Djokovic ends Murray’s 28-win streak in Qatar triumph

first_imgSenators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ 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 Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Novak Djokovic brought world number one Andy Murray’s 28-match winning streak to an end in Doha on Saturday to retain the Qatar Open title in a three-set thriller.Serb star Djokovic won 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in a high-quality, action-packed match between the two best players in the world lasting almost three hours.ADVERTISEMENT 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books It is Djokovic’s 25th career victory over Murray and puts down an early-season marker against his great British rival, before the Australian Open later this month.“Definitely one of the best ways to start a year,” Djokovic said immediately after his victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I had three or four match points in the second set, he turned it around and I thought: Wow! I hope this isn’t payback time!“He was close… all the way to the last shot you never know with Andy,” added Djokovic who was penalised a point in the second set after destroying his racquet as the tension mounted. View comments Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint MOST READ Golden chance: Filipino athletes aim for 11 gold medals at SEA Games Despite going into the third set showing signs of frustration and weariness, Djokovic was able to claw away any momentum Murray had to secure his second successive title in Qatar and the $209,665 first prize.A break of Murray’s serve in the seventh game of the final set, when the Scot looked most likely to win, proved decisive.Serving for the match, Djokovic secured the title on his fourth match point, having squandered three in the second set when Murray astonishingly recovered from 5-4 down and 40-15 to win three games in a row and force, at that point, an unlikely deciding set.Despite the victory, Murray retains his world number one ranking. TVJADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

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Tanduay rises

first_imgTanduay Rhum Masters. PBA IMAGESA fiery performance against one of the contenders in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup has Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson raving about his squad’s potential.The Rhum Masters shot 62 percent from the field on the way to a 99-93 victory over the AMA Online Education Titans for their second straight win Thursday night at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte TCC Invit’L: Nakajima leads by 2 shots San Beda standouts Javee Mocon and Davon Potts added 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the Hawkeyes, who fought back from a 43-54 deficit in the third period.“It’s a learning lesson for everyone,” said coach Boyet Fernandez.“Every time, we have to come in and play active and match up the energy of the other team. Credit to Wangs because they prepared hard against us.”Cignal rallied behind Mocon and Pamboy Raymundo, who joined forces to give the Hawkeyes a 78-75 cushion heading into the final 2:38.The Rhum Masters nearly wasted a 15-point lead in the third period.ADVERTISEMENT 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown But Quinto bailed them out with two free throws and a lay-up with 17 seconds remaining after the Titans pulled within 88-92 on Teng’s lay-up.Tanduay also got solid outings from Paul Sanga who went 5-of-9 from beyond the arc for 22 points and Raffy Reyes who tallied 16 points.Teng had 26 points, five rebounds, and five assists while PJ Barua had 25 points for the Titans who fell to 2-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study “I believe we could give more,” said Chongson. “But this is a nice experience for us. We are getting challenged which is important for tougher battles ahead.”Letran standout Bong Quinto stole the thunder from Jeron Teng in the final period where he scored 12 of his 28 points to power the Rhum Masters to a 2-1 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnCignal-San Beda also picked up its second straight victory at the expense of Wangs Basketball, 84-77.The Hawkeyes kept their poise down the stretch as Jason Perkins dished out a double-double with 19 points and 18 rebounds. View commentslast_img read more

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TNT sweeps GlobalPort, sets up semis showdown with SMB

first_img98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member TNT seemed to have had the game in the bag, leading by 20, 47-27 in the second quarter before Romeo led a 12-0 flurry to cut the deficit to eight, 47-39.The KaTropa once again broke off in the third, 76-58 thanks to a de Ocampo-led 13-0 spurt, but the Batang Pier answered back with a 19-2 tear to make it a close game in the fourth.Romeo anchored GlobalPort with 22 points, but shot a paltry 5-of-23 clip from the field. He also had seven rebounds and three assists in the loss.Pringle got 19 markers, six dimes, and four boards, while JR Quinahan unloaded all of his 17 points in the second half.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely UAAP: La Salle begins baseball title defense with rout of UP TNT 95 – De Ocampo 25, Tautuaa 14, Rosario 12, Fonacier 10, Williams 10, Castro 9, Rosales 8, Pogoy 5, Rosser 2, Reyes 0, Carey 0, Tamsi 0.GLOBALPORT 90 – Romeo 22, Pringle 19, Quinahan 17, Cortez 10, Canaleta 7, Semerad 7, Maierhofer 4, Mamaril 2, Paredes 2, Urbiztondo 0, Pessumal 0, Andrada 0, Pennisi 0.Quarters: 30-22, 48-41, 76-67, 95-90.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESTNT used a strong defensive stance in the final minute to escape with a 95-90 victory over GlobalPort to sweep their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Ranidel de Ocampo scored six of the KaTropa’s last eight points as they fended the pesky Batang Pier late and arrange a semifinals date against top-seed San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member The best-of-7 series begins on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.De Ocampo scattered 25 points on a perfect 10-of-10 shooting from the charity stripe, to go with three rebounds and two assists, while Mo Tautuaa contribute 14 markers and five boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnTroy Rosario chipped in a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, but the story of the game was the veterans, with Kelly Williams and Larry Fonacier combining for 20 markers and 14 boards.“We tried to be ready for their counters, but we weren’t too successful,” said coach Nash Racela as TNT tried its best to negate the presence of GlobalPort duo Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle. “Good thing is our veterans stepped up today. That was the key for us: the veterans stepping forward and delivering.” LATEST STORIES 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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Tim Terrific: Tebow homers in 1st at-bat as minor leaguer

first_imgSpieth sticks a quad at Augusta, but his timing has improved  Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Columbia Firefly’s Tim Tebow approaches home plate after hitting a home run in his first at-bat for the team, in a minor league baseball game against the Augusta GreenJackets. APCOLUMBIA, South Carolina — Tim Tebow has hit a home run in his first at-bat as a New York Mets minor leaguer.The former NFL quarterback connected for a two-run drive Thursday (Friday Manila time) for the Columbia Fireflies in a Class A South Atlantic League game against Augusta.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Dutertecenter_img Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out With a 15 mph. (25 kph) wind blowing out, Tebow launched a shot and stopped at second base, thinking it was a double. But the ball hit a railing just above the fence in left-center field and an umpire twirled his hand to indicate the homer.Tebow pumped his fist in the air as he rounded the rest of the bases in the second inning as the crowd went wild. He started the game in left field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnTebow played three seasons in the NFL. The former Heisman Trophy winner left football for broadcasting after the 2012 season, before deciding to pursue a career in a sport he last played as a junior in high school.In spring training for the Mets, Tebow batted .148 in 27 appearances. He struck out eight times and didn’t have an extra base hit or an RBI. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

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Warriors rally to take Game 1 as Spurs lose Leonard

first_imgFilipinos 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 Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle View comments Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, center, shoots between San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12), guard Manu Ginobili (20) and guard Dejounte Murray (5) during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 14, 2017. The Warriors won 113-111. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports via AP, Pool)OAKLAND, California— Stephen Curry scored 40 points and hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining as the Golden State Warriors rallied from way down after Kawhi Leonard was lost to an ankle injury to beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-111 on Sunday (Monday, Manila) in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals.Draymond Green gave Golden State the lead for good on a three-point play after the Warriors trailed by as many as 25 points.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Malaysia coach ‘honored’ to play vs Gilas, pleased with team’s performance Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ READ: Leonard-less Spurs rout Harden, Rockets to win seriesDurant has repeatedly spoken of elevating his game when it matters most — and he did it at the very moment the Warriors needed a huge lift on their home floor.His 3-pointer with 7:53 to play got Golden State within 94-88, then he drove to his left and right by Kyle Anderson for an emphatic one-handed slam the next possession to ignite a deafening sellout crowd. Durant hit another 3 at the 6:10 mark and a jumper the next time down before Shaun Livingston’s driving dunk.Gregg Popovich lost to good friend and old pupil Mike Brown, filling in as Warriors acting coach for the ailing Steve Kerr — who played for Popovich.Yet for much of the afternoon, the Spurs outplayed the Warriors on both ends of the floor. They crashed the offensive glass as they so like to do — something Golden State stressed all week — going right at defenders in the paint and forcing the Warriors into tough shots. Even the open looks weren’t falling.The Warriors missed their initial five 3-point tries before Curry hit 5:05 before halftime to ignite a stunned-into-silence sellout crowd as Golden State got within 46-32.The next sequence the Spurs managed three offensive rebounds before scoring.San Antonio had six steals among the Warriors’ initial nine turnovers and Golden State wasn’t getting the kind of easy shots it was used to going almost untested the first two rounds.Even when the Warriors did things right the Spurs answered.Kerr watched the game from behind the scenes in the arena a day after returning to the practice floor for the first time in more than three weeks. Leonard left in the third quarter after he re-injured his left ankle and the Warriors capitalized with an 18-0 run.Kevin Durant scored 10 straight points during a key fourth-quarter stretch on the way to 34 points, while Zaza Pachulia had 11 points and nine rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundLeonard had 26 points and eight rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge delivered another clutch playoff performance with 28 points and eight boards.Somehow, these unusually careless, cold-shooting Warriors found a way to keep their unblemished postseason record alive at 9-0.center_img Swing Out Sister back to PH this April End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead LATEST STORIES READ: Kerr’s spinal leak operation successful, says Warriors exec“He’s gone through hell,” Popovich said pregame. “I’m sure most people don’t really know, and I’ll leave that to him to describe as much as he wants to describe. But it’s been very difficult for him. He’s shown a lot of courage getting through what he’s gone through.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Game 2 in the series is Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila) back at Oracle Arena.Curry scored 19 points in the third quarter and went 7 for 16 on 3s and 14 of 26 overall.Leonard first went down after stepping on a teammate’s foot along the bench after taking a shot. Pachulia later slid into him as he came down from shooting and Leonard fell into the Spurs bench, grabbing his ankle.Losing Leonard could be a story of this series. He shot 7 of 13 in 23 minutes to go with eight rebounds and three assists. He made all 11 of his free throws.He sat out Game 6 of the last round against Houston, a 39-point, series-clinching win on Thursday, after injuring the ankle in a Game 5 overtime victory.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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He called bank: Lassiter clutch 3 one of biggest shots of his career

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ “It was a Game 2 vs. Rain or Shine, it was just like a split second [late] like a 0.1 tenth of a second I didn’t get it off. I’m just kinda glad that this one went in and it just seems like God blessed me today.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working “From there, I just wanted to make sure that we can get a good shot off. I was just creating enough separation to get a good shot off.”READ: Lassiter nails clutch 3 as Beermen slip past Hotshots FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundIt wasn’t exactly a good shot with a defender in Star’s Justin Melton hounding him in the left wing, but it beat the clock, hit the glass and went through the nylon.“One of the biggest shots of my career and I just wanted to be ready. It’s not over until the last second and I always play up to the last second. I threw it up and it looked good.” Great escape for Beermen Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the pivotal Game 3 in the semifinals on the line, Marcio Lassiter just wanted to give San Miguel Beer a chance to win by attempting a shot before the buzzer sounded.“I looked up and I saw we had about six seconds left so I knew I had some time to kind of get up for a shot,” the San Miguel Beer swingman recalled on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Lassiter said he intended the bank shot and stressed his clutch basket was no fluke.“I called bank. Yeah, I meant to do that,” he said with a big grin after scoring 12 points in a 111-110 win that moved the Beermen on the cusp of another finals appearance.READ: Lassiter heats up as San Miguel cruises to PBA semis The 30-year-old Lassiter, one of the deadliest shooters in the PBA today, also shared a similar moment last year in Game 2 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semis against Rain or Shine where he banked in a triple at the buzzer only to find out upon review that his shot failed to beat the clock.“You know, it was kinda cool to be in that moment and I don’t know if you guys remember, last year I also had a buzzer-beater so you know, this is not like a fluke shot,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Ross sets focus on how to stop ‘Blur’

first_imgThousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LSU title parade draws massive crowds Ross knows that the Texters and Castro, known as “The Blur” for his quickness, will be bouncing back and that the Beermen’s job is not done until they nail that fourth win.So when asked if he could break down Castro’s game for the Inquirer, he came up with a wide smile and in his same gentle voice, said: “I’ll tell you when we both retire.”Otherwise, the secret to stopping Castro is all in Ross’ head and all the other defenders who would want to have even the same measure of success against the TNT superstar would have to put in the work themselves.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Chris Ross. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netChris Ross prides himself in being a really serious student of basketball. And considering how he has shut down Asia’s best point guard in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between his San Miguel Beermen and the TNT KaTropa Texters, it wasn’t hard to figure out what—or who—his favorite subject is.A recent winner of his first Best Player of the Conference award, Ross has been particularly proud of accomplishing something practically no one in the league can speak of, and that is containing Jason Castro when it matters.ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks His success is a product of hard work—a lot of it.“I break down his game by watching tapes of all of his games,” Ross, in a very gentlemanly manner, said after a 111-102 Game 5 triumph that put the Beermen within a win of the championship on Friday night. “I’m a student of the game and I study everything.”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’Castro, to say the very least, has struggled big time in the best-of-seven series, committing 10 turnovers in Game 3 and held to human-like numbers on offense, all because of Ross’ efforts.“I’ve come to understand his (Castro’s) strengths and weaknesses and I break down all of that before going to the games [against him],” Ross said. “I try to find out what he loves doing in situations.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Alcantara is all in Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinoslast_img read more

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Former Cayman football official pleads guilty in corruption scandal

first_imgBROOKLYN, New York (CMC):An assistant to former CONCACAF president Jeff Webb pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy charges at a federal court in the United States on Wednesday.Costas Takkas, a former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Federation, became the latest official to plead guilty in connection with his receipt and transmission of millions of dollars in bribes paid to Webb.According to court filings and facts presented during the plea proceeding, Webb accepted a US$3-million bribe in exchange for using his influence as a football official to award and enforce a contract granting two sports marketing companies the media and marketing rights to home World Cup qualifying matches played by teams representing federations of the Caribbean Football Union during the 2018 and 2022 qualification cycles.MINOR FIGURE IN THE CASEThe 60-year-old Takkas entered the plea more than a year after he was extradited to the United States from Switzerland, where he spent 10 months in prison, after he was among the seven officials arrested in May 2015 at a Zurich hotel two days before FIFA’s presidential election.His attorney, Gordon Mehler, said that Takkas was the only defendant who has been allowed to plead guilty to a single charge “because he is a very minor figure in this case”.Sentencing in the case has been set for September 19, and Takkas faces between 41 and 51 months in prison, but Mehler said that he would request that the British citizen, who is free on bail, not serve any more time, due to him spending most of his time in Switzerland in solitary confinement, “a very onerous detention”.last_img read more

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Not ‘coaching against Trinidad’ – Boldon hits back at claims he is ignoring T&T for regional rivals

first_imgAto Boldon, coach of Jamaican junior sprinter Briana Williams, has dismissed criticism of him in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) that he is helping to develop rival nations’ track and field programmes. The Olympian coached Williams to a sprint double in the 100m and 200m events at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, last week, to the resentment of some members of the T&T track and field community. But Boldon said he is unbothered by the criticism he has personally received, especially on social media. “I have had people on social media from Trinidad saying it’s a shame that I’m coaching ‘against Trinidad’. I find that hilarious,” Boldon told The Gleaner. Boldon is disappointed that he was not given an influential role in T&T’s track and field programme, like his counterparts from other nations, who have moved on from competing to coaching. “I have watched all my peers being given leadership roles – and succeed,” he said. “Glenroy Gilbert (a former sprinter) of Canada, whom I had a conversation with on this very topic; Dennis Mitchell; Jon Drummond (both former sprinters as well), who coached the USA women to the world record in the 4x100m relays. “No one who knows me in the USA can believe I have no influence, whatsoever, on young Trinidad and Tobago athletes, apart from Khalifa St Fort. But my plan is to have athletes from every single island in my camp, and, well, the direct messages [which he has received since Williams’ 100m win] indicate that’s already started in earnest.” ‘I’LL GO WHERE I’M WANTED’ Boldon, while describing the state of T&T’s track and field affairs as “mediocre”, said he will continue training athletes overseas until things change in his homeland. “I have decided that I will go where I’m wanted, so if the TT Federation is content to wallow in mediocrity, while patting each other on the back about how well they are doing every year, I’ll continue to do my thing in Florida.” Boldon, in his time as a sprinter, won four Olympic medals – a bronze in both the 100 and 200m sprints at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA, in 1996, then a silver in the 100m and a bronze in the 200m four years later at the Sydney Games in Australia. He also won gold in the 200m at the IAAF World Championships in Athens, Greece, in 1997.last_img read more

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Croatia clip Spain 3-2 to throw open Nations League group

first_imgZAGREB, Croatia (AP): Tin Jedvaj scored his second goal of the game in injury time to earn Croatia a 3-2 win over Spain yesterday, a result that left both teams and group rivals England still in the running to reach the UEFA Nations League finals. Croatia’s win came two months after they were crushed 6-0 by Spain in Seville. Spain are top of League A, Group 4 with six points. England and Croatia have four points before they meet at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. The group winners advance to the Final Four tournament in June. The team that finishes bottom of the group will be relegated to League B. With Croatia needing a victory to keep their hopes alive, the World Cup runners-up pinned Spain in their area in the final moments and Jedvaj scored on the rebound after goalkeeper David de Gea had blocked a shot. “I am delighted and proud. I gave my best and this means a lot for us,” the 22-year-old Jedvaj, a defender who plays for German club Bayer Leverkusen, said after scoring his first international goals. Croatia started strongly by applying pressure and sending long balls to forward Ivan Perisic, who forced De Gea to push his shot onto the post in the sixth minute. Perisic intercepted a pass and set up Andrej Kramaric to open the scoring in the 54th before Dani Ceballos replied two minutes later for Spain. Croatia went back ahead in the 69th when Jedvaj headed in a cross from Luka Modric, but Sergio Ramos leveled again for Spain with a penalty eight minutes later after Sime Vrsaljko handled. Spain appeared to be getting close to another goal when Croatia went forward in stoppage time in one final push that culminated in Jedvaj’s last-gasp goal.last_img read more

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