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Nigeria first to depart PNG

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first_imgHaving lost heavily to Japan on the opening day, the African side bounced back to beat Canada 3-1 and Spain 2-1.However, the consecutive wins did not see the girls to the knock-out round as they bowed out of the competition on superior goal difference.Spain took the second position in Group B behind Japan having  a five-goal advantage in contrast to Nigeria’s minus three goals.However, Falconets coach Peter Dedevbo said the team still managed to win two matches after the first game, “we tried to score as many goals as possible, but it wasn’t enough to keep us in the tournament.”The team took an early flight out of Port Moresby yesterday followed by Ghana and New Zealand girls today.last_img read more

Federer reflects on ‘special’ week

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first_imgPhoto Getty Images. Caption: Roger Federer shows off the Rotterdam Open trophy The 36-year-old’s quarter-final victory over Robin Haase on Friday ensured he will become the oldest man to be world number one and he eased to a 6-2 6-2 victory over Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday to maintain his perfect record this season.Federer now has an astonishing 97 career titles to his name and was on cloud nine after taking less than an hour to see off Dimitrov, a success which means he will remain the top-ranked player going into BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.”It’s definitely one of those weeks I will never forget in my life,” said the Swiss maestro. “It’s unbelievable to get my 97th title and get back to world number one. It’s very special. “I was expecting it to be tough today. Grigor is a great player and a great athlete and he’s been playing super well in recent months. I thought that this wasn’t going to be the result, but he looked to be struggling a bit and I never looked back.”I was able to execute my tennis the way I wanted to. I’m very happy.”Perfectionist Federer revealed that nerves set in with the opportunity to take Rafael Nadal’s world number one status off him in the Netherlands.”I played a great first match and a great last match,” the 20-time grand slam champion added. “In between it was a battle and nerve-wracking, getting back to world number one and managing my expectations and my nerves as well.”I was able to handle the pressure and today I played great from the beginning. I pushed forward and I’m very proud that I could win here in Rotterdam.”last_img read more

Raonic ousts Zverev in marathon

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first_imgCanada’s Milos Raonic survived a marathon fourth round workout against rising German star Alexander Zverev on Monday, knocking out some pundits’ outside bet for this year’s title 4-6 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-1.Seeded sixth and runner-up last year to Andy Murray, Raonic kept his cool on the crunch points, taking five of eight opportunities to break while the 20-year-old 10th seed converted just three of 18.The big-serving Canadian sealed the match with his 23rd ace after close to 3-1/2 hours’ play.Raonic will face Roger Federer in Wednesday’s quarter-final.last_img read more

Track reduces use of new ‘crotch cameras’ after backlash

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For others, the perceived invasion of privacy wasn’t a laughing matter. The backlash against the intrusive angles started as soon as athletes started to receive images from the “crotch cams.”“My friends told me the pictures weren’t very flattering,” said Dina Asher-Smith, British silver medalist in the women’s 100 meters.An official complaint came from the German track and field federation. It led to the competition organizers rolling back the use of the cameras that were introduced in Doha as part of a technology push to attract new viewers. They’ve also introduced pre-race dimming of the lights and graphics being projected on the track.“We have noted some specific feedback about the block cameras and we have confirmed we have appropriate measures in place to protect athlete privacy during the process of selecting images for broadcast,” the IAAF said in a statement.“We also have strict editorial guidelines for what is broadcast and these have been observed since the beginning of the championships.”The IAAF installed the two miniature cameras in the starting blocks to capture what it called the “explosion of energy” from athletes who were only previously seen from above or the side of their heads.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna This round goes to Perez Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends00:50Trending Articles00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down MOST READ Not all competitors objected to the unfamiliar angles.“It’s pretty cool for the fan base they get to see us in the blocks,” said Andre de Grasse, the Canadian who finished third in the 100 final behind Christian Coleman and Gatlin. “But you can’t get distracted by it. You’ve just got to focus on your race and not look too much toward the camera.”De Grasse was surprised to be informed by one viewer that his eyes were closed briefly.Filippo Tortu’s father and coach spotted that, too, during sprints in Khalifa International Stadium.“He didn’t know that I start with closed eyes,” the Italian said. “He saw on the camera and said, ‘You are the only one in the world that does that. Why? Why? Why?’“But I think it’s a very positive thing to do more for television. It’s important for us.”Mimicking the whirring sound, British sprinter Zharnel Hughes welcomed the IAAF innovating but not the execution of the technology.“Sometimes you hear camera inside the blocks,” he said. “It’s a cool feature but it’s a bit scary at the same time because it’s looking up your nose. You aren’t looking at it. You know it’s there because when you are set on your blocks you hear it.”Offering new camera angles, though, will count for little it the actual competition isn’t a spectacle.“People want to see competitive races,” Coleman said after winning the world 100 title. “That’s what will really promote the sport.” LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “I’m not too keen about it because it’s kind of invading my private space in a sense,” said Akani Simbine, the South African who finished fourth in Saturday’s 100-meter final. “Being in the blocks is one of the athlete’s sacred spaces and that’s the point where you just want to be alone and be free.“You have a camera in your face and you don’t really want to have a camera in your face.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Justin Gatlin was prepared for cameras capturing him from the new unaccustomed angles.“I made sure I had my lucky underwear on,” said the American who got a silver in the 100 meters. ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Justin Gatlin, of the United States, foreground right, and other athletes get ready for the men’s 100 meter race during the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)DOHA, Qatar— With cameras in the starting blocks peering up the legs of athletes into their eyes, television viewers have been taken closer to the action than ever before at the world championships.Just too up close and personal for some athletes.ADVERTISEMENT Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’last_img read more

Eng-France friendly to go on despite Paris attacks

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first_img“If British authorities came to re-evaluate the situation, obviously the question of holding the match or not would be addressed.”The match is scheduled to kick off at Wembley at 2000GMT on Tuesday.France cancelled all public events including a press conference and a meeting with fans that had been scheduled for Saturday. Instead, the squad trained behind closed doors.As France played Germany in a friendly at the Stade de France on Friday, three loud explosions were heard outside the national stadium during the first half.At least four people died outside the glittering venue which staged the 1998 World Cup final with several others seriously hurt.One of the explosions was near a McDonald’s restaurant on the fringes of the stadium. At least one of the two explosions in rue Jules-Rimet was a suicide bomb attack.French President Francois Hollande, who was watching the game, was immediately evacuated. The two sides played on to the end.Afterwards, bewildered fans poured onto the pitch while waiting for all the exits to be declared secure and the stadium eventually emptied in a relatively calm atmosphere.French and German players were seen in apparent shock staring at a television screen as they left the field.One France player, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann’s sister had been in one of the principal attack sites, the Bataclan concert hall.He later sent a tweet saying: “Thank God my sister managed to get out of the Bataclan. All prayers go to the victims and their families.”Straight after Friday’s match, the English FA had said they would liaise with their French counterparts before deciding whether or not to maintain Tuesday’s fixture.It was almost 3am before the French team left the stadium under police escort while the Germans stayed all night before heading straight back to Frankfurt.The Stade de France was one of at least six different venues hit in a string of coordinated attacks that left 128 dead.England also played a friendly on Friday night, losing 2-0 at European champions Spain.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spectators gather on the pitch of the Stade de France stadium following the friendly football match between France and Germany in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on November 13, 2015, after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris (AFP Photo/Franck Fife)PARIS, November 14 – The England-France friendly match scheduled for Tuesday in London will go ahead despite deadly attacks in Paris that left more than 120 dead on Friday, according to the French football federation.“After talks with the English FA who assured us there was no particular risk in holding the match, we decided to go ahead,” a federation spokesman told AFP on Saturday.last_img read more

They can talk, but I’m happy – Olunga says on China move

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first_imgBut the striker says he is not affected whatsoever in whatever people say and he is committed to taking his career to a new height, pointing out there is so much quality in the Chinese top tier.“I think I cannot decide my life on what other people think. When I made my move to China everyone counted me out but I believe now is the right time. I just keep on working hard and soon everyone will see,” Olunga told Capital Sport.When he scored Kenya’s solo goal against Uganda Cranes on Thursday in Machakos, Olunga tapped his wrist in earnest and he explained afterwards he wanted to tell everyone it is his time to shine.“I wanted to tell them now is the time for the best to begin,” said Olunga.The former Tusker, Thika United and Gor Mahia forward is yet to play competitively for his new side as he is yet to have his work permit approved but has been in action for the reserve team, scoring two goals and giving two assists in four games.-Work hard- Michael Olunga stretches out during a training with national team Harambee Stars at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 23, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I am hopeful that after the international break things will be sorted out but as at now, I am still working hard in training and if I get the opportunity to play for the team, then I will give my best. It is not like I am going to sleep going to China. It is a challenge which I am taking with both hands,” he noted.Olunga also says contrary to popular belief, the Chinese League is a tough one especially with the influx of more players from top leagues in the world.“The atmosphere at games is very good and now that more big players are coming in, it makes the league more interesting. It is not easy and personally, I am really waiting for an opportunity to get onto the pitch and get to play with these players,” noted the forward.After two matches, Zhicheng is placed seventh on the log after picking back to back draws against Liaoning Whowin and Beijing Guoan.They play their next match against Hebei China fortune coached by former Manchester City tactician Manuel Pellegrini and home to former Cameroon skipper Stephen Mbia and Argentine star Ezequiel Lavezzi.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga walks out of the tunnel prior to the international friendly match against Uganda in Machakos on March 24, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – When he made the move from Swedish top tier side Djugardens IF to join the swarming billions of the Chinese Super League with Guizhou Zhicheng, there were mixed reactions among Kenyan football fans on whether the move was right or wrong.Most argued that moving to a weaker Chinese Super League considered as a ‘retirement home’ by many at a prime age of 23, it was tantamount to Olunga committing career ‘suicide.’last_img read more

Charges delayed in Whittier DUI case

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first_img Serrato is out on $100,000 bail. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Charges have not yet been filed against Melissa Serrato, 27, of Pico Rivera, in the death of 15-year-old Martin Granado because of clerical errors in the arrest and collision reports, said CHP Officer Joe Zizi. Serrato was arrested July 25 on suspicion of driving under the influence causing great bodily harm after the car she was driving hit Granado, of Whittier, as he walked home on Lambert Road, west of Mills Avenue, officials said. Zizi said that the charges CHP is recommending to the District Attorney’s Office are felony DUI and misdemeanor manslaughter. They will be resubmitted by the end of the week. “Out of respect for all parties involved, we want to make sure the reports accurately reflect what happened,” he said.last_img read more

GOSSIP: Man United plot STUNNING Mesut Ozil move, Smalling’s broken toe and more

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first_imgHere are the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Having been criticised by Jose Mourinho for an apparent lack of desire to play through the pain barrier, it appears Manchester United defender Chris Smalling could have a broken toe and could be facing a month on the sidelines. (Daily Mail)The Red Devils are interested in making a shock swoop for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, and would be willing to pay him £250,000 per week to try and convince him to move to Old Trafford. (The Sun)A number of clubs, including AC Milan and Napoli, are monitoring Olivier Giroud due to his lack of regular football at Arsenal. The French striker has started just one game for the Gunners this season. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea starlet striker Tammy Abraham accepts he may have to leave Stamford Bridge to play Premier League football. The 19-year-old has scored 12 goals in 20 games on loan at Championship club Bristol City. (Squawka)Reports linking Glen Johnson with a move to Barcelona have surfaced again, with the Catalan giants reportedly preparing a January move for the 32-year-old Stoke City full-back. (Daily Mail)Derby are the favourites to sign Joey Barton after his release from Rangers was finally confirmed. (Daily Mirror)Queen’s Park Rangers are set to reappoint former manager Ian Holloway as their new boss – ten years after he left the club. (Evening Standard)Latest talkSPORT.com headlines:EXCLUSIVE – ‘Ronald Koeman’s comments on Romelu Lukaku’s Everton future taken out of context’, Farhad Moshiri tells talkSPORTManchester United: ‘Jose is DESTROYING our club!’ Passionate Red Devils fan calls talkSPORTManchester City news: Sergio Aguero dismisses Real Madrid rumours and insists he is ‘very happy’ playing under Pep GuardiolaManchester City news: Vincent Kompany has NOT suffered another injury blow, confirms Belgium boss Roberto MartinezChelsea FC news: How Antonio Conte has transformed the Blues into a title-challenging team againChelsea FC transfer news: Cesc Fabregas to be offered escape route by Juventus in JanuaryWest Ham dealt blow in bid to land AC Milan striker Carlos BaccaCONFIRMED: Rangers terminate Joey Barton’s contract with immediate effectlast_img read more

‘We don’t need a replay’ – Hazard insists Bellerin’s challenge was a foul

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first_img Hazard celebrates converting the penalty Eden Hazard says the referee made the right decision to penalise Hector Bellerin during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal at The Emirates.Hazard appeared to make the most of minimal contact from the Arsenal man in the 67th minute, before dusting himself off to score the resulting penalty.Speaking to Sky Sports Main Event after the game, the pair clearly had differing views as to what happened.“He’s always very quick in the box. I saw the ball in the air and I tried to challenge for it,” said Bellerin.“We both went for the ball at the same time and the referee thought it was a penalty, so we’ll have to see the replay.”In response, Hazard joked: “We don’t need a replay, yes it’s a penalty.”It was a pulsating London derby, with both sides throwing caution to the wind in a game that ebbed and flowed.Jack Wilshere scored his first Premier League goal since May 2015 to open the scoring for Arsenal, only for Hazard’s equaliser – and a close-range finish from Marcos Alonso to seemingly win it for the visitors.However a stoppage-time strike from Bellerin, who had conceded the spot-kick, earned the Gunners a point. 1last_img read more

Sacramento serendipity

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first_imgWITH only days left in the current legislative session, California Senate President Don Perata, D-Oakland, derailed a bill tightening regulations on developers – legislation that builders bitterly opposed. Two days later, the building industry cut a $500,000 check to one of his political committees. Coincidence? Maybe, but Sacramento seems to be awash in coincidences these days. Perata’s counterpart in the state Assembly, Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, knows a thing or two about coincidences. His wife has been given a $125,000 consulting contract from the South Coast Air Quality Management District – at the same time the SCAQMD was seeking legislation it favored in Sacramento. Another coincidence, to be sure. One that just so happens to benefit one of the state’s most powerful politicians. Right? Sure, just like the rather fortunate coincidences that have befallen some of Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most generous contributors. According to an analysis from the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, 13 Schwarzenegger supporters who have either directly or indirectly contributed heavily to the governor’s campaigns have received highly prized state appointments. The Schwarzenegger administration insists that there’s no connection between the two, just as Perata denies any link between his fundraising and his decision-making. And Nuñez says he will in no way promote the bill backed by the group that’s paying his wife. They could well be telling the truth. Perhaps the politicians earnestly believe that their positions of power have nothing to do with the good fortunes of their friends, loved ones and supporters. But it’s hard to believe that the special interests who fund the politicians aren’t seeking some kind of a return on their investment, even if no quid pro quo is ever actually discussed. And while the politicians might be in denial about what’s going on all around them, the public is under no such delusions. Disgusted voters see the control that special interests exert over what goes on in Sacramento, then stay home on Election Day. And that’s no coincidence.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