January 19

Lynx capture 4th WNBA title, overcome Sparks in 5 games

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Cavs, 76ers get to see their tantalizing guard combinations Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coach Cheryl Reeve has always regretted not getting Fowles more involved late in Game 5 a year ago, andthey made sure to force-feed their MVP this time around to close the door. After Parker’s 3 cut Minnesota’s lead to 68-64, Fowles corralled a loose ball and finger-rolled it in just ahead of the shot clock buzzer for a 70-64 lead.The Lynx looked to have things in control when Augustus’s jumper gave them a 79-67 lead that lasted until Jantel Lavender’s layup with 90 seconds to go. But Riquna Williams hit two free throws and Sims had two steals for layups, one of which she converted for a three-point play to pull Los Angeles within 79-76 with 35 seconds to go.But Moore responded with a tough pull-up in the lane and Fowles hit a couple of foul shots to ice it.“We’re not a team and I’m not a person to make excuses,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “We just didn’t do what we needed to do to …”A rivalry this tight just had to come down to a Game 5, and Minnesota forced it with an 80-69 victory Sunday in Los Angeles. The Sparks and Lynx went five games last year before Los Angeles won on a last-second put-back from Ogwumike. The previous 12 meetings between these two teams, starting with Game 1 of last year’s finals, had a cumulative score of 908-908.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Odyssey Sims of the Los Angeles Sparks and Lindsay Whalen #13 of the Minnesota Lynx go after a loose ball during the fourth quarter of Game Five of the WNBA Finals on October 4, 2017 at Williams in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lynx defeated the Sparks 85-76 to win the championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and broke her own WNBA Finals record by grabbing 20 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to their fourth championship in seven years with an 85-76 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 5 on Wednesday.Maya Moore had 18 points and 10 rebounds and hit a huge runner with 26 seconds to play, Lindsay Whalen had 17 points and eight assists and Seimone Augustus added 14 points to help the Lynx move level with the Houston Comets for most titles in league history.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “I think every time you do this, it gets a little more special because it gets a little harder,” Whalen said. “And more meaningful because you know it’s not easy. It’s not something we try to take for granted ever.”Candace Parker had 19 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for the Sparks, who were looking to become the first repeat champions in 15 years. Chelsea Gray had 15 points and eight assists, but Nneka Ogwumike fouled out with 5:29 to play and finished with 11 points. Los Angeles turned it over 17 times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWith a team that had the makings of a new dynasty bearing down on it, the Lynx responded to reassert their own. They have been in the finals in six of the last seven years and now find themselves in the company of Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and the Comets that dominated the league’s early days.“They wanted to take their place next to the Houston Comets,” coach Cheryl Reeve said. “So they did it.”The game the Lynx rule now is bigger, faster and deeper and the proud core of Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Augustus and Whalen have had to earn everything they’ve accomplished. They led by 12 in the third quarter, but Los Angeles pushed right back, trimming the deficit to four at the start of the fourth. MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up A capacity crowd packed Williams Arena, turning one of the oldest basketball arenas in the country into a rollicking women’s hoops mecca, reminiscent of Whalen’s days here as a star for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. The old “Barn” is filled with obstructed views — seats behind support posts and under awnings that make seeing the court difficult.They were all filled on Wednesday night, and even if they had to crane their necks for the right view, they saw a game as long on turnovers as it was tension. The Lynx turned it over 18 times, but were able to overcome that with 22 points off of the Sparks’ mistakes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

January 12

Another week, another scandal – Nandlall

first_img…more contracts unlawfully awarded under APNU/AFCFormer Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, in his weekly feature “Unruly Horse”, has posited that in the 22 months of its being in office, the Coalition Government has violated the country’s procurement laws in regard to the award of State contracts more times than it had accused the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) of doing in over a decade.Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall“I will argue – and if necessary provide the evidence to demonstrate – that there have been more contracts awarded ultra vires and in violation of the Procurement Act (2003) between May 2015 (and) March 2017, (22 months) than from 2003 to May 2015 (over 12 years)!” Nandlall posited.ViolationsAmong the violations to which he alluded were: handpicking an awardee for the Fedders Lloyd contract for construction of the Specialty Hospital; the hundreds of millions awarded for the clean-up of Georgetown; the billions spent on construction of the D’Urban Park; the Parking Meter contract; the Wind Farm project; the $400 million fertilizer deal; contracts for drilling of several deep-water wells, given out by Guyana Water Inc (GWI); the hundreds of contracts being gifted in the Regions in due disregard of the regional tendering system; the rental of the Drug Bond at Sussex Street Charlestown for $14 million per month, and the more-than-$3 billion GPL meter contract.Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceNandlall charged that none of these contracts was executed within the public tendering system, and all were given in violation of the Procurement Act. This despite transparency and accountability in the public procurement process having been the most fundamental issues on the APNU/AFC political platform while they were in opposition, and the greater scrutiny they had been placed on contracts awarded in the public health system, especially those awarded to the NEWGPC.“With the barrage of allegations made of irregularities (in regard to the awarding of contracts to the NEW GPC) over the years, not a scintilla of credible evidence was every presented to support the avalanche of allegations. Significantly, one can hardly recall even a protest being lodged against any of the awards (being granted under the former regime, even though lodging a protest was) a facility available under the Procurement Act. Neither was any of these awards ever challenged in the courts on the ground that they were infected with bias, (were) capriciously done, or (were) done in a manner contrary to/and in contravention of the Procurement Act or any other law,” he posited.The only such challenge the former Attorney General recalled was one filed by a competitor of NEW GPC, alleging that the Ministry of Health’s public procurement process and that of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) were designed and skewed to create an unfair advantage in favour of NEW GPC, and thus were discriminatory against the applicant. However, Nandlall related that after the applicant had presented to the court all the requisite procedures, manuals and guidelines, including those from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Procurement Act – all of which had formed the amalgam of the Ministry’s procurement methodology – the case was dismissed because the applicant abysmally failed to prove the allegations. The former Attorney General outlined that while such pronouncement from a High Court should have put such a matter to rest, the selfsame allegations continue to abound unabated. This, he noted, comes on the heels of the Government finding itself in the midst of widespread scrutiny and criticism following the $605 million sole-sourced contract handed to a foreign company for the acquisition of pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). The contract was awarded by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence.“It is uncontroverted that this humongous procurement was done ultra vires and in contravention of the Procurement Act, and is therefore illegal and unlawful. Indeed, NPTAB was informed after the fact. A week after the matter was made public, the Minister offered her explanations in a statement,” Nandlall explained.Drug shortageNandlall contends that the Public Health Minister’s statement raises more questions than it provided answers.last_img read more

January 10

Chinese companies commit to oilsands despite setbacks and poor operating results

first_imgCALGARY — While some European and U.S. companies cut their exposure to the Canadian oilsands, China’s Big Three oil giants — CNOOC, PetroChina and Sinopec — seem content to let their bets ride even if the results haven’t been spectacular.In 2018, PetroChina produced an average of just 7,300 barrels per day of bitumen from its MacKay River thermal oilsands project, although it was designed to produce 35,000 bpd. In June, its output was about 8,700 bpd.The Beijing-based company paid $1.9 billion in 2009 for 60 per cent interests in the proposed MacKay River and Dover oilsands projects being developed by Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. (now just Athabasca Oil Corp.), then bought out the rest of MacKay for $680 million in 2012 and Dover for $1.2 billion in 2014.- Advertisement -“MacKay River is located in an area with complex geology, which creates challenges to heat up the reservoir to get the bitumen flowing,” said spokesman Davis Sheremata in an emailed statement.The company is drilling new wells and experimenting with various technologies to boost output, he said, adding a go-ahead for Dover has been put on hold until MacKay proves itself.Still, “PetroChina Canada is committed to Canada for the long-term, having maintained its investments through economically challenging times.”Advertisement CNOOC produced about 71,000 bpd from the oilsands in 2018, little changed from 66,800 bpd in 2014, shortly after it spent $15.1 billion to buy Calgary’s Nexen Energy and its diverse portfolio of domestic and international assets.“Our oilsands assets are an important part of our North American portfolio and we remain committed to our Canadian operations,” CNOOC spokesman Kyle Glennie wrote in a brief email.Meanwhile, Sinopec paid $4.65 billion to buy a nine per cent stake in the Syncrude oilsands mining consortium from ConocoPhillips in 2010 and its resulting production has been steady since, registering just over 27,000 bpd in 2018.The Chinese energy majors employ “patient capital” and it seems unlikely they will leave the oilsands anytime soon, said Jia Wang, deputy director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta.Advertisement “The assets they bought may not be the most profitable or may require more capital intensive development. … (but) these are large Chinese companies, they’re not likely to become bankrupt,” she said.“They have been through thick and thin, and different cycles of boom and bust. These (oilsands) operations in the grand scheme of these massive companies are not the largest chunk of their business so they can afford to have a presence here without incurring too much loss.”center_img Companies in this story: (TSX:ATH)Dan Healing, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

January 6

Suarez hat-trick extends Barca’s La Liga lead

first_imgReal Madrid remain off the pace in third, despite a comfortable 4-0 victory over Alaves that saw Cristiano Ronaldo net a double and Gareth Bale back on the scoresheet.It was the perfect outing for Barcelona after ninth-placed Girona had taken a shock early lead on their first-ever visit to the Camp Nou, as Coutinho, Suarez, Messi and Ousmane Dembele shone on their first start together.Portu took advantage of hesitation from Barca centre-back Samuel Umtiti to round goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and slot into an empty net to put Girona ahead in La Liga’s newest Catalan derby.The hosts took less than two minutes to get back on level terms, though, as Messi collected the ball in midfield before sending Suarez through to score.Messi’s wizardry put Ernesto Valverde’s side in front on the half-hour mark, after Suarez touched down a long pass from Andres Iniesta for the Argentinian.It looked as though the chance had gone when Messi was forced wide, but the league’s top scorer showed trademark footwork to jink past several defenders before slotting into the bottom corner.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was running the show, and he doubled the advantage just seven minutes later with a low free-kick under the wall.“It always seems that he has done everything and then suddenly, he surprises us again, as with his free kick. It sounds easy but it is not,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.Having gone five games without a goal before his crucial equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the Champions League in midweek, Messi has scored three in two games.Barcelona’s fourth goal came on the stroke of half-time with Girona’s defenders left begging for the interval after Messi’s perfectly-weighted pass found Coutinho to square for Suarez to tap in.The Catalan giants eased off slightly in the second half, but Coutinho got off the mark in the league in style as he cut inside and curled a long-range strike into the far corner.French winger Dembele played his part too late on as he crossed from the left for Suarez to complete a hat-trick.After a slow start to the campaign, the Uruguayan forward has now scored 17 goals in his last 14 league matches.– Selfless Ronaldo –Heads up: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real down Alaves 4-0 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUEarlier on Saturday, Real coach Zinedine Zidane hailed Ronaldo’s selflessness after the forward gave up the chance of a hat-trick by allowing Benzema to take a late penalty at the Santiago Bernabeu.Zidane restored Bale to the starting XI to reunite the ‘BBC’ front line of the Welshman, Ronaldo and Benzema.Ronaldo, whose first goal was created by a magnificent Benzema flick, stood aside in the 89th minute to allow the Frenchman to convert only his fourth league goal of the season.“The gesture of Cristiano is very important,” said Zidane. “After the game he played, Karim just needed to score a goal.“He (Ronaldo) had opportunities, he scored twice. After there is this gesture of Cristiano for Karim.“This proves that between them, there is a good atmosphere, a good relationship, and to win and continue what we’re doing, it’s super important.”The reigning champions’ title hopes are all but over, with Real 14 points adrift of Barca, but a run of four straight wins has ended any worries of missing out on a Champions League spot.“Confidence returns from playing these kinds of matches,” added Zidane.“After our match against PSG (3-1 win in Champions League), we’ve been doing much better, maybe there was a missing part or something like that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Suarez, Coutinho and Messi were all on song as Barcelona thrashed Girona © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Feb 25 – Luis Suarez hit a hat-trick and Philippe Coutinho scored a brilliant first league goal for Barcelona as the La Liga leaders thrashed Girona 6-1 on Saturday to open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table.Lionel Messi continued his return to goalscoring form with a double to reach 30 in all competitions for the season, as Barca extended their advantage over closest title rivals Atletico Madrid, who visit Sevilla on Sunday.last_img read more

December 25

Gang killings raise alarm with LAPD

first_imgPANORAMA CITY – After two slayings in a week shattered a fragile truce between rival gangs – including a brazen shootout – the LAPD said Monday that it plans to flood the area with officers to prevent the violence from escalating. Authorities said a slaying Sunday evening was in retaliation for a fatal drive-by shooting Oct. 2 – the victims being members of two local gangs who could be fighting for control of the drug trade. “We know that there will be funerals and there will be memorials and there will be a lot of emotion within the gangs and within the families of these gang members,” said LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore, the Valley Bureau’s commanding officer. “We’ve got to do everything we can to try to steer that emotion away from further violence. That is not the answer.” One man was killed and three others wounded – including a bystander hit by a stray bullet – about 6 p.m. Sunday in the 8700 block of Memory Park Avenue near Parthenia Place, officials said. On Oct. 2, Gerardo Fajardo, 20, of Van Nuys was shot to death in the 8700 block of Burnet, a block away from Sunday’s shootout. Both slayings occurred in a 1.3-mile area bordered by Van Nuys and Roscoe boulevards, Nordhoff Street and the San Diego Freeway, which police have identified as a problem area. In September, police launched a Safer Cities Initiative to focus on the area, assigning eight officers and a sergeant to patrol the area four nights each week. “This has been going on for months,” said a 28-year-old woman who lives in the area. “Last year, someone got killed every month over here.” Three gangs operate in the area, including the two involved in the latest feud. “It may be nothing more than arguing over a corner and may extend to who controls the sale and distribution of narcotics in the area,” Moore said. “This is one of the realities of gang violence, and of the gang lifestyle, and the risk that it poses to the community and to the general safety of these neighborhoods.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The occupants of two vehicles – a white pickup truck and a black Chevrolet sedan – began shooting at each other while driving toward each other on Memory Park Avenue. At least one of the passengers was firing a rifle, Mission Area Capt. Kirk Albanese said. Three people in the Chevrolet were hit, and the driver died, Albanese said. Police are still looking for the pickup truck and its passengers. Anyone with information on the shootout should contact Mission Area homicide detectives at (818) 838-9810. A woman standing outside near her house on Burnet Avenue – about a half-mile from the scene – was hit in the neck by a stray bullet, Albanese said. She underwent surgery Monday and was expected to recover. “We are aggressively working to ensure that we don’t have retaliation,” Albanese said. “We will have a very certain, unmistakable presence in the community.” last_img read more

December 19

World’s Fastest Computer Approaches Brain Power

first_imgIBM has broken the petaflops barrier.  What’s that, you ask?  In computing lingo, it stands for a quadrillion floating-point operations per second.  The new Roadrunner supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory has set a new record for computing speed that may usher in a new era of scientific analysis of complex systems: “Roadrunner gives scientists the ability to quickly render mountainous problems into mere molehills, or model systems that previously were unthinkably complex.”  Such as?….    Science Daily reported something even more amazing.  Roadrunner is now able to mimic some of the complex neural reactions going on in the human brain.  “To date, computers have been unable to match human performance on such visual tasks as flawlessly detecting an oncoming automobile on the highway or distinguishing a friend from a stranger in a crowd of people,” the article said.  “Roadrunner is now changing the game.”    One test program called PetaVision tries to model how the brain performs vision.  “PetaVision models the human visual system–mimicking more than 1 billion visual neurons and trillions of synapses.”  Because there are about a quadrillion synapses in the human brain, an artificial brain is finally entering the ballpark of keeping up with the biological computer.    One researcher put it, “Just a week after formal introduction of the machine to the world, we are already doing computational tasks that existed only in the realm of imagination a year ago.”  Imagination is a human intellectual skill carried on with the aid of the brain.  It’s not clear if the researchers have calculated how many petaflops would be required to perform that feat.  It might require exaflops (quintillions), zettaflops (sextillions) or yottaflops (septillions), if one can imagine such numbers.Did you catch the point of this story?  Decades of human intelligent planning and engineering and experience have gone into producing a monstrosity of big iron that is just now getting up to the capability of keeping up with one operation of your brain, vision.  The man-made machine occupies a room of metal, wires, and sophisticated circuitry that requires electricity, artificial cooling and a team of system administrators, to say nothing of programmers, to operate.    Your brain, by contrast, occupies only three pounds of soft tissue.  It is self-contained on a mobile platform.  And it’s doing a lot more than processing vision.  It is keeping tabs on trillions of cells, running your heart, lungs, digestive tract, spleen, pancreas, liver, glands, immune system and dozens of other systems in the background without your conscious control, responding to hearing, smell, taste, touch, balance, temperature and kinesthetic senses, searching through memories, thinking, imagining, feeling and much more.  All this occurs in a compact space of only 1350 cc.  You don’t have to plug it in.  You don’t have to keep it in a refrigerated room.  You can take it skiing or out to the desert, and you can even swim with it.  And it runs on hamburgers and water!    This article should be standing in awe of the brain, but it’s all about glorifying man for building his own paltry excuse for a computer.  Inside their own skulls is the most astonishing supercomputer in the known universe!  Where is the praise to the Creator that should be due for His gift of such a powerful and multi-functional machine?  On the contrary, the common mythology of our day is that brains evolved by chance over millions of years of undirected, random processes.    Learn to see the real take-home lesson in science news.  The important lesson is not always the hyped one.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

November 28

Creamline gets bronze in PVL

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “When you see Lau (Schaudt) and Dao (Kaewpin), they really want to go home with a medal and help the team.That’s where we drew our inspiration,” said Valdez.Kannika Thipachot topped the Power Smashers with 21 points, while Hyapa Amporn had 16 in the defeat.Jovelyn Prado also got 12 points in the fourth-place finish.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cignal claims PVL men’s crown Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline powered past Power Smashers and claimed the third place trophy in four sets, 25-20, 11-25, 25-20, 25-19, in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division Tuesday at Philsports Arena in Pasig.Guest player Kuttika Kaewpin led the charge for the Cool Smashers with 20 points, all on kills, to go on top of 15 excellent digs to carry her side to the bronze medal.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Conference MVP Alyssa Valdez provided the perfect complement with her 16 markers, built on 10 hits, five service aces, and a block, while Laura Schaudt had nine in the win.Creamline surrendered the second set to the Power Smashers, 25-11, but woke up just in time as Kuttika and Valdez teamed up in the next two sets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were in a position where we didn’t realize that we’ll be able to be in this stage,” bared Valdez in Filipino. “I think in that second set, we were overwhelmed and doubted ourselves if we can do this. But our coaches helped us overcome the hurdle that was the Power Smashers, who doesn’t stop fighting back in the game, and they reminded us to continue playing.”The Power Smashers kept themselves alive in the fourth set and trimmed the deficit to two, 20-18, but their late errors doomed their comeback attempt as Schaudt capped off the victory with a killer hit. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

November 28

SA vs WI: De Villiers hits a ton as SA win by 7 wickets

first_imgSouth African batsman Abraham Benjamin de Villiers celebrated his century as his team-mates celebrated a fine seven wicket win over the West Indies in New Delhi on Thursday. ScoreChasing a meagre 223 for victory in their World Cup Group B match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, the South Africans reached the target in the 43rd over.Their chase was disrupted by light showers post the 38th over when the team total was 199/ 3 with de Villiers batting on 97 and J.P. Duminy on 28. The match resumed within minutes giving de Villiers an opportunity to complete his ton. De Villiers remained unbeaten on 107 and Duminy on 42.However, the Proteas didn’t get off to a good start losing early wickets in their chase. First they lost their opener Hashim Amla and then it was the big-match player Jacques Kallis to walk off the crease with 4 runs written against his name.Both wickets fell in controversial fashion. In case of Amla (14), paceman Kemar Roach had overstepped slightly while bowling and Kallis had just walked off after being caught by skipper Darren Sammy in the slip off left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn. There was doubt that the ball had carried off his bat. South Africa fell to 20/2 in 5 overs. Whatever the case, the spinner-pacer combination worked well for the West Indies.AB de Villiers raises his bat post his 50. He scored a ton. APBut South Africa, considering the form that they are in, had little reason to worry and their skipper Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers went about their business as usual. The two put on an impressive 119 runs for third wicket milking the opposition bowlers at ease.Their partnership lasted for more than an hour and erased away the early advantage that the Windies had earned. Finally in the 29th over, paceman Kieron Pollard curved in a delivery to left-hander Smith and uprooted his off-stump on 139/3. Smith fell for 45. advertisementWest Indies inningsWest Indies were all out for 222 as the opposition bowlers tightened the noose at death.South Africa skipper Graeme Smith put the Windies in the middle and West Indies opener Chris Gayle departed on the third ball of the match with offie Johan Botha claiming his wicket.A surprising decision by South Africa skipper Graeme Smith to give the ball to off-spinner Johan Botha in the very first over. But, the moved paid off as in the third ball of the over he struck to send danger-man Chris Gayle back into the pavilion.A good length ball from Botha pitched outside off took the edge off Gayle’s bat to and Jacques Kallis did the rest in the first slip. West Indies slumped to 2/1 in the very first over.One wicket down early on but West Indies had little to fear as their other opener Devon Smith and new man Darren Bravo continued to bat on and frustrate the Protea bowlers. The duo put on 111 for the second wicket before a change in bowling accounted for Bravo on 113/2.On this occasion too it was Botha, who did the trick, claiming him Leg Before. Bravo scored a fine 73 off 82 balls. Post his dismissal Smith too fell on 117/3 with another spinner Imran Tahir claiming his wicket on 36.Tahir struck again to scalp another danger-man Ramnaresh Sarwan when the West Indies score was 120. He only put two on board before a LBW decision send him back.Then Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwyane Bravo got on with another partnership. They put on 58 runs for fifth wicket before Bravo got run out on 40. The Windies score at this juncture was 178/5 in 37.5 overs.However, post Dwyane Bravo’s wicket the West Indies batting line-up faltered and they lost quick wickets. Chanderpaul departed when the score was 209/6 and South African paceman Dale Steyn claimed Kieron Pollard on a duck when the score was 213/7. From here on things became easy for the Protea pacers, who got busy counting the opposition scalps.West Indies could only manage to put 222 on board and were bowled out in the 48th over.last_img read more

November 18

Belgium Eliminates Brazil, Advances to World Cup Semifinals

first_imgKAZAN, Russia (AP) — Neymar used Brazil’s famed yellow jersey to shield his anguish. The Belgians, clad in red and dancing in a celebratory circle nearby, couldn’t hide their relief.Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years, holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1 Friday in one of the country’s greatest soccer feats.“We’ve achieved something that is really beautiful,” said Kevin De Bruyne, who scored Belgium’s second goal, “and it’s not easy.”Belgium eliminated Brazil by successfully fusing the attacking potency of De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku with the creativity of Eden Hazard and the goalkeeping exploits of Thibaut Courtois. Plus an own-goal from Brazil.It all adds up to a semifinal match against France on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.“Just treasure it and pass it down in the generations,” Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said, still seemingly in awe of what his team achieved at the Kazan Arena.Belgium took the lead after a slice of good fortune involving a pair of Manchester City teammates who were on opposing sides. Brazil midfielder Fernandinho’s trailing right arm inadvertently helped Belgium captain Vincent Kompany’s header land in his own net in the 13th minute.De Bruyne then completed a counterattack launched by Lukaku to double the lead in the 31st minute.As Belgium lost cohesiveness in the second half and Brazil’s changes stirred the team, substitute Renato Augusto reduced the deficit in the 76th with a header. But it was too late for Brazil to muster an equalizer as Courtois thwarted several efforts to force the game into extra time.While Belgium’s golden generation is finally flourishing, Neymar is leading Brazil home after failing to live up to the expectations that come with being soccer’s most expensive player. Crouching on the field, he pulled his shirt over his face while Belgium exalted in victory.Humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals fours year ago on home soil with Neymar out injured, Brazil didn’t even get that far this time. Just like defending champion Germany and Argentina before them, the Kazan Arena is where Brazil’s World Cup challenge ended.“Randomness happened and it was cruel to us,” Brazil coach Tite said. “It was hard to swallow.”Especially after Brazil conceded only one goal in the previous four games in Russia. But the defense was breached after 13 minutes in Tatarstan. Fernandinho’s own-goal ensured for the first time since March 2017 that Brazil was trailing in a competitive match. Unlike then — an eventual 4-1 victory over Uruguay — there was no comeback.Not when Courtois was proving to be an impenetrable barrier in the Belgium goal, denying Marcelo’s strike before the lead was extended by De Bruyne.“They were more effective,” Tite said, struggling to hold back tears. “Not a superiority in terms of performance, but in terms of effectiveness on the pitch.”Belgium held on even after Philippe Coutinho’s cross was headed in by Augusto, who managed to evade Kompany and Jan Vertonghen three minutes after replacing Paulinho.“Sometimes you have to accept that Brazil has got this finesse, that quality, and that they’re going to break you down, and (Belgium) just refused to accept that,” Martinez said. “This is something special.”Belgium, which finished fourth at the 1986 tournament and has never won the European Championship, is now on a 24-match unbeaten streak.NEYMARCriticized for his playacting, Neymar went down lightly under minimal contact from Marouane Fellaini at the start of the second half when Brazil trailed 2-0. But as the referee started to seek a video review, Neymar appeared to urge against it. A booking — if he got one for diving — would have ruled him out the semifinals.SUSPENDEDBelgium will be without defender Thomas Meunier for the semifinals after tripping Neymar and earning a second yellow card of the tournament.“I don’t regret the yellow card, it was for the sake of the team,” Meunier said, “and we have a good bench.”EUROPE’S RULEThere is guaranteed to be a fourth straight European team winning the World Cup on July 15 in Moscow.Just like in 1966, 1982 and 2006, the semifinals will feature only teams from Europe.Either England or Sweden will face either Russia or Croatia in the other semifinal match on Wednesday in Moscow — a day after Belgium plays France in St. Petersburg.“We’re on equal footing with France,” De Bruyne said. “The difference between the teams is minimal.”By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 16

Marwijk expects tough challenge from UAE

first_imgBert van Marwijk Saudi Arabia coach Bert van Marwijk expects tough challenge from UAE Last updated 2 years ago 04:01 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) BERT VAN MARWIJK NETHERLANDS 06132012 Bongarts UAE v Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia UAE WC Qualification Asia Saudi Arabia face UAE in an AFC World Cup qualifying match in Al Ain and coach Bert van Marwijk expects a difficult test. Saudi Arabia gear up to face UAE in the AFC World Cup qualifying Group B fixture at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday.The Green Falcons may have lost out to Australia on Matchday Eight but after the UAE failed to win against Thailand and Group B leaders Japan drew with Iraq, they remain strongly placed to return to the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time since 2006.However, head coach Bert van Marwijk is not taking UAE for granted and instead expects a tough encounter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “The match against the Emirates will be tough because they have a chance and they will go for a chance. They will be frantic in the beginning and we are prepared for it,” said the Saudi coach.The Dutchman also insists that his team are looking to fine tune certain aspects of their game to get the better of their opponents.“Now we are focusing more towards the strength and weakness of the opponents and always looking to improve with every game.We don’t have any problem with pressure. When you want to reach top level then you need pressure and should know to handle pressure as well. We have to win this first game first and then think of the next match against Japan.” Thailand Saudi Arabia 2018 World Cup qualifiersVan Marwijk confirmed that Mohammad Al Breik should be in action on Tuesday.“Defender Mohammad Al Breik is down with an injury. He has a problem with his ankle but I think he will be fit for the match.”UAE star Omar Abdulrahman is a doubt for the game as he recovers from a back spasm but Van Marwijk claims his team will have the same game plan regardless of the midfielder’s availability.“We play the same way against all the teams. It doesn’t matter if Amoory is playing or not. We are going to play the way we do and are prepared for any challenge.”Our players may have played few matches in the national league but we have to concentrate more. We have a chance to qualify directly and we had a 75 per cent chance before we played against Australia. However, now we have to work very very hard,” added van Marwijk.last_img read more