Aston Palicte set for junior bantamweight title bout vs Kazuto Ioka

first_imgLATEST STORIES Asian football candidate files complaint about Kuwaiti sheikh Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption It will be the first world title fight to be streamed on UFC Fight Pass, according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.Palicte was the mandatory challenger for the belt and was due for a rematch against Donnie Nietes, but 36-year-old world champion opted to vacate the title to pursue bigger fights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe two Filipino fighters fought to a controversial split draw last year.Iota is also getting another chance at the junior bantamweight belt, which he failed to capture after losing to Nietes last December. 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 award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so farcenter_img Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs FILE – WBO super flyweight boxer Donnie Nietes fights Aston Palicte at The Forum on September 8, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Meg Oliphant/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines–Filipino bet Aston Palicte gets another shot at a world title as he faces former title challenger Kazuto Ioka for the vacant WBO junior bantamweight belt on June 19.The bout is scheduled at Osaka Prefectural Gym in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Kane leads Spurs’ recovery in 2-2 draw at Juventus

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Allegri went for an attacking lineup, with Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic supporting Higuain.And that paid off right from the start in a terrible opening 10 minutes for Spurs.Mousa Dembele fouled Miralem Pjanic, 30 yards (meters) from goal, inside the first minute. Pjanic himself took the free kick and picked out Higuain, who beat the offside trap to volley into the far corner.Matters swiftly went from bad to worse for Spurs as Ben Davies tripped Bernardeschi inside the area and referee Felix Brych pointed instantly to the spot.Higuain stepped up and placed a precise penalty into the bottom left corner for his second goal of the match and his eighth in his last five matches.Tottenham had a mountain to climb against a side which had reached the Champions League final in two of the past three seasons. Juventus had not let in a goal in 2018 and had only conceded one in its past 16 matches.However, with Juventus content to sit back, Spurs began to dominate possession and almost got one back in the 26th but goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon pulled off a great save to keep out Kane’s header from point-blank range.Higuain almost got his hat trick after a swift counterattack and some lovely interplay with Pjanic, but he fired narrowly wide of the left upright.Buffon did well to tip another Kane effort round the post but Spurs were getting closer and did get back into the match 10 minutes from halftime.Kane ran onto Dele Alli’s through ball, took it round the onrushing Buffon and calmly deposited into an empty net. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bucks’ G-League affiliate picks up Brandon Jennings BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives “We are a young team in this competition. To show that performance is to be proud and to congratulate the players because they were fantastic.”Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri reacted strongly afterward when it was suggested his team, which is going for a seventh successive Serie A title, should have beaten Spurs, which is fifth in the Premier League.“I think people have lost a bit of objectivity,” said a clearly annoyed Allegri. “Juve plays to win but it’s not favorite. You can’t go to the final every year. I think the lads are having a great season, but it’s a long leap from there to think they’re going to win a last-16 match 3-0.“That drives me nuts, because people don’t have an idea about the other teams. I can’t accept that people are getting depressed over a 2-2 draw, it seems like we lost 8-0.”It was also an exciting first half in Basel, with Manchester City scoring three goals before going on to win 4-0 to leave it with one foot in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, 2nd left, celebrates with teammate Erik Lamela and Harry Kane, right, after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League, round of 16, first-leg soccer match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspurs, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)TURIN, Italy — At a crucial moment in its Champions League last-16 match on Tuesday, Tottenham survived against Juventus simply by standing still.Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris chose not to dive in either direction as Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain approached to strike his second penalty of the game. With no big gaps appearing, Higuain smashed the ball straight down the middle and saw it cannon off the crossbar.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims It was the first goal Juventus had conceded in 696 minutesSpurs pushed for the equalizer but Juventus almost extended its lead on the stroke of halftime when Serge Aurier brought down Douglas Costa in the area. Higuain stepped up again but failed to complete his hat trick, firing onto the crossbar.He had another good chance to grab a third, shortly before the hour, but he headed a corner straight at Lloris, who had done well to tip Bernardeschi’s effort round his post moments earlier.Juventus was made to pay for its missed opportunities as Buffon was caught out by a low Eriksen free kick into the bottom left corner.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto A goal would have given Juventus a commanding 3-1 lead at halftime. Instead, Spurs managed to recover from a terrible start and level in the second period to finish at 2-2, ahead of the second leg at Wembley on March 7.Lloris had dived low to his right against Higuain’s successful first spot kick, getting a hand to the well-placed penalty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHarry Kane and Christian Eriksen scored in each half after Higuain had netted twice inside the opening nine minutes“I feel so proud,” Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino said. “We showed great character against a team that played two finals in three years, with amazing experience on the pitch. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

11th World Cup soccer tournament: All eyes are on Argentina

first_imgIf this is June 1978, there must be football in the air. From the coffee fields of Brazil to oil-rich Iran, from industralized Germany to Third World’s Tunisia, from Europe, Asia and America all eyes are on Argentina, the scene of the eleventh World Cup soccer tournament. Fifteen nations from,If this is June 1978, there must be football in the air. From the coffee fields of Brazil to oil-rich Iran, from industralized Germany to Third World’s Tunisia, from Europe, Asia and America all eyes are on Argentina, the scene of the eleventh World Cup soccer tournament. Fifteen nations from across the globe, “armies” bristling with zealous optimism are battling for honours in the four-yearly soccer jamboree that grips the world for nearly a month.Can ageing West Germany retain the cup that their superstar captain Franz Beckenbauer won for them at Munich in 1974? Can the Brazilians aspire to new levels of soccer magic? Will home advantage see the hosts through? Right from its inception in 1930 the game has set new levels of Latin American fanaticism.The Uruguayans, the hosts, in that inaugural year were celebrating a century of independence. Their opponents in the final were Argentina, old rivals from across the turgid, churning waters of the River Plate. Ten steamers were chartered to take the Argentinian fans across to Montevideo. People were packed abroad like cattle, but thousands were left behind.Brazil’s captain Rivelino (left) leaves Kasperczak of Polland behind on the way to goalThere were protest marches in the streets of Buenos Aires as they demanded more boats. Then, as the steamers left, thousands of fans lined the quayside chanting “Victory or Death”.Uruguay won 4-2, their last goal being scored by a one-armed reserve called Castro, and the country went delirious with joy. The brooding Argentinian supporters stormed the Uruguayan Consulate back in Buenos Aires, complaining of brutality and unfair refereeing, and police had to fire to disperse them. The World Cup had been launched….advertisementSince then it has been a kaleidoscope of contrasting styles and skills – a confrontation between the artists of Latin America and the methodical men of Europe, whose style and form can match the best blend of individual flair the Latin Americans can produce.In Argentina ’78, the odds are loaded against the iron men from West Germany, the holders. They are without superstars Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Mueller and Wolfgang Overath. Training matches and their first outing in the tournament – a goalless draw against Poland – indicate that the holders have slender chance of emulating Brazil, who have won the cup thrice.Can Argentina, playing at home in front of frenzied crowds vociferously rooting for them, pull it off? On six occasions out of ten World Cup championships held so far, the host nation has reached the final, and, of these, four have won. The Argentinians are temperamental players.They can be brilliant on a day and totally devoid of their basic skills on the next. The other temperamental team, the Italians, star-studded as they usually are, suffer from the big handicap of their top men not being able to play the same game on two successive days.This World Cup may lack the dynamism and artistry of Pele, Cruyff and Beckenbauer, but clearly, it is not devoid of soccer talent. Among other, Holland’s Rob Rensenbrink has risen as one of the outstanding wingers in the world.Brazil has never lacked the ability to produce brilliant footballers. Along with the 1970 World Cup veteran Roberto Rivehno, the Brazilian team boasts of a powerful forward-line with Reinaldo and Zico. The presence of Cerezo and Nelinho in the midfield and defense provides a balance which may once again win the championship for Brazil.The West Germans, though depleted without Beckenbauer, Mueller and Overath, still have Rainer Bonhof, the man who changed West Germany’s fortunes in 1974 and Sepp Maier, whose experiences in the 1970 and 1974 World Cup tournaments will surely be useful.The Argentina attack is again led by 23-year-old Mario Kempe. Four years ago, when he played for his country in West Germany, he provided entertaining football, making good use of his physique and speed. Since then, he has matured into a prolific goal-scorer which makes him fearsome to defenders and goalkeepers alike.THE JUNTA: WARNING WHISTLEArgentina’s military junta holds a veritable threat for soccer fans in the country.Two years ago, Gen Videla, after a successful coup, launched a crusade against terrorists by killing those persons who did not conform to the ethics of civilization. In the process, many people ‘disappeared’, and ‘why’ was a question, which no one dared to ask.Now, this malaise is spreading into the realm of sports. Only a few day before the start of the World Cup, the junta warned that soccer fans in Argentina are “likely to be shot on sight” if they fail to respond to army orders.advertisementIt appears, that the rulers in Argentina, not unmindful of the “Munich massacre” and recent bursts of terrorism in West Germany and Italy, are determined to have the tournament completed without any awkward incidents.The monteneros, the country’s urban guerillas have promised peace during the competition, but this has scarcely reassured the junta. The omnipresence of troops, with fixed bayonets, is evidence that the military rulers of Argentina have certain ideas about security, which may not be relaxed before the championship is over.last_img read more

Plaxico Burress Is Tweetstorming After Michigan State’s Win Over Ohio State

first_imgPlaxico Burress close up picture.plaxico burress tweets after michigan state winMichigan State alum Plaxico Burress is tweetstorming again, but this time around, he’s singing a much different tune. Burress, who infamously went on a ridiculous rant after the Spartans’ loss to Nebraska earlier this year, is currently taking on all comers on Twitter. He’s very excited that Michigan State beat Ohio State.YEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH!— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 21, 2015I TOLD YALL! #gostate— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 21, 2015ITS A GREAT DAY TO BE A SPARTAN!— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 21, 2015Ohio St fans, THANK YALL FOR COMING OUT. GOODNIGHT!— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 21, 2015By the way, We should be #1 in the country, but unfortunately we were cheated a few weeks ago in Lincoln. But, we will take it.— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Michigan State basketball should also be on their way to the top 4. We beat Kansas, North Carolina lost today, and Duke lost last week. Hmm— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015I wish y’all could see me doing the George Jefferson. Hahahhahaha #movingonup— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Go State! Hahhahaha. He mad RT @cam2cocky: @TevonD @plaxicoburress ceo of a self inflicted gun shot wounds attorneys office— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015It’s a reason why Notre Dame took us off the schedule. Haha.— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015We’d love to play those guys! Haha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015I guess Oregon and Ohio St aren’t quality. RT @croner2110: @plaxicoburress @PeteSampson_ MSU has yet to beat a proven quality— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015I love when I get Notre Dame fans attention! Haha Didn’t know you guys were following me so close. And ladies. Haha #gostate— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Hahahha RT @rawdog_rANDYs: @plaxicoburress you’re trash. Shut up— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Everybody mad because we beat the defending Nat’l Champions. Haha #gostate hahaha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Haha. Everybody so serious and just laughing. Haha. Something tells me some of you never played football before.— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Where I come from a win is a win! RT @Mrcoffey33: @plaxicoburress dude that was the ugliest game ever— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015This is so much fun! Hahaha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Then why are you following me? Haha RT @21cavsallday: @plaxicoburress nobody loves you.— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Plaxico’s alma mater is in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten East. He appears to like that.last_img read more

Pro Football Focus Releases Preseason Top 25 For 2016 College Football Season

first_imgPro Football Focus logo.pffAnother day, another college football top 25 released. This time – it’s by the knowledgeable team over at Pro Football Focus, one of the most respected analytical football sites on the web. It won’t surprise you to hear that they’re going with Alabama, the reigning national champion, as the No. 1 team heading into 2016. Alabama is followed by another College Football Playoff participant from last year – Oklahoma. LSU, Clemson and Michigan round out the top five. Stanford is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team, at No. 7. Here’s the entire top 10. You can check out all 25 ranked programs over at PFF.1. Alabama 2. Oklahoma 3. LSU 4. Clemson 5. Michigan 6. Florida State 7. Stanford 8. Ohio State 9. Tennessee 10. Ole MissAll in all, there are six SEC teams, six Pac-12 teams, three Big Ten teams, three ACC teams, four Big 12 teams, one independent and two non-power five teams. College football fans – do they have it right?[Pro Football Focus]last_img read more

North Peace Secondary School to remain closed Wednesday

first_imgThe District says they are completing the repairs as quickly as possible.For more updates, watch this website or visit the School Districts website at prn.bc.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Secondary School will be closed on Wednesday, February 13.School District 60 announced the school would be closed on February 12, due to a burst pipe that had caused electrical issues in the building.  The ELC at the Pomeroy Sport Centre will remain open.The School will continue to be closed until repairs are made.last_img

How One Mans Bad Math Helped Ruin Decades Of English Soccer

In the latest installment in our documentary podcast series Ahead Of Their Time, we look at Charles Reep, the father of soccer analytics — and a guy who made one big, glaring mistake that changed the course of English soccer for the worse. But in order to arrive at his very wrong conclusion, he first had to radically transform the way people thought about consuming a soccer match.There was no Opta back in 1950, no Total Shots Ratio, no Expected Goals. But there was Reep, who took it upon himself to attend every Swindon Town F.C. match that season — sometimes with a miner’s helmet on his head to better illuminate his notes — and meticulously scribble down play-by-play diagrams of how everything went down. More than 60 years before player-tracking cameras became all the rage in pro sports, Reep was mapping out primitive spatial data the old-fashioned way, by hand.Poring over all the scraps of data he’d collected, Reep eventually came to a realization: Most goals in soccer come off of plays that were preceded by three passes or fewer. And in Reep’s mind, this basic truth of the game should dictate how teams play. The key to winning more matches seemed to be as simple as cutting down on your passing and possession time, and getting the ball downfield as quickly as possible instead. The long ball was Reep’s secret weapon.“Not more than three passes,” Reep admonished during a 1993 interview with the BBC. “If a team tries to play football and keeps it down to not more than three passes, it will have a much higher chance of winning matches. Passing for the sake of passing can be disastrous.”This was it: Maybe the first case in history of an actionable sports strategy derived from next-level data collection, such as it was. And Reep got more than a few important folks to listen to his ideas, too. It took him a few decades of preaching, but Reep’s recommended playing style was adopted to instant success by Wimbledon F.C. in the 1980s, and then reached the highest echelons of English soccer — channeled as it was through the combination of England manager Graham Taylor and Football Association coaching director Charles Hughes, each of whom believed in hoofing the ball up the pitch and chasing it down (and now seemed to have the data to back up their intuition). The long ball was suddenly England’s official footballing policy.The trouble was, Reep’s theory was based on a fatally flawed premise. As I wrote two years ago, when discussing Reep’s influence on soccer analytics:Reep’s mistake was to fixate on the percentage of goals generated by passing sequences of various lengths. Instead, he should have flipped things around, focusing on the probability that a given sequence would produce a goal. Yes, a large proportion of goals are generated on short possessions, but soccer is also fundamentally a game of short possessions and frequent turnovers. If you account for how often each sequence length occurs during the flow of play, of course more goals are going to come off of smaller sequences — after all, they’re easily the most common type of sequence. But that doesn’t mean a small sequence has a higher probability of leading to a goal.To the contrary, a team’s probability of scoring goes up as it strings together more successful passes. The implication of this statistical about-face is that maintaining possession is important in soccer. There’s a good relationship between a team’s time spent in control of the ball and its ability to generate shots on target, which in turn is hugely predictive of a team’s scoring rate and, consequently, its placement in the league table. While there’s less rhyme or reason to the rate at which teams convert those scoring chances into goals, modern analysis has ascertained that possession plays a big role in creating offensive opportunities, and that effective short passing — fueled largely by having pass targets move to soft spots in the defense before ever receiving the ball — is strongly associated with building and maintaining possession. Here at FiveThirtyEight, we tend to think statistics can add to our understanding of sports. (What a surprise!) From the more mature sabermetric movements of baseball and basketball to growing ones in soccer and hockey, evidence-based examination has led to new thoughts and ideas about the games we love.But there can also be a dark side to analytics. Among other potential pitfalls, interpreting the numbers incorrectly can lead to terrible decisions or encourage habits that are hard to break, particularly given the added weight that conclusions carry if they appear to emerge from hard data. For an example, look no further than the state of English soccer after it began using what appeared to be a scientific strategy. By Joe Sykes and Neil Paine More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS It probably wasn’t entirely Reep’s fault when England flamed out at Euro 1992, or when they failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. But it couldn’t have helped that they were playing a misguided style, informed by well-meaning but faulty statistical principles.Ultimately, Reep was a cautionary tale of the damage that can be done when stats go wrong. But he was also light-years ahead of his time for tracking stats in the first place. Even though his conclusions were wrong, his instincts were right. Now, national and club teams across the globe pay for massive amounts of data that, in one way or another, come out of the tradition of soccer analytics that Charles Reep helped start. As far as legacies in the game go, you could do worse.This is part of our new podcast series “Ahead Of Their Time,” profiling players and managers in various sports who were underappreciated in their era. read more

Report Ohio State to hire former Penn State defensive line coach Larry

Then-Penn State interim football coach Larry Johnson sits courtside at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa., Jan. 8. The Minnesota Gophers defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions, 68-65.Credit: Courtesy of MCTOhio State lost defensive line coach Mike Vrabel to the Houston Texans of the NFL last week, but it looks as if coach Urban Meyer hardly wasted any time finding his replacement.The Buckeyes are on the verge of hiring former Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson to replace Vrabel, according to a report by SI.com late Monday.An OSU spokesman told The Lantern Tuesday, however, that the move may not be official.“I don’t have any information that I can share at this time,” the spokesman said in an email.Johnson spent 19 seasons with the Nittany Lions, and the last 15 as the team’s defensive line coach. He helped develop seven first-team All-Americans in State College, Pa., including the No. 1 pick in the 2000 NFL Draft in Courtney Brown.Johnson was offered the defensive line coaching job by new Penn State coach James Franklin, but declined, according to PennLive.Vrabel announced his departure from OSU via Twitter Thursday, and the former Buckeye great is set to coach the linebackers with the Texans. Houston announced the hiring of former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien to head coach Jan. 3. read more

Skriniar says Inter needs to be looking for the win

first_imgThe Nerazzurri and Juventus will play against each other in the next Italian Lega Serie A fixtureInternazionale Milan and Juventus are set to play each other in the next Italian Lega Serie A fixture.And for Milan Skriniar, is important that the Nerazzurri only think about the victory and nothing else.“We need to go there to look to get the three points, after trying to do so against Roma,” he was quoted on the team’s official website.“They’re strong but we have a competitive squad too. Cristiano Ronaldo? It’s tough to mark him but we’re focused on their whole team.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.He also talked about meeting legendary former Inter defender Walter Samuel.“We spoke a bit and it was a nice meeting,” he said.“I hope and dream of having a career like his.”“It’s nice to hear about rumors about big clubs but Inter are a big club. The fans can be calm because I’m happy to be here,” he concluded.last_img read more