Richard McLeod: Make our voices known against the euthanasia bill

first_imgAsia Pacific Report 31 January 2018Family First Comment: Another excellent commentary – this time from a legal perspective. Make a submission against euthanasia – years ago, the Parliamentary Health Select Committee investigating public attitudes to euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand received a total of 21,000 submissions, 16,000 (80 percent) of which were opposed to their introduction into New Zealand law.Last December, however, our Parliament voted through ACT Party leader David Seymour’s End Of Life Choice Bill at its first reading, 76-44. Seymour’s Bill is now before another Select Committee, which has called for public submissions to be filed no later than February 20.What is Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill?The Bill seeks to legalise in New Zealand the killings by doctors of patients, if a patient requests it (euthanasia). It will also legalise doctors helping their patients to commit suicide (assisted suicide, or, as Seymour calls it, “assisted dying”).Both of these acts have been crimes under New Zealand law for as long as we have been a country – the crimes of murder and of aiding and abetting a suicide.If passed into law, the End of Life Choice Bill will allow any New Zealander who is diagnosed with a terminal illness likely to cause their death within 6 months, and who experiences “unbearable suffering” (self-defined by the person), to ask to be killed by a doctor or to be given medication enabling them to take their own life.This “terminal illness” criterion is the one that we hear most about in the media, but it’s not the only criterion in the proposed law.READ MORE: read more

CAF, Chelsea send greetings as former Eagles Captain clocks 33

first_img Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All Time8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts The Blues though currently observing a lockdown forced on the globe by the Covid-19 pandemic nonetheless took to their Instagram to send 33 hearty cheers to their worthy ambassador who gave his all while at the Bridge.”33 today! Have a great birthday, @Mikel_John_Obi! ” said the Frank Lampard tutored side. Mikel  did not only make an impressive run of his premier league career but also left his foot on the sand of history at the national level where he became the most capped Nigerian midfielder in history earning 90 caps, making two world cup  and five Nations cup appearances. Mikel parted ways with Trabzonspor of covid-19 call Mikel who last played for Turkish side Trabzonspor, recently parted ways with the club after his call for the Turkish league to be suspended following the rampaging effect of coronavirus was taking in bad light by club management. Read alsoCovid-19: Mikel distributes 1800 crates of eggs in Nigeria The said league and in fact all leagues and sports activities has since been put in the cooler as covid-19 continues to dictate what should and should not be.  May and June have tentatively been penciled down for possible return of sports activities but no one can say for sure that the dates are realizable as the world continues to chase for the cure. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Super Eagles Captain John Obi Mikel clocked 33 Wednesday, confederation of African Football (CAF) and former club Chelsea did not allow the suffocating worry of covid-19 allow them forget to congratulate the former Trabzonspor midfielder. As it is customary for the Continental body to regularly remember football greats in the continent, CAF did not only say “Happy birthday to Nigeria’s retired midfielder john Obi Mikel” on its twitter handle, but also backed the post with a short catalogue of his achievements” Birthday boy Mikel had impressive run with super eagles *Former national team captain *2013 #TotalAFCON winner *Three third-place medals” The former Tiajin Teda of china midfielder spent most of his playing career at Chelsea where he did not only impress for over a decade at the Stamford Bridge but also won several laurels for his effort including the prestigious Europa and Champions league playing alongside some of the best players in the world in the process.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Ex-Barcelona president reveals what he will pay for Martinez

first_img The Argentine striker is the name on everyone’s lips in Spain as Barca consider activating his €111m release clause. That would not be a wise move according to Rosell, who says that he “would not sign Lautaro for €11m.” “I would sign Neymar [instead], he’s the best after Messi,” he continued. He did concede that the price for the forward could be lowered by including players in exchange, as has clearly been Barca’s strategy since the start, but at the full fee he doesn’t think Martinez is a wise move.Advertisement Loading… Ex-president of Barcelona Sandro Rosell loves to get his name in the papers by talking about the club’s transfer plans, and given the businessman has a new book out, it’s no surprise to see him in Mundo Deportivo talking about the attempts to sign Lautaro Martinez this summer. Barcelona want Lautaro Martinez but may be forced to explore other transfer targets Read Also: Messi expresses heartbreak over Copa America postponement It’s certainly an expensive one, and a risky one in this summer which could see very limited liquidity in the transfer market. On the subject of Neymar – who he signed for the club the first time in 2013 – he insisted that while he would make him sign two contracts – one for football and one of “commitment”, after the Brazilian walked away from the club in 2017 when PSG triggered his own release clause. — FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous ActorsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more

Five things we learned from World Cup pre-quarters

first_imgMoscow, July 4: The Round-of -16 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup finished on Tuesday night and with two days without football before the first of the quarterfinals, here are a few things the past four frantic and entertaining days have taught us, says Xinhua news agency.1.Passing isn’t everythingSpain went out after losing a penalty shootout to hosts Russia after 120 minutes in which they completed over 1,000 passes — a new World Cup record. Yet the only goal the Spanish scored was an own goal following a set piece. Possession at times seemed to be an end in itself, rather than a means to an end. Way too often a Spanish player would check and move horizontally rather than look to move into space, making it easy for a brave but limited Russia side to pack their defence and hang on for a penalty shootout which had a feeling of inevitability about it.2.Belgium: It pays to be positiveThere were 30 seconds left on the clock when Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois caught the ball in his area. Most keepers would have been happy to clutch it to their chest to let a few seconds pass to ensure extra time. Courtois had other thoughts, however, rolling the ball out to Kevin de Bruyne who ran almost the full length of the pitch to start the move which led to Nacer Chadli scoring the goal that beat Japan 3-2. Maybe the Spanish should take note; sometimes speed and speed of thought are important, and it pays to be positive.3.Mbappe: New world number one?This World Cup is now without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo; the two players who have dominated world football for over a decade now. With Messi now 31 and Ronaldo 33, this World Cup could show us who will pick up the torch. Harry Kane’s goals and leadership make him a candidate, but for sheer footballing thrills the torch may be headed for France’s 19-year-old Kylian M’bappe, who won a penalty in France’s 4-3 victory against Argentina and became the first teenager to score twice in a World Cup finals game. It was a breathtaking display of pace and skill that implies he could just be the next great superstar.4.Messi: No man can be an island at the World CupArgentina flirted with disaster in the group stage and although hopes were high that they could improve after beating Nigeria in the group stage, it was not to be. An impressive France side made Argentina’s weaknesses all too clear and with Messi out of form and surrounded by players who are simply not good enough to win a World Cup, defeat seemed inevitable. A great player can carry a team some of the time, but against the best in the world, reality is going to hit you sooner rather than later.5.The world may end; England won a penalty shootout.England do not win penalty shootouts. It’s clear that something important has happened and that the natural order of the world has changed, maybe we should start preparing for the end of the world… or maybe Gareth Southgate has been able to change the mindset of this young England side. Southgate’s men have approached this World Cup with hope rather than the fear that has dogged other campaigns. (IANS)last_img read more

The Latest: NY Jets chairman donates $2M for virus relief

first_imgPayments were due after Euro 2020 but are now sending much-needed cash to clubs after the coronavirus outbreak forced the tournament to be postponed by one year.The highest-earning club will get 630,000 euros ($680,000) calculated pro rata per player named on a national team’s match sheet. That club was not identified.UEFA says 2.7 million euros ($2.9 million) of the money will go to clubs after the 16-nation Euro 2020 playoffs later this year.Players selected for the Euro 2020 tournament will earn at least 130 million euros ($140 million) more for their clubs from UEFA.___ The Johnson family and the Jets last month made a joint $1 million donation to multiple local United Way agencies to help combat the pandemic.The latest contribution, announced by the Jets on Thursday, will provide funding to the Food Bank of New York City, the EMS FDNY Help Fund, the Community Food Bank of NJ and the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.“No region in the country has been impacted by COVID-19 more than ours and despite that, our resolve has only grown,” Johnson said in a statement. “These organizations continue to nourish the vulnerable and target the needs of those on our front lines. At no time has been being a good teammate ever been valued more.”The $1 million contribution from the Johnsons and the Jets last month supported the United Way of New York City’s COVID-19 Community Fund, the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s ALICE Recovery Fund and the United Way of Long Island’s United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19.___ Associated Press UEFA’s own club competitions remain incomplete.___German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan.The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May.League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.” The decree signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the wage cuts can be implemented for as long as the state of emergency declared because of the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect.Hungarian lawmakers approved a state of emergency on March 30 without an end-date. That gave the government the right to rule by decree on issues related to the pandemic for as long as it considers it necessary.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 West Ham manager David Moyes has been delivering fruit and vegetables to elderly residents in his village during soccer’s lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.The former Manchester United coach says he saw a sign in the window of a local shop asking for volunteers to be delivery drivers.Moyes answered the call and says “all I was doing was dropping (the packages) at the door, knocking and then going away. It was beautiful big boxes of fruit and veg.”He also had to ask some residents for payment if they hadn’t done so online.Moyes says one incident “with this particular older lady, I think it was 16.80 pounds ($20.70) for one box of fruit and veg. She gave me a 20-pound note and said, ‘Here son, just keep the change.’” Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party, highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief.The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945. The computer-generated Derby created by Inspired Entertainment will feature past Triple Crown champions using data algorithms, including historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of potential finishing positions.“Our fans will be captivated by the realistic view of the virtual race,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a release, “and we can debate, as we do each year, our favorite to win.”Fans can choose their horse on starting April 30 and donate to COVID-19 relief efforts. Churchill Downs will match donations up to $1 million for the Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief.Participants who choose the winner will have the chance to win a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience. The virtual Derby will be shown May 2 on NBC during a special broadcast featuring the 2015 Kentucky Derby, when American Pharoah began his Triple Crown run. The Latest: NY Jets chairman donates $2M for virus relief The Premier League has been suspended since March 13. That was the day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus.Moyes had to self-isolate after that because he had come into close contact with Arteta days earlier.___It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does.That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings. April 23, 2020 Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.___UEFA is sharing almost 70 million euros ($75.5 million) among 676 clubs that released players for European Championship qualifiers and Nations League games in the past two years.UEFA says it’s releasing the money early to help “in light of the current crisis and the financial difficulties many clubs are facing” during the coronavirus pandemic.A long-standing agreement between UEFA and the European Club Association guarantees clubs at least 200 million euros (216 million) from Euro 2020 revenues to compensate for releasing players to national duty in the 2018-20 cycle.center_img The German anti-doping agency says it plans to test soccer players if the season resumes in empty stadiums.NADA spokeswoman Eva Bunthoff tells The Associated Press the agency has “developed concepts” for urine and blood tests at games.The German league hopes to resume next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bunthoff adds the agency is talking with the German soccer federation and the men’s league. She says “most important are the security measures to make sure there is a proper prevention system in place to prevent infections with the virus.“___ ___UEFA says it will allow leagues to determine the final places for Champions League and Europa League qualification on “sporting merit” if they can’t resume during the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of European soccer says qualification from a “prematurely terminated domestic competition” can be rejected if “there is a public perception of unfairness in the qualification of the club.”UEFA says it is ideal for countries to complete seasons but acknowledges that might not be possible because of government orders banning sporting events.UEFA also accepts “insurmountable economic problems” could make finishing seasons “impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of the domestic competition and/or clubs.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New York Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson and his family are making an additional $2 million donation to support the COVID-19 relief response in New York and New Jersey. Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.”Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward.The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped.___Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The switch was made after UEFA and the IOC decided last month on one-year postponements for Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics. Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden will play in the women’s soccer tournament at the Olympics.Wembley Stadium in London will stage both the men’s and women’s European finals.UEFA says the rescheduled women’s tournament will retain the same 10 stadiums. It opens with England playing at Old Trafford in Manchester.___A decree issued by the Hungarian government allows most professional sports clubs and soccer teams to cut the salaries of players and other personnel like managers and trainers by up to 70%. Public gatherings are banned in France until at least mid-July but Maracineanu says they could be extended until “at least September.”Maracineanu is a former Olympic swimmer. She says “it wouldn’t be the end of the world” if the Tour de France has to be canceled.___UEFA has postponed next year’s women’s European Championship soccer tournament to July 2022.The UEFA executive committee decided the new dates for the 16-nation tournament in England will be July 6-31. French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu says the resumption of sporting events in the country is not among the government’s priorities.France is locked down until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic and speculation has increased recently as to whether the country’s soccer league could resume in late June.Maracineanu says “what’s certain is that sports won’t take priority in our society.”The Tour de France cycling race has been rescheduled to start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 20. The final day coincides with the same day the rescheduled French Open tennis tournament is to begin.Maracineanu was speaking in an interview with Eurosport television on Wednesday night. She says leagues could potentially start in September or have their remaining games canceled altogether. There are 10 league games left to play in France’s top two soccer leagues. Rugby’s Top 14 league has reached the semifinal stage. ___German clubs are being urged not to bank on ticket sales for much of next season.League CEO Christian Seifert says “we don’t know if there will be games without fans in February or March still. We asked the club to plan without spectator income for the first part of next season.”German clubs are hoping to resume games next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic and to finish in time for many players’ contracts to end June 30. But a restart needs agreement from regional governments.Seifert says most of the league’s broadcast partners have agreed to pay up front to help clubs continue operating until the end of June. Some of that money may have to be paid back if the 2019-20 season can’t be finished. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event.The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season.There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles.___last_img read more

Team Muller Seals S’final Place Despite Member Losing Mum, Dad

first_imgThe news caused a slight delay on the second day as the teams rallied to offer their support and condolences.Team Muller however had enough depth and resilience to complete the routing of fellow newcomers Team VGC Lions.In Ibadan and Abuja, Team Kalotari and Team Civil Defence won their ties to ensure a make or break tie for the second semifinal place when they meet in Port Harcourt on October 29.Team Kalotari beat Team Oluyole 7-0 in Ibadan while Team Civil Defence defeated Team Optiweb of Ilorin 6-1 in Abuja.Emmanuel Sunday and Christian Paul of Team Kalotari won the singles matches on the first day by defeating Ganiyu Salami (2-6, 6-4, 6-0) and Wale Sampson ( 6-2, 6-3) respectively. Blessing Samuel had very little resistance from Colleen Orji whom she defeated 6-2, 6-2 in the ladies’ singles. Ikechukwu Iloputa then paired Sunday to defeat the pair of Salami and Kunle Bamidele 6-3, 6-3.A change of players by team Oluyole on the second day did not make any difference as Paul outclassed Ismail Adeshina 6-0, 6-1 and Sunday bested Wasiu Ibrahim 6-1, 6-2 in the reverse singles. The mixed doubles pair of Samuel and Paul completed the sweep by defeating the Team Oluyole pair of Orji and Sampson 6-2, 6-1.Team Civil Defence dropped one match when Nonso Madueke, leading by a set but trailing 5-2 to Uche Oparaoji in the reverse singles, scratched because he was feeling unwell.The Abuja-based team had however already secured the tie on opening day with Madueke defeating Emmanuel Ikakah 6-1, 6-3 and Abdulmumuni Babalola beating Oparaoji 6-2, 6-4 in the men’s singles: Christie Agugbom dispatching Ngozi Dirisu 6-0, 6-1 and the pair of Babalola and Michael Chima beating Isaac Emeruwa and Henry John 6-4, 6-4.Clifford Enosoregbe stepped up to win the second reverse singles against Emeruwa 6-1, 6-0 while Babalola and Agugbom paired to win the mixed doubles match against Oluchi Ozurumba and John 6-1, 6-3.The fourth set of round robin matches will be concluded with White Group matches taking place in Lagos, Kaduna and Ado-Ekiti this weekend.In Lagos, the fast improving CBN Futures team will host Team Tech Vibe of Jos at the National Stadium Surulere; in Kaduna, Team Offikwu will host Team Goshen of Ilorin at the Murtala Square while Team Yetade of Ado-Ekiti will take on Team Ndoma- Egba of Abuja at the Trade Fair Complex.All ties will, as usual start at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NCC TENNIS LEAGUETeam Muller over the weekend in Lagos defeated Team VGC Lions 7-0 to secure a semifinal place in the ongoing NCC Tennis League with only one round-robin match outstanding in the Blue Group. This was despite the sad news of Muller team member, Emmanuel Idoko, losing his parents the same week of the tie.Idoko, who has proved to be a dependable support for the outstanding Joseph Imeh, lost his mother on the Tuesday preceding the tie but showed up for his match on Saturday against Martins Abamu which he won 7-5, 6-1 only to get home to be confronted with the news of the demise of his father.last_img read more

NPFL: Plateau Utd Banished to Ilorin, Fined N5m

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeThe League Management Company (LMC) has come down hard on Plateau United FC for the crowd violence that rocked the team’s first game of the new 2019 season against FC IfeanyiUbah in Jos last Sunday.Plateau United was ordered to play its next three home fixtures at the Ilorin Township Stadium and also fined a total of N5million for breaches of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). The Jos-based club also risks immediate three points deduction should a similar disturbance occur again during the current season.Rowdy crowd incidence at the end of the match saw the match officials assaulted by unruly fans led by one Attahiru Babayo who was identified by the match officials as the leader of the assault gang.In a Summary Jurisdiction notice sent to the club yesterday letter signed by the Chief Operating Officer of the LMC, Salihu Abubakar, Plateau United has been ordered to assist security agencies apprehend the said Babayo and others for prosecution failing which Plateau United will be liable to pay a fine of N25,000 per day until the culprit is arrested.“Plateau United was found in breach of four rules of the NPFL ranging from failure to provide adequate security, assault on match officials, throwing objects on to the field of play, encroachment on the field of play and conduct capable of bringing the league to disrepute. The rules include B8.21, B13.1 and, C1.1“Plateau United supporters were also found to have thrown objects and projectiles at the match officials as they left the field of play in violation of Rule B13.18 of the Framework and Rules. The Club was also charged under Rule B13.18 for encroachment on the field of play by their supporters.The last charge read, “you are in breach of Rule C1.1 of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional League Football League, in that on Sunday, 13thth January, 2019, immediately after your Match Day 1 Fixture: Plateau United FC vs. FC Ifeanyi Ubah, some of your designated officials assaulted the Referees, thereby failing to comply with the principles of fair play, sportsmanship and behaving in a manner capable of bringing the League into disrepute.”The sanctions imposed by the LMC on the club in exercise of its summary jurisdiction include a fine of N1million for failure to provide adequate security, another N1million pursuant to Rule C12 being compensation to each of the assaulted Match Officials and in addition to any certified cost of treatment.Other sanctions include a fine of N1million for throwing of objects on to the field of play, N1million for encroachment on the field of play and restricted area immediately after the match and N1million for conduct capable of bringing the League to disrepute.The former NPFL Champions have 48 hours within which to accept the decisions or elect to appeal. However, any of the two decisions the club may choose must be communicated in writing to the LMC and should the appeal fail, additional sanctions may be imposed.WEDNESDAY(Fixtures)Tornadoes v Rivers UtdMFM v Kwara UtdAbia Warriors v Go RoundEl Kanemi v Kano PillarsIfeanyiUbah v NasarawaHeartland v Plateau UtdPOSTPONEDRangers v Katsina UtdSunshine v LobiInsurance v EnyimbaRemo v WikkiKada City v Yobe StarsGombe v Akwa UtdShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

50/1 for Leicester City and Shakespeare to do the impossible

first_imgShare Share Submit There was much ado about something after Leicester City earned their place in the Champions League Quarter Finals under new manager Craig Shakespeare. Following the draw earlier today the Premier League champions must now prepare for a showdown with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.The Spaniards have reached the final twice in the past four years, but have fallen at the last hurdle each time. Despite this, having overcome Sevilla in the last round the Foxes should fancy their chances. The first leg is in Madrid on April 11th so we’ll know better where Leicester stand on the twelfth night. Leicester have beaten both Hull and Liverpool 3-1 in recent weeks, and following a confident victory over Sevilla, who it should be noted sit third in La Liga above Atletico, they’ve ever reason to be confident.To ‘do the impossible’ and win the competition, Leicester are priced as high as 50/1 in places (bwin) with most bookies offering around the 33/1 mark. The odds compilers though would do well to remember that men at some time are the masters of their fates; Leicester have defied the odds before and they could well do it again. The bookmakers however remain doubtful that they’ll even reach the final four.Tim Reynolds, Sun BetsSun Bets Spokesman Tim Reynolds commented: “Sadly we doubt Leicester’s chances of getting past Atletico at 4/1, and are offering a mad double of 350/1 that they win the Champions League and are relegated from the Premier League.“Two fashionable favourites head both the Champions League and Europa League in Barcelona and Man United- and we have laid the pair far too heavily! Barcelona sneaking through against PSG was disastrous for us, and we strongly fancy the Catalans to see off Juve in the next round at 1/2. Barcelona would have been 500/1 to win the Champions League when struggling against PSG, but are now the 9/4 jollies.“Man United need the Europa League to guarantee Champions League football next season, and they’re 1/9 to see off Anderlecht- and are short favourites to win the competition at 5/4. We’re going best price about all the German teams in both competitions, Merkel might be bossing the EU but we think it’s Catalonia and Salford ruling the roost in the footie.” Lewis Davey, Paddy Power BetfairPaddy Power Mischief Champion Lewis Davey added a little more hopefully: “Following the draw Leicester have drifted out from 25/1 to 40/1 in the outright market and are 4/1 to make it through to the Semis. Word from the trading floor is they haven’t got a chance of making it past Atletico – but they said the same last season and look what happened. What do they know, eh?”With Claudio Ranieri unceremoniously shown the door, it would be bittersweet for the team he helped build to go on and achieve an even greater feat without him. Having won the Premier League last season though Leicester know greatness and are not afraid of it; some are born great (Kasper Schmeichel), some achieve greatness (Danny Drinkwater) and some have greatness thrust upon them (Riyad Mahrez). At 18/1 with 188Bet Leicester City to reach the final could be worth an optimistic punt. Whether this is to be or not to be is one question, but Leicester City will definitely be in attendance at the upcoming Betting on Football Conference in May (3-5). The club’s Head of New Business Mark Davies will be speaking on a session looking at the international reach of the Premier League.A number of other clubs including Arsenal, Roma, Celtic, Rangers, Wolfsburg, and Liverpool to name but a few will have representation at the conference which is taking place at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge home. You can find out more and secure your tickets here. Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Plus500 named as the main sponsor of Legia Warsaw August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020last_img read more

Philip Rivers: Tom Brady, other elite QBs can’t be judged solely by Super Bowl wins

first_img Tom Brady says ‘hell no’ to becoming football coach “I remember thinking when the Patriots beat the Seahawks, when they had the interception against the Seahawks down there … in that game that gave them their fifth championship, Brady’s fifth, everybody said, ‘Well, he’s now the greatest of all time.’ And I thought to myself, I already thought he was one of (the greatest), but how do you ever decide that?” Rivers said. “It’s like the old Michael Jordan (argument), right, we can talk about that forever, too.”I already thought he was one of the greatest of all time, but because they intercepted the pass, he’s now the greatest of all time? What if the Seahawks would have ran it in and the Seahawks would’ve won? Brady just played the exact same game, he didn’t do anything different. So it is funny how that works.”I don’t look at that. That’s why I always think (Dan) Marino’s right there in the mix, too. You can’t just go off that. … Not in this sport, especially.”While Rivers didn’t say one way or the other where he thinks Brady stands in the GOAT debate, he also shouted out the likes of Aaron Rodgers, for his 338-to-80 touchdown-to-interception ratio and “pure ability to throw the football,” and Peyton Manning for his awareness and anticipation.  Rivers did make one thing clear, however: He does not consider himself a better QB than the Patriots legend, whom he’s never beaten in eight tries. “A Brady-led team vs. a Rivers-led team, we’re 0-fer,” he said, “so that does tell you a little bit, head-to-head.” The debate over the greatest quarterback of all time isn’t likely to be settled … ever, but Philip Rivers has some thoughts on criteria that should be used in the argument. In an appearance on the “Dan Patrick Show” this week, the Chargers QB discussed how best to determine GOAT status, specifically in the context of evaluating where Tom Brady stands all-time.  Andrew Luck injury update: Colts QB could be ready for season opener, report says Aaron Rodgers says lowered beer prices will get Packers fans loud and proud “It’s a crazy deal in a sense because the quarterback and the head coach are the only ones that are tied to the record,” Rivers noted, before going on to use New England’s thrilling Super Bowl 49 win over Seattle to make his point. A refresher: Brady led the Patriots back to take a 28-24 lead with two minutes to play, but Russell Wilson drove the Seahawks to New England’s 1-yard line with 26 seconds left. There, Seattle inexplicably chose not to run Marshawn Lynch, and Malcolm Butler intercepted a Wilson pass to seal the win for the Patriots.  Related Newslast_img read more

What do Costa Rica, Panama early exits say about US soccer?

first_imgBicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees “It’s an extra twist of the knife,” said former U.S. forward Taylor Twellman, now ESPN’s lead soccer analyst. “It’s another reminder that the failure to qualify is an absolute debacle.”Beaten 3-0 by Belgium in its opener, Panama gave up five goals in the first half Sunday in a 6-1 loss to England. Costa Rica was defeated 1-0 by Serbia and 2-0 by Brazil.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 crownMexico is in good position to advance to the round of 16 after victories over defending champion Germany and South Korea. While the North and Central American and Caribbean region had three nations in the knockout rounds four years ago, this will be CONCACAF’s first World Cup since 2006 with fewer than two.“Mexico is a good, solid team. So is Costa Rica. Panama is an inferior team in the competition,” former U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. “I feel strongly that we should have been the third team, but we have no one to blame but ourselves.” The U.S. qualified for seven straight World Cups and advanced to the knockout round four times during that streak before missing this year’s tournament.Costa Rica defeated the U.S. twice in qualifying, a 4-0 home rout in November 2016 that caused the U.S. Soccer Federation to fire coach Jurgen Klinsmann and bring back Arena, and a 2-0 win in New Jersey last September.Panama rallied with a late first-half goal to tie the U.S. at home in March 2017, and the Americans won 4-0 in Florida last October. The U.S. then lost 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago, when only a tie was needed to qualify. The Americans finished fifth in the six-nation final round, falling below Honduras, which lost a playoff to Australia.“If the United States had qualified, we would have done much better than Costa Rica and Panama,” said Steve Sampson, the U.S. coach from 1995-98. “I know that Panama finished ahead of the United States in the qualification phase, but with all the previous experience the United States would have, I’ve got to believe and I do believe that they would have done much better than Costa Rica and Panama in this World Cup.”Former U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller said the failure of the U.S. to qualify for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics was a sign of trouble to come.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial “Our under-23s over an eight-year, 10-year period have not been as good as the rest of CONCACAF, and that’s eventually going to filter up to your national team, and it doesn’t surprise me that we had this struggle,” he said before adding: “Are we better than Panama? Of course we are.”If Mexico moves on to the knockout rounds, which is likely, 13 of 24 CONCACAF teams (54 percent) will have reached the round of 16 since 1990: Mexico seven times, the U.S. four and Costa Rica twice.“I think we have a long way to go,” CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said. “We still rank behind only UEFA on CONMEBOL in terms of points per game in World Cups historically, but obviously now our fate in terms of a run is in the hands of Mexico.”Arena said poor officiating in CONCACAF holds back the region and cited Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha’s decisions to award penalty kicks when Fidel Escobar and Roman Torres knocked over Jesse Lingard, and when Anibal Godoy wrestled Harry Kane to the ground. That led to a pair of successful spot kicks by Kane as England built a 5-0 lead.“The things that happened today with Panama were typical of CONCACAF competition, but they’re never punished for it. In my view, the officiating hurts the progress of the region,” Arena said. “You’d have to be hit over the head with a sledgehammer for them to call a penalty kick in CONCACAF.”Montagliani took Arena’s criticism in stride.“That’s a bit of hyperbole from Bruce,” he said. “We’re always trying to improve refereeing. I think in this last qualifying, it’s the best I’ve seen it in a long time in CONCACAF. Obviously, spoken like a true coach, Bruce has always been griping about referees.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Pekerman dedicates Colombia’s win to Carlos Sanchez LATEST STORIES Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas fails to stop Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov scoring the opening goal during the group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)MOSCOW — Costa Rica and Panama were overwhelmed at the World Cup, both going two and out.What does that say about the United States, which didn’t even make it to soccer’s showcase?ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more