Dropped by first Mourinho and then interim England manager Gareth Southgate, Rooney managed to force his way back into the starting XI for both club and country.His last United display, in their 3-1 win at Swansea City prior to the international break, was one of his best in recent memory as he created a pair of goals for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.But an injury sustained in England’s 3-0 win over Scotland forced him out of Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Spain and he now looks likely to find himself back in the increasingly familiar setting of the bench.Rooney has made a habit of tormenting Arsenal over the years, scoring 14 goals against them—a figure bettered only by his tally against Aston Villa (15).As a swaggering 16-year-old with Everton, he scored his first ever Premier League goal against Arsenal in 2002 and they were also the victims for his first United league goal and 100th league goal overall.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I know people are looking at it and saying we’re drifting and we’re not right at the top, but we still feel there’s more to come and we’ve got a great chance of being up there.”Mourinho’s preparations have not been helped by selection issues that could deprive him of four frontline defenders.Centre-backs Chris Smalling (foot) and Eric Bailly (knee) are definitely out, while there are doubts over full-backs Antonio Valencia (broken arm) and Luke Shaw (leg).Arsenal will be without flying right-back Hector Bellerin (ankle) and his Spanish compatriot Santi Cazorla (Achilles).Alexis Sanchez, meanwhile, faces a fitness test on his hamstring and is not due to return from international duty with Chile until Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Manchester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney reacts during the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2016. AFPDamaged and derided, Wayne Rooney embodies Manchester United’s delicate current predicament as they prepare for Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.Rooney has been splashed across Britain’s newspapers this week after photographs emerged of him looking the worse for wear during a post-wedding party at the England team hotel last weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports The incident has prompted an apology from the player himself, news of an investigation by the Football Association and the unlikely backing of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.Fortunately for Rooney, manager Jose Mourinho’s anger over the matter is said to have been directed at the FA, for allowing the striker to go off the rails, rather than him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentBut the 31-year-old is nonetheless expected to start on the bench against Arsenal, having been forced to withdraw from international duty with a minor knee injury.Rooney found himself in the spotlight even before his late-night antics at the luxury Grove Hotel in Watford, north of England, last weekend. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: 'Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient'01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07'HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!'03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND But with Rooney sidelined and Ibrahimovic suspended, the teenage terror gunning for the Gunners this time around is expected to be Marcus Rashford.The 19-year-old striker scored twice on his Premier League debut to inspire United to a 3-2 win over Arsenal in February and the London club’s manager Arsene Wenger has not forgotten.‘Rashford killed us’“The man who killed us last year was Marcus Rashford,” said Wenger, whose side have not lost away in the league since that game.“He took us completely by surprise.”Although Arsenal won 2-1 at United in the FA Cup in March 2015, they have not won a league game there since September 2006, while Wenger has never overcome Mourinho in the league in 11 attempts.But although the historical omens would appear to favour United, the form and the momentum belong to Arsenal.Whereas United have won just two of their last eight league games, Arsenal have won seven of its last nine, drawing the other two.Wenger’s men will provisionally go top if they prevail, which would leave United—sixth in the table ahead of the weekend’s fixtures—a yawning nine points off the pace.But midfielder Michael Carrick said this week: “We still feel we’re well in touch. 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View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: 'Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient'01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07'HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!'03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND “Not only do we want to play every game, we also want to work hard and continue working to the next step,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Thailand secured a spot in the semis after a tough 1-0 victory over Singapore on Tuesday at Philippine Sports Stadium here thanks to a header at the 89th minute from forward Sarawat Masuk. That gave the Thais three points to lead Group A and secured them a spot in the next round.READ: Dooley: Time to show PH can also beat Thailand It was no walk in the park for War Elephants as the Lions proved tenacious on the defensive end for most of the match, save for that late game miscue.“It was not an easy game. Before the game, we knew they had good defense and they played really good defense today against us,” he said. “Fortunately today, we controlled the game. It’s not easy to get a score from them.”With the competition about the get tougher deep into the tournament, the Thais are looking at every step as an opportunity to improve.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS' PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes AFF Suzuki Cup match between Thailand and Singapore. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE – Thailand is leaving no stones unturned in its quest for the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup crown.Coach Kiatisuk Senamuang said that the War Elephants’ mindset hasn’t changed even if the team is already assured of advancing to the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young Parks raring to showcase his improvement as part of Alab 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don't miss out on the latest news and information. “Our team is forecasting three points every game to make it to the next round. We’re always playing with 100-percent effort,” he said.READ: Thailand edges Singapore to reach Suzuki Cup semisFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThailand has a game left in the group stages—a face off against host country Philippines, which is hard-pressed to win all of its assignments after the draw versus Singapore.“We need those three points,” said Kiatisuk of the Friday’s match versus the Filipinos.
Black Nazarene back in Quiapo Church in record time PLAY LIST 00:55Black Nazarene back in Quiapo Church in record time01:08SEA Games 2019: PH's Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world's 'longest' cake01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: 'Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient'01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07'HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!'03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Kenya’s Jemima Jelagat Sumgong blows a kiss after crossing the finish line and win the Sao Silvestre women’s race in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. The 15-kilometer race is held annually on New Year’s Eve. APSAO PAULO — Kenya’s Jemima Sumgong won another title in Brazil this year, setting a record for the St. Silvester road race following her gold in the marathon at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Sumgong, who also won the 2016 London Marathon, clocked 48 minutes, 35 seconds in the 15-kilometer (9.3-mile) New Year’s Eve event, finishing 40 seconds ahead of fellow Kenyan, Flomena Cheyech Daniel. The previous record was 48:48, set in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ranieri hails Slimani ‘masterpiece’ EDITORS' PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Along with elite athletes, the race draws revelers and amateur runners. They came in droves this year, many in groups of friends, wearing everything from Spider-Man costumes and feathered headdresses to tutus and masquerade masks.“People make it a party, they barbeque,” said Joao Luis Macedo, a lawyer who has participated several times, referring to supporters along the route. “We go through poor neighborhoods, we go through rich neighborhoods. It’s very democratic.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA View comments Don't miss out on the latest news and information. The men’s race was tighter, with three runners finishing within seven seconds of one another. Ethiopian Leul Aleme won with a time of 44:53. He was followed by his compatriot Dawit Admasu, with Kenya’s Stephen Kosgei finishing third.Sumgong said she didn’t run with the record in mind, noting that the heat and humidity made it an especially difficult race for her, according to a statement distributed by race organizers. With her medal in Rio and the St. Silvester record, Sumgong said Brazil was “in my heart.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe race, named after the Roman Catholic saint whose feast day is celebrated Dec. 31, winds through the historic center of Sao Paulo and is among the region’s top road races.Held every year since 1925, it used to be run at night, so the winner could cross the finish line around midnight to the blast of fireworks. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine
Construction on a section of Indonesia’s Trans-Papua highway was suspended after at least 17 people were killed; conflicting reports state the victims were either contract laborers or Indonesian soldiers.In a recent paper, researchers warned the highway threatens to increase social conflict in Indonesia’s restive Papua region, while also degrading New Guinea Island’s ecosystems and the health of its residents.The Indonesian government bills the project as a lifeline of economic development for an impoverished region, but many indigenous Papuans see the project as a means to facilitate troop movements and resource exploitation. Violence in Indonesia’s easternmost region of Papua has stalled a massive infrastructure project that researchers have separately warned may threaten the island’s ecological health and the livelihood of its residents.At least 17 construction people were killed on a stretch of the Trans-Papua highway in Nduga district on Dec. 2, with conflicting reports stating the victims were either civilian works or members of the Indonesian military. The attack, claimed by the National Liberation Army of West Papua (TPNBP), followed the anniversary of West Papua’s declaration of independence, which was submitted — and rejected — on Dec. 1, 1961.The Trans-Papua highway is the latest major development project by the Indonesian government to come under scrutiny in the country’s half of the island of New Guinea. While the government bills the ambitious road as a lifeline of economic development for a long impoverished region, many native Papuans see it as a means to more quickly move troops around to quash uprisings while opening the island for resource exploitation.Three major hotspots of deforestation (in circled areas) are expected if the Trans-Papuan Highway is constructed. Image courtesy of William Laurance.Regardless of the motivation for the highway network, its creation will almost certainly accelerate degradation of Papua’s forests and increase social conflicts, say researchers from James Cook University in Australia in a report published earlier this month.“We’ve assessed big development projects around the world, and this is one of the most worrying in terms of its overall social, economic and environmental costs,” said William Laurance, a distinguished research professor at James Cook University and one of the paper’s authors.“In addition to all the environmental damage, the Trans-Papuan Highway doesn’t make economic sense … The roads would be extremely expensive to build and maintain because they’d have to traverse some of the steepest and most difficult terrain imaginable.”No passage exists through much of the corridor planned for the highway, and researchers warn that opening up access to these areas will result in increased deforestation, increased conflicts over competing land claims, and increased development of mining concessions, in particular those located inside Lorentz National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The park is the largest protected area in Southeast Asia, and the only one in the world that spans a continuous range of ecosystems between high-alpine glaciers and a tropical marine environment. One of the world’s largest gold mines, Grasberg, operated by U.S.-based Freeport McMoRan, operates just outside the park’s northwest corner in the Maoke Mountains. Much of the area surrounding the mine has been designated as mining concessions, 19 of which overlap with Lorentz National Park.Planned roads and mining concessions in the Lorenz World Heritage Site. The roads are part of the Trans-Papuan Highway. Image courtesy of William Laurance.While many of these mining claims are still in the exploration phase, the researchers suspect the 211 kilometers (131 miles) of new road planned within the park will all but ensure development within the protected area proceeds, following a pattern seen repeatedly throughout the country.At the southeastern reaches of the highway, the proposed road corridors connect several areas of forest that have remained intact thanks to their inaccessibility. Where roads already exist nearby, deforestation has been accelerating, with large areas experiencing greater than 75 percent forest cover loss over the last 20 years.Much of the land at the road’s southern terminus comprises peat forest and probable peat swamp, large swaths of which were designated in 2010 as part of the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE). That 12,000-square-kilometer (4,600-square-mile) mega project was established to increase Indonesia’s food and biofuel security, but has been criticized as an ill-considered land grab that ignores the rights of the indigenous people while running counter to Indonesia’s own commitments to not develop on peatland.The authors of the paper cite MIFEE as another instance where the central government has failed to consider the ecological nuance of an area, or the realities of the on-the-ground local priorities.Despite the nation’s 2013 legal recognition of the rights of indigenous people to their customary forests, competing claims to the land in Papua are far from settled. The researchers warn that rapid road development before resolving these issues will exacerbate political unrest, and possibly even undermine the economic reasons for building the highway.Road construction in the highlands of Papua. Image courtesy of William Laurance.“By cutting through the traditional lands of so many different indigenous groups, the roads will almost certainly provoke anger and anti-government sentiment — and that’s the last thing Indonesia needs,” said Mohammed Alamgir, a co-author of the study from the University of Bangladesh. “These top-down initiatives by central governments tend to do poorly because they don’t take into account local cultural sensitivities and ecological dynamics.”Failing to consider these cultural sensitivities is especially risky in a place like Papua, where anti-government and separatist sentiments have for decades routinely boiled over into public outrage and violence.The western half of the island of New Guinea was formerly a Dutch colony. The Dutch rejected the 1961 declaration of independence by the local people, a move repeated by Indonesia when that country annexed the province in 1963. In late 2017, a petition to the United Nations demanding a vote on independence was smuggled across the province gathering 1.8 million signatures, accounting for 70 percent of Papua’s population.Many Papuans still hold celebrations on Dec. 1, despite Indonesian laws prohibiting them. Some reports suggest the recent attacks on the road builders occurred after one of the workers photographed locals holding a flag-raising ceremony on the illicit holiday. The TPNBP is the armed wing of the Free Papua Organization (OPM), for decades the region’s main separatist group. The OPM says most of the construction workers killed were members of the Indonesian military, while official sources describe the dead as contract workers from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.Potholes in Papuan roads caused by road construction in high-rainfall areas. Image courtesy of William Laurance.Editor’s note: William Laurance is a member of Mongabay’s advisory board.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don't deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called 'Mankind' has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of 'developing' their 'God-given' resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world's highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you're trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can't hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn't come into the picture.2.I don't see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Biodiversity, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Governance, Indigenous Peoples, Mining, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Roads Article published by Isabel Esterman
National University’s Jaja Santiago. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHead coach: Roger GorayebLast season: 7-7 (5th)ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Key losses: Myla Pablo, Rica Diolan, Ivy Perez,Key additions: Risa Sato, Larnie AberinFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIf head coach Roger Gorayeb is to be believed, National University could be on its way to a big year in the 79th Season of the UAAP.The Lady Bulldogs failed to enter the Final Four last season despite flaunting the attacking trio of Jaja Santiago, Myla Pablo, and Jorelle Singh as they finished the eliminations with a 7-7 record and settled for the fifth seed. Quinahan one-ups Belga as former teammates face off Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “I hope they can carry the pressure up until the Finals especially with the social media presence that is why I try to limit their use of social media,” said Gorayeb.Now that NU starts off on practically a clean slate, Gorayeb’s hopes his decision to put in Santiago as the team’s captain will eventually payoff.Gorayeb said Santiago is now the “older sister” of the team and it’s always a good thing to have the best player also as the designated leader.“Jaja has always been their older sister, and she can talk to the younger players and the kids also listen to her,” said Gorayeb. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Gorayeb, however, doesn’t see the Lady Bulldogs’ mediocre run the past year as a reason not to aim high for Season 79.“I wanted to reach the top four last year, now I want to go to the Finals because they started recruiting in 2008 but they never had the chance to get to the Finals,” said Gorayeb in Filipino.NU’s early 3-1 record in the elimination round proved false pretense as the Lady Bulldogs lost four of their next five games and even back-to-back wins over University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines weren’t enough to push them to the semifinals.And even though NU had the tallest player in the league in the 6-foot-5 Santiago, the Lady Bulldogs were the second worst blocking team as they averaged just 1.4 blocks per set.Reasons beyond numbers also plagued the team with chemistry problems preventing the Lady Bulldogs to contend against title favorites Ateneo and La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Don't miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards View comments
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Problems with the McLaren’s Honda engine kept him from finishing the first three races, and that only got more embarrassing when his car broke down in the formation lap of the last grand prix in Russia.Things didn’t appear close to improving back home.Despite McLaren and Honda having two weeks to find some desperately needed fixes, Alonso’s car spouted smoke and gushed fluid in a breakdown on the very first lap of practice on Friday.That debacle came a day after Alonso gave McLaren an ultimatum of six months to give him a car with a chance of winning a championship.So forecasts were high that the Spaniard would endure more torment come qualifying.ADVERTISEMENT Alonso had his best day behind the wheel of his trouble-prone McLaren on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, finally giving his Formula One team some relief and his home Spanish fans a reason to cheer.Alonso finished 1.9 seconds slower than pole winner Lewis Hamilton, but he defied expectations by beating out all the other teams that can’t compete with Hamilton’s Mercedes and challengers Ferrari and Red Bull.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundAlonso called seventh place a “gift,” considering his previous best qualification was 12th place in Australia.“We knew we needed to put the perfect lap together,” he said. “Today was the one of those days when everything went well.” Instead, Alonso went from surprise to surprise, making the cut from the first session that eliminated the slowest five drivers, then surviving the second cut to reach the remaining 10 drivers for the first time this season. He topped it off by clocking a better lap than Force India pair Sergio Perez and Esteban Icon and Williams’ Felipe Massa.Hamilton took note of Alonso’s improvement, saying “It’s fantastic for McLaren and Honda to get into the top 10. It shows progress.”Alonso marked a cautiously optimistic tone about the race on Sunday, when his car will have a much tougher test of its more than questionable reliability.“Obviously, I don’t have 100 percent confidence. But I am pretty sure we keep learning from the things that are happening to the car,” Alonso said. “I have a good feeling for tomorrow.”He spoke alongside team director Eric Boullier and Honda F1 boss Yusuke Hasegawa, both looking relieved to not have to again explain why their cars have taken a step back. The season’s start is in risk of damaging the reputation of the once proud McLaren, which has 12 driver titles and eight constructor titles to its name.Alonso’s last race win, his 32nd, came here at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2013 while driving for Ferrari. With its rougher surface and tricky curves, the track gives slower cars like his McLaren a fighting chance.If his car holds up, Alonso said he will need to use every bit of his veteran wiles to keep McLaren in the points. He marked the importance of a good start in order to protect his position.“The points is the main target,” he said. “Seventh place maybe seems too good.”Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, Alonso will then take a break from F1 to try his luck at the Indianapolis 500.The decision to switch competitions will mean he misses F1’s Monaco GP this month, but Alonso said he had “zero” regrets since Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull are still out of reach. “I will race the Indy 500, one of the biggest races in the world,” Alonso said. “There will be six cars (in F1) that will be unbeatable for the next few races. To fight for seventh place in Monaco? 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RAFAEL DOS ANJOS WIN EDMONTON, Alberta (AP): Brazilian brawler Amanda Nunes played a tactical game on Saturday night to beat challenger Valentina Shevchenko by split decision and retain her bantamweight title at UFC 215. "I wanted to show the world I'm here to stay," Nunes said. The judges scored it 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 to run Nunes' record to 15-4. It was a careful fight with few extended skirmishes until Nunes took Shevchenko to the canvas in the fifth round. The fans often booed and chanted, "Fight, fight, fight!" Nunes, nicknamed the 'Lioness', raised her arms as the decision was announced while many of the fans booed the verdict. She later told reporters her strategy was to go the full five rounds to wear Shevchenko down and then strike and hush detractors who said Nunes was an early-round knockout artist and would fade in the long game. "I know the crowd wants to see a knockout ... but tonight, this fight was for me, to go five rounds and prove I'm the best. I'm here to stay. I'm here for a reason," she said. Shevchenko, a Kyrgyzstan fighter nicknamed 'Bullet,' is 14-3. The 29-year-old walked to the side of the octagon, shaking her head in disbelief. "I don't agree with the decision at all," Shevchenko said afterwards, adding: "I won this fight." She said she believed she won three rounds, and while Nunes took her down in the fifth, "I was landing more punches from being on the ground (than Nunes from above)." It was the second time Nunes had beaten Shevchenko in 18 months. The 29-year-old Nunes took a unanimous decision over Shevchenko at UFC 196 in March 2016. The two were set to fight in July at UFC 213, but Nunes pulled out the day of the fight with sinus issues. Nunes has smashed her way to the top of her class over the past 14 months. She bloodied and submitted Miesha Tate in July 2016 to take the belt, and then defended it successfully in December with a 48-second dismantling of star Ronda Rousey. Also, on the main card, in a bout with a potential title shot on the line, former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos submitted sixth-ranked Neil Magny with an arm-triangle choke at 3:43 of the first round of their welterweight battle. The 10th-ranked Brazilian is now 27-9-0. No. 2-ranked flyweight Henry 'The Messenger' Cejudo, looking for another title shot against Demetrious Johnson, nailed Wilson Reis of Brazil square in the jaw, dropping him to the mat, then pounded him into a knockout 25 seconds into the second round. Swedish veteran Ilir Latifi lived up to his 'Sledgehammer' nickname, lifting up and piledriving Australian upstart Tyson Pedro head first to the mat in a light heavyweight tilt. Latifi won by unanimous decision. Gilbert Melendez, dropping down to make his debut in featherweight, was cheered as he staggered up repeatedly from the canvas while taking a hellacious flurry of kicks and punches from eighth-ranked Jeremy Stephens. Stephens won by unanimous decision. HERE TO STAY
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC): Batsman Roston Chase says that he is confident of a West Indies victory in the opening Test but does not expect Zimbabwe to simply roll over in their second innings. The Caribbean side held a dominant position at the end of yesterday's day three, reaching 369 for eight in their second innings to lead by 429 runs, heading into the penultimate day of the encounter at Queens Sports Club. "It's not going to be easy (to win). I don't think the Zimbabwe guys are going to lie down and play dead," said Chase, who was unbeaten on 91 at the close. "The same way we fought back in our second innings, I think they will be looking to do that as well, but I'm putting all faith in my bowlers to get those 10 wickets. We're most likely going to have two days to get them, so I'm really looking forward for us to get this victory." He added: "I think the Zimbabwe players are going to put down their heads a lot more, so it will probably take us a little bit more overs to get the job done, so I may need to give the fast bowlers a rest. "I think (Devendra) Bishoo will be key for us. He bowled really well in the first innings ,and that set the tone for us, so I'm hoping he can do it again in the second innings and give us the victory." Chase played a key role in helping the Windies assert themselves after they resumed the day on 88 for one. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite struck a battling 86, Shai Hope got 44, and Kyle Hope, 43, but West Indies lost a clatter of wickets approaching tea to surrender some of their momentum. However, Chase stepped up to take responsibility for the innings in a knock that has so far lasted 127 deliveries and included eight fours and a six, putting on 33 for the seventh wicket with captain Jason Holder (24) and 92 for the eighth wicket with Bishoo, who made 44. Chase said that he and Holder had made a deliberate attempt to be aggressive after the interval. "It started from me and the skipper. We both said that we would counter-attack to put a little pressure back on the Zimbabwe guys, seeing that we had a sizeable lead already," Chase told reporters. "We were just looking for some quick runs, and it paid off for us and made it a lot easier for Bishoo to come out there and just bat normally, and that worked for us in the end." KEY ROLE
The FIFA men's football World Cup is in high gear. The debates continue about the greatest footballer, the best team, who will win, and who won't make it through the first round. This is because the World Cup is considered the 'Greatest Show on Earth'. There's also the constant debate as to which is bigger - the World Cup or the Summer Olympics. What is clear, though, is that both are among the largest supported mega global sporting events. Both the World Cup and Olympics are quadrangular events and rake in significant revenue for their governing bodies. Both have also been dogged with controversy, the past few years. Interestingly, for most Olympic sports, the main goal at a national level is to qualify for and participate in the Olympics, and in some cases, to win a gold medal. So while governing bodies may have their own World tournaments, the pinnacle of their athletes' national career is participating in and/or medalling at the Olympics. However, football is different. It's the reverse. The pinnacle is the World Cup. That is because FIFA has protected its brand and carefully orchestrated a model that ensures that the best players in the world are available for their showpiece and not the Olympic football competition: Players of any age can play in the World Cup, but the Olympics is an Under-23 competition, with only three players over that age allowed. The World Cup squad is 23 while the Olympic football squad is 18. More stars can be available for the World Cup when held. The qualification is very rigid for the FIFA World Cup, and 32 teams (to be increased for 2026) qualify for the finals ,while only 16 teams make the Olympics. Global calendar dates are designated for FIFA-run competitions, World Cup qualifiers, and international friendlies. During these qualifiers, significant resources go into building rivalries and marketing with the regional associations such as UEFA. In essence, FIFA has decided that it is not giving the International Olympic Committee (IOC) its best and most lucrative assets - its players - and has consistently protected that market so successfully that it is even considered in some quarters to be bigger than the Olympics. Make no mistake, the World Cup ensures profit even though it is a not-for-profit organisation. Success of the competition is based on revenue: profit garnered from TV rights, sponsorship, ticket sales, of course, merchandising, and other rights fees. For the 2014 World Cup, FIFA raked in US$4.8 billion with a profit of US$2.6 billion. Sponsorship accounted for US$1.6 billion, TV rights brought in US$2.4 billion, and tickets sales , US$527 million. Additionally, FIFA minimises expenses by passing on most of those to the host nation. The host also provides tax exemptions and tax free zones for companies associated with the World Cup. The build-up to the showpiece event, the marketing strategies, and post-event activities are carefully orchestrated. Sponsors pay billions to be associated with the FIFA World Cup brand and also spend millions as part of sponsorship activation and preventing ambush marketing. Another reason for the success of the World Cup is the compensation to teams. The 2018 staging is expected to amass approximately US$6 billion in revenue. The prize money this year will total approximately US$791 million, with the governing body distributing $400 million directly to the teams based on finishing position and performance, while the rest will be allotted for payments to clubs, prize money, and player insurance fees. Each team will decide the breakdown of player compensation. For example, if Germany wins, they will pay bonuses of approximately US$400,000 per player; while Brazil will pay US$930,000/player and Spain, US$950,000/player. The eventual winners will pocket US$38 million from FIFA, while the first and second runners-up take home US$29 million and US$24 million, respectively. The FIFA World Cup Finals features 32 nations competing over a month but the reach is significant. We can debate the negative and positive impact on the citizens of host countries and whether hosting the event is beneficial in the long term, but what is certainly clear is that the FIFA World Cup is one of, if not, the greatest show on Earth. - Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to email@example.com
MILAN (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo often scores goals. In Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo always scores goals. The Juventus forward, who will be making his home debut for his new club today, is still looking to score his debut goal for the Italian champions. And as luck would have it, the team is finally ready for its home opener. Ronaldo has played in Turin three times, and he has scored in every match. He scored for Real Madrid at Juventus in the group stage of the 2013-14 Champions League, as well as in the semi-finals the following year. He also scored twice in the 2018 quarter-finals, including a spectacular overhead kick, which earned him a standing ovation from the Italian team's fans and supposedly played a part in his decision to join the Bianconeri. "The small details make the big difference at the end of the day, so I would say what I saw in the stadium helped, to be honest," Ronaldo said recently. "[It] was, in my opinion, the best goal in my career so far. And, of course, when the people start to applaud me in the stadium, I was like, 'Wow.' [t] surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so was an unbelievable moment." AWAY DEBUT REPEAT VICTORY Ronaldo made his Juventus debut last weekend in a 3-2 victory at Chievo Verona, but he didn't score. Still, there were positive signs in Verona when Ronaldo appeared to link up well with his new team-mates, especially attacking full back Alex Sandro. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner also had eight shots on goal - twice as many as any other player. "I feel really good alongside him," Sandro said. "He is a really great footballer. I understand him, he understands me. We did a good job. We need to continue like this." However, it will take even Ronaldo some time to settle into his new team after nine years in Madrid. At times in Verona, he made a clever run only for the pass to arrive too late or not at all. "Cristiano is a great player and has added notable quality to the team," Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny said. "Unfortunately he didn't score on his debut at Chievo, but he will score his first goal in a match very soon, I'm sure of that." Whether that comes against Lazio remains to be seen. Lazio beat the Bianconeri in the Italian Super Cup and also was one of only two Serie A teams to win at the Allianz Stadium last season. Lazio will be looking to repeat that victory, especially after the disappointment of losing their opener against Napoli. Italy has not had a player of such global interest since a player of the same name - former Brazil great Ronaldo. "Ronaldo 'The Phenomenon' was devastating at Inter. He drove everyone crazy and scored goals every Sunday," former Italy forward Christian Vieri said. "The Portuguese Ronaldo is the same. He's scored more than 600 goals, scores 50 goals a year, overhead kicks, left foot, right foot. He's a goal machine."