La Salle dethrones UP, returns to UAAP men’s football final

first_imgDe La Salle became the fourth straight No. 3 team to make it to the Finals, duplicating the feat byUniversity of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University and Ateneo.De La Salle’s women’s team also made it to the Finals for a shot at a third straight crown.Jovan Marfiga opened the scoring for the Archers in the 20th minute before the Fighting Maroons equalized 18 minutes later courtesy of King Miyagi.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “In the Final Four, anything can happen. It is more on who wants it more and who is prepared for the semis. Now we are one step closer on our goal right now,” said Ocampo, who was a member of the last Archers side that won the last championship in 1998.The newbies have been delivering the goods all-season long for the Green Archers, and it was no different in the Final Four.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, logisticsA week after Xavi Zubiri carried La Salle to the semifinals, it was Shanden Vergara’s time to step up, scoring the 77th-minute winner.“They contributed have lot,” said coach Alvin Ocampo of La Salle’s talented rookie batch. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img MOST READ View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MANILA, Philippines–La Salle dethroned defending champion University of the Philippine and returned to the finals with a 2-1 victory Thursday in the UAAP Season 81 men’s football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.The Green Archers ended a four-year absence in the Final Four and have a chance to end a title drought that has lasted more than two decades.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tokyo Olympic ticket lottery opens in Japan, foreign sales June 15last_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2017: Harbhajan Singh, Aamer Sohail agree- At times Bangladesh plays better cricket than Pakistan

first_imgIn what could be a psychological booster for the Indian side before it begins its Champions Trophy defence, member of the 2011 World Cup winning squad Harbhajan Singh today said that over the last few years, Bangladesh has started playing better cricket than the current Pakistani team.The Indian off-spinner’s comments came during Aaj Tak Cricket Salaam 2017 during a session that also had former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin and former Pakistani opener Aamer Sohail.’Don’t mind me saying this,’ Harbhajan told Sohail before stating that Indian players feel Bangladesh, at times, plays better cricket than the current Pakistani team. Singh added that this is because Bangladesh plays as a team.Surprisingly, Aamer Sohail, known for his legendary opening partnerships with Saeed Anwar, agreed with Harbhajan, saying that the truth must be accepted.Sohail referred to Pakistan’s 3-0 loss against Bangladesh in an away ODI series to say that the current team has become considerably weaker then the team of yesteryears.INDIA’S STOCK RISES AS PAK’S GOES DOWNHarbhajan, Azharuddin and Sohail also agreed on the point that the Indian side has become stronger and stronger since the 1980s, when the Pakistanis were arguably a better team.Azharuddin said that the Pakistani team of yesteryears was filled with match winners, but the current side has just one or two players that can be trusted with bringing a match home.Sohail agreed, saying that over the years, Pakistan had started depending too much on players like Sahid Afridi and Imran Nazir, who could win you 10 out of 100 games but weren’t always dependable.advertisementSohail also noted that over the last several years, India has developed a commendable pace attack, something that the team was never known for in the ’80s or ’90s.Back then, they were about line-length and containment, Sohail said, adding that today’s Indian pacers have developed a wicket-taking mindset.With Pakistan, playing in the Emirates (UAE) has affected the team, the former opener said. Playing on UAE’s flat pitches has introduced a comfort level that has negatively affected the team, Sohail added.INDIA’S FOCUS ON FITNESS Harbhajan attributed the recent rise of Indian pacers to the team’s focus on fitness. Not just in the national team, even at the Ranji Trophy level, fitness has become really important, Bhajji said.Fitness has been among the biggest factors of the last decade that have helped change Indian cricket for the better.Singh also paid a tribute to Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra calling them players who gave Indian pace attack a new direction.last_img read more

Wrestler Malik hails bill on death penalty for child rapists

first_imgBhopal, Dec 5 (PTI) Star wrestler Sakshi Malik today hailed a bill passed by the Madhya Pradesh Assembly awarding death penalty to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 and below.The assembly yesterday unanimously passed the bill providing for capital punishment to convicts in cases of rape and gang-rape of girls up to the age of 12.”I totally agree with the move,” the bronze medallist in 58kg category at the 2016 Summer Olympics told reporters when her reaction was sought on the landmark bill.She said there has been a positive change in the society towards the girl child after sportswomen started bringing laurels to the country.”After women brought laurels in sports (at global level), parents are realising they should not discriminate between boys and girls,” she added.”Girls are being encouraged to take part in sports,” said the Haryana-based wrestler, who was felicitated here at a function organised by the Madhya Pradesh government.Asked about the high number of female foeticide cases reported in her home state, Malik said she was the brand ambassador of Haryana and while attending village functions, she advocates equality between genders.”I always tell people about medals won by women (at international events like the Olympics),” she added.Asked if she faced any discrimination in her family because of her gender, the 25-year-old replied in the negative. “I am lucky, my parents always supported me.”However, Malik admitted some people in the society did discourage her from taking up wrestling as a career. PTI LAL MAS RSY BASadvertisementlast_img read more

Predators Beat The Devils, 3-1

first_imgColin Wilson scored the tiebreaking goal on a tic-tac-toe play with 3:27 left, leading Nashville to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils for the Predators’ fifth straight win.Craig Smith added an insurance goal when he swatted a shot between Cory Schneider’s legs with 2:21 left.Matt Cullen gave Nashville a 1-0 lead in the first period before Steve Bernier’s power-play goal late in the second period tied it up for New Jersey.Pekka Rinne stopped 21 shots for the Predators, who lead the NHL with 82 points.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Mayweather’s Big Payday: $100M

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The check was for $100 million, a payday so mind boggling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn’t help but show it to a few reporters when the night was done.“No pictures, though,” Mayweather said, sliding the check out of an envelope. “Don’t want any pictures of it.”The check will soon be cashed, adding to the millions Mayweather already has stashed in his bank accounts. It was actually just a down payment for his night’s work, which could total more than $200 million by the time pay-per-view sales are tallied up.The richest fight ever wasn’t the best fight ever, but that wasn’t entirely Mayweather’s fault. He did what he usually does Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao in a win that cemented his legacy as the best of his generation, even if he didn’t win any new fans doing it.Still, the fight will be a tough act to follow if only because of the staggering money it brought in. Hard to imagine Mayweather fighting for a paltry $30 million or $40 million after a night he made history with the richest single payday any athlete of any sport has made.He says he’ll fight once more in September, then hang up the gloves. Mayweather says it’s time to enjoy the fruits of his labor from a sport that has consumed his life since he was a kid throwing punches in Grand Rapids, Michigan.“I don’t really think I’ll miss the sport,” Mayweather said. “I don’t even watch boxing. At one particular time I loved the sport of boxing. I wanted to go to every fight and wanted to be at every boxing event. But I just lost the love for the sport.”Before a well-heeled crowd of 16,507 that cheered every time Pacquiao threw a punch, Mayweather dominated late once again to pull out a decision win that seemed closer in the ring than it did on the scorecards.Pacquiao even thought he won, though punch stats showed Mayweather landing far more punches and even throwing more than the usually frenetic Filipino.Pacquiao would blame a shoulder injury suffered in training last month for not being able to throw more right hands. His handlers would blame Nevada boxing officials for not allowing him a shot to numb the shoulder just before the fight, though the excuse rang hollow.“I cannot use a lot of my right hand but the fight was still good,” Pacquiao said. “What we wanted to do we couldn’t do because of my shoulder. But he’s fast, he’s a good boxer. Give the credit to him. He won tonight.”Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, said his fighter would like a rematch, but there is little chance of that. Not with Pacquiao’s shoulder injury, and certainly not after the perfect financial storm of a fight that cannot be replicated.Pacquiao likely made $100 million himself for the fight that packed the MGM Grand arena with celebrities, sports stars and people paying as much as $40,000 for ringside seats. The bout was delayed for about a half hour because pay-per-view sales were overwhelming cable and satellite systems, a good omen for the paydays of both fighters.But while Pacquiao was the crowd favorite, Mayweather was the masterful boxer. He may not have ended the career of the remarkable career of the Filipino who once sold doughnuts on the streets to survive, but it’s doubtful Pacquiao can continue as a big pay-per-view much longer.“I did my best, but my best wasn’t good enough,” Pacquiao said. “I fought a good fight.”Mayweather fought a good fight, too, even if it wasn’t the crowd pleasing affair fans wanted. He used his reach advantage to land jab after jab, and was so elusive that Pacquiao was only able to land one of every five punches he threw, including only 18 of 193 right jabs.It was another great defensive performance from a fighter who knows just what he has to do to win. Mayweather remained unbeaten in 48 fights in a career that has now stretched 19 years.“I knew I had him from round one,” Mayweather said. “I went out there and felt him out. I wanted to see certain moves. Everything is a calculated move. I’m 10 steps ahead of any other fighter.”If Mayweather is serious about hanging up the gloves after one more fight, he’ll go into the history books as the best of his generation — and certainly the richest. Because he doesn’t take chances and turns fights into chess matches, though, he’s not going to be mentioned on any short list of all-time greats even while he insists he’s the best ever.Mayweather says he plans to give up all three welterweight titles he holds so other fighters have a chance at them. That will also make it easier for him to choose an opponent for a September fight that he says will be his last.But there will be pressure to continue. Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0 could be broken with two more fights, and the MGM is building an arena on the Las Vegas Strip that Mayweather could open next spring if he keeps fighting.“I’m only human, I contradict myself,” Mayweather said, leaving open the possibility of more fights. “I’m not perfect.”He wasn’t against Pacquiao. But he was good enough to pocket his $100 million check in boxing’s richest fight.(TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

No role models, no chances for black coaches

first_imgManchester United No role models, no opportunities – Andrew Cole laments lack of black coaches Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 17:05 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Black coaches graphic Goal Manchester United Stoke City v Manchester United Manchester United v Basel Stoke City Basel Premier League UEFA Champions League Opinion Black and ethnic minority coaches remain in the minority despite efforts to redress the balance in the English game Andrew Cole had to put up with the perception that when the weather was too cold then the black players didn’t fancy it. He had to endure the stereotype that black players were arrogant or had a chip on their shoulders.“There’s always been something put in front of you,” he says. “You’ve got to get through the barrier, start again and something is always thrown at you.”He was such a persistent goalscorer that he was able to battle through all that and take his place among the Premier League’s all-time greats and win the Champions League with Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Andrew Cole has decades of insight, knowledge and expertise from a life lived at the highest level of football. Just don’t hold your breath waiting for him to become a coach.Cole believes the coaching pathway remains blocked to black and ethnic minority coaches, whatever their calibre as a player, and that the disparity between the number of black and ethnic minority (BAME) coaches going into the system and the number earning jobs with league clubs is clear evidence that they are still being held back.Andrew Cole, Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United“People looking at what I achieved in the game might say: ‘why am I not in coaching?’; that I’ve got too much to offer,” he says. “I might believe I’ve got too much to offer but can I go through that system that a lot of the guys have been through? I don’t think I can.“I said to myself I think there’s going to be far too many obstacles for me. I’m at Manchester United working in an ambassador role. I’m fortunate that they’ve been able to do that for me. Other players who are black and ethnic minority might struggle getting into one of those kinds of roles. It’s very, very tough.”For Cole there remains an old boys network in the English management game and none of those old boys are black. It means that white coaches continue to land the overwhelming majority of league jobs and find another more easily if they’ve failed. Contrastingly for Cole, when black coaches fall they fall hard.“Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes,” he said. “We try and deal with it as best as we can do.“It’s not nice to lose your job at any level. Not being able to get back on the merry-go-round so to speak when you do lose your job that’s a bitter pill to swallow.“I would like to see we should all be judged as equals. Forget the colour of your skin. ‘He’s my best mate that’s why I’m giving him the job…’ for me that’s wrong straightaway.“If he’s not the right man for the job, or credible enough or you don’t think he’s a good enough coach he can’t have the job.“Let’s put the best man for the job in. Until we start changing things like that we’re going to be stuck in a time warp.”Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink became just the third BAME manager in the entire league system of 92 clubs when he was hired by Northampton Town this week. A 2016 Sports Peoples’ Think Tank report found just 20 of 491 coaches in senior coaching positions in England came from a BAME background, equating to just over 4 per cent. That contrasts against the 25 per cent of players in the system coming from a BAME background.Andrew Cole Manchester United“Everyone goes in believing they might be the one and rightly so,” he says. “I’m no different to anybody else. I’d like to change things as well.“When they do go in and find how difficult it is, a lot of them turn around and say it’s not for me and end up doing something else which is naturally very disappointing. Generations are lost.”And Cole believes that many black ex-players are so put off by what they perceive to be a rigged game that they are walking away from the game altogether when their playing days come to an end.“There’s loads of ex-black players that would love management or would love to coach,” he said. “They might have the same thought process as me.”Adjustments are hard to make once a professional career ends and if the coaching pathway was clearer then Cole believes fewer BAME players would struggle to adjust to life after the game. And as it stands there are no great coaching role models for BAME communities.Cole the young player took inspiration from Cyrille Regis and concluded that he too could do what the WBA striker was doing. For potential coaches, there still hasn’t been that iconic figure.“I want to see the people who’ve played before me be given the opportunity,” he said. “If I look at those people who have gone before me given the opportunity then I would consider it.Andrew Cole Manchester United “Some fantastic black players before me tried their hand at management but have been knocked back for whatever reason. Until I see changes do I see any point in doing it? I don’t know.”Talk of quotas or targets or a football version of the NFL’s “Rooney Rule” – whereby at least one BAME candidate has to be interviewed for a coaching vacancy – is worthless in the opinion of Cole. The EFL currently requires that one candidate for every senior coaching role should come from a BAME background.“When people talk about the Rooney law I scratch my head,” he said. “Quotas, targets, it’s still a farce. If people want to do things, they’ll do it. That’s the world we live in.”“We can all have an interview. But what does that interview actually mean? It doesn’t mean a lot. We can all sit down and speak as individuals but it’s only an interview.”The Sports Peoples’ Think Tank set a goal of having one in five coaches from BAME backgrounds by 2020. Current data and anecdotal evidence suggests that has little or no chance of being achieved.“Fair enough in the last 12 months there might have been a little progress,” says Cole. “But we’re not talking 12 months. We’re talking about a numerous amount of years. Twelve months is good to go by in their eyes but I can’t see it.“Twenty black managers? I don’t think it’s going to happen in my lifetime. I would be very surprised.”Even at a youth level, Cole doesn’t see much progress. His son Devante is 21 and plays for Fleetwood Town but his father cannot recall him ever having had a black coach.“At the lower level, it’s tougher,” says Cole. “The lower level gets disregarded a little bit more because not as much of the limelight is on it.”He feels it has been more straightforward for foreign black coaches like Ruud Gullit or Jean Tigana to find employment in English football as they are perhaps seen as more glamourous or cultured than homegrown British ex-players.“It would have been easier for a European black ex-player to come into England and get a managerial position than a British-born player who’s played in the Premier League to get a manager position,” he said.“For me it made no difference. Black is black, whatever club he’s played for previously for it still equates to the same skin colour. But they looked at it as a bit more glitz and glamour around that.”Cole still has plenty to offer but would prefer not to do it in a formal sense. In his ambassadorial role at Manchester United, Cole is often asked to conduct a session with young strikers, to help along the next generation in that regard.“I’ve always said if I have the opportunity to work with the younger generation I’d never turn it down,” he said. “If people believe I’m good enough to give something back to the younger generation of course I’m going to do it.“If I said no I’d believe I was being selfish. Knowing my struggle to get to the highest level, how tough it’s been, if I could help someone else to get to that level I’d do it all day long.”Andrew Cole, Sir Alex Ferguson, Dwight Yorke, Manchester UnitedCole ignored Sir Alex Ferguson’s repeated pleas to complete his coaching badges and walked away from that scene altogether when a former policeman attempted to show him how to play centre-forward in a training drill.He saw Manchester United team-mates like Roy Keane and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer go into coaching at league clubs but will not be pursuing any opportunities of his own.“Those guys went in with their eyes open, they were fortunate enough to get jobs, they’ve all done well in those jobs,” he said. “I’m not going to stand here and say those situations would have been denied to me. I don’t know because I never put myself in that position.”The English coaching system needs an overhaul in the eyes of Cole in order to better exploit the depth of knowledge in black former players. Until then he’s content to stay out of the limelight.“When black players play at the highest level what they expect is to be given the same opportunity as their white counterparts,” he said.“It’s as simple as that. Where we find difficulty in leaving the game and trying to get into coaching and trying to get into management, it’s very disappointing.“When you see so many black ex players turn their back on football everyone asks the question why have you done that. It speaks volumes if you’re not given the opportunity.“People need to open their minds. We’re not just black players or black coaches. We’re individuals. I never thought of my manager or coach as a white coach or a manager. I thought he’s my coach, he’s my manager.“The perception about us is totally different. Until the mindset changes on individuals then we’re stuck.”Andrew Cole took part in “Addressing Underrepresentation with Action: The Sports People’s Think Tank” at the Soccerex Global Conventionlast_img read more

Schmetzer and Vanney set to match wits again

first_imgMLS Rising American coaching stars Schmetzer and Vanney set to match wits in MLS Cup final Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 00:58 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) VanneySchmetzerSplitImage MLS Toronto v Seattle Sounders Toronto Seattle Sounders Toronto and Seattle’s managers are set to do battle in another MLS Cup final, only this time with a much better understanding of each other TORONTO — The 2017 MLS Cup final will feature two teams that know each other well by now. Not only because of the 120 championship minutes Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders played against each other a year ago in this very same final, but because the men leading both teams know each other that much better.Brian Schmetzer and Greg Vanney are coaching adversaries, but they also happen to be classmates, with both of them currently a part of the second class of the U.S. Soccer Pro Coaching Course. The group includes several high-profile classmates, including U.S. Women’s national team coach Jill Ellis, New York Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch and former Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter.The year-long coaching course, which has taken place throughout 2017, has given Schmetzer and Vanney an opportunity to get to know each other much better, helping raise the admiration that already existed between two of the league’s rising coaching stars. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Getting to know (Vanney) on a personal level is great,” Schmetzer told Goal ahead of Saturdays’ final. “The course itself is a great opportunity not only to get to know and understand some of your fellow coaches, but just being among your peers you want to try and compete against them.””I know Schmetz a little bit and I think he’s a great guy who, clearly, the guys love playing for, which means he’s probably a great manager of them and great communicator and gets a lot out of them,” Vanney told Goal. “They seem to genuinely enjoy playing the game and that’s a positive thing. That’s always an edge in MLS, when you get an intense group that enjoys playing, and then you can just bring out the assets of the players you have on the field. I think he’s done a great job of that.”Brian Schmetzer Seattle Sounders MLS 10272016As much as Saturday’s final will be about the star players on both sides, Schmetzer and Vanney will have a big part in determining the winner as they each have established themselves as astute game managers who are both adept at making the right moves to turn around a match.”Just look at the last round. He changed his formation against Columbus in the second half (of the second leg), and pulled off (Eriq) Zavaleta and went a different way because he didn’t like the way the team was going,” Schmetzer said. “I’m not sure I would do that, not at 0-0, but it shows that he’s confident in what he does.”Vanney has also taken note of Schmetzer’s ability to make the right in-game adjustments to help the Sounders close out matches, and come back in matches when they are trailing.”It’s a product of his personality,” Vanney said of Schmetzer. “He’s not a highly emotional guy. He will sit back and he’ll take the game in and see what’s going on. He doesn’t get overly wound up about calls or about this or that, the things that don’t matter, he doesn’t get caught up in that stuff. He stays relatively emotionless and calm on the sidelines, and I think he’s taking in the game and utilizes his assistant coaches, as we all do, to get a good read on what’s happening and how he can get an advantage. I think he does a nice job of that. I think a lot of that has to do with his demeanor.”Obviously he’s soccer aware,” Vanney added. “He’s been around a long time and he’s a good coach. I enjoy that. I haven’t played against him a ton to say we’ve had these big tactical matches, but at the same time I recognize watching from a distance that he definitely can adapt and adjust the game and have an impact on the game with his moves, which again is a product of a good coach.”The two coaches matched wits in last year’s final, and the result was a goal-less stalemate ultimately decided by penalty kicks in a Sounders win. A year later, their teams arrive in the final boasting more attacking weapons, which should give them each considerably more options in what should be another classic coaching chess match.For Vanney, Saturday’s final represents not only a chance for some redemption, but also an opportunity to write the perfect ending to what has been a dream season. One which has seen him win MLS coach of the year while Toronto FC secured a Supporters’ Shield and set a new league record for points in a season.As much as TFC’s considerable talent was a big reason for the team’s success this year, Vanney’s evolution as a coach has also played a major role in how his team responded from last year’s title game disappointment to evolve into one of the best teams in MLS history.Greg Vanney Toronto FC“The thing I think that sets Greg apart from a lot of coaches is the work he puts in,” TFC assistant Robin Fraser told Goal. “The work in analyzing the other team, and trying to prepare our team for every possible scenario. The work is pretty incredible, but I think the other thing that sets him apart is he’s pretty innovative in the way he approaches the game. I think he’s very, very much a student of the game and wants to be on the leading edge of what’s happening in the game. I think that desire and that willingness to continue to push himself as a coach has made him better.”While the 43-year-old Vanney is seen as a leading member of a newer generation of American coaching talents, Schmetzer is a veteran who already had considerable head coaching experience before he was thrust into the Sounders top position in the middle of the 2016 season. The 55-year-old spent seven seasons coaching the USL version of the Seattle Sounders before the team joined MLS as an expansion team in 2009, a year which saw Schmetzer join Sigi Schmid’s coaching staff as lead assistant.Schmetzer wasn’t expected by many to hold on to the Sounders coaching job after taking over on an interim basis in the summer of 2016, but the job was his to keep after leading Seattle to an improbable MLS Cup title. A year later, Schmetzer has shown that 2016 was no fluke as he has helped the Sounders hit their best form heading into Saturday’s final.”This is the deepest team I’ve been a part of and it’s not easy to manage every player when they’re not playing or thinking they should be playing,” Sounders forward Will Bruin told Goal. “That’s good to have as a squad, but that’s hard to manage and I think he’s done a really good job of handling that.”Schmetzer will have some tough decisions to make in choosing his starting lineup on Saturday, even with captain and star midfielder Osvaldo Alonso ruled out due to injury, such as who to start at left back between Nouhou Tolo and Joevin Jones. Vanney is in a similar situation, as he chooses which of his center backs to deploy, and who between Marky Delgado and Jonathan Osorio will start in midfield.The two coaches won’t be done working for the year after Saturday’s MLS Cup final. They will each make a final presentation next week in Chicago to conclude their pro coaching course. One of them will be fresh off having won an MLS title, and couldn’t be blamed for simply bringing along the trophy and showing it off as part of their presentation. Neither plans on doing that though. Not just because they’re both humble guys, but because of the respect they have developed for each other. Respect that should only grow after another championship duel between two coaches we might be seeing a lot of in MLS Cup finals for years to come.last_img read more

Roy Hodgson says Ross Barkley is fulfilling his potential at Chelsea

first_imgThe Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Frank Lampard’s Derby denied by own goals and Chelsea’s Fàbregas winner Reuse this content Share via Email Ross Barkley Barkley did not play in the tournament in France and, with a serious hamstring injury having limited him to only four appearances last term as he swapped Everton for Chelsea mid-season, his appearance in last month’s Nations League ties against Croatia and Spain was his first for England in 29 months.“Ross is showing everything we thought he could and should be,” Hodgson said. “He was unlucky with his injury, which set him back when he got to Chelsea, but he has done exceptionally well to battle through that. He certainly looks a lot fitter than the last time he was working with England. Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest “When he came to us [in 2016], he did realise he wasn’t as fit as he should be and, to get a place in that 2016 squad, he really worked unbelievably hard to get his weight down and his body back into the right shape. He hadn’t been playing a lot of regular football at that time. But Barkley was one of many talents that came into the England team a few years ago and a player who, if he can get a run of games and keep himself fit, has everything you are looking for in a midfield player. I’m very pleased for him.“Like quite a few of the players who came into that England team very early, they get games behind them and mature. At that time we had Danny Welbeck, Raheem Sterling, Barkley, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose who weren’t getting an awful lot of club football, but now they are number one picks and getting Premier League and Champions League football, playing for their national teams and maturing into the players we thought they would be.” Chelseacenter_img Topics Crystal Palace Roy Hodgson said Ross Barkley is on the right road towards fulfilling his potential at Chelsea as the Crystal Palace manager prepared for Sunday’s reunion with a player to whom he handed a first England cap five years ago.Barkley’s burst of form has earned a starting place in Maurizio Sarri’s side of late and the 24-year-old is expected to begin against Palace, having scored on each of his past three Premier League appearances. The former Everton midfielder was first called up by England in 2013 during Hodgson’s tenure, with the manager’s faith in the player’s talent seeing him included in his squad for the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016. Share on Facebook news Read more Share on WhatsApp Roy Hodgson Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Free Fire India Today League: Team Nawabzade win final and Rs 8.5 Lakh

first_imgOther Galleries 4 images Thu, 10 Oct, 2019 IND vs SA, 2nd Test: Mayank Agarwal hundred put India on top on Day 1Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoBuzztop-IndiaSportsSportsGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: India Today PhotoCaption: Aroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief India Today Group, and Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju unveiled the Free Fire India Today League trophy at Siri Fort on Saturday..Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: India Today PhotoCaption: After some rigrous e-gaming that ran through 8 maps, team Nawabzade emerged winner with maximum number of points (2235 points) from the 12 teams and 48 players that participated in the Free Fire India Today League.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: India Today PhotoCaption: 12 teams from across the country battling it out at the Siri Fort in the grand finale of Free Fire India Today League on October 12.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: India Today PhotoCaption: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said Free Fire India Today League will become a big sensation in a few months. Ahead of the Free Fire India Today League Final, Kiren Rijiju said he was confident India would create champions in the times to come.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: Free Fire India Today LeagueTeam NawabzadeSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: Team Nawabzade won the Free Fire India Today League grand finale on Saturday to take home a whopping price money of Rs 8.5 Lakh. They will next represent India in a global tournament called the Free Fire World Series that will be held in Brazil in November.Nightmare finished 1st runners-up with 2060 points while Namooney took the 3rd position with 1085 points.The 2nd, 3rd and 4th-placed teams will get Rs 4 Lakh, Rs 2 Lakh and Rs 1 Lakh, respectively.Preview_unique_id: preview_5da1ddc5c65a11570889157_1608714_editCommentContent Publish date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 – 19:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDg1MjEiLCIxMjA2NTUwIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg2MTUiLCIxMjA4NTYxIl0sInN1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwic3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwic3ViX3N1Yl9zdWJfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOm51bGwsInByaW1hcnlfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOiIxMjA2NTUwIn0=770×433: Short Headline: Free Fire India Today League: Team Nawabzade win final and Rs 8.5 LakhApp headline: Free Fire India Today League: Team Nawabzade win final and Rs 8.5 Lakh1200x675:last_img read more

Tesla 1Q Earnings Snapshot

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) _ Tesla Inc. (TSLA) on Wednesday reported a loss of $702.1 million in its first quarter.On a per-share basis, the Palo Alto, California-based company said it had a loss of $4.10. Losses, adjusted for stock option expense, came to $2.90 per share.The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of $1.21 per share.The electric car maker posted revenue of $4.54 billion in the period, also missing Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $5.78 billion.Tesla shares have fallen 22 per cent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $258.66, a decrease of nearly 9 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on TSLA at Associated Press read more

World must aid Somalia at historic juncture on its road to stability

“Now is the time for the international community to demonstrate its commitment and step forward and support the process robustly and immediately on all fronts,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Augustine Mahiga told the Security Council by video link, voicing pleasure at being able to address it “at this historical juncture” from Mogadishu, the capital, for the first time. “The Somali people simply cannot wait any longer.” He cited the “breathtaking speed” of last week’s withdrawal of Al-Shabaab Islamic insurgents from 95 per cent of Mogadishu under pressure from the 6,200-strong UN-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and July’s ratification by the transitional parliament of an accord reducing its controversial three-year extension of its mandate that was scheduled to end this month to just one year. He called for greater funding and logistical assistance, including aviation and mine disposal equipment, for AMISOM, which the African Union has proposed increasing to 20,000-strong, to ensure Transitional Federal Government (TFG) control of Mogadishu and expand it to the south to the borders of Kenya and Ethiopia and to the town of Kismayo, areas still controlled by Al-Shabaab and other militant groups. “The TFG and AMISOM both have limited resources to exploit the opportunity presented by the withdrawal of Al-Shabaab,” Mr. Mahiga said of a country that has been riven by fighting for the past 20 years, in which it has not had a functioning central government. “The security situation remains precarious and the insurgents are likely to resort to terrorist attacks and guerrilla tactics targeting the TFG and AMISOM forces and unfortunately, even IDPs and other civilians.” At a later video news conference from Mogadishu, AMISOM Force Commander Major General Nathan Mugisha said 12,000 to 15,000 troops were probably needed to secure Mogadishu efficiently. “But we don’t have them, we don’t have enough armoured cars, we don’t have other capacities like air capacity and maritime capacity,” he said. “We are appealing to the international community to look into this so that we efficiently control Mogadishu.” Somalia and its neighbours are now confronting a massive humanitarian crisis with hundreds of thousands internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees driven from their homes by the fighting and one of the worst droughts and famines in recent memory. Without immediate action by the TFG to put in place basic administrative structures in areas under its control, “a real danger exists that the warlords and their militia groups will move forward to fill the vacuum created by Al-Shabaab’s departure,” Mr. Mahiga warned, calling on the international community to speed up the reinforcement of the Somali police force. The UN had originally estimated that it would take a year to stabilize Mogadishu and in light of the rapidness of recent developments it is now actively planning to expand its presence beyond the ‘light footprint’ it had envisaged. “It is thus mission-critical that we secure the logistical support, including a fast-tracked construction of permanent facilities to pave the way for the deployment of additional staff,” Mr. Mahiga said, stressing the “vital immediate requirement” of an additional guard force under AMISOM to protect and facilitate UN movement in Mogadishu. He said significant gaps still remained in the UN’s support package for AMISOM, underscoring the need for “adequate, predictable and sustainable” funding. “I appeal to the Council to consider expanding the support package for AMISDOM to cover some of the critical categories of self-sustainment and to look at the issue of funding of contingent-owned equipment,” he added. Turning to the humanitarian crisis, Mr. Mahiga stressed that 3.7 million people, nearly half the Somali population, were now directly at risk of famine and that tens of thousands had already perished, with 13 children out of every 10,000 under the age of five dying every day from malnutrition and famine-related diseases. Of the $1 billion the UN sought in its Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) at the beginning of the year, less than 50 per cent has so far been received. Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg told the Council the crisis had not yet crested since further deterioration is considered likely given the very high levels of both severe acute malnutrition and under-five mortality together with an expected continued increase in cereal prices, and a below-average rainy season harvest. “Every day counts. We believe that tens of thousands have already died. Hundreds of thousands face imminent starvation and death,” she warned, calling for a scaling up of resources. “We can act to prevent further loss of life and ensure the survival of those who are on the brink of death. “A massive multi-sectoral response to save lives in the immediate term and to rebuild livelihoods in the medium short term is critical. We will continue to appeal to donors to provide resources needed to respond to the crisis. We expect assistance needs to continue for the rest of this year, if not longer. 10 August 2011Peace and SecurityRecent political and military improvements in war-torn Somalia offer an “extraordinary moment” of opportunity for progress and great challenges, including from warlords and terrorists, the top United Nations envoy in the country said today, urging the world community to provide more financial and logistical support. read more

UN notes not enough progress in Sri Lanka on rights issue

Haq said that Feltman looked to follow up and make sure that the UN can get the Government of Sri Lanka to move forward on issues, including issues of human rights concern. The United Nations (UN) noted that Sri Lanka has not made enough progress on addressing human rights issues and the issue on missing persons was a concern.UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in New York that during his recent visit to Sri Lanka Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, had also discussed the matter with the Government. Haq noted that there are concerns on the ground and not enough progress has been made on human rights. (Colombo Gazette) “This was a major rights concern, the issue of missing persons, and we have been pressing on this for about a year and a half, so the establishment of this office is a welcome step forward,” Haq said with reference to the announcement by the Government last week that it had signed the gazette on the Office of Missing Persons (OMP). read more

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolls into Hamilton

The CP Holiday train rolled into Gage Park in Hamilton Monday night.Visitors saw 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED lights and a modified boxcar that has been turned into a travelling stage, where Canadian country singers Kelly Prescott and Doc Walker performed a free concert.Organizers asked residents to bring a heart-healthy, non-perishable food donation to the event which will go to emergency food banks and hot meal lines in Hamilton.

Brock joins major initiative to engage Indigenous students

As home to hundreds of Indigenous students, Brock University is a keen voice in a province-wide chorus celebrating the success of First Nations, Metis and Inuit learners.Earlier today (Feb. 2) the Council of Ontario Universities launched the ‘Let’s Take Our Future Further’ campaign, which is aimed at encouraging Indigenous students and also recognizing the achievements of graduates who are making a daily difference in their communities.The ambitious COU initiative, launched on behalf of Brock and other Ontario universities, is outlined on the website is bringing the campaign home with a week-long Open House at Aboriginal Student Services in Room 212 of Decew Residence, where staff and counsellors will discuss numerous supports provided to help Aboriginal students thrive in a university setting.I encourage Indigenous students to set goals for a sustainable future, for yourselves and for your communities. Everyone needs to focus on the future. It’s time for reshaping the way we live on this earth.Sandra Wong, Brock’s Aboriginal Academic Program Support Coordinator, implored people to drop by and better understand the range of supports, from tutoring and advice on healthy lifestyles, to helping students maintain their cultural identity.“These services help Aboriginal students ease their transition,” says Wong. “It’s important for people to understand this, not just within Brock but across the whole Niagara community.”Wong said Brock has about 385 self-identified Aboriginal students — encompassing First Nations, Metis and Inuit — as well as an unknown number who have not self-identified. “We know we have more students here, but certainly nobody’s forced to self-identify with us.”Shirley Cheechoo, the University’s Chancellor and a member of the Cree nation, said she applauds any effort to eliminate gaps between indigenous peoples and post-secondary education. According to Statistics Canada, seven per cent of Canada’s self-identified Indigenous population over 15 has a university degree or certificate;  for non-Indigenous people the engagement rate is three times higher.“Without education, you will be left behind,” said Cheechoo. “I encourage Indigenous students to set goals for a sustainable future, for yourselves and for your communities. Everyone needs to focus on the future. It’s time for reshaping the way we live on this earth.”Brock President Jack Lightstone said a post-secondary education “is the most assured means of advancing Canada economically, culturally and socially. Not only justice and fairness demands that providing more aboriginal people with a university education be a priority, but our own self-interest as Canadians demands it, too. We shall all benefit.”COU project explores the experience and embraces Aboriginal studentsThe COU’s major campaign includes compelling profiles and videos from 13 role models who are studying at, or have recently graduated from, Ontario universities.One role model, Raigelee Alorut, tells how she overcame the challenges of attending university as both a mature student and as a grandmother, and how she hopes that her Honours Bachelor of Arts will inspire her grandchildren.Another, Donna May Kimmaliardjuk, describes the welcoming home she found at her university’s Aboriginal Student Centre and the personal growth she experienced while studying to become the first female Inuit cardiac surgeon.The campaign will be distributing resource kits to help Aboriginal learners transition into a university setting and culture, and the week of Feb. 8 will launch a video contest on Twitter and Facebook asking Indigenous learners currently at university to tell their story about how university education has taken their future further, or enriched the future of their communities.The COU campaign comes just months after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission put a spotlight on the need to ensure equitable access to post-secondary education for Aboriginal students.In Ontario, nine per cent of Ontario’s self-identified Indigenous population in that age group had a university degree or certificate compared to 23 per cent of Ontario’s non-Indigenous population.The same Statistics Canada survey indicates that Indigenous youth between 15 and 24 represent 18 per cent of the total Aboriginal population in Canada, with a further 28 per cent being children aged 14 and under. This means that a significant number of Indigenous youth will be contributing to Canada’s economic and social prosperity by 2026. read more

Waterpark After Dark for youth in Brock research project

Families from one of Brock’s biggest research projects will come together for a special event Friday night at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls.Waterpark After Dark will bring together around 600 youths and family members involved in the Brock Healthy Youth Project (BHYP). Led by a team of researchers from Brock University’s Lifespan Centre, BHYP is a program aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle choices among young people.In partnership with Great Wolf Lodge, the BHYP families will get special access to the waterpark from 9:30 p.m. until midnight Friday, Oct. 20.“Great Wolf Lodge is delighted to host this event and partner with the Brock Healthy Youth Program,” said Keith Simmonds, Vice-President and General Manager of the lodge. “The opportunity to support Brock research efforts is incredibly exciting. We are keen to host more events for this group and witness how this community of families changes over future years.”The BHYP team includes 18 researchers and 24 partner organizations, and recently received $1.4 million in funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research to examine youth health issues over the next five years.The goal of the study is to follow 2,200 Niagara-area youth from Grades 3 to 8 as they progress from childhood through adolescence.“The goal is to provide one of the first truly comprehensive studies of youth lifestyle choices and experiences by looking at how interactions among personalities, activities, physical health, brain development, environmental factors, genetic and hormonal information impact on lifestyle choices, both those involving risk and those that are positive,” said Professor Teena Willoughby, principal investigator with BHYP.Friday’s Waterpark After Dark is a meant as a thank you to the families taking part in the study while offering them a low-cost, physical activity-based family outing. read more

SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel for perfect season intro

4.Goppingen430188:946 After bad start in Pixum Super Cup, the defending German champions SG Flensburg began with four wins in a row DKB Bundeliga season 2018/19. The team of Maik Machulla beat THW Kiel 26:25 in te biggest derby of the German handball.SG Flensburg-Handewitt – THW Kiel  26:25 (15:13)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Buric (13 saves) – Karlsson, Golla (3), Glandorf (5), Svan (3), Wanne (5/1), Jeppsson (1), Jøndal (3/3), Zachariassen, Gottfridsson (2), Lauge (4), RødTHW Kiel: Wolff (4/1 saves), N. Landin (10 saves) – Dissinger, Pekeler (6), Wiencek (2), Ekberg (6/4), Reinkind (2), Dahmke, Vujin, Nilsson (5), Duvnjak (3), Weinhold (1), M. Landin, BilykSTANDINGS: 8.Hannover-Burgdorf320181:784 ← Previous Story Besiktas Mogaz win 15th trophy in Turkish Super Cup Next Story → 10 PLAYERS ENOUGH: PGE Vive Kielce easily beat Gornik Zabrze 12.Minden310284:882 13.MT Melsungen310282:862 6.Kiel320179:694 10.Erlangen310280:822 SG Flensburg HandewittTHW Kiel 2.Rhein-Neckar330088:676 18.Gummersbach300363:860 11.Leipzig310277:792 15.Fuchse Berlin310272:782 3.SC Magdeburg330087:696 9.Stuttgart320177:804 1.Flensburg-H.4400113:938 14.HSG Wetzlar4103102:1072 5.Bergischer320188:784 16.Ludwigshafen300370:820 17.Bietigheim-Metterzimmern300369:880 7.Lemgo4202100:964 read more

Microsoftled Fairsearch Europe seeks to decouple Google Apps from Android

first_imgNo matter how many times you look at your calendar while reading this article, it will still not be April Fools Day. An anti-competitive complaint has been filed in the European Union against Google for bundling their Apps suite on Android smartphones. The companies leading the charge in this complaint are a host of rival companies, including names like Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle.The Android OS, specifically the Android Open Source Project, is available to anyone willing to download and build it. You can “make” Android with a few very basic keystrokes. Granted, you need to optimize that build for the hardware you are running and will have to apply some proprietary software from the companies that make that hardware, but if your goal is to produce something that runs Android that’s all you need to do.Now if you want to make something that runs Android and has access to Google’s apps — like the Play Store, Gmail, and Google Talk — you need to run that by Google. The team there will give you a compatibility suite you need to run to get approval, which is basically a series of tests that hardware need to pass in order to be granted access to Google’s apps. According to a group calling themselves Fairsearch Europe, Google is in violation of antitrust laws and they think the EU needs to do something about it.Fairsearch Europe is a group comprised of several companies that all sound like obvious competitors to Google. The EU complaint PDF that was filed contains names like adMarketplace, KAYAK, Expedia, Oracle, Nokia, and Microsoft. This complaint isn’t the first the group has filed against Google, either. There’s an active investigation in the EU right now into Google’s search practices, particularly those that apply to shopping and travel. The group feels that Google gives themselves an unfair advantage in search results, though so far nothing has come of the investigation.This new complaint is focused on how Google bundles its apps, and whether or not that is considered an unfair practice due to an imagined need to give the suite prominent default placement on an Android phone.That’s “imagined” because anyone who has picked up an HTC or Samsung Android phone within the last two years would know that the initial setup of an Android phone made by those companies puts Google apps far in the background. Both HTC and Samsung offer their own email, chat, and social clients that they encourage users to sign up for in the initial setup process, and most users do. Google’s apps are only given default preferential treatment when the manufacturer and the carrier allow it. On Verizon Wireless, many Android phones now come pre-installed with the Amazon App Store as well as the Google Play Store, making it so you never even need to use Google products if you don’t want to. Ironically, the same can not be said of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.Microsoft’s involvement in this ads a particularly flavor of irony to the mix, given how many times they have been on the receiving end of anti-competitive complaints that the EU has acted on. The Windows XP SP1 Browser Ballot and Windows Media Player bundling complaints against Microsoft have each ended in significant fines for the company, so maybe they figured Google needed a taste of their medicine. The complaint accuses Google of offering Android below cost in order to disrupt the business of their competitors, while Microsoft themselves are in patent arrangements with most of the Android OEMs that net them as much as $5 per phone sold.last_img read more

Jury in Daniel McAnaspie murder trial hears how teenager begged for his

first_imgJury in Daniel McAnaspie murder trial hears how teenager begged for his life 30-year-old Richard Dekker has pleaded not guilty to the murder of the 17-year-old. Short URL Mar 1st 2017, 5:52 PM The three of them left Whitestown Avenue, where they had been drinking, and walked into Tolka Valley Park and onto a wooden footpath that crosses the Tolka River.As they walked along, Dekker said Noone had the blade in his hand and used it to stab Daniel in the back.The teenager fell down towards the river and begged: “Please, please lads, I’m dying.” Dekker told gardaí that he also begged Noone to stop, shouting “leave him, he’s fucking dying.”“I was begging him, pleading and begging him,” he told gardaí.But Dekker got scared then because he thought Noone would use the blade on him.He said he had “evil” in his eyes as he continued his attack on Daniel saying: “He has to go.”“I always used to be able to kick the bollocks out of Trevor but that night I wouldn’t even go there,” he said.He told gardaí that Noone had done bad things in the past, including stabbing a dog to death and burying it in his garden.Describing the final attack on Daniel, he said Noone “viciously, viciously, viciously stuck him with the blade” and twisted it “to make sure”.Following the attack he said Noone picked up the teenager’s body and threw it into a bush. Gardaí asked him what happened next and he said: “We just walked off home”.“Just a couple of digs”In his final interview he said he knew Noone was carrying a blade but he thought he was “just going to give him a couple of digs”.Gardaí asked him if he knew how the body got from Tolka Valley Park to where it was found in a drainage ditch on a farm in Rathfeigh, Co Meath, some 30 kilometres away.He said he didn’t know what happened to the body as Noone would not tell him.He said Daniel did not deserve to die the way he did. “He didn’t deserve it one bit. He was only a young fella,” he said.He later brought gardaí to the area in Tolka Valley Park where he said the attack took place.Also giving evidence, Dr David Casey of Forensic Science Ireland told Grehan that he examined a hoodie, jumper, jacket and t-shirt found on Daniel’s body in the ditch.They were badly damaged but he was able to identify “stab cuts” on each garment. The jacket had about 12 stab cuts, he said.Former Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber found multiple stab wounds on Daniel’s body which he said could have been caused by the garden shears that the prosecution alleges was used to kill Daniel.The trial continues tomorrow in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.Read: Minute silence in Children’s Court for teenage boy who died while in careRead: Cork councillor says he was called a ‘stupid eejit’ by gardaí after British street signs protest 19,785 Views A TEENAGE BOY begged for his life as he was stabbed to death with a blade from a garden shears, a murder trial heard today.Richard Dekker (30) with an address in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie at Tolka Valley Park, Blanchardstown on 26 February, 2010.At his trial today, Detective Garda Patrick McDonagh told prosecuting counsel Brendan Grehan SC that he interviewed Dekker several times on 24 and 25 May, 2010 at Cabra Garda Station.Daniel’s decomposed body had been found in a drainage ditch eleven days earlier.Dekker and another man, Trevor Noone, were known to have been among the last people to see Daniel. During those interviews Dekker at first denied all knowledge of what happened to the teenager.He told gardaí that he felt sorry for Daniel’s family but added: “I didn’t know Daniel. I don’t know who stabbed him. If I did I would tell you.”He said the kind of people who would kill Daniel McAnaspie were “low lives” who should be buried alive. When gardaí asked if he was being honest, he replied: “Yes.”The interviews continued through the night and at around 6am gardaí showed Dekker a transcript from a statement made by Trevor Noone in Blanchardstown garda station the previous evening.In it, Noone said Richard Dekker had stabbed Daniel McAnaspie.After reading the statement Dekker said: “He is a fucking lying bastard. A scumbag lying bastard.”He told gardaí he would tell them everything that happened and that all the things Trevor Noone had accused him of were things that Noone himself had done.He explained that there was a clash between Noone and Daniel earlier in the evening when Daniel started talking about different people he had fought.One of the people he mentioned was a relative of Noone and when he heard this Noone punched Daniel once in the face.That incident blew over but later on Noone told Dekker that he wanted to bring Daniel over to Tolka Valley Park “to give him a hiding”. He said he knew Noone had the blade of the shears on him but Dekker did not think he was going to use it.Vicious attack By eoin center_img No Comments Image: Niall Carson PA Archive/PA Images Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 5:52 PM Image: Niall Carson PA Archive/PA Images Share320 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more