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Update: Bigger World Cup coming, France 98 Reggae Boyz weigh in

first_imgFIFA will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament which is likely to be held in North America. President Gianni Infantino’s favoured plan — for 16 three-team groups with the top two advancing to a round of 32 — was unanimously approved today by the FIFA Council. It meets Infantino’s election pledge of a bigger World Cup, and should help fund promised raises for FIFA’s 211 member federations. With 80 matches instead of 64, FIFA forecasts the equivalent of $1 billion extra income at current rates from broadcasting and sponsor deals, plus ticket sales, compared to $5.5 billion revenue forecast for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Meanwhile, Jamaica’s 1998 World Cup goalkeepers, captain Warren Barrett and his number two, Aaron ‘Wild Boy’ Lawrence, have expressed opposing views on the development. Barrett says that many would welcome the change, but he does not see the reason to increase the numbers. “I think that is watering it down a bit. For the World Cup, the most prestigious tournament in the world, teams need to work hard to get there. It should not be watered down to accommodate or commercialise the sport. I would rather it stayed at 32,” Barrett said. “If they are increasing it and the format remains the same, maybe I would support it. If you are going to have that knockout stage, I won’t agree with that. If teams are going to play one game and get knocked out and go home, it makes no sense. For the group stage, you have at least three games, so you get a chance to make it to the knockout round. I would stick with that format,” he added. Barrett’s number two during the ’98 campaign, Lawrence, holds a contrasting opinion as he believes that it would be good for developing football countries and aspiring players from these countries. “I don’t think it will water it down because you would give more countries a chance to showcase themselves. You have countries with good talent and ability, and they never got a chance based on how difficult it is in their region. So you will see more football, and more countries will get an opportunity to show their skills on the big stage,”said Lawrence. “It will be more challenging for the Caribbean teams. Teams like Costa Rica, Mexico, and the US might not mind, but for smaller nations like us, Trinidad, Haiti, Cuba, and the top teams in the Caribbean, will find it a lot more difficult to qualify. I certainly wouldn’t welcome that change,” Barrett added. FIFA projects an increased profit of $640 million despite some extra operating costs and prize money for teams. FIFA’s six continents should find out by May how many extra places they will each get. UEFA wants 16 European teams at the tournament, which is strongly favoured to be played in North America.  Africa and Asia could be winners in a bigger World Cup with up to nine places each. They had only five and four teams, respectively, at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Still, FIFA said it expects the standard of soccer to drop compared to the 32-team format locked in for the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar. FIFA must break with tradition to make its new format work after an original 48-team plan — with an opening playoff round sending 16 “one-and-done” teams home early — was unpopular. Instead, three-team groups will replace the usual groups of four to create simple progress to a knockout bracket. However, it leaves one team idle for final group games and could risk collusion between the other two teams. FIFA said it could guard against result-rigging by introducing penalty shootouts after group games that end in draws.last_img read more

Messi helps Barcelona beat Lyon to reach Champions League quarters

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain— Just when the Camp Nou crowd was getting nervous, Lionel Messi turned a close game into a complete rout.Messi scored two goals before setting up two more for teammates as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for a 12th straight season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Luis Suarez helped Barcelona go 2-0 up by halftime by earning a penalty converted by Messi and then setting up Philippe Coutinho to score.Lucas Tousart gave the visitors hope with a goal in the 58th minute after Barcelona failed to clear a corner kick. That meant Lyon only needed one more goal to go through, but Messi scored again in the 78th before passing for Gerard Pique and substitute Ousmane Dembele to round off the big win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We suffered unnecessarily for a while after they made it 2-1,” said Messi, who matched Xavi Hernandez’s club record of 476 career victories. “We complicated things by letting our guard down on a set piece. After the 3-1 we could calm down.”Messi’s goals were his seventh and eighth in the Champions League this season and took his tally to 36 in all competitions for Barcelona. But he could only watch hopelessly while prone on the turf when Messi floated his penalty kick past, using the “Panenka” style scoop after the goalie has moved too early.Messi’s 17th-minute spot kick was thanks to Suarez, who deftly sought and found contact with sliding defender Jason Denayer in the area to draw a foul.Suarez continued to torment Lyon*s backline with his runs into the box. A quick switch of the ball from his left boot to his right was enough for Suarez to juke past Fernando Marcal and draw in Lopes before he passed for Coutinho to tap home on the half-hour mark.Lopes had already been shaken up in a collision with Coutinho that forced play to be stopped for around five minutes before he tried to go on playing. But Lopes finally asked to be substituted in the 34th.Backup Mathieu Gorgelin denied Messi from close range before halftime, and Marcal hustled back to clear Messi’s chipped shot before it crossed the line just after the restart.Lyon grabbed a lifeline when a corner kick was knocked on by three players— including two from Barcelona— before Tousart controlled the ball with his chest and fired past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Nabil Fekir then fired high as Lyon’s pressure worried Barcelona for the first time.Seeing his team’s control of the match in danger, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde sent on Dembele and Arturo Vidal to try and equal Lyon in speed and muscle.The move worked.Messi made the most of the back-and-forth second half when he received the ball alone while charging toward the area. He put the ball on his left foot to draw two defenders the wrong way, before he cut back to his right and poked the ball under Gorgelin. Read Next Cristiano Ronaldo paying Juventus back with goals galore Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The Argentina forward then found Pique and Dembele arriving unmarked on quick attacks to complete the demolition.“When (Messi) is playing at this level you almost can’t stop him,” said Lyon coach Bruno Genesio. “The third goal completely broke us. We could have been able to do more against a team that was having doubts.” With the win, Barcelona set a Champions League record of 30 consecutive home matches without a loss that dates back to September 2013.Barcelona also stayed on course for a possible treble of titles. It leads the Spanish league and has reached the final of the Copa del Rey.In Wednesday’s other game, Sadio Mane scored twice as Liverpool advanced with a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich.The quarterfinal draw is on Friday.Barcelona was on the front foot from the start and Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes did well to swat away Messi’s first shot on goal shortly after kickoff.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

City outlines negotiation process with BCGEU leading up to strike

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John has released some details of the negotiating process with the BCGEU leading up to the current strike. According to the City they delivered Notice of Bargaining to the BCGEU on April 15, and a final offer was made on May 29.An impasse was reached on the issue of wages, and the requests the City had on the table at the time was removed.Union members took a strike vote on June 4 and results were 97 per cent in favour of job action. Also on June 4 the City applied for mediation with the Labour Relations Board.- Advertisement -A mediated agreement was signed by both groups after mediation began on June 24, however on June 26 BCGEU members voted against it.According to numbers released by the City this morning, of the 183 BCGEU members, 92 took part in the vote, and 59 voted against ratification, while 33 were in favour.Percentage wise 32.2 percent of eligible voters were against the deal, however when the figure of 59 is compared to the actual number of votes casted, the percentage rises to 64.1 per cent.Advertisement Strike action by the BCGEU began at 8:30 a.m. this morning after 72 hour notice was issued on July 17.last_img read more

17 fans hurt during Belgrade derby

first_imgOne photographer said the fight was between rival groups of Partizan fans.Police were forced to intervene to end the scuffles while several fans, some with bloodied faces, were evacuated from the stadium.The match finished 1-1 after Red Star’s Richmond Boakye equalised six minutes from time after a Seydouba Soumah penalty had given Partizan a second-half lead.Since the break up of the former Yugoslavia, the Belgrade derby has often been beset by hooligan problems.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Policemen arrest a Partizan Belgrade’s supporter after clashes between two groups of supporters during the team’s match against Crvena Zvezda (Red Star), on December 13, 2017 in Belgrade © AFP / PEDJA MILOSAVLJEVICBELGRADE, Serbia, Dec 13 – A mass brawl between supporters of Belgrade rivals Red Star and Partizan resulted in 17 people suffering injuries, the Beta agency said on Wednesday.AFP photographers at Partizan’s Stadion Partizana said the fight broke out in a section of the stadium housing home fans and lasted around 10 minutes.last_img read more

Crash on 101 Freeway snarls traffic

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – A multi-vehicle accident today on the westbound Ventura (101) Freeway in Woodland Hills prompted the brief closure of the lanes, authorities said. The accident occurred shortly before 5 a.m. near De Soto Avenue, said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos. The westbound lanes were closed for about 20 minutes, Villalobos said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.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

San Pedro, Banning to be motivated

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.San Pedro has dedicated the rest of the season to Tasby, a popular teammate and emerging leader who was fatally shot at a party Saturday. The San Pedro players said they will honor Tasby by wearing his No. 85 on their helmets in tonight’s all-important showdown at 7 at Gardena High. “We’re going to have numbers on the helmets, and each person is going to pay tribute to him in their own way,” San Pedro defensive coordinator Corey Miller said. “We just ask the kids to play as hard as he played.” It will be a huge game for both teams in terms of the Marine League standings and jockeying for playoff position. The teams are fighting for third place and a potential first-round home game in the L.A. City Section Championships. It’s also a rivalry game in which Banning leads the series, 36-31-3, despite losing the last five. PREP FOOTBALL: Pirates to honor late teammate, Tasby, in rivalry game with Pilots. By Tony Ciniglio Staff Writer When the San Pedro players take the field tonight to face arch-rival Banning, their hearts and thoughts will be with fallen teammate Laterian Tasby. “Basically, we’ve been working hard this week because it’s a big game, and we want to do it for L.T. We want to win for him,” San Pedro linebacker Robert Franco said. “He was our brother, and it’s heartbreaking. We’ve been trying to deal with it. We’re going through some hard times.” Banning coach Chris Ferragamo said his heart goes out to Tasby and the San Pedro football team. “That was such terrible news – our team felt so bad for them,” Ferragamo said. “I feel for the kids and especially for the parents of that young man. When that kind of thing happens, it kind of puts a damper on a lot of stuff. I hope they come out of it OK. We saw him on film, and he was an excellent player.We’re expecting them to play awfully hard.” San Pedro (6-2, 1-2) has been a resilient bunch all season, enduring the loss of eight starters to injuries even before last Saturday’s tragedy. Miller said that is by far the most injuries San Pedro has suffered since the core of the coaching staff came to the school in 1991. In one scary incident, defensive lineman Richard Pele sustained a punctured lung after taking a cleat versus Garfield in Week 3. Quarterback Barry Heads had a cast on his right hand last week after getting drilled by a helmet against Carson. And there have been others. Still, San Pedro has been among the South Bay’s best all season, starting 6-0 before two tough losses in succession. San Pedro lost to Carson in overtime, 18-16, and saw Narbonne break away with two late scores for a 28-8 victory. “Our kids have kept battling all year, and I don’t expect that to change now,” San Pedro offensive assistant coach Grant Beachley said. “It’s been a pretty resilient group all year long. Who knows how good we’d be if we had our full team, but we have a lot character on this team, and we’ll fight through it. Our kids have handled adversity all year.” San Pedro will have to handle a vastly improved Banning team (7-1, 2-1) that has topped high-powered Venice this season, handing the Gondoliers their only loss. Ferragamo rested his top players last week against winless Gardena so they could be at full strength against San Pedro. Running back Josh Limosnero is a threat to score any time he touches the ball, and he follows a stout line that includes Sam Tupua and Nick Garibay. “It’s a game we need to move into league contention,” Ferragamo said. “It’s a big game for both schools, especially with the rivalry. San Pedro always plays tough because they’re so well-coached and Coach (Mike) Walsh knows what he’s doing over there. We have to be on our toes and we can’t afford any mistakes.” San Pedro has players who can force mistakes.Not only is Franco a force at linebacker, but the Pirates have stellar defensive backs in Ahmad Wood (five interceptions) and Dray Ballard (four INTs). “Our defense has really kept us in games,” Beachley said. “It’s given our offense a chance to come through, and more times than not, the offense eventually does. But the defense comes to the park everyday. “This should be a fun game. Banning will have their fans. We’ll have ours. after a touchdown also We’re looking forward to it. ” tony.ciniglio@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Boy Scout Troop 688 will hold an instructional day on scrapbook-making from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the St. Gregory Church Hall, 13935 Telegraph Road.A donation of $25 per table is requested.Participants receive free coffee, tea, doughnuts, punch and snacks. Dinner is available for an additional $6.For more information, call (562) 201-5559.Library to host origami workshopMONTEBELLO – The Asian Pacific Resource Center will present a workshop on origami – a Japanese paper-folding craft – from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Montebello Regional Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd.For more information, call (323) 722-6551.Federal Employees chapter to meet DOWNEY – The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, Southeast Chapter, will hold its monthly meeting at noon Wednesday at Furman Park, 10419 Rives Ave.Bill Miller of Incodevco Inc. will talk about estate planning. The event is open to the public.For more information, call (562) 943-5513.Class offers tips on eBay tacticsLA MIRADA – The city is now offering an “eBay 101” workshop for adults.Learn how to set up an account, post an image of your product and sell successfully.This two-day workshop will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and March 1.The registration fee for the workshop is $50.For more information, call (562) 943-7277.Health screenings offered at hospitalWHITTIER – Cholesterol screening will be provided at the Senior Life Center of Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd., from 8 to 10 a.m. Feb. 27.The fee is $25. Space is limited.For more information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2444.Norwalk to honor senior citizensNORWALK – The city is seeking resident-nominees for its Outstanding Older American.The nominee must be at least 60 years old. They also must have performed – or are performing – outstanding volunteer work in the community, such as at a hospital, school, library or nonprofit organization or charity.Applications can be picked up at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive; Norwalk City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd.; and Norwalk Social Services, 11929 Alondra Blvd.Applications must be submitted by Feb. 28 at the Norwalk Senior Center.For more information, call (562) 929-5580. – From staff reportslast_img read more


first_imgThe Letterkenny Rovers team which played Portmarnock in Dublin on Sunday.The club stages one of its biggest days in its illustrious history when welcoming Ringmahon Rangers to Leckview  Park on Sunday for the FAI Intermediate Cup semi final replay after the first game ended 1-1.The prize on offer is a final at the Aviva and the club would like to encourage everyone to make a big effort on the day to come out in big numbers and to give this fine group of men the best support they can. Kick off on Sunday is at the earlier time of 12noon.The seniors also had a fine result in Portmarnock on Sunday when also drawing 1-1 in the FAI Senior Cup. Darren McElwaine was the goalscorer and it means we have a replay in that competition also in Leckview on Sunday week. The club is a hive of activity at the moment with the success of the seniors team filtering right across all strands and there is alot of activity on the pitch at the moment as the season reaches an exciting conclusion.Our u16s drew 2-2 at Bonagee in the first leg of the Champions League on Tuesday night with the return leg at the Aura on Saturday morning at 11am. Goalscorers were Oran Winston and Gabriel Aduaka.Our Youths defeated Bonagee 6-2 to advance to the final of the Gorey Curran Cup. Goalscorers were Shane Doherty, Codey Brogan, Daire Morrison penalty, Conor O’Donnell x2 and Michael Gallagher. Next up for the Youths is a league positional playoff match against Gweedore Celtic on Saturday in Ballyare at 2pm.Our u14s Rovers were in action twice losing 1-0 to Swilly Rovers but bounced back to form with goals from Jake Fitzimmons and Ciaran Moore in a 2-0 win over Gweedore Celtic.They are also doubled booked this week as they play Milford away on Wednesday evening at 630pm before travelling to Glenea in the cup on Saturday at 1145am.Our u14s Crusaders were due to be back in action on Wednesday with the visit of Bonagee to the Aura at 630pm while United are on the road to Keadue on Sunday morning for an 1130am kickoff.Our u12s Rovers defeated Kilmacrennan Celtic 3-2 with goals from Farad Bashar, an og and David Cullen.Mini Lotto numbers drawn were 1-10-16 and 24.9 with 3 numbers from which 5 were drawn and receive 15 euro each;John Quinn, Joe Harron, Colm McConigley, Molly Hunter and Nuala O’Carroll the lucky recipients.Next weeks jackpot is €3550 .Bingo continues in the Station House Hotel on Thursday nights at 830pm, Snowball is €1275 on 45 numbers or less.FOOTBALL: LETTERKENNY ROVERS FACE RINGMAHON RANGERS IN FAI INTERMEDIATE CUP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: April 13th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fai cupFootballIntermediateLetterkenny Rovers FCSportlast_img read more

Enevold Featured As February’s Principal Financial Group’s International Student-Athlete Of The Month

first_imgEach month, Drake Athletics and the Principal Financial Group features one of the Bulldogs’ international student-athletes. This month, men’s basketball junior center Jacob Enevold is the Principal Financial Group featured international student-athlete. Enevold, a native of Lunderskov, Denmark, has started 51 of 56 games over the last two seasons. Averaging 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 points a game this season, Enevold has been a critical part of the men’s basketball team. Enevold recently answered some questions about his experience as an international student-athlete. Why did you choose to attend Drake?             “Coach [Todd] Townsend started recruiting me. He really put an effort towards my academics, and that’s why I chose Drake. I felt like they wanted to work to help me.” Why did you choose to start playing basketball?            “I played soccer until I was about 11 years old and then stopped playing sports for a year. My parents told me I needed to play a sport to stay active. I was tall so, naturally I chose basketball and I was lucky enough to have a coach that made basketball interesting.” Was there any particular reason you wanted to come to the U.S. to play basketball and attend school?             “It’s always been a dream or a goal of mine to come over here and play basketball. To pursue an education and develop my basketball skills.” What are some differences in basketball between the U.S. and Denmark?             “A lot of the physicality has been taken out of the game over here, which isn’t a bad thing. I have the adjustment though every year coming back from playing with the Danish National team at home. We also have less time on the shot clock, with only 24 seconds. My freshman year it was tough getting used to the speed of games and how fast it moves with more athletic guys.” What are some of your favorite things about Drake?             “That it’s a small school and you get to have relationships with your professors that you probably wouldn’t have at other schools. It gives me an opportunity to learn more and have someone I can trust and lean on when stuff isn’t going right in a class. I also like the athletics community and how we are so tight-knit. Everyone kind of knows everyone.” How do you feel having an international experience will aid you in your future goals/career?             “I’ve lived away from home since I was 14 years old and I’ve just matured faster than most guys in college, so I’m able to get by by myself a little bit more. Basketball-wise, I’ve developed a lot when I came to the U.S. I’ve played against top-level competition with the Danish National Team so I had an idea coming here of how tough you had to play to be successful.” What are your plans for the future with your degree and basketball?             “I’d love to take my TV/Radio production degree back home and work for a well-known station called Denmark Radio and work with them in whatever way possible. For basketball I’m just going with the flow, it’s hard to have an idea about the future.” What are some challenges you face on and off the court?             “The way you interact with people in the U.S. is a lot different than back home. Back home you wouldn’t start a small conversation when you just casually pass people. That was hard to get used to. I thought ‘what’s the deal with everyone wanting to know how I’m doing?’ But now even I do it. On the court, it’s just a very different game.” What are some other hobbies or activities you have outside of basketball? “I enjoy listening to old records on my vinyl player, video games and watching Netflix. Right now I’m really into developing websites as well.” What is your favorite part about playing basketball?             “Winning. I love the game, but winning is why I play. I like the style of the game and the way that it’s played as a team sport. You can’t win without having teammates that are willing to play as a team.” What are some goals for the rest of the basketball season?             “Being consistent with my play and being able to maintain a certain level of play. I’ve had a tough time the last few years being consistent with what I’m capable of and that’s definitely a goal of mine.”  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgSiobhan: Missing – Can you help?Gardai are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a woman missing in Co Donegal.Siobhan McGread, who is 51, is missing from Bundoran.An extensive search operation has already taken place along the coast involving helicopter and land-based Coast Guard teams. “Siobhan was last seen at approximately 6.30 pm on the 19th February 2014 on Rougey Walk, Bundoran,” said a Garda spokesman“Siobhan is described as about 5’3″, with dark grey hair and blue eyes. When last seen she was wearing a blue tracksuit and white runners.”Gardai in Bundoran are appealing for members of the public who may have seen Siobhan to contact them on 071 984 1203, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.  GARDAI APPEAL FOR HELP IN TRACING MISSING DONEGAL WOMAN was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundorandonegalgarda appealmissingSiobhan McGreadlast_img read more