Bolts return to PBA finals

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ De Ocampo hit one of his patented jumpers that keyed a 91-88 overtime win at the expense of the Star Hotshots to send the Bolts back to the finals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.“It’s really hard to close out the series because our opponents are in a do-or-die situation,” said De Ocampo, whose shot near the top of the arc with 1:17 remaining provided the cushion that Meralco badly needed in the game at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAllen Durham again made a strong case to replicate his personal reward anew after scoring 24 points on top of 19 rebounds and six assists.But a far more meaningful hardware has kept the reigning best import highly motivated. TNT, Ginebra out to break semis tie The Texters have been consistently holding their own against Barangay Ginebra’s imposing frontline and will again have to cut down the Gin Kings to size anew if they want to score a crucial Game 3 victory Friday also at the Big Dome.“We always believe that we’re capable of beating Ginebra. But it takes a lot of focus and a lot of effort to do that,” said TNT coach Nash Racela.Sealing all possible gaps in the lane, the KaTropa leveled the semifinal showdown by humbling the Gin Kings, 103-96, on a road trip in Batangas City last Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESRanidel De Ocampo has churned out countless highlight reels throughout his career in a TNT uniform.On Thursday night, the 13-year veteran brought his winning act to the Meralco Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “It’s been our goal since the beginning of the conference to be in the finals. Now, we’re back,” said Durham.Effectively filling up the void left by the injured Paul Lee, Mark Barroca and rookie Jio Jalalon picked up the slack for the Hotshots, who fought for survival on sustained grit and hustle before being swept in their best-of-five semifinal series.Lee was ruled out the rest of the season for the ailing left knee that forced Star coach Chito Victolero to bench his prized guard in Game 2.He was scheduled to go through surgery early Friday and would rest six to eight weeks to heal completely.TNT KaTropa, meanwhile, hopes to keep control of its own best-of-five affair against Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody View commentslast_img read more

Athletics Elections November 29

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) A three-man Ad-Hoc Election Commission of the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) has set elections for Friday, November 29, 2013 at the headquarters of the Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC).The Ad-Hoc Election Commission is headed by Cllr. Sylvester Rennie with John T. Petiquoi and Horatio Bobby Willie as members.Contestants are: President, Vice President for Administration, Vice President for Technical Affairs, Treasurer and Financial Secretary and the elections will be conducted on a secret ballot without a proxy vote.Cllr. Rennie, former deputy chief referee of the Liberia Football Referee Association (LIFRA) told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday that upon the publication of the active and eligible voters, anyone with any complaints against the published listing should file a formal complaint with the Election Commission November 13-17, 2013.“Only members of the LAF who active and eligible based on the listing shall be eligible to contest and vote during the elections, and in the case there is a complaint, the Adhoc Election Commission will hear the complaint, if any from the 18th to the 19th of November and make a determination not later than November 20,” Cllr. Rennie said.He added: “Only an active and eligible club or affiliate organization will be allowed to field a single candidate to contest either of the positions and registration process begins November 15, 2013, while the deadline for receiving applications for the positions to be contested is November 22, 2013 at 12midnight.”Cllr. Rennie, who is also the Vice President for Administration of LNOC and Chairman of the Arbitration Committee said according to Section 4 of the Ad-Hoc Elections Commission Guidelines, candidates should include a non-refundable registration fee of U$300, U$250, U$200 and U$150 in the letter of application and address letter to the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Elections Commission.“The list of qualified candidates will be published on November 23, 2013 and campaign begins the following day, November 24 and ends on November 28, 2013 at 12midnight,” Cllr. Rennie said.last_img read more

Bulkan’s advisor hijacking regional procurement system

first_imgDear Editor,The situation in Region Six is being worsened daily as the APNU/AFC coalition Government continues to destroy the lives of thousands of Berbicians.Since this region is the heartbeat of the PPP/C, the APNU/AFC coalition Government’s agenda is to ensure that the PPP supporters feel the brunt of the punishments in every aspect of life. The present flooding situation in Black Bush Polder is because of the incompetence of the Minister of Agriculture and NDIA.Since the debate of the 2019 budget, the Regional MP Zulfikar Mustapha and the RDC enquired about the maintenance of these canals from Ministers Noel Holder and Ronald Bulkan but was told that the RDC would continue to do the maintenance. Unfortunately, the NDIA still went ahead and awarded the contracts for the canals and refused to send a circular of Cabinet’s decision.This dictatorial approach is a clear indication of the hypocritical attitudes of the entire APNU/AFC Government since President David Granger, who at the National Congress of Local Democratic Organs in July 2018, said that RDCs and NDCs were bound by the Constitution to provide certain services, which include drainage and irrigation.The President is a total disappointment in the management of the Cabinet and his Government must be held responsible for everything that is allowed to destroy the lives of Guyanese.The Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, continues to undermine the Regional Democratic Council of Region Six by appointing a “political hack” in the position of Advisor to the Minister to manipulate the RDC. This political appointee is being used by Bulkan in his capacity to undermine the regional engineer, the Regional Executive Officer, the Regional Tender Board, and even the position of the Regional Chairman, in order to ensure the regional system benefits PNC contractors and activists.This doesn’t stop here, the advisors to Ministers’ office is used to give PNC contractors and activists the contract documents to do selective bidding and as such, manipulate the procurement process.This dictatorial approach is undermining the system and contractors who cannot do certain jobs are still receiving them because they are APNU/AFC coalition Government activists.The Regional Executive Officer is the Chairperson of the Regional Tender Board and must not allow the Ministers’ advisors to manipulate the procurement system in the region. This situation is a clear case of organised corruption by the APNU/AFC coalition Government and must not be tolerated in Region Six.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Opposition Leader calls for broadened probe of SOCU’s top officials

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has called for a more broadened probe into allegations of corruption at the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and, more so, what he called its “top-level political officials”.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo made the call at his weekly press conference and on the heels of a Police investigation which was launched into Assistant Police Commissioner and former Head of SOCU, Sydney James, following recommendations from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers.Acting Crime Chief Michael Kingston on Wednesday confirmed that Police were advised by the DPP to further investigate several issues at SOCU.Former SOCU Head, Colonel Sydney JamesKingston was tight-lipped on the details of the investigations; however, reports indicate that it involves gold and cash which were confiscated and went missing while in SOCU’s possession.The Unit has been under fire for some time now with several allegations of corruption and improprieties being made against it by persons it would have investigated and had business dealings with.Earlier this year, a forensic audit into SOCU’s operations was launched by the Guyana Police Force (GPF). Following the audit, accusations were made against officials attached to the Unit regarding falsified invoices bearing forged signatures. According to reports, there was even a case of an official who alleged that his signature was forged.Other irregularities that were unearthed include falsified records as well as missing documents. There were also reports of listed expenditure being concocted and receipts being backdated.The probe into the operations of the white-collar crime-fighting Unit was triggered when the former British adviser to SOCU, Dr Sam Sittlington, made a number of startling allegations against the Unit.Following the allegations, James was subjected to questioning over allegations of improper spending, as part of the investigation and audit which stemmed after the termination of the British adviser.Sittlington, an Irish consultant and fraud expert who was contracted by the British High Commission to provide institutional support to SOCU, was fired in February after it was discovered that he had established a local security company.The move was considered a conflict of interest since the firm, dubbed the Fraud Company Limited, deals with much the same areas as SOCU. The fraud expert has long contended that he was wrongfully fired.The parliamentary Opposition, People’s Progressive Party (PPP), has meanwhile maintained that SOCU, which was set up to fight money-laundering and other white-collar crimes, had become a political Unit under the APNU/AFC regime.The PPP had said that Sittlington was going beyond his advisory role and was taking on executive functions. It was pointed out that Sittlington was going on operations such as raids and arrests.James was eventually sent on leave by the Government to facilitate investigations and an acting Head of SOCU, Althea Padmore, was appointed. Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has said publicly that with all that has happened, James will not be returning.SOCU was established in 2014 on the recommendation of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) and was intended to be a Police unit operating under the authority of the Police Commissioner but with a close relationship to the FIU.However, besides the fraud allegations, SOCU has failed to secure convictions in the cases it brought to court. It was only in March of this year that contempt of court charges brought by SOCU against eight top executives of GBTI were thrown out by the Magistrates’ Courts. The charges brought by SOCU against Guyana Rice Development Board officials were also thrown out.last_img read more

Jack Butland eyeing England starting berth – ‘I don’t want to be here to just make up the numbers’

first_img Jack Butland 1 Jack Butland is determined to put pressure on incumbent England goalkeeper Joe Hart.The Stoke stopper made his Three Lions debut against Italy in August 2012 and is back in Roy Hodgson’s plans ahead of a Euro 2016 qualifying double-header against San Marino and Switzerland.Hart has collected 52 caps and his recent performances for Manchester City suggest he will get the nod against Switzerland next Tuesday, but there may be an opportunity for Butland before then.The 22-year-old is not prepared to be Hart’s understudy forever and will state his case for the gloves if he is picked against San Marino on Saturday evening.He told a press conference broadcast on Sky Sports News: “I feel in great form and am really happy to be back in the squad and I don’t want to be here to just make up the numbers.“Joe’s an incredible keeper who’s established himself for a long time now. He’s reached his 50 caps, which is brilliant, but for me I want to put pressure on him and hopefully get some game time.“I’m going to enjoy the week but ultimately put some pressure on and show people what I’m about.”last_img read more

RB Leipzig tell Liverpool they can sign Naby Keita – for £70million

first_imgRB Leipzig have slapped a £70m price tag on Liverpool target Naby Keita – and he wants to leave the club.The 22-year-old was a key member of the Leipzig side which finished second in the Bundesliga last season.Keita scored eight goals in 31 appearances and his performances attracted the attention of a number of clubs across Europe.One of those is Liverpool, who are reportedly pushing hard to try and prise him away from Germany this summer.But he will not be a cheap addition to their squad with reports in Germany suggesting that Leipzig are not prepared to sell for any less than £70m.Bild claim that the Bundesliga club are not willing to budge on what would be a record fee for Liverpool.However, given his age and promise, Keita is likely to be worth even more than that in the coming years so the Merseyside club may not be put off.It has also been suggested that the Guinean is open to a move away, which would only further encourage Liverpool to make their move. Naby Keita reportedly wants to leave RB Leipzig 1last_img read more

‘My future is clear’ – Alexis Sanchez speaks out over transfer speculation

first_imgArsenal star Alexis Sanchez has revealed he knows in his mind where he will be playing next season…but stopped short of announcing any plans for his future.The 28-year-old has just 12 months remaining on his current deal with the Gunners and has been strongly linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer.READ MORE: Sanchez could leave Arsenal because Wenger ‘doesn’t like confrontation’, says ex-GunnerSanchez, who is currently at the Confederations Cup with Chile, hit 30 goals last season but cut a frustrated figure as Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League and crashed out of the Champions League following a en embarrasing 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich.His contract situation, coupled with a lack of Champions League football for Gunners this season, has seen the former Barcelona man linked with the likes of Manchester City and Bayern.While Bayern have reportedly cooled their interest, speculation over a reunion with City boss Pep Guardiola, who Sanchez played for at the Nou Camp, continues.Sanchez spoke to the media to preview the Confederations Cup final meeting with Germany and was sat alongside City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.When asked if he would be a team-mate of Bravo next season, Sanchez replied: “Good question. Right now I’m focused on the Confederations Cup. When this is finished I will see if I stay or if I go. I don’t know.”Sanchez then confirmed he had made a decision when asked if his future was clear in his mind, adding: “Yes it’s clear, but I can’t tell you.”He also batted down a question over his Arsenal future.“I don’t know, my friend, I don’t know,” he told Sky Sports when asked what the chances were of him staying put.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said Sanchez will not be allowed to leave this summer and he would rather see the player leave on a free transfer at the end of his contract next year.The club’s record signing, Mesut Ozil, is in the same position with reports last season claiming the pair want parity with the Premier League’s top earners before signing fresh terms. Could Alexis Sanchez leave Arsenal for Premier League rivals Manchester City this summer? 1last_img read more


first_imgFormer Republic of Ireland international Rory Delap has announced his retirement from soccer.Rory DelapThe 37-year-old, who has strong connections to Donegal, made 11 appearances for Ireland.Delap’s uncle is well-known Letterkenny shopkeeper Paddy Delap and the player often visited Donegal. Rory called time on his career after struggling to recover from a torn hamstring.He played with Southampton, Derby, Sunderland and Barnsley but it was with Stoke City where he enjoyed the best spell of his career.The midfielder joined Stoke in 2006, helping them to win promotion to the Premier League and his long throw-ins were a crucial weapon for the Potters.Signing a one-year contract with League Two side Burton Albion in the summer, Delap had hoped to prolong his player career but injuries and time have caught up with him. Burton manager Gary Rowett said: “Rory has been a constant professional since he joined the club in the summer.“His attitude and work ethic have been a credit to himself and the invaluable knowledge and experience that he has passed onto the rest of the players here at Burton Albion has been priceless.”He added: “He has had a fantastic career and we are honoured here at Burton that he has finished his career with us.”DELAP ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM SOCCER was last modified: December 16th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:letterkennyPaddy DelapRory Delaplast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp confirms more fringe players could leave Liverpool

first_img 3 Jurgen Klopp has admitted he is open to allowing fringe players to leave Liverpool before the transfer deadlines close around Europe – but insists any potential deals will have to be ratified by him.The Reds have shown real ambition in the market this summer, adding Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri to their books, while allowing a handful of less established players to move on. 3 “The transfer window closed in England and the whole of the world – the whole of Europe at least – was waiting for that moment and they start now trying dumping (lower) prices to get good football players.“That will not happen. We are not in a financial need. No player would leave the club if I would not allow it. First the situation is, ‘How is the offer, how is the need for us?’.“I really think we could give a few players the opportunity (to move on) but we have to see how many. I have no number in my mind at the moment.” Jurgen Klopp says some of his fringe players could leave Liverpool by the end of this month – but only if he ratifies the deals Simon Mignolet is one of several Liverpool players who could leave the club with a number of foreign windows still yet to close center_img Further outgoings seem likely, spearheaded by Estonia international Ragnar Klavan’s expected £2million switch to Cagliari.The likes of Simon Mignolet, Lazar Markovic and Dominic Solanke are also expected to attract interest too, but Klopp says the early closure of the Premier League window will not result in the Reds selling players on the cheap.“I said before, in general, that’s it’s possible players could leave the club and that will happen if it’s good for everyone,” he said ahead of Monday’s trip to Crystal Palace. 3 The Reds are being backed by many to be the fiercest challengers to defending champions Manchester City this term, and did those claims no harm at all with an emphatic 4-0 victory over West Ham United last weekend.While Klopp was pleased with his side’s display at Anfield, he is not getting carried away just 90 minutes into a 38-game Premier League campaign.“People are still not used to enough good football from us, because if we are good we are ‘unbelievably good’. But we didn’t get anything for it so far,” he added.“We need to stay positive, very good, but stay angry as well. Don’t celebrate the whole week until Monday and then fall hard.” Sadio Mane grabbed a double as the Reds thrashed West Ham United 4-0 at Anfield in their opening Premier League game of the season last_img read more

West Ham vs Tottenham: Preview, team news and predicted line-ups

first_imgWest Ham United face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon in what always turns out to be one of the more entertaining matches in the Premier League calendar.The London rivals always serve up tasty clashes as they ratchet up their mutual dislike. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Team newsWest Ham have several long-term injury absentees in Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll, Winston Reid, and Manuel Lanzini.However, Arthur Masuaku and Javier Hernandez return to the bench for the hosts. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker changes Jan Vertonghen suffered a hamstring injury against Huddersfield Town Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings revealed Tottenham, meanwhile, have problems of their own.Victor Wanyama picked up an issue, albeit not too serious, on international duty and could now be out along with Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli.There is some good news, however, with Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele both on the bench for the London derby.. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 3 predicted Lanzini is back at West Ham after completing three months of rehab in Barcelona latest center_img whoops tense 3 West Ham’s Pablo Zabaleta and Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son challenge for the ball TOP WORK Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 3 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? huge blow SORRY Most Popular Premier League Stories Last season, the two sides played out a thrilling affair in east London with Spurs winning 3-2, despite a late Hammers rally brought on by Serge Aurier’s red card.Later in the year, though, West Ham got revenge knocking Tottenham out of the League Cup by the same scoreline, having been 2-0 down, while the final clash between the two sides in the Premier League was a 1-1 draw with two stunning goals from Pedro Obiang and Heung-Min Son.Mauricio Pochettino will want a win from his charges to ensure they remain in a very close title chase so far, but opposite number Manuel Pellegrini won’t be about to roll over given their disappointing 1-0 defeat to Brighton last time out.What the managers are sayingManuel Pellegrini (West Ham): “I think they are a very good team with a lot of young players. Mauricio Pochettino has been there for three or four years and is doing a very good job there. I think they are one of the strongest teams in the Premier League. Harry Kane, at the moment, is one of the best players in the Premier League. They have three or four young players that are in the England international squad. They have other international players as well. They have a complete squad.”Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham): “It will be a tough month of competition for us. There are a lot of games ahead and it’s so important to have nearly all the squad fit to compete and play and to give options to rotate and share the games. We have seven games in four weeks, and it’s so important to have all fit to compete and to give the level that we want.” Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Confirmed line-upsWest Ham XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell; Rice, Noble, Snodgrass; Anderson, Yarmolenko; Arnautovic.Subs: Adrian, Ogbonna, Fredericks, Masuaku, Diangana, Antonio, ChicharitoTottenham XI: Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Lucas, Kane.Subs: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Walkers-Peters, Dembele, Eriksen, Son, Llorentelast_img read more