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first_imgThe team will have a party at the beginning of the weekend and they will join training on Monday with one eye on the Champions League match against Naples and the other on Nyon where UEFA must make a decision, along with the 55 federations that make it up, about the future of the Champions League, Europa Legue and also the Euro Cup.If the suspension of the European competitions is finally confirmed, Barcelona will see its route sheet substantially modified. To begin with, the training schedule would be stopped in its tracks – for at least two weeks – and a detailed work plan would be provided to the players so that they could continue training and thus keep up. It is also expected that within fifteen days, the team will start a preseason of about ten days in the Ciutat Esportiva to finish conditioning the players to the competition again. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 12, 2020 The intention of Barcelona was to close the shutter this Friday after the confirmation of the suspension of the two days of LaLiga and the more than foreseeable postponement of the Champions after the announcement that both Real Madrid and Juventus were entering their forties, to which the veto of the Italian authorities joined Naples to travel to Barcelona. However, UEFA has decided to postpone any final decision until next Tuesday, March 17, so Quique Setién has been forced to keep his planning as if they were going to play the second leg of the last 16 of the Champions League against Naples at Camp NouSo, The training this Friday has only been modified in the hour and in the previous acts. It was planned that the team would exercise at 17 hours, and that the first fifteen minutes would be open, but it has passed at 11 hours and without media coverage.last_img read more

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): Test spinners Veerasammy Permaul and Devendra Bishoo bowled Guyana Jaguars to an emphatic innings and 54-run win over Jamaica Scorpions and to their second Headley-Weekes Trophy in as many seasons here yesterday. Starting the penultimate day well poised for victory with Scorpions on 171 for five in their first innings, Jaguars bowled the visitors out for 231, then bundled them out again for a paltry 134 in their second innings after enforcing the follow-on, to pull off a resounding victory at the National Stadium. Left-arm spinner Permaul claimed five for 36 and leg-spinner Bishoo, three for 43, as they combined to wreck the Scorpions second innings. Andre McCarthy, with 21, was the only player to make it past 20 in a miserable batting effort. Jaguars, who entered the final round seven points ahead of main challengers Barbados Pride, ended the season on 149 points while Pride, who also won by an innings over Leeward Islands Hurricanes in Basseterre, finished on 142 points. The title conquest was a historic one as it marked the first time Guyana had ever won back-to-back four-day titles and captain Leon Johnson said Jaguars were thrilled. “We’re very proud. We’re very happy about it,” Johnson said afterwards. “We put in a lot of hard work, not just this season but last season and it has paid off.” He added: “I think this year we played better than we did last year. We managed to be unbeaten (while) last year we lost a game and drew one so I think we learnt a lot from that and brought it into this year’s competition and you can see the rewards of that.” Jaguars were clinical in the morning session, removing the last five Scorpions wickets for 60 runs to end the innings on the stroke of lunch. Meanwhile, Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican proved his worth with a six-wicket second innings haul as Barbados Pride pulled off an emphatic innings and 93-run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes. Warrican claimed six for 102 to finish as Hurricanes, resuming the day at Warner Park on 18 for one, were dismissed for 224 on the stroke of the scheduled tea interval. He finished with match figures of nine for 135. Captain Orlando Peters top-scored with 60, Jahmar Hamilton got 33 and Jeremiah Louis 26, but Hurricanes failed to recover significantly after plunging to 82 for five just before lunch. AT THE NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE IN COUVA, Trinidad: Windward Islands Volcanoes, set 166 for victory, reached eight without loss against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force yesterday. Scores: RED FORCE 211 (Narsingh Deonarine 91 not out, Imran Khan 39, Kyle Hope 28; Larry Edwards 4-77, Kyle Mayers 3-37) and 243 (Kyle Hope 57, Yannick Ottley 55, Imran Khan 46; Liam Sebastien 5-63, Tyrone Theophile 2-26). VOLCANOES 289 (Devon Smith 127, Tyrone Theophile 75, Kyle Mayers 37; Imran Khan 4-93, Rayad Emrit 3-59, Jon-Russ Jagessar 3-74) and eight without loss.last_img read more

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees He said: “Arum is talking about Lucas Matthysse. Look, we have a fight with Pacquiao coming up within three weeks. He’s looking strong. He’s looking great. Looking forward to it and the fight is in full steam ahead.”Here at home, commercials on the KL championship have started appearing on television over the weekend.Pacquiao himself said there’ll be no stopping the fight.“I’m trying my best with the help of God to make the fight a success. I also pray for my detractors that God may enlighten their minds and soften their hearts,” Pacquiao said.When doubts were raised over the KL championship, Pacquiao made it clear he’s in direct communication with Matthysse and that they were both very excited about their title bout.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town It was reported that MP Promotions has paid Matthysse $500,000 as part of the agreed $2.5 million purse.The money was supposed to be deposited in escrow a month back yet. But boxing people in the know said MP Promotions will have until the weigh-in to deliver the full purse.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ We have a fight.”Legendary Oscar de la Hoya stated that firmly to quash rumors about the world welterweight championship fight between Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur not taking place.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan The championship is slated on July 15 and De La Hoya said he will be in Kuala Lumpur to help Pacquiao promote the event.“I have my plane tickets already, so we’re ready to go,” he told Steve Kim of STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDe La Hoya did not have to go out of his way to affirm the staging of the championship. But Bob Arum fanned rumors about the event being canceled due to some financial hassles and the MP Promotions’ failure to meet money commitment deadlines.De La Hoya, who handles Matthysse, is an identified partner of Pacquiao in the KL promotion. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 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 Pacquiao floors sparmate Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Josh Jackson scored 25 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. 23 and Devin Booker 19 for the Suns. Deandre Ayton added 15 points and 11 boards. Booker left in the fourth quarter with a tight hamstring.The Suns never led but stayed close through the first half before falling behind by 20 in the third quarter.Phoenix cut it to single digits on several occasions in the fourth only to be thwarted by a basket from Harden or Paul. Harden scored 14 in the final quarter.Up by six at halftime, the Rockets opened a big lead in the third quarter. Harden sank a 3-pointer from the corner and Faried dunked a rebound to cap a 13-4 run that put Houston up 84-68. The Rockets boosted the lead to 20 three times in the quarter, the last at 94-74 on Paul’s two free throws with 1:02 left. But the Suns finished the period on a 6-0 spurt as Oubre’s 3-pointer at the buzzer cut the Rockets’ advantage to 94-80 entering the fourth.The run reached 10-0 when Phoenix scored the first four of the final quarter, making it 94-84 on Oubre’s dunk with 10:57 to play.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Harden joined Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Rick Barry as the only players with 20 games of at least 40 points in the first 50 of a season.Harden, who also had eight rebounds and six assists, extended his streak of games with at least 30 points to 27, third-longest in NBA history. The only longer streaks are 65 and 31 games, both by Chamberlain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m just trying to keep going. Nothing can slow me down,” Harden said. “Nothing can stop me. I’m trying to give that same motivation to my teammates and it’s not about scoring, it’s about attacking the game, being aggressive with the game of basketball — defensively, offensively. That’s all I can give to them.”Chris Paul scored 18 and Kenneth Faried had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who were without two starters. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Harden sank a pair of 3s in an 8-0 run and Houston led 101-88 with 7:05 remaining.The Suns kept it close in the first half, despite Harden’s 22 points, five assists and five rebounds.Harden scored inside twice to ignite a 9-2 spurt that put Houston up 50-42 on Paul’s wide-open 3 with 6:03 left in the half. Austin Rivers’ 3 gave Houston its biggest lead of the half, 57-46, with 3:21 left. The Rockets led 63-57 at the break.The Suns tried a new defensive strategy on Harden and, overall results notwithstanding, it worked pretty well some of the time.“James forces teams to do a coverage that you usually don’t do,” Booker said. “It was new for us, first time to do it. … I feel we did pretty well, kept it close, (were) in striking distance most of the game.”KOBE’S TAKEHarden more or less agreed with Kobe Bryant’s comments that the Rockets won’t win a title with Harden dominating the ball so much.Harden doesn’t expect to have to do that when the playoffs come around.“I have to ball-dominate with all of the injuries,” he said. “We have had the injuries throughout the course of the year. Right now he is probably right. This way that we are playing won’t happen in the playoffs, won’t get us where we want to go, but we haven’t had a full roster. Yet I am excited for that to come.”TIP-INS Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) yells after making a three pointer against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game,, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Phoenix. The Rockets won 118-110. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Another 40-point game for James Harden. That makes 20 of them this season.The reigning MVP scored 44 points and the Houston Rockets beat Phoenix 118-110 on Monday night to hand the Suns their season-worst 11th straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img MOST READ Big game for Giannis Antetokounmpo helps NBA-best Bucks beat Nets Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rockets: Through 50 games, Harden has 658 3-point attempts, seventh-most for an entire season in NBA history. … Houston was without Eric Gordon (right knee soreness) and Clint Capela (right thumb injury). … Five former Suns are on the Rockets’ roster: P.J. Tucker, Gerald Green, Marquese Chriss, Brandon Knight and Danuel House Jr. That’s not counting Rivers, waived by the Suns immediately after he and Oubre came over from Washington in a trade for Trevor Ariza.Suns: Phoenix again didn’t have T.J. Warren (right ankle soreness) and De’Anthony Melton (right ankle sprain). … The Suns have lost 10 straight at home to Houston. They last beat the Rockets in Phoenix on April 15, 2013.UP NEXTRockets: Play at Sacramento on Wednesday night.Suns: Play at Utah on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

first_imgConvicted disbanded Anti Terrorist Unit (ATU) Commander Charles MacArthur Taylor Jr., alias ‘Chucky’, has described his conviction and subsequent imprisonment in the United States as “illegal.”“My conviction is an illegal conviction,” Chucky told Mr. Al Jerome Chede, on his popular online diaspora radio program talkshow, “Issues in the Press, Reloaded,” aired on Saturday, May 31.“Chucky,” who is a natural-born American citizen, was the first to be tried under the United States anti torture law.Research by the Independent Eye News (IEN) shows that under U.S anti-torture law, Subsection 2340A reads in part; “If the offender is a United States citizen, who commits torture outside the United States, or attempts to commit torture, he/she shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.”In his litany of allegations against the U.S. Justice Department, and in apparent support of his claims, Chucky, who said he prefers no longer to be called by that name, listed false statements, lack of probable cause to arrest and his trial as an American citizen among justice missteps he hopes to expose.He also cited the alleged violation of his civil and constitutional rights, including what he referenced as his due process rights, illegal certification and the Judge’s lack of sentencing authority.He argued that all of these resulted into what he described as his “illegal conviction.” Additionally, he made what is described by legal experts as the most bizarre statement to the effect that the judge and prosecutors conspired against him.“Chucky” further suggested that his trial was influenced by a foreign power in a domestic situation and that his indictment was motivated by politics and not grounded in law or facts.He, however, refused to name the foreign power to which he alluded, but concluded that he was legally and factually innocent of the allegations made against him.Asked whether or not he ever testified in his own defense, “Chucky” Taylor said he did not, but instead relied on his Public Defender saying, “I relied on the wise counsel of my Public Defender.”He, notwithstanding told his listening audience, “I was innocent of the law at the time” adding, “From what I know now, I would have testified in my ownbehalf” but pointed out, “even if I had testified, it would have been irrelevant in the eyes of the fact finders.”He vowed to call for support and named U.S. Congressman Cori Brown of Florida as someone to whom he has already sent his legal papers.“If given an opportunity, I would have placed all my legal papers on the internet for the world to see,” he stated.He, however, stopped short of saying his that Defense Attorney failed to provide him adequate representation. He neither called for his conviction to be overturned nor that he should be set freed, or be given a retrial.“Chucky” expressed the hope that the United States Congress will launch an investigation into circumstances surrounding his arrest, trial conviction and subsequent sentencing to 97 years of imprisonment.He said he has already filed papers with the office of Attorney General, Eric Holder and the Inspector General written the Inspector General asking for the “rule of law” to prevail. “I will ask for the support of the rule of law,” the young ATU commander said.As founder and head of his father’s Anti-Terrorist Unit based in Gbattala, Bong County, Chucky, as he was notoriously known, was infamous for the most eggregious forms of torture during his father’s tenure as warlord and president of the Republic of Liberia. The ATU was known as the most feared unit of the military, having free reign to deal with dissent as deemed necessary. In one instance, he reportedly tied a man to the back of his vehicle by rope and dragged him on high speed for miles. The man did not survive. Chucky is also said to have conscripted child soldiers, hundreds of whom died on the front lines. It is believed that Chucky was feared even by his father. He was also the founder of the Demon Forces, the unit charged with the president’s personal protection. They were notorious for mattress beatings. As such, it is highly unlikely that he will be set free.Chucky nonetheless, in a distinctive American accent, apologized to anyone whom he “may have” offended or who “perceived” him to have offended them, adding that it was time he reclaimed his name. In a three-word message to his father, he said “Now I understand”.According to TMZ Liberia Magazine, Chucky’s legal name is Charles MacArthur Emmanuel.”Born in 1977 in Boston, Emmanuel lived much of his life in Orlando, Florida, with his mother, Bernice Emmanuel, a college girlfriend of [his father’s, Charles] Taylor. Fearful of Taylor’s attempting to claim custody of Emmanuel, his mother had his name legally changed to Roy Belfast, Jr., the name of her husband. His house, in a neighborhood described as “middle class,” was 9 miles (14 km) away from Universal Studios. In 1994, when he was a teenager, he was involved in an altercation with deputies of Orange County, Florida. Afterward, at the age of 17, Emmanuel moved to Liberia in 1994 to live with his father. During his father’s presidency, Emmanuel became the commander of the infamously violent Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU), commonly known in Liberia as the “Demon Forces.”It is finally noteworthy that Chucky claims to have converted to Islam while in prison. While it is not unusual for convicted criminals to ‘find religion’ while in prison, it may be worth keeping a keen eye on who he associates with in prison. If other prisoners being detained at that level, are also convicted for terroristic crimes, for example, he would fit squarely into their agenda. Of course, as a matter of trust, a top requirement would be that he convert to Islam, in whose name terrorist activities are most often carried out.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAbout 60 individuals from several West African countries, along with experts from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna, United States and ECOWAS are discussing the creation of legislations to protect whistleblowers and witnesses in the fight against corruption.Also at the three-day (Sept. 19-21) seminar being held in Monrovia are experts from the Network of Anti-Corruption Agencies in West Africa (NACIWA), commissioners of police, heads of national anti-corruption institutions, civil-society, among others.Speaking on the theme, “The Protection of Whistleblowers and Witnesses in the Fight against Corruption in West Africa” yesterday,” Justice Minister Frederick Cherue told the gathering on the opening day that corruption poses a serious danger to the legitimacy of any government; therefore, there is a need to establish checkpoints for the creation of mechanisms to arrest its spread.“I believe this workshop is one of those efforts of our leaders in our regional community, ECOWAS, to tackle corruption and minimize, if not eradicate, it,” Cllr. Cherue said, adding that “there are triggers, including the establishment of integrity institutions and placing people with impeccable characters to man them.”Cllr. Cherue told the gathering that the global community is concerned with providing protection for whistleblowers and witnesses in the fight against corruption because corruption information is important, but people are reluctant to provide it for fear of reprisal.“This is why it is necessary to put in place protection mechanism for those who may provide information against corruption,” he stated.Cllr. Cherue said the theme of the workshop indicates that West African leaders are working to find a way to put an end to the madness of corruption and establish policies, regulations and mechanisms to protect those who would inform on perpetrators of corruption.In his welcome address, the executive chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, Cllr. James Nyepan Verdier, said “Our sub-region is plagued with multiple but similar experiences relating to weak or non-existent legislation to programs devoted to protecting citizens who expose acts of corruption and those willing to provide credible testimonies for successful convictions.”The current state of affairs in Liberia, Cllr. Verdier said, “does not promote the fight to minimize corruption but provides a continuous avenue for the pillaging of public funds and perpetuating impunity.”He made references to two situations when the LACC acted swiftly to protect a key witness and a whistleblower whose lives were threatened.Cllr. Verdier said the deliberations aim to raise awareness about policies and systems to protect people who become whistleblowers and witnesses, as well as arriving at practical actions for ECOWAS member states to protect them.Earlier, the head of Good Governance and Democracy at ECOWAS, Mr. Eyesan Okorodudu, said the workshop is twofold: creating awareness and the need to protect whistleblowers and witnesses.Okorodudu said being aware of the challenges facing whistleblowers and witnesses, the ECOWAS Commission has set up two key platforms, NACIWA and ECOWAS Civil-Society Organization Platform on Transparency and Accountability in Governance (ECSOPTAG), to act as vehicles for promoting and upholding the trinity of values of accountability, transparency and integrity in the management of socioeconomic and political affairs of the states.The workshop ends tomorrow, Wednesday with action plans that are tailored to Liberia’s situation to encourage legislation in the fight against corruption and those who take pleasure in it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img… says poor people will sufferOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has warned the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For ChangeOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo(APNU/AFC) Government that Guyana’s economy could soon hit rock bottom – a situation that would affect every citizen – and that a well planned out approach is urgently needed to keep this from happening.He made this pronouncement on Wednesday, even as he called on the Administration to “wake up” and acknowledge the problem so that a remedy could be derived.Jagdeo was at the time addressing journalists at the Party’s head office on Robb Street.According to the former President, with the current state of affairs, Government is failing to address the needs of the people.“Things are going to get worse, because we have a Government that is not acknowledging the problem. And if they don’t acknowledge it, they can’t fix it,” the Opposition Leader said.He said there is no doubt the economy will slide further “if these people do not wake up. They can wake up”, he said, continuing that it is not just supporters of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) that are hurting, “all Guyanese are hurting. People are losing their cars, they cannot pay their monthly installments for their cars and homes etc. It’s not a partisan thing, everybody will be affected,” he stressed.Jagdeo reminded of Government’s promise that the just concluded jubilee celebration would have seen a boom in the economy. However, there has been no indication of this.“My argument is that they can arrest this, they can change this, they can change the narrative around the economy. They can change the policies that would promote investments etc. It is within their hands to send the right signal that would say to everybody that it is time that we spend our money,” the former President posited.Jagdeo said he could not understand the logic behind the recent pronouncement by the Finance Minister that there is now a slowdown in the economy because there has been a slowdown in the flow of “drug money”.“I saw the central bank trying to talk up the economy a little bit, maybe following directions from the Minister. But this Minister is confused. Once he says there must be a slowdown, this must be a PPP propaganda. But what slowdown is he talking about?” Then a week later after he was fed some excuse that it is drug money, that its got to be about drug money. So he’s moving from there’s no slowdown to that there is a slowdown, but with drug money.”He said this assertion has caused the President to say recently that most of the huge buildings under construction have some link to illegal proceeds.“So people come to me and I say to them hold on to your money if you have money, because we don’t know where this is going… I would say to businessmen, do not put up another building in the city, because every time you do that and the President drives by, he will think that it is coming from drug money or illegal proceeds, then [Special Organised Crime Unit] SOCU might visit you,” Jagdeo said.According to Jagdeo, while opposition leaders would be happy that the economy is sliding, it is not the same for his Party, since “we want to make sure that the economy keeps sticking.”Meanwhile, Jagdeo took to task the recent statement made by the Finance Minister that any bailout of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) could affect Government’s ability to pay public servants.“Are they going to pay the public servants, and how much are they going to pay them. That’s the question. Nagamootoo said they had money set aside for over 100 per cent increase in salary for public servants. When those payments will be effected?” he asked.He continued, saying “nobody is fights for the public servants. Many of them thought they had a champion in APNU. The President said some of them are lazy and they cannot expect high salaries. Is this not prejudicial to the negotiation? Is that statement going to be used to give the public servant paltry increases in salary? So when are they going to effect the payout to public servants? he again questioned.“Here is Jordan talking about some bailout of sugar affecting public servants, but he has just exposed the treasury to over 600 million of liability”, the former Head of State said.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – To say game three tonight between the Fort St. John Flyers and Grimshaw Huskies is huge would be an understatement. Down 2-0 in the series the Flyers can either find themselves down three games, or they can get back to within one with two of the next three tilts after tonight being back in Fort St. John.Despite scoring early in game two the Flyers found it a struggle to get much going offensively as both clubs were more committed to defence after a total of 13 goals were scored in the series opener.After tonight’s contest game four will be at the North Peace Arena Saturday night at 8:30.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img“It is good, the club prides itself with the 1987 squad that won the Mandela Cup. That is good. But, what I tell these players every day, make history for yourselves. Let everyone now talk about the 2018 squad and not the 1987 one,” Kerr said speaking to Capital FM’s Saturday Music and Sports show.He added; “We have a chance, we have a good squad to do it and I believe we can make history for this club. We want to take Kenyan football to the African map and I only hope these players see themselves the way I see them. They are brilliant.”Gor Mahia players celebrate one of their four goals against Yanga during a CAF Confederation Cup game at Kasarani on July 18, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaGor Mahia lead Group D with eight points, only sitting ahead of second placed USM Alger on goal difference. A win against Rayon on Sunday will book them a ticket to the quarters and if USM drop points in Tanzania, K’Ogalo will only need a point in their final group match to top.“The most important thing for us is Sunday and ensure qualification. Matters of topping the group can come later but once we have the three points and through, that is what matters to us,” the coach added.he also noted; “I am confident we are going to the Quarter finals and if we do go on and win, we will be at the final. I can assure you.”Kerr says he is hugely impressed with how his side has prepared for the game on Sunday, saying he likes their spirit and desire and hopes they can replicate that on match day.“I watched them in training and honestly I was hugely impressed. The desire, the passion, the work rate… I just stood out there and I was looking at them like.. wow! I just want to translate that on the pitch. We are playing on a good surface so we should be able to get things going,” the coach added.Eye on the ball: Gor Mahia’s Humphrey Ochieng controls the ball during their CAF Confederations Cup match against YangaHe will miss the services of goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch who has failed to recover in time after injuring his shoulder while striker Ephraim Guikan is also ruled out after picking an injury following a collision with the Chemelil Sugar goalkeeper during their league clash last Thursday.Jacques Tuyisenge is also not at 100 pc fitness and might be limited in his playing time, but Kerr says he knows he will have a strong squad.The tactician also has a challenge at left back with Godfrey Walusimbi out working on a move to Soith Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs.Philemon Otieno who has been the team’s patch up star might make an appearance at left back having played there against Bandari and Posta Rangers. Karim Nizigiyimana might earn his first CAF start at right back.The two sides drew 1-1 in the first leg at a rain-soaked Nyamirambo Stadium in Kigali.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shouts instructions from the touchline during their CAF Confederation Cup Group D match against Tanzania’s Yanga at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on July 18, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 19 – Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr wants his players to focus on building their own history in continental football even as he urges them to borrow the inspiration from the 1987 Nelson Mandela Cup winning squad.Gor Mahia play Rwanda’s Rayon Sport in a crucial CAF Confederations Cup Group D tie at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Sunday night, and a win will earn them a ticket to the quarter finals of the Confederations Cup for the first time in their history.last_img read more

first_img“I think everything was worth the last nine pitches he threw,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “There were some things he was experimenting with that you could see were taking him in a direction that wasn’t going to help him. “Once he found his rhythm, the last nine pitches he threw were incredible and I think he’s really found something that hopefully will give him the rhythm he needs and not really worry about mechanics.” Shields, who was in no mood to talk Monday, seemed to feel much better about things a day later. He considers his 10.00 ERA in the second half and his 11.91 ERA over his last 12 outings to be the low point of his career. “I’ve never gone through anything like this in my life baseball-wise,” he said. “It’s definitely been tough and stressful, but I take pride in each day when I come to the park. You forget about the day before.” Pitching coach Mike Butcher stressed it wasn’t like the coaching staff was undertaking an overhaul of Shields’ mechanics. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER A sure sign that Scot Shields’ simulated game Tuesday was not going well came when the right-hander reared back and threw a ball into the right-field stands out of frustration. But a funny thing happened as the ball clanked off some empty green seats. Shields finally got on track and the entire event was deemed a success. “It was just minor, simple things just to try to get him back on track,” Butcher said. “It’s not back to Square 1, but back to where he feels good and confident and knowing that he’s going to execute those pitches.” Shields said he would try to talk the coaching staff into letting him pitch today if needed. Butcher had other plans and the right-hander would only be available in case of an emergency after throwing 40 pitches Tuesday. What point of the game Shields pitches in is the next question. Scioscia already has said Shields will have to work his way back into his setup role. “I’ll get it back,” Shields said. “That’s what it is now and I understand it. Of course I’m going to work hard to get my old role back.” Lineup changes With A’s left-hander Lenny DiNardo on the mound, it caused some significant lineup changes. Gary Matthews was moved out of the leadoff spot and batted out of the seventh spot. Matthews’ .188 batting average, compared to his .282 mark left-handed, was Scioscia’s reasoning there. Orlando Cabrera batted out of the leadoff spot for the first time this season and Howie Kendrick batted second for the first time. He hit in that spot 12 times last season. “Howie has been really swing the bat well,” Scioscia said. “We have to set the table in front of Vlad (Guerrero) so it makes sense to put him up there.” Kendrick hit a third-inning home run. Gwyn is recalled The Angels once again added to the roster by recalling Marc Gwyn from triple-A Salt Lake to join the bullpen. Gwyn made two appearances earlier this season, giving up two earned runs on five hits in four innings. More roster additions are expected once Salt Lake wraps up its season. … Greg Jones, designated for assignment to open a spot for Juan Rivera this week, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Salt Lake. doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more