THE Georgetown Football Club (GFC) yesterday made an impressive start to their campaign in the Fruta Conquerors U-19 League when they blanked Eastville FC 3-0 in a Group ‘A’ fixture played at the Tucville Community ground.The young ‘Bourda Blues’ side ended the unbeaten run of Eastville thanks to a Joel Humphrey double in the 14th and 71st minutes and one from Kurtez Kellman in the 57th minute. The game, the first of a double-header, was dominated by GFC.The other match was also easy sailing for Buxton United as they led Tavelle’s Academy 3-0 late in the first half at press time.
FRANKIE Dettori landed a 150-1 treble to finish Royal Ascot on a high as the leading rider.It started with Campanelle (9-2) in the Queen Mary Stakes before Alpine Star (9-2) took the Coronation Stakes.The treble was completed with a second Group One win of the day thanks to Palace Pier (4-1) for John Gosden in the St James’s Palace Stakes.It saw the 49-year-old move onto 73 Royal Ascot winners – the same mark as the late Pat Eddery.“To equal Pat Eddery’s record is special,” Dettori said.“I sat next to him for 15 years, he was one of my heroes; his nickname was God so it gives me great satisfaction.”But Dettori was denied in the day’s third Group One when Kevin Stott took the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Hello Youmzain for his biggest career win.It was the first part of a memorable day for Stott who won the following race, the Wokingham Stakes, on Hey Jonesy, trained, like Hello Youmzain by Kevin Ryan.And there was history made as 150-1 outsider Nando Parrado, ridden by Adam Kirby and trained by Clive Cox, became the meeting’s biggest-priced winner in the Coventry Stakes.Dettori’s treble charge kicked off when the inexperienced Campanelle gave American trainer Wesley Ward his fourth win in the Queen Mary, holding off the challenge of Sacred to score by three-quarters of a length.The daughter of Kodiac, who only made her debut at Gulfstream Park at the end of May, turned in a thoroughly professional performance to lift the Group Two dash for two-year-old fillies over five furlongs.Speaking from his Keeneland base, Ward said: “We were narrowly beaten last year and we’ve had some near misses this year, so we needed that.“The owners are big supporters of mine, they obviously had Lady Aurelia with me, and with Frankie, who rode such a brilliant race – it’s great.“My assistant has done a great job, I’ve such a great team, and words can’t describe how I feel right now – it means more given this is not a normal year.“I had such high expectations for this filly and she came through. To win the biggest race of its kind shows how good she is.”Trained by Jessica Harrington, Alpine Star’s four-and-a half-length win in the Coronation Stakes gave Dettori a complete set of Ascot Group One wins – 30 years after his first Royal meeting winner.“Now I can say I have really conquered Ascot completely now,” he said afterwards. “It’s a big tick in one of my boxes. I’m delighted for all people concerned.”(BBC Sport)
President C. L. Max Nikias was one of four recipients of the Academic Leadership Award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York on Thursday for his vision and commitment to the University and excellence in administration.Founded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1911, the Carnegie Corporation of New York pursues issues that Carnegie believed had great importance — primarily education.“This award recognizes some exemplary leaders of those institutions, who embody the best qualities of leadership — not merely managerial skills, but institutional vision and an abiding commitment to high quality, diversity, curricular innovation and investment in their communities,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, in a press release. “I am extremely proud to count this year’s recipients among the 20 college and university presidents the corporation has honored with the Academic Leadership Award over the past 10 years.”This award is given every two years. Along with the award, the Carnegie Corporation of New York will provide $500,000 toward Nikias’s academic advances. These advances include his fundraising of $300 million last year for merit-based financial aid and construction projects, namely the Village at USC, investing in biomedical research and renowned faculty and expanding USC’s international outreach.“I am deeply humbled to receive this prestigious recognition, which I accept on behalf of our entire university community,” said Nikias in a statement to USC News. “I take great pride in all that the Trojan Family has achieved together, be it through widening access for deserving students, recruiting transformative faculty or engaging with the communities that surround our two campuses.”Nikias has been with USC since 1991, when he started as a professor of electrical engineering and classics and eventually moved up to dean, provost and, now, president.Nikias says he already plans to fund the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative and the Global and Discovery Scholars program. NAI is a college preparation program for underprivileged high school and lower-grade school students, who, if they complete the program and decide to attend USC, receive 4.5-years worth of financial aid. Students meet from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. for specialized classes taught by their schools’ teachers. USC NAI works with students and families to make sure that they end up receiving a degree.“This award reminds us that our work can make a lasting difference, and inspires us to remain focused on the responsibilities of a global research university,” Nikias said.Ronald J. Daniels of Johns Hopkins University, Patricia A. McGuire of Trinity Washington University and Diana Natalicio of the University of Texas at El Paso also won the award.
Manager Michael Ryan has told Tipp FM Sport that although some members of his panel have picked up knocks in club games they haven’t been serious enough to make them doubts for the Galway clash.The Premier County will take on the Connacht side at this stage of the competion for the second successive year.The Tipp boss says he’s got an injury-free squad to work with at the moment.
Graeme McDowell finished in a tie for fourth at the British Masters.He carded a final round to end the weekend 13 under par.Sweden’s Alex Noren won the tournament, he finished 18 under par and two shots ahead of Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger Shane Lowry finished 5 under par and Paul McGinley 2-under par.
Here’s everything to know about betting on Packers vs. 49ers in the NFL playoffs, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for the NFC championship game.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderPackers vs. 49ers odds for NFC championship gameSpread: 49ers by 7.5Point total: 46Odds: Packers -110, 49ers -110The 49ers have been more than touchdown favorites since the initial lines were set. Although the Packers played well last week, the 49ers played better and rolled in the first meeting. The point total has been trending slightly downward all week.Packers vs. 49ers all-time seriesThe Packers lead the series 36-31-2. But the 49ers have won four of the past six games in the rivalry going back to 2012. That includes two playoff games, 23-20 at Lambeau Field in 2014 and 45-31 in San Francisco in 2013. Before the Week 12 meeting, the Packers won in 2018, 33-30 at home.Three trends to know— The Packers and 49ers have both covered in 10 of their 17 games. 52 percent of spread bettors like the 49ers. 67 percent of moneyline bettors like the Packers straight up.— The Packers saw only 7 of their games go over the point total. The 49ers had only 8 games go over. 59 percent of bettors like the total to go over here.— The Packers are 2-3 against the spread in the past five games, including failing to cover in the past two games, both wins. The 49ers have covered in five of their past seven games, including in two consecutive wins.Three things to watchMatt LaFleur vs. Kyle ShanahanLaFleur and Shanahan got to the Super Bowl together after the 2016 season with the Falcons, when Shanahan was offensive coordinator and LaFleur was quarterbacks coach. They both won their first career playoff games as head coaches last week. Matt’s brother, Mike LaFleur, serves as the passing game coordinator for Shanahan with the 49ers. The teams’ schemes have some similarities, ones that defensive coordinators Mike Pettine and Robert Saleh will try to exploit.Davante Adams vs. the 49ers’ secondaryAdams, Aaron Rodgers’ dominant go-to wide receiver, had a monster game against the Seahawks, catching 8 passes for 160 yards and two TDs. The 49ers’ secondary is better and deeper, led by Richard Sherman, who is a shutdown corner still but doesn’t travel. But cornerback Emmanuel Mosley played very well last week after Ahkello Witherspoon was burned for a long TD by the Vikings’ Stefon Diggs. The Packers did a great job to scheme Adams open with different wrinkles, including three tight-end sets with him and mixing up routes from the line.George Kittle vs. the Packers’ everyoneThe 49ers’ tight end smashed the Packers in the first meeting, catching 6 passes for 129 yards, including a 61-yard backbreaking TD. The Packers have struggled to cover the position for much of the season, and between their linebackers and safeties, have several defenders who can wilt trying to stop him. Kittle was quiet against the Vikings with 3 catches for 16 yards and should be itching to explode in a much better matchup. Stat that matters49ers running back Tevin Coleman averaged 67.3 yards per scrimmage in home games during the regular season. totaling 471 yards and 6 TDs in 7 games. Coleman ran 22 times for 105 yards and 2 TDs against the Vikings last week. The Packers gave up just shy of 150 yards per game from scrimmage to backs during the regular season. Coleman and Rahseem Mostert should be fed often again in the running game, with a good chance that both will be more involved the passing game. That duo combined for 116 scrimmage yards and 2 TDs in the first meeting.Packers vs. 49ers predictionThe Packers will find some more offensive answers in relation to the Week 12 game as Rodgers will use Adams and others to have a more effective passing game. But the problem is, that production will come more when Green Bay is trailing big in the second half. That’s because the 49ers’ defense is improved overall and the Packers’ defense is facing an even more dynamic, balanced and explosive 49ers’ offense. Jimmy Garoppolo, Kittle, Coleman and Mostert will get plenty of help to rack up yardage and points, creating a hole from which Rodgers can’t dig out the Packers.49ers 42, Packers 24 When the Packers travel to face the 49ers in Sunday’s NFC championship game (6:40 p.m. ET, Fox), a trip to Super Bowl 54 in Miami will be on the line. Green Bay defeated one NFC West team, Seattle, in the divisional playoffs and needs to knock off one more, No. 1 seed San Francisco, as the No. 2 seed.When the teams met in Week 12 in Levi’s Stadium, the 49ers dominated the Nov. 24 Sunday night matchup, leading 23-0 at halftime on the way to a 37-8 rout. The Packers held off the Seahawks 28-23 in the divisional round. The 49ers smashed the Vikings 27-10 last Saturday in the same round.
Finally this Sunday there will be no ‘white smoker’ about the future of Xavi Hernández. The Catalan coach has decided to postpone in a few hours his final decision on whether to leave the Qatari club and sign for Barcelona, or instead wait until the end of the season and take the reins of the team for the next course. Although all the information pointed out that it would be this Sunday when Xavi said yes or no to Barcelona, the truth is that The answer will have to wait a few hours or a few more days. And Xavi is not going to take this great step in his professional career without having several closed folders. First the situation that leaves your current team, which is played on Friday January 17 the final of Cup after eliminating Saturday at Al rayyan (4-1), and second his arrival in Barcelona where he does not want to be labeled as the executioner of Ernesto Valverde. In a press conference after the game he has already advanced his “maximum respect” by the current occupant of the Barcelona bench.Who seems to be in a hurry to close the agreement with Xavi is FC Barcelona, which has been broadcasting to its related media the negotiations as if it were a football match. It is clear that the aim of the emissaries of the club would be to arrive in Barcelona with the signed contract of Xavi under the arm on Monday before the board of directors, but today it does not seem very feasible. At least they will have to wait a few more hours to know Xavi’s final decision. In any case, events have been precipitating in such a way that every minute that passes It seems more difficult for Xavi to say no to the offer to immediately join Blaugrana discipline. On Saturday he met two more hours with the Blaugrana delegation, headed by the director general, Oscar Grau, and the technical secretary, Eric Abidal, to finish defining future plans. It was the second meeting held with the emissaries Blaugrana in two days. A meeting considered fruitful by both parties, but in no case definitive.It should be noted that in this last summit nothing was formalized in particular, much less there was no drafting of contracts, as some media speculated. At the meeting, where Xavi’s brother Oscar, a member of the Al Sadd coaching staff, was also deepening on the possible arrival of the mythical player on the bench, but still with many fronts open in the negotiation.
The Arsenal announced early Wednesday that “several players and members of the coaching staff” of the club will be quarantined the next 14 for having had contact with the owner of the Olympiacos, Evangelos Marinakis, which was diagnosed with coronavirus. With that, this Wednesday’s game between Arsenal and Manchester City It is canceled and it is still unknown what will happen with the next Arsenal matches. The gunners would face the Brighton in the Premier League Saturday and Sheffield United in the FA Cup on the 22nd. The London club explained in an official statement that none of its players or workers have symptoms of the disease, but by the guidelines of the government, they will have to be inmates in their residences 14 days from the contact with Marinakis, which was last February 27, when Arsenal was eliminated from the Europa League For the Greek club. Therefore, this Friday they can return to normal and their game this weekend is not in danger,
That play was the punctuation mark on an already frantic fourth quarter after Adamson coach Franz Pumaren was slapped a technical foul with 4:41 left in the game.“We can’t do anything about that call because it was already given, there’s no point arguing,” said Pumaren. “I just had to concentrate down the stretch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Pumaren’s technical foul was due to “improper bench decorum” after what he deemed were questionable calls against his players.Jerrick Ahanmisi, given the green light for an isolation play, took full advantage and drove to the basket for the layup that put Adamson ahead with 1:09 left, 70-68. 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo’s Matt Nieto slices the defense of Adamson’s Papi Sarr and Jerrick Ahanmisi. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonAdamson took down defending champion Ateneo, 74-70, on Sunday to cap off the opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.Papi Sarr put up the biggest shot of the game after he cleaned up Sean Manganti’s miss and connected on a layup for a 72-70 Falcons lead in the final 39.4 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Adamson’s lead, however, lasted for just eight seconds after Thirdy Ravena followed up Isaac Go’s missed triple with a putback dunk, tying the game at 70-all with 1:01 remaining.Ahanmisi fired a game-high 23 points for the Falcons.Matt Nieto led Ateneo with 21 points.In the first game, Arvin Tolentino made up for a lethargic first half to carry Far Eastern U past La Salle, 68-61.The 6-foot-4 Tolentino came alive in the next two quarters with 13 points. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Bolts to represent PH in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments
NEW YORK – The nation’s retailers, once hopeful for a strong spring selling season, are being forced to ratchet down their expectations after sales stalled amid the chill of February. Frigid weather stifled consumer demand for lightweight spring apparel. And some industry experts doubt that this season’s fashions – styles such as mini dresses in bright geometric patterns and baby doll dresses – will have broad appeal. Meanwhile, there’s concern that consumers will finally turn frugal because of the housing market’s continuing slump, and that last week’s stock market tumble might also cause shoppers to be more conservative. And there’s the lingering specter of higher gasoline prices. “People don’t necessarily feel less wealthy because the market falls all of the sudden or their housing value is lower,” but if those factors “persist over the next six months, it may affect long-term behavior,” according to Frank Badillo, vice president and senior retail economist at Retail Forward, a retail consulting company. Retailers are scheduled to report February same-store sales, or sales from stores open at least a year, today, but several retailers, including Limited Brands Inc., J.C. Penney Co. and Talbots Inc., have already warned of disappointing results. Same-store sales are considered the best measure of a retailer’s strength. Besides dealing with broad economic issues, merchants were grappling with one of the coldest Februarys on record. Limited said inclement weather affected sales for Valentine’s Day at its Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works chains. “The month has been disappointing, ” said Richard Jaffe, a retail analyst at Stiffel Nicolaus. The cold weather wiped out demand for spring clothes, and, because retailers had done a good job clearing out winter merchandise during a strong January sales period, there was little for shoppers to buy. “It’s cold, and Lord knows I don’t want to be schlepping around to stores,” said Jenny Fishman of New York, who has bought only some shoes over the past few weeks. “I can’t even fathom wearing spring clothes.” “We’re seeing February being soft,” Penney Chairman and Chief Executive Myron E. Ullman III said late last month. But he remained hopeful that sales would rebound with new spring fashions, and the company still has a bullish outlook for the next 12 months. The International Council of Shopping Centers is still sticking with its modest same-store sales-growth forecast of 2.5 percent to 3 percent, but Michael P. Niemira, ICSC’s chief economist and director of research, said winter weather slowed consumer demand at the end of February. While February is one of the least important months of a retailer’s calendar, merchants do hope to get some idea of which spring fashion trends are resonating with shoppers. John Morris, a retail analyst at Wachovia Securities, said other apparel retailers expected to post disappointing February sales include Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Aeropostale Inc., The Children’s Place Retail Stores Inc., and AnnTaylor Stores Co. Morris noted in a report that he expects Gap, whose continued troubles resulted in the departure of its CEO in January, to post a 5 percent same-store sales decline. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has been retooling its merchandising strategy, expects a modest same-store sales gain of 1 percent to 2 percent for February. Meanwhile, rival Target expects same-store sales to rise a robust 4 percent to 6 percent for the month. The big winners are expected to include department stores, particularly high-end stores like Nordstrom Inc., whose customers buy their clothing ahead of the season. Saks Inc., which operates upscale Saks Fifth Avenue, said Wednesday that it had a robust 24.7 percent gain in February same-store sales.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!