Messi donates money won in court case against newspaper

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi controls the ball during the Champions League group D soccer match between Olympiakos and Barcelona at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium at Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)MADRID — The company that manages Lionel Messi’s image rights says the player has donated more than 70,000 euros ($81,000) to the medical charity Doctors Without Borders after winning a court case against a Spanish newspaper.The money was awarded to Messi for an article the La Razon newspaper published implying that the player was doping.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The company says Messi will continue to defend himself from accusations and insinuations against his honor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Thompson’s injury another blow for struggling Cavaliers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Dy 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. Jerie Pingoy shrugs off pain in return to action Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLa 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. MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments “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.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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UE gets fired up after Adamson coach rests starters in first set

first_imgMOST READ Adamson head coach Air Padda had good intentions when she opted to not include Jema Galanza, Eli Soyud, and Chiara Permentilla in her starting lineup against University of the East in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Lady Warriors, however, took issue from it and decided to retaliate after not seeing the three key Lady Falcons in front of them.UE scored its first win of the season in four sets, 25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-13, in a game wherein Shaya Adorador and Kat Arado let their actions ring true to their words.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We felt that they took it easy on us because we didn’t see Galanza and Permentilla so we talked that the outside spikers aren’t on the floor,” said Adorador Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“So every single one of us stepped up and we told ourselves that ‘no team would be treated lightly, we can’t allow that.’” Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Comboy, FEU rule first UAAP 3×3 tournament LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus For Arado, the reigning Best Digger, the absence of the three key Lady Falcons in the first set fired her up that she vowed that no ball would fall on their side of the floor.Arado also thought of the sacrifices her team went through the season having lost their first six games of the tournament, and she wouldn’t allow the experience to be just thrown away.“When I didn’t see them at the start, it really pushed me and I told my teammates I’ll get every ball thrown our way,” said Arado who had 24 excellent digs and 32 excellent receptions. “Our group has gone through so much and I can’t allow myself to see this game be lost.”And Adorador, who averages 10.5 points per game, waited until the fifth set to finally throw her frustration at Adamson’s way.The senior hitter had seven of her 11 points in the fifth set, with her 10th point coming off a block on Mylene Paat for Adamson’s 14-11 lead before finishing off the Lady Eagles with a soft off-speed kill.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

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ODI 2: Indians aim to strengthen hold

first_imgIt was not the most comprehensive of wins but having taken a morale-boosting 1-0 lead in the series, India would look to press home the advantage against a nervy West Indies in the second one-dayer, here on Wednesday.The four-wicket win in the first one-dayer came after a wobbly start and the second-string Indian team would be aiming to plug the loopholes as the series progresses.Missing key players Sachin Tendulkar and regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the young team led by Suresh Raina benefited from the West Indians’ follies in the lung-opener.The Caribbeans, on the other hand, would hope to tilt the scale in their favour by picking up on the few positives they gained from the four-wicket loss at the Queen’s Park Oval here last night.The hosts might have lost the first game by four wickets but they were probably 30 runs and a wicket away from walking away as winners.Even though the pitch was sluggish, West Indies could have tested India with a score of 250-plus. That score was a possibility till key men Ramnaresh Sarwan (56) and Marlon Samuels (55), after an 82-run fourth wicket stand, departed in the final overs.And when the Indians batted, another wicket around the midway stage with the visitors struggling at 104 for 4, could have brought them to their knees.None of it happened and West Indies went down with five overs to spare.Encouragingly for the hosts though, experienced batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan showed signs of returning to his best and there was much heart to be drawn in the performance of young spinners Devendra Bishoo and Anthony Martin.advertisementWest Indies could do with a little more firepower at their command in the second match and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Kieron Pollard figures in the starting XI.The all-rounder, without a fail, is an asset on the field and on his day, can win a game for the side with either bat or ball.Pollard was left out of the game probably as a slap on his wrist for not preferring regional competition over the IPL. Now that the point has been made, he could be asked to bolster the side.West Indies would also be encouraged by the lack of firepower at the Indians’ command.Even though the visiting spinners are difficult to get away, they are more economical than destructive in their spells.Only if West Indies could rotate the strike — they played no less than 29.2 overs as dot balls on Monday — they could yet push Indians into disarray.For Indians, the worry is the apparent lack of class among openers. Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan have been pitch-forked to fill in for the injured duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir and their start was not too impressive.But India’s strength lies in its middle-order which has a talented bunch of batsmen including Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. In fact, both of them came good in the opening match with half centuries.Only if West Indies could get into India’s middle order quickly and strike one or two fortuitous blows, they could still get the Indians in a spot.Even though spinners are a strength for the Indians and the hosts are playing into their hands, the visitors would be happy if openers could inspire faith and there is more firepower in their bowling attack.Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, preferred ahead of R Ashwin, was impressive and so was Harbhajan Singh but there was little to suggest the visitors have the necessary edge to their attack.The pace department is missing Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel would have to produce a special effort to prove himself a worthy replacement.But given that the West Indians are desperately missing a certain Chris Gayle, the odds still favour the Suresh Raina and his men.SquadsWest Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Lendl Simmons, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Carlton Baugh (wk), Andre Russell, Anthony Martin, Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul.India: Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, Subramaniam Badrinath, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ramachandran Ashwin, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma.The match starts 6.30 pm (IST)last_img read more

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Broad breaks a million hearts, snatches away Tendulkar’s 100

first_imgIt didn’t come by today and batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar walked back without scoring his 100th international century. PhotosFor many cricket crazy fans Stuart Broad would be the bowler they would love to hate.Broad broke a million hearts when he sent Sachin Tendulkar back on the second day of the historic Lord’s Test in London on Saturday.His fans waited with bated breath even as a nick from his bat off Broad’s ball took a short aerial route and Graeme Swann cupped his palm low and close to the grass.They waited and wanted the ball to slip off his cup, but did not and landed perfectly in his open hands which clasped the ball at ease.Soon the Master Blaster was seen walking off the hallowed greens of Lord’s back to the majestic pavilion which has seen many a great cricketing stalwarts take refuge.The crowds heaved a sigh and Sachin, who could only manage to score 34 on the day, will have to wait for another time, another day, another moment for his perfect 100.last_img read more

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New turf at Palam Ground but Karnail Singh Stadium lags

first_imgAway from the limelight garnered by the Delhi team and its bastion, the Ferozeshah Kotla, lie two first-class grounds in the Capital that hardly attract attention for the right reasons.The Palam Ground, owned by the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), and the Karnail Singh Stadium, the home ground of the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), have for years been backwaters where cricketers have bemoaned the lack of facilities and competitive playing surfaces.And while the SSCB has woken up and started refurbishing its ground, the RSPB is lagging behind, despite a one-year Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ban for providing underprepared wickets.Palam, located near the Capital’s domestic airport, has been dug up and the whole square and outfield is being re-laid.”It has been more than 20 years since the ground has been in existence, and we decided to dig up the entire playing area and re-lay it,” SSCB secretary M Baladitya told Mail Today.”In addition, a new irrigation system for the outfield and square is also being put in place, while the pitches at the nets are also being re-done to bring them at par with the main square.”Asked why the refurbishment was being done during the monsoons, Baladitya said: “Actually, the digging process was completed before the rains, so that the growth of grass can be aided by the monsoon. By September, the grass will be mown, and then we will play some matches on it to help settle the wicket. It will also mean our boys get experience of playing on fiery wickets.”advertisementThere is also a plan to renovate the pavilion, since Baladitya says the BCCI is mulling handing one of the tour games on England’s winter tour of India to Palam.”We don’t need to do much about that; only some new partitions and better upholstery are needed in the dressing rooms and the toilets need to be renovated,” he said.The case of the Karnail Singh Stadium is not yet clear, though RSPB secretary Jhanjha Tripathi said the body also wanted a complete overhaul of the turf.”We do want to re-lay the square, but are still keeping our options open. Nothing has been finalised yet, though we will be reaching a decision within a week or 10 days,” she told Mail Today on Saturday.There is a joke among members of the Railways team that the wickets were last re-laid when the legendary Lala Amarnath, who died in 2000 at 89 years of age, was still an active first-class player in the 1960s.What isn’t a joke is that Karnail Singh Stadium is a venue opposition teams loathe to visit, owing to its extremely low bounce and propensity to turn into a dust bowl from the very first day of a match.In fact, the sanctions imposed on the ground came about owing to complaints about the pitch during Railways’ final two Ranji games last season, against Orissa and Saurashtra, with the latter’s coach Debu Mitra blasting the surface as being the “worst” he had ever seen in over four decades of playing and coaching.Railways skipper Sanjay Bangar is hopeful that by the time the ban is lifted in time for the 2013-14 season, the surface will be much better to play on.”It would be a very good thing for Railways cricket if done by experts. In the past it has been lacking professional preparation,” the former India allrounder said.There have been allegations that Railways have sometimes tailor- made pitches to suit their spinners led by former India player Murali Kartik, but Bangar rubbished them.”We have always wanted to play on sporting wickets. In fact, in the past couple of seasons, we have done better on quick pitches,” he said.For the coming season, the Railways’ home ground also hasn’t been decided. The RSPB owns grounds across the country, and the ones in Bhubaneswar and Varanasi are front-runners, according to RSPB sources.”We have a few options in mind, but nothing has been finalised as yet,” Tripathi said.shreyas. sharma@ mailtoday.inlast_img read more

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World T20: England to begin title defence against Afghanistan

first_imgThey ran a full-strength India team close on Wednesday, and now Afghanistan have a chance to take their fearless brand of cricket to the next level against an England team without its best batsman, Kevin Pietersen.Coach Kabir Khan insists they can upstage the defending champions in Friday’s Group A game. “Spinners will play an important role against England. They are a completely different side and their pacers have generally struggled in sub-continental conditions. We have some good spinners in our side,” he believes. England do seem to be heavily loaded with bowlers, with the batting resting on the experience of Craig Kieswetter and Eoin Morgan, and the exuberance of youngsters like Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow.Skipper Stuart Broad was adamant that the absence of Pietersen due to a tussle with the England and Wales Cricket Board wouldn’t make a difference. “KP’s been around for a long time and obviously has done fantastically well for us. His battles with the ECB at the moment mean he’s not here, and we have to put up with that and get on with it. The 15 guys in the squad are excited to be here, up for the challenge – and that’s what you want coming into a tournament,” he told reporters after a practice session at the Nondescripts Cricket Club ground here.Broad and the team management would’ve followed the India-Afghanistan match with keen interest on Wednesday, and the fast bowler advised his teammates not to get fazed by the Afghans’ devil-may-care approach.”They don’t have any fear, by the looks of it. They’ll play a few shots. That’s something we’ll have to counteract as a bowling unit, not get fazed by that, not panic too much. We have to accept there might be a few nicks flying past the wicketkeeper, and a few smashes over extra-cover and cow corner (deep midwicket),” he said.”That’s part and parcel of the game. As bowlers, we know the most important thing – whether you get hit out of the park, or you bowl a dot ball – it’s all about the next ball. Whether you’re playing against Afghanistan, or the best team in the world, your principles don’t change.”By the look of it, the track for the match looks slightly browner than Wednesday’s, but a sunny day is likely to dry it out and make it similar. It won’t be a surprise, therefore, if England decide to go in with three spinners – offie Graeme Swann and left-armers Danny Briggs and Samit Patel.advertisementlast_img read more

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