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first_imgWebb removed GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Island (CMC): Jeffrey Webb, the disgraced former president of CONCACAF, has finally been removed as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA). CIFA made the announcement in a statement issued after an emergency meeting of its executive Monday night which followed Webb’s guilty plea in a probe into corruption in international football. Webb initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but US Department of Justice officials revealed last week that he has switched his plea and agreed to forfeit more than US$6 million of ill-gotten gains. Putin moves to end WCup 2018 delays MOSCOW (AP): President Vladimir Putin has demanded delays in construction of 2018 World Cup projects be quickly overcome. After chairing a meeting on Russia’s preparations yesterday, Putin says there have been “certain difficulties” at various facilities, and he highlighted the Baltic port of Kaliningrad, where “delays there should be fixed as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Super letdown: Patriots routed in 2nd half, Chiefs win 42-27

first_imgMOST READ Hunt set an NFL record for a pro debut since the 1970 merger with 239 total yards.Coming off their sensational Super Bowl rally to a fifth Lombardi Trophy, the Patriots faded badly in the second half. A raucous sold-out crowd of 65,878 celebrated the unveiling of yet another championship banner, and there was plenty of talk about Tom Brady leading them to a 19-0 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAfter Week 1, though, they are winless.“Just a very poor effort and we’ll have to do a lot better,” Brady said. “Didn’t make a lot of plays tonight.” It was the first time the Patriots lost at Gillette Stadium when leading at halftime, a span of 82 games. The 42 points were the most they have allowed in coach Bill Belichick’s 17-plus seasons.They were no match for the Chiefs in the last two periods.Tyreek Hill scored on a 75-yarder and Hunt put the Chiefs in front with a 78-yarder to punctuate Kansas City’s charge after trailing 17-14 at halftime. Hunt also had a 58-yard scamper and finished with 141 yards rushing and 98 receiving. Hill had 133 yards through the air, and Smith went 28 for 35 for 368 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s the first quarterback with 300-plus yards, four TDs and no interceptions against Belichick.Brady, the 13th quarterback to start an NFL game at age 40, didn’t look too spry. He struggled mightily in the second half and didn’t throw for a touchdown, finishing 16 for 36 for 267 yards.Patriots newcomer Mike Gillislee scored on three short runs, becoming the first player since Terrell Owens of Philadelphia in 2004 to score three touchdowns in his debut with a new team.ADVERTISEMENT Winning start Sans Fernandez and Bolick, San Beda hammers Mapua for 9th straight LATEST STORIES Kansas City’s star safety Eric Berry was carted off with 4:56 remaining with an undisclosed injury.The Patriots lost perhaps their best defensive player, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, in the third quarter with a knee injury. His absence showed on Hunt’s long TD reception. … WR Danny Amendola left in the fourth quarter with a head injury. He’s projected as New England’s slot receiver with Julian Edelman out for the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ 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 View commentscenter_img Break new ground Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) eludes New England Patriots defensive end Cassius Marsh (55) as he runs for a touchdown after catching a pass from Alex Smith during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — There were big plays all over the field. The Chiefs, not the Patriots, were making them.Alex Smith threw two long touchdown passes and rookie Kareem Hunt, after fumbling on his first NFL carry, scored three times to help Kansas City stun New England 42-27 on Thursday night in the season opener.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend And Kansas City aided the Patriots’ cause with 15 penalties for 139 yards. Yet, in the end, the Chiefs looked like world-beaters.At the beginning, it seemed like an extension of February’s Super Bowl. Riled up, Brady and the Patriots tore through the opposing defense as if it belonged to, well, the Falcons, scoring in nine plays, with Gillislee surging in from the 2.One play later, they were at it again as Hunt fumbled. The Patriots took over at the Kansas City 32 and appeared to go up 14-0 on Rob Gronkowski’s diving catch. Then a replay review overturned the score, with NFL headquarters — which now makes final decisions on such reviews — determining the ball hit the ground as Gronk came down in the end zone.Gillislee was stopped on fourth-and-inches at the KC 10 and the Chiefs, looking very much like the host team, marched 90 yards in 12 plays. Hunt made up for his early gaffe by gaining 25 yards on the tying drive, which Smith capped with a sharp 8-yard pass to Demetrius Harris.The teams traded long touchdown drives, New England going 82 yards to Gillislee’s second TD, the Chiefs covering 92 yards at the end of the half before Hunt ran in with a 3-yard swing pass.Stephen Gostkowski’s 25-yard field goal was the margin for New England’s halftime edge.But the crowd’s fervor was silenced with Hill’s long touchdown on which prized free agent addition cornerback Stephon Gilmore was torched. Hunt sped down the middle behind linebacker Kyle Van Noy and DE/LB Cassius Marsh to put Kansas City in front for good.SHORT YARDAGENew England failed twice in the first quarter on short-yardage runs, by Gillislee and Super Bowl hero James White, and again in the fourth period, by Gillislee. If anyone proclaimed the Patriots were missing RB LeGarrette Blount, who scored 18 TDs last season and was a beast in such situations, well, Gillislee, who came from Buffalo as a restricted free agent, ran in for a pair of 2-yard touchdowns and a 1-yarder.ROGER, ROGERNot only did the crowd revel in the video highlights from the Super Bowl, the fans booed vigorously when Commissioner Roger Goodell was shown talking on the sideline Chiefs owner Clark Hunt during warmups. A website distributed thousands of towels featuring Goodell’s face adorned with a clown nose, and many fans also had T-shirts with the caricature. Goodell watched the game from a suite, but not with Patriots owner Robert Kraft.INJURIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’last_img read more

South Africa shines at Dance World Cup

first_img More than 3 000 competitors from 28 countries performed in over 1 400 routines in the week-long competition in Algarve. South Africans scooped a total of four gold, seven silver and three bronze medals at the global showpiece, which offers competition in eight different dance genres for children and young adults.Gold medals South Africa’s gold medals came from Kalon Badenhorst (Solo Junior Jazz/Showdance), Micaela Todd (Solo Children Modern), Christian Bailey (Solo Junior Tap) and Codi Passmore/Christian Bailey (Duo Junior Tap). “With so many top class routines from around the world in each section at the finals, this was without a doubt one of the highest levels of competition for our South African dancers,” Chris Stapelberg, head of Dance World Cup, South Africa said in a statement on Wednesday. “And with the results we obtained, we are really fortunate in South Africa to have dancers, teachers and choreographers that have the skill, passion and desire to take on the best in the world and achieve such great results,” he added. Todd also won a silver medal with a mark of 91.7 percent in the Solo Children Jazz/Showdance, which saw her awarded Most Promising Children category dancer of the event in the 10 to 13 years’ section, as well as a special award for the Best Modern Solo 13-years-and under. Bailey was also given a special award for Best Junior & Open Tap Soloist at the competition.Level of competition Badenhorst’s 91.8 percent mark in his Solo Jazz/Showdance piece, “Happy”, was the highest score attained by any of the South African competitors at the competition, while his silver medal-winning Junior Solo Modern/Contemporary piece, “In this shirt “, confirmed his consistency when was marked at 91.7 percent. 17 July 2014 South Africa scooped 14 medals and finished sixth overall, with some standout individual performances, at the Dance World Cup 2014 World Finals held in Portugal over the past week.center_img The South African team comprised the top three routines from each category at the qualifiers in the national final, which was held in Pretoria in March. SOUTH AFRICAN MEDAL WINNERS GoldKalon Badenhorst (Solo Junior Jazz/Showdance)Micaela Todd (Solo Children Modern/Contemporary)Christian Bailey (Solo Junior Tap)Christian Bailey/Codi Passmore (Duo Junior Tap) SilverKalon Badenhorst (Solo Junior Modern/Contemporary)Micaela Todd (Solo Children Jazz/Showdance)Joanne Liebenberg (Solo Junior Modern/Contemporary)Gemma Passmore (Solo Senior Modern/Contemporary)Gemma Passmore/Jean-Jacques le Roux (Duo Senior Tap)Christian Bailey/Codi Passmore/Carly Lakin/Taylor Parsons/Maymarie van den Heever/Kristen Levin (Group Junior Tap)Christian Bailey/Codi Passmore/Taylor Parsons/Kristen Levin (Quartet Junior Tap) “Not only do the results show how much talent we have, but we can proudly say that every South African at the event made a lasting impression with competitors and supporters from the 27 other competing countries. “With this being only our second year at the finals and already doubling our medal count from the previous year, we cannot wait for the Dance World Cup 2015 World Finals in Romania next year,” Stapelberg concluded. BronzeJoanne Liebenberg (Solo Junior Jazz/Showdance)Gemma Passmore (Solo Senior Tap)Monique Laurence/Lucille Stonlake (Duo/Trio Open Hip Hop) SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Parupalli Kashyap rues cold response from sponsors

first_imgParupalli Kashyap soared to prominence when he reached the men’s badminton quarter-finals at the London Olympics. Although he lost to the eventual silver medallist and world No.2 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, the Indian’s lion-hearted effort was one of the highlights of country’s best-ever show at the Olympics.But the 25-year-old shuttler expressed disappointment at the lack of appreciation by the government and sponsors post Olympics.”It is disappointing to see that only medal winners are being felicitated. Many athletes gave their best performances and did their country proud but the government and sponsors are not felicitating them. I became the first Indian male player to reach the last-eight stage at the Olympics but sadly no corporate house has come forward to help me,” Kashyap told Mail Today on the sidelines of the National Sports Day celebrations at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Wednesday.He added that since he participates in so many tournaments round the year, managing the financial aspects is not an easy task, and in lack of no added incentives from his employers – the Indian Oil, the financial crunch bothers him quite a lot. He also thinks that the lack of glamour and money is one of the reasons why parents are reluctant to encourage their children to take up badminton as a career option.”If you compare it with cricket, even a first-class cricketer earns more than his counterparts who represent India in the Olympic sports. They get noticed or rewarded only after they achieve something on the biggest stage,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more