Serious knee injury rules Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul out for rest of season

first_img Press Association The news is a serious blow for Magpies manager Steve McClaren, who is already without second-choice keeper Karl Darlow due to a foot injury. The statement added: “Everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery.” Krul suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly on the artificial surface and was forced off after 81 minutes of Holland’s 2-1 win at the Astana Arena. Newcastle have also announced that 18-year-old Freddie Woodman has been recalled from his loan spell at League Two Crawley. The club have endured a poor start to the season and are bottom of the Barclays Premier League without a win after eight games. Krul released a statement via Twitter which read: “I’m devastated the scan has confirmed my biggest fear that I have torn my knee cruciate playing for Holland in the game vs Kazakhstan last night. My recovery and hard work starts now to fully recover. “I’m devastated I can’t play a part on the pitch to help the team turn this season around. I still believe this club can and should be up there with the top teams.” Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury, the club have confirmed.center_img Assessments have revealed the 27-year-old ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Holland’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Kazakhstan on Saturday. A club statement added that Krul will now return to Tyneside for further treatment and rehabilitation. last_img read more

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp vote of confidence for Simon Mignolet

first_img The German insisted no pattern could be discerned from the goals, saying: ” They are all different. Of course it’s a situation. Maybe it could be the next misunderstanding. “Simon came out of his goal and wanted to reach the ball and that’s how I work. You can say that if the goalkeeper comes out he has to take the ball, and he didn’t. But he came out because I said he should. “Not in this situation but in general. Because I think as a goalkeeper you have to try to help in the six-yard box as much as you can. That’s what he tried and if you try sometimes you miss, that’s all. It’s not about quality, or something else, it’s only this situation. “The second goal, nobody spoke about things like this after the game because we defend bad set-plays, but it was a foul and it was offside. “Everybody spoke about Jurgen Klopp, Tony Pulis, celebrating with fans, whatever, nobody spoke about this. If it’s a foul and it’s offside, how can I tell my team to defend it better? We have to defend so that nobody can easily make a goal. That’s it. “We know about this but in this special game, they were two different situations to all the other things. Usually we are more stable in situations like this. “We cannot be taller but we saw all the situations, we saw that some teams change their formations against us because of our kind of defending. We try to change now again something to be better prepared for situations like this.” Klopp, meanwhile, is confident he can get the best out of striker Christian Benteke. The Belgium international swapped Aston Villa for Anfield in the summer after Liverpool shelled out £32.5million but has come in for criticism for his performances. Klopp insisted it was natural that Benteke, who has netted five goals for Liverpool, would take time to feel totally comfortable in the side He said: “As a striker you always want to have five or six games in a row. At Aston Villa, I think when he was fit he played. Everything is different. “I have time to work. He played very good games for us, he made brilliant goals for us, so that’s not a problem. “I’m not sure anybody at Aston Villa saw the best Christian Benteke, so we have to work on it. He’s young enough to develop and that’s what we do.” On Sunday, Liverpool travel to Watford, who have been one of the surprise packages of the season and went into the weekend in seventh place in the Premier League table. But Klopp does not think it should be too much of a shock how well Quique Sanchez Flores’ side are doing. He said: “I don’t think it’s a big surprise, it’s how football is. “If you have a good team, of course you need good players, but if these players together are a really good team, if you have a good plan like they have and if you play football like they do, then it’s not easy but it’s possible to be more successful than everybody expects. And if the expectations are not too high, then it’s easier to go over them. “But we go there not to clap our hands because of their season because we want to fight for the points.” The Reds needed a very late Divock Origi strike to salvage a 2-2 stalemate at Anfield last weekend after Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson had both scored from corners for Albion. Klopp was quick to defend goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who missed his punch to allow Dawson to head in, and protested Olsson’s goal should have been disallowed. Jurgen Klopp denied the goals Liverpool conceded against West Brom showed they have a problem defending set-pieces. Press Associationlast_img read more

Point-counterpoint: What to do with No. 756

first_imgHagstromFashion designer and winning bidder for Barry Bonds’ 756th home run ball Marc Ecko has decided to give the power to the fans to decide what to do with his latest purchase. Too bad he didn’t come up with some better options than give the ball to Cooperstown, brand the ball with an asterisk and send it to Cooperstown or launch it into space via a rocket ship. I mean, all things considered, a ball of that magnitude is like a bona fide version of a genie in a lamp. It can only mean one thing: instant power.Remember the movie “The Sandlot”? Well, the blundering, lousy-throwing Smalls, who didn’t even know who The Babe was — always asking, “Who is she?” — found instant gratification from a ball signed by the Sultan of Swat himself.Smalls calmly knocked a homer out of the park when no one else thought it possible.Ipso facto, the well-documented ball juiced him up. And the Colossus of Crash probably was never on steroids.Not only could it be possible that whoever chooses to play with Bonds’ No. 756 finds instant success, but there’s a very high probability of that occurring.Thus, I propose that the ball should be given to the Kansas City Royals. Their power production is anemic. Sitting at 97 home runs with just over 10 games left in the season, the Royals could very well fail to eclipse the century mark. With 52 and 46 homers respectively, Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder alone have more home runs than the entire Kansas City team. At the rate the Royals are hitting long balls, it would take them nearly seven-and-a-half seasons to reach No. 756. Instill a little genie into the Kansas City hitters, and give them a ball that will sail over the fence.Point: Smalls’ success spells Kansas City.VoelkelWhen it comes to history, I am a packrat; I hang on to mementos, ticket stubs and other random stuff from games and events I’ve been to. Because of this, I have a very cluttered room.One thing I wouldn’t hang on to, however, is Barry Bonds’ 756th career home run ball. That, friends, should be blasted off into outer space. In most circumstances, I would be the first one lining up to protest the ball going anywhere but the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. In this case, however, the ball needs to be returned to its rightful owners.Who might that be, you ask, now that the BALCO labs are shut down?The Nerdlocks from “Space Jam.”How are they the rightful owners of Bonds’ historic ball? If you remember the movie, the Nerdlocks were some undersized aliens who tried to capture Bugs Bunny and Co. and enslave them on Moron Mountain. They were undersized, that is, until right before the critical game. They then used magical powers (possibly bovine growth hormones or female fertility drugs) to bulk up, have their heads swell exponentially and acquire out-of-this-world talent.Sound familiar?We might as well use that NASA budget for something constructive, too. Humans aren’t going to Mars in my lifetime, so save the money for that next satellite and use it for something that would be really cool to see: a baseball attached to the end of a rocket blasting off into space.Before the ball gets shot into orbit, put some sort of GPS chip in there so people can track its path. More people would follow that than follow the Royals, anyway.After all, since home runs are typically referred to in baseball jargon as moon-shots, as a society, we might as well send the most infamous moon-shot in baseball history off for a lunar landing.Moon-shot. Roger that.last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to lose in season finale

first_img Published on November 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm Phil D’Abbraccio: Boston College 29, Syracuse 16BC-ya!On the bright side, a healthy offensive line provides a more accurate way to evaluate Syracuse’s young group of quarterbacks. But Boston College is a bowl-eligible team for a reason and won’t hold any punches as it looks to sharpen up its bowl-game resume, and the Orange’s downward spiral doesn’t stop until the final buzzer. Expect SU head coach Scott Shafer’s postgame press conference to have more firepower than Syracuse’s offense has shown in quite some time.Jesse Dougherty: Boston College 33, Syracuse 13Chestnut thrill Syracuse and Boston College don’t quite lull us to sleep, but they collectively put the Orange’s season to rest on an underwhelming note. What has been talked about as an extended look at the team’s young talent for the last two weeks, SU gets a chance to do just that, and it’s pleased with what it sees from its young quarterbacking core. AJ Long said before the Pittsburgh game that he doesn’t feel like he’s created much competition with Terrel Hunt just yet, and he backs that up as one running back scores the unit’s first touchdown since opening night.Jacob Klinger: Boston College 31, Syracuse 17Ca-caww!If Syracuse makes anything of its season finale it’ll be out of raw pride, not much else. But really there’s not enough rest or reason to believe this game serves as anything than the Eagles circling the carcass of SU’s season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Battle Royale at AIICO Insurance Tennis Championship

first_img“Sports and creating team spirit is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility Service. At AIICO we support oneness, hence the reason for only team events at the tourney,” Kadri said.Meanwhile, Captain of the tennis section, Akeem Lawal said various prizes and trophies have been lined up for winners.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Its tennis at its best at the on-going AIICO Insurance Tennis Championship taking place at the tennis section of the Ikoyi Club 1938.The four-day championship which kicked off on Tuesday and will end on Saturday is a team event with the teams divided into two groups of red and blue.At a press briefing to herald the championship at the tennis section of the club, representative of AIICO Insurance, sponsor of the championship, Adewale Kadri promised the company’s continue sponsorship in spite of the harsh economic situation in the country.last_img read more

Paige Thomas: Sporting Group’s ‘Big Rethink’ on industry data & pricing dynamics

first_imgShare Submit Share Paige Thomas – Sporting GroupPaige Thomas Partner Integration lead for the newly rebranded and realigned Sporting Group (Sporting Index + Sporting Solutions), speaks to SBC on building and developing standout industry data and market pricing capabilities amid changing consumer demands and more challenging business conditions. ______________________SBC: Hi Paige, great to catch up. The Sporting Group has completed a busy six-month period in which it has rebranded and realigned its corporate assets. Why was this strategy undertaken and how will this help your company’s organisation and structure?   Paige Thomas: Sporting Group” evolved from an overall desire to have one business that promotes the same core strengths of its two main units – Sporting Index and Sporting Solutions.  We felt that Sporting Group better reflected our passion and understanding for sports, our trading expertise and over a quarter of a century of betting innovation.In many ways, changing the logo was quite a personal thing for a lot of the people that work here as many have been with the business for a long time, but everyone had the opportunity to have a say on the outcome through internal surveys and focus groups.  The reaction both internally and externally has been really positive and I think the changes much better reflect the type of fresh, modern business we are. SBC: As an industry stakeholder, the Sporting Group has standout capabilities in industry data management and market pricing provisions. However, in 2017 market dynamics have changed within the sector’s value chain, in terms of its services how has Sporting Group adapted to new business conditions?  PT: It is true that the current industry backdrop is one of fast-paced change, increasing cost and added regulatory complexity, but it is worth remembering that Sporting Index went live 25 years ago, during which time there have been so many changes in the industry it is almost unrecognisable now.  The businesses that have been successful in that time are the ones that are built on strong financial foundations, have the technology to execute on opportunities quickly and, in most respects, have the innovative spirit to be the agents of change themselves.In what is now a very competitive and crowded market Sporting Index remains a world leader, and if you look at the products that an operator needs to be successful in the market today you can see why we are regarded as the world’s first “modern sportsbook”.  We have been betting in-play since 1992; cash-out has always been a core feature of our product set, as has an extended market offering and topical “specials” bets.  We were first to market with a downloadable mobile app in 2004 and we introduced the concept of “backing” and “laying” in every market on every sport we offer, (giving our customers an unsurpassable level of choice.These core competitive skills around pricing, trading, risk management, innovation and customer choice are the ones that underpin the Sporting Solutions B2B offering today, and we feel are the most relevant attributes you need to be successful in supplying today’s modern sportsbooks.  In many respects, the prevalent business pressures of today – how to operate successfully in highly regulated (rather than grey) markets, how to differentiate your offering, how to stand out with a distinctive tone of voice, how to innovate through new technology and how to become and remain a market leader – are the business conditions that Sporting Group have always encountered.  It is this unique experience and relationship between our B2C and B2B businesses that ensure our partners can also survive and grow against a backdrop of increasing cost, regulatory uncertainty and complexity.SBC: In 2017, we have seen a number of operators rethink and re-evaluate their market pricing propositions. What factors have led this rethink, and what do operators ultimately want from pricing and data modules? PT: With the increasing costs of pictures and data, increases in taxation and the overheads of conforming to local licensing regimes (such as POC) – plus the need to maintain a high marketing spend to compete on a brand level – it’s easy to see why so many industry participants are looking to change their business models to survive.  Similarly, our partnerships with lotteries have been driven to by their need to compete effectively against new competition in a (semi) liberalised domestic market.Ultimately there are two main elements that every operator requires from their sportsbook suppliers.  Firstly, they want to work with a partner that has the necessary product set and ethos to fully support their brand proposition, and which aligns to their own value chain.  As a result, the service must be flexible so that the operator can use it to differentiate in their local markets and across different channels.  Game state data needs to be broad, non-latent and official.  The selection of markets needs to be deep, with a bias towards higher margin and quick hit offerings that engage and generate fast customer recycling of funds, promoted by a range of front-end engagement tooling.  The service must be underpinned by integrity, the supplier’s technology must be as stable as the operators own core systems and the overall service must be delivered against the tightest SLAs.Secondly – and it is strange how much this is often overlooked by suppliers – operators require an improvement in their margin.  Buying-in “commoditised pricing” or an offering based on scraped market averages may reduce operating cost but it isn’t an answer to the sort of competitive pressures described above – ultimately this ends up damaging rather improving the bottom line.  Costs are higher than ever but theoretical margins are at an all-time low, meaning that operators need to trust their outsourced pricing to suppliers who come with a deep level of pricing and trading expertise, based on sound objective analytics and underpinned by best of breed algorithms.  Coming back to the need to align to the value chain, increasingly operators are turning to suppliers that have experience of running their own “book” and a knowledge of how risk alters pricing.  Having worked for a betting operator previously I know how important it is to work with suppliers that have expertise of how to run a sportsbook, rather than just supplying content to one.SBC: Whilst pricing integration is important, how does your team maintain its relationship with clients to ensure best practice and optimisation of pricing modules…why is this an important dynamic for all stakeholders? PT: I’m just one person in a large team of people that deal with our partners on an operational basis – whether that is from integrations, account management, relationship management, trading, product or helpdesk support.It’s not unusual for suppliers in this space to just focus on the initial sale and only stay engaged with their clients if the contract has an upsell.  However, we feel our operational expertise and relationship building is often a key purchasing criteria for top-tier operators and lotteries, and these are the partners we generally work with.  We give all our partners the assurance that we will manage their business with the same high standards of professionalism and expertise with which they manage it themselves.We will only provide our partners with the products and services that we are happy to put our own name against, and we are kept true to these values by the fact that Sporting Index consumes all its products from Sporting Solutions – just the same as any external partner does.  Whilst we are a modern technology company we are founded on a Sporting Index heritage of strong ethics, integrity and fairness and this will always be in the fabric of everything we do.     SBC: As a technology team and industry stakeholder, what new/future technologies and consumer habits do you feel will have the biggest impact on Pricing modules and trading? PT: It’s probably not surprising that personalisation and bespoke pricing feature highly on most partner roadmaps, and there has been a lot of coverage around the growth of “request-a-bet” recently.  However, coming from a technology background, you can’t underestimate the importance of building your business on scalable, modular, extensible technology to get to market quickly and keep up with these new customer demands.  However, most sportsbooks are still built on technology and architecture that pre-dates in-play and still struggles to handle the sequential processing load that the busiest betting windows now generate.  A lot of the “bespoke” solutions available in the market currently are heavily manual and generally piecemeal, and what is currently available in the market is only going to be scratching the surface of where the industry will be in a few years.  Time spent on technology for the long-term is probably a wiser spend than trying to compete with a substandard offering now.SBC:  You will be exhibiting at the upcoming boscon2017 conference. What do you want attending delegates to take away from Sporting Group products and services? PT: I think we are well known for our best-of-breed risk management, software and technology capabilities within the industry, and you can clearly see why once you’ve had a demonstration of our products.  We cover more of the premium content that truly drives operator profits – for example we’re capable of covering more ATP and WTA tennis matches than other suppliers, as well as carrying all the official premium football data – and deliver it to partners in a way that allows them to differentiate their brand.  We are here to support and grow our partners’ businesses, not dictate to them how they should be run.__________________________Paige Thomas Partner Integration Manager Sporting GroupSporting Solutions can be found at Stand E2 next week at Betting On Sports StumbleUponlast_img read more

Japan stuns Americans to capture 2011 Women’s World Cup title

first_imgIn dramatic fashion captain Homare Sawa flicked home the tying goal off a corner in the 117th minute before Japan outscored the USA 3-1 in penalties to capture the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany.The victory allowed Japan to post its first win over the USA and also becomes the first Asian nation to win the Women’s World Cup.The game was tied 2-2 after extra time.The tying marker was too much for the USA to overcome after twice taking one-goal leads.The Americans missed the first three penalties in shootout and when Saki Kumagai slotted the final shot high past goalkeeper Hope Solo the title belonged to Japan.After a scoreless first half, Alex Morgan gave Team USA a 1-0 lead as the second half substitute out ran the Japanese defence before drilling a low shot into the net past keeper Ayumi Kaihori.Japan tied the game late in the second half to force extra time when Aya Miyama scored in the 81st minute.A miscue by the American defence allowed to tap the ball past Team USA goalkeeper Hope Solo.Team USA once again took the lead when Morgan sped around the Japanese defence before sending a pinpoint cross to striker Abby Wamback who headed the ball past Kaihori.The Americans will look back at this contest as one they felt would be theirs after missing numerous chances in the first part of the game.
 Team USA has no less than seven great scoring opportunities but came away empty.In the bronze medal game Saturday, Sweden scored a late goal in the second half to edge France 2-1.  Team Canada entered the 2011 tournament with high expectations but lost all three games to Germany, France and Nigeria. Team Canada has four years to prepare before hosting the 2015 tournament.No less than seven cities, including Vancouver, will host games.FIFA inspectors will begin examining venues in the cities involved  — Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Moncton  — this fall.The next FIFA World Cup for male athletes will be held in Brazil in 2014.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Clinton signs court statement that she’s turned over emails

first_imgThe statement, which carries her signature and was signed under penalty of perjury, was submitted in federal court on Monday.It echoes past public statements that Clinton has made in the last few months regarding her private email account.In the statement, she also declares that 55,000 pages of emails were turned over to the State Department last December.The declaration was made as part of a lawsuit filed by the conservative group Judicial Watch, which had sued for records related to Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.last_img read more

Ferrer tested by teenager in 1st round of ASB Classic

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Russian banned from Olympics wins Euro speed skating gold Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals FILE – Spain’s David Ferrer returns the ball to France’s Adrian Mannarino during their first round match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament on October 31, 2017 in Paris. AFP PHOTOAUCKLAND, New Zealand — Four-time champion David Ferrer had to call on all of his experience to beat Chinese teenager Wu Yibing 7-6 (7), 6-4 Monday in the first round of the ASB Classic in New Zealand.The 35-year-old Spaniard, ranked 37th in the world and seeded seventh for the ATP Tour event, overcame difficulties in both sets before beating the 18-year-old Wu, ranked 314, in just under two hours.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Ferrer broke Wu to lead 4-2 in the second set but Wu broke back at 5-4 then slipped up in the 10th game, going down break point and then double faulting to concede defeat.“He was very tough,” Ferrer said. “The juniors are coming and it was not easy.“It was my first match this year which is never easy and the most important thing is I can win the match and I hope I will play better next round.”Ferrer’s second round opponent will be last year’s beaten finalist Joao Soa of Portugal who beat American Donald Young 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-2.Sousa was strong on serve, sending down nine aces and winning 92 percent of points when he put his first serve in play. Young struggled in contrast, offering 14 break points and saving 10.ADVERTISEMENT “I think experience was the key,” a relieved Ferrer said after the see-sawing match on center court. “I have 18 years on him so I tried to play with all my experience in important moments.”Wu, the U.S. Open junior champion and the world’s top ranked junior, made a nervous start and dropped serve in the opening game. But he broke Ferrer in a marathon sixth game which extended to five deuces and in which he held four break points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThere was almost nothing between the players and rallies regularly ran to more than 20 shots.The first set went to a tiebreak in which Ferrer took an early 4-0 lead. But Wu stormed back and had two set points at 6-4 before Ferrer eventually prevailed to win the set after 73 minutes. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

UAAP volleyball: La Salle survives FEU for 3rd straight win

first_imgDy paced La Salle with 18 points while reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron added 16.Ogunsanya and Cheng also finished in double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Cobb orchestrated La Salle’s offense to the tune of 49 excellent sets.Pons put up a game-high 21 points while Celine Domingo added 12 points for FEU.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Defending champion De La Salle streaked to its third straight win as it survived Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7 in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Jerie Pingoy shrugs off pain in return to action Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track The Lady Spikers, who tied National University atop the standings with a 3-0 record, sent the Lady Tamaraws skidding to their second straight loss for a 1-2 slate.After trading blows with FEU for a 5-5 tie in the fifth set, the defending champions let their arrows loose and went on a 10-2 run to end the match with Michelle Cobb connecting with Desiree Cheng for the sharp kill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLa Salle’s first semblance of disparity in the fifth set was its 12-6 lead when Aduke Ogunsanya brushed off Jeanette Villareal’s attempt.Lady Spikers head coach Ramil De Jesus somehow regretted that FEU was able to bring the game to the fifth set, but he still saw the positives in the lengthy matches. View comments MOST READ 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I always tell the team that even though they got the first two sets we will lag behind in the third set,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “It’s fairly easy to score the first 24 points, but it’s very difficult to get that last one.”“These five-set matches are good because we can already see what needs to be fixed and it’s really a test for the team’s character.”La Salle already had a 24-22 lead in the third set and needed just one point to finish off FEU but Kianna Dy’s first attempt to end the match went out of bounds.Dy’s second attempt got blocked and Villareal denied Ogunsanya that gave FEU the 25-24 lead before Bernadeth Pons calmly scored the Lady Tamaraws’ 26th point of the third set.La Salle, although, enjoyed 46 free points due to FEU’s errors while the Lady Spikers gave away just 28 points.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more