Was it, or wasn’t it? Was it or wasn’t it a bad call, or was it or wasn’t it a great game.The 2014 Grey Cup delivered it’s share of glitz and glimmer and, at the same time, some controversy as the Calgary Stampeders hung on to clip the Hamilton Tiger Cats 20-16 Sunday before 52,000 plus fans of Canadian Football at BC Place in Vancouver.This time your’s truly got to experience the game from the fans point of view, sitting at the 50-yard line behind the Stamp bench after getting the media treatment during previous Grey Cups in Vancouver.But even before fans watching on television saw crazy spectators in action in the stands, those, including myself, witnessed craziness on the streets outside BC Place.Fans from throughout the CFL lined up to attend the tailgate party next to the Terry Fox statue and the Plaza of Nations.Cheerleaders from Calgary, Hamilton and BC, along with live bands, entertained the fans who began streaming into the stadium the moment the doors opened.Dressed in their favourite team colours, and yes there were even Lions faithful donning the painted faces and kooky costumes, fans joined in with the traditional “Fan Parade” complete with the Grey Cup, on Robson Street.The scene was reminiscent of what I experienced in 2010 during the Winter Olympics.”Bought our tickets back in December,” a dressed up Hans from Saskatchewan in Rider garb said from the Plaza of Nations tailgate party.”I’ve been to the last four Cups. I enjoy meeting the people and having fun,” Hans said when asked about if he’s disappointed the Riders didn’t make it back to defend the Cup won in 2013 in Regina. Inside the game was, well, a little boring as Calgary toyed with the Tiger Cats through the first half.And whoever organized the halftime show had better give their heads a shake.While the Imagine Dragons, an American Indie rock band from Las Vegas, rocked BC Place, only a third of the fans — not including me — got a chance to see the act live as the stage blocked out most of the people in the seats.Gotta love organizers catering to the television audience instead of the people who paid big bucks to see the game live.Back to the game, Hamilton somehow made it a game, moving the ball down the field and rallying from a 17-7 halftime deficit.However, instead of touchdowns all the Cats could materialize were field goals.Then with time running out, and Calgary punting the ball to the Tiger Cats spark plug Brandon Banks, the unthinkable happened.Like he did in the Eastern Final to Montreal, Banks took the ball from deep in his territory, first broke to his left before reversing the field and running the ball some 90-plus yards into the end zone.However, it was all for not as Hamilton’s Taylor Reed was whistled for a holding penalty on the play.Hamilton fans experienced first hand what Roughrider fans felt in 2009 when an Illegal substitution resulted in too many men on the field, for Saskatchewan.David Duval had missed his field goal attempt on the play but got another chance, and nailed it, to give Montreal the championship.The game, at that point, was for all intense and purpose, over.Zach Collaros tried to initiate a late-game rally, but the Hamilton quarterback was a sacks twice, the final play resulting his “Hail-Mary” pass being deflected out of his hands. “We left too many points on the field,” said a Hamilton fan during a Global TV interview from outside BC Place. “Too many points.”And one too many holding calls.
20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $251,759 INTO SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA; FIRST POST TIME THROUGH MONDAY IS AT 12:30 P.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2020)–Racing fans will start the three-day Presidents’ Day weekend at Santa Anita with a carryover of $251,759 in the track’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot on Saturday.With a carryover from Sunday of $229,500, there was $97,222 in new money wagered today, creating a total Jackpot pool of $326,722.Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 39 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $1,331.70.With a nine-race card on Saturday, the Rainbow Six will begin with race four, which has an approximate post time of 1:58 p.m. PT.The Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes will highlight Saturday’s program, with the John Shirreffs-trained Hard Not to Love installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite with Mike Smith up at seven furlongs. First post time on Saturday, Sunday and Presidents’ Day Monday, is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Jean Pierre Rivere, president of the Niceunveiled at L’Equipe a revolutionary idea to redirect the soccer calendar after the coronavirus crisis. Consists in already adapt to the Qatar World Cup in 2022, the first to be played in the fall of history. In other words, the president of the French club proposes lengthen the maximum the end of this course in order to connect the next two to world cup appointment and play them in a calendar year (February to October) instead of split years.“Of course, everyone we want to end the season As fast as possible, but what if we can’t? Beyond this current season, let’s try to see consistently the three seasons to come. In 2022, the World Cup in Qatar It will take place from November 21 to December 18. My idea is that if this tournament has been uniquely scheduled, we let’s adapt already based on the problems we face today. I suggest, therefore, take us all the time we need for end the season current in October or November, and we start the next season in February. Then we could join the Euro Cup the next june and we would finish the next season again in late October. In 2022, we would take a short break in August and then repeat this formula again to play the World Cup calmly, ”said Rivere. Although it has little chance of prospering the idea, it is a fact that the FIFA and UEFA they are going to find a problem very serious on the world calendar about the coronavirus issue. Own Gianni Infantino said this problem should make them see what loaded and saturated calendar, something that She complained also publicly Javier Thebes in a tweet that precisely had Infantino as the recipient.
KOLKATA, India (CMC):In-form batsman Evin Lewis will replace the injured Lendl Simmons on the West Indies team for the World T20 tournament which gets under way in India on Tuesday, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday.Lewis, 24, is receiving his maiden call up after a string of outstanding performances in the NAGICO Super50 and the WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.The T&T cricketer posted scores of 74, 101, 87 and 104 against Jamaica and blasted 56 against the Leeward Islands last week.Lewis, a former West Indies Under-19 player, has been called up as a replacement for Simmons.REPRESENTATIONHe is yet to play at the international level, having represented Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean T20 and the Champions League, and has also played for T&T Red Steel and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League.”Evin Lewis, a young and exciting batsman who we believe will fit into the team set-up very well. He has the ability to perform at this level of the game,” said chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd.”His selection is in keeping with our policy to give exposure to young, talented players we believe will help to carry West Indies cricket forward.”Simmons, the 31-year-old right-handed top-order batsman, will remain in Trinidad to continue his rehabilitation, while left handed Lewis was due to fly out yesterday.West Indies arrived in Kolkata on Monday after completing a two-week preparation camp in the United Arab Emirates where they won all four warm-up matches.The Caribbean side has been drawn in Group One of the Super 10 stage where they will play alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and one of the qualifiers from the first round.They will play their two official warm-up matches against hosts India tomorrow and Australia on Sunday.Lewis will be hoping to get to India in time for the second warm-up match against Australia.West Indies are entering the World Cup second in the ICC rankings, with India installed as the top-ranked team.
Rey Guevarra wins the Slam Dunk competition anew. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBATANGAS — Rey Guevarra is still the undisputed Dunk King.The Phoenix high-flyer reclaimed his throne, edging out Renz Palma in the Slam Dunk Contest in the 2018 PBA All-Star Week Friday at Batangas City Sports Center.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I was really challenged by him. Because of him, I had to raise the bar so that I could edge him,” he said.Guevarra also beat former titlist Chris Newsome, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Lervin Flores, and Marion Magat in the competition.He also took home the P30,000 cash prize and bagged his fourth Slam Dunk title in five years.Guevarra has now moved second to Niño Canaleta, who has five, for most Slam Dunk titles.And if the opportunity presents itself, he said that he won’t hesitate going for the record.“In God’s time, let’s see if I could still do it. If I get the chance, I will really try to get that fifth championship,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Guevarra unleashed an off-the-bounce windmill dunk to put the results beyond doubt, netting 40 points from the judges to end the highly-entertaining Slam Off.PERFECT 40! REY GUEVARRA GETS HIS 4TH SLAM DUNK TITLE! #PBAAllStar2018 pic.twitter.com/mbZxwwaI0RFEATURED 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 crown— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) May 25, 2018 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments James Yap is PBA 3-point king once again The veteran forward outlasted the younger Palma, whose 360-dunk from near the foul line only got 39 points.“This is the hardest contest I’ve ever been in,” he said. “Everybody knew what dunks I could do, so I was really forced to show off some new slams.”Guevarra jumped over a motorcycle and teammate JC Intal to delight the crowd in the Finals where he took on an athletic Palma, who displayed his impeccable leaping ability. The two ended up in a stalemate, finishing with identical 75 points after two dunks.RENZ PALMA CAN FLY! 39 POINTS! #PBAAllStar2018 pic.twitter.com/zOsF2eJyLD— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) May 25, 2018ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding
Dear Editor,I would like to respond to an article in a section of the media on December 25, 2018 edition, entitled “Rejecting Irfaan Ali as presidential candidate”. The article, inter alia, clearly sought to tarnish the image and reputation of the sitting MP with its vile and rancorous undertone.As a party member, and having known Irfaan for over eight years. I personally found the article very misleading and despicable. As Pliny the Younger once said, “envy always implies conscious inferiority wherever it resides”.Irfaan Ali, presumable is one of the most experienced, shrewd and humble politicians of all the potential candidates for the top post as leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Hailed from a humble family, Irfaan worked his way up through the ranks of the PPP and became one of the youngest MPs, holding various portfolios, including Housing and Water Minister and, Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister. At one time, he was the Minister of both Ministries, simultaneously.As the Housing and Water Minister, he spearheaded one of the most successful housing programmes ever. Tens of thousands of house lots were distributed, specifically targeting low and middle-income families, young professionals, teachers and our medical personal. According to the 2012-2016 Country Programme Evaluation Report, the Low-Income Settlement Programme II, a multibillion-dollar IDB programme initiated and executed under Irfaan’s tenure as Housing and Water Minister, was deemed one of the most successful housing programmes ever.I recalled at one of the ‘One Stop Shop’ a single parent mother who was too overwhelmed with euphoria, shed tears as she praised the then Minister for providing her with an opportunity to own her own home. Though there are countless similar success stories of this kind, there are a few who didn’t get the opportunity to benefit due to the inability of the Government to match the overwhelm housing demand, which unfortunately precipitated premature resentments amongst some non-beneficiaries.Nonetheless, there is no doubt that hundreds of thousands of lives were positively impacted through improved standard of living and wealth generation, and in the eyes of the beneficiaries, Irfaan is viewed as a saviour.Yours truly,Ian Persaud
While many stakeholders have related their disappointment with the supervision at City Hall, it seems as though those views are shared by some of its employees as well.Deputy Human Resources Manager of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), Michelle Smith, who was summoned to the Commission of Inquiry on Friday, specified that the administrative body “can do better” in terms of its processes and answerability.“I would say that there is room for improvement and the administration can do better,” Smith said.Some of the areas which Smith was required to answer to included payment of salaries and benefits, employment of new persons and disciplining of staffers.It was stated that workers of the Council are disciplined after a letter is sent to the Human Resources Management Committee, outlining the particulars of the misdemeanour. However, the complainant is allowed to sit at the hearing which seemed baffling to the Commission.Smith’s explanation was puzzling for which the Legal Assistant, Sherwin Benjamin responded, “My understanding goes haywire. Whether he is asked questions from the Committee (or) he is there to give guidance. I think the HR lines are blurred at that point in time because natural law dictates that one cannot be a judge in his own case.”At that instance, it was revealed that there are more persons employed under the unfixed agenda. Unfixed employees are those persons who would work until the age of 65 without receiving many benefits after retirement. The fixed employees retire at 55 years of age with gratuity and NIS payments.For some of the persons who were not paid their benefits after retirement, Smith stated that she is of the belief that they have been paid or are in the process of receiving their monies, which can be verified by records of the Council. This is contradicting what retired employees told the Commission while giving their statements.“Over the past days, a number of employees would have come to us and would have indicated that they have issues with benefits,” said Benjamin, as he requested those records to verify what was paid and the outstanding balance.Meanwhile when asked about the vacancy procedure which is used by the Council, it was indicated that advertisements are usually sent out. However, “there are relatives of persons in senior positions” which Smith claimed were subjected to the same employment procedures as other staffers.Other employees of the local organ will be subpoenaed next week to answer to the Commission based on statements that were previously submitted.
Ray Wilkins insists Chelsea will still be a major force in this season’s title race. Jose Mourinho’s side have taken just four points from as many games in the opening month of the campaign and suffered a shock defeat at home to Crystal Palace last time out. Branislav Ivanovic’s dip in form as been highlighted during Chelsea’s stuttering start to the campaign, while midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard have also come in for criticism. The champions face a tough trip to Everton on Saturday lunchtime but their former midfielder and assistant manager, who is now working with Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa, is expecting Ivanovic, along with his team-mates, to rediscover their form against the Toffees. “Once they start kicking in I’m sure they’re going to be the same force as they have been over the last few years,” Wilkins told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “Jose [Mourinho] would have been a bit upset with how things have gone but he did state that they had a bit longer off in the close season than they normally do so we expect Chelsea to improving fitness-wise as the weeks go by.“I’m sure every player goes through that slight period each season. All of a sudden now the team aren’t doing so well, these things are highlighted. I’m sure Ivanovic will be back to his very best on Saturday because the game they have against Everton is one of the hardest away fixtures in the Premier League. It’s never easy going to Everton.”
Tottenham target Yunus Malli has revealed he could move to the Premier League in the summer.The Mainz star has attracted attention from clubs in England following some impressive displays in the Bundesliga this season.Borussia Dortmund failed in an attempt to land the Turkish international this month and Tottenham are expected to be among a number of English clubs to activate his £7m release-clause in the summer.And Malli has claimed he has already been in contact with some unnamed clubs from the Premier League.“There was interest from England, yes. It has now become a general knowledge that I have a release clause,” he told Bild. 1 Yunus Malli
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