first_imgBali Pure captain Kaylee Manns said their main objective was to stop Alyssa Valdez from going into an offensive groove and she admits it wasn’t the easiest of jobs to pull off.“It was really hard but we calmed down,” said Manns. “We’re working on timing [Valdez’ shots]. We have to minimize her points and I think we did that today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentValdez finished with 15 points while BOC import Kanjana Kuthaisong added 10.Amy Ahomiro had 13 points for Bali Pure. We are young BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise No sweep as Ateneo deals La Salle first loss in UAAP Season 79 Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure opened the semifinals of the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference with a quick sweep of Bureau of Customs, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21, Saturday at Philsports Arena.Katherine Morrell led the Water Defenders with 20 points as they take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series against the Transformers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports BOC was at the constant mercy of Bali Pure’s attacks as the Water Defenders scored on 42 spikes compared to the Transformers’ 28.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgKRASNODAR, Russia (AP)  – With only two days to go before Spain’s opening match at the World Cup, Julen Lopetegui was fired as national team coach after accepting a job to lead Real Madrid next season. Spanish football federation president Luis Rubiales, who made the announcement on Wednesday in Krasnodar, later said Fernando Hierro would replace Lopetegui as coach for Spain’s match against Portugal in Sochi on Friday. The 50-year-old Hierro, a former national team player and Real Madrid captain, will be taking on his first major coaching job. He had been acting as the federation’s sports director and was already in Russia with the national team. Rubiales said firing Lopetegui wasn’t the best solution but it was needed after the federation was caught by surprise by Madrid’s announcement. “The federation cannot be left out of a negotiation by one of its workers and be informed five minutes before the press release,” Rubiales said. “We have been compelled to act.” Rubiales, who took over as president last month, said Lopetegui disrespected the federation’s values and it was the only decision he could make. “It’s a difficult situation, but we are not the ones who determined the action that had to be taken. The federation has its values and it has to maintain them,” Rubiales said. “It may look like a weakness now, but with time this will make us stronger.” Rubiales said he tried to keep the Madrid announcement from being made public but it wasn’t possible. He said he had to make the decision — which was supported by the federation’s board of directors — to “send a clear message” that things have to be done properly. There were reports that players tried to persuade Rubiales to change his mind and keep Lopetegui on the job. “We are the national team. We represent this emblem, these colours, our fans, a country,” Spain captain Sergio Ramos wrote on Twitter. “Our responsibility and commitment is to you. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, together.” Because he was fired, Madrid won’t have to pay the  US$2.3 million of the termination clause on Lopetegui’s contract. Rubiales said that although the federation’s financial situation was not ideal, money was “not the most important thing in a moment like this.” Lopetegui did not attend the news conference but was expected to speak to the media after returning to Spain. Hierro was expected to lead his players for the first time in a practice session later Wednesday. The former defender spent most of his career with Real Madrid but finished his playing days with English club Bolton in 2005. He played in four World Cups with Spain, from 1990 to 2002, and in two European Championships, 1996 and 2000. Hierro was Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane left the post in 2014. He coached second-division club Real Oviedo two seasons ago and was Malaga’s general manager after leaving his sports director position with the Spanish federation in 2011. After Madrid’s announcement that it hired Lopetegui, critics immediately began questioning some of the coach’s decisions with the national team, including his choice to leave some Barcelona players such as Sergi Roberto out of the World Cup squad. There were also questions about how Lopetegui would be able to fully focus on the national team while also having to discuss off-season signings for his new club. There are six Madrid players in Spain’s team for the World Cup. Lopetegui’s name had not been mentioned by Spanish media among the probable candidates for the Madrid job, which opened up after Zidane unexpectedly quit. Last month, Lopetegui agreed to extend his contract with the national team through 2020. “I admire and respect Lopetegui a lot. He is a top coach, and that made it harder to make this decision,” Rubiales said. “Winning is important, but above that, we need to know how things have to be handled.” It was a difficult departure for the 51-year-old Lopetegui, who took over from Vicente del Bosque after the 2016 European Championship and had been credited with reviving a team that was on the decline after winning Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. By successfully blending talented youngsters and veterans from its golden generation, Lopetegui kept Spain unbeaten through 20 matches in charge, comfortably leading the team to the World Cup from a qualifying group that included Italy.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi issuing instructions in a past training session .PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 14- Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi is confident Kenya can qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon if the team gets the basics right as far as preparations are concerned.Stars have been pooled alongside four-time champions Ghana, neighbors Ethiopia and Sierra Leone in Group F of the qualifiers which begin in June. “It might look like a tough group, but I am a believer that anything is possible. Impossible is nothing,” a bullish Okumbi told Capital Sport.He added; “The basic and most important thing is how we prepare for it. If we prepare well and do our things in the right way, then there is no reason why we can’t qualify.”Stars have no recent competitive history with either Ghana or Sierra Leone, but that is no problem for Okumbi who says the work will be scouting them and looking at their potential strong areas to ensure they are ready.With Ethiopia though, Kenya has met the neighbors severally, their last meeting being at the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers which Ethiopia won 2-0.“We can’t look at the past. We have a new generation of players and a new way of doing things so we can’t rely on what happened in the past to look at our game against them. For Sierra Leone and Ghana, we need to do our homework well to analyze how we will approach them,” Okumbi added.Ghana might seem the hard nut to crack in the group, but basing on their recent performances against neighbors Uganda and Rwanda, then Okumbi’s dreams of picking the lone group ticket ahead of the West Africans might not be a far-fetched idea.Kenya whose last appearance at the Nations Cup was in 2004 begin their quest for a return with an away tie to Sierra Leone.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgSACRAMENTO – California’s largest workers’ compensation insurance company spent billions of dollars with virtually no oversight and mislabeled hundreds of millions of dollars in payments to businesses with direct financial ties to its board members, according to a state audit published Tuesday. With the quasi-governmental State Compensation Insurance Fund already racked by a criminal investigation, the audit found that it operates without clear conflict-of-interest rules, minimum qualifications for its board members or accountable leadership. Although it is comparable in size to some of the state’s largest companies, it has no chief financial officer, chief operating officer, chief investment officer or chief technology officer. The audit found that the fund incorrectly classified more than $500 million as legal or auditing fees over the past decade that went to industry associations for contracts that until this year required no specific services and were never audited. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe fund, which handles about a quarter of California’s workers’ compensation claims, also wasted money on technology contracts, paying firms more than $320 million since 2004 for projects that sometimes were never authorized or completed, the audit said. In one instance, the fund approved a firm to provide IT security, but never gave it authority to monitor data or protect against hackers systemwide. The fund is California’s largest writer of workers’ compensation insurance and serves as the insurer of last resort for workers’ compensation claims. It controls about 23 percent of claims in the state, down from a high of 53 percent in 2003 before reforms increased competition. The San Francisco-based fund operates as a private company but is headed by a board appointed mostly by the governor. In a statement, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the audit’s findings were troubling. The fund “plays a critical role in the insurance market and we should accept nothing less than the highest ethical standards,” he said. The audit released Tuesday by state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner comes amid an ongoing joint criminal investigation by state insurance investigators, the California Highway Patrol and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. Two of the fund’s directors resigned last November amid concerns about conflicts of interest. Frank DelRe, an appointee of former-Gov. Gray Davis, and Kent Dagg, a Schwarzenegger appointee, also were executives with companies that received about $25 million in what were called administrative fees from the insurance fund in 2005, Poizner said earlier this year. Poizner said that because of the ongoing criminal investigation, Tuesday’s audit did not directly address any potential criminal wrongdoing. However, the audit did identify potential conflicts with two unnamed past board members. It said the board paid more than $140 million to an entity controlled by a board member from 2003 through 2006 and more than $125 million to associations affiliated with another member of the board from 2004 through 2006.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_img Jordan Pickford 1 Sunderland are facing a nervous wait for news on Jordan Pickford’s fitness, after the in-form goalkeeper injured his knee on Boxing Day.The 22-year-old has been in eye-catching form despite the Black Cats’ struggles this season, but David Moyes could now be dealt a major blow if he is ruled out.Pickford completed the full 90 minutes of the 3-1 defeat at Manchester United, but was in some discomfort after the match and was sent for scans.On Wednesday morning the club were still awaiting the results and have yet to confirm if he will miss the New Year’s Eve trip to Burnley.While that is considered an important match, there are reports Pickford is facing an even longer spell on the sidelines.Former Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone is standing by if required.The Italian started the season as the side’s number one but fractured his elbow in August, opening the door for Pickford to stake his claim in impressive fashion.Pickford has become a full England squad member under Gareth Southgate and has been linked with a big money move away from the Stadium of Light in January.last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Federal investigators said Wednesday that BP energy traders cornered the U.S. propane market in winter 2004 and illegally manipulated prices, driving up costs for rural consumers. The charges come at a time when oil and gas companies are under intense scrutiny over soaring energy prices and record profits, and analysts said the entire industry’s credibility could be damaged. While BP denied any wrongdoing, a former employee admitted taking part in a conspiracy and agreed to cooperate with criminal prosecutors. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission said BP traders “purchased enormous quantities of propane to establish a dominant” position in the market and then withheld fuel from the market in order to drive prices higher.last_img read more

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first_imgThat makes them eligible for WGA representation and benefits they now lack, including health insurance, pensions, wage minimums, residuals and credits, Bowe and Sluke said. CW, a merger of UPN (which now airs “America’s Next Top Model”) and WB, stood by a terse but optimistic statement it put out earlier. “We expect these issues to be resolved in the near future, and the show remains on track for its Sept. 20 launch on the CW,” the network said. Ken Mok, the series’ executive producer, said in a statement he has no ill will toward the workers’ unionization efforts but called on the WGA to follow “the appropriate process” and allow the National Labor Relations Board to canvas employees on union membership. Mok accused the WGA of “trying to pressure us” into accepting unionized writers without a federally supervised secret ballot election. He said he would be willing to negotiate with the guild if the NLRB deemed it the sole representative. WGA, West President Patric M. Verrone dismissed the call for an NLRB vote as “the kind of delay tactic that the industry knows it can use. When the election finally takes place the show is done or the writers have moved on or been fired. … We win the election and have nobody to bargain on behalf of.” One person who has yet to weigh in publicly is “Top Model” creator and host Tyra Banks. She had no comment, her publicist said Wednesday. How do others in the TV field view the dispute? One veteran writer-producer said he would be happy to welcome the “America’s Next Top Model” crew into the union fold. “Storytellers are storytellers,” said Billy Riback (“Home Improvement,” “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”). “I promise you at some point they put pen to paper, or fingertips to keys.” The “Top Model” strikers have been joined on the picket line by writers from “Family Guy,” “King of the Hill” and “The Simpsons” – all animated series, which gained WGA coverage only after a strike threat, Verrone said. Those writers were among the most eager to show support but scribes from live-action dramas “The Shield” and “The Unit” were expected to picket this week, a WGA spokesman said. Union efforts to organize reality writers began in 2004 as the booming genre displaced scripted fare. About 1,000 reality writers have signed “recognition cards” attesting they want union representation, the WGA’s Verrone said. “For a long time they (producers and networks) tried to keep the facade up that there was no writing in reality, that this was truly just putting a camera out there and recording and drama just happens,” a myth that has fallen away, Verrone said. “And now we have a business model in place where they employ people” without adequate pay or benefits, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.They’re not claiming that they create dialogue for contestants and are eager to dispel that assumption, the women said. But they argue the work they do in shaping the series constitutes storytelling and they want to be represented by the WGA, which is eager to do so. “There seems to be this idea that we feed lines to the girls and that we really do manipulate the actual shooting. That is not true at all,” Sluke said. Instead, the striking staffers – whose job titles are show producer or associate show producer, and who collectively are known as “the story department” – are responsible for distilling about 200 hours of raw footage into a cohesive and dramatic episode. “We look at primary characters, maybe look at who is being eliminated that week, and craft an arc so that their elimination is either something the viewers are sad about or happy about,” Bowe said. Other secondary story lines are decided and, after an outline is drafted, the writers scrutinize the footage and choose “line by line how to best tell the story and craft it to a 41-minute episode with a beginning, middle and end,” she said. A dozen striking TV workers are demanding their bosses face reality. The “America’s Next Top Model” employees contend that their tasks on the series should be classified as writing and earn them the union pay and benefits they’re not getting in their real-life drama. At stake is more than a successful program that will help anchor the new CW network in its fall launch. The strike against “America’s Next Top Model” also is the latest and most aggressive move in the Writers Guild of America, West’s two-year effort to unionize reality TV. Sara Sluke and Kai Bowe, who have been picketing outside the production offices of “America’s Next Top Model” since walking out more than two weeks ago, say their challenge is to avoid casting doubt on reality TV’s legitimacy. last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Hey, I’ve been practicing this my whole life,” he joked after entertaining some 40 student spectators with his team’s victory. Friday’s championship wrapped up several weeks of lunchtime dodgeball games at Valencia High, part of the school’s intramural activities. The school started playing dodgeball before the 2004 movie “Dodgeball” came out – but the Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn comedy helped. “Now all the kids are like, Haven’t you seen the movie? Don’t you know the rules?” said Abby Lopez, 16, a volunteer with the school’s intramural program. Mayeda showed off his skill in the game, catching and dodging balls for a team that had trouble deciding on a name. After the win, he explained the game’s appeal. “It’s exhilarating and violent at the same time,” he said. VALENCIA – As plastic balls emblazoned with Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob Square Pants whizzed through the air, a showdown weeks in the making took place Friday at Valencia High. The dodgeball championship in the high school’s main gym could seem like an immature way to spend a lunch hour. And, as it turned out, the winning team was made up completely of freshmen. With only one player on the other team left on the court in the championship, one of the freshmen launched a ball that hit the opposing senior in the head, to screams of approval from teammates. The game ended with no trophies – just smiles all around. And don’t tell Andrew Mayeda, 14, to move on to another sport. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgOnly Tottenham Hotspur can go from a title challenge to a battle to remain in the top four in just four Premier League games.Their shock defeat to Southampton sees them now hanging on to third spot for dear life with Manchester United and Arsenal closing in and Chelsea with two games in hand. 2 Tottenham’s players were dejected after throwing away their lead” src=”https://talksport.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/03/Pochettino1.jpg?strip=all&w=960″ alt=”” width=”960″ height=”671″ /> Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino reacts in the stands. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino reacts in the stands.</p> <div class=

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first_img AFP or licensors deals Christie earned Celtic a point and was unfortunate not to get a stoppage time winner Getty – Contributor Bukayo Saka strikes! 🔴He becomes the youngest Arsenal player to score in the Europa League with a great finish to cap a fantastic display! pic.twitter.com/FgUIUjYA1A— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2019 on target Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Manchester United also got off to a winning start but were made to work hard for their win against Kazakh side Astana at Old Trafford.Mason Greenwood, 17, bagged his first senior goal for the Red Devils in a game which saw a number of youngsters given the nod by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 4 Greenwood got the winner on 73 minutes There was no such success for Wolves, however, as they were beaten 1-0 at home to Portguese side Sporting Braga.Ricardo Horta scored the only goal of the game.As for the Scottish teams, Rangers earned three points at Ibrox, beating Dutch side Feyenoord 1-0.It looked like it was going to be a frustrating night for Steven Gerrard’s men when James Tavernier missed a penalty on ten minutes.However, a Sheyi Ojo pile-driver midway through the first-half was enough to give Rangers the victory – a fitting performance in honour of former player Fernando Ricksen, who passed away on Wednesday following his brave battle with Motor Neurones Disease. Joe Willock celebrates his goal against Frankfurt in Arsenal’s 2-0 away win targets rookie error It was a busy evening of Europa League action where five British teams were involved.Arsenal kicked off their Europa League campaign in style with a 3-0 win over last season’s semi-finalists, Eintracht Frankfurt.In beating the Bundesliga side, the Gunners did what no club have managed since the 2006/07 season, as the hosts had not lost their previous 16 home games in European competition (W12 D4), since a 1-2 loss to Palermo in the UEFA Cup. 4 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti AFP or licensors Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 @BukayoSaka87 ♥️— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) September 19, 2019 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas latest Celtic, meanwhile, fought back from a losing position to earn a 1-1 draw at Rennes, with Ryan Christie cancelling out Mbaye Niang’s earlier spot kick.In what was a tense finish in France, substitute Vakoun Bayo was sent off in stoppage time for a second bookable offence.Bayo had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes, having replaced Odsonne Edouard, but Celtic still came closest to winning the game when Christie’s shot was deflected wide in the dying moments. Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Joe Willock’s first half goal put the visitors ahead in front of a vocal home support, while Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the others after Dominik Kohr was sent off for the hosts in the final 10 minutes.It ended a three-game winless for Arsenal, whose goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez, was another star performer, denying last season’s semi-finalists. AFP or licensors 4 Ojo celebrates what turned out to be the winner for Rangers Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more stalemate LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS statement 4 Europa League results:Apoel Nicosia 3-4 DudelangeQarabag 0-3 SevillaBorussia Monchengladbach 0-4 RZ Pellets WACRoma 4-0 Istanbul BasaksehirSlovan Bratislava 4-2 BesiktasWolves 0-1 BragaManchester United 1-0 AstanaPartizan Belgrade 2-2 AZ AlkmaarDynamo Kiev 1-0 MalmoCopenhagen 1-0 LuganoBasel 5-0 KrasnodarGetafe 1-0 TrabzonsporLASK 1-0 RosenborgPSV 3-2 Sporting LisbonRennes 1-1 CelticCluj 2-1 LazioFrankfurt 0-3 ArsenalStandard Liege 2-0 Vitoria GuimaraesRangers 1-0 FeyenoordRennes 1-1 CelticEspanyol 1-1 Ferencvarosi TCLudogorets 5-1 CSKA MoscowGent 3-2 Saint-EtienneWolfsburg 3-1 Oleksandrialast_img read more

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