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Ronaldo crowned FIFA best men’s player

first_imgPortugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. who plays for Real Madrid, looks at the trophy after winning The Best FIFA Men’s Player award during the The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 ceremony held at the Swiss TV studio in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)Cristiano Ronaldo was named FIFA’s best men’s footballer of 2016 on Monday, the latest prize after a glittering year for the Portugal and Real Madrid star.Ronaldo bested France’s Antoine Greizmann and long-time Barcelona rival Lionel Messi of Argentina for the honor.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint View comments Ronaldo had already won the Ballon d’Or after his third Champions League title, thanks in major part to his 16 goals in 12 games, as well as triumphing with Portugal at Euro 2016 — the country’s first major prize.“2016 was the best year of my career,” Ronaldo said after being handed the prize from FIFA President Gianni Infantino. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It was a year that was magnificent at a personal level and at a sports level,” he added on the stage in Zurich. The honor makes Ronaldo the first man to win the FIFA “Best” men’s player distinction. World football’s governing body has launched the new award series after ending its six-year collaboration with France Football magazine for the Ballon d’Or. ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer LATEST STORIES NBA: Warriors exec says ‘no final decision’ on ‘San Francisco’ name change Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books MOST READ 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first roundlast_img read more

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Naxional trips Tondo, books trip to Brazil for Neymar Jr’s Five

first_imgPrince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Generika-Ayala trumps debuting Cocolife LATEST STORIES Zaghi and Corsame went head-to-head after the two sided went scoreless during the duration of the 10-minute match.Both muffed a couple of chances to score before the Brazilian striker found the right technique to outwit the 20-year-old Corsame, who plays for Arellano University in the NCAA.Zaghi’s goal triggered a wild celebration from Naxional and sent Corsame into tears as he met his teammates.“I felt so disappointed because we weren’t able to win it,” Corsame said in Filipino. “We really want to represent the Philippines in Brazil but we failed. I guess it’s just not for us.”But the way Tondo made its way to the Finals seemed as if the trip to Brazil and compete against the world’s best in street football was the team’s fate.Corsame and the rest of his teammates were just late replacements after Chieffy Caligdong and Co. begged off just hours before Saturday’s quarterfinals began.Mark Balbin, one of Corsame’s teammates said they only knew about it around nine in the morning. They got the call after Tondo finished next to Caligdong’s Baggie FC in the Qualifier B rankings.But that’s not to say Tondo had it easy.The team, flaunting its quickness and cohesiveness, had to take down Strafford FC and Manila Tala in impressive fashion.But the clock finally struck midnight ending Tondo’s Cinderella run against a fancied Naxional side, which dominated the qualifying round last week to emerge as favorites in the playoffs. MOST READ Here’s @hectorzaghi‘s winning goal earlier that secured Naxional’s ticket to Brazil in #NeymarJrsFive Finals pic.twitter.com/JfyYhbHynW— Mark Giongco (@MarkGiongcoINQ) March 4, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing The winner will get to compete in the Neymar Jr’s Five World Final at Instituto Projeto NeymarJr in Praia Grande late this year.Zaghi, a United Football League veteran, lofted the ball over Robert Corsame and into the back of the net in a culmination of what had been an fiery match between two very competitive squads.“I was just looking to score and that was it. I couldn’t think, I’m kind of afraid because the other boy is skillful. I know he (Corsame) plays for the Azkals’ under-22 national team,” Zaghi told INQUIRER.net.“We both played it safe but I think my experience, I’ve been playing for a while, counted in that last goal.”READ: ‘Neymar Jr’s Five’ football tournament reaches ManilaADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Naxional is made up of Mark Daniel Rivera, Miguel Artillera, Roberto Orlandez, Ahmed Abdalla and celebrity Daniel Matsunaga.In a class act, Matsunaga went on to give his spot to Corsame.“These kids deserve to be the winners. That’s why I gave all the prizes to them and my ticket to one of them. I know it’s their dream,” said Matsunaga. “I just felt bad because I know how hard their lives are and it’s just sad that they lost and the guys are crying. And if I can do something, I would.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Panelo now believes Esperon on Duterte inclusion on NPA ‘kill list’ PLAY LIST 01:36Panelo now believes Esperon on Duterte inclusion on NPA ‘kill list’03:22The decision on the Maguindanao Massacre case01:54SEA Games: Tabugara delivers wushu gold for PH01:40Filipinos 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 Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Hector Zaghi scored the winning goal and Naxional booked a trip to Brazil after edging Tondo, 1-0, in a sudden death in Neymar Jr’s Five Finals Saturday at Sparta Philippines in Mandaluyong.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe tournament, which was held in the Philippines for the first time, is out of the ordinary football game with each team fielding only five players at a time in a street-style setting.The match lasts for only 10 minutes and in case of a tie after the time expires, a one-on-one will settle it with the first player to score winning it for his team. View commentslast_img read more

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Impressed by turnout, PFF sends Azkals back to Panaad

first_imgThe Azkals will play their first home match of the qualifying tournament on March 28 against Nepal at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila since Araneta said it was already too late to put the game at Panaad.Araneta, who watched Ceres’ 5-0 demolition of Tampines Rovers of Singapore in the AFC Cup, said the Azkals would be in Panaad for their home match against Yemen on Sept. 5 as well as the game against Tajikistan on March 27 next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We’re really happy with what we saw here in Bacolod,” said Araneta.The Ceres-Tampines clash drew a sellout crowd of close to 10,000 that evoked memories of the Azkals match against Mongolia in 2011. And with most of the players of the national side also part of Ceres’ squad, Araneta said luring fans to the game would not be a problem. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBACOLOD CITY—The Philippine Azkals will return to their old home turf in September.Impressed with the turnout and the festive atmosphere during Ceres-Negros AFC Cup match at Panaad Stadium Tuesday night, Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta announced the Azkals would be playing their last two home matches in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying here.ADVERTISEMENT Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions 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 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezoncenter_img “We just want the fans to come and support the national team and while we’ve tried other places like Bulacan and Manila, we’ve seen tremendous support from the fans in Bacolod,” said Araneta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NU coach unimpressed Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijinglast_img read more

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First win ‘confidence builder’ for Mahindra, White

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:58SEA Games 2019: Melcah Caballero wins another rowing gold for Philippines00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu “It feels great, it’s a blessing. It’s a confidence builder and we’re ready to go on to our next opponent and just have fun again. We just have to go to practice day-by-day. We’re not going to look towards the future, we’re going to work about right now,” he said.Mahindra returns to action next Wednesday against Alaska.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Dela Cruz honored to carry responsibility for Golden Sox in Finals ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awardscenter_img Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home James White tries to wiggle out of NLEX defense. PBA IMAGESAfter three tries, Mahindra finally scored a breakthrough it was badly looking for, turning back NLEX, 89-81, on Friday to chalk one in the win column in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.And import James White, who willed the Floodbuster through his 30 points and 23 rebounds, is just relieved to finally taste a victory.ADVERTISEMENT “Every game that we play, I want that win. But it’s always good to get that first one of the season. We know the confidence of winning so it’s always good to get that win under your belt,” he said.READ: White tows Mahindra past NLEXFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAnd the 23-year-old reinforcement had every reason to feel so, as he snapped a personal seven-game losing streak dating back to last season’s Governors’ Cup.White, though, is no longer concerned about the past as he would rather focus on improve his craft to help his team. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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NBA: Cavs waste 26-point lead, fall to Hawks in overtime

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “It wasn’t a foul,” insisted James, who also voiced his displeasure after the game with a couple of other calls and not getting a timeout granted.The Cavs led 93-67 after three quarters. But Atlanta out-scored them 44-18 in the fourth.Paul Millsap’s jump shot at the buzzer to end regulation knotted the score at 111-111.The defeat dropped Cleveland, at 51-29, into a tie with the Boston Celtics for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, although the Cavaliers own the tiebreaker.Both teams have two regular-season games remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) fight for the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Atlanta. The Hawks won in overtime 126-125. APLOS ANGELES, United States — The Atlanta Hawks seized their chance as the Cleveland Cavaliers collapsed late, erasing a 26-point second-half deficit to stun the NBA champions 126-125 in overtime on Sunday.The Hawks, who were short-handed when they shocked the Cavs in Cleveland on Friday, never led until overtime.ADVERTISEMENT The Hawks were without five key players when they beat the Cavs 114-100 in Cleveland on Friday.Although they had all but one of those absentees back on Sunday, the Cavaliers appeared to be rolling toward a payback victory until the fourth quarter.Cleveland hit their first three three-pointers and had seven from beyond the arc as they took a 38-21 lead after one quarter.Cleveland led 65-46 at halftime.But it unraveled for them in the fourth, as Atlanta scored the first nine points of the quarter to launch their comeback.“Everything went wrong for us in that fourth quarter, I mean every single thing,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.Even Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer noted: “A fourth quarter like that is hard to explain”.For James, the explanation was simple.“At the start of the fourth, we didn’t get stops,” he said. “When you let a team stick around, this is what happens.“Obviously this has been a very challenging year for us, but we’ve got two more games and then get ready (for the playoffs). We’ve had some good moments and some not-so-good moments — like today.” Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ 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 On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska towncenter_img Huge win for HawksJames said he wasn’t concerned with the possibility of going into the post-season seeded behind Boston.“For me, it’s never been about trying to get the number one seed,” said the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, who instead wants to see the Cavs playing good basketball heading into the playoffs.That certainly wasn’t the case in the fourth quarter on Sunday.“That should never happen,” Lue said of the collapse. “Especially when we are such a great offensive team, to be out-scored by 26 points in a quarter.”In fact, it was just the third time in NBA history that a team overcame a deficit of 26 or more points in the fourth quarter and won.“Any time you beat the defending NBA champions it’s huge,” Hardaway said, “no matter the circumstances.”The win gives Atlanta a one-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out NBA: Raptors beat Knicks, clinch third seed in East Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test They took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Mike Muscala with 35 seconds remaining.Kent Bazemore had a steal and basket with 22 seconds left, and Tim Hardaway Jr. made two clinching free throws with 3.6 seconds to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnKyrie Irving capped a 45-point game for Cleveland with a basket at the buzzer that made no difference.Superstar LeBron James had a triple-double of 32 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists but fouled out in overtime. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Who’s who? Blatche still confused

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blatche, the 6-foot-11 former NBA regular, will undoubtedly be a big figure in the Philippines’ drive to make it back to the Fiba World Cup as the Filipinos need nothing less than winning the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship title here to make it to the arduous qualifying starting November.This Gilas team is a far different one from the last that Blatche played in, when it failed to log a win in the Olympic Qualifying event under Tab Baldwin about a year ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I’m very excited,” he said.And Blatche, like the rest of the team, is not about to take Burma (Myanmar), or any other team in this competition, lightly. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR “I feel like each game is a statement game for us,” he said as he prepares to play against inferior opponents compared to the ones he played against in the World Cup in Spain, the Asian Championships and the Olympic Qualifying.“We don’t want to go out there and think that because we’re more talented, or go out there and let talent win,” he said. “We want to go out there and win as a team.” —MUSONG R. CASTILLO MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Andray Blatche. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOForget the names. Andray Blatche couldn’t care less as long as he knows how his Gilas Pilipinas teammates play.“I’m still not good with the names yet,” Blatche said after practice on Thursday when asked how he was doing with the getting-to-know-his-teammates aspect. “But I’m starting to know who are the shooters, the drivers, so it’s coming along in my head.”ADVERTISEMENT Gab names Tapales year’s best boxer Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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No tomorrow

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April View comments Dominant Baniqued nears IronKids sweep, Borlain makes triumphant return A pretournament favorite practically every time, Alaska has been the perfect definition of what heart-rending is.The losers of their last seven games, the Aces try to look for a little ray of sunshine on Sunday night when they slug it out with GlobalPort for the right to play on—even for just one more game—in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead GlobalPort went 2-2 in closing out the classification phase, undergoing a massive overhaul at around that time by acquiring several blue-chip locals and a new import in Justin Harper.The winner of this match will advance against the Gin Kings and would need to defeat Ginebra two straight times to make it to the Final Four.Return of Gregzilla?Incidentally, Ginebra coach Tim Cone, minutes after booking top seeding, said that cornerstone Greg Slaughter could make a return to active duty later in the playoffs, with the 7-foot center now attending practice.“There’s a chance,” Cone told the Inquirer. “It may be 20-80 at this time, but there’s a chance. He’s getting himself back into game shape.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Unable to win for more than two months now, the Aces will come into the 6:30 p.m. knockout contest looking to duplicate a 107-79 ripping of the Batang Pier at the start of this conference last March 17, a win that touched off a four-game winning streak that justified Alaska’s tag as one of the teams to beat here.Armed with one of the best imports in the conference in Corey Jefferson and a local crew other teams drool over, the Aces are now down to their last shot to make the playoffs and arrange a quarterfinal duel with No. 1 Barangay Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“[This is our] last chance. No excuses,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said after preparing his charges against a GlobalPort crew that, unlike the Aces, enjoyed some measure of success late in the elimination round to be in this knockout tussle.“It’s time for our best,” Compton said. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Jefferson scored 28 points in his first PBA game, which was against the Batang Pier. There were three locals in twin digits in that lopsided win for Compton, who went on to beat Blackwater, Mahindra and defending champion Rain or Shine before the drought struck.GlobalPort was a far different team then, with an ineffective reinforcement in Sean Williams and Terrence Romeo sitting out that game because of flu-like symptoms.Romeo has returned to his throne as the team’s leading local scorer. He and Stanley Pringle will be Compton’s main defensive concerns.Alaska’s local crew will be led by the likes of Calvin Abueva, Chris Banchero and Kevin Racal with Sonny Thoss and Dondon Hontiveros lending their veteran presence.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Ramadan a challenge for Muslim World Cup players

first_img Big challenge GROZNY, Russia (AP): Normally, footballers feigning injury is nothing new. This time it is. For Tunisia players, their goalkeeper slumping to the ground and causing an extended break in play during World Cup warm-up games was a precious chance to drink water and eat food for the first time in more than 12 hours. Ramadan, the holy month that requires Muslims to fast and refrain from drinking or eating from sunrise to sunset, has posed serious challenges for some of the teams in their build-up to the World Cup in Russia. Tunisia had a plan. Twice in recent weeks, goalkeeper Mouez Hassen fell to the ground during games, apparently exaggerating an injury, to allow his teammates to make their way to the sidelines, where back room staff offered water bottles and passed out containers holding dates. Water and dates are the traditional Muslim way to break the fast during Ramadan. For the players, it also allowed them to get desperately-needed sustenance having not eaten or drunk the entire day of the game. Tunisia needed the break during the evening game because the day’s fast ended while they were playing. So, Hassen had to time his ‘injury’ just right – when he was certain the sun had gone down and the players were allowed to drink and eat again. On both occasions in the friendly games against Portugal and Turkey, sunset came early in the second half, leading Hassen to do his thing and the Tunisia players to seize the chance to refuel. Tunisia is not the only World Cup team affected by Ramadan. All five of Africa’s qualifiers – Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Senegal and Nigeria – have Muslim players in addition to Saudi Arabia and Iran, who are also in the World Cup. Two of the highest profile players from Africa – Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane of Senegal – are Muslims. Ramadan is “a very big challenge and it’s complicated,” Egypt team doctor Mohamed Abouelela told The Associated Press in an interview. And it’s not just warm-up games, but training and general preparations. “We have to change everything, sleeping patterns and the number of meals (players eat) since we will just have a six or seven-hour window during which we must have a good training (session) and at least two meals,” Abouelela said. Ramadan started in mid-May, meaning it affected teams for a month before the World Cup. It’s due to end Thursday evening, the same day the World Cup kicks off with Russia versus Saudi Arabia. Egypt and Morocco both play their first games on Friday. “We will have a very big problem of adaptation because we will be playing the first day after fasting (for a month),” said Abouelela.last_img read more

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JFF still wants Morrison – Ricketts

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Michael Ricketts says the federation is still interested in securing the services of former Manchester United and West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison for the Reggae Boyz. Morrison, who played for England at the youth level, was called up by head coach Theodore Whitmore for the CONCACAF Nations League match against Suriname in November last year, but the 25-year-old did not accept the invitation, raising doubts at that point about his interest in representing the country. Ricketts, however, stated that the player is still very much committed to Jamaica and shared that he was unable to honour the invitation for the Suriname game because of a number of factors, including injuries. “I understand that he had changed clubs and had a few injuries, so he was not able to make the trip for the last game against Suriname,” Ricketts told The Gleaner yesterday. “I know he is keen on playing, and we are still tracking his progress because we are going to need him for the next game.” The Reggae Boyz are scheduled to play El Salvador in their final group-stage game of the CONCACAF Nations League on March 23 in the Central American country, and Ricketts is hoping the much-travelled Morrison will be available for that fixture. “The Central Americans can be really tough at times, especially when the game is being played there (Central America), so we would welcome his presence in the side,” said Ricketts. “In fact, I am going to try to make contact with him before the week ends because he is very important to what we are trying to do.” Morrison earned a reputation as one of England’s most promising youngsters after rising through the ranks at the Manchester United Academy. He signed to West Ham before playing on loan at several clubs, eventually transferring to Italian outfit Lazio. He most recently featured on loan from Lazio in the Mexican top flight with Atlas, with rumours suggesting that the Italians are looking to terminate the midfielder’s contract. Morrison was recently tracked by Swedish side Ostersunds.last_img read more

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“Dang in Powder” for March 1 at Sports Hall tarmac

first_imgTo put you in the right mood for the “Festival of Colours” which involves water and powder, the place to be the night before the holiday is the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall tamac for “Dang in Powder”.The event, which is hosted by Freedom Family alongside Corona Bar and Hairoun Beer, is expected to be epic with lots of water and powder to fete all night and into the morning of the national holiday.On site will be some of the most versatile deejays and selectors, including Gully Ras and Selector Diamond. The controversial Magnum will also be in the house. It will be a night of fun and excitement with the best music from all genres.One can expect soca, dancehall, and even a touch of chutney and reggae. Promoters promise a night of energy and vibes. Tickets in advance are $2000 each while those who wish to purchase tickets in groups of three can pay only $4500.For those who wish to experience the VIP vibes can pay $5000. Tickets are available at Grill Kings, August Beverage and Wacky Aracade.This is one carnival-like party you cannot miss.last_img read more