“It’s still unclear to me if Kiefer’s allowed to watch our games even as part of the audience,” said Guiao. “Right now we have no idea on what Kiefer’s role is so we’ll just do what we can based on the limitations of the ruling.”READ: NLEX stands by Kiefer Ravena amid doping ban“In our context, the punishment is still vague because this is the only time that this has happened in this country but to them it’s probably clear because this has happened in other countries.”With the rookie prohibited from joining the team even in practices, Ravena has been placed under NLEX’s injured list for the duration of the ban.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNLEX head coach Yeng Guiao wasn’t a fan of euphemisms when he described Kiefer Ravena’s 18-month ban that Fiba imposed on the PBA rookie after testing positive for banned substances.“It’s like they killed Kiefer’s career,” said Guiao in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena after NLEX’ 117-106 loss to TNT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Against strong field, Blatchford didn’t expect to dominate Ironman PH Under the Fiba’s punishment, which was relayed to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Ravena is not allowed to participate in any basketball-related activity with NLEX and in the PBA.READ: NLEX stands by Kiefer Ravena amid doping banFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRavena tested positive for banned substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list found in a pre-workout drink he ingested before the Philippines’ game against Japan in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Guiao said he wants to clarify if Ravena can still watch NLEX’ games in the PBA even as a spectator and not join the team on the bench. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls
2:30 p.m.The 40th Annual 605 All-Star Football Classic is scheduled to be played Saturday, June 2 at La Mirada High School. Game time is 6:05 p.m. The game features an East-West format with the 605 freeway the dividing line. Twenty-one schools will represent the East, and 22 will represent the west. The halftime program will feature the inductions of Marijon Ancich, former St. Paul coach, and Ernie Johnson, former El Rancho coach, into the 605 All-Star Hall of Fame. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku is on his way from Everton to Manchester United © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 9 – Romelu Lukaku says his move from Everton to Manchester United for a reported Sh10bn (£75m) is the opportunity he dreamed of as a child.The 24-year-old Belgian international striker told ESPN he hadn’t hesitated over the move even though his former club Chelsea offered a similar fee but apparently baulked at the sizeable commission his agent Mino Raiola demanded. Lukaku made no mention of Chelsea, whose manager Antonio Conte is said to feel betrayed by the striker, with whom he had spoken on several occasions since the end of last season.“It’s (Manchester United), a club that is hungry to win the league again, to be dominant in the world again,” Lukaku told ESPN, who say they spoke to him after his medical.“It’s the sort of opportunity I’ve always wanted since a child.“When they came calling I didn’t have to think twice, so I’m really delighted to be part of history.”Lukaku, whom United manager Jose Mourinho sold to Everton for £28m in 2014 while in his second spell in charge of Chelsea, said the United move for him was the perfect storm.“Who would say ‘no’ to the biggest club in the world?” said Lukaku, who is to be paid reportedly over £200,000 a week by United.“The best stadium in England, the best fans. I mean, it’s the perfect opportunity.“I always said I wanted to play for a team that’s challenging for every trophy that there is there.“I think Manchester United at the minute wants to be the dominant team, the dominant force.”Lukaku, who turned down the most lucrative contract ever offered by Everton at the end of last season, during which he scored 25 Premier League goals, conceded he would have to step up his work rate to please the demanding Mourinho.“Now it’s time to work hard, work harder than I ever did before and I’m willing to do it,” said Lukaku.His move comes as he faces a fine after being issued a misdemeanour citation by Los Angeles police for too much noise at a party he hosted in his holiday mansion.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“It’s a disgrace. Not having prepared for the match knowing that Iceland are all 1.90m tall… I get the feeling there’s a general anger at the heart of the team,” said Maradona, himself a former national team coach.Argentina took the lead through Sergio Aguero in the 19th minute Saturday as a cigar-puffing Maradona looked on from the stands of the Spartak Stadium.But minnows Iceland, playing at their first ever finals, levelled four minutes later through Alfred Finnbogason.Messi, whose performances in World Cups are arguably the only blot on an other-worldly career, spurned a chance to take the lead when his 63rd-minute spot kick was saved by Hannes Halldorsson.But Maradona avoided criticising his heir apparent and instead pointed the finger at Sampaoli.“I don’t blame the players. I could blame the lack of work rate. But I can’t blame the players, much less Messi, who gave it all he had,” he said.“I missed five penalties on the spin and I was still Diego Armando Maradona. I don’t think that they dropped two points because Messi missed a penalty,” added Maradona, who led Argentina to the quarter-finals in South Africa in 2010.Argentina play Croatia in their next game in Saint Petersburg on June 21.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000No cigar for Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli from Diego Maradona © AFP / Juan MabromataBRONNITSY, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Argentina legend Diego Maradona issued a scathing assessment Sunday of his country’s World Cup draw with Iceland, warning manager Jorge Sampaoli that he would not be welcome back home unless he changes his tactics.“Playing like that, he can’t come back to Argentina,” the 1986 World Cup winner told Venezuelan television after Lionel Messi missed a penalty in the 1-1 Group D stalemate in Moscow.
1 Former West Ham striker Marco Borriello is closing in on a move to Palermo.The Italian failed to score in his two appearances for the club after joining them on loan from Roma last season.And now Roma are so desperate to get him off their wage bill they are reportedly ready to pay over half of his £2.62m annual salary to join Palermo.Palmero24.net claim the deal will see Borreillo choose them over Cesena and should be completed in the next few days. Marco Boriello
Even during their morale-boosting run in Russia, manager Southgate warned there was still work to do and the performance at Wembley underlined that message.Marcus Rashford struck early for England but Saul Niguez levelled for Spain moments later and Rodrigo scored the winning goal later in the first half.Substitute Danny Welbeck saw a stoppage-time leveller controversially ruled out, meaning England head into Tuesday’s friendly against Switzerland reeling from three successive defeats in all competitions for the first time since 1988.Spain, who bowed out in the World Cup last-16 after a torrid campaign, nevertheless showed the benefits of a long-established identity and a level of creativity sorely lacking in England’s midfield.England took the lead against Spain through Marcus Rashford (left) in their UEFA Nations League clash but conceded twice to lose 2-1 © AFP / Glyn KIRKSouthgate said he was unsure whether his side could close the gap to the top teams before the next European Championship, in which the semi-finals and final will be played at Wembley.“I think we’ve got some players who can and have shown tonight they can perform at that level, and there’s some that are still a work in progress,” he said.“We have got 19 matches, it’s not very long, but, in my opinion, we have got the best group of players in the country here.“I think we have got to keep faith in the way we’re trying to play, otherwise we go back to what we did historically and there’s no way I believe we’ll ever be a top team if we do that,” Southgate added.Southgate plans to rotate his side at the King Power Stadium in Leicester and intends to bring in reinforcements from the Under-21s squad.Manchester United defender Luke Shaw left the field on a stretcher against Spain after a heavy fall but said he was “doing fine”.Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier said there was no reason for alarm despite the defeat, which follows losses to Croatia in the last four in Russia and to Belgium in the third-place play-off.“It is not a concern,” he said. “We are building and that is all we can do, play against these teams. We want to test ourselves against the best and certainly tonight we put up a fight.“We knew it was going to be a difficult game. These are the teams we want to play against.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gareth Southgate says England still have work to do if they are to be challengers at Euro 2020 © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 9 – Gareth Southgate pledged to stick to his principles after Spain delivered an uncomfortable reality check at Wembley but admitted he was unsure whether England had time to become genuine Euro 2020 challengers.England were surprise World Cup semi-finalists in July, riding a wave of euphoria back home, but their 2-1 Nations League defeat on Saturday was their third consecutive loss.
0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved to be unstoppable, scoring three goals as the LA Galaxy upset their top ranked rival LAFC 3-2 at Dignity Health Park © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Katharine LotzeLOS ANGELES, United States, Jul 20 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic lived up to the bravado on Friday, scoring all three goals to power the LA Galaxy to a hard fought 3-2 victory over MLS rivals Los Angeles Football Club.The unstoppable 37-year-old showed he’s still capable of astounding feats by dominating the smaller LAFC defence and scoring when it counted the most for his second career MLS hat trick. “When you play against a rival like that, in a full stadium, I get pumped. I get adrenaline. This is considered to be the biggest game in the league and I show up in the biggest games,” said Ibrahimovic.Ibrahimovic, who has a flair for the dramatic since the big Swede joined the MLS in 2018, boasted prior to Friday’s game that he is “by far” the best player in the league despite Carlos Vela’s superior stats.The pre-game hype was about the marquee matchup between Galaxy’s Ibrahimovic and LAFC’s Vela. The duo scored all five goals, but it was the Swede who delivered in the key moments, scoring in the eighth, 56th and 70th minutes.The Galaxy depend almost entirely on Ibrahimovic for offence and he thanked them with another hat trick performance against the top ranked team in the league.“I am in playoff mode every day,” said Ibrahimovic.Vela scored his league leading 20th and 21st goals in fourth and 97th minutes for LAFC, who were hoping to stake their claim to North American soccer supremacy with a win on Friday. Vela now has five more goals on the season than Ibrahimovic who is in second place.Vela opened the scoring with his 20th goal of the season by converting a penalty kick into the bottom left corner. Vela took a pass down the wing and Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham came charging out of his net to trip him up.Ibrahimovic tied it up four minutes later with a spectacular right-foot shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner at Dignity Health Park in south central Los Angeles.While in full flight, Ibrahimovic took a high pass from Julian Araujo off his chest to his right foot. He volleyed it over the head of two defenders and let it bounce once on the turf before blasting it home from long range.He scored in the 56th minute on a header to give the Galaxy their first lead of the game. Ibrahimovic outleaped LAFC defender Jordan Harvey and lofted the ball from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal and out of the reach of goalkeeper Tyler Miller.LAFC, who are on pace to break MLS records for points and goals scored this season, were controlling the offence around the hour point but all it took was one chance for Ibrahimovic to pad the Galaxy’s lead.Ibrahimovic blasted a left footed shot from outside the box to the right corner in the 70th minute to bring the Galaxy to 3-1. It was his 520th career goal across all leagues.– Testy contest –Mexican international Vela rounded out the scoring in extra time by right footing a shot home but Ibrahimovic’s heroics had already taken the fire out of the LAFC offence.Tempers flared in the hotly contested contest in the 73rd minute between LAFC’s Eddie Segura and the Galaxy’s Rolf Feltscher. After they came together, players from both teams joined in on the mainly pushing and yelling match.There were a total of eight yellow cards handed out Friday with five going to the Galaxy.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
Liverpool are a “shadow” of the side from last season and Brendan Rodgers has “fallen behind technically and tactically as a manager this season”, according to talkSPORT’s Micky Quinn.The Reds seem destined to finish the campaign outside of the top four after Tuesday’s defeat to Hull City, and have been eliminated at the semi-final stage of both the League Cup and FA Cup to Chelsea and Aston Villa respectively.And Quinn told Drivetime that Rodgers has to take the bulk of responsibility for shortcomings both domestically and in Europe, where the Reds managed just one win in eight matches during the Champions League and Europa League.“Liverpool, this season, have amazed me,” said Quinn. “First of all the way they started was a shadow of the team that finished last season. The recruitment has been desperate.“He tried replacing [Luis] Suarez with four players really, when you take into consideration [Adam] Lallana, [Mario] Balotelli, [Rickie] Lambert and [Fabio] Borini.“Those four players have amalgamated nine goals between them.“The manager technically and tactically fallen way behind what I expected from him this season.“Liverpool are a shadow of the team from last season and Brendan Rodgers has to take responsibility for that, and also the players.”And Quinn questioned whether Rodgers can transform Liverpool into title challengers again next season, despite taking the club to within two points of the championship last season.“Is he the man to take Liverpool forward to the next step and win the Premier League,” Quinn added. “Can he really improve Liverpool now? You can’t just blame Suarez’s departure.“They played okay against Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final, but against Aston Villa [FA Cup semi-final] I don’t even think the Liverpool fans could believe what they were seeing.”Speculation surrounding Rodgers’ future at Anfield has intensified in recent weeks and Quinn claimed Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp would be a suitable replacement.The 47-year-old announced he will leave the Bundesliga club at the end of the season and German football expert Raf Honigstein believes he would find it hard to turn Liverpool down.“The natural replacement to me is a guy who has been involved in the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp,” said Quinn.“He’s very passionate and he loves Liverpool. I’m not saying that is going to get him the job but he is a guy who plays a similar type of football and has more experience than Brendan Rodgers.“If Rodgers is going to stay next season then he has to improve dramatically.”
It’s Pete Carroll’s program. It’s Matt Leinart’s team. And has been from the moment Leinart took the field as the USC Trojans’ starting quarterback, 38 games (and 37 victories) ago. Thirty-nine consecutive starts. Three consecutive seasons of more than 3,000 passing yards, 10,238 yards total. Ninety-eight touchdown passes against 22 interceptions. A career interception rate of 1.8 percent, an NCAA-record low. All while directing an attack as complicated as any in the nation. Watch USC’s offense tonight. See how often USC lines up in a formation you already have seen. Might never happen. Appreciate how often Leinart has two wide receivers. Then three. Then four and five. Operating from under center, or from the shotgun. Watch how often he changes the play at the line of scrimmage, backing away to shout instructions to teammates. Watch his eyes, his head, as he scans the field, on pass plays. First option, second option, third, fourth, fifth. Knowing where all those receivers are at any split second, and being able to deliver the ball to any of them. That is the sort of intellectual mastery of a complicated offense you normally expect only from the National Football League’s elite. Peyton Manning, perhaps. Tom Brady. Leinart has had help, no question. His coaches. It doesn’t get much better than Pete Carroll, former offensive coordinator Norm Chow, current coordinator Lane Kiffin. His teammates. Reggie Bush has been handy. As have LenDale White, Dwayne Jarrett, Steve Smith and a standout offensive line that has kept pass rushers largely at bay. But none of those worthies have been the consistent factor in USC’s offensive success as Leinart has been during this 37-1 run. Carroll coaches the defense. Chow left a year ago. Bush and White played behind Hershel Dennis the first half of 2003. Jarrett wasn’t on campus in 2003, and Smith was a backup. No other Trojan will have started all 39 games during this three-year surge. Safety Darnell Bing is closest, at 34 games. Lineman Fred Matua is next, at 31 starts, followed by Frostee Rucker at 29. Meaning Leinart is durable. Gutsy, too. He came back from knee and ankle injuries to lead a rally in 2003 at Arizona State. Same venue, same team, he overcame a first-half concussion on a late hit to lead a rally from 21-3 down to a 38-28 victory last October. Not bad for an upper-middle class kid from Orange County. One who was chubby and cross-eyed as a youth. To examine Leinart’s game-by-game numbers is to begin to get a sense of how important he has been. His worst game in 38 starts? Probably vs. Cal last season, when he was 15-for-24 for 164 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 23-17 victory. Which would be a nice effort for most college quarterbacks. Meanwhile, he has passed for 200 yards or more 35 times in 38 games. For more than 300 yards 11 times. And for at least three touchdowns in a game 20 times. Leinart won the Heisman in 2004. He perhaps should have won it in 2005, as well. In the final weeks of Leinart’s college career, it has became fashionable to criticize him. He isn’t mobile. He doesn’t have the strongest arm in the country. His numbers are the product of a system. Reggie Bush is USC’s real MVP. But without Leinart and the threat of the quick-strike touchdown through the air, how often would Bush have faced defenses stacked against the run? Who is more indispensable? To wit: Is USC better off with backup tailback LenDale White in the game . . . or with backup quarterback John David Booty? Leinart is special. Let’s not forget that. Regardless of what happens against Texas. Had Leinart not spurned the NFL (and millions of dollars) for one more year of college football, we are convinced USC would not be playing for the national title tonight. Or have you forgotten the fourth-and-9 bullet to Jarrett at Notre Dame? We expect he will be outstanding against Texas. He has a 38-game track record to prompt that prediction. But we might not thoroughly appreciate what Matt Leinart did for USC for three amazing seasons – 2003, 2004, 2005 – until next September. When somebody other than No. 11 is lining up behind center for USC. Paul Oberjuerge’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Readers may reach him at email@example.com. 160Want 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Instead, Leinart gave us our first glimpse of his quality. His first pass? For a touchdown. His first-game statistics? Seventeen completions in 30 attempts, 192 yards, no interceptions . . . in a 23-0 USC upset victory. The Trojans hardly have suffered a hiccup since. Leinart concludes his college career tonight in the Rose Bowl vs. second-ranked Texas. One more victory, and he becomes the first quarterback to lead his college team to three national championships. He has been so good, so durable, so dependable for so long, many of us take for granted his sublime skill, talent and polish. His almost unparalleled accomplishments. Aug. 30, 2003. Leinart was a redshirt sophomore who had never thrown a pass in a college game. Playing before 80,000 hostile fans at sixth-ranked Auburn. It was an environment created for rookie jitters. For an ugly meltdown by a green kid taking snaps for the underdog visitors.
Ahoy there! The barge leaves Donegal Town: Pic Paul O’SullivanBy Paul O’Sullivan: One of Donegal Town’s most iconic boats left the Quay at 7.15am on Friday morning last for Limerick from where it will sail up the Shannon for Lough Derg.There, it will serve as a houseboat for its’ new owner.The photo ( taken at 7.20am) shows the 119 year old vessel approaching the 14th century Old Abbey in Donegal Town Estuary. The 80ft long vessel is equipped with two bedrooms and two Ensuites as well as a Jacuzzi!The Dutch Barge was built 1n 1895 and was most recently owned by local Waterbus skipper Robert Dunleavy who sold it a number of months ago.It has been moored in front of Pier 1 on the Quay, Donegal Town for a number of years but undergoing extensive refurbishments in the past year.Waterbus skippers Robert and Nicky Harron piloted the barge as far as Doorin Rock (off Mountcharles) where they handed it over to the new owner and crew. She sailed across to Mullaghmore in Sligo and berthed there Friday night. At 6am Sat morning, she left Mullaghmore and will sail down the west coast to Limerick where she will steam up the Shannon to Lough Derg.“I’ll be sorry to see it leave Donegal, to be honest ” Robert told Donegal Daily. “It’s been a landmark in Donegal Town for nearly 10 years and a big part of my life.” LANDMARK 19TH CENTURY DONEGAL TOWN BARGE SETS OFF FOR ITS NEW HOME was last modified: May 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:bargeDonegal TownPier 1Waterbus