The Atleti frontman has been lethal in Russia Getty 2 Diego Costa didn’t take long to make his mark on the 2018 World Cup.The Atletico Madrid frontman was in on the act from the first game, netting twice against Portugal and is hoping to fire Spain to their first final since winning the trophy in 2010. Granted Spanish citizenship in 2013, the SFA moved fast to try and switch the Brazilian’s allegiance.Costa wrote a letter in which he expressed a desire to play for Spain – which was received badly by then-Brazil boss Luis Scholari.He said: “A Brazilian player who refuses to wear the shirt of the Brazilian national team and compete in a World Cup in your country is automatically withdrawn.“He is turning his back on a dream of millions, to represent our national team, the five-time champions in a World Cup in Brazil.”As a result of his appeal, Costa’s application was accepted and he made his debut for Spain on March 5, 2014.Has he ever played for Brazil?Yes, Costa has two caps for Brazil.He picked up the two appearances in 2013 against Italy and Russia, but failed to score.Both of these games were friendlies, so he was able to switch his allegiance under Fifa rules.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Why does Diego Costa play for Spain?Costa was born in Logarto, Brazil in 1988.He tried a number of local clubs but was unsuccessful at trials – before being spotted by super-agent Jorge Mendes.That chance meeting resulted in a move to Europe, where Costa joined Portuguese side Braga.The forward moved around clubs in Portugal and then Spain, before bursting onto the scene at Atletico Madrid – which led to his eventual Premier League stint with Chelsea. 2 Getty Costa made his debut for Spain in 2014
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country’s apex body to handle any emergency, on Saturday reviewed the preparedness to deal with cyclone ‘Bulbul’ that is likely to affect coastal districts of West Bengal and Odisha.The meeting of the NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, was informed by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) that the cyclone has intensified and is likely to cross the West Bengal coast by Saturday evening.Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall, accompanied by winds reaching upto 120 kmph and tidal waves up to one to two metres high are expected. The cyclone is expected to make a landfall on the West Bengal coast at around 2000 to 2200 hours on Saturday. Chief Secretaries of West Bengal and Odisha said that teams of the State Disaster Response Force and Fire Service teams have been positioned. Fishing operations have been suspended and people in low lying areas are being evacuated to shelter homes. As many as 16 teams of the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been positioned in West Bengal and additional teams are being deployed at the request of the States. Officials of the Defence Ministry said that requisite number of ships, aircraft and special teams of the Coast Guard, the Indian Navy, the Army and the Air Force are on standby.
Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman spreads his arms after hitting a three-run home run off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Mike Montgomery (38) during the eighth inning in Game 2 of baseball’s National League Division Series, at Nationals Park, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON — Carl Edwards Jr. knew the ball was gone as soon as it left his hand. Mike Montgomery wasn’t sure until it went just over the fence.The sinking feeling was the same for each reliever, and the rest of the Chicago Cubs.ADVERTISEMENT Pedro Strop worked a scoreless seventh before Edwards got into trouble in the eighth. With one out and a runner on first, the wiry right-hander fell behind 3-1 against Harper and the 2015 NL MVP drove his next pitch into the second deck in right field.Citing the 26-year-old’s numbers against lefties, manager Joe Maddon called turning to Edwards “the right option” and “the only option.” Lefties hit .119 against Edwards this season and .135 over his career. But the Nationals were also 5 for 12 against him this season.“C.J. was the right man for the job,” Maddon said. “He made a bad pitch and the guy didn’t miss it, and that’s it. Sometimes that happens. Bryce is good. C.J. is good. Bryce got him.”Edwards said it was “the right pitch, just the wrong hitter.” Walking Anthony Rendon put Montgomery on the spot because Maddon wanted a ground-ball pitcher. Instead, the lefty allowed a single to Daniel Murphy and then the home run to Zimmerman that the wind carried over left fielder Ben Zobrist.“It’s a tough situation, but it’s the kind of situations I want to be in,” Montgomery said. “I prepared for that. It just didn’t go my way this time.”ADVERTISEMENT As much as the Cubs could feel the surprising turn of events, the memories of winning the World Series last year crept in not long after. Rizzo, who became the franchise’s all-time postseason leader in home runs and RBIs, said nothing is going to faze his team.“We’ve given up way bigger home runs than that before,” Rizzo said. “You’re not going to knock us down. We gave up a home run to Rajai Davis to tie the game in the eighth inning (in Game 7 of the World Series). It’s part of the journey. You’ve got to embrace it.”After that home run, Maddon turned to Edwards and Montgomery to get the final three outs for the Cubs’ first championship since 1908. So it’s not at all surprising that Maddon wants them back out there in the same situation soon and so do their teammates.“We’ve all been there, we’ve all given up big hits, we’ve all given up big homers,” Lester said. “Hopefully the situation arises on Monday and they go right back out there and dominate.” Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Edwards’ hanging curveball turned into a tying two-run homer by Bryce Harper and Montgomery’s pulled changeup became a three-run shot by Ryan Zimmerman. The five-run rally in the eighth inning lifted Washington to a 6-3 victory on Saturday, tying the NL Division Series at a game apiece.“It’s frustrating, but when you’re going up against good hitters, you’ve got to make your pitches,” Montgomery said. “We had them where we wanted them, and we couldn’t get the job done late in the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe World Series champion Cubs wasted another solid playoff performance by Jon Lester and homers for Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras . Game 3 is Monday at Wrigley Field.Lester allowed one run and two hits in six innings in his 20th career postseason start. The left-hander threw 86 pitches before he was pulled in favor of a pinch hitter. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Demetrious Johnson breaks UFC record with 11th title defense BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “Another good win for us. Phoenix came back … They didn’t stop. That’s probably why they’re on the top: they never give up. They fought their hearts out,” said coach Caloy Garcia after pinning a first loss in six games on Alas and his Fuel Masters.With James Yap struggling all night, it was Kris Rosales who made the most impact. He fired 16 points to tie his career-best scoring output.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“James wasn’t as lucky, but other players stepped up,” Garcia said of the veteran, who has been crucial in Rain or Shine’s previous victories. “Today it was Kris in the beginning. We had a good start and our bigs in the end were the factors in the end—when Raymond (Almazan) got that rebound, even Beau (Belga) was setting good screens.”Belga also had 16 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists. Almazan accounted for 13 in the affair, four of which coming in the extra period. Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan beats three Phoenix players for the loose ball. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLouie Alas regarded Rain or Shine the next hottest team to his Phoenix Pulse.On Sunday night, the Elasto Painters turned that around, carving out a 98-94 decision in overtime against the Fuel Masters in the PBA Philippine Cup curtain-riser at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT D-League opener pits UAAP champ Ateneo versus Go for Gold Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the nightcap, Arwind Santos was on fire all night while Terrence Romeo mounted his best scoring performance in a San Miguel uniform as the Beermen made mincemeat of sister team Magnolia Hotshots, 113-92.Santos paced San Miguel with 29 points while Romeo had 23 more as the four-time defending champion improved to 4-3.Magnolia has yet to win in two starts.Rain or Shine, now flaunting a league-best 6-1 record, takes on the Hotshots on Feb. 13 before the league takes a break for the national team which resumes its bid in the Fiba World Cup qualifying matches on Feb. 21 and 24.Phoenix, which dropped to No. 2 with a 5-1 slate, takes on NorthPort when the tournament resumes on Feb. 27.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Jason Perkins also had the finest scoring performance of his young career, pouring in 27 points and grabbing nine boards for Phoenix.Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright both chimed in 16 including a couple of crucial plays in the fourth period, but they fell flat when it mattered.Garcia lauded his wards who made significant contributions in the tussle. But his words of praise came with a warning: They could not take their next assignment lightly.“We play Magnolia on Wednesday and it’s going to be difficult because we know throughout the conference, they’re only going to get better,” he said.First Game:RAIN OR SHINE 98—Belga 16, Rosales 16, Ahanmisi 13, Almazan 12, Nambatac 10, Norwood 8, Torres 6, Borboran 5, Maiquez 4, Daquioag 4, Yap 2, Mocon 1, Ponferada 1.PHOENIX 94—Perkins 27, Wright 16, Abueva 16, Mallari 12, Jazul 7, Kramer 6, Mendoza 5, Marcelo 3, Napoles 2, Dennison 0, Chua 0, Revilla 0.Quarters: 24-20, 45-36, 70-61, 87-87 (reg.), 98-94 (OT) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes
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The first day of play of National Touch League 2018 and Elite 8 was a beauty. Participants took the revised game touchdown turnaround format in their stride and played some superb touch football.And in the spirit of International Women’s Day, we were celebrating the fact that 58 of the 123 teams were either Women’s or Mixed – with a total of 812 female players.Speaking of awesome women, in the Women’s 27’s, NQ remains undefeated, as do the Cobras in the Women’s 35’s and the Hornets in the Women’s 40’s.Another division we want to give a big shout-out to is the new addition – Men’s 60’s. The Scorpions did particularly well in that division, coming out on top after day one.The Men’s T League has a wealth of strong contenders, with the CQ Bulls, Sunshine Coast, the ACT Raiders and Sharks all undefeated.The Men’s 30’s is another particularly competitive division, with the Sharks, Scorpions and Hornets undefeated on day one.In the Men’s 40’s, the Scorpions came out on top, and in the Men’s 45’s the Cobras and Sunshine Coast didn’t lose a game.In Senior Mixed, Tasmania prevailed, and three teams in the Mixed Opens – the Sharks, Rebels and Cobras – remain undefeated.In Elite 8, Queensland teams are at the top of the Men’s and Women’s ladders by the end of day one: the Women’s Titans and Men’s Cowboys. That’s despite the fact that the star try scorers for the Elite 8 tournament came from other teams – Ashleigh Quinlan for the Rebels (8 touchdowns throughout the day) and Tommy Quinlivan from the Broncos (7 touchdowns).The other top try scorers for the day were Serena Albert, with 8 touchdowns for the Rebels in the Mixed Opens, Braydon Hegarty, with 8 for the CQ Bulls in the Men’s T League… And the player who made the most tries for the day – Troy Nichols, who made 9 for the Sharks in the Men’s 30’s.We’re looking forward to seeing how the action unfolds tomorrow! Catch up on Thursday’s Field 1 games at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEfkB8ylEJ8 and watch tomorrow (Friday’s) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WsFEEAPHB0.
We’ve reached the Elite Eight of our ’64 Most Annoying Fan Bases In College Sports’ bracket, and the first 1-seed has gone down. Duke basketball fans, it turns out, aren’t quite as annoying as some of the other groups on our list. The other 1-seeds – Kentucky Basketball Fans, Notre Dame Football Fans and Alabama Football Fans – are holding strong, however.You can see the opening round matchups here, the ‘Round of 32’ matchups here, and the Sweet 16 matchups here. Here’s the updated bracket – you can vote on this week’s four matchups below.The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases Bracket Vote On The #BBN Region Below1. Kentucky Basketball Fans vs. 3. S-E-C ChantersAuburn Football fans were no match for #BBN, as Kentucky Basketball Fans held serve to move onto the Elite Eight, 72%-28%. There, they meet up with S-E-C Chanters, who took down People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket Picks, 65%-35%. Will UK supporters join their basketball team in the Final Four? More Annoying: Kentucky Basketball Fans or S-E-C Chanters?Vote On The #FSUTwitter Region Below2. Florida State Football Fans vs. 4. Fans Who Tweet At RecruitsIt’s a matchup between #FSUTwitter and, well, another group of annoying tweeters. Seminoles fans were voted more annoying than USC supporters, 63%-37%. Meanwhile, Duke Basketball fans became the first 1-seed to fall. Fans Who Tweet At Recruits scored the upset, 55%-45%. We’ll be shocked if they advance again, though. More Annoying: Florida State Football Fans or Fans Who Tweet At Recruits?Vote On The #WeAre Region Below1. Notre Dame Football Fans vs. 5. Texas A&M Football FansNotre Dame Football Fans took down Michigan Football Fans, 58%-42%, in a matchup that perhaps should have been slotted for later in the tournament. Meanwhile, Texas A&M Football Fans were voted slightly more annoying than Texas Football Fans, 52%-48%. Perhaps it’s because they’re in the SEC now? Which group will move onto the Final Four? More Annoying: Notre Dame Football Fans or Texas A&M Football Fans?Vote On The #PAWWWL Region Below1. Alabama Football Fans vs. 3. Paul Finebaum CallersIt’s beginning to look like Alabama Football Fans may be the most formidable force left in the bracket. Tide supporters took down Georgia Football Fans, 84%-16%, to set up a fitting all-SEC final in the #PAWWWL region. Paul Finebaum Callers, the 3-seed in the region, beat out Big East Nostalgists handily, 64%-36%. Good luck determining this one. More Annoying: Alabama Football Fans or Paul Finebaum Callers?Check Out The Sweet 16 Voting Here >>>
The Government is working to ensure that there is a pool of skilled local workers available to operate in the Global Logistics Hub, when it is developed. Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said that the process has already begun to secure this cohort, with a significant training initiative to begin soon.“We are about to sign a co-operation agreement with Panama and we’re going to discuss a similar arrangement with Dubai in which we propose to send some people …to begin that training exercise so that when we come on stream, hopefully on a phased basis, we will have more and more of our people trained and prepared and ready to participate,” he said.Minister Hylton was addressing a Trade and Global Logistics Hub Luncheon Forum hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Jamaica on Wednesday, April 17, at the Spanish Court Hotel.The Government’s Global Logistics Hub initiative is aimed at taking advantage of the anticipated increase in maritime activities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, which is scheduled for completion in 2015.The Minister further informed that the old Machado building at South Camp Road is being converted to facilitate all local logistics training, adding that the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) is also being expanded “to respond to this (need)”.“In the final analysis, where the critical skills would come from to ‘jump start’ the process, we’re prepared to embrace that, because…a number of our people (would be) trained so that in the medium to longer-term, they would be running these operations… and that includes our Diaspora, who have signaled their willingness (to offer their services),” he said.In developing the hub, which will position the country as the world’s fourth node in the global supply and logistics chain, the Government is now moving ahead to prepare the workforce, build out the necessary infrastructure, and put in place the legislative arrangements.The key elements of the Government’s global logistics hub initiative are: development of the Caymanas Economic Zone; dredging of the Kingston Harbour; expanding the port facility at Fort Augusta and Gordon Cay; establishing a Dry Dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon; establishing a transshipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield, in Clarendon.The initiative was unveiled last year and is one of the planks on which the Government intends to grow the Jamaican economy.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter