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Posted On May 31 2020 by

first_imgThe Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey (SBACNJ) has joined the Matawan Rotary Charitable Foundation again as a co-sponsor of Saturday’s second annual Matawan 5K Run & Walk. Benefiting the Monmouth County Habitat for Humanity and other local charities, the event will be held on Saturday in historic downtown Matawan. Participants in the Matawan 5K Run & Walk will receive T-shirts and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each of the age groups. Spectators and participants will enjoy music, food and festive atmosphere. The race will be held rain or shine. The entry fee is $25 and tax-deductible donations/sponsorships are also available. Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. in the Terhune Park across from the Matawan Community Center, located at 201 Broad St. (off Route 34.) The lineup is at 8 a.m., and the run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m. This year’s certified course will begin at Terhune Park, down Historic Main Street and through the scenic borough of Matawan. Headquartered in Lakewood, SBACNJ is a trade association for the home-building industry. Members include home builders, developers, architects, landscapers, subcontractors, tradesmen and consulting professionals serving Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex and Mercer counties. To find out more about the race, SBACNJ and the Matawan Rotary Club, visit www.shorebuilders.org and www.matawanrotary.org. The SBACNJ can also be reached at (732) 364-2828. The Middletown Soccer Club U12 Boys United Red Devils has a few openings for the 2007-08 season. They are in particular need of a goalkeeper. Birth date should be between Aug. 1, 1995, and July 31, 1996. Travel experience preferred. Contact Ron Hyers at (732) 787-3429, rdhyers2@aol.com, or Shawn Fiore at (732) 319-5210, shawnfiore5@hotmail.com.last_img read more


Formula One faces big shake-up after Liberty deal

Posted On May 26 2020 by

first_imgFormula One faces its biggest shake-up in decades with the announcement on Wednesday that U.S. cable TV mogul John Malone’s Liberty Media has agreed to take control of the cash-generating glamour sport.The deal, which has an enterprise value of $8 billion according to a company statement, heralds a new era for Formula One, a European-dominated sport that has long sought to break into the U.S. market and win fresh audiences.It could also accelerate the exit of 85-year-old Bernie Ecclestone, the Briton who has run the sport for nearly 40 years and built up a business with annual turnover of around $1.9 billion.Liberty Media said in a statement, which ended a long-running saga surrounding the sport’s ownership and potential flotation, that it was acquiring an initial 18.7 per cent stake from controlling shareholder CVC Capital Partners.The company hopes to complete a deal for the remainder by the first quarter of 2017.The statement added that Chase Carey, the executive vice-chairman of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and a director of Sky News owner Sky Plc, will take over as chairman of the board of Formula One’s parent company with Ecclestone remaining as CEO.“I greatly admire Formula One as a unique global sports entertainment franchise attracting hundreds of millions of fans each season from all around the world,” Carey said.“I see great opportunity to help Formula One continue to develop and prosper for the benefit of the sport, fans, teams and investors alike.”Ecclestone added that he welcomed the company into the sport and looked forward to working with them.The deal will be subject to the approval of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), the governing body for Formula One and other global motorsport series, and European anti-trust regulators.CVC acquired majority control of Formula One in March 2006 and has since recouped its money many times over with billions of dollars in revenues.DEAL-MAKEREcclestone has been the deal-maker, securing lucrative television contracts and hosting fees with countries such as Abu Dhabi and Azerbaijan that are eager to feature on what is now a calendar with a record 21 races.A controversial figure, who has become as much a celebrity as any of the drivers, ‘Bernie’ has been a part of Formula One ever since the 1950s.A former team owner, he secured the television rights in the late 1970s and transformed the sport into one of the world’s richest.Reluctant to delegate, he has not groomed a successor and critics have accused him of holding back the sport through a failure to embrace fully new media or the digital marketplace, something Liberty is expected to make a priority.“Maybe it is good news that an American media company buys F1,” Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff said at the weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.“There are things we can learn from the American way, particularly in the digital areas…they will have a close look and then analyse what they think needs to be changed and what needs to remain.”Team bosses and other paddock insiders expect Ecclestone to be eased out only gradually, given his intimate knowledge of the business.CVC has twice tried to float Formula One but the plans stalled and the fund instead sold stakes to U.S. investment groups BlackRock and Waddell & Reed, along with Norway’s Norges Bank.It sold down its holding from 63 per cent in 2012 in deals that at the time gave the business an enterprise value, which includes debt and equity, of $9.1 billion.That left CVC with a 35.5 per cent stake in Delta Topco, Formula One’s parent company, with Waddell & Reed having 20.9 per cent. Among other investors, Ecclestone holds 5.3 per cent and his family’s Bambino Trust another 8.5 per cent.Malone’s Liberty Global is the world’s largest international TV and broadband company, operating in more than 30 countries in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean through a series of different brand names.Liberty Media has interests in the Atlanta Braves baseball team, satellite radio service Sirius XM, entertainment group Live Nation LYV.N, and minority interests in Time Warner TWX.N and Viacom VIAB.O.last_img read more


APOEL out for revenge against Astana in Europa League opener

Posted On May 26 2020 by

first_imgAPOEL will be out for revenge when they host Astana in their opening Europa League group game at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia on Thursday (8pm), after the Kazakhstani side denied them a spot in last year’s Champions League group stage.Last August, the Cypriots were six minutes away from taking their Champions League playoff to extra-time but Nemanja Maksimovic’s strike stunned the home crowd, and the game still remains fresh in the minds of both the players and supporters.One person who was not part of that experience was APOEL boss Thomas Christiansen, who will be taking charge of his first European group stage match. The Danish coach has all of his players available for selection, one of whom is the club’s latest signing, Facundo Bertoglio. Big things are expected of the Argentine attacking midfielder, but it remains uncertain as to whether he is match fit to start on Thursday, having made just two substitute appearances this campaign.Astana remain under the same management as last year, with former Anorthosis boss Stanimir Stoilov at the helm. Seemingly content with his squad, Stoilov has added just two new signings over the summer in Konstantin Engel and Igor Shitov.As was the case last year against Astana, it was a 1-1 home draw in the Champions League playoff round that saw APOEL miss out on making the group stage against Copenhagen. Since that result, the Nicosia club have responded well, winning their opening two league matches against Ermis and Salamina, scoring seven and conceding none.The Kazakhstan Premier League is in its latter stages, and Astana currently top the division. However, last Saturday’s game will not have done any good for morale. Astana were seven points clear of second-placed Kairat ahead of kick-off and, though several players were rested with APOEL in mind, a 4-1 loss at home to their rivals was certainly not on the cards.APOEL press officer Nektarios Petevinos spoke to Super Sport FM where he discussed the upcoming match, which he believes will play a key part in determining whether his side can progress to the knockout stages.“It is an important game for our future in the competition; I would describe it as crucial. There is Olympiacos, and from then on three other teams who will fight for second place,” said Petevinos.“This year, we want to start our campaign differently, with a win. Each win you manage at home counts double. We must take full advantage of playing at home,” he concluded.Club president Prodromos Petrides also gave his thoughts, highlighting APOEL’s proven capability of competing in Europe.“It will be a big step for Cyprus. We see how difficult it is for the national team against other international sides,” Petrides told Cytavision. “APOEL, without trying to imply anything, stands much more dignified in any competition it competes in. We will try to honour APOEL and Cypriot football.”In European qualifying so far this campaign, APOEL have beaten The New Saints and Rosenborg 3-0, before drawing 1-1 against Copenhagen. In the Europa League groups last year, they recorded just one win – against Asteras Tripolis at home – and lost the other five, and will therefore be looking for a good start to serve as a springboard for a more successful campaign.last_img read more


Pocari Sweat racks 2nd straight win

Posted On Jan 20 2020 by

first_imgMOST READ Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSeemingly shrugging off its early struggles this conference, Pocari Sweat claimed its second straight victory with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 win over Perlas in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Myla Pablo fired 11 of her 13 points from kills, while Jeanette Panaga added 12 markers to help the Lady Warriors even their standings at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely With 3 games remaining, GlobalPort changes import anew Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Elaine Kasilag also had 12 points in the win, while Cai Nepomuceno got 10.“I guess the team is now having a better flow. They are now adjusting to playing without our imports and we’re satisfied with how they are playing in our last three games,” said Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Lady Warriors were in full control for the majority of the match, but had to shake off the Perlas Spikers in the third set after they closed in, 18-17.Panaga, though, came to the rescue as she scored two straight hits as Pocari capitalized on Perlas’ errors late to cruise to its second straight sweep. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Dzi Gervacio led Perlas (2-2) with eight points, while Amy Ahomiro got five in the defeat. /atmSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead View commentslast_img read more


Streak stopper

Posted On Jan 17 2020 by

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Fuel Masters gave the Batang Pier—a squad that clamps down on its foes to under a hundred points—a dose of their own defensive medicine as they never allowed NorthPort to get into any groove on the way to rising to a 3-4 card.A winner of their last four games, the Batang Pier missed grabbing the solo lead from idle TNT after dropping to 7-2, and they would need to get that one more win for a top two berth against either Columbian or Meralco.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMatthew Wright spearheaded the Fuel Masters valiant stand as he was hot from afar all night on the way to 28 points.He also finished with six assists and five rebounds. “You just blank out. I’m just happy my teammates put mein a position to succeed,” Wright said of his sterling offensive game, before pointing a finger at the bigger reason that they won.“We did a much better job [on defense] today. As long as we rotate on defense, scrambling, we have a chance [in winning],” the Gilas Pilipinas gunslinger added.Coach Louie Alas believes it was the team’s effort clearing the boards that gave them a fighting chance against a top-ranked team.“We’re becoming consistent once again with our strength, which is our rebounding,” he said. “Fifty-six [against] 46 in rebounding, so [that meant] extra possessions for us.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Creamline trips Army, catches PetroGazz on top “While we weren’t able to stop their fast-break points, we did contain it,” Alas added.Three more from Phoenix’s starting unit turned in double-digit outputs, with import Richard Howell posting 18 points to go with 15 rebounds and three steals.Mo Tautuaa and Kevin Ferrer paced NorthPort with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Robert Bolick and skipper Sean Anthony came off the bench to finish in double digits and combine for 27 points.Prince Ibeh, NorthPort’s import, had just 12 points and 10 rebounds.“They’re a good team. First place for a reason. But we just had to pick our poison,” Wright said of the new-look Batang Pier, who can still finish at No. 2 even if they go 1-1 in their last two games to close out elimination.Alas, while commending Wright for his pinpoint shooting, noted that his ward could still work on “controlling his emotions” as their campaign plods along, and more importantly with the defending champions up next.The Fuel Masters and the Gin Kings—who are on a two-game winning streak—tangle Friday at the Big Dome.NorthPort’s penultimate assignment is Columbian, which it goes up against a week from now also at Smart Araneta. Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing LATEST STORIES Unforgiving defensively and playing the other end relentlessly, Phoenix Pulse on Wednesday stopped NorthPort dead on its tracks, with a 97-87 win, denying the Batang Pier an outright top two berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knickslast_img read more


‘I cheat because others cheat’: Kenya struggles against doping

Posted On Jan 17 2020 by

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Alex trains in Iten, hallowed ground for aspiring Kenyan runners who dream of following their idols from the high plateau above the Rift Valley to the Olympic podium and record books.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsBut most do not make the big league.Nearly a thousand Kenyans earn a living competing in marathons across the globe, according to the Athletics Integrity Unit, runners whose times — though unnoteworthy at home — would make them stars anywhere else.They are not taking home the tens of thousands on offer at major marathons but pick up a few hundred, maybe the odd thousand, in second and third-tier races.These prizes are fiercely coveted by the enormous pool of talented Kenyans. Placing anywhere high-up could support whole families for months, in a country where many live on little more than $1 a day.ADVERTISEMENT Marathon runners carry out a ‘speed-work’ along the back roads Iten, known colloquially as the ‘world’s running capital’, legendary for producing some of Kenya’s most elite athletes and a training ground for other international top distance runners on May 9, 2019. – Of the thousands of professional runners registered with Kenya’s athletic federation, only a small handful of the most elite competitors are regularly screened by the national doping watchdog Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK). (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)At first, Alex did not want to dope. The Kenyan runner wanted to compete clean, earn an honest living, and lift his family out of poverty through grit and determination.But his resolve crumbled as he realized he could not match his opponents, athletes he knew were doping and beating the system set up to catch drug cheats.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone left in awe of Chris Ross’ evolution into ‘superstar’ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Soon, Alex was boosting his performance with erythropoietin (EPO), a substance banned by the world doping watchdog but poorly regulated in Kenya.“I had to use it, in order to earn a living. You cannot compete with people already using and expect to earn something reasonable,” said Alex, who spoke with AFP on condition of anonymity and asked that his name be changed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Sport today is not clean.”Kenyans are legendary marathoners, making up 38 of the world’s top 100 runners in 2019. But the country’s anti-doping authorities have struggled to stamp out a culture of drug use in its fabled athletic fraternity. Tony said he knew there were dangers “and I could die anytime”.“But I take the risk, because I have to take care of myself and my brothers and sisters.”Many athletes are convinced there is no point going clean, because the system is rigged from the top down.“In Kenya, most people are corrupt. To get rid of doping or cheating in athletics, you have to fight corruption first,” said Tony.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? Duque explains Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:09Trump: Don’t feel like I’m being impeached02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station It is among this class of competitor — professional-grade, but not elite — that doping is most rampant and unchecked, athletes say.“You don’t have to be an elite athlete, be on the national team, go to the big races, to make money,” said a pharmacist in Eldoret, a city near Iten, who sells EPO to runners for $20 (17 euros) a dose.‘We need more testing’Kenya was forced to confront its doping problem in 2016 when a string of high-profile scandals almost saw the country blacklisted from the Olympic Games in Rio.It scraped through, promising to stamp out cheating through tough new laws penalizing users and dealers and a newly-established anti-doping agency (ADAK).Drug tests jumped ten-fold in a matter of years.A blood testing laboratory approved by the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) opened in Nairobi in 2018. For the first time, Kenya was able to create biological passports for about 40 of its top athletes.Big names — including Olympic gold medallists Jemima Sumgong and Asbel Kiprop — were among the Kenyan stars to test positive in the years after the Rio scare.But a whole class of international-grade runners, one step below the best, have gone virtually undetected.These athletes are not subjected to regular testing by ADAK, which does not have the funds or manpower to monitor such a huge pool of runners. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Benefits of township living LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Efforts to curb the supply of doping substances have been hamstrung in Kenya by lax regulation and the absence of a scheme to trace the drugs back to suppliers, hospitals and pharmacies.Spot inspections are also rare, if ever.“There’s no one there. There is no controlling body. It’s pretty easy as long as you have a license,” said the pharmacist in Eldoret, who declined to be named for fear of prosecution.He admitted to selling EPO to athletes, without prescription, for years, legally importing the hormone from India used to treat patients with anemia.But his real customers are runners seeking to boost the amount of oxygen being carried by their blood.In a September 2018 report, WADA described doping in Kenya as largely “opportunistic” and unsophisticated, listing EPO, corticosteroids, and nandrolone as the drugs of choice.But there can be serious consequences to doping.The pharmacist said he was aware of the risks of misusing EPO — heart attacks, stroke and high-blood pressure have been associated with its misuse — but athletes did not care.“They do it anyway, and they want it to exist,” he said.“We do it for the money. In Kenya, you can do anything for money.” “It is simple: we need to do more tests,” ADAK head Japhter Rugut told AFP.Many race organizers cannot afford to run comprehensive drug tests for all competitors, so eschew it altogether.Tony, another athlete who admits to doping, opts to compete in these races where scrutiny is low or non-existent. If there is testing in place, he avoids placing in the top three to evade suspicion, he said.Tony trains in a squad of 15 runners in Iten — at least a quarter of whom are doping, he estimated.“If people stop cheating, I’ll stop. I cheat because others have cheated,” said Tony, not his real name.Alex, who started using EPO in 2017, said he had never been tested.“In life, you have to take risks to win something reasonable,” he said.Rugut said it was difficult to test “thousands and thousands” of athletes, so ADAK was focusing on deterrence.“If people think they can compete, and there is nobody to test them, they may be tempted,” he said.Easy moneylast_img read more


Newcastle pinch last-ditch derby point

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_imgMartin O’Neill’s side negotiated the last half hour a man down after Stephane Sessegnon earned a straight red for elbowing Cheik Tiote as the pair tussled for possession, though any contact looked light.Simon Mignolet’s stunning late penalty save had looked like putting a dent in Newcastle’s European aspirations: the Belgium goalkeeper dived low to his left to keep out Demba Ba’s 83rd-minute spot kick, before Ameobi’s intervention.Alan Pardew’s team remain sixth in the English Premier League, five points clear of Liverpool in seventh but having missed an opportunity to draw level with fifth-placed Chelsea.In a sign of the times, there was just one Tyneside or Wearside native involved: Jack Colback, Sunderland’s Newcastle-born midfielder who came on as a second-half substitute.In front of a season’s best crowd for Newcastle of 52,388, Lee Cattermole set the tone for a predictably spicy 146th derby meeting.The Sunderland captain was cautioned after just 40 seconds for an ugly challenge on Tiote — a 10th booking of the season earning the midfielder a two-match suspension.However, that is likely to be extended after Cattermole earned a red card after the final whistle for dissent.Cautions far out-numbered chances before the interval with half a dozen players earning a yellow card, including Sunderland’s James McClean and the Magpies’ Danny Simpson.Their confrontation sparked a 21-man free-for-all, while rival managers Pardew and O’Neill engaged in several episodes of bad-tempered verbal jousting on the touchline.Referee Mike Dean awarded Sunderland a disputed penalty midway through the first half, booking Mike Williamson for what appeared to be a harmless piece of shirt-tugging with Michael Turner.Bendtner, restored to the starting line-up wearing a mask to protect a facial injury, beat Tim Krul low to the keeper’s right. The Dane’s 23rd-minute opener was his fourth goal of his season-long loan from Arsenal, and his first this year.Only a fine save low to his right from Krul prevented Bendtner doubling his tally soon after, thanks to a powerful shot on the turn from the edge of the area.Newcastle belatedly came to life as the half drew to a close, forcing Mignolet to beat out a firm header from Fabricio Coloccini.Ba came even closer to an equaliser from a corner when Newcastle’s 16-goal top scorer headed against the bar just five yards from goal, the Senegal forward wasting an equally clear opportunity straight after the interval when heading wide.Despite near-constant pressure after the interval from Newcastle, only a stunning double save from Krul prevented Sunderland from extending their advantage.The Dutch keeper first denied Seb Larsson after the Swede sent in an angled drive, before hurling himself full-length to block McClean’s follow-up when the Irishman looked certain to score from close range.Newcastle’s stranglehold on possession only grew in the wake of Sessegnon’s departure, substitute Hatem Ben Arfa forcing a fine near post save from Mignolet.But thanks to some inspirational defending, clear chances for the hosts were kept at a premium, until substitute Ameobi pounced from close-range after Williamson had flicked on a Yohan Cabaye cross.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, March 4 – Shola Ameobi’s injury-time equaliser rescued a dramatic point for Newcastle in a pulsating 1-1 draw with local rivals Sunderland at St James’ Park on Sunday.Ameobi pounced from close range to deny 10-man Sunderland a first win here for more than 11 years and extend his remarkable scoring record in the Tyne-Wear derby.The 30-year-old forward’s seventh career goal against the Black Cats earned a share of the spoils as the hosts avoided a first home defeat of the year after Nicklas Bendtner’s first-half penalty opened the scoring for Sunderland.last_img read more


Messi equals record as four sail to last-16

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_img“I am happy for Leo because of the work he does for the team. He is the number one, the best,” said Barca midfielder Xavi Hernandez.Bayern went through after a 2-0 victory at home to Roma, PSG saw off APOEL 1-0 while Porto beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 with their goalscorers Colombian Jackson Martinez and Algerian Yacine Brahimi both taking their tallies to four in this season’s competition.Champions Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund made sure of their last-16 places on Tuesday.However, Chelsea missed a chance to also reach the knockout stages as they had to come from behind to snatch a 1-1 draw with minnows Maribor in Slovenia.The 2012 winners, though, are in a far better state than English champions Manchester City whose mystifying failure to perform well in the competition continued as they had two men sent off in an embarrassing 2-1 home defeat to Russian outfit CSKA Moscow, who recorded their first ever win in England.Their results rounded off a poor week for English clubs in the Champions League with Liverpool losing and Arsenal drawing 3-3 with Anderlecht, the Gunners having let a 3-0 lead slip in the final half hour on Tuesday.Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk also look certain to reach the last 16 after a 5-0 thrashing of Belarus champions BATE Borisov, Luiz Adriano adding to his five goals in the 7-0 win a fortnight ago with a hat-trick to move further clear in this season’s overall scoring charts with nine.Porto’s fellow Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon are also in with a chance of reaching the next phase as they revived their campaign with a 4-2 home win over Schalke 04.Sporting’s Islam Slimani bookended the scoring, firstly putting through his own net to give the Germans the lead and then ensuring the hosts secured the points right at the end.Barcelona still trail Paris Saint-Germain by a point at the top of Group F but the Spanish side’s coach Luis Enrique was more relieved they had ended a run of two successive defeats and also avoided three consecutive away losses in the Champions League which last happened in 2005.“The attitude of the team was marvellous against an opponent that had everything to play for,” said Enrique.PSG coach Laurent Blanc was content that his side did what was needed to secure their place in the last 16 — Edinson Cavani scoring their fastest ever goal in the competition after just 57 seconds — but is keener still to top the group.“Now let’s try to go on and finish first in the group because it gives you an advantage, a small one but an advantage all the same,” said Blanc, whose side still have to travel to the Camp Nou to play Barcelona next month.Bayern’s victory against an under strength Roma starting line-up — Gervinho and Francesco Totti started on the bench — came at a price as impressive Austrian defender David Alaba, who created the first goal for Franck Ribery, suffered what appeared to be a serious knee ligament injury.“We will miss him terribly,” said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola.“However, aside from that blow we are delighted to be in the knockout phase (for the seventh successive season) already, which is very important for the club.“It also allows us to focus on the Bundesliga (they are four points clear of VfL Wolfsburg).”City’s reverse — which saw Fernandinho and Yaya Toure sent off in the second-half — left manager Manuel Pellegrini scratching his head for answers.“It is a crisis of confidence and we must find out why by talking to the players every day and working together,” said the Chilean handler.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, November 6-Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Porto all qualified for the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday with Lionel Messi setting another personal milestone.Messi scored both goals — one with a header for only the fourth time in the competition — as Barca beat Ajax 2-0 to equal Raul’s record of 71 goals in the tournament.last_img read more


Ronaldo lambasts media ‘campaign’ against him after FIFA award

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo, winner of FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award for the outstanding player of 2016, is surrounded by bodyguards as he leaves the awards ceremony in Zurich on January 9, 2017 © AFP / Michael BUHOLZERMadrid, Spain, Jan 10 – Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo claimed he had to overcome media “campaigns” against him to win FIFA’s inaugural “The Best” prize for the world’s best player in 2016.Ronaldo lifted the award at a star-studded ceremony in Zurich on Monday after a glittering year on the pitch saw him lead Madrid to Champions League glory and captain Portugal to their first ever major international triumph at Euro 2016. However, Ronaldo’s year was blighted by reports from an international consortium of media organisations in December that claimed a huge data leak involving 18 million documents showed the Portuguese hid 150 million euros ($160 million) from image rights in the British Virgin Islands.Ronaldo, 31, has strongly denied all claims of wrongdoing.“There were many doubts, many campaigns against me from inside and outside football,” Ronaldo told Spanish radio station COPE.“They wanted to hit me from all sides and the truth is The Best was The Best and that is me, so I am very happy.“They wanted me to feel bad, but as I have said ‘he who owes nothing, fears nothing in life’. As always, I have shut up a few mouths once again.”The Spanish tax authorities have committed to investigating the allegations against Ronaldo and a series of other Spanish-based sports stars named in the “Football Leaks” investigation.However, the four-time World Player of the Year insists he is calm and believes justice will be done in his favour.“It bothers me because when you do things well, when you help a lot of people and I am going to mention the award for charity work, which is one of the best awards I have in my museum.“I have helped so many people and you do so many good things, but people want to hit you to camouflage the bad things that others do.“It bothered me and it continues to bother me, but justice is always done in the end and so we are going to wait and see what happens.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Taylor Minor Hockey hosting second annual New Years Eve Bash

Posted On Jan 10 2020 by

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. –  Taylor Minor Hockey is hosting their second annual New Years Eve Bash Fundraiser this Sunday.The event will feature a 50/50 draw, cash bar, DJ, silent auction, snacks and dancing as well as safe rides home. The funds raised will go towards cross-ice mini boards and equipment required by Hockey Canada for the Pre-Novice team.Tickets are $40 for the general public or $50 (2 for $80) at the door. They are available on online at energetictickets.ca or by contacting Des at 250-262-9663.- Advertisement -The event gets underway at the Taylor Community Centre from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.last_img