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Brazil coach Tite lauds Neymar as world’s best

first_img Neymar, who has 52 goals in 77 games for Brazil, responded well. “I told him I wanted him to feel comfortable in that role,” Tite said, adding that Neymar replied: “‘You can count on me. I’m ready.'” Tite, whose full name is Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, picks France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Portugal as the main World Cup threats from Europe. Tite has talked of training in Europe in the run-up to the World Cup, and he said Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has told him he has similar plans. Argentina, however, are struggling to qualify with Messi sitting out a four-match international ban imposed by FIFA for insulting a linesman in a qualifier against Chile. “Regardless of this, he (Bauza) has a quality squad,” Tite said. “One of the best in the world.” You can count on me RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Brazil coach Tite considers Neymar “the best” player in the world in recent months, after the striker spearheaded his country’s early qualification for next year’s World Cup. The 25-year-old Barcelona forward has scored six goals so far in qualifying to help Brazil become the first team to qualify behind hosts Russia, who get an automatic berth. Neymar also inspired Barcelona to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League, scoring twice and setting up another in a 6-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain. This came after Barcelona lost the first leg 4-0 and was counted out by most. “In the last four months, the best is Neymar,” Brazil coach Tite said in an interview yesterday on Sao Paulo-based Radio Bandeirantes. Tite qualified that by saying “over a 10-year period” Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona star Lionel Messi have been the world’s best. Brazil has won all eight of their World Cup qualifiers since Tite took over last year. The key match came last month when Tite named Neymar captain in a 3-0 win against Paraguay.last_img read more

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Cavalier’s Miller eyes swift return to RSPL

first_img He admitted that the bond formed with Hamilton and Jenkins helped because they have been playing together for some six years. “Before a game, we talk, and because of the understanding, it is easier to play together. I also enjoy playing with Alex,” he reasoned. Miller won the schoolboy triple in 2011 and the double in 2012 with St George’s College. The former national Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 midfielder wants to move up to the senior team, and also aims to play professionally overseas. However, Miller has bow legs and this hampers his movement. “I was born with bow legs. When I was a member of the Under-20 team, the coach, Luciano, offered to take me to Brazil to have the legs broken (then reset). But I refused, because I was not sure what would happen after (the operation),” the former St George’s College Manning Cup star pointed out. “I think I am moving faster now,” Miller added. Captain of Cavalier SC, Ryan Miller, is confident his club will make a swift return to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). Cavalier were demoted last year to the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League, where they are the standout team this season and have already secured a spot in the semi-finals of the league. “I am enjoying my role as captain of the team so far,” the 20-year-old, who is the top scorer in the Super League and Jackie Bell competition, told The Gleaner. “The aim is to get Cavalier back in the premier league. We have a youthful squad that is improving. We beat Waterhouse in the Jackie Bell semi-finals on Sunday night and that serves as a morale booster going forward,” Miller said. Miller represented Cavalier in the RSPL last but wanted to move when the team was relegated. However, he was convinced to stay by close friends and teammates, Nicholas Hamilton and Oshane Jenkins. ‘I really wanted to play in the premier league this season, but after discussions with Hamilton and Jenkins, as well as the Cavalier management, I decided to stay. “Now, with this group of players, especially Alex Marshall (St George’s College star), I am confident that Cavalier can return to the premier league,” Miller said. GREAT BONDlast_img read more

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Gilas Pilipinas motivated amid pressure to deliver SEA Games gold

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View comments He continued: “The pressure is there already. Any coach or player that is going to the Southeast Asian Games is supposed to win and they’re supposed to bring home the gold. It doesn’t matter if you have one day or two days of practice. They’re supposed to win.”Gilas Pilipinas opens its SEA Games campaign on Sunday against Thailand, before taking on Myanmar, and Malaysia in the following days to finish its schedule in the group stages.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Even with less than two weeks to prepare for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, Gilas Pilipinas has put its best foot forward as it flies to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.Head coach Jong Uichico is hopeful that the team’s preparations will be enough to help the country secure its 18th gold in the regional tiff.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) “We’re about 70-80 percent ready,” the soft-spoken mentor said on Thursday during the Chooks-to-Go-hosted sendoff at Edsa Shangri-la. “Hopefully, that 80-percent can get things done for the SEA Games team.”Jong Uichico. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netDespite the short preparation, Gilas Pilipinas is still the  favorite to nab the gold medal in the biennial meet but teams like Thailand, Indonesia, and host country Malaysia are all out to dislodge the Philippines out of its throne.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’Uichico said the players don’t need reminding on how much it would mean for the country to impose its dominance anew in the hardcourt.“The players are very motivated. Once you don the Philippine colors, or Philippine flag, or Philippine uniform, you should be motivated. There’s no amount of motivation that just wearing that uniform and representing the country. The mere fact that you’re part of the national team should be enough of a motivation,” he said. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings UFC president believes Ronda Rousey will announce retirement sooncenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangaslast_img read more

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LeBron James has ‘nothing but respect’ for Kyrie Irving

first_imgSEA Games: Last 3 Filipino boxers standing vow all-out finals stand LATEST STORIES But after the loss to the Warriors last July in the finals, Irving reportedly wanted to play out of James’ shadow and requested for a trade.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View comments 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 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode #Filayy https://t.co/wKYmYsmdgG— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 23, 2017It may have seemed from reports that their relationship was in turmoil but Cleveland Cavaliers’ star LeBron James said he has “nothing but respect” for former teammate Kyrie Irving, who had just been shipped to the Boston Celtics.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’James finally spoke about Irving directly shorty after the star guard got his wish to be traded and was sent to the Cavaliers’ Eastern conference rival Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and a 2018 first round pick.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ READ: On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s in store for your animal sign this year The four-time NBA MVP reacted to a video posted by Twitter user @tony_hartmann, who instead of burning Irving’s jersey—like what other fans had done in the past when players jump ship—left a note thanking the four-time NBA All-star for his years with the Cavaliers.“That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode #Filayy,” James said in the tweet.Kyrie Irving #2 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after a play in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPContrary to the past few weeks since the news broke that Irving wanted out of Cleveland, James and Irving’s partnership didn’t seem in disarray on the surface in the  three years since James returned to his hometown.Together, they steered the Cavaliers to three straight finals appearances–all against the Golden State Warriors—and helped the city of Cleveland put an end to more than five decades of championship drought in major league sports.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacueeslast_img read more

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LeBron gets stitches, scores 23 in fourth as Cavs beat Nets

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But shortly after James returned with some stiches and puffiness around his mouth, Cleveland went on an 8-0 run and headed to the fourth quarter tied at 77-all.James took over from there, delivering another tour de force performance that didn’t seem likely when he was being treated by the medical staff and the Cavs playing sluggishly.Cleveland built a nine-point lead in the first quarter and seemed ready to build on it when James made a surprising mistake.Alone in the frontcourt for an uncontested dunk, James tried to showboat and rocketed the ball off the back of the rim, a miss that stunned the three-time champion and the crowd of 20,000-plus fans. James then forced a long 3-pointer on Cleveland’s next possession and before long the Nets were even at 20-all when Zeller made his first 3 of the season.The Isaiah Thomas comeback is getting closer.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments The All-Star point guard took some contact during a rigorous workout at the team’s morning shootaround. Thomas has been ramping up his activity, running harder and appears to be ahead of schedule to make his debut with Cleveland. Originally, the Cavs forecast he would be playing in games by the end of December but there’s a sense it could be sooner.“We know he’s making progress every day, which is good for us,” Lue said. “We’re excited about that. We want to make sure we do what’s best for him health-wise, not coming back too soon.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? With the Cavs up 100-99, James began his one-man show with a pair of free throws. He dropped in a couple left-handed shots and then drained two 3-pointers — the last a step-back with 55 seconds left to give Cleveland a 118-107 lead.James’ solo performance enabled the Cavs to avenge a 112-107 loss in Brooklyn last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneKevin Love and Dwyane Wade added 18 points apiece for Cleveland.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 20 and Joe Harris 18 for the Nets, who could do nothing in the final 12 minutes to stop James.James went to the locker room with the laceration to his face in the third after he appeared to take an elbow from Tyler Zeller in the lane. While James was off the floor, the Nets extended their lead to six on a 3-pointer by Allen Crabbe. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Blatche, Fajardo, Castro lead Gilas roster vs Japan It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives against Brooklyn Nets’ DeMarre Carroll (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND, Ohio—LeBron James shook off a blow to the face and scored 23 points in the fourth quarter — including 18 straight for Cleveland — as the Cavaliers won their sixth straight, 119-109 over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.James needed stitches in the third quarter to close a gash above his lip that drew blood. He punched back at the Nets in the fourth and finished with 33 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Yee, Khobuntin pick up slack for Picanto

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He also sealed the game with a breakaway layup after Yee won a crucial jump ball against Gabe Norwood in the final seconds.The former National University star refused to take all the credit for his impressive showing, pointing out that his other teammates had significant contributions as well.“It wasn’t just me. All of us played well,” Khobuntin said in Filipino. “I just had an opportunity and it just so happened that the play was designed for me to get the ball.”“I’m just thankful that coach trusted me.”ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES Yee picked up the slack in the third quarter, where he scored nine of his 13 points while Khobuntin came up clutch with eight fourth quarter points to finish with 11.“I knew he would [deliver]. I knew he would,” Kia coach Ricky Dandan said of Khobuntin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We were just working on some combinations on the floor, we were trying because we are undermanned, we have no more bigs left we lost Eric and Prince (Caperal) was in foul trouble, we were rotating people. But after halftime, I talked to him and said be ready, you’ll start in the third quarter.”Khobuntin made his presence felt in the third period but he saved his best for last, hitting back-to-back baskets inside the last two minutes and 28 seconds that put the Picanto ahead, 96-89, with only 1:52 remaining. Over the hump OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Mark Yee. PBA IMAGESThe early ouster of Eric Camson was supposedly a huge blow to Kia.But Camson’s ejection in the second quarter was hardly felt after Glen Khobuntin and Mark Yee stepped up in his absence.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Muntinlupa thwarts QC

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Muntinlupa forged a tie for second to third places with its victim at 4-1.In the first game, the Bataan Defenders-Bai Shipping spoiled the coaching debut of Jerry Codinera with the Imus Bandera-GLC Truck and Equipment, winning 91-87, in the battle between two winless squads.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Defenders got a big lift from Al Carlos, who finished with 22 points, and Gary David with 20 points.Former PBA chair Lito Alvarez, team owner of the Cagers, was elated by the turnout. “The atmosphere is really different if there’s home court, the venues are always full,” said Alvarez. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Muntinlupa started hot then sustained its charge to beat the Quezon City Capitals-Royal Manila, 103-87, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Rajah Cup Tuesday night at the packed Muntinlupa Sports Complex.Pari Llagas starred for the Angelis Resort-backed Cagers as he finished with 21 points and controlled the boards as Muntinlupa posted its fourth straight win and became the first team to beat QC in the tournament put up by Sen. Manny Pacquiao.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NSA support for Vargas snowballs as court-ordered poll draws near Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View commentslast_img read more

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Only 1 fighter to blame in Golovkin-Alvarez mess

first_imgCarpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Forget the claims by Golden Boy Promotions that Alvarez tested negative in a hair follicle test that isn’t accepted in doping circles. Focus, instead, on Oscar De La Hoya’s claim to TMZ on April 25 that Alvarez would be tested “every day from now until the fight” to make everyone’s suspicions go away.So far, that testing has not happened. And every day that goes by without Alvarez signing up for a drug testing program is another day no one knows whether everything he is taking — or eating — is above board.Martirosyan himself made the point after the fight at the StubHub Center ended with him being counted out after a flurry of blows from Golovkin early in the second round.“Canelo has a lot to prove,” Martirosyan said. “I can see why he’s eating that kind of meat. He needs that extra edge.”Golovkin certainly seems to believe that. He was irate in the days before the fight, saying there was probably only a 10 percent chance he and Alvarez would meet on Sept. 16 as nearly everyone else in boxing assumes they will.There’s too much money at stake, for sure. But there’s also Golovkin’s legacy, one that at the age of 36 he doesn’t have much time left to craft.He believes he was cheated by the judges out of a win in the first fight, one Golovkin seemed to dominate until the late rounds. It ended up a draw, which is the lone blemish on a record that now includes a record-tying 20 consecutive title defenses.He wants to return to the ring quickly, and he wants to knock out Alvarez. But he’s suspicious that Alvarez may have been doing something to bulk up to middleweight for their first fight, and angry that he was caught doping for the second.Some of that anger seemed to melt away after he rediscovered his knockout power against Martisoyan. And he seemed to indicate that he would be good with fighting Alvarez in September should the conditions be right.“Absolutely,” Golovkin said. “I want everyone. I have lots of belts. I challenge anyone to come and take my belts. I don’t care who it is. Let’s clean the division out.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Gennady Golovkin poses with his belts after defeating Vanes Martirosyan in a middleweight title boxing match Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Gennady Golovkin made sure it was a short night, which was not surprising because he was fighting for short money.What was supposed to be a big night in Las Vegas ended up as little more than an exhibition in Carson, California. The $20 million or so Golovkin was going to make to fight Canelo Alvarez turned into $1 million against a last-minute replacement in Vanes Martirosyan.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ It wasn’t Triple G’s fault, far from it. Alvarez was the one who tested positive for steroids in Mexico, upending the lucrative middleweight title rematch Golovkin already was training hard for.More importantly, it won’t be Golovkin’s fault if he and Alvarez don’t meet in September.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 crownFans, of course, want the fight. And there’s a good chance it will happen, no matter the posturing going on in the Triple G camp after Saturday night’s second-round knockout of an ill-prepared Martirosyan.But excuse Golovkin and his handlers if they play a little hardball getting it done. They’ve earned the right. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’center_img MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Paul, Harden power Rockets over Jazz for 3-1 lead View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Contracts will have to be renegotiated, and you can bet promoter Tom Loeffler will be asking more this time for his fighter. And Alvarez will have to somehow try to prove that his protests are real and that he’s not the doper he seems to be.The first part is doable. Alvarez had gotten more favorable terms before because he’s got a proven record of selling pay-per-view, but now he’s going to have to accept parity, or even less. It’s on him that the fight didn’t take place Saturday night in Las Vegas, no matter how much he and his camp claim tainted meat was responsible for his positive test to the steroid Clenbuterol.The second part is more problematic.The six-month drug suspension by Nevada boxing regulators won’t get in the way. It expires in August, leaving Alvarez free to fight Golovkin in a rematch of their controversial draw from last September.But what Golovkin and his handlers want most is assurances that Alvarez is clean. And, at least so far, those haven’t come.ADVERTISEMENT In the end, the rematch with Alvarez is probably too big of a fight — and too big of an opportunity — for Triple G to refuse. Alvarez and his handlers know that, which might be why he hasn’t rushed back into voluntary drug testing just yet.The guess is that Golovkin-Alvarez II will take place on the Las Vegas Strip in September.But if it doesn’t, there will be only one fighter to blame.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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NFL veteran ‘Pacman’ Jones assaulted at Atlanta airport – police

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Watch me View comments Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland, Ohio on October 1, 2017. Jason Miller /Getty Images/AFPWashington, United States – Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones fought off an Atlanta airport employee who was charged with battery after starting an altercation with the NFL veteran, police said.According to police, airport worker Frank Ragin “made a gesture at Jones” that launched an argument between the two near gate B6 at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ragin allegedly punched Jones, who pushed Ragin to the ground.An incident report from the Atlanta Police Department determined Ragin to be the “primary aggressor.” He was charged with two counts of battery and taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Jones declined medical treatment, police said.The player, 34, is currently a free agent after the Bengals declined to pick up the option on his contract this off-season. LATEST STORIES He was suspended for the first game of the 2017 National Football League season after an altercation with a security guard at a Cincinnati hotel in January of that year. The league noted with displeasure “the tone, tenor and nature” of Jones’s hostile interactions with authorities at the time of his arrest.Jones later apologized and pleaded guilty to obstructing official business.That was one of a string of suspensions for off-field behavior, including a ban for the entire 2007 season after repeated run-ins with authorities.  /kgaADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Young and united, England looks good as a title contender

first_imgEngland head coach Gareth Southgate, 2nd left, comforts England’s Danny Rose, left, after loosing the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MOSCOW — A famous song lyric neatly describes the upbeat feeling around England’s rejuvenated national soccer team.It’s not “football’s coming home.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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At 19, Trent Alexander-Arnold impressed in the Champions League final for Liverpool in May, and weeks later started his first World Cup game, against Belgium.“It has been an honor to be a part of this special team. We will be back stronger,” Alexander-Arnold wrote on Twitter early Thursday.Alexander-Arnold, a quick, right-sided defender, will need to force his way into the team past Kieran Trippier, perhaps the standout success of England’s tournament.Trippier delivered world-class corners, crosses and free kicks, including the fifth-minute goal against Croatia that raised hope of a first World Cup final berth since 1966. The Tottenham player gave an emotional endorsement of Southgate, who seems likely to guide England’s team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.“It all comes from the manager, unbelievable manager for me personally, the way he handles the team,” Trippier said at the Luzhniki Stadium. “He sets the tone, he brought this team together.”ADVERTISEMENT A relatively late bloomer at 27, Trippier is a rare England player who will turn 30 before kickoff in Qatar on Nov. 21, 2022.The four attackers who started Wednesday, including 24-year-old captain Harry Kane, are between 22 and 25. The heart of the defense — John Stones, Harry Maguire, plus goalkeeper Jordan Pickford — are in the same age bracket.It’s a talent pool setting up England as a serious title contender in the coming years.There is still room for envy if England can bear watching the World Cup final on Sunday. In the midfield duels, France fields the elegance and power of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante against Croatia’s precise pair of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.There isn’t likely to be a Modric-type player in England’s team ahead of the 2020 European Championship to help retain the ball, pace the play, and manage the toughest games. Those are the kinds of qualities England needed after halftime against Croatia.“If we’re in the position again, we’ll be better off because of the experience of what we’ve just had,” said 28-year-old Jordan Henderson, who was Liverpool’s captain in that Champions League final loss to Modric and Real Madrid.The incentives are huge. Euro 2020 is being hosted across 12 countries, but England could qualify and be placed in a group based at Wembley Stadium, travel for two knockout rounds, then come home for the semifinals and final at Wembley.“The aim if we’re at the Euros in two years’ time is to go again,” said Kane, who should be Southgate’s chosen captain for years to come.Before qualifying starts next March, England is in a fascinating group for the inaugural UEFA Nations League, which starts in September. Spain, under new coach Luis Enrique, visits Wembley on Sept. 8. England then travels to face Croatia on Oct. 12. The return games will be completed by November. Instead, try the old punk rock line: “If the kids are united, they will never be defeated.”The positive emotions of England’s young players are evident toward coach Gareth Southgate despite the 2-1 loss to Croatia in extra time in the World Cup semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“You’ve brought belief and the love of football back. Thank you boss from the whole nation,” 20-year-old forward Marcus Rashford wrote on his Twitter account Thursday.Over-achieving in a first major international test for Southgate and many of the squad has banished the anxiety that harmed too many England teams in recent years. 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