Carter racing to be fit for French semis

first_imgCarter missed Racing’s 15-12 defeat to Leinster in Bilbao due to a hamstring injury but could be fit to face either Toulouse or Castres in Lyon on May 26 in the Top 14 semi-final, according to backs coach Laurent Labit.If not available in two weeks’ time, Carter, who will leave the French side for Kobelco Steelers in Japan at the season’s end, is “sure” to be fit for the June 3 final in Paris, Labit said.Ireland international lock Donnacha Ryan, who injured a shoulder against Leinster, is likewise facing a race against time for the Top 14 semi-final but looks otherwise certain to return to full fitness ahead of the final.However, the news on South Africa international fly-half Pat Lambie is not so good.Lambie is waiting to see a specialist to find out if he has ruptured his cruciate knee ligaments, an injury that forced him off the field against Leinster after just three minutes of Saturday’s European Champions Cup final.Lambie himself said after the match he thought his season was over.Racing are already without France scrum-half Maxime Machenaud, full-back Brice Dulin — both of whom have ruptured cruciate knee ligaments — and hooker Dimitri Szarzewski, who has a biceps injury.Racing have a bye into the Top 14 semi-finals after finishing in the top two in the regular season, alongside table-toppers Montpellier.This weekend Toulouse take on Castres and Toulon play Lyon for the final two places in the semi-finals.last_img read more

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Nadal, Venus ousted in first round of Australian Open

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):For five sets and nearly five hours, two chiselled Spanish left-handers went head to head again at the Australian Open.It wasn’t a semi-final this time, though, and It didn’t end nearly as well for Rafael Nadal, who lost 7-6 (6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to Fernando Verdasco and was eliminated in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament for only the second time in a career that has netted him 14 major titles.Nadal won his only Australian title in 2009 after overcoming Verdasco in a five-hour, 14-minute semi-final – a match that still ranks among the classics at Melbourne Park.This time, Verdasco rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win the last two sets and come from a break down in the fifth to win in 4:41 and reach the second round. Nadal’s only previous first-round exit in a Grand Slam was at Wimbledon in 2013, when he lost in straight sets to No. 135-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium.”It’s a hard and painful loss,” the fifth-seeded Nadal said. “He was playing amazing in the last set … more aggressive than me. He took more risks than me, and he won. Probably he deserved.”overshadowedNo. 2 Simona Halep and seven-time Grand Slam-winner Venus Williams also went out in the first round yesterday, when a series of upsets took some focus off a match-fixing controversy that had overshadowed the first day of the season’s first major.Halep, the 2014 French Open finalist, lost 6-4, 6-3 to Zhang Shuai, giving the No. 133-ranked Chinese qualifier her first win at a Grand Slam after 14 losses.”It’s OK. I don’t want to make this match like dramatic,” said Halep, who refused to blame an Achilles tendon problem for contributing to her third first-round loss in five years at Melbourne Park.After beating Halep, Zhang burst into tears when asked about breaking the drought.”I think in my life, it’s the best tennis,” she said. “To win against a top-two player, I’m so happy, so excited.”Williams lost 6-4, 6-2 to Johanna Konta, her eighth first-round loss at a major.No. 3 Garbine Muguruza and No. 7 Angelique Kerber advanced along with two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who closed play on centre court with a 6-0, 6-0 rout of Alison Van Uytvanck.No. 2-ranked Murray opened with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 win over Alexander Zvereva.last_img read more

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Calvin Abueva’s defensive grit helps keep Fuel Masters unscathed

first_imgCalvin Abueva after his block on Galanza to preserve Phoenix’ 83-82 win over NLEX and also to keep their unbeaten start that has now stretched to 5 wins. | @BLozadaINQ #PBA2019 pic.twitter.com/E6fr4qbBsb— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) February 8, 2019MANILA, Philippines—It may have looked like a spur of the moment defensive play but Calvin Abueva’s game-winning block on Bong Galanza was the culmination of a well-thought, calculated moved.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAbueva’s block not only gave Phoenix the 83-82 win, but it also preserved the team’s unbeaten start in the PBA Philippine Cup that has now stretched to five wins.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Calvin Abueva’s crucial block saves Phoenix. PBA IMAGES“I helped because my teammate was already beaten and we all knew the offense would go through Larry [Fonacier] so when Galanza got free I just forced myself for the help defense instead off allowing him to take the shot,” said Abueva in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Fonacier was pinned down in the screens and Galanza was able to free himself for the three,  but Abueva was there to help out on Alex Mallari who was also trapped in the picks.READ: PBA: Phoenix stays hot, escapes NLEX for 5-0 startBut it wasn’t just Abueva who displayed the tenacity down the stretch since it was the credo that Phoenix head coach Louie Alas instilled in them.The Fuel Masters trailed by as much as 11, 56-45, early in the third quarter but slowly clawed their way back and tied the game at 77 after Matthew Wright’s triple with 4:15 remaining in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix took an 83-77 lead with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter after Wright’s jumper over Galanza.READ: Matthew Wright on Phoenix’s 4-0 start: Nothing to brag just yetAlthough the Fuel Masters allowed the Road Warriors to score five unanswered, Abueva’s grit was able to save them.“Coach always tells us to focus especially in the end game because that’s what really matters,” said Abueva who finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks.“We can keep a steady pace in the first three quarters but the fourth really is the most crucial and that’s the time where we really want to show our mentality.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra PBA: Phoenix stays hot, escapes NLEX for 5-0 start Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The defensive play started when Justin Chua deliberately stepped on the sideline to get a delay of game warning that allowed the Fuel Masters to read the Road Warriors’ offense, giving the chance for Abueva to pounce. 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

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Liberia Hosts First Tsingtao Beer Festival in December

first_imgWilson T. Nyanneh, Chief Executive Officer of Nyanneh Company Inc., the sole importer of the popular Tsingtao beer in Liberia, has disclosed that his company has begun preparation for the country’s first-ever beer festival.The goal of the festival, according to Nyanneh, is to improve the country’s tourism industry and add the required foreign exchange to the country’s struggling economy.Nyanneh added that the Tsingtao Beer Festival will bring 150 foreign guests, including executives from Tsingtao headquarters in China and its distributors across the world.“The festival is for four days (December 19-22, 2019), at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, and will promote a carnival atmosphere with maximum entertainment for beer lovers, as well as responsible drinking. We are working to make sure that the activities of this festival focus on showcasing Liberian culture and lifestyle in a positive atmosphere with massive entertainment and other fun activities.“Other benefit of this festival is to let our foreign guests know that Liberia is safe and ready for business and to attract investment in the country’s tourism sector,” Mr Nyanneh said. “Aside from the beer, there will be food vendors with vegan and vegetarian options, non-alcoholic soft drinks and juices, and games.”Meanwhile, the young Liberian business executive has disclosed that Tsingtao, a partly state-owned company, chose Liberia to host the Tsingtao Beer festival under the Chinese government’s Belt and Road Initiative.The Belt and Road Initiative is a global strategy adopted by the Chinese government, involving infrastructural development and investment in 152 countries and international organizations in Asia, Africa, Europe the Middle East and the Americas.“Liberia is one of the important markets in the Belt and Road and, for this reason, the country was selected by the government of the People’s Republic of China. Sidelines activities of the festival will include a mini-marathon and an investment conference at Monrovia City Hall, an outdoor banquet at RLJ resort, band performances, as well as local and international performing artists and disc jockeys,” Nyanneh added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Wilson T. Nyanneh, CEO of Nyanneh Company Inc., the sole importer of Tsingtao beer in Liberialast_img read more

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Herstelling man arraigned for reputed wife’s murder

first_imgA Herstelling, East Bank Demerara man who allegedly strangled his reputed wife, Lowtie Atwaroo, to death on Monday evening was on Thursday arraigned for the heinous crime.Thirty-eight-year-old Daniel Watson, of Lot 1262 Plantation Walk, Herstelling, was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on May 21, 2018, he murdered Atwaroo, called “Mona”.Defence Attorney Bernard Da Silva claimed that his client was beaten by Police ranks in order for him to sign documents that he was not too familiar with. HeDaniel Watsonasked that his client be medically examined and be given an early date for a Preliminary Inquiry (PI).However, Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh told the court that the investigations into the matter were ongoing and were awaiting statements.It was reported that the incident occurred about 21:00h on Monday last when Atwaroo went to visit her reputed husband.Investigations revealed that Atwaroo moved out of the couple’s home over two months ago after being allegedly abused by Watson. However, they allegedly continued a visiting relationship.Reports are that on the day in question, the woman went to visit her reputed husband and shortly after was seen submerged in a drain.Watson reportedly fled the scene, but was later apprehended, arrested and charged with the capital offence. The accused was remanded to prison by Magistrate Leroy Daly and would make his next court appearance on May 28.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Watch Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning Champions League hat-trick

first_imgThe Champions League saw more of its records tumble on Tuesday night when Cristiano Ronaldo netted a stunning hat-trick against Wolfsburg.Real Madrid were trailing 2-0 after the first leg but Ronaldo bagged two in two minutes to level the tie after only 17 minutes of the second leg.He completed his treble with just over ten minutes of the tie remaining with a trademark free kick to send the Bernabeu crazy and ensure Madrid made their sixth consecutive Champions League semi-final.The hat-trick was his third of this year’s tournament (which is a record) and his fifth in the competition ever (which is a joint record with Lionel Messi).Ronaldo now has 16 goals in Europe this season, one shy of the record in a single season, which the Portuguese also holds.Is there a better goalscorer than Ronaldo? Watch the videos below and let us know! Cristiano Ronaldo now has 16 goals in the competition this season 1last_img read more

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Louis van Gaal: Manchester United need to score more goals

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal would have liked more goals from his side after they kept up their top-four push with a 2-0 win against fellow FA Cup semi-finalists Crystal Palace.A fourth-minute Damien Delaney own-goal and cracking Matteo Darmian strike 10 minutes after the break steered United to the Barclays Premier League victory at Old Trafford in a game they thoroughly dominated.It leaves the fifth-placed Red Devils a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who play their game in hand against West Brom on Thursday.And Van Gaal said: “I have told my players after the match that it was a good game – the only remark was that we didn’t score too much goals, because it was a match (that should have had a scoreline) of 5-0, I think.“But I am pleased with the way we have played. We have created a lot of chances in the first half and the second half, and we didn’t give any away – maybe one in the first half and that was it, so I am very pleased.”Van Gaal, whose side have four more league games to go and face Everton in the cup semi-final on Saturday, said: “I wanted three points, because that was the most important thing.“We needed to close the gap, we needed to win and that is what I said to my players in advance of the match.“We had to win, and that we have done – and now it is another game.“I have said ‘first you can enjoy (this), but you must recover also because soon you have to play again.’“Now we have to do it again, at quarter past five on Saturday.”Wayne Rooney, occupying a midfield role, made his third appearance since returning to action from a knee injury, and Van Gaal was full of praise for the captain.“He played about 75 minutes and I am building up his capacity in the matches,” Van Gaal said.“He was the player who switched the play, and I liked that very much.“Not any player has a fixed position. I use a player where I think they can give a high contribution in a particular game.“It was more of a midfield role today, because of the way Crystal Palace was playing and I didn’t want to change (striker) Marcus Rashford from his position, so we had to look for another position for Wayne.“He played there also last year, so it is not something new for him, and I am very happy with the way he performed.”Although the official attendance given for the match was 75,277 – a figure understood to reflect the number of tickets sold – there appeared to be quite a few empty seats at Old Trafford.But when that was put to Van Gaal in his post-match press conference, he brushed off the suggestion.“I don’t see a lot of empty seats – but you have seen it because you want to see it,” the Dutchman said.last_img read more

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Everton to launch stunning £46million swoop for Napoli star

first_img1 Kalidou Koulibaly in action for Napoli Everton are hoping to beat Arsenal and Chelsea to the signing of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly with an offer of £46m.The Senegal international is proving to be one of the most in-demand players this summer and clubs from around Europe are keen to snap him up.Both Arsenal and Chelsea have held talks with Napoli, while French champions Paris Saint-Germain are keeping tabs on the situation too.However, according to Sportitalia, Everton are ready to blow the competition out of the water with a bid of of £46m.The Toffees have money to spend this summer following the backing of billionaire investor Farhad Moshiri.A new centre-back is high on manager Ronald Koeman’s list of targets and he could get his wish after Everton submitted their latest offer for Koulibaly.last_img read more

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FINALS OF AN GARDA SIOCHANA AGUS AN POBAIL LE CHEILE TRE

first_imgThe finals of the above competition are being held at the Scréabàn in Gaoth Dobhair tonight (SUN).The plate final is taking place at 6pm.The shield final is at 7pm and the Cup final between players representing The Gaoth Dobhair Day Centre and MS Ireland Donegal Branch is at 8pm.There will be activities for children of all ages and refreshments also. The presentations of the trophies and medals will take place after the main final.Everyone is welcome and it’s the ideal way to end mothers day.FINALS OF AN GARDA SIOCHANA AGUS AN POBAIL LE CHEILE TRE was last modified: March 6th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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Boro keep pressure on Leeds, QPR claim London derby win over Millwall plus more

first_imgMiddlesbrough closed the gap on Championship leaders Leeds United to just a pint after defeating Bolton Wanderers at the RiversideTony Pulis’ men were superior, but had to wait until the 34th-minute for a breakthrough thanks to George Saville’s strike. 2 impact Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack getty MONEY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won RANKED Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF smart causal Eze impressed during QPR’s London derby victory over Millwall REVEALED center_img Britt Assombalonga then popped up with a late second to seal a 2-0 win.At the other end of the table, two goals in three minutes gave QPR a third win in their last four league matches as they defeated Millwall 2-0.After losing their first four Championship games, Rangers have turned their form around impressively.They had a helping hand this time from Ben Amos, who was arguably culpable for both goals as Massimo Luongo headed in a 30th-minute opener before Ebere Eze bundled a shot beyond the Millwall keeper. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Steven Fletcher’s deflected 88th-minute shot boosted hopes of another comeback after Wednesday snatched a point against Stoke at the weekend but it proved to be just a consolation.Birmingham remain winless but were unlucky in a goalless draw against Sheffield United – Gary Gardner hitting a post with a late free-kick. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Reading suffered a fourth home defeat of the season, losing 2-1 to Norwich.Teemu Pukki’s fifth goal of the campaign in the 14th minute put the Canaries ahead. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson levelled things in the 72nd minute but Norwich went straight down the other end where Mario Vrancic produced a neat finish.Nottingham Forest moved above Sheffield Wednesday on goal difference after a 2-1 victory over the Owls at the City Ground.Lewis Grabban touched in a 41st-minute free-kick before Joao Carvalho curled in a second for Forest with 63 minutes gone. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Boro keep the pressure on Leeds, who beat Preston last night possible standings silverware last_img read more

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