Azkals fight for survival

first_imgAs fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise They will also be fighting for a place in the semifinals for the fourth straight tournament.“We’ve been making history quite often the past five or six years and we’re looking to do the same this time,” said skipper Phil Younghusband, noting that the Philippines also beat Indonesia—for the first time in 80 years—two years ago in the same tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“It’s the kind of games that you live for,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. “We look up to Thailand, but it’s obviously a game we have to win to get to the next level.”The tension is palpable within the Azkals camp, after they opened the tournament with back-to-back draws that has left the race for the second semifinal berth wide open. We are young AFF Suzuki Cup game between Philippines and Indonesia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE, BULACAN—For a team that has a penchant of pulling off historic feats in the AFF Suzuki Cup, the Philippines will have to put together an even bigger one tonight   at  Philippine Sports Stadium here against the standard bearer of Southeast Asian football.Not only are the Azkals gunning to end a 15-game winless spell spanning 44 years against defending champion Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH A draw or defeat for the Azkals will mean elimination if a winner emerges from the Singapore-Indonesia clash simultaneously held at Rizal Memorial Stadium.“Now we have a real final, a big goal,” said star midfielder Stephan Schrock.“They (Thais) are the best team in Southeast Asia so if we beat them—and we can beat them—we deserve to go to the semifinals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The clash against Thailand would have been for top spot in the group, had they finished off chances against Singapore and stayed organized defensively against Indonesia.“It’s disappointing, but it’s only because we have set high expectations,” said Younghusband.The Fifa (international football association) rankings see the Azkals as the region’s top side, but they remain the heavy underdogs against the Southeast Asian giants, who are expected to rest their stars having already clinched a semifinal berth.The Thais, who have beaten the Philippines six times in seven meetings in the tournament, can afford to drop points from the match set 8 p.m., but coach Kiatisuk Senamuang said he is in no mood to give the Azkals any favors.“Everyone here is a friend, but if you want to go with us next round, you have to beat us [tonight],” Senamuang jokingly told Dooley at the prematch press conference yesterday.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Aces tackle Road Warriors sans injured Abuevalast_img read more

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Who’s a good dog? The tennis ball retrievers at Brazil Open

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely The four-legged ball retrievers showed off their talents shortly before Joao Sousa of Portugal met Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the day’s first semifinal match.The dogs come from two Sao Paulo shelters and are available for adoption.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Fan-friendly event kicks off Iditarod race across Alaska Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijingcenter_img Brazilian tennis player Marcelo Demoliner plays with a shelter dog specially trained as a ball-retriever during an exhibition event at the Brazil Open tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, March 4, 2017. Wearing blue bandanas around their necks, specially trained shelter dogs showed off their talents shortly before Joao Sousa of Portugal met Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the day’s first semifinal match. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)SAO PAULO — Six shelter dogs looking to be adopted are playing fetch at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, giving tennis fans a demonstration of their ball-retrieving skills.Wearing blue bandanas around their necks, Cindy, Nanda, Blackie, Mia, Arlete and Ovelha are racing around the clay court of the Pinheiros Club on Saturday. They are chasing down the balls hit by Brazilian tennis players Marcelo Demoliner and Joao Zwetsch and bringing them back.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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New Mr. Martinsville?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“He’s Mr. Martinsville,” Gordon said Sunday after his teammate won his third straight race on the 0.526-mile oval, the shortest and trickiest in Nextel Cup racing. “That guy is unbelievable here.” Johnson, who has four victories at Martinsville to Gordon’s seven, said he’s not ready to accept the title. “I saw something where Richard Petty won how many?” he asked of NASCAR’s career victories leader at the track with 15. “That’s Mr. Martinsville. That’s the king.” It certainly looks like Johnson is a candidate to be next best. MOTORSPORTS: Johnson holds off Gordon in battle of the speedway’s stars. By Hank Kurz, Jr. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Jeff Gordon has passed the torch to Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville Speedway, the track where Gordon has had more success than most anyone. Johnson made the pass he didn’t allow Gordon to make in the spring, sneaking inside his Hendrick Motorsports teammate with 44 laps to go in regulation Sunday and holding on for his series-high seventh victory of the year and the 30th of his career. “I was nervous with (Gordon) behind us and I was able to hold him off,” Johnson said in Victory Lane. “And then (Ryan Newman) got in there and I knew he was going to be real tough on a short run, too. … I know he’s hungry. He’s been working real hard to get back to Victory Lane, so I knew he wasn’t going to cut me any slack.” Turns out the slack came from the caution flags. A record 21 of them flew, slowing the proceedings for 127 laps, and forcing the race to be extended by six laps. Even the hoped for two-lap dash to the finish was cut short by yet another accident. “Those last restarts were tough on me,” Johnson said. The Hendrick Motorsports teammates who have dominated the Nextel Cup Series all season did it again, and Johnson got some unexpected late help from a feisty Newman. Newman challenged Gordon for second on lap 492, getting increasingly more physical, and finally passed him on the inside on the 494th circuit as Johnson opened a lead of nearly two seconds. He then had to withstand a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish, with Gordon lurking third and ready to take advantage if the leaders faltered. They didn’t, and Johnson held on through one overtime green-flag lap before David Ragan’s Turn 1 spin ended it. Johnson gained in the championship chase with four races remaining, cutting Gordon’s lead to 53 points. “This thing’s not over yet,” said Johnson, the defending series champion. Newman held on for second, Gordon was third and Kyle Busch fourth. “Jimmie was strong, we were strong, and he got the best of us,” Gordon said, adding that he was angry at first that Newman got so rough, but bore no ill will afterward. “We had some trouble on pit road and to be able to rebound from that and come back and get a top-five finish, we’re got to be real happy about that.” Newman thought he had a chance to overtake Johnson, but the cautions that limited green-flag chances to six laps or less after lap 463 made it difficult. “It was pedal to the metal and hopefully you have a good enough car to make a move,” Newman said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Child-care disgrace

first_imgDuring his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President George W. Bush said government entitlement programs that haven’t met goals would be among those that would be cut to help control government spending. He probably wasn’t talking about California’s child-care benefit for welfare-to-work families, but he could have been. According to authorities, half of the money – or $1.5 billion – the state pays for the program to provide child care for needy families is being sucked up by fraud. A 50 percent fraud rate is probably not the standard of a successful program. And as the $39 billion in social-program cuts approved by the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday starts filtering down to the states – an estimated $2 billion loss for California – you can be sure that officials will look at that program with an eye on elimination. Too bad for the families who truly need it. The child-care benefit was created during the welfare reform of the 1990s primarily so single mothers or fathers could afford to look for work. Families transitioning from welfare to work are granted between $500 and $1,000 per child while they are job hunting or transitioning back into the work force. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card But hundreds of unscrupulous people figured out how to cheat this child-care benefit to bring in thousands of dollars, essentially stealing it from the state’s poor children and taxpayers. In Los Angeles County alone, the District Attorney’s Office has 800 cases of fraud pending. Certainly, the criminals who perpetrated the fraud are culpable if the program is doomed. And rightly so. But those charged with administering the program share that blame. Any time there are government funds to be had, there are those trying to work the system. But this program didn’t have just a few bad apples, but hundreds. Who has been minding this store? This level of fraud speaks to an egregious lack of accountability among state social programs. When one person in Lancaster can figure out a way to get nearly $350,000 out of the program, someone wasn’t doing his job. And that’s what Deputy District Attorney James L. Cosper says is exactly what is happening: There is very little follow-up of people claiming to be child-care providers. The looting of the child-care program is a shameful example of the lack of accountability common in vast bureaucracies. But this is not a victimless crime absorbed by the taxpayers. The looting of this program could doom it, and hurt many needy families and children. And for that, authorities should prosecute the cheaters, and those who allowed it to happen. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Man United’s Champions League line up shows how powerful they have become again

first_imgFresh from a fantastic win at Arsenal in the Premier League, Manchester United turn their attention to Champions League qualification when they welcome CSKA Moscow to Old Trafford tonight.The Red Devils boast a three-point lead in Group A, ahead of their Russian opponents and FC Basel, and it will take an unlikely turn of events for Jose Mourinho’s side to crash out in the final round of the first stage.With the Manchester derby at the Theatre of Dreams this coming Sunday, Mourinho must also balance domestic considerations, following the trip to Arsenal which kept United snapping at Man City’s heels.“I am going to make a few changes [against CSKA], but not too many,” Mourinho said. “We haven’t qualified yet. We haven’t finished first in the group yet.”The Portuguese will rotate his goalkeepers, bringing in Sergio Romero despite David de Gea’s world class performance at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday.That was a game in which key midfielder Paul Pogba was sent off, earning him a three-match domestic suspension, beginning with the derby, which means he will play in the Champions League.“He’s happy to play,” Mourinho said. “It’s the next match, the match that matters. He plays.”Romelu Lukaku was expected to sit out the game, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s fight to regain full fitness after his knee injury means that the Belgium forward could yet start tonight.Meanwhile, left-back Luke shaw is unlikely to get a game.“Sooner or later that opportunity will come because he deserves it,” Mourinho reassured his young English full-back. 19. Marcus Rashford 11 11 17. Daley Blind 11 11 11 9. Romelu Lukaku 11 11 36. Matteo Darmian 2. Victor Lindelof – click the arrow above to see the full predicted line up in squad number order 11 11 11 20. Sergio Romero 6. Paul Pogba 8, Juan Mata 22. Henrikh Mkhitaryan 21. Ander Herrera 11 12. Chris Smalling last_img read more

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Young is named chief of Writers Guild, west

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“But the more we saw David in action with our members, with the companies, and with our sister unions, the more obvious it became that our best choice was the one we had already made,” he said. Young described himself as “honored by the vote of confidence” from the WGA board to continue to lead the charge in ramping up the guild’s aggressive efforts on such fronts as reality TV, animation and multimedia platforms such as mobisodes, webisodes and digital downloads. “As the industry grapples with cutting-edge technologies that revolutionize the entertainment landscape, it’s a truly exciting time to represent writers, as landmark deals are being made each day that will serve as precedents for years to come,” Young said. “Beyond raising their profile within the community and public at large, I look forward to continuing our fight so that writers will receive their fair share, whether that means proper credit, compensation and other benefits due content creators, no matter what the medium.” Prior to his interim WGAw appointment last fall, Young had worked as the guild’s top organizer. Prior to joining the WGAw, he was assistant director of organization at the Laborers’ California Organizing Fund since 1999 and had served as director of organizing for the South California-Nevada Regional Council of Carpenters. Young’s appointment is still subject to approval by WGAw membership at its annual membership meeting on Sept. 18. (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! David J. Young was appointed executive director of the Writers Guild of America, west, after nearly a yearlong search, the guild announced Thursday. Young is a known entity to the WGA since he had already occupied the job on an interim basis for the past 10 months. “For nearly a year now, I’ve seen David in action across the globe, advocating on behalf of writers and, in every case, he has hit the mark,” WGAw President Patric M. Verrone said in a statement. Verrone said the search committee considered an “outstanding field” of candidates who represented a broad spectrum of labor union experience. last_img read more

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Rangers issue response to Derek McInnes decision

first_img“After the two games against Aberdeen, we requested permission to engage with their manager to assess his readiness and willingness to consider the Rangers position. This was declined. “We were subsequently made aware by Aberdeen’s statement that, at this stage in his career, it would be best for him to remain in his current post. We endorse that position because moving to a massive club like Rangers is a big step with concomitant risk. We continue to consider candidates but will only appoint someone in whom we have full confidence and who feels he is ready for the job.“In the meantime, we have great confidence in Graeme Murty, who will continue as interim manager at least until the end of the year. The manner in which he has approached this task is a credit to himself and the club.” Rangers has been looking for a successor to Pedro Caixinha since sacking the Portuguese coach six weeks ago. The Rangers statement read: “There has been a great deal of media speculation regarding the appointment of a new manager. We assure all supporters that they will be the first to know when we are certain we have someone with the correct qualities required by our club.“The chairman made it clear at the AGM that the club did not consider there to be an outstanding candidate among those who had applied for the position and the club was therefore considering managers currently under contract. This requires permission from their present clubs.“The position of Rangers manager requires an ability to win football matches and the mentality to cope with the demanding off-pitch environment that goes with being the Rangers manager. This is a critical aspect of our assessment of any candidate during the interview process. Rangers have issued a statement explaining their position regarding Derek McInnes’ decision to remain at Aberdeen and not discuss their managerial vacancy.The Ibrox club said that their search for a new manager will continue but that Graeme Murty would remain in place as caretaker manager until the end of the year at the earliest.The Ibrox club had asked for, and been refused, permission to speak to McInnes about their managerial vacancy earlier this week. Aberdeen announced on Thursday that McInnes had decided to remain in his post at Pittodrie.Rangers claim they wanted to “assess his readiness and willingness” of McInnes, who has led Aberdeen to second place in the Premiership in the last three seasons. The club said it “endorses” McInnes’ decision.last_img read more

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Josh Taylor eyes belt as Ivan Baranchyk fight confirmed

first_imgJosh Taylor has said he plans to “rip the belt off” IBF super lightweight champions Ivan Baranchyk as the fight between the pair was confirmed to take place in Glasgow next month.There had been doubts cast over Baranchyk’s participation in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final at the Hydro on May 18, with the Belarusian citing a financial dispute as a reason for not taking part.Baranchyk confirmed on Wednesday that he would be fighting Taylor in a competition designed to deliver an undisputed super lightweight champion.In a post on his Instagram account, Baranchyk said: “I look forward to fighting Josh Taylor on May 18.” That prompted an instant reply from Taylor, who said: “I’m glad Baranchyk is coming Glasgow to fight.“Can’t wait to rip the belt off you and send you homeward to think again.”Taylor is undefeated in 14 professional fights, with 12 wins inside the distance, while Baranchyk has 19 wins and no defeats, with 12 KOs on his record.last_img read more

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Kilcar, Tourlestrane and Derrygonnelly all preparing for semi-finals weekend

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That game is live on Ocean FM tomorrow in association with Edge Clothing, Donegal Town.Tourlestrane face Castlebar Mitchells on Sunday in MacHale Park at 2pm, with St Brigid’s of Roscommon facing reigning champions Corofin from Galway on the other side of the draw.And Fermanagh’s Derrygonnelly Harps are in action in the second Ulster semi-final in Clones on Sunday, when they face Cavan Gaels.Derrygonnelly captain Ryan Jones says they will be tough opposition…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Tourlestrane, Kilcar and Derrygonnelly Harps are all preparing for massive games in the provincial club championships this weekend.Kilcar are out first when they face the reigning Ulster senior champions Slaughtneil in Omagh’s Healy Park at 6.30pm tomorrow.The Derry side are also the reigning Ulster club hurling and camogie champions. All-Ireland winner and Kilcar clubman James McHugh says it is hard not to admire what they have achieved…last_img read more

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Make Safety and Responsibility a Priority as Dove Season Opens on Sept. 3

first_imgAs hunters gather together to participate in opening day of dove hunting season on Sept. 3, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds everyone to always practice safety and responsibility while in the field.The 2016-17 season for mourning and white-winged dove is separated into two segments: Sept. 3-Oct. 8 and Nov. 21-Jan. 14. The daily bag limit is 15 and the possession limit is three times the daily bag limit. All hunters must follow applicable licensing requirements.Shooting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. Hunting of migratory game birds by any method is not allowed on Sundays.For many hunters in North Carolina, the first day of dove season is a communal experience, signifying fall’s arrival and the commencement of many months of hunting opportunities. Such gatherings are a great time to promote responsible practices among fellow hunters, including: never place decoys on utility lines, always check fields to make sure you are not hunting over baited areas and never combine game bags.Group hunts are also an opportunity to mentor young and novice hunters in essential safety rules, like always adhere to established zones of fire and never shoot at low-flying birds.last_img read more

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