Lionel Messi, Liverpool shine in the Champions League

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi kicks the ball during the Champions League group F soccer match between Slavia Praha and FC Barcelona at the Sinobo stadium in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)ROME— Lionel Messi and titleholder Liverpool were in top form in the Champions League on Wednesday.Messi scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1 to take control of Group F at the group stage’s midpoint.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Liverpool overwhelmed Genk 4-1 to end a four-game losing streak away from home in the group phase.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made the most of a rare start to score twice and Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also got on the scoresheet for last season’s champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceStill, Liverpool remained one point behind Napoli in Group E after the Italian club won 3-2 at Salzburg with a brace from Dries Mertens, who surpassed Diego Maradona for second spot on the team’s all-time scoring list.Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund trail Barcelona by three points in a group where three heavyweights are vying for two spots in the knockout stage. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics It was another late Champions League stinger at the hands of a London team for Ajax, which lost the semifinal last season to Tottenham thanks to a Lucas Moura goal deep in stoppage time.LEIPZIG LEADSLeipzig leads Group G following a 2-1 comeback win over Zenit St. Petersburg and is in position to advance to the knockout rounds for the first time.Marcel Sabitzer scored with a sublime volley for the winner near the hour mark“It’s without doubt one of the best goals of my career,” Sabitzer said.Sabitzer also set up the equalizer for Konrad Laimer after Ukrainian defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy opened the scoring for Zenit.Leipzig has six points, two more than Zenit and Lyon, which lost 2-1 at last-place Benfica. Read Next Still hanging Inter beat Dortmund 2-0 in the other Group F game with goals from Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva.Messi floated a free kick to Luis Suárez at the far post and the Uruguayan’s shot was deflected in by Slavia forward Peter Olayinka for Barcelona’s winner.Earlier, Messi finished off a fast move he had started.It was the first goal for the Argentine in the campaign, taking his overall tally in Europe’s top club competition to 113.TREMENDOUS TEENAGERADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Salzburg’s 19-year-old forward Erling Haaland scored twice in the loss to Napoli, giving him six goals in three matches.That makes him only the second teenager in Champions League history to score in each of his first three appearances in the competition, after current Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema achieved the feat with Lyon. And he’s the first player to score six goals in his first three Champions League appearances.Haaland now has 20 goals in all competitions for the Austrian club this season.Haaland’s first goal came with a penalty, then he made it 2-2 by taking advantage of his 6-foot-4 (1.94 meter) frame for a precise header.He also had a score disallowed early on by the VAR for offside.SUPER SUBSMichy Batshuayi came off the bench and scored a late winner as Chelsea rode its luck to beat Ajax 1-0 and throw Group H wide open.The Belgium striker fired in off the underside of the bar from close range in the 86th, 15 minutes after coming on. United States international Christian Pulisic, another of coach Frank Lampard’s subs, provided the cross.“It’s what you want from subs,” Lampard said. “Sometimes the toughest part of management is leaving out players that really want to play week in, week out, and you rely on them being positive, coming on and making an impact and they both did. Delighted for them both.”The result left both teams on six points after three matches. Valencia, which drew 1-1 with Lille, is next with four points. Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? 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Tiger Woods ties Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tour wins

first_imgChief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man “I think the player got the captain’s attention,” Woods said.Woods’ approach shot on the 12th found the greenside bunker. He blasted out and left himself a long par putt that he missed for bogey, cutting the lead to two strokes.But that was the only time he would falter.Matsuyama missed a short birdie putt on the par-5 14th with a chance to cut the lead to a stroke. Woods, playing in the group behind Matsuyama, made a birdie putt on 14 to restore the three-stroke lead.Matsuyama cut the lead to two with a birdie on par-3 16th. On 18, his drive went into the bunker at the side of the fairway, and he hit into the greenside bunker before saving par.Woods’ approach at the par-5 18th found the greenside bunker. He blasted to 10 feet and made the birdie putt.Woods last played in an official tournament in Japan in 2006 at the Dunlop Phoenix, where he lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington. He won the Dunlop Phoenix the two previous yearsIt was a wild debut for the PGA in Japan. Torrential rain washed out play Friday, forcing the second round to be moved to Saturday. To make up for the lost day, the players started the fourth round immediately after finishing the third to get in as many holes as possible.The course took on over 8 inches of rain Friday and was in remarkably good shape when play resumed on Saturday for the second round.Woods got in 11 holes and played 29 holes Sunday before having to come back for a 7:30 a.m. start. “This was certainly demanding,” Woods said “Being in the lead for the better part of five days puts a stress on the mind, it’s not easy to do…it’s stressful, it wears one out but somehow I was able to finish out on top and made key putts this week.”On tying Snead’s record, Woods attributed it to consistency.“It’s a big number,” Woods said. “It’s a lot of consistency and doing it for a long period of time, Sam did it into his 50s and I’m in my early to mid-40s so it’s about being consistent and doing it for a very long period of time. I’ve been very fortunate to have the career I’ve had so far.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Trump draws boos when introduced to crowd at World Series LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ Tiger Woods of the United States poses with his trophy after winning the Zozo Championship PGA Tour at the Accordia Golf Narashino country club in Inzai, east of Tokyo, Japan, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)INZAI CITY, Japan — Tiger Woods shrugged off an early bogey Monday to win the Zozo Championship and tie Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record of 82 victories.The 43-year-old American returned Monday to play the final seven holes in the rain-hit tournament, completing a 3-under 67 to beat local favorite Hideki Matsuyama by three strokes at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s just crazy. It’s a lot,” Woods said. “I’ve been able to be consistent most of my career. … Today was one of those days where I was able to pull it out.”Woods had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee two months ago — his fifth on the same problem joint. He was making his first start in his 23rd season on the PGA Tour.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I can still manage my way around the golf course,” Woods said. “I know how to play. I was able to do that this week.”The fourth round was suspended because of darkness Sunday, and Woods took a three-stroke lead over Matsuyama into Monday in the first official PGA Tour event in Japan. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments He bogeyed his first hole of the day, the par-4 12th, but was solid the rest of the way with birdies on Nos. 14 and 18 to finish at 19-under 261. Matsuyama also closed with a 67Rory McIlroy, the highest ranked player in the field, completed his round with two birdies for a 67 to tie for third at 13 under with Sungjae Im. Im had a 65.Woods opened with consecutive 64s, with a day off in between because of rain. He had a 66 on Sunday in the third round.“It’s been a long week,” Woods said. “Five days at the top of the leaderboard is a long time.”As the U.S. Presidents Cup captain, Woods was asked about picking himself for the team.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Damian Lillard leads Trail Blazers past Thunder

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Rice industry paralysis The Thunder have been competitive in their losses, but they haven’t had a scorer like Lillard step up at critical moments to get them over the top.“I was telling the guys postgame that’s why guys get paid the big bucks — to make big shots like that in the fourth quarter,” Thunder guard Chris Paul said. “Dame got it going.”C.J. McCollum scored 22 points and Kent Bazemore added 14 for the Trail Blazers.Paul scored 21 points, Dennis Schroder scored 17 and Nerlens Noel added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder.Portland led 49-44 at halftime. The Trail Blazers shot 38.1% in the first half while the Thunder shot 35%. Lillard made just 2 of 8 shots in the first half and scored seven points.ADVERTISEMENT A 3-pointer by Paul tied the game at 53 early in the third quarter, and then he made a jumper to put the Thunder ahead by two. The Thunder took a 69-68 lead into the final period.Diallo grabbed three offensive rebounds on one possession before finally scoring to put the Thunder up 79-76, and Mike Muscala’s layup on an assist from Paul put the Thunder up by five before the Trail Blazers rallied.“It was an ugly game,” Lillard said. “Both teams turned it over, missing shots, a lot of bad possessions, low-scoring. So you knew it was going to come to the last five, six minutes.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Held the Thunder to 27.8% shooting in the first quarter to take a 24-17 lead. … C Hassan Whiteside left the game late in the second quarter after injuring his left knee. He later returned. He finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. … McCollum made just 7 of 22 shots.Thunder: C Steven Adams sat out with a left knee contusion. Coach Billy Donovan said Adams will be re-evaluated on Thursday. … Muscala made 2 of 9 shots and scored four points. … G Hamidou Diallo had a career-high 10 rebounds to go with 12 points.STAT LINESThe Thunder made just 4 of 27 3-point attempts and shot 39.3% overall. Danilo Gallinari made 3 of 9 3s, and the rest of the team made 1 of 18.“We’re getting great shots,” Paul said. “That’s the thing. Sharing the ball isn’t a problem for us. If that was a problem, I’d be worried. Shots are going to start falling, so we’ve just got to keep playing the way we’re playing.”QUOTABLE Kemba Walker unleashes second half barrage as Celtics frustrate Bucks In last year’s first-round playoff matchup between the teams, Lillard’s deep 3-pointer over Paul George won Game 5 and the series. This time, after making just 4 of 15 shots the first three quarters, Lillard made three 3-pointers in an 86-second flurry in the fourth that turned a three-point deficit into a five-point lead.Lillard rested to start the final period and mapped out his strategy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“The whole time I was sitting on the bench, I knew I was going to come in and try to keep it in my hands a little bit more and try to impose my will on the game a little bit more,” he said. “And it worked out.”The Trail Blazers led the rest of the way. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Lillard on his late assist to Rodney Hood for a 3-pointer: “Sometimes, we’re going to be able to have success when I’m making shots, taking over, when I’m the one scoring the ball. But I think it’ll go further and it will be stronger and we’ll be able to do it more often when we trust in each other making that extra pass and guys are in that situation where they get an opportunity to take and make a big shot.”UP NEXTThe Trail Blazers host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.The Thunder host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, shoots next to Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — It wasn’t as dramatic as the end of his last game against Oklahoma City, but Damian Lillard still reminded the Thunder what time it was — Dame Time.Lillard had 23 points and 13 assists to help the Portland Trail Blazers hold off Oklahoma City 102-99 on Wednesday nightADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’last_img read more

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Azkals tackle tough qualifying stretch

first_imgRiding high on its impressive result against China just a few weeks back, the Philippines faces the most critical stretch of its Fifa World Cup qualifying bid this month as the Azkals travel to the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates for their matches in Group A.The Azkals face Maldives on Nov. 14 at National Stadium in Male, before taking on Syria five days later at Rashid Stadium in Dubai.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Rice industry paralysis View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MVP Dairo leads Bukidnon to Mindanao Cup title “We need to consistently produce those types of performances if we want to reach the next level in Asia,” Cooper told the Inquirer Sunday night.“We can’t just rest on that result [against China]. These next two matches are a chance for us to continue to push our level up.”The Azkals are sitting on third spot in Group A with four points, behind Syria, which has nine, and China, seven points.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Both matches will have plenty of weight on the Azkals’ aspirations of reaching the third round of the qualifying tournament that will also give them an outright spot to the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China.In their last meeting in Male, the Philippines beat Maldives, 3-2, in extra time four years ago in the semifinals of the AFC Challenge Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAzkals coach Scott Cooper said the draw against higher-ranked China should not just be a “one-off” for the Philippines.Cooper is targeting a reversal against the Syrians, who defeated the Azkals, 5-2, at Panaad Stadium last September. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

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More sophisticated bill in future for paternity leave: Maneka

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 26 (PTI)Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, who is facing criticism over the maternity bill and its “failure” to provide any relief to fathers-to-be, today said in future there could be a “more sophisticated” legislation to address these concerns.She also denied having said “paternity leave will be just a holiday” in an interview to a national daily.”I didnt actually say that. I said men already have sick leave. They need to use that when they have babies and then we will proceed on that,” Gandhi said.”I look forward to a time when there will be a joint responsibility by both parents. It is an ideal situation and we are working towards that. The first step in the pursuit of giving care to a new born child is the Maternity Bill and maybe the next step will be more sophisticated,” she said.Maternity Benefit Bill 2016 was passed in the Rajya Sabha earlier this month and is likely to be taken up in the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session.The bill proposes to extend maternity leave from the current 12 weeks to 26 weeks but has no mention for leave for fathers.Currently, there is no legislation mandating compulsory leave for fathers in private sector. Though men in government service ? biological as well as adoptive fathers ? can take 15 days of paid leave.Several MPs had pointed out this lacuna while the bill was taken up for discussion in Rajya Sabha. Independent MP Anu Agha, Congress Rajni Patil and NCPs Vandana Chavan had sought provisions for paternity leave in the bill.advertisement”The government should also address the hidden biases against working women…the father too is responsible for raising a child,” Rajni Patil had demanded.”Men leave childcare to their wives and glorify motherhood,” Agha had told the House. PTI JC NSD RT NSDlast_img read more

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Pro-jallikattu group protests Soundarya Rajinikanth’s decision to join animal welfare board

first_imgA pro-Jallikattu group staged a protest today in Trichy against superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth becoming a member of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).Soundarya Rajinikanth was recently appointed an AWBI ambassador. AWBI is one of the primary organizations responsible for the ban on Jallikattu, a traditional sport of bull fighting in Tamil Nadu.Upset over Soundarya’s decision, protesters burnt her pictures and caused commotion near the Trichy bus stand.Soundarya retreated an explanation clearing the doubts about her post in AWBI.SAUNDARYA TO MONITOR USE OF ANIMALS IN FILMSSoundarya Rajinikanth,who is well versed in animation and computer graphics is honoured as the brand ambassador of animal welfare board of India and also as a part of performing animals sub committee.She is receiving praises for this credit and her job is to monitor and survey the use of animals in the films.She will ensure the safety of animals used in the films. She will also monitor the use of graphics in the film and will say whether the makers have used graphics or shot with real life animals.This is completely apt for her as she has in-depth knowledge in animation and she has also directed “Kochadaiyaan” which is an animation film. ALSO READCentre allows Jallikattu despite massive protests Jallikattu duel not over yet: The culture vs cruelty debatelast_img read more

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Sports Wrap: Virat Kohli gives answer to Harbhajan Singh’s jibe, Dipa Karmakar to return her BMW gift and more

first_imgKohli ignores Harbhajan’s pitch jibeIndia’s Test skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday said that the players believed in their skills rather than conditions and or atmosphere. Felt confused and upset, says Abbott whose bouncer proved fatal for Phil HughesPhil Hughes was hit on the back of the neck by a rising delivery from SeanAbbott when batting for South Australia in a domestic match on November 25,2014. Agartala roads too narrow for BMWs, Dipa Karmakar set to return luxury car gifted to her Dipa Karmakar, PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik were given BMW cars after their inspirational performances at the Rio Olympics.Djokovic advances in Shanghai Masters, Del Potro exits Djokovic is aiming to win his fourth title in Shanghai, a tournament where he has a 25-3 record.World Cup Qualifiers: Argentina sorely miss Messi in Paraguay defeat The defeat left Argentina, who dropped seven points in three successive matches without Messi, in fifth place in the South American group with 16 points.last_img read more

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‘Young’ Alastair Cook to remain England Test skipper, says Andrew Strauss

first_imgDirector of England cricket, Andrew Strauss, expects Alastair Cook to carry on as the Test captain well into the summer of 2017, saying the 31-year-old is comfortable with the responsibility.Cook triggered speculation about his captaincy when he told the Cricketer magazine that he did not know “how much longer I am going to carry on. It could be two months, it could be a year”.Talking to reporters in Visakhapatnam ahead of the second Test against India, Cook’s former opening partner Strauss ruled out a change in Test captaincy.”He’s batting well and he’s still young. It is quite scary how young he is really and I have every faith that he will carry on past this series and into the summer,” Strauss said. (Alastair Cook plays down talk about quitting England captaincy)”He is in a really good place… very comfortable leading this team for a while. So, it probably takes less out of him now than it used to.”Cook, who surpassed Michael Atherton’s England record of 54 matches as Test captain after the first Test against India in Rajkot, replaced Strauss as skipper in 2012.Strauss said Cook has many years left to continue doing well with the bat and mentor youngsters. (Proved everyone that we can play after Bangladesh fiasco, says Alastair Cook)One of them could be 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed who struck an impressive 82 during England’s second innings at Rajkot to forge a 180-run opening stand with Cook.”Hameed looked very composed and calm and in control of his game. He’s got a very effective game against spin, we’ve got some very high hopes for him,” Strauss said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Klopp reveals £177m spending spree was decided before June

first_imgJurgen Klopp’s transfer plans went perfectly this summer, with the Liverpool boss having mapped out a £177 million ($226m) spending spree before the Champions League final.While many domestic rivals faced frustration in the latest transfer window, with Manchester United epitomising those struggles, those at Anfield acted swiftly and decisively.A deal for Naby Keita had been in place for several months, but Fabinho was brought on board in a surprise move which left rivals trailing in the Reds’ wake. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Klopp also snapped up Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri and made Alisson the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, prior to Chelsea’s signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga, with supposed weaknesses addressed and greater depth added.All of that was pieced together before suffering a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in May, with the man at the helm on Merseyside telling reporters: “The Champions League final had absolutely nothing to do with our transfer business.”Everything was already fixed and clear what we wanted. All decisions were made to that point already. I think our areas were obvious.”If Alisson was not on the market, we don’t move for a goalkeeper. He was on the market so we went for it.”That we wanted to have more options offensively – that was clear long before the final. I think Shaqiri is a fantastic example of how you can do it.”He ticks different boxes, he can play wide, he can play No. 10, it looks like he can play eight too and that is cool.”As for Fabinho, we knew a bit longer that Emre [Can] would not extend his contract so Fabinho was clear as a target, but not clear that we would get him.”Naby was clear. One left, one came in. Phil [Coutinho] left before then Naby came in. It is not the same type of player but it is a similar position at least.”Liverpool get their 2018-19 Premier League campaign underway at home to West Ham on Sunday.Expectation has risen heading into that contest on the back of a positive summer, with the Reds now being widely tipped to provide the biggest threat to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Moutinho strike seals Wolves draw at Man Utd

first_imgManchester United dropped points for a second successive Premier League home match on Saturday, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by promoted Wolves.Former manager Alex Ferguson was back at Old Trafford for the first time since his May health scare, but United failed to put on much of a show for him, instead producing a performance which surely would have resulted in the Scot’s infamous “hairdryer” treatment.Although United looked particularly off the pace early on and rode their luck, they broke the deadlock in the 18th minute, with Fred getting his first goal for the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Joao Moutinho scored Wolves’ deserved equaliser with a fine finish early in the second half and, although United upped the pressure late on, they could not find a winner in ‘Fergie time’, as they slumped to another disappointing result.Wolves looked vastly superior to their hosts in the early exchanges and forced David de Gea into two smart saves, as Raul Jimenez and Willy Boly threatened.But United made the most of those let-offs and took the lead against the run of play 18 minutes in – Fred finding the bottom-left corner from 20 yards after Paul Pogba’s clever disguised pass.The Brazilian nearly got a second on the stroke of half-time, but his fine free-kick was tipped on to the post by Rui Patricio.Wolves deservedly restored parity just after the interval, however, as Jimenez teed up Moutinho on the edge of the box and the midfielder found the top-left corner.United huffed and puffed towards the end, with substitute Juan Mata offering a little more creativity than Alexis Sanchez, but Wolves held on, Nuno Espirito Santo successfully frustrating his “inspiration” Jose Mourinho.@JoaoMoutinho pic.twitter.com/OFFDisQFHG — Wolves (@Wolves) September 22, 2018  What it means: Lukaku’s supporting cast lacking craft Romelu Lukaku endured a difficult outing on Saturday, with the supply to him generally poor.Pogba looked the most likely to create chances for him, but otherwise United’s attacking players were disappointing, with Sanchez and Jesse Lingard particularly ineffective.But, to be fair to Sanchez and Lingard, neither would consider themselves to be natural wingers, yet Mourinho persists with them on the flanks. Selfless Jimenez leads from the front He may not have got on the scoresheet, but Jimenez made a real impact in attack for the visitors. His hold-up play was excellent, as shown when setting up Moutinho, he dropped deep to good effect and even his runs in behind troubled United. His former Benfica colleague Victor Lindelof had a difficult day. Sanchez produces little spark once again United’s Chile forward certainly cannot be accused of not trying but his passing was sloppy and he made little impact in the final third. You have to wonder how long Mourinho will continue to play him out wide. Key Opta Facts6 – Man Utd have dropped six points from seven Premier League games at Old Trafford against newly-promoted opposition under Jose Mourinho; more than the Red Devils had dropped in 10 seasons in the top-flight between 2006-07 and 2015-16 (5 pts). Glum. pic.twitter.com/LdIogg0eRP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 22, 2018- Wolves have avoided defeat at Old Trafford against Man Utd in all competitions for the first time since November 1980, stopping a run of eight successive losses.- Fred is the 500th different player to score a competitive goal for Man Utd (excluding own goals).- Paul Pogba has been directly involved in six goals in his seven starts in all competitions for Man Utd this season (4 goals, 2 assists). What’s next? After an EFL Cup date with Frank Lampard’s Derby County on Tuesday, United’s next Premier League outing sees them travel to West Ham. Wolves host Leicester City in the cup, before then welcoming Southampton to Molineux in the league. read morelast_img read more

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Klopp excited by intense title race

first_imgJurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will not get carried away despite moving back to the top of the Premier League with a 4-1 win over Cardiff City.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane’s double and Xherdan Shaqiri claimed the points at Anfield on Saturday, putting the Reds three points clear of Manchester City, who visit Tottenham on Monday.But while Klopp is thrilled with Liverpool’s points total of 26 from their opening 10 games, the former Borussia Dortmund boss is wary that a glut of teams are hot on their heels. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “The number of points makes the difference,” Klopp told a news conference.”Because the difference between 23 and 26 feels like 20 points, pretty much! It’s really important to stay on track.”We will all meet each other, it’s unbelievable that five or six clubs have such a big number of points but it only makes it even more intense.”It’s good for the people and the supporters of different clubs. We won, but for us it’s just the next step, that’s cool.”Now we have time to recover, then prepare for the Arsenal game, which will be another nice challenge.”pic.twitter.com/6xXnuMuX32— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 27, 2018Cardiff boss Neil Warnock, meanwhile, lamented the fixture list as his side failed to build on their win over Fulham last weekend.”I think it is a bit harsh, we were punished for making mistakes. We had opportunities in the first half and made the wrong decisions,” Warnock told BBC Sport.”Anfield is an intimidating place. It was cruel when we had a good win against Fulham the week before, we get Liverpool away, there is not much tougher.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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WWE: Ring collapses in Brawn Stawman and Big Show fight on RAW

first_imgWWE creative have been constantly booking Braun Strowman in the recent past as the next big tough man of the network to push his feud with company baby face, Roman Reigns. Braun Strowman was set up with a match against resident strongman Big Show as the main event on this week’s Monday night RAW, ahead of his match against the ‘lone dog’ WWE Payback.THIS. JUST. HAPPENED! #Raw @BraunStrowman @WWETheBigShow pic.twitter.com/d778FsBeXR- WWE (@WWE) April 18, 2017After exchanging blows in the center of the ring for some time, the Big Show landed a less than impressive knockout punch on Brwan Strowman. On recovering, he led the Big Show up onto the top ring and slammed his onto the mat, causing the entire ring to collapse, the ropes to come loose and the foundations to fall away.Through a #KOPunch, a #Chokeslam, and a RING COLLAPSE, The #MonsterAmongMen @BraunStrowman manages to stand tall on #RAW! @WWETheBigShow pic.twitter.com/SVrP6y47oW- WWE (@WWE) April 18, 2017The match ended with no resolution being reached, but Brawn Strowman was the sole person left standing in the middle of a destroyed ring.RAW general manager Kurt Angle told Strowman that he will meet Roman Reigns at WWE Payback, earlier in the night.He had attacked Reigns last week, tipping over the ambulance Reigns was being taken to the hospital after being attacked backstage.WWE confirmed Reigns had suffered a separated shoulder and cracked ribs.last_img read more

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Aizawl FC a point away from creating I-League history

first_imgThe I-League has a lot riding on it this season, with All India Football Federation looking to replace the league with the Indian Super League as the premier club completion in the country.And this Sunday as teams from around the country take to the field for the last time, a small team from Mizoram stands tall challenging the might that is Mohun Bagan.We are drawing nearer to crowning the new champions of the #HeroILeague. Who will it be? pic.twitter.com/VnxoXU05Xu- Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) April 29, 2017Aizawl FC have continued to defy the odds throughout the season, last week 1-0 win over title contenders Mohun Bagan being a good point in case.Khalid Jamil with a shoe-string budget compared to the vast riches in comparison of Mohun Bagan (the cost of Haitian Sony Norde’s services for the season is more than the Budget of Aizawl FC) but with the passionate backing from the home crowd, saw a fairy tale run in the competition.More than thousand away fans are expected for sunday match. 2000 tickets reserved for Aizawl FC gallery are sold out here in shillong.- Aizawl Football Club (@AizawlFC) April 29, 2017Aizawl will face Shillong Lajong in a Northeast derby. Aizawl need just a point to be crowned champions of I-League for the first in its 21-year long history and AIFF is taking no chances.All India Football Federation’s Integrity Officer Javed Siraj is scheduled to reach Shillong a day early and keep a close eye on affairs for the all important clash. The reason for such close monitoring is the fact that AIFF does not want to take any chances as there is little at stake for fifth-placed Shillong Lajong .advertisementMohun Bagan coach, Sanjoy Sen has a lot to worry about. The Mariners would be giving it their all to beat Chennai City FC at home, especially after their poor string of performances in the AFC cup means success in the domestic league is the only piece of silverware they can win. It might just be another season of ‘what-ifs’ for the Kolkata giant, would be hoping for more than a favour from Shillong Lajong.pic.twitter.com/FF0PZewsV6- Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_BaganAC) April 29, 2017pic.twitter.com/GW6H986UsO- Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_BaganAC) April 29, 2017Ashutosh Mehta, who followed his Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil to the mountains, and has been a standout player for the team from Mizoram. But he will be forced to watch from the stands after he picked up four yellow cards.”But I will be the 12th man cheering from the stands. I will cheer for my Club and my teammates for entire 90 minutes, arguably most important 90 minutes for Aizawl FC,” he said.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar blessed by PM Narendra Modi ahead of Sachin: A Billion Dreams release

first_imgSachin Tendulkar on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief him about his upcoming biopic “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”.The 44-year-old legendary cricketer, who is also a Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha, tweeted a picture of him with Modi, saying that he received the Prime Minister’s blessings ahead of the release of his much-anticipated film.Briefed our Hon’ble PM @narendramodi about the film #SachinABillionDreams & received his blessings. pic.twitter.com/XEwcBpKELA- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 19, 2017Tendulkar also thanked the PM for his encouraging and inspiring words.Thank you for your inspiring message @narendramodi ji ‘Jo khele, Wahi khile!’ Could not have agreed more. #SachinABillionDreams pic.twitter.com/irqm7q51sL- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 19, 2017The film, produced by Ravi Bhagchandka of 200 Not Out and Shrikant Bhasi of Carnival Motion Pictures, is slated for release on May 26.WATCH VIDEO HEREDirected by James Erskine, it will be the first film releasing on Friday at the end of Indian Premier League this year.The movie will encapsulate Tendulkar’s struggle and unknown and little known facts about him. The makers had seen 10,000 hours of archived footage to do some research for the film.The film’s trailer was launched last month at a packed Juhu auditorium. The trailer gave the eager audience a hint of what the film has in store for Sachin’s fans. With glimpses of key scenes from the film showing moments of cricketing glory, personal moments, unseen footage from the dressing room and much more, the film promises to be every Sachin fan’s dream come true.advertisementThe Master Blaster, in an interview with India Today last week, spoke about what can be expected from the biopic which has already garnered a lot of attention worldwide.”The audience will get to see my romance with Anjali (Tendulkar). How I met my wife and how we took it forward is part of film.”The biopic will show things that no one else had access to before. I had to speak with the whole family before coming out with this film. The most important objective is that the fans should have something to take back,” Tendulkar told India Today’s consulting editor Boria Majumdar in an exclusive chat.The film’s music has been composed by the legendary AR Rahman and the songs are already being loved by the masses. Tendulkar said even the current members of the Indian cricket team cannot wait to see the film themselves.last_img read more

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Wayne Rooney left out again by England boss Gareth Southgate

first_imgEngland’s record international goalscorer Wayne Rooney has been left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad for next month’s World Cup Group F qualifier away to Scotland and a friendly with France.The 31-year-old forward, who has lost his place in Manchester United’s first team, was also left out by England earlier this year for matches against Germany and Lithuania.Southgate named a 25-man squad which includes Tottenham Hotspur right back Kieran Trippier for the first time.Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, who scored on his return to the international scene against Lithuania in March after a long absence, retains his place in Southgate’s plans.Rooney, who has scored a record 53 goals for his country, has not featured in the squad since he was photographed socialising at a wedding reception at the England team hotel after the home victory over Scotland in November.He later apologised to Southgate and Football Association technical director Dan Ashworth, saying images taken of him were “inappropriate for someone in his position”.Rooney holds the outfield record of 119 caps and needs seven more to surpass goalkeeper Peter Shilton’s England record total.England are favourites to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals having seized control of the group.They lead the section with 13 points from five games, four more than second-placed Slovakia.Scotland are fourth six points off the pace and struggling to stay in contention for a place in Russia next year.”The Scotland game is one of football’s great fixtures,” Southgate said.”We’re in a place in the group where a win can really put us in a very strong position, that’s what we want to achieve.”advertisementEngland face Scotland at Hampden Park on June 10 before playing France in Paris three days’ later.Squad:Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)Strikers: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).last_img read more

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Watch: Official rode a drone to deliver Portuguese cup final match ball to referee and it’s super cool

first_imgThe Portuguese Cup 2017 finale got the coolest beginning a sporting event can get when an official brought the game ball to the referee by riding on a drone.  A man rode on a drone before the match began and in a straight-out-of-a-Hollywood movie scene landed on the ground.The finale, played between Benfica and Vitoria Guimaraes, ended by Benfica taking the league title after beating Vitoria Guimaraes by 2-1.However, the highlight of the match remained the man who came with much style on a drone to deliver the ball to the referee. Despite the weather not being great, he made a smooth landing on the pitch.Watch his spectacular act here:Also read: DRDO’s valentines gift to IAF: A drone, cruise missile detecting systemAlso read: When the waiter is a drone: 20 students open world’s first UAV cafeAlso read: Drone mess with wild cats: Watch tigers knock down drone, try to eat itlast_img read more

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Corey Gamble spotted with mystery blond

first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 4 (PTI) In the midst of rumours of his break-up with Kris Jenner, Corey Gamble was photographed stepping out for lunch with a mystery woman at Nobu in Malibu.Corey, 33, and the blonde beauty were seen sharing a hug before heading to the famed restaurant to eat together, reported Ace Showbiz.He went low key in a grey tee, short pants, a hat and sunglasses, while the woman, whose identity is yet to be revealed, sported a denim jacket over her navy dress.Its still unclear if Corey did split from Jenner. PTI JCH JCHlast_img

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ICC Champions Trophy: AB de Villiers hails ‘amazing’ Hashim Amla post win over Sri Lanka

first_imgSouth Africa skipper AB de Villiers has hailed the “amazing” Hashim Amla after the Proteas opener set yet another batting record by becoming the fastest player in history to reach 25 ODI hundreds.Amla’s latest masterpiece, in just his 151st ODI innings, was the mainstay of South Africa’s 299/6, a commanding total on an Oval wicket that proved too much for Sri Lanka’s batsmen to chase down during their Saturday’s Champions Trophy clash.”It was an amazing innings,” de Villiers said.”Hash did really well to assess the conditions, and communicated well with us what kind of score was going to be good. It was important for the first 10-15 overs not to lose too many wickets. There was quite a lot in that wicket early on, it was really tough to score. Both of them (Amla and opening partner Quinton de Kock) normally bat around a hundred strike rate without even trying, so that told the story,” he added.When de Kock departed in the 13th over, South Africa were on just 44, but thereafter Amla and Faf du Plessis wrenched back control of the match.”Faf played exceptionally well coming in that situation,” de Villiers added. “We were going at around just under three an over when he came in to bat, so there was big pressure there. They did really well to shift it back to Sri Lanka.”In terms of the number of innings required to reach the 25-century milestone, Amla is comfortably out on his own.To put his achievement in context: Virat Kohli, acknowledged as perhaps the most complete ODI run-maker of the century, required 162 innings; Sachin Tendulkar 234, Ricky Ponting 279, and Kumar Sangakkara 379. Amla needed 151.advertisementHis 103 from 115 balls only ended with a run out, contained five fours and two effortless sixes. He now boasts 51 international hundreds across Test and ODI formats.”He’s an amazing player and a great asset for us,” de Villiers said. “And not just on the field but off the field. He’s a great human being. I’m so very happy for him, all the runs he’s scoring, hopefully we have many more years of it.”For all Amla’s serene brilliance, it was Imran Tahir, who claimed the Man of the Match award. A four-wicket intervention – including a superb goggly in his first over to befuddle Chamara Kapugedera – plus a direct hit from mid-on to remove Suranga Lakmal, was enough to claim the award and in the process reassert his position as one of the champion ODI bowlers of his era.The Proteas will next lock horns with Pakistan on June 7 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.last_img read more

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Navy, Coast Guard personnel participate in Yoga Day in Mumbai

first_imgMumbai, Jun 21 (PTI) The flight deck of decommissioned aircraft carrier Viraat provided the perfect location for Yoga camp for personnel of the Western Naval Command here today.The personnel were joined by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command and Rear Admiral RB Pandit, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet.”Western Naval Command has always encouraged its officers and men to pursue and excel in sports, adventure and physical fitness,” a Defence spokesperson said.Over 10,000 personnel took part in Yoga camps organised by Western Naval Command, at various places including Karwar, Goa and units based at Gujarat and Naval Station Karanja, the spokesperson said.”Similar yog shivir were conducted by various units of the Army and the Air Force. Lieutenant General Vishwambhar Singh, General Officer Commanding Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area also participated with the officers and troops at the Colaba Military Station,” he said.”Yoga is practised on a daily basis onboard Navy ships and establishments and yoga coaching camps are regularly conducted at Navy Nagar,” he said.The International Yoga day was celebrated by Coast Guard officers and sailors at Mumbai and other cities on the West coast of India, a Coast Guard release said.”Coast Guard officers, sailors and their families participated in a one day Workshop on Yoga conducted at Coast Guard Regional Headquarters, Worli,” it said. PTI VT NRB BASlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli surpasses Steve Waugh, storms to 8th successive Test series win

first_imgVirat Kohli extended his dream run as captain to eighth consecutive Test series victory when India condemned Sri Lanka to an innings and 53 runs defeat at Colombo on Sunday. Kohli also became the first Indian captain to win two Test series in Sri Lanka.WATCH FULL VIDEOKohli and Co. have been the most dominant Test side in the world and have not lost a series home or away since their 2-0 defeat in their 2014-15 tour of Australia.Since that series loss, India have outplayed all their rivals winning eight consecutive Test series without much fuss. In these two and a half years, India under captain Kohli have lost only two matches while have won 18 games.Kohli surpassed Steve Waugh’s record of seven consecutive series wins when India destroyed hosts Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. Ricky Ponting holds the record with nine series victories in a row.1st time India 2-0 ahead in a Test series in SL.India’s 3rd series win in SL – 1993, 2015, 2017.India’s 4 Test win in a row in SL.#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 6 August 2017India have now won 8 Test series in a row. Only Australia have won more – 9 between 2005 and 2008.#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) 6 August 2017Kohli’s record as captain in this time has been phenomenal to say the least. In 28 Tests, Kohli has registered 18 wins, three losses and six draws. Overall Kohli has 18 wins and is just four away from overtaking Sourav Ganguly’s record of Test 21 wins and become India’s second most successful captain after Dhoni (27 wins).advertisementIndia had scripted a rampaging 304-run victory in the first Test with opener Shikhar Dhawan smashing a career-best 190 with regular openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay, left out injured.Dhawan smashed a 168-ball 190 in the first innings to steer India to a mammoth total of 600 and help it take a firm grip on the match, which eventually they never let go.Abhinav Mukund also scored a crafty 81 in the second essay which had Kohli’s unbeaten 103.At No.3 the ever-dependable Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a patient 153 off 265 balls at Galle, notched up his 13th century in his landmark 50th Test.Spin twin Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up a five-wicket haul each in the match.last_img read more

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