VIDEO: Athletes Flagged Off

first_imgA record team of athletes will represent Uganda at the world championships starting 5th august.Share on: WhatsApp VIDEO: Athletes Flagged OffKampala, Uganda | NBS TV | Twenty athletes including Seven female and thirteen males have been flagged off to London this morning by national council of sports general secretary Nicolas Muramagi at the NCS headquarters in lugogo.last_img

Wijnaldum backs Van Dijk for Ballon d’Or recognition

first_img“We played a friendly in Switzerland not a long time ago and De Ligt was stopping Ronaldo as well. It’s not only Van Dijk who can stop Ronaldo,” said Koeman.“But Ronaldo is good enough to create even against really good defenders and that’s the nicest part of football. You can’t do everything because his quality is such a high level that it is difficult.”The Netherlands failed to even qualify for each of the past two major tournaments, but have taken massive strides forward in just over a year since Koeman took charge.World champions France and Germany were beaten in the Nations League group stages, while the Dutch thoroughly deserved their 3-1 win over England in Thursday’s semi-final despite having to go to extra-time.“It is just confirmation that we are moving in the right direction,” added Koeman.“If we go back when we saw the draw of this tournament, the group of France and Germany, nobody expected Holland to be the winner of the group. Now we are in the final.“It is a pleasure to play in the final and it is not pressure.”Share on: WhatsApp Virgil van Dijk. PHOTO via @VirgilvDijkPorto, Portugal | AFP | Virgil van Dijk deserves to win the Ballon d’Or should the Netherlands beat hosts Portugal to lift the first ever Nations League on Sunday, according to his club and international teammate Georginio Wijnaldum.Van Dijk was named man of the match as Liverpool claimed the Champions League last weekend.The centre-back also won the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Year award and could become the first defender in 13 years to win the prize for the world’s best player.But Van Dijk faces the ultimate test in Porto on Sunday against five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.“He already had a good season, he is trying to stop everyone, that’s the way he’s playing,” said Wijnaldum on Saturday.“For us he’s the best defender in the world. If you look at his season, he definitely deserves the Ballon d’Or but it’s not up to us to decide.”Ronaldo ensured Portugal did not miss out on the final on home soil by scoring his 53rd career hat-trick to mask a disjointed performance by the European champions in a 3-1 win over Switzerland on Wednesday.The Netherlands can also count on another of the world’s best centre-backs in Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, who has been linked with a huge move to a host of top European clubs after his role in knocking Ronaldo’s Juventus out of the Champions League this season.However, Dutch coach Ronald Koeman said even his two towering centre-backs cannot guarantee shutting down Ronaldo.last_img read more

Spurs spent decades trying to topple Arsenal – now they’ve turned into them

first_imgTHE eerie silence in the Tottenham dressing room after their battering by Bayern Munich must have been deafening. It certainly should have been.Toby Alderweireld revealed Spurs stars hardly said a word in the aftermath of their 7-2 hammering at home by the Germans on Tuesday.4 Tottenham were thumped 7-2 by Bayern Munich on Tuesday nightCredit: Rex Features4 Pochettino’s Spurs flops have almost turned into ArsenalCredit: Alamy Live NewsThe defender said: “I’m not going to lie this is a big loss, we feel the pain.“Everyone in the dressing room was just quiet and I felt from everyone the pain so it’s not easy, but we have work to do.”No shouting. No calling out team-mates. Not even a rallying cry by the sound of it.Could you imagine legends Dave Mackay or Graham Roberts saying nothing had they been part of Tuesday’s fiasco?The Lilywhites back then, who were on a fraction of the pay but had a hundred times more heart and honesty than most of this current mob, would have ripped their team-mates to shreds — and not just with verbals.Even boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed he had no words for his players, adding: “It is difficult to talk now. I am going to fix nothing shouting.”The ground staff would probably still be searching the stadium trying to find bits of Serge Aurier after his shocking display in the worst ever home defeat by an English team in Europe.The erratic right-back was not the only player to under-perform in a Tottenham team which held their own against Bayern for the first 30 minutes.In fact, they only fell behind just before half-time when Robert Lewandowski put the visitors 2-1 up.But after the way Spurs performed in the second half — as they added to their growing list of lacklustre displays this season — perhaps we should not be surprised by Alderweireld’s admission of a lack of noise afterwards.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe silence sums up their situation — no response or responsibility on or off the pitch.Tottenham’s problems have been well documented and debated.But the way they fell apart at the end, shipping three goals in the final seven minutes, suggested too many have stopped playing for Pochettino and are happy to throw him under the bus.Poch has rightly been blamed for the part he has played in unsettling last season’s Champions League finalists, as has his chairman Daniel Levy.But the players have got off largely scot free.Their capitulation against Bayern, however, shows they have to shoulder much of the responsibility.Their manager, with his outlandish statements, may have laid down in front of the double decker but it does not mean his players have to drive it over him.Spurs’ stars seem happy for their gaffer to carry the can for their dreadful start to the season.Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen are in the final year of their contracts — and are playing like it.Aurier and Danny Rose are performing like players who did not get the move away they expected in the summer.4 Spurs were extraordinarily poor in the Bayern Munich drubbingCredit: Rex FeaturesKeeper and captain Hugo Lloris is already on Miami Beach after admitting he would like to finish his career in the MLS.And who can blame them for having their minds elsewhere after their manager celebrated leading the club into the Champions League final for the first time by announcing he could quit if they lifted the trophy?The run to Madrid should have been the catalyst for a successful new era at Spurs.But Pochettino’s insistence it was the end of the old one blew a hole in the club which may never be repaired.Having spent decades trying to topple Arsenal as North London’s top dogs, they have now turned into them.A club with an expensive stadium to pay for, with players who want to leave and a manager too stubborn to accept when he is wrong.Tottenham are the Titanic and while everybody looks for a lifeboat, band leader Harry Kane continues to play on.But the England captain’s smile which he always played with has turned into a frown. Kane continues to score goals but he does not look happy about it.The only real jewel in the Tottenham crown is now seeing wannabe gems nowhere near his value leaving the club he has stayed loyal to.He must be concerned he could end up going down with this sinking ship, especially if Pochettino leaves.4MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearAnd that could leave Kane becoming the modern-day Matt Le Tissier — a magnificent talent remembered only for his loyalty and not his medals.Alderweireld denied Tottenham’s wantaway stars are not committed to the club, despite Tuesday’s clear evidence to the contrary.But then he is in the final year of his contract. He said: “It is nothing to do with this. You know, nothing.“It’s a shame that nobody can see the work ethic everybody brings to this club. Everyone from down to up is hungry and wants to work hard.“We know the results are not the best. We’re not against the press and, of course, things will be critical.“That’s part of top sports, you know, the sport of football.”Christian Eriksen blasts rumours Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen slept with his girlfriend and sparked dressing-room bust-up with Harry Kanelast_img read more

San Beda sends Gilas Cadets to 0-3 start in Filoil

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments James Canlas led San Beda with 16 points while Donald Tankoua finished with a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double.Carl Tamayo had 13 points and six rebounds to lead the Cadets while Kobe Paras added 11 points and five boards. San Beda sprung to a commanding 78-47 lead after Calvin Oftana scored on a layup at the 6:28 mark of the fourth.“Gilas is a strong team, they have athletic players who are aggressive in rebounding the ball and we can’t allow Gilas to get the rebounds,” said Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez. “If we prevent them from getting the rebounds we will get the win.”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 crownFernandez’ words became the mantra for the Red Lions as they shoved and pushed the Cadets underneath the basket to get a 51-33 rebounding advantage.Although the Cadets managed to trim the lead to 18, 80-62, the Red Lions were quick to weather things down when Javee Mocon gave San Beda an 88-65 lead with 1:42 left in the game. Urged to shoot more, Manuel drops career-high to lead Alaska Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda showed no mercy in dealing with the Philippines’ future basketball representatives after bullying the Gilas Cadets, 91-70, in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The third-seeded Red Lions improved to 2-1 in Group A while the Cadets dwell at the bottom with a 0-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES 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 awardlast_img read more

New Zealand brace for Peru onslaught

first_img0Shares0000New Zealand’s coach Anthony Hudson walks from the field at half-time during the World Cup football qualifying match against Peru at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on November 11, 2017 © AFP/File / Marty MELVILLELIMA, Peru, Nov 15 – New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson said his team are preparing for an early onslaught as they face Peru here on Wednesday with a World Cup place on the line.The New Zealanders take on Peru in their Oceania-South America playoff with the odds against them after a 0-0 draw in the first leg at Wellington on Saturday. However, Hudson believes the pressure is all on hosts Peru, who are aiming to secure their first appearance at a World Cup finals since 1982.“We know that if Peru loses, it will be a national disaster,” Hudson said. “We don’t have that pressure. We have a united and small but strong team that is here to win.”Hudson said he believes that awareness of that pressure will prompt Peru to begin aggressively when Wednesday’s second leg kicks off at Lima’s Estadio Nacional.“I expect their team to try and play very fast and try and score early,” Hudson said.“The longer the tie stays the way it is, the more it will go in our favour. I imagine the pressure will only increase on the home team every five minutes as the game goes on.“And because of that pressure, I think they’re going to start very fast.”New Zealand, ranked 122nd in the world, need only a score draw in Lima to be assured of their third World Cup berth, following appearances at the 1982 and 2010 finals.New Zealand captain Winston Reid, meanwhile, was only too happy to remind Peru of their own struggles when it came to qualifying for the World Cup.Asked to comment on New Zealand’s poor record of qualifying for the World Cup, the West Ham defender replied: “Well you haven’t been to a World Cup for a while have you?“Records are meant to be broken, for you and for us. So we will see.”Hudson, meanwhile, said he expects Burnley’s Chris Wood to be ready to play after a recent hamstring problem.“He’ll be fine. Every day that passes he has been getting better,” Hudson said.Peru, meanwhile, will look to strikers Jefferson Farfan and Raul Ruidiaz to help provide the cutting edge in the absence of the suspended Paolo Guerrero.Guerrero is unavailable after failing a dope test last month.“We still have one more final and we have to give everything to get to the World Cup,” said Farfan, who plays for Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.“New Zealand is a team that is very disciplined tactically and in defence it does not leave any space. You have to be patient to find the space.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Diego Costa or Loic Remy? Predicted Chelsea XI v Liverpool

first_img 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (attacking midfield) 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) – see our complete line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! Agree or disagree with our prediction? Let us know by leaving a comment below 11 11 11 19. Diego Costa (striker) 11 7. Ramires (centre midfield) 5. Kurt Zouma (right back) 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 21. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 11 11 It’s Blue vs Red on Saturday afternoon as Chelsea host Liverpool, in what is a clash that neither side can afford to slip up in if they wish to boost their fragile hopes of challenging for a spot in the top four. There has been plenty of talk over the possible line ups for each side, with the fitness of Diego Costa, in particular, a major concern for the Stamford Bridge faithful.So, talkSPORT has taken a look at who the under-fire Jose Mourinho could start against Jurgen Klopp and his troops.Take a look at our predicted XI by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.PREDICTED LIVERPOOL LINE UP TO PLAY CHELSEA 11 22. Willian (right wing) 11 10. Eden Hazard (left wing) 11 26. John Terry (centre back) 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (left back)last_img read more

ELDERLY DONEGAL STAB VICTIM (73) IN FIGHT FOR LIFE

first_imgThe 73-year-old man being treated Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital was stabbed in his own home where he lived alone, Donegal Daily has learned.The attack took place on Convent Road, Carndonagh in Inishowen at around 9.30pm on Friday last.The elderly victim was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital where he is being treated for stab wounds which Garda sources said were “life-threatening.” A 30-year-old man arrested by Gardai close to the scene was understood to have been covered in blood.The man is being detained at Buncrana Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.Gardai have appealed to anyone with  information about the incident to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 – 9320540 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.ELDERLY DONEGAL STAB VICTIM (73) IN FIGHT FOR LIFE was last modified: June 1st, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:73%Carndonaghconventdonegalelderlyroadstabvictimlast_img read more

Giants check off each box on Bochy’s wish list in final game of first half

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Before the Giants played their final game of the first half on Friday, Bruce Bochy sat in the home dugout and expressed what he’d like to see in his final three months as a major league manager.His wish list was straightforward: Stronger starting pitching, more quality at-bats from his veteran hitters and better execution in close games.Based on his team’s subpar play through its first 80 games, Bochy sounded like a child asking Santa Clause for a sports car. In game No. 81, …last_img read more

Comet Surface Wild and Crazy

first_img“Completely unexpected,” was the reaction of Donald Brownlee, principal investigator of the Stardust mission, to the photos revealed by the spacecraft that flew into the tail of Comet Wild-2 last January (see 01/02/2004 headline), reports a University of Washington press release.  The comet mission is the cover story in the June 18 issue of Science, with four scientific papers and two reviews.  Photos and information have also been released at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Stardust website.    Scientists expected to find a dirty, fluffy snowball of loose material, but found instead a surface unlike anything else in the solar system.  Deep flat-floored pits, craters with steep walls and pinnacles more than three hundred feet high indicate that the comet material is rigid and cohesive enough, despite the low gravity, to hold together under impacts.  Planetary scientists thought that most comets were like rubble piles loosely held together by gravity, easily torn apart by gravitational perturbations.  Maybe some are, but the sharp edges, angular shapes and steep cliffs on Wild-2 make it look brittle and very unlike an asteroid, and different than the previously-visited comets Halley and Borrelly.  Perhaps there is more variety among comets than expected.    The comet jets on Wild-2 (pronounced vilt-2), also unexpectedly, emerge at high velocity from numerous places around the roughly circular body, rather than being sublimated off the outer surface volatiles.  Some of them appear to be collimated like the jets from a fire hose, suggesting that they emerge from pits deep in the interior.  Stardust was hit with two wallops as high-velocity dust particles from particularly strong jets pummeled its shields at hundreds of kilometers per hour on the way through the dust tail.  The spacecraft succeeded admirably, despite the hazards, in taking pictures and collecting dust particles in its aerogel collector for return to earth.    Delighted, but perplexed, describes the mood of scientists over the mission so far.  “New in situ observations of a comet are demonstrating once again how little we understand about these dark and mysterious planetesimals,” remarked Harold Weaver in Science.1  Brownlee et al.2 claim that the surface reveals a “juxtaposition of features that are young and old” on an object thought to be a primordial relic of the formation of the solar system.  Hinting that these findings are putting theories in turmoil, an editorial in the same issue3 hopes that the return of the particles in January 2006 will “clear up any nightmares about the origin of the solar system and the dynamics of comets.”1Harold A. Weaver, “Not a Rubble Pile?” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5678, 1760-1762, 18 June 2004 [DOI: 10.1126/science.1100581].2Brownlee et al., “Surface of Young Jupiter Family Comet 81P/Wild 2: View from the Stardust Spacecraft,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5678, 1764-1769, 18 June 2004 [DOI: 10.1126/science.1097899].3“Sweet Dreams Are Made of These,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5678, 1760, 18 June 2004 [DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5678.1760a].Everyone should be thrilled at the success of this mission of discovery, but it does point out a lesson about scientists.  Since scientists know so little about things they can observe, and since they often find contradictions to their expectations, why should we trust any confident-sounding pronouncements about things they can’t observe?  When they talk about this comet having formed billions of years ago, how can they possibly know that?    Brownlee’s paper says, “Pinnacles were not anticipated land forms on primitive bodies, and their origin on Wild 2 is a mystery.”  He thinks the jets, pinnacles and impact craters are young, but the rest of the comet is old, only because current theories require the solar system to be 4.6 billion years old, and comets had to form near the beginning.  But then how does he keep the comet from dissipating away completely long ago?  (See 03/27/2003 headline.)  He tells an ad hoc story to get the theory to fit the observations.  He claims Wild-2 may have repeatedly come inside Jupiter’s orbit and back out again.  But then how did the comet escape complete break-up by a collision in the planetary shooting gallery, or avoid getting ejected out of the solar system entirely, during one of those excursions?    The nightmares may not go away entirely in January 2006.  If history is any guide, the comet dust samples will answer some questions but raise many others.  For a sweet dream, however, imagine yourself standing on the surface of the three-mile wide comet.  The gravity is so low, you could jump and launch yourself into orbit.  Cool.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA gives more aid for Haiti recovery

first_img25 November 2010 With quake-ravaged Haiti facing a barrage of problems, including a major cholera outbreak, South Africa is giving the country a further R1-million in aid through the World Health Organisation to assist in its recovery process. “It is our wish that South Africa’s modest contribution would … [go towards] addressing this scourge, as it is known that cholera could effectively be treated if properly coordinated and addressed,” International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman said during a handover ceremony in Pretoria on Wednesday. The donation was made through the World Health Organisation, and was accepted by WHO representative Dr Stella Anyangwe. “It is inspiring to find a country with its various challenges opening its heart to offer help to the most vulnerable outside its borders,” Anyangwe said. “This fund from South Africa is crucial because there is currently a need for clean water and food … Whatever our small contributions, they will all make a difference to the destitute pregnant women and children of Haiti.” Fransman said South Africa would not let up in its efforts to help Haiti, especially after Hurricane Tomas recently hit that country, leaving 21 dead and 6 000 people homeless. The January earthquake claimed an estimated 200 000 lives, leaving over 300 000 injured. The cholera outbreak is the first recorded in Haiti in 50 years. To date, over 19 000 people are been confirmed to be suffering from cholera. According to the Fransman, the death toll from cholera stands at over 1 300. He said the government noted with concern the United Nations’ finding that less than 10 percent of the funds needed for the cholera outbreak had been received. Another worry was the outbreak of violence and its impact on the delivery of much needed emergency aid to vulnerable people. “We wish to express our desire for all to work together during this difficult time to ensure that the human dignity of all people is protected,” Fransman said. “We believe that the answer to the enormous challenge of Haiti is to be found in a continued international response to [its] identified needs.” South Africa pledged to contribute R5-million to the reconstruction efforts of Haiti. Already, R2.5-million has been received through a South African Broadcasting Corporation-hosted telethon. The funds will be contributed to the United Nations Development Fund to be used in Haiti. In the afermath of the January earthquake, South Africa contributed R1-million to Rescue South Africa and its search-and-rescue team which visited Haiti to search for quake survivors. The International Relations Department contributed a further R2.1-million to humanitarian assistance activities of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, World Food Organisation and the International Organisation for Migration. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more