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Benitez to leave Napoli amid Real speculation (Updated)

first_imgNapoli coach Rafa Benitez has announced he is leaving after two years with the Serie A club amid widespread expectation he is poised to replace the sacked Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.Spaniard Benitez, 55, who had a stint in Real’s youth set-up in the 1990s, made the announcement at a news conference on Thursday with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.As the club had made clear on Wednesday, Benitez declined to answer questions about his future, saying he had taken the decision to leave after Sunday’s final Serie A match of the campaign at home to Lazio “for family reasons”.“I want to thank the president, the club and all the fans because after two years my experience here at Napoli is coming to an end,” Madrid-born Benitez said.Spanish media have made the former Liverpool, Inter Milan and Chelsea coach the favourite to replace Ancelotti, who was fired by Real on Monday after a season without major silverware.Benitez has had mixed fortunes during his stint with Napoli and if he does join Real he will be taking on one of the most challenging coaching jobs in club soccer.Italian Ancelotti was dismissed a year after he ended 12 years of Champions League failure and led Real to a record-extending 10th European crown, as well as a King’s Cup triumph.Napoli won the Coppa Italia last term and finished third in Serie A but have been unable to use that as a platform for greater success.They started this campaign by losing a Champions League qualifier to Athletic Bilbao and missed out on the lucrative group stage.Beaten in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia and Europa League, they are fourth in Serie A and need to beat third-placed Lazio to earn a place in next season’s Champions League playoff round.“On Sunday we have an extremely important match and I want to end my two years with a win,” Benitez said. “My focus is solely on the Lazio game.”De Laurentiis gave no word on who might take over from Benitez, saying only that they would be named “soon”last_img read more

Grizzlies coach Fizdale fined $30,000 for refs rant

first_imgPanelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MOST READ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “We told him right away, you’re not going to have to pay that,” the San Antonio Express-News reported.At practice on Wednesday, Conley told reporters that he had sent Fizdale a text hours after the game thanking him.“He didn’t have to do anything,” Conley said. “Obviously there’s a lot of emotions this time of year and he took it head on.“We’re all quiet,” he said of the Grizzlies to other perceived slights by the officials. “We don’t normally say anything about anything. I think coach finally got fed up.”Fizdale, speaking Wednesday, said he knew he’d be fined but thought he owed it to his players to speak up.“Players in general and coaches pull this card a lot,” Fizdale said. “I’m not sitting here acting like I’m any more original than any other coach.“But you’re fighting for your team and you’re fighting for your life in the playoffs, and you just don’t have room to let things go into the next year.“The series can be over, so you’re always going to fight for your guys,” he said. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig outcenter_img Shaq O’Neal’s son Shareef commits to University of Arizona Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, left, guard Mike Conley (11), and forward Zach Randolph, right, talk on the court during a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Memphis coach David Fizdale, whose “take that” rant on the officiating in the Grizzlies’ Monday playoff loss at San Antonio went viral, was fined $30,000 by the NBA on Wednesday.Fizdale excoriated officials after the Grizzlies’ 96-82 loss to the Spurs, which left them 0-2 down in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Fizdale called the officiating “unprofessional” and “unacceptable.”READ: Memphis coach blasts ‘unprofessional’ officiatingFEATURED 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 returnNBA rules prohibit public criticism of game officials.“It’s unfortunate that I’ve got a guy like (point guard) Mike Conley that in his whole career has got zero technical fouls and just cannot seem to get the proper respect from the officials that he deserves,” Fizdale fumed on Monday. He complained about the discrepancy in fouls called against the Grizzlies and Spurs players.“First half, we shot 19 shots in the paint, and we had six free throws. They shot 11 times in the paint, and they had 23 free throws,” he noted.READ: NBA: Leonard stars anew as Spurs take 2-0 lead vs Grizzlies“I’m not a numbers guy, but that doesn’t seem to add up,” said Fizdale, who capped his rant by banging the table and adding “Take that for data!”If Conley has his way, Fizdale won’t be any the poorer for his outburst.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Alvarez punishes Kovalev to win title

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, NJ (AP): Eleider Alvarez rocked Sergey Kovalev with a right that dropped the Russian on his rear. He never let up in his first shot at the title. After three years of waiting for a light heavyweight title fight, Alvarez left Kovalev crumpled on the canvas, enveloped by a victory celebration. He dropped Kovalev three times in a brutal seventh round and won the 175-pound championship by knockout at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday night. Alvarez ran his record to 24-0 (12 KOs) and sprinted around the ring as Kovalev stumbled back to his corner. Alvarez got the KO at 2:45 in the seventh as the sellout crowd of 5,642 at Etess Arena went wild for boxing’s newest champion. “I knew it was my chance and I wanted to take it right now,” Alvarez said. Alvarez won the WBO light heavyweight title and ended Kovalev’s latest reign atop the division. Alvarez, who once had surgery on his right hand, found the power in that hand to level Kovalev with a right and send him to the canvas. Alvarez, a Colombian, pounced and pounded away at Kovalev when he beat the 10 count and knocked him down two more times before referee David Fields ended the fight. “It was a two (punch) combo that I have been throwing my whole career and we worked on it in camp,” Alvarez said. “I have always practised that in camp and we thought it would work in this camp.” Dmitry Bivol unanimously outpointed Isaac Chilemba to retain the WBA version of the 175-pound title. There had been hopes to match Kovalev (32-3-1) against Bivol in a unification bout, perhaps later this year. Alvarez caught Kovalev, who hasn’t been the same since consecutive defeats to Andre Ward, and put those plans on ice. His third knockdown left Kovalev on all fours, and he sat motionless on the canvas as Alvarez took a victory leap into his corner. Kovalev was taken to a hospital. Alvarez had used wins over Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute to earn a title shot he believed was years in the making. “I wanted to show that I could stay strong and do good things,” Alvarez said. “His punches were not as hard as they were in the beginning of the fight.”last_img read more

Isn’t this a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

first_imgDear Editor,When Cathy Hughes rose to make her presentation in the Parliament on August 4th, 2017, she made it clear that the bill defines the powers and functions of the original Broadcasting Laws.  These are all understandable concepts.She then said, “Guyana has to move forward from the days of ethnic division”, and I welcome this position also.Where is Mrs Hughes’s conscience when, under this Granger Administration, there are umpteen examples of a preponderance of appointments across the public services that are steeped in an outcome that emboldens ethnic supremacy?  One has only to look at the list of Heads of Departments, Permanent Secretaries, District Education Officers, the heads of the hospitals and other senior functionaries in the public service, who were appointed since this Granger Administration assumed office, and one can identify a clear act of centralised suppression of a targeted segment of the Guyanese population.Is Mrs. Hughes disingenuous in making this call?She also stated that this amendment to the bill was designed to organise “civilized discourse and debate”, but in the very next breath, in her statement, she went into what many would consider an uncivilised discourse, with no objection from an increasingly biased Speaker of the National Assembly.Why is there need for such raw, unadulterated, gutter politics in that venerable and rather magnificent institution? Those who forget history will always struggle to develop the future. This is clearly what is happening in Guyana in 2017, and the GDP figures at 2% do tell a full story.The Good Book admonishes us: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind…” Where was Mrs Hughes’s humility of mind demonstrated as she forced this ill-conceived and ill-thought-out piece of legislation down the Guyanese people’s throat with much haste?She should really pay more attention to the needs of the ordinary people, rather than the needs of the small Granger cabal. One last point: my brother Enrico Woolford is reputed to be the Editor-in-Chief and alleged majority owner of Capitol News.  But today he is also a key influencer in the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, as one of the three Ministerial Advisors to Mrs Hughes; and he shared in the annual payout of some Gy million in 2016.  So, will persons inside the Ministry of Public Telecommunications who are tasked with influencing the Minister but have a vested interest in Capitol News steer licences to this news outfit using insider information? Isn’t this a conflict of interest situation? Isn’t this a “friends and family arrangement” too?  Isn’t this a case of the pot calling the kettle black?  Or is this the big hustle in favour of the Granger cabal, compliments of the taxpayers of Guyana, with the now washed out strategy of blaming the PPP for all of their current-day indiscretions?Regards,Sase Singhlast_img read more

PBA set to hold referee tryouts

first_imgUAAP: Adamson ends 4 game slide with beatdown of NU Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees ‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Tryouts are scheduled from Oct.22 until Oct. 25 from 9 am to 12 noon at JCSGO Gym in Cubao with international referee Bong Pascual and coach Joey Guanio administering the auditions.Just like any physically exhausting job, the PBA requires its applicants to be at least 25-years-old, college level, at least 5-foot-8 in height for males and 5-foot-2 for females.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Those who could pass the tryouts could earn as much as P40,000 and game day allowances from P500 to P2,000.Details are available at the league’s official website. MOST READ 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 semi02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MANILA, Philippines—Looking to beef up its officiating rosters, the PBA is set to hold referee tryouts in the last week of October.Application forms are available during office hours at the PBA Office, 186 E. Rodriguez Avenue, Bagumbayan, Quezon City or during the league’s games at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Deadline for application is Oct. 21ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Kenya 7s writes history after stunning Fiji to lift first ever Cup title

first_imgThe last time Kenya was in the Cup final was in 2013, when the team was under the tutelage of Englishman Mike Friday after losing narrowly 24-19 to England in Wellington.Kenya’s record try scorer Collins Injera, who is on 224 tries to sit second on the world top scorers list, hailed his team-mates for the outstanding performance.Injera closed on to within two tries of Argentina’s Santiago Gomez Cora at the top of the all-time try scoring charts with a try double to earn the player of the final award.“I knew that was our only chance to advance into the final and I’m so happy we did it. We have achieved our target and I want to appreciate and congratulate the boys for a job well done, but I urge them to maintain the consistency,” Injera, who sent Kenya to the final after he struck between the posts a last gasp Penalty stated.Skipper Andrew Amonde made a real nuisance of himself at the breakdown to see Kenya wrestle possession from Fiji to set up Oscar Ayodi who sprinted to the corner for an unconverted try.Injera doubled the lead when he grounded his 224th career series try which could be his most important as Kenya continued to keep Fiji on the back foot.Kenya went on the attack from the scrum as Injera turned over again after Apisai Domolailai’s 30-metre pass, one that Nate Ebner would have been proud of, found Osea Kolinisau inside the 22 but the Fijian skipper could not gather it cleanly to be penalised for a knock on.Shujaa were on a roll with once again producing great work at the breakdown to see them win turnover ball for Samuel Oliech to score Kenya’s fourth try as the conversion went wide.Fiji hit back at the restart of the second half with Osea Kolinisau leading by example, fielding the ball in the deep before going off on a run up-field.Vatemo Ravouvou got his hands on the ball and passed to Jerry Tuwai who crossed the line for a try that was worth seven with the conversion.Nelson Oyoo extended the lead when he put a big hit in defence and then turn it into attack with a special score from deep inside his own half.Frank Wanyama nailed the final nail on Fiji’s coffin to seal on a famous victory with a try in the corner.It has took Kenya 114 tournaments to win the Cup but the wait comes to an end against the world’s best team.-Kick in-Collins Injera puts Kenya into Singapore 7s final Singapore Sevens 2016, HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Photo Martin Seras LimaTo storm the semi-final, Kenya eliminated a stubborn France 28-7 in an encounter where the Benjamin Ayimba charges grounded four tries with Sammy Oliech converting all.The Pumas struck first through Fernando Luna on the stroke of half-time when he stepped inside a weak attempted tackle from Augustine Lugonzo.Shujaa were unable to restore parity in the little time left as they failed to win possession from restart to see Gaston Revol kick the ball into touch with his side seven points up at the breather.Lugonzo made the amends when they returned to hand Kenya a dream start to the second half when he atoned for his costly error before the break by running in a try from halfway and level scores at 7-7.The encounter was still a close affair to see both sides tie on 12-12 as Frank Wanyama cancelled out Axel Muller’s try with Collins Injera’s conversion going wide to see the scores remain level with 40 seconds to go.Unperturbed by his poor conversion attempt, Injera decided to have a shot at goal from 40 metres out after Argentina were penalised in the closing seconds and indeed the Kenya’s record try scorer did not disappoint as he converted to see his team-mates go wild.Kenya’s Willy Ambaka attacks against Argentina Singapore Sevens 2016, HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Photo Martin Seras LimaSouth Africa thrashed Argentina 28-0 to clinch the third place play-off.Samoa won Plate after beating New Zealand 26-21, Scotland lifted Bowl after edging out USA 14-10 while Russia settled for Shield following their 24-7 victory over Wales.Kenya will now shift attention to the penultimate round in Paris on the weekend of 13-15 May, where the Series will be making a first appearance.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000HSBC Singapore Sevens champions, KenyaFinal Cup, Fiji 7 v 30 Kenya, Singapore Sevens 2016, HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Photo Martin Seras LimaNAIROBI, April 17 – Brilliant Kenya 7s team defied the odds to lift their first ever Main Cup title after stunning champions Fiji 30-7 in a nail biting Singapore tournament final at the eighth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series on Sunday.The victory saw Shujaa collect 22 points, their highest ever to climb seventh on the overall standings on 85 points behind Argentina who are on 92.last_img read more

The FIFA 15 Players You NEED To See

first_imgWith FIFA 15 due to be released this month, gaming fans around the world will be rubbing their hands together in anticipation for what the game has to offer this year.We’ve already shown you the top ten best players to expect from the game, but how about the players who are celebrated by football fans for other reasons?From “Lord” Nicklas Bendtner to Emile “The Destroyer” Heskey, our video showcases the unusual talents that these players bring to the game.Don’t forget to subscribe to talkSPORT’s channel for the funny side of sport on Youtube.last_img read more

U.S. touts reduction of nuclear warheads

first_imgAt the same time, a report by an independent science advisory group has concluded that “substantial work remains” before a new generation of warheads will be fit for certification without underground nuclear testing. The findings are expected to provide congressional opponents of the warhead program with additional reasons to hold back money for the project. The administration views development of the replacement warhead as essential for keeping a secure and more easily maintained nuclear stockpile as warheads age. The National Nuclear Security Administration, part of the Energy Department, reports a 146 percent increase in dismantled nuclear warheads during the 2007 budget year, which ended Sunday. That is triple the agency’s original goal. The agency is believed to be dismantling thousands of warheads, taking out their plutonium, uranium and non-nuclear high explosive components. The agency did not say how many warheads it had taken apart, nor how many remain to be worked on because the numbers are classified. By H. Josef Hebert THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The U.S. is dismantling unneeded nuclear warheads at a faster pace than forecast as it substantially reduces its atomic arsenal under terms of an arms control treaty with Russia, government officials said Sunday. The Bush administration planned to announce today that it has taken apart three times as many reserve warheads in the just-completed budget year than it had projected and expects the rapid pace of dismantlement to continue. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Revealed! All 20 new Premier League kits ranked from worst to first – where does your club finish?

first_img 6. Aston Villa – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – If Villa’s results look half as good as this strip, they’ll stay well clear of the relegation battle. 20 20 A new season means new kits and now all 20 Premier League clubs have released their home shirts for 2015/16, we’ve ranked them from worst to first.Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so take a look at our top 20 and let us know which shirts you love and which ones you loathe by leaving a comment below.CHECK OUT NEW PREMIER LEAGUE KITS AS YOU’VE NOT SEEN THEM BEFORE: WITH CLASSIC SHIRT SPONSORS!More importantly, where do you see your team finishing? Our man, Stan Collymore has given us his Premier League predictions.The new season kicks off on Saturday, with Chelsea v Swansea live on talkSPORT from 5pm on 8 August. 11. Liverpool – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – Inoffensively boring. 20 2. Man United – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – A return to form for United in the kit department, but will it be a return to form on the pitch, too? Good work from Adidas. 1. Tottenham – Our top new home kit, Spurs have a shirt that tries something different and pulls it off. What do you think about our top 20? Comment below! 19. Newcastle – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – You shouldn’t be able to go wrong with black and white stripes, unless you add blue stripes and blue to the collar, seemingly to tie in with the colour of a deeply unpopular sponsor. 20 20 20 20 20 9. West Ham – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – A winner from West Ham. 20 16. Sunderland – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – Red and white stripes again, but a touch more modern than Stoke’s, let down by the sponsor. 7. Swansea – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – Nice copper trim. Rubbish sponsor, but the shirt still looks good. 12. Arsenal – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – Another shocking collar, plus the white sleeve extends to the shoulders – an Arsenal no-no. 20. Norwich – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – Bottom of the pile, we’re afraid to say, is this effort from the Canaries. Would be much improved if the sponsor’s logo didn’t take a great big chunk our of the green half. 20 20 10. Everton – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – Evokes memories of Everton’s classic 1985 strip, slightly spoiled by the giant sponsor’s logo. 20 5. Leicester – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – An example of how a big sponsor’s logo can look good on a shirt. Smart effort from the Foxes. 15. Bournemouth – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – Spoiled by the black bit at the top, this effort looks a bit like a generic Sunday League shirt. 20 8. Crystal Palace – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – Palace’s kit has progressed from predominantly Bayern red to more Barca blue, and the thicker stripes on this shirt look the business. 20 13. Southampton – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – Plain and simple. 17. Stoke – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – Safe, but boring. 20 20 20 4. West Brom – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – Nice, very nice! 14. Chelsea – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – Grandad collar. Says it all. 3. Man City – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – Class collar and trim from City. 20 20 20 18. Watford – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League kits ranked – A Marmite effort. Some would rank it much higher, but we don’t. last_img read more

Missile-defense talks scheduled

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – U.S. and Russian diplomats plan to meet Thursday in Hungary to discuss cooperation on a missile-defense system. Leading the U.S. delegation at the meeting in Budapest will be John C. Rood, the secretary of state for arms control and international security, according to a State Department announcement Saturday. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak will head the Russian contingent. Russia’s foreign minister last week accused the U.S. of backtracking on proposals for missile-defense cooperation. Sergey Lavrov detailed Russian allegations that Washington had gone back on compromises promised when he met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in October. The U.S. says missile-defense installations it plans in Poland and the Czech Republic, now NATO members, would counter a looming Iranian threat. Moscow disputes Washington’s contention and claims the real aim is to weaken Russia.last_img read more