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Liberia Ends Gabon 2017 Journey in Tunis

first_imgThe formbooks said Liberia’s Lone Star missed their chance when they allowed Togo to force them to a 2-2 draw; and if they had won that game, it could have earned them 12 points clear. If that had happened, their 4-1 loss to Tunisia yesterday could not have affected their 12 points, and they would have been second in Group A.And because they failed to beat Togo, they went to Tunisia on a 10 points tie with Tunisia; and so with their last game in favor of Tunisia, the North Africans now topped Group A with 13 points. Togo comes next with 11 points, one point over Liberia, who still remains at 10 points. Lone Star’s disastrous performance was foreshadowed by their friendly against the U-20 national team of Morocco that defeated the national team 4-2.Meanwhile, there were 14 games held throughout Africa yesterday, with yet five more games to go. Ethiopia fell behind against Seychelles in Hawassa before goals from Getaneh Kebede and Saladin Said either side of half-time brought a 2-1 win and hope of qualification as one of the best two runners-up.It was the sixth goal of the qualifying campaign for Kebede in Group J and moved him to the top of the scorers’ charts. Fouad Al Triki scored a late goal as Libya shocked Cape Verde 1-0 in a Group F match interrupted when a dog wandered onto the pitch in Praia.Defeat eliminated Cape Verde, who were briefly ranked No.1 in Africa this year and had been seeking a third consecutive Cup of Nations appearance.A brilliant goal from Manchester City teenager Kelechi Iheanacho on 78 minutes earned already-eliminated Nigeria a 1-0 Group G win over Tanzania in Uyo.The Super Eagles took a short corner and the striker moved across the edge of the penalty area before unleashing a left-foot thunderbolt into the roof of the net.Group H winners Ghana lacked numerous first choices, including Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan, and were held 1-1 in Accra by Rwanda.Samuel Tetteh put the Black Stars ahead midway through the opening half with a low shot and Muhadjir Hakizimana leveled off a free-kick seven minutes from time.Mozambique jumped from fourth to second in the same mini-league after a last-gasp goal earned a 1-0 win over Mauritius in Maputo. Cameroon cruised to a 2-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table Group M team Gambia in Limbe. Benjamin Moukandjo converted a first-half penalty for a foul on Karl Toko Ekambi, who scored the second goal soon after half-time.A dismal run by Angola in Group B extended to five matches without a win when they were held 1-1 by Madagascar in Luanda.Bapasy put the visitors ahead during the opening half with a glancing header off a corner and Gelson leveled nine minutes into the second half.Senegal finished with a perfect Group K record thanks to a predictable 2-0 win over Namibia in Dakar through goals from Balde Keita and Famara Diedhiou. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Pacquiao: Review fight

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pacquiao had a rematch clause in the contract, meaning the 38-year-old Filipino could negotiate to fight Horn again before the end of the year.Horn won the majority of the early rounds on all judge’s cards, but Pacquaio rallied and had opportunities to end the fight in the 9th when he had the Australian schoolteacher wobbling and on the ropes. Horn recovered and won the next round, setting up a battle of attrition in the two closing rounds. —APSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img 9 games, 9 days: Gilas PH opens Jones Cup bid vs Canada Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The 11-time world champion cited a request by the Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board, or GAB, to World Boxing Organization president Francisco Valcarcel for a thorough review of the refereeing and judging of the bout, which was staged outdoors in front of more than 51,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium.The WBO should take action on the Philippine request “so as not to erode the people’s interest in boxing,” Pacquiao said. “I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter, I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I love boxing and I don’t want to see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” he said.In their July 3 letter to Valcarcel, GAB officials expressed concerns about “the possible errors of the referee and the three judges who officiated the subject fight.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We … request for a thorough review by the WBO for possible miscalls of the referee where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions on their objectivity,” the statement said.Pacquiao’s trainers were critical of the referee for not doing more to stop or penalize head clashes and neck holds. They highlighted statistics that showed Pacquiao, who needed stitches to two cuts in his hairline that resulted from head clashes, landed twice as many punches.Commentators from ESPN, which broadcast the fight live in the US, were among the most vocal critics of the outcome.All three judges awarded it to Horn, with American Waleska Roldan’s 117-111 score attracting most of the criticism. US judge Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan of Argentina each scored it much closer at 115-113.Top Rank promotor Bob Arum said it was a “close fight. It could have gone either way.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines and Jeff Horn of Australia fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Manny Pacquiao asked the WBO to act on a request by Philippine sports officials for a review of his welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn, saying he didn’t want to see the boxing industry “dying because of unfair decision and officiating.”While Pacquiao has accepted his defeat to Horn, who fought in his first world title bout in Sunday’s so-called “Battle of Brisbane,” the Philippine senator said in a statement Wednesday he had a “moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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John Abraham in Shoojit Sircar’s film on footballer Sibdas Bhaduri

first_imgAfter shelving his project on Rituparno Ghosh due to his demise, director Shoojit Sircar is now focusing on the life of Sibdas Bhaduri, who successfully led bare-footed Indians against British footballers in 1911.The Madras Cafe maker has cast John Abraham in the lead role of the period piece 1911 that focuses on Bhaduri, the then captain of Mohun Bagan that won the IFA Shield as the first Indian team in that year.A sports fanatic, John had earlier played a footballer in 2007 film Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal.A sports fanatic, John had earlier played a footballer in 2007 film Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal.The pre-production of 1911 has started, but Shoojit is sad that the Rituparno project will never happen.”Red Carpet won’t happen without Ritu-da. The film was based on him and only he could have enacted the role,” Shoojit told PTI, remembering the ace director who died an untimely death on May 30 last year.”Now that he is no more, there is none who can match his persona and screen presence. I have shelved the project,” he said. Returning to 1911, he says, John will essay Bhaduri’s character in the film which will be entirely shot on Kolkata maidan area.”John is working on the character by reading details on the pre-Independence era football legend,” Shoojit said. Bhaduri and his dhoti-clad team had defeated the East Yorkshire Regiment in the IFA Shield final in 1911.It will be a sports film with patriotic fervor like the 2007 hit Chak De India, the director said.advertisement”I will do everything to retain authenticity of the period,” said Shoojit, who has encouraged John to buy I-league team Lajong FC, besides the Guwahati franchise of ISL.last_img read more