Advertisement Phil HaighWednesday 24 Apr 2019 3:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Marcus Rashford calls on Man Utd fans for help ahead of Man City clash Marcus Rashford has not scored in four games (Picture: Getty Images)‘United vs City and United vss Liverpool mean the most to every United player and every United fan,’ Rashford said in an interview with United Review.‘But, as a player, you have to understand that every game in the league is for three points and, whether you’re playing against Everton or Chelsea, they all have the exact same importance as when you play City or Liverpool. It’s the emotions which are a bit different.‘I know the fans are always emotionally attached to this game, like we are, and I’d just say always keep that feeling and we’ll do our best to get the three points.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPaul Pogba offered a similar sentiment, describing playing in derby matches as ‘beautiful’ as he prepares for the battle with City.‘You can see that those games are very intense and it is beautiful to play in those games because you get the experience,’ Pogba told Sky Sports.‘You have the crowd that are behind you and they just push you. To win those games is really beautiful. It feels like it is different from other games.’United are missing Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia in defence, but Luke Shaw is available again having served a suspension.Ander Herrera was thought to be making a return from injury, but did not arrive with the squad at the team hotel on Tuesday.MORE: Lorenzo Insigne would prefer Chelsea transfer over Liverpool switchMORE: Callum Hudson-Odoi undergoes surgery to repair ruptured Achilles Marcus Rashford has made something of a rallying cry (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Manchester United are up against it against Manchester City on Wednesday night and Marcus Rashford has called upon the Old Trafford crowd to have their emotions running high against the Premier League champions.United are the distant underdogs against their local rivals as City are bidding for three points to take them back to the top of the Premier League table.The Red Devils are coming off a demoralising 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Everton on Sunday, but they need three points themselves as they fight for a Champions League spot.United are currently in sixth but could leapfrog Arsenal into fifth, depending on what the Gunners do at Wolves on Wednesday evening.AdvertisementAdvertisementRashford knows what the task at hand is against Pep Guardiola’s men, but believes that a special atmosphere could be enough to swing the game United’s way. Advertisement Comment
Environment, Infrastructure, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of 15 drinking water, wastewater, storm water, and non-point source projects across 12 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).“PENNVEST continues our commitment to clean water with the approvals of these loans and grants for a variety of water quality improvement projects in all corners of the commonwealth.” said Governor Wolf. “These projects benefit the environment, economic development, and public health and will further our shared goal of a clean and safe environment for our families to enjoy, as well as, my vision for a better Pennsylvania, both now and for years to come.”A list of project summaries follows:PENNVEST Drinking Water Projects:Bucks CountyWarminster Township Municipal Authority received a $11,583,000 loan to construct 12 units to treat the water to levels of “Non-Detect” level for Perfluorinated compounds. *Cambria CountyReade Township Municipal Authority received a $1,570,000 loan to replace approximately 1,350 feet of distribution line, 8,750 feel of raw water transmission line, and 420 residential meters.Clearfield and Jefferson CountiesFalls Creek Borough Municipal Authority received a $1,329,200 loan and $670,800 grant to construction an interconnection with the City of DuBois, a control meter vault, pressure reducing valve vault and 12,600 feet of water transmission line.PENNVEST Wastewater Projects:Cambria CountyEbensburg Municipal Authority received a $9,000,000 loan to replace 60,500 feet of main line piping, manholes and laterals comprising most of the wastewater collection system. **Hastings Area Sewer Authority received a loan of $9,520,899 and $3,154,101 grant to replace approximately 56,000 feet of existing sewer mains, 275 manholes, 695 laterals/observation ports and all other necessary appurtenances. **City of Johnstown received a $10,900,000 loan to construct 33,900 feet of sewer line, 8,400 feet of pipe liner, 205 manholes and 510 lateral inspection ports. **West Taylor Township received an $856,623 loan and $343,377 grant to rehabilitate sewer lines, manholes, and extension of service.Elk and Jefferson CountiesBrockway Area Sewer Authority received a $2,993,603 loan and $1,510,765 grant to upgrade components at the wastewater treatment facility, replace sewer lines, pump stations and force main.Erie CountyLake City Municipal Sewer Authority received a $4,612,000 loan to upgrade and expand their wastewater sewer facilities, provide a new lift station and force main. This project supports the retention of 420 local commercial and industrial jobs.Fayette CountyFairchance-Georges Joint Municipal Sewage Authority received a $15,759,284 loan and $4,247,716 grant to expand the capacity of the existing treatment facility, as well as a pump station and 89,750 ft. of sewer line extension into Georges Township. **McKean CountyBradford Sanitary Authority received a $4,652,200 loan and $2,347,800 grant to construct two new aerobic digesters, new chlorine building, extended outfall diffuser, sludge dewatering, belt filter presses, activated sludge pumps and other related treatment facility rehabilitation and upgrades.Monroe CountyWhite Oak Country Estates Property Owners Association received a $775,000 loan to construct a new pre-cast concrete in ground package plant.Non-point Source Water Quality Improvement Projects:Allegheny CountyHomestead Borough received a $1,209,656 loan to install green infrastructure in a partnership with Steel Valley School District. The project will capture and infiltrate all the runoff form the site through the installation of four infiltration trenches with 18,900 cubic feet of storage.Storm Water Projects:Cumberland CountyMount Holly Springs Borough received a $1,640,650 grant to install approximately 2,088 feet of storm sewer pipe, 245 feet of grass drainage swales, installation of 26 inlets and installation of one rain garden and adjacent bollards.Northampton CountyBangor Borough received a $1,986,826 grant to eliminate the existing slate box culvert and replace it with a 66” storm sewer adequately sized to convey storm flows and prevent further property damage.* denotes projects that have Drinking Water State Revolving Funds** denotes projects that are funded with Clean Water State Revolving FundsThe funding comes from a combination of state funds approved by voters, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency, and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for the projects are disbursed after bills for work have been paid and receipts submitted to PENNVEST.For more information, visit www.pennvest.pa.gov or call 717-783-6798. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 18, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 12 Counties
Washington D.C. — With a 2-1 vote the Federal Communications Commission has frozen rural phone rates for two years. FCC chairman Adjit Pai and Republican Mike O’Rielly voted for the freeze. Democrat commissioner Mignon Clyburn voted against.The vote changes a six-year-old rule that has been criticized for raising phone rates for more than one million rural customers.The decision reverses a July increase that would raise rates from $18 to $20, then to $22 the following year.Pai called the rural mandatory minimum rate unfair in comparison to the average rate in high-income areas like Washington D.C. which is $13 per month.Commissioner Clyburn voted against the freeze and is in favor of approving policies that target fraud, waste and abuse.
Leeds have defended their decision to parade their players in an open-top bus at Elland Road after their Sky Bet Championship title trophy presentation. Leeds had already sealed promotion back to the Premier League as champions. And a 4-0 home win against Charlton in their final match sparked more celebrations outside the stadium. “Following consultation with the SAG (Safety Advisory Group) and (Leeds City) Council, Leeds United arranged for a bus to be parked outside the East Stand reception as a contingency to assist dispersal should a crowd congregate at Elland Road, despite a month-long campaign from the club and supporter groups to encourage supporters to stay at home,” said a club spokesman. “The safety group believed that a brief appearance from the players with the Championship trophy would help to signal an end to proceedings, encouraging fans to head home safely. “In challenging circumstances, fan safety has always been our priority.”Advertisement Loading… Both Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani and managing director Angus Kinnear had appealed before the game for Leeds fans to help in the fight against coronavirus by staying at home. But thousands of supporters gathered outside Elland Road. And the players boarded the bus to join in the celebrations. That was after their pitchside trophy presentation had concluded. read also:Leeds partner with Adidas for Premier League return Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa was also on the bus. But he declined to speak to the fans and did not turn up for his post-match press conference. Goals from Ben White and Stuart Dallas gave Leeds a 2-0 half-time lead. Before substitutes Tyler Roberts and Jamie Shackleton added two more Charlton were consigned to relegation. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All Time10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can ResistTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Actors That Started Their Careers On Soaps
On Tuesday, the players union will meet with league negotiators at the scouting combine. The union’s executive committee voted last week to recommend rejecting terms of the new collective bargaining agreement that NFL owners approved. Objections to an expanded regular season are the main stumbling block to player approval. The current labor accord lasts through the 2020 season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Big changes are coming to the NFL scouting combine this year.There will be more eyeballs on the league’s annual gathering of top college talent but fewer assistant coaches watching those prospects run through drills that have been tailored by position and more accurately mimic what they’ll be doing in the NFL.The Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams, two teams that missed the playoffs last season, are leaving their assistants behind this year, figuring their staffs can watch the on-field drills on broadcasts and review taped interviews without having to fly to Indianapolis. “Now, if you want to go back and watch the workouts at home or you want to go finish your interviews, if you’re a corners coach or a receivers coach, I should say, and you finish up all the receiver interviews, and you don’t want to stay in the building to watch the workout, I understand that because you can watch it all on tape. But I think it’s a lost opportunity if you’re a coach and you don’t get a chance to be in the room to be around these players. It’s just another point of contact that I think can really help you.”Jeremiah likes some of the other changes coming to the combine, like the new drills for the players and moving those drills later in the day to prime time.Every year, the top 300 or so football prospects converge on Indianapolis for medical evaluations, measurements, interviews and position drills in front of all 32 teams — or at least those who want to watch. This year’s group is loaded at wide receiver and not as deep at edge rusher, tight end and linebacker as it’s been in the last few years. The quarterback class again is strong, led by national champion Joe Burrow with big questions looming over Tua Tagovailoa’s health.The combine rivals the Super Bowl for the largest gathering of general managers, coaches, pro personnel departments, players and agents. February 24, 2020 Oftentimes teams capitalize on this to lay the groundwork for free agency that comes a couple of weeks after the combine.This year, downtown bars and restaurants should be quieter as many of the on-field drills move from morning and afternoon into prime time. The NFL Network will broadcast 26 hours of live on-field drills Thursday through Sunday, beginning with quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends from 4-11 p.m. ET Thursday. That will be followed by running backs, O-linemen and special teams Friday and defensive linemen and linebackers Saturday. The coverage concludes Sunday with five hours of defensive backs drills.“I’m excited about it,” Jeremiah said. “It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be good for television because we’re going to get more eyeballs, and it will draw more attention to the event. I know talking to buddies around the league, they’re just kind of skeptical. They just want to see how it comes together. It’s all new to them. So I think you’ll have a better feel for how they like it after we get through the week.”Sixteen new position-specific drills are coming to the combine with 10 old ones being eliminated as the league incorporates some of the skill sets that colleges players are bringing to the NFL nowadays. For example, end zone fade routes have been added for quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends with the toe tap drill eliminated, and running backs have to run routes and catch quick passes.“It’s been long overdue to have our evaluation tools match where the game is,” Jeremiah said. “I’m encouraged by that. I think it’s going to be a fun part of the combine. It’s going to be refreshing to see some of these new drills.”Things will start off strong Tuesday when tight ends, quarterbacks and wide receivers meet with the media in the morning, followed by general managers and coaches. Looming over the combine is the league’s labor situation. ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL The decisions save upwards of $50,000 per team, but at what cost?Rams coach Sean McVay has two new coordinators concocting schemes and zeroing in on targets in free agency and the draft, so he’s expected to pop into Indy for just one day before returning to LA to continue chasing the NFC champion 49ers and resurgent Seahawks.Broncos coach Vic Fangio will stay in town longer, but he also is leaving much of his staff behind in what could foster a new trend into the NFL — or prove a big blunder depending on how this change plays out.NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, for one, isn’t a big fan of the Rams and Broncos not bringing their full staffs and personnel departments.“The one thing that’s interesting, I’ve read all these stories about people leaving personnel at home and coaches not coming to the combine. And I don’t know how I feel about that because I think when you get a chance to be around the players, as many opportunities as you can get a chance to be around them and be in the room with them when you interview them, I think there’s value in that,” Jeremiah said. Associated Press Big changes are coming to the NFL scouting combine this year
–exciting matches expectedTHE iBet Supreme FIFA 20 ‘League of Champions’ eSports Tournament got underway on Saturday night with two thrilling encounters, one of which included Caribbean Table Tennis Men’s Singles bronze and U-21 Men’s silver-medallist, Shemar Britton.The tournament, which will see over $100,000 up for grabs, will run over two weeks, with competitors battling out on the Playstation 4 platform.The opening game saw Marvin Johnson (Liverpool FC) facing Akil Harper (FC Barcelona) and coming out victorious with the score at 3-2. Meanwhile, Britton (FC Barcelona) took on Jonathan Hutson (Manchester City FC) and that match finished at 2-2.The tournament is presently at the Round of 16 stage and will see participants playing home and away fixtures with the aggregate (away goals rule) deciding the winner.Marvin JohnsonPersons who are interested in looking at the matches can check our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/iBetSupreme/ where we will be streaming all the games.Meanwhile, iBet’s Marketing and Business Development Manager, Dustanni Barrow noted; “We had two competitive games, especially the second one, and we are looking forward to the games tonight (Sunday night), we had a bit of a difficulty streaming the live videos but we have fixed that and we are at the green light for tonight’s fixtures. Everybody is excited so far and iBet is happy to bring this new form of entertainment during this time, and we continue to encourage people to stay at home and take all the necessary precautions needed to fight the Covid-19.”Winner of the event will pocket $50,000, two pennyweights of gold, a trophy, a case of Monster Energy Drink and a special Church’s Chicken Meal. Meanwhile, the second place finisher will collect $25,000, a case of Monster Energy Drink and a Church’s Chicken meal.On the other hand, the third place finisher will receive $15,000, a case of Monster Energy Drinks as well as Church’s Chicken meal.Sponsors of the event are Banks DIH, under their Monster Energy Drink; Church’s Chicken, A&A Gamespot, Smoke Shack and NCN, who will be streaming the semifinals, the third place game and the final.iBet League of Champions FIFA 20 eSports TournamentDay 1 ResultsMarvin Johnson: Liverpool 3-2 Akil Harper: FC Barcelona (First Leg)Shemar Britton: FC Barcelona 2 – 2 Jonathan Hutson: Manchester City (First Leg)Day 2 Fixtures (April 26)Match 3: 7:00PM- Tariq Dakhil (Juventus) vs Lorenzo Forde (PSG)Match 4: 7:30PM- Dane Haynes (FC Barcelona) vs Emuwnah Pross (Real Madrid)Match 5: 8:00PM- Vance Validum (Liverpool) vs Travis Hart (FC Barcelona)Match 6: 8:30PM- Carlton Cummings (FC Barcelona) vs Tevin Bremner (Liverpool)Match 7: 9:00PM- Akeem Allicock (FC Barcelona) vs Osase Barclay (Juventus)
(CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) has refuted claims by former bowler Shaquana Quintyne that she was abandoned by the region’s governing body for cricket after being injured three years ago.CEO Johnny Grave on Tuesday night described her allegations, levelled in an interview with the Barbados Today online publication here, as “hugely disappointing and … massively damaging to our reputation”.Far from leaving Quintyne to fend for herself after she sustained a “dreadful” injury during a West Indies Women’s training camp at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua in 2017, Grave said CWI footed the bill for her surgeries.The 24-year-old former Barbados and West Indies cricketer recalled that the cruciate ligaments in her right knee tore when she dived to stop a ball while fielding at extra-cover during a practice session.The devastating injury brought the right-arm leg-spin bowler’s promising international career to an end, and she claimed that although the incident occurred while she was a contracted player, CWI had abandoned her.However, Grave denied that was the case and described the Barbados Today article as “misleading”.“It’s hugely disappointing for me to read a story that is so far removed from the truth,” he said on the Mason and Guest radio programme, insisting that CWI had gone to great lengths to care for West Indies players.“I’ll refute it in the strongest possible terms. We have provided enormous financial support and medical support for Shaquana…. I won’t go into details but it is fair to say we have provided significant financial assistance and medical support and paid huge sums of money for her to try and get her career back and get back to full fitness.”However, Grave did admit that the injury sustained by the young cricketer, who made her debut for the West Indies in 2011 when she was just 15, was one from which it is extremely difficult to return to full fitness.“A cruciate knee ligament injury is one of the worst any sportsperson can get. And, therefore, to come back from injury like that she had to do more than one operation. A horrible situation for her – one that you would never want any player to go through in one’s career,” he said.“She required multiple operations and CWI paid for those operations. That’s a fact.”Grave pointed out that while there was no insurance policy in 2017 that would have covered Quintyne’s injury, as there is now, CWI dealt with the-then 21-year-old as if such a policy was in place.Quintyne had also complained that she lost her contract a few months after the injury, after having scored 482 runs and taken 35 wickets in 40 ODIs and playing 45 T20 matches in which she amassed 182 runs and took 39 wickets for the regional team.“She did get injured and when it came to awarding the new 15 contracts to players she wasn’t part of that 15,” Grave acknowledged, although stressing that CWI still continued to take care of Quintyne, paying her for 52 weeks after the injury.Quintyne told Barbados Today that she has filed a lawsuit against CWI, but Grave said while there had been exchanges with her representatives previously there had been no discussion in over a year.“Certainly, we’re not aware of any legal action filed by her or on her behalf,” he said.Quintyne played her last International match against India at the Vijayawada Stadium in November 2016.She said she is making preparation for life after cricket, with the hope of becoming a personal trainer at some point.“In that way, I will still be associated with sports and will be making a contribution to persons who are playing some form of sports or those who are just interested in pursuing a healthy lifestyle,” she told Barbados Today.That, Grave said, was the “only positive” he had taken from the article.“It sounds like she’s recovered from her injury and is making the transition to the new career,” the CWI CEO said.
Justin Gatlin.– ‘The legend is OK with it’ –Nehemiah, who won the 1984 Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers, said Coe and the IAAF should be more gracious and accept their rules allowed athletes like Gatlin to get a chance at redeeming themselves.“Lord Coe’s a part of the IAAF who set the rules, who set out the punishments, and when you serve the punishment you are supposed to be reinstated, which these athletes who have offended and abused some of these rules have, and if you don’t want them in you should change the rules,” said Nehemiah.“You don’t allow them in and then still condemn them,” said the 58-year-old.Coe has always been a hardliner on doping, believing second time offenders like Gatlin should have life bans — however that view has fallen foul of the legal system when athletes have gone to court to challenge such punishments.Gatlin — who reacted to the crowd’s booing of his victory by placing a finger to his mouth — served a four-year ban from 2006-10, reduced from eight years and also served a prior ban whilst a student, although that was also reduced as it was ascertained that he had taken medication for his Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).Nehemiah, who missed out on his chance of an Olympics due to the US boycott of the 1980 Games in Moscow over the invasion of Afghanistan, said if Bolt could accept graciously that Gatlin was justified in being there, then it should be good enough for anybody.“If it’s good for Bolt it should be good enough for everyone else,” said Nehemiah, who observed that when Gatlin competed and won bronze at the 2012 Olympics in London he was not booed.“If the king, the legend is OK with it we should all be OK with it.”Share on: WhatsApp Athletics chief Sebastian Coe.London, United Kingdom | AFP | Athletics chief Sebastian Coe and the IAAF’s treatment of controversial 100 metres world champion Justin Gatlin is ‘inhumane’ and ‘unsportsmanlike’, the athlete’s agent told the BBC in a blistering attack.British athletics legend Coe — a two-time 1500m Olympic champion — had told the BBC on Sunday two-time drugs cheat Gatlin’s victory in the sport’s most high profile event in London, which was watched by over eight million viewers in Britain, was not the ‘perfect script’.Gatlin, 35, had been loudly booed throughout the 100m rounds and the verbal abuse was ratcheted up a few notches when he won the final, denying Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt a 12th world title in his last individual final. The 60,000 plus spectators jeered Gatlin whilst chanting bronze medal winner Bolt’s name as if he were the champion.Coe — who had said prior to being elected president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) he felt ‘queasy’ about dopers returning and winning titles — remarked he wasn’t very excited about the prospect of placing the gold medal around Gatlin’s neck.“I’m not eulogistic that someone who has served two bans has walked off with one of our glittering prizes,” said the 60-year-old.However, Gatlin’s agent Renaldo Nehemiah, a former 110m hurdles world record holder, was scathing about Coe’s remarks.“I take offence to, with all respect, Lord Coe,” he told the BBC.“I don’t condone doping but Justin Gatlin is not the poster child for it.“He’s done his time, he plays by the rules, the IAAF reinstated him. They said if you come back we should accept that.“So to put a narrative out that it’s just Justin Gatlin and he’s the bad guy, it’s really not fair.“It’s inhumane. It’s unsportsmanlike.”
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Embiid was injured when guard Markelle Fultz accidentally head-butted him while diving toward the basket Wednesday against the New York Knicks. The 7-footer immediately went to the floor and remained there for several minutes before eventually getting helped off the court.Embiid also suffered a concussion and remains in the NBA’s concussion program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Sixers clearly need their big man if they’re going to make a run in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Embiid leads the team with 22.9 points and 11 rebounds in 63 games, helping Philly clinch its first playoff berth since 2012. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center, lies not he court after an injury during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid had surgery Saturday to repair a broken bone around his left eye.The team says there is no timetable for Embiid’s return. He is scheduled to have a post-operative examination late next week, and further updates will be provided then.ADVERTISEMENT Nash, Kidd, Allen, Hill in 13-member Basketball Hall of Fame class 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View comments
Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 In his second season in Japan, the 5-foot-2 (1.58-meter) attacking midfielder scored eight goals, helping Consadole to a fourth-place finish in the top flight — a record high for the club.He was selected to the J-League XI, becoming the first Southeast Asian player to earn the honor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Thailand’s midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin controls the ball during the AFC Asian Cup round of 16 soccer match between Thailand and China in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. With soccer booming in Southeast Asia, Chanathip’s move to Japan has been a win-win situation for both the Thai playmaker and the J-League. The 25-year-old Chanathip signed with first-division club Consadole Sapporo in 2017 and has been a hit both on and off the field. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)TOKYO — With soccer booming in Southeast Asia, Chanathip Songkrasin’s move to Japan has been a win-win situation for both the Thai playmaker and the J-League.The 25-year-old Chanathip signed with first-division club Consadole Sapporo in 2017 and has been a hit both on and off the field.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Indian Wells: Serena Williams, Simona Halep win; Sloane Stephens ousted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View comments Last year, Chanathip’s Thailand teammates Teerasil Dangda and Theerathon Bunmathan played in the J-League with Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Vissel Kobe.Thailand captain Teerasil returned to Muangthong following the completion of his loan deal, but Theerathon is continuing to play in the J-League with Yokohama F Marinos.Newly promoted Oita Trinita, meanwhile, has acquired Thai midfielder Thitipan Puangchan on loan.Chanathip has given the profile of the Japanese league a huge boost in his homeland, where he was a star at Thai powerhouse Muangthong United.Thai TV viewership of J-League broadcasts hit an all-time high in 2017 when a match between Consadole and the J-League’s Kawasaki Frontale drew an estimated 400,000 Thai TV viewers, outperforming a broadcast of popular domestic side Buriram United.The J-League hopes its success in Thailand can be duplicated in other Southeast Asian countries, where broadcasts of the top European leagues dominate ratings.Murai has praised Chanathip for his success with Sapporo and promotion of the league in Thailand.“I was surprised when a video of Chanathip’s first practice in Sapporo attracted 3 million viewers, more than the entire population of Sapporo,” Murai told local media. “He has made a huge impact on the J-League.”While he’s completely focused on helping Sapporo achieve its goals, Chanathip said he’s keeping an open mind about his future prospects, including the possibility of one day playing on soccer’s biggest stage.“If I get a chance to play in Europe, I’d be happy to take on a new challenge,” Chanathip said. “Japanese football is very fast and physical,” Chanathip said in a recent interview. “Players here are very disciplined, so if more Thai players come to Japan, they will be able to learn a lot and become better football players.”While playing in a more competitive league has helped Chanathip raise the level of his game, it has also helped promote the J-League overseas. Nearly 1.5 million people attend soccer matches every year in Thailand and Japanese soccer officials are eager to gain a foothold there. With the recent signings of players such as Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Fernando Torres, the J-League is bidding to raise its international profile in the region after a period when the Chinese Super League grabbed most of the headlines for its record-breaking signings and transfer deals.During the 2017 season, the Chinese authorities introduced a 100 percent tax on the signing of foreign players for a fee of more than $7 million in a move to increase opportunities for young local players. At the same time, the limited on the number of foreign players that could be selected for a game was reduced from four to three for each team.While Chinese soccer appears to be inching back from a foreign influx, the J-League, long considered the most professional competition in the region, is stepping forward.“We want to create interest in our league not only in Japan but in Asia and around the world,” J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai said. “With players like Chanathip we feel we are well on the way to achieving those goals.”Since 2017, the J-League has permitted each team to sign one player from an Asian Football Confederation nation outside of the existing foreign player quota.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES MOST READ