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Duckett suspended from playing and warned about his conduct

first_img(REUTERS)) – England Lions cricketer Ben Duckett has been suspended from playing in the remainder of the team’s training camp in Australia and warned about his conduct after a bar incident last week, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Sunday.England’s Ashes tour was plunged into crisis after batsman Duckett was suspended for pouring a drink on a senior England player reported to be paceman James Anderson after an argument in a Perth bar late on Thursday.The 23-year-old Duckett, who was stood down from an Ashes tour game, was also fined the “maximum allowable amount” for a Lions player. He will remain with the team and return to England at the end of the camp on Dec. 17, ECB said on their website (www.ecb.co.uk).Earlier, all-rounder Moeen Ali said England’s cricketers must improve their off-field behaviour or risk turning a younger generation of players away from the game.England’s Ashes tour was plunged into crisis after batsman Duckett was suspended for pouring a drink on a senior England player reported to be paceman James Anderson after an argument in a Perth bar late on Thursday.The 23-year-old Duckett, who was stood down from an Ashes tour game, was also fined the “maximum allowable amount” for a Lions player. He will remain with the team and return to England at the end of the camp on Dec. 17, ECB said on their website (www.ecb.co.uk).Earlier, all-rounder Moeen Ali said England’s cricketers must improve their off-field behaviour or risk turning a younger generation of players away from the game.The behaviour of England players has come under scrutiny after all-rounder Ben Stokes was left out of the tour after he and team mate Alex Hales were arrested following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft said England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow had given him a friendly headbutt in a Perth bar before the series but both men played down the row.England coach Trevor Bayliss described Duckett’s actions as “not acceptable” on Saturday and expressed his frustration at having to constantly explain the off-field behaviour of his players to the media.”Trevor Bayliss, Andrew Strauss and all the guys who get most of the flak for it… you feel for them,“ Moeen added. ”We’re all grown men and we should know how to behave.“Through county cricket all the way up to international cricket, the individual needs to be responsible. Off-field behaviour needs to improve and we all know that.”The third Ashes Test starts on Thursday in Perth with England down 2-0 and hoping to avoid another humiliating whitewash.last_img read more

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Third line gives 1st rate production

first_imgBen Grotting has benefitted recently from the addition of Aaron Bendickson to the Badgers\’ third line.[/media-credit]Men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves claims his team doesn’t have a true top line. Nor do the Badgers have a real fourth line. Rather, anyone can step in on any given night and contribute.But regardless of where Wisconsin’s third line of John Mitchell, Aaron Bendickson and Ben Grotting falls in the pecking order, the unit seems to be clicking.“Is that our third line or our second line?” Eaves joked when asked about the trio.In a 6-3 win against Alaska Anchorage, the line contributed with four points — with Bendickson netting a goal, Mitchell adding an assist and Grotting picking up one of each. The following weekend against Colorado College, the three finished with six points.Call them the third line if you want, but they’ve been putting up first line numbers.“It says that we’re going to be tough to play against,” Mitchell said of his line’s production.“I think we as a team have a lot of depth,” Bendickson added. “We can put out all of our lines versus any line in the league a lot of times.”Bendickson couldn’t point to just one thing that’s led to the recent upswing for the trio. Instead, he feels all the pieces have been falling into place.“We’re finding each other; we’re getting other places; we’re supporting each other well,” Bendickson said. “I think it’s all those things combined that’s making a difference.”Mitchell and Grotting played most of the 2007-08 season on the same line, developing a chemistry that has carried over into this year.“John and I are so familiar with each other,” Grotting said. “We’ve been going out there and doing the things we do well. He and I are just making sure we keep it simple, get the puck deep.”It wasn’t until recently, however, that Bendickson joined the pairing. For most of the season, sophomore Sean Dolan had been centering the third line. But the coaching staff decided to mix things up in order to spark production in both Dolan and Bendickson.“I think that, to be honest with you, Sean was struggling a little bit,” Eaves said. “We needed to make a change and try to get him going a little bit and it opened up the opportunity for [Bendickson], and he’s taken advantage of it.”While Dolan may have been struggling, scoring wasn’t exactly coming easily for Bendickson, who tallied an assist playing on the “top” line in UW’s season opener against Boston College but then went 16 games without recording a point. Since playing with Mitchell and Grotting, however, he’s scored a pair of goals — in two consecutive games — and added an assist in the past two weekends.“I think with the success has come confidence,” Eaves said of Bendickson. “That’s a big thing for any athlete, and it’s no different for [Aaron]. I think the confidence has allowed him to stay on top of his game and be more consistent with that high level of play.”In moving up to the third line, the smaller, quicker Bendickson has brought an element not seen in Mitchell or Grotting’s games.“What Aaron’s brought is when we get the puck in, he’s able to shift in and out of small areas,” Grotting said. “He’s really good with the puck. He’s able to find us in the offensive zone, and John’s able to put the puck in the net. We’ve been having a lot of success.”For both Bendickson and Grotting, playing on the same line as the team’s leading goal scorer hasn’t hurt. Mitchell has found the net 11 times on the season, tied with Badger captain Blake Geoffrion for tops on the team.Three of Mitchell’s goals have come since Bendickson joined the line in the second game of the Northern Michigan series. He’s also picked up five assists in that five-game span.“He’s finding a way to find the back of the net, and that’s a good thing,” Bendickson said of Mitchell. “He’s putting the puck away. What else can you say? He’s getting the job done.”While Mitchell sits at the top of the scoring sheet after the halfway mark of the season, it wasn’t something he set out to do at the start of the year.“My personal goal was to do as much as possible to help this team. It wasn’t to lead the team in goals,” said Mitchell, who scored eight goals last season. “I do have three or four goals off my hip or off my shin pad, but it’s going to the net, making it difficult on the goalies. These goalies these days are so good. It’s hard to beat them clearly. We need everyone going to the net.”But with a player like the 6-foot-5 Mitchell scoring as often as he has, the Badgers have proven yet again that balance and depth is their strong suit.“It is one of our strengths, and we have to play to that strength,” Eaves said. “We feel like we could play any of our lines against the other team’s top lines because of the way we play without the puck. If we could play well without the puck and chip in offensively, then we’re pretty solid.”With 10 games left in the season, UW’s lineups could shift between now and the end of the year. But will Bendickson, Grotting and Mitchell stay together on what has become a productive Badger line?“As long as they keep playing well,” Eaves said. “We’re not that dumb.”last_img read more

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Williams, Walls kick-starting offense for women’s soccer

first_imgIt’s a Sunday afternoon home game against Northern Iowa and play has just gotten under way for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. Seven minutes into the match, redshirt senior forward Kodee Williams burns the defense up the right side and delivers a perfectly timed cross, slicing through the defense and connecting with fellow senior forward Cara Walls who promptly knocks it in for the upper-ninety goal.It’s the kind of chemistry that takes years to perfect.Whether it’s on the practice field, in the conditioning room or during games, UW head coach Paula Wilkins has watched her star strikers grow from the inexperienced freshman first stepping onto the pitch, to award-winning captains of the No. 9 team in the nation.“I think they complement each other, both as people and as players,” Wilkins said. “Kodee’s a little bit more fiery, a little bit more aggressive, while Cara’s a little bit more calm and steady. Not to discredit Kodee at all, it’s a compliment because if they were both similar, it would be kind of boring. I think they add a different dimension together so one’s steady and one’s kind of aggressive.”Having been dealt her fair share of adversity over the years, perhaps the fire and passion Williams brings to the field on a daily basis has been the key factor in getting over the obstacles she has faced. After a promising start to her UW campaign, which included 17 starts, four goals and four assists as a freshman, a devastating ACL injury the following off-season put her career in jeopardy.Although she had to watch from the sideline for the season and start back at square one physically, Williams wasn’t going to let one setback ruin her career after years of hard work to get to where she had been. After months of grueling physical therapy and strength training in the 2011-12 off-season, she had finally made it back off the bench the following season. It was a comeback that would earn her the UW Unsung Hero award and inspire the program as a whole.Whether it was during her recovery period or now, at the peak of her performance, Williams has always been able to count on Wilkins to keep the game engaging for her and the whole team as well.“I think Paula does a great job of changing things up for us at practice and during games,” Williams said. “In the offseason, she really keeps things interesting to keep us interested in soccer and I think that she has also made some awesome changes as a coach that have been passed down to us in terms of our communication styles. What she tells us, how she’s telling it to us, and that’s just really fueled the team I think.”As for Cara Walls, consistency has defined her career thus far. Before she ever took a step on the field for the Badgers, she had already staked her claim as a top national prospect following her performance for the FC U-18 Milwaukee club team, leading her squad to the national championship.Her career as a Badger has been more of the same kind of success. UW’s offensive player of the year in 2012, Second-Team All Big Ten in 2013, and a No. 88 ranking in the 100 Best Women’s College Soccer Players by Top Drawer Soccer are just a few of her highlights so far at the Division 1 level for the Badgers. With seven goals already in the team’s six games this season, it’s hard for anyone to really gauge her full potential.Sophomore midfielder Rose Lavelle, who has contributed as the team’s top 2014 setup player with five assists, said both Walls and Williams “lead by example” both on and off the field.“They work really hard and have very good work ethic which makes us want to work hard too,” Lavelle said. “Off the field, they’re just great people, they get the team together which is great for our team chemistry.”The accomplishments of her teammates should not be discounted by any means either. In just over a year, Lavelle has collected a series of individual accolades, including 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the year, 2013 All-First Team Big Ten and a selection to Soccer America’s preseason All-American Team. Junior midfielder Kinley McNicoll was just named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, as well as the Division I Player of the Week by Top Drawer Soccer Sept. 9 following her dominating two-goal, two-assist performance on the West Coast this past weekend.Looking ahead, the biggest test for the Badgers’ offense will come this weekend with Big Ten play opening up on Friday against undefeated Michigan State before concluding the weekend on Sunday at Michigan (4-2-0).As the Badgers try to continue their hot start through Big Ten play, both Walls and Williams will have to continue their chemistry that produced that early goal against Northern Iowa.last_img read more

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Women’s volleyball gears up for Oregon

first_imgJunior outside hitter Khalia Lanier is averaging 4.33 kills per set in 2018. (Sinead Chang | Daily Trojan)After splitting their games over the weekend, the women’s volleyball team will travel to Oregon this weekend. No. 15 USC will play No. 16 Oregon on Friday and Oregon State on Sunday. The Trojans faced both teams in October earlier this season at Galen Center. While USC defeated Oregon State in three sets, it was swept by Oregon. “I think we’ll be more disciplined to start,” senior libero Victoria Garrick said. “Then I think in the Oregon game being able to adjust to what they’re showing us early and making quick adjustments.”With a win, the Trojans will move ahead of Oregon in conference play, as both teams are 8-4 in Pac-12 play going into the game. Stanford leads the conference with a 12-0 record, but Washington State, USC and Oregon have the same record at 8-4.“I think when second place has four losses, it’s not that big of a deal, but it’s kind of a pride thing,” Garrick said. “We have some of our rivalries with those girls, so we definitely want to beat them at their home because they beat us here.” The Ducks are led in hitting by senior outside hitter Lindsey Vander-Weide, who is averaging 3.45 kills per set. Sophomore outside hitter Maddie Goings leads Oregon State in kills with an average of 3.36 per game. The Trojans have strength on their offensive side when it comes to hitting, as sophomore and junior outside hitters Brooke Botkin and Khalia Lanier average 4.50 and 4.33 kills respectively per set in conference. Aside form statistics, the team has spent more time preparing for the mental battle.“Oregon is going to have a lot of confidence because they beat us last time, so it’s going to be coming out early and shaking that confidence that they have,” Garrick said. “Oregon State is a team [that] we beat before pretty easily, but we can’t take that lightly.” Along with figuring out the mental game, the Trojans have studied footage and looked at stats. Having played both teams once before, they also have looked at their own game footage and figured out what areas need improvement. The last time the Trojans faced Oregon, they had 10 service errors and finished the game with a 54 percent side out percentage The Women of Troy know that these are areas to improve.“We are trying to pass more balls in system on serve receive, so [Tuesday], that’s we did for an hour,” Garrick said. “Just in system serve receive, hoping to pass 60 percent in system and that will make everyone happy.” Oregon is the 15th-ranked opponent that USC will have to face this season, and the Trojans so far defeated eight of those ranked opponents. USC has won 53 of 66 matchups against Oregon overall.After facing Oregon, the Trojans hope to add a couple wins to their record before returning home to take on both Washington schools. With Washington State holding the same conference record and a victory against them in their last meeting, the Trojans are looking to make this weekend count in preparation for next weekend.last_img read more

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Coach Shurmur’s job uncertain after Giants post 4-12 record

first_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Pat Shurmur is facing a very uncertain future as New York Giants coach after winning four games this season and nine overall in two seasons in charge.The Giants finished off a 4-12 season on Sunday, dropping a 34-17 decision at MetLife Stadium that allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to claim the NFC East title.It was like many games this season for a Shurmur’s young team. The Giants played hard, stayed close for the most of the contest only to see things slip away in the second half because they didn’t make the plays in crunch time.Some of that falls on the coaching staff. Some falls on general manager Dave Gettleman, who was hired two years ago, picked Shurmur to coach the team, and directed the acquisition of talent. Some is the result of an organization that has missed the playoffs seven of the last eight seasons not having enough talent.When the team gets together a final time on Monday, co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch will have to make some major decisions on who stays and who goes.Shurmur said he does not have a meeting planned with the owners, adding whatever he says to them will be private.“We didn’t win enough games, I don’t make any excuses for that,” Shurmur said. “But I do know there are things that happened this year where this team improved in a lot of ways. I feel like it is only going to get better.”Shurmur noted a lot of young players got experience this season, including quarterback Daniel Jones, who started 12 games after replacing two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, whose contract has expired.Manning was not in the locker room after the game to speak about his future. He waved to the crowd running off the field after the game ended, but most of the fans left were Eagles supporters.Shurmur also noted the Giants will have a lot of dead money coming off the cap to sign free agents and they will have a lot of draft picks. They will have the No. 4 pick overall this season.“If I am back I am looking forward to working with this young talent,” he said. “And if I am not, whoever is coaching this team has a great group of young players.”Saquon Barkley, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2018, voiced support for Shurmur.“Obviously it’s a business,” said Barkley, who finished the season with 1,003 yards rushing. “You can’t focus on one person. There are games where I could have done better or this person or that person could have done better. At the end of the day it’s a team sport. We all have to find ways to win games.”Veteran defensive back Michael Thomas said he has no idea what will happen.‘’These guys in this locker room believe in the coaching staff,” he said. “But sometimes when you don’t win it leads to changes. We don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t predict anything, Just waiting to hear like everybody else,” First Published: 30th December, 2019 10:46 IST Last Updated: 30th December, 2019 10:46 IST Coach Shurmur’s Job Uncertain After Giants Post 4-12 Record Pat Shurmur is facing a very uncertain future as New York Giants coach after winning four games this season and nine overall in two seasons in charge.center_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Associated Press Television News last_img read more

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Former Bahamian PM resigns from party

first_imgFormer Prime Minister Perry Christie has resigned as leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) with immediate effect.Christie made the announcement late Monday in an address at a meeting of the party’s National General Council (NGC).The former Prime Minister who suffered an agonizing defeat in last week’s general election told members of the party that he tried his best.“As your leader I accept full responsibility for our party’s defeat  – it is for me to bid you farewell as your leader. the time has come for me to move on. I wish to God that I could have helped more people….I tried my best.”The former Prime Minister also reassured members that the PLP could rise from the ashes and win again as it did in the elections of 1967 and 2002.Christie, 73, entered politics as a senator in 1974 and in 1977 received the PLP’s nomination for the constituency of Centreville.Since then he won eight consecutive elections until losing his seat by four votes in the May 10 general election.The PLP won four of the 39 seats .last_img read more

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Kobe Bryant rips into team after Lakers 121-103 loss in Portland

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error No one on the team, including Russell and Randle, were specifically asked about Bryant’s criticisms because Los Angeles News Group learned the revelations after media access to the locker room ended. But multiple sources confirmed that Bryant spoke for about two minutes after Lakers coach Byron Scott addressed the team. Bryant also expressed his displeasure during a timeout when the Lakers trailed, 93-74, with 1:57 left in the third quarter. That happened after Randle missed two consecutive rebounds before Lillard hit a 3-pointer. The Lakers looked deflated after the play. “We just weren’t defending,” Randle said about Bryant’s criticisms during the timeout.Scott elaborated more, saying his players did not follow his game plan in trying to keep the ball away from Lillard and McCollom by double teaming them. “Our guards didn’t do a great job of getting through the screen,” Scott said. “Our bigs did a horrible job of being up and ready to trap them.” PORTLAND >> After spending the past two months basking in endless praise, thoughtful gifts and nostalgic video tributes, Kobe Bryant experienced something that seemed more natural during his accomplished and drama-filled NBA career.Bryant became the villain again during the Lakers’ 121-103 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday at Moda Center. The examples went beyond the hometown crowd booing him every time he touched the ball. With the Lakers offering little to stop Portland’s Damian Lillard (36 points) and CJ McCollum (28 points), Bryant provided pointed comments to his teammates about their play in the locker room afterward, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.Bryant, who posted 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting and five turnovers in 25 minutes through three quarters, became upset both with the Lakers (9-37) for losing their sixth consecutive game and for some on the team smiling after the loss, sources said. Bryant took particular aim at Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell and second-year forward Julius Randle and even called them out by name, sources said.“You know I don’t do the gossip [expletive],” Bryant said in a friendly exchange when asked about the incident. center_img But Scott expressed hope that message would become better ingrained with Bryant echoing his critiques.“He was telling guys to get up, pressure the guys and get the ball out of their hands. The things we talked about pregame and things we talked about at halftime,” Scott said. “I think it helps because of the fact [Kobe] is who he is. At times, they’ll get tired of hearing it from coaches all the time saying the same thing. When one of your peers says it, especially someone of that magnitude, you would hope those guys would listen. You would hope they listen to that and take it to heart.” The Lakers still boasted a balanced offense featuring Russell (21 points), Lou Williams (16), Randle (11 points, nine rebounds) and Jordan Clarkson (10). But Russell considered his offensive contributions “irrelevant” since he scored nine of those points in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach. Scott only called Russell’s play “okay” before sitting him for the final 7:27 with the game out of reach.“We didn’t do a good job as guards and bigs in trapping the ball screen and on the side,” Russell said. “On the top, we didn’t do a good job playing individual defense until the ball screen came. Then the bigs helping high, they came off clean and [Lillard and McCollom] were knocking them down. I guess Coach was right.”Clarkson appeared annoyed and sounded frustrated with the team’s defense.“This whole game we were supposed to be trapping the ball. We didn’t trap. We just got to listen. Everyone,” Clarkson said. “We have to do [talk] first. We haven’t done that yet.”Before Bryant expressed his dissatisfaction to his teammates, the Blazers fans did not sound welcoming either. Once he heard his name announced in the starting lineup, Bryant mostly heard boos. Any time he touched the ball, Bryant heard the same thing. Instead of the Blazers offering a video tribute of Bryant’s greatness, Portland showed a highlight reel of its two previous victories against the Lakers this season by an average of 13 points. Cheers only erupted during two instances.Legions of Bryant supporters pleaded for Bryant to play in the final minutes.“I was just trying to get loose at that point just in case Coach wanted to put me in,” Bryant said. “I would’ve completely understood it and went in the game willingly. To get that kind of reaction means a lot.”It also meant a lot for Bryant to hear both the boos during the game and the cheers during a standing ovation once the game ended. The cheers lasted as Bryant hugged Lillard and Portland forward Ed Davis before heading toward the entrance tunnel. Bryant waved to the crowd and said, ‘Thank you.’“That’s what it’s been my entire career,” Bryant said. “Why would I want it to be any different? Why would the fans want it to be any different? That’s the way it’s been. You want to go out. The big difference is at the end of the game with the chants and mutual respect. You can show it now because you know there’s no coming back. That’s the difference. The boos every time I touch it, I absolutely love it.Although several fans chanted “Kobe, Kobe,” at times throughout the game, some Blazers fans jeered his presence. One fan even held a sign that said, “Kobe, we will miss beating you!” Bryant heard something even more amusing.“One fan courtside said, ‘I’m going to miss hating you,’” Bryant said, chuckling. “I said, ‘Thank you. I’m going to miss loving the fact that you hate me.”Bryant offered little retort on the court, though Scott praised his star player for adopting a less-is-more approach.“He didn’t look to be aggressive,” Scott said. “He looked to try to get the ball moving. He had one of those nights where he did all the right things.”Still, Bryant ended his 20-year NBA career with a 6-26 record in Portland. Yet, that did not stop Bryant from averaging 27.6 points against the Blazers, his highest career total against a single team. That included Bryant posting 47 points on 14 of 27 shooting, eight rebounds, five assists and four blocks on April 10, 2013 to help the underachieving and injury-laden Lakers secure a playoff spot. During that stretch, Bryant had averaged 28 points in 45.6 minutes per game in the last six contests before tearing his left Achilles tendon on April 12, 2013 against Golden State.“It felt like I had to control every inch of the game offensively and defensively during that stretch,” Bryant said. “I dominated the ball and made plays for others and put guys in the right position so I could quarterback the defense. I was at home studying film three hours a day aside from icing, stretching and lifting and all those things. It was a crazy stretch.”Bryant also played a role in disrupting Portland’s postseasons in 1997 (four games in the first round), 1998 (four games in the first round), 2000 (seven games in the Western Conference Finals), 2001 (three games in the first round) and 2002 (three games in the first round). Bryant’s favorite memory happened in Game 3 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals when he blocked Portland center Arvydas Sabonis before the buzzer sounded to secure the win. But Bryant’s biggest moment happened in Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals. Then, Bryant posted 25 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and a signature alley-oop from Shaquille O’Neal in the final minute.Bryant credited Lakers assistant Tex Winter for stressing that “everything turns on a trifle.”“That’s something that always stuck with me,” Bryant said. “In Game 7, there were a couple of plays that turned the tide. It’s a game of emotion. It doesn’t matter what the score is. There’s a flip in the momentum of the game and all of a sudden, things becomes harder. Team plays become harder. We were able to flip that switch. Once that happened, it became very difficult for them to overcome it. It doesn’t matter how much talent they have.”And that also explained Bryant’s heated talk with his teammates afterwards. Though the Lakers field an unproven and inexperienced roster, Bryant expected more out of this group with both results, effort and attitude. last_img read more

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Brazil exorcize Paraguay penalty demons to reach Copa semis

first_imgBrazil’s Gabriel Jesus (second from right) celebrating after scoring his penalty to defeat Paraguay in Porto Alegre, BrazilPorto Alegre, Brazil | AFP |  Gabriel Jesus scored the winning spot-kick in a tense penalty shoot-out as Brazil exorcized their demons to beat Paraguay on Thursday and reach the Copa America semi-finals.Twice before in 2011 and 2015 Paraguay had beaten Brazil at this same stage on penalties at the South American extravaganza.Willian came closest to scoring in normal time for Brazil when he hit the post as Paraguay held out for a 0-0 draw for more than 40 minutes following the dismissal of Fabian Balbuena for a professional foul on Roberto Firmino.Brazilian media had been almost in a state of paranoia before the match recalling the painful memories from Argentina in 2011 and Chile four years later when Paraguay produced stubborn defensive displays before snatching victory in the spot-kick lottery.But it wasn’t to be this time as Brazil goalkeeper Alisson saved Gustavo Gomez’s opening spot-kick at the Gremio Arena in Porto Alegre.Although Firmino dragged his effort wide, Derlis Gonzalez also fired past the post allowing Jesus, who missed a penalty in Brazil’s last match, to be the match-winner.The tournament hosts will face either perennial rivals Argentina or Venezuela in Tuesday’s semi-final in Belo Horizonte.Brazil started brightly and produced a beautiful passing move in the fourth minute as local favorite Everton drove in off the left wing and found Dani Alves on the edge of the area, with the full-back slipping the ball on to Firmino, whose weak shot was straight at goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez.Gremio forward Everton’s popularity was clear in his home stadium as fans wildly cheered his every touch.But the game quickly settled into the expected pattern, with Brazil dominating possession and playing countless passes while a well-drilled Paraguay doggedly held their shape and looked to counter at pace with direct runners.Brazil lacked a cutting edge and even when Philippe Coutinho seemingly played in Firmino behind the defence following a Richard Sanchez mistake, the Liverpool forward was easily muscled off the ball.The best chance of the first quarter fell to Paraguay as Hernan Perez found Gonzalez unmarked at back post but Alisson saved his near post shot.It was turgid fare on offer to the Porto Alegre crowd, who started a slow clap just after the half hour.Brazil reporters had asked coach Tite before the game if he was worried about fouls, which he replied were part of the game. But three Paraguayan players were booked before half-time for overly robust challenges.It wasn’t until five minutes from half time that Coutinho got in behind the defence on the left and fired in a shot from an angle that Fernandez saved comfortably.– Brazil jeered again –Predictably, Brazil were booed off at half-time, for the third time in four matches.Tite wasted no time in making a change, but it was a curious one swapping left-back Felipe Luis for Alex Sandro.Neat interplay saw Firmino tee up Coutinho just outside the box but his precise finish was easily saved again.Brazil had changed tactic and were driving more purposefully at the heart of the defence, with Arthur flashing a shot over the bar.It paid dividends on 54 minutes when Firmino won a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area — overturned from the original decision of a penalty by VAR — and Balbuena was shown a red card for a professional foul.Dani Alves’s fierce low free-kick was deflected wide, though.Brazil started to pull Paraguay’s overworked defenders out of position and Arthur forced Fernandez into a diving save before Jesus dragged an effort wide.With Paraguay unable to pose any threat Tite withdrew his defensive midfielder Allan and threw on winger Willian, with Jesus pushed into the middle alongside Firmino.Almost immediately, Jesus missed a gilt-edged chance from eight yards out before Firmino headed a Marquinhos cross wide.Tite went for broke, bringing on attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta for full-back Alves and it almost worked but Willian saw his low left foot shot cannon back off the post sending the match into a tense penalty shoot-out.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Police probe Cayman FA

first_imgGEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC):The government here has suspended funding to the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) after the organisation refused to accept the nomination of two new members to its executive committee.Renard Moxam and Sharon Roulstone were told their nomination papers were not in order and CIFA re-elected Bruce Blake as its vice-president, in its recent elections.Blake will continue as acting CIFA president since former president, Jeffrey Webb, also the former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice-president, is facing trial in the United States on a series of corruption related charges.”In the light of all that has happened in the recent past with FIFA, CONCACAF and, by extension, CIFA, one would have thought we could have gotten past this to allow some possible changes,” Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden said in a statement.”As a government, we have, therefore, decided that, regrettably, we cannot financially support CIFA any further under the current circumstances.”Meantime, the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission has confirmed that a police investigation has been launched into CIFA.The probe appears to be linked to corruption in the sports, with the local media reporting that CIFA’s auditors had reported “suspicious transactions” to the authority.”The Anti-Corruption Commission can confirm that a matter involving the Cayman Islands Football Association has been brought to the commission’s attention,” a spokesman for the body has been quoted as saying.”This matter is being reviewed and no further information will be released at this time.”last_img read more

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Alvarez, Tacloban quickly put PVL debut loss behind

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Shola Alvarez said the Fighting Warays were still adjusting with each other, especially to imports Amporn Hyapha and Sasiwimol Sangpan, after their limited time together prior to the league’s opener on Sunday.“Coach Nes (Pamilar) told us that we should just set aside this first game because this is already over and we can’t do anything about the result,” said Alvarez in Filpino at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTacloban were subjected to a bitter opening day loss to PayMaya, 25-8, 33-31, 25-20, in a game that featured a shy bunch of Fighting Warays trying to not step on each others toes.The Fighting Warays, who started training as a complete team midway through April, then found their groove in the second set although they eventually fizzled out in the third. Alvarez, who played against Jovielyn Prado and Regine Arocha in the NCAA, said her familiarity with the other players helped her adjust quickly and it took them just the second set to sort things out.“During the first set it was obvious we were still adjusting with each other, especially with the imports,” said Alvarez, who had seven points. “Then we talked right before the second set and that we should be more vocal on the floor.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Wright delivers winner as Phoenix upstages Magnolia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 LATEST STORIES It wasn’t the best of welcomes for Tacloban in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference, but that start was a mistake the team is willing to immediately brush off.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more