Raging Buffon’s crazy Champions League farewell

first_img“In place of a heart he has a rubbish bin,” raged 40-year-old Buffon after Oliver pointed to the spot for Mehdi Benatia’s challenge on Lucas Vazquez in the dying minutes.Buffon was given his first ever red card in 117 Champions League games and after Wojciech Szczesny had taken his place in the Juventus goal, Cristiano Ronaldo coolly slotted home the spot kick to put defending champions Real Madrid through to the semi-finals.“You have to be a murderer to make the last two decisions the referee made,” Buffon, the Juve captain, said later.“You cannot ruin the dreams of a team. I could’ve told the referee anything at that moment, but he had to understand the degree of the disaster he was creating,” he continued.“If you can’t handle the pressure and have the courage to make a decision, then you should just sit in the stands and eat your crisps.”It was another blow for the charismatic 2006 World Cup winner who was reduced to tears after Italy dramatically failed to qualify for the global showpiece in November’s playoffs.Juventus have finished runners-up twice in the Champions League in the past three years and Wednesday’s defeat was probably Buffon’s last chance to continue his bid for the only major title missing from his collection.“I’m not here to judge what the referee saw, because it was a borderline incident,” he said, continuing his diatribe.“All I’ll say is that you can’t be that cynical in the 93rd minute, to shatter the dreams of a team that had given everything it had to give.“I’ve always found it an honour to go up against this team and this club in front of this crowd, but tonight we deserved extra time at the very least.”Juventus president Andrea Agnelli said he could understand Buffon’s fury and called for the introduction of the use of VAR in the Champions League — it is already used in the Serie A in Italy.“The referee did not understand anything, and tonight the least happy person of all should be him,” said Agnelli.Benatia, whose challenge led to the penalty, said: “It’s unbelievable that our captain isn’t allowed to speak to the referee -– the red card was very harsh.”– ‘Stolen dream’ –Before he saw red, Gianluigi Buffon celebrated Juventus’ third goal scored by Blaise Matuidi that put them on level terms with Real Madrid on aggregate © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOBuffon’s dismissal generated a storm back home with Turin daily La Stampa lamenting “the beauty of football, and its cruelty”.“(The penalty) ruined everything, including Buffon’s farewell to the Champions League. The dream was stolen, the achievement cannot be reached. It hurts to go out like this.”“It hurts badly, very badly,” agreed Italian daily Corriere della Sera. “Juventus deserved more, much more, at least extra-time.”“The rage and the pride,” headlined Gazzetta dello Sport of “a night of regrets”.“Every referee knows that there are times when whistling has a different weight, and therefore only the most obvious fouls are punished,” wrote Gazzetta dello Sport, claiming that Oliver “was not up to the challenge”.Tuttosport, a paper based in Juventus’ home city of Turin, said it was “an undeserved ending — just as Buffon doesn’t deserve to end his career in Europe with a red card.”After the frustration, Buffon — who had said this season would be his final one — must turn his attention to winning a seventh straight Serie A title with Juventus, and completing the double with the Italian Cup.Next up is a Serie A game against Sampdoria on Sunday with a potential title decider against Napoli on April 22, and the Italian Cup final against AC Milan on May 9.And there remains another record which could prove a lure for Buffon to continue his club career — Paolo Maldini’s record for Serie A appearances.Buffon has played 635 times in Italy’s top flight, but with seven games remaining this season he would fall short of former AC Milan defender Maldini’s record of 647.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gianluigi Buffon raged at English referee Michael Oliver and was sent off after he awarded the late penalty that out Real Madrid into the semi-finals of the Champions League © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZOTURIN, Italy, Apr 12 – Gianluigi Buffon’s Champions League career came to a bitter end on a crazy night with the Juventus legend sent off in Madrid and then accusing the referee of having “a rubbish bin instead of a heart”.The veteran goalkeeper’s frustration spilled over at the Santiago Bernabeu after Juventus beat Real Madrid 3-1 on the night, but were eliminated 4-3 on aggregate in the quarter-final after English referee Michael Oliver awarded the Spaniards a contested 97th-minute penalty.last_img read more


first_imgThe LYIT School of Tourism in Killybegs recently hosted an interactive workshop aimed to encourage new ways to develop crab products which will appeal to a younger European market.The workshop was held in conjunction with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency and Bord Bia’s Paris office at the state of the art demonstration facilities at the LYIT’s School of Tourism. This initiative is part of the development of an innovation hub for the Northwest region. The interactive workshop aimed to inform Irish crab companies on how to translate recipes into innovative value added products.Patrick Subreville an award winning French Chef prepared a number of exciting recipes using a variety of available crab products with the help of School of Tourism upcoming chefs.A group of local companies attended including Hannigan Fish Trading, Atlanfish, Errigal Seafoods, Sofrimar, Aquasea Cobh, Malin Head Fishermen’s Co-op, Whiskie Rock Fisheries, Fish Sales (Killybegs) Ltd and Olde Castle.Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin Head of Department of Hospitality & Tourism commenting on the day said, “This workshop is one of many interactive sessions the School of Tourism is involved in to help local companies look at new ways to develop value-add products for new markets. It’s clear from today’s event that there are plenty of great ideas in this region and where possible we want to bring in leading expertise to help drive innovation in food product development.” Currently, Irish brown crab is an important resource with an export value of €30 million in 2010. A high proportion of Irish crab are exported live but there is also a significant market for pasteurised products.The live market presents several challenges with oversupply of the traditional European markets leading to depressed prices in recent years, coupled with increasing costs of live logistics.Furthermore, the demographic of the live crab consumer in the important French market, is over 50 years old, which presents little opportunity for growth. On that basis, there is a clear need for innovation and new product development to produce attractive convenient products that will suit younger consumers.Donal Buckley, BIM’s Business Development and Innovation Manager explains how this workshop signals the development of an innovation hub for the Northwest region; ‘This workshop is one of many projects in the pipeline to drive innovation and new product development in the Northwest.“Through our partnership with LYIT, we are already well on our way to developing a seafood innovation hub for the region which was one of the recommendations set out in the Killybegs Jobs Initiative Report.“Currently, 85% of Irish seafood is sold in commodity form and we need to develop new value added processed products to meet consumer demand and compete effectively on the global market. “In 2010, Ireland exported over 3.5 tonnes of crab to France alone with a value of over €15 million. There is no doubt that there is great potential to grow our market share but in order to do we need to think outside the box and deliver innovative products.”LYIT SCHOOL OF TOURISM GETS ITS CLAWS INTO CRABS! was last modified: December 19th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LYIT SCHOOL OF TOURISM KILLYBEGSlast_img read more


first_imgBundoran Boxing Club Presents ‘BOXERS GOT TALENT FINAL’FINAL takes place in The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran on Sat 30th November. Singers, comedians, dancers, entertainers compete from across the northwest to win our €2000 prize fund. 18 acts will compete on the night that have qualified from local heats.Top Prize is €1000 for The Winning Contestant and €1000 towards the club they are representing. Celebrity judges on the night including Donegal’s very own World silver medalist and 3 time European champion Jason Quigley. Tickets on sale now by any club member or by Contacting David on 087-1242425. Ticket prices are Adults €10 Under 16’s €5 and family tickets also available. All money raised go towards Bundoran boxing club. Come out and support your local club. Great nights craic guaranteed.  CHAMP JASON IS SPECIAL GUEST AT ‘BOXERS GOT TALENT’ FINAL was last modified: November 18th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgOutgoing County Councillor Dessie Larkin has denied he has done a u-turn and is standing for election again.Donegal Daily has received a number of calls about Cllr Larkin’s situation after a massive poster appeared on his behalf in Letterkenny. The billboard poster is situated outside of the LYIT on the Port Road.However, when contacted the Fianna Fail town and county councilor said he knew nothing about the billboard.“I can tell you know that I haven’t changed my mind. I certainly won’t be running in this election.“I haven’t even heard about the poster yet. I’m not sure if it’s a practical joke or whatever but this is the first I have heard of it. “I am not standing for election and I will be arranging to have the billboard taken away,” he said.The billboard features a picture of Cllr Larkin asking people for their vote and also his party’s logo. POSTER BOY LARKIN DENIES HE HAS DONE A U-TURN ON ELECTION was last modified: May 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Dessie LarkinHome-page NewsPoliticsPosterlast_img read more

US audience award for Mandela movie

first_img4 October 2013Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the big-screen dramatisation of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, won the Audience Favourite Feature award at the Aspen Filmfest in the United States, it was announced on Wednesday night.The film beat a number of heavyweight contenders, including The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County, Nebraska and One Chance, to emerge as the most popular film at the internationally recognised festival.Long Walk to Freedom received an eight-minute standing ovation at its world premiere at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival last month.“Even though the Aspen Filmfest is a small festival, it is very prestigious,” producer Anant Singh said in a statement on Thursday, adding that it featured one of the line-ups of Oscar contenders in the run-up to the 2014 Academy Awards.This included Alexander Payne’s comedy Nebraska starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte; Bill Condon’s thriller The Fifth Estate, based on WikiLeaks and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange; and John Wells’ drama August: Osage County starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.“We are delighted that Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom came out tops, especially in contention with these quality films,” Singh said.Directed by Justin Chadwick and produced by Anant Singh, the epic film spans Mandela’s extraordinary life, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.Three actors play Mandela in the film: Siza Pini plays the eight-year-old Mandela, Atandwa Kani plays him at 16, and Idris Elba plays the remaining years.Elba was praised by critics in the film’s first reviews on Sunday, with The Hollywood Reporter finding him “equal to the task” of filling the shoes of “the man most instrumental in ending institutionalized oppression in South Africa”, and Variety – while taking issue with the film’s grand narrative style – declaring: “Idris Elba gives a towering performance, a Mandela for the ages.”Long Walk to Freedom will have its South African premier at Maponya Mall in Soweto in November, following which it will be publicly released at Nu Metro, Ster-Kinekor and independent cinemas throughout the country on 28 November.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ag Economy Finds New Plateau

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Katie DehlingerDTN Farm Business EditorDALLAS (DTN) — Jason Henderson, director of Purdue University Extension and former Federal Reserve economist, is tired of talking about the 1980s.“Where we’re at in the ag business cycle, it’s not the ’80s,” he told a national meeting of agriculture lenders. “In my mind, we’re smack dab in the middle of the 1990s and the long plateau.”Characterized by flat commodity prices and flat incomes, farmers leaned on ad-hoc government payments to make it through until the 2000s, when Chinese demand and the ethanol industry changed the paradigm.Going forward, Henderson said, prices will continue to be shaped by supply and demand as well as macroeconomic factors, but the changes will be relatively small and within a narrow range.“We’re in the process of re-entering that plateau stage. It’s going to last — if history repeats itself — it’ll last about a decade,” he said, adding that much relies on trade and the source of the next demand boom. In the meantime, “farmers are going to look to consolidate. Farmers are going to look to diversify, and farmers are going to look to the government to help them out.”PARALLELS TO PREVIOUS PLATEAUSThe agriculture economy is cyclical. It booms. The boom fades, and then there’s a plateau.There have been two major plateaus since World War II, the first from 1955 to 1972 and the second from 1989 to 2003. During those periods, crop prices hovered in a narrow range near the average cost of production.“What is the new plateau? That’s the question,” Henderson said. “What’s the price of corn going to be? I’d say probably $4, plus or minus a quarter.”Flat prices mean flat incomes. After adjusting for inflation, farm incomes during the previous plateaus averaged just shy of $80 billion. Net farm income for 2019 is forecast at $88 billion after increasing moderately in both 2017 and 2018.Historically, government payments become a more important part of farm incomes during plateaus, much like the Market Facilitation Program over the past two years.MFP was initially intended to be a one-time payment to help offset the impact of lost exports due to the trade war with China, but was renewed and modified for a second year.USDA has budgeted $14 billion for payments to farmers under the program in 2019, and Henderson expects MFP payments will make up about 20% of farm incomes. By the end of the first plateau in the 1970s, government payments accounted for 25% of farm incomes. It was 45% of farm incomes at the end of the second plateau in 2003.“How high will government payments rise?” he said. As a USDA program created at the behest of the president, MFP is highly dependent on the state of trade with China, but it’s also vulnerable to politics. “That makes the next election cycle really important.”MORE CONSOLIDATION, DIVERSIFICATION AHEADDespite higher government payments, Henderson said, thin profit margins will force further consolidation as some producers exit the business. It will also spark a search for additional income.“I think there are going to be profits, but it’s going to be thin,” Henderson said. “The people that make the most profits are those that already have the land paid for. Young and beginning farmers that are trying to pay off the land are going to struggle.”During plateaus, the primary path to profitability is increased productivity, he said. One of the first things farmers do when a boom busts is cut back on capital expenses likes tractors and combines. Then, they start calculating ways to cut input costs without sacrificing yield.They may haggle over cash rent, but Henderson said spending on land improvements actually goes up during plateaus. “They will make investments if it produces more yield … because ultimately that’s what improves their bottom line.”Next, farmers work to diversify their income streams, whether it’s by adding enterprises, growing a specialty crop or getting an off-farm job.Henderson cautions that, like the 1990s, the next decade will see its share of fads.As Purdue’s director of Extension, Henderson hired a specialist exclusively dedicated to hemp production this year because of the intense interest in the crop. The number of licensed hemp acres surged this year as farmers hoped to cash in, and come harvest time, many found themselves without a buyer.“If you don’t have anyone to buy it and no processor, then maybe it’s one of those fads,” he said, adding that farmers are good at production, and hemp could be another tale of farmers producing their way out of prosperity. “If you don’t have a contract or processing capacity dedicated to you, you’re probably too late.”Another parallel behavior to past plateaus is farm families rely more heavily on off-farm employment. In the 1990s, the farm’s share of household incomes declined from 25% to 12% as people took advantage of job opportunities created by the internet boom.The U.S. is in the midst of the longest economic expansion in history, but many of the job gains over the past decade have been in urban centers.“Rural areas are not back to pre-recession levels of employment. That means we must think creatively about the next set of economic activities in our communities,” he told the crowd of bankers.WHAT THE PAST SAYS ABOUT THE FUTUREDuring plateaus, land values continue to rise. In the post-war plateau, farmland gained 2.1% above inflation each year, while values grew 1.7% in the 1990s.“So for a forecast: how about 2% plus inflation,” Henderson said. “It’s a long plateau. Slow and steady wins the race.”One of the primary differences between this plateau and others is the interest rate environment. Looking back to March 2018, a majority of economists on the Federal Reserve’s open markets committee thought the federal funds rate would be above 3% by now. It’s 2.25%.Low rates support land values but weigh on exports.In previous plateaus, exports grew at an average pace of 2%-3%, he said, adding that exports of bulk and semi-processed commodities stagnated while high-value, raw products, like fruits and vegetables, and fully processed, consumer-oriented goods grew.Henderson said it looks like the ag economy is in the early years of a new plateau, which means there’s “about a decade left if history repeats itself, but it all depends on trade.” While resolving the trade war with China would certainly help the ag economy, it will take a new demand boom to break out of the plateau.Where that boom comes from is the big question. Some economists say India has potential, but Henderson said it has obstacles, too. “What type of products do we sell to India that they need? We got lucky with China because what do they like? Pork. And they like soybeans to feed to their hogs.” India might not want what we’re good at growing.Farmers need to think about creating value for the customer, and Henderson thinks millennials’ and Generation Z’s changing tastes create new opportunities for farmers to add value to their products.In rural America in the 1990s, value added meant windmills and hunting lodges. Farmers started tree farms that evolved into pumpkin patches and retreat centers.Today, Purdue is growing crops underneath solar panels to see if they can do both at once. A recent Farmer Mac survey of ag bankers found increased interest in renewable energy projects, particularly solar.Sometimes the ideas are more unusual. Take a land-locked shrimp farm in Indiana, for instance, that not only caters to Chicago restaurants, but also lets locals dip a net in the tanks and catch their own shrimp.“When people come in with crazy ideas, I’m not saying you have to finance all of them, but you might want to consider financing some of them,” Henderson said. “Adding value isn’t just about what’s happening today, it’s also what’s happening in the future. To be successful in value added, it’s not one and done. It’s continuous evolution of enterprise.”Katie Dehlinger can be reached at Katie.dehlinger@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @KatieD_DTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

West Bengal intellectuals to protest exclusion of Indians from NRC

first_imgA section of intellectuals and prominent civil society members considered close to the Trinamool Congress would take to the streets here in protest against the alleged exclusion of Indian citizens from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. The announcement was made by a group of painters, poets and academics here on Friday.“We condemn the exclusion of genuine Indians from the NRC. We are considering not only protests but also a visit to Assam,” Shuvaprasanna, painter, told presspersons. He accused the BJP of being ignorant of Bengali sentiments, and said the group would announce its future course of action within 15 days.Subodh Sarkar, poet, described the situation in Assam following the publication of the draft NRC as “worse than that in Gujarat during the 2002 riots”.“I don’t support infiltration. But removal of Indian citizens from the NRC on flimsy grounds is unacceptable. We condemn such inhuman and illegal acts,” Mr. Sarkar said. He lauded Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s stand on the issue. Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, novelist, said that though infiltration in Assam was a “cause of concern in West Bengal”, it was wrong to remove Indian citizens from the NRC and label them as infiltrators. He did not attend the media conference but issued a written statement.Kalyan Rudra, river scientist and West Bengal Pollution Control Board Chairperson, described the NRC operations as “suspicious”.last_img read more

PVL: Arellano blanks Adamson, closes in on bronze

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University moved closer to claiming third place after beating Adamson, 25-23, 26-24, 25-14, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Arellano is coming off a loss to undefeated National University in a game that taught the Lady Chiefs lessons and served as a factor to their victory.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “Our loss go NU last game taught us a big lesson,” said Arellano coach Roberto Javier in Filipino.The Lady Chiefs got swept in the semifinals after taking a 25-17, 26-28, 17-25, 25-13, 20-18 setback on Sunday.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 shutoutJovielyn Prado showed the way for Arellano with 18 points while Regine Arocha and Necole Ebuen added 15 and 10 points, respectively.The Lady Chiefs shoot for the bronze medal on Saturday and Javier thinks the Lady Falcons will come out in full swing. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ “It’s important for us to win on Saturday but of course, Adamson will prepare really hard and bounce back. I hope this win motivates us more to win next game.”Adamson, which drew nine points from Mary Joy Dacoron, suffered its third straight defeat.center_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH La Salle bounces back, frustrates FEU PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

China snubs ‘Little Olympics’ opening ceremony in Taiwan

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ It is the first time Taiwan has held the Games, but even on home turf it must compete as “Chinese Taipei” and is unable to fly its national flag or play its national anthem because of Beijing’s sensitivities. The two sides split after a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still sees the self-ruled island as part of its territory and objects to any official diplomatic recognition of Taiwan. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRelations have deteriorated since Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took office in May last year, with Beijing cutting off all official communications. At the opening event, Tsai was introduced as the president of “the Republic of China”, Taiwan’s official name, which China does not recognise. She waved to the audiences but did not give a speech. This picture taken on August 11, 2017 shows a student demonstrating teetotum skills to celebrate the upcoming Summer Universiade in Taipei.Taiwan is about to host its largest ever sporting event, attracting thousands of athletes from around the world, but the World University Games, dubbed the “Little Olympics”, has highlighted tensions with China and Taiwan’s struggle for international recognition. The biennial Summer Universiade will draw more than 7,000 student athletes to Taipei for two weeks from August 19, to compete in sports from basketball to swimming to Chinese martial arts. / AFP PHOTO / Sam YEH / TO GO WITH Universiade-2017-Taiwan-China-politics-diplomacy, FOCUS by Michelle YUNChina boycotted the opening ceremony of the World University Games hosted by Taiwan on Saturday in the latest reflection of deteriorating relations between the two sides.The biennial Summer Universiade, dubbed the “Little Olympics,” is the largest ever sporting event Taipei hosts but it has also highlighted tensions with Beijing and the island’s struggle for international recognition. ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Thousands of student athletes from around the world donned their team uniforms or traditional dress and walked behind the sign showing the name of their country and their national flags to the cheering crowd in Taipei Stadium. However, no Chinese athletes showed up to walk behind the staffer holding China’s national flag. Local media said China was absent due to the reference of Tsai as president. Taipei’s mayor Ko Wen-je is widely seen to have secured Chinese athletes’ attendance during his visit to Shanghai in July to attend a city exchange forum. But he said he had drawn the line at Chinese officials’ request for Tsai only to be called “leader” at the opening ceremony, not “president”.In the current climate, some expected Chinese athletes to boycott the Universiade entirely. ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Instead, they will compete in individual events but sit out the team sports, citing a clash with their own national games. Outside the stadium, there were chaotic scenes when dozens of protesters opposing the government’s pension reforms scuffled with pro-DPP groups briefly blocking an athlete’s entrance and delaying part of the ceremony.Protest groups also forced some buses taking athletes to the event to detour. The rest of the opening ceremony Saturday night will showcase Taiwanese culture and lifestyle, including indigenous dance and songs as well as performances using electric scooters.Pop star Leehom Wang is set to perform near the end of the show before baseball player Chen Chin-feng lights the Universiade flame to formally open the games, followed by a firework show.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Montez Sweat, DK Metcalf among big winners at NFL scouting combine

first_imgLATEST STORIES The two pro prospects from rival colleges in Mississippi left the NFL’s annual scouting combine as the two biggest winners of the weeklong event. They were impressive.Following Metcalf’s performance in the 40-yard dash, the New York Jets’ official Twitter account posted: “4.33? At that size?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe comment could tip off the Jets’ plans for the No. 3 pick in April’s NFL draft, considering quarterback Sam Darnold will be entering his second season in the league this fall.And who could blame them for taking Metcalf, who possesses rare athleticism for a receiver that measures in at 6-foot-3 3/8, 238 pounds and has 1.6 percent body fat. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash The only question might be his strength. He did 21 reps on the bench press, 12th at his position.But the NFL’s official Twitter account was impressed with what it saw.“Something special out of Starkville,” Sunday’s post read.Now team officials will spend the next six-plus weeks picking apart game film and combine performances, attending pro day, doing additional background and medical checks while bringing in players for formal interviews before making draft-weekend decisions.LOOKING GOODThe offensive and defensive linemen are supposed to be the strength of this draft. The combine proved it.Defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams of Alabama put themselves in the conversation to be the top overall pick with strong showings. Bosa completed the 40 in 4.79 seconds and did 29 reps on the bench press. Williams, at 303 pounds, ran the 40 in 4.83 seconds.Michigan’s dynamic duo of defensive end Rashan Gary and linebacker Devin Bush also helped themselves with strong showings Sunday. Gary ran a 4.58 in the 40 — No. 1 among defensive linemen — while Bush posted a 4.43.Center Garrett Bradbury of North Carolina State and offensive tackle Andre Dillard of Washington State had the best performances Friday, the first full day of workouts in Indy. Both helped themselves with good performances in the 40 and demonstrated their agility with solid times in the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. Bradbury also had 34 reps on the bench press, second among offensive linemen.Safety Zedrick Woods of Mississippi posted a 4.29-second 40 on Monday, fastest time all week. Cornerback Jamel Dean of Auburn ran a 4.30-second 40 on Monday, the second-fastest time of the week. ‘Hungry’ Joshua Pacio out to redeem self in title rematch vs Yosuke Saruta Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mississippi wide receiver D.K. Metcalf runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — Receiver D.K. Metcalf showed off his muscle-man physique — and his speed — in Indianapolis.Defensive end Montez Sweat proved big men can run fast, too.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. THE LOSERSAt least four players couldn’t finish their workouts because of injuries, including potential first-round pick Jachai Polite from Florida.The outside linebacker came to Indy with high expectations but ran the 40-yard dash in 4.84 seconds, slower than inside linebacker Manti Te’o in 2013, whose 4.82-second run helped him slide into the second round. Polite stopped after hurting his hamstring and will have to try and rebuild his stock before the draft.Highly rated defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence of Clemson didn’t finish because of a minor thigh injury in his left leg, and his college teammate, linebacker Tre Lamar, hurt his right shoulder on the bench press.Top cornerback Greedy Williams of LSU did not compete after suffering cramps Monday.But the most serious injury may have come Sunday when Ohio State cornerback Kendall Sheffield suffered a torn pectoral muscle, NFL Network reported. Sheffield did not work out Monday.And scouts may be hard-pressed to find breakaway runners in this draft class. Though Josh Jacobs of Alabama did not run Friday, the fastest back in the group was Justice Hill of Oklahoma at 4.40. Ryquell Armstead of Temple was second at 4.45.CAUTIOUS TIGERQuestions about Lawrence’s suspension for using a banned substance, which kept him out of the College Football Playoff, continued in Indianapolis. And Lawrence acknowledges the surprise results of his previous test have made him wary.“Every time I take a drug test it’s going to be skeptical because that was just something that I know I didn’t do and something to pop up like that just really unfortunate,” he said. “Every time I pee in a cup now I’m just thinking, ‘OK, let me pray because it’s just something stupid like that can happen.’ ” Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting His performance was even better. After wowing scouts by doing 27 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds, he posted a vertical jump of 40 1/2 inches, a broad jump of 11 feet, 2 inches, and the 40-yard dash time — all top-five performances among the receivers.What made it even more impressive for the son of former NFL offensive lineman Terrence Metcalf was that he did all of it after having season-ending neck surgery last fall.“I’m not supposed to be here right now,” the former Ole Miss star told NFL Network following his workout.Meanwhile, Sweat, the former Mississippi State defensive lineman, made his workout look like it was, well, no sweat.The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Sweat was clocked at 4.41 seconds in the 40, the top speed by a defensive lineman since at least 2003 and faster times than those posted at the combine by Amari Cooper, Julio Jones or Odell Beckham Jr. Sweat also finished fourth among edge players in the broad jump (11 feet, 2inches) and three-cone drill (7 seconds flat) and was sixth in the vertical jump (36 inches).ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View commentslast_img read more