full funeral honors including a 21-gun salute. This was confirmed by Mabolo Police Station Chief, Police Major Dindo Juanito Alaras, who is also leading the investigation of Bontuyan’s […] The post Full funeral honors, 21-gun salute for Captain Bontuyan appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2019

Nograles gets full military honors

DAVAO CITY – Full military honors will be given to the late former Speaker and Davao City Rep. Prospero Nograles when he is laid to rest at 12 noon Sunday at Lake Forest Memorial Park here. It is not known whether or not President Duterte will attend the burial of the first Mindanao-native to become […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 11th, 2019

Mentality of giants : Self-belief fueling Klopp s Liverpool

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Like the rest of the soccer world, Juergen Klopp had his doubts. Given the scenario — the big first-leg deficit, the presence of Lionel Messi on the other side, injuries to important players — the Liverpool manager just wasn't sure, deep down, that his team could come back from 3-0 down to beat Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals. So he laid down a challenge. "I said to the boys before the game, 'I don't think it's possible, but because it's you I think we have a chance. Because you have the mentality of giants,'" Klopp said, recalling some of his final words before kickoff on arguably the greatest night of soccer in Anfield history. That Liverpool managed to pull off the most unlikely of 4-0 victories in the second leg is a testament not only to the quality of the team Klopp has put together but also the belief he has instilled in a group of players who don't know when they are beaten. They've shown it all season. The late goals — however bizarrely they have come — in wins over Everton, Tottenham and, most recently, Newcastle have kept Liverpool in the Premier League title race with Manchester City to the final weekend. The backs-to-the-wall 1-0 win over Napoli in the final group game in the Champions League, which sent the Reds through courtesy of the head-to-head tiebreaker of goals scored. The mental fortitude to rebound from losing to Real Madrid in last season's Champions League final in the most painful way, certainly for Mohamed Salah after his first-half shoulder injury in that match. So maybe the comeback against Barcelona was natural for this machine that Klopp has created, albeit one that has yet to win a trophy under the German coach. And it feels entirely justified that if Liverpool is to fall short in the Premier League — the team is one point behind City with a game to play — it still has the chance to end the season with some silverware in a competition that has become so synonymous with this storied English club, a five-time European champion. "I am really happy having another chance to get things right," Klopp said, referring to the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in Kiev. "Last year, we felt we have to go back, we cannot let it stand like this. I am not sure it will happen again, so it's so special." For Klopp, it is a chance to end his six-match run of losses in cup finals stretching back to the 2013 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, when he was coach of Borussia Dortmund. Since then, he has lost two German Cup finals with Dortmund and then three title matches with Liverpool — in the English League Cup (2016), the Europa League (2016), and last year's Champions League. "I know what people say about me and losing finals," Klopp said in one of his many candid moments in a post-game news conference during which he often seemed lost for words. There's certainly no self-doubt among his players. Check out, for instance, Andrew Robertson pushing Messi on the head with two hands while the Barcelona forward was on the ground one minute into the match. This a defender who, in 2017, was playing for Hull but is now one of the most highly regarded left backs in the world. Look at Trent Alexander-Arnold, who — at the age of 20 — had the audacity to pull off a 79th-minute corner routine in which he pretended to walk away from the ball only to spin around and cross for Divock Origi to sweep in the fourth and clinching goal while Barcelona's defenders looked the other way. It was such clear-thinking amid the furnace that was Anfield on Wednesday. And then there's Origi, an afterthought at Liverpool at the start of the season after spending last year on loan at Wolfsburg in Germany before being reportedly close to sealing a loan move to Huddersfield. Now here he is, scoring the late winner against Newcastle on Saturday and adding two more against Barcelona three days later. Salah was out, recovering after a concussion. Roberto Firmino was missing, too, with a muscle strain. And Naby Keita was recently ruled out for the season. Even during the game, Robertson was taken off at halftime with a calf injury and captain Jordan Henderson played on after hurting his right knee in the first half. Henderson was everywhere in the second half, eclipsing more-esteemed Barcelona midfield rivals Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic and helping to nullify Messi as the Argentine dropped deep. "The belief we have in the changing room is amazing," Henderson said. "Look at the supporters and the lads." Indeed, the night ended with Liverpool's players and coaching staff standing arm-in-arm in a line in front of jubilant supporters in The Kop, singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" — the club's anthem. Together, they'll head to Madrid for the final, feeling it's their destiny to win European soccer's biggest prize for the sixth time......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019