Duffy keen for more caps

first_img Press Association However, the degree of difficulty will only increase during the early hours of Wednesday morning when Ireland face Portugal at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. Boss Martin O’Neill’s defensive resources have been significantly depleted since the squad met up in Dublin last month with John O’Shea, Seamus Coleman and Damien Delaney having left and Wilson not expected to have recovered from a tight hamstring in time for the game. Full-back Stephen Ward has rejoined the squad after flying in on Saturday evening, but Duffy is hoping he might get another chance to impress. He said: “As soon as you have played one game, you want to play more. “I don’t know how I did, but I just went out there and did the best I could do, and on Tuesday I will be ready if I’m picked.” Should he get the nod, Duffy will find himself pitched into battle with Portugal’s Brazil-bound superstars in hot and humid conditions, and it may prove something of a contrast to what he has been used to. The Derry-born defender spent last season on loan in the Sky Bet Championship at Yeovil, who ultimately slipped out of the division after a lengthy battle against relegation. However, the experience he gained at Huish Park proved invaluable, and Duffy, who made 39 appearances, is grateful for the opportunity afforded him by the Glovers. Asked about the prospect of locking horns with Cristiano Ronaldo and company compared to playing in England’s second tier, he said: “It’s a lot different, but it’s been brilliant for me down there. “It’s got me where I am now, so it’s credit to Yeovil for bringing me down there and giving me a chance to be in the senior squad.” Midfielder Glenn Whelan will not be involved after flying home for personal reasons. Shane Duffy reaped the rewards of four years’ hard work when he was handed his senior debut for the Ireland on Saturday. He has spent the time since working his way back, and his industry finally paid off at the PPL Stadium. Duffy said: “It’s been a long four years. I don’t know, I was just focusing on club football to see if I could get back to where I was, and hopefully this season I have shown that. “Playing the other night was sort of a reward for four years ago, what happened, so I was just delighted. “I am made up to be even in the squad, so to play was a dream. “Obviously when you start playing football, you want to play for your country, so I was delighted when it actually came. “I thought I did all right in the game, some good things, some bad things, but it’s the first step and hopefully I can do better stuff.” Duffy played his part in a 1-1 draw with World Cup finalists Costa Rica, who fought their way back from 1-0 down despite having defender Giancarlo Gonzalez sent off before the break. He lined up in a much-changed defence along with Richard Keogh, Stephen Kelly and Marc Wilson, the latter of whom had to make way for emergency left-back James McClean because of injury, and the quartet was given a stern examination by Bryan Ruiz, Marco Urena and Joel Campbell in particular. The 22-year-old Everton defender lined up against Costa Rica in Philadelphia during the early hours of Saturday morning to end a long journey back to international prominence. Duffy had been promised his first senior cap by then manager Giovanni Trapattoni in an end-of-season friendly against Paraguay back in 2010 when he suffered a horrific training ground injury which left him with a lacerated liver and fighting for his life. last_img read more

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Irish rugby squad prepare for Welsh clash

first_imgAnd Munster are also in action this evening as they host London Irish at Irish Independent Park from 7pm. After the work-out, the Irish coaching staff will go on the road to scout the players in action for the provinces in tonight’s pre-season friendlies.The likes of Michael Bent and Gordon D’Arcy will be hoping to impress for Leinster against Moseley in Donnybrook at 7.30.Andre Trimble and Tommy Bowe start on the wings for Ulster’s trip to Edinburgh at 6.30.last_img

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French Open: Nadal Sets up Del Potro Semi-final Clash

first_imgAnd he lost just four games in an hour and 42 minutes on court on Thursday to wrap up a 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory.Nadal said he was a “bit lucky” the match was halted by rain.“I was able to stop, to think, to calm down and to see things a bit with more clarity,” he said.The Spaniard will face fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro in Friday’s semi-final after the Argentine beat third seed Marin Cilic 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 6-3 7-5 in another quarter-final that was moved to Thursday.Whoever wins that match will face either Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem or unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato in Sunday’s final.Nadal is the hot favourite to win the second Grand Slam of the year, having dominated on the red clay since making his Roland Garros debut in 2005.But the 16-time major winner looked in danger of being beaten here for only the third time in his career, trailing a set and break on Wednesday to an opponent who had never previously been beyond the last 32.Schwartzman started the match aggressively, hitting 20 winners as he became the first player since 2015 to take a set off Nadal in Paris.However, his fearless approach was completely ruined by the rain delays and allowed Nadal to regain control.The match had already been stopped for an hour on Wednesday, with Nadal trailing 6-4 2-1, before play resumed at 17:28 BST.The players only managed another 20 minutes on court before more rain forced them off for the night, but it was enough for momentum to switch in Nadal’s favour.Nadal returned with his famed forehand finally firing on all cylinders, earning back-to-back breaks to move within a hold of the set.He led 30-15 when play ended at 18:37 BST, returning at 11:00 BST on Thursday to wrap up the set and level in a matter of seconds.“After the first rain delay, the match changed a lot because I played more aggressive with high intensity and things were more on my side,” Nadal said.“Before it I was not opening the court with the backhand. I was playing too behind the baseline. He was taking the ball earlier than me.“I had the feeling he had control of the point too many times to have the chance to be successful.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached his 11th French Open semi-final by ruthlessly turning around his rain-delayed quarter-final against Argentine 11th seed Diego Schwartzman.Top seed Nadal, 32, trailed 6-4 3-5 when play was halted on Wednesday.The world number one, bidding for a record-extending 11th title, clinched the second set soon after the restart.last_img read more

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Scientific Games grows German instant lottery offering

first_imgShare Scientific Games bolsters virtuals portfolio with Legends Racing addition July 29, 2020 Share Caixa chairman seeks to offload Brazil lottery assets by 2021 July 27, 2020 Submit SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Scientific Games (SG) Corporation has announced a fresh five year contract related to the provision of lottery games and services for the southwest German state.Agreeing the deal with Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz GmbH, SG are to provide lottery instant titles and its Cooperative Services Program (CSP), for instant games management for the state and its approximately four million residents.Providing instant games to the lottery for in excess of 30 years, SG also provides its lottery central gaming system, retailer terminals and sports betting.During the course of its partnership, Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz has seen its lottery instant product grow almost 382 percent, since the establishment of the CSP ten years ago.Matthias Müller, Managing Director of Germany for Scientific Games, commented: “We are pleased that we were able to prevail in the Europe-wide tender and Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz once again chose Scientific Games as their instant games partner due to our local resources and know how, logistics infrastructure in close proximity to the Lottery’s premises and retail network, as well as our more than four decades of experience with instant games.”Amongst the CSP services provided to Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz from SG’s Bielefeld facility, includes marketing, consulting, design and production of instant games, as well as inside sales warehousing and distribution for the Lottery’s network of about 930 retailers.John Schulz, Senior Vice President, Instant Products for Scientific Games, added: “Scientific Games has collaborated with Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz on a full category management approach to marketing their instant games, and we are honored to have their trust in our partnership and continue our great work together for another five years.”First launching the first instant games in 1974, SG states that it currently supplies around 70 percent of lottery instant games worldwide.Last week saw the announcement of the launch of the National Lottery of Kazakhstan, after a 15-year contract was awarded to JSC Satty Zhuldyz who is to operated the offering.last_img read more

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Džumhur Preparing for Wimbledon in Visoko: I am Surprised by Good Conditions

first_imgThe best BH tennis player Damir Džumhur, prepares for the Wimbledon at the tennis courts in Visoko.Džumhur found out that Visoko has lawn tennis courts, so he decided to use them to prepare as good as possible for what awaits him at Wimbledon.„Recently I found out that Visoko has a lawn court. This morning I went and practiced, I am happy because it is a great opportunity for me to prepare on the grass in B&H before departing to England. Practicing on clay before playing on grass makes no sense. Playing on the lawn court immediately made the preparations better. I am content with the conditions, I am generally surprised that such a court exists, as well as by its condition“, stated Džumhur.He plans on raising his form to the highest level before the grand tennis tournament.„I feel competitive, and I will also have a few matches on grass before Wimbledon, which will help me to prepare better and raise my form to the highest level“, our tennis player said.Damir is traveling to England this week already.„On Wednesday I am traveling to Liverpool where I will play an exhibition, and next week I will probably play the ATP tournament of the series 250 in Nottingham, and Wimbledon comes after that“, Džumhur concluded.He is currently ranked the 88th player on the ATP list with 539 points.Wimbledon is held from 29th of June to 12th of July, and its prize fund is 37 million Euros.(Source:klix.ba)last_img read more

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Steelers attempting to remain upbeat

first_imgThe Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin, conducts a practice session, at the Wasps rugby training ground, in London, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) by Dale GrdnicAssociated Press WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Their quarterback basically has a dislocated right index finger, their best remaining offensive lineman suffered a sprained right pectoral muscle and they’re 0-4.But the Pittsburgh Steelers remained a confident group Tuesday heading into a bye week.Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit his right hand off a defensive lineman’s hand after a touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery in the fourth quarter during Sunday’s 34-27 loss to Minnesota, but he didn’t expect the injury to be anything long-term.“The doc said it was a subluxation, whatever that is,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday, as he only had tape on his right forefinger. “Yeah, it (hurt). It was kind of uncomfortable. It was pretty painful.”It’s a good bet that Roethlisberger won’t do anything too strenuous this week, and neither will left offensive guard Ramon Foster. An MRI Monday revealed that Foster suffered a minor sprain of the right pectoral muscle during the first half. Foster isn’t concerned about missing any time.Neither of those health issues, nor their worst start in 45 years, have deterred the Steelers. However, Roethlisberger still believed that as one of the NFL’s four winless teams — along with Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and the New York Giants — the Steelers were among the league’s worst.“I was talking record-wise, and if I’m not mistaken we’re one of the — I don’t know how many teams are winless, and I’m a big believer in wins and losses and not numbers — but I would say that record-wise, we’re one of the worst teams in the NFL,” Roethlisberger said. “I don’t think that’s a far stretch.“I take pride in winning football games, more than any numbers. So, that’s what I’ve based my career on so far, wins and losses. So, it definitely stings. (And) it’s painful to lose games, but I’ll put that on myself.”So, is there anything to feel good about during this bye week?“The people that we have in here, they’re good players,” Roethlisberger said. “Obviously, we’re down, and we’re disappointed. It hurts, but I don’t think our confidence is low.”Maybe, but the Steelers find themselves in the unique position of playing second fiddle in their own city to the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Pirates.The Pirates were to make their first postseason appearance in 21 years on Tuesday night against Cincinnati. Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, who has a pair of Super Bowl rings, advised the Pirates to “continue to do what you’ve been doing all year to get to this point. Don’t change the team that you have. Don’t change the way that you’ve been preparing. Just keep doing the things that you’ve done up to this point.”Was that his message to his own teammates as well?“I don’t know,” Keisel said. “We’re going to continue to work and find a way. We’re going to continue to fight. When you’re 0-4, you’re always looking for things to try to figure out how to get a win.“And we’re going to continue to do that around here.’__NOTES: Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell, who ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in his first NFL game, said he “tweaked his (right) foot, but it’s not giving me any issues right now. And I don’t think it’s going to cause me any problems next week.” … The Steelers will practice Thursday morning before taking four days off. … Pittsburgh will return to action on Oct. 13 vs. the New York Jets.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Hunters trailing 16-6

first_imgBy TROY TAULEThe SP Hunters are trailing 16-6 at half time against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Kalabond oval.The Seagulls struck early in in the third minute when Seagulls five eighth Ben Cronin crossed over to score. The try converted to give the Seagulls a 6-0 lead.It took a while but the Hunters soon regained their composure and hit back through Adam Korave who sent a short ball to a flying George Benson to score. The extras were added to level the scores.However, errors and more from errors the Hunters allowed the Seagulls easy possession to attack in the Hunters half.Two more soft tries from Seagulls have given them a 16-6 lead.last_img

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Premier League club profiles

first_imgArnett GardensWhen formed: 1977Position last five seasons: Eighth, eighth, fourth, fourth, championsPlayers arriving: Lamard Neil, Davion Garrison, Javasca Taylor, Tajar Phillips, Roger Bucknor, Lennox Russell, Andre Moulton, Antonio Radcliffe, Garfield Rennicks, Lenworth Dudley, Owen Ewart, Tajay Walker, Jamone Shepherd, Rolando Barnett, Yassu Walters, Nicholas SmithPlayers departing: Raffique Bryan, Odane Samuels, Malik SamuelsTop players: Oneil Smith, Leon Strickland, Vishunal Harris, Marvin Morgan Jr, Keneil Hyde.Titles won: 1977-78, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2014-15Parish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: Red and blackComments: Jerome Waite (head coach) – “Arnett Gardens will start slow this season, the reason being a lot of players have not shown up for regular training. It’s not how we start, but how we finish and we will put everything together to ensure Arnett Gardens have another successful season.”Reno FCWhen formed: ( )Position last five seasons: Seventh, 10, N/A, N/A, 10thPlayers arriving: NonePlayers departing: Craig Foster, Codean SmikleTop Players: Denmark Gillings, Romario Downswell, Rondell Morris, Alburn FaceyTitles won: 1989-90, 1990-91, 1994-95Parish: WestmorelandColours: Blue and whiteComments: Ishmael Paharsingh (vice president) – “We have lost Craig Foster and Codean Smikle to Rivoli, but we have most of the players from last season and we have a few additions. We want to be in the top four and we have the ability with all our young players.”Boys’ TownWhen Formed: 1940Position last five seasons: Second, second, fifth, ninth, eighthPlayers arriving: Shamar Brown, Adrian King, Mikhail Harrison, Davion Roberts, Simon Young, Amani Mitchell, Kevoy BlackstockPlayers Departing: Owen Powell, Nykoli Burke, Jason Jackson, Hugh Evans, Carlloyd WaltersTop players: Michael Campbell, Rafiek Thomas, Shamar Nicholson, Andre DawsonTitles won: ThreeParish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: Red and whiteComments: Andrew Price (head coach) – “We started late and our ground is being rehabilitated. So we will play home games at Barbican. We haven’t been really busy in the transfer market. We have a good blend of youth and experience and we should be as competitive as any team.”UWI FCWhen Formed: 2009Position last five seasons: N/APlayers arriving: Anthony Greenland, Stephen Lowe, Jamie Robinson, Raffique Bryan, Daniel Gilzene, Girvan Brown, Patrick BrownPlayers departing: NoneTop players: Raffique Bryan, Anthony Greenland, Akeem ThensteadTitles won: 0Parish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: RedComments: Gayle (president) – “When you step up to the Premier League, it’s a whole different ball game, it’s not easy. We are about 70 percent (ready). The aim is to stay in the league and we think we have the players and system in place to at least stay up.”Humble LionWhen Formed: 1974Position last five seasons: Tenth, fourth, ninth, seventh, runners-upPlayers arriving: 0Players departing: 0Top players: Devon Hodges, Francois Swaby, Wolry Wolfe, Jermaine Christian.Titles won: 0Parish: ClarendonColours: Green, Yellow and redComments: Dafne Taylor (executive) – “We have more depth in the team than last season, so we are looking good for this season and we are aiming for the top spot.”Tivoli GardensWhen Formed: 1970Position last five seasons: Champions, fifth, sixth, fifth, sixthPlayers arriving: Theo Brown, Dwayne Smith, Nickoy Christian, David Stultz, Romaine Brackenridge, Javanie Mitchell, Damion McNeishPlayers departing: Jamie Robinson, Deron Duncan, Junior McGregor, Keammar DaleyTop players: Junior Flemmings, Edsel Scott, Ranike Anderson, Christopher Jackson, Warren Thompson, Jevaughn JeminsonTitles won: 1983, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2011Parish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: Black and orangeComments: Edward Seaga (president) – “We have been falling off because we don’t have the top level (players) like before. It’s hard to find people that are of grade one because you are taking in schoolboys and it (schoolboy football) is different from Premier League. But what we are looking for is a couple good strikers and a left back and with new faces you always get a boost.”Harbour View FCWhen Formed: 1974Position last five seasons: Third, sixth, first, third, fifthPlayers arriving: Claudious, Blackburn, Akeem Smith, Devon Haughton, Bryan English, Mark Bryan, Hugh Evans, Jason Jackson, Keammar Daley, Odane Samuels, Keastner Sturridge, Javean Adams, Maleak Thomas, Rasheed Willis, Nicque Daley,Horace Ramsay, Jevaughn JeminsonPlayers departing: Damion McNeish, Nicholas Knight, Yassu Walters, Dante TaylorTop players: Nicholas Beckett, John-Ross Edwards, Kevaughn Frater, Dejani Isaacs, Rosario HarriottTitles won: (Four) 2000, 2007, 2010, 2012Parish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: Blue and GoldComments: Ludlow Bernard, (Head coach) – “The expectations are usually high at Harbour View Football Club. Last year was somewhat out of the norm for us. It’s not going be easy because several clubs have made significant improvements and would’ve added to their core. Humble Lion and Arnett Gardens did well and have added to their core, Tivoli and Cavalier didn’t do too well, so we expect them to come good. Our ambition is to finish in the top four and take it from there. The first objective is to get off to a good start, then gradually improve the quality of the team. We’re looking forward to a good season.”Cavalier SCWhen Formed: 1962Position last five seasons: N/A, N/A, Eighth, Eighth, SeventhPlayers Arriving: Shawn Lawes, Rashaun Patterson, Akeem Christie, Romario Sterling, Owen Powell, Nykoli Burke, Carlloyd Walters, Kaheem Parris, Demale Sinclair, Damian Forbes, Kemali Green, Khalfani Brown, Luis Watson, Trevor Tingling, Richard Davis, Syrene Wilmot, Okeefe Cunningham, Luis Watson, Shemar PowellPlayers Departing: Liston James, Claudious Blackburn, Devon Haughton, Javanie Mitchell, Girvan Brown, Davion Roberts, Robert Stewart, Kimani Maxwell, Ato WilliamsTop Players: Chevonne Marsh, Jeffrey Grant, Al Nesbeth, Dawayne Smith, Oshane Jenkins, Jason Watson.Titles won: (one) 1980-81Parish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: Black & WhiteComments: Rudolph Speid (Technical director) – “We believe that we’ve a better team this year than last year, we expect to do much better. The aim is to get into the top four. We believe we have more depth and should do much better, even though we’ve lost three of our starting players from last season.”Montego Bay United FCWhen Formed: 1972 (as Seba United, rebranded 2011)Position last five reasons: N/A, Seventh, Seventh, First, SecondPlayers Arriving:Players Departing: Ricardo MorrisTop Players: Lesly St Fleur, Dino Williams, Allan Ottey, Jermaine WoozencroftTitles won: 1987, 1997, 2014Parish: St JamesColours: Green and BlueComments: Orville Powell, (Owner) – “Our aim is to get better and better each year. The mistakes we made last year we’ll address them and improve on them. We’ve gotten the prararation in now, we’ve been preparing way ahead of other clubs. With that preparartion we hope to improve on our standing. We’ve gotten some youngsters in who we’re looking forward to, we know they’re capable.”Waterhouse FCWhen Formed: 1968 (Harlem Kickers, 1972 (Great West United, 1979 (Waterhouse FC)Position last five seasons: Fourth, Third, Second, Second, FourthPlayers Arriving: Kemar Beckford, Deron Duncan, Jermaine Henry, Ackeem Anderson, Ronaldo Dixon, Norjae Mowatt, Robert Stewart, Jashmar Benjement, Jamar Wilson, Wasim Smikle, Jahmali WhitePlayers Departing: Owen Walter, Rashaun Patterson, Hasani BarnesTop Players: Romario Campbell, Evan Taylor, Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, Damarley Samuels, Nicholy FindlaysonTitles won: (Two) 1997, 2006Parish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: Blue & YellowComments: Calvert Fitzgerald, (Head coach) – “It’s my first season back with them. We’re trying to go all the way. I’ve inherited a very good team. Anthony Patrick did a very good job and he left a very talented bunch of players. I just have to do my best to see if we can cross that barrier that has been evading us for so long.”Rivoli United FCWhen Formed: 1972Position last five seasons: N/A, N/A, N/A, Sixth, NinthPlayers Arriving: Liston James, Owen Walter, Romario Constant, Kevaughn Russell, Ramaine Linton, Dellon Dixon, Junior McGregor, Chadrick Prawl, Codean Smikle, Alex Gooden, Joel McKenziePlayers Departing: Kemar Beckford, Anthony Greenland, Davion Garrison, Jermaine Henry, Javaughn Cole, Shawn Ferguson, Ja GordonTop Players: Cory Burke, Kemar Bennett,Titles won: NoneParish: St CatherineColours: Red & BlackComments: (head coach, Harold Thomas): “We’re hoping for a much better performance from last season. It’s a young team, we’re trying to get a base. But we’re hoping to make a better performance than last season.”Portmore United FCWhen Formed: 1973 (as Hazard United, rebranded 2003)Position last five seasons: Fifth, First, Third, 11th, N/APlayers Arriving: Kambugi McCalla, Sievon Thompson, Andrew Christie, Shaven Sean Paul, Marc-Akeen McLeggon, Tariq Melvin, Saneekie Burton, Ato WilliamsPlayers Departing: Shamar Fraser, Ramone Shepherd, Yanik Williams, Deandre GrayTop Players: Paul Wilson, Sulae McCalla, Ewan Grandison, Roberto Johnson, Shaven Sean Paul, Ricardo Morris.Titles won: (Five) 1990 (Hazard), 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012Parish: St CatherineColours: Blue & WhiteComments: Clive Marshall, (Manager): “In terms of preparation I think we’ve done fairly well. I think we’re on track, we’re not necessarily where we’d want to be because we had an extended season and had to give the players some rest, so we started a little late. We’ve a fairly balanced team to start the league, we’ve players with Premier League and national experience. With that experience I expect us to have a fairly good start. The feeling is that we will compete. We’re not going in with expectations to win the league, but we’ll compete and try our best to amass as many points as possible.”last_img read more

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Fernandez knows ‘underdog’ San Beda will come out big vs Lyceum

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “Lyceum is the best team right now. They beat us twice and they beat us fair and square. So there’s no doubt that we’re the underdogs,” he said.Despite the unfamiliar situation, Fernandez believes the Red Lions — who have one of the most successful basketball programs — can pull off the triumph and give the school their 10th title in 12 years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I know we lost against Lyceum and I know that the people have been doubting us, but the players really believe in themselves,” said Fernandez, citing guys like Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon as the team’s driving force through the course of this year’s journey.“We lost those two games, but I still do trust my players. I know they will come out big and we look forward for Friday’s game.” Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene ‘We did our best’: Macaraya positive despite Stags’ failed NCAA Finals bid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s not often that San Beda finds itself as the underdog when it comes to the championship round.But with Lyceum completing an awe-inspiring 18-game elimination sweep this NCAA Season 93, coach Boyet Fernandez is well aware that the Red Lions have the cards stacked against them once the Finals tip off on Friday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. So much is the mentor’s confidence that he likened the Red Lions’ situation to Season 87 in 2011, where the Frankie Lim-mentored squad toppled the San Sebastian crew bannered by the “Pinatubo Trio” of MVP Calvin Abueva, Mythical Team member Ian Sangalang, and sharpshooter Ronald Pascual.“When (San Beda) entered the Finals, they weren’t the favorites. It was Calvin’s San Sebastian and they won the series. So maybe history repeats itself,” he said.Fernandez is not leaving any stones unturned in preparing the Red Lions to the best of his capabilities for what is expected to be another all-out war against the Pirates.“We’ll see what we can do against them. We’re ready,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Black Sox to hold first two practices this week

first_imgThe Fort St. John Black Sox will be cleaning up their cleats and gloves as they start preparations for the upcoming Wheatbelt Baseball League season. The team will be at the Kid’s Arena Fieldhouse today for their first practice and will return on Friday for a second.Player/coach Ryan Stickel will have the players working on basic fundamentals to start.“For the most part tonight will be just stretching your arm out, taking a little bit of ground balls, and maybe swinging the bat a little bit just lightly.”- Advertisement -Tonight’s session will begin at 9:30, and Friday’s will be at 8:30.As of now Stickel expects to have 16 players taking part however more are welcome to join the team. Anyone interested in playing baseball for the Sox can call him at 250-793-0581, or simply show up at the Kid’s Arena Fieldhouse today or Friday.A schedule for this season hasn’t been formally released but it’s expected the Sox will open at home on May 14.Advertisementlast_img read more

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