Injury-hit Barcelona will be looking to keep pace with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga when they travel to Getafe on Saturday.The Catalan side start the weekend second in the table, level on 21 points with Madrid, who are ahead on goal difference ahead of their home match with Las Palmas.The defending champions are without injured duo Lionel Messi and Rafinha while defender Javier Mascherano will serve his first part of a two-match ban on Saturday.Barcelona coach Luis Enrique rested his leading players in midweek, including strikers Luis Suarez and Neymar, while captain Andres Iniesta is available this weekend along with Sergi Roberto.However, Iniesta could start on the bench in view of next Wednesday’s Champions League match at home to BATE Borisov. Barcelona thrashed Getafe 6-0 at the Camp Nou the last time the teams met, but were held to a goalless draw at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez last season.Getafe defender Alexis Ruano suffered a left knee injury in training this week and is set to miss the game while striker Alvaro Vazquez is also doubtful with a muscular problem.Getafe coach Fran Escriba is also without injured Alvaro Medran as well as Carlos Vigaray, who is suspended.The Madrid-based side have not beaten Barca since 2011 but have won three of their four home fixtures this season.Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla will make his first start of the season for Real Madrid against Las Palmas on Saturday. Casilla, who joined from Espanyol this summer, will replace the injured Keylor Navas in the starting XI at the Bernabeu.Navas has proved key for Real this season, who remain the only side unbeaten in La Liga but the Costa Rica international sustained a muscular injury during last weekend’s 3-1 win at Celta Vigo and will sit out this weekend.”Our priority is to do what is best for Real and we are not going to risk Keylor or force the return of any other player,” head coach Rafael Benitez said toMarca.”We have enough resources for our next game and there’s no need to take unnecessary risks.” Real, who are also without injured pair Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale, will also rest Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeloa, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema this weekend despite all five having recovered from injury.They are all expected to return in Tuesday’s Champions League home match against Paris St Germain.Madrid are level on 21 points with second-place Barcelona, but are ahead of the defending champions on goal difference.Real boast the best attack and defensive line in the competition with 21 goals scored and three conceded. Las Palmas held Villarreal to a goalless draw last time out in Quique Setien’s first game in charge.Setien replaced Paco Herrera, who was dismissed following his team’s dismal run of form last week, and was satisfied with the result that saw his side keep a clean sheet for the third time this season.”I’ve seen good things which can only make me optimistic,” Setien said. “We need to go to the Bernabeu with personality.”Las Palmas, with just one win from their opening nine games, are 18th in the standings with just one point from their four away games. Other fixtures (Ghana time):Valencia vs Levante (Saturday, 5:15 pm)Villareal vs Sevilla (Saturday, 5: 15 pm)Real Sociedad vs Celta Vigo ( Saturday, 9:05 pm)Eibar vs Rayo Vallecano (Sunday, 11:00 am) Espanyol vs Granada ( Sunday, 3: 00 pm)Sporting vs Malaga (Sunday 5;15 pm)Real Betis vs Atlethic Bilbao (Sunday, 7: 30 pm)–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports. Catch La Liga live on SuperSport this weekend.
Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Dominic Breazeale on May 18 at the Barclays Center.The two fighters were present as the bout, which will be broadcast live in the U.S. by Showtime, was announced to the media at the venue in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Wilder is unbeaten in 41 fights, though his 100 percent win record ended last time out when he drew with Tyson Fury.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearA rematch between that pair was initially on the cards, but a failure to agree to a second meeting led to the WBC ordering its champion to face his mandatory challenger next instead.”It’s always a great thing to get mandatories out the way. I consider them like flies — they are always buzzing in your ear, especially at a time when you’re trying to do something for the heavyweight division,” Wilder told the media. “We need to see one champion. One face. One name. With that being said, that becomes a mighty task to complete. You need some cooperation from a lot of people to make that happen.”One thing about me is that I want to fight the best. I’ve been trying to prove to the world what I’ve been saying. This isn’t being arrogant, not being cocky, it’s what I believe in my heart. No one can take that away from me. I’m going to continue to believe that until someone takes it away from me.”Deontay Wilder literally talked to Dominic Breazeale for the entire faceoff.#WilderBreazeale pic.twitter.com/OsGxFZ1r1N— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) March 19, 2019Breazeale was stopped by Anthony Joshua when challenging for the IBF title back in June 2016 but is confident he will put an end to Wilder’s plan to unify the division.”I’m going to do something that everybody wants to see — I’m one of those guys that is sick of seeing him walk around with that belt,” he said. “I’m going to put him on his a—. Everyone will be in their seats, but they’ll be rising up when I knock him down — and they’re going to stay on their feet.” Breazeale is now working with trainer Virgil Hunter, who is best known for his partnership with former two-weight world champion Andre Ward.”I’m glad he’s got Virgil on his side, maybe he can show him something different, something to not get knocked out,” Wilder said of his opponent’s new partnership. “Maybe that’s impossible to do, though. Every man I’ve faced has landed on the canvas. I’m going to continue to do that. There is no man that is going to beat Deontay Wilder.”I bring the excitement in the heavyweight division. I hold all the keys in the heavyweight division. I am the man in the heavyweight division.”
A Corentyne man on Friday received a 12-year sentence for wounding his ex-wife.Robert Rollings, also called ‘Dagga Juju’ of Kingston, Corriverton, Region 6 (East Berbice-Corentyne), was found guilty by a mixed Berbice jury for wounding Sharmila Singh with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, or to maim or disfigure on July 3, 2014. Justice Jo-Ann Barlow sentenced him for the offence.Rollings was also on trial for wounding Sharmila Singh in an attempt to commit murder. The jury found him not guilty on that charge.The State’s case was presented by Prosecutor Stacy Goodings, and showed that Singh, who had severed the relationship with Rollings two years prior to the incident, went to her previous ex-husband’s home where she was attacked.In her evidence, Singh said she received chops to the back, head, right and left hands, fingers, wrist, forearm and shoulder. She had gone to the home of her ex-husband’s wake. He had died in the USA a few days prior.Dr Chandrawattie Lalbachan told the court that one of the chops to Singh’s right hand resulted in the loss of function to three fingers.Rollings, who was unrepresented, had earlier requested time to get legal representation and was given 24-hours by the court to do so.He returned to court without legal representation on Tuesday when the trial commenced.The state called three witnesses during the trial.
Tim Sherwood insists Jack Grealish should concentrate on impressing for Aston Villa before making a decision about his international future.The 19-year-old shone during the FA Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, as the Villans booked a place in the final for the first time since 2000.Birmingham-born Grealish, who currently represents the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level, is believed to be on England’s radar with the two countries set for a tug-of-war over the schemer.And Villa Park chief Sherwood, who faced a similar situation with Nabil Bentaleb during his time as Tottenham manager, claims the youngster should focus on his club form before worrying about international honours.“It’s up to Jack where he wants to go,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “It’s purely up to him.“What I’ve got to do is make sure he’s got that decision to make. He must be doing something right for Aston Villa if he’s got those options. That’s my priority.“Then it’s up to jack to decide where he wants to go. I had the same situation with Nabil Bentaleb, who could have played for France but decided to pick Algeria.“I did have a chat with him and he asked me what to do. I just said, ‘you’ve got to go with your heart. Do you think you’re French or Algerian?’“That’s the decision he had to make and now Jack has got to make that decision. He has to play a few more times for Aston Villa before he needs to make that decision.“When some kids come and play with the first team sometimes, they’re a bit overawed, but Jack’s not.“He receives the ball and dribbles it around people. They kick lumps out of him because he’s so confident.“The ball is his friend, it sticks to his foot. The more opportunities he gets, the better he’s going to become.”
The Election Commission of India will visit poll-bound Haryana on Wednesday to take stock of the preparedness of the State’s administrative and security machineries for the Assembly elections. During the two-day visit, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora along with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra will be holding a series of meetings with various stake-holders, including the State’s chief electoral officer, police and the representatives of various political parties, an official statement said. The Commission will meet political parties on Wednesday, it added.
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “And it’s not anything personal, I’m not here to tirade anybody, I’m not here to go at any particular person or the organization, because I have nothing but love for Cleveland. I have nothing but love for the times that I spent there. It’s nothing about that.”After mostly keeping to himself since the trade went down, Irving further explained his motivations behind leaving Cleveland.“It’s just there comes a time when you mature as an individual. It’s time to make that decision,” he shared.“And there is no looking back from that standpoint. There is no time to figure out how to save someone’s feelings, when ultimately you have to be selfish in figuring out what you want to do. And it wasn’t about me not wanting to win. It wasn’t anything about that. I want to be extremely, extremely happy in perfecting my craft. And that was the only intent that I have in all of this.” Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Appearing on ESPN’s “First Take,” the 25-year-old guard confirmed that he did not speak with LeBron about his trade request, nor did he feel obligated to do so.“Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you and your representatives met with ownership before you let them know you wanted out?” host Stephen A. Smith candidly asked the four-time All-Star.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 shutout“No. Why would I have to?” Irving responded, prompting Smith to say that LeBron might have taken it personally.Without mentioning his former teammate’s name, Irving calmly explained his side: “I don’t think you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life.” E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ Austin, Ravena lead PH team in 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Former teammates Kyrie Irving (left) and LeBron James AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOKyrie Irving and LeBron James will share the court on opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season next month. But for the first time in a long time, it won’t be as teammates.Irving recently demanded his way out of the Cleveland Cavaliers and got his wish when he was traded to the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Read Next Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR PLAY LIST 03:47Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Rey Nambatac bid the Knights goodbye with his 11 markers as he was a minus-19 for his side in the defeat.The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 74 – Calisaan 36, Costelo 13, Ilagan 6, Navarro 6, Valdez 4, David 3, Gayosa 3, Bulanadi 2, Baetiong 1, Calma 0, Capobres 0, Mercado 0.LETRAN 69 – Taladua 16, Quinto 15, Calvo 11, Nambatac 11, Vacaro 8, Ambohot 3, Balanza 3, Balagasay 2, Mandreza 0, Gedaria 0.Quarters: 18-16, 32-30, 53-54, 74-69. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES San Sebastian’s win also propelled it to the Final Four for the first time since Season 89 in 2013, as it sets up a knockout date against third-seed JRU on Friday.“The boys deserve it all, especially with the way they played today. Hopefully, this will be the start of us having a good character in the Final Four,” said Macaraya.Costelo weaved his magic in the clutch as he split the defense and scored on a floater with 44.9 ticks left to put San Sebastian up, 71-69.Letran had a chance to re-take the lead, but Jeo Ambohot botched his three from the right wing, setting the stage for Calisaan’s game-clinching triple.Jeremiah Taladua paced Letran with 16 points and five rebounds, Bong Quinto flirted with a triple-double of 15 markers, 11 boards, and seven assists, and JP Calvo got 11 points, seven rebounds, and six dimes.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMichael Calisaan was blazing all over the court as he anchored San Sebastian to a 74-69 victory over Letran to take the four-seed and move on to the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament stepladder semifinals Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The 22-year-old forward unleashed a career-best 36 points, including the dagger three from the top of the arc with 18.3 seconds left to seal the deal for the Golden Stags.ADVERTISEMENT Calisaan went 14-of-22 from the field while also hauled down 10 rebounds for San Sebastian.Senior playmaker Ryan Costelo also poured nine of his 13 markers in the last 4:20 of the game as the two fired 16 of the Golden Stags’ last 18 points in the do-or-die tiff.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 shutout“These two are my veterans and they really showed it in the game,” said coach Egay Macaraya, who celebrated his 56th birthday in style.RK Ilagan and Renzo Navarro combined for 12 points, six rebounds, and five assists in the victory. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fil-Indonesian Enguio back in PH for PBA Draft
View comments MANILA, Philippines—It’s finally here.The UAAP’s most anticipated sport in the second semester is two weeks in and the action did not disappoint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDefending champion De La Salle is holding fort on the top seed with a 2-0 record while University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, and Ateneo are all knocking at the gates with identical 2-1 cards.It’s still early in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, but some players wasted little time in showcasing their chops. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Urgent reply from Philippine football chief LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Still when the occasion calls for it, Molde is not shy to deliver the punishment.Molde had a couple of games wherein she scored 11 and 13 points, solid production but not entirely explosive, but her season debut was utterly brilliant.Against University of the East in the season opener, Molde erupted for 23 points—at this point is still the most scored in a game—as she led the Lady Maroons to the 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12 win.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carlos had 20 points in UP’s loss to UST, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-20, while scoring 15 and 17 points in the Lady Maroons’ two victories.4. Milena Alessandrini (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Milena Alessandrini. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s already mentioned that Rondina got some help in Season 81, and the first of whom was reigning Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini.The second-year hitter already showed promise back in Season 80 but she missed a chunk of the tournament due to injury, but she’s now in full health to help the Golden Tigresses.Alessandrini is tied with another Golden Tigress in the fourth spot of the Best Scorers table but she got the higher nod in this list due to her brilliant turnaround from being pedestrian against Ateneo to being a speedster UST’s win against UP.After scoring just 10 points in UST’s loss to Ateneo, Alessandrini erupted for 22 points in the Golden Tigresses’ victory against the Lady Maroons.5. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Eya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s safe to say that Eya Laure has lived up to the hype.Tabbed as a frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year plum even before the start of the tournament, Laure has shown that she can dance with the big girls.Laure was a winner of multiple awards in high school including the MVP and the Rookie of the Year and she’s so far translated that talent into the collegiate game. 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 Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT She’s tied with Alessandrini and UP’s Isa Molde at the fourth spot of the Best Scorers ladder, and she’s got to this level through sheer consistency and versatility.Laure’s lowest production in her first three games in the collegiate level is 12 points and that was in UST’s loss to Ateneo while her other games saw her put up 18 and 17 points.She’s also seventh in the Best Blockers category with an average of 0.62 kill blocks per set and fourth in the Best Spikers table with a success rate of 33.94 percent.6. Jolina Dela Cruz (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Jolina dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilling in the shoes of Kianna Dy is no small feat for a new Lady Spiker but rookie Jolina Dela Cruz has shown the moxie needed to make a name for herself in the illustrious De La Salle program.Dy was a one-time Finals MVP and owner of three titles with her role as La Salle’s opposite hitter for five years looming over anyone who would eventually take her place but Dela Cruz, well for the first two games, has shown she’s ready.Dela Cruz was steady for the Lady Spikers scoring a total of 21 points in her first two games, 11 of which came in their 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19 win over Ateneo in the opening weekend.With 17,166 fans watching her at Mall of Asia Arena, Dela Cruz displayed utter calm in an atmosphere that would easily rattle and break anyone let alone a rookie.7. Isa Molde (University of the Philippines, outside spiker)Isa Molde. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCarlos and Molde are UP’s star pairing but there are times when Molde would take a backseat to the more physically imposing Carlos. 1. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, opposite hitter)Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShe’s not called “Big Kat” for nothing.Kat Tolentino was Ateneo’s talisman for the first two weeks of the competition and she made it known that she’s a force to be reckoned with this year having totaled a league best 57 points after three games.After a small hiccup against De La Salle in Ateneo’s first game of the season, the Lady Eagles have since racked up two straight wins against UST and last year’s runner-up Far Eastern University wherein Tolentino showed her prowess.Tolentino put up 22 points in Ateneo’s four-set win against the Golden Tigresses, 25-21, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22, and she showed her heart and character in the next game.ADVERTISEMENT After scoring just two points after the first two sets, Tolentino lit up and finished with 19 points in the Lady Eagles’ comeback victory against the Lady Tamaraws, 14-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-12.2. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCherry Rondina doesn’t have to do everything for UST this time, but the “Cherry Bomb” remains explosive as ever.UST’s captain is the second-leading scorer behind Tolentino with 54 points and has been consistent throughout the first three games for the Golden Tigresses.Rondina scored 17 points in the two UST wins before tallying 20 in a losing effort against Ateneo as she tried to cover up for some offensive lapses by her team.Needless to say, Rondina’s production is still in the upper echelon of the league despite having major support from rising stars Milena Alessandrini and Eya Laure.3. Diana Carlos (University of the Philippines, outside spiker)Diana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShe’s the skipper of University of the Philippines and she’s showing why everything goes through her.Diana Carlos is the emotional leader of the Lady Maroons and she’s displayed her offensive abilities by taking the third spot in the Best Scorers table with a total of 52 points.Interestingly, Carlos is similar to Rondina in the sense that she’s produced the most points in a loss. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Japeth Aguilar proposes to girlfriend at the airport as Gilas arrives in Manila
Tottenham boss Pochettino: No need to prioritise competitionsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says they won’t prioritise competitions this season.Their current run of four successive victories equals their best of the campaign and their manager is keen for them to avoid any slip-ups which may interfere with that, starting at home to Bournemouth today.”Two seasons ago when we were fighting with Leicester we went to the end but the gap was so big (they finished 11 points behind in third),” he said.”It wasn’t enough. Now we are close but we need to be cautious, go step-by-step, game-by-game.”We need to be conscious about that, we need to fight a lot, and there is still a long way for work and to be consistent.”Being involved in four competitions will be tough but we are going to try.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Our huge incentive going into Southampton clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits their clash with Southampton can lay down a marker.It is still early days in the Premier League, but playing first on Friday night means a win for Bournemouth will take them up to third in the table.”It’s a huge incentive going into this game,” Howe admitted. “We’re looking for back-to-back wins in the Premier League, which is a very difficult thing to do.”We’ve enjoyed the games against Southampton which have been tight and tough, from both clubs’ perspectives. We’re looking forward to another entertaining match.”