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Croatia beats Spain 3-2 to throw open Nations League group

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Defender Tin Jedvaj scored his second goal of the game in injury time to earn Croatia a 3-2 win over Spain on Thursday, a result that left both teams and group rival England still in the running to reach the UEFA Nations League finals. Croatia's win came two months after it was crushed 6-0 by Spain, its worst ever loss, in Seville. Spain is top of League A, Group 4 with six points. England and Croatia have four points before they meet at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. The group winner advances to the Final Four tournament in June. With Croatia needing a victory to keep its hopes alive, the World Cup runner-up pinned Spain in its area in the final moments and Jedvaj scored on the rebound after goalkeeper David de Gea had blocked a shot. Earlier, Andrej Kramaric opened the scoring for the home team in the 54th minute, only for Dani Ceballos to equalize two minutes later. Croatia went back ahead in the 69th when Jedvaj headed in a cross from Luka Modric, but Sergio Ramos leveled for Spain with a penalty eight minutes later after Sime Vrsaljko handled. The team that finishes bottom of the group will be relegated to League B......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 15th, 2018Related News

Former England, Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole retires at 37

LONDON --- Former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has retired from football. The 37-year-old Cole completed his career with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League, scoring 104 goals in 716 professional appearances for seven teams. After impressing at West Ham, Cole made his England debut at 19 and went on to earn 56 caps and appear at three World Cups. Cole was part of England's so-called Golden Generation, playing alongside David Beckham and Wayne Rooney. "I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been," Cole said. "A huge thanks to everyone who helped me along that path." Cole, a lifelong Chelsea supporter, ...Keep on reading: Former England, Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole retires at 37.....»»

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

Liverpool’s Sturridge charged with breaching betting rules

LONDON --- Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be facing a ban from football after being charged on Monday with breaching rules on betting. England's Football Association said the alleged breaches took place in January 2018, when Sturridge was on loan from Liverpool at West Bromwich Albion. Liverpool reacted by saying the 29-year-old Sturridge has "stated categorically that he has never gambled on football." "Daniel has given his full and unequivocal cooperation throughout this process," Liverpool said in a statement, "and has assured the club he will continue to do so." In April last year, Premier League player Joey Barton was banned for 18 months for placing more...Keep on reading: Liverpool’s Sturridge charged with breaching betting rules.....»»

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

UEFA warns clubs over financial abuses after Man City leaks

tttky MANCHESTER, England --- Previously concluded Financial Fair Play cases could be reopened, UEFA warned on Monday as evidence grows of Manchester City's attempts to disguise its source of income and spending. The UEFA statement on the prospect of the financial compliance system being "abused" by teams comes after internal correspondence exposing City's alleged deception was published by European media outlets. The reigning English Premier League champion and current leader has not provided a defense or disputed the authenticity of the information from leaked emails which reveal elaborate attempts over several years to try to avoid breaching the rules designed to curb ove...Keep on reading: UEFA warns clubs over financial abuses after Man City leaks.....»»

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

Rooney excited for great moment in England farewell

WASHINGTON, USA – Wayne Rooney says he is honored to make a final appearance for England and happy for manager Gareth Southgate to decide his playing time Thursday, November 15, against the United States. Former Manchester United star Rooney, in video comments released Monday by his Major League Soccer club DC ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 13th, 2018Related News

Football’s crazy rich Asians

By: Charles Lim HE WAS the most successful Asian owner of a topnotch professional football club in England. To Filipinos, however, and even to a majority of the Filipino football community he was still an unknown. Until tragedy struck on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the King Power Stadium in Leicester City, England. Leicester City FC’s […] The post Football’s crazy rich Asians appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsNov 11th, 2018Related News

Miss Earth 2018 candidates accuse sponsor of sexual harassment | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Miss Earth Canada Jaime VandenBerg, Miss Earth England Abbey-Anne Gyles-Brown, and Miss Earth Guam Emma Mae Sheedy claim they were sexually harassed by a pageant sponsor in the Philippines. The White House suspends the press pass of a CNN reporter who spars with Donald Trump at a news conference. 25-year-old singer Ariana ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 8th, 2018Related News

Miss Earth 2018 candidates accuse sponsor of sexual harassment

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Earth Canada Jaime VandenBerg, Miss Earth England Abbey-Anne Gyles-Brown, and Miss Earth Guam Emma Mae Sheedy came forward with claims of sexual harassment by a pageant sponsor during the pageant’s run in the Philippines, which ended with a coronation night on November 4. {source} .....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 8th, 2018Related News

LOOK BACK: The Miss Earth controversies

HONG KONG – The Miss Earth Organization found itself in the headlines this week, after 3 candidates took to social media to call out one of the sponsors of the pageant for alleged inappropriate behavior. Miss Earth Canada Jaime VandenBerg, Miss Earth England Abbey-Anne Gyles-Brown, and Miss Earth Guam Emma Mae Sheedy accused the sponsor ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 8th, 2018Related News

Football’s Crazy Rich Asians – Part 1: Tragedy at Leicester City, England

He was the most successful Asian owner of a top notch professional football club in England. To Filipinos, however, and even to a majority of the Filipino football community he was still an unknown, until tragedy struck on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the King Power Stadium in Leicester City, England. The Thai owner of EPL 2016 Champion Leicester City, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 60 , died with two of his staff and the pilot and his friend when the helicopter they were in crashed into the car park shortly after taking off long after a regular home game of the English Premier League (EPL)......»»

Source: Kagay_an Kagay_anCategory: NewsNov 7th, 2018Related News

Azkals give Sven-Göran Eriksson new challenge

MANILA, Philippines – With the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup just around the corner, former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson will finally get a chance to bring the Philippines closer to the dream of becoming a superpower in Southeast Asia.  At 70 years old, the world-renowned Swedish coach – ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 5th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Diana, her sons and Meghan featured in cake competition

LONDON --- There seems to be a bit of a royal obsession on display at the Cake International exhibition taking place in Birmingham in central England. There was an oversize cake depicting the late Princess Diana with her two sons Prince William and Prince Harry. There's even a life-size cake of a grown-up Prince Harry with his wife Meghan the Duchess of Sussex. This particular cake was baked by Lara Mason, who said she spent 250 hours to make the dessert, as reported by The Daily Express. Mason also said that it was not her first time to bake a cake replica of a member of the royal family. She previously did Prince George, who she said it took her 30 hours to do. The ...Keep on reading: LOOK: Diana, her sons and Meghan featured in cake competition.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 3rd, 2018Related News

Bank of England trims growth goal

Bank of England trims growth goal.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceNov 2nd, 2018Related News

Embiid leads 76ers past Clippers 122-113

By Aaron Bracy, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 41 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 122-113 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). It was Embiid's sixth game already this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds. Ben Simmons added 14 points and 11 assists, bouncing back nicely from one of his worst games as a pro. Markelle Fultz provided a spark late in the third quarter and finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists while helping Philadelphia improve to 5-0 at home. Lou Williams scored 26 points for the Clippers, and Danilo Gallinari had 25. Tobias Harris finished with 24 points. Philadelphia led by as many as 11 in the final quarter on Embiid's follow dunk, but the advantage was just three with 6:16 remaining. Embiid then scored nine of the next 12 points, including an emphatic dunk over Boban Marjanovic with 1:39 remaining that gave Philadelphia a 117-109 lead. After Embiid made the second of two free throws with 1:14 to play, Philadelphia fans began chanting "MVP! MVP!" The Clippers trailed by as many as 22 points in the opening half and were down 72-57 entering the third quarter. But Los Angeles slowly chipped away at the deficit, going in front for the first time on Gallinari's three-pointer from the right wing that made it 81-80 with 3:58 left in the period. Another Gallinari triple put the Clippers up 84-80 before Fultz showed flashes of why Philadelphia drafted him first overall in 2017. Fultz scored on a goaltending call, and then assisted on Mike Muscala's four-point play before converting consecutive coast-to-coast layups, helping the 76ers end the quarter on a 10-2 run that put them ahead 90-86 entering the fourth. Philadelphia shot 57.4 percent from the field and made 7-of-10 three-point attempts in a strong opening half. Simmons had 10 points and eight assists at the break after he tied his career-high with 11 turnovers in Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) 129-112 loss at Toronto. TIP-INS Clippers: The Clippers lost their fourth straight to the 76ers. They last beat Philadelphia on March 11, 2017. 76ers: Embiid's career-high is 46 points. . Philadelphia declined the third-year contract option on reserve swingman Furkan Korkmaz, meaning Korkmaz could be a free agent on July 1. . New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was in attendance. . The 76ers are 0-4 on the road. . Rookie Landry Shamet gave Philadelphia a lift in the opening half with 11 points, one shy of his career best. UP NEXT Clippers: At Orlando on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). 76ers: Host Detroit on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 2nd, 2018Related News

Uber wants to overturn UK ruling that drivers are employees

LONDON, UK – Uber launched Tuesday, October 30, UK time, an attempt at England's Court of Appeal to ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 31st, 2018Related News

Leicester helicopter flight data recorder found

LEICESTER, England ---Authorities say a digital flight data recorder has been recovered from the Leicester soccer team owner's helicopter. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says inspectors "will start working on the recorder, which was subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire." In a statement, the AAIB says inspectors are expected to remain on the site at Leicester's stadium until the end of the week when the wreckage is expected to be transported to specialist facilities for a detailed examination. The AAIB has inspectors on site with specialism on engineering, operations, flight data and human factors. Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha ...Keep on reading: Leicester helicopter flight data recorder found.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 29th, 2018Related News

Dropped Lukaku set for time out of spotlight at Man United

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press Romelu Lukaku spends a lot of his spare time watching videos and YouTube clips of some of the world's greatest strikers in a bid to improve his own game. If he watches footage of his own recent performances for Manchester United, the Belgium striker may understand why he was dropped at the weekend as he goes through the toughest period of his time at England's biggest club. The goals have dried up (it's nine games without scoring, his longest drought in the red of United). His touch has deserted him. He might even be trying too hard. So when United manager Jose Mourinho spoke during the week of Lukaku's confidence being drained and his link-up play being off, the writing was on the wall for the player who moved to Old Trafford for $97 million in July 2017. When the team sheet was released for United's game against Everton on Sunday, it was no real surprise to see Lukaku on the bench and Marcus Rashford leading the attack. "Sometimes," Mourinho said, "we decide that the best thing for the players is to not be on the pitch, (but) to be protected and away from the initial pressure." Tellingly, United produced one of its most fluent attacking displays of the season. Rather than having a striker like Lukaku who often drops deep and ends up congesting the middle of the field, United had, in Rashford, one who stretched the opposition defense and allowed space behind him. United winger Anthony Martial reveled in the open spaces and scored his fourth goal in four games. Paul Pogba had more freedom to roam in midfield — he had more touches (88) and passes (67) than any other player — and was also more threatening going forward. Fred, recalled to the team, had room to take the ball to the edge of the penalty area and unleash shots. United had a 2-1 victory but should have won more convincingly. At times, as United's midfielders flooded forward to assist the mobile Rashford, it seemed like the days of Alex Ferguson. Everton was most dangerous in the final quarter of the game — after Lukaku had come on as a 65th-minute substitute. So does this spell the beginning of the end for Lukaku at United? Unlikely. Mourinho cherishes his big targetmen, such as Didier Drogba at Chelsea. He likes the fact that Lukaku never stops working for the team, saying many times that this is as important as the goals he scores. As Lukaku has said himself, Mourinho sees the striker "like his sergeant on the pitch." United had a similar situation when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in the team in the 2016-17 season and often slowed its build-up play by dropping short. When Ibrahimovic got injured toward the end of his only full season at Old Trafford, Rashford played as the lone striker and United looked a different proposition. Still, that following offseason, Mourinho chose to buy Lukaku rather than put his faith in Rashford or Martial as the team's striker. The 20-year-old Rashford remains raw and his finishing is inconsistent. Martial appears to be back to his best but there is no telling how long his run of form will last. Perhaps Lukaku will just spend the next few games out of the spotlight. Maybe he can still adjust his game. "Here I still think my teamwork between myself and my teammates can improve and be much better," the striker said last week before United played against Juventus. "It's something that we're working on. The players need to know me and know my movement. "When that starts clicking, I think the results I have with Belgium will also come here." Lukaku has played 14 games for his national team in 2018 and scored 14 goals. He is Belgium's record scorer with 45 goals in 79 games. He is too valuable an asset for Mourinho and United to give up on. "His moment is not sweet," Mourinho has said "... but he's our striker and a good striker and a striker we believe in." POGBA'S STUTTER Pogba's stuttering run-up for his penalty against Everton — which was saved by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford before sidefooting in the rebound — was the subject of much debate after the game. Pogba said he might need to change his technique, which sees him take marginal steps forward without ever really accelerating toward the ball, as goalkeepers are starting to get used to it. Mourinho also said it might need a rethink. "I think the goalkeepers don't move and they are waiting for his decision," Mourinho said, "so I think he probably has to learn from that." As for Pogba's teammates, they are just making fun of it. Luke Shaw posted a photo on Twitter of him talking to Martial with his hand covering his mouth, and wrote: "Make a comeback in your career and renew your contract. (hashtag)ThingsYouCanDoDuringPogbasPenaltyRunUp." Make a comeback in your career and renew your contract. #ThingsYouCanDoDuringPogbasPenaltyRunUp pic.twitter.com/sxGx6C1i11 — Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) October 28, 2018.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 29th, 2018Related News

Revitalized Dortmund brings excitement back to Bundesliga

By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — A draw with Hertha Berlin may have come at just the right time for Borussia Dortmund. The team had failed to score four or more goals in only one of its previous six games — a 3-0 win over Monaco — and had taken a three-point lead in the Bundesliga after playing some outstanding football. Suddenly, after years of Bayern Munich dominance, Dortmund was helping to make German soccer exciting again. Lucien Favre's side was drawing comparisons with Juergen Klopp's team of Bundesliga winners in 2011 that followed up with a league and cup double the next year. The current team, like Klopp's, is young, hard-working, fast and skilled, brimming with confidence after a series of eye-catching wins. Dortmund's 4-0 victory over a tough Atletico Madrid team on Wednesday captured widespread attention. Even Diego Simeone was impressed despite his heaviest defeat since he took over in December 2011. "They are doing very well at the moment, it is very nice to watch," the Atletico coach said of Dortmund. "I hope they keep playing like that." Klopp, now in charge of Liverpool, sent his congratulations from England. It was all too much for Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc. "Enough praise, that's it," Zorc said last week. "There's no reason to get carried away with celebrations." Hertha put the brakes on any lingering euphoria on Saturday when Salomon Kalou scored a penalty in injury time to snatch a 2-2 draw for the visitors as Dortmund let a seventh straight victory slip away. While Dortmund remains the only unbeaten team in the Bundesliga, the draw provides a reality check. After routing Nuremberg 7-0 on Sept. 26, Dortmund fell two goals behind Bayer Leverkusen in its next match before it turned the game around to win 4-2. Marco Reus said he noticed his teammates weren't as focused as they should have been. Reus has grown into his role as captain. The Germany forward, now 29, is one of the senior figures in a squad stocked with youth. The 18-year-old Jadon Sancho became Dortmund's youngest player to score two goals in a Bundesliga game on Saturday. Apart from conceding the penalty, the 19-year-old Dan-Axel Zagadou has been impressive in defense. Fellow defender Achraf Hakimi shone with three assists against Atletico. The 19-year-old, on loan from Real Madrid, has been involved in eight goals in his last six competitive games. Jacob Bruun Larsen has also been impressive since returning from a loan spell at Stuttgart. The 20-year-old Danish midfielder has three goals and three assists, while 22-year-old Christian Pulisic already feels like a veteran in his third full season at the club. "The mix makes it work," said Zorc, whose offseason transfer dealings have balanced youth with experience. Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, 29, has settled in perfectly since his arrival from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian, helped by 27-year-old Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney, who joined from Werder Bremen. Dortmund has also been boosted by Paco Alcacer since his arrival on loan from Barcelona. He has scored on average every 18 minutes, with seven goals in four appearances. Meanwhile, Dortmund quietly allowed players like Nuri Sahin, Andre Schuerrle, Erik Durm, Andrey Yarmolenko, Gonzalo Castro and Sokratis to leave. Perhaps Zorc's biggest coup was getting Favre to join. Dortmund wanted the former Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha coach the previous year, but French side Nice didn't let him go. The tactically astute Favre has restored some defensive stability to a lineup that appeared brittle and prone to collapse last season. Dortmund allowed rival Schalke to come from four goals down to draw 4-4 in the Ruhr derby. It's hard to imagine Favre's side doing the same. Apart from not taking chances on Saturday, Dortmund seems to be scoring goals for fun. Before the Hertha game, Dortmund clocked up 37 goals and conceded just nine in 12 competitive games. It won 10 of those and lost none. Raphael Guerreiro scored two goals against Atletico after coming on as a substitute, continuing Favre's golden touch with changes. Altogether, Favre's substitutions have contributed 16 goals so far. The Swiss coach also appears to be bringing Mario Goetze back to his old self after difficult times for the 2014 World Cup winner. Goetze was critical after the draw with Hertha, upset about "two lost points." Favre was taking a more balanced approach, though, saying "that's football.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 29th, 2018Related News

Cora-nation! Rookie manager leads Red Sox to championship

LOS ANGELES --- Hard to believe now, all these wins later, but the Alex Cora Era in Boston began with a loss. A brutal one, in fact. Opening day at Tropicana Field in late March, none of his late moves worked out as the bullpen blew a big lead in a 6-4 setback. No fan in New England would admit it now --- still, chances are some had already started to wonder whether he was the right guy for the Red Sox. "It's baseball," Cora reassured that afternoon. "We know it's going to happen. ... I guess get it out of the way right away." Yep, guess so. A calming presence in a boiling sports cauldron, Cora capped off one of the greatest runs by a first-year skipper in leading Boston to the Wo...Keep on reading: Cora-nation! Rookie manager leads Red Sox to championship.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 29th, 2018Related News

Trubisky throws 2 TDs as Bears beat Jets 24-10

By Andrew Seligman, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears got the win they sorely needed, only to lose another key player. Guard Kyle Long had to be helped off the field in the closing minutes with a foot injury, putting a damper on a 24-10 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, and the Bears (4-3) came out on top after dropping two in a row to fall out of the NFC North lead. But they might have to get by without their three-time Pro Bowl lineman after Long was injured in the closing minutes. That was another hit for a team that was already missing star pass rusher star pass rusher Khalil Mack (right ankle) and No. 1 receiver Allen Robinson (groin). Long was hurt when tight end Dion Sims rolled into him as the two were blocking for Jordan Howard on a run, adding to a long list of injuries for the star lineman. He had surgery on his right ankle following the 2016 season and operations on his shoulder, elbow and neck after he was shut down late last year. Coach Matt Nagy said the team will know more about Long's latest injury in the next few days. "Can't say enough about Kyle, how much he loves this organization," Trubisky said. "To see a guy go down like that, it hurts. We'll just try to pick him up and rally behind him any way we can. He knows we love him and we're just gonna hope for the best." Though the Bears were missing their best defensive player, Sam Darnold struggled and the Jets (3-5) managed just 207 yards in losing their second straight game. Trubisky was shaky but did enough to help the Bears come out on top. He connected with Tarik Cohen for a 70-yard touchdown on a screen in the first quarter and threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Anthony Miller in the third, making it 14-3. But the second-year pro was wild again after struggling with his control against New England the previous week. Trubisky was 16 of 29 for 220 yards. He also ran for 51 on six attempts. "Overall, we just found a way and ground it out," he said. "It was a lot better in the second half than the first half. We stuck together, stuck to the plan and executed our plays." Cohen's lone reception was the big touchdown. He also ran for 40 yards on five carries. Howard ran for 81 yards and a touchdown. He scored from the 2 to make it 24-10 midway through the fourth quarter, sealing the win after tight losses to Miami and the Patriots. Coming off his worst game as a pro with three interceptions, Darnold was 14 of 29 for a career-low 153 yards in his eighth NFL start. On the plus side, he did not throw an interception in this one. "I mean, we just couldn't really get anything going," running back Isaiah Crowell said. "I've got to watch the film, but I mean it was frustrating at the same time." LONG TD Chicago grabbed a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Cohen turned a screen from Trubisky against an all-out blitz into a 70-yard touchdown. It was the longest play from scrimmage by the Bears this season. "It was just a great call by the offensive staff," Cohen said. "We ran the screen into a blitz and usually that's a good thing. When I turned upfield, I just didn't see anybody. I was kind of nervous not to see anybody and I just saw green grass so I took it." Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson said he blew the coverage on that play. "I had to hug him up and I didn't," he said. "Mental error, so that was on me. Just got to know what I got to do in that situation. It was a miscue." ANTHEM There were no protests by either team during the national anthem. INJURIES Jets: TE Neal Sterling left with a concussion in the second quarter when he got hit by Chicago's Kyle Fuller after making a catch. Coach Todd Bowles confirmed Sterling has a concussion. .. DL Steve McLendon suffered an ankle injury. Bears: TE Ben Braunecker left because of a concussion. ... Nagy said Mack's status was "literally hour to hour" before the Bears decided in the morning not to suit him up, and they hope to have him playing next week. The two-time All-Pro missed his first game since Oakland drafted him with the fifth overall pick in 2014. UP NEXT Jets: At Miami next Sunday. Bears: At Buffalo next Sunday......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 28th, 2018Related News