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Football News Real Kashmir set semi-final date with local giants Mohun Bagan

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. West Bengal: Continuing their fairytale run, Real Kashmir FC put up yet another dogged display as they held Indian Super League side FC Goa to a goalless draw to set up a semi-final date with local giants Mohun Bagan in the 129th Durand Cup here on Saturday. Both teams created a flurry chances on a soggy surface which wasn’t conducive for good football but none managed to open their account. Real Kashmir needed a draw to enter last four and they topped group C with seven points—two wins and a draw.On a day of missed chances, Real Kashmir’s 21-year-old goalkeeper Phurba Tempa Lachenpa was the star as he thwarted some fine attempts from the developmental outfit of FC Goa.The David Robertson-coached side will face Mohun Bagan in the semifinals at the Salt Lake Stadium on August 21, seven months after they defeated local heavyweights 2-1 at the same venue to finish third in the I-League.“We dedicate each of our wins to Kashmir where the club belongs to. This is for peace in the region—that’s what we all want,” team co-owner Sandeep Chattoo told PTI, confident that his side can beat Mohun Bagan again.“I’m sure we will do it again this time. It’s a fantastic journey. Winning second division, then finishing third in our debut I-League season with a game in hand, that too a home game against East Bengal played in New Delhi after the Pulwama attacks,” he recalled.“We regrouped here and played the Durand Cup without any practice, and without some of the players knowing each other, and simultaneously the situation back home. It was a very fulfilling experience, seeing the team together, play so well despite all adversities. It’s really fantastic to reach this stage,” Chattoo said.Mohun Bagan pipped Indian Navy by a solitary goal from their Spaniard recruit Fran Gonzalez in the 58th minute to conclude their group B campaign with three wins in a row.Real Kashmir manager Yasir Malik too echoed team’s co-owner and said the win was for people back home.“We don’t want to involve politics but this win is for the family members back home and the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We are excited to make the semifinals,” an elated Malik said.Fighting all odds in the aftermath of the scrapping of Article 370, the Real Kashmir players assembled for the first time this season at their team hotel in Kalyani, about 60 kilometres from Kolkata.With a lockdown in the Valley, the team was devoid of any practice and the worse was in store as the team members could not reach out to their respective families due to the imposition of section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure there.It was only on the Eid when the team members managed to speak to their family via team co-owner Sandeep Chattoo’s phone.“Everyone is fine back home and players are a bit relaxed after talking to their family members. But network has not restored fully. We all stay in far-off places and nobody’s phone network is restored,” he said.The team manager blamed the ground condition for not being able to score a winning goals.Local boy Ritwik Das got the first chance of the match in the sixth minute but his header went over horizontal.In the 37th minute, Gnohere Krizo set up a fine ball to Singam Subhash Singh but he shot it high in the 37th minute.In the 71st minute, the Goans had a fine long-range attempt by Leander D’ Cunha but only to be blocked by an alert Phurba under the bar.In the 73rd minute, Subash surged from the left flank but was blocked by the opposition goalkeeper for a corner.Real Kashmir’s star striker Danish Farooq got a fine opportunity in the 64th minute but his header went straight into the hands of the opposition goalkeeper.FC Goa had their best chance in the 23rd minute when Liston Colaco ran down from the left flank and set it up for Lalawmpuia but his shot hit the woodwork followed by a goalline save from Khalid Qayoom.Earlier, reigning ISL champions Bengaluru FC, who were fielding a reserve side, held Jamshedpur FC 3-3 in a dramatic finish in the first match at the Saltlake Stadium.Trailing 1-3 till the regulation time, Suresh Singh Wangjam converted two penalty kicks in the second and fifth minute of injury time to secure one point.Vimal Kumhar (second) drew first blood for Jamshedpur FC before Leon Augustine (45th) equalised for BFC.Aakash Dave (51st) and Nabin Rana (80th) then made it 3-1 in favour of the Jamshedpur before BFC turned it around.The result, however, was inconsequential as East Bengal had topped group A to make it to the semifinals.At the Sailen Manna Stadium in Howrah, Chennaiyin FC and TRAU FC were awarded one point each as the match was abandoned due to force majeure.The former ISL champions, CFC, were leading 1-0 on Friday when the match was stopped in the 15th minute because of thunderstorm. But the match could not be held Saturday as well and it was declared force majeure. last_img read more

Unify or Bust: After UFC 236, interim titles must be unified or eliminated entirely

first_img(Note: I say he because there have been no female interim champions to date in the UFC).Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearPrior to 2014, there had only been six instances where interim titles were created and because it happened so infrequently, fans acknowledged the value of winning an interim belt and held the achievement out as a fairly serious and meaningful accomplishment in a competitor’s career.Andrei Arlovski’s heavyweight title reign began with an interim title fight victory over Tim Sylvia after Frank Mir’s horrific motorcycle accident and remains arguably the greatest accomplishment of his professional career.Renan Barao entered the pound-for-pound discussion after claiming the interim bantamweight title in the main event of UFC 149. The Brazilian standout defended it twice before being promoted to undisputed champion at the start of 2014.Over the last five years, the UFC has crowned eight interim champions — three in the featherweight division and one in each weight class from heavyweight to lightweight, inclusive.Unlike in previous years, the promotion has gotten a little fast and loose when it comes to the reasons behind rolling out an interim title over the last five years. While some have fit the familiar criteria of a champion being sidelined due to an injury or dispute with the promotion, there have also been times were it has felt like the sole reason an interim title was introduced was in hopes that a second championship fight would help bolster the appeal of weaker pay-per-view events.While the extent to which interim titles have been introduced in recent years has been exaggerated to the point of absurdity at times, there have been some legitimate issues and causes for concern when it comes to the creation of these hold-over belts and how they have been handled by the organization.Of the eight fighters to win interim titles over the last five years, only three have gone on to compete in title unification bouts. The same number were stripped of their belts, while two others — Robert Whittaker and Jose Aldo — were promoted to being undisputed champions when the previous titleholder relinquished their claim to the throne.Having the same number of interim champions stripped of their belts for one reason or another as they have gone on to compete in title unification bouts over the last five years, while having two others simply elevated into “undisputed” status has sucked the value out of what it means to hold an interim UFC title.As much as they have always been “hold-over” titles, winning one used to mean something, but now they’re viewed as nothing more than a bit of costume jewelry sprinkled into the mix to add a little more shine on the fight poster and introduce increased stakes into a matchup.For the most part, fans are no longer swayed by interim titles and that creates a much larger issue for the UFC. This weekend at UFC 236 in Atlanta, two more interim titles are up for grabs, as Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya square off one in the middleweight division, while Max Holloway moves up to face Dustin Poirier for another at lightweight.Both are outstanding fights, though neither really needs there to be an interim title on the line to make them compelling.Additionally, the reigning champions in each weight class — Robert Whittaker at middleweight and Khabib Nurmagomedov at lightweight — have each successfully defended their respective titles in the last 10 months and are on track to do so again within the next six, meaning that neither division is going to go for too long a stretch without the champion putting their belt on the line, which used to be the sole reason for introducing an interim title.Even if you want to make the case that it will be more than a year since Whittaker’s last title defense by the time he returns to action in the late summer or fall, it’s not like “The Reaper” didn’t try to defend his title. He was scheduled to face Gastelum in the main event of UFC 234 back in February, but was pulled from the bout at the 11th hour after getting rushed into emergency surgery to repair a collapsed and twisted bowel and internal hernia.The thing that makes the introduction of two more interim titles a little messy is that the last two fighters to win interim championships have both been stripped of their belts.Tony Ferguson won the interim lightweight title in October 2017 and was stripped of the belt six months later when an injury forced him out of his scheduled title unification bout with Nurmagomedov at UFC 223.Two months later, Colby Covington won the interim welterweight title at UFC 225, defeating Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision. When he was unable to compete against Tyron Woodley in a unification bout at UFC, he was stripped of the belt he just won three months earlier.Given the way things have played out with the two most recent interim champions — and the sloppiness that has accompanied the roll out of interim titles in general over the last five years — it’s easy to understand why fans would be a little hesitant to get heavily invested in this weekend’s twin interim title fights when it seems like there are no guarantees that the winners will hold onto their belts long enough for these victories to be truly meaningful.Which is why the UFC has to bite the bullet and have Saturday’s winners face their returning counterparts next, no matter what.Regardless of whether those fights take place, as they’re currently penciled in for later this year or we have to wait several more months in order to make them happen, Whittaker and Nurmagomedov’s next championship assignments need to be against whomever wins the interim belts in their divisions this weekend, otherwise, what was the point of all this?Unless something truly catastrophic happens (knocks on wood) and one of these guys is sidelined indefinitely (read: for more than a year), this is the only way the UFC can operate going forward.Interim titles are basically just tickets to title fights, so if this weekend’s winners aren’t the next two to challenge for championship gold in their respective divisions, it renders Saturday’s festivities meaningless.Sure, two fighters will emerge with massive victories, but two additional standouts will also get saddled with losses that were an acceptable risk when a future title shot was on the line, but become a little harder to swallow if the guy that beat you ends up getting passed over and forced to face another top contender before fighting for championship gold.Ferguson’s injuries and now personal issues preventing him from fighting for gold thus far is somewhat understandable — although it’s also becoming one of the saddest stories in MMA — but Covington getting skipped over in favor of both Darren Till and Kamaru Usman is laughable. It not only stripped his interim title win of all value, but it has also tanked his momentum as a contender, even though he’s won six straight and has been the most obvious title challenger in the division for nearly a year.Creating a similar situation with any of the fighters competing this weekend would be inexcusable.All four are worthy contenders and deserving of title shots right now, without victories on Saturday night in Atlanta. Whomever emerges with championship gold around their waists will only further solidify their standing and make their case for being next in line to fight for the undisputed title that much more undeniable. Interim titles used to be a means of creating continuity within a division where the reigning champion was going to be sidelined for an extended period of time.It was a way of identifying the top active fighter in that weight class and keeping a shiny gold belt in circulation, while the injured titleholder was convalescing, with the understanding being that once the champion was ready to return, he would square off with the interim titleholder in a unification bout that would establish a new undisputed champion. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearNo matter what other options present themselves or the unforeseen circumstances that pop up, Saturday’s new interim champions have to face their sitting counterparts in title unification bouts next or else the UFC should just do away with interim titles entirely.Unify or Bust!last_img read more

Josh Reyes out as Batang Gilas coach—report

first_imgSEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Photo from Fiba.basketballThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has reportedly relieved Josh Reyes of his coaching duties for the Philippine national youth team.In a story by Matthew Li of Tiebreaker Times citing sources, “there is no replacement yet for the vacant position.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UAAP beach volleyball: UST’s Rondina, Barbon near outright finals berth Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After joining the Batang Gilas coaching staff in time for the Fiba U16 Asian Championship and Fiba U17 World Cup earlier this year, Reyes then took over the head coaching post from Mike Oliver in the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship.The Philippines booked a ticket to the U19 World Cup after a fourth-place finish in the Asian Championship under Reyes’ watch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissReyes’ reported ouster came only three weeks after his father Chot stepped down as Gilas Pilipinas head coach.INQUIRER.net has reached out to SBP president Al Panlilio for comment regarding the coaching change. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe huge sperm whale which has reemerged on Magheraroarty beach.A 45-ft sperm whale has been washed ashore on a Co Donegal beach AGAIN – after it was buried by Donegal County Council!The massive creature was initially washed up on Magheraroarty beach on Friday last.A decision was made to bury the whale under the sand where it was washed up. However stunned locals have now discovered the creature has washed up again and is causing a stink.One local told Donegal Daily that the smell from the decaying creature is very strong.“As you can imagine it was sad enough that the creature was washed up the first time. In fairness to the council they acted quickly and the whale was buried.“But it obviously wasn’t buried correctly as it was washed back out and emerged back on the same beach again. “It’s causing a lot of bother on the beach as there is a foul smell coming from it now that it is starting to decay rapidly,” he said.The council have yet again been informed of the presence of the whale and are expected to take action to dispose of the creature today.It’s the latest beaching of a whale on our shores.Although very sad, it’s not unusual – and scientists still can’t agree as to why it happens.DEAD WHALE CAUSING A STINK AGAIN – AFTER IT WAS BURIED ON BEACH! was last modified: June 22nd, 2015 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:bachdonegalMagherarortywhalelast_img read more