MADRID (AP): Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick, but Luis Suarez scored in the second half to give Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in their Spanish league opener yesterday. That gave the defending champions a small gap on archrivals Real Madrid right away, as Rafa Benitez started his stint in charge with a 0-0 draw at promoted side Sporting Gijon. Suarez netted the winner from close range after a left-flank cross by Jordi Alba in the 54th minute at Bilbao’s San Mames Stadium. Messi had a chance to open the scoring in the first half after a disputed foul on Suarez inside the area, but the Argentine playmaker had his low shot from the spot saved by goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz. “We won the game and that’s what’s important,” Suarez said. A disappointing result in the opener would have raised more questions about Barcelona after an unusually difficult start to the season. The club was stunned by Bilbao last week in the Spanish Super Cup final, losing the title 5-1 on aggregate. Bilbao presented the Super Cup trophy to the nearly 50,000 fans that packed the San Mames yesterday, but the team could not keep their momentum going against the Spanish powerhouse. Barcelona played just well enough to earn the victory and had most of the significant scoring opportunities. Sergi Roberto hit the crossbar with a right-footed shot in the 60th, and Messi made one of his traditional runs past several defenders near the end of the game, but his shot came out weak for an easy save by Iraizoz. Messi’s best chance was the 32nd-minute penalty kick, when his left-footed shot was deflected wide as Iraizoz dived to his right to tip the ball away. Luis Enrique’s team began their season with a depleted squad because of injuries and suspensions and it only got worse yesterday when right back Dani Alves had to be substituted in the first half and Sergio Busquets in the second because of apparent injuries. Star striker Neymar was recovering from the mumps and fellow Brazilian Adriano was injured, while Gerard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu were suspended. “It’s a difficult situation. They are very important players for our team,” Suarez said. “But we have a lot of quality players to replace them if needed.” Atletico Madrid began with a lacklustre 1-0 win over newcomers Las Palmas at their Vicente Calderon Stadium on Saturday, thanks to a 16th-minute free kick goal by Antoine Griezmann, while midfielder Salva Sevilla scored early in the first half to give Espanyol a 1-0 win over 10-man Getafe. The league struggled to produce goals on its first two days, with scoreless draws between Valencia-Rayo Vallecano, Real Sociedad-Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla-Malaga.
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Olympic 400 metres hurdles finalist Ristananna Tracey is hoping to run some 800-metre races in 2017. Tracey expressed the intention at a recent function to honour her, and Anniesha McLaughlin-Whilby and Sashalee Forbes at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education. She believes that running the two-lap race will enhance her finish in the 400-metre hurdles.In a review of her 2016 training, the 24-year-old Sprintec athlete acknowledged, “As you all know, I didn’t run any 800s this season.”That’s where I think my strength is,” she said, “so I think we are going to be looking at that part of my race and improve in that area.”During her days at Edwin Allen, Tracey was a steadfast 800 metres runner. She did a marvellous 400/800/400 hurdles triple in her last year – 2011 – at Boys and Girls’ Championships, cutting Melaine Walker’s 400-metre hurdles record of 56.55 seconds to 55.81 along the way. She clocked an 800 metres personal best of 2 minutes 03.97 seconds after Champs and dazzled everyone by matching the fastest-ever 800 metres leg by an high school athlete at the Penn Relays with a time of 2.03.2.NEW RECORDThe strength seemed to help as she set a Jamaican junior 400 metres hurdles record of 54.58 seconds at the National Senior Championships. The old mark of 55.11 seconds had been set by Kaliese Spencer in an effort that secured the gold medal at the 2006 World Junior Championships. During her time at the Racers Track Club, Tracey improved to 54.52. She moved to G.C. Foster to join the Maurice Wilson-coached Sprintec outfit in time to prepare for the 2016 season, and the collaboration spurred her to fifth in the Olympic final with a time of 54.15 seconds.Now she is the seventh-fastest Jamaican of all-time in the 400 metre hurdles.Understandably, the athlete, known in track circles as ‘Rista’, is optimistic about the upcoming season.”I’m just gonna go back, look at where I can improve and work hard towards it and see where it takes me,” she resolved.
The Jamaica National Visa/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell knockout competition continues today with a double-header at Constant Spring Complex in St Andrew.In the first game, the nation’s number one ranked team, UWI FC, will tackle Super League contenders Barbican in the opener, starting at 6:30 p.m. Then, two premier league clubs – Tivoli Gardens and Harbour View square off at 8:30 p.m.The UWI are leaders in the Red Stripe Premier League and favoured to get the better of Barbican. However, the winners will come from the teams that wants it more.Coach of UWI, Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, admits that his team will be the favourites.AIM IS TO WIN”Our aim is to win every competition, so the attitude will be the same. UWI will turn up to play good football and win. We are favourites but it will be two teams on the pitch tomorrow,” Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.The UWI team will rely on top players Patrick Brown, Girvon Brown, Keammar ‘Dada’ Daley, Kemar Flemmings and Andre Bernal.Barbican will look to goalkeeper Nicholas Campbell, Locksley Thompson, Akino Bailey and Ramone McGregor to upset the nation’s top team.In the other game, it will be a big clash between two Premier League outfits for a spot in the last four.Tivoli Gardens have a very good attacking unit, including the RSPL’s top goal scorer in former national and overseas attacker Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, Junior McGregor, Elton Thompson, Jermaine Parris and Rohan Reid.On the other hand, Harbour View key players will be Sean Fraser, Akeem Priestly, Kemar Bennett, Nicholas Beckett and Andre Messam.The winners will advance to last four of the competition named in honour of Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell, who died during the FIFA World Cup in Mexico in email@example.com
Teen gunned down in Masbate “I felt my left foot sink on the pitch,” said Cubon in Filipino while munching a banana inside the team bus right after the Philippines routed Cambodia, 2-0, late Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games football competitions.The 22-year-old Hotel and Restaurant graduate from Far Eastern University said they were too used to synthetic turf back home that he felt the competition turf was way too soft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We were celebrating after my goal. And then my feet sank. Then Cambodia made a counter,” said Cubon. “That’s when I felt pain.”The Davao Agilas defender said he would be ready when the team takes on Indonesia on Thursday. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Football match between Cambodia and Philippines at Selayang Stadium during 29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 on 15 August 2017. Photo by Dzulfadlil Azim / MASOCKUALA LUMPUR—After a silent, uneventful first half, the small Filipino crowd at Selayang Stadium suddenly erupted in jubilation after Reymart Cubon scored the first goal in the 52nd minute.That would include Cubon himself. He was jumping up and down with his teammates on the field that he literally hurt himself.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Letran coach warns Lyceum: ‘We will destroy whoever gets in our way’ “I was just very happy that I helped the Philippines win,” said Cubon of his first international goal.He also played for the AFC 23-under in Cambodia where the Philippines narrowly lost, 1-0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas
LATEST STORIES Curry made his debut on the developmental level golf circuit, one step below the PGA Tour, in last year’s edition of the event, posting back-to-back rounds of four-over-par 74 while serving as the main attraction for tournament-record crowds.Curry will maintain his amateur status in the event and compete on a sponsor exemption.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We are thrilled,” tournament director Trish Gregovich said. “His debut in 2017 was a tremendous success for our event and brought countless new golf fans to the Web.com Tour.“Stephen is a role model for kids around the world and a pillar of the Bay Area community, and we are honored to have him play alongside the game’s rising stars in 2018.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Golden State Warriors NBA basketball player Stephen Curry reacts after saving par on the 18th green during the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Hayward, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)Stephen Curry, the NBA star guard who has sparked the Golden State Warriors run to three titles in the past four seasons, will play in a pro golf event for the second consecutive year.The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player will compete in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic on August 9-12 at TPC Stonebrae.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The 30-year-old guard helped the Warriors win NBA crowns in 2015, 2017 and last month and also ranks as the franchise’s all-time leader in 3-pointers.“Players on the Web.com Tour welcomed me with open arms in 2017, and it was an amazing experience to play with up-and-coming PGA Tour stars inside the ropes at TPC Stonebrae,” Curry said.“I have been fortunate to be a member of an incredible team in the Golden State Warriors, and I was elated to feel that same level of camaraderie onsite last year. Golf is a game that has provided wonderful experiences in my life, and I am excited to return to the Ellie Mae Classic in August.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Hawks waive Carmelo Anthony, making him a free agent
‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Close your mouth! Dirty sea water mars Asiad sailing DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Alaska is having the best start of any team in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup with three straight wins in as many games and its thanks to no small part to Simon Enciso’s torrid shooting.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew And it was this loss that lit a fire under Enciso.He had a career game in Alaska’s 125-96 win over TNT as he put up nine three-pointers for 30 points and he followed it up with an 18-point night against the Fuel Masters whom he torched with six triples.“I’m really comfortable right now, with the help of coach Alex [Compton], the coaching staff, the management, my teammates, and especially the veterans, they’ve helped me a lot,” said Enciso who singled out Vic Manuel, Sonny Thoss, JVee Casio, and Chris Banchero.“It’s just a matter of time until I get comfortable and with the help of the team I know I can.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? For the past two games, the 5-foot-11 guard averaged 24 points and 7.5 three-pointers a game and it was a previous setback that inspired him to put on the shooting performance he’s been on.“I’ve just been in the gym lately and last conference I had a good taste of the semifinals and how close we could’ve gone to the finals,” said Enciso after their 108-97 win over Phoenix Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It just inspired me and added more fire to my motivation and to get back to the gym and really work on my craft and all the hard work is just paying off right now.”The Aces finished with the second-best record in the Commissioner’s Cup, 8-3, but got eliminated in the semifinals after losing to San Miguel 3-1 in the five-game series. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
NHA Managing Director Duannah Siryon institutes measures to ensure Robust Customer ServiceInstitutes 21st Century Technology, Robust Customer Service intended for efficiency The newly-appointed Managing Director at the National Housing Authority (NHA), Duannah Siryon, has requested that the General Auditing Commission (GAC) conduct a comprehensive audit of the entity, a release has said.According o the release issued yesterday, quoted Siryon as saying that he has asked the GAC to audit the entity from fiscal year 2013 to January 30, 2018.“We want to know the status of the NHA regarding all projects that the entity had carried out from 2013, along with payroll audit, so that we know every employee is receiving his/her just salary and benefits,” Siryon said.He admitted that the NHA has received a Draft General Audit report from the General Auditing Commission, comprising FY2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016; but he has asked the GAC for an extended audit that covers up to FY2017 period.He said the audit report received covers NHA’s financial control analysis, which his administration is reviewing while at the same time has requested for an extended coverage.Siryon also revealed an introduction of an NHA’s biometric time sheet tracking system, intended to ensure that employees give their best to the entity.“In a government that is guided by a pro-poor agenda,” Siryon said, “it is necessary for employees of the NHA to become conscious of their responsibilities to the entity and to the Liberian people.”He added that his administration is introducing new measures that will include a robust customer service practice. Siryon promised to introduce a new and interactive NHA’s website that would contain documents about how clients could identify various NHA’s lands before illegal purchase.“We will be going digital,” Siryon said. “We want our people to have easy access to our website and to get the necessary information that can help them to make informed decisions about their investments.”The release quoted Siryon as saying that NHA’s development partners would underwrite the cost of the new measures at NHA.“In this pro-poor environment,” Siryon said, “we are making sure that our development partners provide us the means, and I am to state that we have received cooperation in that respect.”He said because of the poor financial standing of the country, “We are making sure that our actions are strategic and don’t bring an additional financial burden on the government.”Meanwhile, the release quoted Siryon as saying that his administration will reshuffle employees, to make them more effective and marketable in their areas of specialization.“What we are saying is that, for example, an employee in another department can be sent to a different department where he/she can have a crash course that could be added on the individual’s curriculum vitae, which is an added bonus for the individual for both internal and external promotion,” Siryon said.“Except otherwise, we don’t intend to fire any employee. This reshuffle exercise should not be misconstrued as a witch-hunt” he said. “We want our employees to be diversified on the job, which will increase their chances for promotion in the future. Employees should be an asset and not a liability to the taxpayers,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
West Brom manager Alan Irvine says he has not decided who will replace the suspended Craig Gardner for the Baggies clash with Newcastle this weekend.Irvine’s side host the Magpies at the Hawthorns on Sunday, but they will have to contend without midfielder Gardner after he picked up a fifth yellow card of the season and a one-match suspension against Leicester last weekend.And Irvine admits he is yet to choose who replace the in-form 27-year-old in the starting line-up.“It’s going to always be horses for courses,” said the Albion head coach.“I pick the team based on what I think the opposition strengths and weaknesses are. With Gards having picked up the fifth booking there is a place going to be open for somebody else.“It’s important then they take that chance when they get it.” West Brom midfielder Craig Gardner 1
West Ham coaches Julian Dicks and Chris Woods have signed new two-year contracts with the club.Former Hammers full-back Dicks, a team-mate of manager Slaven Bilic in their playing days at Upton Park, was named first-team coach last summer.Ex-Norwich and England keeper Woods has been goalkeeping coach since last summer, working with first-choice Adrian and back-up Darren Randolph, who is at Euro 2016 with the Republic of Ireland.Woods told the club’s official website: “Slaven has made me feel so welcome and he has been fantastic to work with since the day I arrived. He leaves no stone unturned and his enthusiasm rubs off on everybody.“It has been a great privilege for me to work for a club with such great tradition. Hopefully we can grow even stronger.” Chris Woods [far] left sits next to Julian Dicks on the West Ham bench 1