Heartbreak and disbelief as Andy Murray announces retirement

first_imgCarpio 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 “Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come. Your voice for equality will inspire future generations.”That sentiment was echoed by Belgian four-time major winner Kim Clijsters, who like many could not help but be moved by Murray’s emotional announcement.“My heart breaks listening to @andy_murray during his press conference,” she tweeted.It is in his native Britain that the announcement will be perhaps most keenly felt.Murray’s status as the greatest British male player in several generations meant he carried the expectations of a nation onto the court. By meeting them, his impact transcended tennis.Many hoped he can muster the strength and fitness to return to the All England Club — where he twice won in fairytale fashion — for a career finale.“He deserves his moment to say goodbye at Wimbledon. He’s too important to Great Britain and Wimbledon history to not have it,” said Roddick.“He just needs to play any match for the goodbye he deserves.”US Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish pointed to Murray’s famous determination, which helped him compete against stronger and more skilled players.“The @andy_murray that I know will absolutely make it to Wimbledon to play his final tournament,” he tweeted. “Not many with more heart, effort in the history of the game. Was always a pleasure to share the court pal.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Unreal results in a brutal era. Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy,” he said.Murray’s failure to recover from a long-term hip injury has put his dream to win next week’s Australian Open almost beyond reach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSuch is the level of pain that there is speculation he may not be able to go the distance, much less set up a dream farewell at Wimbledon this July.Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro — who fell short against Murray in a memorable 2016 Olympic gold medal game — urged him not to throw in the towel. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting,” he wrote.“I can imagine your pain and sadness. I hope you can overcome this. You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens. We love you @andy_murray and we want to see you happy and doing well.”The sentiment was echoed by tennis’ women stars, who Murray championed — famously rebuking a journalist for glossing over American greats like Serena Williams arguing for equal billing on the centre courts.Indian star Sania Mirza dubbed him her “foreverfavourite” and a “#foreverachampion”.Legend Billie Jean King declared him a “champion on and off the court”.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: PBA Q&A with Blackwater rookie Paul Desiderio Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View comments Britain’s Andy Murray reacts as he leaves a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A tearful Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)Tennis ace Andy Murray’s tearful announcement Friday that he’ll be forced to retire this year prompted a volley of tributes to the man, fond recollections of a historic career and encouragement to serve up a fitting farewell.American star Andy Roddick led the tributes to the former world number one, describing his 11-time opponent as an “absolute legend” who is on the “short list of best tacticians” in the history of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Perlas Pilipinas routs Singapore to open SEA Games bid

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Gilas Pilipinas escapes Jordan, salvages 7th place View comments LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games FILE – Perlas Pilipinas’ France Mae Cabinbin against Japan in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas shone bright Sunday night.True to its moniker, the Philippine women’s basketball team fashioned out a 88-54 demolition of Singapore to start its bid for the 29th Southeast Asian Games crown at full-packed MABA Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Displaying fluid transition offense through flashy playmaker France Mae Cabinbin, the Philippines kept the tentative Singaporean side under control in the first half, with just about everybody in the lineup scoring at will.Perlas stepped on it in the final two quarters with Cabinbin, Afril Bernardino and Analyn Almazan leading the charge to rip the game apart and cruise to its first victory of the meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Munzon now 89th in the world in 3×3

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too And it has earned him a distinction: Munzon, 24, now belongs to the top 100 of Fiba 3×3’s world rankings.“I think it’s a testimony of what [love of the game] could do for you. If you love the game, it will love you back,” he told the Inquirer in a recent interview at a hotel in Ortigas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMunzon, is the country’s No. 1 3×3 player and, more importantly, 89th in the world—a remarkable feat he has put together in the span of just six months.But the 6-foot-3 playmaker says his individual 3×3 ranking says more about his team than himself. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Munzon’s crew will be joined by Balanga Chooks-to-Go, which will be led by Philippines 2nd-ranked 3×3 cager in Alvin Pasaol. Comprising the team are Karl Dehesa, newcomer Chris de Chavez and another returning reinforcement in Travis Franklin.Pasig and Balanga are at the forefront of boosting the Philippines’ bid in making it to the qualifying tournament of the specialized format, which was recently made an Olympic sport.“I’ve been with my team all year but you know, my ranking has a lot to do with my team. We’ve been together, we’ve won together and lost together but at the same time, I won’t be where I am without my teammates,” said Munzon, whose squad will shoot for redemption when they try to erase the bitter taste of going winless in the Kunshan Challenger last month.“We want to make up for what happened,” he added. Pasig is set to face Belgium’s Antwerp at 11:00 p.m. (Manila time) before taking a familiar foe in Latvia’s Riga Ghetto, the World’s No. 3 squad, at 12:25 a.m. in Pool B play. Balanga, meanwhile, faces Ukraine’s Odessa Basket in the 7:40 p.m. contest before taking on Moscow Inanomo at 8:20.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—The game of basketball has been inexplicably sweet for Joshua Munzon. It has taken him around the world, It has become his source of livelihood, and it has given him the opportunity wear the country’s name across his chest.ADVERTISEMENT Federer, Nadal resume rivalry, Djokovic faces Thiem Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “I think that it’s a team award. If you have some guys that’s up there like that, I think it’s a testament to what other guys are doing to sacrifice and help other guys be successful,” he said.“Scoring the ball isn’t everything. It’s a team game. Everybody has to contribute one way or the other—in defense, rebounding or simply playing hard. Just because I score the ball, doesn’t mean I’m the best player in the squad or anything like that,” he added.Munzon, who traces his Filipino heritage through his father, said that being in the elite crop is emblematic of his team’s growth.“I think collectively as a group, we’re becoming a team that can compete with the other better teams in the world,” he said.Munzon will spearhead Pasig Chooks-to-Go, ranked 24th in the world, in the 2019 Fiba 3×3 Moscow Tinkoff Challenger which unfolds Friday night in Russia. He will be backed by former pro Dylan Ababou, World No. 91 Taylor Statham, and old reliable Nikola Pavlovic as import.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Exclusive: Neeraj Chopra says Diamond League was his biggest experience in 2018

first_imgNeeraj Chopra was India’s flagbearer at Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony. He won gold in javelin throw with a national record. He is just 20 years old.Ahead of the Asian Games, Neeraj Chopra was one of India’s biggest gold medal prospects and he did not disappoint in Jakarta, Indonesia. With a personal best throw of 88.06m, Chopra steered clear of the competition by a massive margin of at least five metres.He became India’s first ever javelin gold medallist at Asian Games and brought India’s first Games medal in the sport since 1982, where India bagged bronze.”I am very proud of my Asian Games achievement as along with the gold, I also set a national record,” Chopra told IndiaToday.in in an exclusive chat.Also read – Neeraj Chopra wins India’s first javelin gold medal in Asian Games historyChopra has been in fine form coming into the 18th edition of the Asiad. In 2018, Neeraj has won three gold medals for India, including one at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Sotteville Athletics Meet and the Savo Games are the other two competitions, where he bagged the top prize.Ahead of the Commonwealth Games, Neeraj had participated in the IAAF Diamond League in Doha where he had thrown his then personal best distance of 87.43 metres to finish fourth.”For me the biggest experience this year has been the Diamond League because other big champions also play and Olympics will see the same competitors and that makes a lot of difference. I will try to play in the Diamond League next year as well and hopefully win a medal, which will put me in good stead for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Chopra told.advertisementWelcome home champion #NeerajChopra CWG 2018 @GC2018 & #AsianGames2018 Gold Medallist in Javelin Throw arrived this morning #Delhi after long time.#PrideofIndia #EnergyofAsia @Neeraj_chopra1 @nitinarya99 @BhimChopra2 pic.twitter.com/8xEFdTh095Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) September 11, 2018Also read – Passion is very important, says Neeraj Chopra after Asian Games 2018 goldWithin hours of winning the gold medal at Asian Games, Neeraj flew out to Zurich for the prestigious Diamond League Finals, where he missed the bronze medal by a whisker after throwing the best distance of 85.73m.Chopra was in for the bronze medal finish till the final throw, where the reigning Olympic champion Thomas Rohler of Germany came up with a 85.76m effort in his last attempt to pip the Indian by a mere 0.03 meters.Chopra felt that he could have done better if he had more time in his hands after throwing a massive 88.06m in Jakarta.”I could have done better [in Diamond League] with more time. It was my first experience of such competitions but still, I threw 85+ which is also fine. May be in the coming year, I will reap its benefits and will do better.”Post the Asian Games and Diamond League euphoria, Neeraj Chopra went to the IAAF Continental Cup, where four teams from Europe, Africa, America and Asia-Pacific compete and the top two athletes in the season’s rankings from each of the four regions take part.Neeraj could not emulate his success throughout the season in Czech Republic as he finished a disappointing sixth with a best throw of 80.24m. Neeraj easily delivered an 85+ throw in his last attempt but just about landed outside the area for a foul throw, which meant the throw did not count.It was a disappointing end to a season where Neeraj has consistently throw above 85 metres and emerged as a real medal contender for India.”Everything was going well but it happened with me for the first time that a very good throw of 85+ went for a foul but I made a mistake and it will take it forward and learn from this.”Also read – Neeraj Chopra’s personal best could have won him an Olympic gold in 2012Neeraj, however, is looking forward and is aiming to work even harder for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics now. He aims to better himself and be in contention for a medal in two years’ time.”If you look at the world rankings, I’m currently at the sixth place. I have been working hard and if I perform similarly well at the Olympics, I can get a medal and might go for a gold as well, if luck also favours.”Neeraj is one of the many athletes who is associated with Gatorade and he spoke about how the drink helps him perform better on the field.”If we feel dehydrated, Gatorade really comes to our aid at that time. Along with water, Gatorade contains energy-imparting elements as well, which is very important for us.”advertisementlast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Is Rooting For Ohio State This Saturday

first_imgJim Harbaugh talks about Rutgers trash talk during halftime of their game during a press conference.jim harbaugh rutgers trash talkGiven Michigan’s last-second loss to Michigan State earlier this year, the Wolverines will need to finish with fewer losses in-conference than the Spartans to claim the Big Ten East crown. That means that for Michigan to have a shot, Michigan State needs to lose either at Ohio State this Saturday or at home against Penn State in two weeks. UM head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked earlier this week if he’ll be rooting for the Buckeyes against the Spartans on Saturday. He basically ignored the question. Thursday morning, he was asked again, this time on Detroit radio show Stoney & Bill. This time around, he made it clear that he’d be rooting for whatever is “best” for Michigan – which, clearly, means he’s rooting for his program’s arch-rival.Harbaugh asked if Bo Schembechler would root for Ohio State or Michigan State on Saturday: “He’d root what’s best for Michigan.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Harbaugh on @StoneyandBill about OSU : “What’s best for Michigan” is what he wants— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) November 19, 2015Harbaugh scolds @stoney16 for saying he can’t root for OSU because of hate: “why would you associate the word hate with collegiate sports?!”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh won’t say ‘go Bucks” on @StoneyandBill :” What’s best for Michigan. I’d say it but I won’t because you’re telling me to say it.”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh: “What’s best for Michigan is what (I’ll be rooting for).”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Obviously, Michigan fans are in a bind here. If Ohio State can knock off Michigan State Saturday, Michigan needs to just win out to claim the Big Ten East. That being said, it involves rooting for the team they hate.Is Harbaugh breaking an unwritten rule by rooting for Ohio State? Or is this acceptable given the circumstances?last_img read more

Goa CM drops Dy CM after 2 MGP MLAs break away from

first_imgPanaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Wednesday dropped deputy CM Sudin Dhavalikar after two MLAs of the latter’s MGP broke away and joined the ruling BJP. Dhavalikar, the lone MGP MLA who did not break away from the party, hit back, terming the development as “dacoity by chowkidars”. In a communication addressed to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, Sawant informed her about dropping Dhavalikar. “I have dropped Sudin Dhavalikar from the cabinet. The decision on filling up the vacant seat will be taken very soon,” Sawant told PTI. The CM’s recommendation to drop Dhavalikar was accepted by Sinha. “The Governor is pleased to accept the recommendation of chief minister that Sudin Dhavalikar shall cease to be a minister in the council of ministers headed by Chief Minister, with immediate effect,” an official notification said. Dhavalikar said, “People are stunned the way, in the middle of the night, chowkidars conducted dacoity on MGP. People are watching and they will consider their course of action,” he said. He claimed the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party was an outfit of the masses and would not be eliminated by such moves. Dhavalikar was allotted portfolios of Transport and Public Works which would be now looked after by Sawant. Governor Sinha, who is in New Delhi now, has cut short her visit and would be arriving in Goa later during the evening to administer the oath to the new minister replacing Dhavalikar. During the wee hours Wednesday, two of the three Maharashrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLAs– Manohar Ajgaonkar and Dipak Pawaskar– gave a letter to officiating Speaker Michael Lobo, merging their party’s legislative wing with the BJP. Dhavalikar, the third MGP MLA, did not sign the letter. On Tuesday, MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar had claimed that his party was the target of a conspiracy by opponents. He had said moves were afoot by rivals to wean away Ajgaonkar and Pawaskar, and in the process isolate Sudin Dhavalikar. “Any attempt to disturb our MLAs will be viewed seriously and we won’t mind pulling out of the government,” the MGP chief had said.last_img read more

Red terror strikes

first_imgRed terror struck Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district just 36 hours prior to the first phase of Lok Sabha election with five killed in a roadside bomb – an Improvised Explosive Device planted by suspected Maoist rebels. Amongst the casualties was Bhima Mandvi, BJP MLA, who was heading to a locality in the Maoist hinterland despite being advised against following an intelligence input regarding a possible Maoist attack. Bhima’s convoy was ambushed as the bomb reduced his car to scrap. A group of 20-25 Maoists opened fire on the convoy with security forces accompanying Bhima in another vehicle engaged in crossfire for at least half an hour before the Maoists retreated. The incident generated panic in the Bastar region as Maoists had outlined their call for boycotting the upcoming polls a few days ago, threatening people with adverse consequences if they exercise voting. The incident, an ambush in the Red zone against the establishment, stirred memories of a similar instance back in May 2013 where 27 people were killed including former Union Minister VC Shukla and Senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma by the Maoists in Bastar ahead of the state assembly polls. The Maoist attack on Tuesday, however, does not come as a surprise following similar Red terror strikes that have shaken up the state terrorising the locals. Maoists, historically, have struck security forces in big numbers during polling months. Be it the single biggest attack against security forces in Tadmetla, Dantewada, back in April 2010, where 76 CRPF soldiers were killed in an ambush laid by nearly 1000 Naxals on hilltops or Darbha valley, again Dantewada, May 2013, where 28 people including top Congress leadership taken down, the Ultra-Left cadre has left the establishment distraught with their recurring efforts to seize power in the region. Bhima Mandvi’s convoy ambush is the 39th Maoist insurgency incident in the country this year coming days after suspected Maoist rebels – perpetrators of a decades-long war against the expropriation of their resources – executed five paramilitary personnel in two separate attacks in the state. These rebels have asked the locals to boycott the upcoming polls, not just in Chhattisgarh but the entire Red corridor. In an unexpected incidence, these Ultra-Left rebels extended support to Kashmiri separatists and militants who have a similar – struggle against the state – cause, calling a boycott of the Lok Sabha election. CPI(Maoist) circulated a 2-page press release on WhatsApp, urging villagers to boycott the polls and support them in establishing a People’s Council and spreading their aim to create a state within a state in the “liberated zone” entirely controlled by Maoists. The Maoist menace with their anti-establishment stance has, however, failed to influence the polling schedule. The Bastar constituency, where Dantiwada is located, will vote today in the first phase of the LS polls as planned. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWith Maoist insurgency rendering an ugly situation in the Red Corridor over the years irrespective of UPA or NDA terms, the situation has ceased to improve. The contentious issue of insurgency in the Red Corridor prima facie appears to be a prolonged internal conflict between the establishment and the insurgents. However, BJP and Congress quarrelling over each other’s alleged collusion with the insurgents gives the internal conflict an ever bitter taste. Expectedly, a blame game ignited between the ruling Congress and BJP over Mandvi’s death with the BJP leaders alleging a conspiracy by Congress. Congress retaliated how Maoist control has proliferated from three to 13 districts in the state over the last 15 years owing to faulty BJP policies under ex-CM Raman Singh. A divided establishment only fuels the ambitions of the insurgents which is why years of counter-insurgency operations have only produced grievous outcomes. Civilians, security personnel, and insurgents, all have perished due to this uncontained Red Terror which often registers a spike during polling periods. It is certain that the election period is a most-ripe time for the Maoist rebels to highlight their objective and capability both through their violent engagements. The state and the Central governments have so far failed to appropriately tackle this internal crisis and one cannot help but notice the pattern forming of Maoist attacks coinciding with polling seasons. Mandvi’s death and the general insurgency by Maoists draws a sharp contrast to India’s recent achievement in strengthening national security with the BJP reiterating how India will bow down to no one when it comes to its integrity and national security. The national security narrative that BJP offers to everyone may be reduced to empty rhetoric in the face of Red terror which has plagued the country for a long time now. If the Modi dispensation strengthened India’s defence then the prevailing misery of insurgency returns an ironical slap on the nation’s stance over its integrity. We cannot boast of subduing threats and showcasing defence and space prowess when we have failed to combat insurgency for decades. The only way to remedy this is by establishing a comprehensive plan to eradicate Red Terror from the roots.last_img read more

Ohio State mens soccer advances to NCAA Tournament 2nd round after PK

Members of the OSU and Akron men’s soccer teams face the flag during the national anthem before a Nov. 20 NCAA Tournament 1st round match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU advanced on penalty kicks, 1-1 (13-12). Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The Lantern Five rounds of penalty kicks weren’t enough to decide a winner. Nor were six, or 10 or 14.It took a 15-round penalty kick shootout for the Ohio State men’s soccer team to advance past Akron, 1-1 (13-12), in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night.“I think this result is what being a Buckeye is all about,” redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov said. “We battled through the end, we believed we could do it, we persevered and we did it.”The teams went back-and-forth until Ivanov denied Akron redshirt-freshman midfielder/defender Robby Dambrot to open the 15th round. OSU junior midfielder Zach Mason then put it into the net for his second score of the shootout to put an end to the game.“It’s relieving, and it’s just euphoria after that,” Mason said about his game clincher. “I mean, I don’t even know, I couldn’t even think, it’s just so exciting.”OSU coach John Bluem said the team has been working on penalty kicks since the days leading up to the Big Ten Tournament in preparation for a shootout.“We practice on them every day since the week before postseason play started because any of the postseason games can go to penalty kicks,” Bluem said. “But I think the main thing is just to be confident, pick where you’re going to go, don’t watch the goalkeeper’s doing if he’s jumping back and forth, just pick where you’re going to go and put it right in there.”In all, 30 shots were taken in the shootout, with 25 finding the back of the net. Ivanov said, even of the three stops he made, there is no strategy other than simply guessing.Members of the OSU men’s soccer team celebrate a goal from junior defender Kyle Culbertson (3) during a match against Akron on Nov. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU advanced on penalty kicks, 1-1 (13-12).Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The Lantern“At that point, you’ve just gotta pick a way and just dive, just get your hands there and make the save as best you can,” Ivanov said.Those 30 penalty kicks were not the only ones taken on the night, either.In the 30th minute, a collision off an Akron corner kick awarded the Zips a penalty shot, served by Akron sophomore midfielder Adam Najem. Najem sent it to the right post, where Ivanov dove, but not in time to stop the shot.“We thought in the first half that we played pretty well, and that it was – I haven’t seen video of it yet – but it was a pretty tough penalty kick call early on there,” Bluem said.The goal was Najem’s 14th of the year, moving him into a tie for third in the nation.OSU had trouble generating much offense in the first half, as it had to play against the strong, cold winds after Akron elected to play with the wind first. The Buckeyes only managed one first-half shot, compared to four for Akron, two of which were on target.However, the teams switched sides in the second half, and the Buckeyes were able to play the final 45 minutes with the wind at their backs.Despite five corner kicks and the majority of the possession in the first 20 minutes of the second half, OSU started slow, not registering a shot until 63rd minute.That first shot might have been all the Buckeyes needed to loosen up.About three minutes later, junior defender Kyle Culbertson received a pass in front of the box off a free kick from junior defender Liam Doyle, and put it into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season to tie the game.“It was just a set piece,” Culbertson said. “Liam Doyle had a great ball in, and it just fell through the back side. I just wanted to make sure I got solid contact and put it on frame.”The Zips had a chance to regain the lead with just over four minutes left in regulation, when a give-and-go freed up freshman forward Adi Dakwar with a shot at the net, but his shot banged high off the goalpost.OSU freshman forward Marcus McCrary then suffered a similar fate about 90 seconds later, when his shot careened off the Akron goalpost, causing the game to head to overtime.In the first overtime, OSU outshot Akron, 3-1, but none represented any real scoring chance, and the game went to double overtime.Despite a trio of good looks for the Buckeyes in the second overtime, no one could find the back of the net there either. OSU outshot Akron, 3-0, in the period, but the game advanced to penalty kicks.Culbertson originally signed with Akron out of high school before transferring to Columbia, and finally transferring a second time to OSU before the 2013 season. He had to sit out that season because of NCAA double-transfer rules. Despite never playing a game for the Zips, he said he had some extra motivation against his former school.“It’s not a team we like to lose to, an instate rival, especially me, I’m not a big fan having been in an Akron shirt before, I definitely don’t like losing to them,” Culbertson said.The overtime session was the third of the season for Akron, and sixth for OSU.OSU, appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010 when it advanced to the regional semifinals, now earns the right to face the No. 1 seed in the tournament and defending champion, Notre Dame.However, Bluem said his team’s difficult regular season schedule has adequately prepared it for a game like that.“I think it’s great that we’re going to go play the number-one seed in the country in the tournament,” Bluem said. “We have played one of the most difficult schedules of any team in the country all year long, and we’ve responded pretty well.”Bluem said that missing out on winning the Big Ten championship has motivated his team further.“We kinda feel like there’s still work left to be done, because we missed out on some things that we almost had,” Bluem said. “So now here’s another opportunity, and it’s a great challenge, but it’s a great opportunity, and our guys have been seizing those moments all year long, hopefully we can rise to the occasion and do it one more time.”OSU’s second-round matchup with Notre Dame is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. Sunday in South Bend, Ind. read more

Southampton agree £18m deal for Jannik Vestergaard

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach defender Jannik Vestergaard appears set to join Southampton after a £18m fee was agreed on between the clubs, reports Sky SportsThe Denmark international will partake in a medical examination later this week ahead of his move to the Premier League this summer.The transfer to Southampton will mark the first time that Vestergaard has played outside of Germany after previous stints with Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…The 25-year-old will becomes Mark Hughes’ third signing of the summer transfer window with the Saints’ boss having already acquired Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong from Swiss side FC Basel and SPL champions Celtic respectively.Southampton will undoubtedly hope that the arrival of Vestergaard will strengthen their defensive options for next term after narrowly avoiding relegation from the Premier League last season.Vestergaard may get his first taste of English football on August 12, when Southampton host Burnley at St Mary’s for their opening league game of the season.last_img read more