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Campbell: “Arsenal are lucky they didn’t sign Luis Suarez”

first_img Suarez has since signed for Barcelona from Liverpool this summer. “He has been caught [biting players] a few times now, including Brainslav Ivanovic. He has said he is sorry, but it is not a classy thing to do. He has done it on the biggest stage ever [at the World Cup] and for me it shows a lack of respect. CEST Sport EN In an interview with ‘Goal’, Campbell said that the Gunners were lucky they didn’t manage to sign the Uruguayan last summer when they launched a £40,000,001 bid for him. 04/08/2014 Former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell reckons Arsenal dodged a bullet by not signing Luis Suarez from Liverpool. The 27-year-old is currently serving a four month ban due to his bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, but that could be reduced when the Court of Arbitration for Sport hear the case this month. “There are so many kids watching and billions of fans around the world. Maybe Barcelona can sort him out.” “Mentality-wise he would not have been a good fit for Arsenal,” Campbell  explained. Upd. at 21:57 last_img read more

Total Chaos completes wire-to-wire season by capturing Mixed Slopitch Title

first_imgTotal Chaos completed a wire-to-wire finish by edging Main Jet 10-9 to capture the 2016 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship Sunday at the Lakeside Diamonds.The victory over Main Jet completed an undefeated season for the Regular Season and Playoff Champions. The game was a close affair throughout the contest with Total Chaos, finishing the regular season with a 19-0 record, holding off a late charge to edge Main Jet.In the B final, OK Tire got past Competition to capture bragging rights.In the C-Division Championship, Whitewater got past Shamballer to claim the crown.Twenty teams are entered into the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League, which begins play in April.last_img

Disc Break 2018 Ultimate Frisbee tournament set for Lakeside Pitch

first_imgSeveral players who usually attend are unfortunately unable to come this year as they are currently and during the weekend playing in the World Ultimate Club Championships in Cincinnati (games available on the WFDF YouTube channel).There will be a new champion this year with three-time defending champion Business Business not able to attend. The Bunny Thugs from Saskatoon, Rogue Hippo from Edmonton and Soggy Bottom Boys and Girls Club from Missoula are the top ranked teams going in but host Nelson and Spokane, the squad that has eliminated Nelson the last three years, have a good chance to break through.The Disc Break 2018 comes on the heels of a very successful Grand Forks’ Settle Down Hat tournament in the Boundary City.Prior to the event, 45 7-15-year-olds participated in the kids Ultimate frisbee camp.Ultimate is a non-contact, self-refereed team sport played with a flying disc or frisbee. Two teams of seven players compete on a playing field about the same length as a football field, but narrower.  At each end of the playing field there is an end zone.  Each team defends one endzone. They score a goal if one of their players catches the disc in the opposite end zone.Action goes Saturday with finals set for Sunday afternoon. All games are held at the Lakeside Fields on the Nelson waterfront. More than a dozen teams from as far away as Saskatoon will be in Nelson this weekend to compete in the seventh annual Disc Break Ultimate Frisbee tournament at the Lakeside Pitch.The tournament, hosted by the Nelson Ultimate Frisbee Association, attracts teams from as far as Saskatoon, Edmonton, Missoula, and Seattle.Disc Break 2018 will also function as the mixed Regional championships for the Alberta teams attending the Mixed Canadian Ultimate Championships in Surrey this August.last_img read more

Southeastern Louisiana Advances to Third Consecutive Championship Game

first_imgBox Score (PDF)  |  Photos  |  Replay  |  Highlights  |  Interviews  |  Tournament Central CONWAY, Ark. – The No. 5 seeded Southeastern Louisiana Lions advanced to their third consecutive championship game after a 7-3 come-from-behind win against No. 4 seed Northwestern State at the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament at Bear Stadium in Conway, Ark. The Lions scored the first two runs of the game in the top half of the first inning when designated hitter Daniel Midyett tripled to right center, scoring catcher Jameson Fisher and right fielder Andrew Godbold. Fisher reached base on a double to left field while Godbold drew a walk. Southeastern Louisiana will play in its third consecutive championship game against either No. 6 seed Central Arkansas or No. 7 McNeese State. The championship game will be broadcasted live on ESPN3 at 1 p.m. The Demons finish the season with a 33-26 record. Northwestern State put together a rally in the bottom of the fourth inning. Right fielder Nathan Lyons led off the inning with a solo home run to left field. Designated hitter Nick Heath followed with a single down the left side and then proceeded to steal second and third base. Heath would come around to score to tie the game a two apiece off a ground out by shortstop Joel Atkinson. On playing in tomorrow’s championship…“It all begins with the mindset. You go in there and play your best and God will do the rest.” The Demons added one more in the fifth inning when left fielder Cort Brinson scored on a wild pitch from relief pitcher Matt Pittari. The throw to Pittari from catcher Jameson Fisher was in time to get Brinson, but Brinson’s hard slide took Pittari’s glove off, giving the Demons the 3-2 lead. Postgame Quotes…Southeastern Louisiana Head Coach Matt RiserOn today’s game…“At the end of the day, the guys did a fantastic job of just grinding out a win. We jumped on them early, but you have to tip your hat to that Northwestern bunch. That is a tough bunch of kids. They battled nonstop. They play fast and they play hard. The job that Lane Burroughs has down over at Northwestern is very impressive. At the end of the day, our guys just continued to compete no matter what. If they do that part of it, the rest will take care of itself.” Southeastern reliever Dylan Hills picked up the win for the Lions, moving to 6-3 on the season. Hills pitched 1.1 innings and gave up only one hit while recording a strikeout. Brandon Smith was given the loss, falling to 3-3. Smith went 4.1 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on two hits and one strikeout. Southeastern Louisiana Shortstop Kennon MenardOn his game-winning RBI double…“What was going through mind was that if he threw it over the white, I was just going to square it up and get my best swing off with his best pitch. I did the best I could. (Northwestern State’s Brandon Smith) is a good pitcher, and I am a good hitter, and I did my best to stay with it.” Down 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning, the Lions scored five runs in their final at bat. Southeastern notched two bases loaded doubles, scoring two runs each time. Shortstop Kennon Menard recorded the first double with shot to left center to give the Lions the 4-3 lead. Second baseman Jacob Williams roped the second double with a knock to right field for two insurance runs and centerfielder Jacob Seward added the final run on a RBI groundout. Northwestern State Head Coach Lane Burroughs On Northwestern State’s season…“Our guys competed and battled. It was our motto all year long. We just competed and battled. Congratulations to Southeastern, they are advancing to the championship game. It was for these seniors and these guys on this team. We went from 16 wins total to 33, tied for third in the league and made it to the semis of the tournament. If you have told me this before the season, I would have taken it and said, ‘let’s move forward,’ but we are moving in the right direction. We are building a program. I think the foundation has been laid, and I think it is because of these seniors, they did a great job.” Three Lions recorded multiple RBI with Midyett, Menard and Williams all having two apiece. Their respective RBI hits were the lone hits of the game. No Southeastern player recorded more than one hit. The Demons were led offensively by second baseman Edwin Gomez, who went a perfect 5-for-5. Heath also had a solid outing at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a run scored. On the future Northwestern State’s program…“We were thinking in Year Three we would hopefully get into the tournament and make a run, so we are a little bit ahead of schedule. Anything can happen, and we understand that. But we are looking at a future of having our entire team, except for two positional players, to come back next year, including our entire weekend rotation. We are moving in the right direction. We play with a chip on our shoulder, and we preach toughness. I feel like we did that throughout the year and throughout the tournament.” On making the championship game…“We have been here before. We have guys who have been here and been in this situation. We came here to win this thing. Obviously we have been taking it one game at a time, and keep playing like there is no tomorrow. It’s plain and simple: there is no tomorrow if we don’t win tomorrow. It is a goal that we have had and been striving for the entire year. We have been working hard, and the guys believe in it. The effort they are giving us is unbelievable.”last_img read more

Bolt tumbles in track farewell

first_imgHaving to make up lots of ground on the anchor leg, Bolt suddenly screamed and stumbled as he came down with his golden farewell shattered by the first injury he has experienced at a major competition.That wasn’t the only surprise. Britain went on to beat the United States in a tight finish.The 60,000-capacity stadium was primed for one last Bolt show, one last “To the World” pose after a victory, but the injury made it blatantly clear why Bolt is ready to retire. His body can no longer hold up.His teammates on the once-fabled Jamaican sprint squad were far from unmatchable, too. Bolt had just too much to make up in the final 100 meters as both Britain and the United States were ahead and even Japan was even.As Bolt fell to the ground, the leg with the golden shoe giving way, the crowd still went wild because the home team went on to win gold in 37.47 seconds, .05 seconds ahead of the United StatesIt was yet another amazing upset in a championship of so many.Before Bolt came onto the track, he was consoling Mo Farah, his long-distance equivalent who had just lost his first major race since 2011 when he failed to get gold in the 5,000 meters.Farah also was bidding farewell to the track, coming up short of his fifth straight 5,000-10,000 double at major championships in a sprint against Muktar Edris Ethiopia.“I gave it all,” Farah said. “I didn’t have a single bit left at the end.”Instead, Tori Bowie was the unlikely first double gold medalist at the championships, anchoring the U.S. team to the 4×100-meter relay title ahead of Britain and Jamaica.At the same time, Allyson Felix, running the second leg on the winning team, earned a record 15th medal at the world championships in a career going back to 2005.Bowie, who won the 100 meters this week, ran a strong anchor leg, leaving behind the opposition to finish in 41.82 seconds.“Two gold medals is amazing for me,” Bowie said. “We are on top of the world.”Britain took silver in 42.12 and two-time defending champion Jamaica earned bronze in 42.19.If Bolt and Farah were about farewells, the decathlon was about renewal in the wake of the retirement of two-time Olympic and world champion Ashton Eaton. And Kevin Mayer is the new “world’s greatest athlete.”The Frenchman produced a dominant performance over two days and 10 events, ending with a celebratory 1,500 meters.Mayer won with 8,768 points. Rico Freimuth took silver with 8,564 points, while German teammate Kai Kazmirek was third with 8,488.Mayer is the first Frenchman to win the title. He had only one scare during the two days of competition _ when he scaled his opening mark of 5.10 meters in the pole vault on his third and last attempt.Johannes Vetter of Germany won the javelin title with an opening throw of 89.89 meters. The German beat Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic by 16 centimeters. Another Czech, Petr Frydrych, took bronze with a last throw of 88.32 meters.In the high jump, Mariya Lasitskene of Russia cleared 2.03 meters to win ahead of Yulia Levchenko of Ukraine and Kamila Licwinko of Poland.There was at least one veteran who did produce Saturday as Sally Pearson got another gold medal at the Olympic Stadium in London after missing much of the past two seasons because of injury.Five years after winning the 100-meter hurdles at the London Games, Pearson won the world title in 12.59 seconds.Dawn Harper-Nelson of the United States was second, .04 seconds behind, and Pamela Dutiewicz of Germany took bronze in 12.72.Earlier, Bolt set the stage for his grand farewell, powering down the finishing straight to qualify Jamaica for the final.Bolt relished the adulation at the 60,000-capacity Olympic Stadium. Photo: REUTERS Caption: Bolt ended his career with 14 world championship medals.last_img read more

MMA: Jones gets one-year doping ban over sex pill

first_imgTaiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND The ban will be applied retroactively to the date of the test, meaning Jones, 29, will be free to fight again in July 2017.A three-member panel which adjudicated on Jones’ case said they were satisfied the fighter had ingested the substance unwittingly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“He did not know that the tablet he took contained prohibited substances or that those substances had the capacity to enhance sporting performance. However by his imprudent use of (the pill) he has not only lost a year of his career but an estimated nine million dollars.“On the evidence before the Panel, the Applicant is not a drug cheat,” the panel from McLaren Global Sports Solutions wrote, according to MMAFighting.com.“He did not know that the tablet he took contained prohibited substances or that those substances had the capacity to enhance sporting performance. However by his imprudent use of (the pill) he has not only lost a year of his career but an estimated nine million dollars. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Jon Jones (center) yells out after defeating Daniel Comier in a light heavyweight title fight at the MGM GrandGarden Arena on January 3, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones has been handed a one-year doping ban after taking a sex pill tainted with a performance-enhancing substance. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Mixed martial arts star Jon Jones has been handed a one-year doping ban after taking a sexual-performance pill tainted with a performance-enhancing substance, it was confirmed on Monday.Jones, the Ultimate Fighting Championships interim light heavyweight champion, tested positive for the substance shortly before UFC 200 in July.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas View comments We are young EDITORS’ PICK BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Just an off-day for the Green Archers Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “This outcome which he admits to be a wake-up call for him should serve as a warning to all others who participate in the same sport.”Jones is already serving a suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a positive test conducted in June for clomiphene and letrozole, both testosterone-boosting drugs. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

CEU Scorpions frontrunners in new D-League conference

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Benefits of township living Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists LATEST STORIES MOST READ The Foundation Cup kicks off on July 25 at Paco Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division The Scorpions are expected to follow up their campaign in the season-opening conference, where they made the finals despite having just an eight-man roster, with another memorable stint.“I think any team who has line-up who are veterans in the D-League would be a strong team. And I can never count out CEU because of the program that they’ve built. Regardless of who the coaches are the school has a very successful program,” said Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) coach Potit De Vera in Filipino during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum Tuesday at Amelie Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s going to be an interesting conference because of the diversity of the players and the coaches and the ages—from college kids to veterans—are going to play with and against each other.”But CEU assistant coach Gabby Velasco downplayed the team’s frontrunner tag and said that the Scorpions team that will participate in the Foundation Cup is going to be different from previous side that lost to Cignal-Ateneo in the championship round two weeks ago. MANILA, Philippines—Centro Escolar University’s improbable finals run has made it a favorite to win the title in the coming PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Johanna Konta bristles at reporter after Wimbledon loss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The seven or six players from last conference would still be there, but the rest will come from our training team while the others are from our recent tryouts. So this is going to be a totally different team,” said Velasco.“We wanted to improve and raise the basketball program of CEU that’s why we joined the D-League. So I don’t think it would be fair to look us at again with the same caliber and same strength that we have last conference.”Aside from the Scorpions, the five other school-based teams according to PBA D-League official Rosc Teotico are the AMA Titans, TIP Engineers, BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare, Nailtalk-St. Dominic Savio, and McDavid La Salle Araneta University.Marinero Pilipino Skippers, iWalk Chargers, Italianos Homme Shoes, Hyperwash Laundromat Vipers, Sterishred Medical, Alberei Kings (Zamboanga), and Hazchem Inc complete the cast.Bengua, who is D-League tournament director, said a 14th team is still negotiating its possible entry and has been given a Monday deadline to finalize everything.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Consultation, inclusivity and

first_imgDear Editor,The City Council’s indifference to accountability: When the PPP/C Government brought the above anomalies and others to the attention of the Council, we were often accused of wanting to deny the illegal vendors an opportunity to earn a living. These very vendors were often used by then Mayor Hamilton Green and his deputy to take to the streets in protest, in return for being allowed to vend illegally. Furthermore, the vendors were enticed/duped into committing to vote for the APNU+AFC political alliance at the May 2015 General and Regional Elections in return for the Council’s turning a blind eye to their illegal vending. Sadly when the APNU/AFC Government took office, it reneged on the unwritten understanding the Mayor/Deputy Mayor had with the vendors and the City Council’s triumvirate of Mayor, Head of its Finance Committee and Town Clerk spearheaded the demolition of their structures.The PPP/C Government financial and other support to the Council: The PPP/C Government was of times forced to pump millions of dollars into the City Council’s coffers annually to bail them out of their financial woes and for the purpose of addressing the health and environmental concerns arising out of the City Council’s failure to provide sanitation and other health related services the legislation requires of the Council. For the years 2007 to 2014 financial support to the extent of $357 million was provided to the City Council; and this excludes the cost of a number of Compactor Trucks, Pick Ups and Garbage Bins given to the Council and the several Cleanup Campaigns which the PPP/C Government initiated and supported, including the $500 million Cleanup Georgetown which activity the City Council had agreed to maintain.But the issue of increasing revenue base and so making more resources available to the Council cannot be considered independent of the present performance of the Council where issues of accountability are concerned. Access to more resources must be based, inter alia, on service delivery and overall performance including transparency and accountability for resources already at the disposal of Council.The latter’s present operations are shrouded in corruption, incompetence and arrogance. Furthermore, one must be mindful about supporting any measure that introduces increased costs and bring more hardship to the citizens of the municipality eg the proposed Parking Meter Project.Following the Local Government Elections of March 18, 2016, and the election of a new Council at City Hall, the latter resolved, inter alia, to: a) put new revenue collecting mechanism in place with an expected significant jump in revenues; (b) have a revaluation of property; change of status of some from residential to commercial; (c) have better car and bus park management; (d) issue of land leases, etc.These measures are yet to be put in place.Albeit, the APNU/AFC Government has made available to City Hall over $300 million and has committed to provide a further $180 million to help the inefficient Council to meet expenditures to which the latter committed without resources. Nine months later, the Council is still struggling to keep its head above water.Improving the way things are done at City Hall can only be done by:a) Not allowing yourselves to be used as political tools to impose the will of Government, namely, to award contracts to supporters, bypassing the procurement procedures and denying resources to those perceived not to be supporters of the Government.(b)Interference in the work of the City Council that goes beyond providing guidance/overview viz: Instructions to settle cases of rates owing on properties and exemption of certain properties that do not meet the requirements for waiver from payment of rates as set out in the Municipal Legislation.This represents revenue loss that denies the Council and the residents’ financial resources that could be used to provide more goods and services to satisfy their needs. It encourages corruption and kickbacks.(c) Building and strengthening capacity at the level of the human resource.(d) Improving revenue collection and expenditure controls to guard against misuse of assets.(e) Addressing issues of governance.Good governance is essential for sustainable development and the Council must take measures to improve good governance practise by, inter alia, involving the citizens in policy making, public education and awareness with some frequency; and by providing opportunity for citizens to have a greater involvement in decision making with respect to their own development and that of the Communities in which they live.Some of the very citizens could be part of the monitoring and evaluation of projects to ensure citizens get value for money. It’s one way you improve rates collection: when citizens are involved in the process of getting things done to benefit themselves.Then and only then would the excesses and mismanagement at City Hall be arrested and replaced with reliable, timely and quality services to citizens and so restore the confidence, credibility and the trust of citizens in the work of City Hall. We must not allow our own selfish agenda to frustrate the work of Council. Citizens’ participation helps to build trust. This involvement must go beyond mere one-to-one exchanges, phone calls, street corner and rum shop engagements. With Annual Internal Elections for Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the City Council due shortly, we could make a start in effecting the required changes and concomitant improvements.Is this asking too much?Norman Whittakerlast_img read more

The FIFA 15 trailer you won’t have seen

first_imgFor fans of football gaming, the final countdown is on before the hotly anticipated FIFA 15 is released in the UK later this year.For the first time ever, fans will be able to watch their teams walk out at all 20 Premier League grounds, including the hallowed turf of Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge.Check out the FIFA 15 trailer you won’t have seen in the video above.To watch the REAL FIFA 15 trailer, click here.last_img

WATCH! In-form Manchester United star scores free-kicks while BLINDFOLDED

first_imgJuan Mata is in great form for Manchester United right now.And his confidence appears to be so high that not even wearing a blindfold can stop him from scoring!Check out the video above of Mata firing in free-kicks without being able to see the goal.last_img