The victory, which moves the Patriots into a share of the all-time mark with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was also a record sixth Super Bowl triumph for Tom Brady, who at 41 became the oldest quarterback to win the championship game.Brady was joined in the record books by 66-year-old Bill Belichick who becomes the oldest coach to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy.Brady again orchestrated the victory finally cracking open a tight 3-3 defensive battle late in the fourth quarter when he hit Rob Gronkowski with a 29-yard pass to set up a two-yard touchdown run by Sony Michel.The Rams looked ready to hit right back when Jared Goff marched Los Angeles into New England territory only to be intercepted on the four-yard line with four minutes to play.Brady moved in for the kill with another drive to set up kicker Stephen Gostkowski who nailed a 41-yarder with 72 seconds remaining to clinch New England’s third Super Bowl since 2015.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba played a “big role” in Romelu Lukaku’s decision to join the Premier League giants from Everton, the Belgian striker has said.The 24-year-old completed his switch on Monday, his reported 75 million pound fee making him the club’s second most expensive signing after last year’s world-record deal for France midfielder Pogba.“He is one of my best friends, and he is my neighbour as well,” Lukaku told the club website (www.manutd.com). “We are always together on a daily basis so he would explain to me how things were going.“When he signed for United, to have witnessed that, it really triggered something in my brain and I knew that if one day I had the chance to sign then I would not say no.”Pogba last week posted pictures with Lukaku on social media, calling himself ‘Agent P’.Lukaku finished runner-up for the league’s Golden Boot award last campaign with 25 goals and was tipped to return to champions Chelsea but chose to reunite with manager Jose Mourinho on a five-year contract.Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes the striker made the right choice.“We know it was one of the challenges for Lukaku,” Koeman told reporters.“He took the right decision and lets hope everything goes well for him because I like him. I like the player but now it’s about Everton.”Lukaku trained with United’s squad on Monday ahead of their US tour which begins with a match against LA Galaxy on July 16.
Tottenham Hotspur have signed Brazilian winger Lucas Moura from Paris St Germain, the English club said on their website on Wednesday.The 25-year-old has joined for a fee of around 25 million pounds and could make his debut against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.“I’m so, so happy,” said Moura, who has won 30 caps and is in contention for a place in Brazil’s World Cup squad. “It’s a new chapter in my life, a new challenge for me.“I’ve joined a big club with big players and I look forward to playing and helping the team.”Moura has found it difficult to break into the PSG team since the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last year and has only made six substitute appearances in all competitions this season.In the 2016-17 campaign he scored 12 goals in Ligue 1 and provided five assists. Overall, he netted 46 goals in 229 appearances for the French club.At Spurs he will join up with former PSG team mate Serge Aurier, who made the same switch in August.“Serge said a lot of good things about the club, about the coach, about the fans. He’s crazy! He’s a very nice guy and an amazing player. I’m so happy to play with him again,” Moura said.Moura will also be eligible to play for Spurs in the Champions League.
Liverpool took a big step towards the Champions League final with a 5-2 win over AS Roma in their semi-final, first leg at Anfield on Tuesday.Two late Roma goals, however, will give the Italians, who came back from 4-1 down to beat Barcelona in the previous round, some hope of an upset in the return game next Wednesday.Two superbly taken goals from Mohamed Salah gave Juergen Klopp’s side a 2-0 lead at halftime and Liverpool ripped Roma apart after the break.A Sadio Mane goal and then two Roberto Firmino goals put Liverpool 5-0 up and Klopp felt comfortable enough to take off Salah, who had been outstanding.Yet Edin Dzeko struck for the visitors in the 81st minute and four minutes later Diego Perotti converted a penalty to generate some tension for the return in Rome.Bayern Munich and Real Madrid meet in the other semi-final on Wednesday.
Leaders Liverpool and Chelsea both maintained their 100 percent records while Manchester City kept within two points of the top with a 3-0 victory over promoted Fulham. Here are talking points from the weekend’s Premier League action.Liverpool’s statement win suggest a real title bidJurgen Klopp’s side have five wins out of five but none were quite as significant as Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley – a statement win that suggests Liverpool could push Manchester City all the way in the title race.This time last year, the focus of critics was on Liverpool’s defensive frailty but the back four look as solid as any in the league at the moment with Joe Gomez striking up an excellent partnership with Virgil van Dijk.Liverpool’s start is their best since 1990 and while Klopp isn’t interested in title talk but he hit the nail on the head with his post-match comments.“Last year, our away record against the top six wasn’t really good and I told the boys it wasn’t because the games were away or because they were against the top six, it was because we didn’t defend as good as we could,” he said.Brilliant Bernardo showing his worthManchester City’s Portuguese winger Bernardo Silva was hardly a peripheral figure in last season’s title winning campaign but nor was he fundamental to it, often used from the bench.But with Kevin De Bruyne out of action with a knee injury, the 43 million pound ($56.3 million) signing from Monaco has been asked by Pep Guardiola to play in a more central midfield role and he appears to be relishing it.The 24-year old was outstanding in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Fulham, showcasing his superb control, passing and vision and prompting praise from Guardiola who says the player’s slight build doesn’t reduce his effectiveness in the middle.“Bernardo can play there because he can fight,” said the Spaniard.“He is skinny, small but wow… he has that sense of intelligence. You need to be strong and fast and he did it. His natural position is outside but it’s important for us to have players who can play in several positions.”Everton’s lack of frontline depth exposedEverton were horribly toothless for a year after selling striker Romelu Lukaku and with close season signing Richarlison absent from Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat by West Ham United, the paucity of their back-up front players was again exposed.With the Brazilian suspended, Everton started with Cenk Tosun up front supported by Dominic Calvert-Lewin but both appeared as they do in almost all their performances – just not quite good enough.Manager Marco Silva replaced the big Turk with 20 minutes to go with Oumar Niasse, another who has never convinced since arriving early in 2016.Everton fans will be desperate for the return of Richarlison but, wary of how he flew out of the blocks at Watford last year before his impact faded, and with other problems all over the pitch, the high pre-season expectations may yet again end in frustration.Burnley are in real troubleLast season’s surprise seventh-placed finish earned Burnley a spot in the Europa League qualifying rounds. However, after three two-legged ties they failed to make it to the group stage and their continental exertions may have influenced their poor start in the Premier League.After five games, the Clarets are bottom of the league with a just a single point and their fourth straight loss, a 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, was a woeful performance that raises real concerns for Sean Dyche’s team.One of the few to emerge with any credit from Sunday’s defeat was goalkeeper Joe Hart, who summed up the team’s performance with some honesty.“We were miles off. We’ve got no excuses this time. There were no games in mid-week. We’ve got to have a good look at ourselves and go again,” he said.Hope for HammersAfter four straight defeats, questions were already being asked about new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini and his 100 million pound collection of close-season signings.But the 3-1 win at Everton on Sunday showed that after a tough start, the Hammers have the ability to get themselves well clear of the bottom spots.The attacking trio of Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and two-goal Ukrainian Andriy Yarmolenko, was particularly impressive as West Ham took advantage of a loose Everton back-line.The win was badly needed given the next two league fixtures for Pellegrini’s side are Chelsea and Manchester United.
Liverpool fans have been assured they will be allowed to have a drink if they head to Qatar to watch the Reds try to win the Club World Cup in December.The ruling council of football’s world governing body FIFA met in Paris on Monday and approved the plan to stage the next two editions of the tournament in the Gulf state.With Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup in November and December that year, it represents the perfect chance for organisers to test their new stadiums in 2019 and 2020 at the same time of year.It will also be a chance for the Muslim country to learn how to deal with thousands of thirsty western football fans, and vice-versa.Speaking to reporters in Paris, the chairman of Qatar 2022’s organising committee Hassan Al Thawadi said: “We’re looking forward to hosting the World Cup in 2022.“Now we’ve got the Club World Cups in 2019 and 2020, so it’s exciting times for us, and there’s no doubt the Club World Cup will be an important test event.”Asked if fans will be allowed to drink alcohol in the dry state, Al Thawadi said: “We’ve answered that question many times but yes, everyone will be welcome, everybody will be able to enjoy the tournament.“I’ll give you the full operational details later but I can say it will be a great learning opportunity for us, too.”Liverpool earned the right to compete in this year’s tournament by beating Spurs in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday.As per the recent editions, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be competing for the title against the champions of world football’s other five confederations and the national champions from the host country.So far, the other qualifiers are Mexico’s Monterey, Tunisia’s Esperance and Hienghene Sport, the Oceania champions from New Caledonia. The Asian and South American champions will be decided in November.The current Qatari champions are Al Sadd, whose manager is former Barcelona and Spain star Xavi, who recently took up the post.As European champions, Liverpool would enter at the semi-final stage. The Reds lost 1-0 to South American champions Sao Paulo in Yokohama in the 2005 final, their only previous appearance in the competition in its current guise.Real Madrid won last year’s Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, beating the host nation’s Al Ain in the final.The competition took place from December 12-22, and a similar schedule would have this year’s final finishing on Saturday, December 21.The next two editions in Qatar will be the last before FIFA revamps the competition in 2021 by expanding it to 24 teams and holding it every fourth summer in the slot currently held by the World Cup warm-up event, the Confederations Cup.It had been reported in some quarters FIFA was not going to bother with the Club World Cup before relaunching it in 2021, but that was never the case.The hold-up in naming a host was caused by waiting to ensure Qatar would have two finished stadiums for this year’s tournament, as the already renovated Khalifa International Stadium in Doha is being used for the World Athletics Championships in September and will not be ready for football in December.Confirmation this year’s Club World Cup is on means Liverpool will get the chance to add three more pieces of silverware before the year is out.They face Premier League winners Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley in early August and Europa League winners Chelsea in the European Super Cup in Istanbul on August 14.
Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there’s one who truly deserves credit for putting the Rain or Shine franchise on the PBA map, it would be none other than Yeng Guiao.Guiao was installed as the team’s head coach in 2010 and he led the Elasto Painters to two titles— the first in the 2012 Governors’ and the other during the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “Napakabait nung pamilya ni boss Raymond Yu and Terry Que, and it’s really like family,” said Guiao. “Even with the players, with their families, wives, and kids, they understand me and they know me kahit nagagalit ako naiintindihan nila.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny hurting Freddie with stronger punches MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise But Guiao’s six-year-stay with the team isn’t all rainbows and happiness and just before the end of the 2015-2016 PBA season the fiery-tempered coach would leave the team and join the NLEX franchise.“I really thought I would retire with Rain or Shine,” said Guiao Thursday at SportsIQ, Inquirer’s omni-platform sports talk show. “It was really, it’s the most difficult decision I’ve made in my career.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentGuiao, with his no-holds barred attitude, was the personification of the team’s rugged brand of basketball.And even though Guiao would shout and curse at his team, that brutal honesty kept his players at their places during his time at the Elasto Painters’ helm, and earning the respect of team owners Terry Que and Raymond Yu. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young EDITORS’ PICK
PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 MOST READ The board will stay here until Sunday to discuss, among other things, the format that the Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups will adopt.The last two conferences of the year are import-laden, and the team representatives will deliberate on what height limits will be enforced. The continued use of Asian imports in the season-closing Governors’ Cup will also be discussed.Meanwhile, GlobalPort team owner Mikee Romero will officially assume chairmanship of the board starting Thursday when the turnover is made.Robert Non of San Miguel Beer is the outgoing chair.ADVERTISEMENT Narvasa also joined the trip together with members of the board and will meet with his staff here to discuss the deal, which would later include powerhouse San Miguel Beer.Under the deal, the Beermen, who will open defense of the Philippine Cup starting Nov. 20, will ultimately land Garcia while giving up role player Ryan Araña and future Draft rights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentStar, which also signed up a new coach in Chito Victolero in an effort to rebound from one of its worst seasons ever, is unloading some of its guards after tapping the talented Jio Jalalon from the Gilas Pilipinas Cadet Draft last Sunday.Ramos, who averaged close to 14 points for the Enforcers the past season, will stay with the Hotshots and be the team’s prime power forward. Mackie, Pocari Sweat overpower UST, claim top spot Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSEOUL—The league’s brain thrust arrived in this bustling South Korean capital on Wednesday night to plot the PBA’s path for Season 42 opening later this month, with teams also spending the time to draw up trade plans and bolster their respective rosters.Mahindra and Star representatives came to terms that would ship Aldrech Ramos and a future pick for RR Garcia and Alex Mallari, the deal now awaiting the approval of commissioner Chito Narvasa.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine
Arnold Van Opstal chats with his former coach and now San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla.Joining a powerhouse San Miguel team, Arnold Van Opstal is seeing firsthand how intense the style of play in the PBA is.Not that he expected anything less.ADVERTISEMENT “He helps me a lot. He gives me tips. He’s really humble, really nice guy,” he said. “I’m just trying tolearn as much as I can from him. He tells me what to do or what I shouldn’t do. He tells me to just play my game and not think too much.”Though he comes out of San Miguel practices feeling the pain of the grind, Van Opstal believes that only help him improve his game.“It’s been good. I’m learning a lot and I’m definitely adjusting,” he said. “I’ve got great role models and it’s really great to see their experience and how good they are at reading the game. It’s inspiring.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK With new faces in tow, chemistry a big concern for Mahindra Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Read Next Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “I knew coming in that people are going to be bigger, stronger,” he said.Though Van Opstal already had numerous wars with foreign big men during his collegiate days, he said that those don’t compare to the duels he had in his short time in the Beermen practice against big men like three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and veteran big men Arwind Santos, Yancy de Ocampo, Gabby Espinas, and JayR Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Nothing really compares to facing someone like June Mar, but I’ve expected it to be more physical. For guys to be bigger and stronger, so it’s not that surprising,” he said.The Fil-German rookie also shared that training with Fajardo so far has been nothing short but great. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports
Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND PSL-F2 Logistics Moro Branislav. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLarong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta yesterday said a Filipino should handle the country’s women’s national team even as Serbian coach Moro Branislav said he’s willing to steer the squad in the Malaysia Southeast Asian Games in August next year.Branislav coached PSL Manila in the FIVB Women’s Club Championships last October and steered Foton to the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix championships early this month.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “As for my opinion, I would love to stay in the Philippines for a long time,” said Branislav. “But I don’t know who to talk to.”Romasanta, who is on leave as LVPI chief, said the formation of the national team will begin once they have identified the head coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“Acting president Peter Cayco is tasked to supervise the formation of the team, but for me the head coach should be a Filipino because a Filipino coach will be more committed to the national team,” said Romasanta.Branislav, he said, can serve as consultant just like what Ateneo coach Tai Bundit did for head coach Roger Gorayeb during the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. Among those short-listed for the head coach post are Francis Vicente of Generika, George Pascua formerly from Petron, Kungfu Reyes of RC Cola-Philippine Army and Sammy Acaylar of Cignal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Fil-Am Clarkson climbs NBA ladder Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH