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first_imgSwimmer Erwin Gawilan, meanwhile, chipped in two silver medals in 50m and 100m freestyle on top of his gold and bronze medals, while Archelle Guion bagged a silver medal in powerlifting.Godfrey Taberna won bronze in the men’s road cycling (C4) event after clocking 2 hours, 11 minutes and 24.359 seconds, behind silver medalist Najib Mohb of Malaysia (silver) and Weiguoping of China (gold).The Philippines is currently on 13th place in the medal tally with three gold, six silver and six bronze medals – surpassing its five-silver, five-bronze medal haul in the 2014 edition./PN Chess player Sander Severino is shown in this photo taken during the 9th ASEAN Para Games in 2017. He delivered for the Philippines its third gold medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. JAT TENORIO / POC-PSC MEDIA GROUP MANILA – A chess player from Silay City, Negros Occidental delivered the Philippine team’s third gold medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.Sander Severino topped the men’s singles P1 standard event on Wednesday.Fellow Filipino chess player Redor Menardo won silver. Jasper Rom and Arman Subaste, also of the Philippines, took home a bronze each.Josephine Medina settled for silver in table tennis’ women’s singles TT8 event. She lost to China’s Mao Jingdian in three sets 8-11, 3-11, 6-11 in the final match.Medina, who represented the Philippines in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Paralympics, actually had a strong start – she swept Thailand’s Kanlaya Kriabklang and China’s Huang Wenjian.last_img read more

first_img The KaTropa continued its run in the third period with baskets from Rosario and Jones for a 59-44 edge. The Kings rallied to within eight but hits from Rosario and Ryan Reyes stretched the lead to 68-55. It surged to a 2-0 edge in the best-of-fiveseries. TNT went for the finishing run in the fourth quarter with three-pointers from Castro and Brian Heruela for a 77-63 edge. It grew to its largest at 88-71 with under two minutes on Pogoy triple. Reinforcement Terrence Jones struggled offensively with just 15 points on 6-of-20 shooting but still got the job done on other categories with 19 rebounds and 10 assists for a triple-double. For the defending champions Kings, Justin Brownleehad double-double 25 points and 14 rebounds while Japeth Aguilar, Earl ScottieThompson and LA Tenorio had 14, 13 and 11 markers, respectively./PN From a 21-all deadlock after the first 12 minutes, the KaTropa trailed early in the second period before surging ahead to a 51-42 halftime lead on outside shots by Pogoy, Jones and Castro. TNT KaTropa’s Terrence Jones attacks the defense of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings’ Japeth Aguilar. PBA PHOTO Jayson Castro led the way with 20 points,including four triples, while Roger Pogoy and Jeth Troy Rosario chipped in 18and 16 markers, respectively. MANILA – With an 88-71 victory in Game 2 ofthe 2019 Honda PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals last night at the SmartAraneta Coliseum, TNT KaTropa moved closer to unseating Barangay Ginebra SanMiguel Kings.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON — Sven-Goran Eriksson quits his job as head coach of England to become manager of Chelsea where he takes over from Claudio Ranieri.No, it hasn’t happened yet, but there is a growing feeling in English football that it is an appointment waiting to happen, a question of when rather than if. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img What has become obvious since Roman Abramovich assumed control at Chelsea on July 1 is that what the Russian wants, the Russian gets.Money may not buy you love or guarantee success on the field but when you have as much of it as Abramovich does — around £4 billion ($6.5 billion) minus the £350 million he has put into Chelsea — it ensures the new power broker of world football can sign the personnel he wants.Ron Atkinson, the former Manchester United manager, jokes that Atletico Madrid’s madcap ex-president Jesus Gil once fired a coach because he had a bad preseason photo session.Ranieri would be advised to keep a permanent smile on his face and not even have a poor practice at Chelsea — the shadow of Eriksson is looming large over Stamford Bridge.It is a sign of the times, when it is front and back page lead news to report a chief executive has moved clubs.Previously players and managers only used to demand that type of coverage but now board room switches are given similar publicity and the “transfer” of Peter Kenyon from Manchester United to Chelsea had almost Beckham-style prominence earlier this week. It also saw United’s share price drop by four percent.One suggestion was that with the transfer window closed, Chelsea cannot buy any new players until Jan. 1 so Abramovich signed a chief executive instead.More seriously Kenyon’s defection underlined — if there was any need — that Chelsea is now the main players in football’s money market.Abramovich wants not just the best players, but the best of everything, and having helped United make £400 million over the last three years from commercial deals with the likes of Nike and Vodaphone, Kenyon was a natural target for the Roman revolution.Kenyon, who is currently on “gardening leave” from United, might have to wait until February to take up his new post for legal reasons. It will be worth the wait as Kenyon has doubled his United salary of £600,000 a year by moving to Chelsea, which also gave him a generous “golden hello” to succeed Trevor Birch.As Birch will probably receive around £2.5 million in compensation if he chooses to leave rather than take up another post within the Chelsea Village, group sympathy must be put in perspective.Yet in the year Birch has been at Chelsea, he had won praise for the no-nonsense way he went about the behind-the-scenes business, and was the club’s representative in discussions with players and their agents during the £110 million transfer spree.Everything, Birch felt, was going well and he had no inkling that the end was near, having overseen the signings of 11 new players.Birch was said to be “devastated” after he was called into a meeting with Abramovich’s associate Eugene Tenenbaum and lawyer Bruce Buck to be told the news.The arrival of Kenyon was cloak and dagger stuff — Birch might say more dagger than cloak — but the story behind the move would not be out of place in a John Le Carre book.EARLIER THIS YEAR, Abramovich told his representatives to find him a big Premiership club he could “invest” in.When Tottenham was contacted it is understood the north London club did not think the Russian’s offer was serious, so any hope of a possible takeover was scuttled before talks began. A penny for Spurs’ thoughts now would be money well spent.Kenyon, his ear to the ground on all football matters, invited Abramovich and his “people” to Old Trafford last spring as guests to watch United’s Champions League tie against Real Madrid.Abramovich enjoyed the occasion and atmosphere so much, that the acquisition of a football club became a priority and 10 weeks ago he bought Chelsea. The friendship with Kenyon had been made and obviously not forgotten.In the meantime, Kenyon’s relationship with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had deteriorated in the wake of the failure to sign Ronaldinho — from Paris St. Germain — who opted for Barcelona instead.Ferguson felt United should have “done more” to secure the Brazilian, a veiled criticism of Kenyon, who last year upset the manager by offering him “only” £100,000 a year to stay on as an ambassador following his planned retirement at the end of 2002-2003.A furious Ferguson declined this, saying he would sever all ties with the club when he left, which prompted Kenyon to increase the deal to £1 million a year for five years.Kenyon then set about finding a successor to Ferguson, and despite the denials, Eriksson was lined up for Old Trafford and an agreement in place, when the United manager did an about-turn and decided to “un-retire.”However, in the Abramovich jigsaw puzzle Kenyon’s piece slotted comfortably next to Eriksson.The intrigue deepened when, soon after the Russian bought Chelsea, Eriksson was photographed going into his house. The Swede dismissed suggestions there was any agenda to his visit other than a social evening, though subsequent developments have made the incident more significant.Rumors that Chelsea’s summer transfer targets were in fact Eriksson’s choices seem wide of the mark, though.Ranieri would not tolerate such interference, but the likable Italian is aware that of all the 20 Premiership managers he is probably under more pressure than anyone.If England should fail to reach the Euro 2004 finals, Eriksson might feel it is time to quit — Ranieri is probably privately praying his adopted country makes it to Portugal — while the general feeling is, that unless David Beckham holds aloft the European Championship trophy next July, the finals will be the Swede’s swan song.It would also be no surprise if Eriksson and Beckham were reunited at Chelsea. Money would not be a problem for FC Abramovich, where the spending capacity is almost limitless. last_img read more

first_img Kwansei Gakuin University quarterback Kosei Okuno throws a pass during the Koshien Bowl on Dec. 15 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. The game impressed CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie, who visited Japan to watch the collegiate and X League title games. | KYODO Since becoming the Canadian Football League’s 14th commissioner in 2017, Randy Ambrosie has set a new goal for the nation’s domestic pro league: globalization of the CFL and football.Having seen the success of the Premier League, MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL to expand their markets worldwide by opening the doors to the world, Ambrosie and the CFL made partnership agreements with football leagues in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Sweden and Britain. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie seeks globalization for his league and football. | CFL X League, Canadian Football League, CFL, Randy Ambrosie RELATED PHOTOS Now, the X League, Japan’s top American football league, has become the first Asian circuit to join the CFL’s globalization strategy.The new partnership between the CFL and the X League includes the exchange of coaches and players and mutual marketing, though the details have not yet been decided. As the first step of the partnership, the CFL will hold combine sessions in Tokyo and Osaka in February.The CFL also will hold a “global draft” in April to provide an opportunity to be selected by one of the league’s nine teams.Ambrosie visited Japan earlier this month to watch the Koshien Bowl (the nation’s collegiate championship game) and the Japan X Bowl (the X League’s title game). During his visit, Ambrosie sat down with The Japan Times to talk about the CFL’s global plan and its new partnership with the X League.What is the underlying concept of the global alliance?When I became the commissioner, I was asked by our Board of Governors to create a long-term business plan and a vision for the CFL. Of the first decisions in that process was to define Canada. The traditional view is that our cities are very Canadian, but actually our cities are now global. Canada is a country of immigrants. It’s a multicultural country and it is a global country.The second was that in the world of sports, global sports are doing better than domestic sports. The Premier League was what came out of the English Football League. Now the Premier League, whose 70 percent of their players are global and 30 percent are English, is one of the premium soccer leagues in the world. We see it in basketball — what the NBA has done by creating a global footprint for players.The third part is we started to educate ourselves on the world of football outside of North America. We were amazed how big it’s becoming and how popular it is. Our strategy was why we don’t invite the world to come and play in our league. We began sharing this idea that if we all work together, where everybody wins, rather than one partner getting all the good and everyone else the bad.Why did the CFL decide to forge an alliance with the X League?It started with a bilateral agreement with Mexico. But very quickly, we had several countries reach out to us and asked if we were interested in talking and it seemed to be one call after another — Germany, Austria, France and the four Nordic countries. We’ve been talking with England and they joined our group as well.Japan has more than 200 universities playing the game. Watching your college championship (the Koshien Bowl on Dec. 13), was unbelievable because not only you’re playing football, you’re playing very good football here in Japan. The addition of Japan to the alliance is exciting because there’s a lot of good football being played here.The trick here is not that every player in Japan is going to come play in Canada. It could start with three players that make a CFL roster in 2020. And they build that bridge between Japan and Canada. We’re going to start where we are. And what we hope is that at least one and maybe two or three Japanese players come and play.How will you scout talent?There’s going to be two combines here, one in Tokyo and one in Osaka. Then our global scouts will choose recommend players to go to the global combine in Toronto, where we’re expecting somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 players from around the world. From those 60 there will be a global player draft where perhaps two, maybe three players per team will be chosen. Those players will be invited to CFL training camps.Considering the different rules and field, do you think the transition will be an issue for players?If you think about football, it’s five things. It’s blocking, tackling, running, throwing and catching. I don’t care whether you play three downs or five downs. It doesn’t matter whether you play in a field that is this wide or that wide.The only difference in our game is that the receivers get to motion towards the line of scrimmage. What a player coming to Canada would learn is that it is very hard to play press coverage. If you’re on the defensive side of the ball, it’s hard to get your hands on somebody that’s moving at that speed. You have to be a great athlete to play defensive back in our league. You don’t get a chance to jam them at the line of scrimmage.You don’t have to be a giant to play in the CFL. Our most outstanding player this year was a gentleman named Brandon Banks, (a receiver) who plays for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. They call him “Speedy Bee” — he is 160 pounds (72.5 kg).What did you notice about how football in Japan is being played?They said the players are remarkably disciplined and they have good technical skills. And we saw that (in the Koshien Bowl). I was incredibly impressed by the quality of play, but you could tell there’s a very, very good discipline. That’s kind of part of the DNA of a Japanese.Currently, the X League prohibits non-Japanese players who have played a regular season or postseason game in any professional football league. But the X League has begun to discuss about a possible change of that regulation to accept players from the CFL. I want to do what (the X League) thinks is best. We’ll keep talking, and I’m sure we’ll have discussions about how it will work best. We’re not trying to tell them how to run their business, trying to work with them as partners. So they’ll have an approach that might be different than Germany, might be different in France, might be different than Mexico, but that’s OK.As you reach out globally, what have you noticed about the different football cultures around the world?For example, when I saw your junior high team play, they were in full equipment but playing touch, not tackle.I’m taking that idea back to Canada and will tell my colleagues — it’s a very interesting idea. It might help parents who are worried about tackle football. Maybe they’ll go, well, that’s fine — their son or daughter can play football with equipment, but just play touch. That’s how we’re all going to help each other.In Japan, we have several channels to watch NFL games, but none for the CFL. How are you going to promote the CFL in Japan?An example is what happened in Mexico. We held the Mexican player draft in the spring last year, and almost immediately after that we had a Mexican network come to us and ask about a broadcast.We are hoping that if two or three Japanese players are drafted by CFL teams that we might generate some interest in your broadcasters wanting to show those players playing pro football in North America.What we experienced in Mexico, we think, could be the recipe for how it will unfold around the world. There was roughly 30,000 fans watching the Koshien Bowl. If (a Japanese player) ends up being drafted onto a CFL team, there’s 30,000 fans who are probably going to want to watch him play.Do you envision the CFL playing games in Japan, as the NFL does in the U.K. and Mexico?That’s something we would definitely talk to our friends about. We’d love a chance to play a regular-season game.In fact, a part of our broadcast deal with our national broadcaster is they’ve agreed they will cover a global game. So this is something we’re hoping to do whether it’s Japan, Germany, France, England or Mexico. Someone is going to want to be the first country to host the CFL regular-season games.And we’re not bringing preseason games, because that’s not what the fans really want to watch.What would you like to see the global partnership be three years from now? First of all, there’s going to be more partners. Yesterday, I was introduced to the head of the Korean Football Federation. So I think three years from now, we’ll maybe double the number of members that are part of our group. Every one of these countries will have at least one player, and in some cases, more than one player that are not just on a CFL roster, but are really contributing to the success of their teams. I think the CFL will have broadcast deals with perhaps as many as 10 countries. I think we’ll see international sponsorship deals that are good for everybody.It sounds crazy, but the world needs more football diplomacy. We can’t rely on politicians alone to be responsible for making the world a better place. Football is a perfect sport because it’s built around inclusion and teamwork.We’re going to build bridges, we’re going to make friendships, we’re going to help each other. That’s how it works. We are looking for an entire ecosystem of win-win outcomes. It’s not going to be one party taking everything and everyone else suffering — it’s all of us winning together. KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

first_imgIt appears that former WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury may not have to leave the ring when he eventually hangs up the gloves if events of Monday are anything to go by.The unbeaten British heavyweight seems to be perfecting his next career move by testing out the vaudeville world of WWE. On Monday night ‘The Gypsy King’ appeared on WWE Raw in California to continue his “beef” with Strowman – known as ‘The Monster Among Men’ – and sparked a huge “brawl” in the long-running sporting soap opera.They confronted each other in the ring, before a “heated exchange” ended in the pair being separated by security. But their storyline scuffle continued, with Strowman’s fellow wrestlers having to step in to split them up in classic sports entertainment style.The “bad blood” between the pair stems from a storyline which started at Friday’s SmackDown event.Fury sat front row with his family and “took exception” when Strowman sent fellow wrestler Dolph Ziggler crashing towards him.Lineal heavyweight champion Fury is set to face WBC champion Wilder in a rematch in February, but is currently unable to train because of the severe cuts he suffered against Wallin, when he needed more than 40 stitches.There are now reports he could face Strowman in a wrestling match in Saudi Arabia later this month.And with his showman swagger and gift of the gab, 6ft 9in Fury looks readymade to take the wrestling world by storm.RelatedWWE: Fury vs Strowman Confirmed For Saudi ArabiaOctober 12, 2019In “Boxing”WWE: Tyson Fury Earns Brock Lesnar’s Yearly Salary For Strowman FightOctober 31, 2019In “Events”Tyson Fury Is Back In Business As Former World Champion Unveils New Boxing License (Photo)April 24, 2018In “Boxing”last_img read more

first_img Callum O’Dowda“First and foremost Callum is a fantastic human being and it’s important we set that type of culture at the football club. We knew about his potential at Oxford and given him the vehicle to grow and the work put into him behind the scenes. He has probably put four or five kilos of muscle mass on since he signed so it’s not just technical, it’s physical as well as tactical. He is a good student and he is a consistent part of the Ireland starting squad, and rightly so, and we want to keep him as long as we can. You saw his athleticism and calmness and composure on the ball today. He still has things to improve on – goals and assists – but certainly that raw potential is there for him to go and play at the very top level.” City relished the occasion of Martin O’Neill’s return with 1,500 travelling fans in full voice Frank Fielding pulled off several important saves Strength in depth “We talked about having strength in depth and this game is a classic example of having eight players for four positions. Webster (ankle), Hunt (calf) and Mäenpää (calf) were out but Frankie Fielding, Eros Pisano and Nathan Baker came in – and they would get in most other teams in the Championship. Credit to the sports science team because Eros has been out for a bit and Frankie has played for six or seven months and both were excellent today.” Defence and Frank Fielding“Credit to the boys at the back especially in the second half and Frankie. He has been out for a while and he has made two big saves at important times of the game and we defended eight or nine corners very well.” Sub power“I always knew with our athleticism and fitness that, as time went on, and with the subs that we have got and the strength in depth in attacking areas, that we could cause Nottingham Forest a problem as the game got stretched and that was certain the case when Kasey Palmer came on. It gave us some ignition and attacking intent, he got the ball, wriggled and great little slidey ball to Weimann, who probably should have shot, but squared it lovely for a six-yard tap in for Fam.” Kasey Palmer made an impact off the benchcenter_img Watch: Lee Johnson post-Nottingham Forest reaction Callum O’Dowda turned in another impressive display Relishing the occasion“We had to embrace the occasion (Martin O’Neill’s return as manager). We would be foolish not to understand that we had to deal with an environment that was different from the one if we had played Forest a couple of weeks ago. I was delighted with the professional manner that we went about the performance. In the first 20 minutes we rode out what could have been The Alamo through our attacking play and had a couple of chances on the counter we maybe could have done better with but generally we showed good energy and athleticism.” Eros Pisano was one of four changes to the starting XI Free to watchlast_img read more

first_imgMcCarthy will be joined by Mayo sisters Grace and Niamh Kelly, who have also extended their contracts with the Eagles until 2022. Cahir and Tipperary footballer Aisling McCarthy has signed a two-year AFL contract with the West Coast Eagles.The Perth side have traded for the 24-year-old from the Melbourne-based Western Bulldogs, becoming the first non-Australian to switch AFLW clubs.She’s to join up with her new side following the conclusion of Tipperary’s All Ireland Ladies Football Championship campaign. Photo courtesy of Tipperary Ladies Football last_img

first_imgWith the advent of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) sweeping the world, some cricket boards have taken the bold step to reintroduce the game under new restrictions with the West Indies and England christening the first international series since. Following the conclusion of that series yesterday, West Indies captain Jason Holder deemed his experiences in the bio-secure venue as “mentally challenging.”The captain was at the time speaking at the post-match conference as his side went from one up after the first Test to losing the next two matches and consequently the Wisden Trophy. Both losses were unavoidable despite a day in each Test being lost to rain.“We’ve been kept indoors for the last two months. Yes, the guys haven’t seen a bit of real life for a bit but it is tough to constantly get up here and you open your curtains and see a cricket ground, you aren’t hopping on the bus as you normally would do and at least see a pedestrian or anyone outside of that,” Holder posited. He continued, “We had a change in environment which we really enjoyed in Southampton but then to come back here in Manchester to see the same people in the same place, same rooms it’s been a bit difficult…. more or less challenging mentally for sure.“It has been challenging mentally. I think a lot of our guys felt it and coming closer to home obviously gets a bit more difficult but more or less I think the guys did outstandingly well in terms of keeping their focus, on the last Test match we were probably outplayed and I think we had a lot of positives in the Test series whether wickets or runs and generally as a group we showed signs of improvement,” Holder stated.“It could be this way for a little while so we’ve got to find ways to make it work, you know probably hope things could ease up throughout the world and guys could probably get out the hotel a bit more.” According to Cricket West Indies Chief Executive Officer Johnny Grave, when the team returns to the Caribbean they will have about one week off before flying to Trinidad and Tobago where they will go into quarantine before the start of the Caribbean Premier League which will also be played behind closed doors.last_img read more

first_imgThe Orioles have come to an agreement on a one-year contract with infielder Ryan Flaherty.According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the sides agreed to a deal worth $1.075 million that includes a $25,000 bonus for reaching 400 plate appearances. The Orioles have five remaining arbitration cases to address: starting pitchers Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez, closer Zach Britton, and outfielders Steve Pearce and Alejandro De Aza.Serving as the primary replacement for Manny Machado after the Gold Glove third baseman suffered a season-ending knee injury in August, Flaherty hit .221 with seven home runs and 32 runs batted in in a career-high 312 plate appearances in 2014. The 28-year-old hit .286 with a home run and four RBIs in the postseason.When the Orioles and arbitration-eligible players exchanged figures earlier this month, Flaherty was asking for a $1.5 million salary while the organization came back with a $900,000 offer.Serving as the primary utility infielder over the last couple years, Flaherty played six positions for the Orioles during the 2014 season.last_img read more

first_img Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night.center_img Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 JURGEN KLOPP heaped praise on Adama Traore after the Wolves wideman tore the Reds to shreds at Molineux on Thursday.Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners thanks to a late Roberto Firmino goal but Klopp focused on Wolves’ 23-year-old muscle man after the game.Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on Wolves wideman Adam TraoreCredit: Getty Images – GettyTraore laid on the assist for Raul Jimenez’s 51st minute equaliser and terrorised Liverpool’s defence with his raw pace and power.And Klopp could not help but be impressed when asked for his thoughts on the Spaniard after the game.He said: “He is unplayable in moments, it’s unbelievable.“What a player – it’s not only him but he’s so good.”Traore – who recently admitted he does not do weights in the gym despite his impressive physique – returned Klopp’s compliment. After the game he told BT Sport: “We don’t forget they are a great team, an amazing team and one of the best – or the best in Europe.“Congratulations to them, how they are going in the league but we fight. We will fight to the end.”Reds captain Jordan Henderson also weighed in on the Traore love in and said: “He is very tough, strong, powerful, quick.“He’s difficult to play against.“But the lads did brilliantly against him. I thought we did really well with that.”Traore was born in Spain and came through Barcelona’s academy but is also eligible for Mali.The ex-Middlesbrough man has undergone an impressive body transformation since his time as a skinny teen at La Masia.Liverpool can afford to lose SIX games and still win title… but the idea makes Jurgen Klopp want to vomit Source: Soccer – read more