LONDON (AP):Sports organisations must work harder than ever in 2016 to clean up their act after a year of corruption and doping scandals that tarnished the Olympic movement, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Wednesday in a New Year’s message.Bach said the entire Olympic world must live up to the public’s expectations of integrity and heed his call from a year ago to “change or be changed”.”One just needs to look at the events over the last 12 months to realise that this message is even more urgent today to safeguard the credibility of sports organisations and to protect clean athletes,” Bach said. “Undoubtedly, recent developments in some sports cast a shadow across the whole world of sport.”While Bach didn’t cite any sport by name, he was clearly referring to the corruption scandal that has enveloped football’s governing body FIFA and the allegations of bribery and doping cover-ups involving the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Russia’s track and field programme.Noting the public’s growing demand for ethical behavior by athletes and sports bodies, Bach said: “It is our shared responsibility in the Olympic movement to provide new answers to new questions.”FIFA is reeling from a corruption scandal that has led to the arrests of dozens of football and marketing officials and eight-year bans for outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Union of European Football Associations head Michel Platini. Blatter is a former member of the International Olympic Committee.Russia’s athletics federation was suspended following a damning report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that alleged widespread, state-sponsored doping in the country. Russia’s track and field athletes could miss next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The IAAF’s former president, Lamine Diack, was arrested and charged by French authorities with corruption and money laundering, stemming from allegations that he took money to cover up positive tests in Russia.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5 WATFORD VS LEICESTER CITY, VICARAGE ROAD WATFORD (4-4-2) GOMES, NYOM, BRITOS, CATHCART, ANYA, ABDI, WATSON, CAPOUE, JURADO, IGHALO, DEENEY OKAZAKI, VARDY, ALBRIGHTON, DRINKWATER, KING, MAHREZ, FUCHS, HUTH, MORGAN, SIMPSON, SCHMEICHEL LEICESTER (4-4-2) After this week’s midweek games Leicester City are three points clear of their closest rivals with 10 games to go. Though Leicester drew 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, defeats for Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City leaves Claudio Ranieri’s team in charge in the Barclays Premier League. On Wednesday Watford lost 1-0 at Manchester United, leaving them in 12th place in the Premier League. The Hornets have now failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League matches. And Watford have scored just 13 goals in 14 home league games and when they went to the King Power Stadium in November they lost 2-1. Only once before have these teams met at Vicarage Road in the Premier League in February 2000 and it ended in a 1-1 draw. Leicester were unbeaten in their first nine away games, winning six and drawing three. But their most recent away fixtures have seen then win just twice while losing twice and drawing the other. The Foxes still boast the most victories (16), fewest defeats (3) and most goals scored (51); their goals for is already five more than they netted over the whole of last season and just four short of their highest number of Premier League goals, in the 1999-00 campaign. Watford, meanwhile, have won just once in their last five league games at Vicarage Road. The home side are still without Jurado and Tommy Hoban while Leicester suffered a blow when N’Golo Kante was ruled out for two weeks with a hamstring problem.
Tiger Woods officially signed up yesterday for the Safeway Open next week in California, his first tournament in more than a year.Woods last played in August 2015 at the Wyndham Championship before having two more back operations. He had said last month his plan was to ease back into competition with the Safeway Open, the Turkish Airlines Open and his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas at the end of the year.Woods had until yesterday afternoon to commit to the Safeway Open, which starts Thursday at Silverado Resort in Napa, California.He has plunged to number 767 in the world ranking and has not won the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013. That was the 79th of his PGA Tour career, thee short of Sam Snead’s record.
Kingston College’s (KC) track and field head coach, Neil Harrison, has hit back at his detractors three days after the school lost narrowly to bitter rivals Calabar High at the 2017 ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.Harrison considers last weekend’s loss to be disappointing but he has challenged himself to overcome defeat with success after leading KC to three consecutive second-place finishes at the championships.”I am committed wherever I am coaching. I have given it 100 per cent. The fact that I have not achieved the objective, it has made me a little stronger, and I always want to prove a point to people,” Harrison outlined.KC entered the championships the overwhelming favourites to unseat defending champions but were beaten by three points, 317 to 314, after Calabar won the final event of the meet, the 4×400 metres.”Most of the people who are making noise have made no contribution to the programme. I am not daunted by them in any shape or form. I am not moved, I am not touched, I am not worried,” Harrison told The Gleaner.”I have been recruited by one Mr (Dave) Myrie, I am answerable to the principal, and until he says otherwise, I am quite fine,” said the coach.He admitted that the KC principal expected a win last weekend.”… He (Myrie) knows we have the team to win. He understands what happened, because a lot of people thought that Friday night we would have been out totally, but we fought gallantly on Saturday, and he lauded us for our efforts. Yes, he wanted a win, but we don’t have a principal who wants to win at all cost,” stressed Harrison.HUMBLE PERSON”I am an individual who is characterised by humility, and I was never ever a person to be overconfident. You will never find me on the media saying KC must win, or will win, even if we have the opportunity,” he underlined.”It’s just very, very unfortunate. I did not succumb to any form of pressure. When you are a winner, there are many mothers and fathers; when you are a loser, you become an orphan. I think we were very unfortunate. We suffered injuries with Jhevaughn Matherson,” he said. According to Harrison that was 18 points lost, as the athlete would have won both the 100 and 200 metres,”KC also lost nine valuable points with (Wayne) Pinnock in the 100m hurdles when he also got hurt,” lamented Harrison, adding that simple mistakes were made by some of his [email protected]
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES “The New York Red Bulls probably have a better kicker than Kemar Lawrence,” Whitmore said with a smile. “Now, Jamaica’s team needs Kemar Lawrence in dead-ball situations. It’s a totally different thing. Probably when the New York Red Bulls see this tonight, they might (want him) to take free kicks.”Trying to win its second consecutive Gold Cup and fourth in five tournaments, Mexico used the deeper reaches of its player pool following the World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup last month. While teams were allowed to make up to six substitutions for the knockout rounds, El Tri coach Juan Carlos Osorio said he was blocked by Mexico’s clubs.Mexico hadn’t trailed in the tournament before Lawrence’s late goal, but El Tri also hadn’t been impressive — no player scored more than one goal.“This is a process, and it takes a lot of work to get a team that can compete in a World Cup,” assistant coach Luis Pompilio Paez said. “This is not a sufficient result, but this is the middle of the process. I saw a team that gave everything. We always respect what the other team does. We just needed to get a goal, and we didn’t have the right circumstances. Embarrassment, sadness — as a team, we feel it.”Blake also starred 11 days ago when Mexico and Jamaica played to a 0-0 draw in Denver. With the Philadelphia Union keeper playing exceptionally well, Jamaica has allowed only two goals in the tournament.The semifinal crowd was dominated by Mexico’s vast Southern California fan base, yet the Rose Bowl was less than half-full with just 42,393 fans. The absence of Chicharito Hernandez and other top Mexican stars, combined with El Tri’s unattractive performances in the Gold Cup to date, apparently kept many of their usual faithful at home.FIFA President Gianni Infantino watched the semifinal from the Rose Bowl stands. So did Osorio, who served the fifth game of a six-match FIFA ban for his conduct toward officials during the Confederations Cup.Mexico beat Jamaica in the 2015 Gold Cup final, and El Tri also defeated the Reggae Boyz 2-0 at the Rose Bowl just 13 months ago during the Copa America. Jamaica finally got one back, beating Mexico for the first time in the teams’ eight Gold Cup meetings.Blake made two brilliant saves in succession in the 12th minute, diving twice to stop close-range chances by Jesus Duenas and Erick Torres, the Houston Dynamo star and the only player on the current roster from outside Mexico’s domestic leagues.Blake did it again in the 25th minute, stopping Torres’ point-blank header from the top of the 6-yard box with improbably quick reactions. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Khali aids Mahal to retain WWE title at WWE Battleground Mexico’s Jesus Molina (5) reacts as players celebrate a goal by Jamaica’s Kemar Lawrence during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal soccer match in Pasadena, Calif., Sunday, July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)PASADENA, Calif. — After Kemar Lawrence ripped and exquisite shot over Mexico’s five-man wall and into the top corner for one of the biggest goals in Jamaican soccer history, the defender hushed his teammates and refused to celebrate.These Reggae Boyz are staying cool, even after a goal that sent them into the CONCACAF Gold Cup final with a chance to make history.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lawrence scored on a clutch 24-yard free kick in the 88th minute, and Jamaica advanced to the final with a 1-0 upset victory over Mexico on Sunday night.“I think our guys were hungry,” Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore said. “They needed it more than the Mexicans, and we did what we had to do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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With a victory over the home team, the Reggae Boyz would claim their first championship in soccer’s North and Central American and Caribbean region.“The best way I could put it is the Biblical story,” Whitmore said. “David slew Goliath.” 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 ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur The Reggae Boyz have reached the final for the second straight Gold Cup, but this stunning upset at the Rose Bowl ranks among their biggest international wins. Mexico has won seven Gold Cup titles, the U.S. five and Canada one.“That’s a cycle we want to break,” Whitmore said. “That’s something we sit and discuss. It’s always Mexico, U.S. We want to be in that group. We want to be a team, a country that someone can talk about, and that’s what we’re working toward.”Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake kept this game scoreless with a series of impressive saves while Mexico dominated possession with a lineup missing most of El Tri’s most-accomplished players.But after Lawrence repositioned the ball in a bit of shifty gamesmanship, his late strike froze Mexico goalkeeper Jesus Corona. The ball curled over the wall and slipped just below the bar for the New York Red Bulls defender’s third international goal and first in three years.The 24-year-old Lawrence doesn’t take free kicks for his MLS club, but Whitmore knew his quality from recent practices.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? 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End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Pumaren wants better decision-making from UE after 2nd loss Miserable Christmas Day: ‘Ursula’ pummels Visayas; 10 dead PLAY LIST 01:05Miserable Christmas Day: ‘Ursula’ pummels Visayas; 10 dead01:51Typhoon Kammuri pounds Philippines, damages Legazpi City airport01:55Off-duty cops to report to camps on New Year’s eve to avoid indiscriminate firing02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES J’Nathan Bullock scored Rain or Shine’s first 17 points and already had 24 points by halftime. But he cooled off in the second half to finish the game with 33 points built on seven 3-pointers.Wright led Phoenix’s comeback, firing 17 points in the third quarter to erase a 16-point deficit. The Fil-Canadian deadshot exploded for a game-high 36 points while Brown added 33 points and 20 rebounds.The loss eliminated the Fuel Masters from playoff contention as they reeled to their eighth straight setback for a lowly 2-8 mark with only a game left.Jeff Chan struggled in his first game against his former team. He scored only six points on 2-of-5 shooting from the field.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Rain or Shine overcame a big second half by Matthew Wright and Phoenix to win, 116-111, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Center here.The Elasto Painters blew an 18-point lead before holding off the Fuel Masters thanks to timely plays from Raymond Almazan, Jericho Cruz and Gabe Norwood down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Break new ground Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Winning start “Lucky that we won the game. I felt in the third quarter our energy wasn’t there after our good start,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia. “We just woke up in the fourth quarter.”“Matthew Wright today played like an import. I told the players you cant relax against Phoenix,” he added after his team stayed in the hunt for the top four slots with a 5-3 slate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogA followup dunk by Gabe Norwood off a miss by Almazan gave the Painters a 115-110 cushion with 54.4 seconds left. Almazan then made a free throw and swatted away Phoenix import Brandon Brown’s drive attempt inside the last 10 seconds to seal Rain or Shine’s fifth win.Almazan posted a double-double with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds with three blocks to boot. A costly, catty dispute finally settled View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gareth Barry: Record-breaker, great Premier League survivor In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How to help the Taal evacuees Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Quarters: 16-19, 43-40, 67-63, 94-83. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum continued on Thursday its historic run in NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament, clinching its first Final Four spot since joining the league in 2011.The Pirates remained unscathed with their 13th straight victory as they hacked out a 94-83 victory over Perpetual at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up “It’s really something that we are not accustomed to, but part of the journey is making it here,” said coach Topex Robinson.CJ Perez scattered 21 points, nine assists, and five rebounds, while Mike Nzeusseu tallied a double-double of 15 markers and 15 boards in the huge win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJayvee Marcelino added 15 points and four rebounds, while twin brother Jaycee Marcelino got 11 markers and three boards, including the game-sealing triple from the left corner with 41.5 seconds left to give Lyceum a 92-81 lead.Robinson said that though the first bullet in the Pirates’ checklist has already been crossed, it’s still important for his side to sustain their groove coming into the postseason. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “We’ll just continue to be humble and blessed to be in this position,” he said.Prince Eze carried Perpetual (4-8) with 26 points, 20 rebounds, and seven blocks, while Gab Dagangon had 17 markers and four boards in the loss.The Scores:LYCEUM 94 – Perez 21, Jv. Marcelino 15, Nzeusseu 15, Pretta 12, Jc. Marcelino 11, Ayaay 8, Caduyac 4, Cinco 3, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Baltazar 0, Ibañez 0, Liwag 0.PERPETUAL 83 – Eze 26, Dagangon 17, Sadiwa 13, Singontiko 9, Pido 8, Coronel 5, Ylagan 4, Cabiltes 1, Casas 0, Hao 0, Lucente 0, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ
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Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Japan has launched a campaign to convert unpopular Asian-style squat toilets into sit-on “western” models, as the nation prepares to welcome tens of millions of foreign tourists in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.The high-tech country is famous for its toilet technology that can bewilder foreign visitors, with features ranging from seat warming to bidet functions — with variable pressure.ADVERTISEMENT Bucks’ Antetokounmpo leads NBA All-Star balloting OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense But to the surprise of some and the dismay of many caught short, several toilets in public places are traditional “squatting” facilities.About 40 percent of toilets at 4,000 locations in popular tourist spots are “squatters”, according to the Japan Tourism Agency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe government is offering to shoulder one third of the costs to install sit-on types, complete with the bidet function expected of a Japanese toilet, officials said.A survey by major toilet maker TOTO has found more than eight out of 10 foreign tourists prefer sit-on types, said Akihiko Yamakoshi, an official at the government’s Japan Tourism Agency. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “As we aim to receive 40 million foreign visitors (a year), we want them to enjoy touring Japan with as little stress as possible,” he told AFP.Some foreign tourists simply do not know how to use old Japanese-style toilets while others complain they are unsanitary, he said.The number of foreign visitors to Japan has been hitting records in recent years. More than 26 million foreign tourists visited Japan in the 11 months of 2017, already exceeding the annual record of 24 million set in 2016.The government aims to boost the number to 40 million by 2020 when Tokyo hosts the Summer Games.The toilet conversion is mainly designed for foreign tourists but it could also help elderly Japanese who may have difficulty in squatting down, said Yamakoshi.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals