Ramos tops Champions League booking table

first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is as renowned for his disciplinary lapses as his defensive qualities and the Spaniard earned another unwanted title on Wednesday by becoming the most booked player in Champions League history.Ramos was cautioned in the first half of Real’s 3-0 win over AS Roma to pick up a record 37th yellow card in 115 Champions League games, taking him beyond former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes as the most cautioned player in the competition.The defender also holds the record for the most yellow cards in a single Champions League campaign, picking up five bookings in the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons, while Scholes, a notoriously clumsy tackler in his day, never earned more than four yellows in one campaign.Ramos, who has lifted Europe’s top prize on four occasions, has been sent off a record 24 times for Real Madrid, double the amount of the club’s next biggest offender, Fernando Hierro.He has also been dismissed more than any player in the history of La Liga, receiving 19 red cards in Spain’s top flight.By comparison, the Spaniard has remained relatively trouble free in the Champions League, being sent off only three times despite his considerable yellow card count.Ramos has never been sent off in 158 games for the Spanish national team.last_img read more

ONE champ Angela Lee keeps feet on ground despite MMA stardom

first_imgAngela Lee celebrates after stopping Jenny Huang in the third round to defend her atomweight title in the main event of ONE Championship: Warrior Kingdom on March 11, 2017 in Thailand. Photo from ONE Championship’s Facebook pageThere’s no denying Angela Lee’s fast rise to popularity in the mixed martial arts scene and as one of ONE Championship’s biggest draws.Lee’s star power was in full effect in ONE’s latest event in Manila last Friday where the youngest MMA world champion ever drew love from the packed crowd at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Victor Cui, CEO of the Singapore-based MMA promotion, was a witness to Lee’s popularity not only in the Philippines but in other parts of Asia as well.“Everywhere that Angela goes in Asia she still surprises me with how big her fanbase is,” said Cui during a conference call Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“She’s making fans all over the place and if you’re walking around within the Philippines, everybody was stopping her for pictures,” said Cui. “And in Singapore, as Singapore’s hero and as Singapore’s first ever world champion, her fanbase there is just outstanding.”Lee, who is born in Vancouver, Canada to a Singaporean father and South Korean mother, made her ONE debut two years ago and in just her sixth fight won the inaugural atomweight belt after surviving a gauntlet against Mei Yamaguchi in 2016. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar “It just blows me away at how fast things have escalated and I’m very, very grateful to be headlining the 2nd women’s main event card in ONE championship history. Very excited to be in Singapore and really looking forward to it. I think that it’s only been two years since I’ve been competing with One championship and it’s been a crazy, crazy ride so far.”Lee, who owns a flawless record of 7-0, is scheduled to make her second title defense on May 26 against Istela Nunes of Brazil in the main event of ONE: Dynasty of Heroes in Singapore.“It’s gonna be a great matchup and I think it’s gonna test Angela at the highest level that she’s ever been,” Cui said. “Nunes is a phenomenal opponent and it’s gonna be an exciting fight for fans.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lee said she’s overwhelmed with what has been a whirlwind first couple years with ONE.“It’s been pretty crazy. A lot of media attention now. It’s something I don’t think I’m ever be going to be used to,” Lee said.“Honestly, this whole thing has just been amazing. I’m really happy with where I’m at right now and it really means a lot to me knowing there are so many people around the world who really love to see me fight and who support me.”Despite the stardom, Lee keeps her feet firmly planted on the ground.“And at the end of the day, I’m just so grateful for everything that has happened because I still feel like I’m the same girl, you know, this 20-year-old kid who’s living the dream. So it’s been amazing and I’m loving it, I’m loving the journey,” Lee said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LOOK: Mindanao All-Stars conduct hoops clinic in Cagayan de Oro Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead MOST READ Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respitelast_img read more

A manageable oil and gas formula for a better economy

first_imgDear Editor,Our new-found oil and gas resources should not be used as bargaining chips by any political party. The revenue from these resources belong to all of Guyana and we should work assiduously to ensure equitable access via programmes that would improve the livelihood of all Guyanese, thereby, bringing the largest possible percentage of our citizens to a level playing field.Socialism should be repudiated, since the regression to any situation where we are dependent on any Government for our livelihood will create a mentality of dependency and invalidate the efforts of those that position themselves via commitment and hard work. It’s like giving prizes to the last place participant in a race.What is more manageable and will prove fruitful is a scenario where policies and programmes are designed to provide training programmes on tertiary and vocational levels at zero cost thereby, upgrading our workforceAlso, there needs to be easier access to funding for entrepreneurs with viable business models, since it’s proven that the middle class and small businesses do, in fact, drive a developed/developing economy.The final perspective is that Government and political players should not have unlimited access and control to revenue from oil resources. Their capacity to spend should be limited to a prescribed amount on 5-year projections where the access is determined for the lifetime of their political cycle. And the balance of these revenues should be over watched by an independent, qualified body with several layers of over watch and scrutiny.This is one of the only viable formulas for long-term success and growth of our new oil and gas Industry. God bless Guyana.Sincerely,Ranfred Williamslast_img read more

Havelange resigns as FIFA honorary president

first_imgThe Brazilian’s conduct was described as “morally and ethically reproachable” in the report into the affair headed by FIFA’s ethics chairman, Hans-Joachim Eckert.Havelange, now 96 and in poor health, is alleged to have taken improper payments during his time serving as FIFA’s seventh president between 1974 and 1998.The report also accused Havelange’s son-in-law and former FIFA executive, Ricardo Teixeira and Nicolas Leoz, of taking kickbacks.But while qualifying as bribes, the report stressed that payments received by this trio between 1992 and May 2000 were not crimes at the time.Leoz, accused in the report of being “not fully candid”, resigned last week from FIFA’s executive committee,Havelange’s successor, Sepp Blatter, is said to have known about one payment to ISL destined for Havelange of 1.5 million Swiss francs ($1.6 million), with the report concluding that Blatter’s conduct was “clumsy” but not “criminal”.Blatter welcomed the report’s findings.“I have taken note of the report from the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert, regarding the examination of the ISL case,” Blatter said in a statement.“I note in particular that, in his conclusions, chairman Eckert states that ‘the ISL case is concluded for the Ethics Committee’ and that ‘no further proceedings related to the ISL matter are warranted against any other football official’.“I also note with satisfaction that this report confirms that ‘President Blatter’s conduct could not be classified in any way as misconduct with regard to any ethics rules’.“I have no doubt that FIFA, thanks to the governance reform process that I proposed, now has the mechanisms and means to ensure that such an issue, which has caused untold damage to the reputation of our institution, does not happen again.”Tuesday’s ethics report seemingly draws a line under the damaging long-running affair which began when the marketing agency ISL folded with huge debts in 2001, triggering an investigation by Swiss authorities.In 2010, BBC’s Panorama programme alleged that three senior FIFA offiicals had taken bribes from ISL, forcing FIFA, under orders from the Swiss supreme court, to hand over confidential documents relating to the case last year.That release of papers led in turn to Tuesday’s findings.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ZURICH, Switzerland, April 30 – Joao Havelange has resigned as honorary FIFA president over claims that he had accepted bribes, world football’s governing body announced on Tuesday.Havelange stood down after being targeted in the findings of an Ethics Committee set up by FIFA to investigate a scandal involving the now bankrupt Swiss-based marketing agency International Sport and Leisure (ISL) and World Cup television rights.last_img read more

Sporting Lisbon dreaming of Ronaldo reunion

first_img Cristiano Ronaldo preparing to take a free-kick 1 Sporting Lisbon are hopeful that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will choose to end his career with them.The 29-year-old came through the ranks at the Portuguese club before moving to Old Trafford in the summer of 2003.From United he signed for the Spanish giants in 2009, where he boasts the phenomenal record of 284 goals in just 271 appearances.However, it has been reported that Ronaldo will not end his career in La Liga, and while a return to Manchester United is a possibility, Sporting’s president Bruno de Carvalho revealed the Portuguese club would love him back.“I am very happy for his career,” Carvalho said. “Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world and we are proud to have a talent like him in the national team.“If he decides to return to Sporting, it will be an honour for us. Maybe he will choose to end his career with us.”last_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgFormer West Ham captain Steve Lomas tells Tom Rennie on the Preview Show this week that Sam Allardyce should be rewarded with a new contract at Upton Park, ahead of their match with Crystal Palace at the weekend.Steve also talks about Manchester City, another club he captained, ahead of their trip to Liverpool.Elsewhere, former Southampton defender Francis Benali is still backing the Saints to make the Champions League, former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy picks his ‘three to watch’ and Gabz FM in Botswana join us to play ‘Tom Against The World’.last_img

‘He needs one more step’ – Mourinho warns Mkhitaryan despite impressive display

first_img1 Jose Mourinho was pleased with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s performance against Feyenoord on Thursday night – but has warned the playmaker he must show more aggression if he is to make a mark in the Premier League.The Armenian, a £26million summer buy from Borussia Dortmund, made only his second start for United in the Europa League clash at Old Trafford and produced an impressive midfield display as the hosts ran out easy 4-0 winners.Now Mourinho has challenged the 27-year-old – who has not featured in the Premier League since September – to produce the goods on the domestic stage.The United boss said: “He just needs now to try to replicate this kind of performance in the Premier League. The Premier League is different. He needs one more step.“Obviously now confidence levels are higher. This performance gives him the right to believe that he can play the next match again and he needs to replicate this kind of performance in the Premier League, with more physicality, more aggression.“He needs a little bit more of that, but the quality, we know why we bought him. We know that we were buying a player with a high level of technical quality, very intelligent, very bright, the way he reads the game. So good for him, the performance was good.” Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action for Manchester United last_img read more

Hull City boss Marco Silva insists future will be decided at the end of season

first_img Marco Silva has overseen a stunning turn in form 1 Hull boss Marco Silva has made clear his future will not be resolved until the end of the Premier League season.Silva’s stock has soared since he signed a six-month deal when agreeing to take on ‘mission impossible’ at the turn of the year, following the sacking of Mike Phelan.Little was known then about the former Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos coach, but he has lifted the Tigers off the bottom of the table and out of the relegation zone after winning five of his 11 league games in charge.The 39-year-old is hot property all of a sudden, but gave little away when asked if he had spoken with the club’s owners about extending his contract.“At this moment I have a deal with our chairman and it’s clear, we have only one focus – to keep the club in the Premier League,” Silva told a press conference before Saturday’s game at Manchester City.“Me and the players as well, and all the club, this is most important. At the end of the season we will talk, sure.“But at this moment all of us are focusing on our goal.”Silva’s appointment in January was derided by some Hull fans and media pundits, who claimed his lack of Premier League experience gave him little chance of rescuing the club.But following a raft of transfer window signings, the Portuguese has fashioned a revival at the KCOM Stadium.Silva said it would take “a miracle” to keep the Tigers up when he first arrived, but back-to-back wins over West Ham and Middlesbrough have lifted them two points above the drop zone with seven games to play.The Portuguese said he was happy in East Yorkshire and with the progress his side had made, but refused to commit himself to the club beyond this season.“You never know what’s going to happen, not just after two months, but tomorrow, you never know what’s going to happen,” he added.“What I know is that this afternoon I will prepare my players and I have one deal with the club.“I came here with big motivation to work and help our players to improve, to keep us altogether at the club and fight until the end of the season.“All these questions are important, but we have one goal which is more important than the others.“First is the club and what is important to keep the club in the Premier League, and after we will have time to talk about the other situations.”Silva confirmed Harry Maguire will miss the trip to the Etihad Stadium due to a knee injury sustained against Middlesbrough in midweek.Midfielder Tom Huddlestone serves the final game of his three-match ban and right-back Omar Elabdellaoui is still struggling with a back problem.The Tigers’ only league win on the road was at Swansea in August, but they will head to the Etihad full of confidence after winning three of their last four matches.last_img read more

Damning Arsenal verdict! Spurs set for major success, we’re going backwards

first_imgArsenal have a soft mentality, an out-of-date manager and risk trailing behind bitter rivals Tottenham for years to come.That’s the damning verdict from former Gunners star Stewart Robson after Arsene Wenger’s side were beaten 2-0 by their near neighbours at White Hart Lane on Sunday.The defeat ensured Arsenal will finish behind title-chasing Spurs for the first time since 1995 and also left their hopes of a top four finish – and with it Champions League qualification – in tatters.And Robson has told talkSPORT they have major work to do to wrestle back north London supremacy.“At last Spurs look like a side that can challenge year in, year out for the top titles and Arsenal are going the other way,” he said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Spurs are the better team. They have the better manager, they play the better football, they are more organised, they have better players.“I don’t think any Arsenal player apart from Alexis Sanchez would get in that [Tottenham] team. “Spurs are overtaking Arsenal.”Robson has spoken out against Wenger’s leadership of the club throughout the past decade and again reiterated his desire to see the club sack the Frenchman and bring in a new boss this summer.But he believes the 67-year-old, who has yet to confirm whether he will sign a new contract, is likely to ignore the critics and extend his stay.And he has warned, unless there is a complete change in Wenger’s philosophy, then it will be the same story next season.“I wrote an article on 14 April, 2008 saying that I was questioning Wenger’s ability tactically and questioning Wenger’s ability to build a team again and I still would say exactly the same things,” he continued.“My view is they will have to change the manager but they have left it very late. Have they got anyone in mind? I’m not sure they have. I think Arsene Wenger will stay.“He is a very good nutritionist apparently, he is a very good sports scientist, but now he needs help on the coaching field. That is where Arsenal are struggling, both technically and tactically.“The mentality is not quite right at Arsenal. There is a soft mentality and that has come about because the manager has allowed that mentality.“He gives every excuse under the sun as to why Arsenal lose football matches. He doesn’t challenge the players.”last_img read more

Man City vs Chelsea: Live stream, TV channel, kick off time and confirmed XIs

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January no dice Chelsea were beaten 4-0 last time out on the road at Bournemouth, but took their frustration out on bottom-club Huddersfield last weekend, hitting five past the Terriers.The Blues beat City in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge in December and are in need of another big performance as they look to keep their top-four hopes on track. REVEALED deals gameday cracker REVEALED REAL DEAL tense huge blow 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Manchester City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad this afternoon looking to keep the pressure on Premier League title rivals Liverpool.Pep Guardiola’s side have won back-to-back top-flight games while the Reds got back to winning ways on Saturday after draws with Leicester and West Ham. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sergio Aguero and Man City will be looking to see off Chelsea today Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury whoops Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? What time is kick-off?The massive clash is set for Sunday, February 10 and will kick-off at 4pm.When the sides met at the Bridge earlier this season, David Luiz and N’Golo Kante scored in a 2-0 win for Chelsea.Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?You can watch all the drama unfold on Sky Sports Premier League, Main Event and Ultra HD.Coverage begins at 3.15pm, whilst non-Sky subscribers can purchase a NOW TV pass from £7.99 to stream on their mobile, tablet or PC. LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS 2 Man City boss Pep Guardiola and Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri Confirmed line-upsDavid Silva has been dropped to the bench by Guardiola with Fernandinho starting alongside Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne in midfield. Oleksandr Zinchenko has been selected to start at left-back, with John Stones and Aymeric Laporte partners in the centre of defence.Leroy Sane is among the substitutes.The Chelsea team is as expected, with Gonzalo Higuain leading the line. Marcos Alonso starts at left-back with Emerson on the bench, and Ross Barkley has been preferred to Mateo Kovacic alongside Jorginho and N’Golo Kante in midfield.Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Aguero, SterlingSubs: Danilo, Sane, Silva, Mahrez, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, MuricChelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Higuain, HazardSubs: Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Kovacic, Giroud, Willian, Christensen, Emersonlast_img read more