Arsenal are favourites to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final as they will be motivated to end their season on a high after failing to qualify for the Champions League, the Premier League champions’ manager Antonio Conte said.Chelsea began their title celebrations after beating relegated Sunderland 5-1 on Sunday and can win the domestic double by beating Arsenal, who fell short of a top four finish despite a 3-1 win over Everton, on Sunday.“If you ask me who is the favourite now, it’s Arsenal,” Conte told reporters on Sunday. “They have this chance to find a good season, to have a successful season.“Arsenal missed out on the Champions League and we must prepare in the right way. I’m not talking about tactically — I’m talking about motivation.“The right fire in our soul and heart. If we have more than Arsenal then we’ll have the possibility to win.”Conte can become the second manager to win the double in his first season after fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti achieved the feat in the 2009-10 campaign.
Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports WNBA players were near site of Istanbul attack, coach says Its main attraction remained the players, though, as Alyssa Valdez captured her third Most Valuable Player award—the most by anyone—despite not winning a championship.Jaja Santiago also blossomed into a formidable force along with highly exciting players like EJ Laure and Grethcel Soltones.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngAlready an established franchise from a different league, the Lady Warriors fought through the league’s tough teams and against its biggest stars like Valdez to carve their niche.With crowd drawers Michele Gumabao, Melissa Gohing, Myla Pablo and Desiree Dadang in the fold, Pocari Sweat drubbed Philippine Air Force in the Open Conference. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Later in the year, Pocari Sweat acquired imports Andrea Kacsits and Breanna Mackie to sweep the Valdez-led Bureau of Customs in the Reinforced Conference.The result were big gate receipts and smashing TV ratings for the league and its broadcasting partners.The league also staged the highly successful All Star Games featuring the league’s top draws, including University of Santo Tomas ace Cherry Rondina. The proceeds went to the victims of Typhoon “Lawin,” which ravaged the northern part of the country in October.The season was also marked by another first when Iriga Mayor Madeleine Alfelor-Gazmen played for her city in the Open Conference. She and the Summer Spikers made a return to the league after a year of absence. ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan 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 We are young Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Pocari Sweat. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn its 13th season, Shakey’s V-League recorded a few firsts.A new team conquered the competition after Pocari Sweat dominated the season by taking the Open Conference and Reinforced Conference titles right on its maiden season.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine
LIFTED GAME After Rashawn Crutchley fired Campion College into a fifth-minute lead against hosts Charlie Smith in their Group G ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup game at the Anthony Spaulding Complex yesterday, fears of a second-straight defeat briefly circulated through the majority Charlie Smith support in the venue. The former winners then wasted numerous chances before captain and playmaker Romeo Guthrie took things into his own hands and fired home two splendid goals from the edge of the area to tie the game, and then put his team ahead before they went on to win 6-2, and the 18-year-old midfielder says he is only getting better. “My first two games, I didn’t perform the way I know I can, but today (yesterday), I lifted my game more, and out of my three games, I played this was my best game in the tournament. “I feel great about my performance. I did what I had to do. I encouraged the guys and I got two goals so we could come back in the game. And I was always confident with the kicks. Even though the second wasn’t the best shot, it turned out excellent,” he reasoned. Playing in central midfield, Guthrie was a picture of composure throughout the match, picking his passes with vision and precise weight of passes. His first goal was a beauty from the top of the box, and although the second was not as fiercely struck, it gave Rivaldo Harris no chance in goal. Now he wants to carry on scoring and playing good football through the season for his school. “I want to keep this up. My target for the season is 10 to 12 goals. I scored in my first game, and in the second, I had none. But today I came and again executed, and I will try my best to keep up my standard,” the Maverley-Hughenden club player added.
– no participation from GuyanaMore than 105 songs were submitted for screening for this year’s Pick 2 Chutney Soca Monarch and it has come down to 33 of the best entries.The organisers, Southex Trade Shows and Promotions Limited, announced a few days ago the list of the 33 top singers who will be competing in the semi-final on January 28 at the LIV Nightlife, South Trunk Road, La Romaine, Trinidad and Tobago.Although there is a lack of Guyanese participation in this year’s competition, some of the names selected to perform at the semi are well known to Guyanese and have their fan base her in Guyana.From the semi-final round, only nine contestants will be selected to compete against the reigning Chutney Soca Monarch, Kris “KI” Persad at the grand final, scheduled for February 11 at Skinner Park, San Fernando.Nevertheless, KI will make a special guest appearance at the semi-final on January 28.Those who will compete in the semi-final are Shivan R and Slammer Cutter, Rawythee Ramroop, Jason Peru, Heeralal Rampartap, Vishan Mohammed, Anthony Batson, Amit Sooknanan, O’Neil Bhajman, Veekash Sahadeo, Michael Ramroop, Xavier Pouchet, Jesh Ramnanan, Hemlatha Dindial, Reshma Ramlal, Drupatee Persad and Asha Kamachee.In addition, Jadel, Robin Jagdip, Imran Beharry, Aaron Duncan, Nishard Mayrhoo, Lalchan Babwah, Neval Bissambhar, Adesh Samaroo, Ravi B, Orlando Octave, Rick Ramoutar, Saleem Beharry, Rikki Jai, Rooplal G, Omadath Maharaj, Aaron Jewansingh and Sally Sagram will be competing with the hope of making it into the finals.
A prisoner who decided to continue his “trade” of trafficking narcotics at the Camp Street Prison was on Monday jailed for three years when he appeared before Magistrate Annette Singh.Cardel Carter, of Lot 75 Queens Street, Kitty, Georgetown, had the charge brought against him, which stated that on May 17, 2016 at the Camp Street Prison, he had in his possession 16 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to the facts of the matter, the defendant is an inmate at the Prison, and is housed in the Tailor Shop DivisionOn the day in question, he was observed by a prison warden taking a parcel from a garbage bin. He was confronted and a transparent plastic filled with leaves, seeds and stems was taken from his person. The prisoner was then taken for questioning and the substance was weighed.Carter was told of the offence and charged.Magistrate Singh told him that the evidence presented against him for the offence was sufficient; as such, he was found guilty as charged.Along with the three-year sentence, Carter was also fined $30,000.
By Jarryl BryanThe Guyana Police Force has made a startling breakthrough in the case of the missing 13-year-old East Bank Berbice (EBB) teenager, with the prime suspects confessing to abducting, sodomising and then dumping the lad’s body in the Berbice River.Leonard Archibald, who attends Overwinning Secondary School, has been missing since last Sunday night. After a missing report was made, two men, who villagers claim are known paedophiles, were arrested.However, things have taken a horrific turn, as acting Crime Chief, Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Williams confirmed to Guyana Times on Friday that the suspects have confessed to committing the heinous acts.The bicycle which the teen was last seen riding“They confessed,” the acting Crime Chief stated. “(And) we found the bicycle in the area that they (suspects) pointed out. We’re still looking for the body.”According to Williams, the area in question is situated behind one of the suspect’s house. He noted that the bottom of the river was dredged earlier in the afternoon.“That’s how we picked up the bicycle,” Williams related. “So as night rolls in, we’ll start back in the morning.”Reports are that the missing boy, who hails from Brothers Village, was last seen riding a bicycle along the main access road on the East Bank of Berbice, wearing only a pair of trousers and slippers.Archibald reportedly rode ahead of his three sisters that he was accompanying home from a birthday function on the EBB. He has not been seen or heard from since.Following the disappearance of the teenager, Police questioned several persons, but detained the two. The two persons were taken into custody after a missing child’s report was filed at the Sisters Village Police Station.Shortly after Archibald went missing, a pair of slippers was discovered at a remote site in the village. Villagers had linked the slippers to the prime suspect. One of the suspects is a man who villagers say has a history of sexually molesting young boys.The main suspect, whose name was only given as “Edwards”, is allegedly known in the village as a child molester.Villagers had reported that the suspect would tie up young boys and molest them. They claim that recently, he broke a boy’s jaw. Reports are that on Thursday that a pair of slippers was found at the site where a boy was tied to a tree, but he subsequently escaped when the suspect moved away.The search continues for the missing boy.
1 David Silva Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed David Silva is out of the Manchester derby and will be sidelined for three weeks.The Spanish playmaker injured his knee during Manchester City’s Capital One Cup defeat to Newcastle on Wednesday night.Scans have shown Silva suffered ligament damage and the 28-year-old will now miss the clash with Manchester United.He will also be absent for the crunch Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow on Wednesday and the trip to QPR on Saturday week.“David has some ligament damage and he will be out for three weeks,” said Pellegrini. “It is a blow because he is a very important player but we have a good squad and we have the players to replace him.”There is some positive news for City, with midfielder Yaya Toure expected to play despite suffering a groing problem during the Newcastle defeat.Pellegrini added: “Yaya has a small problem. We will see him on Saturday but I think he will not have any problems.”Manchester City v Manchester United is live on talkSPORT on Sunday, kick-off 1.30pm
Paulinho in action for Tottenham 1 Juventus have held talks with Tottenham over the signing of Paulinho, according to reports in Italy.talkSPORT told you on Tuesday about the growing interest in the Brazilian, who has found himself down the pecking order this season behind Spurs academy graduates Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb.That has encouraged clubs in Europe to bid for Paulinho, who joined Tottenham in 2013 from Corinthians for £17m – a club record at the time.Juventus have now – according to TMW – opened talks with Tottenham over the possibility of signing the 26-year-old during the January transfer window.The Serie A champions are keen to strengthen their squad as they look to fend off Roma and retain their league title.Paulinho has made just seven Premier League appearances this season, but remains under contract at White Hart Lane until 2018.
“America’s cities and states have learned from mistakes that were made in the past,” Schwarzenegger said at Qualcomm Stadium, drawing a contrast to the chaos that ensued after Hurricane Katrina. “I will be relentless all the way through this.” California’s response to the disaster has generally been regarded as good. But there have been tough questions about why certain firefighting planes and helicopters remained on the ground. This week, Schwarzenegger returned to holding private meetings in Sacramento, a task he clearly does not relish as much as playing the role of a leader in a crisis. “Legislators aren’t going to change their minds about health-care reform just because he put a lot of work into the wildfire,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California. “But in the public mind, it enhances his reputation. It’s one of the things people expect from a chief executive. On a lesser scale, he’s getting the kind of boost that (Rudy) Giuliani got from 9-11.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Laura Kurtzman The Associated Press SACRAMENTO – The crowds roared their approval Sunday as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tossed the coin to start the San Diego Chargers game at Qualcomm Stadium, which just days before had been an emergency shelter for thousands displaced by raging wildfires. Schwarzenegger’s highly visible handling of the biggest crisis to hit his administration gave him a boost, just as his stalled legislative agenda threatened to turn him prematurely into a lame duck. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The disaster played to the celebrity governor’s strength for connecting with people and his taste for decisive action. Analysts said the former actor instinctively understood the drama of the moment, projecting optimism and calm in a way that made people feel secure. “I think people find him a reassuring figure who does a good job at speaking directly to the news media,” said Bill Carrick, a Democratic consultant. “He has a sense of what to do in these situations.” The disaster that California faced was far less severe than Sept. 11, 2001, or Hurricane Katrina – calamities that focused spotlights on politicians. But in part because of his worldwide fame, Schwarzenegger received an enormous amount of attention. He used it well, emphasizing at every turn that government was there to meet the people’s needs.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre If this didn’t happen, there were threats that La Mirada residents would have to find another national organization to sanction soccer for youngsters. “We’re thrilled,” said John Schneider, regional commissioner for the La Mirada AYSO district. “No other region in the history of AYSO has been allowed to operate in this capacity.” About 1,100 kids play soccer in La Mirada. It is the largest youth athletic organization in the city. Alejandro Ponce, president of the La Mirada Athletic Council, called the announcement good news. “The way they were set up before (residents) weren’t an owner of anything they bought with their money,” Ponce said. “AYSO owned all of the goal posts, soccer balls and equipment.” LA MIRADA – The national board of the American Youth Soccer Organization has agreed to allow its La Mirada district to form its own nonprofit corporation. This change is expected to solve a dispute between AYSO and the city, which has rules requiring local control, including a La Mirada address on its charter and tax status, to use city fields for practice and play. Historically, AYSO consists of one national nonprofit corporation based in Hawthorne. The La Mirada City Council in September set a Jan. 1 deadline for AYSO to comply with city rules over its nonprofit status. This way, La Mirada residents will have control, he said. “Even if AYSO fees go up, at least now we know where the money is going,” Ponce said. Burton Haimes, chairman of the national AYSO board, said the new local nonprofit corporation will be created next week. “We really don’t think it was necessary, but the city in their field usage agreement says (the organization) it must be nonprofit and must have a local address,” Haimes said. He called concerns about national AYSO swooping in to commandeer soccer equipment in La Mirada “silly.” “The equipment and program belongs to the local community,” Haimes said. “We’re a service organization providing insurance, training and guidance,” he said. “That’s the propaganda people want to justify what I consider to be some kind of dispute going on in the leadership.” Scott Monzingo was the La Mirada AYSO commissioner from February to August. He was removed by the national organization and then replaced by Schneider. Haimes said he also sees the change as an experiment. With the La Mirada district getting its own nonprofit corporation, the change will give it more flexibility, Schneider said. “It gives us the ability to register our players with AYSO or with another organization as we deem appropriate,” he said. “We’ll be the face of soccer in La Mirada.” For example, AYSO only offers recreational soccer, but some youngsters want a more competitive brand. As its own nonprofit, the La Mirada group could also join with another organization for those youngsters, he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (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!