Reggae Warriors crash out of contention after tie

Reggae Warriors crash out of contention after tie

first_imgThe Reggae Warriors conceded 18 points in the last 17 minutes and were eliminated from contention for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup as their do-or-die match against Canada ended in a thrilling tie on Tuesday.The Warriors, who lost 20-14 against the United States last week Friday, looked certain winners against the Canadians, a team they had never beaten.The Warriors were all over the Canadians early on and Wayne Rettie’s try in the 53rd minute seemed to put them back into contention for World Cup qualification. The Canadians had other ideas, as full back Robin Legault crossed for two tries in three minutes in an astonishing climax.Canada could have capped an amazing comeback for the win had Canadian scrum half and co-captain, Steve Piatek, who had scored the equalising conversion from the touchline to Legault’s second try, not missed with a final second drop goal attempt.NO SHAME IN LOSSWarriors head coach Romeo Monteith was devastated.”I’m proud of the performance from the team. There’s no shame in losing to the world No. 10 by six points, and drawing with the world No. 12 in these qualifiers. We tried our best and I wish we could have held on at the end, but it wasn’t to be, and we have to move on,” he said. “Canada had more urgency towards the end. They had one particularly dangerous play, turning the ball inside from the play … to the full back that kept opening up our middle. We needed more discipline there; we were calling for the team to be tighter around that area, but we weren’t.”Lamont Bryan opened the scoring in the 21st minute, barrelling over from close in, Joel Farrell converting and, five minutes later, the Jamaican lead was doubled, crisp passing seeing Corey Hanson and Richie Barnett combining to send in winger Alex Brown for a lovely score, Farrell wide with the conversion.Canada will play the USA on Saturday, with a World Cup berth awaiting the winners.last_img read more

MAN CITY VS STOKE CITY

MAN CITY VS STOKE CITY

first_imgCITY (4-2-3-1)HART,ZABALETA, OTAMENDI, MANGALA, KOLAROV,TOURE, FERNANDINHO, NAVAS,DE BRUYNE, NASRI,AGUEROBOJAN,ARNAUTOVIC, AFELLAY, SHAQIRI,IMBULA, WHELAN,MUNIESA, WOLLSCHEID, SHAWCROSS, BARDSLEY,HAUGAARDSTOKE (4-2-3-1)Manchester City’s Barclays Premier League challenge faltered at Newcastle on Tuesday. Sergio Aguero scored a controversial opener he appeared offside but conceded an equaliser, by Vurnon Anita, and are now 12 points behind leaders Leicester City with four games and 12 pointsavailable left to play.However, Stoke City arrive on the back of a poor run which has seen them lose their last two games while conceding eight goals, including last Monday’s 4-0 home thrashing by title-chasing Tottenham.And away from home they have scored just 18 goals. However, when they met City in December at the Britannia Stadium they won 2-0 with a brace from Marko Arnautovic, a win sufficient to topple Manuel Pellegrini’s men off the top of the Premier League.It was the first time Stoke had scored more than one goal in a Premier League game against City. However, last season, Stoke won 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium with a goal from Mame Diouf.That shock win ended a run of six Premier League visits without a win or a goal. In those previous six visits, Stoke had conceded 15 goals, including three on four occasions.City’s home record is not as impressive as in recent campaigns. They have lost five games, more than at any time since the 2008-09 campaign (six), with two to go there. But they have scored 41 home goals, the most in the Premier League.The home side recalled Vincent Kompany at Newcastle while Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna undergo tests for this game and ahead of next week’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.Stoke, meanwhile, miss Jack Butland, Glen Johnson, Jonathan Walters and Marc Wilson through injury while Erik Pieters serves the second of a two-game ban for collecting 10 yellow cards.last_img read more

Windies No1 in T20 cricket

Windies No1 in T20 cricket

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Former World champions West Indies have regained top spot in the ICC Twenty20 rankings without bowling a single delivery, thanks to Sri Lanka’s demise on Sunday against New Zealand.Sri Lanka started the recent two-match series against the Black Caps seven points clear at the top, but lost both encounters to slide to second spot, allowing the Windies to go top.However, both the Windies and Sri Lanka, along with third-placed Australia have 118 points, with the Windies ahead only by .36.West Indies won the T20 World Cup in 2012 when they beat hosts Sri Lanka in the final.The standings are tightly bunched with England fourth on 117 points, South Africa fifth with 115, while New Zealand and Pakistan lie sixth and seventh, respectively, on 114 ratings points.West Indies could find themselves toppled, however, come month end.New Zealand and Pakistan will clash in a three-match series starting January 15th and if either side can make a clean sweep, they will replace West Indies at the top.The standings are also expected to undergo further substantial change, especially with a number of T20 series on the cards before the Twenty20 World Cup gets going in Bangladesh in March.Since the last T20 World Cup in 2014, West Indies have won four of their eight T20 Internationals, including a historic run chase in Johannesburg against South Africa exactly a year ago Monday, which saw them overhaul 232 for victory.Their rise to number one has been helped by Sri Lanka’s poor form, as the reigning World champions have lost five of their last six outings.Despite their advances in the T20 rankings, West Indies remain rooted near the bottom of the pile in the Tests and one-day international formats.They are eighth in Tests and ninth in ODIs – the latter ranking causing them to miss out on qualification for next year’s ICC Champions Trophy in England.last_img read more

Rosberg edges Hamilton as Mercedes dominates in Bahrain

Rosberg edges Hamilton as Mercedes dominates in Bahrain

first_imgSAKHIR, Bahrain (AP):Nico Rosberg kept the upper hand on his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by setting the fastest time in yesterday’s practice sessions for the Bahrain Grand Prix, as Formula One’s top team dominated again.Rosberg, who won the season-opening race in Australia and the final three races of last season, set a best time of 1 minute, 31.001 seconds at the Sakhir circuit, a quarter of a second faster than Hamilton.”We were very quick on one lap and also on the longer runs, so I’m really looking forward to qualifying and the race,” Rosberg said.Mercedes was in a league of its own, with third-place Jenson Button of McLaren 1.3 seconds off Rosberg’s time. That was an encouraging performance for McLaren, which has been on a slow development path with engine partner Honda since last season.Ferrari, which appears to be Mercedes’ main challenger this season, was further off the pace. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, followed in sixth by Sebastian Vettel, who was forced to park the car trackside due to a loose nut on his left rear wheel late in the evening session.Ferrari believes it has better pace over longer runs than the brief bursts in practice and qualifying, and also demonstrated much better acceleration from the standing start than Mercedes in the season opener, yet Vettel recognised his rival’s strength.THE BENCHMARK”Mercedes are the benchmark. They have looked really competitive this afternoon and this evening, but hopefully, we can be a bit closer,” Vettel said. “The car feels all right. There’s bits and bobs we can improve.”Max Verstappen was fourth fastest for Toro Rosso, the Red Bull pair Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo was seventh and ninth, respectively, and Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa eight and 10th. Williams is set to use a redesigned front wing today.The heavily criticised rolling elimination format for qualifying will be used again today. The format resulted in an embarrassing anticlimax in the final Q3 session in Melbourne as teams sought to preserve tires rather than attempt to improve times. The teams met on race day in Australia and resolved to revert to last year’s qualifying system but could not unanimously agree at the F1 Commission on how to alter it, so rolling elimination remains.Renault driver Kevin Magnussen is facing a grid penalty after failing to stop and have his car weighed when directed to do so during yesterday’s evening practice session.last_img read more

H View escape with draw

H View escape with draw

first_img “We came not to lose and having drawn the game I think a point is good enough,” Bernard said. “I lift my hat to all the players and I give them credit for playing hard from start to end. Apart from that it was a great game and we look forward to moving out of the danger zone,” added Bernard. He had Johnson to thank, as the keeper made some fantastic saves to deny Allan Ottey and Dwayne Ambusley. His dive to the right to stop a rare attempt at goal for the MBU captain was the pick of the lot and highlighted Harbour View’s confidence as the match wore on. Slavisa Bozicic, MBU’s Serbian technical director, decried his team’s many missed chances, stating his players were unlucky not to score, but vowed they will rebound in their next outing. “We had many chances to score but just couldn’t hit the target today. It was an otherwise good match. The opposition played hard and the result, although we would have preferred a win, is not a bad one,” said Bozicic. WESTERN BUREAU: Harbour View FC returned to capital city Kingston following a morale-boosting 0-0 draw yesterday at Wespow Park, the home of Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United (MBU). Down in the doldrums of the league table, Harbour View had a superb game from goalkeeper Joel Johnson, who made four spectacular diving saves late in the second half to deny MBU the win. The visitors were left to complete the game with 10 players, after Ricardo Harriott was issued a second caution for a crunching tackle on forward Dino Williams in the 67th minute. Williams had earlier picked up his customary caution also, when the referee booked him for lashing out at his marker. But the striker did have an early chance in the sixth minute in an otherwise cold display, but Joel was in the right place to scoop the ball up. Harbour View, sitting last in the table with three points, stemmed their tide of losses with yesterday’s draw. They previously recorded a single victory and three straight losses. However, they will feel they are on the right track, following the draw at MBU, as mentioned by coach Ludlow Bernard. GREAT GAMElast_img read more

Toure banned for drunk driving

Toure banned for drunk driving

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been banned from driving for 18 months after admitting to drunk driving, despite saying he hadn’t “intentionally consumed alcohol”. Toure, who was arrested in east London on November 28, appeared in court on Monday. He was also fined US$70,000. The 33-year-old Toure is a Muslim and said yesterday in a statement on his Facebook page that he has “always refused alcohol”. The former Ivory Coast international said, “As I was above the permitted limit when tested on the night, I decided not to challenge the charge. However, it was important to me that I told the court that I had not intentionally consumed alcohol.” Toure added that “The judge in his sentencing remarks accepted that I had not been intentionally drinking.”last_img read more

FA Cup fighting for relevance

FA Cup fighting for relevance

first_imgLONDON (AP):Within minutes of lifting the FA Cup in May, Louis van Gaal discovered how little the competition factored into the decision on his Manchester United future.United’s approach for Jose Mourinho to succeed Van Gaal emerged as the Dutch coach was facing the media at Wembley Stadium straight after beating Crystal Palace. Two days later, Van Gaal was booted out of United, paying the price for failing to secure Champions League qualification by finishing in the top four.It’s clear what the priority is now for English Premier League owners like the Glazers.United and the other 19 Premier League teams enter the FA Cup in the third round this weekend, knowing success in football’s oldest knockout competition has rarely counted less.What matters is making cash through the Premier League, which has eroded the FA Cup’s long-standing cherished place in the English football calendar over the last two decades.Van Gaal is one of several managers to leave their jobs despite reaching an FA Cup final. Alan Pardew, his Palace counterpart in May, was fired in December due to the London club’s lowly Premier League position.Going to back to 2013, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini experienced the same fate as Van Gaal last year. Two days after winning the cup, Mancini was turfed out of his job.Perhaps the only manager the FA Cup has mattered to in recent years was Arsene Wenger, with successes in 2014 and 2015 easing some of the heat he has faced for Arsenal’s failure to win the Premier League since 2004.Wenger’s last cup final victory came against Aston Villa in May 2015. Given that Villa hadn’t won a major trophy since the 1996 League Cup or won the FA Cup since 1957, reaching the final was a proud day for manager Tim Sherwood. Five months later, Sherwood was dismissed and he hasn’t found another job.No current manager has more experience of the FA Cup and the debate about its lustre than Wenger, who has spent 21 years at Arsenal.”I have no special solution,” the Frenchman said. “But as well, when April comes and May comes and teams go to Wembley, it’s something special … it’s a big priority for us.”Arsenal travel to Preston tomorrow, which is 11th in the 24-team second-tier League Championship. Preston North End’s heyday was in the 19th century, winning the top tier twice and the FA Cup once. The northern English club’s last major honour was lifting the FA Cup in 1938.Here is a look at the pick of the third-round fixtures involving Premier League teams against lower-league sides.MAN UNITED-READINGUnited’s cup defence begins with a reunion as former defender Jaap Stam returns to Old Trafford. The Dutchman won the cup in United’s 1998-99 treble-winning season along with the Premier League and Champions League.”I’m not going to make a big thing of it because I’m not going to be waving,” Stam said.That’s because the next time he returns to United he hopes it is because Reading, currently third in the Championship, are back in the Premier League.TOTTENHAM-ASTON VILLASteve Bruce, whose Hull side lost the 2014 final to Arsenal, is midway through his first season at Aston Villa. There’s little doubt his main task is returning the team to the Premier League, but it is a place below Preston in 12th place, and seven points from the play-off spots.Tottenham are likely to use the cup on Sunday as a chance to rest the key players behind the five-match league-winning run, crowned by the victory over Chelsea on Wednesday that lifted Mauricio Pochettino’s side to third.last_img read more

Fennell blasts Jamaican doping allegations

Fennell blasts Jamaican doping allegations

first_img The low levels of clenbuterol found, “below 1ng/ml”, was in the range to suggest “potential meat contamination cases”, the IOC said. China has a reputation for using clenbuterol in livestock farming to increase animals’ muscle, and Olympic athletes were warned of contamination risks before going to Beijing, China. “The IOC has stated that it’s not just Jamaican athletes, but others have the same situation and not to the extent to cause what we’d call an adverse analytical finding or a positive test. With all of these allegations, it’s very, very disturbing that people are attacking us like that,” Fennell said. “Why they have sought out Jamaicans is because we still live in a world where people feel that there’s no good justification for Jamaica showing very good results. It’s a pity they weren’t here last weekend to see the incredible talent that we have at the schoolboy and schoolgirl level (referring to the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships). That would have displayed that we are a country with considerable talent.” Fennell said that he’s, however, not worried about specific Jamaican athletes being named in the near future. “I think that the system protects from that, and that’s why one has to be careful not to overreact to some of these allegations, because, let’s face it, we live in a free world and we must respect the fact that others may have the ability to shape those opinions. But equally, we must be very strong in defending the rights and the cleanliness of our athletes.” Seppelt and German network ARD have consistently revealed and reported on doping scandals, including working with whistle-blowers to expose systematic cheating in Russian track and field. LOW LEVELS Jamaica Olympic Association President Mike Fennell said that he is very concerned about what he describes as “wild allegations” being made that Jamaican athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics were not prosecuted for positive tests by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). These allegations were made by German documentary maker Hajo Seppelt, who also said that the Jamaicans, who were not specifically named, had traces of clenbuterol, a banned muscle-building substance, in recent retests of eight-year-old urine samples. “There’s no basis nor foundation for that,” Fennell told The Gleaner. “No official or other report has been received from either the IOC or WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) that any of our athletes have been (tested) positive. The fact that some of these have claimed to be found in traces from the retesting is a matter that is left for much speculation.” The IOC also responded to the claims made yesterday, saying that it concluded that there was no pattern of organised cheating after consulting WADA. “After careful consideration, WADA informed the IOC further to the pattern analysis that the IOC had conducted that WADA could not find any significant and consistent pattern of abuse of clenbuterol in these cases and that it would be appropriate not to take these cases any further,” the IOC said in a statement.last_img read more

Home grabs slim lead vs Ceres in AFC Cup zonal final

Home grabs slim lead vs Ceres in AFC Cup zonal final

first_imgFilipinos 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 Stipe Plazibat opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 11th minute after Carlie De Murga fouled the Croatian striker inside the area.After two Ceres goals were disallowed for offside, Martin Steuble scored a vital away goal with a long-range strike in first half stoppage time that was misjudged by Hassan Sunny.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It was a tough match,” said Vidakovic. “I think my team didn’t play well – probably their worst game in the last few months. They (Home United) played with more intensity than us. I just hope we improve a lot in the next game at home, but I think the tie is still open.”The Busmen only need a 1-0 victory to advance to the inter-zonal semifinals against Istiklol of Tajikistan. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Busmen enjoyed plenty of time on the ball in the second half, but Hassan proved equal to every Ceres attack.The Singapore international kept out Kevin Ingreso’s free kick at the hour mark and also denied Iain Ramsay’s header from close range in the 74th minute.Harris then gave Home a slender advantage, outfoxing Kevin Ingreso in the area before heading the ball past Roland Muller.“it will be different when we play at home because of the atmosphere and we have our crowd there (in Bacolod),” said Vidakovic. “But we have to change the intensity if we want to win (at home).”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Beermen trip KaTropa in first meeting since PBA Comm’s Cup finals ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Photo from AFC.comSINGAPORE – Ceres-Negros coach Risto Vidakovic sees no reason to panic after the Busmen’s narrow 1-2 defeat to Home United of Singapore on Wednesday night in the first leg of the AFC Cup Asean zonal finals at Jalan Besar Stadium here.An 84th minute header from Harris Harun proved to be the difference between the two sides heading into the second leg on Aug. 9 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

San Sebastian drops 16 triples to scorch Letran

San Sebastian drops 16 triples to scorch Letran

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Carpio 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 “Our team is really like this, we live and die with the three-points. Good thing that our shots went in, and at 42-percent, it’s high. But I guess they’re improving a lot and let’s give the credit to our guys. This is because of their work in practice. They practice hard and they do extra effort  to do shooting every day,” said coach Egay Macaraya.Jayson David led San Sebastian with 17 points, powered by three treys, on top of five rebounds, three assists, four steals, and a block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAllyn Bulanadi also got 16 markers off his 3-of-7 shooting from rainbow country, to go with four assists and three boards, while Michael Calisaan got 13 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Stags.It was still a close game early in the third period with San Sebastian holding a 49-41 lead when it turned on the jets and staged the deciding 17-0 tear, capped off by a Bulanadi trey for 66-41 lead en route to the blowout. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jayson David. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian caught fire from beyond the arc and buried Letran, 95-64, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Playing their best game this season, the Golden Stags were scorching from downtown, shooting 16 triples off 37 shots to sink the Knights and grab a leas as big 33, 87-54, courtesy of a Kevin Baytan.ADVERTISEMENT Initial tests reveal no fracture on Galanza’s injured ankle Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody The Golden Stags forced themselves on a tie for the third spot with JRU with their identical 7-6 card.Letran, meanwhile, could not keep up with San Sebastian’s blistering shooting as it saw its two-game winning streak snapped to slide down to fifth with its even 7-7 record.Bong Quinto topped the Knights with 14 points and six rebounds, while Jerrick Balanza had 13 markers and five boards.The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 95 – David 17, Bulanadi 16, Calisaan 13, Gayosa 9, Costelo 6, Navarro 6, Are 6, Capobres 4, Mercado 4, Calma 3, Ilagan 3, Baytan 3, Valdez 3, Baetiong 2, Quipse 0.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LETRAN 64 – Quinto 14, Balanza 13, Calvo 7, Mandreza 7, Nambatac 6, Gedaria 4, Taladua 4, Balagasay 3, Vacaro 3, Pascual 2, Caralipio 1, Bernabe 0.Quarters: 25-11, 45-38, 69-47, 95-64. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more