Claregalway Hotel Ladies Football Championship Fixtures

first_imgSenior Caltra v Annaghdown Friday 25th at  7pm Ref John TreacyCorofin v Kilkerrin Clonberne Sunday 27th  5.30pm. Ref Maura ConneelyIntermediateMoycullen vs. Barna Friday 25th at 7pm Referee Frank KinneenJunior ATuam Cortoon v Naomh Anna Leitir Mor  Fri  25th at 7pm. Referee Tom BrowneCaherlistrane v St Mary’s Fri 25th at 7.45 Referee David BreslinJunior BMonivea/Abbey v Claregalway B Friday 25th at 7pm. Referee John MartinKilkerrin Clonberne B v St Furseys  Thursday 24th at 8pm David BreslinJunior CBallinasloe vs. Carna Caiseal Sunday 27th at 3.30pm Referee TBCNaomh Mhuire vs. An Ceathru Rua Friday 25th at 7.30pm Referee John Donovan print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Track And Field: Week Seven Recap

first_imgSenior Lexus Williams also climbed the top-performer chart today in the 55m hurdles after recording the program’s No. 6 time of 8.07. Her previous best of 8.11 was recorded on Valentine’s Day of 2014 here in Lubbock. ACU head coach Keith Barnier visited Graham in Colorado immediately after the close of the Southland Championships on Wednesday. Four track and field programs continued their indoor seasons this past weekend, preparing for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in March. Abilene Christian traveled to Lubbock, Texas, Friday to compete in the Texas Tech Open while Stephen F. Austin had six student-athletes take part in the Arkansas Open in Fayetteville Saturday. Nicholls and Northwestern State each traveled to Baton Rouge for the LSU Twilight meet Friday. Callie Scull took seventh in the 800-meter, crossing in 2:22.68, only three seconds away from a personal best. Hannah Naquin finished just behind Scull, running a personal best 2:29.52 to take 10th. – Return to top – “Drew wishes us all the best as he would love to be her coaching and contributing. We love him too and are extremely grateful for his talents and expertise as a coach.” “We dedicated our efforts to Drew today,” he said, “and it’s fitting his student-athletes ran well in his honor. Reid Rivers had a huge day with a second-place finish in the 1K, and the girls (Diana Garcia-Munoz, Jessica James and Isabella Gutierrez) went 2-3-4 in the 800m. In the shot put, Bessard was third (45-5 ¼) and Jackson, the Southland Indoors champion, forth at 42-9 ½. Abilene Christian at Red Raider OpenLUBBOCK, Texas – Three days removed from a stirring performance at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships, Abilene Christian was back on the track Friday afternoon competing for a second time this winter at Texas Tech for the Red Raider Open. Abilene Christian at Red Raider OpenNicholls at LSU TwilightNorthwestern State at LSU TwilightStephen F. Austin at Arkansas Open Northwestern State at LSU TwilightBATON ROUGE, La. – Northwestern State junior Aaron Williams probably punched his ticket to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday evening at the LSU Twilight meet with a winning 52-4 ½ triple jump that ranks 10th nationally. Payne still holds five of the top six jumps in NCAA history, including an NCAA record mark of 15-7 (4.75m). She will now begin preparation for the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Boston, Massachusetts from Feb. 27 – March 1. Demi Payne got second in the women’s pole vault with a jump of 14-8.75 (4.49m). Arkansas’ Sandi Morris cleared the same height with fewer misses to claim the tiebreaker late on Saturday afternoon. Tessni Carruthers stole the show, finishing first in the mile with a time of 5:05.73. In a dominant performance, Carruthers finished 26.08 seconds ahead of the next-closest competitor in the event. The national meet is March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark. Last year, Williams’ twin brother Emmanuel won All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque after sweeping the Southland horizontal jump titles. He will compete outdoors this season after being redshirted indoors. – Return to top – Senior Cass Brown-Stewart, the 2015 SLC Champion in the 400-meter dash, went under 47 seconds for the second straight meet en route to a runner-up finish in the event. He was clocked at 46.98 seconds behind Arkansas’ Marqueze Washington. Brown-Stewart’s 46.49 second mark set on Tuesday at the conference meet still stands as the 14th fastest time in the nation this season. Nicholls at LSU TwilightBATON ROUGE, La. – The Nicholls State University women’s track and field team posted three top-ten performances, a personal best and a first-place finish at the LSU Twilight on Friday in Baton Rouge. Williams, from Duson and Acadiana High School, swept the long and triple jump championships Monday and Tuesday at the Southland Indoors. He focused on the triple Friday, although his long jump ranking (29th) was slightly higher. On the men’s side, Rivers, sprinter Johnathan Farquharson and freshman pole vaulter shared highest finish honors as each placed second in their respective event. Rivers ran a PR of 2:32.09 in the 1K. Farquharson – a consistent top placer – clocked a 6.34 in the 55m dash and Dement reached a height of 15 feet-09.75 inches (4.82 meters). The Wildcats are off from active competition for close to a month. They begin outdoor season the weekend of March 20 at the TCU Invitational. The NSU outdoor season will begin March 14 at McNeese. Sophomore Kenzie Walker placed third in the women’s pole vault at 12-00.50 (3.67m), while junior Jelani Rainey tossed the weight 57-05.75 (17.52m) to finish third as well. Stephen F. Austin at Arkansas OpenFAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Stephen F. Austin track and field teams were represented with a top-three performance in all four events entered on Saturday afternoon at the Arkansas Open on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Pole-vaulting teammate Cameron Meyer also took second on Saturday with a vault of 17-0.75 (5.20m). Andrew Irwin of Arkansas was the only athlete to jump higher. Meyer currently holds the 21st highest jump in the NCAA this year at 17-6.50 (5.35m). The one-day, no frills meet featured no trophies, media or medal stands, but the importance of the individual performances at the Athletic Training could not be understated as the Wildcats dedicated each of their efforts to assistant coach Drew Graham, who continues to recover from an accident that left him partially paralyzed. – Return to top – With one more series of last-chance meets and conference championships remaining across the country, but NSU wrapping up its regular season schedule after the Southland Indoor Championships earlier this week, Williams had a personal best, indoors or outdoors. “I will be shocked if he’s not heading to nationals. (Assistant coach) Wes Miller looked it up, and that mark got to the national meet each of the last five years,” said NSU head coach Mike Heimerman. “He had a really impressive series, just looked great. Now we just wait to see if he stays in the top 16, and we believe he will.” Rounding out SFA’s entries was the men’s 4×400 meter relay team of Brown-Stewart, Joshua Taylor, My’Lik Kerley and Kerry Gleason. The quartet came in third behind the units from TCU and Texas Tech. The Lumberjacks finished in 3:13.55 seconds. – Return to top – The Colonels’ 2015 outdoor track and field schedule has not been announced. “Shelly (Bessard) had two monster throws but fouled in the weight throw. Keona was just out of gas today. It was a very long shot for either of them to do well enough to get to nationals, but we wanted to give them the opportunity after each of them had great indoor seasons,” said Heimerman. His first attempt was a foul, his second was an at-the-time first-place 51-1 ¾ and he hit the big jump on his third jump. Two Lady Demon competitors didn’t improve their season bests Friday at LSU. Rechelle Bessard was second in the weight throw at 62-2 ¼ while Keona Jackson was fifth at 56-7 ¼. The leap raised his national ranking from 33rd to 10th. The top 16 marks will head to the NCAA Championships next month. Graham’s distance runners posted 13 personal records today, the most notable of which was Diana Garcia-Munoz’ runner-up 800m time of 2:14.27. Her mark ranked her as the No. 10 all-time performer in this event in ACU history.last_img read more

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FIFA Presidential candidate Chung Mong-joon “facing suspension”

first_imgBy Jee Heun KahngSouth Korea’s Chung Mong-joon has said he is facing a 15-year suspension by FIFA’s Ethics Committee that has “sabotaged” his campaign for the FIFA Presidency, but he denied any wrongdoing and vowed to continue his bid to lead soccer’s world governing body.Speaking at a news conference in Seoul on Tuesday, Chung read out a nine-page statement, addressing the charges against him, which he dismissed as a ploy “to prevent me from running for the President of FIFA.”“The fundamental reason why I am being targeted is that I aimed straight at the existing power structure of FIFA,” Chung said.Bound by confidentiality rules, FIFA’s Ethics Committee has not made any statements on Chung’s case and there was no immediate response to his comments on Tuesday.Chung said he was being charged with violating six articles from FIFA’s Code of Ethics, which he said stemmed from his “support” for South Korea’s 2022 World Cup bid and his proposal to launch a Global Football Fund (GFF).“Ethics committee is not charging me with criminal offense, and it is not charging me with ‘bribery,’ ‘corruption’ or ‘conflict of interest,’ he said.“All that the ethics committee is relying on is that I have not fully ‘cooperated’ or ‘collaborated’ with the investigation and that I had violated ‘confidentiality’ requirements.”Chung said his proposals for the establishment of a GFF were in line with FIFA’s rules at the time and had already been investigated and cleared.He provided copies of two letters, dated 10 Nov. 2010 and signed by former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, stating that FIFA agreed the integrity of the bidding process had not been affected so the matter was deemed closed.“Yet the Ethics Committee has now asked for 15 years of sanction for this,” Chung said.“With the campaign season starting, even issues that had been closed many years ago, have a way of being revived.”VINDICATIONThe scion of Korea’s Hyundai industrial conglomerate, Chung vowed to fight the charges, adding “ultimately, I will prevail and will be vindicated.”In November, Chung was named in FIFA’s Ethics report into the bidding process for the World Cups in 2018 and 2022, in which South Korea made a bid to host.The report followed an investigation led by U.S. lawyer Michael Garcia and looked into letters that Chung sent, in late 2010, to FIFA executive committee members about a proposal to establish a GFF for soccer development.“According to those letters, Korea intended to raise US$777 million from 2011 to build new football infrastructure and renovate existing facilities,” said the report, which added that the fund was linked to South Korea’s 2022 bid.“There was nothing unusual about GFF. The GFF was perfectly in line with the football development projects that FIFA asked every bidding country to propose as part of their bid requirement,” Chung said.“No money or personal favours were exchanged in relation to GFF and no such charges were made against me.”Chung, a 63-year-old billionaire who previously served as a FIFA vice-president, formally announced in August that he was running for the FIFA presidency.The incumbent, Sepp Blatter, is to stand down in February.Blatter has run FIFA for the past 17 years and recently become the focus of a criminal investigation but has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged.Chung has been heavily critical of Blatter, saying from the outset that he feared his own presidential campaign would be undermined, describing the Ethics Committee as Blatter’s “hitman”.“The true danger is that they are not only sabotaging my candidacy. They are sabotaging FIFA’s election and FIFA itself,” Chung said.“As preposterous as it may sound, there are media reports that Mr. Blatter plans to stay on as President once all the presidential candidates are forced out.“However, the election is in danger of being turned into a farce.”ONGOING INVESTIGATIONSFIFA’s awarding of the 2018 and 2022 competitions to Russia and Qatar is just one of the strands under scrutiny from U.S. and Swiss authorities investigating corruption in the organisation that run’s the world’s most popular sport.Scandals surrounding global soccer exploded in May, when 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives were indicted on U.S. charges of racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud in relation to bribery schemes that dated back decades.Last month, Blatter’s right hand man Valcke was suspended following accusations regarding ticket sales at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Valcke denies any wrongdoing.A week later, Swiss prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into Blatter on suspicion of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds.Some of soccer’s major sponsors have since issued calls for the immediate resignation of Blatter but the 79-year-old has responded by saying he would not quit.“In June, the European Parliament urged Blatter to resign. Recently, it was joined by the British government and some of FIFA’s sponsors. I appreciate their efforts,” Chung said.“But they are friends of football, not the constituents of FIFA. The constituents of FIFA are the national associations.“Therefore, it is not right for national association to remain bystanders. FIFA is much sicker than it looks.”last_img read more

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Man City’s Demichelis accepts FA betting charge

first_imgManchester City centre back Martin Demichelis has accepted a Football Association charge that he broke betting rules, British media reported.The 35-year-old was accused last month of committing 12 breaches of FA rules governing betting on football matches between Jan. 22-28.There is no suggestion that the charge is linked to any games that Demichelis played for City or any match he could have had an influence over.The Argentina international is in France for his team’s Champions League quarter-final, first-leg clash with Paris St Germain on Wednesday.He had until 1600 GMT on April 5 to respond to the charge and now faces potential sanctions, ranging from a fine to a ban from the FA.Rules introduced last season prohibit players and coaches from betting on any football activity.last_img read more

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Bolt arrives in Rio for shot at immortality

first_imgJamaica’s Usain Bolt has landed in Rio de Janeiro more than a week before the Olympics opening ceremony to fine tune his preparations for his attempt at an unprecedented triple-triple of gold medals in the men’s sprints.The wold record holder, who required a medical exemption after he pulled out of the Jamaican trials with a hamstring strain, proved his fitness last Friday by running 19.89 seconds to win the 200 metres at the London Diamond League meeting.He will join the Jamaican pre-Olympic camp as he seeks to become the first man to win gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay at three successive Games.Bolt had been training and receiving medical treatment in Munich after he pulled out of the Jamaican trials with the hamstring injury.The lanky sprinter is among 59 track and field athletes in Jamaica’s 63-member delegation.The Caribbean nation will also be represented in diving, swimming and artistic gymnastics.last_img read more

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Gorayeb eyes Lady Stags’ improvement more than sweep

first_imgSan Sebastian is three games away from sweeping its way to the NCAA Season 92 women’s volleyball finals, but coach Roger Gorayeb is far more concerned on getting his team improve in time for the playoff phase.“Yes we want to sweep, who wouldn’t want that,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “But I want my team to improve on many aspects like defense and not relying too much on one player but play more as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town The Lady Stags have emerged the only unbeaten team after winning their first six outings and could advance straight to the best-of-three championship round if they could hurdle their last three assignments.San Sebastian’s last three games though will be against Final Four conteders Perpetual Help (3-2) on Jan. 13, Lyceum (4-1) on Jan. 23 and defending champion St. Benilde (5-1) on Jan. 25.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“Hard to think of a sweep early because we know our last three games are all strong teams,” said Gorayeb.There was some concern, however, about reigning back-to-back MVP Grethcel Soltones’ conditioning. MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Mavs take control in third quarter, beat Lakers 101-89 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Senators to proceed with review of VFA Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Soltones has been far from peak form and is currently just second in the league’s best scoring as she averaged just 16.17 points a game, a shade behind last year’s Finals MVP and St. Benilde star Jeanette Panaga’s 17 hits.“I did my part, it will really be up to her (Soltones),” said Gorayeb.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View commentslast_img read more

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Chism eager to work with Guiao once more

first_imgMOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “The vibe is still the same. He doesn’t show it but I can get him to crack a smile every now and then,” said Chism Friday at FCL Center as the two reunite this PBA Commissioner’s Cup under the banner of NLEX.“He’s a good coach and I’ll play for him any time… That’s how much respect I have for him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnChism’s admiration for Guiao goes unnoticed, though.Guiao said Chism, despite never having played with the current Road Warriors in any point of his career, has full jelled with the team just days after joining NLEX. Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home INQUIRER FILE PHOTOFor the fourth time in his career, Wayne Chism will be working with head coach Yeng Guiao.The two’s partnership started in 2014 when the former Tennessee Volunteer was hired as Rain or Shine’s import and now that he’ll be back as Guiao’s foreign reinforcement, Chism said nothing’s changed since the first time he’s worked for the fiery head coach.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Baby Tams seek to prove they belong among HS elite China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “I don’t see any problems with Wayne, he doesn’t have personality issues and he can work with anybody,” said Guiao. “He’s the type of guy who will make his teammates comfortable with him, not only with his personality but with his game as well.”“Actually there’s almost no effort for him to get along with the players, it comes naturally because he’s friendly with anybody,” said Guiao. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal tieslast_img read more

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Back on top: Joshua Pacio regains ONE strawweight belt after KO of Yosuke Saruta

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But that solid one knee strike from Pacio punctuated the fight which showed utmost maturity from the youngster.Joshua Pacio scores a MASSIVE KO, reclaiming the ONE Strawweight World Title! #WeAreONE #RootsOfHonor #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/sPWNAN1H88— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 12, 2019“Like I said we faced each other there was a lot of hesitation,” said Pacio. “I applied the game plan and you saw it here.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far UST veterans Rica Rivera, Alina Bicar get their time to shine Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments READ: Joshua Pacio looks to thrive under pressure in chase to regain beltHe lost his belt in January in a contested split decision against Saruta, but he’s the first one from Team Lakay to regain one of the four world titles they lost this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJoshua Pacio vs Yosuke Saruta. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a close contest for much of the rematch with Pacio holding the advantage in terms of striking with Saruta taking the edge in terms of takedowns and ground control.READ: ‘Refocused, more confident’ Joshua Pacio to show up in rematch Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Pacio (14-3) has now won five of his last six fights while Saruta failed to get his winning streak to three.Hometown hero Joshua Pacio shares a sensational victory with his fellow Filipinos! #WeAreONE #RootsOfHonor #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/i75H4DCyYa— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 12, 2019The Baguio City native landed some early spinning back kicks that kept Saruta at bay but the Japanese managed to knock Pacio down midway through the first round.Pacio then continued with his kicks, with Saruta opting to use his wrestling to gain control of the fight in the second round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs MOST READ LATEST STORIES 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 Joshua Pacio is the ONE Strawweight champion once again. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio reclaimed the ONE strawweight world title after putting Yosuke Saruta to sleep 2:43 into the fourth round in the co-main event of the ONE: Roots of Honor Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Pacio connected with the hardest of right knees squarely on the temple of Saruta earning the 23-year-old from Baguio his second reign atop the division.ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chartlast_img read more

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Rose Bowl statue honors Brandi Chastain’s ’99 World Cup win

first_imgLATEST STORIES MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Mystery, excitement for British Open’s return to Portrush In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo, former U.S. women’s soccer teammates, from left, Saskia Webber, Lorrie Fair and Brandi Chastain pose during the unveiling of the 1999 Women’s World Cup Statue at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena Calif., which includes her historic moment where she tore her jersey off after scoring the winning goal. (Sarah Reingewirtz/The Orange County Register via AP)PASADENA, California— A statue capturing Brandi Chastain’s iconic reaction to scoring the U.S. team’s winning goal in the 1999 Women’s World Cup has been unveiled outside the Rose Bowl.Chastain was on hand for the unveiling Wednesday, the 20th anniversary of the historic win which coincided with celebrations in New York for this year’s World Cup champion team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Benefits of township living Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division View comments Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian This year’s the team sealed its second consecutive tournament win by beating the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday.The statue shows Chastain at the moment she dropped to her knees in exultation, clutching the jersey she pulled off after cinching the win over China on a penalty kick in the game played at the Rose Bowl.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe moment has been credited as a watershed for invigorating women’s sports.last_img read more

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China confirmed as 2021 Club World Cup host, slots to be settled

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. But a vote on the participation model was pulled because Oceania’s only way of qualification would be its Champions League winner first defeating the domestic champion of host nation China in a playoff.Oceania is pushing for a guaranteed place in the group stage in China in June 2021, as FIFA’s task force on the revamped Club World Cup originally proposed in March. That is according to people with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity with The Associated Press to discuss the contents of a private meeting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4FIFA only said the qualification process “will be finalized in a consultation process between FIFA and the six confederations.”FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the governing body will make “zero” out of the new event because all the profits will be reinvested back into club football. SOUTH AMERICAWhile South America will get six slots, only the process for distributing four of them has been settled. They will go to the 2019 and 2020 winners of CONEMBOL’s two competitions: The Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.The document shows no plan for determining the route to securing the remaining two berths or the limits on national representation.ASIAThe three Asian places will to go the winners of the 2019 and 2020 Asian Champions League and the runners-up will have a playoff for the third entry into the Club World Cup group stage.Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal will play Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan in this season’s final next month.If the title is defended in 2020, the runners-up from both years will complete Asia’s FIFA lineup.But Asia only wants a maximum of two teams from one country. So, if the winners and runners-up in 2019 and 2020 are all from the same country, the two losing Asian Champions League semifinalists in 2020 would contest a playoff for a route into the global tournament.NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICAThe 2021 CONCACAF Champions League finalists will qualify but a process for deciding the third slot was left hanging in the FIFA Council document. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Test event to gauge PH tracksters’ progress ahead of SEA Games FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks at a press conference during the football federation’s Council meeting in Shanghai on October 24, 2019. – FIFA has awarded the inaugural edition of its expanded 24-team Club World Cup to China, the association’s president Gianni Infantino said October 24 in what he called a “historic decision”. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)FIFA selected China as host of the inaugural edition of the expanded Club World Cup in 2021 but delayed a decision on how the 24 slots for the tournament will be distributed.A proposal on how many teams would qualify from the six confederations was shared with FIFA Council members for approval at a meeting in Shanghai on Thursday, including Europe having eight participants.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Mexican teams have won all 11 titles since the regional competition was rebooted as the Champions League. Only three of the finals have not been an all-Mexican lineup.But a cap of two teams per country from this region will exist at the Club World Cup.AFRICAThe simplest qualification will be from Africa, with the places going to the 2021 Champions League finalists and the winner of a playoff between the two semifinalists.The plan is complicated by a cap on two teams per country.OCEANIAOceania is the only one of FIFA’s six confederations not guaranteed a place at the Club World Cup. To make one of the eight groups of three, the Oceania Champions League winner would have to face a playoff against the Chinese champions under FIFA plans that are now on hold.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study A previous FIFA plan seen by the AP in March proposed the Club World Cup running from June 17 through July 4 in 2021, taking the slot originally set aside for the Confederations Cup competition that is no longer due to be contested.For some players from Africa and the CONCACAF region it could be a busy summer, with their regional national competitions proposed to start on July 9.The revamped Club World Cup is due to be staged every four years, replacing the current annual format that features the six champions of continental competitions and the host nation’s domestic title winner. The final two editions of the seven-team annual Club World Cup are being staged in Qatar this December and in December 2020.Based on FIFA’s proposed qualification procedures seen by the AP ahead of the Shanghai meeting, teams could qualify for the overhauled Club World Cup in 2021 without having to win a regional competition — even at the expense of some champions.Caps on the number of representatives from a single country in the new format raises the prospect of even winners of continental competitions missing out.EUROPEWith eight slots, Europe will be the best represented continent at the Club World Cup even after rejecting four additional places, helping FIFA drive ticket sales and broadcast revenue.All the Champions League and Europa League winners from 2018 to 2021 are set to qualify — although that could be dependent on UEFA determining the maximum number of slots per country. Clubs from England and Spain have dominated those competitions in recent years.Should a team enjoy multiple wins across the competitions, the free slot is due to go to the most recent Champions League runner-up.Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2018 when Atletico Madrid triumphed in the Europa League. English clubs swept last season’s trophies, with Liverpool victorious in the Champions League and Chelsea in the second-tier competition.center_img MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘Gago’ “I hope China will help FIFA to organize it in financial terms,” Infantino said after the meeting in Shanghai. “It will be the club football event which will generate the highest revenue per match.”Infantino said FIFA along with the Chinese soccer federation and government will push ahead with planning on the tournament.Staging the Club World Cup in China will be a test of human rights policies that FIFA now subjects host nations to.The Chinese government has been accused of cracking down on human rights and pro-democracy activism. President Xi Jinping’s government has also faced criticism over its treatment of Muslims in China’s northwest, where the U.S. government, activists and researchers say as many as 1 million people have been detained.“I think that we need to reflect on our role,” Infantino said. “Countries all over the world are going through difficult times. It is not the mission of FIFA to solve the problems of the world. The mission is to organize football in all of the countries. … We do that by bringing football to the people, not by criticizing.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw ‘People evacuated on their own’ View commentslast_img read more

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