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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ECOWAS to Support Liberia’s Post-Ebola Recovery Plan

first_imgThe special representative of the president of ECOWAS Commission to Liberia, Tunde O. Ajisomo, has disclosed his organization’s plan to work with member states and investors to assist in Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery agenda.Ambassador Ajisomo made the disclosure over the weekend at the Zumah Town sports stadium in Paynesville at the start of a football tournament, to mark the celebration of the 40th anniversary of ECOWAS.Mr. Ajisomo said ECOWAS will be working with many of its partners to support Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery plans, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and healthcare delivery which are cardinal to preventing any further outbreak in the country.  “We need to revive the country’s health sector with huge investments. We can see that the government is concerned about addressing the issue of health and infrastructure and all partners are concerned and working on that also,” he explained.He noted that Liberia is on the right path of ensuring that its development projects delayed by the epidemic are on the way to recommencing, adding that only a good leadership can begin looking at those issues that are cardinal to development. “I am gratified to see Liberia making history after the resilient efforts of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, citizens and the partners in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus that stopped many of the country’s development activities including road construction and agriculture.He said the government had done a very good job in putting together a program which will help to address the post-Ebola recovery issues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cloud Computing: Four Trends for 2014

first_imgWerner Vogels, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com, recently described to the Guardian the top four trends that he sees for Cloud Computing in 2014.Cloud content will follow you wherever you go.  Data in the  cloud means that content is device independent and available anywhere, whether from desktops and laptops, smartphones and tablets.  “Regardless of which device we use, or the location, we have will access to our content and subscriptions.”Cloud analytics will increasingly measure and interact with the offline world.  Vogels alludes to a world that is slowly realizing the concept of the “Internet of Things”.  Machine-generated data, originating from scientific projects like the Mars rover and DNA sequencing are happening, but there’s also closer-to-home data feeds coming from things like transportation vehicles and  industrial and home-based sensors which are changing the way we live and perceive our lives.Everyone will be able to publish to the cloud.  “In 2014 expect a great rise in organizations that are adding media capabilities to their offerings…  Cloud based services for pre and post production, as well as distribution, are readily available such that anyone can become an internet broadcaster operating worldwide without any capital investment.”  Vogels gives just a few examples of the many industries and organizations that have been able to broaden public exposure to their offerings by developing cloud-based content.  Vogels mentions performing arts organizations, like the Berlin Philharmonic, and sports clubs, like LiverpoolTV.Cloud data processing will increasingly reflect real-time information.  “We see almost every industry taking advantage of the cloud to radically improve the speed at which they can process their data…  There has always been a close relationship between big data and cloud computing as it requires no limits in terms of compute and storage but by adding real-time processing capabilities, we will see a rise in data analytics that are able to produce results in real-time, radically changing the products companies can build.”last_img read more

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni terms Wankhede pitch ‘flattest wicket’

first_imgCaptain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday took a swipe at the Wankhede Stadium pitch, calling it one of the “flattest wickets” that he has come across.”Frankly, I really don’t know what happened. It started to turn in the morning [on Saturday]. Till yesterday, everything was fine. It was among the flattest of wickets – and I’m seriously saying, not joking. Most of us thought it’ll be a draw but it turned into a close game,” he told reporters after the third Test ended in a thrilling draw.India won the series 2-0, and Dhoni insisted that his team maintained pressure on the West Indies in this game.”The first hour really suggested us as to what happens. The course of the match was designed by the batsman. It was very important to get wickets in the first half and we were able to do that in the first hour. That really changed the game for us,” he said.”We were able to put pressure on the opposition batsmen. We tried to create bit of panic and I think most of the time we were able to put pressure on them. That was one of the main reasons we were successful in the first session.”Dhoni pointed out that India losing wickets regularly in the second innings prevented partnerships being built. “We kept losing wickets at the wrong time. It was quite easy to stay on the wicket but difficult to score runs. A few of us thought if we can rotate and look for those singles, it’ll become a bit easy. But it was a good game of cricket at the end of the day,” he said.advertisementWest Indies captain Darren Sammy admitted that a defeat would have been shattering for his team.”All sorts of things were going through my mind, going down to the end. At one point, the tied Test came in mind. But I was speaking to Kirk Edwards – win or draw, win or draw, we can’t lose this,” he said. “It shows once you believe, there’s a possibility of achieving that. The way we batted, it would have been heartbreaking to lose that game.”Sammy said his was aim was to go for a win.”We were definitely looking for a win, playing a higher rung team, we would have got some [ICC ranking] points. The guys didn’t bat well, but bowlers did well. Devendra Bishoo, on one leg, bowled 50 overs. Marlon Samuels bowling 30 overs? Rampaul, Fidel. Unfortunately, I couldn’t bowl. A bowler down, we really showed a lot of fight. That’s a positive from this series: the way we kept our heads up when we were down,” he said.last_img read more

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Bangladesh ignore Abdur Razzak from 15-member World Cup squad

first_imgBangladesh named a 15-member squad for this year’s World Cup on Sunday, leaving out experienced left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak. The Bangladesh selection panel, led by Faruque Ahmed, included Soumya Sarkar, Taijul Islam and Sabbir Rahman who all made their debuts in the series against Zimbabwe in November and December.Pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza missed the last World Cup due to injury but this time will lead the side. Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan will act as his deputy.Just five players – Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain – survived from the 2011 World Cup squad. Razzak, with 20 wickets to his name over the past two tournaments, remains Bangladesh’s top World Cup wicket taker. He also has taken 207 ODI wickets for Bangladesh.Bangladesh have been drawn in Pool A, along with Afghanistan, hosts Australia and New Zealand, England, Scotland and Sri Lanka. They will open their tournament against Afghanistan on February 18 at Canberra.Bangladesh squad: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Hoque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Shabbir Rahaman, Soumya Sarkar, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Al Amin Hossain, Taijul Islam, Arafat Sunny.last_img read more

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RGIII Fined 10000 by NFL For Pregame Gear

Photo by The Associated Press.Robert Griffin III, who was fined by the Nike-sponsored NFL last season for wearing Adidas during a post-game press conference, was pinched for $10,000 by the league for wearing unauthorized apparel before Monday night’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a league official confirmed Thursday.A T-shirt  bearing the words “Operation Patience” on it, worn before the game in which he did not play, did not conform with the NFL’s uniform rules – thus the fine, however petty.Griffin, coming off a torn ACL, practiced with and against the first team Wednesday–his first full practice since last season. Griffin took 49 snaps against the scout team defense last week.“I’m getting the team reps, and that’s what I wanted, and that’s what the team needed me to be out there doing,” said Griffin, who has yet to play in the preseason and remains in question for the team’s regular-season opener. “I feel good. I am confident coach (Mike Shanahan) easing me in has helped, and giving me the extra reps has helped now. My eyes are set on Philly.”After an examination before the Redskins played Pittsburgh, Griffin said Dr. James Andrews told him that his leg looked strong and his movement was good. Andrews’ message: Stay the course. read more

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Poll Most NFL Players Would Accept a Gay Teammate

After Missouri’s Michael Sam revealed he is the first openly gay NFL prospect, NFL Nation and ESPN The Magazine combined to conduct an anonymous survey last week that indicated most players would have few objections to a gay teammate.Fifty-one players, almost an entire team roster, responded to four true-false questions. Although the survey showed that most players aren’t concerned with another’s sexual orientation, it also made clear the concerns that players would have with learning how to relate to an openly gay teammate.Forty-four players said a teammate’s sexual orientation didn’t matter to them, and 39 said they would be comfortable showering around a gay teammate. But 32 players said they had teammates or coaches who used homophobic slurs last season, and when asked whether an openly gay player would be comfortable in an NFL locker room, just 25 players said yes; 21 said no; while five declined to answer.One concern for players appeared to be learning how they could relate to a teammate they knew was gay, and whether they would need to behave any differently around him.According to one starting receiver, “Whoever takes [Sam in the draft] should have an open talk at the beginning of camp, where everybody can ask what he’s comfortable with, what offends him, what boundaries there should be. When it comes to race, people already know the boundaries, to a certain extent. But I don’t think football players are overly familiar with what can and can’t be said around a gay person.”Sam, who announced he is homosexual on Feb. 9, said his Missouri teammates rallied around him last season after he revealed his sexual orientation to them.“I’m telling you what: I wouldn’t have the strength to do this today if I didn’t know how much support they’d given me this past semester,” he said in the interview on ESPN.But one NFL starting tight end, who believes Sam will encounter some difficulties in the league, said: “There is a little more of a family environment in college. It was more like having brothers. In the NFL, you have friends, but it’s a more work-oriented environment. I hope guys can be professional and respect who he is and leave his personal life out of it.”Sam, who was co-SEC defensive player of the year last season, is expected to be drafted between the third and fifth rounds in May. He had 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss in 2013, leading the SEC in both categories. read more

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