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first_imgMarcus Rashford scored a last-gap penalty awarded after a Video Assistant Referee intervention as Manchester United stunned Paris St Germain 3-1 away to reach the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals on Wednesday.Never in Europe’s premium club competition had a team progressed after a 2-0 home defeat but Rashford’s stoppage-time penalty made sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side advanced in the most dramatic fashion.The visitors, severely depleted by injuries, went ahead twice in the first half through Romelu Lukaku but Juan Bernat equalised for the French champions in between.PSG were advancing to the last eight 3-2 on aggregate before referee Damir Skomina awarded United a penalty for a Presnel Kimpembe handball after a lengthy delay for the VAR review and Rashford lashed home the spot-kick to level the tie at 3-3 and send United through on away goals.On the 106 occasions in Europe’s premium club competition a team had lost the first leg 2-0 at home — it happened 106 times — managed to qualify for the following round.PSG had only lost two of their last 50 European games at the Parc des Princes.Solskjaer, who had half of this starters missing the game through suspension, illness or injury, had said his team needed to score the opening goal to make it happen.It could not have started better for the visitors, who went ahead after Lukaku intercepted a backpass from Thilo Kehrer, rounded Gianluigi Buffon and slid the ball into the empty net.But PSG confiscated the ball and the equaliser seemed unevitable. It came in the 12th minute, when Bernat latched onto a Mbappe cross to restore parity.The hosts continued to toy with their opponents with Bernat and Angel Di Maria both coming close as United were left chasing the ball around.But on their second chance, United took the advantage again.Buffon let a fierce Marcus Rashford shot bounce off his chest in the path of Lukaku, who poked the rebound home in the 30th.PSG continued to impose their possessive pattern on the game after the break and Angel Di Maria had a goal disallowed for offside after collecting a slick through ball from Mbappe.United threatened on the break but Tuchel’s side were more compact and composed than before the interval.Julian Draxler suffered a possible muscle injury and was replaced by Leandro Paredes int he 70th minute.PSG had a sword of Damocles above their heads but two years after being stunned 6-1 at Barcelona after a 4-0 home win in the last-16 tie, this time held their overall advantage.Mbappe slipped in front of David De Gea as he seemed en route to score at the end of a counter attack with Bernat firing the abandoned ball onto the post in the 85th.last_img read more

first_imgFrank Lampard has challenged Chelsea to “give it everything” in their Super Cup final showdown with Liverpool.Lampard was twice a losing finalist in the competition as a Blues player in 2012 and 2013 but now has the opportunity to get his hands on a first piece of silverware since becoming the club’s head coach over the summer.His reign got off to an ignominious start as they suffered a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, but the former midfielder is hopeful of bouncing back in Istanbul on Wednesday.“We need to be absolutely ready,” Lampard told uefa.com. “It’s a cup that the club desperately wants to win. I’ve never won it, a lot of players in there have never won it, so we have to give it everything.“Going up against the team with the quality of Liverpool in a final is as tense as finals can be.“You can lose finals; they’re very tough. But what you cannot do is lose it on the premise that we weren’t prepared, or we didn’t have that hunger or desire or everything you need to try and win a game of this magnitude.“It’s going to be one of my first competitive games as manager of this club.“Every player in there needs to be aware of the importance of the game to this club and we have to give everything, because it’s going to be tough.“It’s going to be tough, but we cannot walk off the pitch and think, ‘Oh, we could’ve done that’ or ‘We missed that opportunity’ or ‘We weren’t quite ready’ or make any excuses for ourselves.”last_img read more

first_imgManchester City defender Kyle Walker says he feels “harassed” by a section of the British media following a report that he broke lockdown restrictions three times this week to visit family.The Sun reported that the England international had breached government guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus by visiting his sister and parents before going cycling with a friend.Walker also apologised last month after the tabloid reported he had invited two call girls to a party at his Cheshire home.“I have recently gone through one of the toughest periods of my life, which I take full responsibility for. However, I now feel as though I am being harassed,” Walker said on Twitter.“This is no longer solely affecting me, but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.”Walker said he travelled to Sheffield on Wednesday to give his sister a birthday card and present, and that he then travelled to his parents house to “pick up some home-cooked meals”.“What have my parents and sister done to deserve their privacy being invaded by photographers following me to their homes? I constantly feel as though I am being followed,” he added.Walker said his mental health was not being taken into consideration amid the scrutiny.“At a time when the focus is understandably on COVID-19, at what point does mental health get taken into consideration, an illness which affects every sufferer differently?” he said.last_img read more

first_img Tracy, who was the Jamaican champion in the event last year but who finished second this time around, said her main plan at the National Senior Championships was to get a top-three spot. “My aim was to make the team and then fix any issues I have before the World Championships, as going into trials, I was not race sharp,” she said. “I got a season’s best there and my training partner (Rhonda Whyte) won and I was happy for her because this will definitely help her mentally, and both of us are going to London,” she said. Tracy, who, several years ago, looked the most gifted Jamaican in the event coming out of high school but had a couple of years of below-par performances, stated that a change of clubs has made a big difference. “The change has really done wonders for me, as at Sprintec, I am getting more individual attention, especially in my weak areas, and I think I am now getting back a little feel of the high-school training I am used to, and also working out with a good training partner in Rhonda, as we push each other in training,” Tracy said. TOP THREE SPOT LAUSANNE, Switzerland: Ristananna Tracy, the only Jamaican who will face the starter at tomorrow’s Lausanne Diamond League, will be aiming to better her 54.49 seconds season’s best for the 400 metres hurdles. The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games 400m hurdles finalist will be up against a crack field in the event, the first Diamond League race of the meet, which is set to get under way at 1:03 p.m. Jamaican time. Tracy will face two athletes who have gone sub-53 seconds so far this season, while only one in the field has gone slower than the Jamaican’s best for 2017. Speaking a few minutes after a workout on the main stadium track here in Lausanne, Tracy said she wanted to run a good race. “My aim is to go out and execute a good race and hopefully, in the end, I can get a season’s best,” said Tracy. “I am not intimidated by the strong line-up, as I will just follow my race plan and see what happens,” she added.last_img read more

first_imgThe Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$310 million Trade Facilitation Loan (TFL) for Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of the Ecobank Group.AfDB made the decision recently in Abidjan and will provide trade finance to support economies in which Ecobank is currently operating, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.According to a statement from Abidjan, the intervention came at a time of falling commodity prices, which have caused shortages in foreign exchange supply that have led to unmet demands for trade finance instruments to support ongoing structural changes in the respective economies in sub-Saharan Africa.The bank said through the Ecobank branch network across sub-Saharan Africa, the project would mainly support small and medium enterprises and local companies involved in import and export activities.The loan, according to AfDB, will help address critical market demands for trade finance and dollar liquidity by supporting vital economic sectors such as agri-business, chemicals, construction and engineering, food processing, manufacturing and non-traditional exports. “It will foster financial sector development, provide a platform to support intra-Africa and regional trade and support financing of medium term infrastructure projects, creating robust industries and employment opportunities for youth and will enhance support to local enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa, whose trading activities are being constrained by shortages in dollar funding,” the statement said. The AfDB said when the fund is fully utilized, including rollovers, the interventions are expected to facilitate roughly US$2 billion of trade over a three and a half-year period and will contribute to the attainment of AfDB’s five operational priorities – its ‘High 5s’ – namely: Light up and power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa. The project also aligns with AfDB’s ten-year strategy, particularly its financial sector development plan, which seeks to increase access to financial services for the underserved and broaden Africa’s financial systems, the statement said. The AfDB’s Private Sector Strategy will contribute to the improvement of the investment and business environment in West Africa, subsequently promoting regional trade.“We will promote enterprise development through increased access to appropriate levels of trade finance for small and medium enterprises and local corporations,” said AfDB.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comFOSHAN, China—In his well-documented coaching career, and the entire country can attest to this, Yeng Guiao has never spoken this defeated before.“There’s really no way we can match up with their talent, with their size, and of course, Serbia is a special team at this point,” Guiao told Filipino scribes here, minutes after his Gilas Pilipinas crew bombed out of contention after taking a 126-67 beating flush on the chin Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Gilas plays Angola Wednesday afternoon for bragging rights of not being left as the only winless team in Group D.Guiao, among his concerns, is worried about one thing.“It would be hard to prop up the team’s spirits after losses like those,” he said.But knowing Guiao—even after he sounded so overwhelmed by what has just happened—he always finds a way.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Jokic, Serbia boot Gilas Pilipinas out of contention in Fiba World Cup View comments Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIES Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano islandcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs “I think they are going to end up playing in the finals and maybe even winning the whole thing.”Guiao devised every defensive plan he could think of, goaded his players as much as he can, and still came up way, way short in what could go down as the worst whipping taken by any team in this 32-country event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“They are just too big, too good. They are just a tough match-up for us no matter what we do,” Guiao went on in describing the Serbs. “They’re simply at a different level.”Guiao and his Nationals are now left to pick up the pieces of what has turned out to be a disastrous campaign, having lost their first two games by an average of 52.5 points, the first being a 108-62 ripping at the hands of Italy. LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruptionlast_img read more

first_imgNext Match: Royal Military College of Canada 11/10/2019 | 1:00 p.m. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team topped the Queen’s Gaels 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-9) on Friday, November 8 at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.TORONTO STATS: Fifth-year left side hitter Caleigh Cruickshank led all players with 11 points off of six kills, four blocks and one ace, while fellow veteran Alina Dormann had 10 points off of a game-high nine kills and one block.The one-two punch of Jenna Woock and Anna Licht dominated in the middle. Woock racked up eight points off of five kills and three blocks, while Licht also had eight points off of two kills, two aces and four blocks.Rookie setter Lidya Canturk tallied 15 assists and a team-high five digs in the win.UP NEXT: The Blues host the RMC Paladins in their sixth annual OVA (Ontario Volleyball Association) Day this Sunday, November 10 at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. Opening serve is set for 1 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Preview Buy Tickets Matchup Historylast_img read more

first_img1 Raymond Goethals is the Champions League’s oldest winning manager Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger today celebrates his 65th birthday, a landmark age reached during what is his milestone 18th year in charge of the Gunners.During that time, Wenger has won nearly everything in club football with Arsenal, but there is one trophy that continues to elude him – the Champions League.Despite guiding the club into Europe’s premier competition for 17 years running, the Frenchman has reached just one final – the heartbreaking defeat to Barcelona in 2006.There is every chance that Wenger will remain in charge of the club for a number of years yet, but it’s fair to say that he is very much in the twilight of his managerial career, meaning that time is running out for ‘Le Professuer’ to get his hands on the trophy with big ears.Should he eventually manage it, he would be one of the oldest managers to do so, but – somewhat encouragingly so – he would not be the oldest boss to win it for the first time.That honour goes to Raymond Goethals – pictured above – Marseille’s famous Belgian boss, who was an incredible 71 years old when he guided the Ligue 1 giants to European supremacy in 1993.Boasting a similar European record as Wenger – Goethals had previously reached the European Cup final once, with Marseille in 1991 – he took Les Olympiens on an unbelievable journey to the final in Munich, where they beat Italian giants AC Milan in a tight final, making them the first and to date only French club to lift the trophy.Given the decreasing age of first-time winning managers – the average age is 43.6 – the odds are stacked against Wenger, but as Goethals proved, even the most experienced managers can get there in the end.Arsenal fans, do you think you can win the Champions League before Arsene Wenger retires? Comment below…last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. A variety of artists will perform at the gala, including Bennett, a 13-time Grammy winner. Ticket prices for the event, at the Kodak Theatre, range from $50 to $5,000. Besides honoring the entertainment legend, the night will raise awareness and funds for Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camps, a nonprofit organization with nine camps worldwide for children with serious illnesses and life threatening conditions. The guest list at the Aug. 3 fete in New York included Robert DeNiro, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Katie Couric, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Harry Belafonte, Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump and Billie Jean King.center_img The Tony Bennett 80th-birthday celebration rolls west. Bennett was honored with an all-star bash in New York on Aug. 3, his birthday. Next up: a glittering celebration in Los Angeles. George Clooney, Paul Newman, Billy Crystal, Jack Nicholson and Bruce Willis will gather Nov. 9 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre for the charity fundraiser, “Singers and Songs Celebrate Tony Bennett’s 80th,” music producer Lou Adler announced Monday. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“I promise that the trophies will be given because I’ll personally buy them myself,” Tony Tether, DARPA’s director, told competitors earlier this year. The absence of a lucrative cash prize has forced some teams to retool their game plan and others to drop out. Some fear it would be harder to attract corporate sponsors and hurt media coverage of the race, which drew a throng of reporters last year and inspired a PBS documentary. “The icing on the cake is gone,” said Ivar Schoenmeyr, team leader of California-based Team CyberRider, which is retrofitting a Toyota Prius hybrid. DARPA has sponsored the cash-prize competitions to spur development of smart vehicles that could be used in the battlefield. The agency, which was created during the Cold War and is best known for research that led to the Internet, is under a congressional mandate to help cut casualties by having one-third of the military’s ground vehicles unmanned by 2015. Unlike previous races in which robotic vehicles had to conquer the rugged desert, next year’s challenge will test how well they can carry out a mock military supply mission through bottlenecked traffic. After Stanford University won a Pentagon robot race through the Mojave Desert last year, engineers and students hoisted an oversize $2 million check and poured bubbly champagne over their unmanned Volkswagen SUV. Next year’s winners won’t be as rich. The Pentagon’s research arm, which has twice hosted the high-tech contests since 2004, blames an obscure section in a defense spending law signed by President George W. Bush this week. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency believes the law prevents the agency from awarding the $2.7 million in prize money. So instead, DARPA will hand out shiny trophies to the top three teams whose smart vehicles can weave through congested city traffic without human help. The contest – to be held in November 2007 in an unnamed Western state – will test vehicles’ ability to navigate themselves through city traffic, obey traffic laws and make U-turns – all without causing an accident. Last year, the 195 teams that applied had to raise their own money. This year, 89 teams entered, including 11 that received up to $1 million each by DARPA to participate. The decision to fund some teams was independent of the prize loss.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