SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Korea had a 24-19 lead when Jovelyn Gonzaga and Aby Maraño combined for four straight points to cut the lead to 24-23.READ: Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC openerKim then ended the first set with a booming kill for Korea and she did the same in the second set with another power hit to end the penultimate period.“If I were a player and KYK came in, I’d be stunned,” said Philippine head coach Francis Vicente in Filipino. “KYK is one of the world’s best and for me it was an honor that she played that early in the game.”“Still, even though we lost, I’m still proud of them because we put up a fight against one of the best teams in the world and you can see that we can win it’s just that we would falter at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Bullock ends Rain or Shine skid in nipping of Kia Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines took another loss in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship as Korea handed the host a three-set beating, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12 in the classification stage Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena here.Korea, FIVB’s 10th-ranked team in the world, are 2-0 in the classification stage and has a shot to take a top-four seeding for the quarterfinals while the Philippines dropped to 0-2.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel PLAY LIST 01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Filipinas shrug off first-game jitters vs Hong Kong Yang Hyojin had a game-high 13 points to lead Korea while Kim put up 12 points, going 9-of-12 on her spike attempts.Kim Heejin also had double-digit scoring numbers when she put up 11 points for Korea.Jaja Santiago paced the Philippines with 10 points while Alysa Valdez and Gonzaga combined for 14. View comments LATEST STORIES Hwang Minkyoung assured the Koreans of the victory with an off-the-block kill the Philippine defense had no chance of receiving.READ: AVC: PH yields to unbeaten Kazakhstan, still moves on to QF FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd though it was Hwang who dealt the final blow, it was Korean superstar Kim Yeon-koung who threw the early haymakers.Kim, who sat out Korea’s first two games and played sparingly in the third, surprised those in attendance when she stepped to the floor when her team squandered a five-point lead late in the first set.
AA Gent in Crystal Palace talks for Alexander Sorlothby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have welcomed an approach from AA Gent for Alexander Sorloth.The Belgians are keen on a loan deal for the Norway international, says HLN.And Palace are happy with the proposal, believing six months away will do Sorloth’s self-belief some good.At Gent, the striker will be reunited with his former FC Midtjylland coach Jess Thorup.With FCM, Sorloth scored 10 goals in 19 games in 2017 before joining Palace for €9m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Barkley insists Chelsea have proven they can beat Liverpoolby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoss Barkley believes Chelsea have already shown they can beat Liverpool.The two clubs will meet at Stamford Bridge this Sunday for their second meeting of the season after Liverpool defeated the Blues on penalties in the Super Cup final last month.”Every side is beatable on the day. It just goes down to hard work, putting extra yards in, being clinical as well and a bit of luck. The big games bring the best out of all players,” Barkley told reporters.”As you have seen in the Super Cup final and how well we performed in that game, and we can perform to those levels again on Sunday and hopefully it goes our way.”We are joint-third [in the league on points]. We’re not doing badly. We won at the weekend, scoring goals. We have got a confident bunch of lads in the team. We have got a big game on Sunday and we are confident we can win the game.”
zoomImage Courtesy: Western Bulk Norway’s dry bulk vessel operator Western Bulk did not meet its performance expectations mainly due to significant losses experienced in the company’s Chile business unit.After good performance for the first half of the year, the vessel operator said that the second half fell short of expectations as its Chilean business experienced a net TC loss of USD 10 million during the period, combined with low market volatility in the third quarter hampering performance across the group.“In Chile it was revealed that contracts had been approved based on unrealistic assumptions presented by a trusted employee, combined with the market moving against the positions, as well as weather delays. The Chile business unit has been restructured and the employee removed from his position, and internal control routines have been reviewed and enhanced,” Western Bulk explained.As the majority of the loss-making contracts in Chile terminate in the first quarter of 2019, and the restructuring of the business unit has made it more focused on short term contracts in line with other business units, a zero net TC result is expected from Chile in 2019.“After ending both 2017 and the first half of 2018 with increase in profitability, the last six months of 2018 were disappointing due to losses in Chile. At the same time, with the Chile business unit restructured and a good fourth quarter I am convinced that we will be able to better reflect the strong performance in the remaining business units on group level in 2019,” Jens Ismar, CEO of Western Bulk, said.Despite significant losses in Chile, full year profit after tax decreased slightly from USD 4.3 million to USD 4.2 million in 2018.
England0.89 Portugal1.10 Pogba has much more rarely gotten into the final third to create, passing instead more from deep and wide areas. This has kept him from being particularly dangerous in the attack, where his shot involvement has dropped by 4.6 shots attempted or assisted per 90 minutes with Manchester United to 2.8 for France. But in this disciplined, defensive role, the midfielder has found ways to affect the game, most recently with six attempted tackles and two penalty area clearances against Belgium. Pogba has been asked to trade his usual attacking production for defense, and so far, the plan has worked.The one man on France who doesn’t seem limited by these tactics is Kylian Mbappe. With Pogba playing deep, Mbappe has been asked to move the attack through the final third. He has attempted 52 take-ons, most in the tournament — a rate of about 10.6 per 90 minutes. Mbappe is a dangerous dribbler, but for Paris Saint-Germain last season, he averaged 6.4 take-ons per 90. If you’re hoping for excitement from France, wait for Mbappe to get on the ball. He will be looking to beat a defender or two, and that will be the primary danger France poses in open play. Otherwise, Les Bleus will be focus on defending.Will this strategy work against Croatia? Deschamps has to trust that his attack will produce goals even while outnumbered in the final third, while the midfielders trail the play. If Mbappe cannot progress the ball for his teammates, a long and scoreless match is possible.Croatia has thus far excelled in long matches, surviving extra time three times to reach the final. Its strength is its skilled midfield, where Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic all rate among the world’s best passers. Over time, opposition teams lose the legs to press Croatia, and the midfielders can find space to work. England successfully pressed Croatia in the first half and kept possession about even at 47 percent to 53 percent, but Croatia dominated the ball 64 to 36 percent in the second half, when it scored its equalizer.In the final, Croatia is likely to depend on its defense (seventh in the World Cup in the chart above) to hold back a more talented opponent. France will likely refuse to commit numbers to the attack and hope its skill wins out. If France can notch an early goal, it’s hard to see Croatia finding a comeback as it did against England. But France’s strategy has the same weakness that was discovered by Portugal in the final of the 2016 Euros. If the opposing team’s defense is solid, Les Bleus do not have the kind of swarming, overwhelming attack that can be counted on to pick up a needed goal. And if the match is running late and Modric starts to find himself with an extra yard of space in midfield, the possibility of an upset — and a first-time World Cup winner — starts to look a lot more likely.France is rightly favored, and its defense, strengthened by some conservative tactical choices by Deschamps, has been impregnable. But the final of the Euros showed what happens when this French approach fails, and if Croatia’s defense can hold back Mbappe and the French forward line to start, its midfield has the skills to pull off a late upset.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. Spain1.02 Brazil0.56 Senegal0.64 Sweden1.00 TeamExpected goals allowed France0.61 Three players exemplify how the French approach works. First is N’Golo Kante. He may be the world’s premier open-play defender. Kante has averaged about 7.5 tackles or interceptions per 90 minutes since 2014-2015, most in the world among players with at least 8,000 minutes played in league and Champions League play those four seasons. Brazil’s Casemiro, at 7.04, is the only other player with more than 7. Kante’s talents prevented Leicester City’s open attack from leaking goals during the Foxes’ miracle title campaign, and they then helped Chelsea rebound to a title after falling out of the top four the previous season. He is the primary reason that France so rarely concedes good chances. But instead of giving Kante the job of cleaning up midfield himself, as he often does for his club teams, Deschamps gives him added protection with the deployment of Paul Pogba.Pogba is a great playmaker who does much of his best work in more advanced areas. With France, Pogba is reserved, and his forays into the final third are limited. The blue wallTeams with the fewest expected goals allowed per match in the 2018 World Cup Uruguay0.50 Source: Opta Sports Croatia1.00 France entered the European Championships in 2016 with perhaps the most talented squad, and Les Bleus beat fellow tournament favorite Germany in the semifinal. A final matchup loomed against a less-heralded Portugal, which had never won the tournament. Portugal had played a defensive style that bottled up the midfield and limited opposition attacking opportunities.Sound familiar?In this World Cup, France knocked off two former champions from South America before winning its semifinal over Belgium, the next-best team remaining in the tournament according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index. Croatia, like Portugal in 2016, has never won a major tournament and got to the final through a comparatively easy draw. In the 2016 final, Portugal managed to stymie France and won its first ever European championship on an extra-time strike. Will this international final see another upset and first-time winner, or will the French golden generation bring a second-ever cup home?Croatia is a clear underdog — as it was in the semifinals against England — and there’s reason to believe the task ahead is even more difficult than it seems. SPI rates France as a solid 59 percent favorite to win. Through the tournament and even in qualifying, as Mike Goodman pointed out before the games started, it has been clear how France would choose to play. Despite an incredible blend of world-class attacking talent, Les Bleus set up first to prevent opposition chances and win on defense. And they have. France has conceded just four goals in six matches — three of which came against Argentina in the round of 16. And Didier Deschamps’s team has even better underlying numbers, with about 0.6 expected goals conceded per match. Australia0.76
Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Big Ten schedules for the next four seasons were released Tuesday, nearly completing Ohio State’s full schedules up to 2021. A pair of nonconference matchups in 2020 and 2021 remain the only two yet-to-be determined opponents for the Buckeyes.Ohio State will only play games on Saturdays for every game announced through 2027, unlike 2017 when Ohio State had opened up on the road against Indiana on a Thursday. And in 2021, Ohio State’s first game will be on the road against Big Ten opponent Minnesota, the team’s only scheduled conference matchup to start a season. Nebraska is scheduled to play Ohio State every year from last season’s matchup in Columbus and 2021, marking six straight seasons the two teams will match up against one another. Ohio State won last season’s game 62-3 and is scheduled to travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, on Oct. 14.Ohio State also will play host to Iowa in 2020, which will be the Hawkeyes’ second visit to Columbus since 2013.Upcoming Schedules2018 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 1 – Oregon StateSept. 8 – RutgersSept. 15 – vs. TCU*Sept. 22 – Tulane Sept. 29 – at Penn StateOct. 6 – IndianaOct. 13 – MinnesotaOct. 20 – at PurdueOct. 27 – Off Nov. 3 – NebraskaNov. 10 – at Michigan StateNov. 17 – at MarylandNov. 24 – MichiganDec. 1 – Big Ten Championship Game *AT&T Stadium; North Dallas 2019 Ohio State Football ScheduleAug. 31 – Florida Atlantic Sept. 7 – Cincinnati Sept. 14 – at IndianaSept. 21 – Miami (Ohio) Sept. 28 – at NebraskaOct. 5 – Michigan StateOct. 12 – OffOct. 19 – at NorthwesternOct. 26 – WisconsinNov. 2 – Off Nov. 9 – MarylandNov. 16 – at RutgersNov. 23 – Penn StateNov. 30 – at MichiganDec. 7 – Big Ten Championship Game2020 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 5 – Bowling Green Sept. 12 – at OregonSept. 19 – TBDSept. 26 – RutgersOct. 3 – OffOct. 10 – Iowa Oct. 17 – at Michigan StateOct. 24 – at Penn StateOct. 31 – NebraskaNov. 7 – Indiana Nov. 14 – at Maryland Nov. 21 – at Illinois Nov. 28 – Michigan2021 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 4 – at MinnesotaSept. 11 – Oregon Sept. 18 – Tulsa Sept. 25 – TBDOct. 2 – at NebraskaOct. 9 – PurdueOct. 16 – OffOct. 23 – at RutgersOct. 30 – Michigan StateNov. 6 – at IndianaNov. 13 – MarylandNov. 20 – Penn State Nov. 27 – at Michigan