MoBay look to close in on RSPL leaders

first_img – 3 p.m.: Reno FC vs Jamalco FC – STETHS – 7 p.m.: Harbour View vs Montego Bay United – Harbour View Stadium – 3:30 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs Maverley-Hughenden – Barbican Complex Today’s games Of the six teams in the lower half of the Red Stripe Premier League, last-placed Boys’ Town have collected the most points, seven, from their last five games and will be aiming to get another three more when the league continues with three games today and two tomorrow. Boys’ Town will ‘host’ fellow strugglers Maverley-Hughenden, a team that clawed their way out of the last two with a mid-week win over Waterhouse, in a bid to narrow the gap on the teams above them and continue their quest for survival. But while Boys’ Town’s fight for survival will generate a lot of interest, the game of the day is shaping up to be the clash between hosts Harbour View and defending champions Montego Bay United. Former champions Harbour View ended one of their worst runs with a 1-0 away victory over Waterhouse and in the process improved their standing to eighth position, but one win in the last five games is not the kind of statistics one wants to have heading to a matchup against the defending champions. To make matters worse, the defending champions have collected eight points from their last five games, including a 3-1 thumping of Tivoli Gardens. That 3-1 win, which included a double strike from Owayne Gordon, signalled a return to form for the Montego Bay United team, which recently ended a disappointing run in the Caribbean Football Union Champions League. Tomorrow’s games – 5:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Waterhouse – National Stadium – 8 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs UWI FC – National Stadium BIG BOOST The Stars of the East had a big boost when they managed to get four of their former players to join their fight at least to the end of the season. The four – Luton Shelton, Sean Fraser, McKaully Tulloch and Akiem Priestley have shown their value, but have not been able to feature consistently. “Their availability has been sporadic because of injury concerns. Shelton was roughed up in the game against Tivoli, Fraser sustained an injury even before he played his first game and it got worse after and Priestley developed a hamstring injury. “These injuries came about because of their fitness level due to inactivity, so we have to be cautious with them. Tulloch has been the consistent one. He has been leading the line for the last five, six games. He is determined to help the team as best as he can,” Bernard explained. For Harbour View to get the desired result, goalkeeper Christian Kluvi, Rosario Harriott, John-Ross Edwards and youngsters such as Javaine Brown will have to be at their best. “I think the desire that we started the season with was to have done better in the Champions League. What we do know is that is behind us and we are now focused on the Premier League. It is like starting over again and we are moving forward with full force to win the league,” Orville Powell, president of Montego Bay United FC, said ahead of today’s game. “Based on our vision, that (performance in the Champions League) was a big a disappointment. We wanted to play at the highest level. That is where we feel we belong, and looking back at it, we lost in terms of revenue and having our players on a big stage to showcase their ability. “We want to give ourselves another shot at it based on how we finish in the RSPL this year. We want to play in it every year,” Powell continued. Today’s game, according to Powell, is a part of that plan and his squad, he said, should have their top players available, including Dino Williams. “All our players are available. Gordon is doing well, (Donovan) Carey is playing well also. I think we have found a second gear and I feel good about the effort that they are putting in,” said Powell. Harbour View, for their part, are looking to build on the performance which gave them the win over Waterhouse last week. “We have to really find the extra resolve and commitment to put ourselves in a position to win. We have had a good week leading up to this game and we working on keeping clean sheets and collecting maximum points going forward,” Ludlow Bernard, coach of Harbour View, said. NOW FOCUSED ON LEAGUElast_img read more

SEA Games: Perlas Pilipinas rallies to stun Thailand

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comPerlas Pilipinas made its way out of what looked like the end of the road to shock Thailand, 69-67, in the 29th Southeast Asian Games women’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The gutsy Filipinos pulled off a houdini act late after finishing the game with a 16-2 run capped by the game-winning basket by Allana Lim off a nice assist by Frances Mae Cabinbin with less than 20 seconds to go.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) The Philippines redeemed itself from a 78-68 loss to Indonesia to improve to 3-1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles The Philippines was on its way to seeing its gold medal hopes go down the drain after trailing, 65-53, with 5:19 remaining.But the seemingly insurmountable lead only paved the way for Perlas’ character to show up and heroes to stand out.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’Back-to-back baskets by Lim and Pontejos, who also shone on the defensive end with a couple of crucial steals down the stretch, tied it at 65 with 1:47 left.The Thais momentarily stopped the bleeding to regain the lead, but Analyn Almazan knotted the count again at 67 with 42.4 seconds remaining before Lim and Cabinbin conspired for the clutch play. What’s in store for your animal sign this yearcenter_img Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH women’s squash duo cop bronze National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READlast_img read more

Neymar not unsettled by Real speculation

first_imgView comments Real had been interested in Neymar before he joined Barcelona in 2013, and he then moved to Paris last August after the French side activated his 222 million-euro ($264 million) release clause to make him the world’s most expensive player.Neymar has since averaged a goal a game in a PSG shirt, including scoring six times in the group stage of the Champions League.When asked by a Spanish journalist if he would rather have Cristiano Ronaldo in his team, PSG coach Unai Emery replied: “I am delighted to have Neymar.”Real and PSG meet at the Bernabeu in the first leg of the last 16 before the return at the Parc des Princes on March 6.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LeBron James to produce new ‘House Party’ movie Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He is a great person with a great entourage. We leave him to do his job on the field.“He came to Paris to do great things and tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) match is a chance for him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMadrid left-back Marcelo had earlier done his bit to fuel the speculation, saying: “Madrid fans like good players. Any fan would like to have Neymar in their team.”That was after he gave an interview to Brazilian television saying that his international colleague would one day play for the Spanish giants. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year 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 LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar runs at the field during the UEFA Champions League football match of Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain on December 5, 2017 in Munich, southern Germany. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHENeymar has not been affected by the rumors linking him with a move to Real Madrid, his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Marquinhos insisted ahead of the sides’ Champions League showdown.“I don’t see him as being destabilized. He knows very well how to control his emotions. He handles the pressure and responds on the field,” said Marquinhos of his fellow Brazilian at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

5km Road Race Cancelled

first_imgThe Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) has announced the cancellation of the 5km road race scheduled for Saturday, May 23, over lack of sponsorship.The 5km road race was expected to bring students from secondary and tertiary institutions as well Liberians and foreigners to celebrate the victory over the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).LAF vice president for technical affairs, Fred Krah in an interview yesterday said the federation is still in the hunt of at least US$6,000 for the race though earlier efforts to solicit a sponsor proved futile.Mr. Krah said the fund would be use as cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners for both the male and female categories, and printing of T-shirts and numbers for participants.Mr. Krah said the 5km road race would have climaxed the celebration of the World Athletics Day, while the country awaits the Liberia Marathon which was deferred twice.It may be recalled that the opener of the celebration of the Athletics Day was held on Friday, May 15, at the BWI Campus in Kakata, Margibi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WB Predicts 1.6 Percent Slump for Africa’s Economy

first_imgAfter slowing down to 3 percent in 2015, economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to fall further to 1.6 percent in 2016, the lowest level in over two decades, according to the World Bank Africa’s Pulse report.Launching its October 2016 report via teleconference yesterday with African journalists at their local offices across the continent, Albert Zeufack, World Bank Chief Economist, said the sharp decline in aggregate growth reflects challenging economic conditions in the region’s largest economies and commodity exporters. “Many of these countries continue to face headwinds from low commodity prices, tight financial conditions, and domestic policy uncertainties. Economic activity has been notably weak across oil exporters,” said Zeufack. Mr. Zeufack noted that economic growth in about a quarter of the region is showing signs of resilience. These latest figures, according to him, are outlined in the new Africa’s Pulse, the World Bank’s twice-yearly analysis of economic trends and data for the region. Mr. Zeufack said growth is far from homogeneous, suggesting that countries are growing at divergent speeds and many countries are registering a sharp slippage in economic growth.He named Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Tanzania as countries that continue to post annual average growth rates of over 6 percent. Several countries—including Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal—have become top performers. “Our analysis shows that the more resilient growth performers tend to have stronger macroeconomic policy frameworks, better business regulatory environment, more diverse structure of exports, and more effective institutions,” he said.Despite a recent pickup, he said commodity prices are expected to remain largely below their 2011–14 peaks, reflecting the weak global recovery.He said though the global recovery is faced with growing financing needs, commodity exporters have begun to adjust, but efforts have been uneven and remain insufficient. Against this backdrop, a modest recovery is expected with real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in sub-Saharan Africa forecasted to grow 2.9 percent in 2017, and then rising moderately to 3.6 percent in 2018.He said in the Africa’s Pulse report that the region’s economic performance in 2017 will continue to be marked by variation across countries. While the larger economies and other commodity exporters are expected to see a modest increase in GDP growth as commodity prices continue to stabilize, economic activity is expected to keep expanding at a robust pace elsewhere in the region, supported in part by infrastructure investments.“With the external environment expected to remain difficult, deeper adjustment would be needed in some countries to contain fiscal and current account deficits and rebuild policy buffers,” he suggested. He further argued that along with adjustments to macroeconomic policies, countries will need to accelerate structural reforms to bolster medium-term growth prospects.“The decline in oil and commodity prices has hurt resource-rich countries and signals an urgent need for economic diversification in the region, including through improvements in agriculture,” he said.Mr. Zeufack further said agricultural productivity growth in Africa has lagged, adding that while production has increased elsewhere driven by better use of inputs and improvements in production technologies, in Africa they resulted mainly from expanding the area under cultivation.He said public agricultural spending in Africa has also lagged other developing regions, yet agriculture accounts for a third of region-wide GDP and employs two-thirds of the labor force, with the poorest countries most heavily reliant on it.He, however, said investments and smart policy choices are needed to foster growth in the rural economy, accelerate poverty reduction, and foster inclusive growth. For her part, Punam Chuhan-Pole, Lead Economist for World Bank Africa and the report’s author, said in the report that improving the productivity of smallholder farms is central to lifting rural incomes and reducing poverty in the region.“But unleashing this productivity requires investing in rural public goods such as rural infrastructure, agricultural research, and use of improved technologies, as well as in availability of good data and evidence,” she said.Ms. Chuhan said as African regional markets develop rapidly to reach an expected trillion dollars by 2030, the potential is enormous for increasing agricultural production and productivity. She said Africa’s Pulse finds that sub-Saharan African countries underfund high-return investments, and that increasing the efficiency of current public spending in agriculture while rebalancing its composition could reap massive benefits.Moving ForwardIn order to move forward, Africa’s Pulse recommends that countries take urgent steps to adjust to low commodity prices, address economic vulnerabilities, and develop new sources of sustainable, inclusive growth. By boosting agricultural productivity, countries will not only raise the incomes of farm households, but will also lower food costs and promote development of agro-industry. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WATCH TODAY’S FA CUP FINAL AT LETTERKENNY’S BREWERY BAR

first_imgThere’s only one place to watch today’s FA Cup Final and that’s in the Brewery Bar in Letterkenny.It doesn’t matter if you’re a Crystal Palace or Man Utd fan, the Brewery has more screens than you will need to catch every angle and every replay.The game kicks off at 5.30pm but the atmosphere will be building throughout the afternoon.And with the best bar-food in town, the Brewery is the choice for football fans. See you there.WATCH TODAY’S FA CUP FINAL AT LETTERKENNY’S BREWERY BAR was last modified: May 21st, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

West Ham and Southampton showing interest in Juventus midfielder

first_img1 West Ham United and Southampton are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, according to reports Italy.The 28-year-old, whose contract with Juve runs until 2018, has made 23 appearances in all competitions for the Italian champions this season, creating two goals.Asamoah has been linked with a move away from Juventus this summer, with Turkish giants Galatasaray lurking with interest.And now, according to Calciomercato, the Ghana international is also wanted by Premier League duo West Ham and Southampton.However, this is not the first time English clubs have come calling, with Chelsea linked with a move for the midfielder earlier this season.Juventus resisted Chelsea’s advances, but will find it more difficult to ward off interest in their highly-rated star during the summer window. Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is set to be in demand this summer last_img read more

12 players Premier League clubs will be fighting each other for in the summer

first_img 12 7. Naby Keita (RB Leipzig) – An immediate hit since his arrival from RB Salzburg, Keita is a brilliantly dynamic midfielder who can win the ball and kick of counter attacks in style. He retains the ball well, despite driving runs into dangerous positions and has scored eight goals too. Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have targeted the player, along with other top European clubs. 6. Andrea Belotti (Torino) – A team-mate of Hart’s this season, the Rooster has been in outrageous goalscoring form and is the kind of striker who suits the Premier League. Possessing devious movement, which puts him in the right place at the right time, strong centre forward play, and a great ability in the air, Belotti is wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Atletico Madrid, but will cost big money. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury seeing the Red Devils cool their interest in Antoine Greizmann, don’t bet against them stepping up their chase for the Italian. 12 3. Kylian Mbappe (Monaco) – If you haven’t heard of the precocious teen talent, you’ve probably been living under a rock. In his first full season, aged just 18, he’s taken France and the Champions League by storm, netting 20 goals and assisting eight in the two competitions combined. Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester United are the major contenders for his signature – but he’ll cost a hefty sum of money. 12 Clubs are already plotting their summer transfer targets and here, talkSPORT.com looks at which players are being eyed up by Premier League sides.We’re seeing teams linked with a plethora of players as they set up top targets and a number of back ups, just in case deals can’t be done.Word of these links is getting out into the media, leading to plenty of speculation, but who are the most wanted men in Europe?Click the right arrow above to find out… 11. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) – With Gabriel Jesus stealing his thunder at the Etihad Stadium, Iheanacho is looking at a summer escape. West Ham, in desperate need of a fit and on form striker, are topping the list of suitors right now, but there is interest from Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain. 1. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) – Click the right arrow above to see this summer’s most wanted men… – Dutch centre-back Van Dijk has built a big reputation for himself in just two Premier League seasons. Physically imposing, great in the air, and a composed ball-player, he’s currently being trailed by a host of clubs, including Liverpool and Chelsea. The Saints, though, are adamant it will take a bid of more than £60m to convince them to sell. 12 12 8. Jean Michael Seri (Nice) – It’s no surprise the brilliant playmaker is currently courting attention from a number of English clubs, including Tottenham and Arsenal. He idolises Xavi and completes a similar amount of passes to Marco Verratti, while being able to play in a deep role, or just behind a striker. 12. Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) – After a brilliant campaign for the Black Cats, the England Under-21 goalkeeper is all set for a move back into the Premier League following relegation. Everton, and West Ham United are frontrunners for the shot-stopper but a number of sides retain an interest and could mount a bid should their situations change as the summer goes on. 12 12 12 2. Michael Keane (Burnley) – It’s been a season of great promise from the young centre-back, and rave reviews have seen Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham take a closer look at the player. Meanwhile, Manchester United, Keane’s former club, are also tempted to re-sign him for £20m, despite selling him for just £2m two years ago. 5. Joe Hart (Manchester City) – It’s been a topsy-turvy time in Torino for the England shot-stopper, but his stock is still high in the Premier League. Crystal Palace, Everton and West Ham are targeting him, while Manchester United and Chelsea have also been raised as possible destinations. Ederson’s arrival at the club will only hasten his exit. 9. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) – Quick and skilful, the 17-year-old has the makings of a brilliant modern full-back. His pace helps him out defensively, while on the front foot his choice of crosses and passes, is good for such a young player. Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United are leading the chase so far, but it might be too earlier for him to be a starting Premier League left-back so, if he does move, expect him to play as a winger to start with. 12 4. Nelson Semedo (Benfica) – With attacking full-backs currently en vogue, the Portuguese starlet is generating plenty of interest across Europe. Juventus, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Man City, and AC Milan are all monitoring his future given his superb campaign with title winners Benfica. 10. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – The direct winger might have had a sensational 2015/16 but his follow up campaign with the Foxes wasn’t quite so good. Still, a number of clubs, including Arsenal will be monitoring his situation as he looks for a route out of the King Power Stadium. 12 12 12last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Watford confirm midfielder’s move to China

first_imgWatford midfielder Mario Suarez has joined Chinese side Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng FC, the Premier League club have announced.The 30-year-old Spaniard moved to Vicarage Road from Fiorentina in January 2016 but made just 17 appearances for the Hornets.Suarez spent the whole of last season on loan at Valencia, where he played 24 times for the LaLiga side.Suarez, who has three caps for Spain, will become a team-mate of former Everton, Hull and West Ham striker Nikica Jelavic at Zhicheng. Mario Suarez in action for Valencia 1last_img