Barcelona wins league title in an almost perfect season

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ “The hardest thing is to keep winning,” said coach Ernesto Valverde, who is celebrating his first league title in his debut season with Barcelona. “You have to find a way to keep coming back.”Barcelona’s next goal is to try to finish the league unbeaten, something which has never happened in the competition’s current format.“It’s been an almost perfect season for us in the league,” midfielder Sergio Busquets said.Barcelona’s biggest setback this season came in the Champions League, when it was eliminated by Roma in the quarterfinals after squandering a three-goal advantage from the first leg.Andres Iniesta, who last week announced he won’t return for a 17th season with the club, started from the bench but entered the match close to the end to applause from most of the crowd at Riazor Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Getafe moved to the final qualification spot for the Europa League with a 1-1 home draw against Girona.The result left Getafe in seventh place, one point in front of Sevilla.Girona, also in the fight for a spot in Europe’s second-tier club competition, stayed ninth. It has 48 points, the same as Sevilla which has a game in hand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Iniesta and Messi each have won nine Spanish league titles.Sunday’s result relegated Clarence Seedorf’s Deportivo.The hosts paid tribute to Barcelona even before the match started with its squad lining up outside the tunnel and applauding their rivals as they entered the field. Most of the opposing fans at Riazor also applauded Barcelona’s players.Coutinho opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a well-placed shot into the top corner after a pass by Ousmane Dembele, and Messi added to the lead in the 38th with a strike from near the far post after a perfect cross by Luiz Suarez.Deportivo pulled one closer with a goal by Lucas Perez in the 40th and equalized with Emre Colak’s shot from inside the area in the 64th.Messi put Barcelona ahead in the 82nd from close range after exchanging passes with Suarez inside the area, then sealed the victory in a breakaway in the 85th.Messi has 32 league goals, leaving him with eight more than Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for top scorer.It has been yet another disappointing coaching stint for Seedorf, the former Dutch midfielder who earned only two victories in 13 matches since arriving to try to save Deportivo from relegation. The team has lost six times and drawn five under his command, returning to the second division for the first time since 2013-14.“We didn’t reach our goal,” Seedorf said. “Now the future is open. We’ll see what happens.”Seedorf had achieved lackluster results in his previous coaching stints, including at AC Milan in 2014. Wilder: Joshua should take $50 million offer—and soon MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, center, and teammates celebrate after winning the 2017-18 Spanish La Liga at the end of the soccer match between Deportivo and Barcelona at the Riazor stadium in A Coruna, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)MADRID — Barcelona is celebrating yet another Spanish league title to cap a nearly perfect season.Unbeaten Barcelona added to its domestic dominance by winning La Liga for the third time in the last four seasons on Sunday, remaining unbeaten after 34 rounds. Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and Philippe Coutinho added a goal to give Barcelona a 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna and an insurmountable 11-point lead over Atletico Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES “We know how difficult it is to win this league,” Messi said. “We were better than our rivals. There is a lot of merit to winning this title without any losses.”Barcelona has won 26 league games and drawn eight, with four matches left.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 crownIt was Barcelona’s seventh league title in 10 seasons and 25th overall. Real Madrid, last year’s champion, leads with 33 La Liga trophies.Barcelona has also thrived in the Copa del Rey, the country’s second-most important club competition, winning it for the last four seasons. ATLETICO STAYS SECONDAtletico’s depleted team defeated Alaves 1-0 to strengthen its grip on second place.Kevin Gameiro converted a second-half penalty kick to secure the away victory for Atletico, which rested most of its regular starters ahead of Thursday’s return leg against Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals.The result gave Atletico a four-point gap to third-place Real Madrid, which has a game in hand.Gameiro scored the 78th-minute winner from the spot less than 10 minutes after Fernando Torres had his penalty kick saved by Alaves goalkeeper Axel Werner.Atletico forward Angel Correa was sent off with a second yellow card in second-half injury time.VALENCIA DRAWSFourth-place Valencia still has to secure its Champions League spot after a 0-0 home draw against Eibar.Valencia, winless in four matches, has an 11-point lead over fifth-place Real Betis, which has four games left and hosts last-place Malaga on Monday.GETAFE MOVES UPlast_img read more

Arellano keeps Final Four hunt alive, routs St. Benilde

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kent Salado led the Chiefs with 16 points and 11 assists, while Zach Nicholls went 3-of-6 from three to wound up with 13 markers, all coming in the second half when the game was already decided.Lervin Flores added 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, as three other players notched double-digits in scoring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith the win, Arellano forced a tie with EAC at sixth place with their identical 6-9 records.Rence Alcoriza ignited the blowout as he unleashed nine of his 11 markers in the first quarter to help Arellano grab an early 28-16 lead it would no longer surrender. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fourth and final crewman pulled alive from capsized ship PLAY LIST 01:16Fourth and final crewman pulled alive from capsized ship04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano sent a strong message that it’s still alive and kicking with a 95-65 mauling of St. Benilde that kept its Final Four hopes alive in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“It’s a very important win for us. I can’t exaggerate the gravity of this game because every game is a must win for us. It gives us hope coming to our game against San Sebastian,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Cavs coach Lue says friends shot in Las Vegas tragedy Quarters: 28-16, 47-33, 69-50, 95-65. MOST READcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kendrix Belgica paced St. Benilde with 18 points and eight rebounds, while JJ Domingo had 14 markers, three assists, and two boards against seven turnovers.The also-ran Blazers dropped their fourth straight defeat to fall down to a 3-13 slate.The Scores:ARELLANO 95 – Salado 16, Nicholls 13, Flores 12, Abanes 11, Alcoriza 11, Dela Cruz 11, Viloria 8, Cañete 4, Enriquez 4, Meca 3, Padilla 2, Concepcion 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Taywan 0, Filart 0.ST. BENILDE 65 – Belgica 18, Domingo 14, Naboa 8, Dixon 5, Leutcheu 5, San Juan 4, Johnson 3, Sta. Maria 3, Young 3, Pili 2, Castor 0, Suarez 0, Velasco 0.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Yee, Khobuntin pick up slack for Picanto

first_imgMOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Mark Yee. PBA IMAGESThe early ouster of Eric Camson was supposedly a huge blow to Kia.But Camson’s ejection in the second quarter was hardly felt after Glen Khobuntin and Mark Yee stepped up in his absence.ADVERTISEMENT Yee picked up the slack in the third quarter, where he scored nine of his 13 points while Khobuntin came up clutch with eight fourth quarter points to finish with 11.“I knew he would [deliver]. I knew he would,” Kia coach Ricky Dandan said of Khobuntin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were just working on some combinations on the floor, we were trying because we are undermanned, we have no more bigs left we lost Eric and Prince (Caperal) was in foul trouble, we were rotating people. But after halftime, I talked to him and said be ready, you’ll start in the third quarter.”Khobuntin made his presence felt in the third period but he saved his best for last, hitting back-to-back baskets inside the last two minutes and 28 seconds that put the Picanto ahead, 96-89, with only 1:52 remaining. LATEST STORIES He also sealed the game with a breakaway layup after Yee won a crucial jump ball against Gabe Norwood in the final seconds.The former National University star refused to take all the credit for his impressive showing, pointing out that his other teammates had significant contributions as well.“It wasn’t just me. All of us played well,” Khobuntin said in Filipino. “I just had an opportunity and it just so happened that the play was designed for me to get the ball.”“I’m just thankful that coach trusted me.”ADVERTISEMENT Over the hump Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Jwala, Ashwini win women’s doubles badminton gold

first_imgStarting the hunt for possible three gold medals at stake for the Indians on the final day of the Commonwealth Games, the showgirls of Indian badminton – Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa – made a golden start in the women’s doubles finals on Thursday, October 14, 201o.Playing at a comparatively packed Siri Fort Stadium, the Jwala-Ashwini combine beat a comparatively stronger Singaporean pair of Shinta Mulia and Yao Lei in straight games. The Indians won the match 21-16, 21-19.The Indians had a disappointing start as they conceded three successive points to the favourites Shinta-Yao. However, a confident Jwala continued with her attacks finally giving India a lead that continued till the end of the game.The Singaporeans tried to make a comeback in the match winning the in second game. But the Indians, cheered by home crowd, won the set.Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das bag bronze medal for India in women’s double table tennis.Saina takes on Malaysian Mew in singles finalIndia’s biggest hope in the badminton, world number three Saina Nehwal, will meet Malaysian Mew Choo Wong in the women’s singles final early in the afternoon.The 20-year-old Hyderabadi girl is just a step away from realising her dream of becoming the country’s first woman shuttler to win a Commonwealth Games gold. The Indian top seed has been in red-hot form this year and has not lost any singles match in the event so far, including in the individual and team events.last_img read more

a month agoNew Nice owner Ratcliffe remains interested buying Premier League club

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New Nice owner Ratcliffe remains interested buying Premier League clubby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Nice owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe remains interested in buying a Premier League club.It’s understood he looked at Newcastle and Chelsea this year – and he may return to buy a top flight club at a later date, says the Mirror.Those close to the man, who started life in a council house in Greater Manchester, insist they haven’t ruled out Ratcliffe ­making a Premier League impact one day.A business confidante said: “Jim was genuinely interested in buying a leading Premier League club. At the same time he wants value for money and after ­considering the cost involved and the ­necessary investment he chose Nice ahead of Premier League clubs he was in negotiations with.” last_img read more

Dozen goals in two matches Real Kashmir FC march on

first_imgKolkata: It rained a dozen goals in the 129th Durand Cup on Saturday with Real Kashmir FC thrashing former champions Army Green 4-0 and Mohammedan Sporting hammering Indian Navy 6-2, riding on a five-goal blitz by Arthur Kouassi. At the Kalyani Stadium here, Real Kashmir FC, who participated in the tournament despite trouble back home in the Valley, inched closer to secure a semi-final berth. Their second successive win took them to top of the group C table with six points from two matches. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhChesterpoul Lyngdoh struck a brace (3rd, 39th), while Singam Subash Singh (33rd) and Khaidem Vicky Meitei (90+2nd) scored one each against the Bengaluru-based Army outfit who were reduced to nine players in the second-half. Trailing 0-3, all hell broke loose for the Army side when Sajesh Muttath and Laishramnanishsingh were given marching orders in 52nd and 55th minutes respectively by referee Crystal John. They tried to put up a fight but only to concede another goal at the fag end of the match with Meitei completing the rout. The Army Green were dished out a third red card, but this time after the final whistle with the offender being Vibin T V. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIn their final group league fixture on August 17, the Snow Leopards will take on FC Goa who are in the second spot with three points from one match. Having suffered a defeat in the Durand Cup opener against Mohun Bagan, Mohammedan Sporting returned to winning ways in an eight-goal thriller at the Mariners’ home ground. All the action was confined to second-half with the second division I-League team finally ending the goalless stalemate in the 56th minute. The Ivorian forward possibly had the most impressive performance in the ongoing Durand Cup as he toyed with Indian Navy’s defence to score four more goals in the 72nd, 76th, 86th and 90th minute, the final one coming through a penalty. Ugandan recruit Mudde Musa scored the only other goal for MSC in the 62nd minute. A long ranger from the corner of the penalty box by Britto P M in the 71st minute opened the sheet for Navy, seconds before Kouassi would net his second. The final moments of the match saw some intense action with another penalty coming at 90+6, this time in Navy’s favour and Britto taking the day’s Durand Cup goal count to 12. Mohammedan Sporting will face ATK for their final match of group league on August 16, while Navy will face the current group B toppers Mohun Bagan on August 17.last_img read more

Precedent mounting investigations of Ohio State football may bring stricter punishment for

Ohio State is far from the first school to be charged with NCAA infractions for violations committed by its football program. Other programs have had penalties ranging from small suspensions to the “death penalty,” but precedents set by NCAA cases could influence the organization’s final ruling on OSU. On Aug. 12, a group of university representatives, including interim coach Luke Fickell and former coach Jim Tressel, will travel to Indianapolis to make its case to the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. The NCAA’s Notice of Allegations, sent to OSU President E. Gordon Gee on April 21, detailed the charges brought against the university. In the report, the NCAA said Tressel failed to behave with “honesty and integrity,” and knowingly played ineligible players, including Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Solomon Thomas and Mike Adams. The players are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. The report also revealed that OSU may be designated as a “repeat offender” because of coach Jim O’Brien and 2006 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith. O’Brien gave $6,000 to recruit’s mother, later forcing the Buckeyes to vacate their 2001 Final Four appearance and season wins. Repeat offenders generally receive harsher penalties. Absent from the report were the terms “lack of institutional control” and “failure to monitor,” which can indicate large-scale violations and equally large penalties. If the ongoing NCAA investigation uncovers a widespread problem within the program, “lack of institutional control” can still be applied to OSU. Sports Illustrated recently reported that OSU’s violations extended beyond the six players suspended next season. The report said as many as 28 players received improper benefits since 2002, including nine current players. Josephine Potuto, who has served on the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions since 2006, said the new allegations could lead to an extended investigation. “I would say, given what’s been reported in the papers and other media, I would guess there’s a chance the hearing won’t be held in August,” Potuto said. Potuto also said that, if the NCAA decided to investigate further, the hearing could be delayed. Michael Buckner, a lawyer who specializes in sports law, said the alleged violations eventually could lead to OSU being cited for “lack of institutional control.” “These are just new allegations,” Buckner said. “Although they have been published from reputable media organizations, the NCAA and OSU still must conduct their own investigation, interview witnesses, collect documents and verify those allegations before any time of institutional control allegations are added to the case.” In 2010, the USC football program was cited for “lack of institutional control” for violations primarily involving running back Reggie Bush. The program received a two-year postseason-bowl ban and faced reduction of 30 scholarships over three years. Chris Dufresne, who covers USC football for The Los Angeles Times, said there are similarities between the two cases. “What you have in common are two major power football universities where football is king and needs to be protected at all times,” Dufresne said. “But you have to wonder, ‘At what cost?’” Dufresne said whether OSU is cited for “lack of institutional control” depends on several factors. “It’s going to depend on whether it can be isolated to one person,” Dufresne said. “If it’s just Jim Tressel and no one else was really involved, then it’s on him. But it all depends on how much it bleeds into the rest of the administration.” One thing that may benefit OSU is that the university self-reported the violations in December, whereas USC denied any wrongdoing. “Ohio State initially did self-report this in December,” Dufresne said. “How they did it and how they perceived it and managed it is in question. … USC basically said they never did anything wrong.” Despite the self-reported violations, Dufresne said OSU still could face harsher penalties than USC because Tressel was a central figure in the violations. “Given what has been reported and what, I think, is being acknowledged, the head coach had players compete when they were ineligible,” Potuto said. “That’s a serious violation.” Dufresne said Tressel’s involvement probably will lead to a strict ruling. “My best guess is (the punishment) will be at least as severe as USC’s,” Dufresne said, “possibly more because (Tressel) was involved.” The most severe punishment the NCAA can issue is known commonly as the “death penalty.” If a program is issued the death penalty, it is banned from competing for one year. In 1987, the NCAA gave the Southern Methodist University football program the dreaded punishment. That remains the only time the NCAA has instituted the death penalty. Buckner said he doesn’t think OSU will share SMU’s fate. “With SMU, you have an entirely different situation,” he said. “You had boosters that were members of the Board of Directors that were directly involved. So, it started at the very top and went all the way down. It was definitely the textbook case of ‘lack of institutional control’ because the institution sanctioned that lack of control.” SMU was already serving a two-year bowl ban when it was discovered that players were being paid to play for the school. Dufresne said he doesn’t think the death penalty ever will be used again. “They’re never going to do that again,” Dufresne said. “I think they realized that they went way overboard with that because it basically put a program out of business for 25 years.” read more

Redshirt players making an impact for Ohio State

Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein (65) blocks during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen Urban Meyer first came to Ohio State in late 2011, he made it clear that he was not a fan of redshirting players.Now, three years later, he might be changing his tone slightly.“Those days (of redshirting) are certainly here (but) if you are a good player, play ‘em,” Meyer said Tuesday during the Big Ten teleconference. “That is going to be our philosophy to continue moving forward.”The Buckeyes currently have 34 players on their roster that have been redshirted at least once.One of those players is OSU starting quarterback J.T. Barrett, along with three of the five starting offensive lineman.Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein said his redshirt year helped him get used to the college game.“It definitely benefitted me a lot,” he said Monday. “My freshman year, just being on scout team going against (Johnathan) Hankins and (John) Simon and transitioning to this level of play (helped a lot).”Specifically, Elflein said his time on the scout team and not being afraid to make mistakes were what made his redshirt year in 2012 so beneficial.“You can kind of just go out there and play (on scout team) and kind of get acclimated to this level of football and I got so much better doing that,” Elflein said. “It just transferred over to learning the offense after that and it all just came together.”For Elflein, it paid off as he made his first career start on a big stage in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game, when he said he thought he performed admirably.“We fell short last year, and that still hurts,” he said. “I played well that game, but we want to get back there and win the Big Ten.”Defensively, the Buckeyes currently have three redshirt players in the starting lineup, including redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple, who was one of two players Meyer singled out when discussing the benefits of a year off.“(Redshirt-freshman linebacker) Darron Lee and Eli Apple are two guys off the top of my head … Will Eli Apple be here five years? No. My guess is if he continues to improve, that he may move on,” Meyer said.Lee is one of six players who has started each game on defense and is second on the team in tackles for loss for loss with 9.5.Apple, who has started all but one game this season, said watching from the sidelines last year was beneficial, adding that he learned a lot from veteran players at his position.“When I first got here, I definitely had my little struggles. I feel like that redshirt year really helped me a lot just watching guys like (Bradley) Roby, watching guys like (current senior) Doran (Grant), see how they handle their business and picking up stuff from them,” Apple said Monday. “When I came in this year, I really wanted to take an approach — take things serious, work on my technique, work on all aspects of my game and it has really helped out.”Already with two interceptions under his belt, Apple said that with each game comes more assurance in his abilities.“I feel like my confidence has grown after each game,” Apple said. “It’s just great being a starting corner, playing opposite of Doran Grant, somebody that just takes the game so serious. It’s one of those things where you have to raise your game up a notch every week because you got somebody like him who just goes so hard and has great preparation.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more