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Lancaster denies connection with private poll

first_img(661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – City officials issued an alert Friday alleging that a private polling firm is misrepresenting a telephone survey as city-sponsored, though Lancaster never commissioned it. The alert is based on reports from local residents that pollsters saying they worked for San Diego-based Competitive Edge were conducting a survey on the city’s behalf. According to city officials, respondents were asked to evaluate the performance of City Council members and other city officials. They were also asked to evaluate private and public groups such as the Antelope Valley War on Gangs and Crime and law enforcement, as well as their opinion of the city’s overall direction. The poll flap comes amid a contentious political climate revolving around embattled City Manager Bob LaSala. “I just want residents of the city of Lancaster to know that the city government doesn’t ask questions about individuals or programs,” LaSala said. Competitive Edge Research and Communication President John Nienstedt would neither confirm nor deny that his company has conducted any Lancaster survey, citing confidentiality agreements with private survey sponsors. He nevertheless denied in general terms that his company was engaged in the type of behavior Lancaster officials alleged, saying CERC is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and that lying to a poll respondent would be inconsistent with his company’s commitment to adhering to “the highest industry standards.” “We’re pro-truth,” Nienstedt said. “We pride ourselves on doing ethical research. You can’t do a legitimate survey if you’re `lying.”‘ gideon.rubin@dailynews.com last_img

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Bryant confident of Lakers recovery

first_imgThe Lakers, who signed LeBron James in the close season in a bid to transform their fortunes, are currently 14-9 in the Western Conference.Asked if he believed his former team would win another NBA title soon, Bryant replied: “Of course they will. Of course they will.”“They have determination to figure it out. They will figure it out,” said Bryant, who was speaking at a Lakers event held at the Staples Center late on Monday.“They have talented players. So enjoy the journey because we’ll be champions before you know it. Then we’ll just be laughing at all the Warrior fans,” he added, referring to the reigning NBA champions.However while Bryant expressed confidence about the Lakers’ renewal, he warned that James could not be expected to shoulder the burden of the team’s recovery alone.“He’s always had the spotlight, right? He’s been able to deal with that gracefully,” Bryant said. “I think the difference here is that you have a collection of players with a lot of talent all young. And so the challenge is, can they figure out what their games are individually, sooner rather than later?“It’s a test of Bron’s patience, and also doing what he needs to do to keep the team’s head above water. So it’s a balancing act.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kobe Bryant is confident the Los Angeles Lakers are on the road to recovery © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Harry HowLOS ANGELES, United States, Dec 5 – Kobe Bryant is confident the Los Angeles Lakers are on the road to recovery and will soon be “laughing” at fans of the all-conquering Golden State Warriors.Lakers legend Bryant said the iconic NBA franchise would soon be challenging for honours once more after failing to make the play-offs for the past five seasons.last_img read more

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Osama videos show terrorist still tops for propaganda

first_imgCAIRO, Egypt – Two messages from Osama bin Laden in a matter of days have revived the game of questions over his health and whereabouts, but they also made clear he is al-Qaida’s propaganda “top gun,” able to draw attention in the West and strike a chord among sympathizers. In a new video released Tuesday, bin Laden’s voice was heard commemorating one of the Sept. 11, 2001, suicide hijackers and calling on young Muslims to follow his example in martyring themselves in attacks. It came on the heels of a video released Saturday containing the first new images of the terror movement’s leader in nearly three years. It showed him urging Americans to convert to Islam and railing against capitalism, globalization and democracy as failed philosophies. Both releases on Web sites used by Islamic extremists may in part be an attempt to use bin Laden’s charisma to win over supporters in an audience of growing importance for al-Qaida – Muslim converts and immigrants from Muslim countries living in the West, particularly Europe. Militants from both groups have been implicated in several plots inside Europe in recent years, and the anti-globalization rhetoric could be aimed at giving disenchanted Muslims there further reason to join his cause, along with his traditional condemnation of U.S. policy in the Mideast. The two videos, timed to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, also made a splash in the U.S. at a time when the presidential campaign and falling support for the war in Iraq have prompted a debate on how America should be fighting terrorism. Presidential candidates weighed in on the question of whether the man President George W. Bush once vowed to take “dead or alive” remains a threat. Republican Fred Thompson called bin Laden a “symbolic” figure, while Rudolph Giuliani insisted the al-Qaida leader needed to be taken down. U.S. intelligence agencies, meanwhile, are poring over bin Laden’s messages, looking for clues to the 50-year-old’s health and location. Little was immediately evident, except for bin Laden’s new beard – dyed a dark black from the mostly gray of previous videos. The images in Saturday’s video were clearly recent – made at least since June, because bin Laden mentioned British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who took office that month, and perhaps done as recently as early August. Because bin Laden’s image moves for only a few minutes in the first tape and not at all in the second, questions are being raised about his health. Magnus Ranstorp, a terrorism expert at the Swedish National Defense College, said trying to guess at bin Laden’s physical condition from the images is pure speculation. But it is clear that the al-Qaida leader is plugged in, he said. “He’s very much up on current events, but it is more than that. Bin Laden has learned to skillfully package and tap into issues that have political currency and a wide resonance outside his normal constituency,” Ranstorp said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Power ranking the top 20 Premier League players of the 2015-16 season

first_img 20 6. N’Golo Kante (Leicester City) – Kante has been the unsung hero of Leicester’s season. The France international has quietly gone about his business in the centre of the park, frustrating opponents by calmly breaking up the play. He has the highest average number of tackles in the top flight with 4.6 per game and Claudio Ranieri will want to keep hold of his star midfielder in the summer. 5. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – It’s astonishing to think that 12 months ago Alli was plying his trade in League One with MK Dons. The midfielder has taken no time at all to settle under Mauricio Pochettino and is perhaps one of the first players England supporters hope to see on Roy Hodgson’s team-sheet in the summer. 20 9. Jack Butland (Stoke City) – Injury has sadly ruled Butland out for the remainder of the campaign and for the Euro 2016 finals, ending what has been a breakthrough season for the 23-year-old in devastating disappointment. The young ‘keeper had kept 10 clean sheets for the Potters and was challenging for the Golden Glove. 20 20 10. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Lukaku, along with Ross Barkley, has been one of few players who has performed to the standard expected at Goodison Park. The Belgian has 18 league goals and six assists, and without him the Toffees may be battling relegation. The striker has often spoken of his desire to play in the Champions League and he could push for such a move in the summer. 3. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – Such has been his rise to stardom in the Premier League that Vardy is set to have a film detailing his journey from non-league football created. The England striker has 21 goals and six assists, keeping the pressure on goalscoring leader Kane. He’s set for a key role for this summer’s European Championship final in France. 20 16. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Ozil had an outstanding first half of the season, putting in a number of man of the match performances, registering assist after assist. Given the German’s impressive stats of setting up 18 and scoring six, this position may seem harsh. It’s his lack of influence in the bigger games and his quieter second half of the campaign that sees him miss out on a top 10 finish. 20 20 15. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) – Despite having been at Old Trafford since 2010, this season has finally seen the centre back emerge as a key member of the first team. The Red Devils have been poor this term, but their defence has been strong, largely thanks to Smalling’s influence. 20 4. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) – Payet has become the symbol of a new style of attacking play for the Hammers, finally putting an end to criticism that the Irons can only grind out results with long-ball tactics. At 29, it’s remarkable how quickly the Frenchman has adapted to life in England’s top flight. 8. Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) – Fuchs is every manager’s dream full back; a threat in attack and adept in defence. The defender is yet another of Ranieri’s squad who has quietly, but effectively, fulfilled his role. To rub it in even further, the Foxes grabbed him on a free transfer. 20 20 This season has been a breakthrough campaign for many in the Premier League.PFA have announced the shortlist to Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year, which has got supporters talking over who really has been this term’s standout performer.Many were left seething at Philippe Coutinho making the shortlist, which was deservedly dominated by Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur stars, ahead of the likes of Anthony Martial and Hector Bellerin. But who else has impressed since the 2015-16 campaign kicked off last August?PREMIER LEAGUE YOUNG TEAM OF THE YEAR: ALLI, KANE AND THE BEST PLAYERS UNDER 23Take a look as we power rank the top 20 players from England’s top flight this season by viewing the slideshow above. 11. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – The Citizens have hugely underwhelmed in a season when the title was really there for the taking. One man, though, who has remained crucial is Aguero. The Argentine has 18 league goals so far this term, despite those around him not being at their best. 7. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) – Alderweireld has been crucial to Spurs this season. The Belgian has been an ever-present figure in the heart of defence and one of Pochettino’s most consistent performers. His passion and knack of popping up with an important goal has seen him quickly become a fan favourite at White Hart Lane. 2. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – After a slow start to the campaign, in which many started to question whether the striker was a one-season wonder, he began to silence his critics in style. The England international is currently leading the chase for the Golden Boot, with 22 goals to his name. Spurs are still in the title race and Kane’s goalscoring form could be key in deciding the trophy’s destination. 14. Ross Barkley (Everton) – In a Premier League season to forget for Everton, Barkley, along with Romelu Lukaku, has been a rare bright spark at Goodison Park. The 22-year-old has eight goals and seven assists in the league, excelling in the no.10 role. The midfielder is continuing to progress well on Merseyside, and will be looking to cement a regular position with England in the summer – though he faces competition from Dele Alli. 13. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – De Bruyne hit the ground running after his £55m move from Wolfsburg in the summer, quickly suggesting he was more than worth the investment. Had it not have been for the Belgian being forced to spend two months on the sidelines through injury, City’s gap from Leicester could be smaller and Sergio Aguero’s goal tally higher. 12. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – Some may be surprised at Rashford featuring ahead of Martial, but the youngster’s influence has been tremendous. Since making his senior debut in United’s 5-1 Champions League victory over FC Midtjylland at the end of February – in which he scored twice – the 18-year-old has gone on to make 10 more appearances, scoring six goals and registering one assist. A stunning introduction to the top flight. 20 19. Troy Deeney (Watford) – Watford’s captain fantastic. Deeney has become the heart of the Hornets, earning the respect of all at Vicarage Road for turning around his career and helping to fire the club to the Premier League. And with nine goals and six assists this season, he, along with top scorer Odion Ighalo, has proved a handful for the opposition. The Hornets are staying up and Deeney has more than played his part. 20 20 20 20 20 17. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) – Sigurdsson failed to really get going in the first half of the campaign when the Swans were drifting towards the relegation zone. Since the start of the year, however, the Iceland international has rediscovered his form and confidence, playing a key role in securing crucial victories for his side. 18. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) – Bournemouth have adapted superbly to the top flight and much of this is down to the work ethic that Eddie Howe has instilled in his squad. While it has been a collective effort, one player who has stood out is Daniels. The left back has even left many wondering whether he deserves a place in the England squad. 20 20 20 20. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – read all about the Reds playmaker’s ranking below, then click the arrow above to see which Premier League player comes in at 19th – To get the ranking started is Coutinho. The Brazilian is a joy to watch and one of the most skilful players in the league. Jurgen Klopp, though, needs to get his no.10 delivering consistently, with his ability to influence games too infrequent. 20 1. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – Mahrez has been outstanding for the Foxes this season, making it little wonder Real Madrid are reportedly keen on his signature in the summer. The Algerian has 16 goals and 11 assists in the league this season, playing a key role in lifting the Foxes to top of the table.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: MALIN CLUB NOTES

first_imgMALIN GAA NOTES 30-09-12Fantastic scenes in Malin on Thursday evening with Declan Walsh carrying the Sam Maguire cup over the bridge in Malin to a huge crowd on the green, flanked by a guard of honour of Malin underage teams, thanks to everyone who helped organize the event with a special thanks to all the local entertainment on the stage who were hugely influential in making the night such a success.Thanks to everyone who attended the surprise party for Irelands No 1 GAA fan Patrick Houton in the GAA centre on Saturday night, a great night had by all with special thanks to Charlie Doherty of ICRFM for the music and Anne Lafferty for all her culinary skills in the kitchen(we might have to call it Anne’s Country Kitchen from now on!) Scór na nÓg – Scór na nÓg Inishowen will take place in Muff on Fri 12th October. The categories are Ceili dancing, Solo singing, Ballad, Instrumental group, Recitation, Drama, Set Dancing and Quiz. All participants must be under 17 on 1/1/2013. If you are interested in taking part and representing Malin GAA please contact Grace McCarron on 0868047199 before September 22nd.Shaun McLaughlin(O) is representing Malin GAA Club in The Biggest Loser, an Inishowen charity fundraiser with all seven Inishowen clubs represented with each of the participants raising money for various local charities, well done to all of them for attempting to raise much needed funds. Shaun is raising money for the Donegal Hospice over the next 10 weeks with the final weigh in for all seven participants taking place in the Malin GAA Centre on Sunday 28th October at 9-00pm. Between now and then there will be sponsorship sheets available throughout the parish, please support Shaun in this very worthy cause. Dermot O Brien and Culdaff FC are very kindly running a quiz in McGuinness’ Bar, Culdaff on Friday 5th October to help raise funds for Shaun’s cause and we would ask as many people as possible from Malin GAA Club to attend.Anyone looking to order club gear as Christmas(the dreaded word!) presents should place orders as soon as possible in McCleans shop in Malin so as to ensure to avoid disappointment.Malin GAA club have a club phone which sends texts about club fixtures for adult and underage teams as well as club events and notices. If anyone would like their name added to texting list please contact the club phone on 0868668531. There was no winner of this weeks lotto jackpot. The sequence drawn was 2,7,6,1,5,3,4. The €50 winner was James Hamish, Malin Glen with the €20 sellers prize going to McCleans Bar, Malin. Next weeks lotto jackpot is €3,050 and we thank the local community for its continued support. GAA NEWS: MALIN CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Malin GAA Club noteslast_img read more

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HAPPY DAYS! 50 NEW JOBS FOR DONEGAL AS RETAILER EXPANDS ACROSS THE COUNTY

first_imgDiscount retailer Happy Days will create 35 new jobs with the expansion of six more stores in Co. Donegal, this year, bringing the total to 50.The announcement comes on the week the retailer opens its third outlet, located on Letterkenny’s Main Street, in the unit formerly operated by The Price is Right.The company has outlets in Ballyraine, Letterkenny and in Glenties and currently employs 16 people. However, they are actively seeking six further stores which intend opening across the county this year. The Manager of Happy Days Letterkenny, Damien McCormack said: “Our first store opened in Letterkenny in 2011 and due to its success and rapid growth we sought to acquire new space in Letterkenny as well as in other parts of the county.“Our intention is to open six new stores this year, so we are now inviting existing or former retailers or property owners to get in contact with us from any area of the county.”Happy Days offer a range of branded discounted products and encourage people to ‘shop with them first’.  Happy Days maintain their entrance to the Donegal retail market will ensure that even more money is kept in the local economy.Meanwhile, the opening of the Main Street outlet is seen as a vote of confidence for the area which has seen a number of high profile businesses close over the past 24 months. Damien McCormack says that consumer behaviour has changed in that “people are now carrying out their weekly shopping in a number of outlets in order to secure best value. Our stores offer value on a broad range of branded household and consumables hence our rapid growth.”Happy Days say they are now offering an attractive deal to business owners who want to leave their own business or who have a premises to rent. Management have indicated they would also consider taking over a petrol station offering discounted fuel.Anyone interested in talking to Happy Days about a retail opportunity can email happydaysletterkenny@eircom.net. HAPPY DAYS! 50 NEW JOBS FOR DONEGAL AS RETAILER EXPANDS ACROSS THE COUNTY was last modified: February 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HAPPY DAYS! 50 NEW JOBS FOR DONEGAL AS RETAILER EXPANDS ACROSS THE COUNTYlast_img read more

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Mourinho defiant despite ‘ridiculous’ goal

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho insisted his side still have a realistic chance of reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League despite their 3-1 first-leg defeat against Paris St-Germain.An injury-time goal by Javier Pastore left the Blues needing to pull off a stirring second-leg comeback.“The third goal was ridiculous,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.But he added: “It’s a difficult job now but not impossible. Nothing is impossible in football.“They have players who out of nothing can score goals. We are not a team full of talent who can score lots of goals, but you never know.“I changed the team at 1-1 because I thought Fernando Torres could give us more depth than Andre Schurrle.“The team was comfortable with Andre and I thought Fernando could give us a bit more.”More reaction from Paris to follow later.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Pregnant woman, husband killed for honour in Pakistan

first_imgLahore, Jun 18 (PTI) A heavily pregnant woman and her husband have become latest victims of suspected honour killing in Pakistan, just a day after another pregnant woman was killed by her own mother in the same Punjab province for contracting marriage against parents will.Muhammad Shakil, 30, and his wife Aqsa, 26, were allegedly killed for honour by the latters brother who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia.Shakil, who worked at a government school in Faisalabad, had been married four years with Aqsa, who worked as a lady health visitor in Rural Health Centre.Three days ago Aqsas brother along with her mother, maternal uncle and another accomplice barged into the couples house, mercilessly beating them and afterwards took the couple to an unidentified location and shot them, the Express Tribune reported.There bodies were recovered from Gujra-Jang Branch canal on Thursday night.Thikriwala Police Station has registered a case in this regard after a complaint by Shakils father, Khushi Muhammad.An autopsy revealed that the deceased were killed by gun fires on their head. Visible marks of injuries were also found on their bodies.The postmortem report also showed that Aqsa was pregnant and was to deliver a baby in four days, the report said.Inspector Muhammad Waris of Police Station, Thikriwala said that one suspect has been arrested while the others managed to flee.Yesterday, a 22-year-old pregnant woman was killed by her own mother in Gujranwala, Punjab, for contracting marriage against their (families will).Last week Zeenat, 18, was burnt alive by her mother in Lahore for marrying a man of her own choice.advertisementAt least 1,100 women were killed in the name of honour in Pakistan last year by their relatives on the pretext of defending what is seen as family honour. PTI SUA ZMN SUAlast_img read more

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Dream come true

first_imgRice industry paralysis Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Subido stopped playing for the Tigers in 2017, opting to sharpen his game in different amateur leagues, while the UST program struggled to put wins on the board—before returning when Aldin Ayo was hired to call the shots a year later.“It was a tough decision, the fact that you are leaving UST, you are leaving the UAAP, but that’s one sacrifice I had to make to become the player that I am today,” said Subido, who finished with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from three-point territory.“This is really big for the Thomasian community. Honestly, we deserved this win. We just wanted to give back to the community. From Day 1 they started supporting us, and believed in us. A lot of people doubted us but they’re still there.”Subido’s shot and the two free throws by Soulemane Chabi Yo with 4.4 seconds remaining to ice the game kept the Tigers’ dream playoff run going.UST has strung up three straight do-or-die victories thus far.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress It doesn’t get any easier, though, as they’ll be up against the unbeaten two-time defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles in the best-of-three finals starting on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We haven’t achieved anything yet,” Ayo said in Filipino. “I had to temper the reactions because some of the players were celebrating and some members of the coaching staff were crying. We have to refocus.”This was a win worth savoring as the two teams battled tooth and nail with their seasons on the line. The Tigers roared to a strong start, 18-6, behind a couple of Subido triples, before the Maroons finally hit their stride.A Kobe Paras jam put UP in front, 65-61, with 1:53 left, but Rhenz Abando trimmed the gap with a fast break layup.Then there was Subido’s big shot, which came with UST hitting just six of their 38 shots from beyond the arc.“Just like what coach Aldin is always saying, it’s our system,” Subido said.“We’re gonna live and die with the three-point shots. Of course there was pressure but we’ve been through a lot already. I’ve experienced losing with UST, and I just told myself I don’t want to be part of that anymore.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas guard Renzo Subido played the scenario in his head time and time again. Ball in his hands, game on the line and a shot from beyond  the arc.On Wednesday night, he dug that moment out of his mind and dumped it on the hard court: In front of one of the biggest crowds of the tournament, Subido let the ball fly from five feet beyond the arc over University of the Philippines center Bright Akhuetie and nailed the three-pointer that will go down as one of the signature shots of UAAP Season 82—and his young career.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Subido’s cold blooded 3 over Akhuetie not just luck: ‘I always practice it’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ MOST READ “Usually the night before the game, I visualize and I simulate in my head all the possible scenarios,” said Subido, after his 27-footer with 23.6 seconds proved to be the go-ahead basket that lifted the Growling Tigers to a pulsating 68-65 victory over the Fighting Maroons in their sudden-death battle played before a crowd of 18,548 at MOA Arena.“I took the shot because Bright did not get any closer. I’ve been practicing those every day and I was confident. It’s all about mental preparation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceIt was only fitting that Subido, who was staring at the end of his collegiate career, buried the dagger that put the second-seeded Maroons to the sword as UST overhauled its enemy’s twice-to-beat advantage and entered the finals for the first time since 2015.Subido’s career with UST had been littered with disappointment and heartbreaking results as the program underwent a period of transition following their previous finals appearance in Season 78. He sustained an ACL injury that season and missed the finals duel against Far Eastern U. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuelast_img read more

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Rio 2016: Pullela Gopichand reveals sleepless nights after PV Sindhu enters final

first_imgSoon after PV Sindhu demolished world number six Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight games to enter the final of the badminton final at the Rio Olympics, coach Pullela Gopichand said the last few days were nerve-racking.Gopichand, who had coached Saina Nehwal to a Bronze medal at the London Games in 2012. This time, the former Indian shuttler was in charge of Sindhu, who has assured India of a Silver medal. She will of course play Carolina Marin for Gold on Friday and hopes are high she would be able to do it.It was a tense semi-final on Thursday, but Sindhu, aided by Gopichand at every break, kept her cool. The first game was a test of patience and skills and the Indian world number 10 came up on top. There were several close scarps but Sindhu held her nerves to take the game 21-19.’SLEEPLESS NIGHTS’ Her Olympic journey so far tested the nerves of the bravest of the lot. The normally unflappable Gopichand, who was a calming influence on Sindhu, admitted to spending sleepless nights at Rio.”The last few days reminded me of my career. I wasn’t able to sleep,” Gopichand said, who also added that he did not smile for two months.The Indian badminton coach knows the enormity of the task that lies ahead of his ward tomorrow.Naturally, expectations have soared in the country, which only ended its medal draught in Rio in the early hours of Thursday morning, India time when Sakshi Malik won Bronze in a thrilling encounter.advertisementBut Sindhu’s father, elated as he was, said his daughter’s final opponent should not be underestimated.Meanwhile, Nita Ambani, who became the first Indian woman to be elected to the International Olympic Committee, was in Rio to congratulate Sindhu after she stormed into the Gold medal match.”It’s with great pride that I stand here today. Sindhu and Sakshi have shown what potential India have in sports. More power to girl children,” she said.last_img read more

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