View comments LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As the players took the stage to PPG Paints Arena announcer Ryan Mill’s introductions, fans also learned that Ian Cole, another defenseman, played through a broken hand and broken ribs. And Brian Bonino, who broke his leg blocking a shot but still finished Game 2 of the finals before missing the rest, hobbled around on crutches while taking selfies with fans.A couple of bittersweet story lines punctuated the festivities: 40-year-old veteran Matt Cullen, who has won two Cups since joining the Penguins as a free agent last season, has hinted he might retire, prompting fans to chant, “One more year!” And, perhaps the best story of the playoffs was how former starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury regained that job when rookie Matt Murray was injured during warm-ups in the first game of the playoffs. Fleury was in net for nine of the 16 victories the Penguins needed to win the Cup before Murray returned from injury to replace Fleury after a shaky third-round game against Ottawa and was in net for Pittsburgh’s final seven playoff wins.Fleury, one of the most popular Penguins with fans and teammates, is likely to leave when the new Las Vegas franchise drafts its players or in an offseason trade.Phil Kessel, another fan favorite since the Penguins acquired him from Toronto two seasons ago, drew some of the biggest cheers.Fan Kristen Pearce, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, drove down to honor Kessel, a Wisconsin native, and was lucky enough to have him autograph her jersey and her sign, which read, “We drove from Wisconsin to see our Stanley Cup champion!”ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte MOST READ Roger Federer comeback halted by Tommy Haas in Stuttgart Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby carries the Stanley Cup during the team’s Stanley Cup NHL hockey victory parade on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. APPITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup championship, the first an NHL team has won back to back in almost 20 years, spawned by far the biggest victory parade of any of the franchise’s five titles.An estimated 650,000 people turned out along a downtown parade route that ended with a rally at Point State Park, city public works and public safety officials said Wednesday (Thursday Manila time). A sunny day with temperatures in the 80s didn’t hurt, as the smell of sunscreen was as pungent as the Penguins’ love in a city that boasts, officially, only 305,000 residents.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “These guys are fierce competitors,” coach Mike Sullivan told the crowd from a stage in the triangular park formed by the confluence of the city’s three rivers. “They just know how to win.”Roughly 400,000 fans attended last year’s celebration, which was the biggest for any of the team’s Stanley Cup championships to that point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe Penguins won the cup Sunday against the Nashville Predators with a 2-0 win in Game 6. And judging from signs and chants from the crowd, this championship was sweetened by the adversity the team overcame.Playoff MVP and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was knocked out for the better part of two games with a concussion against the Washington Capitals, and the Penguins played without their best defenseman, Kris Letang, who had neck surgery before the playoffs. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Some fans lined up the night before, and most waited several hours for the parade to start.Karla and Don Donahue drove 30 miles from Freeport to claim their seats in Point State Park at 2:30 a.m. This was the third victory parade for the Donahues, who also attended in 2009 and 2016.Karla Donahue said if they aren’t at the games they’re watching on TV.“If we’re somewhere else, it’s on the radio,” she said. “We haven’t missed a game in years.”The Penguins also won the Cup in 1991 and 1992. They became the first team to repeat as champions since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1997 and 1998.
Musonye added that Malawi FA chief Walter Jamilando was in the country and met the regional body’s boss to deliver the assurances and discuss other logistics pertaining to the participation of one of the teams that has been invited from outside the East Africa region.Local media quoting publications in Tanzania reported that Malawi FA chief executive, Suzgo Nyirenda had said The Flames would not honour the invitation.“The invitation notice was short and the event requires our team to spend 8 million Kwacha and we would rather channel that money to our 2013 Nations Cup qualifier against Chad and the Worlds Cup campaign,” Nyirenda was cited saying.The team’s head coach, Kinnah Phiri had been cited expressing his disappointment at missing the regional tournament saying, “We would have assessed locally based players in Cecafa ahead of the qualifiers, but there is little I can do now because Cecafa is also to blame for the late invitation,” he added.Malawi have been drawn against Kenya, Eritrea and Sudan in a tough CECAFA pool and will play Harambee Stars again in the 2014 World Cup qualifier.Harambee Stars coach, Francis Kimanzi, who shifted his focus on the regional jamboree after sealing his team’s place in the World Cup qualifiers, is relishing the opportunity of meeting The Flames whom they have been drawn against in Tanzania.“It will be a good chance to test my team against a side we shall play in the World Cup qualifiers although both teams will not have their full teams. However, playing them will give us an idea of what to expect,” Kimanzi said on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 26- Contrary to earlier reports, Malawi will feature in the forthcoming CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup regional tourney that kicks-off in Tanzania on November 25.Addressing the press in Nairobi on Wednesday, CECAFA General Secretary, Nicholas Musonye, quashed the reports stating, “I can confirm to you that I have held discussions with the country’s football president and they will be there next week.”
0Shares0000PARIS, France, November 5 – Holders Bayern Munich and English side Manchester City became the first teams to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday.Bayern made heavy weather of beating Viktoria Pilsen 1-0 while group rivals City reached the knockout stages for the first time, after flopping in the group stage the last two seasons, with a 5-2 thumping of CSKA Moscow in Manchester. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, whose side equalled the Champions League record of nine successive wins set by Barcelona back in the 2002/03 season, was satisfied despite the unconvincing display exemplified by yet another poor first-half performance.“We have taken all the points we could in the four games, which shows how strong we are,” said Guardiola.City got the better of CSKA with a Sergio Aguero double and a hat-trick from Alvaro Negredo, with manager Manuel Pellegrini saying: “It is the first step, but it’s an important one as the team has not qualified before. We have done that now.”Real Madrid came close to joining them but having gone 2-1 up in Turin against Juventus they were pegged back to 2-2 with a goal by former Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente the Italian club’s saviour.Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener for Real, Gareth Bale got their other, took him level for the all time total of goals scored in the group phase with eight.The result leaves Real needing a result at home to Galatasaray, who lost 1-0 away at FC Copenhagen, later this month to assure themselves of a place in the Last 16.“Take our foot off the gas at the Bernabeu against Galatasaray? No, the only way forward is to keep up the pressure and win,” said Real boss Carlo Ancelotti.For his Juventus counterpart Antonio Conte there was much to be pleased with even if his side are bottom of the table, a point off both Galatasaray and Copenhagen.“It’s a positive result and seeing how much the players put into this game against a team like Real Madrid really satisfies me,” he said.Former French champions Paris Saint Germain, who Ancelotti left for Real at the end of last season, also missed out on claiming their place in the Last 16 as they were held to a surprising 1-1 draw at home to previously pointless and goalless Belgian outfit Anderlecht, who the French side had thumped 5-0 in their match a fortnight ago in Brussels.In the end with the restive PSG fans booing their side, who nonetheless extended their unbeaten start to the season in all competitions, it was Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic who grabbed them a point for the hosts after they briefly trailed.PSG coach Laurent Blanc was like the club’s fans similarly dissatisfied with the performance, though, they can seal their second successive knockout spot with a draw at home to Greek side Olympiakos later this month.“We were too average to win the game,” said Blanc. “I sincerely feel that, had we not equalised within five minutes of their goal, we might well have lost.”While City won with something to spare — though their defence looked shaky at times and could be exposed against tougher opposition — their city rivals Manchester United laboured to a 0-0 draw at Real Sociedad, who gained their first point of the campaign.Robin van Persie summed up United’s frustrating evening hammering his second-half penalty against the post, though, Ashley Young looked to have dived to win it in the first place.To cap it all United’s Belgian international midfielder Marouane Fellaini was sent off in the closing stages.They still lead their group by a point but both Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk, who drew 0-0 in Ukraine, are lurking.However, United manager David Moyes, who has had a tough start to his reign after replacing the legendary Alex Ferguson, said he was happy with their position.“We are in a healthy position, you want to be top of the group and that is where we are,” said Moyes0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Infantino said it was normal for FIFA to make losses for three years and then “make revenue” during the fourth financial year, when a World Cup takes place © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISManama, Bahrain, May 8 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino claimed Monday that the finances of football’s governing body were “extremely solid”, despite it posting a $369 million loss earlier this year.Infantino was speaking at the Asian Football Confederation’s congress in Bahrain, a meeting which also saw one of the leading global advocates for reform, Australia’s Moya Dodd, lose her seat on the all-powerful FIFA Council. Infantino said FIFA’s big losses were in line with its “business model”.“In spite of what some have been trying to write or to say, FIFA’s finances are extremely solid,” Infantino told delegates in a short address.He added that it was normal for FIFA to make losses for three years and then “make revenue” during the fourth financial year, when a World Cup takes place.“That’s how the business model is conducted,” he continued. “We don’t need to tell you other stories, we don’t need to make our figures artificial (or) look better by some accounting measures.”FIFA has said previously that its losses could increase throughout this year, but rebound in 2018 to a profit of $1 billion, largely due to TV deals from the Russian World Cup. Infantino was speaking a day after FIFA formally announced a partnership deal with Qatar Airways for the Gulf carrier to be its “official airline” for a host of major tournaments, including the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.– Dodd loses Council vote –Dodd was defeated in the vote for the Council seat reserved for a woman delegate by the largely unknown Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, from Bangladesh, by 27 votes to 17.Also elected — unopposed — were three men, China’s Zhang Jian, South Korea’s Chung Mong Gyu and the Philippines’ Mariano Araneta.There were originally only two seats up for grabs, but a third became available after Kuwaiti powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, who is facing corruption allegations in the US, which he denies, stood down.The original vote had been delayed since last September when the AFC abandoned their extraordinary congress in Goa after just 27 minutes.That meeting was abruptly cancelled after Saoud al-Mohannadi, the Qatar Football Association vice-president, was stopped at the last minute from standing for election. Mohannadi subsequently overturned a year’s ban from football but too late for him to apply to stand for the council again.Elsewhere in Manama on Monday, the Confederation of African Football elected Egypt’s Hani Abo Rida to the Council, at an extraordinary general assembly.Meanwhile, AFC president, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa, hinted that a ban on Iraq hosting football matches could be lifted this week, ahead of the annual FIFA congress, which takes place in Bahrain on May 11. That congress could produce fireworks.A row over the issue of Israeli clubs in the West Bank sparked to life again Monday when Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub claimed Israel was placing FIFA under pressure of which there was “no precedent in the history of football”.He was responding to media reports that Netanyahu had personally telephoned Infantino and urged the FIFA boss to stop congress debating possible sanctions against six Israeli clubs from West Bank settlements.The Palestine Football Association argues that the presence of the clubs on its territory is in breach of FIFA statutes, while Israel claims those rules are unenforceable as there is no permanent border.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Having lost his fourth final with Argentina, Lionel Messi has retired from international football.Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final following on from defeat in the same competition in 2015 and 2007 as well as the 2014 World Cup final loss to Germany.En route to his latest heartache, though, the Barcelona ace became his country’s top scorer with 55 goals, overtaking Gabriel Batistuta’s long-standing record of 54.Here, talkSPORT has found a video featuring every one of his international goals going back 10 years to his first in 2006.Messi reached 55 goals in 112 games, while Batistuta – a traditional striker – scored his haul in 78 games between 1991 and 2002.
11 1. Loris Karius (goalkeeper) – check out the predicted Liverpool XI in full by scrolling through the gallery above 9. Sheyi Ojo (right attack) 11 5. Alberto Moreno (left back) 11 11 11 3. Dejan Lovren (centre back) 11 11 6. Ovie Ejaria (centre midfield) 7. Kevin Stewart (centre midfield) 2. Trent Alexander-Arnold (right back) 11. Ben Woodburn (left attack) 11 10. Divock Origi (centre forward) 11 11 11 8. Lucas Leiva (centre midfield) 4. Joe Gomez (centre back) Liverpool take on Plymouth Argyle at Anfield in the FA Cup this Sunday 8 January, kick off 1.30pm, and it’s live on talkSPORT.The Reds should comfortably brush their League Two opponents aside on Merseyside this weekend, but Jurgen Klopp will no doubt be resting key players in his senior squad as the Premier League title race hots up.The German coach revealed Joe Gomez is preparing to make his first appearance since suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in October 2015, in what is excellent news for the club amid fitness concerns over Joel Matip.But who else could join Gomez in Klopp’s starting XI?Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Liverpool XI by scrolling through the gallery above.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In the 1998 cup, more than just sportsmanship was at stake when the American players faced the national team of Iran. As soon as the whistle ended the game, thousands of Iranians poured into the streets to celebrate their team’s victory. It was also a victory for 45 million Iranians. As the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the hard-line spiritual leader of the country stated, the players had made the nation happy. For the Iranians, the game symbolized a triumph in the political rivalry with the U.S. It was a way of paying back the “Great Satan” for the American support of the Shah and of Iraq during the war of 1980-1988. Yet, the game was also a spur for the Clinton administration and the Iranian government to resume diplomatic relations. The game between Iran and the U.S. was insignificant in determining who would eventually win the World Cup. Neither team had a chance. The usual contenders were Germany, Italy, England, France, Argentina and Brazil. However, small countries feel that they have won the cup if they manage to win a single game against one of these major teams. Thus, when North Korean players defeated Italy in 1966, they went home heroes while the Italian players were welcomed by irate fans throwing lemons at them. Just winning a game against one of these rich countries suggests to poor or small countries, lacking a winning tradition in soccer, that although they may not equal the major world powers – economically, politically or in other ways – they can compete in one area. And for a moment, they feel that they are better than the defeated country, not just in soccer, but in every other aspect of life. It’s not true, obviously, but soccer fever is very strong because it is the world sport, something Americans can only understand if they put the popularity of American football, baseball, basketball and hockey together. And victory on the soccer field boosts the national ego. Wouldn’t it be great if all the world’s problems could be decided on the soccer field? Domenico Maceri teaches foreign languages at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Si, señor. It’s war” read the headline in an English newspaper, a few days before the national teams of England and Argentina met in their semifinal soccer game during the World Cup in Mexico in 1986. The headline was an exaggeration, of course. It was just a game. Yet, the Falklands war was fresh in everybody’s mind, and for the Argentine players, a soccer victory would help make up for their loss in the war. This year’s World Cup, held in Germany, is not a war, but there is plenty of nationalism at stake. The popularity of the game throughout the world is due in part to its simplicity, but also to the national fervor that a winning team creates. When France plays Germany or Italy plays England, sports may create a little competition, but history and ancient rivalries make that competition important. Fourteen years ago, when Holland defeated Germany in the European championship, delirious Dutch fans threw their bicycles in the air and shouted that they had got their “bikes back,” a reference to World War II, when the Nazis confiscated all the bicycles in Holland. And when England beat Germany in 1966 to win the World Cup, many English fans saw a repeat of World War II. The fans’ celebrations suggested that much.
“Just as the government isn’t going to look too closely at the religious uses churches are making of tax dollars they receive, so it might be equally appropriate if they don’t look too closely at the political activity of the churches that can receive tax-deductible donations,” said Ronald Garet, professor of law and religion at USC. The Rev. Ed Bacon of All Saints notes his church has never violated federal law by contributing to a political candidate. He also said it has never endorsed nor opposed a particular political candidate, which also would violate IRS laws.IRS spokesman Jesse Weller declined to comment, referring to a statement issued by the agency last week that said the IRS investigates charities and churches when allegations are made. That’s the case at All Saints, which the IRS began investigating in June 2005 after receiving an anonymous complaint. In the escalating battle, the church last week refused an IRS summons to divulge records and sermons from 2004. The IRS said it examined 47churches nationwide for political activity compliance in 2004 and wrote warning letters or assessed excise taxes to 37. For their part, church officials said they didn’t know they had overstepped the line in making political contributions until the candidate returned the money or they were contacted by the Los Angeles Daily News, a sister publication of this newspaper. Some said they thought they were making donations in support of local leaders’ community efforts rather than political campaigns. Others said the candidates themselves reported the donations incorrectly. While it is not illegal for politicians to take the money, some have returned it and informed churches of the tax risk they face. Dozens of houses of worship statewide have jeopardized their nonprofit status by giving money from their collection plates to political candidates, according to a newspaper review. In the city of Los Angeles alone, 39 churches, synagogues and Buddhist temples were identified by political candidates as contributing more than $15,000 to their election campaigns since 1998, according to city Ethics Commission records. Under the Internal Revenue Service tax code, contributions to political candidates by nonprofits – including houses of worship – violate a prohibition against political campaign activity. The disclosure is the latest in a growing national debate over churches’ role in politics. The spotlight has focused locally on All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, which is in jeopardy of losing its tax-exempt status following a complaint last year that it ventured too far into the political arena when a former rector criticized the Bush administration in a sermon during the 2004 elections. Experts say the issues raise questions over whether the IRS is being even-handed. While the federal tax agency has taken on All Saints, some say it may be overlooking others’ political donations as well as whether churches are using federal funds solely for intended social programs. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
REVEALED getty Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED Frank Lampard was not happy with the decision against his former club REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Frank Lampard would have equalised against Germany if technology was used 4 Frank Lampard firmly believes Harry Kane was offside in the build-up to his match-winning penalty against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final.The video assistant referee overruled an offside flag in the moments leading to Kane’s spot-kick, which gave Tottenham a 1-0 victory in the first leg at Wembley.But rather than clearing things up, the technology has caused confusion in some quarters, with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri providing an alternative angle which appeared to show Kane leaning into an offside position.And Chelsea legend Lampard was also left unimpressed, claiming the system has a long way to go before it becomes a viable option in the Premier League. MONEY huge blow Sky Sports The angle appears to show Kane in an offside position 4 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Latest Football News Chelsea will consider themselves unfortunate to be trailing at the halfway stage of their two-legged semi-final.The Blues dominated for large spells at Wembley and Sarri was left feeling a sense of injustice over Kane’s winner.“From the image from our camera, Kane was offside, clearly offside,” Sarri said. 4 4 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE “If we don’t, then we shouldn’t be going to VAR and seeing what they say.“For the referee’s sake, as much as anyone, because they’re culpable when they have a second look and still seemingly might have got it wrong.“So there’s a lot of work to be done.”“I do think once it’s right, and as good as it can be, there will be a lot more positives than negatives.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Sarri takes another look at the penalty incident “But it’s not important. I think it’s more important that the linesman stopped the run, he didn’t follow the ball.“So for the players on the pitch, it’s clearly offside. He had a big influence on our defenders.“At the moment I think that English referees are not able to use the system.”“I do think once it’s right, and as good as it can be, there will be a lot more positives than negatives.” “It was offside! As I watched it on TV, I thought he was offside,” he told talkSPORT.“Even though the line seemed to say he was on, the angle was slightly off, and I felt that the lean was enough to be offside.“That’s not so much a Chelsea bias, I joke a little bit, but of course it needs to be absolutely as good as it can be, and at the moment it’s not.MORE: Harry Kane was OFFSIDE and we have the camera angle to prove it, claims Maurizio SarriLampard certainly would’ve benefited from the use of technology during his playing career, most notably when his ‘equaliser’ against Germany at the 2010 World Cup was not given despite clearly crossing the line.And while the Derby boss remains an advocate for VAR’s introduction to English football, he warns against anything but a full-proof system.“I still think it has to come in and I’m still a fan of it, but with that decision, it’s a good sign for all of us here that if there are adjustments to be made then make sure we get it 100% right.