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Neymar not upset at critics of his World Cup rolling

FILE - In this Friday, July 6, 2018 file photo Brazil's Neymar holds his shinbone during the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena, in K.....»»

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IOC adds 7 medal events to 2022 Beijing Winter Games program

International Olympic Committee, IOC, President Thomas Bach from Germany, opens the International Olympic Committee, IOC, executive board meeting, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, July 18, 2018.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 19th, 2018Related News

ALPSIDE DOWNED: When politics is poured down the Cup

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews/18 July) – World Cup 2018 fever may have died down, but some controversies are lingering like a virus simply gone dormant. Don’t think that the all-girl Russian punk band Pussy Riot made the only significant political statement in the month-long tourney. Four members of the group invaded the pitch during the cup […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsJul 18th, 2018Related News

Regulator unveils plan to monitor cryptocurrency threat

GENEVA, Switzerland –  A financial regulator on Monday, July 16, unveiled a strategy to monitor whether cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin pose a threat to world economic stability. The plan follows on from a concerted drive by central banks and regulatory bodies to keep cryptocurrencies at bay. In a statement, the Financial ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 16th, 2018Related News

Deschamps joins Zagallo, Beckenbauer as champ player, coach

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Didier Deschamps walked into the interview room in the bowels of Luzhniki Stadium and prepared to answer questions for the first time as coach of a World Cup champion. A noise to his right caused him to turn, and his players rushed in. A bare-chested Benjamin Mendy jumped onto the table in front of Deschamps, and Florian Thauvin leaped up, too. Olivier Giroud and probably a dozen more giddy buddies sprayed their boss with bubbly, beer, cola and water. "This is third time I got changed, and I still smell just as bad," Deschamps said through a translator. He lifted the trophy as his nation's captain following the first title at Stade de France in 1998, and now he watched Hugo Lloris raise it in a Russian downpour following Sunday's 4-2 win over Croatia. The 49-year-old joined Brazil's Mario Zagallo (1958-62 as a player, 1970 as a manager) and West Germany's Franz Beckenbauer (1974, 1990) as the only men to play and coach a world champion. "Well, I don't really like to talk about myself, but I'm going to be forced to do so a little bit, of course," Deschamps said. "I had the immense pleasure and immense privilege to live through this as a player 20 years ago, and it was in France, so of course it will be marked in my memory forever. But what the players did today is just as beautiful, is just as strong." His players had to be brawny. They lifted Deschamps after the match and flung him into the air, over and over. "They've always been a little bit mad, my players," he said. Deschamps was a defensive midfielder for Nantes, Marseille, Bordeaux, Juventus, Chelsea and Valencia from 1985-2001, winning the Champions League with Juve in 1996 and the 2000 European Championship with France in addition to the World Cup. He coached Monaco, Juventus and Marseille before taking over France in 2012. His national team coaching career included a quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Germany at the 2014 World Cup and a 1-0 defeat to underdog Portugal in the Euro 2016 final. It seemed like film noir — he said there's an upcoming documentary coming out. "Two years ago, it was so, so painful to get past this opportunity of being European champions," Deschamps recalled. "But maybe if we had been European champions, then we would not have been world champions today. I did learn a lot myself through this final." Now the story arc includes happiness. He posed for photos on the field with wife Claude and Dylan, cradled one of the hardest trophies to win in sports. He hugged son Dylan as the 22-year-old waved a French tricolor. "When we were world champions, he was too young to understand," Deschamps said. "And today there are young people who are maybe 15, 16 years old, and they've lived through that. They had this happiness, to be able to live this event with us — of course maybe to be crazy and a little bit mad." Based on the losing experience of 2016, he revamped the team's routine ahead of the final. Player relaxation was at the forefront. And it worked. "They had to get that star, that shining star," Deschamps said, referring to the symbol that goes above a national team's crest to indicate a World Cup won. "I'm proud for them, and I'm also proud of myself — with all the humility, of course.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 16th, 2018Related News

Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese decent. Paul Pogba's parents arrived from Guinea. Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian. Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together with scions of families that have been French for generations, all for the rouge, blanc et bleu. And for only the second time, France is the World Cup champion. About two-thirds of Les Bleus' roster included players with immigrant backgrounds, a mini-United Nations of soccer talent. "That is the France that we love," Griezmann said through a translator after Sunday's 4-2 victory over Croatia ended the most exciting World Cup final in decades. "It's beautiful to see it." Griezmann's free kick was headed in by Mario Manduzkic for the opening own-goal in the 18th minute, and then he converted a penalty kick for a 2-1 lead in the 38th after video review spotted a handball by Ivan Perisic. Mbappe's speed led to the third goal in the 59th . He added a goal of his own in the 65th , at 19 becoming the second-youngest scorer in a World Cup final behind 17-year-old Pele in 1958. Vive la diversite! A day after Bastille Day, the party was on. "The diversity of the squad is in the image of this beautiful country that is France," midfielder Blaise Matuidi, whose parents are from Angola and Congo, said through a translator ahead of the match. France won on a humid night in Russia, with thunderclaps during play and a downpour during the trophy presentation. Quite different from that indelible summer evening at Stade de France in 1998, when fans in the arena and throughout Paris sang "La Marseillaise" until dawn and young teenagers drove cars while their intoxicated parents sat in passenger seats. People called that team "Black, Blanc, Beur," noting how white, black and North African players came together. Zinedine Zidane, a son of Algerians, headed in a pair of first-half corner kicks against heavily favored Brazil. Patrick Vieira, born in Senegal, fed Normand-born Emmanuel Petit for the third in the 3-0 win. This year's team was perhaps even more diverse. Defender Samuel Umtiti was born in Cameroon and backup goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in Zaire. Others descended from Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, Mococco and Senegal, plus Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. "There may be players who come from different origins, but we do have the same state of mind," Griezmann said. "We all play for the same jersey, the cockerel. For our country, we give everything we have. As soon as you wear the jersey, we do everything for each other." He scored the go-ahead goal after the first video review-created penalty kick in a World Cup final. During a delay of about four minutes that might have unnerved less-composed players. Griezmann told himself to pretend it was a league match. "Carry on and do the same thing as I normally do," he remembered thinking. At 27, he in his prime but in the penumbra of Spanish soccer at Atletico Madrid, toiling in a league that Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate. He led the 2016 European Championship with six goals and tied for second with four at the World Cup, three on penalty kicks, earning the Bronze Ball as third-best player behind Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and Belgium forward Eden Hazard. Griezmann kissed the trophy, knowing his generation will be revered in the same way Zidane, Petit, Thierry Henry, Lilian Thuram and Fabien Barthez remain renowned from Calais to Cannes. "From tonight on, I'm sorry for them, but they are going to be different," coach Didier Deschamps said. "Those 23 players will be linked forever, forever. Whatever happens — they might follow different paths, but they will be marked forever and they will be together thanks to this event." Griezmann, man of the match in a World Cup final, will be on posters throughout the republic, asked for endorsements, a mainstay of commercials. He will asked for autographs for the rest of his life. "I'm going to be in the history of French football with my team," Griezmann said. "We don't quite realize it yet. Our children will very proud to have our names.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 16th, 2018Related News

Five teen footballers drown

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Five teenage footballers drowned in a river in southeast Bangladesh moments after they played a friendly match between supporters of Argentina and Brazil, police said Sunday. Police recovered the bodies from the Matamuhuri river at Chokoria town Saturday night, some six hours after the boys drowned as they went to bathe in […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJul 15th, 2018Related News

WHO recognizes compulsive sexual behavior as mental disorder

GENEVA, Switzerland – The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized "compulsive sexual behavior" as a mental disorder, but said Saturday, July 14, it remained unclear if it was an addiction on a par with gambling or drug abuse. The contentious term "sex addiction" has been around for decades ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 15th, 2018Related News

Too much sex may be a sign of a sick mind – WHO

GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Organization has recognized "compulsive sexual behavior" as a mental disorder, but said Saturday it remained unclear if it was an addiction on a par with gambling or drug abuse. The contentious term "sex addiction" has been around for decades but experts disagree over whether the condition exists. In the latest update of its catalog of diseases and injuries around the world, the WHO takes a step towards legitimizing the concept, by acknowledging "compulsive sexual behavior disorder", or CSBD, as a mental illness. But the UN health body stops short of lumping the condition together with addictive behaviors like substance abuse or gambli...Keep on reading: Too much sex may be a sign of a sick mind – WHO.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 14th, 2018Related News

OECD: Agri growth in PH still slow amid strong financial buffer

Among emerging economies, the Philippines had one of the highest rate of support to its farmers in the last three years, a report showed.   In its latest agricultural evaluation, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said the country gave out the biggest support to the sector at an average of 26 percent of the country's total gross farm receipts for 2015 to 2017.   This is higher than the OECD average of 18 percent and one of the highest among all emerging economies covered by the report, which included Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Thailand, Mexico, Malaysia, India and Indonesia, among others.   The dominant form of support to t...Keep on reading: OECD: Agri growth in PH still slow amid strong financial buffer.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 13th, 2018Related News

Revolution Precrafted bags $460-M contract in Brazil

Revolution Precrafted, which designs and builds prefabricated structures for clients around the world, announced a deal to supply homes and hotel villas in Brazil.   The company, founded by Filipino businessman Robbie Antonio, said the contract in Brazil was worth $460 million and would be located in an 80-hectare eco-resort development near Rio de Janeiro.   Revolution Precrafted said the contract involved the supply of "high end quality eco-sustainable designer homes and eco-friendly villas."   Specifically, it will design and supply one to three-bedroom homes and units measuring 50 to 200 square meters. It will also be supplying medium sized resort...Keep on reading: Revolution Precrafted bags $460-M contract in Brazil.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 13th, 2018Related News

Fifa s Van Basten critical of Neymar s World Cup theatrics

Brazil's Neymar lies on the ground during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/A.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 13th, 2018Related News

Brazil prosecutors probe judge who ordered release of Lula

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Prosecutors in Brazil ordered an investigation Wednesday, July 11, of the appellate judge who caused a legal mess over the weekend , unsuccessfully ordering former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be freed. Attorney General Raquel Dodge ordered an investigation into the actions of appeals judge Rogerio Favreto, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 12th, 2018Related News

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......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 12th, 2018Related News

Roger, Serena, Rafa bring best to Wimbledon s Centre Court

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates defeating France's Adrian Mannarino in their men's singles match, on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Monday July 9, 201.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 10th, 2018Related News

Unmasking the MassKara: The hidden origin of Bacolod City’s festival

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines — Bacolod City’s annual MassKara Festival is among the country’s biggest celebrations similar to Rio Carnival in Brazil. MassKara, translated literally as “many faces”, is held every October and traces its official orgins to 1980 when the sugar industry was struggling and an unfortunate ferry accident left about 750 Negrenses dead. The […].....»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopJul 9th, 2018Related News

Argentine pope consoles Brazil after World Cup exit

VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis is trying to cheer up Brazilian soccer fans after the team's quarterfinal exit from the World Cup. The pope, an Argentine and an avid soccer fan, noted a preponderance of Brazilian flags on display in St. Peter's Square during his traditional Sunday blessing. He told the crowd: "I see a lot of Brazilian flags: Have courage! There'll be a next time." The five-time world champions left the World Cup empty handed after losing to Belgium in the quarterfinals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in Russia. Francis often meets with visiting national soccer teams, has a collection of gifted jerseys and frequently promotes the value ...Keep on reading: Argentine pope consoles Brazil after World Cup exit.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 8th, 2018Related News

Filipino fighters go 1-1 in ONE China card

Filipino fighters split their matchups in ONE Championship: Battle for the Heavens at Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in China on Saturday. Robin Catalan (8-3) of Catalan Fighting System submitted Indonesia's Adrian Matheis (with a heel hook two minutes and 10 seconds into the second round to earn his second straight win and third victory in four fights. Team Lakay's Gina Iniong, however, didn't get the result she wanted after losing to Brazil's Istela Nunes via unanimous decision. Iniong (7-4) has hit a bit of a slump, droppping her second fight in three outings after establishing a three-bout winning streak. In the main event, Taiwan's Kai Ting Chuang put on a counter-attack...Keep on reading: Filipino fighters go 1-1 in ONE China card.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 8th, 2018Related News

Belgium stuns ‘bitter’ Brazil to reach World Cup semis

KAZAN ARENA (AFP) - Brazil coach Tite said defeat to Belgium was “very hard for us to swallow” after the Red Devils ended Brazil’s hopes of a record sixth World Cup crown. England meanwhile will bid to end their 28-year wait to reach a World Cup semifinal when they face….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJul 7th, 2018Related News

France reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Uruguay 2-0

By STEPHEN WADE,  AP Sports Writer NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's fluke goal helped France earn a place in the World Cup semifinals. Griezmann scored with a shot that bounced off the hands of the opposing goalkeeper and into the net, giving France a 2-0 victory over Uruguay on Friday. The 1998 champions will next face either Brazil or Belgium on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. Griezmann's shot in the 61st minute went right into the hands of goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. But the ball popped off his palms and looped over his head and into the net. Raphael Varane scored for France with a header in the 40th minute. Griezmann sent in a free kick from the right side and Varane raced across the area. He got his head to the ball and sent it into the far corner behind Muslera. France went on to reach the World Cup final the last two times it advanced to the semifinals. It won its only World Cup in 1998 on home soil, and in 2006 lost to Italy on penalties......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 6th, 2018Related News