Supersubs break records, hearts with late goals galore

first_imgBy Erik KirschbaumSubstitutes have been lighting up the scoreboards at the World Cup with dazzling performances that have sparked their teams back to life and secured wins or draws that have made their coaches look like geniuses.When Germany fell 2-1 behind to Ghana late in the second half of their Group G match, Miroslav Klose came off the bench to equalise with his first touch less than two minutes later.Klose’s goal not only saved his team from humiliating defeat but it was also the striker’s 15th World Cup goal, putting him level with Brazil’s Ronaldo atop the all-time scorers list.An unusual accomplishment for a bench warmer? Not at this World Cup.There are several theories as to why there have been so many goals scored by substitutes at the finals in Brazil.The record-breaking 24th goal was scored on Tuesday and 18 percent of the total 133 goals scored after the last group stage match on Thursday were by substitues.The previous World Cup record for goals scored by players off the bench was 23 in 2006 – or 16 percent of 147 goals.By comparison, in 2010 in South Africa 15 of the 145 goals (10 percent) were scored by substitutes.Some coaches have talked openly about the need to have 14 top players – not just the starting XI – primed and ready for action in this tournament in part due to the tropical heat.BEST PLAYERSGermany have used some of their best players off the bench in Klose, Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger.“With temperatures over 30 degrees and the high humidity, substitutes have special importance here and we need to use all three to bring new energy and impulses for the team – and not just replace someone,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew.“It’s simply impossible to go all out for 90 minutes in these conditions, and using all three substitutes is a good way to really hurt your opponent,” said Loew. “I’m glad I’ve got so many good players. It can be a big advantage here.”Brazil’s heat and humidity has taken a toll in particular on the defence and the heavy legs open up space for late chances.On top of that, using all three substitutes strategically is becoming a part of smart modern soccer.“I tend to focus just as much on those that aren’t playing,” said Belgium coach Marc Wilmots, whose team came from a goal down to beat Algeria 2-1 – with both goals scored in the final half hour by substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens.“We have a very good backroom with very good substitutes.”Wilmots pulled another rabbit out of the hat when he sent Divock Origi into a scoreless match against Russia and the teenager’s goal sent Belgium through to the second round.“The substitutions paid off,” Wilmots said. “I took risks to win the match and it worked. Once again we snatched a win.”DUTCH SUPERSUBSBoth goals in Russia’s 1-1 draw with South Korea were scored by substitutes. After Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev inexplicably fumbled a shot from Lee Keun-ho, Russia’s Aleksandr Kerzhakov saved the day with a late equaliser.Netherlands got both their late goals in the 2-0 victory over Chile from substitutes – Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay, who now has two goals off the bench after scoring the winner in the 3-2 victory over Australia.Humble Depay has an ideal attitude for coach Louis van Gaal.“With incredible players like (Arjen) Robben and (Robin) van Persie, it is logical that I sit on the bench,” he said.Van Gaal first tried to downplay his role in sending in the right player at the right time: “That’s luck,” he said.But he added it was also his strategy.“We analysed that Chile gives away more space in the last 15 minutes so if you field a creative football player you have a chance to cash in,” he said.Substitutes gave the United States heart flutters and then heartbreak. John Brooks scored in the 86th minute to give the Americans a 2-1 win over Ghana but Portugal substitute Silvestre Varela scored a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw.However, sometimes substitutions backfire.Greece won a dramatic match against Ivory Coast by 2-1 when Giorgos Samaras scored a penalty in stoppage time after he was tripped by Ivory Coast substitute Giovanni Sio – a defeat that sent the Ivorians home and Greece into the second round.last_img read more

England gets 1st win in 20 years at U20 World Cup

first_imgPresidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte England had been winless in the last 17 games in the tournament ahead of this game in the South Korean city of Jeonju. A first-half strike from Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin suggested that the dismal record could be coming to an end and Adam Armstrong of Newcastle extended the lead early in the second half. Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke made it 3-0 from the penalty spot in injury time.Argentina, one of the tournament favorites, was on top for lengthy periods but was unable to match the clinical finishing of the English.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe closest the South Americans came in a first half of few chances was 10 minutes before the break as Santiago Colombatto headed against the crossbar.Just two minutes later, Calvert-Lewin dived in the penalty area to head an inswinging cross into the bottom corner of Argentina’s goal. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Argentina piled on the pressure after the restart but was caught by England’s swift counter-attack. Armstrong broke free down the right side and fired home a fierce low shot into the bottom corner.With 15 minutes remaining, referee Mohammed Abdulla Hassan stopped play to review a pitchside video of an overlooked incident. The United Arab Emirates official then showed a red card to Argentine substitute Lautaro Martinez for an apparent elbow on England defender Fikayo Tomori.Inside injury time, Calvert-Lewin was brought down in the area and Solanke side-footed the penalty into the bottom corner.England sits top of Group A with South Korea. The hosts defeated Guinea 3-0, also in Jeonju.Lee Seung-woo opened the scoring nine minutes before the break. Lim Min-hyeok added a second in the 76th. Paik Seung-ho sealed the win shortly after.ADVERTISEMENT Korea takes on Argentina on Tuesday while England meets Guinea.Earlier, Venezuela defeated Germany 2-0 in a Group B upset with two goals in the space of three second-half minutes in Daejeon.Ronaldo Pena rounded Dominik Reimann after 51 minutes to score the first goal of the tournament and, shortly after, Sergio Cordova underlined Venezuela’s attacking power to extend his team’s lead.Also in Group B, Mexico needed an injury-time goal to defeat Vanuatu 3-2. Mexico raced into a two-goal lead after 25 minutes, only to be pegged back by the South Pacific islanders. Edson Alvarez struck in the 93rd to prevent a shock result.Sixteen of the 24 teams in the tournament – the top two in each of the six groups and the four best third-placed finishers – will progress to the second round. The final takes place in Suwon on June 11.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Argentina’s Lucas Rodriguez (left) is tackled by England’s Josh Onomah during their Group A match in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea 2017 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, South Korea, Saturday, May 20, 2017. (Photo by CHOU JAE-KOOL / Yonhap via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — England defeated six-time champion Argentina 3-0 on the opening day of the 2017 Under-20 World Cup on Saturday for its first win in the tournament since 1997.Argentina went down to 10 men in the second half of the Group A match after a video review system was used for the second time in a FIFA tournament, following the 2016 Club World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Djokovic beats del Potro to reach Italian Open semifinalslast_img read more

Gritty Manila volleybelles drag unbeaten Thais to 4 sets

first_imgGerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle View comments For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan—Playing an inspired game, Rebisco PSL Manila stood up to title favorite Supreme of Thailand before surrendering a 25-20, 25-12, 18-25, 27-25 decision Monday in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship.It was the Filipinos’ fourth straight defeat but one that won them the admiration of the big crowd at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace. The spectators cheered them as they displayed grit and spunk against the unbeaten Thais.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Were it not for a questionable call by the referee at first match point 24-22—he called a Thai hit a touched ball when it was clearly long—the game could have a different ending.“The referee’s call was bad,” said Vicente, looking back at the match clincher. “But we played well.”Santiago scored 22 points, while Gonzaga and Marano finished with 14 and 13, respectively.The Philippines had more blocks, 10-8, and service aces, 7-2, against the Thais.Kim Fajardo dished out 84 excellent sets compared to Parinya Pankeaw’s 70 of the Thai club, while Rebisco had more excellent receives, 10-8.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines still has a chance to nail fifth place—the best it got here with foreign reinforcements was seventh—if it wins its last two assignments.“We did a great job,” said national coach Francis Vicente, who had at least two pep talks with his players before the match.“The game went well and you know that the game flows well when we support each other.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe Filipinos, led by top scorers Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Aby Maraño, put the Thais on their toes as they dominated the third set after dropping the first two.“I hope the team realizes how strong it is,” said Vicente.“They fought toe-to-toe with a world-class team. That means they are also world-class.” San Diego shares Jr chess leadlast_img read more

Still no repairs to Coomacka bridges – Councillor

first_imgWhile rehabilitation works are presently being executed on the Coomacka access road at Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), residents and officials are concerned that there has been no movement so far to repair the dilapidated bridges within the remote community as well as those of its immediate neighbours.Regional Councillor and Chairman of the Coomacka Community Development Council (CDC), Dexter Harding recently alluded that no rehabilitative work has been carried out so far on the bridges, as he urged fellow Councillors to make the necessary representation to facilitate this development.“As for the bridges, (there has been) no movement on the bridges…As a Council,A section of the collapsed revetmentwe need to keep probing the necessary authorities so that we can get movement, because if something happens, I know I would be the first person to be blamed,” Harding said. While he praised the work presently being executed along the stretch of road, Harding called for work to commence on the bridges, which were in urgent need of repairs.Last August, heavy downpours of rain resulted in the collapse of the revetment work on the main access bridge at Coomacka, which caused intense flooding in the small farming community.Following several complaints, protests and strike action by residents in mining communities across the Region over the deplorable state of access roads and internal bridges, Ministers of Government and regional officials visited the communities back in January to get a first-hand look at the situation.Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson and Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Alicock, along with regional officials, visited the affected areas, including Coomacka, Three Friends, Yaribo and Old England/Syberian where they met with residents.National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Flatts also visited the communities where he assessed several issues. Local engineers and contractors also formed part of the visiting team. During the visit, several faulty bridges within the communities were examined and assessed, with the aim of carrying out major rehabilitation, as residents got an opportunity to present their concerns.Harding also recently expressed concern over the condition of the community’s river which has been affected by massive erosion. Regional Chairman Renis Morian has asserted that as a result of the erosion, which was undoubtedly caused by heavy rains, the situation has become worse, with approximately half of the river becoming impassable. The NDIA CEO had also assessed the situation during his visit to the Coomacka community.last_img read more

Fort St. John on its way to three-month snowfall record

first_imgIn addition, the first two days of this month have resulted in 17.3 centimetres, bringing the three month-to-date total through yesterday to 159.Environment Canada has now confirmed the record for the three month period in question is 202.4 centimetres. It was set in 1957, when the October record was also established at 97.6. Thus, another 43.5 centimetres in the last 28 days of this month would establish the new three month record. and if we follow the trend of the last two months, that should be easily done.  The local airport station recorded more than 45 centimetres in the last twelve days of both October and November- Advertisement –last_img

U.S. takes care of business

first_imgThe game was largely meaningless because both teams already had clinched spots in the Beijing field by winning semifinal games Saturday. But the Americans didn’t let up, remaining perfect in four Olympic qualifiers, including 7-0 against Argentina. James and Anthony played on teams that finished third in the 2004 Olympics and ’06 world championships. The latter disappointment forced the Americans to play in the qualifying tournament this summer, but it proved to be just a minor roadblock. “I learned that players can throw their egos and personal accolades out the window,” James said. “We came here for one reason and that was to get the gold medal.” James finished the tournament shooting 76 percent from the field – his percentage actually dropped from 76.5 after he made 11 of 15 shots. He was 8-for-11 from 3-point range – another U.S. record – and also led the tournament in that category, hitting 62 percent. “You don’t like to single guys out, but LeBron’s performance today was one of the best ones in an international game that a U.S. player has had,” U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “He was big-time today.” The game was close for six minutes before the United States blew it open with an 18-0 run. The Americans scored the final 15 points of the first quarter, then Chauncey Billups opened the second with a 3-pointer for a 38-14 lead. At one point in the second, the Americans scored five consecutive baskets on dunks – three by Howard and two by James, with each having one set up by Kobe Bryant, who had a quiet scoring night but had eight assists. “We have the depth, we have the talent to be able to keep that foot on the gas the entire game and just not turn it on and off,” Bryant said. Tournament MVP Luis Scola had 23 points for Argentina (8-2), which played without Manu Ginobili, Fabricio Oberto, Andres Nocioni and Walter Herrmann. “This team for the USA is one of the best USA teams,” Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez said. “Of course, nobody forgets the first Dream Team with Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, but I like this USA team so much.” Puerto Rico 111, Brazil 107: Larry Ayuso scored a tournament-best 39 points and Carlos Arroyo added 30 points and 10 assists to lead Puerto Rico past Brazil in the third-place game. Ayuso, who played at USC, was 8-for-12 from 3-point range, and Arroyo, who plays for the Orlando Magic, was 3-for-7 as Puerto Rico went 15-for-28 from beyond the arc. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASKETBALL: James, Anthony lead team to an easy win in the FIBA Americas championship. By Brian Mahoney THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS – LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony finally earned the reward that used to await U.S. players. James scored 31 points, most by an American player in an Olympic qualifier, and the United States capped its dominance in the desert by beating Argentina, 118-81, on Sunday to win the FIBA Americas championship. Then James and Anthony climbed the podium and were given gold medals – a first for the two players whose international careers had consisted of nothing but bronze. “I’m tired of bronze,” Anthony said. “I’m speechless right now. This is my first time ever winning the gold medal.” Dwight Howard made all seven of his shots and scored 20 points, and Anthony added 16 points for the Americans, who were never challenged while winning 10 games in 12 days and will head to Beijing next summer as one of the favorites. The Americans averaged 116.7 points in the tournament. last_img read more

England squad announcement for Euro 2016 qualifiers postponed

first_img Roy Hodgson 1 Roy Hodgson has postponed the announcement of his squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers with San Marino and Switzerland due to the number of decisions which still need to be made.The announcement had been scheduled to take place on Tuesday afternoon, but Hodgson will instead reveal his chosen players on August 30.Hodgson said: “After meeting with my coaching staff today we have decided to wait until this Sunday before announcing the squad to face San Marino and Switzerland.“We have a large of number of players that still need confirming regarding availability and fitness so rather than selecting a larger squad now, we will wait for the games at the weekend before choosing around 23 players who are definitely available.”England play in San Marino on September 5 and face Switzerland at Wembley on September 8.last_img read more

Rose or Fuchs? Best left backs in the PL this season revealed – agree?

first_img 1. Danny Rose (Tottenham) – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has made the most of his full backs this season and Rose has been among the best on the left. 5 5 2. Christian Fuchs (Leicester) – Fuchs was a free transfer and what a signing he has been. The Leicester defence has conceded just 33 times this season. 5 5. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) – click the arrow above, right, to see the best left backs in the Premier League this season – Fantasy Premier League managers around the country will outraged if Daniels is not on this list. The Bournemouth man has created five goals this season and scored three. 3. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) – Solid in defence, Monreal has not received the credit he deserves this season, but that’s probably because Arsenal have been off the pace. 5 5 Full backs have been a useful weapon for managers this season, but who has been the best?Here, talkSPORT looks at five of the top left backs in the Premier League. It was tough to keep it to five, so let us know if we have missed anyone out.FUCHS: ‘I WANT RYAN REYNOLDS TO PLAY ME IN JAMIE VARDY FILM’Click the arrow above, right, to see the players.BEST STRIKERS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE THIS SEASON?ARE THESE THE FIVE BEST GOALKEEPERS THIS SEASON? 4. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) – Cresswell is easily one of England’s best left backs this season. last_img read more

Van Cleave appears in court; trial set Nov. 30

first_imgLOS ANGELES – A former Baldwin Park City Councilman accused of using public money for his private use is out on bail and will be back in court Nov. 2. Accompanied by his wife and daughter, Bill Van Cleave arrived in a wheelchair for a pre-trial hearing Friday at Los Angeles Superior Court. Judge Ann Jones granted the request by Deputy Public Defender Denise Daniels to continue the hearing. The case is set for trial Nov. 30. Daniels appeared for Van Cleave’s public defender Sean McDonald. Van Cleave was in county jail for seven days before he was bailed out Tuesday. He wouldn’t identify who posted the $125,000 bail but said they were “people who feel I shouldn’t be there.” The charges stem from an April 2004 investigation by the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Division that was launched after the unit received a complaint about Van Cleave misusing public funds. Prosecutors wouldn’t say who sent the complaint. But in April 2004, former Baldwin Park Chief Executive Officer Dayle Keller sent a letter to the Public Integrity Division about Van Cleave not paying about $1,600 on a city credit card and using a phone line intended only for Internet access. Van Cleave later paid the bill and city officials canceled the credit card. He said he has been using a wheelchair for about a year now. A cane was in the chair. “I’ve been breaking down. I can stand up. Depending on the day of the week, I can walk,” Van Cleave said. “I’m in pain right now. I can’t work anymore. I sleep about 15 hours a day.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Van Cleave said he doesn’t know much about the charges against him. “I’ve heard them two, three different ways. I don’t know a lot,” Van Cleave said. “I haven’t seen anything. I haven’t even seen the warrant.” He said his best guess is that the charges are related to his city credit card. Van Cleave, 51, was charged last week with five felony counts of misappropriating public funds. He has pleaded not guilty. The former councilman allegedly used public funds on gas, public storage, car rental, a telephone modem and miscellaneous personal purchases between April 2003 and March 2005. last_img read more