Brazil edge Peru to extend winning streak, Venezuela humble Colombia

first_imgAn injury time goal from Douglas Costa gave Brazil a barely deserved 2-1 win over a plucky Peru side in the Copa America on Sunday.Substitute Costa slipped the ball past the keeper from close range in the 48th minute of the second half to break the deadlock and extend Brazil’s winning run to 11 matches.“I managed to control the ball from a perfect pass from Neymar and I scored,” Costa said in a pitchside interview.Brazil have kept a perfect record under Dunga, who took over for a second stint as coach last year following the disastrous 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals of their home World Cup.Brazil have conceded just three goals under Dunga but looked vulnerable during a frantic opening few minutes against Peru, who got off to a dream start with an unexpected opener to Christian Cueva after just three minutes.David Luiz failed to clear a long ball and goalkeeper Jefferson passed the ball straight to Cueva who hammered it home from 10 yards out.However, Peru’s lead lasted just two minutes. Dani Alves stroked a lovely cross into the box where an unmarked Neymar headed home his 44th international goal in 64 matches.The Barcelona striker was the stand-out performer of the match. He had a shot saved off the line in the 13th minute and saw a long range strike crash off the underside of the bar eight minutes into the second half.He was also booked moments before half-time for wiping away the referee’s spray before taking a free kick.“I just want to help my team with goals and passes,” he said afterwards. “The win is what is important.”The results leaves Brazil joint top of Group C with three points, alongside Venezuela, who beat Colombia 1-0 earlier on Sunday. Brazil play Colombia on Wednesday, while Peru play Venezuela the following day.“It was incredible,” Peru’s Jefferson Farfan said of the late winner.“I think we did very well, we knew that we were facing a great time like Brazil and we had a chance to at least get a draw but it never happened. Now we need to think of the next match.” Venezuela beat Colombia 1-0 at the Copa America on Sunday, the biggest upset of the tournament so far and their first victory over their South American neighbours in the history of the competition.Striker Jose Salomon Rondon scored the only goal of the Group C match in the 60th minute in the central Chilean city of Rancagua.Midfielder Rafael Ocosta swung in a deep cross from the right, Alejandro Guerra headed it back across goal and Rondon buried a firm header into the bottom lefthand corner of the Colombian net.Colombia, tipped as outsiders for the title, poured forward in search of an equaliser and James Rodriguez, Edwin Cardona and Juan Cuadrado all came close but Venezuelan keeper Alain Baroja kept them at bay.Colombia had beaten Venezuela in four of their five previous encounters at the Copa America. The other clash, back in 1979, ended in a goalless draw.last_img read more

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PNGBSA to hold general meeting next week

first_imgPNGBSA acting secretary, Ephata Samuel, said nominations are now open for the positions of president, secretary, treasurer, public relations officer and four committee members.“Nominations forms are available at Lamana Q Club and only those players and officials who are members of affiliated associations to the PNGBSA are eligible to vote and nominate for any office bearer position,” said Samuel.All nominations must be handed over to Joe Chan at Lamana Q Club by 6pm by next Monday, instructs Samuel.The biennial general meeting will be held at 5pm at the Lamana Q Club.Samuel added the presidents and treasurers reports will be presented before the election of office bearers.last_img

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UAAP: Adamson ends 4 game slide with beatdown of NU

first_img“The effort was there, the intensity was there, but we just fell short,” he said. “It’s a small step on our part to make sure that we continue to challenge for a spot in the playoffs.”Dave Ildefonso picked up 15 points and Issa Gaye chipped in 14 points, but the Bulldogs still fell to the brink of elimination following their eighth loss in 10 games.The Scores:ADAMSON 72 — Ahanmisi 15, Manlapaz 14, Camacho 13, Douanga 11, Lastimosa 10, Chauca 3, Yerro 3, Sabandal 2, Fermin 1, Bernardo 0, Magbuhos 0, Mojica 0.NU 53 — D. Ildefonso 15, Gaye 14, Clemente 10, Gallego 7, S. Ildefonso 2, Minerva 2, Rangel 2, Oczon 1, Diputado 0, Galinato 0, Joson 0, Malonzo 0, Mosqueda 0, Yu 0.Quarters: 8-12, 32-34, 48-47, 72-53.POST-GAME INTERVIEW View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Adamson put the clamps on National U in the final quarter to come away with a 78-52 victory and stay within striking distance of the Top 4 in UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.Jerrick Ahanmisi led a balanced offensive with 15 points, but it was the Falcons’ airtight defense in the final period that helped them end a four-game slide and hike their record to 4-6.ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ ONE: Century in Tokyo pushing through despite Typhoon Hagibis Rookie AP Manlapaz scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, while Simon Camacho had 13 points and six rebounds for Adamson, which outscored NU, 24-6, in the fourth quarter.“We needed this win,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. “Every game for us now is important. The bench really stepped up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Adamson drew 40 points from its reserves with Jerom Lastimosa also contributing 10 points and issuing nine assists. Lenda Douanga finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds.Pumaren, who continued to call the shots even after undergoing surgery to remove kidney stones last Tuesday, felt the Falcons showed some of their old, mean form in the loss to Ateneo last Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:04Daybreak 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 No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Unapologetic Tunisia face Afcon axe

first_img0Shares0000BATA, Equatorial Guinea, February 5  – Tunisia’s football federation are refusing to apologise to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after accusing them of cheating, a member of the federation’s executive committee was quoted as saying on Wednesday. In the wake of the violent scenes that followed Tunisia’s controversial elimination from the tournament by Equatorial Guinea last Saturday, the north Africans were fined USD 50,000 (Sh 4.7m).They were also ordered to say sorry for “insinuations of bias and lack of ethics against CAF and its officials, or to present irrefutable evidence to substantiate the accusations”.African football’s governing body gave Tunisia a deadline of midnight on Thursday to write a formal letter of apology or face the possibility of being disqualified from the next edition’s qualifiers, which start in June.Tunisia rejected this after a meeting of the federation’s executive committee in Tunis on Wednesday, the Tunisia agency ATAP reported.“Our investigation into the affair and the opinion of neutrals is that we suffered scandalous injustice from referees. Not only in the match against Equatorial Guinea but right from the start of the tournament,” committee member Hichem Ben Omrane was quoted as saying.“We will explain all of this to CAF at a meeting,” he added.CAF fined Tunisia for what it termed “the aggressive attitude of some supporters in the stands, invasion of the pitch after the final whistle by players and substitutes of the Tunisian team — insulting the referee of the match and trying to physically assault him — and the regrettable behaviour of the president of the Tunisian Football Federation, Wadie Jary”.Jary went onto the field to remonstrate with the match officials.CAF also said Tunisia’s players broke a changing room door and a fridge. The governing body suspended Mauritius referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn for his inability to control the match and took him off Africa’s elite panel.Equatorial Guinea, who were also fined $5,000 after several spectators invaded the pitch to celebrate, beat Tunisia 2-1 having equalised after being awarded a dubious penalty on the stroke of fulltime.They then scored a stunning free kick in extra time to claim an unlikely semi-final berth.Their coach Esteban Becker was unsympathetic to Tunisia’s protests.“It’s logical that a team will be sad if they lose against a theoretically smaller team,” Becker said.“But that doesn’t justify things that don’t belong in football… Tunisia played a very dirty game; they tried to intimidate the smaller Equatorial Guinea players, this has no place in fair play.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Mata joins the United walking wounded list

first_img0Shares0000Juan Mata (left) was sold by Chelsea in 2014 when Jose Mourinho (right) was in charge of the club. PHOTO/BBC.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 1 – Manchester United’s injury list is growing larger and larger, with the news that Juan Mata has undergone groin surgery.A club statement said: “Juan has had surgery for a groin injury. Further updates on his recovery will follow in due course.” United did not put a time line on his return, but having surgery suggests he will struggle to play again this season.The Spaniard is United’s second leading scorer behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season with 10 goals.Mata’s injury comes as a big blow to the Red Devils, who already find themselves without a number of key players ahead of Saturday’s match against West Brom at Old Trafford.Defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have both suffered what Mourinho called “long-term injuries” during the international break with England.Jones suffered a toe injury in a training ground incident with team-mate Smalling, who has since been spotted with his right leg in a brace.Meanwhile, Paul Pogba also remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, while Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera are still serving serving domestic suspensions.“You know what happened in the English national team with Smalling and Jones, we know that we have also Paul Pogba injured,” Mourinho said on Friday, before news of Mata’s surgery broke.“I think clearly the two English boys are long-term injuries and Pogba I have no idea.“But I repeat they’re not important, the important ones are the players that are ready to play, I trust and are going to fight for us.“We cannot be here crying or thinking about the players who are not available to play. You know Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) and (Ander) Herrera are suspended.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘Jose Mourinho has SIGNED a deal to become Man United boss’ – latest reports

first_img1 Jose Mourinho has signed a deal to become Manchester United’s next manager, according to reports in the English media.The former Chelsea boss, who was axed by the Blues in December just months after leading them to the Premier League title, has been heavily linked with the Old Trafford job in recent months.Now the Sunday Express says Mourinho has finalised an agreement that will see him replace Louis van Gaal in the summer.The report goes on to claim that the 53-year-old penned a contract last week and his appointment will be announced in the next fortnight.The revelation of Mourinho’s imminent arrival comes less than 24 hours after Louis van Gaal led United into their first FA Cup final in nine years.Anthony Martial’s last-gasp winner against Everton on Saturday kept alive United’s hopes of securing silverware this season.But FA Cup success is unlikely to be enough to save Van Gaal, who has yet to win over the Old Trafford faithful.United have failed to mount a title challenge this season, while they also crashed out of the Champions League and Europa League in disappointing fashion.And the Dutchman looks to be on his way out after two years at the helm, with Mourinho poised to replace him. Jose Mourinho last_img read more

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Chelsea transfer boost! Blues given free run at £20m Conte target

first_img Antonio Candreva at Euro 2016 1 Chelsea’s hopes of signing Antonio Candreva have been boosted by Inter Milan’s failure to meet the winger’s asking price.The Italy international is ready to leave Lazio this summer after spending five seasons in the Italian capital.Inter Milan were thought to be the frontrunners to land the 29-year-old after Napoli had a £20m bid accepted but failed to agree personal terms.However, according to reports in Italy, Inter are struggling to meet Lazio’s valuation for the player.They are currently offering £16m, which is around £4m less than Lazio were hoping to recoup.The news will be music to Chelsea’s ears, who are still in the hunt to sign the Italian after holding talks with his agent.last_img

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Lukaku still has a big role to play for Man United, claims Solskjaer

first_img Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dismissed Jose Mourinho’s comments Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Romelu Lukaku has struggled for game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “I belong to top-level football. That’s where I’m going to be.”Mourinho isn’t ready to retire from the dugout as he looks ahead to his next job!#beINMourinho #beINAFC #AsianCup2019 pic.twitter.com/7pqmG0uHQc— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) January 17, 2019“I’m old enough to have worked with older players than me and older managers, so I know that type of player and that type of management school.“But I’m young enough and I’ve got kids, I’ve got an 18-year-old myself, and I’ve worked with young players back home. It is a different era.“Those values, beliefs and principles don’t change.” REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED “There’s no one scoring as many goals as him in training.“There are the three who play the most [Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard] but then you’ve got Rom, you’ve got Juan (Mata), you’ve got Alexis (Sanchez), so I’ve got a front six I can rotate with and Rom is definitely going to be playing games.”It is a month since the Old Trafford hierarchy called time on Mourinho’s turbulent tenure, with background backbiting compounding on-field struggles. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won center_img no dice BEST OF Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Romelu Lukaku is still a key member of his Manchester United squad despite favouring Marcus Rashford as his first-choice striker.Lukaku has been forced to settle for a bit-part role in Solskjaer’s opening five Premier League games, playing just 74 minutes since Jose Mourinho’s departure. 2 MONEY Few were sad to see the Portuguese go and the former manager spoke in-depth for the first time on Thursday, when he told beIN SPORTS that “in modern football there is a problem between the coach and the player”.Solskjaer does not appear to have encountered such problems such his arrival, getting United playing with swagger and the team with a smile.Asked if modern players need to be treated differently, the Norwegian said: “I think so. Times are changing. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 huge blow Meanwhile, Rashford has seized his opportunity in a central role, scoring four goals already during Solskjaer’s short interim reign.Nonetheless, the Norwegian caretaker boss claims £75million signing Lukaku remains an important figure at the club.“He’s a big part of the squad, definitely, with his personality around the place,” Solskjaer said ahead of Saturday’s visit of Brighton, live on talkSPORT2. Latest Football Newslast_img read more

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Norwegian TV channel mocks Solskjaer in hilarious Austin Powers video

first_imgThe clip, which is an extract from the cult comedy Austin Powers, shows Solskjaer trying to wriggle his way out of a tight space with a three-point turn, but failing miserably.He tries to make space to complete the turn but ends up bumping into both walls on either side in a nightmare situation.It demonstrates just how much the Old Trafford boss’ fortune has changed, with the same TV channel lauding his appointment just a month ago. Meanwhile former Red Devil Roy Keane has launched a scathing attack on the current crop of United stars, claiming they will throw Solskjaer under the boss like they did with Mourinho.He said: “I’m always intrigued after games when managers say: ‘they will be up for the next game’. You have to be up for every game. I don’t care whether its Man United or Altrincham.“I don’t fall for the things said that they will now play well. These are the same players who threw Mourinho under the boss and they will do the same to Ole.“Leopards don’t change their spots. There are too many bluffers at this club to get United back to the very top.” 2 2 Ole’s at the wheel…🤯 pic.twitter.com/boEmNDeqdg— TV 2 Sporten (@2sporten) April 24, 2019United’s slump in form, in which they have lost seven of their last nine matches, is their worst run of results for 57 years – and it has raised questions about whether the former Molde boss is the right fit in the hot-seat.However, Solskjaer has remained defiant following the defeat, insisting his side will bounce back from their bad form.“Having a time like this we must stick together, batten down the hatches and make sure we don’t do anything rash or stupid,” he said.“We must stick together as a team and come back fighting.” The United boss finds himself in a spot of bother in the short video Sheffield United vs Ipswich (Saturday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Newcastle (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs Blackburn (Saturday, 7:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds United vs Aston Villa (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Coventry vs Shrewsbury (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2 LIVE ON talkSPORT A Norweigan TV channel has hilariously mocked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on social media following the Manchester United’s manager’s terrible run of form.TV Sporten poked fun at the Old Trafford chief, producing a clip of him as Austin Powers trying to manoeuvre a luggage cart – a reference to the ‘Ole’s at the wheel’ chant sung by United fans since his appointment. Solskjaer hilariously tries to manoeuvre his way out of a stick situation in the clip talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… last_img read more

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BATS MANAGER DELINO DeSHIELDS TO ADDRESS MEDIA ON FEBRUARY 10

first_imgLouisville Bats second-year manager Delino DeShields will address the media at Louisville Slugger Field onWednesday, February 10 at 12 p.m. The press conference will be on the ballpark’s suite level in the lounge area and lunch will be provided. Joining DeShields will be Cincinnati Reds Director of Player Development Jeff Graupe.DeShields, 47, became the Bats’ third manager in four seasons when he joined the club for the 2015 campaign. Louisville finished third in the International League West at 64-80 in DeShields’ first season. The 2016 season will be his eighth overall in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization and seventh as a manager. DeShields has also managed at Double-A Pensacola (2013-2014), Class A Dayton (2011-2012) and Rookie Billings (2010). He began his tenure with the Reds as Billings’ hitting coach in 2009.DeShields was the 12th overall draft pick by the Montreal Expos in the 1987 June draft out of Seaford High School in Seaford, Del. He made his Major League debut in 1990 and went on to play in 1,615 games with the Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs through 2002, mostly at second base. He finished his big league career with a .268 batting average and his 463 career stolen bases currently rank him 50th all-time. Graupe is in his 11th season with the organization and has served in his current role since November 1, 2012. He began his front office career in 2006 as a Baseball Operations Assistant, primarily overseeing the Major League advance scouting reports and video operations for three seasons. He was shifted into the Player Development department in 2010 and was named Assistant Director of Player Development in 2011.The 2016 season will mark both the Bats’ 17th season at Louisville Slugger Field and their 17th season as the top affiliate of the National League’s Cincinnati Reds. The Bats open their 2016 schedule with a seven-game road trip beginning April 7 before Opening Night at Louisville Slugger Field on Thursday, April 14 vs. Toledo at 7:05 p.m.The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 9.9 million fans through 16 seasons.The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets go on sale March 1 and may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.last_img read more

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