Women’s World Cup 2019: Late penalty sends Netherlands past Japan

first_imgThe Netherlands booked a place in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup thanks to a harsh late penalty converted by Lieke Martens that earned a 2-1 victory over Japan.Japan knocked the Dutch out at this stage four years ago en route to a final defeat against the United States, but Martens struck twice in Rennes on Tuesday to earn revenge. L I E K E #NEDJPN pic.twitter.com/DX1ULhZ59M— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) June 25, 2019The Netherlands almost opened the scoring in the fifth minute, Aya Sameshima making an excellent block to deny Miedema, but the European champions soon took the lead.Sherida Spitse drilled in a low corner from the left wing and Martens flicked a superb backheeled finish through the legs of Yuika Sugasawa to beat goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita.Japan almost hit back immediately, though, as Sugasawa did brilliantly to get into the Netherlands box but hit the outside of the post with her low shot.They did equalize before the break, Mana Iwabuchi slipping a clever throughball into the path of Hasegawa, who beat the offside trap before finishing well. Emi Nakajima tested Sari Van Veenendaal with a dipping long-range strike after the interval, Hasegawa then drilling narrowly wide as Japan continued to press.Hina Sugita hit the crossbar with a rocket of a drive in the closing stages before Van Veenendaal made a great save to deny substitute Yuka Momiki and seemingly take the game to extra time.But referee Melissa Borjas pointed to the spot to harshly punish Kumagai, with Martens making no mistake from the spot to set up a clash with Italy.KWARTFINALE! #NEDJPN pic.twitter.com/tAHDx9avrm— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) June 25, 2019 The Netherlands led through Martens’ stunning goal in the 17th minute but Japan hit back through Yui Hasegawa and created a string of fine chances in the second half.It was Martens who scored the decisive goal in the last minute, though, converting a penalty given for a handball against Saki Kumagai, who blocked an on-target effort from Vivianne Miedema. Related Newscenter_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Italy defeats China to advance to quarterfinals Women’s World Cup 2019: USA-France ticket prices jump to more than $10Klast_img read more

All set for Afcon semis showdowns

first_img6 February 2013While Bafana Bafana’s challenge for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title is over, support for the tournament remains strong. As they did in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, many South African football fans have shifted their support to one of the four remaining teams.Ghana, one of the pre-tournament favourites, was the team that Africans rallied behind in the World Cup, and they have retained some of that support. Their semi-final opponent, Burkina Faso, is the underdog team with a bite bigger than its bark. The underdog always draws some support, so the Stallions are sure to have a decent following too.The teams meet at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit where a bouncy, uneven pitch will further aid the Burkinabe in their attempt to stop the Black Stars.‘Something to cheer’Mali might have beaten South Africa in the last eight, but many South Africans are behind them because of the problems the country has been experiencing. They want to see the Eagles give their compatriots something to cheer.Mali forward Mahamadou Samassa told the Confederation of African Football’s website: “We are footballers, not politicians. We don’t want to talk about what is happening back home. Of course it is not nice to see what is happening, but I don’t want to talk about it. For us, we are hoping that we can make the people back home very happy. We know that football can unite people and heal many things.”Nigeria? Now there’s an interesting one. Given that the Super Eagles have so often proved the downfall of Bafana Bafana, there might be some local sentiment to oppose them, but there is a strong Nigerian community in Durban, where the semi-final clash takes place.‘We have confidence”Super Eagles’ skipper Joseph Yobo commented on Tuesday: “It has been a long time since Nigeria reached the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations [2000 was the last time]. We have confidence, more especially after our match against Cote d’Ivoire. We hope we can carry that confidence to the game tomorrow. We are going to come out very strong and give everything we have.”Never mind the support of the fans, though, the clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium should be a cracker. Both teams are physically imposing, but they have played at a different pace during Afcon. Nigeria’s tempo has been more upbeat, while Mali has tended to slow things down and control possession. Mali were given a tough game by South Africa in the semi-finals, but showed good composure to work their way into the game after Bafana Bafana had taken control in the early going.Mali coach Patrice Carteron commented: “We (Nigeria and Mali) have some similarities in our style of play, both physically and tactically. Personally, I feel the physical aspect of the teams will play a role during the semi-finals.”Highest ranked teamThe Eagles finished third in 2012 and are chasing their first Afcon title. Their best result came 41 years ago in 1972, but this is as good a a chance as they have had of becoming African champions. At 25th in the Fifa world rankings, they are the highest ranked team remaining in the competition.Nigeria are ranked 52nd, but there is no doubt that the sum of their parts should have them ranked considerably higher. They showed they can match any team on the continent in their 2-1 victory over Cote d’Ivoire in the quarterfinals.Ghana is ranked only one place below Mali, along with Bosnia-Herzogovina, and has the skill to beat any team. The pitch at the Mbombela Stadium will be a great leveller, however, and Burkina Faso has so far played all four of its matches there. On that point, advantage the Stallions, who are ranked only 92nd by Fifa.Burkina Faso have shown they can be dangerous despite a sub-standard surface, and their 4-0 victory over Ethiopia remains the biggest win of the tournament so far.ImpressiveThe Burkinabe have also been one of the most impressive teams down the flanks; they’ve tended to pass the ball earlier than others, allowing their players to run into space and onto the ball, and they’ve done so at pace. Jonathan Pitroipa, who scored their winner in the quarterfinals against Togo, has been a standout performer and should feature strongly against Ghana.The Black Stars go into the semi-finals with the weight of expectations on their shoulders. After narrowly missing out on the semi-finals of the Fifa World Cup in 2010 and finishing fourth in Afcon in 2012, second in 2010 and third in 2008, their supporters are after nothing less than the title.They’re four-time champions, but Ghana has not won the title since 1982, 31 years ago. They’ve proved they’re in good form, with a win over Mali in the group stages, which helped them top Group B, but coach Kwesi Appiah has been consistent in his message about his team throughout the tournament, that they can play a lot better than they have so far.‘A very good side’“We are up against a very good side boasting a strong defence and midfield and with some skill key players,” Appiah told the Confederation of African Football’s website.The Mali versus Nigeria match kicks off at 17:00. Kick-off in the Burkina Faso versus Ghana game is at 20:30.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Vanguardia rues Rice’s 3rd quarter explosion in Phoenix loss to TNT

first_imgAriel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia couldn’t help but watch Glen Rice Jr. put up hotter flames than the Fuel Masters could muster when they lost to TNT, 110-103, Friday in the PBA Governors’ Cup. Rice scored 38 points to lead the KaTropa but eviscerated Phoenix for 20 points alone in the third quarter and that explosion helped TNT take an 86-79 over the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We put multiple defenders on him, and we forced him to drive because we know that he can shoot,” said Vanguardia at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “But today he was on attack mode and we weren’t able to a good job when he attacked.”Rice went 1-of-3 from beyond the arc and just one attempt from mid-range, and the he converted 13 of his 20 shots from inside the paint.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 shutoutAnd if Rice got trapped inside, his next move was to kick out to open teammates for jumpers.Vanguardia said they could’ve held on to their slim lead after the first half, 49-46, if they managed to at least slow Rice and TNT down in the third quarter. Read Next MOST READ Phoenix import Brown: ‘We’re not a well-respected team’ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIEScenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Phoenix did score 30 points in the penultimate period, a highly respectable mark, but the KaTropa put up 40.“TNT scored 40 points on the third and if not for that explosion in the third quarter it would’ve been better for us because we were leading in the half,” said Vanguardia whose team now sits with a 2-6 record, and riding a six-game skid. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

PVL: Ateneo sweeps men’s elims, UST takes third seed

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight #KicksStalker: WWE superstar Finn Balor receives exclusive sneakers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Ateneo remained perfect in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 beating of National UniversitySaturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles advanced to the semifinals with an immaculate 7-0 record while Bulldogs hold the fourth spot with a 3-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Marck Espejo was relentless against NU as he put up a game-high 23 points, four shy of the Bulldogs’ total spiking points.Madzlan Gampong had nine points to lead the Bulldogs.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 shutoutUniversity of Santo Tomas, meanwhile, finished its elimination campaign by stopping College of St. Benilde, 25-14, 25-10, 23-25, 25-20, to get to the third seed.Joshua Umandal wreaked havoc on the Blazers’ defense with 25 points with Jayvee Sumagaysay adding 11 points and Arnold Bautista and Tyrone Carodan putting up 10 points apiece. View commentslast_img read more

Santos, Matias rule Senior Masters in Sletba Open

first_imgThe other top finishers were Alfred Kang of SJCBA with 1755, and Daboy Mendoza of Sletba and Jack Interia of ATBA-Gruppo, both with 1730.The top five finishers received cash prizes.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 shutoutThe finals for Group 2 will be held Saturday afternoon, while the finals for Group 1, or Masters category, rolls off on Sunday.The Masters division is paced by Kevin Cu, seeded since he is the defending champion, Krizziah Tabora of TBAM-Prima and a member of the national pool, Dennis Gallardo of Sletba-GMTBC, and Jason Ko of Sletba./asu Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Olympics: US interested in Winter Games bid BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices PLAY LIST 01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Ed Santos of Pasig Bowling Association bagged the Senior Masters championship of the 21st Sletba Open during the finals held Friday night at the Sta. Lucia Mall Bowling Center in Cainta, Rizal.Santos scored 1,790 pinfalls in the 8-game series to thwart the valiant bid of Samuel Matias, a member of the Philippine paralympic team, who finished with 1759 to place second.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Volleyball star Denden Lazaro declines fan who attempts ‘akbay,’ stands up to ‘suplada’ comments

first_imgPH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort She allows the photo op despite appearing uncomfortable, and simply moves aside when he tries to put his arm around her without asking permission. I’d like to thank everyone who has been sending me love & positivity. I really appreciate the support & understanding 🙏🏼— Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) November 5, 2017 Comments on Facebook have labeled the volleyball star as “suplada” (snobbish) for her behavior. Others have also defended Lazaro, saying that fans should respect public personalities. Lazaro has since addressed the comments on Twitter. “There are certain situations that make a person feel uncomfortable like when random people invade one’s personal space,” she wrote. “To me personal space is something I highly value.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next PVL organizers call Soltones’ PSL ban ‘absurd, uncalled for’ Cocolife teammate Michele Gumabao also came to Lazaro’s defense.Reading tweets about den! One upset fan posts & everybody forgets she smiled for 200 plus people in the meet & greet we just came from! Gosh— Michele I. Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) November 4, 2017She observed, “One upset fan posts and everybody forgets she smiled for 200 plus people in the meet and greet we just came from!” /raRELATED STORIES:SEA Games 7: Things to watch out for with PH women’s volleyball teamBest, brightest make nat’l team MOST READ Volleyball player Denden Lazaro has been tagged as having an “attitude” because she didn’t allow a man to put his arm around her for a picture.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 shutoutIn the video taken in Bacolod, a stranger, censored with an emoji, ambushes Lazaro for a picture.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And to me personal space is something I highly value.— Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) November 5, 2017She apologized to those “offended with my action” and added, “But I don’t apologize for being me.”I apologize if I offended anybody with my action. But i don’t apologize for being me.— Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) November 5, 2017last_img read more

Emotional Sharath keeps his promise to coach

first_imgOlympian Achanta Sharath Kamal came back strongly after a shocking 3-4 singles semi-final loss and the lanky Indian says it was a promise that inspired him to shrugg off the disappointment to claim the men’s doubles table tennis gold for the country in the Commonwealth Games, here today.”Basically, it was a promise I wanted to keep. The promise was between me and team coach Bhawani Mukherjee that we would play the national anthem at the hall today. I am so happy to keep my words,” an emotional Sharath said at the post match press conference.The world number 40 went down fighting to Singaporean Yang Zi in the final-four stage of men’s singles, but then recovered from the shock fast and paired up with former national champion Subhajit Saha to claim the doubles gold, beating Yang and Gao Ning 3-2 in a keenly contested summit clash.”My wife also inspired me before the doubles match. She came and called me ‘champion’ and that boosted my confidence all over again,” said Sharath, who broke down crying on the podium when the hosts’ national anthem was played at the hall.”My chest swelled with pride when the national anthem was being played. The country has given us so much support — the people, coaches, family, federation and the officials. I am happy to give them the honour in return,” said Sharath, who along with Saha, clad in the Tricolour, posed for photograph at the end of the match.”Generally, I am not an emotional person. But today, after listening to the national anthem, I could not hold myself,” he added.advertisementSharath also praised Saha for his support on the run-up to as well as during the summit-clash.”He also supported me very well, he is playing amazingly well after coming from an injury lay-off. Today we had to prove ourselves in the final,” he said.Saha also admitted that they were under some pressure during the final, specially before a packed stand at Yamuna Sports Complex.”We were under pressure. But then, my partner showed the strength and we never spoke about the singles loss,” he said.”Now our target is to do better in Asian Games in China next month. It would be another tough competition there,” Saha added.SAI chief coach for table tennis, Mukherjee said, “We wanted at least one gold and I am happy that they have kept their promise.”India’s foreign coach, Massimo Constantini was quite happy with the overall performance of the Indians.”I have been saying that we can expect anything between three and five medals in the Commonwealth Games. Now we have got four medals and even the fifth can come tomorrow,” the Italian said.”In the Delhi Games, our performance is only second to Singapore. So I think, we should take that,” the coach said.last_img read more

10 months agoSTUNNER! Burdisso targets Mourinho, Cambiasso for Boca Juniors dream team

first_imgSTUNNER! Burdisso targets Mourinho, Cambiasso for Boca Juniors dream teamby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is being linked with a sensational move to Boca Juniors.The deal is being driven by Boca’s new sports director Nicolas Burdisso, who played for Mourinho at Inter Milan.TMW says Burdisso wants to put together the dream team of Mourinho and Esteban Cambiasso, who would act as the Portuguese’s assistant manager. Like Burdisso, Cambiasso also played for Mourinho at Inter.While acknowledging it is a long shot, Burdisso is making a pitch to Mourinho, with contact already established.Guillermo Barros Schelotto left Boca as coach last week after losing the Copa Libertadores final to River Plate. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Freedom Mobile announces iPhone X dates provides update on network rollout

first_imgTORONTO – Freedom Mobile will begin taking orders for the Apple iPhone X and iPhone 8 models starting Friday, with the smartphones in its stores on Dec. 8.While that’s more than a month after Canada’s three national wireless carriers began selling the iPhone X, it will be the first time Freedom Mobile has a full roster of Apple smartphones to offer its customers.The wireless arm of Calgary-based Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) had previously been shut out of the Apple market because of limitations of its network technology.The company said Wednesday that it expects network enhancements to be completed by early December in Western Canada and early 2018 in the rest of Freedom Mobile’s area — primarily Ontario.Analyst Drew McReynolds of RBC Dominion Securities writes that having the iPhone ahead of the holiday period is an “incremental positive” for Shaw and Freedom Mobile and sets the stage for a more competitive market.Freedom’s iPhone X promotional pricing is “more aggressive than what we would have anticipated at this time” but availability and conditions attached to pre-launch pricing, such as high service fees, could “dampen” demand, McReynolds wrote.Formerly called Wind Mobile, Freedom is offering promotional pricing for orders placed by Nov. 30, subject to change or cancellation without notice and with certain conditions.For example, the three newest iPhone models could cost $0 if bundled with activation of a new service and a 24-month service agreement, where available. The cost of the qualifying service agreement varies by phone model.McReynolds said that profit margins for all the carriers could be affected by the cost of acquiring new customers and retaining existing customers but he believes the overall impact for incumbents “should remain manageable”.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Freedom’s announcement was before the three national carriers, rather than after them.last_img read more

Vancouvers empty homes tax prompts audits call to complete forms

first_imgVANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver has launched its empty homes tax audit system meant to ensure residents are complying with the program.The deadline for homeowners to declare if their residence is empty is Feb. 2, but the city says it has already sent out notices requesting that some property owners provide evidence to support their declaration.Mayor Gregor Robertson says in a news release that the tax encourages the best use of all housing in the city and will increase the rental supply for those who live and work in Vancouver.So far, 55 per cent of all property owners have completed their form telling the city if their home is lived in or empty.Property owners who don’t declare by the deadline will have their homes declared vacant, will be fined $250 and will have to pay the tax at a rate of one per cent of the properties assessed taxable value.The mayor said in November that the tax could put as many as 25,000 empty units back on the rental market.last_img read more