Juventus hope to edge closer to 8th consecutive title when Serie A rolls into Week 30

first_img Tags: CagliariItalian Serie Ajuventus AC Milan vs UdineseStadio Giuseppe Meazza, MilanTuesday, 02-04-2019 @10pmMilan have lost two on the bounce and feel Champions League football is in doubt as they host Udinese revitalised by a new Coach.Gennaro Gattuso and director Leonardo are back to dealing with questions over the tactician’s future and what happens if they fail to finish in the top four, as back-to-back defeats to Inter and Sampdoria have thrown everything back in doubt.On the other hand, Udinese surged away from the drop zone thanks to an impressive 2-0 victory over Genoa, the ‘debut’ of Coach Igor Tudor. He had already been at the helm for four games at the end of last season, but walked away after failing to agree on a joint path forward. The Croatian was recalled during the break for international duty to replace sacked Davide Nicola.Tudor moved to a 4-3-3 formation, but is without suspended Jens Stryger-Larsen and midfielder Sandro, while Antonin Barak, Bram Nuytinck and Marco D’Alessandro are injured. There are many options open to him, including Kevin Lasagna stepping in for Stefano Okaka, flanked by Ignacio Pussetto and Rodrigo De Paul.Milan have practically a full squad to choose from, having rested Lucas Paqueta against Sampdoria. Franck Kessie was benched for that trip following his unseemly row with teammate Lucas Biglia on the touchline during the derby, but should return on Tuesday night.Suso’s form has been awful lately and he could well be the next player to be given the evening off, with Patrick Cutrone raring to go in more of a 4-3-1-2 system than Gattuso’s usual 4-3-3. It should allow Paqueta to move in a role more suited to him, with Cutrone ensuring Krzysztof Piatek is not so isolated.Udinese have kept one clean sheet in their last 20 Serie A trips to Milan, a 1-0 victory in September 2016.Cagliari vs JuventusSardegna Arena, CagliariTuesday, 02-04-2019 @10pmJuventus just about got back to winning ways last week, but are distracted by the Champions League in a very tricky visit to Cagliari.Ajax are on the horizon and Cristiano Ronaldo joined on the treatment table by Paulo Dybala, Leonardo Spinazzola, Andrea Barzagli, Sami Khedira, Juan Cuadrado, Douglas Costa and flu-ridden Mario Mandzukic. It all means Moise Kean gets his chance to start for Juve, having scored last week as a substitute to beat Empoli, and before that finding the net in each full senior Italy cap against Finland and Liechtenstein. We could also see a return to the 3-5-2 system, although Martin Caceres can play as a full-back or in central defence when needed.Cagliari are very strong on home turf and that is the only reason why they are currently eight points clear of the relegation zone. Rolando Maran’s men crushed Chievo 3-0 last week for only their second away win of the season, the first since September. It was achieved despite missing suspended hitman Leonardo Pavoletti, who returns on Tuesday and is raring to go at a Juve defence that has shown weakness on set plays. He has faced the Bianconeri three times and is yet to score against them.The Sardinians have won their last two Serie A games and a third would be their best run since October 2016. They have also registered three consecutive home victories and seem to have found their form in the final sprint to stay in Serie A.Juve are unbeaten against Cagliari in Serie A since November 2009, emerging with 13 wins and three draws. They’ve won each of the last five encounters, home and away, with four clean sheets.Empoli vs NapoliStadio Carlo Castellani, EmpoliWednesday, 03-04-2019 @10pmEmpoli slipped into the relegation zone following their unlucky defeat to Juventus and have another extremely difficult task with Napoli.The Tuscans had received a boost with the return of Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli, replacing sacked Beppe Iachini, but a dominant first half performance against Juve was not enough to pick up any points. Moise Kean came off the bench to score the deciding goal. That result, coupled with victories for Udinese, Bologna and SPAL, mean that Empoli have slipped back into the bottom three and are currently two points adrift of safety.They are certainly more motivated than Napoli, who know the Scudetto party in Turin is only a matter of time with the gap at 15 points. The lone target for this season at the Stadio San Paolo is the Europa League and all focus is going towards that quarter-final with Arsenal.Having said that, the Partenopei showed they are still capable of turning on the style, thrashing Roma 4-1 in the Capital on Sunday. That was achieved despite missing Lorenzo Insigne, Faouzi Ghoulam, Raul Albiol, Amadou Diawara and Vlad Chiriches, but Dries Mertens and Elseid Hysaj limped off during that game and are both expected to sit this one out.It’s the opportunity for Carlo Ancelotti to perform a few experiments, such as Adam Ounas and Arkadiusz Milik upfront, with Simone Verdi retaining his spot on the left wing after an impressive performance – and goal – against Roma. Piotr Zielinski returns refreshed from suspension, while Amin Younes and Sebastiano Luperto are pushing for more playing time too.Empoli continue to miss Antonino La Gumina, Levan Mchedlidze and Jacob Rasmussen, but Diego Farias and Francesco Caputo form a strong attacking partnership. Marko Pajac has been an interesting discovery since Andreazzoli took over, with Rade Krunic and Ismael Bennacer the midfield inspiration.Napoli have won their last four Serie A meetings with Empoli. It’s a high-scoring fixture, as in the last three Stadio Castellani encounters, both teams have found the net at least twice for a total 15 goals.Roma vs FiorentinaStadio Olimpico, RomeWednesday, 03-04-2019 @10pmThe wheels are coming off the bus for both their seasons, as Roma and Fiorentina risk missing out on their European targets.Claudio Ranieri has so far been unable to stop the rot at Roma, as replacing Eusebio Di Francesco has made little difference to results or performances. Defeat to SPAL was followed by a 4-1 thrashing at home courtesy of Napoli, which saw his team jeered off the pitch. As things stand, not only do they risk missing Champions League football, but could also feasibly be overtaken in the Europa League spots.Fiorentina have practically given up on their ambitions already this season, as far too many stalemates – most of them at the Stadio Franchi – saw them fall behind the other contenders. Coach Stefano Pioli has dropped multiple hints he is leaving at the end of the season, with Federico Chiesa and Jordan Veretout among those considering their futures.Chiesa missed the 1-1 Torino stalemate last week with a muscular injury and is expected to still be out here too, along with Edimilson Fernandes and long-term absentee Marko Pjaca. Bryan Dabo and Roma loaner Gerson could well start, sending Kevin Mirallas to the bench, as Giovanni Simeone and Luis Muriel lead the way. Roma are Muriel’s favourite Serie A targets, putting six goals past them.Roma are decimated by various problems, as Kostas Manolas only just made his comeback from injury and immediately got suspended. Alessandro Florenzi, Stephan El Shaarawy and Javier Pastore are still on the treatment table, but Nicolò Zaniolo is available from the start after recovering from a stomach bug. Lorenzo Pellegrini also returns in midfield, where Daniele De Rossi is not 100 per cent fit.The experiment of using Edin Dzeko and Patrik Schick has yet to work, but Ranieri seems determined to keep trying. The big surprise could be in goal, where another howler from Robin Olsen against Napoli prompted many to call for Antonio Mirante to take over for the rest of the season.Of course, Roma are still having nightmares about their most recent encounter with Fiorentina. They played at the Stadio Franchi in the Coppa Italia quarter-final on January 30 and emerged with an historic 7-1 thrashing, their worst ever result in the competition. Chiesa had a hat-trick, with Giovanni Simeone’s brace, while Muriel and Marco Benassi were also on target. Aleksandar Kolarov had the lone reply and Dzeko saw red late on.If Roma lose, it’ll be the first time they’ve suffered three consecutive Serie A defeats since May 2014.Genoa vs Inter MilanStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, GenoaWednesday, 03-04-2019 @10pmGenoa already beat Juventus a couple of weeks ago and hope to inflict more damage on an Inter side torn apart by in-fighting.The situation in the Nerazzurri camp reached breaking point on Sunday night after a 1-0 home defeat to Lazio. When questioned about Mauro Icardi’s absence, Coach Luciano Spalletti finally cast off the shroud of diplomacy and revealed what everyone suspected anyway – the striker was stripped of the captaincy for his behaviour, milked a knee injury and the club had to negotiate with a lawyer for his return to training.The question now is what happens next? Icardi returns, but with what atmosphere? The injury crisis in attack rages on, as Lautaro Martinez is still out following a problem on international duty, as is Stefan de Vrij, so Keita Balde Diao is again the only option as a makeshift centre-forward. Radja Nainggolan should at least be ready to start, sending Borja Valero and Matias Vecino to the bench, with Roberto Gagliardini a likely midfield addition.Genoa are a difficult side to predict, as they seem to raise their game against the big clubs. They became the first and so far only side to beat Juventus in Serie A this season, but then promptly lost to relegation-threatened Udinese with a whimper. Marassi also brings the best out of them and Antonio Sanabria returns after he was rested in Udine, partnering Christian Kouame.Captain Domenico Criscito is suspended, so Giuseppe Pezzella should step in, with Pedro Pereira and Davide Biraschi challenging for the right-back slot. Goran Pandev is raring to go against his old club, having scored in each of the last two editions of this fixture at Marassi.Inter have lost each of their last five Serie A trips to Genoa, firing blanks in four of them.SPAL vs LazioStadio Paolo Mazza, FerraraWednesday, 03-04-2019 @10pmSPAL and Lazio are both coming off precious away victories, but the pressure is on for every point in the final weeks of the season.Leonardo Semplici’s men snatched a 1-0 win at Frosinone, but remain only four points clear of the relegation zone. It is absolutely no coincidence that the upturn in form came when Manuel Lazzari returned from injury and he’ll be particularly eager to impress, seeing as Lazio have been repeatedly linked with a swoop this summer.Ex-Lazio veteran Sergio Floccari is battling with Alberto Paloschi to start as partner to striker Andrea Petagna. It’s a special match for Alessandro Murgia, the Aquile youth product currently on loan at SPAL.Lazio came so close to Champions League football last season and look set to make it another dramatic fight to the final round. In recent weeks, Simone Inzaghi’s side have shaken off the reputation of failing to beat the big clubs, seeing off Roma and Inter, while they are also in the Coppa Italia semi-final against Milan.More importantly, the Biancocelesti have a game in hand against Udinese on April 17, so if they win that, will be level on points with Milan in fourth place. There’s still a San Siro showdown to go in Serie A between those rivals, with Atalanta and even Roma also hovering.Stefan Radu and Joaquin Correa are injury doubts, with Jordan Lukaku out for the rest of the campaign. Felipe Caicedo is the natural choice to partner Ciro Immobile, with Adam Marusic returning in place of Romulo on the right wing.If SPAL win this, it’ll be the first time they’ve had three consecutive Serie A victories since 1967-68.Frosinone vs ParmaStadio Benito Stirpe, FrosinoneWednesday, 03-04-2019 @10pmThese sides were promoted together from Serie B last summer, but Frosinone look like they’re heading straight back and Parma are comfortably mid-table.The Canarini are quite rightly proud of their Stadio Benito Stirpe arena, one of the most modern in Italy, but are also somehow yet to win a Serie A match here. They have the worst home record in the division, managing just five draws and nine defeats, with nine goals scored and 28 conceded.Last week’s 1-0 defeat to SPAL was probably the final straw in any lingering hopes of safety, because it left them 10 points adrift of Bologna, who clambered out of the drop zone. Bologna, Udinese, SPAL and Cagliari have all stepped up a gear recently, but it’s probably too late for Frosinone.Parma have been coasting for weeks now, as they sit mid-table and rest on their laurels. It’s understandable enough, considering the extraordinary intensity of the last four years since bankruptcy, becoming the first Italian team ever to win three back-to-back promotions and then secure safety by the onset of spring.Roberto Inglese and Jonathan Biabiany were out injured against SPAL and Gervinho limped off too, joining Leo Stulac and Alberto Grassi on the treatment table. It means Uruguayan talent Nicolas Schiappacasse should finally get his first Serie A start, supporting Fabio Ceravolo and Luca Siligardi.Frosinone miss Federico Viviani and Mirko Gori, but aren’t expected to make many changes to Marco Baroni’s starting XI. Paolo Sammarco comes in for Viviani in midfield and will be hoping for better luck after he hit the upright last week.The Canarini are the only team in Europe’s top five leagues yet to register a home victory this season. Only the Premier League’s Huddersfield (seven) have scored fewer home goals than Frosinone (nine).Torino vs SampdoriaStadio Grande Torino, TorinoWednesday, 03-04-2019 @10pmTorino and Sampdoria have emerged as genuine contenders for the Europa League places, so this is a six-pointer for position.They go into this midweek round locked together on 45 points in joint eighth place, yet are only three points off Lazio (who have a game in hand) and Atalanta in fifth. It’s incredibly tight and the race for a ticket to Europe will go down to the wire.Fabio Quagliarella is shattering every record this season, top of the Capocannoniere charts with a career best 21 goals and becoming the oldest ever player to score for Italy at 36 years and 54 days. His inclusion in the Azzurri squad for those Euro 2020 qualifiers against Finland and Liechtenstein came at the expense of Andrea Belotti, who has really struggled so far this term with just 10 goals in 29 Serie A games.If Quagliarella scores, don’t expect him to celebrate, as he never does against his old clubs. He made his Serie A debut for Torino in May 2000, but they are now among his favourite victims, putting four goals past them.Iago Falque is not 100 per cent fit, so Simone Zaza should be Belotti’s strike partner, while Ola Aina continues his three-match ban for insulting the referee. Nicolas N’Koulou returns from suspension and Sasa Lukic fights to keep his midfield berth from Soualihe Meite.Sampdoria continue to miss Gianluca Caprari, Edgar Barreto and Albin Ekdal, but Gregoire Defrel has found form lately and scored the winner against Milan within 33 seconds last week. Riccardo Saponara is hoping to push Gaston Ramirez back on to the bench, with Jakub Jankto and Bartosz Bereszynski also eager to get more playing time.Blucerchiati Coach Marco Giampaolo marks his 300th Serie A game, so far enjoying 89 victories, 125 defeats and 85 draws.Samp have not lost both to Torino home and away in a single Serie A season since 1976-77.Sassuolo vs ChievoMAPEI Stadium, Reggio nell’EmiliaThursday, 04-04-2019 @10pmSerie B beckons for Chievo, but Sassuolo surprisingly find themselves only seven points clear of the relegation zone and in dire form.The Flying Donkeys realistically never stood a chance, as they started the campaign with a three-point penalty for financial irregularities, then went through three Coaches – including Giampiero Ventura for four games – while even improving performances under Domenico Di Carlo haven’t been enough to scrape results.With just one victory all season, Chievo are already preparing for life in the second tier next season. Frosinone look practically guaranteed to join them, but it’s a huge fight to avoid that final berth.Empoli are currently sitting third from bottom with 25 points, but Sassuolo only have 32, followed by SPAL and Udinese on 29, then Bologna 27. The Neroverdi had a stunning start to the season, but selling Kevin-Prince Boateng to Barcelona in January lowered the quality level significantly and the whole squad seemed to rest on their mid-table laurels.Claud Adjapong is the only injury absentee for Roberto De Zerbi, although Marlon is also at risk just days after his first start of the campaign. Domenico Berardi and Jeremie Boga will complete the trident attack with either Khouma Babacar or Filip Djuricic.Chievo have Fabio Depaoli and Riccardo Meggiorini suspended, with Ezequiel Schelotto and Nenad Tomovic still on the treatment table. Manuel Pucciarelli is expected to get the nod in attack, with Sergio Pellissier ready to come off the bench.Chievo have only lost one of their five Serie A trips to Sassuolo, drawing two and winning two.Atalanta vs BolognaStadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, BergamoThursday, 04-04-2019 @10pmAtalanta can move to within a point of Milan and the Champions League places, but host a Bologna side that just escaped the drop zone.The Scudetto race may have been won embarrassingly early, but the fights for European qualification and to avoid relegation look as if they’ll go down to the wire. Inter and Milan are stuttering, and the Rossoneri only drew 1-1 with Udinese on Tuesday evening, meaning a victory here would put Atalanta one point off the Champions League berth.Bologna are no less motivated, as the dramatic last-gasp victory over Sassuolo allowed them to climb out of the bottom three for the first time in four months, leapfrogging Empoli and moving two points clear. It was their third straight win after beating Cagliari and Torino, so a fourth would be their best Serie A run since May 1967.Mattia Destro came off the bench to score the winner and promptly celebrated with such intensity that he injured himself, so is out of this game along with Federico Mattiello. Federico Santander returns after a shoulder injury and should start with either Simone Edera or Nicola Sansone in support. Riccardo Orsolini was very lively against Sassuolo and Erick Pulgar is back in the starting XI.Atalanta miss Rafael Toloi, but Josip Ilicic has shaken off a knock to start with Papu Gomez and Duvan Zapata, returning Mario Pasalic to the bench. Berat Djimsiti is more likely than Jose Luis Palomino to deputise for Toloi in defence.Bologna have won only one of their last 27 Serie A trips to Atalanta, losing 15 and drawing 11. That includes four consecutive defeats, while they have lost their last six top flight encounters with Atalanta, home and away.Comments last_img read more

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Groves set to face Sierra in California

first_imgGeorge Groves is set to take on Mexico’s Francisco Sierra in San Jose, California, on 28 July.It will be the unbeaten Hammersmith fighter’s first outing since a second-round demolition of Paul Smith at Wembley Arena in November.This year injuries have forced ‘The Saint’ to withdraw from a world title clash with WBO champion Robert Stieglitz and a defence of his British and Commonwealth belts against Scotland’s Kenny Anderson.Sierra, 24, stands at 6ft 1in, is a former Mexican champion and has a record of 25-5-1 (22 KOs).Groves, also 24, will feature on the undercard of a world title fight between welterweights Robert Guerrero and Selcuk Aydin.It will be his second appearance in the United States. One of his 14 wins came against Alfredo Conteras in Las Vegas two years ago.George Groves features:A work in progressI’m not world class – yetTrue BlueLet history decide‘Ugly kid’ looks the partFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Ohio wheat had a tough year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With wet weather harvest delays, deep discounts on delivery and low yield at the end, wheat had a rough year. Are there reasons we should still grow wheat?Crop rotation — wheat adds a third crop to our rotation. Generally we get a 10% yield bump to the next crop in the rotation. And with a three-crop rotation we reduce disease and insect pressure for all crops.Wheat can be a good cover crop. We can plant it after soybean harvest, unlike other cover crops. We can even plant it after corn, but be aware that Fusarium head blight will likely be worse if you are planning on grain harvest. Wheat, like oats and cereal rye will help hold onto nitrates. If we want we can graze wheat, or if we get a good stand and have good prospects, we can keep it to harvest as grain. This may be our perfect cover crop. Production possibilities for wheatPlanting date — Fly free date in Ohio is also our agronomic trigger for the best planting dates. From recent experience we probably want to plant within a week to 10 days after the date. Long-term data says we should get about the same yield if we plant in the 14-day window following fly free. Fly free dates in Ohio range from Sept. 22 in northern Oho to Oct. 5 at Southpoint.We can reduce the chance of nutrient movement by applying the fertilizer in the spring into the growing crop. If, for example, we need 90 pounds of P2O5, we also get 20 to 35 pounds of N along with that (assuming MAP 11-52-0 or DAP 18-46-0). This puts on the N when we need it in the spring and gives us a growing crop to apply phosphorus.Variety selection — get good genetics with excellent disease resistance. Pierce Paul, our OSU wheat and corn pathologist, says that to reduce the threat of Fusarium head blight and to get good yields, choose a variety with high resistance to head blight and plan to apply a fungicide if conditions require.Row width — we have possibilities. Using a drill we can plant at six to 10 inches. And many of us have our split row soybean planters – on 15-inch rows. It gets a cover out there and doesn’t take too large of a yield hit.What will 15-inch row wheat yield?  Because some Ohio wheat producers are interested in growing soft red winter wheat in 15-inch rows to utilize a more precise planting implement, we can reduce equipment inventory, Modify Relay Intercrop (MRI) soybeans into wheat, sow cover crops, establish a forage crop, and/or reduce seed costs.Wheat yield in a 15-inch row is important in evaluating a row spacing change.Research done by Beuerlein and Minyo in 2008 in Ohio with three wheat trials found 7.5 inch row spacing to out yield 15-inch row spacing by about 7.2 % or 6.6 bushels per acre (bushel per acre).In 2009 and 2010, Lee and Herbek, of the University of Kentucky, grew three varieties of wheat at two locations in 15-inch and 7.5-inch rows. Varieties tested were known to be prolific (varieties produce a lot of tillers). Yields ranged from 70 to just over 120 bushel per acre. In two of the environments, there were no differences in yield between 15-inch and 7.5-inch rows. In the other two environments, wheat yields in 15-inch rows were about 8.5% less than wheat yields in 7.5-inch rows.Johnson, in 2006 and 2007, examined wheat yield in 7.5 and 15-inch row wheat in Ontario. Wheat yields were reduced from 5 to 8 percent when wheat rows were widened.In Ohio selected wheat varieties have been evaluated over yield in 15-inch rows. In 2014, at the OARDC Wooster site, 25 varieties averaged 109 bushels per acre with a range from 115.5 to 101.4 bu/ac. Two year tests of 14 varieties gave an average yield over all varieties of 100.3 bu/ac and a range of 103.7 to 96.1 bu/ac.In summary, where row comparisons were made over row spacing; wide row wheat averaged about 7.4 percent less than narrow wheat for the varieties selected. However, the data would suggest the wide row yield effect is also influenced by variety and site. Seed costs may be reduced when going to a wide row. Long term data from Steve Prochaska and Jason Hartschuh at OSU’s Crawford County farm show a 16 year average yield of 75 bushels per acre for wheat and 31 bushels per are soybeans in their MRI work — not bad for two crops in one year. A Factsheet on MRI is available here: http://ohioline.osu.edu/agf-fact/pdf/0504.pdf.last_img read more

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Onwubere bids EAC goodbye on a winning note

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Onwubere is also hoping that the ones that will be left in the auspices of EAC will draw inspiration for what he did in his eight-year stay in San Marcelino.“I always tell them that it’s all about the hard work. I always tell them that the only way we can catch up to the ones above us will be through hard work,” he said. “I’m very grateful for the EAC community and I hope that this campaign will help the guys for the next year.”Onwubere now gears up for a new challenge in his career as he is set to enter the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Nike honors LeBron’s 15th NBA season with powerful ad Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonSidney Onwubere struggled to hold back his tears as he looked around Filoil Flying V Centre and soaked in the moment after Emilio Aguinaldo College survived a gallant stand from Perpetual, 83-81, on Tuesday.Though the Generals failed to reach their goal of making it to the Final Four, the Fil-Nigerian forward got what he wanted — a win to cap off his collegiate career.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I will miss this all. The crowd, the fans, the drums. I will really miss all of this,” said Onwubere, who netted 18.06 points, 12.38 rebounds, 2.88 assists, and 1.56 blocks in his fifth and final year to lead EAC to a 7-11 record.The triumph was a fitting farewell for Onwubere, who could arguably be the most successful product of the EAC basketball program of this era.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough injuries held the Generals back from accomplishing their target, the 23-year-old was happy that the Generals eclipsed their record this season from last year.“Our focus this season was really to make it there. But at least, we improved our record from last year,” he said. LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Paradise re-invented in Goa

first_imgExperience a happening beach party in GoaThe soft, melodic hum of the azure ocean is given a thumping rhythm thanks to the nearby beach party that is ‘rocking’ in all its fenny-laced fervour. The sight of bikini-clad bodies paying obeisance to the sun is juxtaposed with the image of veiled ladies proceeding to the chapel for evening prayers. This beach paradise is filled with such contrasting experiences that somehow seem to cohabit in an ambrosial setting that typifies Goa, a place that has over the last four decades, achieved the iconic status as India’s ultimate party destination.Singing is a way of life on Goan beachesWhile Goa might be all this and more, it is certainly not static. A place that is constantly changing, yet keeping a firm grip on all that makes it super-special, Goa is the perfect microcosm of all that is new… and yes, happening!Stay wildThe charming Casa dos Colacos in MargaoNever has there been a place in India that has the distinction of seeing a new hotel being launched almost every week, but Goa comes close. It offers a mind boggling variety of new accommodation options that suit almost every budget and taste. For those who prefer to try out something different, Club Fresh Resort at Morjim beach in north offers tents that are kitted out with all the mod cons to make your stay memorable. It also has 15 rooms, a spa and multi-cuisine restaurant. For a great insight into the Portuguese legacy, the Casa dos Colacos, in Margao, is the perfect place for some culture-vulturing. A boutique bed and breakfast kind of place, it is housed in a renovated old-style bungalow steeped in history. Perched on the idyllic sandy beaches of Candolim, the new Casablanca is a beachside resort that offers you the doorstep to the sea. Replete with typical Goan hospitality and charm, it is one of the best stay options at Candolim.Shopping for styleA quiet walk on Baga beach is a great way to experience the placeIt is no surprise that Indian designers like Malini Ramani and Wendell Rodricks have set shop in hip Goa. The eclectic boho-chic sense of style is all pervasive here with flea markets and quaint boutiques that sell everything from 70s inspired shirts, string bikinis to flower-power lounge pants. The latest designer to open a store here is Arjun Khanna whose signature boutique in Saligaon is fast attracting the swish set with its superb creations. Another brand new shopping destination is Arte e Mobilia in Panjim that is full of unique objects and art sourced from Goa, Mumbai, Kolkata and beyond.Foodie’s delightSinful seafoodWhen it comes to eating, Goa offers a newer smorgasbord of tempting possibilities. Located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Panjim’s Latin Quarter, Ernestos maybe a newbie on the scene, but it packs in quite a mighty punch with its world cuisine favourites like filet mignon and barbecued ribs. Republic of Noodles in Candolim pays homage to Southeast Asian cuisine with its superb nosh like the Bangkok Pad Thai noodles. For the loungers CafÅ Chocolatti’s new branch at Altinho is just the place to indulge those post lunch or 4 p.m. truffle cravings that are best washed down with a steaming mug of hot chocolate with lovely marshmallows floating in it.Where’s the party tonightHead to Republic of Noodles for Southeast Asian cuisineWhen the sun takes siesta, Goa comes alive to claim its well-earned title of being a hedonistic heaven and manages to come up with interesting options throughout the year. A nightclub that is becoming a destination of its own thanks to the mind boggling variety of cocktails and other heady libations is ‘The Nightclub in the Sky’ Club Cubana in Arpora at north Goa. Recently voted India’s best nightclub, Club Cubana is legendary for its Bikini Friday nights that draws the bold and beautiful in droves who party till they are ready to drop. Another Yber-popular joint is Mambo’s on Baga beach that has recently gone in for a great new overhaul. This open-air club is one of the most happening places in north Goa, and spending a few hours on a Saturday night at Mambo’s is a match made in party heaven.Fine dining at the beach during sunset makes for a picutre perfect settingFor the last couple of months a quiet riot of sorts has been taking place every Saturday night at Neptune’s Point in south Goa’s idyllic Palolem beach. As India’s only silent party where revellers don a pair of headphones that are tuned to the frequency of the DJ’s console and groove to music that only they can hear, this is Goa’s answer to the legendary headphone parties that originated in another party capital of the world-Ibiza. Alarming, though, the sight may be of hundreds of people dancing to zilch sound, this is one of the most fun new things to do in Goa.Be GameWater sports on Anjuna beachAs the only Indian state to legalise gambling, Goa’s casino scene is slowly but surely throwing up some interesting options for punters to part with or earn cash. Not far from Panjim, the Chances Casino is situated at Vainguinim Valley Resort in the scenic Vainguinim Valley. This 24-hour casino features American roulette, poker and 35 slot machines and is a big draw for tourists.Goa promises you a new journey every time you visit it. Brace yourself as this temptress embraces you with a vice-like grip that will leave you breathless and satiated!advertisementadvertisement Fact fileClub Fresh Resort H. No. 782, Gawdewado, Morjim Beach; tel: (0832) 645 0599Casa dos Colacos Bernardo Da Costa Road, Margao, Salcette; www.casadoscolacos.comThe lovely Casablanca beachside resort at CandolimCasablanca Wadi Candolim, Candolim, Bardez; tel: (0)93225 09495; www.casablancagoa.comArjun Khanna’s boutique Vespa Rodriguez, Bungalow no. 5/67, Donvaddo, Saligaon, BardezArte e Mobilia Rebelo’s Arte e Mobilia Rebelo Building, first floor, Panjim; tel: (0) 98231 00400Ernestos Ernesto’s House 6/49, Mala, Panjim; tel: 325 6213Republic of Noodles Amarante Beach Resort, Vadi, Candolim; tel: 248 9600Cafe Chocolatti Goa Centre for the Arts, 63/C-8, Altinho, Panjim; tel: 242 1311; www.sgcfa.orgClub Cubana Arpore Hill, Arpora, Calangute; tel: (0) 98235 39033; www.clubcubanagoa.netMambo’s Tito’s Lane, Saunta Vaddo, Calangute Road, Baga; tel: 227 5028Neptune’s Point Palolem Beach; tel:(0) 919730 935334Chances Casino 184/189, Machado’s Cove, Dona Paula; tel: 245 2201last_img read more

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Naomi Osaka advances in straight sets at Indian Wells

first_imgCollins struggled with her serve throughout the match, committing seven double faults and connecting on just 47 percent of her first serves.Osaka’s first-serve percentage was 66 and she won 70 percent of her first-serve points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“In the first set I was just really flat-footed. I didn’t feel like I was moving well at all,” Osaka said. “Then I just tried to really hype myself up. My mindset was just to keep trying to get my feet moving and stay pumped up and positive.”Osaka won her first career title at Indian Wells a year ago, propelling her to a career-best year in which she defeated Serena Williams for the U.S. Open title. She began this year winning the Australian Open and moving to the top of the rankings. After that triumph, she fired her coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before taking on a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins. Miomir Kecmanovic, a lucky loser from Serbia, got past No. 30 Laslo Djere 6-2, 7-6 (3).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ranked 36th in the world, Venus Williams endured three sets in her first two matches. She rallied past Andrea Petkovic in the opening round and followed up by outlasting No. 3 seed Petra Kvitova in a third-set tiebreaker.Kvitova had made the finals in two of her first three tournaments this year.Williams, who made the semifinals in the desert last year, was playing McHale for the first time. Williams rallied from early breaks down in both sets to win.“I never played her, so it’s also you’re out there learning,” Williams said.Fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova eased past qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure 6-3, 6-2. No. 8 Angelique Kerber outlasted qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 and No. 9 Aryna Sabalenka defeated 24th-seeded Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-5.Two seeded women lost: No. 11 Anastasija Sevastova, who retired trailing 5-0 in the first set against No. 21 Anett Kontaveit, and No. 15 Julia Goerges, who lost to Mona Barthel 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.On the men’s side, No. 3 Alexander Zverev lost to German countryman Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-1.Playing just his third tournament of the year, Zverev said he’s been sick for a week.“That hasn’t changed, unfortunately,” he said.Dominic Thiem, seeded seventh, defeated No. 27 Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1. No. 13 Milos Raonic got a challenge from American qualifier Marcos Giron before winning 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Naomi Osaka, of Japan, returns a shot to Danielle Collins at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Monday, March 11, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, California— Naomi Osaka rolled past Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night, keeping the world’s No. 1 player on track to defend her title.Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked men’s player, held serve to win his opening game against Philipp Kohlschreiber in their night match. The German owned the advantage on his serve in the second game before rain began falling. The match was later suspended for the night.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “It is different from last year, but I think I am getting used to it,” Osaka said. “I have been practicing on Court 3 for the past few days, and I’m really grateful there is a lot of people that come out and watch. I try to sign all of the signatures.”Venus Williams is turning back her own clock, moving into the fourth round with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over qualifier Christina McHale.Williams is seeking her 50th career WTA Tour title in the desert, where she has never won the event. And at 38, she’s showing vintage form.“I don’t really play that often, so when I do, I need to play well,” she said. “It’s extra motivation for me to play just a little bit better out there.”Serena Williams, a two-time champion at Indian Wells, retired from her match on Sunday because of a viral illness.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lou Williams becomes NBA bench points leader in Clippers’ rout of Celtics MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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10 months agoTottenham midfielder Dele Alli delighted with victory at Tranmere

first_imgTottenham midfielder Dele Alli delighted with victory at Tranmereby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Dele Alli was delighted to lead them to FA Cup success at Tranmere Rovers.Spurs left Merseyside with a 7-0 win last night, Fernando Llorente hitting hat-trick.”We all enjoy playing together, we all want to play the same way and we know the philosophy we have here,” he said. “We all want to get the ball up high, move it quickly, interchange and make it difficult for the other team. We did that today.”We’re all happy for Fernando (Llorent) because he works so hard, he came in, took his chance and scored a hat-trick – he couldn’t do more.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoNewcastle boss Bruce confident Joelinton will be regular goalscorer

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce confident Joelinton will be regular goalscorerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is confident Joelinton will be a regular goalscorer.Joelinton got off the mark at Tottenham last month and Bruce feels the build-up to that goal – 17 passes in 46 seconds – proves Newcastle’s ‘big, physical animal’ will get benefit from better service.”I think when he played for Hoffenheim, he played towards the left a lot. I saw him play against Manchester City and he played to the left, which a lot of the teams do,” he told the Evening Chronicle.“They’re not actual wide players or wingers as such – they play on the left-hand side – and I think he got used to that role.“Certainly he’s aware – and we’ve made it clear to him – that we have to score more so all the spotlight, of course, is on him and Almiron. But, as a team, we have to create more and that’s got to be the aim going forward.” last_img read more

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Video: Watch Ohio State Linemen Brandon Bowen And Rashod Berry Go At It In An Intense 1-On-1 Drill

first_imgOhio State's players walking onto the field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Spring football is underway in Columbus, and today Ohio State linemen took part in some intense one-on-one drills. OSU posted video of offensive lineman Brandon Bowden going against Rashod Berry, who recently moved from tight end to defensive line. Things are getting pretty intense already for the Buckeyes.According to the caption, Bowden was given the win, but Berry, who was giving up about 75 pounds in the matchup, seemed to hold his own as well.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>last_img read more

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Mount Salem Residents Welcome Security Operations

first_img Ms. Watkins, who spoke to JIS NEWS on September 2, said the security operations in the area are necessary. “I have no problem with what is taking place,” said 58-year old Claudette Watkis, who has lived in Mount Salem all her life. Story Highlights Residents of Mount Salem in St. James are declaring their support for the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO), expressing the hope that the presence of the security forces will help bring peace to their community. Residents of Mount Salem in St. James are declaring their support for the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO), expressing the hope that the presence of the security forces will help bring peace to their community.“I have no problem with what is taking place,” said 58-year-old Claudette Watkis, who has lived in Mount Salem all her life.Ms. Watkis, who spoke to JIS News on September 2, said the security operations in the area are necessary.“I am just hoping and praying that whatever inconvenience we are currently experiencing will be worth it in the long run,” she added.Joyce Matthews, another resident, noted that the security forces are operating in a professional manner.“It was a little strange at first to see so many soldiers and police, but, to be honest, they have been very professional and courteous and are just here to do a job,” she told JIS News.“Persons who are not wrongdoers are not afraid to go through the checkpoints,” she noted.For his part, Justice of the Peace (JP), Marcus McKenzie, said that while it is still too early to make a reasonable assessment, “I have not seen anything that would warrant any form of criticism.”“What has been happening, as far as the crime situation in the western region is concerned, is certainly untenable,” he told JIS News.“As a community, we all are in support of anything that will bring crime under control. Like other JPs, however, we have a vested interest in seeing that things are done in a proper manner and that there will be no human-rights abuses”, he pointed out.In the meantime, Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Major Basil Jarrett, said that up to Saturday (September 2), 1, 300 persons have been searched as well as 334 vehicles and 13 houses.“We have also detained some 42 persons using the system we had established with the JPs,” Major Jarrett said.“However, a majority of these persons have since been released. We have also recovered 10 offensive weapons, primarily knives,” he told JIS News.Major Jarrett informed that persons have been able to leave their homes of their own free will.He said the operations of the security forces “are in keeping with what have been established as it relates to the Zones of Special Operations (law)”.For his part, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Clifford Blake, said he is pleased with the operations on the ground, noting that his job is to ensure that the rights of citizens are protected and that persons can move around without experiencing much inconvenience.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on September 1 declared Mount Salem and its environs as the first Zone of Special Operations under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.The law seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.The security operations in Mount Salem will last for 60 days.According to information provided by the police, some 12 gangs are operating in the area, which has recorded 54 murders since the start of the year, 16 in the Crawford Street district alone.In 2014, there were 46 murders in the area, with the figure increasing to 70 in 2015, and 85 in 2016.last_img read more

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