first_imgLONDON (AP):Aston Villa’s 28-year stay in the English top flight ended yesterday with a 1-0 loss at Manchester United, while Newcastle and Sunderland gave themselves hope of escaping the Premier League relegation zone by both winning 3-0.The threat of relegation ended some time ago for Chelsea, but an 11th loss of a feeble title defences was inflicted by Manchester City. Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick secured a 3-0 win that bolstered City’s position in the Champions League places.Relegation to the second-tier League Championship was confirmed for former European champions Villa in a season of turmoil that has seen the bottom-placed club collect only 16 points from 34 games. Marcus Rashford’s goal sealed Villa’s fate, while keeping United in touch with the top four.”It’s never nice to see it confirmed, but it’s been on the cards for a while,” Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott told the BBC. “Now (that) it’s official, it’s a weight off people’s shoulders and we can go into the last four games with a bit of freedom and something to prove … and show the fans we still have a fight in us.”Villa have been in the Premier League since their inaugural season in 1992-93 and had been in the top flight in their previous guise for four years before that. Villa won the top tier in 1981 and followed it up by lifting the European Cup the following season, but were relegated in 1987.Villa, now owned by American businessman Randy Lerner, are likely to find it harder to make an instant return to the top division like they did in 1988.There has never been a worse time to be relegated from the Premier League. New television contracts kick in from next season, worth more than £8.3 billion ($12 billion) over three years. Teams are set to earn at least £100 million per season in TV and prize money.SLIDINGSCALEVilla are in line to receive around £65 million for finishing bottom in a sliding scale that sees the champions earn around £100 million.Newcastle and Sunderland are both scrapping to avoid missing out on the larger windfall from next season.Sunderland moved one point from safety by winning at Norwich and they have a game in hand over the eastern England club, who are immediately outside of the relegation zone in 17th. Fabio Borini put Sunderland ahead from the penalty spot in the first half, while Jermaine Defoe and Duncan Watmore netted after the break.Newcastle are two points behind Sunderland after beating Swansea, and Rafa Benitez’s team also has a game in hand over Norwich. Jamaal Lascelles headed Newcastle ahead at the end of the first half and there were late goals from Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend.Yesterday’s focus at the top of the standings was on the scrap for the fourth Champions League spot.City followed up their midweek victory over Paris Saint-Germain, who secured a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, by completing a hat-trick of Premier League wins for the first time this season.Aguero’s first two goals completed counterattacks launched by Kevin De Bruyne. The third came from an 80th-minute penalty after Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was dismissed for clipping Fernandinho.City provisionally climbed above Arsenal into third place. United are three points behind Arsenal in fifth place and could have to settle for a place in the second-tier Europa League.The focus returns to the title race in the coming days. Today, Leicester host West Ham and third-placed Arsenal take on Crystal Palace. Tottenham, who are seven points behind Leicester in second, are at Stoke tomorrow.Elsewhere yesterday, seventh-placed Southampton remained in contention for Europa League qualification after drawing 1-1 at Everton. Watford climbed to 12th place by winning 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion, thanks to goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes saving two penalties after Ben Watson’s goal.last_img read more

first_img LOST IN NEW MEXICO Guyana’s Revlon Lake will have his hands full tonight as he tries to take out the No. 1-seeded boxer in the Wray and Nephew 2016 Welterweight Contender competition, American DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. The bout, which will be over five rounds, is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on TVJ. In the preliminary round of the competition Lake, who has a 9-13-2 record, eked out a majority decision over Anthony Woods, who fights out of The Bahamas. Corley, whose record is now 44 wins, 27 losses and a draw, scored a unanimous decision over Iwan Azore, who is also from Guyana. Corley is one of the most accomplished boxers in the competition and his record shows him going up against world-renown fighters such as Floyd Mayweather and Zab Judah in the past. Although he lost to those boxers, the fact that he was able to compete with them says much for his capabilities. After defeating Azore here on March 16, he engaged in a World Boxing Council (WBC) Interim Latino Lightweight title bout against Adrian Estrella in New Mexico on April 16 over 12 rounds and lost by majority decision. Two judges voted for Estrella and the other judge saw the outcome as a draw. On his return to Jamaica on Monday night, he declared himself to be “in great condition and ready to go”. If he follows the pattern of his fight against Azore, he will be making himself a difficult target. In that fight, he moved a lot and Azore was not able to build up any concerted attacks. Corley is undoubtedly a smart fighter and knowing that he will be giving away weight – since he is a natural lightweight – he is not going to engage in much action at close range. Lake will therefore have no alternative but to go after his man ,and it will be intriguing to see what could be a chess-type boxing match unfold. Corley has 26 knockout victories to his credit, but against a heavier opponent he will quite likely be aiming to build up points round after round and go for a decision. It promises to be an intriguing battle of wills. The winner tonight not only moves on to be one of the last four boxers in the competition, but will be guaranteed one of the main prizes. The winner will take home the Welterweight Contender 2016 title belt and purse money of $2 million. The other finalist will earn $500,000, while the third-place boxer gets $250,000 and fourth place, $200,000.last_img read more

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Pasaol himself said he was mulling a move to the professional ranks that early and that stand still lasted until the end of the Red Warriors’ season on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Red Warriors lost to National University, 79-71, in their final game and Pasaol said he’s still thinking of submitting his application to the PBA, whose deadline for potential rookies is on Dec. 3.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 Chriss“I’m still thinking about, I still have more than a week to decide,” said Pasaol in Filipino.Pasaol still has a couple more years of collegiate eligibility if he plans to stay with UE but his consistent 20-point, 10-rebound games have seen his stock go up by each passing contest. The eerie aura of the looming PBA Draft has surrounded Alvin Pasaol ever since the middle part of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.University of the East was eliminated from Final Four contention with still several games left to spare in its schedule and the idea of Pasaol signing up for the 2018 Draft immediately sprang up.ADVERTISEMENT “If this really is my last year then I would like to thank everyone because they’ve always expected too highly of me and I always made sure that I would give my hundred percent.” LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Azkals barely escape Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:14Carpio 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 UE head coach Joe Silva said that Pasaol is a sure asset for this year’s draft class.“He’s deserves to be a first-round pick,” said Silva of his star, who put up 20 points, 14 rebounds, and four steals in what could be his final game with the Red Warriors.Although Pasaol tore the UAAP up, his team hasn’t.UE ended the season at 1-13, the worst record among the eight teams, but Pasaol didn’t mind the poor record and instead focused on the years he played wearing the school’s colors.“It’s been a roller coaster experience for me because I never imagined that this would happen to us,” said Pasaol. “I left UE fighting and the heart is still there. We went out fighting, my teammates and I left it all on the court.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgA spate of home invasions on the Corentyne has left some residents living in fear as to when the armed men would strike again. Over the past days, several home were broken into and families terrorised by the armed bandits who demanded cash and jewellery. In addition to the robberies, villagers are receiving death threats after they were able to see the face of at least one of the men who carried out the attacks. One man told Guyana Times that the bandits have been on the rampage in the Villages of Bush Lot, Nurney and Friendship – all on the Corentyne coast.One man died after he was shot in his Bush Lot home after bandits invaded and demanded money. The man died days after the shooting but to date, no arrests were made by the Police.Residents have expressed fear after three masked armed men turned up at their homes. At a popular bar at Bush Lot, bandits broke in and terrorised the family after which they escaped with cash and jewellery.Three weeks ago, three men removed five louver panes from a bedroom window of a house at Friendship. After gaining entry into the house, they held the owner at gunpoint and moved into a bedroom where they demanded the female occupant to hand over the cash and jewellery.The men, who were all masked, reportedly left after they collected $400,000 in cash and a further $200,000 worth in jewellery.Residents at Nurney have also reported that they were attempts to break into homes kin the community within the past two weeks.Last Thursday, a pensioner got up to use the washroom at about 02:00h and reportedly saw a hand coming from the roof of his house.The bandits had ripped open the roof to gain entry to the one flat concrete house. According to the pensioner, he was bound after which the men asked for the money from the rice he recently reaped.The man said he was beaten and a piece of cloth was stuffed into his mouth making it impossible for him to raise an alarm. The bandits took the $4000 he had in his home at the time.After some time, they dragged him onto the street and lifted him over his neighbours fence and told him to call out the neighbour.When the neighbour was called out, one of the men stood by the door but the neighbour who is a rice framer peeped through a window and called the Police.Meanwhile, as the men went to another neighbour who is a cash crop farmer, he was able to injure one of the bandits with a cutlass.The injured man repeatedly ordered his colleague carrying the firearm to shoot the farmer and in complying, he discharged a round in his direction. The Police arrived and heard two other gunshots a short distance away.There are reports that following that incident, the neighbour who was shot was receiving death threats.Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken told Guyana Times that several persons are in custody assisting with investigations into an incident at Friendship on Thursday.Meanwhile, he said in that attack, no firearms were used, only cutlasses. The situation remains tense in the villages on Bush Lot Farm, Bush Lot, Nuney, Friendship and sections of Kildonan.last_img read more

first_imgCriminal charges against Ministers…expresses alarm over info leaks at SOCUThe Transparency Institute of Guyana Incorporated (TIGI) on Monday said that it remained concerned about the nullification of charges by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and perceived witch-hunting by law enforcement agencies.TIGI expressed the belief that a legal challenge could be mounted against the DPP’s discontinuance of the criminal charges which the parliamentary Opposition had filed against several Government Ministers.“TIGI believes that any current or former Government official or employee who mismanaged or misappropriated State resources should be held accountable and where appropriate be made to make amends inclusive of returning what was taken or given away.”According to TIGI, as long as there is merit in the matters identified, alternative motives are of little importance.In April, public misconduct charges were filed against Finance Minister Winston Jordan; Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson; and Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall as the attorney, and Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill as an applicant.They alleged a breach of the Procurement Act in relation to the expenditure of $906 million in public funds to a private company, Homestretch Development Inc, for construction of the controversial D’Urban Park Project, which has, for some time now, been a contentious issue.Jordan and Patterson were jointly charged with misconduct and abuse of public trust for having allegedly authorised the payment, while Dr Roopnaraine, who was a director of the company, was charged with alleged misconduct and the abuse of public trust for having received, in his capacity as director, the $906 million in public funds while serving as Minister.The charges were discontinued, just days after the dismissal of another set of charges against Government Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr George Norton over the sole-sourcing of more than $600 million in drugs and other pharmaceuticals and the rental of a house in Sussex Street to be used as a drug bond at a cost of $12 million monthly.The DPP’s grounds for dismissing the charges had included the failure to file a police report. But Nandlall had affirmed that there was nothing in the law prohibiting the filing of charges without the Police being alerted and according to TIGI, it has also found nothing to justify the DPP’s decision.“There are legitimate questions to be answered in relation to the Sussex Street pharmaceutical bond deal, procurement in the health sector and the D’Urban Park Project. TIGI agrees that the proper procedures must be followed in all legal matters. However, there are unanswered questions about the path taken by the DPP to disallow the charges against current Ministers of Government,” TIGI declared.“We have also been unable to verify that such provisions are made in the law, notwithstanding the powers of the DPP articulated in Section 187 of the Constitution. We, therefore, believe that the decision of the DPP can and should be challenged in court. Such a challenge will clarify the appropriate procedure and serve as a guide for future actions.”Witch-huntingThe group went on to express concern over the perception of witch-hunting hanging over the heads of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) and the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU). This perception has remained prominent especially as, to the public’s knowledge, the Agency has never investigated members of the current Government.The group also pointed to the inappropriateness of the threats SARA executive Eric Phillips had issued against Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in March of last year.“SARA’s mandate is too important for it to be compromised by any single individual,” TIGI indicated. “We are also floored by the fact that SARA was burglarised and wonder at the confidence this inspires in its international partners and in Guyanese.“SARA is in need of a clear and transparent policy on case selection and on the basis for deciding whether to pursue civil or criminal prosecution, and on the circumstances under which it will allow individuals to return assets and avoid prosecution.”When it comes to SOCU, TIGI expressed alarm over the headlines and apparent leaks concerning the arrests of former Government officials. According to the transparency body, SOCU must address these issues or it will continue to be seen as a tool used to embarrass the former Government.last_img read more

first_imgChute Dogging – Derek HadlandGirls Goat Tying – Tommie Sue LittleBoys Goat Tying – Derek HadlandPoles – Hanna PedersonBreakaway – Garret PattonAdvertisement Sunday Junior:Barrels – Tommie Sue LittleBoys Breakaway – Tyrel RobertsGirls Breakaway – Tommie Sue LittleTeam Roping – Garret Patton & Dexter Patton Ribbon Roping – Tyrel Roberts & Hanna PedersonPoles – Kate WhiteChute Dogging – Zach MillikenBoys Goat Tying – Derek HadlandJunior Bulls – Zach MillikenGirls Goat Tying – Fallyn Mills. Saturday Junior: Girls Breakaway – Tommie Sue LittleAdvertisement Sunday Senior:Goats – Rylee TrenholmSaddle Bronc – Chance BurnellTeam Roping – Cole Spiers and K.C. SpiersAdvertisement Barrels – Anna RorisonBulls – K.C. Spiers Girls Breakaway – Kelsey DrinkallSteer Wrestling – Jess Robinsoncenter_img Team Roping – Chance BolinBulls – Ryan Wilson The final fall rodeo event of the year will take place in Chetwynd this weekend, October 5 and 6. Below are the winners from the Dawson Creek event.Saturday Senior:Goats – Rylee Trenholm – Advertisement -Breakaway Roping – Britney SwaffieldTie-down Roping – Jess RobinsonPoles – Britnet SwaffieldAdvertisement Junior Bulls – Dexter Pattonlast_img read more

first_imgAs far as regular season games go it doesn’t get any bigger than it does tonight for the Fort St. John Senior Flyers. Tonight the team will welcome the Spirit River Rangers to the North Peace Arena at 8:30 in a game that has massive implications on the North Peace Hockey League standings.Fort St. John trails both Grande Prairie and Spirit River by one point for top spot in the league. All three teams have two games remaining on their regular season schedule.After tonight’s game the Flyers will close out the regular season on the road against Manning on February 7.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgGranit Xhaka sealed the win for the Gunners in the 60th minute after Alexandre Lacazette set him up.Pep Guardiola’s City reached the Wembley showpiece the previous evening by beating Championship side Bristol City 3-2 in the second leg of their tie and 5-3 over the two legs, staying on course for an unprecedented quadruple.The Belgian screams with delight as he celebrates in front of the distraught Arsenal fans at the Emirates Stadium. Photo/DAILY MAILArsene Wenger was unable to field the cup-tied Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who joined the club from Manchester United earlier this week in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez moving in the other direction while Ross Barkley made his debut for Chelsea as a first-half substitute.The victory is a major boost for Wenger in a week when the club, facing a struggle to qualify for the Champions League, lost Sanchez, arguably their most devastating attacking player.Wenger has an outstanding record in the FA Cup with Arsenal — even though they crashed out of this season’s competition earlier this month — but has never won the League Cup, which he has often used to blood young players.Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, missing Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas, had the better of the first half and had already had a goal ruled out for offside by the time Eden Hazard opened the scoring in the seventh minute after Pedro released him through the middle.Rudiger and Andreas Christensen stand stranded in their own penalty box after watching Arsenal level up the cup tie. Photo/DAILY MAILBut Arsenal levelled just minutes later after a bizarre Antonio Rudiger own goal. Nacho Monreal headed powerfully goalwards from a corner, which then took a double deflection off Marcos Alonso and then Rudiger, leaving Willy Caballero flat-footed in the Chelsea goal.Willian was forced off before half an hour and Conte threw on former Everton player Barkley for his Chelsea debut.A rejuvenated Arsenal started the second period on the front foot and edged in front in the two-legged tie when Granit Xhaka reacted quickly to prod home a deflected Alexandre Lacazette cross with about half an hour to go.Alex Iwobi had a golden chance to seal the win with about a quarter of an hour to go but Caballero made a fine save to keep Chelsea in the tie.It was the fourth time the clubs had met this season, with all four previous matches ending in draws, including 0-0 in the first leg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexandre Lacazette was quick to join his team-mate and goalscorer Xhaka after Arsenal completed the turnaround. Photo/DAILY MAILLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 24 – Arsenal will face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final after coming a goal down to edge out Chelsea 2-1 in the semi-final second leg at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.Eden Hazard sent Chelsea ahead in the seventh minute before Antonio Ruediger gifted Arsenal the equalizer after scoring an own goal in the 12th minute to see both sides head to the break held 1-1.last_img read more

first_img• Photo Gallery: Clinton, Schwarzenegger go to school • Video: Clinton, Schwarzenegger go to school “How many reps have you done already? A thousand?” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in his element Wednesday, urging students to “get pumped up” and stay healthy as he and former President Bill Clinton toured Columbia Middle School on California Avenue. The visit was meant to recognize the school’s award-winning physical education and nutrition programs. Columbia was one of only 26 schools nationwide to receive a bronze award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between Clinton’s philanthropic foundation and the American Heart Association. The former president’s group has teamed with Food Network TV host Rachael Ray, community group KaBOOM! and Nickelodeon on programs to encourage better eating habits, build recreation facilities in urban neighborhoods and get children to exercise more. Clinton said actions at the school level are the first line of defense in the fight against obesity. He also lauded Schwarzenegger’s administration for its efforts to promote healthier attitudes among the state’s students. The governor noted that California is already way ahead of other states with laws banning junk food and soda sales at schools and investing $40million a year to hire more physical-education teachers and equipment. But Schwarzenegger added there is a lot more work to do. “In the last decade, Californians collectively gained 360 million pounds of body weight,” the former Mr. Olympia said. “The average 10-year-old gained 10 pounds in the last 15 years. And one out of three kids and one out of four teenagers are overweight.” Dr. Daniel Jones, president of the American Heart Association, said programs like the one at Columbia will go a long way toward preventing students from having to deal with many of the health problems related to excessive weight, including hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. “I want to particularly applaud the school’s parent advisory group, which has been working with the school’s food services program to make sure the food you have is not only healthy but appropriate culturally and for (students’) dietary needs,” Jones said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We are all here because you are a model for the rest of the nation,” Schwarzenegger, the alliance’s co-chairman, told an auditorium packed with students, faculty and staff. Nearby, students from the school’s elementary and middle school classes jumped rope, played ball and did jumping jacks in the school yard. “You are doing really extraordinary work here to exercise, eat well, stay fit and all of these things,” Schwarzenegger said. Clinton touted the alliance’s mission, noting that over the past 20 years, the number of young people in America who are seriously overweight has tripled. “We have to reduce our caloric intake … and we have to have more calories burned by more exercise,” Clinton said. last_img read more