Warner accuses FIFA of using life ban as ‘distraction’

first_img breach of ethics The embattled sports body said Warner had been guilty of breaching several of the articles of the body’s code of ethics relating to conflict of interest and “accepting and offering gifts and other benefits”. As such, Warner will be prohibited from any kind of “football-related activity at national and international level for life”. Warner served as CONCACAF president for two decades and as a powerful FIFA vice-president for close to three decades. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner yesterday questioned the timing of his life time ban from football saying it was nothing more than a “distraction”. Warner said that it is “no coincidence” that his life ban came as FIFA president Sepp Blatter was being probed by Swiss authorities for criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds. “I left the FIFA in April 2011, and if in September 2015 (some four years and five months afterwards) the FIFA wants to ban me for life without even a hearing, then so be it,” Warner said here. “I do not believe, however, that this will serve as the distraction to the FIFA’s present problems as the FIFA wishes it to be. “Given what is happening in Zurich with Sepp Blatter, I guess that there is no such thing as a coincidence.” Warner was slapped with the life ban by football’s world governing body, FIFA, yesterday, more than four years after he quit the organisation at the height of the cash-for-votes corruption scandal. FIFA said it had reached the decision after its Ethics Committee had in January launched an investigation into Warner’s involvement in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.last_img read more

Ronaldo, Bale net goals in Real Madrid win

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Gareth Bale scored his first goal in three months for Real Madrid before Cristiano Ronaldo added a penalty to secure a 2-0 win at Eibar yesterday and end their two-game losing run in Spain’s La Liga.Bale headed in Luka Modric’s cross two minutes before half-time, and Ronaldo converted a spot kick in the 82nd after a penalty was awarded when substitute Lucas Vazquez went down after slight contact with Dani Garcia.Madrid’s win at Ipurua Stadium came after the team was heavily criticised for a loss at Sevilla and last weekend’s 4-0 defeat to Barcelona.Madrid remained in third place, six points behind leaders Barcelona and two points behind Atletico Madrid after they both won on Saturday.”We arrived here after going through some difficult moments, and we are all aware that we have to improve,” said Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas. “These are three important points that keep us in the title race.”Ronaldo, who hadn’t escaped criticism from Madrid’s fans for the loss to Barcelona, spent most of the game lamenting missed chances before he got his ninth league goal of the season from the spot.Until the Portugal forward put the result beyond doubt, the hosts had matched Madrid’s talent with effort and constantly appeared threatening.Eibar, which was missing injured top scorer Borja “Baston” Gonzalez and suspended forward Sergio “Keko” Gontan, slipped two spots into eighth place after only their third loss in 13 rounds.”We played a good game in defence, but we needed to show more fire going forward,” said Eibar manager Jose Mendilibar.While under-fire Madrid coach Rafa Benitez got some breathing room, Valencia manager Nuno Espirito Santo is set to step down after his team finished with nine-men in a 1-0 loss at Sevilla.last_img read more

Historic sweep by trainer DaCosta

first_imgSEEKING MY DREAM, who won five races and a record $14.2 million in stakes in 2015, was earlier this week voted ‘Horse of the Year’ by a 17-man selection panel comprising representatives of the press and CTL officials.Winner of the Cal’s Jamaica derby and the inaugural running of the $13.5 million SVL Diamond Mile on December 5 – the two richest races on the calendar – SEEKING MY DREAM, a chestnut colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 :Horse of the Year’ and Triple Crown winner Alsafra, spearheaded a historic sweep by 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, whose horses won all the major awards.Owned by Member of Parliament Derrick Smith and bred by Sherman Clachar and Norman Gordon, SEEKING MY DREAM not only won five races from 10 starts, but was never worse than second in the others, including the 2000 Guineas, St Leger and Caymanas Invitational Mile on Superstakes Day.SEEKING MY DREAM was also named Champion 3-Y-O, Champion Middle Distance Performer and Champion Local Bred Horse, among other major awards. He received 14 votes from the committee members and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, two.DaCosta also swept the board with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who was named first runner-up to the ‘Horse of the Year’ as well as Champion Stayer and Champion 4-y-o and up, while stable-companions POKER STAR copped the Champion Sprinter award for owner Alexander Haber and FUTURE KING the Champion 2-Y-O award for co-owners Alfred Lee and Jeffrey Mordecai, who also came good with their grade one campaigner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR.The ‘Horse of the Year’ Committee also named Harry Parsard (30 wins) as the Most Improved Trainer, ahead of Donovan Plummer (19 wins), Neive Graham, and Marlon Anderson (17 each), and Robert Halledeen the Most Improved Rider after finishing second to Shane Ellis in the jockeys’ standings with 72 winners.The other champions of 2015, determined by statistics, are as follows: DaCosta (champion trainer); Shane Ellis (champion jockey); Elite Bloodstock Limited (champion owner); Linton Steadman (champion apprentice); Kharim Hall (champion groom); HAM Stables Limited (champion breeder); Traditional (champion sire); and Alsafra (champion broodmare).last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: Parties set stage for results speeches

first_img The PNP stage has been set on a massive movable flat truck and is adorned with a banner of PNP president Portia Simpson Miller as the backdrop. The stage at Belmont Road, however, has already been set. Unlike the one at the PNP’s base, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) setup is small and simple. And there is no fancy banner in the background. Belmont Road is the base of the JLP. The JLP’s stage has been placed in the yard of its headquarters, unlike the PNP, which has taken over a section of the street. Jamaicans have been voting in the country’s 17th general election since 7:00 a.m. today. Polls will close at 5:00 pm, after which the counting of ballots will take place. The headquarters of the country’s two main political parties tell the tale of two cities. Workmen are now putting in place the final touches to a stage, which has been setup in the streets in front the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Old Hope Road headquarters. “This is a facility for the party leader to acknowledge the outcome of the elections,” Alston Stewart, one of the PNP’s campaign team leaders, told The Gleaner.last_img read more

Best of Windies still to come, says Moseley

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):West Indies Women assistant coach Ezra Moseley believes the best is yet to come from the Caribbean side’s batting, and hopes it can click in tomorrow’s final of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup against nemesis Australia.Playing in Thursday’s semi-final against New Zealand Women in Mumbai, West Indies Women rattled up 143 for six, and then bowled superbly to defend the total and come away with a six-run win.Moseley said based on the quality in the batting unit, West Indies Women had the ability to score in excess of 143.”I’m not certain that our batting has really clicked yet. We are better than 140 on a good pitch,” the former West Indies fast bowler said.”And I am hoping that Deandra (Dottin) and the captain (Stafanie Taylor) and the others could really chip in and give us a big total in the final that we can defend if we bat first.”Taylor has been the most consistent batsmen in the series with scores of 40, 40, 35, 47 and 25 in her five innings in the tournament.INCONSISTENT BATTINGThe remainder of the batting unit has been inconsistent, however, and Britney Cooper’s career-best 61 in the semi-final was the first half-century in the tournament for the Windies Women.Moseley said Cooper had played well despite carrying a slight niggle.”She played well. The coach Vasbert Drakes said he was going to send her at number three and she really batted well, although she was carrying a slight side strain,” Moseley noted.The semi-final win saw the Windies Women finally break their jinx and reach the final of a Twenty20 World Cup for the first time, after bowing out at the final-four stage at the previous three tournaments.Moseley said Thursday’s win had been inspired by Cooper’s half-century coupled with tenacious bowling.”Britney Cooper has not really done a lot with the bat in this series. She came good … and it was good to see but I thought (with) the bowling, most of them kept their nerves and did the business for West Indies.”last_img read more

Nagbe’s late goal lifts US

first_imgFRISCO, Texas (AP):Darlington Nagbe’s first international goal was a lift for the United States in their next-to-last tune-up before hosting next month’s Copa America.Nagbe scored on a 90th-minute volley, and the United States beat Ecuador 1-0 in an exhibition Wednesday night for just their third win in 21 games against South American teams over the past nine years. The US had 14 losses and four draws in that span.Born in Liberia, Nagbe was making his fifth international appearance following his debut in November, made shortly after he became a US citizen.”It gives you a lot of confidence,” Nagbe said. “To come out here and have a little bit of the ball and create some chances and get a goal and get the win, it’s good.”The Americans face Bolivia tomorrow in an exhibition at Kansas City, Kansas, then open the tournament against fourth-ranked Colombia on June 3 at Santa Clara, California.LISTLESS FIRST HALFAfter a listless first half, the US attack improved with the entry of Nagbe and Bobby Wood after the break and of 17-year-old Christian Pulisic in the 63rd minute.The goal developed after Alejandro Bedoya dribbled down the right flank and cut the ball back to DeAndre Yedlin. He beat a defender and crossed into the penalty area, where Juan Carlos Paredes at the six-yard box tried to clear with a header.Wood outjumped Robert Arboleda not far from the penalty spot and headed a pass to Nagbe. The 25-year-old midfielder chested the ball and, while falling, volleyed a right-footed shot from about eight metres past Esteban Dreer, who replaced injured starter Alexander Dominguez when the second half began.”It says that Darlington understands the moment in time,” said US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “He knows that he has to push the envelope. He knows that he’s a couple of years late for us because he couldn’t play before that. So he’s not a youngster anymore.”last_img read more

Korea ousts Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgFilipinos 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 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Photo from Fiba.comSouth Korea slapped yet another loss to continental rival Gilas Pilipinas, 118-86, ending what had been a promising Fiba Asia Cup campaign by the Filipinos in Beirut.The Filipinos ran right smack into the deadliest shooting display by any country in the biennial showcase as the Koreans hit 16 triples and shot at a 67-percent clip to silence a huge stunned crowd of OFWs at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in the game that ended early Thursday morning in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend NLEX, Blackwater unveil new faces in clash It was the first loss in four games for the Filipinos, who finished way short of duplicating silver medal finishes in the last two editions of the tournament by bombing out of the quarterfinals.Korea played with flawless precision all game and made the Filipinos look a shade of the team that humbled the Chinese, 96-87, last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Koreans advanced to take on 2013 champion Iran in the Final Four after Hamed Haddadi and Co. scored an 80-70 decision of Lebanon.Terrence Romeo provided the silver lining for the Filipinos with a 22-point effort in the second quarter, where he rallied Gilas to within eight points. MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View commentslast_img read more

Josh Richardson gets $42M deal to stay with Heat

first_imgCarpio 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 Break new ground MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Winning start Josh Richardson of the Miami Heat tries to get a shot off between Tobias Harris #34 and Marcus Morris #13 of the Detroit Pistons during the first half at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 28, 2017 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Josh Richardson will go to Miami Heat training camp later this month with a new contract.Richardson and the Heat agreed Wednesday on a four-year extension that could be worth $42 million, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The fourth year will be at Richardson’s option, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the signing.ADVERTISEMENT The contract goes into effect in the 2018-19 season. Richardson will make about $1.5 million this coming season, and will likely be in the mix of candidates vying for the starting small forward spot with the Heat. The deal was not a surprise, given that Miami officials had indicated repeatedly that they had no plans on letting Richardson go elsewhere.Richardson is entering his third season with the Heat. He averaged 10.2 points last season, appearing in 53 games and making 34 starts. He shot 46 percent from 3-point range as a rookie, then 33 percent from beyond the arc last season — after missing training camp with a knee injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Heat begin this season’s training camp Sept. 26.Richardson turns 24 on Friday. He was the No. 40 overall pick by Miami in the 2015 NBA draft after a four-year career at Tennessee. View commentscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier as 205-pound champion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben Mbala

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the Blue Eagles leading the Green Archers, 43-39, at the 36.6 second mark of the second quarter, Mbala had a hard time wiggling out of Kris Porter’s defense in the paint which led to him spinning to his right and inadvertently hitting Nieto with his right elbow straight to the face and cut him above the left eye.Matt Nieto down and bloodied after collision with Ben Mbala. Looked like an elbow but its Nieto who is called for the foul. pic.twitter.com/67rSwwq2kMFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne— Cedelf P. Tupas (@cedelfptINQ) November 25, 2017 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LeBron wants teammate Rose to be ‘happy with whatever decision he makes’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Nieto was called for a blocking foul in the play as Mbala canned his freebies.The blue side of the crowd didn’t shy away from expressing their displeasure, with Nieto’s father Jet seen being restrained by some members of the audience.Ateneo is still on the driver’s seat, 43-39 against La Salle at the half as of press time.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Matt Nieto incurred a cut above the left eye and laid down bloodied after a collision with Ben Mbala. Photo by Bong Lozada. INQUIRER.netBen Mbala literally drew the first blood in this heated Game 1 affair between La Salle and Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals on Saturday.Matt Nieto was on the receiving end of an inadvertent elbow late in the first half which left him bloodied and writhing in pain on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Blown leads cause for concern for SMB coach Austria

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That’s what coach Leo Austria is trying to figure out as he hopes that there won’t be any more letups for the Beermen once the new year rings.“I’m so very curious about this. That’s the tendency of the players usually. It’s human nature. Sometimes, you’re leading and you’re playing well in the first half and they think that it’s going to be an easy ride going to the last minute of the fourth quarter. But that’s not always going to be the case,” 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 folkSan Miguel erected double-digit leads in their first two games this conference, taking a 19-point lead in its opener against Phoenix last week and this time, grabbing a 22-point advantage against Meralco on Wednesday.Both times, however, the Beermen blew those leads before holding on to win in the end. Fajardo admits having a hard time vs Bono Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Knowing how strong San Miguel is, it’s almost a given that the defending three-time Philippine Cup champion will race up the scoreboard and gain a large lead, as evidenced by its first two games this conference.Preserving that lead, however, is another story.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina And that’s the reason why Austria specifically pointed out the game against the Bolts as a “tough test” for his team, knowing how good Meralco is especially with coach Norman Black calling the shots.“If you remember their first game against Blackwater, they were down by 14 points and all of a sudden in the second half, they were able to come back. It almost happened tonight too,” he said moments after San Miguel’s 103-97 win over Meralco at Ynares Center here.“It’s a good lesson for us and it’s a good test because if you’re up against a team with a great coach in coach Norman, you cannot rest until the buzzer sounds at the end of the game.”Austria is hopeful that these tests would serve as valuable lessons for his team in the long run as they continue their quest for a fourth straight all-Filipino title.“Right now, I’m trying to maximize our potential and with our first two games, we keep on learning. We know our strengths and our weaknesses and in tonight’s game, we saw what our weaknesses are which was exploited by coach Norman. Fortunately, the players really wanted to win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more