Kylian Mbappe stars, ball-tampering scandal, Serena Williams outburst: 2018 sporting highlights

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev on May 26 to win the Champions League for the third time in a row under coach Zinedine Zidane and the 13th in total for the Spanish giants. It proved to be Zidane’s last game at the club who were also weakened by the departure of star striker Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.FIFTH IN A ROW FOR HAMILTONLewis Hamilton dominated the 2018 Formula One season, winning 11 grands prix in a fault-free year and taking his fifth drivers’ championship as the challenge from Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari faded in the second half of the year. The 33-year-old Briton, who drives for Mercedes, says he is now ready to compete for a sixth title.CRICKET IN CRISISAustralian cricket was engulfed in a cheating scandal that triggered national soul-searching about sport and fair play. Test captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft were banned, while coach Darren Lehmann resigned after ball-tampering was caught by cameras during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.KOREAN OLYMPIC THAWThe Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February produced a thaw in ties with nuclear-armed North Korea, who sent a team to take part in the Games as well as cheerleaders and the highest-ranking diplomatic delegation ever to venture south of the heavily defended inter-Korean border.IRELAND BEAT ALL BLACKSLess than one year out from the World Cup, Ireland ended a 100-year wait on November 17, beating world champions New Zealand for the first time on Irish soil. The 16-9 victory marked a memorable end to an outstanding year for the Irish who won 11 out of 12 Tests, claiming the Six Nations Grand Slam, winning their three-Test series against Australia 2-1 and establishing themselves as genuine World Cup contenders in 2019.LEDECKA’S OLYMPIC FIRST ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Kings rally in 4th quarter to beat Pelicans Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic sealed the first ski-snowboard double in Olympic history at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. The snowboard world champion and favourite performed brilliantly to win the women’s snowboard parallel giant slalom on February 24, a week after stunning the alpine skiing world by capturing gold in the Super-G. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOURINHO’S THIRD-SEASON JINXJose Mourinho’s third-season jinx struck again when he was fired by Manchester United on December 18 after a lengthy slump in fortunes at Old Trafford. He was sacked from his two previous jobs, at Chelsea and Real Madrid, following similar third-season slumps.SERENA’S US OPEN TIRADESerena Williams’ bid for a 24th Grand Slam title imploded in a furious tirade against umpire Carlos Ramos in the US Open final on September 8. Williams called him a thief after he docked her a point for two code violations. Her explosion then earned her a game penalty, prompting a further outburst and putting Japan’s Naomi Osaka within one game of victory. Osaka went on to win her first Grand Slam 6-2, 6-4.REAL MADRID’S TRIPLEADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ FILE – PSG’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal during the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Lyon at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)It was a memorable year for sports in 2018, with the World Cup in Russia, a cricketing controversy and Serena Williams’ bizarre outburst grabbing the headlines.Here, AFP Sport takes a look at 10 sporting highlights from the last 12 months:ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FRANCE WIN WORLD CUPFrance won the World Cup on July 15 in Moscow, beating Croatia 4-2 in the highest-scoring final for 52 years. Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann all hit the target. Mbappe was not even born when France claimed the World Cup on home soil in 1998, their only previous win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissTHOMAS TAKES TOUR DE FRANCEWelshman Geraint Thomas savoured the sweetest of Tour de France victories on July 29, eclipsing all challengers including Sky teammate Chris Froome, the four-time former winner, in the showcase Champs-Elysees finish to win his maiden Grand Tour title. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Build Me a Taj Mahal

first_imgLook at her skylineLook at the millions dailyLook at the heart felt careLook at the magic in cementLook it was done by a mere manLook he so treasured one womanHe Built Her A Taj MahalBuild me a fluffy palaceBuild me a bed on petalsBuild the wall with honestyBuild each room with smilesBuild it with all the feathersBuild me a home for laughterHe Built A Taj MahalShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Van Gaal: ‘I WILL take Man United back into the Champions League’

first_imgLouis van Gaal insists there is no chance of him leaving Manchester United before his contract expires in 2017, with the Dutchman vowing he will bring Champions League football back to Old Trafford.Van Gaal has endured a tough start to his United reign, claiming just eight points from his first six Premier League games and overseeing a humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.But he has no fears about going the way of predecessor David Moyes, who was axed after just 10 months in the job having failed to secure a top four finish.“I didn’t have to come here to Manchester United. They asked me,” he said, ahead of the home clash with Everton on Sunday lunchtime.“And I will take United back into the Champions League yes, but not at once.“There is a trajectory and a process of three years. I have signed a three-year contract. Believe me, I shall finish that.”United’s defence has come in for much criticism since Van Gaal’s arrival, but the manager was candid in admitting that it is experience and leadership that is currently a major factor lacking from his dressing room.“At the time I was coming to the club, big leaders were leaving – (Patrice) Evra, (Nemanja) Vidic, (Rio) Ferdinand,” he said. “They were big leaders.“Also, leadership is a process – you don’t go from one day to the next and become a leader. It’s a process and now a lot of players are in that process.”Tune into talkSPORT for live and exclusive national radio coverage of Manchester United v Everton on Sunday lunchtime 1 Louis van Gaal last_img read more

Annual Mary’s Meals table quiz this evening

first_imgTHE annual Mary’s Meals Table Quiz takes place at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny this evening.The popular quiz gets bigger and bigger each year and once again there will be an array of top prizes on offer for Donegal’s brainiest!Questions get underway at 9.15pm and once again everyone is welcome. All proceeds go to Mary’s Meals which helps feed thousands of children every year in developing countries. Annual Mary’s Meals table quiz this evening was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 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)last_img read more

KCCA FC cruise past Nyamityobora in super 8

first_img Tags: KCCA FCNyamityobora FCPilsner-FUFA Super 8top Julius Poloto (right) against Nyamityobora on Tuesday (Photo by Rachael Tebandeke)FUFA super 8KCCA FC 4-0 Nyamityobora FCStartimes Stadium, LugogoTuesday, 14-08-2018KCCA FC defeated Nyamityobora 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon to reach the Super 8 finals.In the match played at the Startimes stadium, Patrick Kaddu grabbed a first half brace plus two second half goals by Allan Okello and Lawrance Bukenya sealed a comfortable victory for Mike Mutebi’s Kasasiro Boys.How the action Unfolded:KCCA pushed from the on set as Patrick Kaddu headed over a Mustapha Kizza cross inside the first minute of the game.Nyamityobora’s first sight of the KCCA goal came on five minutes when right back Misi Katende sent in a free-kick from the right but Tom Ikara in the Kasasiro Boys’ goal was deemed to have been fouled following a goal mouth scramble.Apart from the scramble, Nyamityobora rarely attacked KCCA’s goal and they were soon on the back foot but Allan Okello failed to control Hassan Musana’s pin point long range pass inside the area, with only the keeper to beat.The pressure started mounting on Nyamityobora’s goal and they had goalkeeper Franko Oringa to thank as he parried over Kaddu’s stinging shot off the turn following a defensive mix up.The visitors’ best chance of the half came on 16 minutes when a fine inter-play between their forwards resulted into Moses Ndawula finding him self one on one with Ikara but his weak effort was saved comfortably by the former Kirinya JSS custodian.The first goal of the game came on 25 minutes when Kaddu robbed Oringa of the ball outside the custodian’s penalty area and struck home in an empty net to make it 1-0 to the Kasasiro Boys.Five minutes later it was 2-0. This time Kaddu finished superbly after Jackson Nunda had danced his way into Nyamityobora’s penalty area and feed Julius Poloto who teed up Kaddu to slot in low while one on one with Oringa.Patrick Kaddu celebrates scoring the second goal against Nyamityobora on Tuesday (Photo by Rachael Tebandeke)The game then slowed down towards the half time break and Mustapha Kizza’s 39th minute free-kick which was saved low by Oringa was the only notable action as KCCA looked contented to go in the break with a two goal caution.Sluggish defending by the away side continued in the second half and they had only Okello to thank when he shot wide after robbing Calvin Barni near the penalty area on 48 minutes.The away side was made to pay eventually on 54 minutes as Okello finally found the back of the net following good work by Kizza who teed him up for a tap in after Joseph Othieno had gifted the ball to KCCA following a weak clearance.Nyimityobora failed to create anything meaningful in the second half apart from substitute John Wesley Kisakye’s three tame efforts struck straight at Ikara.With four minutes to play, substitutes Muwadda Mawejje and Lawrance Bukenya combined with the later slotting in from close range for KCCA’s fourth on the day.Patrick Kaddu was named man of the match and handed a cash prize of 150,000 that comes with the tag.KCCA will now wait on the game between Onduparaka and SC Villa that will be played on Saturday, to know who their opponents will be in the final.The teams that started:KCCA FC.Tom Ikara (GK), Filbert Obenchan, Timothy Awanyi (c), Hassan Musana, Julius Poloto, Mustapha Kizza, Saddam Juma, Muzamir Mutyaba, Allan Okello, Jackson Nunda and Patrick Kaddu.Nyamityobora FC.Franko Oringa (GK), Misi Katende, Alex Komakech (c), Calvin Barni, Ivan Mbowa, Bruhan Matovu, Charles Ssebutinde, David Kizza, Moses Ndawula, Lamech Ebong, Joseph Othieno.Comments last_img read more

Mack girls handle Lower Lake

first_imgThe McKinleyville High girl’s basketball team coasted to 63-36 victory over Lower Lake in the first round of the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament, Thursday night at Arcata High.McKinleyville (1-0) flexed its defensive muscle early in Thursday’s game, pressing Lower Lake (0-1) from first tip until the final buzzer. The Panthers held Lower Lake to six first quarter points and just 10 in the second to take a commanding 36-16 lead into the break.“Our press looked really good in practice …last_img

Let’s go behind the scenes with Jerky Bot

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#Chef’s Cut#David Ortiz#drones#featured#Ford#Internet of Things#IoT#Jerky Bot#ThinkModo#top#Uber Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Sometimes we sit back at ReadWrite, take in the overwhelming opportunities and challenges of this thing we call the Internet of Things and realize sometimes we just want to have a little fun while we discover something awesome.Enter JerkyBot:We had a debate on this here at ReadWrite. There’s no way this is real. A flying chopping board? A jerky drone? David Ortiz? Come on now. Ok, it looks cool, I said, let’s get it up on Facebook.Millions of hits later — what can I say, people love jerky on demand — we wanted to know more.A few months ago, the viral video geniuses at Thinkmodo got a call from the jerky pros at Chef’s Cut.“They challenged us to come up with a fun and original viral video concept that would get people talking about the brand online,” said Thinkmodo co-founder Michael Krivicka. “A few beers later, we came up with the idea of creating a flying snack tray.”Of course.A fun shoot — and Jerky Bot 2.0?A few months later, and the first fully tested prototype ready. Krivicka said our skepticism wasn’t unusual. “Lots of people question whether the JerkyBot is real or not  — many think it was CGI — but it is 100% real. We made a number of them already. It flies. It carries the snack.”Andy Shen of Shen Drones — featured in the video — was involved in the design and testing. Randy Slavin of Yeah Drones worked on the mechanics, and other technicians helped bring Jerky Bot to life.It’s taken off – literally and figuratively. “We have been getting a bunch of requests for the JerkyBot since we posted the video on Facebook a week ago, so there is definitely a demand there,” said Krivicka about the exciting possibility of an Amazon drone delivering you a new Jerky Bot drone to play with sometime soon. “The next step is to perfect the prototype which can take months,” said Krivicka.And this is where we come back to what Readwrite readers know best: solving the tech challenges. “Things to consider are extending battery life, reducing weight, and most importantly the close-to-person autonomous function. There are a bunch of autonomous drones out there already, each using different tracing technology, so for us it’s now figuring out what will work best,” he said.See also: Of course machine learning can help you sort cucumbersSo the team at Chef’s Cut and Thinkmodo have a challenge that Uber, Ford, Tesla, Google and many other automakers are facing right now. “The autonomous part is something that still needs a lot of work, so we will be doing more experimenting with that for the next few months,” he said. “We are still in the early stages with this but the idea is to mass produce it one day and make it a fun but safe consumer product.”He added that they’re now looking for more drone experts to team up with and do more testing and experimenting. And Big Papi? He owns part of the jerky company and so “was happy to be in the video.” Shot about a month ago in Boston, Krivicka says the shoot was “all pure fun.” And it sure looks that way.And let’s get serious again, if for just a moment — you know that a new technology, like drones, has true bite (get it? get it?) when it goes beyond the “Can you believe it?” stage and shows up in a great, goofy setting for a smart ad campaign. What that really means is the concept has enough currency with the public to be memorable and deliver the message.This new connected world is already here; it’ll be amazing to see where it takes us. It all seems very satisfying…but will we bite off more than we chew? (Ok, seriously, that was my last one).center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Trevor Curwinlast_img read more

2nd Test Day 1: India reach 290 for 9 at stumps against England

first_imgIndia’s Ajinkya Rahane celebrates reaching his century with team-mate Mohammed Shami during the second cricket test match against England at Lord’s cricket ground in London on July 17, 2014. Photo: ReutersIndia were 290 for nine in their first innings against England at stumps on day one of the second Test at Lord’s, in London on Thursday.Mohammad Shami (14) and Ishant Sharma (12) were at the crease on the completion of 90 overs.A fine gutsy century from Ajinkya Rahane and his valuable 90-run stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped India recover from a batting collapse to reach a respective 290 for nine against England.On a green top at Lord’s, India suffered a batting collapse, losing four wickets for 42 runs, but Rahane (103) and Bhuvneshwar (36) put on a valiant stand that pulled out India from a precarious 145 for seven to a competitive total. At stumps, Mohammed Shami was batting on 14 and Ishant Sharma on 12.England’s chief destructor was pace spearhead James Anderson, who picked up four for 55 while Stuart Broad got two for 79. Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali got a wicket apiece.Anderson, who is staring at a two-match ban for allegedly “pushing and abusing” India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, was the most threatening bowler. He made his bowling do all the talking against the Indian batsmen, who are always vulnerable to seam bowling.India lost both the openers Shikhar Dhawan (7) and Murali Vijay (24) early to reach 73 for two in their first session and then added another 67 runs by losing four wickets in the second session to reach 140 for six at tea.advertisementShortly after tea, Stuart Binny (6) was dismissed after he was trapped lbw by Anderson, who looked as if he was out with a vengeance against the Indians.But what followed next was a great fight-back by Rahane and Buvneshwar, who had also struck a match-saving half-century in the first Test.The duo was fearless in their approach and took the attack to the English bowlers. Both Rahane and Bhuvneshwar took their own time to settle down but once they did they punished the bad deliveries for fours.The boundaries, which had dried up, suddenly started flowing thick and fast. The partnership was finally broken by Broad, who castled Bhuvneshwar to leave India at 235 for eight.Rahane and Shami then added another 40 runs for the ninth wicket. Rahane completed his second Test century in his seventh match, with a crisply time four through the covers of Anderson.The English bowler, however, had the last laugh three balls later as he got rid of Rahane with a brilliantly executed return catch of his own bowling. Rahane struck 15 fours and a six during his 154 ball knock.Earlier after winning the toss, England captain Alastair Cook didn’t blink an eyelid before asking India to bat on a surface that was tailor-made to benefit the English bowlers.The ball swung right from the word go troubling Dhawan and Vijay.Anderson provided England the first breakthrough with an outstanding delivery that pitched outside leg, forcing Dhawan to play at it and the southpaw nicked it through to third slip, a low catch taken by Gary Ballance. Anderson’s 230th Test wicket also took him past England great Fred Trueman as the highest wicket taker on English soil.In the next over, Vijay also got a reprieve as he was dropped off Stuart Broad even before he could open his account. Keeper Matt Prior made a valiant dive to his right and got his glove before putting down what was a tough chance.Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara (28) then added 37 runs for the second wicket to stabilise the innings. But just when it looked that Vijay, who struck four fours, was growing in confidence, he edged Plunkett to Ballance for his second catch of the morning at third slip.Anderson struck soon after the lunch break to get rid of Virat Kohli (25) with some away movement and Prior took it safely behind the stumps.Stokes produced a brilliant delivery that nipped back in to knock of Pujara’s middle-stumps while Broad got rid of India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (1) again caught behind by Prior.Jadeja, who was booed by the Lord’s fans, lasted 11 deliveries for his three runs before he was trapped lbw by part-time Ali. Brief Scores:India 1st innings: 290 for seven in 90 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 103, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 36; James Anderson 4/54).India vs England: Second Test, Day 1, scoreboardThe following is the scoreboard at stumps on Day 1 of the second Test between India and England at Lord’s here Thursday:India (first innings)Murali Vijay c Ballance b Plunkett 24Shikhar Dhawan c Ballance b Anderson 7Cheteshwar Pujara b Stokes 28Virat Kohli c Prior b Anderson 25Ajinkya Rahane c&b Anderson 103Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Prior b Broad 1Ravindra Jadeja lbw b Ali 3Stuart Binny lbw b Anderson 9Bhuvneshwar Kumar b Broad 36Mohammed Shami batting 14Ishant Sharma batting 12Extras (b 17, lb 10, nb 1) 28Total (for nine wickets in 90 overs) 290Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Dhawan, 2.5 overs), 2-48 (Vijay, 21.3), 3-86 (Kohli, 31.1), 4-113 (Pujara, 41.5), 5-123 (Dhoni, 47.2), 6-128 (Jadeja, 50.4), 7-145 (Binny, 57.2), 8-235 (Kumar, 81.6), 9-275 (Rahane, 86.4)advertisementBowlingJames Anderson 22-7-55-4Stuart Broad 22-5-79-2Liam Plunkett 15-5-51-1Ben Stokes 17-5-40-1Moeen Ali 14-2-38-1Match details:Toss: England chose to fieldUmpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (England)Match referee: David Boon (Australia)Reserve umpire: David Millns (England)last_img read more