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first_imgBen Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlready looking formidable in the first two games of its campaign, unbeaten La Salle gets another boost as reigning Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala suits up for the first time in UAAP Season 80 on Wednesday.Mbala, who missed the games against Far Eastern U and National U due to national team duties with Cameroon in Fiba Afrobasket, returns to the lineup as the Green Archers gun for their third straight win against the Adamson Falcons in the 4 p.m. game.ADVERTISEMENT National U clashes with University of Santo Tomas at 4 p.m. with the Tigers shooting for a first victory in three outings.The Bulldogs hope to return to winning ways after dropping a 110-115 decision to the Archers last Saturday in a game where rookie Josh Bartlett delivered 23 points in a losing effort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut the spotlight will be on Mbala and the rest of the Archers as they go up against an Adamson team which pulled off its first win of the season against UST, 88-81, last Saturday.“Maybe we’re on this level now, but when Ben plays, we will just raise our level with him,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo, after the Archers won a high-scoring affair over the Bulldogs. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Top prospects mum on PBA Draft plans, keep options open In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacueescenter_img DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Ayo actually expects a much-improved version of Mbala when the reigning MVP finally plays for the Archers. Mbala showed flashes of a more polished outside shot in Afrobasket.“When Ben comes in, he can play, the 5, 4, 3, or he can even play 2 depending on our schemes,” said Ayo. “We’ll find a way to put in Ben and in spots where he can be comfortable.”Mbala’s absence actually gave the likes of Abu Tratter, Santi Santillan and Justin Baltazar to flourish, while Aljun Melecio took over the offense, averaging 24.5 points in the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_img1 Tottenham have rubbished suggestions they are in discussions regarding a reported £1billion takeover.It was suggested billionaire owner Joe Lewis was prepared to sell the club as Spurs build a new stadium adjacent to their current White Hart Lane home.A statement on read: “Contrary to recent press speculation, neither the club, nor its majority shareholder, are in any takeover discussions and the focus of the club is fully on delivering the new stadium project.” Tottenham’s White Hart Lane ground last_img read more

first_imgAnother Premier League season is almost upon us and clubs here and the rest of Europe have been busy strengthening their squads.Liverpool have released Emre Can and added Fabinho and Naby Keita to their midfield, Arsenal have picked up Bernd Leno and Manchester United have added Fred to their squad. heading off Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade WHITE KNIGHT On the Continent, meanwhile, Juventus have paid Real Madrid £99.2m for Cristiano Ronaldo.So here’s what you need to know about the current summer transfer window, which has been open since 17 May. This is earlier than usual due to Premier League clubs voting to close the transfer window before the start of the season, with the change coming into effect prior to the start of 2018/19. FIFA regulations state that every country must have at least one transfer window that lasts for 12 weeks, and because the closing date has been pushed back the opening date also had to move.When does the new Premier League season begin?The first game of the new campaign is on 10 August when Manchester United take on Leicester at Old Trafford.So when does the transfer window close?Premier League clubs will no longer be able to buy players after 5pm on Thursday, 9 August. They can still sell players until 31 August as no other league has adopted the earlier deadline. Liverpool have been busy already in the transfer window IN DEMAND Remember to visit throughout the summer to keep up to date with all the biggest and best transfer news and rumours Getty Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino REAL DEAL LIVING THE DREAM 2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland ‘perfect fit” GOSSIP Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing RANKED Zlatan Ibrahimovic in ‘advanced talks’ to complete Premier League comeback Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder TRANSFER LATEST Ronaldo’s move to Juventus took many people by surprise take zlat Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out 2 three-way race last_img read more

first_img Tags: Al AhlyCAF Champions LeagueKCCA FCMike Mutebitop The KCCA team that started against Township Rollers on March day oneCAF Champions League 2018KCCA FC (Uganda) vs Al Ahly SC (Egypt)Mandela National Stadium, NambooleTuesday, 15-05-2018 @04:00pmReferee: Victor Miguel Gomes (SA)KCCA will be hoping to continue their fine home form on the continent when they host record CAF Champions League winner Al Ahly of Egypt.The Kasasiro Boys who have not lost a continental home game since 2014 will know what lies ahead of them against a side that has won the tournament eight times before.What the coaches said during the pre-match press conference:Mike Mutebi, KCCA FC.“We respect Al Ahly but i can’t come here and say we are going to lose the game.Mike Mutebi says KCCA will respect Al Ahly“They are big boys and we are honoured to be playing against them but my team will compete because we know a can win the game.“All in all, it would not be disastrous for us to lose to them because there is still so many games to play and i believe we got the right players to pick results even away from home.“I also want to call up on all football fans in the country to come and watch this historic match as we (KCCA) represent the nation.Hossam El Badry, Al Ahly.“I hope we are luck enough this time round and get the desired result.“Against Esperance, it showed us that sometimes you will need luck to win the game and it was unfortunate to us that we didn’t have it that time round.“It is not going to be easy because they (KCCA) are also looking for points but we came here for maximum points and that’s what we will try to achieve.“My plea is that the referee is upto standard this time round, unlike the one in the for leg.Hossam El Badry hopes his side will have better luck than in the first gameKCCA will be welcoming back first choice goalkeeper, Charles Lukwago who was suspended for the game away to Township Rollers for accumulation I yellow cards.Lukwago has been the undisputed first choice since the departure of Benjamin Ochan last January.With midfielders Saddam Juma and Muzamir Mutyaba back from injury, it remains to be seen if Mike Mutebi will start both of either of them.Match Stats.The is the first time the two clubs will be meeting in the CAF Champions League.Al Ahly has won the competition a record eight (8) times while KCCA are in their maiden appearance at the group stage.Both teams two to win their opening group games with KCCA losing 1-0 at Township Rollers while Al Ahly drew 0-0 at home to ES Tunis.Also Read: Nsibambi misses late header as KCCA FC surfers defeat in Champions League openerKCCA goes into the game second in the Azam Uganda Reier league with three games to play while Al Ahly has already sealed the Egyptian championship with a game to play.The Kasasiro Boys go into the encounter having won only two of their last seven games in the CAR champions league (D2 L3). The victories came against CNaPS and St. George in tho year’s qualifiers.However, they have not lost a continental game since 2014 when they were defeated 2-1 by Zambian side Nkana Red Devils (W4 D1).Last season, KCCA won all its Confederation Cup games at home.For Al Ahly, they have lost only two of their last 10 Champions League games (W5 D2).Away from home, the Red Devils have won only three of their last nine games in the competition (D3 L3).Comments last_img read more

first_imgFollowing a jam-packed schedule of fundraisers for Paul ‘Diddler’ Dillon and his family last month, the Diddler fundraising committee has announced that €85,600.70 has been raised in a month. Diddler (aged 45) was recently diagnosed with an illness which will require modifications to his family home. But the cooperative community of Newtowncunningham refused to let the family face this challenging time alone. A committee was formed in January to plan a series of fun events to ensure everyone can get the chance to lend a helping hand to Diddler.Last month saw a host of events take place including Monster Charity Concert in the An Grianan Hotel, a 25 Card Drive in Biddy Friel’s bar and the Dash for Diddler 5KA statement from the committee on Facebook read: “It would be impossible to thank everyone individually who contributed in one way or another, so a massive well done to everyone involved.“The committee for this fundraiser is now dissolved and the page will be removed on Sunday. “This just leaves us wishing Paul, Emma and the girls strength and love now and in the future.”Diddler committee reveal over €85,000 has been raised in four weeks was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Newtoncunninghampaul ‘diddler’ dillonlast_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Dante Pettis and Deebo Samuel should play leading roles as 49ers wide receivers for years to come. That’s why they went in the second round of the past two drafts. Speaking with them Monday, a different aura exists about their current state.With Pettis, he is “not surprised” he drew coach Kyle Shanahan’s public wrath after Saturday’s exhibition Kansas City, and Pettis acknowledged he must play with “more urgency” and run routes “deliberately with more purpose.”A few lockers down …last_img read more

first_imgAt least seven persons were killed in landslides at three places in the hill district of Tamenglong in Manipur in the wee hours on Wednesday, police said. The incidents took place between 2.30 am to 3.00 am at Tamenglong town, they said. Rescue operations are on with the help of the district administration and state police, a police officer said, adding poor accessibility of the area was causing hindrance to the operations. Unofficial reports said the victims were mostly children.last_img

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn The Minnesota Lynx are no strangers to celebration. Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and a proud core have danced in the confetti and bathed in bubbly four times now.Boring? Hardly. If anything, the champagne tastes sweeter than ever.Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and broke her own WNBA finals record by grabbing 20 rebounds to lead the Lynx to their fourth championship in seven years with an 85-76 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 5 on Wednesday night. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Basketball Share on Facebook Grand Final solo tries, racing run-in drama and inexplicable celebrations WNBAcenter_img Topics Read more “I think every time you do this, it gets a little more special because it gets a little harder,” Whalen said. “And more meaningful because you know it’s not easy. It’s not something we try to take for granted ever.”Moore had 18 points and 10 rebounds and hit a huge runner with 26 seconds to play, Whalen had 17 points and eight assists and Seimone Augustus added 14 points, six assists and six boards to help the Lynx move into a tie with the Houston Comets for most titles in league history. The Lynx staved off elimination twice in this series, winning Games 4 and 5, and avenged a last-second loss to the Sparks in Minnesota last season that prevented them from making history a year sooner.Candace Parker had 19 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for the Sparks, who were looking to become the first repeat champions in 15 years. Chelsea Gray had 15 points and eight assists, but Nneka Ogwumike fouled out with 5:29 to play and finished with 11 points. Los Angeles turned it over 17 times.With a team that had the makings of a new dynasty bearing down on it, the Lynx responded to reassert their own. They have been in the finals in six of the last seven years and now find themselves in the company of Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and the Comets that dominated the league’s early days.“They wanted to take their place next to the Houston Comets,” coach Cheryl Reeve said. “So they did it.”The game the Lynx rule now is bigger, faster and deeper and the proud core of Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Augustus and Whalen have had to earn everything they’ve accomplished. They led by 12 in the third quarter, but Los Angeles pushed right back, trimming the deficit to four at the start of the fourth.Reeve has always regretted not getting Fowles more involved late in Game 5 a year ago, and they made sure to force-feed their MVP this time around to close the door. After Parker’s 3 cut Minnesota’s lead to 68-64, Fowles corralled a loose ball and finger-rolled it in just ahead of the shot clock buzzer for a 70-64 lead.The Lynx looked to have things in control when Augustus’s jumper gave them a 79-67 lead that lasted until Jantel Lavender’s layup with 90 seconds to go. But Riquna Williams hit two free throws and Sims had two steals for layups, one of which she converted for a three-point play to pull Los Angeles to 79-76 with 35 seconds to go.“We’re not a team and I’m not a person to make excuses,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “We just didn’t do what we needed to do to keep her off the glass.”But Moore responded with a tough pull-up in the lane and Fowles, who was also named MVP of the series, hit a couple of foul shots to ice it.A rivalry this tight just had to come down to a Game 5, and Minnesota forced it with an 80-69 victory Sunday in Los Angeles. The Sparks and Lynx went five games last year before Los Angeles won on a last-second put-back from Ogwumike. The previous 12 meetings between these two teams, starting with Game 1 of last year’s finals, had a cumulative score of 908-908.It was the kind of tense, back-and-forth play between two star-filled rosters that the league has sorely needed. Household names like Moore, Parker, Ogwumike and Whalen went at each other to the bitter end in two straight series.“It’s brought attention to a lot of things,” Parker said. “The new playoff format has been good for our league. … It’s been good for the fans. It seems like the WNBA wanted five games, and they got it.”A capacity crowd packed Williams Arena, turning one of the oldest basketball arenas in the country into a rollicking women’s hoops mecca, reminiscent of Whalen’s days here as a star for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. The old “Barn” is filled with obstructed views — seats behind support posts and under awnings that make seeing the court difficult.They were all filled on Wednesday night, and even if they had to crane their necks for the right view, they saw a game as long on turnovers as it was tension. The Lynx turned it over 18 times, but were able to overcome that with 22 points off of the Sparks’ mistakes.Brunson had 13 points and eight rebounds and won her fifth championship, a league record.“It’s hard to compare because times change and the talent gets better,” Moore said. “But I don’t know if you’re going to get a more deep, committed, selfless group than we have here.” Share on Twitter Reuse this content Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share via Emaillast_img read more

first_imgShare on Facebook Sebastian Vettel spun off the track on the first lap after an incident with Daniel Ricciardo. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images Topics Sebastian Vettel Thank you for your feedback. Share on WhatsApp Ferrari Kimi Räikkönen holds up the winning trophy as Lewis Hamilton applauds. It was the Finnish driver’s first race win since 2013. Photograph: Larry W. Smith/EPA Kimi Raikkonen Photograph: Charles Coates/Getty Images North America Lewis Hamilton Since you’re here… • Lewis Hamilton has a 70-point lead over Sebastian Vettel and there are a maximum of 75 points available from the final three races, so Hamilton needs just five points to secure the F1 title (Hamilton wins if the pair finish level on points as the British driver has won more races).• Vettel must win all three races to claim the title, so if he fails to win at the next grand prix in Mexico, Hamilton will win the championship – even if he does not finish the race.• If Vettel does win in Mexico, Hamilton can still win if he finishes seventh or higher. The permutations were so varied and the fate of the title so uncertain until the last seconds that even the victor of the United States Grand Prix appeared baffled by it all.“Did you win the championship?” Kimi Räikkönen asked Lewis Hamilton as they waited to step on to the podium. “No,” came the reply. Hamilton was so relaxed as he set a track record during qualifying on Saturday that he gave the Texas-born actor Matthew McConaughey a hug after getting out of the car. As crucial as the times, though, were the tyres.Räikkönen began on ultra-soft tyres, with the rest of the top five on super-softs, giving him better grip that helped him overtake Hamilton at the start as the drivers surged uphill on the straight leading into the first turn.Vettel was having less fun. The German qualified second-fastest but began in fifth position as the result of a three-place grid penalty for failing to slow down sufficiently during a red flag period in Friday practice. Twitter Share on Twitter Vettel set the fastest time on lap 36 but was down in fifth position, over 29 seconds behind Hamilton and needing the Mercedes to pit again after its early stop on lap 11 during a virtual safety car period. Hamilton did exactly that, his rear tyres blistering. It handed the lead back to Räikkönen and left the Briton 12 seconds adrift.Valtteri Bottas let his teammate through, moving Hamilton up to third and setting up an exciting finale as he hunted down Verstappen and Räikkönen, steadily gaining on them but running out of laps, while Vettel sought to get past Bottas.Hamilton reduced the gap with Verstappen to under a second with three laps to go. On lap 54 Hamilton accelerated to go wheel to wheel with Verstappen and for a moment it seemed the title was his – but then he ran wide and the impressive Verstappen reclaimed second place. Seconds later Vettel passed Bottas to move into fourth and it was clear that Hamilton’s coronation would have to wait after a thrilling and at times perplexing afternoon. Share via Email Facebook Was this helpful? Pinterest Mercedes GP Max Verstappen Formula One 2018 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Lewis Hamilton unhappy with Mercedes tactics at US Grand Prix Hide Mercedes outplayed in thriller to postpone Hamilton’s crowning Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share on Pinterest Quick guide What Lewis Hamilton needs to win the F1 title Vettel picked off the cars ahead to haul himself back into contention under blue skies that made a welcome change from days of grey drizzle, while Hamilton began to narrow the gap on the leader as the ultra-softs wore down. Coming up to the midway point in the 56-lap contest, Hamilton clearly had the speed edge and Räikkönen struggled to hold him off before heading into the pits. Twitter Read more Share on Messenger Not yet, anyway. For the second year in a row Hamilton did not seal the drivers’ championship at one of his favourite venues. Needing to outscore Sebastian Vettel by eight points, Hamilton’s Mercedes finished third on Sunday and Vettel recovered from a dire start to end up fourth. While it was a vexing and unexpected outcome for Hamilton, who had won five of the six previous GPs here and was seeking his fifth successive victory this season, he did at least extend his advantage over Vettel by three points to 70, with three events and a maximum of 75 points remaining. There is precious little in Vettel’s recent form to suggest he is capable of winning all three.Still, this was more recession than procession as Hamilton lamented his team’s tyre strategy and gave credit to the speed of his opponents. Even with this weekend representing a mini-renaissance for Ferrari, it would hardly be a surprise if, as happened last year, Hamilton’s fifth title was rubber-stamped in Mexico next Sunday. Playing the role of chief party pooper was Räikkönen: an improbable candidate to win the race even though he started second on the grid behind Hamilton and Ferrari were clearly faster in Texas than they have been in recent weeks.Hamilton arrived in Austin in search of his 10th first-place finish of the season, with six wins in his past seven races.Räikkönen’s recent pedigree is less impressive. He was world champion in 2007, Hamilton’s rookie year, but it had been 113 races since his last win – in Australia in 2013 with Lotus. He is moving to Sauber for 2019, a switch unlikely to enhance his prospects of more podium finishes. At 39 the Finn is the oldest winner of a grand prix since Nigel Mansell, when 41, in Australia in 1994. Read more Show That punishment robbed spectators of a direct Vettel-Hamilton duel and looked to have smoothed the path to victory for the 33-year-old, who knew that a first-place finish with Vettel third or lower would be enough to draw level with Juan Manuel Fangio on five titles. Ending in second with Vettel fifth or worse was another potential route to triumph.Either outcome looked eminently possible as Vettel collided with Daniel Ricciardo and spun on the first lap – his second successive crash with a Red Bull following contact with Max Verstappen two weeks ago at Suzuka, and yet another example of the blunders that have pockmarked the second half of Ferrari’s campaign. As Räikkönen built up a lead of a couple of seconds, Vettel was outside the top 10.Underlining a chaotic opening that provided plenty of overtaking opportunities, Verstappen soared to seventh after five laps despite starting in 18th. Ricciardo retired when a sudden loss of power forced him to pull over, reportedly prompting him to put his fist through a wall in anger. Pinterest news Reuse this contentlast_img read more