Kobe Paras urges Kai Sotto to go to US to develop basketball game

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Creighton eventually recruited Paras, who did not flourish with the Bluejays and later  transferred to Cal State Northridge where he is now on redshirt status, an academic sophomore on his first year of athletic eligibility.Paras said Sotto, given his height, would have “endless opportunities” in the United States.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKobe Paras encouraged high school sensation Kai Sotto to continue playing basketball in the United States while also taking a swipe at the current hoops scene in the Philippines.In a Twitter post, Paras made use of the new 280-character limit saying Sotto moving to the US will be the right decision instead of playing in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Goods worth $400K stolen from Venus Williams’ Florida home Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 awardcenter_img “I was 15-years-old when I moved out here in LA,” said Paras, who is now a member of the Cal State Northridge Matadors.“Hopefully one day Kai may make a mature decision to continue his basketball career in the States so that he won’t get rotten and brain washed in Manila.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneSotto is still in high school playing for Ateneo and his 7-foot-1 frame puts him a literal head above his opponents.Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netParas, for his part, moved from La Salle Greenhills to Cathedral in Los Angeles where he made a name for himself as an athletic forward. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Quietly, the Raptors closing in on East No. 1 seed

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback The credit will really come if Toronto goes deep in the playoffs.The Raptors haven’t been to the NBA Finals yet, and made the East finals only once. But these are magic times in Toronto: The Maple Leafs are going to the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Blue Jays are about to start their season, Toronto FC is the reigning MLS champion, and the Toronto Argonauts will defend the Grey Cup when the CFL season starts.“It’s a good time to be in Toronto,” Lowry said. “Just got to get the warmer weather.”The Finals are in June. It’s plenty warm then.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) celebrates after their 180-105 win over the Houston Rockets in an NBA basketball game in Toronto, Friday, March 9, 2018. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP)They do things differently in Toronto.When it’s time for NBA public-address announcers to introduce the starting lineup before games, the Raptors don’t wait to hear their names called. The starters simply huddle up for a quick chat while their backups gather a few feet away and use a basketball to play volleyball — bumping and setting it to each other before someone spikes a dunk.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims The upcoming playoffs, though, are where the Raptors can make their noise.This is the fifth consecutive year where Toronto will be playoff-bound, matching the total from the Raptors’ first 18 seasons combined. But the recent playoff trips haven’t gone as planned, with only three series wins, a home Game 7 loss and getting swept twice.“We fell,” DeRozan said. “You could turn around and make big changes. But we stuck through it and understood the mistakes and where we needed to be better. We came back figuring out what we needed, how we needed to be better, how we could continue to push to be better. This didn’t happen overnight. This happened over the course of a long period of time.”This spring could be different for the Raptors. This team is the best-scoring group in franchise history, about to smash the team record set last season. They’re third in the NBA in 3-pointers made, second in the NBA in blocked shots. They’re 15-4 in the games immediately following a loss, and they’ve had four separate winning streaks of six games or more.Around this time a year ago, Raptors President Masai Ujiri knew there were cries in the Twitterverse to blow up the team, fire Casey, break up DeRozan and Lowry, start anew. He stayed the course. Look what happened: Casey coached the All-Star Game this year and is a coach of the year candidate, DeRozan is 10th in the league in scoring and Lowry set a career-best for 3s.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s a testament to Masai and our ownership sticking with it, Masai sticking with coach,” Lowry said. “I think that’s them believing in us and giving us opportunity. We’ve always had good years. We went to the Eastern Conference finals, we went to the second round, we went to the playoffs every year that I’ve been here besides one. We’ve always continued to get better.”Out of the 30 NBA coaches, there are three — San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra and Dallas’ Rick Carlisle — who have held their current job longer than Casey has been leading the Raptors. Popovich, Spoelstra and Carlisle have all won titles while holding those jobs; Carlisle got his in 2011 over Miami with Casey on his staff.The overwhelming majority of attention from the outside goes to Golden State, Houston, Cleveland and Miami. Around the league, though, some applaud that the Raptors had a plan and let it take root.“When you’re constantly dealing with change, good luck,” Spoelstra said. “But that’s a great lesson. What you’re seeing is great stability from ownership and the front office, great vision and maturing to understand they’re a lot closer than they are far away and if you start over you’re going way back. Just by bringing that whole group back and tweaking a few things, they’ve gone from good to great.”The core players — DeRozan, Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas — are the constants. The Raptors are enthralled with their young players like Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright and Jakob Poeltl. The oft-enigmatic Serge Ibaka has been steady, and veteran C.J. Miles has been a steadying influence in Toronto’s second unit.Ask the Raptors, and they think it’s a perfect mix.“We can’t play for other people’s opinions and thoughts,” DeRozan said. “As long as we go out there and play and do what we know how to do, all that will speak for itself at the end of the day.”There’s seven different nationalities represented in the Raptors locker room as well, a true melting pot.And Casey has made coaching them look easy.“Their two leaders have done a phenomenal job of coming in and being better,” said Basketball Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, whose career started in Toronto. “I think their scouting and the guys who are making decisions did a great job of adding depth to their team. And that’s why they’re so good, man. Dwane Casey is doing a phenomenal job coaching them as well. Got to give him some credit.” Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism D-League: Marinero coasts to 7th win, eliminates Perpetual They’re laughing. They’re loose. And they don’t mind if few are noticing.These are happy times for the Toronto Raptors, who kept their stars and coach together even after a string of playoff flameouts and are seeing that continuity rewarded. If they win three of their final eight games, they’ll break the franchise single-season record of 56 victories. And they’re in position to go into the Eastern Conference playoffs as the No. 1 seed for the first time, entering Monday with a 3 ½ game lead over No. 2 Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I feel like we have something special that is a well-kept secret,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.Canada’s lone NBA team doesn’t seem to move the needle much in the United States. The Raptors are No. 2 leaguewide in wins so far this season, but the NBA doesn’t list them among the top 10 in merchandise sold. They’re led by dynamic All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, and their jerseys aren’t in the league’s 15 best-sellers either. Toronto hasn’t even been tapped for one of the 10 Christmas Day spots on the NBA schedule. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

WORLD CUP: Argentina reliant on Messi, burdened by setbacks

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lionel Messi, center, winks as the Argentina national soccer team arrive at Zhukovsky international airport outside Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 9, 2018 to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Without Lionel Messi, would Argentina even be going to the World Cup?The team’s destiny is more closely tied to the Barcelona forward than ever before.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sampaoli’s first experience in European football came with Sevilla in 2016, but he quickly left to carry Argentina to the World Cup in its last four games of the South American qualifiers.Drawing inspiration from Marcelo Bielsa, Sampaoli likes his teams to attack as a block to impose their superiority. But Argentina is still to implement his style after 10 matches.GOALKEEPERSSergio Romero was set to be Argentina’s No. 1 in his third World Cup. But just after Sampaoli included him in the final list, the Argentine soccer federation announced that he will miss the tournament because of a right-knee injury. The competition to replace him will be among River Plate’s Franco Armani, who has been outstanding with River Plate this season, and Chelsea’s Wilfredo Caballero. Armani has not played for Argentina, but is now the people’s favorite at home. Caballero has not been a starter for Chelsea, but he’s known for his quick reflexes. The 36-year-old saved three penalties to win the League Cup for his previous club Manchester City. He also consistently displays strong skills with his feet, which could be the deciding factor for Sampaoli. The team’s third option is Nahuel Guzman (Tigres, Mexico).DEFENDERSCenter back Nicolas Otamendi is the stalwart of the backline, with a likely partner in the towering Federico Fazio. Gabriel Mercado is likely to start on the left, while Nicolas Tagliafico is expected to secure a spot on the right wing. But Sampaoli is known for swapping players depending on the rival, so he could also try options including Eduardo Salvio and Marcos Acuna.MIDFIELDERS:Until the dismal loss to Spain, Sampaoli’s preferred option in the center was Lucas Biglia, but he will be racing to be fit for the World Cup after injuring his back.Sampaoli dismissed critics and included veteran Javier Mascherano, who will play at his fourth World Cup at the age of 34. The stakes will be higher than ever for the veteran defender, who is expected to start against Iceland on June 16, if Biglia is not fit. Mascherano has made 143 appearances for the national team, making him the most capped player in Argentina’s history.The lack of better options should present opportunities to Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Here’s a closer look at the Argentina team:COACHThe 58-year-old Sampaoli took over in June 2017 to replace Edgardo Bauza when Argentina was on the verge of missing a World Cup spot.Sampaoli was never a footballer and didn’t manage a first division club at home, developing his career in Peru and then Chile. His success at Universidad de Chile pushed him to the Chilean national team in 2012.At the 2014 World Cup, Sampaoli’s Chile reached the round of 16 but lost to host Brazil on penalties. But a year later, Chile won its first-ever title while hosting the Copa America.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Giovani Lo Celso seems to have the better chance than Eduardo Salvio. The coach could also use Maximiliano Meza and Matias Kranevitter.FORWARDSMessi will turn 31 during the World Cup, and Russia might be his last chance to lift the coveted trophy. The team will work around its captain and all-time leading scorer.Aguero was expected to start as center forward in Russia, until he injured his left knee in early March. Tests in April have forced Sampaoli to consider other options in case Aguero is not fit.Sampaoli left striker Mauro Icardi out of Argentina’s World Cup squad, even after he finished as joint top scorer in Serie A. Sampaoli instead put his trust in Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain. His dazzling skills and scoring ability with his club are unquestioned. But he has struggled with the national team, and his emotional frailty could play against him.Dybala has never recovered from saying it was hard for him to play with the best player in the world. Sampaoli now considers him as a natural replacement for Messi or a potential No. 9. Cristian Pavon of Boca Juniors, which won the Argentine league, has had a good understanding on the field with Messi in the two friendly games they’ve played together. Pavon has speed and can overtake rivals on both flanks.GROUP GAMESBased in the Moscow region, Argentina opens its Group D campaign in the capital against Iceland on June 16. Then there’s a trip to Nizhny Novgorod to play Croatia on June 21, followed by a meeting with Nigeria in St. Petersburg on June 26.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres de Mexico) 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 Defenders: Cristian Ansaldi (Torino), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Federico Fazio (Roma), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax)Midfielders: Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Angel Di Maria (PSG), Giovani Lo Celso (PSG), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (Milan), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica)Forwards: Paulo Dybala (Juventus) Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew WORLD CUP: Peru returns to finals after 36-year absence China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ There are plenty of doubts for coach Jorge Sampaoli ahead of the tournament in Russia.Defender Javier Mascherano is reaching the end of his career, while striker Sergio Aguero and midfielder Lucas Biglia both experienced injury problems recently. Paulo Dybala is yet to deliver for his country despite all the promise on display at Juventus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMuch of the squad also carries the burden of mass disappointment, following three successive losses in finals: 2014 World Cup, 2015 Copa America and 2016 Copa America.Argentina secured its spot in Russia in the last round of South American qualifiers thanks to Messi’s hat trick against Ecuador. The deficiencies in the team were underscored in a 6-1 loss to Spain in a friendly in March. MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View commentslast_img read more

Africa Urged to Establish One News Agency

first_imgTwo Egyptian officials who addressed a forum of over 40 African journalists in an ongoing seminar in Cairo have called for the establishment of the Africa News Agency (ANA) to enhance dissemination of balanced information about the continent. Red Sea Governor, Rtd. Major/General Ahmed Abdallah said an agency will concretize Pan Africanism and do away with the continent’s journalists downloading foreign news articles with satellite images, as well as quoting “imbalanced news” from foreign news agencies. Supporting the establishment of the Africa News Agency (ANA) is Mr. Gamal Eneyet, an Egyptian freelance journalist, who made his presentation on Sunday May 8.On the topic, “The Importance of Cooperation and Coordination between African countries,” Mr. Eneyet observed that many satellite news agencies overEgypt only focus on reporting the negative rather than the positive actions of the country to promote African unity and the countries’ development agendas.“It is because of these negative reporting we have suggested future plans to find a solution through the establishment of an agreeable single website for Africa to have balanced reporting on politics, sports, music, etc, concerning the continent,” he added.The two Egyptians are of the strong opinion that establishing the African News Agency or a news webpage would enable journalists in Africa to effectively report news about Africa.According to them, Egypt runs one of the best news agencies – the Middle East News Agency (MENA) – in the world.MENA was established on December 15, 1955, as a joint stock company owned by Egyptian press establishments with a capital which at the time did not exceed 20, 000 Egyptian Pounds (about US$25,000). A few months later, the government contributed half of that sum.However, on February 8, 1956, the Egyptian Cabinet took a decision to establish the agency and on February 28, it began to distribute its first bulletin to the rest of Africa and beyond the Arab world.The service, according to Eneyet, continued until April 16, 1956, when MENA began to transmit its service on Tickers as the first regional news agency in the entire Middle East.“This is the exact thing we want the perceived Africa News Agency to get involved with, because MENA, through a series of developments, secured a mega-leap in 1996 when it began transmission via three satellites, covering Africa, Asia, Europe and South and North America. MENA now uses computers in editing and transmitting news through satellites instead of the Tickers,” he said.Meanwhile, Governor Abdallah yesterday hosted a dinner in honor of the visiting African journalists, a gesture he described as “African brotherhood.”Among other lecturers at the ongoing month-long seminar are Dr. Sami Addellaziz, Ambassador Hazem Fahmy, Dr. Mai Batran, and a young female parliamentarian, who holds a doctorate degree in Pharmacology. She is also an international expert on training.The training is organized by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) and has up to date, covered topics such as: “Tourist Marketing—Broadcaster as a Tool for Building Intellectual Images of Countries and Nations”; “Media and Terrorism Struggle”; “The Importance of Cooperation and Coordination between African Countries”.The visiting journalists have toured areas such as the historic Pyramids, Egypt’s media studies center in Cairo, Tahrir Square, as well as the Red Sea region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

1st draft of Guyana’s REDD+ Strategy ready for national consultations

first_imgThe Natural Resources Ministry will host consultations on the first draft of Guyana’s National REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) Strategy from March 7-8, 2019, in Georgetown.Stakeholders making their inputs on the National REDD+ StrategyFacilitated by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF-REDD+) Project, this round of consultations include a national two-day workshop with representatives from all ten administrative regions.It targets stakeholders from Government, Private sector, civil society, indigenous people and forest-dependent communities.The workshop will provide information on the design of Guyana’s REDD+ Strategy and get stakeholders’ input to improve the draft as well as identify how they can participate in future implementations.Stakeholders will get the opportunity to express their ideas on what the REDD+ Strategy options for Guyana could look like when implemented and identify gaps in the current designs.In the coming months, the consultations will extend to Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), after which there will be another round of national cluster workshops in Georgetown to verify the draft strategy.Last April, the Ministry contracted a consortium led by Winrock International and Conservation International to design Guyana’s REDD+ Strategy and Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) report including Environment and Social Management Framework (ESMF).These are all critical components of Guyana’s REDD+ Readiness Preparation Plan (R-PP) that prepares the country to access future funding to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.last_img read more

Mariga, Gonzales back at Harambee Stars

first_img0Shares0000Mariga’s last appearance for the national team was under Bob Williamson in 2015 for an African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Zambia while Gonzalez returns to the fold since 2016 when he played during a friendly match against Sudan in Nairobi.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9- Harambee Stars interim-coach Stanley Okumbi has recalled midfielder MacDonald Mariga and utility player Ismail Gonzalez to the national team as he named the squad that will play two friendly matches in Morocco at the end of the month.Mariga’s last appearance for the national team was under Bob Williamson in 2015 for an African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Zambia while Gonzalez returns to the fold since 2016 when he played during a friendly match against Sudan in Nairobi. Mariga is back competitively playing after years of struggle with a knee injury and he has been a constant member of Spanish second tier side Real Oviedo.Harambee Stars defender Joshua Lelan (Centre) warms up with team mates Ismail Gonzalez (left) and Aboud Omar (right) when he made his debut in a friendly match against Uganda on August 30 at the Namboole Stadium in Kampala.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGonzalez has equally found playing time after moving to the third tier of Spanish football turning out for CF Fuenlabrada.Winger Paul Were who recently moved to FC Kaisar in the Kazakhstan top tier has also earned a recall as well as Belgium based Johannah Omollo.-Oluoch ignored-Boniface Oluoch training. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUAt the same time, there is no place for Gor Mahia shot stopper Boniface Oluoch in the team with youngsters John Oyemba (named SJAK goalkeeper of the year of 2017) and Farouk Shikhalo have been called up to deputize Patrick Matasi.Save for Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava, the entire defense line is made up of foreign based players.Current Kenyan premier league top scorer Eric Kapaito has also earned his first ever call up to the national team.Kapito, contributed all goals for Kariobangi Sharks last weekend, scoring thrice and assistant one as Sharks beat Wazito FC 4-1.Kenya is scheduled to play Comoros and the Central African Republic on March 22 and 27 respectively in Marakech. The team will report to camp, in Morocco on March 19, 2018.Paul Were celebrating in apast match with Harambee Stars.PHOTO/courtesyFull Squad:GoalkeepersPatrick Matasi (Posta Rangers), John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks), Faruk Shikalo (Bandari)DefendersHarun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United, South Africa), David Ochieng, (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), David Owino (Zesco, Zambia), Abud Omar (Slava Sofia, Bulgaria)MidfieldersPatilah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Samuel Onyango (Gor Mahia), Athuman Ismael Gonzales (CF Fuenlabrada, Spain), Anthony Akumu (Zesco, Zambia), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs, England), McDonald Mariga (Real Oviedo, Spain), Johanna Omollo (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium), Paul Were (FC Kaisar, Kazakhstan), Eric Johana Omondi (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden)ForwardsAyub Timbe (Heilongjiang FC, China), Cliffton Miheso (Buildcon FC, Zambia), Erick Kapaito (Kariobangi Sharks), Jesse Were (Zesco FC, Zambia), Michael Olunga (Girona FC, Spain).0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FIFA bans Brazilian federation chief over graft

first_img0Shares0000Marco Polo Del Nero has been banned from football for life for corruption © AFP/File / NELSON ALMEIDAPARIS, France, Apr 27 – Football’s world governing body FIFA said Friday it had banned the head of the Brazilian football federation, Marco Polo Del Nero, for life following a graft probe.FIFA said in a statement that the probe revealed that Del Nero had violated multiple articles of the body’s ethics code including those relating to bribery and corruption. “As a consequence, Mr Del Nero is banned for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level,” the statement said.“Additionally, a fine in the amount of CHF (Swiss francs) 1 million (835,880 euros) has been imposed on Mr Del Nero.”The sanction, handed down by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics watchdog, comes as the latest twist in FIFA’s years-long probe into graft following revelations of widespread corruption revealed in 2015.The FIFA statement said the investigation into Del Nero, which was opened in November 2015, referred to “schemes in which he received bribes in exchange for his role in awarding contracts to companies for the media and marketing rights to various football tournaments, including the CONMEBOL (South America’s footballgoverning body) Copa America, the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores and the CBF Copa do Brasil”.The investigation found that Del Nero also violated rules governing conflicts of interest, loyalty, and general conduct, FIFA said without elaborating.FIFA added that the ban took effect immediately and that Del Nero had been informed of the sanction.In November, FIFA’s ethics committee slapped similar lifetime bans on several other football executives who were named in a sprawling US Justice Department probe into football corruption.Their names were among the 42 officials and marketing executives who have been indicted by the justice department in relation to the US investigation, which came to light in May 2015, unveiling the largest scandal in the history of world football.Later that year former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter was ousted and banned from the sport over corruptuon charges.Blatter was president of FIFA from 1998 until June 2015 when he quit days after winning re-election for a fifth term as the magnitude of the FIFA graft scandal emerged.He was later banned from football by FIFA for eight years over a payment to Michel Platini, his former friend and ally. The sentence was later reduced to six years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Oktay issues rallying call to K’Ogalo fans

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans cheer their team on during their CAF Champions League match against Nigeria’s Lobi Stars at the Kasarani Stadium on December 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 22 – Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay has issued a rallying call to Gor Mahia fans to turn up in large numbers and support the team on Sunday when they take on Algeria’s NA Hussein Dey in their third Group D match of the CAF Confederations Cup at the Kasarani Stadium.Gor are looking to qualify for the quarter finals of the competition for the first time ever, and three points against Hussein who lead the group will be a massive step towards that target. “This is a massive and important game not only for Gor Mahia, but for Kenya as well. I want to urge all the fans to come out and support us. I saw it when we were in Angola, the fans were there and gave their team the push. If we can get many people in the stadium, we will be motivated,” Oktay said.Gor sit second in the group with three points, just one behind Hussein. The Kenyan champions kicked off their campaign with a huge 4-2 win over five time African champions Zamalek in Nairobi, but saw their run slowed down with a 2-1 loss away to Petro Atletico in Angola.Hussein won 2-1 against Petro at home and in the last match day picked a 1-1 draw away to Zamalek in Alexandria.Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay issues instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sofapaka at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on February 18, 2019Oktay is cautious that they possibly face a tougher test than Zamalek and has called on his charges to execute well and finish their chances early.“It is a big game. I have watched both their matches and they are a very good team especially looking at how they got a point from Zamalek. They play organized football and have some good individual brilliance,” Oktay said of his Sunday opposition.For Sunday’s tie, Gor will be without defender Joash Onyango who is suspended after picking up two yellow cards, but the best news for Oktay will be the availability of Philemon Otieno, Jacques Tuyisenge and Ernest Wendo.Tuyisenge and Otieno’s absence was hugely felt against Petro, Gor constantly exposed on the right with Joash fielded as a makeshift right back while the forward line clearly missed Tuyisenge’s industry.The Kenyan champions warmed up for Hussein’s visit with a 1-0 win over on-form Sofapaka last weekend, but the rolling tryres were slowed down with a 1-1 draw at home against Western Stima in midweek.Gor Mahia striker Dennis Oliech attempts to take a shot as Western Stima’s Kevin Akong’o attempts to block during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on February 20, 2019But, Oktay is unperturbed despite the result against Stima in a match that his side seemed heavy and didn’t play in their usual flair. Oktay says the element of fatigue has began to catch up with them.“We have played back to back tough and high intensity games and with the team lacking good pre-season training, it is hard for us. At some point, you have to struggle,” the coach said.Against Stima, Oktay rested Francis Kahata, Harun Shakava, Shafik Batambuze and Kenneth Muguna, but the four are expected to play a starring role against Hussein on Sunday.Zamalek will host Petro Atletico in the other fixture in Alexandria and if Gor win, they will be hoping for a draw between the two sides or at worst, a Zamalek win.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘It’s a no lose situation’, Blackburn Rovers’ Jordan Rhodes puts pressure on Liverpool

first_imgJordan Rhodes has fired the first warning shot to Liverpool ahead of their FA Cup tie, claiming Blackburn have nothing to lose.Rovers head to Anfield in the quarter-final clash, having thrashed Stoke City 4-1 at Ewood Park in February in the last round.The Scotsman is in fine form ahead of Sunday’s game, scoring four in his last seven games, but insists his side have nothing to lose against the in-form Premier League side.Talking to Drivetime, he said: “It’s a no-lose situation. We’re not expected to win and we can play with a bit of freedom.“It would be nice to get something out of the game and take it back to Ewood Park. The first 20 minutes, we have to stamp our authority on the game and the longer the game goes on being a draw, or a nil-nil, it’ll give us hope.”Blackburn go to Merseyside with a few good omens – 15 years ago Rovers beat Liverpool in the FA Cup, Steven Gerrard’s first appearance for the Reds, and won the Premier League at Anfield in the 1994/95 season.And Rhodes suggests, with the magic of the cup, it could be another famous day in Blackburn’s history.“All these things point towards a good omen. Times were different when Blackburn were going for the Premier League title, things are different now being in different leagues but for those 90 minutes its one team v one team and well just give it our best go. It’ll be a tall order, you never know with the magic of the cup.Facing an inform Liverpool, Rhodes admits he can see his Rovers team will be on the back foot for most of the game.“Their form since the turn of the year has been fantastic and to coincide with Sturridge back to fitness, he’s a fantastic player and with all the internationals and other good players it’s just up to us to try and stop them and nullify them, even ride our luck at times.“Ideally it’s the perfect time to upset them, it’s Gerrard’s last season and I’m sure Liverpool will do anything to give him a swansong and reach the FA Cup final and I’m sure we’ll be doing a lot of defending.” He said.last_img read more

SHEEPHAVEN SUB-AQUA CLUB DIVE AT PORTNABLAGH AND THEN HEAD FOR LIZZIE’S DINER!

first_imgSHEEPHAVEN SUB AQUA CLUB NOTES: Sheephaven diving continued at full pace last week, with club dives on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The Wednesday evening dive was conducted from the shore in PortnaBlagh, despite the fog that settled in around the harbour.While surface visibility was poor underwater the settled conditions had created good horizontal visibility of over 5 metres.For the Trainees and Leading Diver candidates it was chance to practice some of their essential dive skills, as they prepare for their respective grade examinations.As always a trip to Portnablagh is never complete without a cup of tea in Lizzies, which was just the perfect way to finish out the day. On Saturday morning the clubs two Leading Diver candidates, Paul Mc Cabe and Simon Henderson successfully completed their pre-requisite examinations, staring in the morning with four written papers covering the full range of diving theory.In the afternoon the candidates take to the water where they conducted a series of drills to demonstrate their ability to safely lead other divers.For the rest of their Sheephaven colleagues on Saturday morning is was as an opportunity to return to The Arch behind Horn Head for the second week running, to conduct a two stick dive this led by Lynn Weir. Sea conditions were nearly calm, while the weather was very murky with heavy showers.This time the dive was conducted from the west side of The Arch eastwards towards the headland that in the old charts from the early 1800’s was referred to as Wellingtons Nose, due to its resemblance of the Irish Duke who was famous in those days.The dive commenced in nearly 25 metres of very clear water, although the upper reach of the water column was quite turbid due to the presence of Plankton.Surface to surface times of nearly 50 minutes were recorded in water temperatures of no greater than 10 degrees Celsius, to a maximum dive depth of 28 metres. Fish life was excellent on site with a number of large Ballan Wrasse and Pollock observed, along with shoals of Pollock fry and a very large Ling.However the most interesting observation was the discovery of an intact Guillemot egg, which had been either lost or was discarded from one of the nests of the colony of breeding birds that dominate the cliffs above the dive site.It was a great dive on a very interesting site and better than the east to west track taken last week.Sheephaven divers had another perfect dive on Sunday morning when they conducted a two stick dive at Duncap Head. Once again sea conditions were calm, with no wind and more than a little rain. The dive party left Downings on board dive boats Áine and Bríd and travelled at their best speed to the swim-through at Duncap Head, where they conducted a 40 minute dive.In-water conditions were as good as top-side, with reasonable visibility of nearly 10 metres horizontally at the deeper depths of the dive site and temperatures of over 11 degrees Celsius in the upper reaches of the water column.The dive starts in a 10 metre deep gully to the Downings side of the Duncap Head and proceeds though the headland in a narrow swim-though until the diver’s exits into a deeper gully which eventually descends to 28 metres.In addition to the unique structure of the swim-through the rock formation around Duncap Head includes a series of underwater platforms and gullies that are worth seeing in their own right.Large fish life in the deeper reaches of the dive site included Pollock and Ballan Wrasse, but the Sponges, Sea-squirts, Anemones and Hydroids are the most dominant and varied life forms evident on site.On recovery of all divers the two boats returned to Downings at full speed, ending a fantastic week of diving.SHEEPHAVEN SUB-AQUA CLUB DIVE AT PORTNABLAGH AND THEN HEAD FOR LIZZIE’S DINER! was last modified: June 13th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DivingSheephaven Sub-AquaSportlast_img read more