Euro giants proposing 96-TEAM Champions League to include SIX English teams

first_imgEUROPEAN football’s elite clubs have discussed an amazing proposal for a 96-TEAM Champions League.It would mean SIX English teams — an increase on the current four — would be guaranteed automatic qualification.2 Top Prem clubs oppose a hugely-expanded Champions League as it would end the League CupCredit: Getty – Contributor2SunSport can reveal a model of 16 divisions, each comprising six clubs, has been suggested as part of a potential 2024 reform to Europe’s biggest tournament.It is the latest proposal, following talks over changing the current format of eight groups of four teams.SunSport revealed on Wednesday Uefa chiefs will discuss that idea at next month’s meeting in Geneva.The top English clubs are opposed to the scheme because it would mean scrapping the League Cup.But the new plan would replace the current series of qualifying rounds so the likes of Celtic — forced into numerous play-offs — would advance straight into the main draw.RANGE OF NEW IDEASDialogue this week with chief executives of clubs suggest it would involve two winners from each group advancing to a Champ­ions League knockout phase.The third and fourth-placed teams would then head into the Europa League, with the fifth and sixth heading into the new third-tier European competition.Although they are only working proposals, the format is part of a range of new ideas being discussed as part of potential Champions League reform from 2024.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big onemost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticThe European calendar is already creaking under a heavy schedule — but Uefa officials are convinced they could find the room.Although most of the top 32 clubs in Europe are happy with the current format, they are still trying to find ways to innovate.They are also desperate to cash in when the next round of TV rights is negotiated after 2021 — with the top clubs demanding an even bigger share of the pie.Barcelona ‘agree sensational Neymar transfer’ as the star takes part in what could be his final PSG traininglast_img read more

Lumley, Walker lead Ja charge at PanAm

first_imgKINGSTON: Jamaica’s junior squash team will test their skills on the international stage when they compete in the 2106 Pan American Junior Squash Championships, which started yesterday and ends on Sunday in Philadelphia, United States of America. The four-man team is headlined by rising stars Jonathan Walker, who finished second in the recent Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships and reigning All Jamaica Under-17 champion, Tahjia Lumley. They are joined by Adam Ardito and Stephan Morrison, who were also part of the squad which represented Jamaica at the Junior CASA. The youngsters will do battle with top Under-19 players from the USA, Canada, South America and the Caribbean. All four will contest the 52-man individual draw and the team competition, while Lumley and Walker will also play doubles. Jamaica’s coach, Karen Anderson said, “The Pan American Junior Squash Championships will provide a good indicator of how our juniors stack up against their peers in international squash. We are used to competing in the Caribbean, but to really make our mark in the sport we will have to prove ourselves on the world stage.” Again, JN General Insurance (JNGI) has stepped up to provide support to send the national squash team to an overseas tournament. Chris Hind, CEO of JNGI, said: “JN General Insurance recently sponsored the senior national team that went to CASA, where Chris Binnie won the men’s singles title for the seventh time. “If we want to continue that kind of dominance, we have to invest in our young squash players, and that’s what we’re doing by helping to send the junior team to an international tournament,” he added.last_img read more

Watch Nunes in Guineas

first_imgTop trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes has high hopes for BILINGUAL in the 1000 Guineas for native bred three year old fillies over 1600 metres at Caymanas Park this Saturday.        However, he is not as optimistic about the chances of his colt, last year’s champion two-year-old SOTOMAYOR in the 2000 Guineas but he is hoping the grey colt turns up in his best form for the season’s first classic, following a minor injury setback earlier in the year. Nunes says BILINGUAL (to be ridden by Robert Halledeen) will face tough challenges from the likes of SHE’S A MAN EATER, MARLENE MY LOVE and MONEY MAGNET but he believes his filly has what it takes to get the job done. “She’s a nice filly and I thought she ran very well in the trials (Thornbird Stakes on March 18) and I think she will give a very good account of herself,” Nunes said. BILINGUAL was a fast finishing third behind SHE’S A MANEATER, beaten by just over two lengths.    He added: “It will be a competitive race. Her main rivals are SHE’S A MAN EATER, MARLENE MY LOVE and MONEY MAGNET. But I have more than one horse in all the races and I have faith in all of them.”  Nunes also hopes SOTOMAYOR, to be ridden by apprentice Linton Steadman,  can regain the form which saw him win the Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-year-old Stakes last December but he is a bit cautious. “He has been working … but it shows that he hasn’t improved since he has turned three. He has been running against older horses (this season), so we will have to wait and see (what he will do) now that he is running against his own age group again,” Nunes said. SOTOMAYOR was scheduled to race in an overnight allowance event in February but was declared a late non-starter due to injury. He later made his season debut in the Ash Wednesday trophy but finished way off the pace in eighth. With the colt now fully recovered an improved run is expected on Saturday. “I have no explanation (why things turned that way for him), there is nothing physically wrong with him… So I am very disappointed in his development … But I am just hoping he turns up,” he continued. SOTOMAYOR’s main rivals in the 2000 Guineas will be Prince Consort Stakes winner FEARLESS SAMURAI, DON CHASSIS, MARKET FORCE.     The draw for Saturday’s race meet took place at Caymanas Park yesterday. BILINGUAL is drawn at gate 12 and SOTOMAYOR at four.last_img read more

UAAP volleyball: NU stays undefeated, sends Ateneo to 0-2 start

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NU Lady Bulldogs. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University came through in the clutch to take down Ateneo, 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 12-25, 15-7, and score its second straight win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Bulldogs raced to the top of the standings with a 2-0 record while the Lady Eagles slipped to 0-2, their worst start since Season 73 when they began 1-1. ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “First we need our deserved respect, and by that we should work hard for each of our point,” said Castillo in Filipino. “Second is ‘whistle to whistle’ that whatever happens, if the opponent or us scores, we will give it all.”“Lastly was our communication.”Castillo said Nabor had a hard time conveying plays to her teammates, be it the noise of the crowd or the pressure of the situation.“Jasmine had a hard time communicating with her teammates when she was giving out instructions, but they quickly fixed it.”Jaja Santiago asserted her dominance over Ateneo with a game-high 26 points while Nabor had 11 points and 29 excellent sets.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ After letting the Lady Eagles swoop down on them in the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs went into the offensive in the fifth and deciding set.NU capitalized on Kat Tolentino’s error late in the fifth set to take an 11-7 lead before Audrey Paran scored a block for the Lady Bulldogs’ 12-7 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThen it was up to Jasmine Nabor to knock the Lady Eagles out cold scoring three straight service aces with the last one landing square in the middle of Ateneo’s defense to end the match for NU.NU head coach Babes Castillo said they had a momentarily lapse in communication in the third and fourth sets and that allowed Ateneo to force a fifth one, but he immediately reminded his team the three components that allowed the Lady Bulldogs to start with a two-set lead. Jhoanna Maraguinot led Ateneo with 16 points while Tolentino and Ponggay Gaston added 12 and 10 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Norovirus at Olympics has officials scrambling, worried Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

Elite squad

first_imgBlackwater plays a third game in six days Wednesday night, and after having assured itself of its best-ever performance thus far in any elimination round of a PBA conference, one might think that the Elite can afford to look at the bigger picture as far as the Governors’ Cup playoffs go.Not coach Bong Ramos, though.ADVERTISEMENT Air Force, Navy spikers triumph Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “We’re at 6-1 (in second place at the moment), and this seldom happens in our franchise,” Ramos told the Inquirer, a few hours after preparing his Elite for another clash with a heavyweight, Magnolia, set at 7 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. “All we want to do is grab the opportunity and enjoy the moment.”Blackwater is just half-a-game out of the lead being held by defending champion Barangay Ginebra, and Ramos and his crew actually have the luxury of picking the games where they can play hard in order to bag a top four berth and a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I don’t want to look at it that way,” he said. “For me, for us, it’s taking it one game at a time—winning all the games that we can—before we look at the placings in the standings. If we end up in the top four, good, if not, it’s still good because we’re still in the playoffs.“What we want is to just play as hard as we can in every game,” Ramos said. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ramos presided over a light workout by the Elite on Tuesday as import Henry Walker celebrated his 31st birthday by treating the entire team to a sumptuous meal of Cebu “lechon.”“Henry loves our lechon. This was the second time that he treated the team to such,” Ramos said. “But when the lechon arrives, he makes sure that he’s not there until the head is taken out and kept somewhere he can’t see it.”That meal is part of the recharging process for the Elite, especially after Ramos extended his players a lot in the last six days and carved out wins over Meralco and Rain or Shine.“We have an 11-day break (after the Magnolia game) and I promised them an extended break of 2-3 days if we win this one,” he went on. “That’s why I’m going to play them hard again and they are ready.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

Season of change

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? There will be a lot of changes when the Philippine Basketball Association opens its 44th season on Sunday. One thing remains constant: Barangay Ginebra is still the league’s most popular squad.And in a bid to get some sort of a momentum rolling off a massive opening-day revelry, the PBA has tasked the Gin Kings to kick off the Philippine Cup against the TNT KaTropa—after the crowd-favorites enter the court with former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.ADVERTISEMENT Azkals flaunt quality under continental spotlight Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Fellow beauty queens Aya Fernandez (NorthPort), Kylie Verzosa (San Miguel Beer) and Michele Gumabao (Blackwater) will also join the parade. Volleyball’s most popular star, Alyssa Valdez, will march alongside NLEX, while Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi is set to join Gumabao with the Elite. Up-and-coming actresses Klea Pineda and Yam Concepcion will represent Alaska and Phoenix while Sharon Cuneta, one of Philippine cinema’s biggest stars, is Magnolia’s muse.TNT, Columbian, Meralco, and Rain or Shine have yet to reveal their selections.It will be a season of change in the PBA.Marcial, on his second season as commissioner, said that the league will implement three tweaks to its rulebook in an effort to bolster the overall quality of the games.First, goaltending will now be reviewable throughout the match. Second, traveling guidelines will mirror that of Fiba. Lastly, coaches will now be allowed to sue for time verbally.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 “It’s to improve and to hasten the games,” Marcial told the Inquirer. “We want to match the international style of play.”Four games are slated in the provinces with the league also set to mount overseas games.“Before the PBA opens the new season, the past year’s top individual achievers will be honored in the Leo Awards.Amid the sea of change, there will be a return to old ways. The annual All-Star showcase will revert to a single-location format. It will be held in Calasiao, Pangasinan, from March 29 to 31.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The biggest change this year could be the league embarking on its longest season.“It could span for 13 or 14 months,” commissioner Willie Marcial said during a presser at Conrad Hotel in Pasay on Tuesday. “This would be a first time for the PBA.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe new season is looking at an expanded schedule to accommodate the final Fiba window and a possible Philippine stint in the basketball World Cup during the first half of the year. The country’s hosting of the Southeast Asian Games, meanwhile, will also potentially squeeze itself into the league’s busy schedule.Wurtzbach is one of the celebrity muses who will parade with the teams on opening day at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. View commentslast_img read more

Ellen Urges Urban Residents to Engage in Agriculture, As CHAP Introduces New Rice Planting…

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) As the Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP) in Du-port Road Paynesville, introduces the new method for planting rice to increase yield namely, “system of rice intensification ( SRI)”, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged residents residing in the urban parts of Liberia to rise up and grow more food to end hunger in the country.The Liberian leader made the call on Saturday, May 10, in Paynesville, when CHAP launched the first harvest of rice cultivated through the SRI practice.SRI is an innovation that changes the conventional practices of rice growing, enabling the rice plant to better express their production potentials. It consists of producing rice with less seed, less water with either no fertilizer on a soil that is rich with organic matters.This new way to plant rice was adopted by Liberian farmers last year in Kakata, Margibi County. The aim is to increase the production of rice in Liberia for self-sufficiency.Speaking at the occasion, President Sirleaf said that Liberia can only become food secure provided Liberians are willing to grow more food.She lauded members of CHAP for the initiative to engage in agriculture activities and promised to pay the laborers hired to work on the farm.“I am highly impressed about your active participation in to farming activities in the urban areas. When I first heard that there is some group of citizens farming here in Du-port Road, I was shocked. This is why I visited your field in 2008 and was impressed thereby mentioning your contributions in my Annual Massage [to the nation], as part of my government’s achievements toward the fight against hunger,” she told the farmers at the program.At the same time, considering the constraint faced by urban farmers to access to land, the Liberian President disclosed that there are plans to lift the moratorium on the sale of public land in the country.According to her, when this is done urban farmers will be able to contribute greatly to the nation’s food security.Liberia’s Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth, who also spoke at the program, said the Ministry of Agriculture, will provide technical support to the Du-port road farmers.She called on the Du-port farmers to exercise patient as government would do all it can to address the land crisis facing them.For his part, the Executive Director for CHAP, Reverend Robert Bimba, said that farmers in the country are encouraged to adopt the SRI practice to increase the yield of rice.“CHAP is implementing the SRI practice in Liberia, with support from the Ministry of Agriculture and other partners. The project is currently being piloted in three counties, including Montserrado, Grand Gedeh and River-Gee Counties,” he disclosed.Reverend Bimba said that ownership to the Du-port farm land was needed to enable the farmers increase their production.“We are appealing to the government so that we may have complete access to this farm land (Du-port Road) for production,” he mentioned.He said that though the land was given by permission from the city government of Paynesville, many times farmers have been stopped from farming on the land.last_img read more

Another Found Quad

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP have recovered a Honda ATV on the 271 road near Charlie Lake.The Quad was found on November 29th.  If this vehicle is yours, you can claim i with proof of ownership or a detailed description.  Call the RCMP at 250-787-8140.- Advertisement –last_img

Story about 3 year old Demetrius Jones garners world-wide media attention

first_imgThe amazing story about the 3 year old boy that went for a wild adventure down the Peace River has garnered the attention of media around the was the first to report on the incident that occurred early Sunday morning at Peace Island Park, and the story has since been picked up by CNN, CTV, Global TV, CBC, Sky News and the Daily Telegraph in Britain and NBC’s Today Show. A photo of the toddler taken by was featured on the front page of yesterday’s Globe and Mail, and on today’s Edmonton and Calgary Sun newspapers. Video of the amazing story was captured by Motion Media and sent to Global TV in Vancouver before being distributed around the world.Here is a report from NBC in Rochester, New York: – Advertisement –last_img

Tribunal throws out Thika’s play/off petition

first_img“In view of the conduct of the petitioner, we direct that it meets the costs of the respondents and the interested party on a full indemnity basis. It shall also be responsible for any wasted costs occasioned by the postponement of the play-offs,” Ohaga’s ruling read.Thika had earlier obtained temporary orders stopping the play off initially det for December 10 and 13, but the same have since been vacated.The tribunal was visibly irked with Thika’s lack of legal backing when they argued that the play-off was illegitimate as they were informed of it after the season had ended, but the tribunal dismissed this claim as Football Kenya Federation had written a letter to KPL in March, before the season started.“We remind not only the petitioners but all parties who approach this tribunal that the duty of a litigant is to make a full and fair disclosure of the material facts. In the present case it is our view that the non-disclosure was not innocent at all but deliberate and such conduct cannot be countenanced by this tribunal,” Ohaga’s ruling further noted.The tribunal was displeased with the fact that Thika did not support their claims that the promotion and relegation rules were changed at the end of the season.“The tribunal during the inter-parte hearing ceded to the fact that they were aware of the letters dated 20th March and 6th June 2017 that communicated the changes. As a matter of fact, they had a representative during the pre-match meetings and had been a party to the whole process,” the tribunal further said.Thika United players hurdle together to celebrate a goal scored against Mathare United at the Thika Sub County Stadium on March 12, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOhaga’s team admitted that they might have been misled in issuing the temporary orders barring the play-off by concealment of material facts.Also, the tribunal was astounded by the fact that Thika United sent a representative, George Maina to a play-off meeting at FKF’s Goal Porject offices on November 29 where there was a coin toss to determine who starts home and who starts away.Further, Maina wrote a letter to the league managers involving them of the results of the coin toss and further asked whether they could act on their behalf to petition FKF to move the play-ff dates due to the closure of their Thika Stadium home ground.The tribunal was hence astounded as to why, days later, Thika would go on and file a petition seeking to stop the play-off.Also, the tribunal further noted that the communication on the play off was done to all parties and in time and argued that if anyone was against it, then they would have taken immediate action and not wait for almost a month to make their move.KPL’s Governing Council early last month said they would be okay with Thika taking part in the play-off, with a source at the league body intimating to Capital Sport they would have no legal ground to object to it.FKF is now set to pick out a new date.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United head coach Nicholas Muyoti watches on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Gor Mahia at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on September 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 20- Thika United will after all take part in the promotion and relegation play/off against National Super League side Ushuru FC after the Sports Disputes Tribunal threw out their petition challenging the game.The ruling, delivered on Tuesday evening by chair John Ohaga further directed Thika United to bear all the costs for the petition, punching a huge financial blow to the Kenyan Premier League side and its ambition to avoid the play-off.last_img read more