Valtteri Bottas has a score to settle as he heads into Sunday’s Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix determined to make up for a lost win and regain the championship lead from Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton.The Finn was leading around the streets of Baku last year when a puncture three laps from the end handed victory to Hamilton instead.The Briton went on to win 10 more races on his way to a fifth title while Bottas ended the season demoralised and with zero wins.The 29-year-old has come back from the winter stronger and looking more of a match for his team mate, even if Hamilton has returned to the top of the standings after chalking up his second win of the season in China on April 14.“For sure I would prefer to still be leading but that’s the situation now and if I keep performing well I can turn it around,” said Bottas, who trails Hamilton by six points with 18 races remaining.“So that’s going to be the goal for Baku,” added the Finn, who was on pole in China but dropped behind Hamilton at the start.Mercedes head into Sunday’s race, the fourth since Azerbaijan joined the calendar in 2016, as favourites after three one-two finishes — the strongest start to a campaign since Williams in 1992.They have also won two of the three races in Azerbaijan, even if it has not been a particularly happy hunting ground for Hamilton. Last year’s victory was his first podium appearance there.MEAGRE HAULNothing can be taken for granted at a circuit that has served up some thrillers in the past, mixing ultra-long straights and tight corners with no margin for error.Like Bottas, Ferrari will also be hoping to make a statement.Already 57 points behind Mercedes in the overall standings, the pre-season favourites have a meagre haul of two third-place finishes from the first three races and cannot afford to lose any more ground.New recruit Charles Leclerc, smarting from being ordered to move over for four times champion Sebastian Vettel in China and denied a maiden Formula One win by engine trouble in Bahrain, will be especially fired up.The circuit holds a special emotional significance for the Monegasque, who won a 2017 Formula Two race from pole position in Baku only days after the death of his father.“Baku is a demanding track, but I can’t wait,” said the 21-year-old, who also scored his first Formula One points there last year with sixth place for Sauber. “I simply love it and I’ve always performed very well there.”The unpredictability of the race means there’s always a chance for an unexpected podium finisher.Since the 2016 race, Baku is the only grand prix on the calendar that has seen a driver outside of the top-three teams finish on the podium.Mexican Sergio Perez, with two third places for Force India — now Racing Point — is the only driver to have stood on the podium more than once in Baku.“It’s a big show,” said Max Verstappen who will pounce on any opportunity to snatch a win for Honda-powered Red Bull. “And hopefully this year’s race will make for a good story.”
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Benefits of township living The Altas leaned on Edgar Charcos in an 80-78 squeaker over the Mapua Cardinals in the other game.“Lessons were learned from that experience. Our goal this season is to stay healthy for a chance to be in the Final Four,” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya.Macaraya’s “staying healthy” goal suffered a hit already after forward Allyn Bulunadi, the other half of San Sebastian’s fearsome scoring duo, played limited minutes following a dislocated shoulder he sustained prior to the season.Ilagan’s long three from half court gave the Stags a 35-22 advantage, setting the tone for a carnage that upset the Bombers and their debuting coach, Louie Gonzales.St. Benilde coach TY Tang, meanwhile, wasn’t too happy with his team’s victory.ADVERTISEMENT “We barely survived. They held us down with their zone defense. We just couldn’t execute and get a basket,” said Tang, whose Blazers squandered a 17-point lead before holding on in the end.Injuries also hobbled the Blazers at the start of the season with Clement Leutcheu and Yankie Haruna watching at the sidelines.The cat-quick Charcos scored 11 points in the final six minutes, lifting the Altas, who lost Season 94 league MVP Prince Eze to graduation. ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division MOST READ Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Reshaped Thurman going for KO, nothing less MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES “I always give my 100 percent whenever I play. Luckily for me today, my shots went in,” said Ilagan in Filipino after tallying 25 points built around five three-pointers and several incursions in the lane.Ilagan is raring to bounce back from a sorry stint last season when the Stags forfeited their first two victories after the explosive 5-foot-11 shooting guard played in a tournament outside of the NCAA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCollege of St. Benilde and University of Perpetual Help also joined SSC, defending champion San Beda and Lyceum for the early lead.Jimboy Pasturan came through with 19 points while Justin Gutang had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who prevailed, 69-66, after surviving a gutsy stand from the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted RK Ilagan hinted of good things to come after he unexpectedly swished a looping three from the middle of the floor just a few ticks away from halftime.From that point on, everything went on smoothly for the San Sebastian Stags in a runaway, 82-51, victory over the Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
Government on Thursday signed loan agreements for two projects, one in education (US.3 million) and one in the financial sector (US million), funded by credits from the International Development Association (IDA) through the World Bank.Director of Projects at the Finance Ministry, Tarchand Balgobin, said that both projects will contribute to laying the foundation for the Guyanese economy to address opportunities and challenges in relation to the high expectations arising from the upcoming investments in the nascent oil and gas sector. He noted that a high quality education and a strengthened financial sector infrastructure will be critical.Finance Minister Winston Jordan (left) receiving a copy of the contract agreements from Senior Country Officer, Guyana, Suriname and Belize for the World Bank, Pierre Nadji (right)Balgobin explained that the Guyana Education Sector Improvement Project, involving more than 150,000 students and teachers, will improve Mathematics learning and teaching, and benefit from an improved medical faculty as a result of a US$13.3 million credit from World Bank. According to the Ministry official, Guyana has achieved near-universal primary education enrollment between 2014 and 2017, and secondary education is expanding rapidly.“Education continues to be a priority for the Government. However, low quality of teaching and learning at all levels and inequalities in learning outcomes present significant challenges. Only 14 percent of grade 2 students achieved ‘standard’ scores in literacy and numeracy in 2016,” Balgobin explained.Among concrete results to be achieved by the project are: a new curriculum framework; teaching guides and course outlines for nursery, primary, and lower secondary levels; 6,500 teachers trained in the new curriculum; a new building and facilities for the University of Guyana’s Faculty of Health Sciences; and improved standards for the University of Guyana’s medical programme, in line with the Caribbean Accreditation Authority in Medicine and other Health Professions.Balgobin said the project builds on a long engagement in education in Guyana, including two previous and three ongoing projects amounting to about US$62 million. It is financed by IDA, the World Bank Group’s concessional financing window.“It also builds on UNICEF-Bank collaboration to improve nursery education, and will help Guyana meet health education standards of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)… The credit has a final maturity of 25 years, including a grace period of 5 years,” he added.Meanwhile, the Ministry official said the next loan is for the Guyana National Payment System Project, which deals with the development of the national payments system which supports Guyana’s economic growth and diversification.“The objective of the project is to improve Guyana’s national payments system (NPS) by enhancing safety and efficiency of payments. The Government of Guyana could save up to $266 million (0.04 % of GDP) annually by switching from paper-based payment mechanisms to electronic payments,” he explained.The banking system, according to Balgobin, will have the capability of settling transactions across banks in real time, benefiting a wide range of consumers, including individuals and small businesses, commercial banks, money transfer agencies and the business community.Development of the NPS supports economic growth through a financial sector that is stable and enables efficient financial intermediation. Payment and securities settlement systems have a strong bearing on financial stability. A sound payment system can mitigate financial crises by reducing operational credit, legal liquidity investment, general business and custody risks in a system. Improvements in payments infrastructure are critical for efficient provision of financial services.The Ministry has emphasized that a safer and more efficient domestic financial system will support economic diversification in Guyana, and a well-functioning domestic financial sector is essential for diversification.Guyana is a resource-rich economy, mainly dominated by large extractive sectors that are funded from abroad. This includes forecasted large revenues from the oil industry. The national payment system is one of the principal components of a country’s financial system, and is therefore crucial to a country’s economic development.For example, improvements in Guyana’s NPS would raise economic efficiency through fiscal gains for the Government, by reducing usage of paper-based payment instruments and increasing electronic payments.Consumers benefit from more efficient financial intermediation by enhancing the quality and improving the cost-efficiency of all types of payments; wider availability and usage of payments instruments for consumers, such as e-money and debit cards. Development of these instruments has great potential to reach the financially excluded.
“Aside from him being a great mitt worker, he’s a good strategist,” De La Hoya said of Roach. “He knows how to dissect the opponent, how to come up with a good strategy. “That’s what I need in my corner. I’m going to get in the best shape of my life physically, but I need that strategy.” De La Hoya also needed to know whoever is in his corner has his back 100 percent. He wasn’t sure that would have been the case if Mayweather Sr. was training him to beat Mayweather Jr. “I didn’t want no distractions whatsoever,” De La Hoya said. “This is the fight of my life, and I need someone like Freddie who is going to be on the same page with me.” email@example.com (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! De La Hoya had been trained the past six years by Floyd Mayweather Sr., the father of his May 5 opponent. The Mayweathers have had a strained relationship and currently are estranged. During an international conference call, Roach thanked De La Hoya for bringing him on board. De La Hoya was in Puerto Rico, where he lives with his wife and their son. It’s where Roach, beginning late next month, will train De La Hoya for 10 weeks. There will be no breaks in the action until after the fight, which means Roach will have to put aside all of the other world-class fighters he trains. One of them is Manny Pacquiao, the super featherweight star who tentatively is scheduled to fight Injin Chi in April. “Manny congratulated me last night,” Roach said. “He said he’s happy for me and he knows this is a huge opportunity for me.” Roach is a hot commodity. De La Hoya said that’s why once it was apparent he was going to need a new trainer, he didn’t need to look any farther than Roach. “It’s a huge opportunity for me to do this,” said Roach, who owns the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. “It’s going to be the biggest show ever, and I’m just really, really happy to be part of it. “It’s a must-win situation for me. Winning is what counts, and I’ve had success in the past.” Freddie Roach was a respectable prize fighter and has had a terrific career as a trainer. But when Roach on Tuesday was selected to train Oscar De La Hoya for his May 5 mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Roach admitted he had reached the pinnacle of his boxing career. The super welterweight title fight could break live gate and pay-per-view records.
0Shares0000Liverpool legend John Barnes. PHOTO FILENAIROBI, February 15 – Liverpool FC legend John Barnes will visit Kenya next week to oversee the fourth Standard Chartered Road to Anfield tournament slatted for February 27 at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.During his three-day tour, the former England national team winger will conduct coaching clinics to youth team coaches and have a training session for under-14 clubs. “We have selected majority of the children and coaches from our Goal Corporate Social Responsibility programme which is designed to empower adolescent girls across the country,” Standard Chartered Bank CEO, Lamin Manjang disclosed.Barnes who was born in Jamaica, had a successful career at Liverpool where he made 407 appearances scoring 108 goals and earned 79 caps in the England national team.During his playing career Barnes who is a rapper was named the PFA Player of the Year twice (in 1987-88 and 1989-90) and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year once (in 1987-88).The 52 year-old won two FA Cups with Liverpool (1988-89, 1991-92), one League Cup (1994-95) and three Charity Shield titles (1988, 1989, 1990).In the run-up to England’s 1990 FIFA World Cup campaign he recorded a rap for the official team song, New Order’s “World in Motion” before being inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005.Twenty four teams will fight for a chance to travel to Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC, at the annual 5-aside knock out competition opened to corporate teams.The winners will travel to the United Kingdom in April for a fully paid four-day trip to represent Kenya at the Standard Chartered Trophy Finals which will be played at Anfield.In addition, the winning team will attend an English Premier League match at Anfield, and will benefit from a professional training session with Liverpool FC legends and coaches in preparation for the final tournament.“Through this ongoing partnership with Liverpool FC, we are able to offer exclusive and exciting opportunities. This is a once-in-a-life-time experience for any football fan and we are delighted to be giving our clients and the media the opportunity to visit Anfield,” Manjang said.Last year, Postal Corporation of Kenya who eliminated Capital FM in the finals to earn a ticket for the East African qualifier, won the ticket to represent the region where they finished runners-up to South Korea.The Standard Chartered Trophy is held in select countries across Africa, Europe and Asia as part of the partnership between the Bank and Liverpool FC.This follows the signing of a sponsorship deal between Standard Chartered Bank and Liverpool FC in September 2009, the largest commercial agreement in Liverpool’s history.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
(661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The goal is to get the $10,000 taken care of and also to supplement student costs,” Hart Regiment Alumni Association member Shirley Pundt said. “We don’t want to take a trip like this and not have everyone go.” The fundraising concert will be headlined by Chuck Negron of the 1970s band Three Dog Night, and it also will feature the Hart show choir and jazz band at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center. Tickets are still available. For more information, contact Patti McCarthy at (661)260-3999. As Pundt puts it, the concert should be great fun, for a great cause. “This is a wonderful way for the community to have a nice, fun evening out and support music education in our community.” firstname.lastname@example.org NEWHALL – The Hart High School band is planning a trip to Indianapolis and wants to leave no one behind – not an easy feat for the award-winning regiment that next year will be 120 students strong. So the band is planning a show, and everyone’s invited. The band wants to compete in the Bands of America Grand Nationals Marching Band Championships in the fall – a first for a Santa Clarita high school band. But housing more than 100 sets of instruments and costumes costs about $10,000. Students in the band have already agreed to pay about $1,100 for airfare, meals and ticket expenses.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a contract extension to keep him at Spurs until 2021, the Premier League club have announced.Pochettino announced almost two weeks ago that he had struck a verbal agreement with the north London club, and the deal has now been officially confirmed.The 44-year-old was appointed in May 2014 and has achieved remarkable progress at White Hart Lane, leading Tottenham to second place in the Premier League this season with one game left to play.The news seemingly ends speculation over the Argentine’s long-term future at White Hart Lane, having been strongly linked with the Manchester United job in recent months.Those reports were fuelled when Pochettino was spotted sharing a meal with former United manager and current club director Sir Alex Ferguson in London on Wednesday.But it is understood the Spurs boss had arranged the meeting a long time ago, and that it had nothing to do with his links to the Old Trafford hotseat.Pochettino’s coaching staff Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jimenez, who followed him to north London from former club Southampton, have also agreed contract extensions.“I could not be happier to sign this new contract,” the Spurs boss said in an official club statement.“It was an easy decision for my coaching staff and I because we can feel the appreciation of everyone here. There is no better place to be right now. “We have enjoyed a great season and we believe this is just the beginning. We have a long-term project and huge belief that we can achieve something big here for the future.“The supporters are unbelievable, we have assembled a great group of players with huge potential that can get even better, while the facilities we have to work in are world-class. We also have an incredible new stadium to look forward to and now we are determined to build a side worthy of playing in such an exciting new venue.“This club has all the ingredients to continue to challenge at the very top in both the Premier League and in Europe and we want to be here to be a part of what I believe will be a special period in the club’s history.” Mauricio Pochettino has committed his long-term future to Spurs BREAKING: Mauricio has signed a contract extension committing his future to the Club as Manager until 2021. pic.twitter.com/0gifUu1C7O— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 12, 2016 1 Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy added: “We’ve seen Mauricio bring a tremendous spirit and ethos to our club and embrace the attacking style of play with which we have always been associated.“He’s built a squad of youth and experience and this season we’ve seen football played at the highest level – quite sublime at times.“Everyone at the club is delighted he has agreed an extended contract and we all look forward to working with him in the coming seasons. I know he is as ambitious for our club as we all are.”
Manchester United (Premier League) – The Manchester derby could have a huge bearing on the race for Champions League qualification. The Red Devils are currently a point behind Man City and would leapfrog them with a win on Thursday. Jose Mourinho, though, can also get his team into Europes elite competition by winning the Europa League, but will their injury woes stop them, especially with eight games left to play in all competitions? If they fail, it will be the first time since 1993 they have gone two years without making Europes elite competition. Valencia (LaLiga) – Since 1999, the club have been in the Champions League on ten different occasions and now face a third season in four without making Europes elite competition. Although, they did qualify for the Europa League spell during that spell too, so it hasnt been all bad. They will need a huge improvement on their league position next season to get back there, though, given they currently sit in 12th spot in LaLiga. 11 Arsenal (Premier League) – The Gunners still have a good chance of making the Premier Leagues top four, but know they cant afford to drop any points in their final seven games, which include matches with Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester United, and Everton. Should they fail to qualify, it will be the first time since 1998/99 they will not be in the competition. Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga) – After four seasons in a row of Champions League football, the Bundesliga side will miss out as they sit 12th in the table. They could still make the Europa League but have won only one of their last nine league games. 11 11 Only 32 teams can qualify for the Champions League, but making one of those spots is the goal for all clubs challenging at the top of their domestic competitions.Some sides, like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Juventus, are all confirmed for next year’s edition, but we could still see a few elite teams miss out.It’s going to be an intense end to campaigns around Europe but, at the end of the day, not everyone can make it in to that 32.So, which top teams, who have history in the competition, might not qualify? Click the right arrow above to find out… Manchester City (Premier League) – Pep Guardiolas men will only have themselves to blame if they dont qualify for the Champions League. With no cup distractions left, they have a good run-in after the Manchester derby. And if they dont make it, their boss, after just one campaign, will be under plenty of scrutiny. 11 Lyon (Ligue 1) – Click the right arrow above to see which top European teams might not qualify for the Champions League… – With Monaco and Nice barrelling their way up the Ligue 1 table, along with Bordeaux, Bruno Genesio and his charges are relying on winning the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League this time out. Even though they can rely on the likes of Alexander Lacazette, Corentin Tolisso, Memphis Depay, and Nabil Fekir, they could fail to qualify for the Champions League group stage for just the third season since 2000/01. 11 Borussia Monchengladbach (Bundesliga) – Having played in the last two campaigns, Die Fohlen will now miss out on the Champions League following a disappointing season that saw Andre Schubert sacked in December. On top of this, the club are losing Mahmoud Dahoud to Borussia Dortmund at the end of the campaign, and may not be able to sign on loan Chelsea starlet Andreas Christensen. 11 11 11 AC Milan (Serie A) – The second most successful team in European Cup/Champions League history will, almost certainly, be absent from next years competition. The fourth time in a row they will miss out. A promising season has recently petered out, but with the likes of academy stars Gianluigi Donnarumma, Manuel Locatelli, and Alessio Romagnoli, combining with Carlos Bacca, Ignazio Abate, and other senior stars, they could improve a lot next season. 11 11 Inter Milan (Serie A) – Just like their city rivals, Inter have also been out of the Champions League for an extended period of time. They now face their sixth season out of the competition, after a run of 10 successive campaigns in it. They had looked capable of qualifying this time out but are currently on a run of five games without a win and lost 5-4 to Fiorentina at the weekend. All this despite having Mauro Icardi score 24 goals in 31 Serie A games. 11 Schalke (Bundesliga) – After qualifying for the Champions League four times in five seasons, the team from Gelsenkirchen have now failed two times in a row to get into the elite competition. Had Breel Embolo played for the full campaign, things might have been different though. Liverpool (Premier League) – Jurgen Klopps men dont have any games in hand like their rivals, but they do have more points on the board. If key results go their way, like the Manchester derby finishing as a draw, they will be more confident of qualifying for the Champions League. But, should their rivals hit form, they will drop down the table quickly and be unable to do a thing about it.
Andy Brassell and Paolo Bandini round up the week’s top football stories from around Europe and look ahead to this weekend’s matches including Bayern Munich v RB Leipzig and Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona.