APOEL and AEL ready for Cyprus Cup final showdown

first_imgBy Andreas VouAEL are looking to win their first Cyprus Coca-Cola Cup in 26 years against APOEL, who are hoping to defend their trophy at the GSZ stadium in Larnaca on Wednesday evening (7pm).Both sides go into the final in far from peak form. APOEL have endured a tough period since sealing their place in the showpiece match against rivals Omonia last month. Despite being top of the league table, the club decided to part ways with manager Thorsten Fink after a recent defeat to Apollon, with former player Gustavo Manduca taking over on an interim basis. AEL have had an even worse time since their semi-final success over AEK Larnaca, suffering four defeats in a row. AEL went through on the away goals rule after two draws against the Larnaca club and have not won a match in any competition since March 3.One player who has plenty of experience in cup competitions having won the FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League with Liverpool is APOEL full-back John Arne Riise.“As you can all understand it’s a very big and important week for me and the team. This is why I came to APOEL and Cyprus, to have the chance to fight for trophies,” said the Norwegian via his blog.“I am grateful for this and will do everything I possibly can for my team and fans. Everybody connected to this great club is doing everything they can, and it’s a great buzz around the club before these two games (cup final and league championship decider on Sunday).”After such a dreadful run of form, AEL will need their key players on top form, none more so than their top scorer this campaign, Marco Tagbajumi. The Nigerian forward who has scored eight times this season, has been nursing an injury in recent weeks and was feared to be a doubt for the final. But the 26-year-old moved to reassure the AEL faithful that all was well: “After five days in Athens for treatment I am coming back, I feel better and I am ready for the cup final on Wednesday. Thank you all who showed me their support during this time,” he announced.AEL captain Marios Nikolaou was in a positive mood in his press conference on Monday, saying that, while both teams will be enemies for the duration of the game, they will return to being friends immediately after.“The final is a celebration and that is how we want it to be from start to finish,” said the 31-year-old. “The players and managers are friends. In the 90 minutes we are intense, we may shout but after the game we are friends and go for coffee.”While APOEL are favourites, the Nicosia club need no further reminding of the threat that AEL pose, having failed to beat them in their two league meetings this season. They shared a goalless draw at the GSP in late September and then lost 2-1 in Limassol in January in what was Fink’s first game in charge, just one of four league defeats they have suffered all season.In recent years, the two have had contrasting fortunes in the cup. APOEL, who have claimed the most in history with 20, have won it three times in the last nine years, including last season.AEL on the other hand are aiming to put a halt to their awful record in cup finals – the last time they won the trophy was in the 1988-89 season and they have since lost all five finals they have contested.last_img read more

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Another early exit as Novak Djokovic upset in 4th round at Miami Open

first_imgLATEST STORIES P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Eric Bledsoe steals show as Bucks pull away from Rockets in key match up Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, sits during a changeover during his match against Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. John (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI GARDENS, Florida — Novak Djokovic has had a rough couple of weeks on the court.The top-seeded Djokovic was upset by Roberto Bautista Agut 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the fourth round of the Miami Open Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Djokovic lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round at Indian Wells.Djokovic, the president of the ATP Player Council, has been a central figure in recent ATP off-court news.He was involved when the ATP Board of Directors decided this month not to renew the contract of ATP Executive Chairman Chris Kermode when it expires at the end of the year.Initially on Tuesday, Djokovic denied his recent losses were affected by his off-court activities within the game, but later admitted that it might have taken a toll.“Way too many things off the court,” Djokovic said. “I guess that affected me a little bit on the court.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t feel my best health-wise, as well, in Indian Wells and here. You know, still rusty, but, hey, look, you learn that’s life.”After racing through the first set against Bautista Agut in 33 minutes, Djokovic lost control of the match. He only took advantage of four of 13 break points presented, and had his own serve broken on three of seven break points he faced.“One, two, three sluggish games, and that’s what happened,” Djokovic added.Djokovic was leading 6-1, 4-5 when rain delayed play for 30 minutes. Returning to the court, Djokovic surrendered his serve on a second break point in the 12th game to lose the second set.The Serb recouped one service break in the third set, but he lost his serve again in the sixth game to fall behind 2-4.Djokovic holds a 7-3 record over Bautista Agut, but the Spaniard has now beaten him the past two times they’ve played.Bautista Agut defeated Djokovic in a three-set semifinal at the Qatar Open in January.Earlier in the day, defending champion John Isner advanced to the quarterfinals by securing a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) win over No. 19 seed Kyle Edmund.Isner, the seventh seed, has played five tiebreak sets in six sets played in his three-match wins to reach this year’s quarters.In a women’s quarterfinal match, Australia’s Asheigh Barty defeated Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2.center_img He also made an early exit from Indian Wells earlier in the month.Djokovic was looking to win the 850th match of his career against Bautista Agut, but that achievement will have to take place at another tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“This kind of match I should not have lost,” Djokovic said. “I lost the momentum, I lost the rhythm in the second set. I gave him a little room to step in and he did. A little hope that he can come back, and he made a great comeback.“But fault is on me, for sure. I had way too many opportunities that I wasted.” ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Earlier Tuesday, two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova learned that the man who stabbed her in an attack in her home in 2016 was sentenced eight years in prison by a court in the Czech Republic.“Yeah, I heard that, for sure, I heard that this morning,” she said. “I accepted the news. I’m happy for the news and I’m glad it’s over now.”Roger Federer’s scheduled fourth-round match against 13th-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia, scheduled as the second match on the stadium court, was postponed until Wednesday because of a long rain delay.The match will now take place not before 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.The tournament planned to complete the other three matches scheduled for Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Drinking spree murder accused to face judge, jury

first_imgLakeram Shankar, the man who allegedly stabbed his friend to death during a drinking spree, was on Tuesday committed to stand trial at the High Court by Magistrate Leron Daly, after she declared a prima facie case was made out against him.Magistrate Daly, while handing down her ruling, pointed out that the prosecution has provided substantial evidence against the defendant, who failed to negate the prosecution’s case.Murder accused: Lakeram ShankarThe charge against the defendant stated that between May 8 and May 9, 2016 at Timehri, East Bank Demerara, the 25-year-old of Lot 17 Fire Station Road, Timehri, murdered Kawall Persaud.Shankar was not required to plead to the indictable charge. He was represented by Attorney-at-Law Satesh Kissoon.The court heard that on the day in question, the two men were consuming alcohol at a popular shop in the area,  but as it grew late in the evening, the proprietor closed for business. The two men, however, remained seated on a bench, where they continued the drinking spree.According to reports, the men were heard arguing and as neighbours looked out, they saw the suspect, Shankar, a security guard, stabbing the now dead man. Persaud reportedly received a stab wound to his abdomen which caused him to collapse.The injured man was taken to the Diamond hospital and was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.last_img read more

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Masika has no future in AFC, Says Minnaert

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards Eric Masika (right) fights for the ball with Western Stima’s Daniel Makachi in their SPL clash. PHOTO/FILENAIROBI, April 18- AFC Leopards head coach Ivan Minnaert has hinted that defender Eric Masika will be among the 10 players he will drop when the Kenyan Premier League transfer window opens in June over what he termed as indiscipline.Minnaert said the defender has no future in the team after he went missing for a week, only to return without explanation. “As long as I am still the coach, he has no future in the team. Every player in my team has to be disciplined. I tried to talk to Masika yesterday but he was smelling alcohol and I cannot have such players in my team,” an infuriated Minnaert told Capital Sport.According to the coach, Masika was away from training for a week and when he returned he did not explain his whereabouts until the coach asked.“He said he was sitting for his exams but he did not tell me. He said he wrote a text message to the team manager but this was not true. I told him he can come to training but will be benched. He cannot be with the team,” Minnaert added.Masika sat out the whole of last week’s training, though fully changed and was also sidelined in Thursday’s friendly against Kenya’s Under-20 team where Leopards won 2-1.The former Gor Mahia defender has found it tough finding play time under the Belgian tactician and as a result falling second fiddle to new signings Yakubu Ramadhan and Eugene Ambulwa.Masika has been more of a journeyman since leaving Ingwe at the close of the 2014 season.He joined Ushuru FC in January 2015 but struggled to get playing time to force him move to Sofapaka after six months, signing a three-year deal.However, just eight days after penning the agreement, the contract was terminated and he moved back to Leopards who had lost players in the June transfer window.Another player who has not come close to impressing Minnaert is Lamin Diallo and the coach has not been convinced the Ivorian is one of the strikers in his first team plans.In the midweek friendly against Kenya’s Under-20, Diallo came on as a second half substitute and scored both goals that gave Ingwe the win.He came on as a substitute as well in the league match against Ushuru but failed to bring in much impact.“He comes in against Under-20 and only scores because he played against boys. Against men (Ushuru) he does nothing. He has not impressed me,” Minnert said.The tactician maintains he will only work with players who suit into his philosophy and those whose discipline is beyond question.Leopards dropped two points after drawing 1-1 with Ushuru over the weekend to allow leaders Tusker FC and Mathare United open a two point gap at the summit of the SportPesa Premier League on 20 points apiece.“We lacked physicality in midfield and we played like pussycats and not the Leopards that we are. I am not happy with how we played because we didn’t create chances like we normally do. We lost the ball cheaply in midfield and gave away easy free-kicks,” Minnert asserted.The coach maintains he will keep the title chase as he eyes a top three finish in June when he will strengthen the team.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Press Pass – Sunday, February 22

first_imgRay Stubbs is joined in the studio by Tom Hopkinson and Jim White to discuss all of the latest sporting action.The guys discuss all of the Premier League action, including Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Southampton, and offer their opinion on racism in football.last_img

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Organic clothing, gear good for eco-conscious

first_imgOrganic clothing may not leave much of a carbon footprint on the Earth, but it is leaving a green mark on the retail industry. Eco-conscious students can have the best of both worlds: fashionable items that don’t waste resources, such as backpacks made from recycled billboards and briefcases made from old street signs; clothing manufactured from Earth-friendly 100percent organic cotton; and binders produced from old computer parts. “Shopping green is more tangible, real and more practical now,” says Colleen Barricklow, co-owner of Green Logic in Fort Collins, Colo. She modeled her business after green stores on the West Coast. “It’s as easy as stopping by Wal-Mart or whatever for gifts or clothes.” This year, the average student will burn $231.80 on back-to-school clothing, contributing to $18.4 billion in projected sales, the National Retail Federation reports. But is shopping green going to put back-to-school shoppers in the red? The short answer is maybe. Buying 100 percent organic clothing will cost more because only a small percentage of the cotton industry is dedicated to growing organic cotton. Conventional cotton uses more pesticides than any other crop, says Carrie Allen, director of catalog merchandising for Gaiam, an online retailer of Earth-friendly products. But people wanting to shop organically without depleting their cash can purchase items made from a blend of organic and nonorganic materials, she says. “Simple choices make a difference. It drives demand,” Allen says, referencing retail giant Wal-Mart’s 2006 move into apparel and linens that are made from 100percent organic cotton, Earth-friendly fibers such as bamboo, or organic cotton and polyester blends. “Even if you’re not buying the 100percent T-shirt, it’s telling Wal-Mart or whoever that you’re interested.” Gaiam saw the trend toward living green explode after the release of Al Gore’s book and documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” But Steven Hoffman, interim executive director for the Organic Center in Boulder, Colo., which promotes organic farming and products through peer-reviewed research, says it’s a trend that’s been picking up steam since the 1970s. Hoffman says one doesn’t have to sacrifice to live organically. “A savvy consumer who shops the sales can save money by using coupons just like any shopper anywhere.” Jody Hamilton, a senior at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, says it’s easy being green. Although stores such as Green Logic and online businesses such as Gaiam appeal to her, Hamilton says she lives the green life by shopping the racks of local thrift shops, recycling school supplies year to year, borrowing some of her textbooks from the library and buying organic produce and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. “It’s kind of like a diet to me,” Hamilton says. “If you want to eat better, you have to do it for the rest of your life, and if you want to go green, it should be a lifestyle change too.”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

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England X-X Lithuania: Kane scores on debut as England cruise to victory

first_imgHarry Kane scored just 80 seconds after coming on to make his England debut as Roy Hodgson’s side coasted past Lithuania at Wembley to maintain their 100% start to Euro 2016 qualifying.Goals from captain Wayne Rooney and man of the match Danny Welbeck, who justified his inclusion ahead of Kane to increase his tally to six in qualifying so far, put the hosts in control before half time.Raheem Sterling then tapped in his first international goal from Rooney’s low cross before Kane rounded off proceedings almost immediately after replacing the England captain with a close range header.The routine victory ensured England remain six points clear of Slovenia and Switzerland in Group E with five wins from their opening five games.Roy Hodgson resisted the temptation to give Kane his debut from the outset in front of a sell-out crowd demanding to see the 21-year-old Tottenham forward.England didn’t wait long to assert their authority against a team ranked 94th in the FIFA world rankings, as Rooney’s right-footed shot came back off the base of the post within four minutes.Just two minutes later, Rooney made amends by heading home after Welbeck’s low shot was parried straight to the England skipper by visiting goalkeeper Giedruis Arlauskis.Rooney hit the bar with a looping header but England then began to sit back and looked lethargic for large periods up until Welbeck intervened on the stroke of half time.After the Arsenal striker shot just over and was then denied a penalty, he stooped to head home Jordan Henderson’s cross, with his effort taking a huge deflection to wrong foot the helpless Lithuania keeper.England’s high tempo returned at the start of the second half and after Fabian Delph had a volley saved, Sterling tapped in his first goal for his country after good play by Rooney on the right.Hodgson introduced Kane with 20 minutes left and within two minutes of his arrival, the Spurs striker sent Wembley into raptures by heading in at the back post from Sterling’s clever cross. Harry Kane 1last_img read more

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Reward offered in Santiago arson fire case

first_imgDamage from the fire was estimated at $10 million and expected to rise substantially, officials said. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IRVINE – A $70,000 reward for information leading to the firebug who set the Santiago Fire in Orange County was up for grabs today, as the federal agents helped local law enforcement investigate the still-burning wildfire. The fire, started in three separate places near Santiago Canyon and Silverardo Canyon roads about 5:55 p.m. Sunday, has destroyed nine homes and damaged at least eight others, according the Orange County Fire Authority. About 22,000 acres in the mostly rural horse country east of Irvine has been blackened. Virtually every canyon community, including Trabuco, Modjeska and Blackstar canyons, was evacuated AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The Orange County Fire Authority is offering a $70,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the arsonist,” OCFA Capt. Stephen Miller said. A toll-free hotline — (800) 540-8282 — was set up to receive tips. OCFA Chief Chip Prather said he suspected the arsonist “knew what they were doing,” because of where the fires were set. “It was not accidental by any means,” he said. “There were some certain key factors that you would have to know what you are doing from a fire behavior standpoint to take into consideration the wind, the direction of the wind blowing and the typography of the land to create a large scale fire in a canyon like this.” As of last night, the Santiago Fire was 50 percent contained, OCFA Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion said. last_img read more

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PUSHING THE BOAT OUT…AND ON… FOR A VERY WORTHY CAUSE!

first_imgIf you’re driving from Ballyshannon to Bundoran this Saturday and you think you’re seeing things, then chances are that you’re witnessing what has now become the annual “boat push” in aid of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat.The boat push will start on Donegal Road in Ballyshannon at noon and members of the lifeboat crew will have buckets with them on the route for people to make a donation.The route will take them through Ballyshannon, Finner and into Bundoran, finishing at the lifeboat station at Bundoran Pier, covering a distance of 9.5km. The fundraising drive is just one of the events which helps to run Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Station and keep the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat “William Henry Liddington” maintained and ready to go at a moment’s notice.The volunteer crew count on the generous support of the public to ensure that the RNLI can continue to provide all year search and rescue coverage and we hope to get lots of support on Saturday.”Commenting on the fundraiser, lifeboat press officer Colm Hamrogue said, “The boat push has now become an annual fixture in Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat’s fundraising calendar and is something the volunteer crew at the station look forward to each year.“Not only does it give us a chance to raise much needed funds to continue to run this voluntary service, it also gives us a chance to meet our supporters from the area who continually donate to us despite the tough financial times we find ourselves in.” The boat push starts at midday on Saturday 3rd September from the Donegal Road, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal and will take approximately 4-5 hours to complete.EndsPUSHING THE BOAT OUT…AND ON… FOR A VERY WORTHY CAUSE! was last modified: August 30th, 2011 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) Tags:Bundoran RNLIlast_img read more

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Swedish businessman who wrecked Ferrari turns down plea deal

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — A Swedish businessman who authorities say crashed a stolen Ferrari sports car worth $1.5 million on Pacific Coast Highway turned down a plea deal Monday that would have had him spend two years and four months in prison. Archived Photo Gallery: Ferrari Crash Judge Patricia M. Schnegg asked Bo Stefan Eriksson, 44, to confirm he was turning down a “very generous offer,” saying he would likely face much stiffer penalties if convicted. “I cannot agree that I stole the car because I didn’t,” responded Eriksson, speaking through a Swedish interpreter in Los Angeles Superior Court. Broad-shouldered with a buzz cut, Eriksson wore a dark suit and was not handcuffed. He’s been in custody since being arrested earlier this year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips In the deal, Eriksson would have had to plead guilty to embezzlement of a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and a black Enzo Ferrari — different from the red Enzo Ferrari he crashed. He would also have to plead guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon, a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, and pay a $25,000 fine. Eriksson’s lawyer, James W. Parkman III, said the offer had been made last week. “I left him to think about it,” said Parkman. “But he really wanted to go to trial.” Eriksson has been charged with three counts of embezzlement, three counts of grand theft and illegal gun possession, all felonies. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving. If convicted on all charges, he could face up to 11 years in prison. Eriksson’s decision to turn down the deal came as jury selection was set to begin later Monday. Both Schnegg and Parkman said they expected the trial to begin as soon as Tuesday. Prosecutors allege that Eriksson illegally imported two luxury Ferrari Enzo sports cars and a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren to the United States from Great Britain. One of the Enzos was destroyed Feb. 21, when he hit a utility pole in Malibu while traveling 162 mph. The red sports car was destroyed but Eriksson suffered only a cut lip. The crash has captured attention as much for the rareness of the automobile as for intrigue surrounding Eriksson. Eriksson initially identified the driver as a German man named Dietrich, who authorities could not find. He later Eriksson acknowledged he was driving the car, police said. Authorities say Eriksson has claimed he was a deputy commissioner with the “anti-terrorism division” of a small transit agency in the suburban San Gabriel Valley. Eriksson is a former executive with Gizmondo Europe Ltd., a computer game company that went bankrupt last year. He spent five years in a Swedish prison in the 1990s for assault, extortion and other crimes.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

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