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first_imgSharapova on Russia’s provisional Olympic team for Rio MOSCOW (AP) Russia has included Maria Sharapova on a preliminary team for the Olympic tennis tournament in August despite her provisional suspension for failing a drug test. Sharapova has been suspended since March after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January, but the Russian Tennis Federation hopes she could be cleared in time to play in Rio de Janeiro. Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev tells the Tass news agency that Sharapova was on a preliminary squad list, “but if she isn’t able to compete, then the next-highest player on the ranking list will go into the team.” Russia can send up to four players for the women’s singles tournament but currently has seven players in the world’s top 56, the cut-off point for qualifying for the Olympics. Man United mum on Mourinho reports MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester United is not commenting on a report that Jose Mourinho has signed a contract to become the club’s new manager. British broadcaster Sky Sports said yesterday that Mourinho has been appointed by United. The club hasn’t announced the deal. Former United defender Rio Ferdinand posted on Facebook his “congratulations to Jose on being announced manager of the biggest club in the world!” Louis van Gaal was fired as United manager on Monday, and Mourinho’s representative and United have held talks this week. Sturridge injured again, Rashford set for England debut GATESHEAD, England (AP): England striker Daniel Sturridge has picked up another injury, potentially affecting his chances of being selected for the European Championship. England manager Roy Hodgson said yesterday that Sturridge has a calf injury that has prevented him from training and is a doubt to play in the warm-up match against Australia today. Hodgson has until Tuesday to finalise his 23-man squad for the tournament in France. England’s first game at Euro 2016 is against Russia on June 11 in Group B. Sturridge has been beset by injury problems in recent years. His latest injury increases the possibility of 18-year-old Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford’s fairy-tale season being extended to include the Euros. Hodgson said yesterday that Rashford will make his debut against Australia in Sunderland as a starter if Sturridge isn’t fit. Rashford only made his United debut in February. Coyle out as coach of the Houston Dynamo HOUSTON (AP): Owen Coyle is out as coach of the Houston Dynamo. The Major League Soccer team said Wednesday that it parted ways with Owen Coyle by mutual agreement. Assistant coaches Wade Barrett, Paul Caffrey and Paul Rogers will oversee the team tomorrow in Houston’s game at Vancouver. Assistant coach Sandy Stewart also left the team. “It is unfortunate that we were unable to achieve the goals we set forth together and that we find ourselves mutually parting ways as a result of many professional and personal circumstances,” Dynamo President Chris Canetti said. “Without a doubt, Owen brought many great qualities to the club. Coyle, a former player and coach in his native Scotland and England, was in his second season. “I asked Chris if I could speak with him today and I explained to him the challenge of being away from my family and how we all want the best for Houston Dynamo,” Coyle said statement released by the team. “We have a brilliant club, and I have no doubt success is just around the corner.”last_img read more

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Celtics’ Irving coy on possible reunion with LeBron

first_img“In this business, I’ve kind of experienced it all and I’ve seen a lot, so we’ll see what management decides,” Irving said when asked if he would be open to playing alongside James again.Irving was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cavaliers in 2011 and played three seasons with James, from 2014-17. The duo made three straight trips to the NBA Finals, winning a championship in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Obviously, it’s a business at the end of the day,” Irving said. “Ownership and management, they’re going to feel what’s best for our future and I’m fully supportive of (them). We’ll see what happens.”Irving was traded to Boston last August and averaged 24.4 points and 5.1 assists over 60 games in his first season with the Celtics. FILE – Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics is guarded by Lebron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first quarter of a game at TD Garden on February 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — Kyrie Irving is playing coy about the possibility of reuniting with his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James next season in Boston.The Celtics guard on Tuesday deferred when asked about the prospect of the team pursuing James this summer. The 33-year-old James has a player option to remain in Cleveland next season but could opt for free agency.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Celtics expect Irving to be completely recovered by the start of training camp in the fall.“I’m feeling good,” Irving said. “It was going to be a process coming back, just making sure I’m healthy enough for September. Just trying not to push it too hard.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The five-time All-Star missed the last 15 games of the regular season and the entirety of the playoffs after undergoing left knee surgery.“To kind of have something like that unexpected, it was hurtful, because just a lot of what I wanted to accomplish with our guys and individually as one of the leaders of the team,” Irving said.Irving also had a separate surgery in May to repair a deviated septum, a procedure that kept him away from the sidelines for Game 7 of the Celtics’ Eastern Conference Finals series against James and the Cavaliers.“Obviously, it wasn’t going to feel the same (not being there), but I was just so proud of our guys and what they did,” Irving said. “They passed a lot of expectations, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”Cleveland beat Boston 87-79 in Game 7 to send James to his eighth consecutive Finals series. The Cavaliers were swept by the Golden State Warriors, dropping James’ personal Finals record to 3-6.ADVERTISEMENT An end to a long wait MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View commentslast_img read more

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Dzeko confirms Chelsea negotiations

first_img0Shares0000Roma’s forward Edin Dzeko celebrates on August 20, 2016LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 2 – Edin Dzeko has confirmed that he held talks with Chelsea in the January transfer window, but didn’t want to leave Roma.Dzeko was one of a number of strikers that Chelsea targeted in January, before Antonio Conte’s side eventually landed Olivier Giroud from neighbours Arsenal. But while the former Manchester City man held discussions over returning to the Premier League, he decided against joining ex-Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri in making the move to Stamford Bridge.Dzeko said: “It is true that negotiations have been conducted and that is all I can say about this topic.“There was a lot of speculation, falsehoods and even a few ridiculous stories, and I’m really flattered by Chelsea’s interest, a club that I respect and admire very much.“So many stories have been told about my departure from Rome over the past few weeks, but I am still here. After all, I am happy to stay because Rome has become my home and an indelible part of my life.“From the very first day I was accepted in Rome in an unreal way and I can never and will not forget it, and I have had some of the happiest moments in my life in this city.“For the first time I felt the joy of fatherhood here when my daughter Una was born, and my son Dani was born in Rome. This city is now part of my life and it will always be.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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MEP Matt Carthy visiting Donegal to address rural neglect and Brexit

first_imgMidlands Northwest MEP Matt Carthy will be in Donegal today (Friday) to visit local businesses and groups before speaking at the Donegal Sinn Féin’s AGM.Brexit and regional issues will be top of the agenda at the political gathering this Friday evening the 1st of March at 7.30pm in Dillion’s Hotel, Letterkenny.Mr Carthy will begin his trip in Inishowen, visiting representatives of Donegal’s tourism and enterprise sector including Brian McDermot of the Foyle Hotel, Brendan Fallon, developer of enterprise units in Carndonagh. Whilst in Carndonagh, Carthy will also visit the award-winning social enterprise Spraoi agus Spórt. Ahead of his Donegal visit Carthy was critical of the Dublin-centric nature of current government policies. He said: “We need to see tangible investments in rural communities, particularly those in border regions where the effect of Brexit will be felt most.”Mr Carthy has been a vocal supporter of Irish Fishing rights in the EU parliament. He will also meet with members of the Foyle Fisherman’s Co-Op today on the potential of the local fishing industry, threats from Brexit, and the need for the completion of the Greencastle Harbour breakwater and the further development of the Harbour.Carthy will also speak with members of ‘Community For A Clean Estuary’ about the renewed attempts by Irish Water to build a sewerage treatment plant with outflows at Carnagarve Beach.MEP Matt Carthy visiting Donegal to address rural neglect and Brexit was last modified: March 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Carnagarve Beachmatt carthy MEPSinn Feinlast_img read more

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Inaugural Nation Brand Forum encourages South Africans to champion the best our country has to offer

first_imgBrand South Africa hosted its inaugural Nation Brand Forum on Wednesday, 24 August, bringing together business, government and civil society to discuss how South Africans can help build a strong and cohesive nation brand.Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing Sithembile Ntombela, communications minister Faith Muthambi and kwaito star Arthur were at the inaugural Nation Brand Forum. (Image: Musa Sibisi)Johannesburg, Wednesday 24 August 2016 – Brand South Africa today concluded the inaugural Nation Brand Forum at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton.  The Forum was aimed at bringing together all stakeholders who represent the broad spectrum of South African society, and concluded with a call on all South Africans to play their part in building a strong, cohesive Nation Brand.Opening the Forum, Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi said, “Building a national brand depends on nation building and how cohesive we are as a nation.  Nation building finds practical expression in the Freedom Charter “South Africa belongs to all who live in it.’”She continued with, “The National Development Plan clearly articulates the type of society South Africa should be by 2030. This envisions a society where opportunity is not determined by race or birth right but where all citizens know their rights and responsibilities and link everything towards a united and prosperous South Africa.”To this end, stakeholders at the Forum were unanimous in the need to encourage South Africans to become ambassadors of our competitive strengths while working to address some of the challenges which currently characterise the South African Nation Brand.In addition, stakeholders committed to, in their various spheres to work at positioning South Africa positively while remaining committed to implementing the National Development Plan which will guide South Africa’s journey towards social and economic equity by 2030.In closing the Forum, Brand South Africa’s Kuseni Dlamini commended all stakeholders for their commitment to working together to address the “perception gaps” related to South Africa.  More needs to be done to position the country positively which can be achieved by working cohesively.The Forum was attended by representatives of government, business and civil society, the three main pillars of the South African Nation Brand.Participate in the conversation on #NationBrandForum #SANationBrandlast_img read more

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CitySourced gives Ranters an iPhone App

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dana oshirocenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Are you pissed off about potholes, graffiti or broken street lights? Similar to the Federal government’s efforts with Data.gov and Google’s recent Public Sector release, CitySourced is offering users a chance to take government matters into their own hands. This year’s TC50 third place runner-up, CitySourced is a crowd pleaser on a number of levels. If you’re the type of person who writes letters to congressmen, editors and counsillors, you’re likely to help power this app. CitySourced offers citizens a chance to photograph their local pet peeves directly from their iPhones. Users send their pictures and complaints to their local municipalities with a couple clicks. From here, governments are recognize the needs of their constituencies and are forced to take action. While programs like Apps for America and Apps for Democracy work to crowd source programmer-driven applications, CitySourced can be utilized by a non-technical user. In addition to the decision-making data being generated from this service, cities also offer users an active outlet for their frustrations. Instead of sending out arbitrary rants and suggestions to their Twitter accounts, users still get a chance to complain while receiving a direct line to their municipal reps. If cities have the courage to make these complaints public, the site could become as entertaining as Craigslist’s Best Of page while still maintaining its usefulness. Tags:#crowdsourcing#web last_img read more

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What iPhone Retailers Have Been Telling Shoppers [Infographic]

first_imgWith a new iPhone on the way, most likely by the end of the month, do you ever wonder what’s going through the minds of folks who are shopping for iPhones right now? And what happens at the store if they ask about the new model? It turns out that not all retail representatives have been giving shoppers a clear picture of what everyone seems to know is right around the corner. Retail intelligence company GoSpotCheck did a survey of 182 retail locations over three days in 27 states to answer the question of “What happens when you go to buy a new iPhone less than a month before the rumored new release?”Amazingly for a comission-driven retail industry, more than half of surveyed retail agents (52%) advised shoppers to wait until the iPhone is released. Most of the rest (38%) acknowledged that a new iPhone might be coming, but advised shoppers to buy now anyway. Only 10% said they didn’t know a new iPhone was likely on the way. (Not sure what rock they’d been hiding under – or if they were just feigning ignorance to close the sale.)Of course, those responses were not evenly distributed across various retailing chains. Troubled electonics giant Best Buy was the most likely to tell shoppers to buy now, while AT&T stores were most likely to tell shoppers to wait. Workers at Apple stores, obviously very well coached, had little to say either way. Bottom line: Don’t count on your phone retailer to keep you up to date on the big thing coming along. fredric paul The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#iPhone#mobile Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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Cavs opt not to show Kyrie Irving tribute video on opening night

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:37Protesters 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Ateneo holds off NU to keep perfect slate Meanwhile, Carper clarified that the decision was not in any way related to the horrific injury suffered by the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, who appeared to fracture his ankle just five minutes into the game.READ: Gordon Hayward suffers gruesome ankle injury in Celtics’ season-openerBefore packing his bags to Beantown, Irving donned the Cavs’ colors for six seasons and was an instrumental figure to the team’s first ever NBA title run in the 2015-2016 season. /raADVERTISEMENT Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img MOST READ Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, left, and Gordon Hayward look on from the bench during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Boston, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.  AP PHOTO/Winslow TownsonThe Cleveland Cavaliers were supposed to honor their former point guard Kyrie Irving on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) as he stepped foot inside the Quicken Loans Arena as member of the Boston Celtics for the first time.But even after the Cavs survived a thrilling nail-biter against the visiting team on opening night, the video tribute never aired.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH READ: Cavaliers hold off Celtics in NBA openerAccording to Cleveland.com’s Jason Lloyd, several Cavs officials—including majority owner Dan Gilbert—decided not to show the video after failing to find the “right moment.”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“We were expecting to run it at a floating opportunity based on the right moment, and we felt that moment never presented itself,” the team’s spokesman Tad Carper told the sports writer.Irving’s former teammates were also reportedly irked upon learning about the tribute video, after the four-time All-Star publicly asked to be traded this off-season. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

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Davis, Cousins, power Pelicans’ rout of Spurs

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View comments Read Next LATEST STORIES San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) works against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana—Anthony Davis had 29 points and 11 rebounds, Demarcus Cousins added 24 points and 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs 107-90 on Wednesday night.Jrue Holiday scored 13 points and Darius Miller chipped in 13 on four 3-pointers for the Pelicans, who’ve won two straight.ADVERTISEMENT New Orleans made 20 of 37 shots in the second half, when they led by as many as 30 points.New Orleans outrebounded San Antonio 45-39 and outscored the Spurs 50-36 in the paint. Trevor Ariza has 25 points, Rockets beat Nuggets Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice MOST READ Pau Gasol had 17 points and LaMarcus Aldridge 16 in a largely frustrating night for San Antonio. The Spurs shot only 39.8 percent (35 of 88) and went 6 of 24 from 3-point range.Rudy Gay added 19 for the Spurs, who raced to a lead as large as 15 points in the first quarter, but trailed 50-42 at halftime after the Pelicans surged ahead for good with a 15-2 run.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 shutoutDavis had six points during the spurt, which began with his jumper and included his alley-oop dunk.The Pelicans then blew the game open by closing the third quarter with a 26-6 run fueled largely by Davis, who scored 12 of his points in the third quarter and also had a steal to set up one of Miller’s 3s. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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Sorry, It’s Not Tendulkar Cup

first_imgSoon I will leave for Dhaka to be with the ESPN STAR Sports team for the coverage of the 2011 ICC World Cup which returns to the subcontinent after a gap of 15 years. Besides cricketers, I will also meet some critics who sincerely believe that Pakistan lack the firepower to dazzle the World Cup. I have said this before; let me say it again: the Shahid Afridi-led side has the potential to reach the semi-finals. If they do, there will be no stopping them. For almost five years, Pakistan cricket has delivered little. The boys are fully charged up and their body language is extremely positive.Sachin TendulkarThe pressure is always high on the teams from the subcontinent. In 1996, Pakistan lost to India in the quarter-finals at Bangalore and India messed its show against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens. The pressure, at times, becomes too much for the teams to handle. Hopefully, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be able to handle the pressure better this time. South Africa, Australia and host India are already being considered favourites. I would like to add Pakistan, not England, to the list.Many people are a bit critical of the format and the six-day gap each team gets after a match. I think it is good for the team because the players will get a chance to recover. Remember, the quick-match pressure in 2007 spoilt the party for both India and Pakistan. Now the teams will get a fair chance to bounce back even if they fail in one match.advertisementI have seen the madness that follows the game both in India and Pakistan. It is almost like a war zone. The players need to handle the pressure and should not collapse after some early debacles. Already, the media in India has started hyping this World Cup as Sachin Tendulkar’s Cup and how the team-if not for anything else-should win the Cup for Tendulkar. This kind of pressure often proves to be counter-productive for the team. When Pakistan won the 1992 World Cup in Australia, not a single player was highlighted as the star of the side. Indian fans should allow Tendulkar to play his natural game. If that happens, no one can stop the Indians.In the run-up to the World Cup, little has been said about the Pakistani team and its players. I am pinning hopes on veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq who has the potential to become one of the key players in this Cup. All-rounders such as Sir Richard Hadlee, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev and Ian Botham vied for top honours once. Today, the likes of Razzaq will compete with Shane Watson and Yusuf Pathan. These three can singlehandedly shape the fortunes of any match. If Razzaq can work on his pace and improve his fielding, he will be a proven match-winner. He and Umar Gul will have to form the destructive new-ball pairing for Pakistan in the absence of Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif as both have been banned by an ICC anti-corruption tribunal. There will be the veteran Shoaib Akhtar who, if fit, could be very useful in his short spells of reverse swings and toe-crushing yorkers at the start of the innings, in the middle and during the slog overs. Pakistan will also miss all-rounder Sohail Tanvir.The 1992 World Cup victory established a link between cricket and the Pakistani identity and it was a boost to our national pride. Another World Cup win is very much required for Pakistani cricket to bury its troubled past.- Wasim Akram is a former captain of Pakistan and now a commentator with ESPN STAR Sports. This column is based on his conversation with Deputy Editor Shantanu Guha Ray.last_img read more

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