Brazil, Mexico make statements to end London Games

first_imgBy Dialogo August 13, 2012 Mexico’s victory over Brazil ended what had been a history of frustration at the Olympics. In its nine previous appearances – Amsterdam in 1928, London 1948, Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968, Munich 1972, Montreal 1976, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004 – the team advanced out of pool play three times, reaching the semifinals in 1968 and the quarterfinals in 1972 and 1996. Meantime, Brazil was denied it first gold at the Olympics – the only major international tournament it hasn’t won. The five-time World Cup champions pulled within a goal in the 91st minute on a blast from striker Hulk, but couldn’t get another quality shot on frame before the end of stoppage time. The Seleção now has three silvers and two bronzes after falling just short of the golden prize. “We all know that we need to win the gold,” Brazil’s coach Mano Menezes told reporters. “Brazil has to win every tournament it plays, it needs to win every match it plays, even if it’s a friendly – and this time even more because it’s something the nation has never won before.’’ In women’s volleyball, it was another Olympics, another upset in the gold medal match for the Brazilian women. The South Americans stunned the top-seeded United States in the final for the second consecutive Summer Games with a 3-1 victory. The Americans appeared to be on their way to an easy win after taking the first set 25-11, but Brazil rallied to claim the next three sets 25-17, 25-20 and 25-17. Overall, the Brazilians have reached the semifinals of the event in six straight Olympics dating to Barcelona in 1992. Over that span, the team has claimed two gold medals and two bronzes. “We felt we lost control in the first set, but we never lost sight of our objectives, and that was to win gold,” Brazil’s Jaqueline Carvalho told reporters. “We knew the U.S. is a great team, that the game would be tough. But we managed to turn it around.’” Brazil also became the third team to repeat as gold medalists. The Soviet Union won in 1968 and 1972 and Cuba won three straight starting in 1992. Meantime, Brazil’s men’s volleyball team medaled for the sixth time in eight Olympics, but it wasn’t the color they were hoping. The top-seeded South Americans fell to Russia in the gold medal match 3-2 after holding a two-sets-to-none lead. Brazil, which earned the distinction of becoming the first team to ever blow a 2-0 lead in a final, dropped the last three games 29-27, 25-22 and 15-9. Wallace de Souza finished with 27 points for Brazil, which settled for a silver medal for the second straight Summer Games after losing the final to the United States at the 2008 Beijing Games. “It’s hard to tell,” de Souza told reporters when asked what happened. “You train a lot for that every day, you don’t believe something like that could happen. You’re winning 2-0 and then you start feeling the pressure. We came here to get the gold, but we got the silver.’”center_img LONDON – It’s Brazil’s turn now. As the Games of the XXX Olympiad concluded on Aug. 12, the international sporting world turned its eyes toward Brazil, which will become home to three of the biggest competitions in the next four years – the 2013 Confederations Cup, the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. But before the millions watched the closing ceremonies, Brazil and Mexico provided exclamation points to the London Games. Brazil’s women’s indoor volleyball team claimed gold and the country’s men’s team took silver. Mexico’s men’s soccer team capped a dominating run by winning its first Olympic gold with a 2-1 win over Brazil at historic Wembley Stadium. El Tri was paced by dynamic striker Oribe Peralta who scored both goals, including one in the first minute off of a takeaway in front of the Brazil 18-yard box. His second came on a header in the 75th minute to give his team a two-goal advantage, all but sealing the top spot on the medal podium. Mexico was able to routinely frustrate the Brazilian side by maintaining possession and force all pressure to the wings and into poor shooting angles. The result was a phenomenal defensive effort and the country’s first-ever medal in Olympic soccer. “We knew that the Brazilian players lose their heads really quickly when you keep the ball away from them,” Peralta told reporters. “That’s what we managed to do and, building from that basis, we were able to keep our shape and calmly play our football.” last_img read more

Dillinger refuses to call Ginebra-Meralco a ‘rivalry’ yet

first_imgGood fight: Durham, Meralco come up short anew but with their head held high Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:19Robredo refuses ‘unfair’ tag; asks critics to read her drug war report00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Jared Dillinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Despite another hard-fought battle in a PBA Finals series, Jared Dillinger wouldn’t use the word rival to describe Ginebra and Meralco.Not until Meralco wins on over the crowd favorites.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “Rivals? I wouldn’t call them much of a rival if they beat us twice,” said the outspoken Dillinger after the Bolts surrendered Game 7 to Ginebra, 101-96. “I mean, until we can actually win a championship against them, they’re not really a rival.”Dillinger couldn’t help but regret to have his best performance of the Finals come too little too late, as he fired a series-best 20 points on a 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, on top of five rebounds and two assists in the clincher.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I wish my shot came a little bit sooner in this series,” he said. “But that’s the name of the game. Sometimes, your shot’s off, it’s off. You gotta stay positive and find ways to work through it. You gotta try to to help the team in other ways. It happens. My shots are finally falling tonight but it doesn’t matter, we lost. It doesn’t matter anymore. I wish we won so it would be some kind of a rivalry but we didn’t win.”Dillinger, though, was proud with the fight the Bolts showed in the decider even if they found themselves down by as big as 20 points in the first half. “I’m speechless a little bit. It’s just tough we’re right here again — right at the edge and lose again,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We didn’t give up. But when you go down big against Ginebra, especially in the first half like that, it’s gonna be hard. It’s gonna be a grind to get back,” he said, saying that playing catch-up all game long took a toll on the team.“I think we pretty much lost the game by the first half. We were just playing catch-up the whole time. We wanted to let Ginebra shoot, tried to clog the paint, but tonight they hit their shots.”Amid all the frustrations, it doesn’t mean that the Bolts couldn’t learn a thing or two from this bridesmaid finish.“We have great pieces, for sure. We have good solid group of vets and young guys. We have a good team. It’s just we have to continue to build a good culture. We have a great coaching staff, management is very supportive, so we can continue to build.”Still, one can’t fault Dillinger for feeling bad after botching another chance for the title.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Doc Lawson Made Honorary Chairman of County Meet

first_imgNational County Sports Meet chairman Doc Lawson relaxes on his Road Warrior bike after taking the kickoff at the opening match.Doc Lawson, the ex U.S. soccer player, Olympian and a representative of The Last Well, was recently made the Honorary Sports Chairman of the Liberia National County Sports Meet by the Ministry of Youth & Sports.As a result Mr. Lawson, president of DonamiSports, had the honor of kicking the opening ball for the start of the 2018/19 National County Sports Meet.“I got to ride into the stadium and kick off the ceremonial ball,” he said. “I was honored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Liberia to serve as honorary sports chairman of the county meet.”Doc Lawson, attired in beautiful fashion arrived at the venue on his Road Warrior motorcycle and took a VIP parking space with his ‘baby.’The National County Sports Meet comprises teams from the country’s 15 political sub-divisions, competing in various sports including track & field, football, kickball and basketball.DonamiSports is involved in grassroots football development in slum communities across the country. Lawson has held grassroots soccer championship for U-10, U-12, and U-14 in the Cities Challenge Cup. He has also provided over 20,000 pieces of sporting materials and medals for the kids.His role with The Last Well is to supervise the provision of safe drinking water in 15 minutes walking distance to Liberians who are challenged with safe drinking water in the leeward counties. As a result, The Last Well and partners are constructing wells, from which five counties are reported to have benefited so far.The Last Well has also provided a water purification system to over 20,000 residents of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The target of The Last Well is to provide safe drinking water and the Gospel throughout the country by the year 2020 from coast to coast, border to border.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more