Lae Rugby League into finals

first_imgWhile most of the centres have completed their season, Lae league, one of the premier leagues, is yet to see this year’s season through.Lae Biscuit Spiders defeated Morobe Tigers 10-nil in the semis and Lae Panthers belted Toner and Ink Royals 20-16 in a very close encounter.While Royals hang their boots for yet another season, Panthers will now meet Tigers for the major semifinals next weekend.The winner will advance to meet Spiders in the 2016 grand final.In the Under 20s, Warriors entered the grand final in a fortnight’s time.This has forced Tigers to meet Spiders this weekend and the winner will meet them in the grand final.last_img read more

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With Pingris’ guidance, Maliksi strives to play better defense

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal And Maliksi heeded Pingris’ call and clamped down on Blackwater’s prized rookie Mac Belo.Not only did Maliksi come away with a game-high 26 points but he also limited Belo to six points and allowed just seven field goal attempts.Belo was averaging 16 points a game prior to their matchup against Star and his six-point output was his second-lowest scoring game in the conference.Maliksi, himself, admits he can’t be a scorer alone and he took the initiative to become a two-way player.“I can’t be just a one-way player, you should be able to play on both the defensive and offensive ends,” said Maliksi.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal LATEST STORIES Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ MOST READ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards He has always been the fun-loving elder statesman the younger players look up to and during his time with Gilas Pilipinas, he developed a solid friendship with three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo.His role is no different when it came to his mother club Star, where he has taken the small forward Allein Maliksi under his wing though they place different positions.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“I always talk to him in practice. I tell him, ‘Allein you can shoot outside, you’re tall, but I will give you some brotherly advice, you have to play more defense,” said Pingris Wednesday after their 119-95 win over Blackwater at Cuneta Astrodome.At 5-4, Star is within a win away from a quarterfinals berth in the Philippine Cup. Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Marc Pingris is no stranger to being the cool big brother to his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP Volleyball Preview: Lady Warriors looking beyond Season 79 And for his defensive effort alone, Maliksi has earned the praise of Pingris.“I’m happy he was able to play good defense on Belo,” said Pingris.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Rose Bowl showdown – Boyz, Mexico clash in Gold Cup semi-final

first_img Rebuilding “Mexico have a good team, and we are rebuilding as a team. We know that we have to be very patient, disciplined, and wait for our opportunities. We have the guys up front (Darren Mattocks and Romario Williams) who can get a goal or two for us, so we just have to keep it together, defend properly, and not get stretched,” said the man who was the 2016 MLS goalkeeper of the year. Twenty-six year-old Blake said that he has believed in his group since the tournament started and he has no reason to change now. “If we all give our all and leave everything on the pitch, then we should be successful. I am not saying that we cannot lose, but once we all give everything, then one cannot ask for more,” continued the man who was selected first overall by Philadelphia Union in the 2014 MLS Superdraft. Blake, who was in the 2015 Gold Cup squad but who took a back seat to the likes of Dwayne Miller and Ryan Thompson as he was recovering from injury, identified a difference in this squad compared to the previous one. “One of the main things is that we have a bunch of young guys in the team, born Jamaicans who have a lot to prove, are hungry for success, and we are going to out there to fight for success. We have that passion for the colours and will go out and fight for the country,” he said. He added: “I am not saying that the Jamaicans who are not born at home are not committed, but I think when you are born there and you remember where you are coming from and who you are playing for, there is that extra edge that you have.” That edge, they hope, will be sharp enough to cut down the Mexico team, which entered the tournament as joint favourites with hosts USA but which has disappointed its fans. Mexico, with the exception of their opening game, have not been the most prolific. They beat El Salvador 3-1, drew 0-0 with Jamaica, beat CuraÁao 2-0, and edged Honduras 1-0 to earn their place in the semi-finals. Mexico’s tailing off; Blake’s excellence in goal; the pace, aggression, and the confident fishing of Mattocks and Williams could give the Reggae Boyz the belief that they can steal this one. Jamaica’s squad: Andre Blake, Damion Hyatt, Dwayne Miller, Ladale Richie, Sergio Campbell, Damion Lowe, Kemar Lawrence, Shaun Francis, Oniel Fisher, Rosario Harriott, Jermaine Johnson, Shamar Nicholson, Je-Vaughn Watson, Alvas Powell, Darren Mattocks, Cory Burke, Ricardo Morris, Ewan Grandison, Michael Binns, Owayne Gordon, Jermaine Taylor, Kevon Lambert, and Romario Williams. Joint favourites The 2017 version of the Reggae Boyz is a band that the entire country can be proud of. The beat has not been the most rhythmic, but they have done enough to remain on stage and keep some of the crowd interested. This evening will be their biggest gig yet of the tournament when they take on Mexico at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California at 8 p.m. This meeting will be their second of the tournament, having ended on even terms in the group stages. Before that, in 2015, with some older more experienced band members, the Reggae Boyz were soundly beaten 3-0 in the final. The third meeting could be the charm. At least that is what the players are hoping. “We all know it is a very important game. All the players know this. We are on the brink of making it back to the final, and the first objective is to win tomorrow’s game no matter what it takes. “We have to go out there and be victorious,” said the bandleader and goalkeeper AndrÈ Blake, who has led from the front. In the first-round encounter, neither team lit up the stage as they played to a stalemate and each earned a valuable point. Today, there has to be a winner, and Blake is confident that his group will take the right approach.last_img read more

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Tony Becca | Wanted: more hometown players

first_imgThe Caribbean Premier League (CPL) cricket season is upon us, and once again with so many of the world’s leading players on show, the action promises to be fast, exciting, and really enjoyable. Over the years, the tournament, which started with a bang, dropped off a little as far as the crowds were concerned, to the extent that the organisers asked for more money from the respective regional associations and have scheduled matches in Florida. In trying to win fans and supporters at the start, the owners billed the tournament as “cricket mixed with the colourful experience of the Caribbean” and as the “biggest party in sport”. The league, which started in 2013, was undoubtedly very popular in the first few years of its existence. The action was exciting and enjoyable, and it paraded Christopher Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Samuel Badree, some of the biggest attractions in T20 cricket. The CPL was so popular that West Indies Cricket must have regretted, many times, its decision to hand what seemed a ‘gold mine’ to private investors from abroad for a small fee. Every year, it was like carnival time when the CPL came to town, not only with its big-hitting batsmen and dazzling fielders, but also with its pulsating music, flashing lights, dancing girls, and loads of giveaways. Last year, however, but for the final, was not so good, and hardly as exciting. Barring a few matches, the vast crowds were missing. The reason may well be that the people got tired of it because with all the big hits and spectacular fielding, the atmosphere was not ‘serious’ enough and the action was more or less one-dimensional. It may well be, however, that although it is called the “domestic T20 league in the West Indies”, it is not, and even though the ‘Jamaica Tallawahs’ are said to represent Jamaica, they really do not. The CPL, apart from the jumping and dancing, does not feel like a Caribbean or a West Indian event. While one understands the inclusion of four overseas international stars because the CPL is a ‘franchise’ and because there is a need to make money, the CPL does not feel like a Caribbean or a West Indian event simply because the teams are mostly ‘overseas’ players. To complicate matters, some of the teams were captained and managed by overseas people, and while one may understand the reason for this, it is distasteful. In 2013, the Jamaica Tallawahs squad of 15 players consisted of four internationals and 11 Jamaicans, with the 11 which took the field including seven Jamaicans. Last year, however, the Jamaica squad of 17 consisted of four internationals, seven other overseas players, and six Jamaicans, with the playing 11 for most of the tournament including only three Jamaicans – Andre McCarthy, Rovman Powell, and Krishmar Santokie. SIMILAR SITUATIONS And all the other teams showed a similar situation, with the Barbados Tridents playing matches with only one Barbadian in the 11, although that may be justified, with nine Barbadians touring England with Windies team. Throughout the series, it appeared, for example, that only three Jamaicans, including young fast bowler Oshane Thomas, could take the field at any one time. Remembering that the West Indies cricket team is unlike any other cricket team in the world, remembering that the West Indies first-class teams are separate countries with their own governments, and remembering that the national teams cannot, or should not, ever be classed as ‘franchises’, that situation cannot work in the West Indies. That is why, in my opinion, the CPL is gradually losing its appeal. The CPL is a moneymaking business pure and simple. It certainly cannot be the West Indies domestic T20 league, supposedly the league from which the West Indies T20 team is selected. How can the CPL sell the Jamaica Tallawahs, for example, as the Jamaican team when it is basically made up of foreigners, even if some of them are West Indians? How can the CPL sell the Jamaica Tallawahs as the Jamaica team, when the team is not selected by the Jamaica selectors, when it is not captained by one of their own, when the team is not controlled by Jamaica, when players like Nikita Miller and Damion Jacobs, regulars for their country, and a young, talented player like Fabian Allen, sit on the bench elsewhere, and when their stars, one like Chris Gayle, are in the position to rough them up while playing for another ‘franchise’? Do the promoters really expect to see a packed, receptive, and cheering Sabina Park when the team comes ‘home’ to play, especially if Jamaicans like Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Chadwick Walton, and Brandon King thump the ball for other teams into the adjoining premises regularly? That was why Gayle was booed at Sabina Park last year, although he was not the only Jamaican who was ‘sold’ off, or ‘bought off, and returned to play against Jamaica. The CPL has re-energised cricket in the West Indies, it is good fun, and it could be good fun for everybody. The way it operates now, however, it is not good fun. Money in the players’ pockets is good, but money is not all. The CPL needs to reflect the sentiments of Jamaicans, Barbadians, Guyanese, Trinidadians, etcetera, etcetera, and it also needs to respect their nationality, their likes and their dislikes, especially when it comes to cricket. Last year’s final was exciting, very exciting, what with its sea of red throughout the Brian Lara Stadium. Maybe, however, it was because the Trinbago Knight Riders were the home team, maybe it was because the match was played outside of Port of Spain, maybe it was because the team had five Trinidadians in it, and at the end, it was two Trinidadians batting, with one, Kevin Cooper, producing the fireworks. It is good to see that the Barbados Tridents will have a Barbadian captain this time around, and it is good to see that the Jamaica Tallawahs will be led by Andre Russell, even if only two of the Jamaican ‘home matches’ will be played at ‘home’ in Jamaica, with some playing in the USA, a foreign country.last_img read more

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Mourinho hails ‘dictator’ Fabregas following stunning Chelsea debut

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho lavished praise on summer signing Cesc Fabregas following his brilliant Blues debut against Premier League newcomers Burnley.The Spanish playmaker, who arrived from Barcelona in a £27million deal, created two goals – including a beautiful move finished well by Andre Schurrle – and dictated play from midfield as the top flight title favourites got their campaign underway in style with a 3-1 win at Turf Moor.With the Blues’ lack of firepower costing them in their race for the crown last season, Mourinho’s recent signings already look at home with Diego Costa also netting a debut goal against the Clarets.And while it was a thrilling team performance from the Blues, Mourinho was particularly pleased with Fabregas’ creative impact.“I think the team played very well but I agree with Cesc being the man of the match because him and [Nemanja] Matic they controlled the game,” the Chelsea manager said.“Those two dictated the intensity of the game. They are both good brains in this team and I am happy with that because probably last season we couldn’t control the game the way we did today.“In the last 10 years, Cesc and I were in the same league for six or seven years so I know what he can bring to this team.“He makes the right decisions, the right intensity of the game and he brings other people in the right direction. I am really happy with him.”On the exquisite move leading up to Schurrle’s goal, which put Chelsea in front having conceded early on against Burnley, Mourinho added: “Everything was fantastic, the movement and the quality of the pass and the vision and the understanding between them was beautiful.“Emotionally we were not affected by the goal we conceded.“We conceded a goal, but we never lost composure and we deserved these three points against a side that is going to give a fight to everyone that comes here.” 1 Chelsea summer signing Cesc Fabregas last_img read more

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Carlo Ancelotti targeted by Bayern Munich as doubts surround Pep Guardiola’s future

first_img Carlo Ancelotti Bayern Munich have contacted ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, according to reports in Italy.The German club are still yet to tie down current manager Pep Guardiola to an extension, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.Antonio Conte and Vincenzo Montella have been touted as possible contenders for the Bayern job should Guardiola depart, while Massimiliano Allegri has also been linked with the post.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Bayern have now approached Ancelotti about potentially taking over from Guardiola.The Italian has been out of work since the summer after being sacked by Real Madrid following two seasons in charge.Ancelotti has recently been linked with Chelsea, while he was also a supposed target for Liverpool before they swooped for Jurgen Klopp. 1last_img read more

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Schools to receive $14.3 mil in state funding

first_imgNorth County schools and colleges are getting a budget boost – millions in cash to make up for being shortchanged in past years. The money, called equalization funding, was included in this year’s state budget for underfunded schools in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys. State Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who pushed for the equalization funding, has released estimates showing that community colleges in the two valleys will get a total of $4.7 million in equalization funding. Local K-12 school districts will get $9.6 million. “I think most people are surprised to know that schools are not equally funded across the state of California,” Runner said. “And it’s because of some old rules, formulas that are in place that create the funding mechanism.” The Hart School District plans to use its roughly $2 million in equalization funding to pay for rising medical plan costs for employees, so there will not be much money left over. “It’s going to be pretty much a wash there,” she said. Winning the political fight to get equalization funding for local schools was easier this year because the governor’s budget provided plenty of money for education, Runner said. “If everyone’s getting substantial increases,” he said, “then it’s harder to complain that these underfunded schools are getting more.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe money for local K-12 schools is part of $350 million in equalization funding provided for in the state budget adopted for this fiscal year, which began on July 1. Runner was one of the authors of the bill that called for the equalization funding, and he also co-authored another bill that provided $160 million in equalization funding to community colleges. The equalization funding is, in part, a remedy for inequalities that got worked into the state funding system about eight years ago, when the state changed the funding formula for schools with high levels of excused absences, said Marry Perry, deputy director for the not-for-profit organization EdSource. “On one level, the presumption of equalization might be that somehow districts are going to be equal,” Perry said. “What it does for me is highlight how complicated our school finance system is.” In fact, Sue Guthrie, director of fiscal services at the William S. Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita, said that rather than being due to changes made to funding for excused absences, unequal funding arrangements were a result of funding formulas established way back in the 1970s. last_img read more

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Klopp: Arsenal failed to make most of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goalscoring potential

first_img Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored twice since his deadline day transfer to Liverpool Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp feels Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has ‘unbelievable’ potential in terms of goalscoring that was ‘not asked for too much’ during his time at Arsenal.The England midfielder, who scored nine times in 132 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, switched from them to Liverpool in August on transfer deadline day.He is set to go up against his old club on Friday when the Reds visit the Emirates Stadium.And Klopp said of the 24-year-old ahead of the game: “I think the biggest improvement, or the biggest potential he still has, is really being involved in goalscoring situations, because he has it in himself.“It is unbelievable. But he was not asked for this too much I think in the past.“If you watched Arsenal in the past, the two decisive players were (Alexis) Sanchez and (Mesut) Ozil. In a lot of moments, the decisive passes, Ozil or Sanchez. Or (Olivier) Giroud when he is coming on the pitch. Then you are not that much involved.“Here, we put it on much more shoulders, and if he’s on the pitch he needs to be involved in situations like this.“So I’m fine for the moment, it is all good, but I see really a lot of space for improvement as well, and that’s good.”After a fairly slow start to his Liverpool career, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been producing some eye-catching performances of late.He has scored twice in 20 appearances – seven of which have been starts – in all competitions so far for the Merseyside outfit, making the first XI for four of the last six league games.Klopp said: “He had to adapt.“He did well from the first day, but I know how it is if you’re kind of a big signing – then everybody expects you immediately on the pitch, and when you are on the pitch, then you have to perform immediately. But it’s difficult. A lot of things are difficult.“I was happy from the first day about his involvement, about his attitude, and since then he became more and more a Liverpool player.” 1last_img read more

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LAUSD vs. Microsoft

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THERE’S a divine irony to be savored over the fact that Los Angeles Unified School District – an education monopoly if there ever was one – is a major beneficiary in an antitrust settlement with Microsoft.The LAUSD stands to receive the largest chunk of $400 million designated to the California Department of Education, with as much as $83 million going to schools in some of the poorest neighborhoods.The settlement resulted from a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department and 20 states, accusing the maker of the Windows operating systems and Internet browsers of unfairly restricting the market. While the money will no doubt do some good in L.A. schools, one must enjoy the twist to this tale. In effect, the settlement means that one accused monopoly will be forced to give up some of its wealth … to another! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possiblelast_img read more

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Germany prove too much for Northern Ireland, Belgium thump sorry Scotland

first_img Germany just proved too strong for Northern Ireland 6 The Group I table Scotland 0-4 BelgiumScotland suffered more Hampden agony as a 4-0 defeat by Belgium made it four losses from six European Championship qualifiers.Kevin De Bruyne set up first-half goals for Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld as Scotland were punished for poor defending.Steve Clarke’s men were more competitive after the break but De Bruyne rounded off the scoring in the 82nd minute to make it 11 Belgian goals without reply against Scotland in 12 months.The defeat left Scotland in fifth place in Group I, nine points off second-placed Russia with four games remaining, the next one a trip to Moscow.Russia 1-0 KazakhstanFigueira Fernandes hit an 89th minute winner to grab all three points for Russia.San Marino 0-4 CyprusIn Group I’s other match, Cyprus comfortably beat the continent’s whipping boys thanks go goals from Kousoulos, Papoulis and Artymatas. Getty – Contributor 6 The Group G table AFP or licensors The Group C table 6center_img 6 The Group E table Azerbaijan 1-1 CroatiaLuka Modric gave Croatia an 11th minute lead from the penalty spot, however the World Cup finalists were stunned by a 72nd minute Tamlin Khalilzade equaliserHungary 1-2 SlovakiaIn Group E’s other match, Mak gave Slovakia the lead before Szoboszlai hit back for Hungary. However, Bozenik grabbed a winner for the away side six minutes later. 6 Here is a round-up of Monday night’s Euro 2020 qualifying games…Northern Ireland 0-2 GermanyNorthern Ireland suffered their first defeat of the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign as Marcel Halstenberg’s thunderbolt sent Germany on their way to a 2-0 win in Belfast.The first of four crunch fixtures against the powerhouses of Group C – Northern Ireland face Holland in Rotterdam next – ended in defeat after Serge Gnabry rolled in a second in stoppage time, but the 18,000 fans packed into Windsor Park will hardly have been discouraged given their side’s display.Michael O’Neill’s men played with heart and desire as they were roared on by a boisterous crowd, but ultimately Germany’s superior quality saw them take control.Estonia 0-4 NetherlandsIn Group C’s other match, two goals from Ryan Babel as well as one each from Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum saw off Estonia. Kevin De Bruyne ran the game 6 Latvia 0-2 North MacedoniaPandev and Bardhi put the visitors 2-0 up within 17 minutes and the hosts never recovered.Slovenia 3-2 IsraelIn a topsy-turvy game, Verbic put Slovenia ahead before Natcho and Zahavi turned thinks in Israel’s favour. However, Bezjak equalised and Verbic scored a 90th minute winner.Poland 0-0 AustriaGroup G’s other match was a stalemate.last_img read more

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