Rondina, Pons turn back Japanese foe to kick start FIVB Boracay Open bid

first_img“I just had two days training, but I already set my mind that I was going back to outdoor,” Rondina, a four-time UAAP beach volleyball champion for University of Santo Tmas, said.“Maybe it’s just muscle memory. But I also watched our previous games together (Pons) so I could study our movements.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRondina faced the 43-year old Tanaka for the second straight Beach World Tour.The last time they met in the Manila Open, Rondina and formet partner Dzi Gervacio were eliminated by Tanaka and Fujii Sakurako for a spot in the semifinals. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ The Philippines’ Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons made quick work of Japan’s Shinako Tanaka and Miyuki Matsumura, 21-14, 21-8, to barge into the Round of 12 Thursday in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open presented by Globe in Boracay.MANILA, Philippines–Filipino pair of Cherry Rondina and Bernadeth Pons made quick work of Japan’s Shinako Tanaka and Miyuki Matsumura, 21-14, 21-8, to barge into the Round of 12 of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open Thursday in Boracay.Despite little training for the tournament, Rondina quickly adjusted to the sand court as she and Pons scored their first win in the main draw just days after the UAAP MVP played her final game in the UAAP women’s volleyball finals.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “I really wanted to win last year,” said Rondina.” We’re blessed to win this time. That’s Japan. They’re always a tough opponent.”After getting their groove on the sand court, Rondina and Pons managed to pounce on the Japanese pair’s weakness by going to their strength.“They don’t get blocked a lot so we needed to attack. It was hard because the sand is deep, but we were able to adjust. We really pushed out breath because we struggled to move.”Up next for Rondina and Pons is another Japanese pair, Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba, at 7:50 a.m. Saturday. A victory will send them to quarterfinals.The Philippines’ Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez narrowly lost to Singapore’s Eliza Chong and Lau Ee Shan, 21-17, 13-21, 14-16, while the other Filipina pair, Jackie Estoquia and DM Demontaño, suffered a 18-21, 14-21 defeat to Australia’s Brittany Kendall and Stefanie Weiler.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img In men’s action, James Buytrago and Krung Arbasto bowed to Singapore’s Fan Shen and Kingsley Tay, 12-21, 21-18, 5-15, Jessie Lopez and Ranran Abdilla fell to Norway’s Ruben Lovli and Kjetil Tellnes, 21-19, 19-21, 8-15, while Jade Becaldo and Mike Abria lost a 15-21, 14-21 decision to Japan’s Jumpei Ikeda and Katsuhiro Shiratori.The women’s pairs of Tan and Rodriguez, and Estoquia and DM Demontaño need to hurdle their matches against Tan Hsi Yan and Tasha Mae of Malaysia, and Ekaterina Filina and Ekaterina Zazhigina of Russia, respectively, starting at 8:40 a.m. Saturday to remain in the competition.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess After tough PBA All-Filipino conquest, June Mar Fajardo spends hard-earned break fishing Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View commentslast_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Agnieszka Radwanska fights back to beat Timea Bacsinszky

first_imgPoland’s ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska recovered from a slow start to beat injury-troubled Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 3-6 6-4 6-1 on Saturday and reach the last 16.Radwanska, beaten finalist in 2012, will face Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round on Monday — a player she has beaten just four times in 17 meetings.The 28-year-old Bacsinszky, playing on Centre Court for the first time, mixed up the pace of her shots well to take the first set, but had to call a medical time-out at the end of the second set and received heavy strapping on her thigh.The injury, picked up when sprinting to the net, clearly affected the Swiss in the third set.”It’s quite frustrating, because I think I played a great first set. I was putting so much strength as well in my shots and I could go for the winners and I was able to really plant my feet solidly,” said Bacsinszky.”At around 3-2 in the second set, there was this sharp pain coming to my quad and more the adductor muscle. I was struggling a lot to get low in my knees and which had helped me very much in my first two rounds. I’m pretty sad that happened,” she said.Radwanska though clearly felt that the momentum had already turned in her direction.”I had a great match, especially (given) she’s a really tricky opponent. She can do everything on court and you can expect everything. Playing aggressive and then also slices, mixing up all the things. I think it was a great match from the beginning till the end.advertisement”After the second set I just found my game and I was trying to be more aggressive. I think, as well, I was serving better in the third set,” she added.Kuznetsova has proved a tough opponent for the Pole, who last beat the Russian on clay at Madrid in 2014 although she did triumph at Wimbledon in 2008.”We have played so many matches, so many good ones, so many three-setters. Playing her is always very challenging. You know, every ball is going to go to your side over and over again. You’re not going to have any free points,” said Radwanska.last_img read more

9 months agoEmiliano Sala tells Nantes he wants to join Cardiff

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emiliano Sala tells Nantes he wants to join Cardiffby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNantes striker Emiliano Sala is ready to join Cardiff City.Sky Sports says Sala has informed the French club that he wants to leave and sign for Cardiff..The 28-year-old flew to the UK on Monday for talks with Cardiff manager Neil Warnock and chief executive Ken Choo.His agent, Meissa N’Diaye, and the agent acting for Nantes, Mark McKay, were also at the meeting, which Sala feels very positive after.Sala has scored 12 goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances this season, with Nantes sitting in mid-table in the French top flight. last_img read more

Arsenal Stood Still While Its Rivals Got Better

What has changed is the rest of the Premier League. The average points taken by the other big clubs (Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham) this season through 35 games was 72.8. In previous seasons this average has not exceeded 70. Among the weakest four of the big six, the clubs Arsenal directly needs to beat in order to qualify for the Champions League, the average point total through 35 matches this year is 67.7. Only once previously (2013-14) has the average been close, and Arsenal was fortunate enough to be clear with 70 points through 35 matches that year.The strategy of Wenger’s Arsenal has been to build a team good enough to reach the top four, usually with 70-75 points and a goal difference between plus-20 and plus-30. The strategy has worked in part because the other clubs with the resources to match these results failed to achieve Arsenal’s consistency. This year they have improved and Arsenal has not.But that is not the whole story. Expected goals, a statistical measure of the quality of chances created and conceded, suggests that Arsenal in 2016-17 are running below the level of quality they have in the recent past. Arsenal’s expected goals difference is only plus-13, easily the club’s worst statistical performance in the last six years. This drop-off has been most pronounced in recent weeks. Since March 1, Arsenal has gone 5-1-4, but the Gunners have conceded as many goals as they have scored. Their expected goals difference is even worse, at minus-4.The most notable change in this time is that Wenger has, for the first time in years, switched to a formation with three center backs, utilizing winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a wingback and deploying a varying set of forwards — including Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott — in a front three. Playing in the new formation has brought a good haul of points, but in those matches Arsenal has conceded more clear scoring chances to its opponents (9) than it has created (5). The streak is unlikely to continue unless the underlying performances pick up. The one constant in the English Premier League is that no matter what else happens, Arsenal will finish in the top four. Under manager Arsene Wenger, the club has never finished as low as fifth, a run dating to the 1996-97 season. After 21 years, Arsenal may finally drop outside the top four. The Gunners are currently in fifth place with only a 22 percent chance of fighting their way back into the top four.The implications for Arsenal go well beyond just the trivia. First, it would cost the North London club an annual influx of cash it has grown accustomed to. The top four clubs in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League, which provides a major revenue boost; last season Arsenal made about $58 million from the Champions League. If Arsenal finish outside the top four, the club will qualify for the Europa League, where Tottenham Hotspur earned almost $23 million last season for a similar performance.It may also cost them players. Playing in Europe’s premier club tournament offers prestige and glory that in turn helps attract better players on transfers. Arsenal should be particularly worried about maintaining their Champions League streak because star forward Alexis Sanchez has only one season remaining on his contract. If Sanchez does not sign a new contract this summer, he may have to be sold in order for Arsenal to recoup a transfer fee from his departure. The sharks are already circling, with Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Chelsea rumored to be considering bids.But the most significant casualty of Arsenal’s disappointing season may be Wenger himself. The long-tenured manager has not signed a contract for next season. If Arsenal cannot right the ship, he may be gone, ending an unprecedented run of consistency at the top. (Since he took the reins at Arsenal, 159 different coaches have held a job in the EPL, plus another 53 have held interim positions.)So with three Premier League games remaining for most of the teams at the top of the table, the stakes could hardly be higher. With yesterday’s victory at Southampton, Arsenal remained in the top four race with a 22 percent chance of Champions League qualification. To get there, Arsenal will need Liverpool or Manchester City to drop points, and the Gunners will probably need to win all of their remaining matches. Arsenal projects to a 61 percent chance of finishing in the top four if it wins out, with chances falling fast if any more points are dropped.So how has Arsenal found itself in this predicament? The streak is evidence that the team hasn’t had a really bad spell in decades. But that doesn’t mean the team has gotten any better — and that’s part of the problem. Wenger’s Arsenal for years has treaded water in the third- and fourth-place spots — last season was the first time Arsenal had finished above third since 2005. All it would take for the Gunners to fall would be for the other big clubs in the Premier League to play up to expectations. And this season that is exactly what has happened.Arsenal has taken 66 points through 35 matches with a plus-26 goal difference. These numbers are not particularly unusual for Arsenal in the last several seasons. Since 2010-11, Arsenal’s points through 35 games have ranged from 64 to 70. The goal-difference numbers are ranged similarly, from plus-21 to plus-32. The Gunners’ stats this season show up at the lower end of the team’s recent level, but they are not outliers. What is most notable about the changes in formation and personnel is that Arsenal usually isn’t tinkering this late in the season. Wenger is known for giving his attackers freedom to improvise on the pitch and to build off relationships and experience. It stands to reason that in such a system, stability in personnel and tactics would lead to higher levels of performance, as players develop understandings from playing together. Arsenal’s statistics over the last six years bear this out. During seasons in which Arsenal has maintained stability in its first 11 over the final weeks of the season, the club has finished hot. In the only two seasons when Wenger made major changes, Arsenal has averaged just 1.6 and 1.1 points per match, respectively, down the stretch.Regardless of whether Wenger continues to tweak tactics in these final three games, his team needs to win — and even that may be not be enough. With luck, perhaps these new tactics and new formation will click and the streak can be extended. But if it doesn’t pull off late-season heroics, Arsenal won’t be seen in the Champions League next fall, and the team that will be seen in England may look much different. read more

Inter target Vidal goes back to training with Bayern

first_imgAfter a long recovery from a nasty knee injury he suffered in April, Arturo Vidal is back on the pitch and looking for the best destination to continue his career.This past week has been important for Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal, who has returned from a long recovery period after a knee injury he suffered in April as he keeps getting linked to several clubs in Europe this summer. Perhaps the most interested club in his services is Italian side Internazionale Milano, they would be keen on bringing King Arturo back to Serie A from Bayern Munchen. The German club’s board of directors have made statements that open the door for the Chilean player, they pretty much have left him to decide his own future without saying they want him to remain in the Bundesliga.Preparado para el futuro!!?????? pic.twitter.com/ekleB4ZlQJ— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) July 20, 2018Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…There was an interview that board member Karl Heinz Rummenigge made this Tuesday during an interview with German news site Kicker, in which he practically said that Arturo is free to leave the club if he wishes: “Arturo needs to decide his future all by himself. He still has a year left in his contract with us but if he wants to sign a longer agreement somewhere else, then he will have to leave and if he presents an offer to us we will evaluate it,” said Rummenigge to Kicker this Tuesday.La calidad no se pierde nunca!!!????? cada día más fuerte y con ganas de seguir ganando cosas importantes!!???? pic.twitter.com/RPT35cGbFP— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) July 25, 2018While the player made his return officially by posting a video on social media, this Rummenigge statement can be easily linked to the one that Uli Hoeness made earlier about the possibility of letting up to three players leave the squad before the holidays due to the overbooking they have in the squad right now: “We will have to let at least three players go before Christmas at the latest, because if we don’t then we will have technical problems due to overbooking,” said Hoeness to Sport BILD. It’s now up to the clubs that want Vidal to make an offer for his services.last_img read more

Thorgan Hazard refuses to rule out summer move

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach winger Thorgan Hazard confirmed that he will not be leaving during this month’s transfer window, but refused to rule anything out this summerSince arriving Gladbach in 2014 from Chelsea, Hazard’s strong displays in the Bundesliga have made him one of most wanted players in Europe.The Belgium international has managed nine goals and six assists in 17 league games this season and is contracted at Gladbach until June 2020.But reports have recently linked Hazard with a return to the Premier League by joining Liverpool, while AS Roma and Atletico Madrid are also understood to be interested.The 25-year-old, however, insists he will not be going anywhere this month after holding talks with Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Max Eberl and I spoke before the winter break and I confirmed that the only important thing for me right now is that I can help our team here to be successful,” Hazard told the club website.“Max knows that my head is here at Borussia and I am fully concentrated on my job here.“I am not considering a transfer right now. I cannot say what will happen after the end of this season.“I may possibly extend my contract as I’m very happy here and family are also settled. Max and I will speak about this when it is the right time.Gladbach will take on Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena for their first game back from the winter break on January 19.last_img read more

Prank calls affecting Police Emergency Service

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 8, 2016 – Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, is appealing to persons not to misuse the 119 police emergency number.  He noted that of the 32,000 calls to the number daily, 22,000 are prank calls, which are clogging up the system.  The Minister urged persons to desist from the irresponsible practice, noting that this could delay assistance to persons in genuine emergencies.He also appealed for responsible use of the panic button on the Stay Alert app.  The button is programmed to respond once a stress-related request is detected.  “We are making an appeal to persons to stop playing with the emergency service,”  Mr. Montague said, while addressing the official handover of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system at the Islington Police Station in St. Mary on Wednesday (December 7).Turning to measures to strengthen border security, the Minister informed that the Government is in the process of acquiring two coastguard boats and an airplane to improve monitoring of the coastline in order to prevent the flow of guns, drugs and ammunition into the island.“The acquisition… will help to secure our boarders because we are putting on board state-of-the-art equipment,” he said.  He also informed that an additional 15 immigration officers will be assigned to airports to speed up the processing of travelers.last_img read more

Was Putin critic Alexey Navalny poisoned in Russian jail

first_imgRussian opposition leader Alexey NavalnyReutersRussian opposition leader Alexey Navalny may have been exposed to “an unknown chemical substance” in prison, which triggered a major allergic reaction on Sunday, said his doctor Anastasia Vasilyeva.”Some toxic agent may be the reason for Alexei Navalny’s ‘illness’,” said Vasilyeva in a Facebook post. The physician also mentioned that officials at Moscow’s hospital No 64 that treated him “behaved strangely”.While a doctor, Eldar Kazakhmedov, told Russian news agency Interfax that Navalny was suffering from an allergic reaction, Vasilyeva negated the claim.She said that it was clear that Navalny was suffering from “the result of the harmful effects of undefined chemical substances”. “We cannot exclude toxic damage to the skin by chemicals induced by a ‘third person’,” she wrote.She also urged the hospital administration to immediately allow proper medical care for Navalny.Two physicians, including Vasilyeva, visited Navalny on Sunday but were not allowed to examine him. She revealed that he had swollen eyelids, discharge in the eye as well as a rash on his upper body and appeared to be suffering from acute toxic conjunctivitis and dermatitis.Apart from refusing to diagnose Navalny and informing his family about the cause, Vasilyeva noted that the hospital doctors were “visibly jittery”.His spokesperson Kira Yarmysh said on Sunday that the allergic reaction was something unlike any that he suffered before in his life.However, Navalny was reported to be “in a satisfactory condition”, a representative of the hospital told AFP on Monday.Analysts said that the incident is alarming knowing how an opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was assassinated outside the Kremlin in 2015. Both Nemtsov and Navalny have openly criticised Russian President Vladimir Putin. Navalny is serving a 30-day sentence for organising an anti-government protest last week Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrested as thousands protest against Putin IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:59Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:59?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close to 1,400 protestors were detained for attending a mass protest after opposition candidates were barred from participating in Moscow city elections in September.While most of the protestors were released without charge, according to The Guardian, more than 150 people were arrested and may face charges in court this week. Around 25 people were also reportedly injured, revealed an independent monitoring group. Closelast_img read more

Cardi B and husband Offsets social media exchanges are super raunchy and

first_imgCardi B and Offset are taking their romance from the sheets to the streets (for real!). The couple had a very raunchy comment exchange on Instagram on Offset’s page. A day ago, the rapper shared a picture of a poster with Cardi B on it. The picture might be pretty basic but Offset’s reaction to his wife on the poster sure is very NSFW! The picture basically has Cardi B sit in probably a saloon with her hair curled up. Seeing this, Offset certainly couldn’t control his instincts. He posted the picture with his tongue sticking out on her crotch. With that, Offset wrote, SEEN WIFEY ON THE WALL SO I HAD TO MAKE A PIT STOP ” To this, Cardi B responded, “Come do that to me now ” Well, they can’t keep it in their pants, that’s for sure. They are not prudes as well because they don’t care about who reads what they post.Check out the post – Offset’s postInstagramEver since their differences have simmered down, Cardi B and Offset have once again become that couple who can’t keep themselves away from each other. They are being ultra cute, they are spending time together and even raising their one-year-old daughter Kulture in the cutest manner. Just recently, Cardi shared a video of Offset doing baby Kulture’s hair. “I think it’s because I left too much hair out,” Cardi B stated while Offset continued to struggle with Kulture’s hair. Cardi B postInstagramWhile the Bodak Yellow rapper has cute moments like these to cherish, she is also stressed about her legal battle. Cardi B’s lawyers are reportedly trying to seal upcoming depositions in her ongoing legal issue concerning a former manager. “It is nearly certain that any information or documents about Ms. Almanzar not restricted from public dissemination will be published to the public at large via various traditional and social media outlets,” her lawyers stated.We will soon see Cardi B in her first Hollywood film, Hustlers, which also stars Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart and more.last_img read more

Court cancels Shafats bail in Banani rape case

first_imgShafat AhmedA Dhaka court on Wednesday cancelled the bail of Shafat Ahmed, prime accused in the sensational Banani double rape case, reports UNB.Judge Khademul Kayes of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 passed the order following a petition filed by the state. Later, the court sent him to jail.The court also denied bail to Shafat’s friend Nayeem Ashraf. Earlier on 29 November, the court granted bail to Shafat Ahmed.The court also fixed 6 March for the next date to testify the victim as the today’s recording of testimony was not concluded today.On 6 May last year, a university student filed the case with Banani police station against five persons including Shafat and Shadman Sakif.According to the case statement, Safat and Shadman raped the plaintiff and another woman on 28 March at The Raintree Dhaka in the capital’s Banani area while three others assisted them.The three other accused are Nayeem Ashraf, Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain and bodyguard Rahmat Ali.last_img read more