Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The evidence could be significant for UEFA which checks clubs’ finances annually to ensure they are meeting break-even requirements on a rolling three-year basis.“This includes a thorough assessment of clubs’ financial positions on the basis of both the information disclosed by the clubs (based on their independently audited financial statements) as well as a number of compliance checks and analysis undertaken by UEFA (including independent external audits),” UEFA said. “If new information comes to light that may be material to this assessment, UEFA will use that to challenge the figures and will seek explanation, clarification or rebuttal from the club concerned.”Abu Dhabi United Group was also alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players’ images in marketing campaigns. This helped raise revenue by 30 million euros in one case cited by Der Spiegel, which reported City’s emails from 2013.City has not commented on its use of the Fordham Sports Management image rights company or attempts to shift costs away from the club.Roberto Mancini, who managed City from 2009-13 and won the Premier League in 2012, was also shown to have received more pay from a team Sheikh Mansour owns in Abu Dhabi than from the Manchester club. Der Spiegel shows Mancini signed two contracts at the same time, to receive a base salary of 1.45 million pounds from City and 1.45 million pounds and 1.75 million pounds for advising Al Jazira Sports.Since July 2011, UEFA has monitored the annual accounts of all clubs entering its two club competitions. The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance with FFP was 2011-13 when owners were allowed to cover losses up to 45 million euros.UEFA requires clubs to approach break-even on football-related business — television rights fees, buying and selling players, salaries, sponsor deals, tickets sales, prize money. The complex accounting rules encourage clubs to spend on long-term projects — stadiums, youth training — which do not count as losses for FFP purposes.“Financial Fair Play has led to a step change in the health of the finances in European club football,” UEFA said on Monday. “Seven years ago, European clubs had a cumulative debt of 1.7 billion euros. Last year it was a profit of 600 million euros. Without question, it has been a success for the game across Europe.”Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain was sanctioned for overspending in 2014 at the same time as City. The Spanish soccer league last year asked UEFA to investigate City and PSG, claiming they benefit from state aid which “distorts European competitions” and “is irreparably harming the football industry.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)tttky MANCHESTER, England — Previously concluded Financial Fair Play cases could be reopened, UEFA warned on Monday as evidence grows of Manchester City’s attempts to disguise its source of income and spending.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 MOST READ The UEFA statement on the prospect of the financial compliance system being “abused” by teams comes after internal correspondence exposing City’s alleged deception was published by European media outlets.The reigning English Premier League champion and current leader has not provided a defense or disputed the authenticity of the information from leaked emails which reveal elaborate attempts over several years to try to avoid breaching the rules designed to curb overspending on player costs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCity, which has been owned by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour for a decade, has already been punished for violating FFP after reaching a settlement agreement with UEFA in 2014 that saw it fined rather than banned from the Champions League.Having spent more than a week declining to comment on the information in the “Football Leaks” documents, UEFA has issued a response to questions about City that raises the prospect of new sanctions. Liverpool’s Sturridge charged with breaching betting rules Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Should new information suggest that previously concluded cases have been abused, those cases may be capable of being re-opened as determined on a case by case basis,” UEFA said. “This approach is applied universally to all clubs that apply for a UEFA license and participate in European club competitions.”The agreement with UEFA eventually saw City forfeit only 20 million euros ($23 million) in Champions League prize money. UEFA has not said how aware it was in 2014 of City’s plans to hide spending of more recent schemes, which have been reported in a five-part series by German magazine Der Spiegel.“FFP is a framework which clubs that wish to play in UEFA competitions agree to abide by,” the organizer of the Champions League and Europa League said in a statement. “It relies on the cooperation of clubs to declare a complete and genuine financial position. While UEFA can test the information it receives, it relies on that information being fair and accurate reflections of a club’s finances.”The title sponsor of City’s stadium, training campus, and jersey backer is Etihad Airways, the state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Mansour is a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family and deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates.The leaks emails claimed to show in 2015 how the Etihad deal generated 67.5 million pounds annually for City. But City’s holding company — state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad, according to Jorge Chumillas, the club chief financial officer in an internal email.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Vinnie Jones has told talkSPORT Raheem Sterling’s wastefulness in front of goal is a ‘worry’ for England ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Croatia – saying the Manchester City forward ‘would be playing for Exeter’ if he didn’t have his lightning-quick pace.Sterling has faced criticism from some quarters over his performances so far at the World Cup.He scored 23 goals for Man City last season but is yet to find the net for the Three Lions in Russia, having wasted a number of glorious chances to score, including two in the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden.However, many recognise his contribution to the team and their run to the last-four. The 23-year-old is always on the move and his forward runs scare the pants off defenders, while freeing up space for his England team-mates. 2 2 Harry Maguire scored England’s first goal against Sweden GETTY Sterling was one of the players whose decoy run allowed Harry Maguire space to score from a corner against Sweden Yet, there is no mistaking the Three Lions’ need to be more clinical when they face Croatia for a place in their first final since 1966, as Jones pointed out on Monday.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the FA Cup-winning footballer-turned actor said: “I know there’s been a lot of criticism for Sterling.“He is getting in all the right positions, but sometimes you look at Sterling and you think, if he didn’t have that pace he’d be playing for Exeter or someone.“It’s a bit of a worry. For me, Vardy would have scored. He would have knocked that one in over the top, he’s got a great touch. I’m a big Vardy fan, I think he would have scored a couple against Sweden.”Jones had more praise for defender Harry Maguire, who scored his first England goal in Saturday’s victory over Sweden in Samara. The Leicester City centre-back has been one of the Three Lions’ outstanding stars in Russia so far, and Vinnie believes he is good enough to have played in any of England’s best squads over the last few decades.“Maguire has been absolutely magnificent,” the former Chelsea and Wimbledon man said.“He could have played alongside Tony Adams, he could have played in any decade really. He passes it well and every set play he’s so dangerous.“And I’m so pleased for Pickford,” he added. “He’s been absolutely brilliant.“What we need now is for Dele Alli to step up. He scored the goal and got away with it [against Sweden]. Sometimes a goal covers up stuff and Dele has not played well yet.“We need a good Dele Alli to step up against Croatia, he’s going to be in there with Modric…”Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of England v Croatia: Wednesday July 11 – Kick Off 7PM BST
The number of pupils being taught through Irish in a primary school in Donegal is one of the highest in the country in the recent school year.Irish as the primary language of education has risen steadily from 6.4 per cent of primary pupils in 2000 to 8.1 per cent in 2018/19.The majority of schools – 147 with almost 38,000 pupils – are located outside Gaeltacht areas, according to a report. More than 10 per cent of pupils in the county are offered classes through Irish.Other areas with rates over 10 per cent include Cork city and county, Galway county, and Monaghan.In contrast, Cavan has the lowest rate at less than 1 per cent of pupils, with only one school in the county offering classes through Irish.An Foras Pátrúnachta, the largest patron of gaelscoileanna, has welcomed the recent initiative announced by the Education Minister Joe McHugh to increase access to Irish-medium education. Donegal among highest in country for teaching primary pupils in Irish was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
15 February 2010 When Brazil and Cote d’Ivoire battle it out at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium on 20 June, Johannesburg resident Marlene Reddy will be one of 89 000 spectators cheering from the stands as the rest of the football world follows the game on television. “I am happy that I get to watch an African country,” says Reddy. “I am very excited, I cannot wait to see Soccer City.” Casey Monteiro is another Johannesburg resident who cannot wait for the tournament now that he has his tickets in his back pocket.‘In my back yard’ Monteiro, who purchased a ticket to follow Brazil on their campaign for World Cup glory, is one of the many South Africans who are snapping up the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch arguably one of the greatest sporting events in the world. “Simply put, it is the biggest sporting event on earth, happening in my back yard. It will never again – in my lifetime at least – be in South Africa. This is probably the best chance I’ll ever get,” says Monteiro. With the third phase of ticket sales – which saw 1 206 865 applications from 192 countries – now complete, and the fourth now under way, two million of the three million available World Cup tickets have already been snapped up. Having already fallen in love with his city’s new World Cup stadium, Durban resident Amith Gosai, cannot wait for the tournament to begin as he talks about the tickets he has secured.‘An incredible feeling’ “So far I have secured tickets for three games, one in each of the main host cities,” says Gosai, who will be attending the Brazil vs Portugal match in Durban on 25 June as well as Cote d’Ivoire vs Brazil at Soccer City in Johannesburg and England vs Algeria in Cape Town. “It is an incredible feeling. I have watched all of the World Cups prior to this one in my life, and was overjoyed when South Africa got the vote to host the event in 2010.” With his tickets booked for both the quarter-final and the semi-final at Green Point stadium in Cape Town, Kobus Botha is not the biggest fan of the “beautiful game”, but he could not resist the opportunity to be part of South Africa’s World Cup. “I knew that it would be a spectacular event and I didn’t want to miss it – even though I am not a huge soccer fan. I don’t think the reality of it has sunk in properly yet, but I am really amped and excited. I don’t know what to expect, which is great.”‘A unique experience’ Having already attended a match at Durban’s newly completed World Cup stadium, Didier Pienke is looking forward to the chance to watch a World Cup match in his home stadium. “I want to have a unique experience and be part of this first World Cup ever held in Africa,” says Pienke. “I also want to have the experience with the crowd in the beautiful stadium in Durban.” Further afield, Canadian George Filipovic is looking forward to his trip to South Africa later in the year. “The World Cup is the greatest festival on Earth, and I’ve always wanted to experience Africa,” says the Toronto resident, who will be watching a total of six matches, including a semi-final and the final at Soccer City on 11 July. “I think this Cup will be extra special, since football is the number sport on the continent, yet the Cup’s never been there before.” Although the football may be the big draw card for Filipovic, he is also excited to explore the country during his one-month trip. “I have been looking forward to the tournament ever since. I’ve been planning for months. It will be the trip of a lifetime and, after all is said and done, I will have got to visit Nelspruit, Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
Ray Maota A biker with a large teddy bear to bedonated to charity.(Image: City of Joburg)MEDIA CONTACTS• Deidre BeylisTeresa Settas Communications+27 11 894 2767South Africa’s Toy Run is an annual motorcycle charity event that helps collect and distribute donations for underprivileged children – and, by doing so, boosts the reputation of the biking fraternity in the country.Organisers of the 2010 edition are appealing to participating bikers to donate educational play things to benefit a broader range of age groups and extend the longevity of toys.This year there will be runs in four provinces. Bikers will set off from various starting points with their donations strapped to their vehicles and converge later at a central point where their precious cargo will be collected and distributed to various charity organisations.The event has become a nationwide attraction that leaves bystanders in awe as toy-laden motorcycles roar through cities and towns on the way to their depot points.“Year on year the event shows consistent growth and this year we are expecting an average of 45 000 bikers to participate in the Gauteng leg of Toy Run 2010 alone,” said Graeme Cartwright, Toy Run 2010 organiser.Legs will also be held in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Limpopo. The event kicks off with the Limpopo run on 20 November, followed by the Gauteng one on 27 and 28 November, and then the Cape Town and Port Elizabeth ones, on 28 November. For more information, visit the Toy Run website.“The MTN Expo Centre in Nasrec, southern Johannesburg, is graciously donation their venue for Toy Run 2010 to accommodate the mass of people in Gauteng,” added Cartwright.Giving back to the communityThe Toy Run aims to give something back to destitute young South Africans, from babies through to adolescents of 18 years. Once the bikers arrive at the collection points, the toys are immediately sorted for distribution.The run also aims to improve and enhance the image of bikers in their communities.Cartwright said: “The biker fraternity is usually generalised as being full of big and scary men dressed in leather on noisy motorbikes. Toy Run effectively shatters the stereotypical perception by highlighting the big hearts behind the facade.”“They come from all walks of life across South Africa and donate in excess of 90 000 toys in one day. It is no small feat and there is no greater reward than to see the smile of a child holding his or her very own gift – be it a cuddly toy, colouring-in set or tooth brush – for the first time.”Various volunteers including Rotary and Lions clubs, Round Table and Ladies Circle assist the Toy Run by sorting the toys into appropriate age categories. Think Bike, an organisation that promotes motorbike safety on the roads, also helps out by street marshalling.“It is quite a sight to behold and an incredibly fulfilling experience to be a part of,” said Cartwright.Just in time for the festive seasonDisadvantaged children in orphanages, shelters, homes and hospitals throughout South Africa had a brighter festive season in 2009 after more than 65 000 motorcyclists participated in the run with toys of all descriptions adorning their bikes.Cartwright said: “This year we are shifting the focus again to educational toys as it serves a better purpose for the older children and aids their education.“We are hoping to make the 2010 rendition of Toy Run even bigger with each of the hosting cities making plans to include family-focused events in their line-up of entertainment. It is for a good cause, and we would like to invite as many people as we can to take the journey with us to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate children across South Africa.”The Cape Town run will have two starting points at Ratanga Junction and Ottery Hypermarket, and end at Maynardville. At the finish there will be a beer garden, food stalls, motorcycle displays, comedian shows, live music and stalls selling bike-related accessories, jewellery and memorabilia.In Gauteng, the run will be extended to include bicycles and cars as well. On 27 November cyclists and car enthusiasts are encouraged to come to the MTN Expo Centre with their donations, while the traditional mass motorcycle ride will be held on 28 November from various starting points in the province. Again, the final destination will be the MTN Expo Centre.The starting points will be at: Centurion Lifestyle Centre on the corner of Old Johannesburg road and Lenchen road in Centurion; Steeldale Hypermarket in Linroy Street in Steeldale; Greenstone Shopping Centre on the corner Modderfontein road and Van Riebeeck Avenue in Edenvale; Carnival City on the corner Century and Elsburg road in Brakpan; the Brightwater Commons on Republic Road in Randburg; and,Westgate Shopping Centre on Ondekkers road on the West Rand.No entry fee will be charged to participate in the events provided each person brings along an educational pack or toy – educational packs are preferred, but toiletries will also be welcomed for the older children.Some of the beneficiaries of the Gauteng run have been the Aurora, Van Ryn and Benoni Rotary Clubs on the East Rand; the Brooklyn Methodist church and Danville Assistance Project in Pretoria; Immaculate House in Reiger Park; Jan Niemand Park in Pretoria; Primrose Squatter camp in Germiston; an organisation for abused women and children in Windsor, near the Cresta Shopping Centre; the SPCA in Edenvale; and the Jewish Women’s Institute.History of the Toy RunThe Toy Run was launched in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 1982 by the Italian Motorcycle Owners Club, and has over the years has become the largest biker charity event in South Africa.Runs, which take place from 19 centres across the four provinces, are hosted by local motorcycle clubs and other organisations, with the assistance of businesses.
Man Utd players want job to go to Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has already won over Manchester United’s players.The Mirror says Solskjaer was put in charge until the end of the season, while the United hierarchy carry out the process of recruiting a new full-time successor to the sacked Jose Mourinho.Although Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino remains the first-choice of the board, the Old Trafford giants’ players would be happy for Solskjaer to get it.The fan-favourite former Red Devils striker has pushed his claim to stay in charge beyond this season by rattling off five wins in his first five games — and many of his squad would like to see him get the nod.Solskjaer’s inclusive man-management style, in contrast to predecessor Jose Mourinho’s divisive approach, has been welcomed by United’s squad, particularly the forwards.The 45-year-old, currently ‘on loan’ from his job managing Molde back home, has made no secret of his desire to keep the job on a permanent basis, and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to be extremely impressed by the start he has made in the role. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Atletico Madrid boss Simeone satisfied with Girona Copa drawby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was pleased with their performance after the first-leg of their Copa del Rey draw with Girona.Atletico were held 1-1 by Girona in the first leg of their last 16 tie.”It was a match with different phases,” the coach told reporters afterwards.”We started well and then they got better after our goal.”They’re dangerous at home.”After the equaliser I liked what I saw more as we were more consistent in our play, even if they had the occasional counter attack.”We could have won, and they also had some chances to win.”The feeling is good because we could have won.”The result leaves this tie open and each side has a 50 percent chance.”Antoine Griezmann started and was behind Los Rojiblancos’ goal, but he was taken off with half an hour to go and Simeone fielded questions on this substitution.”I thought it was good for him to get a rest, as we had some fresh players,” he said. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 13: A New Orleans Saints helmet sits on the turf before the start of the Saints and Baltimore Ravens preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)While we’ve got a new set of college football games coming up this Saturday, we’ve apparently still got some former players paying off bets from last week’s slate. Friday, former Georgia tight end Benjamin Watson, who plays for the New Orleans Saints, was forced to wear Alabama gear to pay off a bet with former Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram, now his teammate.Alabama blasted Georgia last Saturday – so the wager is pretty obvious here.No, I’m not confused…but I had to pay my debt to @MarkIngram22. That hoodie didn’t touch my skin tho #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/kr4hpLhmZj— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) October 9, 2015While it may be painful for Georgia fans to see, at least he’s a man of his word.
OSU coach Greg Beals and Toledo coach Cory Mee go over the ground rules with the umpires before the game at Bill Davis Stadium April 2. OSU won against Toledo, 7-2. Credit: Elliot Schall / Lantern photographerOne day after belting out 19 hits and 11 runs, the Ohio State baseball team picked up right where it left off against Toledo.With a light drizzle of rain coming down to start the game Wednesday, the Buckeyes (18-10, 2-4) quickly pushed across four runs in the first and never looked back against the Rockets (10-15, 2-4), going on to win 7-2.Toledo sophomore pitcher Ross Achter was thrown off his game early, giving up two hits, walking three batters and throwing a wild pitch in the opening inning.With the bases full and no outs, Achter walked sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic to force in the first run for OSU. Sophomore infielder Zach Ratcliff followed with an RBI groundout and two batters later, junior catcher Connor Sabanosh smacked a single to plate two more and put the Rockets in a four-run hole.Sabanosh has been splitting time at catcher with fellow junior Aaron Gretz throughout the season but he said after the win, he’s been able to stay consistent despite not always playing.“We both get two or three games a week,” Sabanosh said. “When you get a five-day period off, your timing can be off your first few at-bats. Other than, that I felt fine.”Achter calmed down after the first, but was still pulled after finishing the second inning.Meanwhile, Buckeye freshman pitcher Zach Farmer pitched efficiently, tossing four scoreless innings and showing solid command of the ball from the start.“I thought I did pretty good. Feeling for my pitches, getting in the strike zone finally,” Farmer said after the win. “Limited my walks. It felt real good. It was a good day.”OSU coach Greg Beals said he didn’t want Farmer playing a long portion of the game so the pitcher could be available for the upcoming weekend series at Nebraska.“He should be available by Saturday,” Beals said. “That’s why the four innings.”The Rockets finally got on the board in the fifth off OSU sophomore reliever Jake Post. With men on second and third, Toledo sophomore outfielder Ryan Callahan hit a single to score both.The Buckeyes still found themselves up four, though, after RBIs from freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson and Bosiokovic in the previous inning.The Rockets only threatened once more in the sixth.OSU brought in freshman reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos for his first collegiate appearance in the seventh and eighth, and he allowed one hit while striking out two.The Buckeyes added an insurance run in the eighth from another RBI from Bosiokovic and freshman reliever Travis Lakins retired the Rockets in the ninth to secure the win.Beals said the midweek games helped the team bounce back after getting swept by Indiana last weekend.“Obviously they’re very important to our goal of putting ourselves, from an RPI standpoint, worthy of an at-large bid (to the NCAA tournament),” Beals said.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to take on Nebraska in a three-game weekend series in Lincoln, Neb. First pitch Friday is set for 7:35 p.m.
Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi insists the team deserved their victory over rivals AC Milan on Sunday.The Nerazzurri ran out 1-0 winners against Gennaro Gattuso’s AC Milan to secure their seventh straight win in all competitions.Mauro Icardi, who scored a stoppage-time winner against the Rossoneri insists it was just what Inter Milan deserved.The Argentine striker headed home the only goal from Matias Vecino’s excellent cross in the second minute of added time to clinch his side a fifth straight league win.The victory lifted the Luciano Spalletti’s men up to third in the table, six points behind league leaders Juventus.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“You need to win the derby. We’ve been saying it to ourselves all week. We had to win,” Icardi, whose last-minute penalty won the corresponding fixture for Inter last season, told Sky Sport.“We created plenty of chances, we had a goal ruled out for offside and we hit the post.”“We deserved to win considering the chances we had and then if the win arrives like it did, at the death, then it’s even better.”