Mourinho faces big decision

first_img VAN GAAL VS KOEMAN CITY WARY OF HAMMERS LONDON (AP): After a 4-0 victory against Maccabi Tel Aviv reminded Jose Mourinho of what it feels like to win, the Chelsea manager has an important decision to make before facing Arsenal in the Premier League tomorrow. Mourinho made six changes for the Group G Champions League game on Wednesday after Chelsea lost their third league game out of five at Everton last Saturday. Regular starters John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa were on the bench. The commanding victory could boost confidence among the Chelsea ranks, but Mourinho must decide whether to return his underperforming stars to the line-up or keep faith with players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Loic Remy, who impressed against Maccabi. With Willian and Pedro Rodriguez expected to miss the Arsenal game through injury, Eden Hazard should keep his starting place, despite a below-par performance against Maccabi where he missed a penalty after five minutes. Manchester City have five wins from their opening five games in the Premier League and are yet to concede a goal. Manuel Pellegrini’s team is the early pacesetter atop the standings and the overwhelming favourites to beat West Ham tomorrow – although it knows the east London club is capable of upsets. Manager Slaven Bilic has already masterminded West Ham to two surprise away victories against Arsenal and Liverpool – games they were widely expected to lose. They comfortably beat Newcastle 2-0 on Monday and will head to Manchester confident of springing another surprise. West Ham could face a City side missing Sergio Aguero. The striker went off after 25 minutes with a right-knee problem when his side beat Crystal Palace last weekend and missed Tuesday’s loss to Juventus in the Champions League. Manchester United travel to Southampton on Sunday, where Louis van Gaal will renew his rivalry with Dutch counterpart Ronald Koeman. Their fractious relationship stems from when Koeman was manager at Ajax and Van Gaal was appointed technical director. Last season, Van Gaal’s United battled to a scarcely deserved 2-1 victory at St Mary’s, before Koeman avenged the defeat with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford. United heads to the south of England in inconsistent form – an impressive 3-1 victory against fierce rival Liverpool at Old Trafford was followed by a 2-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Tuesday. Captain Wayne Rooney missed both games with a hamstring problem and it’s unclear whether he will be available against Southampton.last_img read more

Malaya FC rules YFL tourney, top players cop awards

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 View comments In the hotly contested U15 category, Malaya FC outplayed 14 other teams to win not only the gold but also Most Valuable Player honors for midfielder Jenil Gorre and Best goalkeeper for Lance Jeter Bencio.In early October this year, the same U15 team reached the finals of the Borneo Cup, outgunning youth clubs from Malaysia and Hong Kong and bowing only to Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIn the U11 age group that also saw a total of 15 teams, MVP honors went to Malaya FC striker Ralph Valentine Capis, while Malaya FC’s Simon Elijah Soco was awarded Best GK.A total of 81 teams in 8 categories played in season 2 of YFL, which is now on its second year. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Keys to victory: San Beda-Lyceum Finals series WELCOME DELAY David Price of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with The Commissioner’s Trophy during the first quarter of the game between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on Nov. 1. The champions’ appearance caused an extended time out midway through the first quarter, when Red Sox manager Alex Cora carried the World Series championship trophy onto the court, followed by his players. —AFPJPV-Malaya Football Club (Malaya FC) delivered a dominant performance in the recent season 2 of the Youth Football League (YFL) to lift the championship trophy in the U11 and U15 categories.The youth development arm of JPV Marikina FC, Malaya FC also emerged first runner-up in U13 and women’s U17. In division 2, Malaya FC won the plate championship in U7 and U9, first runner-up in U17, and second runner-up in the 2004 U15.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title In its website, YFL said “the league aims to provide organized football competitions throughout the year, catering to youth clubs and players looking for more opportunities to play beyond their school varsities.”Malaya FC fielded teams in seven of the eight age-group categories.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Alpha Oldtimers Troubled on Members’ Rift

first_imgLiberia’s oldest old-timers football association, Alpha, said it is worried on the potential disunity in the club due to the rift between two of its versatile members Ambassador George M. Weah and George Solo.The Alpha Oldtimers’ position stemmed from the recent endorsement by CDC standard bearer George Weah who endorsed then party chairman George Solo’s two years suspension.There has been controversy over the suspension and Alpha feared it might hamper the cordial relationship of the organization.Alpah Oldtimers Sports Association secretary general J. Bryant Mcgill said in a social network, facebook page that the rift between the two men might alter the club’s usual camaraderie with members and officials.He called on Amb. George M. Weah and George Solo, both advisors as well as players, not to permit politics to fracture their relationship but rather continue to embrace each other.The Alpha chief scribe urged them to wake up to the realities of brotherliness and consider the shared bonds of their acquaintance.“Politics is a catalyst that influences needless conflicts among— leaders and political party ideologues on… religions, ethnicity, culture, values and social connections,” Mr. Mcgill wrote.He added: “As such, amid the current political divergence in the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) between Advisor Solo and the Party’s Executive Committee, this is one time, Advisor George Weah and George Solo should write-off their pride and realize that their membership with AOSA is critical, and should not allow the ongoing situation to derail their affiliation with the association.”Mr. Weah joined AOSA about 10 years ago and in 2011 he encouraged Mr. Solo to also join, according to secretary general Mcgill.Both men played together and they last played for ‘LEGEND’ in the G. Andy Quamie Special Tournament on July 26, 2014, winning the trophy in a lottery shot, 4-3, against the Red Dragons.Mr. Mcgill meanwhile appealed to the AOSA’s Advisory Board, headed by Cllr. T.C. Gould as well as Alpha leadership headed by Prof. Sunny Nyemah to convene an emergency meeting to address the situation.Mcgill revealed that all has been finalized to name the Alpha (Zubah Town and/or George Weah) Sports Stadium, in memory of the late Willis D. Knuckles, Jr., as well as retiring his number 9 jersey.The late Willis D. Knuckles was a founding member of the Alpha Old-timers Sports Association in 1970. He served several times as its General Captain and President.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CLICO seeking to settle debt in Guyana

first_img– eyes new investmentsAlmost a decade after a major financial downfall, leaving behind a debt of some US million to Guyana, the Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) Limited is now looking to resume business here with the promise of settling its debt.This was indicated to the Government when Finance Minister Winston Jordan met with CL Financial majority shareholder, Lawrence Duprey, along with other officials of that company on Thursday last. According to a statement from the Finance Ministry on Friday, Duprey informed Minister Jordan that he would like to renew his relationship with Guyana as well as publicly apologise to its people for the collapse of CLICO Guyana.“He also said that CL Financial will try to make amends for the approximately US$40M debt owed mainly to the National Insurance Scheme,” the release to the media outlined.Additionally, the Finance Minister was told by Duprey that his company was interested in investing in several areas here, including providing solar energy at competitive prices, affordable housing, clay bricks and solar for housing as well as introduce a financial model that would generate savings and alleviate poverty.After listening to the CL Financial officials, Minister Jordan informed the delegation that he would apprise Cabinet of their discussions. Nevertheless, the Minister also advised Duprey that future engagements could be conducted on parallel tracks: discussions on recovering monies owed by CL Financial and investment in Guyana.The statement added that both the Finance Minister and the CL Financial team agreed to a follow-up meeting. In the meantime, the Ministry said the Governor of the Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind Ganga would be consulted to determine the status of all outstanding matters relevant to CLICO Guyana.CLICO Guyana had approximately $6.9 billion invested in the regional insurance company, when it collapsed in 2009. Among the local investments was $5.2 billion by the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).NIS over the years would have also been experiencing a situation where its annual expenses began outstripping its revenue – a situation compounded by the billions it had invested in CLICO for a number of years.To this end, Government in September last year announced that it would be absorbing the $5.2 billion NIS loss incurred when CLICO Guyana crumbled. The “lifeline” monies are to be paid in tranches over a 20-year period.Minister Jordan had stated at the signing of the agreement to effect this decision that the monies would be returned to Government should the country recover the debt from the company.In addition, CLICO’s liquidator, Dr Ganga at the time had provided an update on the payments being made to policyholders, noting that while a significant amount has been recovered and paid over, the company still had weighty liabilities to honour – almost $6 billion.last_img read more

Nigerian pastor wants Sh200,000 for World Cup litany

first_imgBut he now says Nigeria can salvage the situation and become the first African team to win the tournament — as long as fans give him 750,000 naira ($2,092, 1,797 euros).“What I need is a token 750,000 (naira) to get some spiritual materials and also to give my prayer warriors as honorarium,” he said in a television interview, the Daily Post reported.Aika said his crack congregation was on standby and ready for action, “so that what has been destroyed can be readjusted to grant the Super Eagles divine favour all through the tournament”.Nigeria play Iceland on Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Green power: The Super Eagles train on the eve of Friday’s big matchLAGOS, Nigeria, June 22 – A pastor in Nigeria has urged his followers to pay him more than Sh200, 000 ($2,000) to unleash a squadron of “prayer warriors” to help the country’s footballers secure a World Cup win.Earlier this week, self-styled prophet Tommy Yisa Aika said that the Super Eagles lost their opening match to Croatia because God was punishing them for hiring a white coach, Gernot Rohr.last_img read more

James Corden: ‘The sooner West Ham get knocked out of the Europa League, the better’

first_imgWest Ham must forget about the Europa League and focus on ensuring they deliver Premier League football in their new Olympic Stadium next season, according to celebrity fan James Corden.The British comedian and American talk show host joined talkSPORT to talk everything about his beloved Hammers.While their top flight rivals continue their pre-season preparation, West Ham’s campaign began weeks ago, having already stumbled through the first two rounds of Europa League qualification on penalties in Malta.In their first leg of their third round clash, Slaven Bilic’s side squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Romanian minnows Astra Giurgiu, and they suffered a further blow with striker Enner Valencia ruled out for 12 weeks after being stretchered out of the game.Teams’ domestic form has often suffered from participating in Europe’s second tier tournament, and Corden believes the sooner West Ham are knocked out, the better.“I would be over the moon if he got knocked out,” the Late Late Show host said in an exclusive interview with the Sports Bar.“I just don’t know what we gain from it, apart from the stress in puts on the squad and on the team.“I read an interview with Mark Noble, who said when they got back from Malta they arrived back at 5am and then had warm-down training three hours later – it can’t be great for the team.“Look at Everton, they have a strong squad of players but it was only once they were knocked out of the Europa League that they started to climb out of trouble [domestically] last year.“All that matters for West Ham is that when it comes to our first game in the Olympic Stadium, we’re playing in the Premier League, because it will be a catastrophe if we’re not.”Listen to the full interview with Late Late Show host James Corden above!last_img read more

Pellegrini comments on potential West Ham move for former Man City ace

first_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Dzeko and Pellegrini worked together at Manchester City Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Most read in Premier League huge blow Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Earlier this week it was reported West Ham are keeping tabs on Dzeko with a view to a moving for him in January, with a £20million bid allegedly being prepared by the east Londoners.However, Pellegrini has played down these suggestions in his pre-match press conference.He said: “You can talk about five, six or seven players that are linked with us. We must not talk about one player. gameday cracker predicted Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion changes tense revealed TOP WORK whoops latest 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury He played under current Hammers boss Pellegrini while the pair were at the Etihad, helping the Chilean guide City to the 2013/14 Premier League and the 2014 League Cup.The 32-year-old has performed excellently since turning up in Italy in 2015, with a remarkable 63 goals scored in the last two seasons. He’s started this campaign in similar style, netting five times in just nine games in the opening stages. SORRY West Ham’s potential January move for Edin Dzeko has been played down by the club’s manager, Manuel Pellegrini.Dzeko, the forward, has been linked with a return to English football four years after he left Manchester City for Roma. 2 Dzeko has been one of Europe’s most prolific forwards over the past couple of seasons “I know him well but we are not thinking about that at the moment.”West Ham are not alone in their admiration of Dzeko, with the Mirror claiming Southampton, Crystal Palace and Cardiff are also checking on the forward.last_img read more

EURO ELECTION 2014: PAT THE COPE HANGING IN THERE

first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher is in a battle for that final seat in Europe.Pat The Cope Gallagher is hanging on to his European Parliament seat by his finger nails after the fifth count in the Midlands North West European constituency resulted in Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness being elected.It means the veteran Donegal Fianna Fail politician is in a straight fight with Independent Marian Harkin for the fourth and final seat.Ms McGuinness reached the quota after getting 72% of Jim Higgins’ available transfers following his elimination. As a result, the Fine Gael candidate reached 135,698 votes to put her ahead of Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy who is on 126,492.With Carthy expected to be elected next, it leaves The Cope in a dogfight with Harkin who he is trailing by over 27,000 votes.It will all come down to how the transfers of his party colleague Thomas Byrne, who has been eliminated,  is distributed.Standings after fifth count: Flanagan, Luke “Ming” (Ind) electedMairead McGuinness (FG) 135,698 electedMatt Carthy (SF) 126,492Marian Harkin (Ind) 95,577Pat “The Cope” Gallagher (FF) 67,606 Thomas Byrne (FF) 63,392 eliminatedEURO ELECTION 2014: PAT THE COPE HANGING IN THERE was last modified: May 27th, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:copeelectioneuropeangallagherpatlast_img read more

Seaberg, Misselhorn Collect Academic All-District Honors

first_imgClick here for a preview of the match. Print Friendly Version Misselhorn, a senior defender from Cape Town, South Africa, has maintained a 3.43 GPA as a finance major. He has contributed to six shutouts this season while scoring one goal and recording one assist. DES MOINES, Iowa – Two Drake University men’s soccer players, Scott Misselhorn and Nate Seaberg, have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, the organization announced Thursday. The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Seaberg studies health sciences and boasts a 4.00 GPA. A senior midfielder hailing from Moline, Ill., Seaberg has tallied one goal and one assist this season.center_img Misselhorn and Seaberg will be honored on Senior Day against No. 10 Missouri State on Saturday at Tiger Field in West Des Moines. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Misselhorn and Seaberg are two of 13 honorees from District Six, comprised of schools from 11 states. They now qualify for consideration for the CoSIDA Academic All-American team, which will be announced in early December.last_img read more

A Warriors’ trade season primer: Analyzing D’Angelo Russell’s fit and solving the Ky Bowman problem

first_imgThis season hasn’t gone as planned, and the Warriors have already had to shift expectations. After Sunday, further recalibration could be on the way.While coach Steve Kerr anticipated the team to take a step back, he did not expect to be sitting at the bottom of the league standings more than a quarter of the way into the season. A stumbling start and the desire to convert Ky Bowman’s two-way contract into a regular roster spot could lead to the Warriors making a trade between now and the Feb. …last_img