Pons, Galanza take breather during Holy Week lull

first_imgView comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Melton ruled out for the rest of PBA PH Cup Finals In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ If Galanza’s hometown of Laguna is just a few hours away from Manila, Pons’ home province of Negros Occcidental is situated on a whole other island group.The FEU leader said she chose to spend her break alone in Manila, but she didn’t forget to fulfill her Catholic duties as she plans to go the different churches in the capital.“I can’t go back home because it’s just a few days and the fare is also very expensive,” said Pons in Filipino. “I’ll just go to church here in Manila, and spend time in the dorm.”ADVERTISEMENT Bernadeth Pons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there are players in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament who opted to train during the Holy Week—cue La Salle and Ateneo—there  were also some used the short break to get some much needed breather.Captains of their respective teams, Bernadeth Pons and Jema Galanza chose to use Good Friday and Black Saturday as their own version of a long weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Although the two captains will be having their little vacations in the middle of the second round, Galanza and Pons have a different approach on how they will take their breaks.Galanza said she’d be with her family and go to their hometown of Liliw, Laguna where she’d spend the Holy Week the traditional Catholic way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“This will be only time that I will get to spend some time with my family and we’ll go to the province to relax a little bit,” said the Adamson skipper in Filipino. “We’d all be in the house together then we’ll go to church and join the procession.”As for Pons, her break will be spent a little different than Galanza’s. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more


first_imgMET EIREANN have issued a depressing forecast for the June Bank Holiday Weekend with wind, rain and even FROST being predicting to hit the county over the weekend. Traditionally, the weather over the June Bank Holiday weekend is always superb but forecasters have predicted a washout.So those of you that had plans of spending the weekend in a beer garden lapping up the rays or hosting barbecues will have to reconsider your plans. Met Eireann said, “There will be widespread heavy showers on Friday with temperatures well below normal for the end of May.“It may become cold enough for slight grass frost to happen.“Saturday is expected to be dry and bright early on but a band of rain will spread eastwards to all areas during the evening.“Sunday and Monday have the likelihood of a spell of heavy rain in most areas. Met Eireann don’t always get it right, so here’s hoping they’ve got badly and the sun will be shining all weekend.Even if it isn’t, we can all take solace from the fact the Leaving Certificate exams start next week and the weather is always fabulous during the examination period. 🙂WET AND WINDY WEATHER PREDICTED FOR JUNE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND was last modified: May 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:June Bank Holiday weekendMet EireannnewsWashoutweatherlast_img read more

Incredible €32,000 raised in 24 hours for brave Donegal mum

first_imgUpdated: 5.50pmAn online appeal to help a young Donegal mother’s cancer battle has touched countless hearts in the past day.Hundreds of people have rushed to donate money to Sonya Hamilton Mc Closkey, a 35-year-old mum of five who was recently diagnosed with cancer. In the past 24 hours, the GoFundMe fundraiser has gathered €22,000 from over 500 people.And a further €10,000 has been donated through cheques and personal donations.Sonya’s family launched the appeal yesterday in a bid to give her a fighting chance against the aggressive illness.Sonya, who is from St Johnston and living in Ballybofey, hoped to raise €2,000 to cover the cost of specialised tests in the UK, which could determine the alternative treatment options available. As donations flooded in last night, Sonya and her husband Michael shared a message of thanks from Galway University Hospital. She said that she was “overwhelmed by the wonderful support”.Michael McCloskey and Sonya Hamilton McCloskey share a thumbs-up from Galway HospitalSonya’s parents have also thanked the public for their support. In a post on the ‘Sonya’s Struggle’ Facebook group, they wrote: “From the Hamilton family we would like to thank everyone for their support in these hard times. Sonya is the one that brings our family together.“She comes down every Saturday with a boot full of food and goodies for the kids. All the grandchildren have great fun even though it can be noisy at times.“Sonya has a heart of gold and she would do anything for anybody. We couldn’t ask for a better daughter. Keep on fighting dear. Lots of love from mum and dad.”Sonya Hamilton Mc CloskeyHundreds of well-wishers have sent messages and blessings to Sonya, Michael and their family to give them strength during their time of need. Sonya was diagnosed with cancer of the breast, lymph nodes, pancreas, liver and lungs just three months ago, after struggling with unexplained symptoms for two years. She has spent the past few weeks in an oncology ward, separated from her family as her four youngest children are too young to visit the ward.Every euro counts for the family, as Michael gave up his main source of income on the day of Sonya’s devastating diagnosis to be with her and their children.If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page, please click here: https://www.gofundme.com/qap9y-sonyas-battleIncredible €32,000 raised in 24 hours for brave Donegal mum was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:gofundmeSonya Hamilton Mc Closkeylast_img read more

Meaningless TD on final play of 49ers-Cardinals had big gambling implications

first_imgIt also opened the door for surely thousands of … Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. At their own 22-yard-line with just two seconds remaining, it was clear the Arizona Cardinals were too far for a Hail Mary pass to try to beat the 49ers.Instead, they were forced to opt for the classic lateral play to overcome their four-point deficit, which almost never works out, but shows they at least cared enough to keep trying until the final whistle.last_img

Santoro captures first Soweto Open

first_imgSemi-finalsOn Saturday, the semi-finals resulted in relatively comfortable victories for Sunday’s finalists. Santoro accounted fourth seed Thiago Alves 6-3 7-6 (7-2) and De Voest repelled the challenge of big-serving fellow South African Fritz Wolmarans 6-4, 7-5. Speaking to radio station SAfm after his win, Santoro said it had been a pretty tough game, adding he enjoyed it because he won, but found it pretty difficult. “The City of Johannesburg, Gauteng government and the National Lottery have backed Sata, and the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex is a fine development in that regard.” SAinfo reporter and South African Tennis Association Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Second setThe second set went with serve until De Voest was forced to serve to stay in the set and the match at 5-6, but he was struggling with stomach cramps due a virus, he admitted afterwards. Santoro quickly moved into position to win the contest, with two match points in his back pocket. A pinpoint backhand down the line then gave him the title 7-5 6-4. Looking ahead, Smith added: “Sata also aim to get Futures tournaments here, simultaneous men’s and women’s events, plus the mini-tennis and coaching components – this will service a lot of people.” De Voest said he struggled with his serve and Santoro returned well. Towards the end of the contest, De Voest went on, he had trouble finding rhythm on his serve. Santoro, who has beaten 17 world number one ranked players during his career, broke De Voest in the fourth and twelfth games of the first set to take it 7-5. Apart from the specially-designed trophy by SA sculptor Des Khourie, there were 100 ATP world rankings points for the singles’winner and 60 points for the finalists, plus $14 400 for the inaugural champion in the City of Johannesburg-sponsored tournament and $8 480 for the loser.center_img Top seed and world number 50, Fabrice Santoro of France, won the inaugural Soweto Open men’s tennis tournament, beating unseeded Rik de Voest of South Africa 7-5, 6-4 in the final at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex on Sunday. 20 April 2009 The doubles’ inners picked up $6 200 and the same number of rankings points (100) as in singles, with the finalists taking away $3 600 and 60 points. The action is far from over in Soweto; the Soweto Women’s Open takes place at the same venue from 25 April to 3 May. After that, South Africa face Belarus in a crucial Davis Cup tie from 8 May to 10 May. De Voest, ranked 180th in the world, tried with all his might to wrest the first ATP tournament to be held in Soweto away from the Frenchman, but it was not to be. However, the 36-year-old, who added R150 000 to his R100 million in career prize-money earned in 20 years on the ATP Tour, had to come from behind after De Voest played superbly to break serve in the match’s very first game. ‘The goal is to grow the game’South African Tennis Association (Sata) CEO Ian Smith reflected on the venue, the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex, and said it was an important location for an ATP event to take place. “The goal is to grow the game,” he explained, “and Soweto represents a major part of our history, which makes staging the tournament here an appropriate one. An international-class venueIn addition to the eight courts already in use at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex, another eight are being built, with another R9-million being injected into the facility, to bring the venue up to the standard of the international-class venue that Smith envisages. In the doubles final, the duo of George Bastl from Switzerland and Australian Chris Guccione took the coveted trophy home courtesy of a 6-2 4-6 11-9 win over the Russian pair of Michail Elgin and Alexandre Kudryavtsev. last_img read more

Savio doesnt think Vinicius is the new Robinho

first_imgBrazilian former player Savio Bortolini, denied that Vinicius Junior can be compared to compatriot Robinho as an equally flawed player.Vinicius Junior has already made his particular impact in Real Madrid after he arrived, but this hasn’t prevented comparisons with Robinho and people like Savio Bortolini don’t agree with this notion.The former Brazilian player analyzed the style of play that the Flamengo product has, he compared it with the Santos product and he wanted to convince people that these two forwards have very little in common.The youngster has already given us a small taste of the type of football he practices, which is on the same vein as Robinho’s but there are many nuances that we need to point out in this article.For starters, Vinicius has a much better physique than Robinho ever had. The Santos product arrived in Real Madrid as a skinny kid, he never reached the muscular body that the young Flamengo product already has and that always makes a huge difference when you are comparing one player to another.You can make the argument that Messi triumphed with a small physique, but Lionel is actually one of the strongest players in football history despite being short.🗣 Sávio Bortolini ha hablado sobre los primeros meses de Vinicius en el Real Madrid 💬 “La historia del Vinicius en el Real Madrid tiene todo para ser rica, diferente de la historia del Robinho”https://t.co/9M4nEVN7jK— AS (@diarioas) November 13, 2018Robinho’s composition was very different, his pace was different and he never really gave us the impression that he would improve the clumsy way in which he always ran.‘Vinny’ on the other hand, already looks like a gazelle running on the pitch and has a very strong composition. Their style of play is also very different, Robinho was a lot more selfish with the ball.Vinicius does share a similar style because he is Brazilian, but he resembles Neymar far more than he does Robinho and Vinicius is even more practical than both of them.From the very start of his career at Real Madrid with the first squad, Vinicius has always shown that he wants to share the ball with all his teammates, he hasn’t given any hints of him taking all the spotlight because he understands that he is still very young and his time will eventually come.Robinho always wanted to give far more than he was capable of, and he never really proved that he could carry the team on his shoulders even when he was well into his first couple of years in Real Madrid.Robinho was more talented than Vinícius Júnior, there’s no doubt about that, he was a one of a kind talent and Santos scouts still consider him the most skillful player to emerge from their academy since Pelé.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Oh what could have been, if he took care of himself. pic.twitter.com/kJc4L1dBV4— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) September 30, 2018When compatriot Savio was questioned about the many virtues that Vinicius has, he didn’t hesitate to say that it is still too soon to make a final verdict and comparing him to Robinho is unfair to the veteran.Bortolini clearly said that Vinicius is the better player out of the two, which is not surprising and everybody can already notice with the few matches that Vinicius has already played. Comparing both players is simply wrong.“I think it’s still early to make an analysis on Vinicius. We can’t forget that he is an 18-year old kid, he is still too young and has a bright future ahead,” said Savio quoted by Diario AS. “Neither he nor the club can rush things yet. I believe that having him start matches is still too soon for him.”“I also think that he is paving his way in a good direction, he will soon realize what it means to play for Real Madrid with everything he has experienced thus far.”“We can’t assume that at 18, he can just come and start matches just like that. A process like this takes some time. It is impossible for me to see Vinicius as the new Robinho, I hate making a comparison such as this in football.”“Each of them has their profile, their style, their moment, and their era. One has nothing to do with the other. Both of them lived a different story.”“Vinicius’ story with Real Madrid has everything to become a wildly successful one, different to Robinho’s. I simply can’t make that comparison,” he added.Esos 45 millones de Vinicius, tienen pinta de ser un Drenthe o Robinho. #VerdadesQueDuelen pic.twitter.com/J9zUCP1DXh— Sir Juego Balón (@juegobalon) July 16, 2018What do you think about the comparisons between Robinho and Vinicius? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Tolisso says he might return on March

first_imgThe Bayern Munich footballer has been out of the game for four months after he got an ACL injury early in the Bundesliga 2018-2019 season.Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso joined the German Bundesliga team in 2017 after being transferred from Lyon.He had a regular 2017-2018 season, but on the new campaign, he got an ACL injury early on and has missed four months of football.Now he talked to Germany’s Bild about his possible return date.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“Every day, I’m working hard to be back with the team. That drives me,” he said.“I’m in the mood to be back on the pitch with my teammates and to show what I can do. That’s my big goal, that’s what drives me.”“I want to show what I can do and help the team,” he added.“I think it’s realistic that I’ll return to the pitch and the team in March.”last_img read more