No Barcelona comeback as Juventus reaches CL semis

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dortmund: police held team bus for 20 minutes before game Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado, 2nd right, attempts a shot at goal during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. APBARCELONA, Spain — Juventus put on a masterclass of defensive football to reach the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time), frustrating Lionel Messi and earning a 0-0 draw against a Barcelona side hoping for another miraculous comeback.The second-leg stalemate sealed a 3-0 win on aggregate and came six weeks after Barcelona’s historic 6-1 thrashing of Paris Saint-Germain, when the home side became the first team to ever overturn a 4-0 loss in the competition.ADVERTISEMENT The only miracle seen in Barcelona this time was Juventus not getting a late goal, with the Spanish side barely having the legs to recover when defending.Barcelona forward Neymar was consoled by former teammate Dani Alves, now playing for Juventus, after the final whistle while Barcelona’s fans cheered their team despite the elimination.“Juventus is a great team and they were better than us,” Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said. “It was a difficult result to turn around, although we tried until the end. They are an Italian club and defend very well. I wish them the best and I think they can win the title.”Juventus joins Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in the semifinal draw on Friday.Monaco advanced after beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in its quarterfinal, second leg on Wednesday for a 6-3 aggregate win. Teenager Kylian Mbappe and forward Radamel Falcao struck early to put Monaco on its way.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Juventus will be without midfielder Sami Khedira for the first leg of the semifinals after he earned a yellow for fouling Suarez.The two-time European champions are set to complete an excellent campaign. Having now avenged their 2015 Champions League final loss to Barcelona, Juventus also leads the Italian league and has lined up an Italian Cup final against Lazio.The result ended Barcelona’s run of 15 wins in as many home European matches since the arrival of Luis Enrique, who will leave the club this summer.Barcelona must now rest and regroup for Sunday’s trip to play Real Madrid in a “clasico” match that will go a long way to deciding the Spanish league title. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Italians visitors made sure there would be no more miracles at Camp Nou by displaying all the poise and experience that PSG had sorely lacked in the previous round.“We knew Barcelona were ready to risk everything tonight, but we closed down all the spaces,” Juventus centerback Leonardo Bonucci said. “Scoring three in the first leg and not conceding at the Camp Nou is the evidence that we are a great team. I think every team would like to avoid us now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnTrue to the Italian tradition of defending an advantage, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had little work to do until late in the game, as Massimiliano Allegri’s side expertly absorbed Barcelona’s passing attack that ultimately produced few good scoring opportunities.And when Messi did get free inside the area, Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer squandered both his chances to spark a fightback. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Dani Alves committed the only slip in Juventus’ discipline when he was caught off the pitch at kickoff saying ‘hello’ to his former teammates in Barcelona’s dugout. Fortunately for the Brazil right back, the opening move planned by Barcelona to send a long ball into his defensive zone flopped.Otherwise, the same Juventus starting 11 from the first leg had control of the match, bending but never breaking under the assault of a Barcelona in full-attack mode.“On a psychological level, my team never dropped its guard. The force of the team is not getting too worked up, or shaken,” Allegri said. “My players were extraordinary tonight. They kept their cool.”Messi could have boosted Barcelona’s hopes in the 19th minute when a long buildup ended with Luis Suarez setting him up near the penalty spot, only for Messi to fire wide.Neymar volleyed Jordi Alba’s pass wide before Messi drew the first save from Buffon just past the half-hour mark.Juventus, however, tightened its defense, anchored by Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, and the hosts’ opportunities dried up.Messi’s first half had a painful ending when he was caught by Miralem Pjanic while jumping for a ball. Messi tumbled face first into the turf, and showed a small scratch that bled on his cheek once he got back on his feet. Neymar was then booked for an apparent retaliatory charge into Pjanic, earning him a one-game suspension for accumulation of yellow cards.Messi wasted another opportunity in the 67th when Suarez found him in the box after Buffon left his line and failed to clear the ball.Andres Iniesta finally gave Buffon a real challenge with 10 minutes remaining, when his glancing effort off a cross made the veteran goalkeeper get down low to save.“Juve is a great team that knows how to defend perfectly. Even so, a goal would have changed the game,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “We created enough chances to score, but it wasn’t to be.” More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape testlast_img read more

World observes Nelson Mandela International Day

first_imgJuly 18 marks the birthday of the first black elected South African President, Nelson Mandela who relentlessly fought for the freedom of South Africa’s black population.Late South African leader and icon Nelson MandelaGuyana has joined the world to celebrate the life and legacy of the late South African leader in observance of Nelson Mandela International Day.The United Nations recognised Mandela’s dedication to the service of humanity and democracy and awarded him this day which took effect in 2010 after being declared in November, 2009.According to the UN: “Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.”Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, prisoner of conscience, and an international peacemaker.According to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the celebration of Mandela Day aims to serve as a global call to action for people to “recognise their individual power to make an imprint and help change the world around them for the better.”“By devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good…take action, inspire change, make every day a Mandela Day,” the Foundation further noted.Born in 1918, Mandela spent 27 years (1962 to 1990) in prison for his involvement in attempting to overthrow the then apartheid minority government of South Africa. The BBC noted that he worked to “achieve human rights and a better future for everyone in South Africa”.Mandela led the African National Congress to power and severed as President from 1994 to 1999, before voluntarily stepping down.He died in 2013 from lung illness.last_img read more

Exclusive – No way Gerrard will copy Lampard and join a rival, claims former team-mate

first_imgNeil Mellor claims there’s no way Steven Gerrard will follow Chelsea legend Frank Lampard’s lead and join a rival Premier League side.The Blues stalwart moved to MLS side New York City FC last summer, but then agreed a loan switch to sister side Manchester City for this campaign.Lampard has already come back to haunt Jose Mourinho’s side, by scoring in the fixture between the two sides at the Etihad, and helped his new employers to secure victory against Sunderland on Thursday.Some Chelsea fans are unhappy by the 36-year-old’s actions but Mellor claims the Anfield faithful won’t have to face the same problem when Gerrard, who has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season, moves on.“There’s no chance Steven Gerrard will return to the Premier League with another club [like Frank Lampard],” he told Bingham and Quinny.“He’s proved over the years what a loyal player he is. He’s stuck by Liverpool when he had opportunities to leave.“He may go to America but there’s no way Gerrard will play in the Premier League for anyone else other than Liverpool.”last_img read more

Kick Off: England Euro 2016 Special – Tuesday, June 28

first_imgMark Saggers is joined by a number of guests to look back over England’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, and the departure of Roy Hodgson.The likes of Jim Proudfoot, Nigel Adderley and John Cross share their views on the recent upheaval, while former Three Lions striker Dean Ashton names who he would like to see as the next manager.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes, along with previous versions.last_img

These are the three games Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss for Man United

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic will serve a three-match ban after admitting a Football Association charge for violent conduct.The striker clashed with Tyrone Mings in the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on 4 March and the suspension is effective immediately.Here are the games he will miss:Chelsea (a) in the FA Cup on 13 MarchMiddlesbrough (a) in the Premier League on 19 MarchWest Brom (h) in the Premier League on 1 April“He is due to return in the home game with Everton on 4 April but remains eligible for the Reds’ Europa League clashes with FC Rostov,” a statement on the club website reads.Ibrahimovic, 35, has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season following his summer arrival. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will serve a three-match ban 2center_img 2last_img read more

District wants to name field after educator

first_imgLANCASTER – Antelope Valley Union High School District officials propose naming Knight High School’s athletic field after a longtime school administrator who died of a heart attack in 2002. Ray Monti was deputy superintendent for educational services and had been principal at Quartz Hill, Antelope Valley and Desert Winds high schools in the 1980s and 1990s. “It was a great loss for us. He was a great institution to the district,” board member Al Beattie said. “Time has lapsed but that doesn’t mean this contribution should not be recognized.” The board discussed the idea at a meeting Tuesday and will probably take action at the next board meeting. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The idea was proposed by the district’s administrative staff. A staff report said it has been customary for athletic fields to be named in honor of people who have made contributions to education or the district. Knight High School recently had the grand opening of its new stadium. Monti’s wife, Gail, and his daughter, a teacher in the district, were at the board meeting. Gail Monti told trustees that her husband would have demurred at the honor, saying he wouldn’t want to be recognized. “She said she and the family appreciated it and it would be a great tribute to her husband,” board President Donita Winn said. “All of us who got to know him thought it was good idea.” Monti died at home of a heart attack at age 58. A 1961 graduate of Palmdale High School, Monti went to work for the high school district as a teacher at his alma mater in 1973. He was Desert Winds principal in 1980 and then became principal at Antelope Valley High in 1986 and at Quartz Hill in 1989. In 1989, he was named assistant superintendent of education services, then in 1995 was promoted to deputy superintendent. Monti also was active in the parish of Father Serra Catholic Church in Quartz Hill. (661) 267-5744160Want 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

Chatham native and wife accused of funding terrorism

first_imgThe nightmare continues for a Chatham-born man and his wife who are before the courts in Britain accused of funding terrorism for sending money to their son while he was living in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.The reported Friday that John Letts, 58, who grew up in Pain Court but has lived in Britain for several years, chose not to enter the witness stand after and his wife Sally Lane, 57, finished giving evidence, which was emotional at times.According to the online story, Lane fought back tears in court while stating she only sent money to her son Jack, who was 18 when left home in 2014, fearing he would be killed any moment and she wanted him to be able to escape Syria.Their son has been dubbed “Jihadi Jack” British media.The couple also allegedly ignored repeatedly warnings that they faced prosecution if they tried to help their son while he was in ISIS territory, according to the story.But the couple’s lawyers say counter-terrorism police had given them the “green light” to sent money to their son.Lane told the jury: “We thought there was a considerable risk that he would be killed.“The papers were full of it at the time,” she continued. “We were reading articles every single day about people trying to leave and being executed and we knew that could happen to Jack.”Her voice broke with emotion as Lane stated: “I thought he would be killed at any moment,” the reported.The couple deny three charges of entering into a funding arrangement for the purposes of terrorism.Letts spoke with The Chatham Daily News in late October 2018 to share the details of the ordeal he and wife have endured since their son ended up in hospital in Raqqa after his home was bombed in Iraq.Letts said his son developed obsessive compulsive disorder, accompanied by physical tics, at age 15, around the time he was studying world religions while attending school in Oxford, England, where the family lives.While some of Jack’s friends drifted away, Letts said his son’s Muslim friends didn’t seem to care.Jack later became a practising Muslim and learned to read, write and speak Arabic, along with studying the Qur’an.Letts recalled he and his son were concerned with what was happening in Syria at the time, because nobody seemed to be doing anything about barrel bombs being dropped on innocent people.Jack decided it was his duty as a Muslim to try to help by going to Syria.Fearing for their son’s safety, Letts said he and his wife convinced Jack to go to Jordan to visit a school friend to improve his Arabic skills.They received word in late September 2014 that Jack had ended up in Iraq and married.According to the story, jurors previously hear Jack married the daughter of a high-ranking tribesman in Iraq and moved to Syria.Letts previously told The Daily News he feared his son was headed for trouble after learning he was in Syria, because he knew Jack couldn’t resist debating ISIS about their religious fanaticism and challenging them on Sharia law.He was right, noting Jack ended up in jail several times while in Syria.Letts said their son was able to speak to them by phone at times, and told them: “I have never been violent, I’ve never held a weapon, I’ve never been with ISIS, but I was in the religious opposition against them.”Realizing, he was facing peril, Letts said his son sent messages to them that he needed to get out of Syria.Letts previously told The Daily News that there has never been any evidence showing his son has been involved in terrorist activities.Letts travelled to Ottawa in the fall of 2018 to try to plead his son’s case, but said at the time attempts to provide evidence and information to the government or legal authorities in Canada were denied.The trial is scheduled to continue Tuesday.eshreve@postmedia.comlast_img read more

I-40 Improvements Coming to Mountains

first_imgRecent construction improved safety between Asheville and Tennessee on Interstate 40.Work began Monday on a different stretch of I-40 in Haywood County will also improve safety as well as comfort for motorists.The N.C. Department of Transportation is beginning a two-year project to improve the surface and bridges on a seven-mile stretch of I-40 between Exit 20 and Exit 27. Exit 20 is the exit for U.S. 276, and exit 27 leads to U.S. 74 and marks the beginning of the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway.Crews will be working at night with one lane closed in each direction from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. when all lanes will be re-opened for daytime traffic. Starting on Friday, Sept. 30, Harrison Construction Company of Knoxville will set up lane closures during the day with an option to work nights as well. There will be no permanent lane closures in 2016.Crews will begin with pavement work throughout the remainder of 2016 or until asphalt plants close down for the winter. They will be milling out asphalt, then paving it back in both directions, adding 1 1/2 inch over all lanes and the shoulder. Upgrades to the bridges and their sub-structures are expected to begin in the spring of 2017.Road improvement work like this is currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for Transportation in North Carolina to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.All of the work in the contract will provide North Carolina residents and visitors with a safer and smoother ride on I-40. Spots where the pavement is cracked or potholes have appeared will be fixed on the $16.8 million project, and all six bridges will be modernized from bottom to top.The speed limit will be dropped to 55 miles per hour through the work zone and will be monitored by police and the Highway Patrol. Transportation officials urge drivers to use caution while driving, remain alert at all times and obey signs as well as the “Move Over Law,” in which motorists are required to move over one lane, if possible, for stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights including public service vehicles with amber lights.last_img read more

Mickey Light-Up Bubble Baton Is Two Toys in One

first_imgShare This!Rarely does Disney come out with an impulse buy item that can save you some money, but the Mickey Light-Up Baton may do that. If you’ve ever had a child begging for a bubble wand by day and a light-up “sword” by night, this two-in-one toy means you only need to buy it to handle both of those wants. For younger kids, this can be their own “lightsaber” (and with a much more reasonable size so you don’t have to worry about junior in the stroller swinging wildly and lopping off someone at the kneecaps).The wide handle makes it easy for young kids to hold on to it, and the varying light patterns will keep kids amused while waiting for nighttime events. The price, like many of these impulse buys, can be a bit of a hit to the budget–around $28. If you have an annual pass, I suggest buying this item in stores where they can easily apply your annual pass discount. Also, if you have the ability to purchase bubble soap refills off-site (at a grocery store or drug store), you can save quite a bit of money over buying Disney’s refills.Have you been “encouraged” by your kids to drop money on these kind of toys? Do you secretly wish you were a kid so you could have one of your own? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more