Guardiola bows to FA rules despite disagreement

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola wears a yellow ribbon pinned to his jumper as he attends a press conference at the City Football Academy in Manchester, north west England on March 6, 2018, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match against FC Basel.Guardiola has said he wears a yellow ribbon to support imprisoned pro-independence politicians in his native Catalonia. © AFP / OLI SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 6 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he will live by the English Football Association’s (FA) rules even if he doesn’t agree with an FA charge for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned pro-independence campaigners in his native Catalonia.On Monday, Guardiola admitted the FA charge of wearing a political symbol, which he has sported since a number of Catalan politicians and civil society leaders were remanded in custody in October. “They are the rules, they have them and they apply them so I accept the decision because I have to,” Guardiola said on Tuesday as he addressed the media ahead of City’s Champions League clash with Basel once again wearing the yellow ribbon.Guardiola will still be free to wear the ribbon in Champions League games as UEFA have a different set of rules to the FA.“I am in this country working and under the rules, but that doesn’t mean that I agree whether they are right or wrong,” added Guardiola.“Many times in history after some time we see that decisions taken were not just.”Guardiola also rebuked FA chief executive Martin Glenn for failing to understand the significance of the yellow ribbon.Glenn publicly apologised for controversial comments comparing the Jewish Star of David with symbols such as the Nazi swastika as the FA’s reasoning for banning political symbols worn by players or coaches.However, he also claimed the yellow ribbon was “a symbol of Catalan independence”, which Guardiola strongly denied.“The first impression when I hear that is because he doesn’t understand what that means the yellow ribbon, what is symbolises,” added Guardiola.“Maybe now he will realise what it means. It’s not about independence or not independence, it is not about that.“It is about the four people or more people that are in jail and they didn’t do absolutely anything.”The former Barcelona manager has been a long-standing campaigner for Catalonia to be handed a referendum on the issue of independence.His high-profile stance has become a major talking point and, according to Spanish media reports, the City manager’s private plane was even searched at Barcelona’s El Prat airport two weeks ago by police looking for exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Rain or Shine fends off Wright, Phoenix

first_imgPBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Rain or Shine overcame a big second half by Matthew Wright and Phoenix to win, 116-111, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Center here.The Elasto Painters blew an 18-point lead before holding off the Fuel Masters thanks to timely plays from Raymond Almazan, Jericho Cruz and Gabe Norwood down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT “Lucky that we won the game. I felt in the third quarter our energy wasn’t there after our good start,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia. “We just woke up in the fourth quarter.”“Matthew Wright today played like an import. I told the players you cant relax against Phoenix,” he added after his team stayed in the hunt for the top four slots with a 5-3 slate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA followup dunk by Gabe Norwood off a miss by Almazan gave the Painters a 115-110 cushion with 54.4 seconds left. Almazan then made a free throw and swatted away Phoenix import Brandon Brown’s drive attempt inside the last 10 seconds to seal Rain or Shine’s fifth win.Almazan posted a double-double with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds with three blocks to boot. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  J’Nathan Bullock scored Rain or Shine’s first 17 points and already had 24 points by halftime. But he cooled off in the second half to finish the game with 33 points built on seven 3-pointers.Wright led Phoenix’s comeback, firing 17 points in the third quarter to erase a 16-point deficit. The Fil-Canadian deadshot exploded for a game-high 36 points while Brown added 33 points and 20 rebounds.The loss eliminated the Fuel Masters from playoff contention as they reeled to their eighth straight setback for a lowly 2-8 mark with only a game left.Jeff Chan struggled in his first game against his former team. He scored only six points on 2-of-5 shooting from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:04PBA Season 43: Rain or Shine Elastopainters01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Pumaren wants better decision-making from UE after 2nd loss Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Eustaquio shrugs off close loss, hopes to be included in Manila card

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Seeking to rebound fast, Eustaquio hopes to return to the cage as soon as the Manila card at ONE: Legends of the World slated on November 10.“I am willing to be booked on any card, but of course I prefer to be slated for the Manila card in November. Let’s hope that I can be scheduled for that event. The journey is not over. It’s only the beginning,” he said. Ravena back right away for PH team in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Eustaquio was in control of the match in the first round, and even rocked the former ONE Flyweight Champion with a stiff kick to the nose, but the action was inexplicably halted momentarily by referee Yuji Shimada.And Akhmetov quickly made adjustments, controlling the pace in the next two rounds to come out victorious.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe loss was a step back to Eustaquio’s bid to contend for the flyweight title.“It’s hard to lose my momentum. A victory tonight might have catapulted me to a title shot, but I have to accept the outcome of the bout. It’s another lesson. The good thing about this sport is that losses are avenues for competitors to grow. Surely, I will learn from this and be a better martial artist,” said the Team Lakay stalwart. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View comments Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA — Geje Eustaquio took his split decision loss to Kairat Akhmetov in the main event of ONE: Total Victory on Saturday as a minor setback.“We never lose. It’s either we win or we learn. It’s a learning process for me and my team and I would like to extend my gratitude to all the people who are always on my back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:22Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Older, Bolder

first_imgTheir understated rivalry is the stuff of legend, but Sachin’s late-career acceleration has taken him ahead of Brian Lara.Two greats of the game, Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara; their names will forever be linked because of their career-long battle to establish a reputation for being the best batsman of their,Their understated rivalry is the stuff of legend, but Sachin’s late-career acceleration has taken him ahead of Brian Lara.Two greats of the game, Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara; their names will forever be linked because of their career-long battle to establish a reputation for being the best batsman of their generation. Two elegant willow-wielders with a prodigious talent for scoring runs and playing entertaining cricket. Not so widely recognised but an equally worthy achievement is the fact that both conquered one of the more difficult aspects of their craft.In Lara’s case he regained the world record 10 years after originally setting the high-water mark for batting excellence, something that was thought to be akin to breaking the four-minute mile.In Tendulkar’s case he’s never held the world Test record but he’s achieved something that’s extremely difficult; he’s gained a second wind in a career that is now sprinting toward the finish line when it appeared to be approaching the tape at a measured gait.These are rare achievements because as a batsman ages it’s generally accepted it becomes more difficult to score quickly for long periods. As the aging process takes hold a player is physically less capable and mentally tends to become more conservative. Thus maintaining an exceptional run rate for long periods on all but the odd occasion is beyond the capacity of even a champion as he ages.Tendulkar is yet to make a triple century in atest like (From left to right) Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Len Hutton and Sir Garfield Sobersand Brian Lara did in their early 20s but he has gained a second wind which may well put him in a league of his own.To grasp how exceptional Lara’s feat was, look at the players who held the world Test record prior to him. In the cases of Sir Donald Bradman (21), Sir Len Hutton (22) and Sir Garfield Sobers (21) they all claimed the record while in their early 20s, as indeed Lara did at 24 the first time.However, Lara was able to reach the pinnacle a second time at age 34, something none of his illustrious predecessors came close to achieving. Only Bradman ever attained triple figures again and he did it the second time while still reasonably young at age 25. To put Tendulkar’s feat into context, consider that at age 21 Bradman maintained a scoring rate of 3.70 runs per over in the 1930 series in England but by the 1948 tour this had regressed to 2.77.advertisement”In a country where the star performer is worshipped, Tendulkar’s playing feats are all that’s required for him to attain deity status.”Chappell, who captained Australia between 1971 and 1975, is a renowned television commentator and columnist Tendulkar with Warne after India pulled off a victory against Australia at Sharjah in 1998.Despite the appearance that Tendulkar had become more conservative as he aged, his run rate is almost identical for the first and second half of his career, with an overall mark of 3.27 per over. However, since he passed Lara’s world record aggregate, the fast-car loving master batsman has slipped into overdrive and scored his runs at 3.43 runs per over. Even if you ignore the runs scored against lowly Bangladesh, he’s still substantially ahead of his overall career run rate in this “second wind” phase.And the same pattern is evident when he bats in ODIs. If you use his startlingly dominant 175 against Australia as a turning point, he’s more than 1.5 runs per over above his career figure in his next eight innings. Now that’s a small sample size but as the most capped Test player of all time it’s no mean feat to display Ferrari like acceleration for one match, never mind eight.Also included in his sudden jet propulsion phase is his record breaking 200 against South Africa. To reach the double-century mark in 50 overs you have to not only hit boundaries regularly but also run many sprints. Tendulkar’s record-breaking innings was an exceptional physical feat at age 36, as well as a wonderful display of skill.This is what is so admirable about the latter day performances of these two Master batsmen; they maintained not only their skill level but also the mental desire to be dominant. What has brought about Sachin Tendulkar’s resurgence?The fast-pace of the IPL may have contributed. Tendulkar was the leading run scorer in the 2010 tournament at the highly acceptable rate of eight runs per over. What’s even more impressive, Tendulkar did it in relative safety by scoring more than 50 per cent of his runs in fours.advertisementTendulkar’s run rate is almost identical for the first and second half of his career, with an overall 3.27 per over. Since he passed Lara’s world record aggregate, the master batsman has scored his runs at 3.43 runs per over. Australian pacemen Mervhughes and Craig Mc Dermott couldn’t stop the child prodigy from taking the sting out of their attack.In contrast, the youthful and gung-ho Suresh Raina relied less on reaching the boundary and more on clearing it. Boundary hitting is the safer method of scoring quickly because it greatly reduces the risk of being caught when a shot is mistimed. Nevertheless, it requires masterful placement to keep on eluding a battalion of defensive fielders.However, the T20 surge is only partly responsible for Tendulkar’s renaissance. For a while it appeared as though Tendulkar had become consumed with records.The Test aggregate and posting century marks thatwere unattainable in two forms of the game seemed to occupy a prominent place in his mind. It not only adversely affected his style of batting but also his ability to reach the magical three-figure mark. Tendulkar went through an agonising period in 2007 where his conversion rate of 50s to 100s, normally exceptionally high, became that of an average Test match batsman.It was excruciating to watch this once dominant player who had challenged top-class bowlers like Wasim Akram and Glenn Mc-Grath, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, prodding and poking his way towards a coveted century only to fall short in the manner of a nervous Test debutant.He appears more relaxed about his place in history now and his magnificent 175 against Australia was something of a coming out celebration. It’s appropriate that a significant knock against Australia should be a milestone in Tendulkar’s resurgence. Some of the little maestro’s most memorable batting performances have come against Australia; a tribute to a competitive spirit that drives him to excel against the best opposition.Outstanding examples of his dominant performances against Australia include his gladiatorial battle with Warne at Chennai in 1998. With the match in the balance and having been out-foxed by the blonde bamboozler in the first innings, he attacked Warne the moment he came round the wicket. A flurry of boundaries followed, which handed India the initiative and eventually a win in the Test. The same year in Sharjah he spanked the Australians for a better than a run-a-ball century to catapult his team into the final. He then proceeded to repeat the “Aussie bashing” to take India to a glorious win in the final and earn for himself a luxury car in the process.His tormenting of Australia started at a young age. On his first tour Down Under he scored a majestic century at the SCG as a 19-year-old. However, the lasting memory of that tour was Tendulkar scoring a 100 on the bouncy WACA pitch.A four-pronged pace attack that included the highly acclaimed Craig McDermott and Merv Hughes, both bowlers who were, if not twice his size, at least double the weight of the child prodigy, couldn’t stop Tendulkar from punching balls off the back foot to the boundary. Batsmen with a great reputation for playing pace like Viv Richards, struggled first up at the WACA.Andtwo renowned openers in Gordon Greenidge and Graham Gooch never really came to grips with the extra bounce of the Perth pitch.Not Tendulkar; he looked like he’d grown up batting on the rock-hard WACA pitch rather than on the dusty red clay of a Mumbai maidan. For all his incredible achievements with the willow, he may well regard this WACA epic as one of his more satisfying innings when he finally lays down his cudgels and drives off into the sunset.If there’s a criticism of Tendulkar’s career, it’s his lack of influence on the game off the field. He has steadfastly refused to become involved with contentious issues affecting the game. In his defence,when you have to wear a disguise and get your driving kicks at2a.m. to avoid detection, it would be self-defeating to make headline grabbing statements.Nevertheless, it’s a black mark against the big name players, Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag, that India doesn’t have a players association. At a time when they were a highly influential group it would have been appropriate for this elite bunch to take a stand and ensure India had astrong players association. If they had done so and it then became affiliated with FICA it would’ve made the international body so much stronger. Thus armed, FICA would’ve had much more chance of driving a harder bargain with the administrators over such issues as balanced scheduling. As it is, a great opportunity was lost and it’s doubtful the chance will come again soon.Still, in a country where the star performer is worshipped, Tendulkar’s playing feats are all that’s required for him to attain deity status. And his remarkable “second wind” resurgence is also providing a convincing argument for him to be ranked ahead of his great rival Lara.advertisementIn sharjah he spanked the Australians for a better than a run-a-ball century to catapult his team into the final. He then repeated the “Aussie bashing”  to take india to a glorious win in the final.last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer on away form: Do I look concerned?

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer on away form: Do I look concerned?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he isn’t worried by their poor away form ahead of the trip to West Ham. They have not won away from Old Trafford in eight games since the sensational 3-1 victory at Paris Saint-Germain in early March, losing five of them.”Why should we coaches be concerned?” he said. “We’re looking forward to things, looking for solutions. I’ve never been concerned about anything really. I don’t walk around and worry about things. I’m looking what we can do to improve. I’ve never been a worrier.”I think we should have won at Southampton, I think we should have won the Wolverhampton one. Both should be wins.”It’s still the same size pitch, green with white lines, some fans. You’ve got to block out the mental part and play as you would in the park.”Last year we were lucky to beat them (West Ham). It will be a good test again for us. We’ve had two clean sheets now, and that will give the defenders confidence. If we can keep a clean sheet, it will be easier for the strikers. You don’t have to score twos, threes and fours every time.” last_img read more

8 days agoReal Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez remains on Arsenal radar

first_imgReal Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez remains on Arsenal radarby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez remains on Arsenal’s radar.El Desmarque says Arsenal are looking at is Real Madrid’s Vazquez, who the Gunners were linked with over the summer.Right winger Vazquez has been on the fringes of the Madrid team so far this season, the 28-year-old already has offers on the table from Arsenal, Roma and Bayer Leverkusen ahead of a possible January move.He has found himself behind Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo in the thoughts of Real manager Zinedine Zidane – although he has managed one goal in six La Liga appearances so far this season.He could be open to a move when the transfer window opens in the new year, although Arsenal would have to cough up around £13m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy Reports That Charlie Strong “Would Listen” If Contacted About Miami Job

first_imgBrett McMurphy head shot.Twitter/@McMurphyESPNA number of names have emerged as possible candidates to take over the Miami Hurricanes, including alumni like Mario Cristobal and Rob Chudzinski, and former ‘Canes coach Butch Davis. While the prevailing thought is that Miami may struggle to draw a huge name, ESPN college football insider Brett McMurphy has heard that one prominent coach with South Florida ties may be interested: Texas head coach Charlie [email protected] on charlie strong pic.twitter.com/E69TeTfyXg— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) October 26, 2015Strong is only in year two at Texas, and seems to be picking up some steam after a very rocky start to 2015, so this would seem to be a hard sell. However, he knows the landscape well, spending a number of years as an assistant coach at Florida. Strong would probably be the splash hire that Miami fans may want, but it is hard to see him leaving Austin right now.last_img read more

Atlanta airport More than 1 hour of waiting at checkpoints

first_imgATLANTA — Screeners are working without pay at the world’s busiest airport, where it’s taking more than an hour for passengers to get through each of its three checkpoints.Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta reported the lengthy wait times on its website shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, a busy travel day for business travellers leaving town for the week.Airport officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment early Monday.The partial government shutdown, now on day 24, has led to missed paychecks for Transportation Security Administration workers across the nation, and airports are having to make adjustments.Miami International Airport closed one of its terminals for part of the weekend because twice as many TSA workers as usual were calling in sick.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Boeing under scrutiny

first_imgWith back-to-back crashes in six months’ time involving Boeing 737 Max 8, respective aviation authorities of the world are grounding fleets of the aircraft, USA being the latest to join the group. Initiating the process, however, were the Asian regulators – China and Indonesia – ordering the local carriers to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Singapore even shut its airspace to all variants of the B-737 Max, imposing a temporary suspension against operations by both local and foreign carriers. Australia and the European Union were soon to follow. The move comes after an Ethiopian airline’s Boeing 737 Max crashed, killing 157 people, including four Indians. The disaster bore similarities to the doomed Lion Air 737 Max that crashed in October last year, killing a total of 189 passengers, when it took off from Jakarta and shortly went down into the Java Sea. Two fatal crashes in less than six months have raised questions over the safety and security of the aircraft all across the globe. Countries who have banned the aircraft are India, South Korea, Australia, China, France, Germany, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, United Kingdom, Canada and the USA. President Donald Trump announced the grounding of the aircraft, after (according to reports) ‘US officials found themselves nearly alone in allowing the planes to remain in the air’. Soon after the grounding in China, South Korea began a special inspection of the aircraft, while in Europe; regulators said they’re in contact with their US counterparts as well as Boeing. While the groundings in China and elsewhere are important, most nations typically wait to act until the US and Europe issue findings on aviation matters. But this time, it was the Asian regulators who called the shots and led the others to a consensus to uphold the safety of all passengers and shed the senseless ‘abundance of caution’ tag. Reports suggest that at the heart of the 737 Max 8 crash row is a new Boeing-engineered device called MCAS – Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System. Preliminary investigations into both accidents suggest erroneous inputs from MCAS may have contributed to flight crews losing control of the pitch attitude of their jets, as they plunged into unrecoverable high-speed dives. In the recent past, pilots have complained of inadequate training on automation-assisted flying systems, unfamiliarity with the controls, anxiety that prompted them to engage auto¬pilot earlier than normal, and at least two instances where the plane pitched downward or manoeuvred against pilots’ inputs. Hence, with similarities of fear exceeding a certain threshold in the minds of those who fly very often with the Boeing, there is an urgent need to measure and review the safety regulations and answer all probable questions concerning the aircraft before it takes off into the sky once again. Till then, safe flying!last_img read more

EU to slap Google with fresh fine sources

first_imgBrussels: The EU’s anti-trust regulator is to slap tech giant Google with a new fine over unfair competition practices, sources told AFP on Friday. Brussels has targeted the Silicon Valley firm’s AdSense advertising service, saying it restricts some client websites from displaying ads from third parties. The decision in the long-running case, first reported by the Financial Times, is the latest anti-trust salvo against Google, which has already received nearly seven billion euros in EU fines. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Two sources close to the matter said the verdict would land next week, most likely on Wednesday. “We are in the process of finalising the AdSense case,” EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said earlier this week. In July 2018, the US giant was ordered to pay a record 4.34 billion euros for abusing the dominant position of Android, its smartphone operating system, to help assure the supremacy of its search engine. A year earlier it slapped Google with a fine of 2.42 billion euros for abusing its dominant position by favouring its “Google Shopping” price comparison service in search results. Google has appealed both decisions to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.last_img read more