Organised by the PNG Soccer Trust with 35 corporate clients and 62 teams participating in the tournament in different pools and categories including men’s, women’s and mixed divisions, the tournament aims at raising funds for charity organisations in PNG.Moreover, the event also intends to give corporate companies the opportunity to build networks in business and showcase their mechanisms to the people.The tournament will run through the Easter break with the finals and awards to be presented to the winners on Monday before its back to work on Tuesday for the corporate clients.
Tournament Coordinator, Felix Atusa said the playoffs in the men’s Cup, Plate and Bowl divisions will continue into today.He said this includes the four women’s teams in the playoffs. All finals will be played at the Kone Tigers Oval.He added the major semi-finals will be staged next Wednesday and Thursday with the grand final to be played on the same weekend.
Harry Kane knows Tottenham have to start delivering when it matters if they are to make the next step and turn into trophy winners.Mauricio Pochettino has led Spurs towards the top of the English game, challenging for Premier League titles and both domestic cups in his four years at the helm, but they have so far fallen short.They have had a tendency not to turn in big performances when it really matters – a trait which has earned them the ‘Spursy’ nickname – and Kane knows that has been holding them back.There was more evidence of that last week as, when they were in a position to put themselves firmly in the title mix, they lost back-to-back games against Burnley and Chelsea.“The thing for us now, kind of like this week, when the pressure is on and we need to step up, we need to find a way to get it done,” the England captain said.“We haven’t done that in recent years, we haven’t done that this week and that will be the difference.“That is the turning point that we need to try and achieve.”Pochettino said last week that mentality of failing in big games could mean it is another five years before Spurs are putting serious silverware in their trophy cabinet.Kane hopes it will not take that long, but also accepts his side have some catching up to do.“I don’t think it’s far away but I think what the gaffer was saying was it’s not a guarantee that if you improve you are still going to win things,” Kane added.“Every team is improving, every team is strengthening, every team is getting better year-by-year so it’s important for us that we don’t fall behind that.“We have got to a stage in the last four or five years where we have maybe done more than we expected as a club but it means that we have to do even more to reach that stage.“Whether it’s five years or not I can’t say, but I hope it’s sooner than that.”Spurs have a chance to make some progress in the Champions League when they head to Borussia Dortmund for Tuesday’s last-16 second leg with a 3-0 advantage.It will take some capitulation against the Bundesliga leaders not to make it through to the quarter-finals.“We will have to be mature, away from home,” he said. “They will have a great atmosphere there, they will want to get out of the blocks, firing, and it is down to us to settle the nerves and play under pressure and make sure we dictate the game like we did here in the second half.“It’s not going to be easy, but it’s down to us to put a performance in and we will never have a better chance to get to a quarter-final.“I wouldn’t say we are one of the favourites to go and win it. I think we have shown in certain games, like this year and last year against Real Madrid and Barcelona, that we can beat big teams.“We’ll see, the most important thing is to get through on Tuesday and bit by bit if we beat the big teams it gives you a bit more belief.“It’s not impossible, it’s unlikely at the moment but we’ll see what happens.”
Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ LATEST STORIES Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Every week, Inquirer Sports will feature a sneaker of the week as worn by your favorite basketball, volleyball or football star during games. Did a pair of sneakers catch your eye? Drop a line on Twitter, @INQUIRERSports and use the hashtag #kicksstalker.This week’s Kicks Stalker pick: Marcio Lassiter’s Kyrie 2The shoe: What The? Kyrie 2.The wearer: San Miguel Beer gunner Marcio Lassiter.The take: I wanted to showcase my Christmas spirit, so those were my Christmas-themed shoes.ADVERTISEMENT 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 View comments 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Katsuragawa, Saso leave Riviera field biting dust MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer 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
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in And on Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the two once again went at it.READ: PBA: NLEX nips Alaska, breaks 9-game skid 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 groundAbueva and Alas got tangled up on the floor in the third quarter of the game between NLEX and Alaska in an event that seemed to resemble a Greco-Roman wrestling match.Others may scoff at the idea of having a 6-foot-2 forward pinning them down, but Alas just laughed it off. Olympics: Kids to choose Tokyo 2020 mascots End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Alas and Calvin Abueva has had quite a colorful history.The two crossed paths in the NCAA during their collegiate years with Alas leading Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Abueva doing the same for San Sebastian, and those encounters weren’t without bodily harm.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak “He’s been doing those kinds of antics when he was still at Baste [San Sebastian], but that’s part of the game,” said Alas of their incident that happened at the 6:18 mark of the penultimate period. “Calvin is a good friend of mine outside of the court so that’s no big deal.”Making things a little more awkward was Alas’ father Louie is an assistant coach at Alaska.“I didn’t look at him because he might give me orders,” joked Alas.Still, it was Alas who got the last laugh as his 11 points helped the Road Warriors to a 100-92 win over Alaska snapping their nine-game losing streak in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
K’NRG Management has announced that its client, Kemahl ‘The Hitman’ Russell’s, boxing match for the Junior North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Middleweight title against American Ian ‘The General’ Green will be live streamed via the internet. The bout takes place at the Resorts World Casino in New York on Saturday at 6 p.m. Jamaica time and will be televised by CBS Network. However, K’NRG says that Real Deal Boxing, headed by four-time World Heavyweight champion Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield, will also be streaming the match for US$6 (just under J$800). Russell’s manager Leiza-Mae Keane said that she is happy that this opportunity has presented itself. “This virtual stream has opened up opportunities for people who don’t have the cable providers, or access to cable, to be able to support a Jamaican champion,” she said. “So many people have been asking how they’re gonna be able to view the fight. The fight is going to be aired live on CBS and now there’s another opportunity for you to be able to sit right at home, from your computer and be able to watch our Jamaican champion take that belt home.” Keane said that online streaming will benefit Russell more than if the fight had just been televised on CBS, because it gives Real Deal Promotions a better understanding of the numbers of his fan base. “It adds to Kemahl being able to prove to the supporters that he does have support from his country and it’s a way for them to actually see, for real, how many people from Jamaica are supporting him through the purchases,” she told The Gleaner. “On CBS, they wouldn’t be able to have a tab on who’s watching it, but now the virtual stream will actually make them know how many Kemahl Russell supporters are there.” Russell heads into the contest with a record of 11 wins, nine by knockout, one loss and no draws. Real Deal Boxing says that US$1 from each stream ticket purchased will go towards the America Red Cross’ Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund.
… betrayedOne of the main reasons for the PNC win is that it had changed its name to APNU through the transparent subterfuge of “coalescing” with the WPA and other paper organisations. Guyanese folk wisdom about old dogs being unable to stop “sucking eggs” is appreciated by the citizenry. NO. It convinced that “swing vote” demographic it would practice “inclusive democracy” in Guyana.Those swing voters might be as large as the two ethnic voting blocs… but they can “swing” the elections to one or the other because the two of them practically balance each other. But where is the “inclusionary democracy” now?? Trampled into the mud … that’s where. The PNC is not even PRETENDING to include the AFC, much less the five “paper tigers” or – God forbid !! – the PPP as promised in the Coalition Manifesto!In a word – the mask is off. The Constitution did not just articulate the concept of “inclusive democracy” in terms of aspirational terms in Article 13 – it gave it Judicial Officers, the Chancellor and the Chief Justice, after “consultation” between the President and the Opposition Leader, the last one to give his APPROVAL. This, in effect, gives the Leader of the Opposition a veto over these appointments to the top of the Judiciary – the final bulwark against a dictatorship in Guyana. When there is no agreement – the last decade, the appointees are deemed to be “acting” to signal the lack of unanimity.While most observers have a lack of unanimity on this crucial institution of our democracy, the “acting” tag at least serves to remind the populace of the Opposition’s concern over their bona fides. It was hoped the “acting” incumbents would find it in their judgements to eschew any trace of bias. But now Granger, leader of the PNC and President, wants to change all that.Lacking the Opposition Leader’s approval of the ex-GDF Squaddie to the Chancellorship, he had said, “the Courts cannot be paralysed by the behaviour of a person.” Never mind that, by his words, the PNC would‘ve paralysed the courts for 12 years!! Granger now says he’ll seek “legal advice” on the appointments – never mind the Constitution!!So once again, the President is signalling that his “perception” on the Constitution will rule.After all, the Judiciary also has “perceptions” on the law!!… and CummingsburgYour Eyewitness got to hand it to the PNC leader, though: he’s certainly consistent with his high-handedness and unilateralism. In addition to pronouncing on judicial appointments, he weighed in on the Cummingsburg Agreement. No need to revisit that document, he declared. Silence, he ruled, means acquiescence – and he has not heard any request from the AFC for a “renegotiation”!!So what about the AFC Leader, Raphael “Nassau” Trotman and Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan saying they’ll be discussing the Accord at their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting tomorrow? Well, Granger’s signalling his position on the matter and knows that their mouths will be muzzled by the hand that feeds them. Gold “Nassau” has told him, “not to worry”!!But it shows you the kind of people we’re dealing with. Here it is, the fella who asked for the term of the contract to be relooked at after three years – as stated in the contract! – because he was literally “shafted” is laid up in the hospital. And they do not even have the grace to cut him some slack!!Real cold!!… and starvationEven colder though, is GuySuCo’s decision to raise the price of sugar the day after the wife of a fired sugar worker said all her children had was “a meal and sugar water a day”!
No rest for the weary Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US 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 Divac made the move official just hours after he was given an extension through the 2022-23 season by owner Vivek Ranadivé. Divac took over as GM before the 2015-16 season and helped bring in some of the key pieces that have led to the improvement this year, including guards Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox and big men Marvin Bagley III, Willie Cauley-Stein and Harry Giles.Divac also made a trade this season to acquire forward Harrison Barnes from Dallas in hopes of making a playoff push but the team faltered down the stretch.“Vlade has been vital to what we are building here and I am so pleased to announce his extension,” Ranadivé said. “Throughout his entire career, Vlade is someone who has always made those around him better, both on and off the court. I look forward to our bright future ahead.”Joerger was the ninth coach since Adelman was fired in 2006 with none able to post a winning record or a playoff berth. In fact, since moving to Sacramento before the 1985-86 season, the only winning seasons for the Kings came in Adelman’s eight seasons at the helm highlighted by a trip to the Western Conference final in 2002.Divac is now counting on coach No. 10 being the one that can get the team back to the level it had under Adelman, when the Kings were a contender for several years and played an entertaining brand of basketball.ADVERTISEMENT “I think he did a great job to make that step,” Divac said. “But moving forward, I just felt like we had to go a different direction. It’s been three years and we made some progress. This year was a good season but I think we could do more, especially after All-Star break.”Divac said he had been contemplating the decision to change coaches for a while and ultimately made it after the team stumbled to the finish with a 9-16 record after the All-Star break. The poor stretch run left Sacramento with a 39-43 record, nine games out of a playoff spot after being tied for the eighth spot in the West heading into the final game before the break.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Kings had their most wins since having a 44-38 record in coach Rick Adelman’s final season in 2005-06. That ended a run of eight straight playoff berths and Sacramento hasn’t been back to the postseason since for the NBA’s longest active drought.“After the All-Star break, I felt very confident we’d be in the race and we were in the race,” Divac said. “Unfortunately, we fell short.” Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “The next level is to be a team that is going to be a playoff team and down the road a contender,” Divac said. “I think our kids are very talented. We have to believe in them and give them a chance to take advantage of their work and talent.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far FILE – In this April 7, 2019, file photo, Sacramento Kings head coach David Joerger, right, reacts to a call as referee Leroy Richardson runs down court during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Sacramento, Calif. The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Dave Joerger after three losing seasons. The team announced the decision Thursday, April 11, 2019, one day after finishing its 13th straight losing season _ the NBA’s longest active playoff drought.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SACRAMENTO, California— Sacramento’s best season in 13 years wasn’t enough to save coach Dave Joerger’s job.General manager Vlade Divac fired Joerger on Thursday after he helped develop the young Kings into playoff contenders before ultimately falling short in the franchise’s 13th straight losing season.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption
0Shares0000BRASÍLIA, June 14 – Brazil and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari cannot help but have one eye on next year’s World Cup on home soil, but if the acid test is 12 months away the countdown starts Saturday when the Selecao take on Japan in their Confederations Cup opener.Scolari led the Selecao to their fifth World Cup, a coronation sealed in Tokyo 11 years ago. But the fact he is back for a second spell at the helm is evidence of the degree to which impatience and concern rule hearts and minds across this giant footballing nation given a clutch of disappointing showings at major events ever since.Scolari has insisted since returning to the fold last November, ironically a matter of days after predecessor Mano Manezes’ Brazil side spanked the Japanese 4-0 in a friendly in Poland, that the Confederations Cup is a sideshow and that he cannot deliver a second dose of alchemy overnight.Yet the pressure is on as the four-time Asian Cup champions should provide a stiff test before further showdowns with Olympic conquerors Mexico and three-time world champions Italy.Brazil’s star man Neymar says the hosts will not take the Japanese, coached by hugely-experienced Italian Alberto Zaccheroni, lightly, given the hosts are now safe in the knowledge they have booked their World Cup berth and can also draw on the likes of Manchester United favourite Shinji Kagawa.“Japan are a tricky proposition and not to be underestimated. Keisuke Honda and Kagawa are superb players and the team as a whole mark you very tightly,” said Barcelona-bound Neymar.Japan say they won’t be caught napping as they were in Poland, but will need to keep an eye on in-form striker Fred, who has five goals in his last six internationals — including two against England in friendly tussles in Wembley — where England won 2-1 and Rio, which ended 2-2.“Brazil have a very strong team and we need to make sure they don’t dole out a repeat of what they did in Poland,” said midfielder Yasuhito Endo.“We will be out to make a much better impression this time with more at stake.”The tournament is the first major event hosted by Brazil since the 1989 Confederations Cup and the logistical challenge has been a tough one, raising concerns about whether the country can produce 12 top notch venues for the World Cup.The opening match at the Estadio Nacional affords residents of the capital a rare chance to watch top-drawer football as the city currently lacks a top-flight team.The hosts will move on first to Fortaleza then Salvador for their remaining group encounters with Mexico and Italy.If the Selecao win Group A, they will then travel to Belo Horizonte — scene of England’s 1950 World Cup upset at the hands of the United States — for a June 26 semi-final against either reigning South American champions Uruguay or African champions Nigeria, assuming world champions Spain win Group B.Should Scolari’s men only take second place in the pool phase they would face a likely Spanish test in Fortaleza on June 27.If Brasilia is off the beaten track in terms of Brazilian footballing tradition, nonetheless striking parallels can be seen between the city and the national team.The city is a paean to modern architecture, a realised dream for former President Juscelino Kubitschek, who determined in the mid-1950s that the capital should be based in the very heart of the country rather than remain in Rio.Kubitschek came up with the slogan “50 years of progress in five,” his era coinciding with the first great Brazil side which, with a teenage Pele on board, lifted their first World Cup in Sweden in 1958.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000MANCHESTER, October 14- Alex Ferguson has backed Louis van Gaal’s decision to overhaul Manchester United’s struggling squad with a major spending spree.Van Gaal was hired to clean up the mess left by David Moyes, whose brief reign as Ferguson’s successor at Old Trafford ended with the club at their lowest ebb for two decades. United responded by hiring van Gaal and handing the Dutch coach significant funds to breathe new life into the team.Van Gaal splashed out over £150 million ($240 million) on Angel di Maria, who cost a club record £59 million, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera, Marcus Rojo and Luke Shaw.The new signings have helped United into the Premier League’s top four already despite some indifferent performances, and Ferguson, who retired after winning the title in 2013, is in no doubt that fresh faces were needed.Referring to the capture of Di Maria from Real Madrid, he told MUTV: “When you can identify ability like that for Manchester United, they have the resources to do that – fees I never quite equalled but they needed a big injection this year.”On the other signings he added: “Herrera played against us three years ago for Bilbao, he’s a talented young player and we scouted him quite a lot. He’s quite aggressive for a lad who’s not got a great frame.“I watched Rojo at the World Cup and thought he did well. He’s capable of playing left side or centre back.“Luke Shaw we tried to get when he was 16. They (Southampton) wouldn’t sell him but they always said we’d be the first to know if he did. He’s a talented boy, good footballer and likes to get forward.“Daley Blind is a common-sense footballer, a version of Darren Fletcher a few years ago. And Falcao is the one we’re all waiting to see, he’s got fantastic goalscoring ability.”– Faith in youth -Despite the big-money arrivals, Ferguson is pleased that van Gaal has decided to use the club’s academy as well, with youngsters Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett both featuring in defence this season.“The rebuilding of the team, they’ve brought in some good quality which is really important because you need quality at Manchester United, you need the best players,” Ferguson added.“What’s pleased me about Louis is he’s given about seven of the young kids their debuts, which falls into line with the history of the club. I think the supporters will respond well when a young player gets his opportunity.”Ferguson was often pictured in the stands last season as Moyes — the man hand-picked by the legendary former United boss to replace him — struggled to get the team performing.There was never anything to suggest Ferguson was influencing Moyes and he is adamant he has nothing to do with van Gaal when it comes to first-team affairs.“There’s no ongoing dialogue. He comes into my office sometimes after a game, we have a chat, it’s not a matter of picking up the phone to him as he’s a very capable person, a strong leader.“He knows what I’m about but there’s no need for him to phone me,” he said.Ferguson remains a United ambassador and director, as well as filling a number of other roles.He also continues to work with UEFA and the League Managers’ Association, but says fewer managers are now calling him for advice, as was often the way in the past.“One or two do, not many. I think they probably think I’m dead!” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)