Real to face Guadalajara or Asian champions in Club World Cup

first_imgEuropean champions Real Madrid will face either Mexican side Guadalajara or the eventual Asian champions in this year’s Club World Cup semi-finals following the draw made on Tuesday amid uncertainty over the future of the competition.FIFA president Gianni Infantino has ambitious plans to expand the tournament from 2021 onwards, staging it every four years rather than annually and increasing the number of teams from seven to 24.Those plans have yet to be approved by the FIFA Council and in the meantime, it is uncertain if the tournament — which this year will be staged in the United Arab Emirates in December — will continue its current form in 2019 and 2020.Only four of this year’s participants were known on Tuesday with the Asian, African and South American club championships all at the quarter-final stage.Real, winners for the last two years, and the eventual South American champions received byes to the last four.Oceania champions Team Wellington will meet Al Ain, champions of the host nation, in a preliminary match for the right to play the African champions in the second round.The winners of that game will face South America’s Libertadores Cup champions.Guadalajara, the champions of CONCACAF, were drawn against the Asian champions in the other of the two second-round ties with a match against Real Madrid as the prize.The competition has been dominated by European teams since it was re-launched in its current form in 2005, reflecting the fact the best South American and African players are based in Europe rather than their own continents.Although it is often felt that European sides regard the cup as little more than an exotic mid-season diversion, it creates huge interest in South America where fans long for the chance for their team to appear on the world stage.Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno dismissed any suggestion it would be a walkover for his team.“It’s never win easy to win any tournament, that’s the truth,” he told Reuters.“Obviously, we have every confidence in our players but last year, the final was very even and the semi-finals were very difficult,” he said, remembering a 2-1 win over Al-Jazira in the semi-final and 1-0 win over Gremio in the final.“Our opponents are always very highly motivated. They are young players who see this tournament as a chance to get themselves known around the world.”Former Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, who took part in the draw, said that South America could benefit after moving the Libertadores final from June to November.“It means it will be the same team which won the Libertadores,” he told Reuters. “In the past, with a longer gap, and with a transfer window in the middle, players left and the team which played in the Club World Cup was not the same one which won the Libertadores.“Now this has changed and, for the South Americans, this is better.”last_img read more

Alab-PH signs former UMass player, drops Korean imports

first_imgEDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Communication key in Phoenix’s 4th quarter rally, says Baguio Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Alab team owner Charlie Dy said Carter was recommended by guard Bobby Ray Parks Jr., who played with the forward in the NBA D-League last year. Carter, who averaged 7.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in five years playing for UMass, wasn’t selected in the 2014 NBA Draft. He has played in the Slovakian and Portuguese leagues, before seeing action in Mexico last year. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliDy said they are still in talks with another American reinforcement since the league allows two world imports for each team. Alab parted ways with Korean imports Lee Dong-jun and Lee Seung-jun last week, after splitting their first four games of the season.Meanwhile, Kaohsiung signed former Far Eastern U standouts Raymar Jose and Achie Iñigo as heritage imports for the remainder of the season. We are young The duo impressed in the Truth’s 87-93 loss to Alab last Dec. 11 at Olivarez Gym in Parañaque, where Jose had 12 points, while Iñigo finished with eight assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town FILE – Massachusetts’ Sampson Carter, left, and BYU head coach Dave Rose, right, react after a basket by Carter during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Springfield, Mass. APAlab Pilipinas shored up its frontline by acquiring former University of Massachusetts standout Sampson Carter as one of its reinforcements for the remainder of the Asean Basketball League 2016-2017 season.The 6-foot-9 Carter, a power forward, who suited up for the Memphis Grizzlies in the preseason last year, will fly in on Sunday to link up with Alab, which is bracing for an away clash with the Kaohsiung Truth on Jan. 8. ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View commentslast_img read more

Ten-man Celtic suffer huge blow to Europa League last 32 hopes

first_imgCeltic’s Europa League hopes suffered another blow following a 2-1 home defeat by Molde – and the spotlight will surely turn back on boss Ronny Deila.The offside flag deprived the Hoops of two goals in the first 12 minutes following the loss of Jozo Simunovic to injury before Mohamed Elyounoussi stunned Parkhead with a 20-yard drive.Midfielder Kris Commons levelled five minutes later but Molde’s 40-year-old skipper Daniel Hestad restored the Norwegian club’s lead in the 37th minute to give them the interval advantage.The hapless home side’s misery was compounded in the 77th minute when Nir Bitton, who had moved from midfield to defence in a reshuffle, was shown a straight red card by referee Slavko Vincic for a ‘last man’ tackle on Molde substitute Ola Kamara.Defeat kept Deila’s side bottom of Group A with two points from four games and with a home game against Ajax and a trip to Fenerbahce remaining, the Scottish champions require two wins to progress, an unlikely scenario on the evidence so far. Celtic 1last_img read more

‘The attitude was not good’ – Chelsea boss warns after Arsenal wake-up call

first_imgAntonio Conte has told his Chelsea players to start living up to their reputations after the Blues endured a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal.Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil put the Gunners out of sight before half-time at the Emirates Stadium as the hosts condemned Chelsea to their second consecutive Premier League defeat.Conte’s men were run ragged in the first 45 minutes and once again paid the penalty for a string of defensive errors.Gary Cahill gifted possession to Sanchez for the first goal, Cesar Azpilicueta was caught out of position for Walcott’s second and then Cahill and David Luiz together failed to defend a two-on-two as Ozil added a third.The result leaves Chelsea eighth in the table after six games and already eight points behind league leaders Manchester City.“If someone thinks this season is easy, we must work a lot to improve and change the situation because now we are a great team on the paper, not on the pitch,” Conte said.“I prefer to be a great team, not on paper, but also on the pitch because the pitch speaks the truth, the pitch is the most important thing for us. Not the words, not the paper. We must change this.“Last season was a bad season and last season we were a great team on the paper. This team we want to be a great team also on the pitch.“There are many difficulties but if we understand this we are in a good position to recover and to change the situation.”READ MORE: ‘Cahill is a poor man’s Rojo’ – Chelsea fans react to defender’s gaffe against Arsenal 1 No team in the top half of the Premier League has conceded more than Chelsea’s nine goals so far and they have now let in nine in their last four in all competitions.Conte switched from a back four to a back three in the second half in hope of an improvement but the damage was already done.“I think I have to solve the situation,” Conte said.“The situation is every game we have conceded two goals at a minimum. For this reason, two back, three back or four back, I don’t care.“It’s important to solve the situation. This is the most important thing. I must find the solution and I work a lot to find the right solution.”Chelsea’s defensive woes once again bring to the fore the absence of John Terry, who was not declared fit enough to feature as he completes his recovery from an ankle ligament injury.“John is recovering from a bad injury but I don’t like to talk about players that today didn’t play,” Conte said.“I don’t like this. I think this is a lack of respect for the players today who played bad or good.”last_img read more

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center selected for small museum accreditation academy

first_imgWestern Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center is among 10 museums selected to participate in the American Alliance of Museums’ new accreditation academy for small institutions.An initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Small Museums Accreditation Academy is a yearlong readiness program to make the accreditation process more accessible to smaller museums. It is designed for institutions with five or fewer staff members that are striving to meet best practices and achieve accreditation.Participating museums will emerge with a stronger culture of excellence and be poised to apply for accreditation, said Laura L. Lott, president and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums. “The limited staff and resources of small museums do not preclude them from being operationally excellent and having tremendous impact on their communities,” she said. “I’m excited to welcome these 10 museums to our new program as they take a major step toward being recognized by the field for that excellence.”WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center is an award-winning museum of southern Appalachian culture and history, and a regional resource for education and research. Opened in 1979, the center collects artifacts, creates and hosts exhibits, and showcases traditional skills, crafts and music. It develops content for WCU’s annual Mountain Heritage Day festival on the last Saturday of September, presenting traditional culture, music and crafts to thousands of visitors.“We are thrilled that the Mountain Heritage Center will be included in the first class of this national program,” said Pamela Meister, curator and center interim director. “The Mountain Heritage Center has a 40-year record of distinguished service as a cultural and educational resource for WCU and the wider community, and the Small Museums Accreditation Academy is a great opportunity to ensure that we meet best practices and ultimately achieve accreditation, the museum field’s mark of distinction since 1971.”The Mountain Heritage Center’s exhibit gallery is located on the ground floor of WCU’s Hunter Library. Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, call 828-227-7129 or go to read more

Springboks, England draw final test

first_img25 June 2012After a 14-14 draw with England in Port Elizabeth on Saturday evening, the Springboks remain undefeated under coach Heynecke Meyer, but they were the less satisfied of the two teams following a sub-standard performance.Neither coach was happy with the outcome. After the game, Meyer termed his team’s performance “unacceptable”, while England’s Stuart Lancaster called the result “frustrating”.Meyer’s unhappiness was further underlined when he added: “Today was a step backwards.”Springbok captain Jean de Villiers commented: “We won the series 2-0 and we are satisfied with that, but I think they got better as the series progressed and I guess we got a little worse towards the end.”South Africa could have won had Morne Steyn’s kicking slump not continued, but that would have been unfair to the English, who delivered a committed and physical performance. By the same token, it was not worthy of a victory either.Wet conditionsThe wet conditions were not conducive to an open contest, and with ball in hand the match was played mostly around the fringes of the set pieces and rucks, while both sides made liberal use of the boot too.England excelled on close-in defence and the Springboks aided the tourists by seldom testing them out wide with backline runners instead of forwards driving the ball up.Having said that, the most controversial choice for the South African team, centre Wynand Olivier (playing in place of Frans Steyn who was getting married), proved to be the best of the South African backs. He found gaps on attack and made good ground, while on defence he neutralised English battering ram Manu Tuilagi.Up front, the set pieces were very even. The Springboks shaded the possession stakes and did put the English under some pressure with their driving play, a fact that was underlined by the sin-binning of captain Dylan Hartley for deliberately slowing the ball down.It could just as easily have been prop Dan Cole who received a yellow card after he was blown up at least three times for clumsy infringements at rucks by referee Steve Walsh.ControlBehind the pack, scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and flyhalf Morne Steyn failed to provide the control the Boks were seeking. Hougaard’s service tended to be a little slow, as he tends to take too many steps before passing, while Steyn’s kicking game was off all-round. He also tended to take the ball too deep behind the forwards when on the attack.That was one of the reasons why fullback Alex Goode was one of England’s most impressive players, but give credit where credit is due, he had to make the plays after fielding the kicks.Scrumhalf Danny Care provided good service and was a constant threat on attack. He was rewarded with England’s only try of the game after taking a quick tap and powering through some poor South African defence.The three men who came into the South African team did a satisfactory job. At the back, Gio Aplon delivered a wholehearted performance and showed a willingness to mix it up with the big boys. Olivier, as already mentioned, was good, while Jacques Potgieter on the flank was solid. However, he could not provide the physical dominance of the injured Willem Alberts, whose power was missed.Marcell Coetzee, on the opposite flank, was the pick of the South African forwards, with his work rate unrivalled.VociferousA vociferous Port Elizabeth crowd provided superb support for the home team as the contest kicked off, but it was England who went ahead early on.Flank Marcell Coetzee was penalised for not rolling away at a ruck and England flyhalf Toby Flood knocked over an easy kick to give his team a 3-0 advantage.A couple of minutes later Bismarck du Plessis gave away a penalty when he fielded a ball in an offside position after Gio Aplon had spilt a high-up-and-under in one of his few missteps of the evening. Flood, who had been hurt in a tackle, again took a kick at goal, but was wide with his effort.Good following up on kick by Bryan Habana put the English under pressure and led to them going offside as they scrambled to defend. Steyn took a shot at goal and landed it to level the contest at 3-3.After a charge-down by England lock Tom Palmer, South Africa were forced onto the defensive in their own 22.England tryThe play moved to the left where referee Walsh blew for an earlier offside on the right of the field. Scrumhalf Care reached the mark quickly and took a quick tap. Spotting a small gap, he accelerated, put his head down low and ploughed over for a try.Flood missed the conversion, leaving England 8-3 ahead.It didn’t take long for South Africa to reply with a penalty. With the Boks on attack, England were blown up for not rolling away at a ruck and Steyn slotted the kick to make it 8-6 in England’s favour.A minute later, England flyhalf Flood left the field with an injury and was replaced by Owen Farrell.In the 22nd minute, the home team had an opportunity to take the lead when the English were once more pinged for not rolling away at ruck time. Steyn was off target this time and the tourists remained in front.Aplon, the smallest man on the field, then turned over possession among the big forwards after making a strong tackle on scrumhalf Care. South Africa had good ball to attack with, but England once again slowed down the release of the ball and referee Walsh gave captain Dylan Hartley a warning.South African leadSteyn made them pay with his third penalty of the match, moving South Africa into a 9-8 lead.The final 10 minutes of the half saw the home team on the offensive, but England’s committed and powerful tackling stifled De Villiers and company’s attacking intent.South Africa managed to get within five metres of the English try line, but a good tackle on lock Eben Etzebeth dislodged the ball and stopped a dangerous attack.Three minutes into the second half, the Springboks created a little space on the right flank, but winger Ben Foden made an important stop on eighthman Pierre Spies, who would have been away had it not been for the good tackle.England then moved into the lead with a Farrell penalty from inside the South African 22.England aheadHe started the penalty-winning movement with a pin-perfect high-up-and-under, which landed just outside the 22. Aplon bravely fielded the kick, but was drilled by Chris Ashton sprinting full tilt down the field. The big hit made it hard for the fullback to release the ball without conceding possession and he was blown up for holding onto it.Steyn had a chance to restore the lead to South Africa shortly after that, but his kick at the posts was off line.Referee Walsh’s patience with England’s slowing down of the ball at ruck time was finally tested too much by Hartley and he was sinbinned in the 51st minute. The Springboks, though, struggled to make the opposition pay.Springbok tryIn the 62nd minute, South Africa finally broke through the English defences to score what would be their only try of the match. The forwards set it up with some strong surges at the try line and Ruan Pienaar, on for Hougaard at scrumhalf, set JP Pietersen loose with a nice pass that outflanked the defensive line and allowed the winger through for an easy score.Steyn’s conversion passed just left of the uprights, but South Africa led 14-11.Eight minutes from time, England drew level when Farrell landed a penalty after the Boks had strayed offsides during a period sustained English attack.Steyn attempted a drop kick, but his kicking game had gone well and truly south, and so, too, did his kick, off to the right of the posts.The game came to its conclusion with England stringing together almost 20 phases of play. The Springboks defended manfully, refusing to give away a penalty nor much ground.Eventually flyhalf Farrell attempted a drop goal from just inside the South African 10-metre line, but his effort resembled a grubber more than a drop and the final whistle sounded with the teams playing to their first draw since their first clash way back in 1906.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Augmented and Virtual Reality: Widespread Use Expected by 2025

first_imgIDC forecasts the AR/VR market for headsets to grow at 54.1 percent annually, reaching almost nine million units in 2019 and to grow to 68.6 million units by 2023. Augmented and Virtual Reality is on track to become as ubiquitous as mobile devices by 2025, according to a survey by Perkins Coie of 200 startup founders. Tipatat Chennavasin, general partner at Venture Reality Fund , said that “the idea of VR and AR as a means of connecting people to the digital world in a much more natural and human way is profound. It will help everyone benefit from the power of the digital economy. It allows us to redefine computer literacy—we can adapt the computer to the way we think and want to work.”center_img How will AR/VR be used? One area that will see huge growth is in retail. Hanna Karki, principal research analyst at Gartner, said that “the impact of AR or VR in retail can be transformative. Retailers can use AR as an extension of the brand experience to engage customers in immersive environments and drive revenue. For example, IKEA’s Place app enables customers to virtually ‘place’ IKEA products in their space. Additionally, AR can be used outside the store after a sale to increase customer satisfaction and improve loyalty.”last_img read more

Yuvraj to resume normal routine in 10-15 days, says mother Shabnam

first_imgThe fight against cancer has been won, but the battle is far from over for Yuvraj Singh , who is now determined to return to the Indian team at the earliest.According to Yuvraj’s mother Shabnam , the dashing left-hander has set himself a target of “10-15 days to return to his normal routine”.Shabnam also thanked Yuvraj’s fans , the entire country and the BCCI for support during the middle-order batsman’s time of crisis.Yuvraj has been out of action for most of the past 12 months, right since the time he played a pivotal role in Team India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.The explosive batsman received a hero’s welcome when he touched down in India after finishing his cancer treatment in the United States on Monday. He is currently staying with his mother at her Gurgaon residence.last_img read more

Email: More is okay and works well – if it’s good

first_imgA common question I get is: “How often should I email my supporters?”It’s hard to answer, because it depends on the quality of what you’re sending – and to whom you’re sending it.If you send wonderful messages to a highly engaged community, many messages can be a good thing.If you send awful, endless spam to people who don’t really value you, that’s another story.Some new data from M+R shows the first scenario shows great fundraising results, even at high volumes of messages. The latter doesn’t work so well.According to the eBenchmarks extras they’ve released, a study of forty nonprofits shows:We saw no correlation between email volume and fundraising response rates. Organizations that send a lot of fundraising appeals have roughly the same response rates as organizations that don’t. There are many reasons why some emails perform better than others – but it doesn’t appear that message volume is one of them.Our theory? The quality of the emails you send, and the list you’re sending them to matter far more than anything else. So if you’re consistently sending high quality emails, sending more of them might not be a bad idea! We also found that groups with high unsubscribe rates also had high fundraising response rates. Why? Groups that have active supporters – who open and read their emails – tend to have high fundraising response rates. But the people who are paying attention to you are also the most likely to be upset about something that you said.Groups with active lists are also likely to be doing a lot of recruitment to fight list churn and grow their base of supporters. We’ve found that new subscribers are very active – but for every fired-up new donor you convert, there’s a new subscriber who just isn’t that into you. Maybe they were confused about your mission when they signed up. Maybe they can’t even remember how they signed up for your list.So if you see a spike in unsubscribes after a big recruitment campaign, don’t let it get you down – it’s all part of having a fresh, active, engaged list!last_img read more

Virat Kohli expected to play for India AND Surrey on June 27

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli was named in the India’s squad for the two-match T20 series against Ireland after a break from their one-off Test agaisnt Aghanistan. But the national selection committee’s decision to name moves has created confusion as the T20Is will clashing with Kohli’s county commitments for Surrey.There were rumours in the BCCI corridors that the section which wasn’t happy with Kohli skipping the one-off Test match against Afghanistan, has played a role in cutting short his county stint in favour of the T20 Internationals against the minnows.India are set to play two T20’s against Ireland in Dublin’s Malahide on June 27 and 29 while Kohli is scheduled to play his last county match for Surrey against Yorkshire at Scarborough from June 25 to 28.Also read – Rahane named captain for Test vs AfghanistanAccording to an announcement made by the county: “India captain Virat Kohli will play for Surrey during the entire month of June.”Despite the county matches schedule being announced much in advance before the team selection, it was surprising to find Kohli’s name for the two-match series against Ireland.Also read – Hope Dhoni translates his IPL form in international cricket: GangulyWhen chairman of selectors MSK Prasad was contacted by PTI for a clarification whether it was a clerical error, he said: “Kindly talk to the BCCI secretary on this issue.”When BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary was asked, he replied.”Be rest assured, everything is fine,” was all he said.Also read – Rayudu in India’s ODI squad for England touradvertisementHowever, there has been no clarity as to what will be Kohli’s choice as he gets to play only three four-day matches during his stint.”If the selectors have picked him for the Ireland T20s despite the county dates being available, it means that he will not play the game against Yorkshire. This cannot be a unilateral decision as the county contracts has been inked after much deliberation. Playing against Ireland means that he will get only two county games.”It will be very interesting to know why has there been a change in Virat’s schedule if England Tests are paramount,” wondered a senior BCCI official when apprised of the situation.Whether Surrey would agree to the new arrangement is another question because the contract was signed after a lot of deliberations regarding Kohli’s image rights.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more