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Mandzukic breaks England hearts

MOSCOW, Russia– Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal deep in extra time as Croatia beat England, 2-1, in an utterly gripping World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday to set up a final date with France. The Juventus forward netted in the 109th minute to complete a remarkable comeback from a shattered Croatian team and […].....»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneJul 12th, 2018

Mandzukic breaks England hearts and fires Croatia into World Cup final

MOSCOW -- Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal deep in extra time as Croatia beat England 2-1 in an utterly gripping World Cup semifinal in Moscow on Wednesday to set up a final date with France......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Déjà vu: Iran breaks Gilas hearts anew

The Philippines suffered another another disappointing loss, this time to a visiting Iran side, 70-78, for a winless run in their home campaign in the Asian qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

Patty Mills breaks undermanned Lakers hearts

MANILA, Philippines – The Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James drained a clutch triple to send their game against the San Antonio Spurs to overtime, only to lose by one point, 142-143, on Tuesday, October 23, at the Staples Center. Patty Mills' jumper in the last 6.8 seconds of overtime ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2018

Sean Manganti breaks UP’s heart for second straight season

  MANILA, Philippines –  It was almost a year ago when Adamson’s Sean Manganti shattered the hearts of the University of the Philippines (UP).  But apparently he isn’t done as Manganti again knocked in the game-winner with just a fraction of a second left to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

Asian Games: China breaks all-Korean hearts in women s basketball thriller

China's players celebrate their victory after the women's gold medal basketball match between Unified Korea and China at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on September 1, 2018. AFP PHOTO /.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Asian Games: China breaks all-Korean hearts in women’s basketball thriller

China dashed the Unified Korea's hopes of an emotional women's basketball gold medal when they won a tense final, 71-65, at the Asian Games on Saturday. Lim Yung-hui top-scored with 24 points in a losing cause as China pulled away from 38-38 at half-time before holding off the Koreans in the final quarter. Park Ji-su was tearful after the game as the Korean team, featuring players from both sides of the heavily fortified Korean border, came up short. "As a player... I am disappointed," Park said, breaking into tears. "All our team-mates played very well. It was a close game," she added, while sobbing. Her team-mate Lim Yung-hui and coach Lee Moon-kyu said the squad, which only cam...Keep on reading: Asian Games: China breaks all-Korean hearts in women’s basketball thriller.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

NFL preseason games see players demonstrate during anthem

By The Associated Press Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games Thursday night. In Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De'Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem, and defensive end Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins' shoulder. Jenkins had stopped his demonstration last December. Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the anthem and walked toward the bench while it played. It appeared all the Steelers stood. "Everybody is waiting for what the league is going to do," Jenkins said. "We won't let it stop what we stand for. I was very encouraged last year with the direction and that obviously took a different turn. "I think it's important to utilize the platform as we can because for whatever reason, we have framed this demonstration in a negative light, and often players have to defend why we feel the need to fight for everyday Americans, and in actuality we're doing the right thing." At Miami, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson and defensive end Robert Quinn protested during the anthem. Stills and Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Quinn stood and raised his right fist. There were no apparent protests by the Buccaneers. Stills kneeled during the anthem during the 2016-17 seasons and has been vocal discussing social injustice issues that inspired the protest movement by NFL players. Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a leader of the movement, tweeted support for Stills and Wilson. "My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee," the tweet said. "Albert Wilson joined him in protest. Stay strong brothers!" And in Seattle, three Seahawks players ran into the tunnel leading to the team's locker room prior to the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Defensive linemen Branden Jackson and Quinton Jefferson, and offensive lineman Duane Brown left the field following team introductions and before the start of the anthem. They returned to the sideline immediately after it concluded. All three were among a group of Seattle players that sat during the anthem last season. In Jacksonville, four Jaguars remained in the locker room during the national anthem, and team officials said it would be up to the players to explain why they weren't on the field. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey, linebacker Telvin Smith, and running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon joined teammates on the sideline after the anthem. "As a man, I got certain beliefs," said Smith, who wore "Salute the Service" cleats. "You know what I mean? This is not going to become a distraction, and Jacksonville's not going to become a distraction for this team. I got beliefs. I did what I did. I don't know if it's going to be every week, can't answer if it's going to be every week. "But as a man I've got to stand for something. I love my team, I'm dedicated to my teammates, and that's what we're talking about. I did what I did. It was love. I hope people see it and respect it. I respect views." At Baltimore, both teams stood, but while most of the Ravens lined up shoulder to shoulder on the sideline, second-year linebacker Tim Williams stood alone in front of the bench with his back toward the field. All of the players on each team at New England appeared to stand for the national anthem, some bowing their heads and others placing their hands on their hearts. The Patriots observed a moment of silence beforehand for Weymouth, Massachusetts, police officer Michael Chesna, who was killed last month in the line of duty. The league and the players' union have yet to announce a policy for this season regarding demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially ordered everyone to stand on the sideline when "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played, or remain in the locker room. "The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans," league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email. "While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem. "Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL's policy regarding the national anthem. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room. "We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issues affecting our communities."  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

World Cup™ Final: France v Croatia to air live on S+A, Liga on Sunday

Filipinos will watch with the entire world as France and Croatia battle for football supremacy in the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with the live broadcast of the competition’s final match this Sunday (July 15) at 11 pm on ABS-CBN S+A on free TV and LIGA on cable, with livestreaming on sports.abs-cbn.com. The Battle for Third between England and Belgium will also be aired and streamed live this Saturday (July 14) at 10 pm. Both matches will be shown on high definition on S+A HD and LIGA HD. France took the first spot in the final after beating Belgium last Wednesday (July 11) with the score of 1-0 courtesy of Samuel Umtiti’s second-half header. Croatia followed suit on Thursday (July 12) with Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic leading them to a comeback victory in extra time over England, which scored early in the match off Kieran Trippier’s free kick. Local football fans and Philippine-based football aficionados have been able to watch and follow the action in the biggest single-event sporting event in the world through official broadcasters S+A and LIGA, sports channels of ABS-CBN, the country’s leading media and entertainment company. ABS-CBN Sports head Dino Laurena said offering this world-class tournament to the Filipino audience is part of the organization’s advocacy to promote sports development in the country. “Football is the most popular sport in the world where some of the greatest athletes in history have played and are currently playing. We believe that Filipinos have the talent to make a mark in this sport and we hope that through exposing our viewers to topnotch football action, we also encourage them to learn to love what is known all over the globe as the beautiful game,” he said. Don’t miss the Battle for Third between Belgium and England at this Saturday (July 14) at 10 pm and the World Cup Final between France and Croatia followed by the Awarding Ceremony on Sunday (July 15) at 11 pm LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and via livestreaming on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/2018FIFAWorldCup. For more information and stories, visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com and follow ABS-CBN Sports on Facebook and Twitter. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Croatia vs France

In the beginning, it was quintessential England. In the end, it was quintessential Mario Mandzukic; it is the end of England’s magical World Cup run; and it is the continuation of Croatia’s. Croatia, a country of just over four million people, advanced to its first-ever World Cup final with a….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

All those oh, so nears and more for England at World Cup

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — They sing of alcohol and agony, and of all those oh, so nears. The anguished English now have another line to add to the lyrics of "Three Lions": Football's not coming home. There was no penalty heartache this time, like in the semifinals at the 1990 World Cup or 1996 European Championship. But a 2-1 loss to Croatia in extra time stopped England from reaching its first World Cup final since 1966. "It hurts a lot," England striker Harry Kane said. "It's going to hurt for a while." The fans sang of 30 years of hurt in 1996. Two years later, they refreshed it to 32. But the Lightning Seeds, an English musical act, stopped producing updates after that. It's now 52 years and counting. England came very close on Wednesday. For more than an hour, Gareth Southgate's young team led Croatia before the weary, aging opposition sprung back into life at the Luzhniki Stadium. Now, on their way to St. Petersburg for a third-place playoff against Belgium, there are just so many agonizing misses to replay in their heads. Kane. Jesse Lingard. Raheem Sterling. Chances to build on the lead secured by Kieran Trippier's free kick in the fifth minute. While Trippier did Bend it like Beckham for his goal, this generation of England players is far removed from the celebrity-obsessed David Beckham-era that straddled the millennium. They even managed to win a game on penalties, breaking the streak of five tournament shootout losses, in the round of 16. "Wasn't to be this time," British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote on Twitter amid the latest Brexit turmoil within her government, "but it's been a great journey that's made the country proud." There is a genuine sense of warmth between this squad and its followers. The apathy of just four years ago — when the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium was more than half empty — replaced by a newfound affection for the national team under Southgate. Fans could relate to players like Kane, Trippier and John Stones, who toiled through lower leagues to eventually reach the pinnacle of the game. The coach even became an unlikely fashion icon. "If we have brought joy back home, which I know we have," Southgate said, "that has been worthwhile." Tens of thousands packed into Hyde Park in central London to watch Wednesday's match, roaring in delight and flinging beer in the air when Trippier scored. Thousands more made the journey from England to Russia, packing into the Luzhniki after shunning the group stage. Even after Mario Mandzukic's 109th-minute goal, a young squad was saluted for exceeding expectations with its deep progress in this year's tournament. "They are still maturing and Croatia have some hardened warriors," Southgate said. "They have broken through a number of barriers over the last few weeks. We have made such strides with our supporters." And still they sang , long after the final whistle as midnight approached, about "drinking all your vodka." There are sorrows to drown, but this was not an embarrassment for England. No need to rip up the script that has seen England recover from the humiliation of being denied a place at the 2008 European Championship by Croatia with a coaching blueprint instilled through all age groups winning titles. Champions last year at both the under-17 and under-20 World Cups, collecting the main prize will have to wait at least until 2022. A timepiece at the national team's St. George's Park base has been counting down to the final in Qatar. It was compared to the Doomsday Clock when new leadership took charge at the Football Association. But Southgate has real optimism that his team can hit its peak in the Gulf in four years — from Kane up front to Jordan Pickford in goal. "It's clear to everyone the progress that's been made in terms of the level of performances and the quality of the group," Southgate said. "This is a thoroughly different journey." English soccer has now had its reset moment. The country came to Russia to regain respect. From the ignominy of the failure to win a game at the 2014 World Cup to the meek collapse against Iceland in the round of 16 at Euro 2016. "This team has taken us to a place that we never thought we would ever have imagined we would get," Gary Neville, England's assistant coach during the Euro 2016 campaign, said on British broadcaster ITV. "They have taken the nation with them." For all the playfulness in practice with rubber chickens, splashing around with unicorns in a pool and the sense this was a group of friends having fun on an extended summer vacation, there was always a steely, winning mindset. There should be tinges of regret about falling short at a World Cup where defending champion Germany was eliminated in the group stage, and Argentina, Brazil and Spain fell before the semifinals. England does not appear in semifinals very often. Southgate was in the last one 22 years ago. A post-match news conference after the loss to Croatia looked like the last place he wanted to be. "I'm trying to get the balance right," Southgate said, "of recognizing that tonight was a wonderful opportunity for us and you can't guarantee that those opportunities will ever come again." Football will come home in two years when Wembley Stadium stages seven games, including the semifinals and final, at the 2020 European Championship. Southgate has to find a way to get his team one step further than in Russia. Without just coming oh, so near......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Croatia reaches World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1

MOSCOW --- When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their exuberant fans, jumping in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys. Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked England 2-1 Wednesday. Croatia, the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match, will play France for the title on Sunday in its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991. France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday. Croatia will be coming off its third straight extr...Keep on reading: Croatia reaches World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Robredo vows to defend Filipino fishermen

        Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday vowed to defend the rights of Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea amid a brewing scandal over the alleged harassment by the Chinese Coast Guard against local fisherfolk.   Robredo, in an interview in Rosario, Cavite, assured the fishermen that she was "one with them" against any form of harassment.   "We assure our fishermen in the West Philippine Sea that we are here to help them," the vice president said in Filipino.   "It breaks our hearts to think that they feel helpless. We want them to know that there are still people who are willing to fight for their right...Keep on reading: Robredo vows to defend Filipino fishermen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Brilliant Bale breaks Liverpool hearts as Real Madrid win Champions League

KIEV — Gareth Bale came off the bench to score twice, including one of the all-time great goals in a Champions League final, as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev on Saturday to take the trophy for the third year running. Bale’s jaw-dropping overhead kick in the 64th minute put Real 2-1 up moments […] The post Brilliant Bale breaks Liverpool hearts as Real Madrid win Champions League appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

Brilliant Bale breaks Liverpool hearts as Real Madrid rules Champions League

KIEV, Ukraine – Gareth Bale came off the bench to score twice, including one of the all-time great goals in a Champions League final, as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev on Saturday, May 26, to take the trophy for the 3rd year running. Bale's jaw-dropping overhead kick ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic and breaks old molds

Britain';s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stand, prior to the start of their wedding ceremony, at St. George';s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Iniesta breaks hearts with Barca farewell

BARCELONA, Spain – Andres Iniesta's decision to part ways with FC Barcelona leaves a massive hole at the legendary club and in the hearts of football lovers everywhere. Widely considered one of the greatest players of his generation and among the most gifted midfielders of all time, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

LOOK: Six must-see matches at 2018 World Cup

By James Ellingworth, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Next year's World Cup sees an old rivalry revived as Spain and Portugal meet in the group stage. Defeat for either 2010 World Cup winner Spain or reigning European champion Portugal means they would need to be careful against fellow Group B nations Morocco and Iran to avoid early elimination. Meanwhile, reigning champion Germany starts its defense against Mexico at Moscow's vast Luzhniki stadium in another centerpiece game. Here are six World Cup group stage games to watch: ___ RUSSIA vs. SAUDI ARABIA June 14, Moscow It may look more like a friendly than a show-stopping World Cup opener, but the first game of the tournament is always special. Ranked 63rd and 65th in the world respectively, the Saudis and Russians are the worst teams in the tournament according to FIFA. At least they're evenly matched, which could make for an exciting spectacle. Saudi Arabia won their only previous meeting 4-2 in a 1993 friendly. ___ PORTUGAL vs. SPAIN June 15, Sochi For many, this will be the game that really kicks off the World Cup in style — Cristiano Ronaldo against Andres Iniesta, the reigning European champion against the 2010 World Cup winner. Spain beat Portugal at the 2010 World Cup, and again in the semifinals of the 2012 European Championship, going on to win the tournament both times. Their World Cup meeting on the Black Sea coast may not be a thriller, though — the 2010 games finished 1-0, and the second was a goalless draw decided on penalties. ___ ICELAND vs. ARGENTINA June 16, Moscow The smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup has a huge reward. Lionel Messi's Argentina risks becoming the latest victim of the Icelanders, who beat England and drew with Portugal at last year's European Championship, winning the hearts of neutral fans across the continent along the way. If Argentina drops points, it will be under more pressure to beat tenacious Croatia and Nigeria in its next games. The stadium in Moscow has a capacity of 45,000 — or more than 10 percent of Iceland's population of around 330,000. If last year is anything to go by, there will be a huge exodus of Icelanders heading to Russia. ___ GERMANY vs. MEXICO June 17, Moscow The title defense begins here for Joachim Loew and Germany. The venue — Moscow's 81,000-capacity Luzhniki — befits a world champion, while Mexico brings quality opponents like forward Javier Hernandez and midfielder Giovani dos Santos. Anything less than a win will be a disappointment for Germany, which beat Mexico 4-1 in the Confederations Cup semifinals in June. Germany showed its immense strength in depth by winning that tournament with an experimental team lacking some of its biggest stars. Sweden and South Korea are on hand in Group F to take advantage of any dropped points. ___ SERBIA vs. SWITZERLAND June 22, Kaliningrad Switzerland is a long way from the Balkans, but there could be a Yugoslavian rivalry in Group E. The Swiss have several players of Kosovan and Albanian heritage in their squad, such as midfielders Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, while the coach is Vladimir Petkovic, who comes from a Bosnian Croat background. That won't escape the attention of the Serbian fans, whose games against other Balkan nations routinely require heavy security because of the region's long-running rivalries between ethnic groups. With Brazil the heavyweight in Group E, both teams will likely fight for second place, with Costa Rica also in the mix. ___ ENGLAND vs. BELGIUM June 28, Kaliningrad It's almost an English Premier League game when England meets Belgium in their final group stage game. England coach Gareth Southgate predicts "banter" at various Premier League clubs, thanks to Belgium's Premier League stars like Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku. Belgium's coach Roberto Martinez is a Premier League fixture too from his time with Everton and Wigan. If both England and Belgium have won their preceding games against Panama and Tunisia, the meeting could lose its edge — but if either team risks elimination it will be a crucial fixture......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt turns into second-half star

em>By Dave Skretta, Associated Press /em> KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles shut down Kareem Hunt in the first half of their Week 2 matchup at Arrowhead Stadium, allowing just 8 yards on five carries to the Kansas City Chiefs running back and making his spectacular debut in New England look like a fluke. Then the second half began. With uncanny speed and shiftiness packed into a powerful package, Hunt began to run right through the Philadelphia defense. He carried eight times for 73 yards after the break, and two touchdown runs were ultimately the difference as Kansas City held on for a 27-20 victory. It was the start of what has become a three-game trend for the burgeoning star: As opponents wear out, Hunt gets stronger. As defenses break down, Hunt breaks free. 'Honestly, I just want to keep doing what I do,' he said with an audible shrug. 'Just keep helping this team win. That comes from the offensive line and everybody just straining to finish.' The Chiefs haven't had an easy road to a 4-0 start, beating the Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers on the road and the Eagles and Washington Redskins at home. Nor has Hunt had an easy road to becoming the NFL's rushing leader through the first four weeks, a spectacular string of games that landed him a 'Sports Illustrated' cover spot. But even when defenses have begun to stack up against the run, the Chiefs have kept feeding Hunt the ball. He's rewarded them with a trio of dazzling second-half performances that have put games away. In Los Angeles, where the Chargers held him to 51 yards rushing in the first half, Hunt emerged from the locker room to run for 121 yards. A good chunk of that came on a 69-yard touchdown run in the closing minutes, when the Chiefs were clinging to a 17-10 lead and were trying to run out the clock. Back at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday, the Redskins held Hunt to 24 yards on five carries in the first half. He finished with 101 yards on 21 carries, helping Kansas City control the clock in the second half and escape with a 29-20 victory that left them as the league's lone unbeaten team. Hunt averages 5.7 yards in the first half of games. He averages 8.3 in the second. 'Right now he's doing everything that we're asking him to do,' Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy said. 'You don't always find that with every back. 'Sometimes you have some weaknesses. Now, not to say that Kareem doesn't have weaknesses because we all have weaknesses, but so far what we've asked him to do, he's doing it all pretty well.' Hunt said he's always been someone who gets stronger as games wear on. It's a credit not only to natural ability and intense conditioning work, but his ability to slowly dissect defenses — holes become easier to hit, defenders easier to set up, blitzes easier to diagnose. 'My reads get better,' Hunt explained, 'and I just start running a little bit harder.' It's not just his running that has made him so valuable, though. It's his ability to do everything required of a running back in coach Andy Reid's complex offense at a high level. Hunt's a sure-handed threat out of the backfield, catching 13 passes through four games, and his route-running is on par with that of many wide receivers. He is also adroit at blocking, something that many running backs — especially young ones — are unwilling or unable to do. 'You're getting a complete back, is what you're getting. He's not just a ball-carrier,' Reid said. 'That's the thing that's important to a coach. Can he block and is he willing to block? Is he willing to get in the book and learn all of the pass routes, and how they situate with the run game, and where it can help the team either way? How blocking schemes work so you're not getting negative yards? 'He does all of that,' Reid said. 'The kid's willing to do the work. He's very good that way.' Turns out he's better than good when it comes to the second half.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2017

Man United breaks world transfer record to re-sign Pogba

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United has made Paul Pogba the world's most expensive footballer, signing the France midfielder for around 105 million euros.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 9th, 2016

Turning 40 next week, Pacquiao learns to listen to his body

      MANILA, Philippines – Less sparring, more breaks. These are the new thrusts of Manny Pacquiao's training for his first defense of the World Boxing Asssociation welterweight crown against Adrien Broner on January 19 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Unlike before, when he usually did over 100 rounds of sparring, Pacquiao ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News19 hr. 23 min. ago