Suarez scores hat-trick as Barca stroll into Club World Cup final

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodLuis Suarez scored a hat-trick, including an exquisite second goal, as Barcelona strolled into the Club World Cup final with a 3-0 win over Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday in Yokohama.Guangzhou gave the European champions a couple of scares in the first half but the Chinese side were utterly outclassed by the end of a match that often resembled an attack-versus-defence training session.Zou Zheng also suffered a horrific injury in the first half, appearing to break his leg as he fell awkwardly to the clear distress of his team-mates.Even without Lionel Messi, who was taken ill just hours before the game, and the injured Neymar, Barca enjoyed more than 70 per cent of possession as they claimed a place in Sunday’s final against South American champions River Plate.It was Guangzhou’s first defeat under Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari who took over in June.Barca needed 39 minutes to break down the defence, Suarez pouncing to tuck in the rebound after goalkeeper Li Shaui failed to hold Ivan Rakitic’s long-range drive.The Catalans had a lucky escape just before that when Brazilian Elkesen just failed to make contact with Zheng Zhi’s cross.Javier Mascherano also twice made last-ditch tackles to prevent Guangzhou players having a clear run at goal, firstly on Ricardo Goulart and then Zheng Zhi, while Claudio Bravo made his only save just before halftime to tip away Elkesen’s header.The game was settled as a contest after 49 minutes when Andres Iniesta sent a beautifully-weighted pass into the area and Suarez caught it on his chest before volleying past Li in one movement.The Uruguayan completed his hat-trick by converting a penalty in the 67th minute.last_img read more

Magnificent Hazard ends Liverpool’s 100 per cent start

first_imgThe brilliance of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard ended Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the season as Maurizio Sarri’s side enjoyed a 2-1 win at Anfield in the League Cup third round on Wednesday.Liverpool have started with six wins in the Premier League and a victory in the Champions League but they were knocked out of the League Cup thanks to a superb solo goal from Hazard in the 85th minute.Daniel Sturridge had put Liverpool in front before Emerson levelled for Chelsea in the 79th, after Simon Mignolet parried out a Ross Barkley header from a free-kick whipped in by Hazard.The Belgian forward, a 56th-minute substitute, won the game with a devastating finish after a powerful run in from the flank, leaving two Liverpool defenders behind before firing into the far corner.The two teams face each other at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the Premier League.Elsewhere, West Ham romped to an 8-0 victory over Macclesfield with Robert Snodgrass, Lucas Perez, Ryan Fredericks and debutant Grady Diangana all scoring their first goals for the club.Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna were also on target as the Hammers registered their first home win of the season and their biggest victory in 35 years.West Ham rarely make such short work of lower-league opposition in the cup competitions – the memories of defeats to Wrexham, Northampton, Stockport and Aldershot among others still linger while they trailed AFC Wimbledon after just a minute in the previous round.They were almost behind again when Macclesfield, without a win all season, ventured forward and James Pearson’s throw-in found Harry Smith, whose close-range effort was clawed away by Adrian.Yet that was the only moment of mild discomfort the hosts suffered all night against the Football League’s bottom club as they threatened to beat their previous record win, 10-0 against Bury in the same competition in 1983.Spurs and Watford meanwhile played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Mauricio Pochettino’s men winning a penalty shootout 4-2 to advance.Arsenal were also in action and survived a second-half rally from Brentford as a Danny Welbeck double proved enough to seal a place in the fourth round.The Gunners, beaten finalists in this competition last season, were pushed all the way by a much-changed Brentford side but showed enough to advance with a 3-1 win.At a sparsely populated Emirates Stadium – not helped by a London Underground strike – Welbeck scored twice in the first half to ensure safe progression.The visitors were the better side after the interval and gave themselves a fighting chance of an upset courtesy of a fine Alan Judge free-kick, only for substitute Alexandre Lacazette to secure the win with a stoppage-time effort.last_img read more

Dissatisfied football body puts end to PPL

first_imgMariano “Nonong” Araneta. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOThe Philippine Football Federation on Saturday terminated Triple CH Holdings as operator of the Philippine Premier League, which kicked off last week with only five clubs—two of which did not even have a license from the federation.The decision was unanimously approved by the Board of Governors, led by PFF president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, who had earlier given the PPL his backing only to pull it out after what a source described as “serious mismanagement” on the part of PPL organizers.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Unable to suit up due to injury, Lycha Ebon finds way to back up Lady Tamaraws Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books The PFF said the league will revert back to its original name, the Philippines Football League with kickoff expected in the third week of May.A highly-placed source said the federation was far from satisfied at the way the competition is being managed, citing several issues from the PPL’s inability to secure a title sponsor to the league’s defiance on allowing clubs without licenses—Mendiola and Air Force—to see action last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsStallion Laguna and Global Makati pulled out a day before kickoff. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila cardlast_img read more

BLUES EARN 6 PODIUM FINISHES ON DAY 2 OF U SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgMen 1. Guelph (76)2. Toronto (45)3. Manitoba (38.5)4. York (27)5. Western (24)6. Dalhousie (23)7. Windsor (18)8. Alberta (17)T9. Saskatchewan (16)T9. Laval (16)11. Waterloo (15)12. Calgary (14.5)13. Trinity Western (12)14. Montreal (11)15. Regina (10)16. Lethbridge (9)T17. McMaster (5)T17. McGill (5)T19. Sherbrooke (3)T19 Moncton (3)21. UNB (1) Men’s Weight Throw1. Ezana Debalkew, Toronto (18.83m)2. Mark Bujnowski, Guelph (18.09m)3. Andreas Troschke, Lethbridge (18.08m) Men’s 3000 Metre Run1. Jack Sheffar, Western (8:12.36)2. Jean-Simon Desgagnés, Laval (8:15.70)3. Russell Pennock, Calgary (8:16.43) Women’s Shot Put1. Brittany Crew, York (17.56m)* U SPORTS Record2. Sara Villani, Western (15.45m)3. Kaitlin Brooks, York (14.82m) Women’s 300 Metre Run1. Zoe Sherar, Guelph (37.79)2. Audrey Jackson, Montréal (38.28)3. Morgan Byng, Guelph (38.69) Women’s Pole Vault1. Meghan Lim, Alberta (4.00m)2. Emily Blackner, Manitoba (3.95m)3. Brittany Salmon, Toronto (3.95m) INDIVIDUAL MEDALLISTS Men’s 1000 Metre Run1. Kevin Robertson, Montréal (2:24.63)2. Ben Devito, Toronto (2:25.37)3. Gregory Hetterley, Regina (2:25.87) Women’s 4×800 Metre Relay1. Guelph (8:47.25)2. Laval (8:50.03)3. Ottawa (8:52.78) Women’s 3000 Metre Run1. Jessy Lacourse, Laval (9:27.70)2. Kristina Popadich, Western (9:29.03)3. Courtney Hufsmith, Saskatchewan (9:29.63) Men’s 4×800 Metre Relay1. Manitoba (7:37.29)2. Guelph (7:37.45)3. Toronto (7:38.27) Men’s 60 Metre Hurdles1. Pierce Lepage, York (7.83)2. Matt Coolen, Dalhousie (8.04)3. Matt MacGillivray, Guelph (8.188) For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version Women’s 1000 Metre Run1. Jenna Westaway, Guelph (2:41.36)* U SPORTS Record2. Julianne Labach, Saskatchewan (2:42.23)3. Olivia Romaniw, Guelph (2:43.94) Women’s 60 Metre Hurdles1. Michelle Harrison, Saskatchewan (8.27)2. Emma Nero, Guelph (8.36)3. Katelyn Lehner, Saskatchewan (8.41) Men’s Long Jump1. Pierce Lepage, York (7.69m)2. Joerg Ahne, Waterloo (7.37m)3. Matthew MacNeill, Guelph (7.30m) Heptathlon1. Kieran Johnston, Saskatchewan (5104 points)2. Peter Collier, Toronto (4985 points)3. Landon Gill, Saskatchewan (4881 points) Men’s 300 Metre Run1. Austin Cole, Alberta (32.89)* U SPORTS Record2. Philip Osei, Guelph (33.17)3. Daniel Harper, Guelph (33.26) Women1. Guelph (81)2. Saskatchewan (61)3. Western (42)4. Laval (31)5. York (28)6. Calgary (24)7. Sherbrooke (23)8. Lethbridge (20)9. Toronto (14)10. Manitoba (11)T11. Windsor (9)T11. Montreal (9)T13. UPEI (8)T13. Dalhousie (8)T15. Ottawa (6)T15. Regina (6)T17. McGill (4)19. Lakehead (1) The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s track and field team sits second, while the women are eighth as Day 2 of the U SPORTS championships wrapped up on Friday night (March 8) in Winnipeg.TEAM STANDINGS: The Blues men have 45 points, behind the Guelph Gryphons (76) and ahead of the host Manitoba Bisons (38.5). Toronto’s women sit tied for eighth with 20 points.MEN’S RESULTS: Ezana Debalkew kicked off Day 2 with a gold-medal finish in the men’s weight throw. After earning the national bronze medal last season, the two-time OUA champion bettered his own U of T record, throwing 18.83m on his third throw.Peter Collier claimed the men’s heptathlon silver medal. Collier won the 60m (6.91), long jump (7.11m), tied for first in the high jump (1.85m), finished second in the 60m hurdles (8.63), fifth in the pole vault (3.75m), ninth in the 1000m (2:59.71) and placed 11th in the shot put (10.49m).Ben Devito won his first career individual national medal, placing second overall in the men’s 1000m in 2:25.37.  Fellow veteran Craig Klomp placed 10th in 2:31.06.Devito and Klomp teamed up with Jake Carroll and AJ Bimm and had a gutsy performance to earn the bronze medal in the 4×800 relay in 7:38.27.Rookie Cameron Bruce finished sixth overall in the men’s 60m hurdles in 8.24 seconds. Philippe Johns (8.39) and Anthony Kwan (8.53) finished 12th and 13th, respectively. Jack Berkshire also placed seventh in the men’s 300m in 34.28 seconds.WOMEN’S RESULTS: First-year standout Jasmine Lew earned the bronze medal in the women’s long jump with a distance of 5.81m, while Brittany Salmon earned her second straight national bronze medal in the pole vault, clearing 3.95m.  Gillian Ceyhan, Jazz Shukla, Avery Garrett-Patterson and Lucia Stafford finished fourth in the 4×800 relay 8:58.97.Avery Garrett-Patterson placed sixth in the women’s 1000m in 2:47.82, Katherine Marshall finished ninth in the 3000m in 10:10.12 and Katrina Innanen was 11th in the 300m in 40.17 seconds.The championships wrap up tomorrow (March 9), beginning with the women’s triple jump and men’s pole vault at 1:30 p.m. EST.TEAM STANDINGS Women’s Long Jump1. Sandra Latrace, Lethbridge (6.13m)2. Katelyn Lehner, Saskatchewan (5.81m)3. Jasmine Lew, Toronto (5.81m) Story Links Men’s High Jump1. Alhaji Mansaray, Manitoba (2.15m)2. Oyinko Akinola, Manitoba (2.12m)3. Pierce Lepage, York (2.09m)last_img read more

Arsenal legend Vieira hits out at Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has hit out at Wenger over lack of ex-players in the coaching teamNEW YORK, United States, Aug 22- Patrick Vieira believes that Arsenal are losing games they should have won because they lack a ‘physical presence’ that once made them so successful.The New York City boss won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups with the Gunners, and captained them during the Invincibles season of 2003-04, but believes they are too soft to repeat that success. The 40-year-old also aired his disappointment at a lack of former players working underneath manager Arsene Wenger at the club.While Vieira believes that his old club plays good football, he believes a lack of physical presence and personality is costing them in terms of silverware.He said: “Now when I watch Arsenal, yes they play good football. But I just have a feeling they are missing something – the physical presence, the personality. But on the other side the team is not doing as good as it used to and you need to win football matches.”“They’ve been disappointing, losing games they should have won.”The Frenchman is also disappointed at the lack of ex-Arsenal players working in academy and coaching roles at the club.Thierry Henry had worked with the club’s youth team before Wenger offered him an ultimatum between coaching and TV work, while former captain Tony Adams let for a new role in the Chinese Super League.Wenger’s decision to allow Mikel Arteta to become part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching set-up at Manchester City leaves only Steve Bould and Freddie Ljungberg as former players on their staff.He added: “It is good for the young players who could see a Thierry Henry, a Ljungberg, a Sol Campbell or a Martin Keown who have been at the club a good few years working in the academy, or working somewhere. I think they can do it a bit more.”“Players want to do it but do not have the opportunity. I don’t understand it. The perfect example is Ajax. You see all the old players working for the club, on the field, in the office – the door is always open for them – but Arsenal don’t do it and I don’t know why.”The Gunners are still without a win this season after following up their 4-3 opening weekend defeat by Liverpool with a 0-0 draw at Leicester on Saturday.-By DailyMail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Methane gas continues to leak in Montney Basin finds recent study

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – A new video has been released showing methane leaking from gas wells in the Montney Basin.In December, non-profit organization Earthworks and the Pembina Institute used optical gas imaging cameras to document methane leaking from polluting gas wells and other facilities.According to scientists, methane is a greenhouse gas that traps 84 times as much heat as carbon dioxide. It is invisible to the human eye but responsible for 25 percent of already observed changes to Earth’s climate.- Advertisement -The images of leaking methane come in the wake of the David Suzuki Foundation’s peer-reviewed research showing methane pollution from B.C.’s oil and gas industry is much higher than reported. According to the research, 47 percent of active oil and gas wells in the study area were found to emit methane-rich plumes.Jan Gorski, of Pembina Institute, says oil and gas projects release methane pollution into the atmosphere through intentional venting and unintentional leaks.“Oil and gas operations, including those that will supply future LNG projects, release methane pollution into the atmosphere through intentional venting and unintentional leaks. B.C.’s draft regulations do not address the full scale of the province’s methane pollution problem.”Advertisement In early 2018, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission said it would be developing new ways of monitoring methane emissions and implementing a fugitive emissions management program after a report from the David Suzuki Foundation confirmed the findings of a study released in 2017.The report suggests the regulations under development should include more frequent site inspections of oil and gas operations and stronger policies to address intentional methane venting.Ian Bruce, David Suzuki Foundation science and policy director, says the Foundation trusts that the Province strengthen the draft methane pollution framework to ensure the industry is a responsible partner in the province’s climate plan.“With the release of the CleanBC climate plan this month, the government re-energized its global leadership on climate change.  We trust that B.C. will apply that same ambition and strengthen the draft methane pollution framework to ensure industry is a responsible partner in the province’s climate plan.”Advertisement Although there are strong elements to reduce reported and vented emissions, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission’s draft regulatory framework would exempt 93 percent of sites from frequent leak detection and repair and 35 percent of sites from modern instrument-based inspection.The B.C. Government plans to finalize methane regulations in 2019.You can view the methane gas leak video below.last_img read more

Van Gaal WILL take Strootman to Man United, claims Dutch expert

first_imgMarcel van der Kraan has told talkSPORT he is convinced Louis van Gaal will sign Kevin Strootman once he is fit.The Dutch midfield ace is currently sidelined with a knee ligament injury, but Van der Kraan has no doubt he will be heading to Manchester United when he is back in action.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “If he was fit Van Gaal would have bought him. But at the moment he would never pass a medical at Manchester United.“But we are convinced he will take him and he will be approached [in January]. Interestingly, he has just changed his agant and gone with the same one as Robin van Persielast_img

Exclusive – Forget Benitez! Rodgers is the right man for Liverpool, insists ex-Anfield ace

first_imgJason McAteer has given his full backing to Brendan Rodgers amid reports Rafa Benitez is eyeing a return to Liverpool.Rodgers is coming under pressure at Anfield following a difficult start to the season and former boss Benitez has suggested he would be keen on taking on the job again should it become available.But McAteer insists Rodgers is the right man for the club and is backing the Northern Irishman to prove it in the coming weeks.“Rafa has spoken many times on the record of his love for Liverpool and I’m sure if he got the opportunity he would come back and manage the club, but you can’t disregard Brendan after a poor start to the season,” said the former Reds ace, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The fans are talking about maybe changing Brendan but I think, on the whole, Liverpool are happy with Brendan Rodgers. I think he will be given time. I certainly don’t think he will be sacked this season.“People are judging his signings at the minute. They haven’t gone down too well, but he has got a lot of talent in that squad and it is going to take time to integrate them and for the players to believe in his philosophy.“We have lost [Daniel] Sturridge though injury and Luis Suarez in the summer so it is a big thing to start again. Liverpool have taken a couple of steps backwards but I have big hopes for Brendan Rodgers and I’m sure he will do really, really well in the next few games and we will be talking about Brendan being the manager we talked about last season.”last_img read more

Chelsea were actually tracking another PSG defender, not David Luiz – reports

first_img Former PSG team-mates Presnel Kimpembe and David Luiz 1 Chelsea were tracking Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe before they swooped for David Luiz.The Blues re-signed the Brazilian on deadline day for £34million – just two years after they sold him to PSG for £50m.Chelsea’s late move for Luiz was born out of Antonio Conte’s determination to sign a centre-back this summer.But, according to L’Equipe, the Italian manager was actually keeping tabs on Kimpembe and not Luiz in the final weeks of the window.The 21-year-old has been tipped for a big future and he has been capped by France at youth level.Conte is a fan of the defender, but he reportedly switched targets to Luiz at the last minute due to the experience the 29-year-old would bring.last_img

Rowett speaks out after shock sacking: ‘We were halfway through the project’

first_imgGary Rowett has expressed his dismay at being sacked by Birmingham.The 42-year-old was ousted as manager at St Andrew’s on Wednesday and swiftly replaced by former West Ham and Watford boss Gianfranco Zola.He left with Birmingham just one place outside the Sky Bet Championship play-offs and to the bemusement of many Blues supporters and onlookers from outside the club.Birmingham’s new owners Trillion Trophy Asia Limited (TTAL) decided the club needed a new figure at the helm, and in former Chelsea and Italy player Zola they acquired a man with an unmistakably higher profile than Rowett.Yet Zola has a mixed record as a manager. He was sacked from his last job, with Qatari side Al Arabi, in June, after a poor set of league results.Rowett felt he should have been afforded longer in charge, after two years of making clear progress at Birmingham.He said in a statement released by the League Managers Association: “I am extremely disappointed that my time as manager of Birmingham City has come to an end, especially as I felt we were only halfway through the project and I strongly believed we were on course to achieve our objectives.”Rowett is looking for a way back into football, and will hope his record at Birmingham stands him in good stead.He added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the players, fans and everyone at the club for their support and hard work during my time at Birmingham City.“I wish them well for the future and look forward to my next challenge in the game.”Zola’s first game in charge ended in a 2-1 home defeat to Brighton on Saturday evening. Gary Rowett: The 42-year-old was recently ousted as Birmigham manager 1last_img read more