Racela looking for consistency as FEU grabs share of Group B top spot

first_imgLATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Despite the win, FEU head coach Olsen Racela demanded more consistency from his players who weren’t able to build large enough leads against the Generals.“We were passive this game, although we still got the victory,” said Racela. “Every game for me is a learning experience. This is a good experience for me because I’m able to determine who are the players that I give minutes to that will kill themselves every possession.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundAn area of concern for Racela was his team allowing the Generals to grab 21 offensive rebounds that led to 11 second-chance points.Brandley Biernes had 10 points for FEU while RJ Ramirez and Arvin Tolentino had nine apiece. Lassiter hoping Beermen can build on success as playoff road gets tougher Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ Sydney Onwubere led EAC with 11 points. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April FEU coach Olsen Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University took a share of the top spot in its group in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup after taking down Emilio Aguinaldo College, 68-61, Wednesday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The Tamaraws improved to 6-1 to tie San Sebastian atop Group B while the Generals slipped to 2-5.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

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Boost for Arsenal and Liverpool as Juventus star rules out move to Fiorentina

first_img Sebastian Giovinco in action for Juventus The agent of Arsenal and Liverpool target Sebastian Giovinco has ruled out any chance of his client moving to Fiorentina.Giovinco’s future at Juventus is growing increasingly uncertain, with the attacker’s contract due to expire at the end of the current season.Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly both keen on signing the Italy international on a free next summer, while Tottenham are also thought to be another option.However, while Premier League clubs maybe circling, Giovinco will not be moving to fellow Serie A club Fiorentina.The 27-year-old’s agent, Andrea D’Amico, has been quick to rule out such a move but he did confess that talks with Juventus over a new deal are still stalling.“There is absolutely no truth in that [move to Fiorentina], it’s fantasy football. At this moment there is no contact with Fiorentina,” D’Amico told Calciomercato.“At this moment everything is standing still, and as the player himself already confirmed, I doubt there is a chance that he may move in January.“At this moment there is no news on this topic [of his contract].“The Bianconeri have not contacted us about this subject. There may be developments in the next few months, but of course I cannot know that now.” 1last_img read more

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Judge orders woman to trial

first_imgVAN NUYS – A woman accused of shooting her detective husband twice in a jealous rage before crashing the couple’s sport utility vehicle while trying to run him down was ordered Tuesday to stand trial. Yolanda Cade, 39, bowed her head and closed her eyes as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Leslie Dunn ordered her tried on three counts of attempted murder of her husband and two counts of child abuse involving her own daughters. If convicted, she could face 70 years to life in prison. The “heat of passion,” as Anthony Willoughby, Cade’s defense attorney, described it, boiled over July 2, 2006, just after midnight when Cade discovered a text message to another woman on her husband’s cell phone. The two had been married for only a month. Cade grabbed Detective Ronald Cade’s 9 mm service handgun and confronted him in their Tarzana apartment. One of her teenage daughters described to police what happened next. “He was asking her to forgive him,” Detective Wayne Blandin, who had interviewed the girl last year, testified during Tuesday’s preliminary hearing. Then, “he was yelling for her to put down the guns – plural.” The girl told officers she heard two gunshots before Yolanda Cade ran out of the room. Her husband walked out of the bedroom, clutching the 9 mm handgun he had been shot with and a .40-caliber Glock. He was bleeding from his torso and arm. He told the daughter to call 911 as he ran out of the complex in the 18000 block of Hatteras Street. Yolanda Cade then led her daughters and 11-month-old grandson down into the complex’s parking garage and into the couple’s SUV. She strapped the infant into a safety seat and drove outside, looking for her husband, Blandin said. She found him, bleeding and screaming for help, at a nearby bus stop. What happened next is up for debate. Detectives who testified Tuesday said witnesses saw Cade trying to run down her bloodied husband, swerving toward him as he dodged the barreling SUV. Defense attorney Willoughby said his client, in the heat of passion, accidentally shifted into drive instead of reverse – and said her daughters could back up that claim. Willoughby argued that since the crash was an accident, the court should throw out the child-abuse charge – a request that Dunn denied. brandon.lowrey@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want 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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‘I can die happy how’ – Liverpool fans react as Suarez and Torres team up for the first time in star-studded charity match

first_img1 Former Liverpool stars Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres Liverpool fans were treated to a grand day out at Anfield on Sunday as the club welcomed back a host of former stars for a charity match in aid of the Liverpool FC Foundation.Reds legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher went head-to-head with All-Star XI sides which boasted not only the likes of Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and Dirk Kuyt, but also Premier League greats Tierry Henry and Didier Drogba.The Chelsea striker was on the scoresheet for Team Carragher as he and the impressive Mario Balotelli combined to open up a 2-0 lead, but the star-studded fixture ended in a 2-2 draw after two penalties from Gerrard.All the players received rapturous applause during the lap of honour following the game, but the Anfield faithfull’s affection was particularly saved for Suarez and Torres, who took to the field together for the first time.Liverpool supporters rightly revelled in the showdown, and you can check out the best highlights and the best reaction below…last_img read more

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‘Pretty sure Andy Carroll’s hair tried to sell me hash in Malaga back in 2002’

first_img Andy Carroll celebrates his goal, if not his hair Andy Carroll came on to score a late winner for West Ham against Southampton yesterday, but that wasn’t the only talking point surrounding the big Geordie.His header sealed three points for the Hammers, while his hairdo was mostly hammered on social media.Check out a selection of the reaction to Carroll’s Barnet… 1last_img

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Too many good flicks opening

first_imgHOLDOVERS: Will Smith’s “I Am Legend” beat expectations with a record December opening of $77.2 million. Even if its receipts drop by more than 50percent, it will still gross about $35 million and challenge for second place. Look for “Alvin and the Chipmunks” to continue its stunning performance. Its $44.3million opening was also a stunner, and it should remain in the top five with at least a $25 million second weekend. MILESTONES: “Legend” will sail past the $100million milestone by Sunday. Inching ever so close – at a much slower pace – is Disney’s “Enchanted,” which could get a nice boost now that the kids are out of school. EXPANSIONS: A quartet of Oscar-caliber flicks are easier to find starting today. “Atonement” and “Juno” are now in 200-plus locations, “The Kite Runner” expands to 350 sites, and “The Savages” is playing in 60 locations. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com 818-713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTHE FORECAST: I just saw “Treasure,” the sequel to the 2004 surprise Disney smash, at the ArcLight, and it was a load of fun. Since it will be playing in a whopping 3,500 theaters and should have widespread appeal, I’m picking it to come out on top of the pack with a $45 million debut. The young guys are gonna flock to Sony’s “Walk Hard,” which was written by Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up” and “40 Year Old Virgin”), pushing the film to a $20 million to $25 million opening weekend. Then, you gotta figure Hanks and Roberts will draw a lot of adults to see Universal’s “Wilson,” based on a true story and directed by Mike Nichols to take in at least $15 million to $18 million. Depp can be hit or miss at the box office, but I expect “Sweeney Todd” to add to his already dazzling 2007. (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” grossed $309.4million domestically.) Since the musical from Paramount/DreamWorks is in just 1,000 theaters, it will not be able to contend for a top-three finish. But it can rack up an impressive per-theater average, take in maybe $10million, and begin strong word-of-mouth momentum. I fear that “P.S.” from Warner Bros. will get lost in the shuffle and struggle to reach even $10 million. I know that the Christmas holiday is a primo time to roll out a movie, but did the studios really have to give us five wide releases this season? And these don’t seem to be throwaway flicks. You’ve got Oscar-winners Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the drama “Charlie Wilson’s War,” Oscar-winners Nicolas Cage, Helen Mirren and Jon Voight in the adventure sequel “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” Johnny Depp in the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” Gerard Butler and two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank in the romance flick “P.S. I Love You,” and former Oscar nominee John C. Reilly in the highly anticipated comedy “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” Whew! last_img read more

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Goal machine striker to West Ham? Sullivan reveals all in talkSPORT interview

first_imgWest Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has all but confirmed to talkSPORT that Slaven Bilic vetoed a potential deal for Scott Hogan.The Hammers have been tracking the Brentford striker this season and held talks with the Championship side about taking the 24-year-old to the London Stadium this month.But they ended their interest in Hogan after being informed by manager Bilic he was not an upgrade on his current forward options.Asked about Hogan on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Sullivan responded:  “I cannot speak about specific players because that is tapping up… but we have a policy at West Ham where myself, my head of recruitment Tony Henry and our manager sit down and discuss things.“In a perfect world we all have to agree before we sign anybody and we don’t break that rule very often. So you cannot bring in players that the manager doesn’t particularly fancy, particularly in January.“We have a good manager who gives everyone a chance but if he doesn’t feel he wants somebody, he doesn’t feel he is going to add to the team, then you cannot bring that player in. You have to support the manager.”last_img read more

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Cruise sets up financing for own company

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“There’s nothing here yet,” Vogel said. “So, he got his overhead covered. It looks to me like Mr. Snyder’s group just basically has an option to potentially fund and have a first look. It’s $3 million, not $100 million. That gets you enough to rent space and look at projects. It’s hardly a green light to have a picture made.” The arrangement sets Cruise/Wagner, which produced the “Mission: Impossible” franchise for Paramount, up as an independently financed company that can work with any distributor. Cruise also continues to be free to work with various studios such as Warner Bros., for whom he starred in “The Last Samarai,” which Cruise/Wagner also produced. “Paula and Tom have a superior instinct for developing and producing films with universal appeal,” stated Snyder, who purchased the Redskins in 1999 for a record $800 million. “We are delighted to work with them in creating an alliance that goes beyond traditional film financing models and serves as an exceptional investment for us.” The first public sign that all was not well between Cruise and Paramount came last month when it was learned that Cruise/Wagner had been offered a reduced figure of just $2 million annually – down from a previous $10.5 million deal – to run their offices on the Paramount lot. Then came the blast heard last week throughout Hollywood and beyond when Sumner Redstone, chairman of Paramount’s parent company Viacom Inc., blamed Cruise’s off-screen behavior for the lower-than-expected grosses for his most recent film “Mission: Impossible III.” That behavior included a number of highly criticized public appearances by Cruise: a combative appearance on “The Today Show” during which he criticized actress Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants to treat postpartum depression and a couch-jumping incident on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” as the actor proclaimed his love for actress Katie Holmes, who recently gave birth to their baby daughter. Cruise also began stumping more zealously for the Church of Scientology, a controversial, self-help belief system that he has long followed. But it seems all might have been forgiven had “M:I3” been a bigger hit. It launched the summer movie season with far less firepower than expected with an opening weekend gross of $47.7 million, then stalled at $133.4 domestically. That fell well short of the $215.4 million “Mission: Impossible II” grossed domestically in 2000. Cruise, 44, has long been one of the movie industry’s biggest stars since bursting onto the scene in “Risky Business” in 1983. His first $100 million-grossing hit was for Paramount in 1986 with “Top Gun.” Since then, 13 more Cruise vehicles have reached that milestone domestically, including the past seven in a row. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Less than a week after the highly public and acrimonious split between Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures, the actor and his producing partner, Paula Wagner, announced Monday that they have secured $3 million in financing to run their production company. In a two-year deal with an option for lengthy renewal, Cruise/Wagner Productions is getting the money from First and Goal LLC, an investment partnership headed by Washington Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder, Six Flags Inc. Chairman Mark Shapiro and NVR Inc. Chairman Dwight Schar. “Tom and I have had a plan to build an independent company, and partnering with highly regarded entrepreneurs like Dan, Mark and Dwight will offer us a tremendous opportunity to be at the forefront of where the motion picture industry is moving,” Wagner said in a statement. “We are entering into what we know will be a profitable relationship with unlimited creative and financial potential for both our groups.” But analyst Hal Vogel, chief executive officer of Vogel Capital in New York, is taking a wait-and-see attitude since the company does not yet have funding to make movies. last_img read more

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Series of missteps hurts Sony’s stock

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips But the company’s stock tumbled 130 yen ($1.11), or 2.75 percent, to 4,600 yen ($38.98) on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The problems come in the midst of Sony’s widely publicized turnaround effort under its first foreign chief executive, Howard Stringer. It has been hit with mounting extra costs after some 7 million of its laptop batteries have been recalled on fears they could catch fire. Desperately trying to catch up to Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod in portable music players, Sony said last month it was delaying the Japanese release of its new digital Walkman by a week until Sept. 23 because of a malfunction of an unspecified part. It is also fighting to make a comeback in flat-panel TVs after falling badly behind Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea and other rivals. Sony shares have plunged over 20 percent since April, before the company’s battery recall woes. At the start of the year, shares were at 4,730 yen. Sony spokeswoman Nanako Kato said any problems at the Tokyo Game Show, where Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo showed off rival offerings under the same roof, were likely caused by one-of-a-kind temperature irregularities. About 200 PlayStation 3 units were clustered together in close proximity and housed in kiosks that concentrated the heat generated by their processors and provided poor ventilation, Kato said. Overheating under such circumstances is a common affliction at trade shows, afflicting not just Sony products but those of its competitors, she said. “It’s not a problem with the PlayStation 3 unit itself,” Kato said. “For a normal player at home, there shouldn’t be any problem.” Sony is sticking to its plans to ship 2 million PlayStation 3 units by year’s end and 6 million by March 31, 2007, she said. U.S.-based Microsoft Corp. rushed its next-generation Xbox 360 to Japanese markets last year to get a head start on its rivals, but it has seen sluggish sales in Japan, which is one of the world’s biggest video game markets but one in which players have a deep loyalty to homegrown Sony. Nintendo Co., meanwhile, is planning to launch its new Wii game console late this year and price it below both rivals, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Sony, based in Tokyo, recorded a 32.3 billion yen ($278 million), profit during the April-June quarter on the back of strong sales of flat-panel TVs and digital cameras. That was a big improvement from the 7.3 billion yen loss posted the same period last year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The PlayStation 3 will hit stores in Japan on Nov. 11 and in the United States on Nov. 17. In Europe, they won’t go on sale until March, four months later than planned. Investors worried about the product after Macquarie Equities analyst David Gibson wrote in a report that PlayStation 3 units on display at the Tokyo Game Show about 10 days ago operated erratically and had to be repeatedly reset. “While the reason for this is unknown, we suspect it may be due to overheating as a result of enclosing the units and the high temperatures at the venue,” Gibson wrote in the report Monday. “We are concerned that such a problem has occurred so close to full production and is clearly negative news for the company.” Earlier in the day, investment firm Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lowered Sony’s stock rating to “neutral” from “buy,” citing confusion over the release of PlayStation 3 and concerns that disappointing sales of PlayStation Portable may weigh on its earnings in electronics operations more heavily than expected. Sony denied that there is any technical problem with the PlayStation 3. center_img TOKYO – It has been an annus horribilis for Sony. The Japanese electronics company has been hit with a string of embarrassments that have dented its reputation for quality. Already reeling from a string of laptop battery recalls, Sony Corp. saw its shares drop nearly 3 percent Tuesday amid fresh worries about the upcoming release of its much-anticipated PlayStation 3 video-game console. Sony has already twice delayed the product’s launch amid intensifying competition from rivals Microsoft and Nintendo. last_img read more

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Senior briefs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsNEWHALL – The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Senior Center. This course covers the rules of the road as well as safety tips, and completion of the eight-hour class will earn each participant a three-year certificate, and for drivers 50 and over, an auto insurance credit. This month’s instructor is Glenn Grade. For information, or to register, call the center at (661) 259-9444. SENIOR CENTER NEWS NEWHALL – “Friendly Persuasion” will be the Senior Cinema feature at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. This classic film is a story of Indiana Quakers buffeted by the American Civil War. Cost of admission is $1 and popcorn will be available for 25 cents. For group transportation or information, call (661) 259-9444. 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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