Munster look to secure home Champions Cup quarter-final

first_imgRassie Erasmus’s side trounced the French team 32-7 earlier this month and are warm favourites to make it two wins from two.The game also sees Racing’s coach Ronan O’Gara make his return to Thomond Park where he spent 16 years as a player.Despite the home advantage, Munster scrum-half Conor Murray is expecting a greater challenge from Racing this time around. Kick-off in Limerick is at 5.30pm.last_img

#PogQuestions – Read Paul Pogba’s Hilarious Q&A Session On Twitter

first_imgFootball Soccer – Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United – UEFA Europa League Final – Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden – 24/5/17 Manchester United’s Paul Pogba celebrates with the trophy after winning the Europa League Reuters / Michael Dalder LivepicManchester United midfield maestro, Paul Pogba, carried out his first Q&A interaction with Twitter users, as he gears up preparation for the forth coming season.In a series of hilarious questions and replies on his official Twitter account, 24-year-old Pogba entertained his twitter fans with answers that range across different topics.Asked about losing his world most expensive footballer title to PSG’s Neymar, he said: “I just feel the same, nothing changed.”Asked about his first football position when he started as a kid:Asked about his future:How he handles bad days on the pitch:About his Ballon d’Or aspirations:His favourite German player:Better basketballer between him and Lukaku:Favourite goal last season:Football hero:Favourite Man United moment:Paul Pogba will feature for Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid next Tuesday, as the Frenchman hopes to lead United to a successive 2017/2017 season campaign. RelatedPogba To Remain At Manchester United Next Season – SolskjaerMarch 13, 2020In “England”VIDEO: Flying Eagles Star Has Wish Fulfilled By Paul PogbaJuly 16, 2020In “England”Mourinho Challenges Pogba To Transmit World Cup Form Into Club PerformancesJuly 19, 2018In “England”last_img read more

No love for L.A. in Philly

first_imgKobe Bryant returned from his one-game NBA suspension and finished with 30 points but made just 3 of 14 shots in face of double-teams all second half. It was just one factor in an avalanche that saw the Lakers lose the second half 57-35. “That’s called them going in and making some adjustments and us going and out doing the same thing we did in the first half,” Kwame Brown said. “They put that ‘Kobe-dar’ on like every team is going to do and nobody else stepped up and made a play.” Bryant said: “Our execution just fails us because we don’t have the guys out there that know the intricacies of the offense.” The Sixers won their sixth consecutive game while the Lakers remained winless since Lamar Odom was lost to a torn labrum. Jackson spent the third quarter trying to find any combination that worked and contemplated lineup changes afterward. Foremost in his mind is 19-year-old center Andrew Bynum, who has started the last 32 games since Brown went down with a sprained ankle Dec. 31. Bynum missed all four shots he took Friday, committed four turnovers and was called for five fouls in 33 minutes. Jackson said Bynum “didn’t get anything accomplished out there tonight,” and later added, “He needs to get off the front line and get out of that enemy fire for a while.” The question is if Brown is ready to play heavy minutes only five games after returning from the injury. Brown finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds against the Sixers and said afterward, “Whatever (Jackson) decides, I’ll be ready.” Andre Iguodala, the Sixers’ third-year guard, finished with 31 points and punctuated the third-quarter run by burying a 3-pointer while drawing contact from Bryant. He completed the four-point play and scored 14 points in the quarter. Bryant, meanwhile, spent two hours in the afternoon at his old stomping grounds of Lower Merion High in suburban Ardmore, where he visited with coaches and teachers and talked to the boys basketball team on the eve of the state playoffs. The Lakers arrived at the arena barely an hour before tipoff because of the Friday traffic. They didn’t show up at all in the second half, though, losing the third quarter 32-18 and trailing by 16 points with seven minutes remaining. Cook fouled out in barely 90 seconds in the fourth, depriving the Lakers of a both big man and a shooter to help Bryant. Philadelphia made twice as many free throws (29 of 37) as the Lakers shot (11 of 14) for the game. “We didn’t play smart enough,” Jackson said. “I think some of the guys felt we didn’t play hard enough; I thought we just didn’t play smart enough.” The only good news for the Lakers was that Denver lost to Detroit, leaving them with a 2 1-2-game lead for sixth in the Western Conference standings. They also could take comfort in returning home . . . to play a Dallas team that has won 16 games in a row. With Sunday’s loss, the Lakers became the first Jackson-coached team ever to suffer two five-game losing streaks in one season. “You can’t feel that pressure about winning or when you’re going to win or how you’re going to win,” Jackson said. “You just go play (the games) and play hard.” LAKER NOTES: The Lakers explored petitioning the NBA for a roster exception involving injured players that would have enabled them to audition free agent Scottie Pippen on a 10-day contract before deciding such a move didn’t make sense. Although the Lakers have a full 15-man roster, Jackson outlined a special case in which the NBA would allow the Lakers to add a 16th player provided that they declared four of their injured players out for at least 14 days. The Lakers have three players who fit the bill in Chris Mihm, Vladimir Radmanovic and Lamar Odom. When it comes to a fourth player, however, Jackson is hopeful that Luke Walton can return from a sprained ankle next week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was a wilting,” Jackson said. All that was left was for the Lakers to pack up and head home from an 0-4 road trip. They dropped their fifth consecutive game, 11th out of the last 14, and have to wonder if they’ll be able to stay in playoff position these final 19 games. center_img PHILADELPHIA – The traffic was so snarled for the bus ride to the Wachovia Center for Friday’s game that Phil Jackson jokingly claimed it must have been a product of the flower show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Then came the second half of the Lakers’ 108-92 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, when Jackson’s team gave up a 20-3 run out of the locker room and left the coach to continue with the horticultural theme for the night. last_img read more

Giroud claims he rejected Chelsea

first_imgArsenal new boy Olivier Giroud has claimed that he turned down a move to Chelsea in order to sign for the Gunners.The France international, 25, completed a transfer to the Emirates Stadium from Montpellier this week.“The choice was between Chelsea and Arsenal. I chose Arsenal because of the club’s philosophy and stability,” he told French television channel TF1.“It is something that means a lot for me. I’ve always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and Arsenal are a great club with many French players.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Half-time: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 – Blues well on top against 10-man Gunners

first_imgDiego Costa’s 22nd-minute goal put Chelsea ahead in the derby at the Emirates Stadium shortly after Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker was sent off for a foul on the Blues striker.The Gunners were reduced to 10 men following a Chelsea counter-attack led by Willian, who cleverly aimed a pass in behind Mertesacker for Costa, who would have been through on goal had the defender not brought him down.Mertesacker was duly shown the red card by referee Mark Clattenburg, and the home fans reacted angrily to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s reaction to the sending-off, which was to send defender Gabriel on in place of forward Olivier Giroud.Seconds later, Costa drifted away from Gabriel to nudge home Branislav Ivanovic’s right-wing cross – his sixth goal in as many games.Arsenal keeper Petr Cech, playing against his former club, had earlier denied Willian at point-blank range and pushed away a shot from Oscar.Having found themselves a goal and a man down, Arsenal struggled to create chances.Cech prevented them falling further behind three minutes before the interval when he kept out an effort from Costa at the near post, and Ivanovic’s header from the resulting corner was cleared off the line.Then, in the final seconds of the half, Mathieu Flamini missed a great chance to equalise when he hurriedly hooked the ball over after being found unmarked inside the box by Aaron Ramsey.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Hazard, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

If a farmer became President…

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If a farmer became President He’d still insist on paying rent The only thing he wants for free Is this Country that he’ll overseeIf a farmer became President Not a single dime would be over spent No pork escapes through the farm gate And grass would be greener in every stateIf a farmer became President This Nation would be competent A full days work would be a sample Of how he leads by his exampleIf a farmer became President He’d tend to every resident Your color of iron would not command Who he’d give a helping handIf a farmer became President Glory would only be heaven sent. Nothing more than a pat on the back Would keep his humble pride intactIf a farmer became President He would be part of the one percent But not the one that’s filled with greed The one that has other mouths to feedlast_img read more

Ohioans recognized with national scholarships

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest BASF, in partnership with industry-leading commodity associations, awarded academic scholarships to 12 passionate and motivated agriculture students. Along with the American Soybean Association (ASA), National Sorghum Producers (NSP), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF), BASF presented the scholarships to recipients during a ceremony at the 2017Clare Sollars from Fayette County and Matthew Klopfenstein from Paulding County received scholarships from BASF and the American Soybean Association and the National Wheat Foundation at Commodity Classic.Commodity Classic tradeshow in San Antonio.“These students have shown a commitment to the future of our industry through their enthusiasm for learning and desire for sustainable agriculture,” said Neil Bentley, Director of Marketing, U.S. Crop, BASF. “The growth of agriculture starts with promising students like these, and we look forward to seeing their impact.”BASF and ASA presented the 11th ASA Soy Scholarship to Clare Sollars of Washington Court House. The Soy Scholarship is a $5,000 award presented to an exceptional high school senior who thrives in both academics and in leadership roles. Students must also plan to pursue a degree in an agriculture-related field at an accredited college or university to receive the Soy Scholarship. Clare will pursue a bachelor’s degree in food engineering at  The Ohio State University’s College of Agriculture and College of Engineering.“Right now I am valedictorian of my class. I’m involved with FFA and 4-H and I play volleyball and swim. I am from Fayette County and I grew up on my family’s grain farm,” Sollars said. “We grow corn wheat and soybeans and that is where I got my passion for agriculture.”The Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship aids both high school and college students with a track record of success and motivation inside and outside the classroom, and who are dedicated to a career in agriculture. The late Jerry Minore was a BASF Senior Market Manager and a liaison to the wheat industry. Since his unexpected death in 2012, BASF has partnered with NWF to fund scholarships and honor his advocacy efforts for wheat growers. This year, the Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship committee awarded four students, including Matthew Klopfenstein of Haviland, Ohio — a sophomore student at The Ohio State University in Columbus pursuing a degree in biological and agricultural engineering. He is a former Ohio FFA president.“I am specializing in power machinery systems,” Klopfenstein said. “One day I hope to work for an ag equipment manufacturer. I grew up on a family farm with corn soybeans and wheat and we do some forage production as well. I was really involved in FFA and 4-H.”last_img read more

Rain or Shine dumps Alaska in Hontiveros, dela Cruz farewell

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Rain or Shine broke the game wide open with a big second quarter run and a definitive 15-0 run to start the fourth capped by a jumper by Ronnie Matias for a 98-61 lead made sure Alaska stayed down for the count. “I just told the players that we will go up against Alaska and that they should play that they want to win,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re lucky that (Sonny) Thoss, Calvin (Abueva), and (Chris) Banchero didn’t play today but I still told my team to play at a hundred percent.”J’Nathan Bullock topscored for the Elasto Painters with 14 points while Chris Tiu filled up the stat sheets with nine points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals.  Michael Jordan’s advice to newly-acquired Dwight Howard: ‘Play determined’ PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine put a damper on a couple of retirements after thrashing Alaska, 112-82, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Elasto Painters improved to 6-4 to strengthened their bid for the fourth spot in the standings while the Aces, who saw Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz play their final games, ended their season with a 3-8 card.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LaDontae Henton put up a game-high 20 points to lead Alaska. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Train in Spain

first_imgView comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The date of the trip though is still being finalized as the PBA—where the Gilas players will come from—is still in the midst of doing a revision of its Commissioner’s Cup schedule.“Based on the schedule we (SBP) submitted to the PBA, that’s what is calendared (in Spain)—practice games and a mini-tournament,” said SBP president Al Panlilio after attending the regular board meeting of the league presided by chair Ricky Vargas.The PBA schedule has also prevented Gilas from playing in the Jones Cup in Taipei in July where a number of national teams are playing also to get ready for the World Cup.Andray Blatche will headline the Philippine Five as they play in the Worlds for the second straight time after participating in 2014 in Spain where Gilas won a group match—an 81-79 overtime win over Senegal.PBA todayMeanwhile, Blackwater will be facing a formidable foe yet again, and—again—rookie coach Aris Dimaunahan can only promise one thing.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Yeng Guiao coaches Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.basketballIn order to simulate its classification round assignments in the World Cup in China, Gilas Pilipinas has ditched plans to train in Russia and instead, will be flying to Spain to get the tune-up matches it needs.Gilas coaching staff led by Yeng Guiao had initially planned to stage training camp in Russia, but with the federation there able to offer the Philippines only one tune-up game, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has taken a look at Spain and a mini-tournament that will have the Spaniards, Ivory Coast and Congo playing.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Abalos two shots behind in Euro championship Andrei Kirilenko, the former Jazz in the NBA, is the Russian federation head, could only assure Gilas one tune-up game.The Filipinos are bracketed with Serbia, Italy and Senegal in Foshan for the Aug. 31-Sept. 15 Worlds, and playing in Spain would more or less give them the same feel that they will have when the real tournament begins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSpain is a global power in the sport, and could field a team that is stacked with NBA talents like brothers Pau and Marc Gasol and point guard Ricky Rubio.Basically, that’s what the Serbians are with the team to be led by the talented Nikola Jokic. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We will just fight very hard, that I can assure you,” Dimaunahan said over the phone on the eve of the Elite’s clash with Phoenix Fuel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.“That’s the only thing we’ve been doing the entire time—fighting hard,” Dimaunahan said as they gun for a 4-0 card after the 4:30 p.m. contest which would equal the franchise-best mark to open a conference.“The players just love the challenge, and they are enjoying what they do.”Hulking import Lance Stepheson and rookie Ray Parks have jibed with the old core of the Elite to produce wondrous results, though Dimaunahan knows that the Fuel Masters will be super tough with returning Rob Dozier leading them.Rain or Shine, another losing semifinalist in the all-Filipino, also makes its debut, clashing with Meralco at 7 p.m. where the Elasto Painters unveil former B-Meg/Purefoods import Denzel Bowles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

3 days agoTottenham due Lo Celso boost this week

first_imgTottenham due Lo Celso boost this weekby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham will receive a boost this week with the return of midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso.The Argentine, signed from Real Betis this past summer, has been out for two months with a hip injury.But manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed on Monday that Lo Celso will be available for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade.Spurs are yet to win collect a win from Group B so far this season. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img