England, Belgium fight for third place

first_imgST PETERSBURG, Russia (AP): How do you stay motivated for the game no one wants to play? England and Belgium have different answers. After both were eliminated in the World Cup semi-finals, a once-in-a-lifetime chance gone, the teams have to play again in today’s third-place game. As always in English football, coach Gareth Southgate and his men are looking back to the England team, which won the World Cup in 1966. Beating Belgium would give England their best World Cup finish since then, surpassing fourth place in Italy in 1990. “We have a chance to win a medal at a World Cup, which only one English team has ever done, so there’s a lot of motivation for us,” Southgate said yesterday. After exceeding expectations by reaching the semi-final, only to lose 2-1 to Croatia in extra time, England want to keep their positive buzz. “None of us knows if that’s as good as it gets,” Southgate said. “We’ve raised expectation and I don’t see a problem with that because we’ve also raised belief. We’ve raised their enjoyment of playing. They now associated playing for England with enjoyment, fun, and not being under siege.” For Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, it’s about leaving Russia with a warm feeling and playing attractive football to inspire the next generation. “We want to win. When you finish a tournament you carry the feeling of the last game … Every Belgian fan deserves that winning feeling,” he said. “For us the way you play is essential, not just for this tournament but for future generations.” Third would be Belgium’s best-ever World Cup performance. They finished fourth in 1986 after losing the playoff 4-2 in extra time to France. Both coaches have one eye on fitness for what will be each team’s seventh game in 26 days. Southgate said he wants to make “as few changes as possible,” but may need to switch some players due to injury and illness. He wouldn’t confirm whether he’d give either of his reserve goalkeepers, Jack Butland and Nick Pope, their first game of the tournament in place of Jordan Pickford. “We need to have everyone fully fit on the pitch. There are players who have played a lot of minutes and we need to have that in mind,” Martinez said. “We’re going to have the strongest team on the pitch but maybe changes will need to be made.” It’s the second meeting of the tournament for the two teams. Their first game, in the group stage, was treated almost like a friendly since both teams had already qualified and made a total 17 changes to the lineup. Belgium won that encounter in Kaliningrad 1-0 thanks to a curled shot from Adnan Januzaj.last_img read more

Celtics, Blazers aim to protect home court after road wins

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES KEEP AN EYE ON: Nuggets forward Torrey Craig. He wore a clear mask after bloodying his nose in the second quarter.PRESSURE IS ON: Lillard, who was 5 of 17 from the field for 14 points in Game 2. His supporting cast picked up the slack with five other players scoring in double figures.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu MOST READ For that trend to continue, Boston must get a better performance from Jayson Tatum. The second-year forward averaged 19.2 points per game during the Celtics’ first-round sweep of the Pacers, shooting 50 percent from the floor. In two games against Milwaukee, he has nine total points while connecting on 24% of his field-goal attempts.“I watched film. I acknowledge that I gotta be better overall,” Tatum said. “And I will be better. It’s a bad game. It happens. I don’t think too much of it. Just ready for Game 3.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Celtics will also be thinking about team President Danny Ainge, who suffered a mild heart attack in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. The Celtics said the 60-year-old Ainge, who also had a mild heart attack in 2009, is expected to make a full recovery.Milwaukee will be hoping to replicate its Game 2 performance in which it outscored Boston 39-18 in the third quarter of a 123-102 victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton carried the load, with help from Eric Bledsoe. He scored 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting after contributing six points on 1-of-5 shooting in Game 1. Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo looks to shoot past Boston Celtics’ Aron Baynes during the first half of Game 2 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Celtics and Trail Blazers have stolen home-court advantage in their respective second-round playoff series. Now they’re focused on keeping it as their series shift to Boston and Portland.Boston, the East’s fourth seed, came out strong and took Game 1 against top-seeded Milwaukee before getting blown out in Game 2. The series resumes at TD Garden on Friday night, and the Celtics like their chances on a court where they’ve won 12 of their last 13 playoff games.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Chinese conglomerate invests $300M into giant football academy BUCKS AT CELTICSSeries tied 1-1. Game 3, 8 p.m. EDT, ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: The Bucks bounced back after losing Game 1 to even the series. Games 3 and 4 are in Boston, where the Celtics are 12-1 over the past two postseasons.INJURY WATCH: Milwaukee could get a boost in Game 3 with Malcolm Brogdon possibly available for the first time since mid-March, when he suffered a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. Celtics guard Marcus Smart continued to do some shooting and mobility drills in practice Thursday as he recovers from a partial tear to his left oblique.KEEP AN EYE ON: Milwaukee got huge nights in Game 3 from Antetokounmpo and Middleton, who made seven of the Bucks’ franchise playoff-high 20 3-pointers. Boston is allowing an average of just 82.5 points per game this postseason at home.PRESSURE IS ON: The Bucks’ supporting cast. Antetokounmpo had help in Game 2 and it allowed him to play freer on offense, without expending a great deal of energy. That must continue over the next two games for Milwaukee to be able to take back home court.NUGGETS AT TRAIL BLAZERSPortland leads, 2-1. Game 4, 10:30 p.m. EDT, ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: The Blazers have won 11 straight at home dating to the regular season. Their last home loss was March 7 in overtime to Oklahoma City. … Portland was 32-9 at home in the regular season. … The Blazers are a four-point favorite.INJURY WATCH: Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray was hobbled by a right leg injury. He was seen riding an exercise bike in the fourth quarter of Game 2. … Blazers forward Maurice Harkless rolled his right ankle in the second quarter and didn’t return. “We’re really dangerous, especially if Bledsoe is going downhill and is in attack mode. We’re a totally different team,” Antetokounmpo said.Out West, the third-seeded Blazers return home for Game 3 against the second-seeded Nuggets eager to play with the same sense of urgency they displayed in their 97-90 Game 2 win.Portland was also helped by a historically bad second-quarter effort by Denver. The Nuggets trailed 50-35 at halftime after the franchise’s worst quarter ever at home in the playoffs (12 points). They made just 5 of 23 shots and missed all 10 of their 3-pointers in the quarter.“They say the series starts when someone wins a game on the road and we were able to do that,” said Damian Lillard, who had a poor night shooting in Game 2. “So our goal is to just take it one game at a time and protect our home floor. … We have to be just as sharp, if not better because you know they are going to come back better.”A look at Thursday’s games:ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Philippine Malditas nail historic semis berth in AFF Championship

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Quinley Quezada, who gave the Filipinos the lead twice against the reigning champion Thais, found the back of the net for the third straight match as she increased her tally to four goals for the tournament with a sixth-minute strike. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Philippine women’s national team. Photo from pff.orgDel Campo, last season’s UAAP Rookie of the Year and Best Striker, fired the opener just seconds into match, before grabbing two more goals in the 45th and 50th minutes.The Filipinos finished the group stage with nine points, second behind the Thais who are perfect with 12 points. Having topped Group A with nine points, Vietnam will face the Philippines in the last four.Regardless of the result, the semifinal appearance is already the highest achievement of the team tournament.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind hercenter_img View comments OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft AFF Women’s Championship 2019FULL-TIME: 0-4 ⚽️⚽️⚽️ @_shaidelcampo 1′ 45′ 50’⚽️ @quinley_quezada 6’#FilipinasFutbol pic.twitter.com/xb3mMmEOc0— The Philippine Football Federation (@philfootball) August 23, 2019De La Salle star Shai Del Campo delivered a hattrick as the Philippines whipped Singapore, 4-0, Friday night to reach the semifinals of the AFF Women’s Championship for the first time in Chonburi, Thailand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTwo days after wasting a second half lead in the 2-4 defeat to Thailand, the Malditas came out with all guns blazing as they piled the pressure on the Singaporeans early on.ADVERTISEMENT Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Analysis: USA Basketball wanted to be tested, and they werelast_img read more

Majestic Messi hits four in Valencia rout

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, February 20 – Lionel Messi hit four goals to inspire Barcelona to a 5-1 victory over Valencia, but the champions still remain 10 points behind leaders Real Madrid.Messi, playing his 200th game for the club, took his league goals tally to 27 for the season and 42 in all competitions although third-placed Valencia had stunned the Spanish and European champions by taking a shock early lead. “The most important thing was that the team played like we did against Bayer Leverkuson in the Champions League in midweek when we won 3-1,” said Messi after his Camp Nou masterclass.“There are lots of crucial challenges ahead and it’s necessary to keep going like this.”Barca coach Pep Guardiola saluted his team and insisted that they do not deserve to be so far off the pace in the title chase.“With the football we have played we don’t deserve to be so far behind but our challenge now is to keep the title race open and that is down to us,” he said.“We need to compete for the next three months just like we have done in this match.“We are lucky to have such a generation of players. It’s a privilege to work with such fantastic lads. They are a credit to the sport.”The pressure was on the Catalan side after defeat last weekend away to Osasuna and they got off to a poor start with Pablo Piatti giving Valencia the lead after nine minutes.Martin Montoya, in the side with Dani Alves suspended, and Gerard Pique left Piatti unmarked and keeper Victor Valdes came and failed to reach a Sofiane Feghouli cross allowing the diminutive striker to tuck the ball in.The home fans were becoming restless but Messi responded once again when his side needed him most with two goals in five minutes.Adil Rami failed to clear a cross and Messi coolly finished from a tight angle.The Argentine then got ahead of the Valencia defence to meet an Eric Abidal cross and while the keeper Diego Alves saved his initial shot, he was able to sweep in the rebound.Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas were both denied by Alves while the former Arsenal player then hit the woodwork with an acrobatic effort.The home side continued to push forward after the break with Alves stopping a Messi header with a wonderful save and Fabregas badly miscued before Messi gave Barca a cushion by firing in a rebound after another Alves block.Messi completed his hat-trick with 15 minutes to go and then notched up his 42nd goal of the season after running clear of the defence and clipping the ball over the keeper.With the Valencia defence in disarray substitute Xavi Hernandez lobbed the ball over the keeper for the fifth in injury time.Despite the rout, Barca are still struggling to retain their title after Real Madrid had swept past Racing Santander 4-0 on Saturday.Levante’s miserable form continued when they dropped out of the European places, losing 5-3 at home to Rayo Vallecano.The modest side from Valencia have spent most of the season among the top four after a surprising start which also saw them briefly lead the table, but they now haven’t won in two months and have tumbled down to seventh place.Lass Bangoura put the visitors ahead but Jose Barkero brought Levante level at the start of the second half with a penalty after substitute Abdelkader Ghezzal was felled by Jorge Pulido.Levante were in the ascendancy but against the run of play Diego Costa hit a quickfire double and then Lass gave them a commanding lead after 69 minutes.Rubin Suarez pulled a goal back and then Andrija Delibasic added a fifth for Rayo.There was still time for Suarez to score again for Levante with a spot kick and Pulido was sent off for a second yellow card after giving away the second penalty.Atletico Madrid squandered the chance to move up to fourth as they were held to a 1-1 draw by relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon under new coach Javier Clemente.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Manchester United legend determined to make his mark in Spain

first_img1 Gary Neville with brother Phil Gary Neville says he hopes to remain as Valencia boss beyond this season.The former England and Manchester United star is under contract until the summer after signing a short-term deal to replace Nuno in the Mestalla hotseat at the start of December.Neville is still searching for his first win in La Liga after Valencia played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Real Madrid on Sunday.Ahead of the clash with Real, the 40-year-old indicated in a Sky Sports interview that he did not see his long-term future in management.But, speaking after the game, Neville insisted his comments were misconstrued and revealed he is determined to make his mark as a manager in Spain.“I was talking about 15, 20 years’ time,” he said of the interview. “I don’t want to be just a coach for six months. I hope I am here beyond six months but I know have to prove myself.”last_img read more


first_imgTHE provisional liquidators of the company run by crook Francois de Dietrich are asking anyone who had dealings with the firm to contact them with details of their transactions.The Ballybofey-based businessman swindled cash out of 200 people in Co Donegal, often over dinner at his fancy Bastille Bistro in Letterkenny.Most of those investors have not come forward. De Dietrich is wanted by police after absconding following his failure to divulge details of his assets to the Financial Services Authority (FSA).He is now believed to have stashed millions of Euro in bank accounts in Switzerland, outside the European Union. There are unconfirmed reports he may also be in hiding in the Alpine state, out of the reach of an EU-wide warrant.The crook was sentenced to an 18-month prison sentence in his absence after he failed to comply with a Northern High Court order obtained by the FSA ordering him to give, amongst other information, details of where his assets were held.We understand the FSA know about the secret Swiss accounts and that was the reason for the application for the location of his assets outside the EU. The FSA had earlier obtained a High Court order restraining any potential unauthorised activity and freezing £20,223,485 assets of Francois de Dietrich and ETIC Solutions Ltd (ETIC).In Dublin, the High Court has frozen almost €2m in the AIB in Ballybofey.Paul Rooney and Dan Schwarzman, both licenced Insolvency Practioners of Price Waterhouse Coopers, were appointed joint liquidators of ETIC last month.They have appealed to “all persons who had dealings with ETIC Solutions Ltd or the director Francois de Dietrich (Consumers) to contact us with details of their transactions.”The order by the High Court in Northern Ireland allows the FSA to preserve the funds and other assets held by de Dietrich and/or ETIC until the court decides whether he has broken the law. The court will also decide how much money, if any, should be returned to investors and other creditors.Meanwhile, the FSA is continuing its investigation into the activities of de Dietrich and ETIC.Any investors in this scheme should contact the FSA either call the Contact Centre on 00 44 845 606 1234 or via email on consumer.queries@fsa.gov.uk.With the court orders in place, de Dietrich and ETIC may not accept money from, or pay money to, any person as part of the ETIC business. This includes a restriction on paying out funds to investors. He has breached that order on several occasions.WERE YOU SWINDLED BY CROOK? LIQUIDATORS OFFER ADVICE was last modified: April 7th, 2011 by gregShare 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:BallybofeycrimimalcrookdonegalFrancois de Dietrichinvestment scamswindlerthieflast_img read more

Transfer Talk: Armstrong contract talks, Hibs eye Graham

first_imgBrendan Rodgers may be looking to add to his Celtic squad this summer but the manager knows his stars from last season are in demand and hopes to tie one down on a new deal.The club are to progress with discussion over Stuart Armstrong’s new contract as a number of English sides eye the midfielder.Rodgers’ former club, Liverpool, are also keen on top Scottish talent. Jurgen Klopp is reportedly stepping up interest in Hull City’s Andrew Robertson.Hibs may have been put out by Kyle Lafferty’s snub but there was some good news at Easter Road as they have signed Ofir Marciano on a permanent deal. Now Neil Lennon is looking to Blackburn Rovers striker Danny Graham as his next recruit. In England, Bournemouth have shelled out £20 million to land Nathan Ake from Chelsea and Manchester United have issued a classic “hands off” warning to Barcelona over Ander Herrera.last_img read more

Donegal woman sues former best friends over loan dispute of €280,000

first_imgA Donegal woman has sued a couple who were formerly her best friends, claiming a sum of €280,000 she gave to them was a loan – and not a gift, as they maintain.The sum was part of €750,000 secured by Ballyshannon woman Fidelma Kerrigan in 2010 over serious personal injuries she suffered in a road accident in 2002 in which her father died, the High Court heard. It is claimed Ms Kerrigan, as a result of her father’s death and her injuries, was deeply depressed when, two weeks after getting the compensation in August 2010, she handed over €280,000 to John and Jacqueline Keenaghan.She claims it was to help them set up a counselling business or until Mr Keenaghan, an architect, had completed projects. It is alleged Ms Keenaghan was crying as she feared for their home.Independent.ie report that couple have since had their business set up but have not repaid Ms Kerrigan, who is now on social welfare payments, the court was told.The case opened this week before Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy who said it was “never too late” to consider an agreed rather than imposed outcome.She said these “unhappy events” were reminiscent of what Shakespeare said: “Neither a borrower nor lender be.”Ms Kerrigan (59), of Benildus Avenue, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, claims it was agreed at all times the money was a short-term loan.The defendants, of Rathmore, Ballyshannon, say the money was a gift and deny exercising undue influence over Ms Kerrigan.In cross-examination by Desmond Murphy SC, for the defendants, Celine Kerrigan, sister of Ms Kerrigan, denied she had supported the view the money was a gift.A consultant psychiatrist, Dr Mary Maguire, said Ms Kerrigan had said Ms Keenaghan kept asking her about her personal injury claim and allegedly kept telling her the Keenaghan family were going to lose their home and could not afford to eat.When Ms Kerrigan gave the money, she was on medication and had been hurt when Ms Keenaghan had gone on holidays to the US.Dr Maguire said Ms Kerrigan came across as “naive”, “childlike” and “very caring”.The doctor believed Ms Kerrigan had so many problems mentally and physically at the time, she would be susceptible to emotional distress she perceived in another person.Donegal woman sues former best friends over loan dispute of €280,000 was last modified: November 12th, 2018 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) Tags:BallyshannonFidelma KerriganHIGH COURTLoanlast_img read more

Underrated Attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park + Video

first_imgShare This!For this week’s Trivia Tuesday, I’m going to discuss some underrated attractions found in Animal Kingdom park at Walt Disney World.Enjoy these posts? Check us out on Facebook and YouTube for more!last_img

A New Marketing Scheme for Mobile Developers: Free App with Purchase

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez Users then click the link to redeem a provided promo code in the mobile iTunes App Store. The entire process is seamless, too. There’s no copying-and-pasting of links or codes, no user agreements to accept, no manual App Store navigation or anything else of that nature – in fact, all an end user has to do is enter their iTunes password when the box pops up. The Glee app will download automatically. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement It’s a little surprising that the Glee app is a free giveaway even to non-subscribers, but that must be because Glamour just wants to get on its customers’ iPhone homescreens for now. The Glamour app also asks, upon first launch, if it can send you push notifications – a move that brings the app even further increased visibility on customers’ sometimes overloaded, app-filled devices. Could other developers use this same marketing methodology to cross-promote their own applications, too? Possibly, but not necessarily on the same level as Glamour has done. Apple typically restricts the number of promo codes a developer can give out to 50 per application version. Glamour must have received special permission from Apple to workaround this requirement. We’ve contacted the magazine for confirmation of this – stay tuned Update: Glamour declined to go on record with the details of how this promotion was made possible. Tags:#marketing#mobile center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Glamour Magazine has teamed up with Smule, makers of the “Glee” fan app for the popular U.S.-based TV show featuring high school glee club singers, in an interesting marketing scheme to increase app downloads. According to the magazine’s website, U.S. residents who download Glamour’s iPhone and iPad application between September 7th and October 30th of this year are given access to download the Glee app, normally 99 cents, for free. Is this a new marketing scheme for app developers to take advantage of – “free app with purchase?” With the ever-growing number of iPhone and iPad applications available for sale in the iTunes marketplace, attracting end users to any particular app is becoming more difficult than ever. Developers have tried a number of marketing initiatives to encourage app downloads, including everything from offering watered-down, “lite” versions of their more full-featured, paid offerings to short-term sales where their app prices drop considerably for a limited time, or even go free. What we haven’t seen much of (if any?) are marketing pushes that involve app giveaways within other apps, in other words “free app with purchase.” But that’s just what Glamour is doing now. In this instance, those who want to get the free Glee app have to be one of the first 100,000 U.S residents to download the newly launched Glamour magazine application and then visit the “New Posts” section within the app. (Good news for “Gleeks”: the “New Posts” section is available for free within Glamour’s app – you don’t have to purchase the magazine’s latest issue for $3.99). The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more