UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the single-game knockout format, used in the Champions League this year from the quarter-final onwards, has produced more exciting football than the usual two-legged games and could be revisited in the future. The format was changed in order to allow the competition to be completed in a shorter time-span after the Covid-19 pandemic halted play for several months across Europe in March. Eight clubs headed to Lisbon and the final will be contested later on Sunday, pitting Bayern Munich against Paris St Germain. “We were forced to do it but in the end, we see that we found out something new. So we will think about it in the future for sure,” Ceferin told Reuters in an interview. The UEFA president said that without a second-leg to fall back on, teams have been forced to go for goals. “(There has been) not so many tactics. If it is one match if one team scores then the other has to score as soon as possible. If it is a two-legged system then there is still time to win the next match,” he said. “More exciting matches for sure but of course we also have to think about the fact that we have fewer matches and broadcasters (can) say ‘you don’t have as many matches as before, this is different’ so we will have to discuss when this crazy situation ends.” The ‘final eight’ tournament took place without fans in stadiums and the prospect of supporters from eight clubs descending on one city could cause security issues among other logistical problems. The current format is locked in place contractually until 2024/2025 but discussions are due to begin later this year on the structure for the competition for the next phase. The tournament was played over 11 days and clearing space in the congested international calendar would be another obstacle to overcome but Ceferin is clearly intrigued by the possibilities. “Look for sure it is a very interesting format. Now, I doubt as much as the calendar is now, that we could do a final eight (tournament), because it would take too much time. But a format with one match and a system like it is now, I think it would be much more exciting than the format that was before,” he said. read also:Real Madrid reach first ever UEFA Youth League final “If we would play this system then, but we haven’t discussed with anyone its just an idea, we would play in one city. If you play in one city, you can have a week of football or something like that. But it is far too early to think about it. As well as the Champions League, UEFA has also held a similar tournament to complete the Europa League season and has held the finales to the UEFA Youth League and the UEFA Women’s Champions League. “It was not an easy task, trust me. We are the only organisation in the world which organises international events (with) four events in four countries, which has been an extreme challenge for us,” he said. Over 12,000 Covid-19 tests have been carried on players and staff at the UEFA tournaments. “The most challenging was everything connected to health and this virus which is spreading all around the world. We try to control everybody, to be locked to be, separated from the rest of the world, but it is a huge challenge.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemSan Francisco Runner Makes Art With GPS-Tracking11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes Loading…
He said: “Look, I’m not going to make it up, of course the boys were delighted. But I think they realise we are not safe, we are not mathematically safe. “It’s not the point for us, the point is that we perform well in these last games and we finish the season strongly because it’s been a poor season for us for the standards that we have set and we are not happy with it. “We are not happy at all with our league position, we are not happy with the way we have been so inconsistent this season and we want to put things right. “This goes some way towards doing it, but we have got three other games to make sure that we really finish strongly and send a message for next season.” The win was just Swansea’s second in 10 attempts since their 3-0 derby victory over Cardiff in February, and they had to come from behind to claim it. Newcastle ended their wait for a goal after six hours and 23 minutes when striker Shola Ameobi fired them into a 23rd-minute lead, somewhat against the run of play. However, they succumbed in stoppage time at the end of either half to allow the points to slip from their grasp. Bony did the damage on each occasion, firstly heading home Ben Davies’ corner and then converting from the spot – his 22nd goal of the season – after substitute Marvin Emnes had been tripped by Cheick Tiote. Swansea boss Garry Monk warned his players their Barclays Premier League status is not yet secure despite a last-gasp 2-1 victory at Newcastle. Monk said: “He’s been great, Bony. Obviously with Michu having an indifferent season with niggly injuries, Bony has stepped up to the plate and you can’t complain at someone who gets 20-plus goals in a season in his first season here. “It’s not just that, he’s a massive character in our changing room, he works so hard every day, he pushes everyone else. If he doesn’t score, he’s a strength, he’s a presence up front and he can be a handful without scoring goals. “It’s even better when he does add goals to it, so he deserves all the credit. He’s been brilliant for us and he can only get better.” For Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, it proved another miserable afternoon at St James’ Park as his side succumbed to a seventh home defeat in nine games and a fifth successive reverse for the first time in the Premier League era. The 52-year-old, who has found himself under intense pressure in recent weeks, also had to contend with the loss of strikers Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong to injury before half-time. He said: “I am low for the team and I am low for my staff. Sometimes I can sit here and say we deserved to be beaten, and in three or four of those games that we had before this, I have had to say that. “But not today, I didn’t think we deserved to be beaten today.” Pardew watched the game from the stands as he completed his touchline ban with the Magpies having won just one of the seven fixtures they have played in his absence and in severe danger of missing out on their target of finishing in the top 10. He said: “We have had some tough games and some problems with injuries which have been manifested in the situation in which we find ourselves today. “But I am not going to hide away from my responsibility, and I haven’t, and I am not going to hide from the responsibility I have to the team because I have to pick them up after that, as you can imagine. “At half-time, it wasn’t easy – we conceded in the last minute, and we conceded a really cruel blow today. Regardless of what you think of how the game went, that was a cruel blow to concede a goal in that manner.” Wilfried Bony’s double, the second of them from the penalty spot in injury-time, took the Welshmen to 36 points, six clear of the bottom three with three games remaining. However, Monk is refusing to accept that the job is complete. Press Association
Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. email@example.com Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Bio Sammy Mason of the Ellsworth Eagles had a strong performancewith nine kills and 11 assists in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Bucksporton Thursday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Island Trojans will enjoy a first-round bye and the Ellsworth Eagles will host Kennebunk in a preliminary playoff today (Thursday) at 4:15 p.m. as the state high school volleyball tournament gets under way.The 13-1 Trojans finished the regular season ranked second in the Class A standings after posting 3-0 wins this week over Cony and Calais.The 7-6 Eagles also closed on a winning note, downing Bucksport 3-1 and Cony 3-0, and will go into the playoffs ranked seventh.Bucksport’s Golden Bucks also will see playoff action in Class B. The Bucks finished their season with a record of 6-8 and a fifth place ranking, and will travel to Baileyville to face fourth-seeded Woodland Friday at 5 p.m.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe 3-11 Sumner Tigers finished in eighth place and out of the Class B playoff picture.Ellsworth 3, Bucksport 1On Thursday, the Eagles opened with a 25-13 win, dropped the second game 25-20 and then posted 25-21 and 25-18 wins over the Golden Bucks in Ellsworth.For the Eagles, Sarah Shelton had a big game with three aces, 20 kills and 12 assists. Sammy Mason had two aces, nine kills and 11 assists, and Delaney Sargent had six aces and two kills.For Bucksport, Holly Judkins had three aces and 10 digs; Natalie Gray had an ace, a kill and three digs; Chloe Stubbs had three aces, a kill and four digs; and Renne Lamb had two aces and a kill. For photos from the Bucksport, Ellsworth game, click here.Ellsworth 3, Cony 0On Saturday in Ellsworth, the Eagles rolled over the Cony Rams by game scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-6.Shelton had 15 kills, four assists and three aces; Mason had six kills, 11 assists and seven aces; Maddie Dow had three kills, two aces and an assist; and Jenna Haslam had two aces and five digs.MDI 3, Calais 0On Friday in Bar Harbor, the Trojans dominated the Blue Devils with game scores of 25-17, 25-16 and 25-14.For MDI, Helena Munson had four aces, three kills, an assist and a dig; Sarah Phelps had five aces, six kills and a dig; Kayla Ray had five aces and a kill; Elise Robertson had two aces, six kills, two blocks and a dig; and Camilla Thomassen-Tai had an ace, six kills, an assist and a dig.MDI 3, Cony 0With a 3-0 sweep of Cony in Augusta Monday night, the Trojans completed their regular season.Game scores against Cony were 25-19, 25-12 and 25-20.Phelps had 11 kills in the match. Robertson contributed six kills and five aces, and Riley Mooers had 15 assists.Woodland 3, Sumner 0On Thursday in Sullivan, the Woodland Dragons downed the Tigers by game scores of 25-14, 25-13 and 25-15.For the Tigers, Amie O’Hara had two aces, a kill and eight digs; Tianah Johnson had an ace and eight digs; Julia Tardy had three kills and 12 digs; and Maria Cormier had five digs.Machias 3, Sumner 0On Friday in Machias, the host Bulldogs rolled over the Tigers by game scores of 25-19, 25-13 and 25-12. Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017
By Pritha SarkarLONDON, England (Reuters) – A loud and brash Red Arrows flypast over Wimbledon’s Court One provided a timely distraction yesterday that allowed the real Serena Williams to finally show up at the All England Club this year.Before the unexpected interruption, there definitely seemed to be something amiss.The impostor who had turned up this week looked like Serena and sounded like Serena but she definitely did not play like a champion who owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles.How else would one explain the American dropping a set against a 133rd-ranked qualifier in the second round or squandering three break points from 0-40 up against Germany’s Julia Goerges yesterday? But once the plumes of smoke left behind by the Red Arrows had painted the overcast sky a patriotic red, white and blue, the seven-time Wimbledon champion’s competitive fires burned brightly and she screamed to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Goerges to reach the second week of Wimbledon for the 16th time.“It’s been an arduous year for me so every match I’m hoping to improve. Every time I go out there I try,” said the 37-year old, whose build-up to the grasscourt major had been hampered by a knee injury. “I’m getting a really late start (in all of my matches here so far, but) all that matters is that I am still here.”And being in the fourth-round mix means that it is still game on for that record 24th Grand Slam title that has proved elusive over the past year – when final appearances at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows both proved to be lost causes.Life certainly should not have been so difficult for Williams against her first two opponents this week – 161st ranked Giulia Gatto-Monticone or Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan – considering they were both little-known qualifiers. Against Goerges, she should have been confident of victory since the German had failed to take a set off Williams in four previous meetings – including last year’s semi-final here.But when Goerges soaked up everything Williams could throw at her to fight back from 0-40 down to hold her serve in the second game of the opening set, it seemed this might be another long day. But Williams could not really afford to dilly-dally around court too long yesterday considering this match was just a dress rehearsal for a more pressing engagement she had later in the day – to partner Britain’s most famous tennis son Andy Murray in the mixed doubles.As if on cue, the Red Arrows shot through the sky just as Goerges was about to begin serving in the sixth game. While the crowd looked skywards, Williams only had Goerges in her sights and cut the German down by immediately breaking for a 4-2 lead.
Striking a balance between lowering tuition costs and increasing availability of financial aid, President C. L. Max Nikias recently spoke with university staff and faculty about what it entails to financially support as a “premier research university.”In both his annual address to faculty in Town & Gown on Feb. 11 and his address to staff in Bovard Auditorium on Feb. 19, Nikias defended USC’s position as a world-renowned research university.At the address to faculty, Nikias responded to the criticism research universities have recently received from the media regarding the cost and value of higher education.He listed some complaints that have been expressed about America’s top universities. These complaints included the tuition rates rising faster than inflation, student debt increasing to $1 trillion, a college degree not helping young Americans in the job market, and top research universities being “bastions of privilege and hypocrisy,” according to NikiasNikias responded to these charges, saying that universities have to strike a delicate balance between cost and curriculum.“Many of [the complaints] are true. We owe it to ourselves and to our nation to examine ourselves honestly,” Nikias said. “However, we should also ask, ‘Are we focusing too much on the cost, rather [than] on the value that a college delivers?’”He also addressed the distinction between the United States’ top research universities and other higher education institutions.“Today, there are some 4,000 colleges and universities across the nation,” Nikias said. “These include two-year colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and an increasing number of for-profit and online schools. Of these 4,000 schools, about 50 operate as America’s premier research universities.”Nikias said that the 50 top research universities are “the envy of the world” because they inspire admiration worldwide, and rather than just teaching existing knowledge, these universities create new knowledge driving innovation and academic excellence.Nikias also defended the choices made by leading research universities such as USC.He acknowledged that even though USC’s tuition has doubled since 1984, the university’s student aid budget has quadrupled to $300 million per year — the largest in the nation.“If USC eliminated all financial aid tomorrow, we could reduce the sticker price by a third,” Nikias said. “But this would squeeze out America’s middle class.”Vittorio Masina, a freshman in the World Bachelor in Business program, said USC’s financial aid program is a vital component in the university.“The fundamental goal of the financial aid program is to make the world-class education USC offers affordable to virtually anybody,” he said. “Abolishing all forms of financial aid — which is identical to giving a 1/3 tuition financial aid to everybody — doesn’t accomplish it. The current system individually evaluates each student, and assign scholarships tailored on needs and merit. I wouldn’t be here without USC financial aid system. I couldn’t afford it even with the 1/3 tuition decrease.”With the new information technology expenses going from almost zero to millions annually, college costs have risen. Cost has also gone up as a result of physical infrastructure expenses.Nikias argued that student loans are the main contributor to the America’s $1.1 trillion student debt crisis.“It represents a small fraction of total household debt for Americans, which is about $12 trillion today,” Nikias said.He said the debt amount has little to do with the value of education at these top tier universities. Citing Massachusetts Institution of Technology economist David Autor, Nikias said that these research universities provide monumental return on investment when measured against a lifetime income.Nikias also talked about how top research universities are raising a good portion of necessary resources through philanthropic efforts.“Our ambitions to improve the academic quality of our faculty and student body, and the overall residential experience, have indeed enabled us to flourish even in midst of a recession,” Nikias said.He cited the $6 billion fundraising campaign USC launched in 2011, and how USC surpassed the $4 billion mark in only four and a half years as evidence of the university’s ability to thrive even in difficult economic circumstances.The U.S. Department of Education proposed a rating system for American colleges and universities that Nikias felt was not an accurate reflection of excellence of American universities. The rating would measure three areas: access, affordability and outcomes.“None of these metrics reflect academic value or academic excellence,” Nikias said.He argued that a rating system such as the one proposed by the Department of Education ignore academic excellence. He continued, “[It] may incentivize the wrong things. And it may shut out many qualified students from the best schools.”Harshini Chengareddy, a freshman majoring in global health, said that financial aid should remain a priority for the university.“Different rankings measure different things; and in this case, if the depth wants to include affordability, they have the right to since that is a big issue for many students,” she said. “I don’t think it necessarily means USC will be ranked low; however, considering the amount of financial aid we offer [is] more than any other college in the country.”Nikias concluded by stressing that while USC can improve in many areas, its rise as an “academic powerhouse” is attributed to “our faculty, our staff and our community [championing] timeless academic values that make education one of the society’s most crucial enterprises.”
But the Nigerian Basketball team, D’Tigress, still savoring the win over highly rated Turkey on Sunday night has vowed to inflict same pain on Argentina to progress into the next phase of the competition.Sarah Ogoke, who was 22 -point hero against Turkey has promised that the team will keep up their good work when they face Argentina this evening.The player is aware of the buzz across the globe following their stunning defeat of Turkey who are currently ranked number 7 in the world said “We are just getting started.“Sunday’s game was good, but we are not going to dwell on it for too long. We still have another very big and must win game against Argentina tomorrow,” she remarked.Ogoke who is a staunch supporter of Super Eagles of Nigeria said the D’Tigress are ready to finally put the ghost of Super Eagles misadventure against Argentina at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup to rest once and for all with a win against their basketball team today.“This is going to be our revenge against Argentina that took out the Super Eagles at the FIFA World cup. So we have to beat Argentina.”Besiktas Women Basketball club of Turkey new signing, Evelyn Akhator also echoed her team mate’s sentiment while sounding the clarion call on the need to maintain their consistency against Australia and Turkey when they face Argentina currently ranked 15th in the world.“No game is easy, if you underrate any team, you probably might be surprised. This is the game that we really need. We need to beat Argentina by a big margin.”For the team, impossibility seems to be nothing and Akhator thinks that with their present skill set and team work, the team can upset the bookmakers and shock the world.“I believe in the team so much, we trust each other and that’s key. If we keep trusting ourselves, we are going to go far,” she asserted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaNigeria’s perennial defeats to Argentina at the previous FIFA World Cup finals will resonate this evening in Tenerife, Spain at the ongoing FIBA Women’s World Cup, as the Nigeria’s National Women Basketball team, D’Tigress has promised to banish the ghost of the previous defeats when they confront Argentina in their last group game.Super Eagles had lost five times to Argentina all at the group stage of the competition in 1994, 2002, 2010, 2014 and the latest installment was at the last edition in Russia where Nigeria failed to hold tight and allowed Lionel Messi-led team to score a late winner to edged the African team out of the tournament.
PRAT ILL, TAKES OFF HIS OPENING DAY MOUNTS LITTLE BIRD MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN SUNDAY’S BLUE NORTHERLittle Bird, a two-year-old Irish-bred filly, makes her United States debut in Sunday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes which drew a salty field of nine despite its relatively small purse.“She’s a filly with an attitude,” said trainer Richard Baltas. “I’ve had her for a month and a half, she’s had three works and seems to be getting better.“This is a two-year-old filly stakes and most of these horses just broke their maiden, and she’s already won two races (in England), but there are some really nice fillies in there that look like they have a ton of potential.”The Blue Norther, race eight of 10 with a first post time of 11:30 a.m.: Lighthouse, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Guitty, Joel Rosario, 5-1; Parkour, Flavien Prat, 10-1; Madame Bourbon, Joe Talamo; Overjoyed, Mike Smith, 8-1; Laura’s Light, Abel Cedillo, 3-1; Blue Sky Baby, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Croughavouke, Umberto Rispoli, 7-2; and Little Bird, Geovanni Franco, 8-1.Supplementing Sunday’s program is the $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes at a mile on turf for two-year-olds going as race six: Goliad, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Encoder, Joel Rosario, 8-1; The Stiff, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; Liar Liar, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Royal Act, Rafael Bejarano, Hariboux, Umberto Rispoli, 8-1; Air Force Jet, Evin Roman, 12-1; Kanderel, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Smooth Like Strait, Geovanni Franco, 5-2.BRIGHT OUTLOOK PREVAILS FOR VICTOR ESPINOZA, WHO PICKS UP BELLAFINAVictor Espinoza, his smile and attitude bright as ever, is looking forward to Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that starts today.“My health and business are both good,” said the 47-year-old Hall of Fame member as his agent, Brian Beach, looked on. “I’m excited to be back again and looking forward to winning as many races as I can.“I’m focused on winning and I’ll go from there.”With Flavien Prat off of his opening day horses due to illness, Espinoza picked up a big mount in the Grade I La Brea today, as Simon Callaghan has named him to ride 9-5 morning line favorite Bellafina.FINISH LINES: Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Flavien Prat took off his scheduled six mounts today due to a stomach virus. “He texted me at four this morning saying he was throwing up and might not be able to ride, then contacted me later and confirmed that he wouldn’t,” said his agent, Derek Lawson. “He said he was sorry and apologized to the trainers who had booked him to ride. Hopefully, he’ll have a quick recovery.” . . . Santa Anita’s popular Dollar Day will be offered on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1. Fans can purchase hot dogs for $2 and soda and beer for a buck apiece . . . Today’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick 6 that starts in race six has a guaranteed single ticket jackpot of $500,000 . . . Santa Anita offers a live-money handicapping contest on select Saturdays and Sundays. Fans can sign up at the Main THOROUGHBREDS Center. For details, visit santaanita.com/contest . . . There were 221 recorded workouts at Santa Anita on a busy Saturday morning, including 22 on the training track . . . Agent Craig Stephen, who hit a home run with Santiago Gonzalez, is back in action representing 33-year-old Mexico City native Israel Ocampo. “He’s been working for John Sadler and he’s fit and hungry and wants back in,” Stephen said . . . Agent Ken Huth has taken the book of seven-pound apprentice Victor Flores, who has nine wins at Golden Gate Fields . . . Ron McAnally, who first came to Santa Anita in 1948, was back at Clockers’ Corner on a chilly Saturday morning, ensconced at his familiar table. “It’s been so many years, I can’t count ’em,” said the 87-year-old Hall of Fame trainer, best known for conditioning legendary two-time Horse of the Year John Henry. “I won a race at Del Mar this summer with a 70-1 shot named It’s Tiz Time owned by my wife, Debbie,” McAnally said proudly. “That shows I’ve still got it.” . . . FIRST POST TIME FOR A 10-RACE CARD ON SUNDAY IS AT 11:30 A.M.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on December 28th, 2019Richard Mandella Discusses Omaha Beach’s Final Work Ahead of the Grade I Malibu Stakes.John Sadler Discusses Gift Box’s Time Off and Expectations for the San Antonio.Bob Baffert Discusses a Trio of Three-Year-Olds Heading Into Grade 1 Starts on Opening Day.Peter Eurton Discusses Draft Pick’s Last Race Heading into the San Antonio.WORKOUTS:Storm the Court (Eurton) 12-22-19McKinzie (Baffert) 12-22-19Ashleyluvssugar (Outside) and Ekklesia (Eurton) 12-22-19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 12-22-19Bellafina (Callaghan) 12-20-19Gift Box (Sadler) 12-20-19Mother Mother (Outside) and Eddy Forever (Baffert) 12-20-19 LITTLE BIRD COULD FLY HIGH IN HER U.S. DEBUT VICTOR ESPINOZA HAPPY TO BE BACK IN ACTION
REGISTERING victory will be the prime target for Jamaica’s senior men’s national football team when they tackle Panama in a Group B CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) match at the National Stadium tonight, beginning at 9 p.m. The match is one of six in the Fourth Round (Semi-finals) series, which consists of three groups of four, from which the top two will advance to the six-nation (Hexagonal) to make the ultimate challenge for places at the 2018 Finals in Russia. Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Schäfer has rounded up close to his strongest squad for the match, with practically all the players who participated in their successful summer campaigns at the Copa America and the CONCACAF Gold Cup at hand. “Panama plays good against Jamaica in the past. Now we have to change this. We’ve to win. But it’s not easy,” said Schäfer, who will not be on the bench owing to a one-match ban by FIFA for a verbal spat with match officials after winning in Nicaragua. “From the first minute, we’ve to control the match. This will not be easy. We have to find a way to do what we’ve to do in the match. The players have to be intelligent,” the 65-year-old German reasoned. In the South American championship, they lost 1-0 in group games all the time despite playing well against Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay, teams loaded with world-class players. Against regional rivalry, they created history by advancing to the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time. They lost 3-1 against Mexico. However, this is not a time to rest on laurels. Jamaica were given a harsh reminder in third-round clashes against Nicaragua as they faced elimination following a 2-3 home loss on September 5. In the return clash in Managua, thanks to Simon Dawkins’ goal at the death, they beat the Central Americans 2-0 to prevail 4-3 on aggregate. Had Dawkins not scored and Jamaica won 1-0 to even up the scoring aggregate 3-3, the Jamaicans would have been knocked out of 2018 WCQ by way of the away goals rule. Matches at this stage promise to be more difficult in what can be considered the Group of Death (toughest group) as all the teams, on current form, are among the strongest in the confederation. Costa Rica, quarter-finalists in last year’s World Cup Finals in Argentina, and Haiti, both made the Gold Cup quarter-finals, while Panama, though playing from the first half and through extra-time with 10 players, lost 1-0 to a last-minute controversial penalty against Mexico in the semi-finals. “Our group is very strong … all four teams can go in the next round,” Schäfer observed,” noting the reason they would be hunting an early advantage in the qualification. “It’s very important for the players to go to a Haiti with a win,” he said. The fact that their number 10 player, Luis Tejada, was sent off against Mexico, though controversially as well, tells another story about the Panamanians. They play very hard and fight, literally, tooth and nail, never giving up. This makes them very hard to beat. Tejada is still unavailable as he is serving a two-match ban. In the interim, their goal hunt will be led by Roberto Nurse and Armando Cooper. Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have experienced Panama’s toughness all the time, with both teams notching two victories apiece and sharing four draws in their past eight encounters, dating back to September 2004. Their closeness is also reflected by their rankings – Jamaica at 61 and Panama 65. Neither has ever won by more than one goal, and when they last met for WCQ, in 2013, the results were 0-0 in Panama and 1-1 at the National Stadium. Other matches that may have included current players saw Panama winning 1-0 at ‘The Office’, before the Boyz exacted revenge with a 2-1 victory in Panama City. That was in 2012. “It’s a very strong team. We have to concentrate 100 per cent and fight and be disciplined on the field,” the Jamaican coach noted as he called for crowd support. “I hope the stadium is full. That is important.” Now, as far as team building for these crucial WCQ matches, the Boyz are at a delicate stage. They appeared to have built a very good defensive system through Copa and the Gold Cup, but some key players were missing against Nicaragua and especially in the first game, when it all went to pieces. Now, captain Rodolph Austin is back to partner Je-Vaughn Watson in central midfield, as well as influential flank midfielders Joel (Jobi) McAnuff and Garath McCleary, plus Wes Morgan, the Leicester City captain and defence line leader. As they have been playing together in competition for some time, they make for a stronger and more understanding system of defence. Others complementing that sector are Adrian Mariappa, an offensive threat at times, and Michael Hector, who was unnecessarily booed last occasion at the stadium. Also among the defensive options is Alvas Powell, who is still being rewarded with a spot in the Jamaica team despite walking out on his country at the Gold Cup, following their match against El Salvador in Toronto nearly three months ago. Offensively, the team has had problems scoring goals. With two per game against Nicaragua, they made fair improvements. It is also fair to predict that there will be need for better finishing as Panama are up a notch. As far as scoring goes, and for the Jamaica team, Darren Mattocks is the man. He has scored one goal in the last four games for Jamaica – in both clashes against Nicaragua, against Mexico in the Gold Cup final, and against the United States in the semi-final. Giles Barnes, his strike partner, has scored a couple but is also somewhat unlucky, with a number of his shots crashing into the goalposts or being saved. McCleary, McAnuff, and Simon Dawkins, who netted the spectacular life-saving goal against Nicaragua at the death, also numbers among the scoring options, which have a new recruit in Britain-based six-footer Clayton Donaldson. “I’m happy about those players who played against Nicaragua,” said Schäfer, adding that “Mariappa was a good leader”. He said they showed a lot of character, much of which will be needed to secure victory in tonight’s challenge against hard-to-beat Panama. No time to rest Two-match ban
Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody 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 “My objective is to help the team. By doing that, I can also show that I can still play,” said Jeric. “If I play well, maybe a team will take a chance on me again. But that’s not my main focus right now. I want to really help the team win in this Champions Cup.”“I’m not thinking of the PBA just yet. Right now, I’m just focused 100 percent on the task and that is to really play well for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas. I want to focus on that so I can play my game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ramirez gives PH its 2nd gold in Aimag LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Brothers Jeric and Jeron Teng during Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas practice at Meralco Gym. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrothers Jeric and Jeron Teng have been dreaming about playing together again since both starred for Xavier for one season in high school.In college, the older Jeric went to University of Santo Tomas while Jeron suited up for La Salle and the two even faced each other in an epic UAAP Finals in 2013 won by the Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Never in their wildest dreams that the opportunity to team up again will come in an international setting.The two have been selected by coach Chot Reyes to be part of the 12-man roster of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas which will compete in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup beginning on Friday in Chenzhou, China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s really been our dream to team up again. It’s just a blessing that we’ll be doing this for the Philippine team. I’m so excited to share the same court with Jeron again,” said Jeric.“Even in practice, we go together in just one car. We talk a lot about practice and the system and it’s very fun. It also helps because we know each other’s game and we really get closer here.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BROTHERHOOD. In a show of sportsmanship and brotherly affection, La Salle’s Jeron Teng (right) raises the hand of UST gunner Jeric Teng after the Green Archers edged the Growling Tigers in overtime for the UAAP Season 76 title in 2013. AUGUST DELA CRUZ/INQUIRERJeron shares the same sentiments as he gets the rare chance to play alongside someone he considers as one of his mentors.“It’s different when your brother is on the same team. He’s not only my teammate but also mentors me,” Jeron said.“Of course, he’s already had lots of experience because he’s more veteran between the two of us. He gives me advice and really guides me on what to do on the court.”Playing for the Philippine team in the club tournament gives Jeric a chance to prove that he still belongs in the PBA and also benefits Jeron, who is eyeing go enter the 2017 PBA Draft.But the both cleared that their focus is on helping Chooks-to-Go win in the continental club championship.ADVERTISEMENT
LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo secured a Final Four seat after topping Far Eastern University, 70-59, to stay unbeaten in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles rose to 10-0 while the Tamaraws, who remained at fourth seed, fell to 5-5.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nambatac silences basher, challenges him to game of 1-on-1 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matt Nieto and Verano, who outscored the whole FEU team, 15-9, in the fourth quarter, led the Blue Eagles with 14 points apiece.Ron Dennison led the Tamaraws with 12 points and eight boards while Arvin Tolentino produced an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ After trailing 50-47 at the end of the third, the Blue Eagles found their rhythm and outscored the Tamaraws, 23-9, in the fourth quarter.Ateneo mounted a 20-7 run to gain control of the game with Raffy Verano capping off the scoring spurt with a layup that gave the Blue Eagles a 67-57 lead with 1:05 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We didn’t start off on the right foot, we had a bad first quarter but we are quite happy with the final three quarters,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga, whose team trailed, 21-12, heading into the second period.“They [Tamaraws] came into this game prepared and we have to expect that every game because it would be the case, and it would not be easier for us.” Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments