Working extra hard against an enemy that has made turns in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Friday night got the perfect reward for its effort and got ready for a bigger battle that’s just around the corner.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Earlier, Alaska pulled off a second straight win Friday night, downing GlobalPort, 101-88, as the Aces stayed in the running for a playoff berth.With the franchise-worst 14-game losing streak now behind him and needing his team to win its last three games to advance scot-free, Aces coach Alex Compton has gone on to borrow a cliché and rewrite it a bit.“When it rains, it pours and when it rained, it rained on us pretty bad,” Compton saidLaDontae Henton scored 36 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, and Calvin Abueva scored all of his 12 points in the fourth period as the Aces wriggled out of a 67-all tie after three quarters to rise to 2-6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending 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 Bayron overtakes Lascuña Break new ground It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Winning start Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “It was important to get this win because we turn around and play San Miguel Beer,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said, minutes after rallying for a 98-81 decision of Blackwater at Mall of Asia Arena. “The final score doesn’t give justice to the difficulty of this game.”Ginebra trailed early and needed one big spurt in the fourth period to put the Elite away and extend the tournament’s longest winning streak to seven after opening up with a loss and remain at No. 1.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“You don’t want to play San Miguel coming off a loss, you need to have high energy coming into that game to have a chance,” Cone went on, referring to their 6:45 p.m. clash with the powerhouse Beermen on Sunday, which could ultimately mean No. 1 seeding for his Kings.Blackwater dropped to 4-5, losing for just the second time in six games since Henry Walker arrived. The Elite would need to sweep their remaining two games to advance to the quarterfinals outright. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Minnesota may be known for the Twin Cities, but municipalities in the state also have more than 40 “sister cities” around the world. Brooklyn Park has gone the extra 5,500 miles to connect with its sister, Kakata, Liberia, sending officials there in March 2012 as part of its effort to bolster good relations with its own Liberian population.“Sister Cities is meaningful because we believe we have 5,000 to 6,000 Liberians in Brooklyn Park,“ Mayor Jeffrey Lunde said. Going to Liberia was a step toward elevating engagement with that community, he said. It “proved we were serious.”Brooklyn Park has one of the largest concentrations of Liberians outside the Republic of Liberia. The community accounts for about 10 percent of Brooklyn Park’s population, according to the city. Some of those residents fled from Kakata as refugees of the Liberian civil war and still have family in the African country, Lunde said. “The connection is very powerful.”The Sister Cities program, founded by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956, promotes such connections by pairing U.S. and other cities around the world; the goal is to foster cross-cultural understanding and peaceful relationships. Brooklyn Park and Kakata became official “sisters” in July 2012 after delegations from each city had visited the other.A good startThe March 2012 trip to Kakata was “a goodwill kind of experience to learn about the country,” said Robin Martinson, community liaison officer with the Brooklyn Park Police Department. “Ever since we’ve been in Liberia, I think the community feels appreciated. [They] feel that we understand them better.”We’ve “seen that a gap has been bridged,” said Liberian Pastor Alexander Collins, CEO and president of New Horizons Resource Group. The nonprofit helped with the sister cities’ relationship, envisioning it as a way to bring the Liberian community and Brooklyn Park closer together. Collins said that since the trip he has seen his community become actively supportive of the sister city relationship and increasingly involved in Brooklyn Park. There’s a “sense of belonging here,” he said.Martinson said that “one great thing about the  trip … you get to see things.” She explained that people were getting in trouble in Brooklyn Park for things that wouldn’t be considered a problem in Liberia, for example, like cramming people into cars for efficiency, a habit she observed while in Kakata.The right foundationEven before the sister city relationship, Brooklyn Park was trying to set the bar for outreach to its foreign-born community through its police department’s liaison program. The program launched in 2005 and has since received recognition from police departments internationally, Martinson said. “We know as a police force we can’t do anything without the community,” she said.Brooklyn Park also provides services for its foreign-born population through its New Americans Academy, which offers a once-per-month “new arrivals” class to help immigrants transition to the community, and through its Community Engagement Initiative Diversity Team.Also crucial to the city’s relationship with the Liberians in its community and with those in Kakata is the Liberian Ministers Association. “They help with the community here and back home,” Lunde said. “What we’ve given to them, they returned to us tenfold over,” he said.An equal exchangeCollins, of the New Horizon Resource Group, said the sister city relationship is not just one that exists on paper. The trip was part of a greater desire to see something visible happen in Liberia as part of a mutually beneficial effort, he said.Brooklyn Park Fire Chief Kenneth Prillaman has made several trips to Kakata to help the Liberian National Fire Service create an effective firefighting system. Brooklyn Park is also working with the Booker T. Washington Institute in Kakata, which has branches all over Liberia, to rebuild and to develop its curriculum. The cities are also looking at setting up an exchange program with the institute and some of Brooklyn Park’s community colleges, Lunde said.The cities plan to continue exchanging delegations in the future to promote learning and collaboration, according to the Brooklyn Park’s November 2013 sister city resolution.Liberians “know so much about America,” Martinson said, but unfortunately we don’t know as much about them. “[That’s] changing as people get to know more about each other.“I’ve learned … to take time to care and listen,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Eight out of 30 teams, over the weekend, will advance for the National 3rd Division Playoffs after preliminary battles in four venues in Maryland, Margibi, Grand Cape Mount and Nimba Counties.According to the fixture, two teams from each of the 15 counties are to compete in the first ever-decentralized preliminary rounds of the 2014 National 3rd Division Playoff.Sinoe County’s Greenville FC and White House United FC as well as River Gee’s Survival FC did not show up for their games.However, in the southeastern region at the Harper Sports pitch, Tycoon FC of Maryland County and Grandcess FC from Grand Kru County triumphed in their encounters.Margibi County’s Young Pro-G FC and Kilo FC from Grand Bassa County qualified from the South Central Region at the Kakata Sports Pitch in Margibi County. According to the Deputy Secretary General for Operations at the LFA, Emmanuel Deah, Paye FC of Rivercess County filed a protest against Kilo FC for fielding an illegal player.“If Paye FC wins the protest, she will automatically qualify and Kilo FC will drop,” Mr. Deah said.In the North Western Region, No Bad Day FC and Joy Conquerors FC, both from Montserrado County, crossed over.In the last region, Mighty Dragon FC from Bong County and Sac FC of Lofa County qualified for the Playoff.The Secretary General of the LFA, Alphonso Armah, in a telephone interview described the preliminary round as successful and said the fixture for the Playoff will be announced this weekend.He stated that in an effort to promote and develop the game, registration fees for the 3rd division Playoff, like yesteryears, have been waived.“At the end of the 3rd division’s matches at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium three teams will be promoted to 2nd division,” Armah opined.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The British charity WaterAid has launched a global sanitation report in Liberia as part of this year’s World Toilet Day celebration held on November 19, revealing that in Liberia, over 1.6 million people – approximately one-third of the nation’s population — practice open defecation as a result of lack of access to sanitation, such as toilets. The report, “Overflowing Cities: The State of the World’s Toilets 2016,” reveals that in addition to the 1,620,000 (one million, six hundred twenty thousand) people in Liberia practicing open defecation, urban dwellers living without improved sanitation is equivalent to 72 percent, while 500 plus children died from preventable diseases.The report examines the state of urban sanitation around the world as an issue that is becoming more pressing as two-thirds of the global population is reportedly expected to live in towns and cities by 2050. This year’s program was held under theme, “Toilets and Jobs,” with focus on how sanitation or the lack of it can impact people’s livelihoods.In Liberia, the report said 32 percent of children under five are stunted as a result of diseases associated with poor sanitation.The Team Leader of WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone, Chuchu Selma, called on the national government to ensure that everyone living in urban areas, including slums, have toilet facilities.Mr. Selma wants increased budgets from governments and donors on sanitation, clean water and hygiene for the urban poor; he also stressed the need for coordination among government, partners and residents to ensure improved sanitation services are provided.He also urged corporate organizations to play a pivotal role in society by supporting initiatives aimed at raising the profile of slum dwellers when it comes to sanitation.Selma then used the occasion to admonish Liberians from all walks of life to give sanitation workers respect, better incentives and decent salariesHe said India ranks tops for having the greatest number of urbanites living without a safe, private toilet – 157 million – as well as the most urban dwellers practicing open defecation – 41 million. “Africa’s biggest economy, Nigeria, is falling far behind in reaching its urban population with a toilet, while China is making some strides in reaching its urban population with sanitation,” Mr. Selma said.From statistics, Mr. Selma said, around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhea, which is caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 900 children each day or one child every two minutes.“War-ravaged South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, is the worst country in the world for urban sanitation in percentage terms. An estimated 84 percent of urbanites have no access to a toilet and every other urban-dweller there practices open defecation,” he said. He said the report examines the problems facing more than 700 million urban dwellers around the world living without decent sanitation. Selma added that an estimated 100 million of these have no choice but to defecate in the open, using roadsides, railway tracks and even plastic bags, dubbed “flying toilets.”“One child dies every two minutes from diarrheal diseases caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and hygiene. Globally 159 million children under five have their physical and cognitive developments stunted; many of such cases are caused from repeated bouts of diarrhea attributed to dirty water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene,” Selma said.The WaterAid report coincided with programs marking this year’s World Toilet Day, which also talked about taking action to reach the 2.4 billion people living without a toilet. The report named South Sudan, Madagascar, Congo, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Togo, Ethiopia, Liberia, DR Congo and Uganda as the 10 countries topping the list with the greatest percentage of the urban population living without safe toilets. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he was surprised to see Frank Lampard loaned to Manchester City.Lampard joined MLS side New York City in the summer after his contract with Chelsea expired, bringing to an end his 13-year spell at Stamford Bridge.However, shortly after the move the 36-year-old was loaned to Manchester City on a six-month deal, a move which has shocked Lampard’s former boss Mourinho.“I wouldn’t imagine that if you asked me three, four or five years ago,” said Mourinho.“Even a few months ago when he signed for the New York team I was not expecting that [he would move to Manchester City].“But it is his decision and his life. He has my respect for that.” 1 Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho
1 Dani Osvaldo in action for Italy Southampton outcast Dani Osvaldo is nearing a move to Boca Juniors.The forward is currently on a season-long loan at Inter Milan, but he has reportedly fallen out of favour after a bust-up with coach Roberto Mancini.Argentine side Boca have been alerted to the situation and, according to the club’s vice president Marcelo London a move is close.“The deal is very advanced,” London told La Oral Deportiva.“On Tuesday he’ll sign, and we’ll be able to say that he’s our player. Osvaldo is in perfect condition, and will be Boca’s eighth signing.“He’ll come on loan, with a clause that states if Boca play in the semi-final and final of the Copa Libertadores he can play those games.”
However, the 25-year-old was instrumental in France’s triumph in Russia, particularly in the final, when he netted the third goal for Didier Deschamps’ side against Croatia.Although Mourinho now expects to be without Pogba for the start of the Premier League season next month, the United boss believes the midfielder will inevitably be in an exuberant mood when he does report back for club duty.“To win the World Cup can only be a positive thing. It’s difficult to say that to win the World Cup is not good for a player’s career. It’s amazing, fantastic,” said Mourinho in Los Angeles, at the start of United’s US pre-season tour.“So many good players have never had the chance to be world champions or their country is not strong enough.“For Paul, I think it’s the first World Cup that he has gone to and to be a world champion can only be fantastic.“It’s a young team, apart from (Hugo) Lloris, they have more Euros and World Cups together. So I think the future for him in the French national team can only be brilliant.“I hope that he understands why he was so good. That’s the point about his performance level and his contribution to a winning team.“It’s important for him to understand why he was so good in the second part of the competition. In the final, he was absolutely brilliant.”– Mourinho quiet during World Cup –Mourinho sent Pogba a congratulatory message after the World Cup, yet had no input into his performances when the tournament was underway.“I did with Paul what I did with all my players. I sent a nice message before the World Cup (but) during the World Cup, I decided not to disturb anyone,” he said.“When they are with the national team, especially the World Cup, they don’t need their club manager to be on their shoulders saying yes, well done, happy not happy. They just need to focus on the job.“Then, after the World Cup, I obviously sent a different message to the other guys because he won the competition.”However, the absence of Pogba and United’s other World Cup players at their US training camp is a major concern for Mourinho.– ‘Pre-season is vey bad’ –Nine first-team players will miss the entirety of United’s fortnight stay in the States and it won’t be until next week that the trio of Nemanja Matic, David De Gea and new signing Fred link up with the squad.“Pre-season is very bad, I have to say that. The only positive thing of pre-season is for the young boys that have a fantastic opportunity to train with us and know what it is to be a Manchester United first team player,” Mourinho said.“I’m worried because I’m not training and then go to the Premier League without lots of players.“But we have to try to make the best out of it and work with the players we have here. Maybe it’s good for Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, Andreas Pereira.”Mourinho, who is unsure if United will bring in any further players this summer, has seen his numbers further depleted by the absence of Alexis Sanchez and £19 million new signing Diogo Dalot.Sanchez has been unable to secure a visa to travel to the States, although the club continue their efforts to resolve the issue, while Dalot will miss the start of the season through injury.“If Alexis is not working with us for 15 to 20 days, it will be very bad,” Mourinho said.“I know the club is making the effort. I have to respect the US authorities in their process and selection of visas.”On Dalot, he added: “We knew he was injured, a small injury, a small surgery.“He’s recovering really well and we think he can start training when we go back to England. Not ready for the start of the season, but I think ready for September.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba after his World Cup final goal as France beat Croatia 4-2 © AFP / Adrian DENNISLOS ANGELES, United States, Jul 18 – Jose Mourinho is confident that the euphoria of lifting the World Cup will provide a boost to Paul Pogba’s club career at Manchester United.Pogba was the subject of criticism from some quarters for his United performances last season and found himself relegated to the bench at times during the second half of the campaign.
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Mark English eased through to the semi-finals of the 800 metres at the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich this evening.Mark English, right, who qualified for tomorrow’s semi-final of the 800 metres of the European Championships.The Letterkenny athlete won his heat in the a time of 1min 47.38secs to qualify for tomorrow night’s semi-final in Switzerland.The Donegal runner is expected to make it through to the final of the event with high hopes that he may medal at the event. English said after the race “I’ve never felt that good. Out of six gears, I was in fourth or fifth. I had a lot left. It’s all up for grabs now.”ENGLISH EASES HIS WAY INTO THE SEMI-FINAL OF THE 800 METRES EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: August 12th, 2014 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:EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPSmark englishZurich
England’s players have been enjoying their time in Russia so far Upon finding himself on the plane for a World Cup, the Liverpool full-back concedes he had no idea what to expect.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, he said: “It’s a lot more relaxed and together than I thought it would be as an England squad.“You don’t spend too much time together [with your clubs] but since I’ve come in the team is one, it’s a whole.“Everyone’s got the same aims, the same goals and everyone’s bought into the idea of wanting success as a team.“Coming into it I didn’t expect us to have such a good team morale, but I’ve been blown away. All the players have helped me become part of the team.”The England hotel in Repino is not the most upmarket selection compared to previous tournaments, but it is quiet and there are plenty of ways for the players to switch off. Alexander-Arnold, who spoke with real maturity, stressed the importance of down-time in what he knows can be a stressful environment.He added: “We have a lot of time to just relax and there’s a lot of things to do within the hotel. You can chill by yourself, watch films or whatever.“There’s lounge areas where you can just talk. The staff have done an excellent job.”That said, the youngster is looking forward to football above all else, and wishes the Three Lions’ opener against Tunisia would come sooner.He continued: “As soon as the games get up and running, that’s when a tournament properly kicks in.“It’s a bit of a waiting game with us being one of the last teams to play.“We’re all very excited for that game to come around on Monday.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Trent Alexander-Arnold admits his time in Russia with the England squad has been surprisingly relaxing so far.The 19-year-old is completely new to the international game, without a single cap to his name prior to being selected. 2 2 Alexander-Arnold has been welcomed into the squad with open arms