MANCHESTER, England (AP): Barely four months after arriving at Liverpool, Juergen Klopp could turn a season of transition into one of silverware and keep up the club’s strong tradition in the English League Cup. The first trophy of the English season is on offer when Liverpool face Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday. Fuelled by cash from Abu Dhabi since 2008, City are starting to make a habit of reaching title matches at Wembley Stadium. That was once the case for Liverpool, too. But the Reds – England’s dominant force in the 1970s and ’80s – have fallen on hard times over the past decade, during which time they have collected only one trophy: A record-extending eighth League Cup in 2012. Four years without a title is too long for a team of Liverpool’s heritage, but a successful era might just be around the corner under the popular Klopp, who has made a big impression since replacing Brendan Rodgers in October. A DECADE OF SUCCESS Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has compared the club’s situation to that of Chelsea, which won the League Cup in 2005 – their first season under JosÈ Mourinho – to spark a decade of success domestically and in Europe. “I remember for Chelsea a few years back, it was the League Cup they won and after that they managed to win a lot of trophies,” Mignolet said. “It gives everybody a confidence boost when you win your first trophy for a long time. “For this young group of lads, I think it could be something that pushes us on to be even hungrier for trophies.” City are bidding for their fifth trophy since 2011 and first of a possible three this season in manager Manuel Pellegrini’s last year before being replaced by Pep Guardiola. City is six points off the lead in the Premier League and took a big step towards the Champions League quarter-finals by beating Dynamo Kiev 3-1 on Wednesday. The teams last met in November, when Liverpool beat City 4-1 away. Klopp’s tactics of pressing from the front, giving City’s defence and deep-lying midfielders no time on the ball, worked perfectly and the margin of victory could have been bigger. An attacking trio of playmakers Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana were the chief protagonists of Liverpool’s big win at Etihad Stadium in November, with their relentless hounding of City’s ball-playing defenders causing errors. While mindful of that, Klopp may still choose to go with a different front line as Daniel Sturridge is fit after a long run of injuries. Klopp has previously spoken of his frustration over Sturridge’s injury problems, saying he needs to play through his problems, while critics say the England striker needs to toughen up. “To say a player doesn’t want to play is the biggest disrespect you could ever say to a footballer,” Sturridge said. “I don’t think anyone will understand how much it means to me to play football.” The Liverpool loss was one of a number of heavy defeats sustained by City this season, but captain Vincent Kompany’s recent return from injury has boosted the team ahead of a busy end to the season. There are also eight games in the Premier League this weekend, headlined by Manchester United playing Arsenal. After two weeks off, Leicester should be refreshed at home against Norwich tomorrow as the unlikely Premier League leaders look to revive their title challenge that stalled with a loss at Arsenal last time out. Leicester have a two-point lead over second-place Tottenham, who are at home to Swansea on Sunday. Third-place Arsenal are also two points behind, while Man City are in fourth place. While their title rivals are all competing in Europe and have congested schedules, Leicester can focus solely on the Premier League strengthening their bid for perhaps the most unpredictable league title victory in the history of English soccer. With Man City not in Premier League action, Man United can trim the gap to the top four to three points by beating Arsenal. Anything other than a win could see United passed by Southampton (at home to Chelsea) and West Ham (at home to Sunderland), who play tomorrow. ATTACKING TRIO
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“We knew we had a solid team so it was all about arranging the team the right way. We went out as a team, we did wonderfully. I don’t think we could ask for anything else,” added Fraser-Pryce, who also commented on Jamaica’s win in the men’s 4x100m. Only Beverly McDonald, with six, has won more medals in the 4x100m at the World Championships, while this was Jamaica’s 13th medal in this event at the World Championships. Campbell-Brown was also thankful for the result. “I think it was good. We are happy for the result. This is my second time running the first leg. I ran it way back while competing at the World Junior Championships a long time ago. It felt okay. The objective was to come out here, get the baton around, and ensure we got the win,” said Campbell-Brown, who played down her leg and applauded Morrison’s and Thompson’s efforts. – André Lowe SOLID TEAM BEIJING, China: Jamaica’s women went into their 4x100m final at the IAAF World Championships yesterday hunting the world record, but are certainly not complaining about what they left with – another gold medal and the fastest time ever recorded at the event. After a bullet-start from Veronica Campbell-Brown, who was starting a relay for the first time since the 2000 World Junior Championships in Santiago Chile, the Jamaicans consolidated in the middle legs with youngsters Natasha Morrison and Elaine Thompson holding the advantage before releasing Fraser-Pryce on anchor. The 100m gold medallist raced across the line in 41.07 seconds, two hundredths of a second faster than the old championships record that they themselves set at the last installment of the championships in Moscow, Russia. The United States were second in 41.68, while Trinidad and Tobago claimed their first medal in this event in 42.03 – a national record. “I feel good! We ran a championship record and it’s just wonderful that we came out here as a team and were able to accomplish this. We are really excited! Yes! We thought about the world record but it didn’t happen. Maybe next time; however, we are satisfied with what we got tonight and look forward to more,” said Fraser-Pryce.
Today’s games Group A St Catherine vs Calabar Clan Carthy vs Tivoli Group D Charlie Smith vs Penwood St Andrew Technical vs St Mary’s College Group E St Jago vs Wolmer’s Kingston High vs Mona Group G Kingston College vs Jose Marti Waterford vs Campion College (Home teams named first and all games start at 3:30 p.m.) Charlie Smith High will look to maintain their perfect run when they face lowly Penwood High in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup Group D, today at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, starting at 3:30 p.m. The Charlie Smith team has won all four games in the first phase and will now start the return round. Having beaten Penwood 5-0 in the first game, ‘Charlie’ should have little problem in winning at home today. A win for Charlie would push them a step closer to the next stage, and they are fully aware of that. Charlie Smith lead the group on 12 points from four games ahead of Holy Trinity (8), St Andrew Technical (7), St Mary’s College (7) and Penwood – without a point. Coach of Charlie Smith Jerome Waite said his team would be looking to notch another victory. “Well, the game means a lot as winning would put us one step away from a spot in the second round,” Waite told The Gleaner yesterday. “Making the next round is the test for the team to see where we are. The team is not playing badly, but decision-making and other things need to improve,” the veteran coach who guided Charlie Smith to the final last year said. In another crucial game today, Calabar High, lying in second position on eight points, travel away to third-place St Catherine (7). Jamaica College, who are idle, lead Group A with 13 points from five games.
Veteran racing analyst and commentator Howard Abrahams (IRIE FM) has emerged The Gleaner/CTL champion tipster for 2015, topping the standings with 259 winners to capture the $80,000 prize money.Taking control from mid-year, Abrahams finished 13 clear of closest rival Jimmie of THE STAR, who in turn was four clear of Francisco’ Linky’ Mills (Cable News Network) in third on 242. Mills held off a wall of tipsters, including Tony Chadman (News Talk), Kirk Kong (Track & Pools), RJR (Patrick Anderson), Sports Globe (Collin ‘Pebbles’ Blair) and the 2014 champion Orville Clarke (The Gleaner) for the $20,000 third prize, as Jimmie picked up $30,000 for second.For the third consecutive year, the wagering section of the competition had no winner. All tipsters finished in the red with a minus quantity, Chadman coming out best of the 15 media tipsters with minus $6.950.00 The unclaimed prize money will be carried over to this year.Meanwhile, RJR won the sixth and final bi-monthly category, coming through on the final raceday of the year to nab Chadman on the wire by a single winner (44-43) for the $20,000 prize.
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):Not even a sensational beaver-trick by former Jamaica and West Indies left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie could prevent Gemini Arabians from pulling off a 12-run victory over Sagittarius Strikers in the Masters Champions League here yesterday.The 31-year-old, who played the last of his 12 Twenty20 Internationals two years ago, grabbed four consecutive wickets off the first four balls of the final over to help restrict a rampant Arabians to 224 for seven off their 20 overs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.Opting to bat first, Arabians were propelled by Indian opener Virender Sehwag who belted 134 off 63 balls, with ten fours and 11 sixes.He put on 86 for the first wicket with South African Jacques Rudolph who hit 27 and a further 135 for the second wicket with Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara who scored 51 from 33 deliveries.Recently retired West Indies left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul was unbeaten on one from two deliveries at the end.SUPERB OVERSSantokie, who had taken one wicket in an earlier spell, finished with five for 30 in a superb four-over spell to be the leading bowler for Strikers.He bowled Sangakkara with the first ball of the over and then proceeded to remove Brad Hodge, Justin Kemp and Naved-ul-Hasan all without scoring, while conceding just one run from the final over of the innings.In reply, Imran Farhat stroked 52 from 32 deliveries, Yasir Hameed, 41 from 22 balls with a four and four sixes and Yasir Arafat a 16-ball 32 with four sixes, but Strikers still slumped to 177 for nine in the 18th over.However, Santokie arrived to smash an unbeaten 23 from nine balls with three sixes in a 35-run, last wicket stand with Shane Bond who got 12 not out, as Strikers came up short in the end.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Having a competitive University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons basketball team is good for the school and the UAAP.The State University has a lot on its hands to think about and work on and it’s understandable when it hasn’t been able to stay in step with the current powers of the league. This is not to say that UP has been remiss in supporting college athletics as a vital part of student formation. We shouldn’t forget that UP has had champion teams in football, swimming, baseball, cheer dancing and other sports.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ But there seems to be a change in the way things are being done for the Fighting Maroons basketball team and there’s a renewed interest in its hoop campaign.The buzz isn’t just about that big win against De La Salle University, the defending champion, although the triumph created ripples of conversation in basketball circles and on social media. It’s more about having a chance in every game to score a win against both the frontrunners and the struggling teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogA competitive UP team will spread interest not only for its community but also for basketball followers in general. College ball is interesting beyond school alliances. The game is played by young players whose skills are still being formed and that’s why flashes of brilliance are just as fascinating as fumbles and turnovers.It’s also about getting the community together to come to the games and cheer together and UP does have a sizeable number of students and alumni that can converge. But to keep them coming, the team has to remain competitive as it’s hard to root for a squad that can’t stay in the game till the very end. 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Juvic ties for 2nd in Taiwan Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody All the UAAP schools have undergone difficult seasons, where wins have been hard to achieve. You see that in the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers who still have to win in the current tournament. Very often teams struggle for wins because it also matters who you are pitted against in a given season and what kind of players you have.It cannot be a case of a lack of trying by teams that haven’t won that much. It’s just that the other teams are so well stacked up and have been playing together for some time. La Salle and Ateneo do not simply have adequate support but also have teams that have been together through at least two years and that is vital for forging team chemistry.So we find the Fighting Maroons in the conversation in the current UAAP season. Many alumni are hopeful for a Final Four finish, something that hasn’t happened in almost two decades. It will be good to see a large sea of maroon in the stands on a regular basis shouting unique cheers that can rev up the game.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Kyrie Irving had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Boston overcame a 22-point deficit to beat the 76ers 114-103 in the eighth regular season NBA game played in England.“It’s always great to believe in fate,” Irving said. “But for us we have to be dogged in every moment we’re afforded. It’s great for that to happen for that past team but it’s the past. We have to be very present. Winning an NBA championship is one of the hardest things you can do in life.”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 folkJaylen Brown added 21 points, and Marcus Morris had 19 points and eight rebounds to help the Celtics extend their winning streak to seven games.JJ Redick had 22 points and hit five 3-pointers for Philadelphia, but the 76ers were unable to take advantage of their fast start as the Celtics’ NBA-best defense tightened at O2 Arena. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Having been outshone by fellow Rookie Of The Year contender Simmons in the first half, Jayson Tatum began the second half hot, making his first five shots to bring the Celtics within a point.The Celtics took their first lead midway through the third quarter, and soon took control as Morris and fellow reserve Marcus Smart stretched the lead.Irving returned early in the fourth and was fouled making a trademark driving layup and made the free throw to give the Celtics a 105-88 advantage midway through the quarter, all but ending the contest.PLAYOFF PREVIEW?With the Celtics top of the Eastern Conference with a 34-10 record and the 76ers (19-20) ninth and fighting to make the post-season a first round playoff meeting between the two is a possibility.Despite having lost all three games to the Celtics this season, Embiid is confident the 76ers could compete in a seven-game series.“If we end up meeting in the playoffs, I feel like we got a pretty good chance,” Embiid said. “We just need to correct whatever has been careless the whole season and that’s turnovers and fouling a lot.”TIP-INSCeltics: The Celtics held Philadelphia without a field goal for the final 4:37 of the second quarter to trim the halftime deficit to nine points76ers: Embiid was the only player on either team to finish with a double-double, adding 10 rebounds to his 15 points. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina UP NEXT:Celtics: Host New Orleans on Tuesday night.76ers: Host Toronto on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Alvarez-Golovkin 2 coming in May—report Boston Celtics forward-center Al Horford, left, goes down on the floor during an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena in London, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Ten seasons ago, the Boston Celtics came to London and won. They went on to win the NBA title.As they repeated the first half of that feat with a comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night, the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics provided more evidence that they can emulate that 2007-08 squad.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Joel Embiid had 16 points, and fellow All-Star hopeful Ben Simmons added 15 for the 76ers.“This team that we just played today is the best defensive team in the NBA and we felt all of that,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “When you look at their individual defensive players to a man, they’re as strong positionally as any team in the NBA.”Irving and Embiid struggled early, going a combined 1 for 10 from the field in the first quarter. Despite ending the quarter pointless, Embiid was able to make an impact on defense, notably swatting away Irving’s attempted layup.Embiid and Simmons helped out Redick at the start of the second and the 76ers made their first nine shots of the quarter to open the 22-point lead with 6:56 remaining in the quarter.However, Irving finally made a 3, sparking a strong Celtics finish to the half as they closed to 57-48.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments
LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “It’s very heartwarming because without naming names, we’re getting a lot of volunteers from the PBA, especially from those who have already played 3×3 here and abroad. We at SBP pride ourselves that everyone who played 3×3 have improved when they returned to their mother teams,” he said.While this year’s World Cup is not a qualifier for any major tournaments, it is a good test for Filipinos ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where 3×3 basketballl will be played for the first time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Officials from the SBP and Fiba launch the logo for the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonThe Philippines is looking to make waves by parading the best team possible when it hosts the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup on June 8 to 12 at Philippine Arena.With still a few months to go before tournament, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is already in the process of coming up with a competitive roster.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We’re looking at being able to field the best team we can field. The 3×3 game is very different from the 5-on-5, so we expect to do well in this coming tournament,” said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios in the event launch Thursday at Bonifacio High Street.“We still don’t have a team. We will have to sit down. We have been talking about this for the past week also. Coach Eric Altamirano has been the one in charge of the 3×3 program of our national team. But coach Chot Reyes, as the overall national team head coaches’ leader, will be part of the discussion,” he said.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 folkLast year, the Philippines finished 11th in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France with the team represented by Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, JR Quiñahan, and Jeron Teng.Barrios said that this early, players have already expressed their intentions to be part of the 3×3 team. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Ngannou could go from homeless to UFC heavyweight champ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments
Petron was simply too much for a pick-up Smart Prepaid team built around a superb import Thursday night.Petron stymied highly regarded Cuban reinforcement Gyselle Silva, who failed to save Smart from a 25-12, 25-14, 25-17 demolition in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Steady Meesawat stays on top by 1 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Silva still scored 22 points for the Giga Hitters, who were formed just two weeks ago and whose other import, Serbian Sanja Trivunovic, was scheduled to arrive late Thursday evening.“We were able to execute the game plan which is primarily to stop or at least slow down Silva,” said Petron’s reinforcement Lindsay Stalzer, who fired 15 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments