Ronaldo treble leads Real to comeback victory

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick inspired Real Madrid to a 3-0 comeback victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday that clinched a place in the Champions League semi-finals.The prolific Portuguese got the 10-times European champions off to the perfect start by tapping in Daniel Carvajal’s cross after 16 minutes and then headed a second goal less than a minute later from Toni Kroos’ corner.Ronaldo capped a 3-2 win on aggregate when he curled in a free kick after 77 minutes, his 16th goal in this season’s competition taking him within touching distance of his record of 17 in 2013-14.It is the sixth successive season that Real have reached the last four.Real coach Zinedine Zidane’s only change from the first leg was to replace the much-criticised Danilo at right back with Carvajal.Opposite number Dieter Hecking kept the same lineup that served him so well at the Wolfsburg Arena.Carvajal vindicated Zidane’s decision when he beat Julian Draxler to the ball in midfield before setting up Ronaldo’s opening goal.Top scorer this season in La Liga and the Champions League, the 32-year-old was in the mood for another big European occasion and he sent the Bernabeu crowd wild with delight by scoring twice more.last_img read more

Aggressive Sharapova eliminates holder Wozniacki in Melbourne

first_imgBy Sudipto GangulyMELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova scorched the Rod Laver Arena with her aggressive tennis to eliminate defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 4-6 6-3 in the third round on Friday.Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who won her last major at the 2014 French Open, hit 37 winners against 10 from her opponent and converted her second matchpoint to set up a fourth round clash against Australia number one Ashleigh Barty.Sharapova, who won the Australian Open in 2008, headed into the match with a 6-4 lead in their previous meetings and went for her shots from the first point making it difficult for the third-ranked Dane with a game built on defence.“I thought the level was quite high. She is the defending champion of this event and it’s no secret she loves this arena,” Sharapova said in a courtside interview.“These are the types of matches I train for so it’s really rewarding to win that last point. I’m definitely not walking around thinking I have experience and think they’re just going to give it to me.”Wozniacki had the first break but handed the advantage back with a double fault before the Russian 30th seed, who was suspended for 15 months for taking banned drug meldonium in 2016, won three consecutive games to take the set.After a trade of breaks, Wozniacki took the match into a deciding set after a double fault from former world number one Sharapova gave her a set point which she converted to level the entertaining encounter on Rod Laver Arena at 1-1.Sharapova shrieked in delight with her fists clenched after converting her third breakpoint in the seventh game with a scorching forehand and broke Wozniacki again to seal the victory in two hours and 24 minutes.The 31-year-old Russian said she had decided to be aggressive against Wozniacki and aim for shorter points.That plan, however, took her unforced errors to 46, more than double than from Wozniacki.“It was definitely, you know, a match that I looked forward to and when the draw came out obviously I had to get there first and so did she,” said Sharapova, who wore a black crop top to her news conference.“But, yeah, I thought it was, as usual, as expected, a physical match. Didn’t have to be in some ways, but I felt like even in the longer rallies I did a great job of winning those. Put a lot of pressure on her.”Sharapova will brace for a hostile crowd in the fourth round when she takes on local hope Barty, who beat Greek Maria Sakkari 7-5 6-1.“I think her story is phenomenal, she loves playing here,” Sharapova said of her next opponent. “I know it’s going to be a tough crowd but I go out here to perform and play tennis.”Amanda Anisimova – Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 6-2American teenager Amanda Anisimova upstaged 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 6-2 to storm into the fourth round of the Australian Open and signal the arrival of a new force in women’s tennis on Friday.The fearless 17-year-old bullied her much higher ranked opponent who looked shell-shocked by the power being generated at the other end of the court.It was Anisimova’s third consecutive straight sets win, which included a 6-0 6-2 destruction of 24th seed Lesia Tsurenko. She will play the winner of Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic in the fourth round.The youngest player in the draw said she wouldn’t mind being a teenage Grand Slam winner like one of the players she most looks up to, Maria Sharapova.“I want to win this tournament right now,” the Miami teen said, when asked what she longed for.Anisimova showed no nerves despite playing in only her third Grand Slam main draw, and not having previously gone past the first round.She broke Sabalenka’s opening service game, and by the third game of the match the usually dominant Belarusian was glancing skywards as if wondering how her slightly-built opponent could punch like a heavyweight.“Definitely, I was trying to be really aggressive today because she plays really aggressive too and we are both really big hitters,” the American said.With youthful disregard for the consequences, Anisimova refused to take a backward step, half-volleying her opponent’s powerful shots when required.Anisimova, ranked 87, might have a strong first serve and forehand, but it will be her double-fisted backhand that, should she fulfil her obvious potential, stood out.On the backhand wing, she took the ball as early as anyone else on tour, yet always appeared balanced, and never rushed.She treated Sabalenka’s strong first serve with disdain, by going for outright winners off the return.Although that particular tactic had modest success – the American seemed unperturbed even after making several errors – it sent a not-too-subtle message that she was the one in control.The eleventh seed’s muffled frustration became increasingly audible, and after getting out-hit on match point she whacked the ball into the stadium roof in angst, after missing out on an opportunity to advance to the last 16.The victor blew kisses to the crowd.last_img read more

Dooley banking on thorough preparation for must-win game vs Thais

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Banario ‘stronger’ at lightweight, 100% ready for Indian foe Azkals’ head coach Thomas Dooley. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn the cusp of history with only one match remaining in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, the Philippine Azkals are bracing for what could be “the best game ever in our lives.”“Those are the games that we, as players and coaches, are looking for,” said Philippine team head coach Thomas Dooley.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH And Dooley is keeping an optimistic approach going to the crucial tiff on Friday.“Anything can happen. The only thing you can control is you, so you prepare as hard as you should. You need to be 100-percent ready and focused, be at the best you can do you can win. If Thailand has an incredible game and we have a good game, maybe it’s not enough so we have to get more and prepare 100-percent and hope Thailand makes more mistakes,” he said. “For us, I don’t think it will be any more different than the games before. We just have to focus, play 90 minutes, and make less mistakes as possible.”“It will be a good game, an interesting game, and hopefully, it will be good for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportscenter_img The Azkals will play Thailand on Friday to end the group stages at Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan, with a win automatically propelling them to the semifinals.“It will be a challenge for us. The goal for us here in the Philippines is to get to the next level and go to the (AFF Suzuki Cup) Finals, and doing that needs us to win tomorrow,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe Philippines hasn’t won against Thailand in the history of the biennial meet.Its last conquest over the Thais was back June 12, 1972 when the Filipinos took home a 1-0 victory in a tournament in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Dooley’s wards did come close before, salvaging a scoreless draw in the first leg of the semifinals in the 2014 Suzuki Cup before the War Elephants rebounded with a 3-0 victory en route to the crown.The coach didn’t hide his admiration for Thailand’s football system, sharing that it’s the program the Philippines aspires for.“Thailand is actually a team we look up to, in my opinion, with lots of fans supporting the team and putting pressure to the players so that they can develop,” he said. “The last time we played there was in front of 60,000 fans, and tickets were sold in a couple of hours. They have great youth system, so all the players coming out are already in a position to play high level football.”But as much as he looks up to the War Elephants, all Dooley wants for the Azkals is to secure the three points to advance to the semifinals.“This game could be our last game, but it’s the most important thing for us and we have to win it to get to the next round. It will be a little bit more pressure to the players in the field, but in the last two games, the effort and energy I could see in the team, it’s there and it’s just what you need,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View commentslast_img read more

Fees going Uptown

first_imgThey say they’ve had a $13,600 deficit the last two years. “We haven’t had an increase in four years, and like everything else our costs go up,” said Larry Trujillo, the association’s executive director. The association markets the Uptown business area, holds events to bring in customers and represents the merchants to the city and other groups. The annual Christmas Parade is one of its biggest events. “The ones hit the most are restaurants,” Trujillo said. “The reason is that restaurants benefit most from the events.” A 5,000-square-foot restaurant, such as Dattilo, on Greenleaf Avenue or Philadelphia Street, would pay $1,380, a $505 increase. A retail store of the same size in the same area would would pay $880, an increase of $255. Businesses are charged a flat fee, plus a charge per square foot. Those on Greenleaf from Wardman Street to Hadley Street and Philadelphia Avenue from Comstock Avenue to Bright Avenue pay more than the rest of the Uptown district. The district has about 550 businesses. Some restaurant owners during an association meeting Tuesday said the increase is unfair and too high. “Why are they penalizing restaurants?” asked Francesca Mauro, manager of Dattilo Restaurant. “I just think it will discourage more businesses from coming up here,” Mauro said. “They would rather go on Whittier Boulevard where there is no assessment and more traffic.” Sandra Hahn, owner of Crepes and Grapes Restaurant, questioned the fairness. “If we’re going to do a raise, do it across the board,” Hahn said. Mike Brinegar, owner of Por Le Bain, who helped develop the increase, said restaurants are paying the most because they benefit most from association events. “We feel the additional revenue being developed for events and other services will more than make up for it,” he said referring to the assessment increase. But some like Mauro questioned whether events, such as the Family Fair on Wednesday nights,help businesses. She said she believes restaurants like hers lose money because of the loss of parking and the competition from the Farmers Market aspect of the Family Fair. Robert Ruiz, association president, said a poll of restaurants was done more than a year ago to see what they wanted in terms of events, and the Family Fair was supported. Some question whether it’s a fair exchange. “We want to know what we’re getting,” said Lisa Ceja, owner of Vinatero Wine Shop. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The Whittier Uptown Association has proposed an increase – as much as 51 percent for some restaurants – in the mandatory assessment on its members. The Whittier City Council, which will hold two hearings – one at its Oct. 23 meeting and another on Nov. 13 – must give its approval. The association’s board also will review the proposed increase again at its 6 p.m. Monday meeting at the Atrium, 6528 Greenleaf Ave. Association officials say they need the increased $17,000 revenue that would be raised to balance their $163,600 budget that pays for an office, staff and advertising. last_img read more

Tottenham 2-1 Anderlecht: Harry Kane continues good form as Mousa Dembele strike defeats Belgian counterparts

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino’s side go top of Group J with a vital win A late goal by Mousa Dembele handed Spurs a fortunate 2-1 victory over Anderlecht at White Hart Lane in the Europa League. It was the perfect result for the north Londoners ahead of their derby match with Arsenal on Sunday, and they have extended their good run which has seen them lose just two of their last 15 fixtures.This tie was the opposite to the first leg – where Spurs started brightly before Anderlecht came from behind to win – as Anderlecht were the better side before Pochettino’s men grew into the contest.The away team rarely tested Hugo Lloris in their superior spell and Harry Kane gave the visitors the lead after 28 minutes, interchanging with Christian Eriksen before firing home his fifth goal in three games.Ben Davies came close to doubling the home side’s lead in the second half with a looping effort, but Spurs rued their failure to add a second when Imoh Ezekiel stuck a leg out to convert past Lloris after questionable defending by the home side.   Spurs looked likely to concede again before Belgium international Dembele’s superb strike after a well-worked team goal, sealing a vital win with just three minutes left on the clock.The home side named a strong starting XI, despite playing their second game in just four days. Full-backs Kieran Trippier and Davies returned for their Europa League slot, while summer signing Son Heung-Min returned to the bench after a stint out with injury.  The Belgian side made three changes to the team that started in their 2-1 victory over Spurs last month and they started this match as the livelier outfit.Youri Tielemans went close after 13 minutes when he played a neat one-two on the edge of the box before sliding a low effort past the near-post from 18 yards.After Spurs’ sluggish start, they began to grow into the contest after a quarter of an hour, with Jan Vertonghen making a dangerous run down the wing, pulling the ball back for Kane whose flick into a dangerous spot in the area was only met by yellow shirts.Erik Lamela showed good feet to beat his marker before shooting across goal and just wide of the target, as Spurs’ confidence grew.That confidence saw them open the scoring shortly before the half hour, when Kane’s excellent form continued to go from strength to strength, on a day in which he was named in the England squad. The 22-year-old opened the scoring when he linked up well with Eriksen before turning and shooting into the bottom corner from 20 yards.Spurs were buoyed by their strike and the half-time whistle came at the wrong time as they had gathered momentum and knocked the stuffing out of Anderlecht.Anderlecht came out fighting in the second half and they had a good chance to score on the counter. After Dele Alli tried to square the ball for Lamela, who would have been through on goal, the visitors attacked at pace. Steven Defour had the ball on the right and he sent a low shot from 18 yards, but Lloris was alert to palm the ball away from danger.It was nearly two with a wonderful effort by Welshman Davies, when he controlled a bouncing ball on the left-hand corner of the box before looping a half volley which rattled the upright.Ezekiel levelled Besnik Hasi’s side after 72 minutes, when a short corner was taken and Defour’s in-swinging cross was dangerously left by Vertonghen. The Belgian defender held up his hands to say he was letting it through for Lloris to collect, but he did not see the Nigerian, who made good contact with the ball to finish past the French goalkeeper.Anderlecht were spurred on by their strike and they could have had another through Olivier Deschacht and then Ezekiel, as Tottenham were clinging on with desperation.The hosts showed good character to hold off the pressure before grabbing a late winner, when Dembele returned the ball to Davies, whose cross made its way to Son on the edge of the box. The South Korean then laid the ball off for Dembele to arrow an impressive strike into the top corner to steal the three points.Elsewhere in Group J, FK Qarabag held leaders Monaco to a 1-1 draw, which saw them drop to second below Pochettino’s improving Tottenham side.last_img read more

Newport 0-1 Plymouth (AET): League Two leaders book Liverpool meeting in FA Cup

first_img1 Derek Adams: The Plymouth boss will take his side to Liverpool in 2017 Graham Carey’s extra-time penalty gave Plymouth Argyle a 1-0 victory over Newport County in the FA Cup second-round replay, booking a meeting with Liverpool.The original tie at the start of the December produced a goalless draw at Home Park and they could not be separated in 90 minutes at Rodney Parade either.Argyle shot-stopper Luke McCormick made a vital save in the second half to help keep his side in the game. Then the visitors – currently top of League Two – were awarded a penalty in extra-time after Jennison Myrie-Williams handballed in the box.Loanee Paul Garita stepped up and hit the post but Argyle had a second chance from the spot on 113 minutes, with top scorer Carey confidently converting.The Devon side can now look forward to a trip to Anfield in the new year, to face Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in the third round on January 8.last_img read more

Musician presumed dead in plane crash

first_img(661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Judy Steelhammer said FAA officials called her Sunday night to say her husband’s flight plan had not closed, but did not offer any further details. She said that he was flying alone, but declined any further comment. Wayne Donaldson, president of the International Stinson Club of plane owners, where Steelhammer served on the board of directors, said that he and Steelhammer had been good friends for more than 10 years. “This is a horrible tragedy,” Donaldson said. “I knew him very well.” Steelhammer’s plane, a 14-19 fixed-wing single-engine Bellanca, left Whiteman on Sunday afternoon. carol.rock@dailynews.com ARCATA, Calif. – A Canyon Country musician was presumed dead Monday in the wreckage of his plane found outside the Northern California town of Arcata. Vic Steelhammer, 49, a trombonist for the San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra, owned the plane and had flown it Sunday out of Whiteman Airport in Pacoima to a music camp in Humboldt, said his wife, Judy. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department told the (Eureka) Times-Standard newspaper that it was foggy Sunday about midnight when a call came from the Federal Aviation Administration. Search and rescue teams went out at first light Monday and found the wreckage about noon; sheriff’s official said that Steelhammer’s plane had hit a tree in heavily-wooded private timber land owned by Green Diamond Resource Co. outside Arcata. Coroner’s officials on the scene confirmed that the body of an adult male was found at the crash site. It had not been positively identified. last_img read more

Detectives investigate shootings that leave 2 dead

first_imgWHITTIER – Detectives are investigating whether a shooting Friday in which a 16-year-old boy was killedin Pico Rivera is connected to another shooting Sunday in unincorporated Whittier that left a man dead and a 16-year-old wounded. Both were drive-by shootings, authorities are saying this morning. Sunday’s shooting near Santa Fe Springs occurred at 11:50 p.m. at Shayside Avenue and Woodhue Street, police said. Authorities found the two victims on the ground, near bicycles. The boy was wounded in the leg, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Katrina revisited

first_imgBut Katrina also taught us that even after tragedy, there is hope. The scattered residents of New Orleans have created new lives elsewhere, while heroic if fitful efforts are under way to rebuild the city and the region from its rubble. One year later, Hurricane Katrina remains a reminder of the frailty of life, the dangers of our world, the failures of government at all levels – and the indomitable sense of hope that no tragedy can extinguish.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FOR most Americans, this week’s one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina comes as something of a media distraction – a break from the nonstop coverage of JonBen t, Tom Cruise and next season’s “Survivor” shtick. For residents of the Gulf Coast, it’s just another day. In the year since one of America’s worst natural disasters struck, their lives have been one constant reminder of last summer’s horrors. They don’t need the commemoration of an anniversary to jog their memories or jolt their consciences. The rest of us, on the other hand, do. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesWe need the reminder of the 2,000 lives lost, the millions more uprooted, and the devastation of one of America’s great cities. We need to see the images of nature at its most awful, and government at its most inept. We need to recall the suffering that didn’t stop just because the cameras went away, and the victims who still need our help. The lessons of Hurricane Katrina are too great to be forgotten – especially for those of us in Southern California, who know that our next natural disaster isn’t a matter of if, but when. And what Katrina taught us is that we had better get prepared. We need to demand that public officials take the threat of disaster seriously, and prepare to deal with certain crisis – all the while taking our own precautions, because they probably won’t. last_img read more

Dodgers add Greg Maddux

first_imgCHICAGO — The Greg Maddux era in Chicago is over. The Cubs traded Maddux, their former ace and a four-time Cy Young Award winner, to the Dodgers on Monday in exchange for infielder Cesar Izturis. Maddux, a 327-game winner who was in his second stint with the Cubs, waived his no-trade clause to join the Dodgers, agent Scott Boras said. Maddux started the season 5-0 but the 40-year-old has won four games since. He is 9-11 with a 4.69 ERA in 22 starts. The Dodgers also acquired shortstop Julio Lugo from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for highly touted minor league prospect Joel Guzman and fellow minor-leaguer Sergio Pedroza, ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reports. Lugo will play second base for a while Jeff Kent is sidelined by an oblique injury and will reassess his position when Kent returns. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more