A Bright Chance to Qualify for Afcon 2017

first_imgHead coach James Salinsa Debbah and his technical team may not be joking these days and therefore national team players abroad wanting to be called to join the team must not be joking either.Examining Lone Star’s chances in the last four games, there is a high possibility that Liberia could qualify for the 2017 Afcon to be held in Gabon.To get closer to qualification, Lone Star must first take care of Djibouti on March 23, next year in Djibouti City. And with the level of commitment that the players exhibited against Tunisian that had beaten Djibouti 8-1, there is a bright chance that Liberia could consolidate its position by beating Djibouti at home.Beating Djibouti would improve Liberia’s chances to qualify, for the next match would be against Togo right here in Monrovia, in a tricky affair on July 3. And like the Djibouti story, the second hurdle must be cleared to consolidate Liberia’s chances than any of the contestants.The Lone Star technical team is saying that with the future looking so bright players that would be asked to make up the Lone Star team would be those who are active and on their first team list abroad.Playing against Togo at home is a tricky affair as I stated earlier. Please recall that in their first encounter in Lome, Liberia took the steam out of Togo when they took a 1-0 lead till their soccer daredevil Adebayor , who had promised victory for his country, proved prophetic, working overtime to bang in two quick goals before the end of the game.So it means that coming for the return-leg away from home, the Togolese are coming with some element of uncertainty and might fight to seek a draw. For if the Liberians could take the lead right in Lome, then it makes sense they could even do some damage before their home fans.True, the Togolese would be coming with Adebayor but if we can maintain the level of performance demonstrated against Tunisia at home, there is a chance that with effective policing of Adebayor on the field he could be made ineffective.So if Liberia could secure victory over Togo, what would remain is to bank the last hope on Djibouti in the return encounter in Monrovia because Liberia would play Tunisia on September 2, next year before the last match against Djibouti.If Lone Star could secure six points from Djibouti and Togo, and add the three points secured from Tunisia, Liberia would wait for the game to play out with Djibouti as the last sacrificial lamb to secure three more points for Gabon 2017.The above painstaking analysis demands Liberia Football Association and the Ministry of Youth & Sports to play their cards carefully and effectively because with such a bright prospect for Gabon 2017, we cannot accept lame excuses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors-Heat cheatsheet: Dwyane Wade’s last hurrah at Oracle Arena

first_imgOAKLAND – Heat star guard Dwyane Wade will play his final game at Oracle Arena Sunday night as the Warriors try to win their fourth straight.Read all about the matchup below.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 5:30 p.m.Heat projected starting lineup: Kelly Olynyk, Josh Richardson, Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow Heat Stock Report: Despite holding the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Heat are playing well defensively, allowing just 105.6 points per game, the …last_img

Torres knocks out Osenio, Kelly scores stunner in ONE prelims

first_imgPhoto from ONE ChampionshipJomary Torres continued her sensational ascent to the top of the women’s atomweight division as she knocked out April Osenio in the preliminary matches in ONE: Global Superheroes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The 21-year-old Zamboangueña wiggled her way out of the Team Lakay bet’s armbar on her right arm, lifted Osenio and slammed her to the mat.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Photo from ONE ChampionshipAlso, Edward Kelly hardly broke a sweat as he scored a three-hit combo knockout of Meas Meul.The Team Lakay featherweight fired a pair of solid punches and immediately nailed the high knee to the Cambodian’s jaw, stunning the challenger and prompting the referee to call for the bell at the 21-second mark of the first round.It was an emotional victory for Kelly, who finally achieved success in front of his home crowd.“Last time, I trained really well and I ended up with a loss. I was really disappointed,” he recounted. “But now, this is what happened. I’m so happy, not just for myself, but for my team and I hope my teammates will also get the win.”Kelly bounced back from his loss to Emilio Urrutia back in August to rise to 10-4, while Meul suffered his first defeat and dropped to 8-1.ADVERTISEMENT Federer reaches 7th Australian Open final after Chung retires Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises In the other preliminary fights, Rajinder Singh Meena (9-7) made quick work of Zhang Ze Hao (2-1), making his Chinese foe tap out to his guillotine at the 42-second mark of the opening round.Indonesian strawweight Adrian Matehis (4-3) submitted Eddey Kallai (0-3) with a rear-naked choke at the 4:15 mark of the first round to keep his Malaysian foe winless in the promotion. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Torres punctuated her emphatic win by pummeling Osenio with strikes to take the knockout victory 40 seconds into the match, the fastest victory in the women’s division of ONE Championship.Triumphant in the clash between the Filipinas, the undefeated Torres (4-0) now looks on to bigger things, saying she’s willing to take on all comers in her continuing journey in the promotion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m thankful to God that He gave me this win and I also am grateful for my coaches who put their trust on me,” she said in Filipino. “I’ll just accept whatever ONE gives.”Osenio, meanwhile, remains in search of her first win since returning to the cage as she fell to a 2-4 record. LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Filoil: JRU snaps 3-game skid, tops EAC

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The Heavy Bombers snapped their three-game slide to get to a 1-3 record, tying the Generals for the seventh spot.Agem Miranda lit up for 25 points while tallying four steals to lead JRU while Louise Delos Santos and Ry Dela Rosa had 16 and 14 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJRU head coach Louie Gonzalez said he didn’t expect this kind of win from his team especially with the Heavy Bombers going into a transition period.“I never thought that we could pull this kind of win because if you noticed we’re still on the process,” said Gonzalez, who replaced Vergel Meneses back in late April, in Filipino. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. South Korea scraps joint Olympic hockey team with North Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ “It’s the lifestyle we want to check because we want to teach the players how to become elite athletes.”Chester Carlos led the Generals with 17 points while JC Luciano finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists. MANILA, Philippines—Jose Rizal University notched its first win after beating Emilio Aguinaldo College, 84-79, in Group B of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Thursday at the competition’s namesake arena in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View commentslast_img read more

39 new wildfires recorded in BC

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – More wildfires are burning in British Columbia in 2018 than in past years but the total amount of timber burned is well below average, a wildfire official says.“It’s very difficult to directly compare one fire season to another just based on the statistics alone, because the stats only tell part of the full story,” said Ryan Turcot, spokesman for the BC Wildfire Service.Across the province, 476 wildfires were burning Thursday, including 39 new fires sparked the previous day, while 1,565 have been recorded so far this year, well above the average of 1,130 expected by this point in the season, Turcot said.“In terms of area burned, we are still sitting at about 75 per cent of what the average would be for this time of year,” Turcot noted.Wildfires in 2018 have chewed through 1,180 square kilometres of brush and timber, far below the 10-year average of 1,550 square kilometres.“But that doesn’t tell the whole story because that doesn’t factor in things like the human impact of wildfires, the proximity of some of these wildfires to communities or to people and property,” Turcot said.Evacuation orders and alerts are in place for residents of communities near wildfires in each of British Columbia’s six fire centres, a significant difference from 2017 when huge blazes force thousands from their homes in south-central B.C., but conditions in other parts of the province were less extreme.The greatest immediate concern for the wildfire service is in the northwestern corner of the province where two fires merged overnight into one 300-square kilometre blaze that has already claimed more than two dozen buildings or properties in Telegraph Creek.Hundreds of residents have been forced from their homes while crews battling those flames brace for a shift in the weather as a heat wave is replaced by a system packing strong, gusty winds and the potential for lightning.Environment Canada maintained heat warnings for most of southern B.C. through Thursday but cautioned that winds would kick up Friday as the heat eases.That prompted regional districts in the central and east Kootenay to issue precautionary evacuation alerts for some properties near a number of wildfires that have the potential to cut road access if high winds fan flames.Skagit Valley Provincial Park at the eastern end of the Fraser Valley was also closed because of concerns that a forecast of strong winds could push a nearby wildfire toward the park, cutting off campers.The fire danger rating is extreme across the southern coast where several fires are burning, including one south of Nanaimo that has now scorched nearly two-square kilometres, and another in the hills above West Vancouver that was spotted late Wednesday but was not threatening homes.That fire was burning near the start of a popular hiking trail and its cause was under investigation.Turcot urged extreme caution everywhere in B.C., as 3,000 firefighters and support staff work to gain an upper hand on the fires.“The fire danger rating across really all of the province does range from high to extreme right now which means if new wildfires are introduced to the area there’s a high likelihood that they could take off at a very rapid, volatile rate,” he said.last_img read more