2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:04Daybreak 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 ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees “We’ll have an announcement soon, but right now I really can’t talk about specific discussions taking place.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson during a roundtable discussion at the NBA PH office on Friday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The NBA may be returning “soon” to Philippine television.NBA Philippines managing director Carlo Singson said the league is in “discussion with multiple groups” to bring back the world’s premier basketball association to the local cable and free broadcast.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption ‘Gago’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As a stopgap solution, the league has started airing its games through the NBA Philippines Facebook and Twitter accounts with one game each getting live-streamed per day during Tip-off Week.READ: NBA to livestream select games in PH for free on Facebook, TwitterThat schedule, though, will change once Tip-off Week is over with NBA Philippines set to live stream a game each every Mondays and Thursdays.Singson admitted the negotiations are taking time, but fans should expect an update about the fate of the NBA airing here soon.“I think the discussions, unfortunately, are quite complex and will take a lot of time,” said Singson. “Ideally it would’ve been done by the start of the season but like I said discussions and talks take time.”ADVERTISEMENT “We think television is an integral part of our distribution strategy and we are in discussion, as you guys may have heard from different sources, with both local groups and international groups,” said Singson in a media round table Friday in the NBA’s Manila headquarters in Bonifacio Global City.READ: NBA disappears from pay TV; Sky Cable, Cignal negotiating new dealFEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Facebook and Twitter are two of those international groups, but we are in discussion with multiple groups.”The NBA has stopped broadcasting its games in Philippine televisions ahead of the 2019-2020 season after nearly two decades long agreement with Solar Entertainment ended. LATEST STORIES Ferrari aims for pole and to avoid team duel in Mexico View comments
New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram brings the ball up during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Brandon Ingram scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and JJ Redick scored 26 points, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 124-121 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.Jrue Holiday had 23 points and nine assists for the Pelicans, who earned their third straight win. E’Twaun Moore added a season-high 19 points.ADVERTISEMENT Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball came off the bench and had eight points and five assists in his first game since Nov. 8. Ball had been dealing with a strained groin.ARENA PROJECT UNVEILEDThe Suns unveiled renderings and details of the planned renovation of Talking Stick Resort Arena during a pregame event at the nearby Phoenix Convention Center. Suns managing partner Robert Sarver went over the numerous upgrades for the Suns’ home, which opened in 1992.The $230 million project is a joint effort between the team and Phoenix city government.“Most importantly, (the project) will feature state-of-the-art improvements that will allow us to deliver a world-class guest experience to all of our great fans,” Sarver said in a statement from the team.TIP-INSPelicans: C Jahlil Okafor missed his fifth straight game because of a sprained left ankle. … F Derrick Favors was held out with back spasms for the third straight game, and G Josh Hart also didn’t play due to a sprained ankle.Suns: Baynes missed his second straight game with a hip flexor strain. He was replaced in the lineup by Frank Kaminsky, who scored 14 points. … G Tyler Johnson got his first start of the season with Rubio out with back spasms.UP NEXTPelicans: At Utah on Saturday night.Suns: At Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ingram then made a turnaround jumper before his big three-point play, helping New Orleans pull away again.The Pelicans made their first 10 shots of the third quarter to take an 83-76 lead, with Redick scoring 10 points in that run. New Orleans didn’t miss a shot until the 5:34 mark, but lost the lead briefly before carrying a 95-94 advantage into the fourth.Kenrich Williams’ layup — his only two points of the game — off a pass from Ingram put the Pelicans ahead 105-96 at the 10:18 mark of the fourth quarter.Oubre’s 3 at the second-quarter buzzer gave the Suns their largest lead of the half at 66-59.Oubre blew kisses to the crowd after the shot. He had 17 first-half points.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05Poor 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 ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw ‘People evacuated on their own’ Ingram’s drive and strong finish at the rim while being fouled helped New Orleans open a 122-115 lead with 1:25 to play.Holiday missed two free throws with 0.5 seconds to play, giving the Suns a chance to tie after a quick timeout. But the Suns couldn’t get a good shot up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Kelly Oubre Jr. led Phoenix with 25 points in its third consecutive loss. Devin Booker had 19 for the short-handed Suns, who were without starting center Aron Baynes and starting point guard Ricky Rubio.The Pelicans held the lead in the fourth quarter from start to finish. Phoenix got as close as two points down at 117-115 with 2:22 remaining. DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees MOST READ Antetokounmpo drops triple-double as Bucks beat Trail Blazers No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto View comments
Messi then put the tie to bed a minute from time when he slotted home a loose ball inside the area.And he added his 16th goal of the season with a stunning run and finish to round off the scoring in stoppage time.“I had a lot of time out and I felt very good in the training sessions that I had, but playing in a competitive game in completely different,” Messi told Barca TV.“More than just the goals, I feel very good physically and I have been able to play without any pain so I am obviously very happy.”Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino also had Saturday’s upcoming top of the table clash away to Atletico Madrid in mind as he made had made six changes to the side that started last weekend’s 4-0 win over Elche.However, with Messi and Neymar, ruled out by a stomach bug, again not in the starting line-up, Martino maintained the front three of Alexis Sanchez, Pedro Rodriguez and Fabregas.And despite such a stunning return, Messi said he isn’t convinced he will start at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.“I will speak with Tata and he is the one that will decide, but right now I don’t know,” he said.“No one is irreplaceable. I watched the games at home and they were very impressive. Whoever plays in this squad they always respond to the challenge.”Martino’s selection proved inspired as Pedro’s lobbed cross was expertly headed into the far corner by Fabregas after just eight minutes.However, Getafe then managed to stifle Barca from creating too many clear-cut chances before the break and indeed the hosts were grateful to a great save from Jose Manuel Pinto to turn away Juan Rodriguez’s header to go in ahead at half-time.Barca did finally have the breathing space they craved when Juan Valera upended Pedro inside the area and Fabregas blasted the resulting penalty into the top corner.That set the scene for Messi’s arrival and he didn’t disappoint as he calmly slotted home a loose ball inside the area with his trusted left-foot after Martin Montoya had burst into the Getafe box.The best was still to come, though, as Messi embarked on a trademark run through the Getafe defence before slamming high past Jordi Codina to leave next week’s second leg in Madrid a formality.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, January 9 – Lionel Messi scored twice on his first appearance in 59 days as Barcelona cruised towards the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 4-0 win over Getafe in the first leg of their last 16 tie.The four-time World Player of the Year replaced Andres Iniesta after 63 minutes with Barcelona leading 2-0 thanks to a Cesc Fabregas double.
1 Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley remain some distance apart in their attempts to strike a deal for Newcastle despite suggestions that an agreement is close, Press Association Sport understands.Excitement levels on Tyneside rose on Wednesday amid claims that a breakthrough was seemingly imminent with Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners moving inexorably towards a £300million swoop.However, while a dialogue between the two parties is ongoing, it is understood that there are still significant stumbling blocks, not the least of which is Staveley’s desire to have some form of protection should the club be relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.Newcastle have issued no public comment on the current situation, but sources close to the deal were insisting on Thursday that nothing substantial has changed in the last few days.The Ashley camp has maintained a steadfast silence throughout the negotiations having signed non-disclosure agreements with a series of prospective buyers, among them PCP, and there was no word from Staveley’s side either after the latest episode in what is rapidly becoming a saga.However, insiders have revealed sportswear magnate Ashley is growing increasingly frustrated at the information which has leaked out, some of which they believe has been interpreted in overly-optimistic fashion.Crucially, the lines of communication remain open and there is a willingness on both sides to do business, but the deal currently on the table is yet to meet Ashley’s approval.Significantly, it is understood that there has as yet been no approach to the Premier League to begin the process of ratifying a potential new owner, meaning the current owner’s hopes of clinching a sale by Christmas are looking forlorn unless there is a substantial shift in the next few days.Even if that proved to be the case, any deal could not now be completed until the mid-January at the earliest, further hampering manager Rafael Benitez’s ability to strengthen his squad in the winter transfer market.Suggestions that Ashley could fund a recruitment drive and then be reimbursed by news owners following completion are not beyond the bounds of possibility, but negotiations would have to have advanced significantly further for that to happen. There were reports that Mr Ashley and Ms Staveley were on the brink of agreeing a £300 million agreement
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Whatever the reason, council President Eric Garcetti now insists that “the council policy does not take money from the trash fee for this fiscal year.” Instead, he says, it requires the council to find an amount equal to 15 percent of the trash-fee money elsewhere in the budget, which would, in turn, go to anti-gang efforts. “We have already done this in the budget, and it doesn’t come from trash money,” Garcetti says. OK, but the trash fee is set to rise twice more in the years ahead, and as it does the Los Angeles Police Department will be unlikely to hire enough new cops to use all the new funds at its disposal. What happens to the extra cash then? We’ll see, but even in denying that the council is spending the funds on other programs this year, Garcetti was careful to leave open the possibility for the years ahead: “Our point in the press conference was that the policy that we passed and that the mayor signed allows money in the future to come from the law enforcement funds freed up from more of the direct costs of trash being paid for by folks who have their trash collected.” In plain English, that means: We reserve the right to spend the money in any way we want. FROM the very beginning, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan to raise trash fees to hire 1,000 more cops was questionable. And now the City Council has made it wickedly clear that the policy it approved and that the mayor signed allows money in the future to come from the $7-a-month increase in trash fees, a charge that increases year after year. On Friday, city officials held a press conference in which they discussed spending the equivalent of 15 percent of trash revenues on anti-gang programs. That revelation got front-page billing in Saturday’s Daily News. Perhaps the officials didn’t make themselves clear the first time around, or maybe our headline – “Trash fee for cops? Not!” – got their attention. Which, legally, the council can do, given the way the tax-hike ordinance was worded. The law couldn’t explicitly require that the trash money pay for cops because, technically, service fees must pay only for the service provided. So while city leaders said the trash money would only pay for beefing up the Los Angeles Police Department, the law itself contains no such guarantees. Still, the public was promised that its higher trash fees would pay for more cops, 1,000 more cops, not simply give the council an extra revenue stream. And while no one disputes the value of anti-gang programs, it’s easy to see how this shell game could play out: First the trash fee goes from cops to anti-gang efforts; then other moneys that would have gone to anti-gang efforts go to City Hall pay raises or the latest sweetheart deal for a well-connected developer. This is the kind of cynical gamesmanship we’ve come to expect from a council that consistently has been less than forthright – or clear – about its intentions. And what’s worse is that the piddling $1.4 million extra for the city’s feeble anti-gang effort will achieve precious little in terms of making the streets safer or giving hope to gang-infested neighborhoods.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
MERIGNAC, France – Braving queasy stomachs, a team of French doctors took to the skies Wednesday for the first operation on a human being in zero-gravity conditions, removing a cyst from the arm of a man as the aircraft soared and dived to create weightlessness. The five-man medical team made history by slicing off the yellow growth that floated away from the patient, tied to a string. Doctors worked in intervals of 22 seconds during conditions of weightlessness. Coincidentally, it took 22 intervals to complete the surgery. The operation, more than three years in the making and part of a three-phase exploration of weightless surgery, paves the way toward one day performing surgery in space via a surgeon or a remotely controlled robot. It also is an experiment that may one day be instructive for a future medical emergency on the International Space Station. The flight lasted three hours, but the operation took just more than eight minutes – about the same amount of time that such surgery would have taken in a hospital, doctors said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThree surgeons, two anesthetists and a cameraman were strapped to the walls with mountain-climbers’ gear as the aircraft dipped and soared in roller coaster-like parabolas to achieve intervals of weightlessness. “We have done a simple technical procedure, but everything we noticed shows that operating on a human in space conditions will not present insurmountable problems,” said Dr. Dominique Martin, leader of the medical team. The surgery went “exactly as we had expected,” he told reporters. Patient Philippe Sanchot – chosen because he is an avid bungee jumper, hardened to the shocks of G-force strains – was given a local anesthetic and remained awake throughout the operation. “I’m just a little tired, but it’s because my head is spinning,” said Sanchot, 46. The relatively minor procedure was meant to give a preliminary idea of what surgery in space might be like, providing information about how blood flows in zero gravity or whether special equipment was needed. Doctors said the test was partly designed to rebut naysayers who claimed that surgery is unlikely – if not impossible – in space.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Ajax players celebrate their win over Juventus But while it represents a magnificent for both Ajax and European football, proving the game’s modern elite can be beaten when it matter, it feels like it could be this side’s last hurrah.The collection of wonderkids and experienced aces may be broken up in just two months times as clubs across Europe get ready to raid Amsterdam.Frenkie de Jong, the classy midfielder, has already sealed his transfer, having penned a move to Barcelona on July 1, which is no surprise given his astonishing ability which saw him, on occasion, embarrass Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric in the Round of 16 victory over Real Madrid.But where will there other heroes be going when the transfer window opens? Oddschecker.com have provided the latest odds. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 4 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Ziyech celebrates scoring for Ajax huge blow 4 4 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ajax midfield ace Donny van de Beek. Getty Images – Getty Ajax are through to the Champions League semi-final after despatching Juventus in style.The Dutch giants dumped Cristiano Ronaldo and co out of the competition thanks to a 3-2 aggregate scoreline, which had neutrals across Europe celebrating. However, with punters, its Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that is being backed to land De Ligt with 72% of all bets placed on United.David NeresThe Brazilian helped put Juve to the sword over both legs and a Premier League is one very much on the radar.Bookies believe he is off to Liverpool or Bayern in the summer – both priced at 6/1 favourites.Everton are a shock 8/1 inclusion on the list, ahead of Chelsea (9/1), Arsenal (10/1), Tottenham (12/1) and West Ham (16/1).Hakim ZiyechOkay, he’s not a wonderkid at 26, but some wondered why the Moroccan ace was still at Ajax when the transfer window closed, now it’s even more of a mystery.Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are clear favourites to sign the Moroccan playmaker, priced at just 13/8 to secure his signature.Elsewhere, Roma are second favourites at 6/1, followed by Juventus (8/1), Borussia Dortmund (10/1), PSG (12/1) and Liverpool (14/1). Matthijs de LigtThe 19-year-old captain has already been hailed by Rio Ferdinand as ‘the best young defender on the planet’ and it seem likely it will cost mega-money to sign him.Barcelona are favourite to land him come the transfer window, with the Catalan club 8/15 to sign the defender.Elsewhere, Bayern Munich (6/1) are second favourites to sign the starlet, followed by Juventus (12/1), Liverpool (12/1), Real Madrid (16/1) and Manchester United (20/1). Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF De Ligt wheels away in celebration after sealing a monumental win for Ajax shining tense LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Donny van de BeekDe Jong may have sealed a switch to Barcelona but van de Beek could be in with a move to the Premier League.Arsenal (5/1) are second favourites behind PSG (4/1).Tottenham come next in the market at 6/1, followed by Chelsea (10/1), Manchester United (12/1) and Barcelona (16/1). Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE gameday cracker 4 REPLY
LIVE ON talkSPORT 💜 @ToniKroos has tied himself to @realmadriden until 2023! 👏 pic.twitter.com/OAmLY6Q00L— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) May 20, 2019Despite that impressive record, Kroos had been one of a host of players being linked with a summer move away from Madrid amid speculation of major squad overhaul by the 13-time European champions following a poor season.However, Los Blancos have ended rumours about his future by giving the 29-year-old, a member of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad in 2014, a one-year extension to his existing deal. LATEST ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining In LaLiga they finished third, 19 points behind champions Barcelona and having suffered 12 defeats, which is their worst record this millennium.Real also had three different coaches during the season, with the record-breaking Zinedine Zidane returning to take the helm in March following the short-lived tenures of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City no dice deals Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Toni Kroos has signed a new contract with Real Madrid, the LaLiga club have announced.The fresh deal ties the Germany international to the Bernabeu until June 30, 2023.Kroos joined Real from Bayern Munich in 2014 and during his five years in Madrid, the club have won 12 trophies, including three Champions League titles and one LaLiga crown. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS gameday cracker Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury England Women vs Denmark Women (Saturday, 1pm) – talkSPORTNewport County vs Tranmere (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Sunderland (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Kroos made over 40 appearances for Madrid in all competitions this season but was unable to help them replicate their success of recent years.They did manage to win the FIFA Club World Cup once again, but otherwise came up short in LaLiga, the Copa del Rey and Champions League – where they were looking to claim a fourth-successive triumph.
Now, it’s claimed Unai Emery’s team are set to return with an improved proposal, boosted by the player’s intention to move.Zaha starred as he scored in Palace’s 3-2 win over Arsenal at the Emirates in April – a game in which he is said to have caught Emery’s eye and become his top target.As a youngster in 2013, he left Palace for Manchester United, but failed to crack the first team and subsequently returned to Selhurst Park. 2 Getty Images Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha has reportedly told Crystal Palace that he wants to leave the club.The 26-year-old attacker, who has now concluded his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, is scheduled to soon re-join the Eagles for pre-season training. WIlfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he wants to leave after returning from the African Cup of Nations. Palace rejected £40m bid. Arsenal expected to push again in the coming days. Zaha is Unai Emery’s No 1 target.Emery has wanted him since Palace beat Arsenal 3-2 in April— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 18, 2019 Zaha got ten league goals and ten league assists last season Getty Wilfried Zaha scored against Arsenal in a 3-2 win late last season 2 However, according to Sky Sports, he has now told Palace officials that he wants to ply his trade elsewhere in 2019/20.Zaha was the subject of a £40million bid from the Gunners earlier this month, which was swiftly rejected by Roy Hodgson’s side.The manager subsequently came out and declared: “I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation.“I’m sure the player realises that if someone’s going to take him away from us, he’ll expect clubs to pay the market value. Until someone does that, there’s not much to discuss regarding Wilf.”
Sligo Racecourse manager Kathryn Foley speaks to Darragh Cox about the two-day race meeting at Sligo on Wednesday and Thursday…