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PVL: Final Four scenarios

Only three teams remain in the hunt for the last two Final Four berths in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference. BanKo Perlas, defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force and Petro Gazz are all in a good position to join Creamline and PayMaya in the best-of-three semifinals, which will start on Saturday or Sunday. But their semis hopes will depend on the result of the last round robin quarterfinals playdate on Wednesday which will pit the unbeaten Perlas Spikers against the Angels. BanKo sports a perfect 4-0 record on top of the quarters standing followed by the Lady Warriors (4-1) and Petro Gazz (3-1). The Perlas Spikers and Pocari Sweat both secured at least a playoff for a semis seat. If necessary, the semis berth playoff is scheduled on Friday, 4:00 p.m., at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.     SCENARIO 1 BanKo has the hot streak after winning their previous four matches in the quarterfinals and sixth overall since the prelims. Peaking at the right time after a slow start, the Perlas Spikers are now moving as one cohesive unit behind American import Kia Bright and Thai reinforcement Jutarat Montripila. What BanKo needs to do to advance in the semis is to complete a sweep of the quarters against Petro Gazz. A win will give the Perlas Spikers the no. 3 seed in the semis against the well-rested PayMaya. Pocari Sweat will then automatically earn the fourth seed and take on top seed Creamline in the other Final Four pairing.   SCENARIO 2 Petro Gazz has its back against the wall but the Angels could pull off an upset over BanKo if they’ll use the momentum of their three-game winning streak – all in straight sets. A straight or four-set win by Petro Gazz will hand the Jerry Yee-mentored squad the no. 3 seed in the semis. BanKo will then take on Pocari Sweat in a do-or-die match for the no. 4 seat.   SCENARIO 3 Petro Gazz is not out of the woods yet if they win in five sets over BanKo. In this scenario, both the Angels, Perlas Spikers and Pocari Sweat will end up with 4-1 win-loss cards but BanKo will have a higher tiebreak of 12 points. The Perlas Spikers and Lady Warriors currently have 11 points each while the Angels have nine. A three or four set win earns a team three points while a five set win will give the victor two points and the loser a point. A five-set win by Petro Gazz will hand BanKo the no. 3 seed against PayMaya while the Angels will face Pocari Sweat in a playoff for the right to challenge Creamline.   ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Filoil quarters preview: San Beda vs Adamson

San Beda and Adamson are two teams heading into the quarterfinals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on a winning note......»»

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LeBron nears free agency status; Spurs open door to trade offers on Leonard

The front office of both Lebron James and Kawhi Leonard have expressed optimism that the differences of the two NBA super­stars with their respective teams will be resolved with neither necessarily moving out to other cities. Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman said on Friday that he has established a “good dialogue” with James’s management team [...] The post LeBron nears free agency status; Spurs open door to trade offers on Leonard appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Honda goal gives Japan a 2-2 draw with Senegal at World Cup

YEKATERINBURG, Russia --- Senegal twice took the lead. Japan tied it up both times. Keisuke Honda came off the bench in the second half and scored in the 78th minute, giving the Japanese a 2-2 draw with Senegal on Sunday at the World Cup. The 32-year-old Honda, a former AC Milan forward, became the first Japanese player to score at three World Cups. The draw keeps the two teams at the top of Group H ahead of their final matches. Sadio Mane gave Senegal the lead in the 11th minute with his first World Cup goal. Moussa Wague crossed from the right, but Genki Haraguchi failed to properly clear the ball. Youssouf Sabaly then sent a shot toward goal that Eiji Kawashima was unable to co...Keep on reading: Honda goal gives Japan a 2-2 draw with Senegal at World Cup.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 19 hr. 3 min. ago Related News

Seeing red: Iceland promises Croatia grueling group finish

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia --- Iceland defender Kari Arnason isn't afraid to see red if it means stopping one of the World Cup's most creative sides when it takes on Croatia on Tuesday. Both teams have a history of sending offs when they meet, with three red cards handed out in their last four matches. Arnason sees Croatia as one of teams that could win the tournament, but the central defender's teammates aren't giving them a free ride and are promising grueling physical challenges. With the Croats already qualified, Iceland must win their final Group D game in Rostov-on-Don, while keeping fingers crossed that Nigeria can't inflict another defeat on Argentina. Arnason, in fact, is takin...Keep on reading: Seeing red: Iceland promises Croatia grueling group finish.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 19 hr. 3 min. ago Related News

Ray Parks makes everybody look good in Mandaluyong El Tigre first MPBL victory

IMUS -- Challenged by his coach to let his game do the talking, Ray Parks put on a solid performance, one that would speak volumes of how a great player he is. The post Ray Parks makes everybody look good in Mandaluyong El Tigre first MPBL victory appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceJun 24th, 2018Related News

Iriga City poised to become Bicol’s volleyball center next year

Iriga City bids to become a sporting mecca in the Bicol Region with the construction of a 5,000-seat gym in this city 400 kilometers southeast of Manila. Mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen, owner-manager of the Navy-Iriga City Lady Oragons, said the gym is under construction and will be finished by December.       “Maybe next year the PVL on Tour could go to Iriga now that we will have the facilities to host some of its games,” she said, referring to the league’s program to bring the league's matches to the provinces, which started last year.      Sports Vision president Ricky Palou said Iriga City’s strong partnership with the PVL organizing outfit continues to serve “…our vision of promoting and upgrading volleyball in the country.”  Among others, the Iriga City gym will provide excellent facilities in volleyball as part of the mayor’s vision to restore Bicol’s lofty position in volleyball. “It used to be that Bicolanos were highly regarded in the sport and regularly picked for the national teams,” she said. When the sports arena finally rises six months from now, it will occupy pride of place with Iriga’s new city hall, already transferred to its new home in barangay Sta. Cruz Sur, new library, new public market and new slaughterhouse as part of the more concrete legacy the mayor wants to leave to her constituents.   But it is in sports where the sports-minded chief executive of this multi-awarded city wants to involve her young constituents to develop physical fitness, character and mental toughness, prerequisites, she said, to making the young transform into productive citizens and ideal leaders and followers of the future.   High sports awareness      At no other time has sports awareness in Iriga City been this incredibly high and involving as it is now.  Mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen fittingly provides the face to this exciting sports phenomenon happening in her city of birth, where generations from her side of the family have served and continue to serve their people through holding public offices.    The well-loved first and only woman mayor of Iriga said she keeps her balance by finding time to indulge her passion in sports. She is into a lot of sports for recreation or for competition. She still plays volleyball, lawn tennis, table tennis and badminton. At one time in elementary and high school she took up softball as a shortstop and even football. It was her serious intent to lure primarily her youthful constituents into sports that led Mayor Alfelor-Gazmen to form her own club team that proceeded to compete in the 2016 nationally telecast season of the Sports Vision-organized V-League.    After seeing their mayor, her prodigy Grazielle Bombita from Camarines Sur and fellow Bicolanos tangle with the best players in Manila in a big time league on television for the first time ever, parents from even as far as Sorsogon and the Visayas, Mayor Alfelor-Gazmen said, would see her at the city hall or stop her in her tracks to recommend their daughters for training under her volleyball program.      As a result, the city government has tied up with elementary and high schools in Iriga to train kids of all genders not only in volleyball but in basketball, table tennis, lawn tennis and football as well. Scholarships are given to training program participants from San Miguel Elementary School, University of St. Anthony, University of Northeastern Philippines, Ceferino Arroyo High School and Rinconada National Technical and Vocational School.   Multi-awarded city    Daughter of the late Camarines Sur Rep. Ciriaco R. Alfelor, granddaughter of the CamSur Gov. Felix O. Alfelor, and niece of ex-Iriga City Mayor Emmanuel R. Alfelor, Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen became Iriga’s first woman mayor in 2004. She served for three consecutive terms via the biggest margin of votes in Iriga’s political history.    Younger brother Ronald Felix Y. Alfelor, an electrical engineer by profession, was voted into the same position next before she assumed the office again.     Under her leadership anchored on an advocacy on good governance and responsible citizenship, Iriga City has distinguished itself with several awards from national and international organizations.  Among these are the 2009 Award of Excellence in Good Local Governance given by the DILG; 2010 citation as among the Top 10 performing local governments under the component cities category from the DILG; 2010 citation as a Galing Pook Award finalist; 2010 citation for Best Practices given by the Asia Foundation and British Embassy for the city’s programs on people’s participation, revenue generation and environment protection; 2011 Region’s Best Outstanding Local Government Agency award given by the Civil Service Commission; and the 2011 Outstanding Human Resource Management award. Mayor Alfelor-Gazmen finished BA Humanities in the University of the Philippines, BS Biology in Far Eastern University, but instead of proceeding to study medicine, she took up law in the University of Santo Tomas, a course she didn’t get to finish because of she said she was ‘sidetracked’ by marriage.   Mayor Alfelor-Gazmen’s children, all Ateneo students – Maria Cenen, 23; Brendan, 20; and Brian, 18 – may not have inherited her one-of-a-kind passion for sports but they support all her sporting decisions and endeavors.   Her only daughter gets to flex some athletic muscles, though, during university intramurals. Eldest son Brendan is team captain of the popular Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion. Brian, the youngest, helps her mom manage and cheer the Navy-Iriga City Lady Oragons in the PVL if he’s not busy with his commitment as a Star Music talent......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 24th, 2018Related News

PBA: Elasto Painters clinch no. 1 with overtime win over Meralco

No. 1 goes to Rain or Shine. The Elasto Painters won yet another close game, this time beating Meralco in overtime, 106-99, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Sunday at the Big Dome. ROS improved to 9-1, best in the league. Rain or Shine is also 4-0 in overtime games this conference. More importanly, the Elasto Painters have secured first place and will take a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. "I think it's the fourth overtime we played this conference, we won all four. I'm happy about it," head coach Caloy Garcia said. "But it's still a long way for this team. Marami pa ring turnovers, but we can still get better, even though we're winning. It's good to be No. 1 right now, we secured at least the No. 1 spot but we don't know who we're playing. it's the first time we have the 2x to beat, hopefully tuloy-tuloy ito," he added. After a dreadful final minutes of regulation in which both teams failed to break a 96-all tie, Rain or Shine got some cushion in extra time as Reggie Johnson nailed a three from the top of the key for the first basket of OT. The Elasto Painters' defense then stood its ground. limiting Meralco to only three points in five minutes to secure the win and the top overall seed. Johnson was the high man for ROS, scoring 21 points on top of 18 rebounds while Maverick Ahanmisi added 20. Chris Tiu finished with 13 and Ed Daquioag added another 11, including the final dagger three in overtime for the Elasto Painters. ROS was on fire to start, taking a 21-9 lead in the opening period. The Elasto Painters almost immediately lost that as Meralco settled down but ROS regained control in the second half where they led by as many as 18, 73-55. Meralco would charge back though, as the league's no. 1 defensive team turned the game into a struggle, eventually catching up in the fourth only to fall short in OT. Chris Newsome led the Bolts with 21 points while import Arinze Onuaku scored 20. Baser Amer dropped 19 for Meralco who will enter the playoffs with back-to-back defeats. At 7-4, the Bolts' final ranking is yet to be determined though they will figure in a best-of-3 series in the quarterfinals.   The Scores: RAIN OR SHINE 106 – Johnson 21, Ahanmisi 20, Tiu 13, Daquioag 11, Almazan 9, Norwood 9, Yap 7, Nambatac 5, Belga 5, Ponferada 4, Casino 2, Torres 0, Washington 0. MERALCO 99 – Newsome 21, Onuaku 20, Amer 19, De Ocampo 10, Canaleta 9, Hodge 7, Caram 4, Dillinger 3, Lanete 3, Tolomia 3, Hugnatan 0. Quarters: 28-27; 64-51; 84-81; 96-96 (Reg); 106-99 (OT).   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 24th, 2018Related News

PBA: Waiting game for ROS as they secure top seed

By capturing the top overall seed and the twice-to-beat advantage that comes along with it, Rain or Shine has accomplished its first goal in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Despite that however, the Elasto Painters are in no rush to move on to the next goal at hand. The championship is the least of Rain or Shine's concerns right now. "Wala, malayo pa," head coach Caloy Garcia said after ROS clinched no. 1 Sunday with an overtime win over Meralco. "Kahit may twice-to-beat ka, it's still a difficult task in this league, the competition is really high. Mahirap eh, there might be a bad day, problema namin usually is injuries. So far, this conference, we've been okay, so yeah. Yun lang talaga ang pino-problema namin, usually injuries," he added. With the no. 1 seed, ROS will now wait for the 8th spot to be decided. That's still a crazy situation right now with a bunch of teams competing for the last playoff spots available. For the meantime, the Elasto Painters will just wait this one out. They won't even bother to wish for an opponent. "We can't really choose because every team here, medyo malakas naman lahat ng team. I think right now, we're on a high, we just have to carry it on," Garcia said. "We still have to rely on the locals. Masyado namin, I think in almost all the games, we rely too much on Reggie, he's been trying to be a role player from time to time, trying to feed the locals. So as long as the locals step up and do their job, we're gonna be okay," he added.   --- Follow writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 24th, 2018Related News

Fisherman falls in P21.2M Quezon bust

INFANTA, Quezon -- Joint teams of police operatives on Friday arrested a fisherman while selling illegal drugs to a policeman who acted as poseur buyer resulting in the seizure of P21.2 million worth of suspected cocaine at Bgy. Purok Gitna, Bgy. Dinahican, here. Police Regional Office-Calabarzon director, Chief Supt. Edward….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJun 23rd, 2018Related News

Pocari Sweat-Air Force gets playoff for PVL semis after Tacloban win

Pocari Sweat-Air Force thumped also-ran Tacloban, 25-22, 25-17, 25-20, to stay in the running for a semifinals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference. The Lady Warriors finished with a 4-1 card in the quarterfinals but with two other teams still vying for the semifinals berth, they could only secure at least a playoff for the next round. An 11-3 run in the middle of the third set before Amporn Hyapha's attack error completed the sweep for Pocari Sweat-Air Force. "Even with the win, we don't know if we will qualify outright to the semifinals or we will have to play a playoff game," Pocari Sweat-Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez said in Filipino after t...Keep on reading: Pocari Sweat-Air Force gets playoff for PVL semis after Tacloban win.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 23rd, 2018Related News

F2 Logistics whips Foton in PSL opener

  F2 Logistics made quick work of Foton, 25-21, 25-21, 25-14, in the Philippine Superliga Invitational opener on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Up by just two halfway through the third set, the Cargo Movers uncorked a 14-5 blitz to ice the win. "Obviously, all of the teams are still adjusting in the rule to use all players. Hopefully, we survive with this kind of play," F2 Logistics head coach Ramil De Jesus said. Down 12-15 in the second frame, the Cargo Movers erected a 13-6 run to snatch the set. F2 Logistics had a balanced attack with four players scoring at least eight points led by Kim Dy's 10. Jaja Santiago had 12 for Blue Energy. Justin Robert Valencia...Keep on reading: F2 Logistics whips Foton in PSL opener.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 23rd, 2018Related News

Egypt-Saudi spat provides backdrop to their World Cup clash

VOLGOGRAD, Russia --- In theory, it's an inconsequential match between two teams already eliminated from the World Cup. In reality, Monday's clash between Egypt and Saudi Arabia is about pride, politics and maybe some score settling too. Fans in the two nations are locked in a public quarrel pitting Saudi Arabia's top sports official --- a maverick and a confidante of the kingdom's powerful crown prince --- against Egypt's biggest soccer club over the fate of millions he poured into the club's coffers during his brief tenure as the club's honorary chairman. Inappropriate comments by the official, Turki Alsheikh, about Egypt's Mohamed Salah, fueled the spat, dragging mil...Keep on reading: Egypt-Saudi spat provides backdrop to their World Cup clash.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 23rd, 2018Related News

Parks sets MPBL record in El Tigre win; GenSan holds on

Ray Parks notched another double-double and this time, the Mandaluyong El Tigre ended up winning after beating Zamboanga Valientes, 71-61, in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup Saturday night at Imus Sports Complex in Cavite. Parks collected 13 points and an MPBL record 15 assists to lead the El Tigre to their first win. The 6-foot-4 guard's sterling showing came 10 days after recording 21 points and 10 rebounds in his MPBL debut in an 86-74 loss to the Muntinlupa Cagers at Araneta Coliseum. Meanwhile, the General Santos Warriors also chalked up its first victory after holding off the Imus Bandera, 79-73. Leomer Losentes led the way for the Warriors with 20 poi...Keep on reading: Parks sets MPBL record in El Tigre win; GenSan holds on.....»»

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Parks dishes out MPBL record 15 assists

MANILA, Philippines – After a fiery, foul-filled start to his Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) debut, Mandaluyong El Tigre’s Ray Parks came back to display his versatility. The 6-foot-4 forward-guard dropped a double-double of 13 points and a new league-record 15 assists in El Tigre’s 71-61 triumph over the tenacious Zamboanga ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 23rd, 2018Related News

Muntinlupa snares solo MPBL lead

Returning to its homecourt for the first time since its painful loss in the finals two months ago, Muntinlupa made sure there was no heartbreak this time. The Cagers, backed by Angelis Resort, turn.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJun 23rd, 2018Related News

PVL: Perlas Spikers secure at least a Final Four berth playoff

BanKo American import Kia Bright punished the defense of BaliPure-National University with her blinding attacks as the unbeaten Perlas Spikers secured at least a playoff for a Final Four seat with a 25-19, 22-25, 25-14, 25-19, win Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Perlas Spikers claimed their fourth straight win in the quarterfinals and sixth overall since the preliminary round.          Bright exploded with 24 points with all but one coming off attacks for the Perlas Spikers. Thai import Jutarat Montripila finished with 14 points while Amy Ahomiro had nine. "My goal is to try to find ways to motivate them to play their best," said Bright. "No matter how hard I play, or how many points I make, I still need my teammates. I realized that that really pumps them up and fires them up so I try to go the extra mile." BanKo sent the Water Defenders marching towards the exit door that narrowed the semis berth race to three teams. The Perlas Spikers, Petro Gazz and defending champion Pocari Sweat are all in the running for best-of-three Final Four seats to join Creamline and PayMaya. BaliPure dropped to 1-3 slate. American import Alexis Matthews had 17 point while Jannisa Johnson scored 13 for the Water Defenders.    ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 23rd, 2018Related News

Brazilians heave sigh of relief with World Cup win

By Yesica Fisch, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilians breathed a sigh of relief Friday after the national team scored two stoppage time goals to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the World Cup, bringing it closer to a berth in the round of 16. With yellow-and-green T-shirts and Brazilian flags draped over their shoulders, thousands of people across Latin America's biggest country gathered in bars, restaurants, coffee shops and public squares to watch the game on large TV screens. They went wild when Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored Brazil's two goals with only a few minutes left in the game. The narrow streets, homes and storefronts of Rio's Alemao complex of slums, one of the city's largest, were decorated with Brazilian flags and small yellow and green banners. Sipping beer with a group of friends and residents at one bar, Daisy Gouveia shouted and cheered when Brazil scores its first goal. "My heart was beating very quickly during the first half," Gouveia, who is studying for her high school diploma, said. "But in the second half Brazil started playing well and went on to score." At the same bar, motorbike taxi driver Marcio de Souza said he was elated with the result. "The match was wonderful. The Costa Ricans blocked us for a while but Brazil was better and clinched the victory, bringing happiness to all Brazilians." Nearby, a group of friends gathered around a table in front of a flag-decorated house where coffee and cake was being served as they watched the match. For a while several of them complained that Brazil wasn't playing well, but when the first goal was scored the hope of being world champions emerged in their enthusiastic shouts and cheers. "It is difficult to say who will win the World Cup," slum resident Leandro de Castro said. "The other teams are also very good, so it will be difficult. But I think we can get there and win the World Cup.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 23rd, 2018Related News

Mexican players can have beef again at the World Cup

By Carlos Rodriguez, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Mexico's mantra for this World Cup is "No Excuses," and that includes no complaining about the menu. The team brought two tons of food to Russia, along with everything necessary to make their players' favorites, including traditional tacos, cheesy quesadillas and, of course, their hot salsas. When Colombian manager Juan Carlos Osorio took over the Mexico team in 2015, he gathered a staff that includes a mental coach, a kinesiology specialist, a recovery expert and nutritionist Beatriz Boullosa. "Professor Osorio says it all the time, there are no excuses here, he's a man that makes his decisions based on hard facts and he has opened the chance for every one of us in our respective areas to give something to the national team", Boullosa told The Associated Press. "We know that in the past, soccer has been ruled in the belief that: 'since I was a player and that worked, it applies,' but that is not how we run things around here, every decision is based on science." Boullosa has worked for the national teams since 2010. She was part of the staff that won the Under-17 world title in Mexico in 2011, and also worked for the Olympic team that won the gold medal in 2012, but coach Miguel Herrera was not convinced and let her out of the Brazil 2014 World Cup. Osorio heard about Boullosa's work and brought her along to take care of the diet and nutrition of the squad. "Every player has specific needs, not just based on his position but also based on his physique and his performance in training and in games. It's not the same for someone who played 90 minutes, to someone who stayed on the bench, we take every variable into account to make sure every player gets what they need", said Boullosa. The nutritionist is also responsible to monitor the nutrition supplements for the players to avoid any chance of doping violations. She says everything was supervised by a laboratory in Germany before the World Cup. The team did not ingest any red meat from Mexico to avoid any chance of positive tests with clenbuterol, a banned substance that is widely used by Mexican ranchers as a growth-enhancer. In 2011, five players from Mexico's squad tested positive for clenbuterol, among them Guillermo Ochoa, the starting goalkeeper in this World Cup. The country's federation ruled the positive tests were caused by contaminated meat. More recently, Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez tested positive for the same forcing the postponement of his rematch with Gennady Golovkin. "We started consuming red meat since we arrived in Denmark", Boullosa said. "Players are carnivorous by nature and they are happy to get the red meat back on their diet, and in nutrition terms it was also important because it has great bioavailability and we had it banned while in Mexico". With red meat available, players can now eat all their favorites, and that includes tacos. "We brought a lot of food and we also brought a chef to make every dish as the player likes it, we are making corn tortillas that taste like glory", Boullosa added. "Players ask for their quesadillas and their tacos and that really helps psychologically, because you bring them closest to home". But there can't be a good Mexican taco without their ancestral partner: the hot sauce, an item that also crossed the ocean from Mexico. "We made a spicy chili-peanut sauce that is delicious, and we also have traditional salsas some of the super spicy and some mild ones", added Boullosa. "We also brought cans of beans and corn. We are super loaded.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 23rd, 2018Related News

Chechnya leader grants Salah honorary citizenship

By Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov granted honorary citizenship on Friday to striker Mohamed Salah at a banquet held to say goodbye to Egypt's World Cup squad. The players adopted the Russian region's capital, Grozny, as their base for the tournament. The Egyptian Football Association said the banquet was held at Kadyrov's presidential palace in Grozny. It is the third time in two weeks the Chechen leader, a keen sports fan, has shown his admiration for 26-year-old Liverpool striker Salah. Kadyrov attended Egypt's first practice session in Grozny on June 10. After watching for about 30 minutes, he drove to the squad's hotel where Salah, nursing a shoulder injury, was relaxing in his room. The Chechen leader asked Salah to accompany him back to the stadium, where the two posed for photos and greeted the 5,000 fans watching Egypt practice. According to the FA, the Chechen "leadership" sent a large cake to the team hotel on June 15 to mark Salah's 26th birthday. The squad are due to leave Grozny on Saturday for Volgograd, where they will play Saudi Arabia in their last group match on Monday. Both teams have already been eliminated from the World Cup......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 23rd, 2018Related News