NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX continued its dream run in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, this time stunning San Miguel with a 103-100 thriller on Sunday.That victory gave the Road Warriors their sixth win in eight games, enough to assure themselves a seat in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay But the recent string of wins put the squad in the upper half of the standings, and if the current order stands, Kia may very well secure the top selection with Blackwater getting the inside track for the second overall pick.Guiao, though, isn’t losing sleep on those draft picks. He said his focus remains on the present as he expressed elation with how the Road Warriors have been playing in the season-ending conference.“I like it very much,” he said. “Even our loss against Blackwater, they needed to shoot 17 three-pointers just to beat us by one point. That’s a great consolation for us.”As for the draft, Guiao is confident that regardless of where NLEX ends up this conference, his team can still nab at least a top three selection.ADVERTISEMENT Clutch Fonacier shoots NLEX past San Miguel LATEST STORIES Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. However, as morale boosting as the stretch is, NLEX’s wins may come at a cost in the form of their potential top pick in the upcoming 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.For coach Yeng Guiao, though, he could care less on where his team falls in the annual rookie selection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We’re no longer thinking about it. That will take care of itself,” said the veteran mentor.After finishing at the cellar in the first two conferences, the Road Warriors were poised to claim the number one pick in this year’s draft.
The Social Protection Ministry has opted to play its part in assisting citizens who were recently displaced by a raging fire in Pike Street, Kitty, Georgetown.Noting that the onus is upon the Government to assist victims when these types of tragedies occur, Social Protection Minister Amna Ally made the generous donation to the affected persons on Thursday at her Lamaha Street office. Amongst the items given were beds, stoves, household essentials, food vouchers and cash. The persons were also given clothing items at a separate location on Wednesday.“I know that many individuals are helping but from a Government point of view, we have offered the help that we have given to the people this morning,” the Minister stated. When asked about the budget for the exercise, the Minister noted “It’s a very costly exercise, but as a Government, we are caring and we believe that we must fall in these sorts of activities.”Social Protection Minister Amna Ally and Constituency Representative Linda Gomes-Haley (centre) surrounded by the persons rendered homeless after the fireMany of the affected persons were visibly elated to have received some assistance. Clive Brown told Guyana Times that, “I think it’s a good thing, they assist us well with what they give. It’s good, it better than nothing.”Another victim, Marlon Thaman, also sought to express his gratitude for the items, saying “Whatever little I thankful for it, by the grace of God, cause me ain’t got nothing.” The emotional man shared what he plans on doing with the items he received, “At least this here could do something, fence back me yard or buy lil thing to put in my shop.”Angela Demonik pleaded with the general public for assistance in any way possible. The mother of three whose home was gutted by the fire, lost everything. “I need help with rebuilding my home, I don’t have money. I don’t know if anybody can assist us, it’s me and my three children. We don’t have anywhere to sleep, we’re stopping here and there,” the distraught woman pleaded.The woman noted that what was most important was getting her children to school, which the Guyana School of Etiquette assisted with by donating school supplies and providing temporary shelter on Thursday.The fire was said to have begun around 03:00h on Wednesday morning in Oswald Layne’s 185 Pike Street apartment. Reports are Layne woke up just after 03:00h to use the washroom and noticed his apartment engulfed in smoke.Neighhbours and residents began calling the fire service shortly after, but reported that the initial calls were answered rudely. After the arrival of the fire tenders, the Fire Service took a while to source water to extinguish the blaze, which raged on for two hours, finally being put out around 05:00h. The houses that once occupied 185–191 Pike Street have all been destroyed or severely damaged in some way, leaving 30 persons without a roof over their heads. A number of non-governmental organisations have also stepped in to assist the displaced persons by providing essential items such as food or clothing.
For another, Betemit showed signs on Wednesday night, when he finally snapped a hitless streak that had lasted all spring and reached 12 at-bats, that he might be finding his stroke. He flied out twice and struck out before singling in the seventh inning off the Marlins’ Jesus Delgado. But the switch-hitting Betemit had what Dodgers manager Grady Little felt were two quality at-bats in the second, when he flied to left batting left-handed off Gaby Hernandez, and the fourth, when he flied to right batting right off Aaron Thompson. “I know he did, just from the way he stayed back and hit both balls,” Little said. “I think it’s a confidence thing with him. He just needs to get going and get untracked. I don’t have a lot of worries about him.” VERO BEACH, Fla. – Wilson Betemit carried an .077 spring average into Thursday night’s Grapefruit League game with Florida. But that meager early showing notwithstanding, the man who is expected to be the Dodgers’ opening-day third baseman apparently doesn’t need to worry about his job security. For one thing, Betemit is out of minor-league options, and Dodgers officials still believe strongly enough that he is capable of developing into a dependable power hitter that they aren’t willing to risk losing him on the waiver wire. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Betemit wasn’t in the lineup Thursday. Betemit has been working extensively in the indoor batting cages with hitting coach Eddie Murray and special instructor Manny Mota. Betemit’s problem last season was that he couldn’t hit lefties. That seems strange given that he is naturally right-handed. But it doesn’t seem so strange when you consider he got just 74 right-handed at-bats last year because there simply aren’t that many left-handed pitchers around the league. Early in camp, it appeared third-base prospect Andy La Roche would challenge Betemit for the third-base job. But La Roche is himself hitting just .222, and like Betemit, he already has a two-error game this spring. Sneak peek Although he isn’t expected in Los Angeles until at least September and possibly for another year or two, second-base prospect Tony Abreu has caught Little’s eye this spring. One half of an electrifying doubleplay combination with shortstop Chin-lung Hu, Abreu, like Hu, spent a good portion of the winter bulking up to try to improve his offense. Abreu went 3 for 4 with a single, double and home run in Wednesday’s win over the Marlins, driving in three runs. He entered Thursday batting .417 (5 for 12).
OXNARD – The State Lands Commission decided late Monday not to award a lease essential to a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal off the Southern California coast, citing environmental concerns. In the 2-1 vote, commissioners complicated efforts by Australia’s BHP Billiton LNG International Inc. to build an $800 million terminal in the ocean northwest of Los Angeles, about 14 miles off Malibu and about 20 miles off Oxnard. BHP officials have said the facility would provide a reliable source of low-polluting energy. “I … don’t believe this project is going to be in the best interests of the state or its residents,” said Commissioner John Chiang, who is also the state controller. The decision was met with loud cheers by the estimated 900 people who packed the auditorium for Monday’s commission hearing. Many were opponents who wore blue shirts emblazoned with the words “Terminate the Terminal.” Under the project, chilled gas brought overseas by tanker would be heated, then piped ashore through two 24-inch diameter lines. From there, Southern California Gas Co. would pump it out to consumers. In all, the facility would process about 800 million cubic feet of natural gas every day. BHP officials have said the terminal would supply an amount equal to 10 to 15 percent of California’s daily consumption, bringing more reliability to the state’s energy sources and could ultimately lower prices. That has been disputed by environmentalists who say there is no guarantee the project would do either because the gas could also be sold to other states. Opponents have argued the terminal would not meet clean air requirements and could be a terrorist target. A host of celebrities who live in Malibu, including Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry, have protested the proposal. The 30-year lease considered by the three-member State Lands Commission would have granted BHP the right to build, operate, use and maintain the pipelines. The plan called for subsea lines, which would be laid about 100 feet apart, to be about 23 miles long but only cross about 4 miles of California land before reaching Ormond Beach in Ventura County. Without the subsea pipelines, the terminal would essentially be inoperable. On Monday, the commission also voted 2-1 not to certify a 3,000-page report that details the project’s impact on the environment. Among the many issues outlined in the study, the report found the terminal would be noisy, an eyesore and would create emissions. The study also warned of a possible explosion or fire if a ship crashed into the terminal. The report concluded that although many of the impacts can be mitigated, some “would remain significant and unavoidable.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Walsall have signed former Reading striker Mathieu Manset after he impressed on trial with the club.The 25-year-old Frenchman has been without a club since his contract at Belgian side Royal Antwerp was terminated at the end of last season.And now Manset is back in English football after persuading Saddlers boss Dean Smith to hand him a permanent deal at the Bescot Stadium, which was signed late on Tuesday night.This is the fifth English club the powerful French striker has played for following a two-year spell at Hereford between 2009 and 2011 before he joined Reading the following season.He then spent time at Shanghai Shenhua and Swiss club FC Sion before spells at Carlisle and Coventry. Mathieu Manset 1
Former Donegal goalie Paul Durcan wins a game in Qatar with this last-minute score that a wall of eight men couldn’t stop!Although Paul is living in Qatar for work, he hasn’t hung up his boots as he is an active member of Qatar GAA. They were playing in the semi-finals of the Middle East League in Doha when they found themselves just two points short of a win with only thirty seconds left on the clock!Unphased by the eight men blocking the goals, he buried it into the top corner of the nets, securing victory for Qatar GAA.DDTV: Unstoppable Paul Durkan scores last-minute goal despite wall of 8 men! was last modified: October 8th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:dohaGAAmiddle east leaguePaul DurkanQatar
Kane didn’t have his best game but he played a big part in helping Spurs claim a vital win BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ADVICE 4 Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has branded striker Harry Kane ‘a killer’ but believes his obsession with goals could be holding him back.The Spurs star netted twice against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League to hand them a lifeline in the competition. RANKED REPLY “But he is going to learn because I think he is now starting to be really mature because he is still young.“I am not surprised because he is so determined and in training you need to stop him training because he always wants to train, to improve and it is amazing.”Kane has made a mockery of the talk of an early-season drought by scoring eight goals in his next 11 games.Pochettino is baffled why a player who has proven himself at the highest level is so quick to attract criticism.“In England you have some very good things here but there are things you need to improve with your own players,” he said. Latest Football News And the brace came on the back of a goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers which ended a three-game domestic drought.But Pochettino believes sometimes Kane is too determined to break such streaks it can be to detriment of his game. Harry Kane was the saviour for Spurs again Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED MONEY “Kane is English and sometimes you push him to the sky and paradise and then you put him on the outside.“Now after six years here I understand a little bit. It is true.“If Harry Kane is Italian and playing for the Italian side he will be a bit more protected because the Italian people are more protective of their players. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane celebrates scoring against Barcelona. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining 4 huge blow 4 Kane finished the World Cup as top scorer, but he never appeared to be playing at top form in Russia REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 4 “It is difficult to push but when they are there they try to keep up there.“It’s similar in Spain. Here it is more up and down.“You score you are the best. If you didn’t score no … you are criticised. That is the problem.” “He is a killer, an assassin, a killer,” the Argentinian said.“He always in practice in everything he wants to kill the keeper, everything.“He wants to score, he is so determined to score goals.“That is why sometimes when he doesn’t score he is so obsessed with scoring, that sometimes it is against him because sometimes you need more freedom, not to be obsessed.
“I don’t think any left fielder makes that play,’ Scioscia said afterward. But you have to wonder if this game turns out differently, if it’s Juan Rivera playing left instead of Anderson, or if Anderson is playing deeper, or if Anderson gets a better jump, what happens? The manager said he and his coaches talked about this very lineup question but went with Anderson in the field, Rivera at DH, to give themselves “more options for moves late in the game.’ They may also have noticed stats showing Anderson hits better when he’s playing the field than when he’s the DH. Anderson went 0 for 4 at the plate Tuesday. And he couldn’t make the play the Angels needed. Two outs, bases empty, Bartolo Colon throwing nothing but strikes in the first, Jason Giambi yanked a 1-1 pitch over first baseman Darin Erstad for a single. Gary Sheffield cast a line drive over second baseman Adam Kennedy for a single. Hideki Matsui lined the Yankees’ third straight single to right, and third-base coach Luis Sojo held Giambi at third, good move since Vladimir Guerrero threw a one-hopper to the plate. The count on Cano, the Yankees’ Rookie of the Year candidate second baseman, went from 0-and-2 to 2- and-2. Then Cano, a left-handed hitter, sliced a drive the other way. Anderson ran back, tracking the ball over his right shoulder, holding his glove in the air, hoping for a friendly gust of wind. He was Barry Bonds chasing Troy Glaus’ game- winning double in game 6 of the World Series in 2002. Cano’s shot skipped once on the grass short of the warning track, hit the wall and came back to Anderson. The bases cleared, it was 3-0 Yankees, and Colon was slapping his glove with his pitching hand in frustration. Anderson, not an enthusiastic interview in the best of times, hadn’t made himself available to reporters in the clubhouse within 40 minutes of the game’s final out. Teammates faced the questions he should have fielded. Colon said he wasn’t surprised the 14-home-run-hitting Cano showed such opposite-field power. It was Colon, of course, who said of the Yankees, “To me, they’re all cleanup hitters.’ Ron Roenicke, the Angels coach who positions outfielders, said Anderson was shallow for good reason. With the bases loaded, he wants to be able to catch the would-be single. “I think he’s running all right,’ Roenicke said. “I think the rest he’s had the last week has helped him. When it’s up in the air, Garrett can catch almost anything. If a guy drives the ball, he (the hitter) deserves it.’ the second inning it was 4-0 Yankees. Colon sharpened and held New York to two more hits through the seventh, but Mike Mussina and four relievers were enforcing silence in the Angels and 45,142 fans, the biggest playoff crowd in the ballpark’s recent history. The fans went home thinking about the bases-loaded, two-out double that might have been caught. Wishing they could go back to when the 33-year-old Anderson, the Angels’ all-time leader in hits and RBIs, was a postseason hero, the man tripling home the winning runs in Game 7 of the World Series. Instead, this felt like the first game of that 2002 postseason run, the game in New York where Scioscia invited hard questions by failing to call on Troy Percival as a lead got away. If the Angels are good, this series turns out like that one. Until tonight, the question hangs in the air like a catchable fly ball. Should Garrett Anderson have been put in position to fail? Kevin Modesti can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 We’re talking about the moment when Robinson Cano’s bases-loaded line drive is screaming toward the fence in the decisive first inning. Anderson fought knee and back problems late in the season. He skipped four of the five games to rest after the Angels clinched the division championship. He played in the field in only one of the last 12 games, serving as designated hitter when he did compete. It is not second-guessing to speculate that Anderson wasn’t perfectly healthy Tuesday night. This newspaper’s position-by-position match- ups feature in Tuesday’s paper listed Rivera in left and Anderson at DH, citing the latter’s injuries. Is Anderson 100 percent? “Yeah,’ Scioscia said after the game in his office. ANAHEIM — Should Garrett Anderson have been put in that position? Should one of the great Angels of all time have been put in the position to be something of a playoff goat? Should he have been in left field, playing shallow, as the Yankees’ All-Cleanup-Hitters lineup was taking its cuts? On such questions a team’s World Series hopes sometimes hang, as Mike Scioscia and the Angels were reminded Tuesday night in a 4-2 loss in Game one of their first-round playoff series.
Ojera was impressive for URA FC in his debut season. (PHOTOS/URA FC)It is becoming increasingly difficult for wingers to thrive in modern football as the game is slowly but steadily losing room for them.With most teams playing three attackers, wingers are looked at as a dying breed and many are required to transform into forwards so as to thrive.However, for URA FC, they still posses one of the most exciting young wingers in the StarTimes Uganda Premier league and are intent on keeping him there.Joackiam Ojera who plays on the right-side of midfield won over hearts of fans with his explosive displays game in and out and he is set to be one of the most important pieces in the Tax Collectors push for a 5th title next season.Last season, the 21 year old scored just two league goals and it is an aspect that he will need to improve upon so as to achieve both his and URA’s dreams.URA FC have added several players to their team in the off-season and Ojera is optimistic that him along with the others can win something at the end of 2019/20.“I want to win a trophy for the club and also feature for the national team. We have signed several players and where there are good players, the quality of the team improves. Hopefully, the quality tells and we win something.” Noted Ojera in an exclusive interview with PML Daily.Last season, the Tax Collectors finished third in the StarTimes Uganda Premier league with 51 points. In the Uganda Cup, they were eliminated in the round of 16 by Bright Stars.As URA hope to better last season’s showing, Ojera is also eyeing a good season that will in turn help him realise his dream move to Europe and probably play for Arsenal FC.“I would like to elevate my self to the major leagues in Europe and hopefully play for Arsenal because it has always been my dream to play there. I know i will need to have a magnificent season and I can say I am ready.Ojera joined URA FC last year on a free transfer after seeing out his short term deal at Congolese side Bukavudawa FC.Initially, the 21-year-old started his footballing at Bright Stars, featuring for the then academy side between 2005 and 2008.He then joined St. Julian High School where he studied and played between 2009 and 2016.His first test of proper football came in 2017 with Lira based Sporting United for whom he played for until he joined Bukavudawa.Currently, Ojera is in his second year of a three-year deal that he signed in 2018.Against Aigile Noir in pre-season, he was fouled in the area before Saidi Kyeyune converted the resultant penalty.Ojera in action during a pre-season friendly this month (July).Ojera continued his impressive work in the off-season, assisting URA’s only goal in the build-up game against Wakiso Giants.With the Tax Collectors expected to challenge for the 2019/20 league title, Ojera will need to replicate his pre-season form once the games start.Comments Tags: Joackiem OjeratopURA FC