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Asia league: iECO bows to Ryukyu in Terrific 12

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ben Mbala ‘happy’ for former mentor Aldin Ayo View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img PBA D League All Stars Ieco Green Warriors vs Ryuku Golden Kings during The Asia League’s ‘The Terrific 12’ at Studio City Event Center on 18 September 2018, in Macau, Macau. Photo by Chung Yan Man / Power Sport Images for Asia LeagueMACAU—Ryukyu laid down the law on a hapless iECO for the 103-75 beating in the first match of Group D in the Asia League The Terrific 12 Tuesday at Studio City Events Center here.The Golden Kings went on a 17-0 start in the first and that was enough to keep the Green Warriors, an affiliate of Blackwater in the PBA, from making any attempt at a comeback.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It also didn’t help iECO when big man Richard Howell went down with an apparent injury on his left knee after landing awkwardly at the 6:26 mark of the first quarter.“It was a bad start for us and also bad luck we lost our heart and soul in Rich,” said iECO head coach Ariel Vanguardia. “Still, proud of the effort that the players displayed despite us being down by a big margin.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Green Warriors tried to fight back in the latter stage of the game with shooters like Jai Reyes and Matt Salem hitting their shots but the Golden Kings had too much of a lead to be threatened.“In the second and third quarters we were able to execute the way we wanted but it was too big of a lead to overcome without Rich.” Salem led the Green Warriors, who are comprised of the core of Go for Gold from the PBA D-League, with 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting from deep while Kris Porter had 12 points.Josh Scott had 17 points and seven rebounds for the B.League team while Jeff Ayres, who once played for the San Antonio Spurs, added 12 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Teen slapped with rape charge

first_imgA teenage boy who reportedly raped a 17-year-old girl of Mazaruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) was on Tuesday slapped with a rape charge and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before city Magistrate Leron Daly.Eighteen-year-old Etzer Hope, also of Mazaruni, Region Seven, reportedly engaged in sexual activity with the young woman last month.The prosecution did not release any information about the matter in court. However, the teen was released on $200,000 bail. The case will continue on June 18, 2018 at the Kamarang Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

“We did not do due diligence” – Bynoe admits on Videomega saga

first_imgDirector of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe has admitted that his Department may have dropped the ball by not being diligent in awarding media company, Videomega Productions – which is owned by Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, contracts to do advertisement.“The Department went for an individual or requested an individual. It wasn’t asking for a firm. To the extent that a firm subsequently was contracted, is somehow not where we wanted to go. The one issue, maybe, that the Department can be accused of is possibly not doing sufficient due diligence.But from where I sit as Director, I welcome any possible investigation of any sort that persons may feel to clear the air in terms of whether there were any nefarious activities or whether it was a case of favouritism,” Dr Bynoe noted.According to the Director of Energy at a press conference on Friday, they had initially requested an individual instead of a firm because it was more cost effective.“It is not, as was inaccurately reported, a multimillion-dollar project. This was largely a small project for an individual, which is why we were going for an individual rather than a firm… Another consideration is that what it would have cost us to go for a firm against an individual. It would have cost us significantly more to do three PSAs [Public Service Announcements] for television purposes and three for radio. So it was nothing more than us trying to ensure that we’re getting the messages out to the Guyanese Public,” he explained.Videomega Productions recently came under the spotlight after it was revealed that it had been awarded contracts to do ads for the Department of Energy.Subsequently, however, the PPP Opposition had disclosed that the company also benefited from several other contracts from various Ministries last year.In fact, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has called for a full investigation into the matter, saying that it is a clear case of conflict of interest. He claimed that within four months in 2018, contracts totalling some $10.3 million were awarded to the company from various Ministries. Three of those contracts totalling $3.350 million were from Hughes’ Ministry, he said.“So this warrants a full-fledged investigation [into contracts awarded]. The Minister signs the cheques. You cannot give up day-to-day running from 2015 and then be signing cheques to place ads on behalf of the company,” Jagdeo argued at his weekly press conference on Thursday.Videomega Productions recently released several invoices for work it did arranging advertisements for various Ministries after it came under the spotlight for a contract that it had been awarded in connection with the Department of Energy. According to the company’s release, a total of $3.6 million was paid to the media houses, but according to Videomega Productions, all it pocketed was a 15 per cent agency commission totalling $481,577.The contract that Hughes’ Ministry awarded to her company was for ads ranging from full paged, full colour to 7×2 in size to be placed in the daily newspapers for its Caribbean Information Communication Technology (ICT) roadshow 2018.In addition, the Natural Resources Ministry also commissioned Hughes’ company to produce full-page, full-colour camera-ready artwork that was placed in almost all the dailies on March 22, 2018. This cost $406,501.Ads were also placed in all the dailies for the tobacco legislation media campaign on behalf of the Public Health Ministry in October and November of 2018. These two campaigns cost $1 million each.Since 2015, the company has been managed by Russel Lancaster and received contracts from the Energy Department to produce television Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for the Department, which is coordinating preparations for Guyana’s oil and gas sector.It had been reported that the company was also contracted to produce brochures. It is unclear at this point in time what, if any, tendering process the Minister’s company went through to get these contracts.Nevertheless, Minister Hughes, as well as the company, has been contending that she played no part in the running of her company after 2015 and had no knowledge of the Government contracts it was receiving.However, in a statement last week, Transparency International Guyana Inc (TIGI) pointed out that while there may not be any direct actions that constitute a “conflict of interest”, whenever a Minister or public official owns or has private interests in a company then there is the possibility of favouritism being shown to that company due to the known association with the Government.TIGI further noted that an examination of the procurement procedures would provide important insights on the potential for such an occurrence. As such, the transparency watchdog added that in order for Guyana to make progress with regards to “transparency and corruption perception” then it is important to address issues that arise decisively and in ways that close opportunities for recurrence.“Establishing a clear policy on specific actions that should be taken by Ministers and other public officials who have firms that compete for local business especially with the Government would enhance our attempts to address conflict of interest in Government. We should also recognise that the code of conduct for public officers is weak. It fails to articulate any specific penalties for breaches and it should be strengthened,” TIGI asserted.Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hugheslast_img read more

St. Francis rolls, 7-0

first_imgA year wiser, the Golden Knights knew the importance of a quick start against talented Montebello on Saturday. Two goals in the opening 11 minutes eased any tension the St. Francis players might have been feeling and they went on to score a 7-0 victory over the Oilers in the first round of the Division I playoffs at Friedman Field. LA CA?ADA – St. Francis High School’s boys soccer team has tried hard not to dwell on the past. Still, the Golden Knights remember the feeling of walking off a rainy field at Hart High after a CIF-Southern Section Division II playoff loss to the Indians a year ago. “We said if things were ideal, we could score two goals in the first 10 minutes, and today it worked out,” St. Francis Glen Appels said. Joe Franco, Nick Swart and Daniel Frank made sure it worked out for St. Francis (25-4), which finished second in the Mission League behind Loyola. Franco scored three goals, and Swart and Frank had two apiece. “It was a team effort, and I was in the right place at the right time,” Franco said of his hat trick. Franco’s first goal came in the third minute, when he headed a nice pass from Nick Posthuma past Oilers goalkeeper Anthony Anguiano. center_img A Montebello foul gave St. Francis a free kick. Haig Farajian was set to take the shot, but faked it. Swart stepped in and rifled a shot past Anguiano to give St. Francis a 2-0 lead in the 11th minute. “The fake wasn’t the key; it was how hard Nick shot it,” Appels said. “He just fired it. It was a nice individual effort. “It’s nice to see guys translate practice into a game-day situation.” Franco took a pass from Jon Ondrejko and scored again in the 15th minute. Goals by Swart and Frank gave St. Francis a commanding 5-0 halftime lead. Franco completed his hat trick and finished the scoring a minute later. The Golden Knights advance and will play Servite on Wednesday. The Golden Knights struck again in the 69th minute. G.P. Gonzalez was robbed from point-blank range by Anguiano, but Frank was there to knock home the rebound. “We fell behind early, and they’re a good team,” Montebello coach Jesus Garcia said. “They had a lot of opportunities to score. They put them in the net and we didn’t have too many chances.” scott.galetti@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Five things we learned from European football

first_imgBale future remains in the balanceGareth Bale felt the full fury of the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday as he came on to screeching whistles during Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Real Sociedad.Madrid fans made their anger clear after Bale had celebrated Wales’ victory over Hungary last week behind a banner that read: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.”It remains to be seen if Bale starts against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday but Zidane will have been pleased with another convincing win against Real Sociedad, who have enjoyed an excellent start to the season.“He wants to be with us and do well and he’s done that. Talk, talk, talk, it’s not necessary. He’s a big part of the group and we are together,” Zidane insisted.Real stay behind Barcelona on goal difference at the top of the table.Conte’s Inter ‘keeping battle alive’Conte’s Inter have made a strong start to their title push © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOAntonio Conte believes that without Inter Milan, champions Juventus would already have one hand on a ninth consecutive Serie A title.“Without Inter the championship would already be closed,” said Conte, after his side stayed a point behind Juve with a 3-0 win at Torino.Inter are seven points ahead of third-placed Lazio, with last year’s runners-up Napoli down in seventh.Inter are on a club-record unbeaten run of seven away games as they target their first league title since 2010, the year of their historic treble.The 18-time Serie A champions have won 11 of their 13 games for their best start to a season since 1950-51, although that year they lost out on the title to AC Milan by just one point.“We go forward with this positive mood that makes our chest swell… and provides even more stimulus,” said the former Chelsea and Juventus coach.Flick making his case at BayernBayern have won all three games under interim coach Hansi Flick © AFP/File / INA FASSBENDERInterim boss Hansi Flick has won all three of his games in charge of Bayern Munich since the sacking of Niko Kovac and admitted that he could stay in the role until the end of the season.Flick, Joachim Loew’s assistant coach when Germany won the 2014 World Cup, has been put in charge until the winter break starts on December 22, and saw his side beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 4-0 on Saturday.“I can imagine many things, but that’s still a long way off,” Flick said about seeing out the season as caretaker manager after helping his side move to within one point of Bundesliga leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach.“I enjoy working with the team, who are doing an excellent job.”Marseille threatening return to big timeDimitri Payet has been in fine form for Marseille this term © AFP / Pascal PAVANIAndre Villas-Boas is threatening to take Marseille into a full-blown revival after the only French club to have lifted the European Cup boosted their hopes of a return to the Champions League for the first time since 2013.Four wins in five Ligue 1 games have kept OM second in the table, eight points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain, and with usual suspects Monaco and Lyon struggling, a top-three finish and Champions League qualification beckons.“We have to keep going like this,” said Villas-Boas after a 2-0 win at Toulouse on Sunday.Sivasspor taking Turkey by stormOnly five clubs have ever won Turkey’s top flight, but the traditional ‘big three’ of Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas are all struggling this season, leaving Sivasspor setting the pace.Former Turkey international Riza Calimbay has seen his unfancied side embark on a run of five straight wins in all competitions, scoring 16 goals in the process, to lead Trabzonspor and Basaksehir Istanbul by two points at the summit.Fans in Sivas, Turkey’s 25th largest city, will be dreaming of seeing their team lift a maiden title next year, having finished runners-up once to Besiktas in 2009.Sivasspor maintained their lead with a 4-1 victory at Kayserispor on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bale was jeered when he came on as a substitute against Real Sociedad © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPARIS, France, Nov 25 – Real Madrid and Barcelona continued to set the pace in La Liga, while managerless Bayern Munich closed the gap in Germany and Inter Milan kept the pressure on Serie A leaders Juventus.Here, AFP Sport takes a look at five things we learned from European football over the weekend:last_img read more

‘Crash’ Blechman makes final landing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Stubborn and faithful to the end, he refused surgery earlier in the week after doctors told him the aneurysm ticking inside him could take his life at any moment. Crash thanked them for their concern, but said he was going home to the house he had shared with the love of his life, his wife Ev, who died six months ago. Life without her seemed kind of pointless, Crash said. If his time was up, it was up. He’d go see Ev again. “Two nights later, he was gone,” said Lee Auger, who drove Crash around town because the man who cheated death a hundred times in the air didn’t like his chances on the ground. “Crash thought driving was too dangerous,” Auger said. “He had 26 aircraft carrier landings before he ever had a driver’s license.” His mother called him Fred, but none of his buddies ever did. He was “Crash” – the affable, funny ex-Navy pilot who earned his nickname by crashing five U.S. Corsair fighter planes on landing during training missions at the end of World War II. “The joke was, Crash got rid of more of our planes than the whole Japanese air force,” says Gene “Bomber” Koscinski. “He was their ace.” No one laughed harder at the backhanded compliment than Fred “Crash” Blechman, who died at 80 on Wednesday night in his West Hills home. Crash walked away uninjured from each one of those landing mishaps, but he couldn’t walk away from this last one. About 9:30 a.m. Monday, more than 70 of Crash’s buddies in the Wings Over Wendy’s group will gather at the West Hills fast-food restaurant to eulogize the man who brought them all together eight years ago. They’re all former service pilots, bombardiers, aircraft engineers and mechanics from World War II and the Korean War, living in the Valley, who didn’t know each other until Crash invited them over to Wendy’s to share a 99-cent burger lunch and their stories. When I met them in 2002, there were 10 members. After the story ran, membership jumped to 25 by the next week, then 40 a week later. Last Monday, 72 aviation veterans sat around the tables, having coffee and trading stories with Crash. The group had grown so large that Wendy’s owner Ron Ross asked if the veterans could maybe meet a little earlier so he’d have more tables available for the lunch crowd. Crash said sure, no problem. They were just grateful to Ross for allowing them to use his restaurant as a meeting place every Monday morning. “These men were part of America’s greatest generation,” Ross said Friday. “It’s an honor to have them in my restaurant. I’m going to miss Crash. He was the glue.” Crash didn’t play favorites if you wanted to join Wings Over Wendy’s. If you were a flyboy or crew member, you were in – even if you fought for the other side. Mike Karatsonyi of Studio City, who died last year, walked into Wendy’s one day in 2003 to see if he could join the group. Mike told the guys he flew Messerschmitt Me-109’s during the war. Yeah, for the Germans. The guys told him to grab a cup of coffee and sit down. “When his native Hungary was taken over by Hitler, Mike was given two choices: fly for the Luftwaffe or go to a concentration camp, ” Auger said. “He defended his country, did what he had to do. We all respected that.” Crash didn’t want any fuss made over his death. He didn’t want a funeral or flowers. He certainly didn’t want any tears. All he wanted were for his ashes to be scattered over the hills near Santa Paula Airport where his buddy Mickey Epstein’s ashes were scattered a few years ago. Mickey was a flight engineer in B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II and started Wings Over Wendy’s with Crash. He’s credited with coming up with the “Crash” nickname. Fred said he thought about it for a few seconds, put down his 99-cent burger and started to laugh. “Crash” Blechman. Perfect.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

McHUGH ATTACKS MARTIN McGUINNESS OVER HGV CHARGES IN THE NORTH

first_imgMartin McGuinnessFINE Gael deputy Joe McHugh has launched a scathing attack on Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness over the HGV levy on Donegal truckers.Deputy McHugh said the northern administration hadn’t done enough to help southern HGV drivers.“In response to a Parliamentary Question I submitted in relation to the UK HGV Levy to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, the Minister confirmed that the urgent matter was discussed at the recent North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) and he has established a working group to examine the feasibility of introducing a similar pay-as-you-go road tax scheme for HGVs in Ireland,” said deputy McHugh. “Similar to the Eurovignette system which is in place in Europe, a common road charging regime would be established where only one charge is applied to a number of different countries’ roads.“This legislation has been in place since 1 April 2014 and is causing daily concern for hauliers driving on Northern roads and who have received no clarity from the Northern Assembly around how the Levy will be enforced or regulated as the secondary legislation has yet to be agreed.“This is why I have been calling on Martin McGuinness and Sinn Fein in Government to leave aside other motives they may have and focus on what is best for people trying to run their businesses. I commend the Minister on raising the same point this morning in the Chamber.“We need to address this issue head on and drive a solution forward as currently there is very little movement and it is the hard working hauliers and businesses that are being affected. I am calling on Sinn Fein in Government as a party to work with their colleagues in the Assembly, as well as in the South and in Westminster, in pushing forward a viable policy. “It has been recognised that this legislation, which is a UK Levy, is within their rights to introduce under EU law, however concessions could be considered around either a derogation of certain key roads in the North, or a common road charge between Britain and Ireland which would allow hauliers North and South of the border to travel without charges.“Before the secondary legislation is introduced in the North, I would urge all sides involved to engage genuinely and constructively so we can come up with a resolution which won’t have a negative impact on the Hauliers industry. And not to ignore the urgency of the matter as the legislation has taken effect and drivers are now left in a constant state of uncertainty.” McHUGH ATTACKS MARTIN McGUINNESS OVER HGV CHARGES IN THE NORTH was last modified: May 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deputy joe mchughHGV driversmartin mcguinnessTDlast_img read more

And the manager who will lift the Premier League trophy next season is…

first_img Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – The Spaniard must be considered favourite among the contenders to make it seven different managers in seven seasons to win the Premier League. Though he has fallen far short this season, Guardiola is still highly prized by Manchester City and, crucially, will be given a relative fortune with which to address the problems highlighted by his first campaign in England. If he can strengthen sufficiently, armed with a greater understanding of what it takes to succeed in the rough and tumble of the Premier League, Guardiola should have a decent shot at top spot next year. Antonio Conte is the sixth different manager in as many years to win the Premier League trophy, so who might be next? – Conte followed in the footsteps of compatriots Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Mancini, who have each won the Premier League title in the past six seasons, along with the retired Sir Alex Ferguson, departed Manuel Pellegrini and Man United’s Jose Mourinho (who won it with Chelsea). Will there be a seventh different manager in a row to claim the Premier League trophy next season? And if so, who will it be? We’ve assessed the likely possible contenders… click right to see who they are. 6 6 Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) – Wenger is the only man who could extend the run of different managers winning the title to a seventh season, who has actually won the Premier League trophy before. On three occasions in fact, though the last of those triumphs came 13 years ago. The longest any manager has ever gone between winning English top flight titles remains George Ramsay’s 10-year wait to claim the First Division, when Aston Villa finished top in 1900 and 1910. Ramsay was actually the club secretary, at a time when the role of football manager did not exist, controlling recruitment and transfers as well as looking after the players. That role evolved into the manager’s position, and Frenchman Wenger embodies the last of those English club bosses who oversees the running of the club from virtually top to bottom. At time of writing, there is still doubt that he will continue as manager, 21 years after first arriving in North London, but he remains determined to claim the title for Arsenal once more. Ronald Koeman (Everton) – The Toffees haven’t won the league since 1987 and haven’t seriously been in the title race since then. No one will be backing them to take top spot in 2017/18, but there is one word that means nothing can be discounted when it comes to predicting how the title race will unfold: Leicester. In Ronald Koeman, Everton possess a talented manager, though finishing in the top four would represent a huge stride for the Goodison Park club. Antonio Conte will lift the Premier League trophy for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the last day of the season, adding his name to an illustrious list of managers to claim the honour.Interestingly, the Blues’ success means that in each of the past six seasons, a different first team boss has won the title.Here are the previous winners since 2012:Roberto Mancini (Manchester City, 2012)Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United, 2013)Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City, 2014)Jose Mourinho (Chelsea, 2015)Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City, 2016)Antonio Conte (Chelsea, 2017)If the narrative is to continue, then, next season could see yet another new different manager finish in top spot in the Premier League.So we’ve assessed the realistic candidates to seal the title in a year’s time. Scroll through the gallery above to see who we’ve picked as the top contenders. 6 Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur) – Pochettino is actually further down the road than Guardiola to building a title-winning team, having led Spurs to third and second-place finishes in the past two campaigns. The logical next step would be a long-awaited league title for Tottenham, and if the Argentine can keep all his best players and strengthen in the summer, Spurs should be well placed to make a push for glory in 2017/18. Against Pochettino is the fact that Tottenham will be playing all their home games at Wembley next season, so they will be hard pushed to match their unbeaten run at White Hart Lane from this year. Plus Tottenham’s rivals still possess greater spending power, meaning Pochettino’s management skills will be tested to the full if he is to keep the club above wealthier opponents. 6 Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – How Reds fans would love to see Klopp end their long wait for a league title. Despite finishing first on 18 occasions in their illustrious history, which puts the club second only to Manchester United in the all-time list, Liverpool have not claimed top spot since 1990 and have never lifted the Premier League trophy. Klopp won two Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund, but while pipping Bayern Munich to the league was a fantastic achievement, competition in England is more widespread and he is likely to be outspent by Manchester City, United and Chelsea. With European football to contend with too, Liverpool will be outsiders for the title, but one of these days you have to expect that drought will end. 6 6last_img read more

World Cup costliest XI featuring Man United, Man City and Madrid stars

first_img 6 6 Attack:Kylian Mbappe, France (Monaco to PSG – £166m)Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal (Manchester United to Real Madrid – £80m)Ousmane Dembele, France (Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona – £97m) talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia. Defence:Benjamin Mendy, France (Monaco to Manchester City – £52m)John Stones, England (Everton to Manchester City – £48m)Kyle Walker, England (Tottenham to Manchester City – £50m) 6 6 Full Team: A host of the world’s top stars are set to descend on the 2018 World Cup in Russia this month.Neymar, the man who currently holds the world record transfer fee with his astonishing £198m move to PSG last summer, leads the way.The Brazilian will be looking to earn redemption for his nation following their 7-1 home humiliation at the hands of Germany in 2014.However, many of the world’s most expensive stars won’t be at the tournament.Wales and Netherlands have both failed to qualify, ruling out Gareth Bale and Virgil van Dijk, while Aymeric Laporte and David Luiz have both been left out of their countries’ 23-man squads.So here, talkSPORT.com looks at the most expensive XI of footballers who are going to the 2018 World Cup.Goalkeeper:Ederson, Brazil (Benfica to Manchester City – £35m) 6 Mbappe, Ronaldo and Neymar all feature in the team Midfield:Neymar, Brazil (Barcelona to PSG – £198m)Philippe Coutinho, Brazil (Liverpool to Barcelona – £142m)Paul Pogba, France (Juventus to Manchester United – £89m)James Rodriguez, Colombia (Monaco to Real Madrid – £63m) 6last_img read more

Vandalism strikes area schools

first_imgPranksters were at work this week on both ends of the county, prior to rivalry football games. At Fontana High School, “MILLER” was among the phrases spray-painted on the outside of the Fohi gymnasium. A.B. Miller athletic director Dwight Berry on Thursday night confirmed the vandalism. “We have no idea who did it; it could have been anybody,” Berry said. “They have a reward out for information. We’d like to find out who did it and hold them accountable.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Miller plays at Fontana at 7:30 tonight. This isn’t the first such incident of vandalism in this series between the intra-city rivals. “The last two years Miller has been vandalized,” Berry said. “There were things written at our school both years. But there’s no proof that what was done (this year) was by Miller kids. “I don’t know why kids do these things. It’s ridiculous.” In Barstow, pranksters painted the “B” on the hill outside Barstow’s Langworthy Field in an unmistakable shade of green. The colors of Victor Valley, which plays host to Barstow at 7 tonight in the “Battle of the Axe” game, are green and white. “That B is green,” Barstow coach Dan Smith said. “I’m looking at it right now.” center_img Such pranks also have not been uncommon in this Battle of the Axe rivalry, which dates back to the late 1930s. IKE A.D. JOB TO OPEN: Tom Hoak was approved as an assistant principal at Eisenhower during Wednesday night’s Rialto Unified School District board meeting, Hoak said. The vote officially ushers Hoak out of the athletic director’s job he has held for two-plus years. Hoak said Wednesday the school plans to open the athletic director’s job as soon as possible and will hope to pick a new A.D. within a week or so. “I think we’ll have some very qualified applicants from within the district,” Hoak said. The position will be open to applicants for five days. Hoak also said Eisenhower is looking for a boys volleyball coach to replace Carolyn Eide and a track and field coach to replace Julius McChristian. Both coaches resigned, with McChristian realizing he had “too much on his plate,” according to Hoak, as he continues to coach football and take college classes. BRUINS SEEK COACH Bloomington is looking for a girls basketball coach, athletic director Ron Taylor said. Taylor said Julie Zierold has left the position for personal reasons. Those interested in the job may contact Taylor at (909) 578-9146. John Murphy cover prep sports. Contact him at (909) 386-3853 or berdooman@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more