Stubborn Benfica hold Juventus to reach Europa final

first_imgBy Terry Daley and Iain RogersBenfica kept alive their dream of a first European trophy in 52 years after a goalless draw with Juventus in Turin on Thursday helped the newly-crowned Portuguese champions win their Europa League semi-final 2-1 on aggregate.Jorge Jesus’ side will return to Turin on May 14 to take on Sevilla in the final after restricting the Serie A leaders to a handful of chances, despite having to play for 23 minutes of the second leg clash with 10 men after Enzo Perez was sent off.“We managed the advantage we had from the first leg really well and we deserve to be in the final because we were better than Juventus,” said Benfica coach Jesus.The Portuguese side will be hoping to win their first continental title since 1962’s European Cup triumph, since when they have lost seven finals, including last season’s Europa League showpiece to Chelsea.Juventus failed to take advantage of their territorial superiority in the first half or the extra man after the sending-off and their exit is a blow for Italy, whose teams have struggled on the continent in recent years.Juventus coach Antonio Conte was annoyed with the away side’s defensive mindset and English referee Mark Clattenburg, who he felt should have given a penalty against Luisao for appearing to block Fernando Llorente’s 65th-minute header with his hand.“They’re going through to the final, but I don’t think they deserved it,” said an irritated Conte.“The only thing we missed was a goal. Over the course of the two legs we conceded two shots on target. We tried but tonight but we didn’t have the run of the ball.”The home fans were celebrating with nine minutes remaining when Osvaldo tapped home Paul Pogba’s headed knockdown, but their joy was short-lived, with officials correctly ruling Frenchman Pogba offside.Unused Juventus substitute Mirko Vucinic and Benfica’s Lazar Markovic, who had been taken off with minutes remaining, both received red cards for an off-pitch altercation as the bad-tempered match wound to a close.Benfica were reduced to nine men after Ezequiel Garay was stretchered off during eight dramatic minutes of stoppage time and the Portuguese side’s keeper Jan Oblak made a fine save to keep out Martin Caceres’s header.“Tonight we saw that in football the best team doesn’t always win,” Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci said.Sevilla snatched a last-gasp place in the final when a 94th-minute Stephane Mbia header put them through on away goals after their semi-final against Valencia ended 3-3 on aggregate on Thursday.Despite going down 3-1 in their second leg at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium, Mbia’s dramatic late strike set up a final showdown with Benfica.Sevilla were favourites to advance against their La Liga rivals after winning last week’s first leg 2-0 at home but a 14th-minute Sofiane Feghouli effort, an own goal from goalkeeper Beto in the 26th and a Jeremy Mathieu blast 21 minutes from time put Valencia 3-0 ahead on the night and 3-2 ahead overall.They were just over a minute away from going through to the final when Federico Fazio flicked on a long throw and Cameroon midfielder Mbia rose to crash a header into the net and silence the Valencia fans packed into the Mestalla.It was a triumph for Sevilla coach Unai Emery, who never completely won over the Valencia fans when he was in charge there from 2008 to 2012, and he celebrated Mbia’s goal wildly on the side of the pitch.“This is a unique experience,” Emery said in an interview with Spanish television.“We don’t care who we are playing in the final, we just have to enjoy this,” added the 42-year-old former Real Sociedad midfielder.last_img read more

PNG U-18 basketball girls excited ahead of Oceania Champs

first_imgPNG will play their first match against New Caledonia tomorrow at 3pm (12pm PNG time)“I think we’re all experiencing a combination of both excitement and nerves right now, but that’s a good thing.“We’re all very proud to be representing Papua New Guinea at this event and doing the very best we can for our families and our country,” said Dobunaba.In a major coverage coup for the event, all games played on court one of the championships will be available to watch live at, FijiTV will be covering the finals phase of the event (Dec 8-10) live and delayed on FijiTV’s television networks (Fiji One).last_img read more

Municipality must be stopped now

first_imgDear Editor,There is a famous statement and provocative poem written by Pastor Martin Niem about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis; rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. It deals with themes of persecution, guilt and responsibility and goes something like this:First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out; Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out; Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me; and there was no one left to speak for me.And that brings me to the main point of my letter, and that is my pleasure and satisfaction to see persons such as the British High Commissioner, Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan, Freddie Kissoon, the former Auditor Genera, Anand Goolsarran, and Consultant Earl John among other leading lights who have come out and criticised not only the crooked parking meter contract, but the corruption mafias that seem to be spreading through City Hall like an octopus, the problem the Council has been telling the citizens where their money is going and apologising for mistakes made, the fact that corruption is so pervasive there, the fact that the oppression of the citizens is getting worse with the various departments demanding more and more bribes from vendors to persons wishing to have their building plans approved, the plundering of Council’s resources by the gang of four; and the fact that the scale of the Georgetown Municipality’s financial haemorrhaging being so immense that the term corruption barely seems adequate to describe what is happening at City Hall.However, there is a strange silence coming from a number of well-known social and political commentators, from other prominent citizens, from the legal fraternity and from some normally vocal quarters of civil society, regarding these shameful goings-on at City Hall and that takes me back to the poem above.I urge the new and decent Councillors of Georgetown to join the Deputy Mayor without fear of being bullied and have a motion tabled and passed demanding that a full forensic audit be done starting with last year and going back for 20, I urge those honourable officers who are left at City Hall and who are aware of many of the unlawful activities that are being perpetuated by their colleagues to no longer remain silent but to speak up and speak out against these transgressions and I urge, citizens, business captains and other leaders in our society to say “Enough is Enough” the wanton pillaging of the municipality must be stopped now before everything is purloined.Sincerely,Deodarie Putulalllast_img read more


first_img Can you Crush a Can? By crushing our drinks and food cans (aluminium and tin) before putting them into the recycle bins we can save a lot more space for a lot more crushed cans – and maybe stop the unnecessary overflowing of bins at certain times of the week/year. It makes good sense to crush your cans, recycle, reduce dumping and protect the environment. Tip: use an old toothbrush to clean out food cans (including dog/cat food cans) where you don’t have to put your fingers near any sharp parts.    Bailte Slachtmhar – Gort a’ Choirce Ba mhaith leis an coiste buíochas a ghabháil le achan duine atá ag déanamh iarracht an sráidbhaile a choinneáil néata glan i rith na bliana – ní amháin i rith séasúr an tsamhraidh. Tá feabhas mór tagtha ar an bhaile le blianta beaga anuas. Buíochas fosta daofa siúd a choinníonn a gcuid póstaeirí amuigh ar imeall an bhaile agus buíochas ar leith daofa siúd atá ag déanamh iarracht an Ghaeilge a chur chun tosaigh ar a gcuid fógraíocht agus póstaeirí. Beidh moltóireacht na bliana seo ag toiseacht ar an 1ú Meitheamh. DD LOCAL: CLOUGHANEELY COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: May 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DD LOCAL: CLOUGHANEELY COMMUNITY NEWS] Reuse – Fresh Flower Baskets In these times of austerity why not Reuse items from your floral wreaths/baskets? When flowers on floral wreaths or baskets become old and withered remove the dried up organic matter (flowers, leaves, twigs, stalks, etc) and place on a compost heap or in a compost bin. Synthetic materials must be disposed of responsibly. Retain the green oasis and the plastic water bath it sits in. Return to your florist and ask them to refill your wreath/basket with fresh flowers. Why not also Refuse the plastic sheet that most flower arrangements are covered with these days? According to the county council this type of plastic is not yet recyclable in this country. Alternatively, you can save the plastic baths/dishes, clean them and return them to your local florist as they are always glad to get these items and they will Reuse them. A useful solution that is much better than leaving them in the graveyard or putting them in the recycle bin or dumping them somewhere illegally. last_img read more

Some see Gold Line success riding on Valley expansion

first_imgAny boost in ridership is good for the train and for efforts to secure funding for its extension, said Habib Balian, CEO of the Gold Line Construction Authority. Currently, the construction authority is trying to come up with a methodology for predicting ridership that captures what Balian says are white-collar commuters not typically part of public-transit planning. Balian said the survey should be completed by December, at which point it will be submitted to the Federal Transportation Administration for evaluation. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Three years and 14 million passengers later, the Gold Line light rail from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles has been deemed a moderate success that still has “great potential” to expand public transit use in the San Gabriel Valley. “I think the line has been very solid,” said Rep. Adam Schiff. “I would like the ridership to be even better.” Schiff, D-Pasadena, authored legislation while in the state Senate to create an independent board to oversee construction of the line, after it became clear the project was a low priority for the MTA. Now, Schiff and Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, are teaming to try to raise federal funds for construction of the planned 24.4-mile extension to Montclair. Backers of the $1 billion-plus project say the Gold Line will never meet its potential until the line is expanded. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“There is no question but that the system will not reach full stride until it has been extended into the San Gabriel Valley,” said Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, who is a non-voting member of the Gold Line Construction Authority. According to MTA spokesman Dave Sotero, average weekday ridership on the Gold Line reached a record in June, rising to 18,771. MTA operates thetrain. Overall ridership on the line has grown steadily, according to MTA statistics, rising from about 3.8 million in the first year of operations to 5.3 million in the last 12 months. While the jump is dramatic, critics point out that ridership was woefully low at the beginning and that it is only now reaching the levels predicted when the $859 million project was being built. Recent efforts to attract more riders by speeding up service has met with some success, Sotero added. MTA implemented an “express” train this year, which shaves about five minutes off the 34-minute trip from the Sierra Madre Villa station in Pasadena down to Union Station in Los Angeles. last_img read more

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: October 26, 2017

first_imgThis Thursday morning on Sportsday we bring you your essential round-up of the morning’s top sports stories.last_img

Chelsea make inquiries over Stoke City striker Peter Crouch

first_img The striker was a boyhood Chelsea fan Chelsea have made a surprising inquiry for Stoke City’s Peter Crouch as they frantically look to get back-up for out-of-form striker Alvaro Morata. The story emerges after it was reported that Chelsea target Andy Carroll faced a possible lengthy absence after sustaining an ankle injury. Antonio Conte’s side have thus turned their attention to Crouch, who turns 37 later this month. The Blues are in a striker crisis with summer signing Morata with no goals in his last six games, while Michy Batshuayi appears to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge with Borussia Dortmund set to land the Belgian. It is thought that the west London club want a loan deal till the end of the season for the striker, who signed a one-year contract extension with the Potters in November. However, new Stoke boss Paul Lambert seems reluctant to let the 6ft 7ins striker go unless a replacement can been found for the Staffordshire club. Crouch, who supported Chelsea as a boy, has enjoyed spells at Premier League clubs including Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton. 1last_img read more

Sehwag says good team saw India win World Cup, not Dhoni’s captaincy

first_imgThe battle between Indian cricket captain Mahednra Singh Dhoni and his former deputy Virender Sehwag seems to have taken a bitter turn. Apparently unhappy with Dhoni’s handling of senior players, Sehwag on Friday took a dig at him saying that India’s World Cup win was a team effort and not the skipper’s miracle.The swashbuckling Delhi batsman made it clear that Dhoni’s captaincy was not responsible for India’s monumental World Cup success last year. He said it was a team effort that saw India clinching the ICC World Cup after 28 years.Sehwag was reacting when asked about the speciality in Dhoni’s captaincy a couple of days after the latter was retained as the leader of the Indian side for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka.He cited an example of the Australian team which has done well because of a strong team and not because of its extraordinary captaincy.”We had a great team that is why we did well. It is not about captaincy. Just like Australia did well regardless of the captain, similarly we did well because of our team, backed by Dhoni’s captaincy,” Sehwag said.He also said that India won the Twenty-20 World Cup in 2007 because of a good team.last_img read more

What to do post-run to maximize your results

first_imgNo more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ RELATED STORY:Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathonSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As well as staying hydrated during a run in order to prevent injuries, cramping, and early fatigue, it is also important to rehydrate after you have finished, as well as maintaining your fluid intake throughout the rest of the day. If you are training for a marathon this is even more important; marathon runners can lose up to 5 percent of their total body weight during the race, or around four to five liters of fluids on average.To avoid dehydration and help the body replenish its reserves, be sure to drink plenty of fluids in the hours after your run, whether you prefer water, fruit juice or sports recovery drinks. You should also avoid alcohol if you really want to reach peak performance. Not only will it dehydrate you, but celebrity trainer David Kirsch also adds that “during a wellness program there is no room for hangovers. You need to be fresh, focused, and on top of your game to achieve the desired results.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGet a good night’s sleepDr. Andrew Murray, who works predominantly with runners but also swimmers and cyclists, says that the one thing they all have in common is they are “world class sleepers.” He recommends at least seven hours a night to reduce the risk of infection and stay healthy, plus a good night’s sleep is possibly the best way for your body to repair itself after exercise. Kirsch also adds that skimping on sleep “will sabotage your hard-earned workout gains,” so to get the most out of your run, as well as reach your true running potential in your next one, make sure you prioritize sleep. MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Image: Geber86/ via AFP RelaxnewsWith the Chicago Marathon taking place this Sunday, Oct. 8, many may be feeling inspired by the World Marathon Major to start their own running regime. Whether you’re a beginner or a marathon expert, here we round up some of the key things to do post-run to look after your body and maximize your performance.Drink upADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Refuel your musclesDalton Wong, trainer to Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence and founder of TwentyTwo Training advises a post-run combination of protein to repair, fat to help you feel full, and carbs to fuel the body. He recommends a protein smoothie or a proper meal between one hour to 90 minutes after your run, and nuts, seeds, and/or an apple as good options for snack until you can eat a real meal. Dr. Murray agrees, also recommending a ratio of three portions of carbs to one portion of protein within the hour after your run. Pasta or a baked potato with tuna, a chicken sandwich, eggs or pulses are all good choices.Stretch it outAlthough Dr. Murray says you don’t need to do a specific warm-up, just something to get you moving a little and ready for running, he does recommend a cool down, especially when you have done a more intense, longer run. Cooling down and stretching is a key step in any running plan to aid recovery, reduce muscle soreness and prevent injuries.Foam rolling can also be useful, not only straight after your run but also the day after and days following if you’re still feeling sore. It can also be particularly helpful when combined with stretching because it helps break up adhesions, which allows for a better and deeper stretch. JBADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES TNT import Rice ejected early in Game 4last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s India has a fantastic chance to lift the World Cup feels Dilip…

first_imgAdvertisementIndia is one of the favourites to win this year’s World Cup.Former Indian skipper Dilip Vengsarkar, made a big statement when he said that the Indian team under Virat Kohli has a ‘fantastic chance’ to lift that World Cup trophy, on Monday.“India has got a fantastic chance to win the World Cup. At-least last four they will go definitely. But the final, I can’t predict, to be honest. But we have got extreme potential and all the players are (in) good form,” Vengsarkar told reporters here on Monday.The Indian team begins their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on the 5th of June.This statement came in an event where the Mumbai Cricket Association announced the second season of the T20 Mumbai League, which will kick-off on the 14th of May. Dilip Vengsarkar and Sunil Gavaskar are the mentors in the league, whereas Sachin Tendulkar is the ambassador for the league. This tournament closely follows the IPL, and many known names are set to feature in this league.“T20 Mumbai League is soon going to be a league that most of the players from across the nation will want to participate in. For so many years, the (way) Ranji Trophy team has played if given a choice a number of players would have wanted to be part of Mumbai Ranji Trophy because the brand of cricket was different and everyone wanted to be part of it,” said Tendulkar. Sachin also felt that there is still enough talent to carry Mumbai forward in the coming years.Gavaskar also praised this league and said that this league has helped players like Shivam Dube and Suryakumar get big contracts at the IPL, and hence urged the authorities to schedule the league before the IPL auction. Advertisementlast_img read more