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Mirai Nagasu looks toward South Korea and past Sochi snub

Figure skaters are defined by their ups and downs. If they hit their jumps, they soar in the standings, often onto the podium. If they flop, it hurts, it stings, and they head home empty. Mirai Nagasuhas known all of those ups and downs --- plus a whole lot more. Now 24, Nagasu is going to the Olympics eight years after finishing fourth at the 2010 Vancouver Games; no U.S. woman has done better since or is likely to in Pyeongchang. Her climb has been an extraordinary one even by the drama-filled standards of the sport. In 2014, Nagasu broke out of a slump and finished third at nationals behind Gracie Gold and Polina Edmunds, then was unceremoniously dumped by a U.S. Figure Skating c...Keep on reading: Mirai Nagasu looks toward South Korea and past Sochi snub.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 13th, 2018

ONE Championship: Honorio Banario gets new opponent for Conquest of Champions card

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario will be facing a new opponent in his featured lightweight bout this Friday at ONE: Conquest of Champions at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.  Originally scheduled to face Korean contender Dae Sung Park, Banario now meets India's Rahul Raju after Park was unable to secure medical clearance to compete.  BREAKING: Singapore's Rahul Raju replaces Dae Sung Park of South Korea in the bout against Team Lakay's Honorio Banario at ONE: Conquest of Champions. Park failed to secure a medical clearance to compete on Friday. — 'El Chapo' Nissi Icasiano (@Nissi_Icasiano) November 20, 2018 Raju, 5-3 in mixed martial arts, is looking to snap a two-fight losing skid. The Singapore-based fighter is no stranger to facing Filipino competition, after having shared the cage in the past with Filipino MMA stars Andrew Benibe and Red Romero back in 2017.  His last two bouts were losses to ONE lightweight contenders Garry Tonon and Shannon Wiratchai.  Banario is also looking to bounce back after coming off a submission loss to title contender Amir Khan back in September.    Catch ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS this Friday, November 23rd LIVE starting 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

ONE Championship: Exchanging strikes with Kevin Belingon won’t be a problem for Bibiano Fernandes

Team Lakay’s Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon is one of the most feared strikers under the ONE Championship banner. ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes is completely aware of his tremendous knockout power ahead of their title unification contest at ONE: HEART OF THE LION. Belingon owns a number devastating stoppages inside the world's largest martial arts organization, including a one-punch knockout of Spain’s David Aranda in December 2013, and his famous spinning back kick finish of Andrew Leone this past April. Even though many believe that Belingon has the advantage in the striking department courtesy of his wushu background, Fernandes has no qualms in trading punches and kicks with the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion in their highly-anticipated rematch in Singapore on 9 November. “I’ve seen him develop as a fighter, and since the first time we met, I know how strong and explosive he is, but I just want him to know that my striking is not that bad,” he said. “I can turn the lights out when he gives me that opening.” They are set to face each other for the second time at the landmark event inside the state-of-the-art Singapore Indoor Stadium, which features two World Champion versus World Champion contests. The rematch with Belingon will be Fernandes’ ninth defense of his ONE Bantamweight World Title, an incredible run that started when he outpointed South Korea’s Soo Chul Kim in a title unification contest back in October 2013. Fernandes is known to be a world-class Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, as eight of his 22 career wins have come by way of submission, but his ability to exchange strikes should not be underestimated. The bantamweight king has exhibited on numerous occasions that he packs power in both hands. In his July 2015 title defense, Fernandes got the job done in the third round by knocking out Finland’s Toni Tauru with one punch. He also had success in his latest battle with Martin Nguyen, wobbling the hard-hitting challenger in the final round. Fernandes, who has been training with top-notch athletes at AMC Pankration, admitted that he and his team are spending time sharpening his stand-up arsenal to compliment his exceptional Brazilian jiu-jitsu pedigree. “I always work on my strikes at the gym. As a competitor, I should be prepared in all aspects of the fight because this is mixed martial arts. This sport has a lot of elements. For big matches like this one, I always have a good striking coach in my corner,” he stated. “I don’t give a lot of power. It is all about the timing, but once it connects, it will definitely hurt. My team and I have been very dedicated to elevating my stand-up game, just like how we focus on my jiu-jitsu,” Fernandes explained further. "The Flash" stressed that he is willing to exchange strikes with Belingon, claiming that he has already figured out his Filipino rival’s style inside the cage. “He comes with the right kick on the outside and left kick inside, and he comes with the big overhand,” Fernandes mentioned. “If you want to fight standing up, I’ll fight standing up with you. I don’t fear the fight in the stand-up.” Although he has witnessed Belingon’s evolution from one-dimensional striker to well-rounded mixed martial artist first-hand, the 38-year-old grappling wizard pointed out that his ground game would still play an integral part of his offense in the rematch. “Whether it’s striking or grappling, it’s absolutely fine with me, especially against Kevin who showed tremendous growth as an athlete. “But going to the ground with me, it’s a different story. No one has solved my jiu-jitsu for the past eight years. It will always be the same for everybody.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

Koreas agree to break ground on inter-Korean railroad

SEOUL, South Korea --- North and South Korea continued their push for peace Monday with high-level talks that resulted in a host of agreements, including a plan by the rivals for a groundbreaking ceremony this year on an ambitious project to connect their railways and roads. The agreements come amid unease in Washington over the speed of inter-Korean engagement. Many outsiders believe that US-led efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear-tipped missiles are lagging significantly behind the Koreas' efforts to move past decades of bitter rivalry. There was also controversy over a decision by South Korea's Unification Ministry to block a North Korean defector-turned-reporter from ...Keep on reading: Koreas agree to break ground on inter-Korean railroad.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Stewart, Wilson propel US to 100-88 win over China

By Doug Feinberg, Associated Press SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — After a quiet first half, Breanna Stewart felt she needed to be more assertive on both ends of the court. She certainly made her presence felt in the final 20 minutes. Stewart scored 21 of her 23 points in the second half and A'ja Wilson added 20 points to help the United States beat China 100-88 on Sunday in the second day of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup. "I needed to be more aggressive. There were a few things that I could have done better — defense and rebounding. Focus on that and the offense comes," Stewart said. China trailed only 36-35 midway through the second quarter as the U.S. was still trying to figure out a lineup that worked on offense and defense. The Americans then closed the half on a 12-4 burst. Wilson had six points during the run. Layshia Clarendon, who played a few minutes in the first game, also provided a spark off the bench in the spurt. She had two points, two assists and two rebounds. The Chinese team hung around in the third quarter and trailed 60-54 before Stewart, who played in China the past few winters, took over. She scored nine of the next 11 points and China couldn't get within seven the rest of the way. "She was trailing a lot, and obviously the defense sucked down. The post players did a great job rim running," U.S. coach Dawn Staley said. "That left Stewie wide open at the top of key and she took advantage of them time and again. That's what we come to expect, Stewie like things. We needed her to be that way to give us some separation and widen our lead in the third quarter." The Americans were still missing Brittney Griner, who suffered a slight sprain of her right ankle in practice Friday. Griner said after the win over Senegal she would have played if it was an elimination game. China was able to exploit the lack of Griner with its own 6-foot-9 center Han Xu. Han showed an impressive array of post moves as well as a deft touch from 10 feet. The 18-year-old finished with 20 points and left to a warm ovation from the crowd with 20 seconds left. "Coach encouraged us to play with confidence. The U.S. is a very good team. We just went out and enjoyed ourselves," said China guard Shao Ting, who had 10 points. The Chinese team, which is the youngest in the tournament with the average age 23 years, lost to the U.S. by 43 points in the 2016 Olympics. The U.S. (2-0) hasn't lost to China (1-1) in six meetings in the World Cup. The Americans won the first five meetings by an average of 25.8 points. The victory was the Americans' 18th in a row in the tournament and 43rd in the past 44 games in the World Cup. The only blemish over the past 20 years was a loss to Russia in the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup. Sunday's game came on the 12th anniversary of that loss. CHINA CONNECTION: Many of the U.S. players have competed in China in the offseason. Stewart, Griner, Morgan Tuck, Jewell Loyd and Tina Charles all have spent time there. Wilson will be headed there this year. "You're having some of the top WNBA players going over there to China and showing them the standards of what we put ourselves through," Stewart said. RECOVERING: Elena Delle Donne played only 3 ½ minutes on Sunday. She suffered a bone bruise in the WNBA playoffs and is still recovering. She said that she and Staley would talk before each game to discuss how she was feeling. Delle Donne said after the game the back to back was difficult. SCOREBOARD: It was a great day for Africa with both Senegal and Nigeria winning. It's the first time in the history of the tournament that an African team won a pool play game, let alone two. Senegal beat Latvia 70-69 and Nigeria edged Turkey 74-68. In other games, Canada beat South Korea 82-63; Australia routed Argentina 84-43; Japan edged Belgium 77-75 in OT; France beat Greece 75-71 and Spain topped Puerto Rico 78-53. UP NEXT China: Will face Senegal on Tuesday with second place in the group at stake. U.S.: Will face Latvia on Tuesday looking to continue its dominance......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

South Korean leader and North s Kim hold summit talks

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea's president and the North's leader Kim Jong-un drove together through the streets of Pyongyang on Tuesday, September 18, past thousands of cheering citizens before opening a summit where Moon Jae-in will seek to reboot stalled denuclearization talks between his hosts and the United ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

SKorean leader and North’s Kim hold summit talks

SEOUL: South Korea’s president and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un drove together through the streets of Pyongyang Tuesday past thousands of cheering citizens before opening a summit where Moon Jae-in will seek to reboot stalled denuclearization talks between his hosts and the United States. Kim and Moon embraced at Pyongyang’s international airport—where the North [...] The post SKorean leader and North’s Kim hold summit talks appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

South Korean leader arrives in Pyongyang for summit

SEOUL, South Korea (UPDATED) – South Korea's president and the North's leader Kim Jong Un drove through the streets of Pyongyang together past thousands of cheering citizens Tuesday, September 18, ahead of a summit where Moon Jae-in will seek to reboot stalled denuclearization talks between North Korea and the United States. Kim ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Time travel through S. Korea’s schools

SEOUL --- To better understand the nation's everlasting belief in the power of education, a small museum inside the hanok village of Bukchon, northern Seoul, offers a trip to South Korea's schools of the past.   Opened in 1995, the Seoul Education Museum holds a vast range of collections that show how the nation's schools have evolved, as well as the lives of teenagers from the 1392-1910 Joseon era to present.   From the textbooks on farming to classes in the 1960s and '70s with stoves in the middle where students used to put their brass lunch box to warm them before lunch, the museum tells colorful stories of how Koreans have grown up with hopes to tackle chall...Keep on reading: Time travel through S. Korea’s schools.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

My fault, guiao says of ph 5 loss

JAKARTA---Jordan Clarkson and the basketball team made their way past Filipino and international media just after the buzzer confirming the Filipinos' exit in the medal rounds of the 18th Asian Games here on Monday afternoon. They couldn't mask their frustrations. And Filipino scribes allowed them that moment. But coach Yeng Guiao didn't point a finger at anything or anyone after the country bowed to South Korea, 91-82, in the quarterfinal round at GBK Basketball Hall. "I take full responsibility for it," Guiao said. "We were in the game until the last five to six minutes, until we committed some crucial turnovers. We were not comfortable with the zone (defense Korea played on u...Keep on reading: My fault, guiao says of ph 5 loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: Filipino bowlers end campaign without a medal

PALEMBANG—The Filipinos left the 18th Asian Games bowling competitions on Monday without a medal as they flunked in the men’s and ladies masters at close of the event at the Jakabaring Sport City Bowling Center. Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games silver medalist Alexis Sy emerged as the best campaigner by finishing seventh after the eight-game second block, tallying an 18-game series of 3744 and a 228.06 average. Sy finished 204 pins behind Japan’s Ishimoto Mirai, who bowled 3948-238.63, for the No. 1 spot. South Koreans Lee Nahyong (3854-235.25) and Lee Yeonji (3847-234.19)  finished second and third, respectively, to complete the cast in the stepladder finals scheduled later in the day. The bespectacled Sy opened the second eight-game series strongly with a 242 but a pair of sub-200 games in the ninth (194) and 12th games (193) stymied her bid in advancing to the medal round as she completed her last four games with lines of 256, 255, 245 and 221, respectively. Teammate Lara Posadas placed 12th overall among the 16 masters qualifiers (3593-219.88). Waxing hot in the first four games in the second session, southpaw Enzo Hernandez cooled off in stretch and wound up in ninth spot (3758-230.0), 237 pins off Malaysian No. 1 Muhammad Rafiq Ismail (3995-242.19), the men’s masters qualifiers. The other Pinoy bowler, Kenneth Chua, placed 16th and last (3550-217.50) in the group. Mirroring the ladies masters elims, South Korea’s Koo Seonghoi (3980-243.13) and Park Jong Woo (3892-237.50) wound up 2-3, respectively, in the advancing to the men’s stepladder finals foillowing the ladies’ medal play......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

PHL looks to reverse history

THE Philippine men’s basketball team will lock horns with South Korea in the men’s basketball quarterfinals of the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. In the past 20 years, the Koreans have been a thorn in the Philippines’ side. In the 1998 and 2002 editions, the Koreans were responsible for snatching the gold from the hands… link: PHL looks to reverse history.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

Japan’s Abe sends offering to controversial shrine on World War Two anniversary

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Wednesday, the anniversary of Japan’s World War Two surrender, but did not visit in person. Past visits by Japanese leaders to Yasukuni have outraged China and South Korea because the shrine honors 14 Japanese wartime […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

PBA: Asiad stint is ROS sacrifice for flag and country

The core of the Rain or Shine team to be handled by coach Yeng Guiao will comprise the Philippine team set to see action in the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. At least seven to eight Elasto Painters will be included in the pool of players to be submitted by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC), together with three members of the Gilas cadets, a few big men from NLEX, of which Guiao is the coach, and Fil-Am and NBA stalwart Jordan Clarkson. The SBP in consultation with Guiao, is looking to submit the list to INASGOC by Friday. “We’ve been way past the deadline so we’re pushing him, rushing him (coach Yeng) to really come up with the lineup already,” said SBP president Al Panlilio, who was joined by league commissioner Willie Marcial, and Rain or Shine board representative Atty. Mamerto Mondragon during a mini-press conference that followed the regular monthly PBA board meeting on Thursday. During the meeting, the board formalized its approval of Rain or Shine as the lead team that will overlook the country’s campaign in the August 18 to Sept. 2 Asian showcase. Panlilio said Guiao has the list of Rain or Shine players he’d like to be part of the team along with cadet players Ricci Rivero, Kobe Paras, and Abu Tratter. For good measure, the SBP official said Guiao is also working out on possibly getting some of NLEX’s big men be included in the pool. “I spoke to coach Yeng kanina and he was even thinking of including Asi (Taulava) to help out in guarding the big guys from the other teams,” said Panlilio of the veteran center, who played during the 2002 Asiad in Busan, South Korea. As for the 6-foot-5 Clarkson, the SBP president said it’s all up to INASGOC whether to approve his accreditation or not if indeed, the Cleveland Cavaliers stalwart is eligible to play under the Asiad rule. The short window of forming a team for the quadrennial meet has also forced the PBA to stand by its earlier decision to just send one ball club to the Asiad so as not to affect the schedule of the season-ending Governors Cup. TnT Katropa was originally the one tasked to form a team bound for Indonesia, but begged off at the last minute following the melee that marred the FIBA World Cup qualifier between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia. “Pinag-usapa pa last board meeting na one team lang para hindi masira ang schedule. One team naman lang talaga ang policy nun,” said Marcial. In this regard, Panlilio expressed how grateful the SBP is to both Rain or Shine and the PBA for again addressing the call for flag and country. “I’d like to thank Rain or Shine for really stepping up to the plate in their commitment to our Gilas program, at least in the Asian Games,” said Panlilio, who is also Meralco’s representative to the league board......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

Excited and ready for Shake Shack opening in 2019

  Yes, it's finally happening! Shake Shack is headed to the Philippines in 2019. Known for its Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, flat-top Vienna beef dogs, fresh-spun frozen custard, crinkle-cut fries, craft beer and wine, among other items, Shake Shack has earned a cult following across America and the world over. Originally a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in New York, Shake Shack has been expanding the past years to Japan, the Middle East, Russia, South Korea, the UK and, most recently, Hong Kong. (The Hong Kong exclusive milk tea shake is delicious!) The SSI Group is bringing Shake Shack to Manila. "This is a testament to our company's vision of enh...Keep on reading: Excited and ready for Shake Shack opening in 2019.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Park Min-young rises as fashion icon through ‘What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?’

  TvN's "What's Wrong with Secretary Kim" has been a roaring success. The romantic comedy-drama has been ruling the Wednesday-Thursday evening slot in South Korea, with an average viewership share of 8.4 percent, reports K-Pop Herald. Due to the ongoing good result, the lead actress Park Min-young, who plays the role of secretary Kim Mi-so, rose as a fashion icon for women in their 20s and 30s. In the past, Park has always been recognized as a trendsetting character. Her photos taken during traveling in Europe went viral in her country a few years ago, with many posing for the same shots when traveling. In the drama, she is a competent secretary, and she once publicl...Keep on reading: Park Min-young rises as fashion icon through ‘What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

S. Korea probes army plan for troops to control protesters

SEOUL, South Korea --- A group of army generals rolling tanks and troops into Seoul to seize power. Paratroopers firing at large crowds calling for democracy. Tanks and armored vehicles stationed at universities to intimidate student protesters. Such scenes of military intervention in South Korea have been nonexistent since the country achieved democracy in the late 1980s. But revelations this past week of a document showing the military drafted plans to mobilize troops to suppress protests last year have struck a nerve among people in one of Asia's most vibrant and wealthiest democracies. Some allege the plans even included a scenario for a coup. The memories of brutal, mil...Keep on reading: S. Korea probes army plan for troops to control protesters.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Forsberg delivers, Sweden reaches World Cup quarterfinals

By STEVE DOUGLAS,  AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The heir to Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally delivered for Sweden at the World Cup. Emil Forsberg scored a deflected goal in the 66th minute to give the Swedes a 1-0 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday and a place in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 24 years. Shy and understated, the 26-year-old Forsberg couldn't be more different than the larger-than-life Ibrahimovic, who ruled the Sweden team for more than a decade and was the greatest player the country ever produced. But Forsberg arrived in Russia shouldering the creative burden left by Ibrahimovic following his retirement two years ago, and the attacking midfielder's skills and slick movement stood out at St. Petersburg Stadium. His goal was scruffy, though. After getting past Granit Xhaka, Forsberg didn't get much power behind his shot from the edge of the area and it was likely heading straight for Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer. However, it took a deflection off the foot of center back Manuel Akanji and bounced up and into the net. It was enough to make Sweden the fifth European team to reach the quarterfinals. The Swedes will next play either England or Colombia on Saturday in Samara. The last time Sweden made it this far at the World Cup was in 1994, when the team reached the semifinals. This was another opportunity spurned by the Swiss, who have reached the last 16 in four of the last five World Cups only to be eliminated without scoring a goal. They haven't scored in a knockout game in soccer's biggest tournament in 64 years, when they last reached in the quarterfinals at home in 1954. They finished the game with 10 men after right back Michael Lang was sent off in stoppage time for a professional foul on Sweden substitute Martin Olsson. The referee initially awarded a penalty kick but later gave a free kick on the edge of the area after a video review. Switzerland was fortunate to still be alive at that point. Ibrahimovic, 36 and now playing out his illustrious career in the United States, would surely have put away some of the first-half chances created by his countrymen against a fragile Switzerland defense which was missing the suspended Fabian Schaer and Stephan Lichtsteiner. Striker Marcus Berg was the biggest culprit, spurning two openings in quick succession, while Albin Ekdal volleyed over with the goal at his mercy. The Swedes were limited but played to the strengths that got them past Italy in the two-leg World Cup playoff and to the top of a group containing defending champion Germany, Mexico and South Korea. Their long balls forward caused panic and they were more bullish in their tackling in midfield. The Swiss certainly weren't playing like a team ranked No. 6 in the world and with only one loss in their previous 25 games. Their build-up play was sloppy, with the best effort falling to Remo Freuler with a late header that was saved by Robin Olsen. SUSPENDED Sweden right back Mikael Lustig will miss the quarterfinals after collecting his second yellow card of the tournament for a tug on Josip Drmic in the first half. The team will have Sebastian Larsson back from a ban, however, and the holding midfielder should go straight back into the starting lineup. BIG BLUNDERS A low-quality match featured some of the worst finishing seen so far at the World Cup, and two efforts stood out. Lustig dragged a long-range attempt in the first half sideways and it went out for a throw-in. Then, in the second half, Xhaka lined up a shot from outside the area and very nearly whiffed. VAR WATCH There was another success for the video assistant referee. Referee Damir Skomina's decision to award the late penalty against Lang looked correct at the time, but a review showed Olsson was just outside the box when he was tripped. It didn't matter, though. Switzerland didn't have a chance to get to the other end after the resulting free kick was saved......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Uruguay happy that Suarez, Cavani find their rhythm together

By Pablo Elias Giussani, Associated Press NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Uruguay waited for 12 long years before the national team could celebrate goals from Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in the same match at a World Cup. For the first time in coach Oscar Tabarez's tenure, both forwards scored in the same game and they couldn't have chosen a better time: The convincing 3-0 defeat of host Russia secured Uruguay's status as group winner and as one of the most solid teams of the tournament's opening stage after taking a full nine points. "It's important that goal scorers score goals," Tabarez said. "Let them get into their flow. Not because of selfishness, but because they contribute a lot. I believe it's very important that both Edi and Luis scored." Both players will need to be at their best when Uruguay faces Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo in the round of 16 on Saturday in Sochi. Against Russia on Monday, Suarez scored from a free kick with a low shot that sailed past Russia's wall and into the right corner. Cavani pounced on a loose ball after the goalkeeper parried it from a header by Diego Godin. Cavani poked it home for Uruguay's third goal. It was Suarez's seventh goal in three World Cups, while it was only a third for Cavani. Cavani, one of the world's greatest scorers in club football with 323 goals in 12 years with Danubio, Palermo, Napoli and current team Paris Saint Germain, hasn't had the same success at World Cups. He scored one goal in each tournament in South Africa in 2010, when Uruguay reached the semifinals, and in Brazil in 2014, when the South Americans were eliminated in the round of 16. But Suarez and Cavani now join an exclusive club of players that have scored in three consecutive World Cups. "Statistics are there to be broken," Suarez said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Mexican soccer fans and pride marchers mingle in celebration

By Amy Guthrie, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Soccer fans converged at Mexico's Angel of Independence monument to celebrate the national team's second win in the World Cup, mingling with an annual gay pride parade in a country that has been reprimanded for anti-gay slurs during soccer matches. Revelers cheered the Mexican team's second straight win after a 2-1 victory against South Korea while marveling at the harmony between the two celebrations. Some waved rainbow flags. Some waved Mexican flags. Some waved both. "We are very glad to see that these two groups can share the space," said Karla Vera, 27, who came to the pride march with her girlfriend in matching green soccer jerseys. "This is a very important day for Mexico." FIFA fined the Mexican Football Federation $10,000 for offensive fan behavior in Mexico's opening match against Germany. The Mexican team thanked its fans in a tweet Saturday for not shouting the slur during the South Korea match, saying that Mexico "won on and off the pitch." Fans deploy the slur, which literally translates as male prostitute, to distract players attempting goals. Defenders of the chant say the word is more akin to coward or wimp. Eduardo Reyes, 24, said he was initially afraid to attend Saturday's gay pride festivities knowing that soccer fans could flood the parade route. "Soccer is sometimes a little macho," he said, adding that he dies a little inside every time he hears the anti-gay slur during matches. "If you think about it, they're attacking their brothers." Reyes attended the march dressed as a Mexican cowboy, pairing a large embroidered sombrero and bolero jacket with tight underwear briefs. The historian beamed as soccer fans approached to snap pictures with him. Mexico has made great strides in gay rights. The Mexican Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in 2010, five years before the U.S. But a 2016 study by the National Autonomous University of Mexico showed that Mexico ranked second after Brazil in Latin America for anti-LGBTQ crimes. And the country's National Human Rights Commission has labelled the culture as macho and patriarchal. Saturday's festivities painted a picture of a more tolerant and inclusive Mexico. Crowds of soccer fans jumped for joy next to men dressed as samba dancers and sweet-15 princesses. Drums beat. Spray foam spewed into the air. Signs saying "Stop Homophobia" glided past groups singing the Mexican folk song Cielito Lindo. "You can feel the harmony among everyone," said 18-year-old Renata Inurreta, who poured into the streets with her friends immediately after the match. "This is the essence of Mexico — that we love the party.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Sweden has a lot to be upset about after last-minute loss

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A last-minute goal. A non-called penalty. A disrespectful celebration. Sweden had a lot to be upset about when the final whistle blew on Saturday. The Swedes were within seconds of holding defending champion Germany to a draw, and moving into good position to advance to the round of 16 at the World Cup, when Toni Kroos scored deep into stoppage time to give Germany a 2-1 come-from-behind victory. "I'm sorry that we didn't get at least one point," Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. "But I'm not blaming anyone tactically or analyzing too much right now, there are so many emotions going around. This is probably the heaviest conclusion that I've experienced in my career." Kroos' goal from a set piece came in the fifth and final minute of injury time. The draw would have kept Sweden ahead of Germany in Group F and needing only a draw against Mexico in the last match. "It was just bad luck," Sweden forward John Guidetti said. "Now we need to try to find a way to win the last match. In a few days we play again and we have to win it. It's simple." Germany, which is tied with Sweden on points and goal difference, will play against South Korea in the final round. "We still have an excellent opportunity to qualify," Andersson said. "Now we have to clean up, tidy up after this game. We're going to do that." The Swedes were leading Germany at halftime thanks to Ola Toivonen's goal in the 32nd minute at Fisht Stadium. They felt they could have been ahead even earlier if the referee had called a penalty when Marcus Berg appeared to be fouled inside the area with a clear chance to score. There was no formal video review called for. "If we have the (VAR) system, it's very unfortunate that he (the referee) can feel so secure in the moment that he doesn't go and have a look at the situation," Andersson said. He and the Swedish players said they also couldn't understand why Germany decided to celebrate near their bench. "You shouldn't celebrate in front of our bench the way they did, that's disrespectful," Guidetti said. "You can celebrate with your own fans. Don't celebrate in front of our bench like that. That's why they apologized, because they knew they did something wrong." Andersson said he was "very annoyed" by seeing the Germany team "running in our direction and rubbing it in our faces by making gestures." "We fought hard for 95 minutes," he said. "And when the final whistle blows, you shake hands.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018