NEWCASTLE, England (AP): Newcastle continued to show some late determination to avoid relegation from the top tier, drawing 1-1 with Manchester City yesterday after Sergio Agüero became the second-fastest player to score 100 English Premier League goals. With their title dream effectively over, City were seeking to strengthen their grip on third place and automatic Champions League qualification. They moved a point ahead of Arsenal and five ahead of Manchester United, with both teams having a game in hand. Leicester lead with 73 points, 12 more than City, with four games left. Newcastle will take the most encouragement from their rousing recovery at St James’ Park, despite remaining 19th and two points from safety. The Magpies rallied against Agüero’s 14th-minute disputed opener with Vurnon Anita equalising in the 31st to grab a point for Rafael Benítez’s men. “The reaction from the team was so positive,” Benítez told the BBC. It was Agüero’s 147th league match. Alan Shearer is the fastest player to score 100 EPL goals, managing that feat in 124 matches. With Vincent Kompany back at the heart of the City defence, the victory Benítez so desperately needed looked a tall order.
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis walks to a meeting during the NFL owners meetings, Monday, March 26, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Images for NFL)ORLANDO, Fla. — That’s a catch.Mention the names Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Zach Miller and Jesse James , and what looked, sounded and felt like a catch wasn’t one. If NFL owners pass a proposal from the powerful competition committee, those will be receptions in the future.ADVERTISEMENT The committee examined plays back to the 1990s and early 2000s, including a pass to the Jets’ Wayne Chrebet in which McKay said the film was “so grainy you could barely make it out.” He mentioned Bert Emanuel’s non-reception in the 1999 NFC title game when the tip of the ball touched the ground even though Emanuel had it in his clutches.The major emphasis on re-examining the rule stems from Bryant’s non-catch in a playoff game at Green Bay. Reconstructing that play through video, Riveron explained how the proposed change will seize logic — in other words, make what should have been a catch into a real catch.“I think the Dez Bryant was the start of us realizing something needs to change,” McKay said.Each year, there have been similar examples that made everyone from the guys throwing the ball to the coaches on the sideline to the fans in the stands and on their mobile devices wondering what was going on. When James’ apparent winning touchdown reception against New England was overturned even though the Steelers tight end made a football move to extend the ball over the goal line, it prompted Commissioner Roger Goodell to forcefully endorse seeking adjustments to the rule.The competition committee heeded such instructions.So, a receiver must:—have control of the ball;—get two feet down or another body part;—make a football move: taking a third step or extending the ball or something similar.Gone, Riveron emphatically said, is surviving the ground. View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES According to committee chairman Rich McKay and league officiating director Al Riveron, it’s time.“We want to take these great catches and make them into catches,” Riveron said Monday at the NFL meetings, where the owners likely will vote Tuesday on the adjustments to the catch rule.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 crownSuch phrases as “slight movement of the ball” and “surviving the ground” will disappear, and fans, players and coaches will get the fulfilment of knowing what they were sure was a reception actually is.The committee looked at dozens of plays dozens of times. They discovered that the previous attempts to clarify what is a catch only confused the issue. So much so that the language of the rules was getting in the way of making the proper call. 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery All 4 No. 1 seeds reach women’s Final Four Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “Every time, we tried to add language to cure a situation,” said McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons “and that did not serve us well.“We felt like the word slight was getting people caught up. It’s really loss of control. If you lose control of the ball, then you haven’t satisfied (the process). If you have movement of the ball but haven’t lost control of it, then you still have it.”Added Riveron: “If we see total loss of control, that’s the way we’re going to rule it. But we understand there are situations where the ball is going to move. We have to see loss of control.”McKay pointed to touchdown receptions by Alshon Jeffery and Corey Clement in the Super Bowl. In both cases, the ball moved a bit in the receiver’s hands. In both cases, though, on-field officials, then Riveron handling the video review, determined there was possession throughout.“Those are catches,” he said, noting that under current language in the rules, “the ground trumped everything. It didn’t make a lot of sense.”ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “That’s out,” he said. “No mas.”There will, however, be more emphasis on the on-field officiating calls. McKay reminded that game officials overwhelmingly get the calls correct at full speed.“The rule is a lot cleaner, so the answer is yes,” Riveron said, adding that game officials were consulted as the committee worked on the language of the proposal.Of course, with more catches, there could be more fumbles as receivers try to extend plays and get extra yardage. Riveron has no problem with that.“If we end up with 10 more fumbles but five of the most exciting plays of the year,” McKay said, “it’s a trade we’d make any day.”Notes: No proposals were made nor votes taken regarding the national anthem before games. The owners did focus on implementing the social justice platform with the players and unanimously approved a local matching funds program. Each of the teams will match fundraising proceeds of the players and teams and its players will work together to determine where to allocate the funds in a local market. 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10-year-old girl upstages older foes for archery gold But Sayfa Aphideth headed home from a tight angle after Kazuo Homma’s teasing cross into the area three minutes from time as the home side salvaged a point.Lao had an early opportunity with Homma denied by the woodwork 10 minutes into the match after Kaya failed to deal with the through ball from midfield.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Iloilo side grabbed the lead minutes later with Bedic providing a spectacular finish to a flowing move from midfield that involved the fit-again Jordan Mintah and Yannick Tuason.A stunning away win looked like it was on the cards for Kaya until the 87th minute when Homma sent in the cross that Sayfa headed home. Filipino club Kaya Iloilo marked its return to the AFC Cup by settling for a 1-1 draw with Lao Toyota on Wednesday night in their Group H encounter at New Laos National Stadium in Vientiane.Back in the continental competition after a two-year absence, Kaya took the lead in the 18th minute, thanks to captain Jovin Bedic’s unstoppable half volley just inside the box.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments
With the aim of enlightening the Labour Department of the struggles that domestic workers face in their working environment, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Red Thread held a special meeting with Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scott on Tuesday.Some of the issues raised were sexual harassment, non-payment of wages, ill treatment of employees and non-compliance with labour laws.The Minister stated that Government’s policy is to have a stable industrial climate and operate within the realm of the law, highlighting that this is within the best interest of both the employer and employee.Minister Scott also noted that his department will continue to enforce strictSome of the persons present at the meetingcompliance measures with employers for the protection of every worker’s rights. In stating that the Department of Labour must be respected and that the labour laws must be upheld, Minister Scott promised that all grievances put forward at the meeting would be addressed. He also took the time to applaud Red Thread for their involvement in the pertinent issue.“I applaud the work that Red Thread has been doing from its inception. It is an example that somebody can stand up, not only for women but generally for the disadvantaged and vulnerable in the society. For too long the disadvantaged and vulnerable did not have a voice and it is commendable to see organisations partnering with the Government to give recognition and support to those persons” he stated.Subsequently after the meeting concluded, a meeting was held with senior labour officials and labour officers. Issues that rose out of the Red Thread meeting were discussed, with the aim being to resolve and correct those issues. Another objective of the meeting was to find resolutions on how to strengthen the relationship between workers, NGOs and the Government.Red thread is renowned for its service to women and children who have been exploited. Coordinator of the NGO, Karen de Souza, noted that the organisation is working to strengthen ties with the Government in order to establish the parameters in which her NGO could operate. De Souza stated that she welcomed the discourse with the Minister, where she was not only able to represent the workers but to also address other grievances. She is optimistic that the concerns highlighted will be effectively addressed in the near future.
…as lone gunman attacks Grove family…Police took hours to respondBy Devina SamarooThe usually quiet community of Diamond/Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was thrown into a state of shock during the wee hours of Monday when a single gunshot went off.Some of the ranks who arrived at the crime scene some three hours after the emergency call was initially madeNeighbours scurried to their windows where they saw a dark shadow disappearing in the distance.A family had just been robbed.The Fredericks, originally from the Essequibo Coast, had been renting an apartment in the Section C Block Y zone, which is mixed with a few developed houses and abandoned lands with overgrown bushes – a common sight in many housing schemes.Marcia Fredericks, 49, was standing in her yard trying to get a taxi to take her young nephew to Parika, East Bank Essequibo.It was 03:00h and while the stillness of the night still prevailed, being up at those hours was not unusual for this working mother who is employed as a cleaner and would usually get up before the break of dawn to prepare for the day’s work.In the presence of the child, the lone masked man jumped the unpainted concrete fence and dashed towards the startled woman.He grabbed her by her hair and dragged her inside the house, where it is alleged that he began to beat her with a gun.Her two daughters, who were inside, cried for help. The elder daughter ran to the back of the house while the younger, just 18 years old, began to battle with the bandit.At this point, the gunman turned the gun in the young girl’s direction and threatened to shoot if she did not comply with his demands.“I told him we didn’t have anything,” the teenager recalled.After some time, the perpetrator decided to leave. He grabbed a cellular phone and darted towards the street.As he was departing, a gunshot went off, presumably to ward off the neighbourhood dogs, which were already gathered at the bridge, barking ferociously.“When I heard the gunshot, I thought he killed my mother,” the visibly shaken elder daughter recalled.The ordeal lasted just a few minutes. The gunshot alerted neighbours, who were quick to render assistance.The nearest police station, located just a minute drive’s away, was contacted. The officer promised to send someone right away.The family, along with neighbours, waited in the shivering night, and still, no patrol arrived. A second call was made to the station and again, an empty promise was provided.After some thirty minutes, the family decided to just let it be. The mother, despite her mild head injuries, proceeded to take the child to the stelling.The two daughters, too scared to go back home, sought refuge at a neighbour’s house.Daylight eventually came, and the girls made their way back home.Shortly after, a team of police officers, heavily armed, arrived in a pick-up – more than three hours after the emergency call was made. The ranks came from the Brickdam Police Station in the capital city, Georgetown.They took a statement and promised to have a detective from the local station follow-up.For now, the family will be living in fear, recounting that near-death experience and entertaining the even more dreadful thought that help from those vested to serve and protect is not as reliable as they had hoped.
Alan Curtis claims Swansea will resist all offers for striker Bafetimbi Gomis – following Wilfried Bony’s move to Manchester City.The France forward has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Newcastle in the January transfer window, after dropping down the pecking order at the Liberty Stadium.But Bony’s departure leaves a gaping hole in the Swans side and coach Curtis believes the 29-year-old is the perfect man to step in.“We’re always looking at players but it’s difficult,” the former Wales international told Drivetime. “Bafetimbi Gomis has an opportunity now, he’s been very patient.“Gomis was one of our targets just before we signed Wilfried Bony, believe it or not. He was actually ahead of Wilfried on our list. We had a £10million offer turned down 18 months ago.“Wilfried was not an afterthought but Bafetimbi was higher on our list of priorities.“The club will resist all offers they receive [for him]. During the summer we’ll start the search again for someone to replace Bony.”
A special tactical unit used explosives to enter the building shortly after midnight and shot John Ashley to death after he opened fire, police spokesman Sgt. Clifford Gatlin said. Police said Ashley repeatedly shot at them during the 10-hour standoff Thursday and even shot at a remote-controlled police robot they sent inside. No officers were hurt. “This is, it’s a shock,” Gatlin said. “It’s big for us because we know everybody.” Ashley, a retired city maintenance worker, was found in the back of the office, which was converted from a single-story house. The two people police say he killed were found in the front of the building, where police rescued one of the three surviving victims Thursday afternoon. The other survivors escaped on their own. RAMPAGE: Louisiana gunman, described as a church deacon, is killed after a standoff at law firm. By Doug Simpson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALEXANDRIA, La. – Anger over a divorce settlement may have driven a 63-year-old Baptist deacon to shoot five people in a law office, killing two, and then exchange gunfire with police, authorities said Friday. Gatlin said investigators have learned the shooting was “a possible dispute over a divorce settlement,” but that he had no further details. He said investigators will need to speak with the three survivors to determine a motive, and at least two of them were seriously injured. The shooting rampage near the Rapides Parish Courthouse astounded people who knew Ashley in Alexandria, a central Louisiana town of about 46,000. Ashley was a deacon and sang in the choir at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, said Freddie Lawson, a fellow congregant. Ashley attended Bible study every Wednesday night this year, except the night before the shootings, Lawson said. “I’ve never heard him raise his voice,” said Charlie Gilmore, Ashley’s neighbor and a local pastor. “I never heard of him being violent.” Police Chief Daren Coutee said officers called Ashley repeatedly on his cell phone and the office phone throughout the day but he refused to talk. “We did all we could do as far as negotiations were concerned,” Coutee said. Authorities identified the dead as Camille “Joey” Giordano II, a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. The other person killed was Marty Thiels, 50, a postal worker delivering mail to the law firm. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Arsenal won the Emirates Cup with a 1-0 win against Bundesliga club Wolfsburg on Sunday afternoon and Jeff Reine-Adelaide was the talk of Gooners.The youngster produced a man of the match display, as his pass to Theo Walcott saw the England man score the only goal of the game. Reine-Adelaide made his debut on Saturday in the 6-0 win against Lyon and prompted manager Arsene Wenger to claim the 17-year-old is “something special”.WATCH REINE-ADELAIDE’S PASS TO WALCOTT FOR ARSENAL’S GOAL“He is a great talent and when he came on you could see that,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website. “I don’t remember how I played at 17 but I didn’t play like that!” he added.
Former Borussia Dortmund youth coach Gary Gordon has revealed to talkSPORT that Liverpool’s injury crisis is ‘nothing new’ under manager Jurgen Klopp.The Reds currently now have 11 first-team players on the sidelines, with at least five of those suffering from hamstring injuries, after Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren limped out of Tuesday’s League Cup win over Stoke.Their lengthy list of absentees has led to criticism of Klopp’s methods, with former Liverpool manager Roy Evans and Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce saying the German’s intense playing style is to blame.And Gordon, who worked with Klopp during his seven-year stint as Dortmund manager, admits the Bundesliga club experienced similar problems due to the boss’ high demands of his squad.When asked about Klopp’s training methods, he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “They are intense.“It’s a lot of pressure on the players, the intensity in the game is very high so you have to find the right balance between training sessions and matches. It’s difficult to find the right solution at the moment.“We had similar problems at Dortmund, I don’t think it’s anything new. You have to have a balanced squad and you have to take that into consideration.“Jurgen likes runners. If you‘re doing six or seven miles a game he’s happy. That’s the style he likes and I don’t think he’s going to change it. It’s the way he likes to work.”
Marcos Alonso scored Chelsea’s third goal, condemning Arsenal to their worst start to a season in 26 years latest Most read in Premier League Dean Ashton believes Unai Emery has had a positive impact at Arsenal despite the Gunners recording their worst start to a league season in 26 years.Not since the inaugural Premier League campaign of 1992/93 have Arsenal lost both their opening two matches, while Emery is the club’s first manager to lose his first two games in charge since Steve Burtenshaw in 1986. Still, Ashton, the former West Ham striker, believes he has seen an improvement in Arsenal, despite the defeats to City and Chelsea.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Ashton said: “They had two really, really difficult games to start with, and I think Emery can only really be judged now, after these two games. possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 2 2 changes How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings There have been a few calls of ‘EmeryOut’ on social media, but the wider public are accepting Emery, the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss, needs time to mould Arsenal into his vision after Arsene Wenger’s 22-year spell in charge.Things have been made harder due to Arsenal’s fixture list, which pitted them against reigning champions Manchester City and Chelsea, under new manager Maurizio Sarri, in the opening two games of the season, and a better indication of progress under Emery will be Saturday’s home match against West Ham – who have also lost their opening two games this season under a new head coach, Manuel Pellegrini. silverware predicted SORRY “I can see what he’s trying to do; you can see he wants more of the high press, which he tried against Man City, you can see he wants Ozil and Mkhitaryan to have defensive responsibilities.“It’s going to take the likes of Sokratis and Guendouzi time to get used to the Premier League, and the other players to get used to training hard and different methods.“But what I have seen is encouraging, despite obviously looking weak defensively when coming up against two of the best teams in the league.” smart causal Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Emery’s side were beaten 3-2 in one of the most entertaining London derbies in recent history getty images – getty whoops Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed