PBA takes two-week break to give way to Gilas Fiba qualifying games

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The 2019 Philippine Cup will resume on February 27 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Philippine team can’t afford to lose any of its final matches after going 1-3 in its last four games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGilas ends the qualifiers with back-to-back away games against Qatar on February 21 and Kazakhstan three days later.The Nationals, who are currently training for only thrice a week, will begin holding practices daily on February 14. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Naturalized big man Andray Blatche rejoined his Gilas teammates Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments Led by Andre Drummond, Pistons pour it on this time to rout Nuggets MOST READ MANILA, Philippines – Reaffirming its full support to the men’s national basketball team, the PBA will take a two-week break to give way to Gilas Pilipinas’ preparations and two remaining games in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.The PBA’s last playdate will be on February 13 at Mall of Asia Arena as Gilas ramps up its practices.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 gold02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Several men charged with assaulting, threatening females

first_imgWales Magistrate’s CourtThe Wales Magistrate’s Court on Thursday saw multiple cases involving allegations of male-on-female assault appearing before Magistrate Rushell Liverpool.Forty-six-year-old Vickram Naipaul of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) was charged with the alleged unlawful assault and for threating his wife (name provided) on February 28, 2018 at their home.The construction worker who has two children from a previous marriage, pled not guilty when the allegations were put to him but admitted that he was once placed on a bond for using abusive language. He was released on bail but was ordered to stay away from his spouse for the duration of the court matter.Additionally, Joshua Simmons, 20, of Inner Stanleytown, WBD, was charged for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend who displayed a timid countenance during her court appearance. This matter was said to have occurred at Stanleytown but the case was held in camera.In another case, Alford Primus, 28, a mason from Thomas Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was released on $20,000 bail after he denied assaulting causing actual bodily harm to Melissa Wong at Parfaite Harmonie on January 12, 2018. He will return to court on May 10 for report and fixtures.Meanwhile, 42-year-old Clifton Cully was also arraigned on a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm to Alicia Rodgers at Sisters Village, WBD on February 24, 2018. He denied the charge and the former Wales Estate sugar employee who now works part-time as a mechanic was released on $20,000 bail. He will return to court on May 10.However, Rodgers was counter-charged for unlawfully wounding Cully at Sisters Village. The unemployed 27-year-old will also return to court on May 10. Meantime, Roydon Farrier, who was embroiled in the same dispute, admitted that he assaulted Rodgers on the day in question.In addition, a Parfaite Harmonie father of two was also accused of assaulting and threatening his wife of 13 years on March 4, 2018, at their home. He was released on $35,000 bail and was ordered to stay 20 feet away from the woman throughout the duration of the matter. He noted that he will stay with his mother in Ruimveldt, Georgetown.last_img read more

Big drop in real estate sales in Fort St. John

first_imgThe BC Northern Real Estate Board reports that home sales dropped by over $30 million dollars in Fort St. John.In the first six months of the year, 268 properties worth $67.2 million were sold, compared to 388 properties worth $101.6 million in the first six months of 2008. The median selling price in the first six months of 2009 was $280,000.In the rest of Northern BC, the numbers have dropped even more. There were 1791 sales in the first six months of the year, compared to 2570 in the same period last year. The value of these properties totaled $364.9 million, compared to $533.6 million in 2008.- Advertisement -Northern BC Real Estate Board President Gary Shannon believes the market is slowly moving towards recovery in most areas. He says lower prices and historically low mortgage rates are drawing buyers into the market.Below is detailed information on each region in Northern BC.Cariboo Region100 Mile House: 136 properties of all types worth $27.3 million have been sold through REALTORS® in the area since January 1st. This compares with 226 properties worth $51.5 million in the same period last year. Of the 39 single family homes sold this year, half sold for $211,000 or less and it took, on average, 112 days for these homes to sell. In addition, 32 parcels of vacant land, 35 homes on acreage, 4 manufactured homes in parks and a further 14 manufactured homes on land sold so far this year. At the end of June there were 791 properties of all types available for purchase through the MLS® in the 100 Mile House area – up from 676 properties last year.Advertisement Fort St. James: 8 properties worth $813,000 have sold through the MLS® in the Fort St. James area so far this year, down from 34 properties worth $3.4 million last year. At the end of June there were 76 properties of all types available for purchase through MLS®.Northern RegionFort St. John: REALTORS® assisted in the sale of 268 properties worth $67.2 million in the first half of 2009, compared to 388 properties worth $101.6 million in the first six months of 2008. The 148 single family homes on lots less than an acre in size which sold so far this year had a median selling price of $280,000. On average, it took these homes 74 days to sell. In addition, 35 parcels of vacant land, 10 half duplexes, 13 homes on acreage, 8 manufactured homes in parks and a further 35 on land have sold so far this year. At the end of June there were 556 properties of all types available for purchase through the MLS® in the area, down slightly from 573 properties as of June 30th, 2008.Fort Nelson: 38 properties worth $9.9 million have sold since January 1st, compared to 65 properties worth $12.6 million in the same period last year. Half of the 25 single family homes (on lots less than an acre in size) sold so far this year, sold for less than $229,000. These homes took, on average, 68 days to sell. At the end of June there were 98 properties available on the MLS® in the Fort Nelson area, up from 92 last year at this time.Fraser Fort George RegionMackenzie: In the first 6 months of the year, 21 properties worth $2.2 million changed hands through MLS® compared to 15 properties worth $1.2 million last year. At the end of June there were 141 properties available on the MLS® in the Mackenzie area, compared to 89 properties a year ago.Prince George: In the City of Prince George 565 properties worth $121 million have changed hands so far this year through MLS®, compared to 693 properties worth $153 million to June 30th, 2008. In the western part of the City, the median price of the 110 single family homes that have sold through MLS® was $192,500. In the area east of the Bypass the 82 single family homes that sold had a median price of $173,500. In the northern part of the City, commonly referred to as “the Hart”, 96 single family homes sold with a median price of $246,000. In the southwest section, 107 homes have sold with a median price of $262,200. At the end of June there were 814 properties of all types available on MLS® within the City limits, compared to 844 at the end of June, 2008.Advertisement Williams Lake: 136 properties have sold so far this year compared to 218 by June 30th of 2008. The value of these properties is $25.8 million ($45.1 million in 2008). Half of the 48 single family homes sold this year, sold for less than $218,500 and took on average 92 days to sell. In addition, 8 parcels of vacant land, 10 townhouses, 26 homes on acreage, 17 manufactured homes in parks and 15 on land changed hands. As of June 30th there were 442 properties available for purchase through the MLS® in the area, just slightly higher than 432 properties at the end of June, 2008.Quesnel: In the Quesnel area, REALTORS® reported 92 sales worth $16.9 million so far this year, compared to 177 sales worth $26.9 million in the first six months of 2008. Half of the 40 single family homes (on lots of less than an acre in size) sold for less than $195,000 and these homes took, on average, 61 days to sell. In addition, 7 parcels of vacant land, 18 homes on acreage, 10 manufactured homes in parks and a further 7 on land have been sold in 2009. At the end of June there were 325 properties available for purchase through the MLS® in the area, compared to 295 at this time last year.Northwest RegionPrince Rupert: 44 properties worth $7.4 million changed hands through the MLS® in the Prince Rupert area so far this year compared to 87 properties worth $17.2 million in the first half of 2008. The median price of the 35 single family homes (on lots of less than an acre in size) that sold was $178,000. On average it took these homes 147 days to sell. At the end of June there were 270 properties of all types available for purchase through the MLS®, up from last year’s 247 properties.Terrace: REALTORS® in the Terrace area sold 134 properties worth $23.9 million in the first 6 months of 2009, compared to 169 properties worth $31.6 million last year. Half of the 77 single family homes (on lots of less than an acre in size) that sold, sold for less than $196,500. On average, it took these homes 107 days to sell. In addition, 10 parcels of vacant land, 10 homes on acreage, 10 manufactured homes in parks and 11 manufactured homes on land have changed hands so far this year. As of June 30th there were 281 properties of all types available for purchase through MLS® in the Terrace area, down slightly from 302 at June 30th, 2008.Advertisementcenter_img Kitimat: 48 properties worth $8.3 million have sold through the MLS® in the Kitimat area in the first six months of 2009, down from 82 properties worth $12 million last year. Half of the 33 single family homes (on lots of less than an acre in size) that sold so far this year, sold for less than $168,000 and, on average, it took these homes 99 days to sell. In addition, 4 half duplexes, 5 townhouses and 4 homes on acreage changed hands. At the end of June there were 128 properties available for purchase through the MLS®, up from 114 properties this time last year.Bulkley Nechako RegionHouston: 11 properties worth $1.06 million have sold so far this year compared to 20 properties worth $2.9 million in the first half of 2008.. As of June 30th there were 54 properties of all types available for purchase through the MLS® in the Houston area.Smithers: REALTORS® in the Smithers area reported 99 sales worth $19.2 million in the first six months of 2009 compared to 114 sales worth $24.8 million to June 30th, 2008. Half of the 50 single family homes (on lots of less than an acre in size) which have sold so far this year, sold for less than $217,000 and took on average, 93 days to sell. In addition 9 parcels of vacant land, 20 homes on acreage, 13 manufactured homes in parks and 6 on land, have changed hands since January 1st. At the end of June there were 238 properties of all types available for purchase through the MLS® in the Smithers area, up from 194 properties at this time last year.Burns Lake: 37 properties worth $3.9 million have changed hands since January 1st compared to 61 properties worth $5.5 million to June 30th, 2008. The median sale price of the 19 single family homes (on lots less than an acre in size) was $85,600. On average, it took 95 days for these homes to sell. As of June 30th there were 129 properties of all types available for purchase through MLS® in the area, down from 153 properties available June 30th, 2008.Vanderhoof: REALTORS® in the Vanderhoof area reported 32 sales worth $4.9 million in the first six months of 2009 compared to 83 property sales worth $15 million in the same period last year. The median selling price of the 13 single family homes (on lots less than an acre in size) was $162,000. It took these homes, on average, 90 days to sell. At the end of June there were 117 properties of all types available for purchase in the Vanderhoof area, down slightly from 129 properties last year.Advertisementlast_img read more

Rebic ruins Heynckes farewell as Frankurt shock Bayern

first_img0Shares0000Frankfurt’s Croatian forward Ante Rebic (L) gets past Bayern Munich’s German defender Niklas Suele to score the opening goal during the German Cup DFB Pokal final football match FC Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on May 19, 2018. © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, May 19 – Ante Rebic ruined Jupp Heynckes’ farewell as Bayern Munich coach on Saturday with the Croatia striker scoring twice as Eintracht Frankfurt claimed an upset 3-1 win in the German Cup final.The victory gave Eintracht boss Niko Kovac his first trophy as a coach in his final match before leaving to take over from Heynckes at Bayern. After Rebic’s opening goal, Robert Lewandowski equalised for Munich early in the second half.However, Rebic added his late second before substitute Mijat Gacinovic tapped into an empty net just before the whistle to delight Frankfurt fans and break Bayern’s hearts.“Everyone said that we’d be beaten out of the stadium,” said Frankfurt’s Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.“But we showed heart and it was Bayern who were beaten.”This was supposed to be Heynckes’ farewell party with Bayern sending their 73-year-old head coach into retirement with the German cup and league double having wrapped up a sixth straight Bundesliga title.“It was an avoidable defeat and sometimes defeat belongs to sport,” said Heynckes graciously.“We made a serious mistake before they went 1-0 up. If you don’t exploit your chances, then you can’t win a cup match like that.“We also had bad luck, hitting the post twice, but we didn’t play with fluency or power and Eintracht are worthy cup winners.”It is exactly 30 years since Eintracht last won the German Cup as they lifted the trophy for the fifth time.“I am happy that we have won the cup after 30 years,” said Rebic.“The team deserves it, Bayern are always the favourites, but at the end it was us who won the cup.”Frankfurt’s Croatian head coach Niko Kovac reacts after the German Cup DFB Pokal final football match FC Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on May 19, 2018. © AFP / Tobias SCHWARZBayern made a bright start in the capital when Lewandowski hit the underside of the Frankfurt bar with just eight minutes gone.However, Frankfurt scored from their first clear chance.When Bayern midfielder James Rodriguez was robbed of possession in midfield, Kevin-Prince Boateng threaded a pass through to Rebic.The Croatia striker dodged the challenges of Bayern centre-backs Niklas Suele and Mats Hummels to plant his shot past Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich with 11 minutes gone.The shock goal sent a ripple of panic through the Bayern ranks as it was the third straight game they have fallen behind.– Clear penalty –Bayern went close with 25 minutes gone when Lewandowski fired wide of the empty goal after Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller had already opened up the Eintracht defence.It should have been 2-0 to Eintracht eight minutes before half-time when Rebic squared for Jonathan De Guzman, who was unmarked, but the midfielder stumbled with the goal at his mercy.Tempers started to fray as Frankfurt defender Jetro Willems was booked for body-checking Joshua Kimmich but it stayed 1-0 at the break.Bayern drew level on 53 minutes when Suele combined with Kimmich, who picked out Lewandowski near the penalty spot to slot home the equaliser.Mats Hummels hit the post with a header with ten minutes left, but Frankfurt — and Rebic — were not to be denied.The Croatia international again burst in between Suele and Hummels and brilliantly lifted the ball over Ulreich.Bayern Munich’s Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez reacts after the German Cup DFB Pokal final football match FC Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on May 19, 2018. © AFP / Christof STACHEThe referee checked the replay on advice of the video assistant referee, but the goal stood to make it 2-1 on 82 minutes.Bayern were denied calls for a clear penalty after a foul on Javi Martinez deep into added time.“It was a penalty, but we shouldn’t start criticising,” added Heynckes, while Kovac admitted: “I have to say — it was a penalty”.With all Munich players in the Eintracht half and time running out, Frankfurt sealed the victory when Gacinovic got on the end of a Bayern corner, sprinted the length of the pitch to slot into an empty net in the 96th minute.The Eintracht squad mobbed the 23-year-old and the referee blew the whistle to trigger the Frankfurt party.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Champions League clubs – Official Top 10 ranking revealed! No Liverpool or Man City

first_imgThe Champions League is back and as fans across Europe and the globe tune in to see the crème of continental football battle it out, many will debate as to who truly is the best side out of the 32 competitors.Well talkSPORT has the answer. Using UEFA’s most recent coefficient points ranking (correct as of 17/09/14) we can reveal the competition’s top ten teams.Simply click the arrow on the right to see who features.Notable omissions are:Paris Saint-Germain – 11th place – 81.750 pointsMan City –13th place – 73.992 pointsLiverpool – 25th place – 38.992 points 10 8. Arsenal – 91.992 points – Click the arrow to see who is number seven – Drawn among the top seeds in this season’s iteration of the tournament, Arsenal are at real risk of slipping from the leading pack ahead of next year’s competition (should they qualify that is). Despite being a regular fixture in the Champions League, the Gunners failure to get beyond the last-16 in recent seasons is starting to hinder their coefficient ranking. 5. Benfica – 113.009 points – Click the arrow to see who is number four – Consistency has been the key for Benfica, with the Portuguese outfit having reached two Europa League finals and a Champions League quarter final in the last three years. That impressive return has benefitted them in terms of UEFA ranking. 9. FC Porto – 89.009 points – Click the arrow to see who is number eight – The two-time winners of the European Cup, Porto have been one of the regular features in the competition. The Portuguese giants have seen mixed fortunes over the last four campaigns, but their pedigree ensures they are in the top 10. 6. Atletico Madrid – 99.599 points – Click the arrow to see who is number five – Last season’s runners up, Atletico Madrid have been inconsistent in Europe to say the least. However, a huge 37.600 points for reaching the final last season, paired with their 34.171 points for winning the Europa League in 2012 means the La Liga giants are well within the top ranked teams in the competition. 10 10. Borussia Dortmund – 83.311 ranking points – Click the arrow to see which teams make up the top 10! – The 10th highest ranked team in the Champions League is Borussia Dortmund, who reached the final in 2013. The Germans have emerged as a real European force over the past couple of years and are once again considered contenders for club football’s biggest prize – a tournament they won in 1997. Their dismal showing just prior to the Klopp-inspired resurrection counts against them in their coefficient points however, explaining their seemingly low ranking. Click the arrow to see the teams ranked above Dortmund… 10 10 4. Chelsea – 122.992 points – Click the arrow to see who is number three – It is unsurprising to see Chelsea this far up the rankings, especially given their success in Europe in recent years. A Champions League final victory followed by glory in the Europa League 12 months later certainly boosted their coefficient points total. 10 10 10 7. Schalke 04 – 96.311 points – Click the arrow to see who is number six – While they were in pot two for this season’s draw, if everything was remain as it is right now, Schalke would be among the big guns of pot one. The German’s semi-final appearance in 2011 adds huge weight to their ranking and as such they are technically the seventh best team in the tournament right now. 10 3. Bayern Munich – 128.311 points – Click the arrow to see who is number two – Unquestionably one of the giants of world football, Bayern Munich’s consistent positioning in the semis and finals has seen them close the gap on the continent’s leading sides. Expect to see their ranking increase further come next season. 10 10 2. Barcelona – 131.599 points – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The four time winners of the European Cup, Barcelona’s place among the elite of the world football is never in doubt. Their continued success and strong finishes over the past four seasons means they are the second highest ranked team. 1. Real Madrid – 143.599 points – At number one with a huge 12 point advantage is Real Madrid. Los Blancos have crashed out at the semi final stage three times over the last four years, and crucially won the competition – the famed La Decima – last year to put them head and shoulders above everyone else. The only way they will not remain top of the rankings would be if they failed to escape the group stages this year.last_img read more

Does early defeat spell beginning of the end for Mourinho?

first_imgOn those occasions his fall even came from a position of strength he isn’t afforded now having won the league in the previous season.This time round after a trophyless campaign, Mourinho clashed with the club’s board over their failure to signficantly strengthen his squad, particularly at centre-back.Mourinho’s point was illustrated in a disastrous defensive display at the Amex in which United conceded three times in the first-half with centre-backs Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly at fault.However, the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could point to the fact that £60 million ($76 million) has been spent on Bailly and Lindelof in the past two seasons since Mourinho took charge as justification for not trusting his manager with more cash to splash.“The centre backs melted and you can’t do that in the Premier League,” said former United captain turned TV pundit Gary Neville on Sky Sports.“When Manchester United are so publicly in the transfer window looking for defenders, what belief does that give them?“They know they’re on borrowed time and I have to say Bailly and Lindelof were poor. They are the ones Jose has signed.“It has been poor recruitment. That back four aren’t good enough to win the title.”– Long-term view –Woodward hinted on the final day of the transfer window that the club had to take a more long-term view than Mourinho.Despite signing a new contract till 2020 in January, the growing feeling is Mourinho will do well just to see out the current campaign.Mancheser United captain Paul Pogba admitted his attitude wasn’t right for Sunday’s defeat at Brighton © AFP / Glyn KIRKWoodward’s long-term view also included holding on to Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial despite their rifts with Mourinho.Pogba was again entrusted with the captain’s armband at Brighton, but his admission he didn’t show the right attitude was hardly one of an inspirational leader.“They had more hunger than us. I put myself first, that my attitude wasn’t right,” said the French World Cup winner.Martial had been publicly criticised by Mourinho and fined for failing to return to the club’s pre-season tour in the United States after the birth of his second child.The Frenchman was recalled to the starting line-up in the absence of the injured Alexis Sanchez, but failed to impress before being hooked on the hour mark and barely exchanged a glance with his manager as he left the field.Mourinho began the weekend by telling local rivals Manchester City “you can’t buy class”, angry at the depiction of his tactics as overly defensive in a behind-the-scenes documentary on City’s title-winning campaign last season.The worry for United is whether Mourinho’s football is now not only not entertaining compared to the free-flowing football of City and traditional rivals Liverpool, but no longer effective at getting results with a disaffected squad.A big response is needed when Tottenham visit Old Trafford next week to avert a crisis spiralling before the opening month of the season is out.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Beginning of the end? Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United were beaten 3-2 at Brighton on Sunday © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 20 – Jose Mourinho warned of the troubles that could lie ahead for his Manchester United side, but the Portuguese must still accept much of the responsibility from a 3-2 defeat at Brighton that has the Red Devils’ season off to a bad start.The concern for United is now whether Mourinho is capable of stemming the tide to turn things around in a way he wasn’t in his third season at Real Madrid or in his second spell at Chelsea.last_img read more

Bernardo Silva charged over Mendy tweet

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 2 – Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association over a controversial social media post comparing teammate Benjamin Mendy with a black cartoon character.The Portuguese midfielder last month tweeted an image of a young Mendy alongside an image of the character representing the Spanish chocolate peanut brand Conguitos. He deleted the post but has now been charged.A statement from the football governing body on Wednesday said “Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct” in relation to a social media post on September 22.The FA statement said it was alleged that the 25-year-old was responsible for an “aggravated breach” of FA rules because the tweet included a reference “whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.”Silva, who could face a ban, has until October 9 to respond.On the same day as the tweet that has now resulted in an FA charge, Silva posted: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days… You guys…”Silva last week sent a letter to the Football Association to apologise for any offence caused by the tweet and Mendy has written in support of his friend, saying he had not taken offence at the tweet.City manager Pep Guardiola has also defended Silva and another of his team-mates, England forward Raheem Sterling, also spoke out in his defence.Mendy and Silva have been teammates since 2016, having spent a year together at Monaco before they both moved to City the following year.An Instagram video posted by Silva in 2018 has also attracted criticism for alleged racist undertones. In the video, being studied by the FA, Silva asks Mendy, who is dressed in black, why he is not wearing any clothes.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tough rovers weather fierce Mars dust storms

first_imgBy City News Service The twin Mars rovers were nearly destroyed in severe, sky-darkening Martian dust storms this summer, but the solar-powered robots were awake Friday and ready to continue their mission, JPL officials said. Martian dust storms were so severe in July that officials feared Opportunity and Spirit would not survive to continue their travels. The riding motor-sized rovers were only expected to explore for three months when they first traveled the 303 million miles to Mars in 2004, but they are now operating in their 43rd month. Opportunity’s planned descent into the 800-foot Victoria Crater was delayed this summer because of the dust, but the rover is now expected to journey into the crater as early as Tuesday. Scientists hope Opportunity will emerge with more information, but some fear the aging rover may not be able to get back out of the hole. Spirit lost the use of one of its wheels about a year ago, limiting its ability to climb on the Martian surface. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Exclusive – My long-term future is at Chelsea, claims award winner

first_imgFootball League Championship Player of the Year winner Patrick Bamford insists his long-term future lies at Chelsea.The Blues striker, who has hit 19 goals this season, has spent the season on loan at Middlesbrough.Bamford, 21, has two years left on his current deal and is in talks to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.The striker is currently enjoying his third loan spell away from south west London, following his £1.5 million move from Nottingham Forest in 2012, and despite the competition for places Bamford is keen to impress Blues boss Jose Mourinho.“I don’t have any reason not be at Chelsea,” he told talkSPORT. “It is my dream to put on that blue shirt and play for them eventually.”“It will a tough task to break into the first team. Most strikers playing in the Premier League regularly are aged around 23 or 24.“At at a club like Chelsea they have the money to buy world class strikers like Diego Costa and there’s also that pressure to win trophies, I just have to stick with it, be patient and hopefully my rewards will come”last_img read more

On thin ice? Liverpool misfit tweets support to Raheem Sterling

first_img1 Mario Balotelli risked the wrath of Liverpool fans by tweeting a supportive message to former team-mate Raheem Sterling after his debut goal for Manchester City.Sterling, who left Anfield for City in a £49million deal last week after an acrimonious transfer saga, struck inside the first three minutes of a pre-season friendly against Roma in Australia.Liverpool supporters were angered by some of Sterling’s conduct in the months preceding the move and Balotelli, a former City player, risked inflaming tensions with a congratulatory tweet.“Well done @sterling31! Best answer. Keep it up,” the Italian wrote.Balotelli, who had a difficult first season at Liverpool, later attempted to clarify his remarks after receiving some abusive replies.He tweeted: “Liverpool fans are amazing but i hope@sterling31 will play at his best because he deserve it. He’s a good guy young and talented…..“….support him Like you always did. He gave everything to this club and respect it so i’m sad to see this. YNWA, Liverpool is a family ALWAYS.”The Italian himself is a divisive character at Anfield and is expected to leave the Reds this summer after the arrivals of Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings, plus the prospected deal for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. Mario Balotelli last_img read more