Advertisements


Laguna sweeps weekend matches in NBL Season 2

Laguna swept its matches over the weekend in the National Basketball League (NBL) Season 2 at the San Leonardo Gym in Nueva Ecija. The Pistons beat the Nueva Ecija Rice Makers, 121-101, last Saturday before coming up with another lopsided win against the Zamboanga Valientes, 107-76, a day later to improve their record to 3-2. Shin Manacsa had 29 points in the Pistons’ win over the Rice Makers, and King Fadriquela contributed 15 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals in their win over the Valientes. In other games over the weekend, the Rice Makers bounced back from their loss to the Pistons by beating the Imus Bandila in overtime, 108-102, last Sunday to improve their mark to 2-2. Joffrey Tadeo had 22 points and 11 rebounds including two free throws that sent the game into overtime before finally taking control in the extra period. Arwin Margallo scored 16 points as the CamSur Express defeated the Bandila, 85-65, last Saturday for their third win in four games......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnApr 30th, 2019

Cavite, Nueva Ecija march forward into NBL Season 3 q finals

Cavite and Nueva Ecija advanced into the quarterfinals of the National Basketball League (NBL) Season 3 Black Arrow Express-President’s Cup after beating separate foes over the weekend. Riordan Jacob Galicia had 27 points, 17 rebounds, and two assists, while Hubert Cani converted 20 points as the Cavite Ballers beat the Laguna Pistons, 102-92, last Sunday at the General Trias Sports Center. Edgie Jejillos had 22 points, and Juancho Tolentino tallied 16 to lift the Nueva Ecija Besprens to an 82-81 win over the Quezon City Defenders last Saturday at the San Leonardo Gym. The Ballers will next phase Group B top-seed La Union Paower, while the Besprens will collide with Group A number one ranked Camsur Express in the quarterfinals slated after two weeks. La Union and Camsur own a twice-to-beat advantage in their series. Meanwhile, the Marikina Best Shoemakers and the Pasig El Pirata won in their knockout matches to advance into the playoffs. Ronald Roy had 23 points and 10 rebounds to give the Best Shoemakers their first win of the season after a 101-97 victory over the Lifenet Corp. Caloocan Executives, as Jaddie Antonio contributed 20 points and the El Pirata won over the Zamboanga Valientes, 86-77. Marikina will go up against the Parañaque Aces, while Pasig will clash with the Muntinlupa Emeralds for a spot in the quarterfinals. The Aces and the Emeralds will have a twice-to-beat advantage......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 9th, 2020

Scrubbed: March Madness leads long list of canceled sports

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer The world's sports schedule cratered at warp speed Thursday, with one of the biggest events on the U.S. calendar, the fun-filled and colorful college basketball tournament known as March Madness, becoming the first mega-event to be scrubbed due to fear of the spread of the coronavirus. Leaders at all levels of sports, including the NCAA, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, tennis and soccer, decided the risk of playing games with the threat of the virus hanging over them was too great despite the billions of dollars — to say nothing of the trophies, pride and once-in-a-lifetime experiences — hanging in the balance. By late in the afternoon of an extraordinary, headline-a-minute day across a pandemic-rattled globe, the NCAA, which regulates March Madness and virtually all major U.S. college sports, basically had no choice. With conferences and individual teams calling off their basketball seasons at breakneck pace, the NCAA followed suit. They scrapped all college winter and spring championships, the highlight of which is the men's basketball tournament — a three-week extravaganza that stands as the biggest event this side of the Super Bowl on the U.S. sports calendar. The cancellation leaves a massive hole in American sports — from campuses across the country, to a growing passel of sports-betting businesses that rely on college hoops money, to say nothing of the hearts of players who were poised to get their first, or last, or only chance to shine on the big stage. All of it was to be covered by CBS and its partners; about 80 percent of the NCAA's $1.05 billion annual budget is bankrolled by the money the networks pay to present the 68-team tournament over the air, on cable and online. “This is bigger than a sport or championship,” said Kansas University coach Bill Self, whose team would've been the likely favorite to win it all. Hours earlier, Kansas and Duke had each taken matters into their own hands, announcing they wouldn't be sending any of their teams to games, no matter the stakes. It wasn't even the most jaw-dropping moment of the morning. That came, fittingly, at one of the world's most renowned sports venues — Madison Square Garden — where at halftime of a Big East Conference tournament game, the PA announcer came on and said the tournament had been called. By then, every major conference, and virtually all of the minor ones, had done the same thing. They were prompted in part by the NCAA's decision a day earlier to hold all its tournament games — which had been scheduled to start next week in nine cities and close April 6 at a 71,000-seat stadium in Atlanta — in front of friends and family and limited “essential” personnel. Only 24 hours later, with the stock market tanking, mixed messages coming out of Washington and no promise of quick relief being offered by world health experts, it became even more clear that gatherings involving thousands of people were hard to justify. Also clear: The NCAA would have trouble assembling an equitable bracket for its tournament, given that most games designed to suss out the most-deserving teams and automatic qualifiers had already been scrubbed. “I’m not a researcher in immunology or infectious disease, but those who are engaged at the NCAA level provided some stark information yesterday,” said Greg Sankey, the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. The March Madness news meant it will be a world free of basketball for the foreseeable future. A day after the NBA put its season on temporary hiatus, a second member of the Utah Jazz — Donovan Mitchell — tested positive for the coronavirus. The league said its suspension would last for at least 30 days — possibly a conservative guess, as teams undertake the task of identifying any player or referee who has had recent contact with the Jazz, then putting them into isolation for the required two weeks. “What would kill the NBA season is if more players catch it,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in an interview on CNBC. He called the hiatus a matter of “us being vigilant, as all businesses should be. Businesses are going to have to be incredibly vigilant, and that's hard.” The NHL also suspended its season, though it did not report any positives for COVID-19. Major League Baseball scrapped spring training and postponed the start of its season, currently scheduled for March 26, for at least two weeks. Before the start of one of the biggest golf tournaments on the calendar, the PGA Tour announced that the last three rounds of The Players Championship, best known for the rowdy gatherings around the island green on the 17th hole, would be played without fans. The same goes for the three events that follow, all of which lead into the Masters, which was, for the time being, slated to go on as scheduled the week of April 6. The LPGA postponed three tournaments, beginning next week, including its first major of the season. Tennis will also be canceling events. The ATP called off men's tournaments for the next six weeks; the WTA said its tournament in South Carolina, set for April 6-12, would not be held as scheduled, with decisions about the rest of the season to come in the next week. NASCAR announced it would race the next two weekends, in Atlanta and Miami, without fans, and IndyCar made the same decision for its race this weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida. Horse races were going on in several states, though without fans in the stands — leaving the parimutuel wagers to be made online; organizers of the Kentucky Derby were moving forward with plans for the May 2 race. The NFL, never off the radar even in the depths of the offseason, announced a number of changes and cancellations on its schedule of meetings, fan fest and scouting trips — all related to coronavirus. The U.S.-based Major League Soccer said it would shut down for a target period of 30 days. Earlier in the day, soccer leagues and teams scrambled to make changes: —Belgium's soccer league backpedaled on an earlier decision, and decided to close stadiums to fans. —A Champions League game involving Real Madrid was postponed after the Spanish team puts its players in quarantine. —Dutch soccer authorities canceled all matches through the end of the month, including friendlies against the United States and Spain. —Also, a second player from Italy's top soccer division tested positive. All sports in that hard-hit country have been suspended through April 3. For once, there were no major announcements coming out of Tokyo, where conflicting messages about the status of this summer's Olympics have come out of the country, and the IOC, for weeks. Instead, the IOC went ahead with its ceremonial lighting of the Olympic flame, an event held in front of the ruined Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia. "We are strengthened ... by the many authorities and sports organizations around the world which are taking so many significant measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” IOC president Thomas Bach said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2020

UST vs. FEU, Ateneo vs. La Salle highlight UAAP 82 volleyball opening weekend

An explosive opening weekend is in store for fans in the UAAP Season 82 volleyball tournament. Clashing in the women’s curtain-raiser on February 15 are University of the East and University of the Philippines at 10:30 a.m. followed by the collision of last year’s runner-up University of Sto. Tomas and Far Eastern University at 3:30 p.m. at the MOA Arena.   On February 16, collegiate volleyball will hit fever pitch when defending champion Ateneo de Manila University cross paths with archrival De La Salle University at 3:30 p.m. while Adamson University and National University will clash at 10:30 a.m. Each playdate will follow an alternating division schedule instead of the previous set where men’s games are played in the morning followed by double-header afternoon matches in the women’s side. In the first round same teams will play in the men’s and women’s action per playdate in the first round. All games will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream.      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2020

Nadal secures Spain s victory at ATP Cup; Croatia, Japan win

By John Pye, Associated Press BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Weeks after leading Spain to a Davis Cup title, Rafael Nadal is doing his best to do it again at the the ATP Cup, the newest of the men's international team competitions. The top-ranked Nadal beat Pablo Cuevas 6-2, 6-1 in Perth on Monday to secure Spain's win in the best-of-three encounter against Uruguay ahead of the doubles. Spain now has two wins from two starts in Group B and next faces unbeaten Japan to determine first place and automatic qualification for the playoffs in Sydney. Roberto Bautista Agut was equally ruthless in getting Spain started when he beat unranked 19-year-old Franco Roncadelli 6-1, 6-2. Nadal won his fourth title in the Davis Cup, the traditional men's team competition, in November. He said he thrives in the team environment. The six group winners and the two best second-place teams qualify for the quarterfinals. Second-ranked Novak Djokovic gave Serbia a shot at a second victory when he extended his tour-level unbeaten streak against Gael Monfils to 16 wins with a 6-3, 6-2 victory in Brisbane. Benoit Paire had given France the lead with a 6-2, 5-7 (6), 6-4 win in his singles against Dusan Lajovic. The Group A match will now be decided by doubles. In Sydney, Austria clinched victory over Argentina with wins in both singles matches. Fourth-ranked Dominic Thiem beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 7-6 (3) after Dennis Novak rallied from a slow start to beat Guido Pella 0-6, 6-4, 6-4. Both countries are 1-1 in the Group E standings, which are led by unbeaten Croatia. Novak, ranked No. 101, said a few pointers from Austria captain Thomas Muster helped calm him down after the first set. "After the first set I went to a break with Thomas, and I came out and changed a little bit my game and fought back," Novak said. “I think at the end I played really good tennis." Former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic had too much experience for No. 448-ranked Kacper Zuk, setting up Croatia's victory over Poland with a 7-6 (8), 6-4 win. Cilic, who has a career-high ranking of No. 3 but slipped to 38 after an injury-shortened 2019 season, was only able to convert one of his 13 break-point chances against Zuk, who was making his tour-level debut. Hubert Hurkacz beat Borna Coric 6-2, 6-2 to split the singles results, but Croatia pair Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic clinched the encounter with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the doubles over Hurkacz and Lukasz Kubot. "If I have to pick some things that I need to do better, it's just converting break points. I had a lot of them," Cilic said. “Otherwise, I felt that the level was quite good.” Two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson led South Africa to victory over Chile in Group A in Brisbane, keeping his team in contention for the playoffs despite an opening loss to Serbia, and Japan clinched its second straight win with victory in both singles matches against Georgia in Perth. Anderson, who is coming off a six-month injury layoff and pushed Djokovic in two tight sets over the weekend, outclassed Cristian Garin 6-0, 6-3 after Lloyd Harris beat Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 6-4. The South African doubles combination made it a 3-0 sweep. Anderson said the goal was now to win the last round of the group stage to have a chance of reaching the quarterfinals, which start Thursday in Sydney. “We had to get a win today, so we were able to do that,” Anderson said. "Some of it is out of our hands as well, already having, well, taking the loss against Serbia. “We'll bring back our full intensity for our match against France.” Japan followed up its 3-0 sweep against Uruguay with its win over Georgia. Go Soeda beat Aleksandre Metreveli 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and Yoshihito Nishioka upset No. 26-ranked Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2, 6-3. Georgia won the doubles to make the final result 2-1......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2020

Injuries pile up as EPL managers vent at festive workload

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press It's tough to know who had the bigger workload during a Premier League festive period perhaps like no other - the players or the clubs’ medical departments. Newcastle manager Steve Bruce lost four of his players to injury - and was forced to keep on the field a player, American DeAndre Yedlin, with a suspected broken hand - in a 20-minute spell around halftime during a game against Leicester on Wednesday. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe fielded already-injured players in his team’s loss at Brighton days earlier, while Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson acknowledged starting star player Wilfried Zaha against Norwich despite knowing he was carrying a problem. Across a period where some teams were forced to play four games in an 11-day span, a website that compiles injuries in English soccer’s top flight - Premier Injuries - has calculated that there were 53 reported injuries sustained by players. “Like all things in life, it’s about quality over quantity,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has been one of the most vocal critics about the workload asked of a modern-day player. “If you have a good friend and you see him twice a year, it’s brilliant, the best time of your life. If you see him every day, you’ll think after five days, ‘What the heck?’” Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, the owner of one of the best and deepest squads in world soccer, also spoke out Friday about the crammed nature of the festive period in England. “Like I’ve said before, nobody cares,” Guardiola said, referring to soccer’s authorities. “And next season there will be more than 50 injuries in this period again.” While most leagues in Europe take a break over Christmas and New Year, the Premier League plows on regardless, continuing a tradition in England that saw - at its most extreme - top-flight teams playing on both Christmas Day and Dec. 26 until the late 1950s. It’s a dream for soccer-mad TV viewers - in England and around the world - less so for Premier League managers who are left to pick up the pieces as their squads are left in tatters at the heavy workload that often impacts on the quality of the games. “The boys last night ran 13 kilometers (8 miles),” Klopp said, the day after his team beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Anfield on Thursday to restore its 13-point lead. “I can’t tell them, ‘Come on, try to run only 11 km so you’ll be ready for the next game.’ It doesn’t work like this. “It’s more, it’s quicker, it’s more physical, it’s more demanding in more departments. But the schedule is the schedule. That’s the truth.” Klopp called on all parties - football authorities, broadcasters, managers - to come together and discuss a solution, though he is not holding his breath. “Try to think at one time in all these negotiations about the players,” he said. “Without the money, it doesn’t work. But without the players, it doesn’t work, as well.” Wolverhampton and Manchester City played two games in less than a 48-hour period (on Dec. 27 and Dec. 29). City, especially, has the capacity to rotate its lineup to keep players slightly fresher but there was no such luxury for the likes of Palace, Newcastle and Bournemouth, who already had a long lost of injuries to players. “We have 10 out of 22 outfield players injured. It's horrendous,” said Bruce, who added that he had never seen such an extreme situation in 40 years in professional football. Hodgson said his players had done “extremely well during this period to actually get on the field and play.” “Do you say we need to play what we think is near to our best team, and we put players on the field and risk that they are going to pick up an injury, or do we say we can't afford to risk it with all the games we have coming up?” said the 72-year-old former England manager. "It is a dilemma and I am still waiting for some bolt from the blue which will tell me what I need to do to solve the dilemma - but it hasn't happened yet." FIFPro, an organization that represents more than 65,000 professional players, made a series of recommendations in a report - called “At The Limit” - it published last year. file:///C:/Users/sdouglas/Downloads/at-the-limit.pdf They include introducing mandatory periods of rest, of four weeks in the offseason and two weeks midseason, and limiting the amount of times per season when players have back-to-back competitive games with less than five days of recovery time in between. FIFPro also wants soccer authorities to consider imposing an annual cap on matches for each player “to protect his health and performance.” For the first time in English soccer, the top flight will have a midseason break this season. It will see one round of Premier League games played across two weekends - five games on one, five on the other - in February to give clubs a two-week break. The then-chief executive of the Football Association, Martin Glenn, said when the new schedule was announced last year that it would keep the “much-loved Christmas schedule in place” and prove to be a “valuable addition for our players” who will be going into end-of-season international tournaments. Try telling that to England captain Harry Kane, who came off after tearing his left hamstring muscle while playing for Tottenham against Southampton on Wednesday, or Tom Heaton, an England goalkeeper who is out for the rest of the season with knee-ligament damage sustained while playing for Aston Villa the same day. Expect managers to roll out largely reserve teams as the English soccer calendar continues this weekend with the third round of the FA Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2020

Lukaku scores 2 as Inter beats Genoa 4-0 to share lead

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press Romelu Lukaku scored two goals and set up another as Inter Milan beat relegation-threatened Genoa 4-0 on Saturday to move level on points with Juventus at the top of the Serie A table heading into the winter break. Lukaku could have had a hat trick but allowed teenage forward Sebastiano Esposito to take a second-half penalty. The 17-year-old Esposito converted for his first goal on his first Serie A start. Esposito was in tears after the match, when he immediately went up to hug his mother. “It’s been a fantastic week, I can't lie, I didn’t sleep a lot thinking about how this game would go,” Esposito said. "I’d like to thank the team, the coach, the club and Romelu, especially for the goal ... He told me to be sure of myself when I stepped up to strike the ball and to score. “They’re all great people before they’re professionals. I found myself in sync with Romelu right away, he’s a fantastic person who’s always looking to help me, he reassured me a lot by saying that everything would go alright and I’m so happy to have scored." Esposito became Inter's second youngest goalscorer after Mario Corso. He stepped up to the senior ranks this season and had an impressive Champions League debut in October, despite having only previously played 17 minutes for Inter’s first team. “He was practically a child when he arrived at the training camp this summer, but he’s grown massively in the last few months and I had said that at some unexpected point I’d be counting on him in times of need,” Inter coach Antonio Conte said. "He had a big chance today and he certainly made the most of it. He’s got a great future ahead of him, both his family and myself will help him, and if he continues like this then he’ll only improve.” Inter needed the win to spend the festive period joint top of the table after Juventus won at Sampdoria midweek. However, Inter was on a three-match winless streak that had seen it slip to second and crash out of the Champions League, and Lukaku’s strike partner, Lautaro Martínez, was suspended. Genoa was second from bottom and had lost its previous six matches at Inter, scoring just once. Inter broke the deadlock with two goals in quick succession. Lukaku headed in Antonio Candreva’s cross in the 31st minute and turned provider two minutes later for Roberto Gagliardini’s deflected strike. Lukaku could have doubled his tally shortly after the hour mark when Inter was awarded a penalty for Kevin Agudelo’s foul on Gagliardini. But the Belgium forward gave the ball to Esposito, who celebrated wildly after converting. Lukaku did get a second in the 71st, taking his tally to 12 in Serie A since his move from Manchester United in the offseason. SURPRISE LOSS Cagliari’s Champions League bid took a hit as it lost 2-1 at struggling Udinese. Cagliari remains fifth but is six points below Roma and the final qualifying position for Europe’s premier club competition. Udinese moved five points above the relegation zone ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures. The home side led from the 39th as Rodrigo De Paul curled in a magnificent opener. Cagliari thought it had secured a point when Joao Pedro leveled with six minutes remaining but Seko Fofana restored Udinese’s lead less than a minute later. Fabio Pisacane was sent off in injury time for a second yellow card to add to Cagliari’s misery. OFF THE BOTTOM Spal picked up its first victory since the beginning of October as it came from behind to win 2-1 at Torino and move off the bottom of the table. Gabriel Strefezza and Andrea Petagna scored to end Spal's nine-match winless run. Tomas Rincon had given Torino the lead in the fourth minute but the home side had to play 35 minutes with 10 men after defender Bremer was sent off following a second yellow card, with the score at 1-1. Spal moved a point above Genoa and three points from safety......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2019

Mourinho loses in Old Trafford return; Liverpool wins derby

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press Jose Mourinho was standing on the edge of his technical area near the halfway line when Manchester United midfielder Daniel James came sliding off the field and clattered head-first into the right knee of the Portuguese coach. Mourinho just about stayed on his feet but grimaced as he clutched his knee before hobbling away. It was a rough return to Old Trafford for the former United manager on Wednesday. Two weeks into his time at Tottenham and Mourinho has finally lost a game — and it just had to be against the club that fired him a year ago. United won 2-1 to end Tottenham’s run of three wins since the arrival of Mourinho, with Marcus Rashford scoring both of the home team’s goals and celebrating them maybe with a little dig at his old manager. “Doubters just spur me on,” Rashford wrote on Twitter after the match, potentially a reference to Mourinho who, in one standout incident during his time at United, turned his back to Rashford and folded his arms in disgust after the striker missed an easy chance in a Champions League match against Young Boys in November last year. Less than a month later, Mourinho was fired. Tottenham, which slipped to eighth place and behind United in the standings, has now conceded two goals in each of the four games Mourinho has been in charge — a statistic that must concern a coach who usually sets his teams up to defend resolutely. If Tottenham can't stop allowing goals, Liverpool can't stop scoring them. The unbeaten leaders netted four goals in the first half and added a fifth late on in a 5-2 thrashing of Everton in the Merseyside derby to stay eight points clear of Leicester, which beat last-place Watford 2-0. Liverpool scored five in a league game against Everton at home for the first time since 1965, despite leaving out two of the team’s formidable attacking trio — Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino — as well as captain Jordan Henderson. Everton couldn’t take advantage and slipped into the relegation zone on another dark day for its under-pressure manager Marco Silva, who might not stay in the job after this latest loss given the manner of his team’s defending at Anfield. There were also wins for Chelsea and Wolves — the teams in fourth and fifth place, respectively — while Southampton beat Norwich in a match between relegation contenders. KLOPP'S ROTATION Jürgen Klopp claimed his 100th Premier League win in style on a night his decision to rotate his team was utterly vindicated. The first three goals were scored by Divock Origi (2) and Xherdan Shaqiri, the players who replaced Firmino and Salah in the starting lineup. Sadio Mane added the fourth just before halftime and Georginio Wijnaldum scored the fifth in the 90th minute to pile more pressure on Silva, whose Everton team has lost nine of its 15 league games. “The type of mistakes we are making is because the players are playing under big pressure because of the position in the table,” Silva said. “They are making some mistakes that are not normal for the level we are.” VARDY'S STREAK Leicester striker Jamie Vardy scored for the seventh straight game in the Premier League and is closing in on his record of netting in 11 in a row, set in the team's improbable title-winning season in 2015-16. He set Leicester on its way against Watford by converting a 55th-minute penalty before James Maddison added the second goal in injury time. With a club record-tying seventh straight league win, Leicester climbed back in front of Manchester City, which briefly moved into second with a 4-1 win at Burnley on Tuesday. ABRAHAM' SCORING RETURN Tammy Abraham scored one goal and set up another for Chelsea in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa on his return to the team after a hip injury. Without Abraham, Chelsea surprisingly lost 1-0 to home to West Ham at the weekend but it looked a more dangerous team with the England striker. Having headed Chelsea in front with his 11th goal of the season, Abraham laid the ball off for Mason Mount to power home a finish high into the net from the edge of the area to give the hosts the lead again after Villa equalized through Trezeguet. Chelsea is fourth, three points behind Man City. WINS FOR WOLVES, SOUTHAMPTON Wolverhampton Wanderers consolidated fifth place and extended its unbeaten run in the Premier League to 10 matches with a 2-0 win over West Ham, whose manager Manuel Pellegrini is back under pressure for his job. Leander Dendoncker and Patrick Cutrone were the scorers for Wolves. Southampton moved out of the relegation zone by beating next-to-last Norwich 2-1. Danny Ings gave Southampton the lead with his eighth goal of the season and Ryan Bertrand also scored before Teemu Pukki's second-half reply for Norwich......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

UAAP 82: UST, FEU clinch semis twice-to-beat advantage

Back-to-back title seeking University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University secured the twice-to-beat incentives in the men's Final Four after topping their respective opponents Sunday in the UAAP Season 82 beach volleyball tournament at Sands SM By The Bay. Jaron Requinton and Rancel Varga of the Tiger Spikers prevailed over De La Salle's Vince Maglinao and Ian Jumandos, 21-9, 21-12, while Jude Garcia and Kevin Hadlocon of the Tamaraws bested UE's Jake Abria and Lloyd Josafat, 21-12, 21-13. Undefeated in six matches, UST and FEU clash in a rematch of last year's Finals at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The winner will claim the No. 1 ranking in the semifinals, while the loser will settle for No. 2. “Mas pukpok po yung training namin kasi yun nga po, defending champion po kami kaya hindi easy-easy,” said Requinton. Unlike in the previous seasons, the team that sweeps the seven-match elims will not gain an outright passage to the title round. NU and Adamson University, meanwhile, claimed the remaining two semis slots after posting straight-set wins. James Natividad and James Buytrago powered the Bulldogs to their third straight win and the fourth overall in six matches while eliminating University of the Philippines' Niccolo Consuelo and Louis Gamban in the process with a 21-16, 21-12 decision. The Falcons' Leo Miranda and Jesus Valdez also improved to 4-2 following a 21-12, 21-19 conquest Ateneo's Abai Llenos and Kurt Aguilar. The Fighting Maroons fell to their third successive defeat and the fourth overall in six matches. The Green Spikers and the Red Warriors dropped to 1-5, while the Blue Eagles go down at 0-6......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2019

Real Madrid stays top after 0-0 derby draw with Atlético

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid stayed top of the Spanish league after a 0-0 draw with derby rival Atlético Madrid on Saturday. The lackluster encounter at Atlético's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium benefited two-time champion Barcelona, which won 2-0 at Getafe to move within two points of the leader. Real Madrid stayed one point ahead of Atlético and promoted Granada, which defeated Leganés 1-0 for its fourth win in seven matches. Real Sociedad can take the lead on Sunday if it defeats eighth-place Sevilla. There were few chances in the Madrid derby. Atlético's best opportunity came less than 10 minutes into the match when teenage forward João Félix went close following a counterattack. Goalkeeper Jan Oblak came to the rescue for the home side with a reflex save denying Karim Benzema's 75th-minute header. The result extended Atlético's four-year winless streak at home against Real in the league. Atlético has won only one of its last 19 home games against Real in the league, with the sole victory coming in February 2015. Real's 3-1 victory at the Wanda last season was Atlético's only defeat in its last 24 home games in the league. It was the first match between the rivals since Atlético stunned Real 7-3 in a friendly in the United States in July. TER STEGEN ASSIST Barcelona overcame the absence of the injured Lionel Messi to beat Getafe, with Luis Suárez scoring off a long pass from goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen. Junior Firpo also netted for Barcelona, which had defender Clement Lenglet sent off for a bad foul on 82 minutes. Ter Stegen set up Suárez's opening goal in the 41st after leaving his area to stop a breakaway. He controlled the ball with his chest before sending it up field to leave Suárez in a one-on-one situation against Getafe goalkeeper David Soria. The Uruguay striker then calmly lobbed Soria for his third goal of the season. "Let's not fool ourselves, I saw him, but not that clearly," Ter Stegen said with a smile. "It was perfect timing and Luis took advantage of it. It was a wonderful goal." Firpo scored his first goal for Barcelona from close range in the 49th after being set up by Carles Pérez, Messi's replacement up front. It was the first away win for Barcelona, and its first league game without conceding. "It you want to win the league you need to win these difficult away matches," coach Ernesto Valverde said. Messi was out again after injuring his left abductor muscle in the first half of Barcelona's 2-1 win against Villarreal on Tuesday, his first start of the season following a long layoff because of a right calf injury sustained in pre-season. Valverde was also without Ousmane Dembele because of a muscle problem. Getafe, which dropped to 11th, had been unbeaten since a loss at Atlético in its league opener. ATHLETIC FALLS Valencia ended Athletic Bilbao's unbeaten streak with a 1-0 away victory. Denís Cheryshev scored for Valencia, which ended a three-game winless streak. Athletic and Real Madrid were the only unbeaten teams going into the weekend. Athletic hadn't lost at home in 14 consecutive matches. Valencia had conceded nine goals in its previous three league games. "I liked how the players responded," Valencia coach Albert Celades said. "We were coming off a sequence of very difficult matches. They put in a great effort.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2019

Hazard seeks 1st goal for Madrid in derby vs. Atlético

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Eden Hazard is hoping to score his first goal since joining Real Madrid when it visits Atlético Madrid in the Spanish capital derby on Saturday. After the "clásico" between Barcelona and Madrid, the derby is the most highly anticipated league game in Spain. And with Madrid leading La Liga by one point ahead of Atlético, the winner will put itself in early command of the title race. "You know what the vibes are like in these games, the passion, the rivalry between the fans, especially when you've got two teams from the same city, like Real Madrid and Atlético," Hazard said. "I want to score and win in the derby. Your mentality, in a derby that's key and what's even more important is your desire. When you're a football player, you know what derbies are like. You know what you have to do, you just have to win. You don't need your teammates to tell you that." Hazard joined Madrid in June on a club-record transfer of around 100 million euros ($113 million) plus add-ons. He has been considered by fans as a late replacement for star Cristiano Ronaldo, who left over a year ago. The Belgium midfielder has only made three appearances so far for Madrid due to an injury in the preseason. He was on the pitch for most of the humbling 3-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, then helped the team earn a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Sevilla last weekend when his performance stood out more for his defensive work rate than his attacking flair. He did not play in a 2-0 win over Osasuna in midweek as he was rested ahead of the Atlético match. Hazard will likely join Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale to lead Zinedine Zidane's attack. The match at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium will bring Hazard face to face with former Chelsea teammate Diego Costa. Costa scored 20 times for Chelsea both in the 2014-15 and 2016-17 season, when he teamed up with Hazard to guide their side to a pair of English Premier League crowns. But Costa has scored just six goals in the Spanish league since returning to Atlético from Chelsea in the middle of the 2017-18 season. He finally got his first of this season on Wednesday, when he scored in a 2-0 win at Mallorca. "Diego Costa is the opposing player I want to come up against because he's my friend and we played together," Hazard said. With Álvaro Morata suspended, coach Diego Simeone will have no choice but to go with Costa to spearhead his attack alongside the 19-year-old João Félix. Costa scored four goals in a friendly against Madrid this preseason in New Jersey that Atletico won 7-3, but Simeone said that he expects Saturday's match to be a totally different contest. "Bale has taken a step forward, Benzema is playing at his best, and Hazard has incredible skills," Simeone said. "We have to take the game to our territory where we think we can do them damage. These are matches that are very competitive, ones that are decided in key moments and by details that swing the result one way or the other." Madrid leads the league with 14 points from six games. Atlético is one point behind in third place, trailing a surprisingly good Real Sociedad on goal difference. Defending champion Barcelona, which faces a trip to Getafe earlier on Saturday most likely without the injured Lionel Messi, is four points off the pace in sixth place......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2019

B-day boy Balanza leads Letran win; San Beda sweeps 1st round

      MANILA, Philippines – Letran Knights captain Jerrick Balanza made sure that his birthday would end in celebration heading to the weekend. The now 23-year-old swingman erupted for 26 points in his team’s 88-64 drubbing of the St Benilde Blazers in the NCAA Season 95 at the Cuneta Astrodome ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

Big wins for Liverpool, City; more woe for United, Chelsea

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press A fourth straight win for Liverpool. Another big victory for Manchester City. More disappointment for Manchester United and Chelsea. Oh, and the usual dose of VAR controversy. Just a typical afternoon in this season's Premier League. By beating Burnley 3-0 on Saturday, Liverpool achieved a club-record 13th straight league victory and stayed in first place on a maximum 12 points heading into the two-week break for internationals. No other team in England's four professional leagues has won all its games since the start of the season. City is hot on Liverpool's heels in second place, already seemingly reprising the northwest clubs' duel for the title last season. It is now 14 goals this season for the defending champions after a 4-0 home win over Brighton that included a double from Sergio Aguero, who is the top scorer in the league with six goals. City's win was marred by a first-half injury to arguably the team's best defender, Aymeric Laporte, which according to manager Pep Guardiola could keep the center back out for "a while." Meanwhile, pre-season predictions that this will be a transitional year for United and Chelsea under inexperienced coaches are proving to be true, with the two teams already seven points off Liverpool before September with just one win apiece so far. Both squandered leads Saturday, United failing to build on Daniel James' early goal — his third of the season following his offseason arrival from second-tier Swansea — and drawing 1-1 at Southampton. Chelsea will be even more unhappy, surrendering a two-goal lead at home to promoted team Sheffield United and drawing 2-2. Every weekend has featured some sort of contentious issues with VAR, which is being used for the first time in the Premier League this season, and the latest dispute was at Crystal Palace's 1-0 win over Aston Villa. Villa thought it had scored an equalizer in the seventh minute of stoppage time through Henri Lansbury, only for the goal to be ruled out because teammate Jack Grealish was adjudged to have dived in the build-up. Villa's players were furious and it looked a tight call, with the video assistant referee choosing not to overturn the on-field decision of the referee. EASY FOR LIVERPOOL A touch of fortune and a defensive error helped Liverpool ease to a 13th straight win. Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross from the right glanced off the back of Burnley striker Chris Wood and span high and beyond the reach of goalkeeper Nick Pope into the far corner of the net in the 33rd. Four minutes later, Burnley defender Ben Mee passed the ball straight to Roberto Firmino in midfield and the Brazil forward played in Sadio Mane, who slotted home his finish. Firmino added the third in the 80th from a counter-attack. LAPORTE BLOW Man City's third victory in four matches might have come at a huge cost with the right knee injury to Laporte. The French defender, who was called up by his national team on Friday for just the second time, punched the ground as soon as he made contact with Adam Webster as the Brighton center back charged down the right wing. Laporte held his hands behind his head and shook his head as he was carried off. "It doesn't look good," Guardiola said. "I'm waiting for the doctor to call me. He (Laporte) might be out for a while." Any lengthy absence for Laporte would be a major blow to City, which released long-serving captain Vincent Kompany in the offseason and has John Stones currently out injured. Fernandinho, a center midfielder, filled in as a center back off the bench against Brighton. Kevin De Bruyne and substitute Bernardo Silva were the other scorers for City. POGBA INJURY The sight of Paul Pogba hobbling away from St. Mary's stadium was a further blow to United after its poor display against Southampton. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Pogba "got a bad knock on his ankle" but expected the midfielder to still turn up for international duty with France next week. James' goal was canceled out by Jannik Vestergaard's header in the 58th minute. Kevin Danso was handed a second yellow card for a crude, high challenge on Scott McTominay, reducing Southampton to 10 men in the 73rd, but United couldn't capitalize. ABRAHAM'S DOUBLE DOUBLE Tammy Abraham has now scored two goals in consecutive games for Chelsea, cementing his place as the team's first-choice striker His first-half double — after his brace against Norwich last weekend — was not enough to see off Sheffield United, which reduced the deficit through Callum Robinson less than a minute after the restart before Kurt Zouma's own-goal in the 87th minute. OTHER RESULTS Jamie Vardy scored twice in Leicester's 3-1 win over Bournemouth, West Ham beat Norwich 2-0 through goals by Sebastian Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko, while Watford collected its first point of the season by drawing 1-1 at Newcastle......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers brace for tough grind this week

Defending champion Creamline faces a very challenging grind this week as the Cool Smashers take on two powerhouse squads in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Cool Smashers are still undefeated after three games with all of their victories coming off straight sets. Behind a star-studded lineup bannered by three-time Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez, Creamline keeps a tight hold of the solo lead but the Cool Smashers will put that on the line in a pair of acid tests. First up for the Cool Smashers is BanKo on Wednesday in the 6:00 p.m. encounter that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Perlas Spikers are at second spot with a 2-1 win-loss slate and are fresh off a rebound win over Air Force on Saturday. Up next for Creamline is the much-awaited rematch against PetroGazz. The two squads met in the Reinforced Conference Finals series that went the full distance with the Angels booting the Cool Smashers off the throne. The game is slated at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Meanwhile, ChocoMucho and PacificTown Army clash on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with both teams looking for a follow up to their respective opening day victories. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Flying Titans will then face listless Chef’s Classics on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. before the PetroGazz-Creamline showdown. In the Collegiate Conference, opening day winners Adamson University, University of Perpetual Help, and Ateneo De Manila University in Group A and Group B’s University of Sto. Tomas, Arellano University and College of St. Benilde try to keep their momentum going this coming weekend. On Saturday, Arellano takes on Lyceum of the Philippines at 8:00 a.m., followed by Ateneo’s clash with San Sebastian College at 10:00 a.m. while Adamson collides with Perpetual at 12:00 noon. Opening the Sunday playdate is the Letran-San Beda match at 8:00 a.m. followed by CSB-UST showdown at 10:00 a.m. and the FEU-TIP pairing at 12:00 noon. All 12:00 noon matches will air via iWAnt and livestream. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

Still no Neymar as PSG loses 2-1 at Rennes in French league

PARIS (AP) — Still missing Brazil forward Neymar, defending champion Paris Saint-Germain lost 2-1 at Rennes in the French league on Sunday. PSG, which beat Nimes 3-0 last weekend in the first round, went ahead in the 36th minute when Edison Cavani took advantage of a poor back pass by Rennes defender Damien Da Silva. M'Baye Niang leveled with a stunning effort shortly before the interval and Romain Del Castillo was left unmarked to head in what turned out to be the winner early in the second half. Neymar, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona, also missed the Nimes game with PSG coach Thomas Tuchel saying the Brazilian was not fit to play. Neymar became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Barcelona to PSG for 222 million euros (about $250 million) in 2017. But his two seasons with the French champions have been disappointing compared to the club's huge expectations. Rennes beat Montpellier 1-0 in its opening match of the season. OTHER MATCHES Saint-Etienne came from behind to draw 1-1 at home to newly promoted Brest. New signing Denis Bouanga leveled seven minutes from time, firing home the rebound after his initial shot had been blocked by Brest defender Romain Perraud. Bouanga, who was signed from Nimes last month, almost snatched the winner but the Gabon winger headed narrowly over the bar in stoppage time. Julien Faussurier had given Brest the lead on the stroke of halftime. It was a second successive draw for the visitors, who also hit the post in the first period. Strasbourg drew 0-0 at Reims......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

LOOK: PVL Season 3 Collegiate Conference schedule

Twelve teams battle it out for the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference starting August 17. A new champion will emerge in the scheduled weekend matches of the country’s top collegiate teams after title-holder University of the Philippines opted to skip the competition this year. Reigning UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University will return after sitting out last season’s tournament while NCAA three-peat titlist Arellano is also in the fray. The 12 teams are divided into two groups where the top two teams in each bracket will advance in the best-of-three semifinals. The championship round is also a best-of-three affair. Games will air on iWant and via livestream. Here’s the tournament schedule:    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 12th, 2019

Streaking Paranaque ends NBL Season 2 eliminations on a high

Paranaque beat Iriga City, 92-89, to finish the eliminations with a five-game winning streak in the National Basketball League (NBL) Season 2 last Saturday at San Dionisio Gym in Parañaque. Albert Almaden saved the Aces from a collapse, scoring four of the game’s last eight points including the go-ahead putback with 39.9 seconds left that gave his team a 90-89 lead. After leading by as many as 13 points, the Aces trailed, 84-89, but Almaden scored a jumper to cut the deficit to three. Jess Quilatan was unable to complete a three-point play on the next possession, but Almaden picked up the miss and converted the short jumper. JR Galit, who topscored for Parañaque with 21 points, scored two free throws to increase the lead of the Aces to three with 12 seconds left, and the game ended with Eric Bernales missing a three-point attempt for the Oragons. With the win, the Aces extended their winning run and ended their elimination round campaign with an 11-3 card. In other matches, Ardy Dizon had 17 points as the Pampanga Delta won their third straight game after beating the CamSur Express, 102-86, to improve their card to 9-2. Richmond Gilbero scored 12 points to lead the Taguig Generals to a 73-66 win over the Zamboanga Valientes to notch their 10th win in 13 games. In Sunday’s matches, Shin Manacsa had 32 points as the Laguna Pistons notched their ninth win in 13 games with a 107-105 win over the Quezon City Rising Stars. Cliford Castro had 29 points to lift the Dasmariñas Ballers to an 89-82 win over the Zamboanga Valientes to go 8-4 after the match, tying Imus and Zambales at fifth place in the standings......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2019

Taguig seizes solo second in NBL

Rickson Gerero had 20 points as the Taguig Generals defeated the CamSur Express in overtime, 97-92, to take second place in the team standings of the National Basketball League (NBL) Season 2 last Sunday at the Imus Sports Complex. Gerero’s play lifted the Generals to their second straight win to grab a 5-2 win-loss record, half game behind first placer Iriga City Oragons (5-1). In other matches, Dale Gutierrez scored 22 points including the game-winner to lift the Imus Bandila to a 110-108 victory over the Pampanga Delta. Gutierrez hit a corner jumper with 3.1 seconds in an exciting finish to the game to lead the Bandila to their sixth win in nine outings. The Bandila are now in a share of third place in the team standings with the Parañaque Aces, who pulled off a 107-57 win over the One Cainta Titan. JR Olegario had 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals for the Aces to improve their card to 5-3. Clifford Castro scored 25 points and dished out seven assists, and Mark Sornet hit four free throws in the final moments of the game in leading the Dasmariñas Ballers Club to an 84-81 win over the Zambales Converge Fiber X-Men. Shin Manacsa had 25 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists, and the Laguna Pistons outplayed the Pasig Rios, 126-61, to up their mark to 5-3......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Whirl’d Cup 2019 draws 27 teams, 550 players

MANILA, Philippines —While summer calls to mind a long, relaxing vacation, most Filipinos see the season as a great time to make plans with their friends or even a good time to get active and enjoy the outdoors. For Jamba Juice, summer is not just a good time to start enjoying a healthful and active routine, but to also blend this passion with finding and bonding with a community. To encourage more Filipinos to embrace and enjoy a healthful lifestyle, Jamba Juice hosted the second edition of Whirl’d Cup, a two-day mixed (read: co-ed) Ultimate Frisbee tournament organized with JMJ Sports Training Services, in partnership with the Philippine Flying Disc Association. Whirl’d Cup 2019 happened last May 11-12, 2019, at the Ayala Alabang Country Club. Over 550 players and 27 teams participated in the tournament, which was open to first-timers, regulars, and veteran players, with no age limits or other requirements. Aside from the matches, Ultimate regulars and newer players alike also tested their athletic prowess and worked up a sweat at the Whirl’d Cup Skills Challenge Games. “At Jamba, we believe in blending goodness into every moment. In our stores, we use real whole fruits blended with our juices to create our smoothies, juices, and bowls—whether the combination is unusual or expected—the experience and taste is still great,” shared Jamba Juice Marketing Manager Steph Elumba. “When we looked at Ultimate Frisbee, we saw how the community blended each individual player into one big family. From ages 15 to 50, men and women blended together for a weekend of Ultimate fun and Jamba Juice smoothies.” The Whirl’d Cup also served as a great introduction to Ultimate, a fast-paced, no-contact sport requiring only a disc and a well-lit space to play. The sport has rapidly grown since it was first introduced in the Philippines in the early 2000s, making the local Ultimate community one of the fastest-growing in Asia.   “For us, Ultimate is the sport that best encapsulates our values and our vision for how anyone can live a Better Blended life,” added Elumba. “Ultimate is a great way to blend people of different ages, sexes, professions, and backgrounds in one space, as the sport’s inclusive nature makes it easier for people who share a passion for sports, fitness, and good food and drink to come together.” Beyond introducing more Filipinos to Ultimate, Jamba Juice also provided players with an opportunity to support the sport’s growing community. A portion of the sales from the Jamba Juice food truck, the Fender Blender, will support Pilipinas Ultimate, the national Ultimate team, as they take part in tournaments in Japan and China. “Just as it’s important to nourish our bodies with delicious and nutritious food, we believe that it is important for more Filipinos to enjoy a more inclusive experience of sports. A better you starts with better food (in this case, our smoothies), and when you can tap into the better you, you can help create a better world,” said Elumba. “We hope that more people will be inspired by the Whirl’d Cup, start creating their vision of a healthful life, and get blended into Ultimate’s exciting and fun scene.” To catch up on the highlights of the Whirl’d Cup, check out facebook.com/jambajuiceph/.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019

Mentality of giants : Self-belief fueling Klopp s Liverpool

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Like the rest of the soccer world, Juergen Klopp had his doubts. Given the scenario — the big first-leg deficit, the presence of Lionel Messi on the other side, injuries to important players — the Liverpool manager just wasn't sure, deep down, that his team could come back from 3-0 down to beat Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals. So he laid down a challenge. "I said to the boys before the game, 'I don't think it's possible, but because it's you I think we have a chance. Because you have the mentality of giants,'" Klopp said, recalling some of his final words before kickoff on arguably the greatest night of soccer in Anfield history. That Liverpool managed to pull off the most unlikely of 4-0 victories in the second leg is a testament not only to the quality of the team Klopp has put together but also the belief he has instilled in a group of players who don't know when they are beaten. They've shown it all season. The late goals — however bizarrely they have come — in wins over Everton, Tottenham and, most recently, Newcastle have kept Liverpool in the Premier League title race with Manchester City to the final weekend. The backs-to-the-wall 1-0 win over Napoli in the final group game in the Champions League, which sent the Reds through courtesy of the head-to-head tiebreaker of goals scored. The mental fortitude to rebound from losing to Real Madrid in last season's Champions League final in the most painful way, certainly for Mohamed Salah after his first-half shoulder injury in that match. So maybe the comeback against Barcelona was natural for this machine that Klopp has created, albeit one that has yet to win a trophy under the German coach. And it feels entirely justified that if Liverpool is to fall short in the Premier League — the team is one point behind City with a game to play — it still has the chance to end the season with some silverware in a competition that has become so synonymous with this storied English club, a five-time European champion. "I am really happy having another chance to get things right," Klopp said, referring to the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in Kiev. "Last year, we felt we have to go back, we cannot let it stand like this. I am not sure it will happen again, so it's so special." For Klopp, it is a chance to end his six-match run of losses in cup finals stretching back to the 2013 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, when he was coach of Borussia Dortmund. Since then, he has lost two German Cup finals with Dortmund and then three title matches with Liverpool — in the English League Cup (2016), the Europa League (2016), and last year's Champions League. "I know what people say about me and losing finals," Klopp said in one of his many candid moments in a post-game news conference during which he often seemed lost for words. There's certainly no self-doubt among his players. Check out, for instance, Andrew Robertson pushing Messi on the head with two hands while the Barcelona forward was on the ground one minute into the match. This a defender who, in 2017, was playing for Hull but is now one of the most highly regarded left backs in the world. Look at Trent Alexander-Arnold, who — at the age of 20 — had the audacity to pull off a 79th-minute corner routine in which he pretended to walk away from the ball only to spin around and cross for Divock Origi to sweep in the fourth and clinching goal while Barcelona's defenders looked the other way. It was such clear-thinking amid the furnace that was Anfield on Wednesday. And then there's Origi, an afterthought at Liverpool at the start of the season after spending last year on loan at Wolfsburg in Germany before being reportedly close to sealing a loan move to Huddersfield. Now here he is, scoring the late winner against Newcastle on Saturday and adding two more against Barcelona three days later. Salah was out, recovering after a concussion. Roberto Firmino was missing, too, with a muscle strain. And Naby Keita was recently ruled out for the season. Even during the game, Robertson was taken off at halftime with a calf injury and captain Jordan Henderson played on after hurting his right knee in the first half. Henderson was everywhere in the second half, eclipsing more-esteemed Barcelona midfield rivals Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic and helping to nullify Messi as the Argentine dropped deep. "The belief we have in the changing room is amazing," Henderson said. "Look at the supporters and the lads." Indeed, the night ended with Liverpool's players and coaching staff standing arm-in-arm in a line in front of jubilant supporters in The Kop, singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" — the club's anthem. Together, they'll head to Madrid for the final, feeling it's their destiny to win European soccer's biggest prize for the sixth time......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

Cavani misses late penalty as French champion PSG draws

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Edinson Cavani missed a late penalty given after a video review as French champion Paris Saint-Germain's stuttering form continued in a 1-1 draw with Nice on Saturday. Referee Frank Schneider awarded it for a crude foul by Brazilian defender Dante on Neymar in the 88th minute, although Neymar had already shot over the bar when Dante caught his right foot, and also appeared to handle the ball when he initially controlled it. Neymar converted a penalty in the second half to draw PSG level. It was his 14th league goal. But this time he let Cavani take it, and goalkeeper Walter Benitez guessed right to palm the shot away. The draw means PSG has won only one if its past seven games, including a French Cup final defeat against Rennes last weekend. "We've been struggling a bit recently, but we have to grit our teeth and move forward," PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola said. "We have to finish on a high note with some good performances." PSG is 17 points ahead of second-placed Lille, which is at third-place Lyon on Sunday. OTHER MATCHES Last-placed Guingamp looks certain to be relegated after drawing at home to fellow struggler Caen 0-0. Guingamp is five points behind Caen in 18th position — the relegation-promotion playoff spot — with three games remaining. Nimes was promoted last season and is thoroughly enjoying being in the top flight. The southern side is eighth after winning at Reims 3-0, and pushing Reims down to ninth in the process. Also, striker Stephane Bahoken grabbed the winner as Angers won at Bordeaux 1-0. SUNDAY'S GAMES A win for second-placed Lille will move it nine points clear of Lyon and all but seal an automatic place in next season's Champions League. If Lyon loses, then bitter local rival Saint-Etienne can move into third — which earns a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds — with a win at 16th-place Monaco......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2019