The top 5 hotheads to feel the heat in Brazil

first_imgBy Benjamin GroundsRaheem Sterling’s unsavoury scuffle with Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia marred a productive evening against Ecuador in which Ross Barkley shot to prominence as a serious wildcard in England manager Roy Hodgson’s armoury of attacking options.Under the Miami heat, with shirts clinging to bodies, Sterling’s ill-timed lunged sparked a furious reaction from Valencia, the standard bearer of the South American’s Word Cup hopes who perhaps is still smarting from a leg break sustained four years ago this September.The World Cup has long been the breeding ground of infamous dismissals that have shaped and sealed the fate of many a nation’s hope of glory. Zinedine Zidane’s entrance into the World Cup hall of fame was guaranteed from the moment his head met ball twice from corners to sink Brazil in the 1998 final – but exited infamously when red mist, and Italy’s Marco Materazzi, descended eight years later courtesy of that same beret-hanger.It wasn’t the first time either that ‘Zizou’ had been given his marching orders at football’s main event; stamping a Saudi Arabian in a 1998 group match temporarily left France without their talisman en route to the final. Only Rigobert Song (94, 98) has equalled the former Real Madrid and Juventus playmaker’s tally of two World Cup reds, but with temperatures expecting to stifle free-flowing attacking football this summer in South America, the heat may to be too much for a few others.5. Mario BalotelliThe ticking time-bomb of Milan, Balotelli has been linked with a move back to England prior to a ball in Brazil being kicked, which will crank up the thermostat measuring the striker’s desire to impress.Remembered affectionately in the UK for letting off fireworks from his bathroom window, ‘Crazy Mario’ was sent off for his country in a friendly against Czech Republic last year for two bookings in as many minutes, and has endured several strained relationships with managers in his short career draped in disciplinary problems.Guiseppe Rossi’s omission from the final 23-man squad will mean the burden of a country’s hopes will fall on Balotelli’s 23-year-old shoulders.4 – Nigel de JongAnother from the Rossoneri camp, de Jong’s combative approach has earned him the nickname ‘the terrier’.A career that has seen only one red card to date – for two bookable offences against Rapid Bucharest in Hamburg’s 2005/06 UEFA Cup campaign, betrays his penchant for dishing out the rough stuff.The 29-year-old makes the list purely for the Kung-Fu kick on Xabi Alonso in the 2010 final that referee Howard Webb remarkably believed only merited a booking.3 – Sergio RamosSpain may have felt they were on the receiving end of some industrious tactics by the Dutch in the final showdown in Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium four years ago, but Vicente del Bosque’s side have a hit-man of their own.Sergio Ramos has a history of violence for his club side Real Madrid, having accrued 19 red cards during his time at the Bernabeu.Remarkably, despite over 100 caps for La Roja, Ramos is yet to receive his marching orders, but in a World Cup where the reigning World and European champions have drifting favouritism, he may well be forced to deploy dirtier tactics.2 – PepeRamos’ Real Madrid counterpart, Pepe, is equally effusive in the tackle and will forever be remembered for his 10-match suspension after he lost his cool against Getafe in 2009.The Portuguese defender, having conceded a penalty, aimed two swipes at the prone Javi Casquero, and his bad boy image reared itself once more in the home defeat to Barcelona this year, when he and Cesc Fabregas resembled rutting stags. His short temper, saddled with the burden of a group of death that pits the Portuguese alongside Ghana, USA and Germany means whatever happens, controversy is likely to tail the 31-year-old in Brazil.1- Wayne RooneyEngland’s great white hope has previously seen his World Cup go up in smoke, having been sent-off in 2006 for a stamp on Riccardo Carvalho.Rooney, who missed the group stages of Euro 2012 following a hack at Montenegro’s Miodrag Dzudovic in qualifying, attacked the British public after a drab goalless draw against Algeria in South Africa, and enters this year’s tournament out of form and short on fitness.Paul Scholes has questioned whether if he is passed his best, and if England toil, Rooney may well implode again.For more articles and the latest football news, check out FTBprolast_img read more

Third phase of Twilight Basketball launched

first_imgChildren under 15 years played five on five from 5pm to 7pm; while 16 years and over tried their skills in the three on three matches played from 7pm to 9pm. BFPNG teamed up with the PNG High Performance through their Talent Pathway Program to deliver the third phase.  Talent pathway coordinator and James Cook University – Honours Researcher, Kieran Sciberras, explained Twilight Basketball was not just about community engagement. “The aim in conducting the session for now is community engagement, however it may also provide an insight into any areas we may be missing for the talent identification and research project. “For example, if people from certain schools that we are testing during Twilight Basketball are providing exceptional results, all might come from similar schools.”Twilight Basketball is part of BFPNG’s community engagement strategy made possible by the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnership Program. Twilight Basketball will be held again on the following dates – November 3, 10 and 17.last_img read more

‘A Step in the Right Direction’

first_imgThe President of the Liberia National Olympic Committee, Philipbert Browne, says the assessment visit of the new Youth and Sports Minister Charles Saah N’tow at the Olympic Village is a step in the right direction.Mr. Browne stated that it’s unprecedented since the erection of the Olympic Village in 2007 for a Youth and Sports Minister to tour the facilities.He made the remarks on Thursday, March 17, at the end of the Sports Minister’s exclusive tour of the Olympic Village.The Olympic Village is on 10 acres of lands in Kemah Town, Soul Clinic Community, Paynesville.The LNOC boss thanked the Minister and his entourage and expressed the LNOC’s cordial relationship with the Minister.“I can say we can assure you of 110% relationship with the Ministry,” Mr. Browne said.He reminded the Minister that the LNOC still wants the government, through the Ministry to take over the Olympic Village.Browne said the only precondition is for the LNOC to provide the Deputy Director to promote the programs of the OIC and the Olymp Africa Foundation.He added that the Caretaker which has been in the employ of the LNOC must be transferred to the Ministry.The LNOC President stated that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) provided US$120,000, while the government gave US$30,000 for the erection of the Olympic Village. He stressed that the original deed of the Olympic Village is in Dakar, Senegal at the headquarters of the Olymp Africa Foundation.The LNOC’s Vice President for Administration, Cllr. Sylvester Rennie; the Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General, Joseph Willie and Fred Pratt, the Director of the Olympic Village, Ahmed Tukpa, Treasurer Boie Korvah and other executive members including the presidents of boxing, cycling, taekwondo, tennis and a representative from the YMCA were in attendance. Meanwhile, Minister N’tow hailed the LNOC for the Olympic Village and said it’s comprised of lots of opportunities.The Minister said the Village can probably be turned into a sports haven where accommodations can be erected to have high school Olympics and other national sporting events.The Minister also said the Village can also be a business hub to generate income.He stressed that the Ministry and the LNOC would have lots of discussions about the facilities, including the ownership and improvement of the Village.His entourage was comprised of Assistant Sports Minister V. Murvee Gray; Bryant Mcgill, the Chief of Office Staff of the Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton and the Sports Technical Director Kelvin Sebwe, amongst others.The construction of the Village began in 2005 and was completed and dedicated in 2007. The Village comprised of athletics’ track, multipurpose courts, football field and an administrative building.Since then several programs have hosted by the LNOC sponsored by Olymp Africa Foundation, the OIC or ANOCA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP urges reflection on significance of Easter

first_imgEaster is one of our nation’s most anticipated holidays in which Guyanese from all backgrounds participate in the tradition of kite-flying and other family-related activities that have become synonymous with the occasion.It is foremost a very sacred time for Christians across the world, who mark the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.Easter also provides many pertinent lessons for all humanity through its teachings of tolerance, humility, love and respect for others; while offering an abundance of hope that one will rise despite being confronted with insurmountable challenges.It is that hope that gives meaningful purpose to all mankind for both personal and societal advancement.On this auspicious occasion, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) takes this opportunity to extend Easter greetings to all Guyanese, especially our brothers and sisters within the Christian community, both here and in the Diaspora.At this time, our party urges reflection on the significance of this sacred occasion, given its pertinent messages and the importance it can play in helping to realise universal peace and brotherhood among all.Easter, like many of our national holidays, transcends religious boundaries and Guyanese in communities across our country will flock and interact at various vantage points epitomising the true spirit of the occasion in serving to bring people together.Our party also takes this occasion to remind of the need for safety while flying kites. Once again Happy Easter to all!last_img read more

UN SG’s representative here to fulfil mandate – Harmon

first_imgBorder controversyMinister of State, Joseph Harmon on Thursday disclosed that the recent visit by the Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in the Good Offices Process on the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela is part of his mandate in resolving the issue.Ambassador Dag Havland Nylander and his delegation visited the State House on Wednesday evening where discussions were held with President David Granger and his team on the ongoing border controversy with neighbouring Venezuela.President David Granger meeting Ambassador Dag Havland Nylander and his delegation at State House on Wednesday evening when discussions were held on the ongoing border controversy with neighbouring VenezuelaAt the post-Cabinet press briefing, Minister Harmon updated the media on the meeting. According to Harmon, Ambassador Nylander’s visit is part of what is called his plan of action in relation to the mandate.“So, his visit here came shortly after his visit to Caracas in Venezuela and it was basically a fact-finding mission and the President (David Granger), after listening and talking, gave the assurance that Guyana would have the confidence in the capabilities of the person who was identified by the Secretary General to undertake this very important assignment and that we will continue to work with the United Nations to ensure that we have a favourable outcome,” Harmon related.Apart from Ambassador Nylander, the high-level UN delegation at Wednesday’s meeting included: Guillermo Kendall of the UN Department of Political Affairs, David Hutchinson from the UN Office of Legal Affairs and Juan Jeannet-Acre from the Policy and Mediation Division in the Department of Political Affairs.  They were accompanied by acting UN Resident Coordinator and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Country Director, Martin Odiit.Meanwhile, also included in the Government team were: Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; Minister Harmon; Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Cheryl Miles; Director General at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Audrey Waddell; foreign policy expert, Sir Shridath Ramphal in the role of adviser and legal consultant, Professor Payam Akhavan.Ambassador Nylander was appointed earlier this year to ensure the continuation of the Good Offices Process as laid out by the Secretary General until the end of 2017 with a strengthened mandate of mediation, with the understanding that “if by the end of 2017, the Secretary General concludes that no significant progress has been made towards arriving at a full agreement for the solution of the controversy, he will choose the International Court of Justice as the next means of settlement unless the Governments of Guyana and Venezuela jointly request that he refrain from doing so”.last_img read more

Man nabbed after throwing contrabands in Camp Street jail

first_imgA man who told Police he has no fixed place of abode will certainly find one at the Camp Street penitentiary after he was found throwing several contraband items into the compound of the Georgetown Prisons.The Camp Street PrisonIt was reported that around 21:30h on Monday, an alerted Police rank securing a section of the outer perimeter of the Georgetown Prison observed the 42-year-old labourer with a bulky bag.The man was subsequently seen swiftly throwing the bag over the north-eastern fence of the prison and attempted to flee the area. However, he was promptly arrested by the said officer, who immediately communicated what transpired.Shortly after, Prison Officers retrieved the bag and found it to contain a number of prohibited items inclusive of ten packs of cigarettes, a cellular phone and 793 grams of cannabis.The suspect was taken into police custody and is cooperating with investigators. He is likely to make an appearance in court sometime this week.last_img read more

McIlroy shows his mettle in win for top spot

first_img“I could hear the huge roar,” McIlroy said. “And it definitely wasn’t a birdie roar.”The cheering was for Woods’s eagle on the final hole, which momentarily pulled the 14-time major champion within one shot of McIlroy.McIlroy made his birdie at 13 to stretch the gap back to two, and delivered a series of clutch par putts coming home to seal the victory.“It was always a dream of mine to become the world number one and the best player in the world or whatever you want to call it,” McIlroy said.“But I didn’t know what I would be able to get here this quickly. … Hopefully, I can hold onto it for a little longer.”McIlroy, whose resume includes a record-setting US Open victory at Congressional last year, was celebrating by flying to New York to see his girlfriend, Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki — herself a former world number one in her sport.He was due back in Florida later in the week for the World Golf Championships event at Doral.It was the second week in a row that McIlroy had a chance to supplant Luke Donald at the top of the world rankings. He missed out at the WGC Match Play Championships when he fell in the final to American Hunter Mahan.This time around, despite the pressure from Woods, McIlroy held on, single putting four of the last six holes.Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell was delighted for his compatriot, and for the excitement that Sunday’s final round promised for the rest of the season.Not only did Woods pour on the pressure with his closing 62, England’s Lee Westwood rocketed up the leaderboard with a fourth-round 63.“It was a lot of fun out there today,” McDowell said. “For Rory to go out today with a two-shot lead and have Tiger shoot 62 on him and Westwood shoot 63 … this golf season just got a lot more spicy.”McDowell said McIlroy, who becomes the second-youngest player behind Woods to rise to number one, said improved putting had helped his compatriot.“That was the missing link, because the rest of his game is all there,” McDowell said. “As soon as he learned how to putt, he was going to be a dominating force, and you’re starting to see that now.”Donald, who did not play in Florida this week, was quick to offer his congratulations via Twitter.“Congrats @McIlroyRory enjoy the view!” the Englishman tweeted.But former number one Woods — who has not won a tour-level title in more than two years — garnered as much attention as the new number one.Still the biggest draw in golf, the 14-time major champion demonstrated he is ready to rekindle his stalled pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles.That can only be good for the game, McDowell said.“I’m excited to be part of golf right now,” he said. “It’s great to have Tiger Woods back playing the kind of golf we know he can play, because he’s exciting for golf…“I think Rory … he’s working harder and he has a huge amount more belief in himself and he knows what he wants to do now and he knows how to do it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, March 5 – Rory McIlroy heard the roar and knew Tiger Woods had done something special.The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland calmly lined up his eight-foot birdie putt and made it — just one of the tests he passed with flying colors Sunday for a Honda Classic victory that propelled him to number one in the world golf rankings.last_img read more

CORAL: Leicester City 28/1 for Champions League glory after stunning Sevilla win

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Can Leicester City do the impossible again?The Foxes claimed a stunning 3-2 aggregate win over Sevilla on Wednesday to book their spot in the quarter-finals, and are now 28/1 to follow up their shock Premier League title triumph with the Champions League crown.Meanwhile, Manchester City are 1/7 to join Leicester in the last-eight. Pep Guardiola’s side are 6/4 to win, with Monaco 13/8 at home and the draw 14/5.Plus, Simon brings us all the latest racing odds ahead of the day’s Festival action!Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Barton: This is why it will end in tears for ‘Lotto louts’ Man United

first_imgJose Mourinho is not the right fit for Manchester United, Ed Woodward is a space cadet who overspends on players, and it will all end in tears at Old Trafford.That’s the damning verdict from Joey Barton, with the Sports Breakfast co-host claiming United have fallen miles behind rivals Manchester City since Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill departed the club in 2013.United have not won the Premier League in five years and Mourinho, who took charge in 2016, is no closer to ending their title drought as his side trail their neighbours by 16 points with 11 games left to play of this season.Barton, speaking after the defeat to Newcastle on Sunday, said: “I don’t think he [Mourinho] is the fit for them.“Everytime there is a negative performance, a negative result, the fans [say] ‘this isn’t the United way, we don’t play like this, he is not our kind of manager’. “I don’t think he has done anything to endear himself to the Man United faithful. I don’t think he is a perfect fit.”Barton also took aim at executive vice-chairman Woodward, claiming the club have turned into ‘Lotto louts’ and changed for the worse since he replaced David Gill. “Ed Woodward is a space cadet,” the former Premier League ace continued. “The fact he has got himself involved in a Dutch auction and given [Alexis] Sanchez the money he has given Sanchez and I think they pay over the top all the time for players all the time.“When David Gill and that regime was there, the attraction of playing for Man United was the big thing, whereas now they are just outspending. They are like Michael Carroll and the Lotto louts, outspending everybody.“If they don’t sort it out quickly it is going to end up in tears for them because they are they are so far behind the team on the opposite side of the city.” Mourinho doesn’t fit Man United and Woodward is a ‘space cadet’, according to Joey Barton 1center_img “I don’t think José fits.” 🤷‍♂️“Ed Woodward is a space cadet!” 🚀“It could all end in tears.” 😢@Joey7Barton believes things could get worse before they get better at #MUFC… pic.twitter.com/Fzv0Lbp1oG— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) February 12, 2018last_img read more

Civil-rights lawyer gets far-shorter sentence

first_imgNEW YORK – A firebrand civil-rights lawyer who has defended Black Panthers and anti-war radicals was sentenced Monday to nearly 2 years in prison – far less than the 30 years prosecutors wanted – for helping an imprisoned terrorist sheik communicate with his followers on the outside. Lynne Stewart, 67, smiled, cried and hugged supporters after U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl pronounced the sentence of 28 months. The judge said Stewart was guilty of smuggling messages between her client and his followers that could have “potentially lethal consequences.” He called the crimes “extraordinarily severe criminal conduct.” But in departing from federal guidelines that called for 30 years behind bars, he cited Stewart’s more than three decades of dedication to poor, disadvantaged and unpopular clients. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Ms. Stewart performed a public service, not only to her clients, but to the nation,” Koeltl said. The judge said Stewart could remain free while she appeals, a process that could take more than a year. Stewart was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and her lawyer, Elizabeth Fink, had warned in a plea to the judge: “If you send her to prison, she’s going to die. It’s as simple as that.” Outside court, Stewart said she thought the sentence was “a victory for doing good work all one’s life.” She added: “You get time off for good behavior usually at the end of your prison term. I got it at the beginning.” Stewart has represented Black Panthers, leaders of the 1960s student activist group Weather Underground, a former mob hit man and a man accused of trying to kill nine police officers. Stewart was convicted in 2005 of providing material support to terrorists. She had released a statement issued by one of her clients, Omar Abdel-Rahman, a blind sheik sentenced to life in prison for plotting to blow up five New York landmarks and assassinate Egypt’s president. Prosecutors have called the case a major victory in the war on terrorism. They said Stewart and other defendants carried messages between the sheik and top members of an Egypt-based terrorist organization.160Want 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