Former New Kingston FC president David ‘Toby’ Mighty, who passed away on Saturday during a party, was described as a “gentle giant” by the club’s chairman, Andrew Minott.Toby, who was a popular football administrator in the Corporate Area, collapsed and died at approximately 12:30 a.m. at a function he hosted for his club in St Andrew.The reason for his death is yet to be confirmed.Coach of New Kingston Geoffery Maxwell, who was in Mighty’s company during the party, said: “I was standing about five yards from Toby. He was having a breathing problem then collapsed and was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), where he was pronounced dead.”Meanwhile, Minott, who was a close friend of the deceased for the past 20 years, spoke highly about Mighty.”He will be greatly missed. Mighty was a gentle giant who was a people person. He was a father figure to the players at the club,” the chairman shared.Another close friend of Mighty, Chris James, is struggling to come to grips with his passing.HARD LOSS”I take it hard personally. Toby was a genuine youth. We were very close. He was a council member of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA), and it was a very big thing to him (Mighty),” James, who is a vice-president of Barbican FC, told The Gleaner yesterday.KSAFA general secretary Wayne Shaw says the news was ‘shocking’.”We were surprised. It is shocking. He called us at KSAFA last Friday wishing was a prosperous 2017,” Shaw said on behalf of KSAFA.Tributes have been flowing for the well-known administrator, with a number of football clubs and administrators expressing shock and grief at his death.
WESTERN BUREAU:Double Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson says she is gearing up for the Birmingham Grand Prix later this month and that she is feeling good about her prospects on the track this season after helping MVP Track Club to defend their women’s 4x100m crown at the 39th Milo Western Relays held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday.Meanwhile, Nesta Carter, back on track for the first time in 17 months, received the biggest cheer from the appreciative crowd in leading MVP to a second-place finish in the Clubs and Institutions men’s 4x100m behind the University of Technology (UTech).UTech won the race in 39.42 seconds, with MVP second in 39.43 and G.C. Foster College third in 39.47.Carter said after the race that he was happy to be back on the track even though he felt rusty, but offered that he was pleased with the reception.ALLOWED TO COMPETEThe legal team representing Carter is currently finalising its submission to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal the sprinter’s disqualification for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. However, Carter is allowed to compete pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings.In just her second time on the track this year, Thompson looked easy in anchoring her team comprising Megan Simmons, Christania Williams and Srabani Nanda to a fast 43.61 seconds.Second place went to Sprintec, 44.73, while the University of the West Indies ran through the line for third in 47.93.”It’s always great being at the Milo Western Relays,” said Thompson. “I felt great out there on the track and, hopefully, I can stay fit and free from injury all season. If that happens, I should be fine.”I’m just taking it one race at a time, but this was a good run in front of this crowd in Montego Bay,” Thompson said.Looking ahead, she told The Sunday Gleaner that while she is in good shape she has no plans about chasing individual records.”I just want to put in the work in training and, so far, that is going great, and once I execute my races as planned, then I’m sure the times will come. But for now, I’m just focusing on Birmingham,” she stated.
With a world title fight on the horizon, former World Boxing Council Super bantamweight champion Alicia Ashley scored an impressive unanimous decision over Liliana Martinez from the Dominican Republic, at the Karibe Conference Centre in Haiti last Friday night. Ashley, who is slated to fight champion Fatuma Zarika for the title within the next 90 days, told The Gleaner, “I used this fight as a warm-up for my title fight, which is to take place soon, and I was pleased with my performance.” The fight against Martinez, who is an experienced boxer with a 20-17 record, was part of a six-fight, four-title fight card put on by promoter Jacques Deschamps, and was over six rounds. The scores for Ashley were 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55. In a re-cap of the fight, Ashley said that following a long period of training for the title fight, which should originally have taken place at the end of February, she was hoping to have had at least an eight-round contest last Friday, but with so many title fights on the card, she could only be allotted six rounds. “I made good use of it, however,” she stated. “I started off much faster than usual, and found my rhythm quickly. I was able to score freely, and my body shots were right on target. Liliana is a very competent boxer and I had to be careful, but I was able to get the job done. I am happy with my performance. My focus now will be on the title fight. The promoter and Zarika’s camp are having discussions, and hopefully, we will know the date and venue before the end of April,” she added.
Japan sets up semis date with China in AVC Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ READ: Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC The 25-year-old had 11 points to lead the Philippines in their loss against Thailand, and she made it a point that she’ll be better as they gun for the fifth place in the tournament.“Of course when I step to the floor I give it my all,” said Gonzaga. “Seize the moment, I always tell myself that, because not everyone is given this opportunity so why not savor this moment you’re put into.”ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The hosts are now out of the title race, but veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga vowed that the no. 79 team in the world would bounce back in the remainder of the classification stage.READ: Thailand silences PH to advance to AVC semisFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We still have two games left in the tournament so we will focus on those remaining matches,” said Gonzaga in Filipino Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena.Gonzaga and company pulled off the tournament’s upset on Monday when they stunned 44th-ranked Vietnam in four sets just before the quarterfinals. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines could’ve repeated history in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship if it managed to pull off another stunner, this time, against Thailand.The 14th-ranked team in the world, however, would not allow that to happen again as the Thais blasted the Filipinos in straight sets, 25-21, 25-14, 25-20, in the quarterfinal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan—Ceres-Negros traveled 27 hours to reach this dusty, mountainous Central Asian city.Set to face Tajik champions FC Istiklol in the inter-zone semifinals of the AFC Cup here on Tuesday, the Busmen would like nothing more than making this journey worth the trip.ADVERTISEMENT Playing on enemy ground has been a struggle for the Busmen in the competition and with travel-weary legs, the odds will be stacked against them at Pamir Stadium.But midfielder Manny Ott, who was part of the national team that beat Tajikistan, 4-3, in Asian Cup qualifying last June, said it’s about time the Busmen shook off fatigue and finally play to their potential away from home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Busmen hold a strong home record, going unbeaten in five matches at home in the AFC Cup, including wins in the knockout stages against Johor Dairul Ta’zim of Malaysia and Home United of Singapore.And while the Busmen can bank on the crowd at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod to energize them in the second leg on Sept. 12, Ott said they’re determined to take care of business when they travel. Pugs go 3-0; Archer averts PH shutout Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “We need results away so we can be more comfortable at home,” said Ott. “We cannot rely on our results at home all the time.”The Tajik champions carry a big reputation in the competition, after reaching the finals in 2015, losing to JDT.The Busmen looked sharp as they underwent light training on Saturday.“The travel is too long, too much,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock. “Nevertheless, we’re here to make a milestone for Philippine football. There’s nothing else on our minds except this game [on Tuesday]. We can take a big step with a result here.”ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo PLAY LIST 02:26Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite
LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Iain Ramsay: Second-half strike Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netBACOLOD CITY—Linked to a move overseas at the end of the season, Iain Ramsay is surely making a lasting impression in his first year playing for Ceres Negros.With an Asian Football Confederation Cup spot and a finals berth in the Philippines Football League on the line, Ramsay delivered a stunning second-half strike that helped Ceres complete a 3-1 aggregate win over a gritty Kaya Makati side before a huge Saturday night crowd at Panaad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT POC, GK gym rises in Leyte Over at Rizal Memorial Stadium, Global Cebu made it an all-Visayas finals as it stunned Meralco Manila, after holding the Sparks to a 1-1 draw in the second leg for a 3-2 aggregate victory.Like Ceres, Global will also be playing in the AFC Cup for the second straight year after Rufo Sanchez fired the winner five minutes from time. Curt Dizon handed the Sparks an early advantage due to away goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseSanchez’s late goal marked another stellar comeback for Global, which also struck twice late in the first leg, thanks to Wesley Dos Santos and Pika Minegishi.The finals will be played on Dec. 16 with the league reportedly eyeing Panaad as venue. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 Ramsay picked up a botched clearance from 30 yards out before unleashing an inch-perfect chip past Ref Cuaresma, who went off his line in a futile effort to clear a long ball from the Busmen.The goal made it 2-1, an advantage which the Busmen held until the final whistle as the Ceres faithful celebrated a third appearance in the AFC Cup and the chance to make history as the first PFL champions.“I’m just happy to get on the score sheet,” said Ramsay. “I’m very proud of my team. We have reached the league final and have qualified for the AFC again. It’s always a pleasure to play in front of our home fans.”Holding a precious 1-0 advantage after the first leg at University of Makati, the Busmen settled into the game early with Bienvenido Marañon heading home from close range in the 31st minute.But Kaya refused to wilt with Woody Ugarte pulling a goal back two minutes before halftime. Jordan Mintah almost made it 2-1 for Kaya at the hour mark but he sent a header wide with Roland Muller already off his line.ADVERTISEMENT
LATEST STORIES She described the “breadth and ripple” of Nassar’s sexual abuse as “nearly infinite.”“What does it say about our society that victims of sexual abuse have to hide their pain for years when they did nothing wrong? What does it say about our society when victims do come forward … and are treated as liars until proven true?” Povilaitis said.Nassar turned to the courtroom gallery to make a brief statement, saying that the accounts of more than 150 victims had “shaken me to my core.” He said “no words” can describe how sorry he is for his crimes.“I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days” he said as many of his accusers wept.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Cliff Hodge return a shot in the arm for Meralco Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said Nassar’s “decision to assault was precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable.”“It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNassar found competitive gymnastics to be a “perfect place” for his crimes because victims saw him as a “god” in the sport, a prosecutor said Wednesday, shortly before the former doctor was to be sentenced for years of molesting Olympic gymnasts and other young women.“It takes some kind of sick perversion to not only assault a child but to do so with her parent in the room,” prosecutor Angela Povilaitis said. “To do so while a lineup of eager young gymnasts waited.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Larry Nassar is brought into court Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar, 54, has admitted sexually assaulting athletes under the guise of medical treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which as the sport’s national governing organization trains Olympians. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography. Under a plea bargain, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years behind bars in the molestation case. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)LANSING, Mich. — The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: “I just signed your death warrant.”The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which scores of Larry Nassar’s victims were able to confront him face to face in a Michigan courtroom.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View comments
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Medvedeva had not lost a competition in two years until she was beaten by Zagitova at the European Championships in Moscow. That set the stage for a showdown with a glaring spotlight — as the Russian fans are hoping for a high-profile success at this Olympics where the nation is officially banned because of a doping scandal.The youngsters responded with world records. Yet neither thought they had done their best.“I’m satisfied with my performance today. It was not my best, but it was OK,” said Medvedeva, who held the record for a few minutes with a score of 81.61. “All the battle is still ahead.”A group of Russian fans swayed together in the stands and chanted her name when that number was posted.Three skaters later came her training comrade, who put down a more difficult program, including a triple lutz-triple loop combination that outdid Medvedeva’s flip-toe loop combo.ADVERTISEMENT Osmond, in her best performance of the season, nailed everything with speed and precision to wind up third with 78.87 points. Daleman looked confused and made a gesture with her hands as if to say “What happened?” after going down on the second half of a combination jump. She was seventh Wednesday.“I left nothing out on the table and I’m really glad I could do that,” said Osmond, the 2017 world silver medalist.Italy’s Carolina Kostner, the bronze medalist at Sochi and, at 31 the veteran in this field, struggled and wound up just ahead of Daleman.It was not a strong showing for the Americans, each of whom had a major mistake.Nine days after becoming the first U.S. woman and third overall to land a triple axel in the Olympics, Mirai Nagasu came down on two feet on the jump, then fell to the ice. While the rest of her program was clean, Nagasu’s chances for an individual medal to go with her team bronze were damaged. Nagasu, 24 and the fourth-place finisher at the Vancouver Games, earned 66.93 points, a season’s best, but was ninth.“Sometimes it isn’t the right day, and today was one of those days,” Nagasu said. “This isn’t a sport where mistakes are forgiven. You only get one shot.”U.S. champion Bradie Tennell went first among the 30 skaters, hardly an advantageous position. She led for 2 hours, 40 minutes until the upper echelon began skating and Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto passed Tennell. A fall on the back end of a combination jump — Tennell had been virtually perfect with her jumps in her breakthrough season — was costly.“It was definitely unexpected. I don’t remember the last time I made a mistake in my short program, especially on the jumps,” Tennell said. “But things happen. We’re all human. We all make mistakes. You just have to get up a keep going. I’m definitely a fighter. I do not give up.”Tennell ended up 11th, one spot behind Karen Chen, the 2017 American champ. Chen put a hand down on her triple lutz and couldn’t finish a combination jump.“I’ve been nailing that every day in practice and I expected myself to, and to not be able to do that was a huge disappointment,” she said. “For sure, I was a little flustered after that. But I sold my program the best I could, got the most points I could and I’m proud of that.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ UAAP volleyball: Ateneo still on a roll, survives Adamson in 5 sets 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 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Alina Zagitova or Evgenia Medvedeva will almost certainly take gold in one of the Winter Games marquee events after they went 1-2 in the women’s short program Wednesday with the highest scores ever. The 15-year-old Zagitova and the 18-year-old Medvedva train with the same coach, hang out together and set world records just minutes apart.With a dominating lead over the field, their friendly competition is the main drama left when the women compete in the free skate Friday. With all of Russia waiting for the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics, you’d think their relationship could become frayed, but only on the ice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We can talk about anything to each other,” the 18-year-old Medvedeva said, “and when we take the ice it’s sport and we must fight. Every competition I feel like (is) a little war.”Added Zagitova, 15: “We are friends first and rivals second, because you have to have competitiveness in sport.” LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer The United States’ worst top placement in a women’s Olympic event since the games resumed in 1948 after World War II is sixth. Getting that high will be a huge challenge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In this combination of photos, Russian athletes Alina Zagitova, left, and Evgenia Medvedeva react as their scores are posted following their performance in the women’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. They will compete for the gold in the free skate Friday, Feb. 23. (AP Photos/Bernat Armangue)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Friends, rivals, and soon, medalists.The only question is: Which Russian teen figure skating star will end the nation’s gold medal drought?ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. So, another world record, 82.92.And again the Russian fans rocked back and forth, this time chanting Zagitova’s name.“Well done to her,” Medvedeva said. “She did everything she could.”Not exactly, Zagitova said.“A few imperfections,” she explained.Oh really?“I’m happy I was able to cope with my nerves and skate well, set a world record,” she added, “but I’ve still got something to work towards and I can’t afford to relax.”Medvedeva had set the previous record for a short program in the team event last week, when her team won silver. Zagitova handled the free skate.Russia had never won Olympic gold for women until Adelina Sotnikova took home the medal in Sochi. The nation could have two straight after the free skate.Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman, second and third respectively at last year’s worlds, had varying success. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View comments
Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Bucks’ Giannis says inability to score lunch not a big deal Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The respect between them was evident as they spoke on Monday on the eve of the first leg at Anfield, a match that counts as the biggest in Di Francesco’s managerial career and the most significant in Klopp’s 2 1/2 years at Anfield.“I am very happy but also concerned to play against a team coached by such a good manager,” Di Francesco said, “but I believe my philosophy is quite similar.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThat would be the high press, the high energy, the expected use of a 4-3-3 formation with the wingers drifting inside, the full backs overlapping, and the lone striker dropping off.Manchester City and Barcelona couldn’t handle the intensity of Liverpool and Roma, respectively, in a triumph for the underdogs in the quarterfinals. A week after City was overwhelmed in a 3-0 first-leg loss at Anfield, Barca was blown away by the same scoreline in a historic night at the Stadio Olimpico. 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 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp smiles during a press conference at Anfield, Liverpool, Britain, Monday, April 23, 2018, on the eve of their Champions League semifinal with AS Roma. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)LIVERPOOL, England— The similarities between Juergen Klopp and Eusebio Di Francesco go far beyond their facial hair, designer glasses, and quirky humor.In terms of tactics, passion, mentality and their route taken in coaching, the managers of Liverpool and Roma appear to be cut from the same cloth, creating a fascinating subplot ahead of the meeting of their teams in the Champions League semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Klopp has already proved his worth — he has won a number of titles — and I have great ambitions, too,” said Di Francesco, who, at age 48, is two years younger than Klopp. “I will nurture this ambition to reach the final.”Di Francesco insisted Roma would not take a step back at Anfield, instead going toe to toe with Liverpool and its devastating front three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.Klopp has the same mentality when Liverpool plays the heavyweights of the English Premier League, and he has a strong record in those games.“We have continued believing in ourselves, and Roma is the same,” Klopp said. “They changed manager — at least we didn’t have to do that — but he is doing a brilliant job and so they have all my respect. If anyone thinks we two are underdogs, who cares?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I do understand probably a lot of people would have thought this semifinal would be Barcelona vs. Manchester City,” Klopp said, “but it is not because it is football. Roma made it possible and us, as well. Maybe our situations are similar.”Both teams know their place in modern-day European soccer. Neither can stop their best players from leaving — Mohamed Salah left Roma to join Liverpool in the offseason, Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool to join Barcelona in January just as Luis Suarez did in 2014 — so they are constantly fighting against the odds.Klopp and Di Francesco didn’t take the easy route in coaching, either, starting at a relatively low base.Klopp’s first coaching role was at Mainz in the German second tier, Di Francesco’s was with Virtus Lanciano in the Italian third tier.While Klopp got Mainz promoted and then enjoyed success at his next club Borussia Dortmund, where he won the Bundesliga and reached the Champions League final in 2013, Di Francesco had posts at Pescara and Lecce before making his mark at Sassuolo and guiding the club into Serie A. He even got the team into the Europa League before joining Roma in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Laura Zdravevska and Wiebke Bruns led the Germans with four points apiece while Luana Rodefeld and Lara Müller combined for their own four points.READ: PH loses opener to Netherlands in women’s Fiba 3×3 World CupFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAfril Bernardino, meanwhile, paced the Philippines in a losing effort with six points while Gemma Miranda, Jack Animam combined for four points.In the other matches, Spain topped Pool D victories over Hungary, 19-14, and Germany, 18-12, put the Spaniards at 2-0 with 37 points. MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Chris Bosh thinks LeBron James is going to Houston The Philippines’ women’s team in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup against Netherlands. Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines went winless in the opening day of the women’s division after losing to Germany, 12-10, in the group stages of the Fiba 3×3 World Cup Friday at Philippine Arena.Perlas Pilipinas dropped to the bottom of Pool D with a 0-2 record, after also succumbing to Netherlands, 21-11, earlier in the day.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Hungary is at the second spot of Pool D with the 20-14 victory over the Netherlands gave the Hungarians a 1-1 record.READ: PH players bring LeBron’s ‘Agimat’ to Fiba 3×3 World CupAlthough tied with the Netherlands at 1-1, the Hungarians are one spot ahead of the Dutch who are at the third seed of Pool D by virtue of its 20-14 victory.The Philippine men’s team composed of Christian Standhardinger, Stanley Pringle, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy plunges into action on Saturday against Brazil and Mongolia.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film