NEW YORK (AP):An Argentinian sports marketing executive pleaded not guilty in a US court yesterday in the massive racketeering and bribery case that has scandalised international football.Alejandro Burzaco became the third of 14 defendants charged in the FIFA investigation to appear in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors allege the defendants plotted to arrange bribes of more than $150 million – tied to the award of broadcasting and hosting rights for the World Cup and other tournaments – over a 24-year period.Wearing a rumpled business suit, Burzaco spoke only to tell the judge he understood the charges and his rights under US law, and to enter his plea. His lawyer declined to speak to reporters outside court.Burzaco – the former chief executive of a sports and marketing company, Torneos y Competencias – was to be released on a $20 million bond secured with cash, real estate and business holdings. His movements also will be tracked by electronic monitoring device.The defendant had turned himself in to Italian authorities in June and waived extradition. US prosecutors say he was involved in kickbacks and bribes worth tens of millions of dollars to obtain media rights for football tournaments.bribery schemeAn indictment cites a meeting between Burzaco, two other defendants and an unidentified co-conspirator in 2014 in Florida where they spoke about the bribery scheme. It alleges that at one point Burzaco warned in broken English, “All can get hurt because of this subject. … All of us go to prison.”Earlier this month, a high-ranking FIFA official, Jeffrey Webb appeared in the same courthouse to enter a not guilty plea. He was released on $10 million bond.Webb, 50, who is from the Cayman Islands, was among seven FIFA officials detained in Switzerland last spring. The rest are fighting extradition.A third defendant, Aaron Davidson, also has pleaded not guilty. Lawyers have said the president of the marketing company Traffic Sports USA is involved in plea negotiations.Burzaco is due back in court September 18.
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he will not play goalkeeper David De Gea in the opening English Premier League game against Tottenham today.De Gea has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid.Van Gaal said yesterday, “It is not easy for De Gea to manage his situation now,” and “he shall not play.”De Gea’s absence means Sergio Romero, a preseason signing on a free transfer, could make his debut.United may also be without defender Marcos Rojo and midfielder Bastain Schweinsteiger, another preseason signing from Bayern Munich.Van Gaal says, “Rojo came (back) one week ago, Schweinsteiger came at the last moment. I don’t think that he is fit enough.”Meanwhile, Manchester United’s route back to the Champions League groups after a one-year absence must go through Club Bruges in the play-off round.”It will be an interesting tie,” United coach Louis van Gaal said after yesterday’s draw. “Bruges are a good side. They reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League and finished second in the Belgian League last season.”In another play-off pairing, two-time finalists Valencia were paired with Monaco, who reached the quarter-finals last season.
– 8:40 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Portmore United – Montego Bay Sports Complex Today’s Games – 3:30 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs Harbour View – Barbican Stadium – 3:30 p.m.: Reno vs Tivoli Gardens – Frome Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Waterhouse – Effortville Community Centre – 3:30 p.m.: Rivoli United FC vs Cavalier – Prison Oval – 3:30 p.m.: UWI FC vs Arnett Gardens – UWI Bowl, Mona POINTS STANDING Former champions Harbour View will go into today’s set of matches in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with the advantage as the battle for the fourth place continues. The stars of the East, as Harbour View are dubbed, currently occupy the fourth spot on 39 points, the same as UWI FC, but with a superior goal difference. What gives them the edge today is the match-up. While Harbour View will play away to the inconsistent Boys Town, UWI FC will host defending champions and the team occupying second spot, Arnett Gardens. Of the opposing teams, Boys’ Town are the easier of the two while only a brave person would bet against Arnett Gardens defeating UWI FC. Arnett Gardens are filled with ammunition and with the likes of the in-form Michaelous Martin, their leading scorer Kemal Malcolm, Leon Strickland and Newton Sterling. Any of those forwards can provide the goods on the day. With UWI FC’s slow defensive unit and Deno Schaffe being out, it will take a major effort to keep Arnett Gardens off the score sheet. UWI FC are also capable of finding the back of the net through Girvon Brown, Anthony, Grant, Anthony Greenland and Kemar Cummings. Since his return to the island from the USA, Brian Brown has been in good goal-scoring form and is expected to lead the Harbour View attack against Boys’ Town. Tomorrow’s game: P W D L GF GA GD Pts MoBay U 29 15 11 3 47 17 30 56 Arnett 29 16 6 7 44 22 22 54 Portmore 29 16 6 7 36 24 12 54 H View 29 9 12 8 34 29 5 39 UWI 29 10 9 10 33 39 -6 39 H Lion 29 9 11 9 23 27 -4 38 Boys’ T 29 9 8 12 33 44 -11 35 Tivoli 29 9 6 14 31 37 -6 33 Cavalier 29 8 9 12 23 29 -6 33 Reno 29 7 11 11 28 45 -17 32 W’house 29 6 10 13 26 35 -9 28 Rivoli 29 6 9 14 31 41 -11 27
Lennon High School will go for their seventh Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) schoolgirl football title when they play Excelsior High in tomorrow’s final at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.Lennon beat Denham Town 4-2 on penalties – after a 1-1 draw with the Corporate Area school – in the semi-finals at the said venue on Tuesday.Renae Gordon’s late equaliser for Lennon sent the game into extra time. Denham Town took an early first-half lead through Tianna Wilson. However, the Clarendon school held their nerve to come away clear winners on penalty kicks.”It’s a very good feeling to reach the final,” said winning coach Sherlon Lennon.He noted that Denham Town played an impressive game before taking the lead, but thought his team’s experience saw them through. “They (Denham Town) were organised and they possess the ball well, but we had the majority of the chances. We just didn’t capitalise because we weren’t settled,” he said.”Once we settled down, we played better and eventually got the equaliser. We pushed for the second goal and got the chances, but didn’t get the goal,” he continued.He is now confident of winning their second straight title, and seventh in nine years.RETAINING THE TITLE”We played them last year. We beat Excelsior in the final. We are looking forward to playing some good football and retain the title,” he stated.In the other semi-final, Excelsior defeated St Jago 1-0 on Taramia Clarke’s 70th-minute goal to set up a repeat of last year’s final.Excelsior’s coach, Xavier Gilbert, who has reached the last eight finals with just one win to show, is looking to avenge their 3-0 defeat to Lennon last year.”They (XLCR team) have exceeded my expectations, so I am happy to be in the final. We will approach the game similarly to how we did today (Tuesday). It was a keenly contested game, they had better possession, but we nullified their opportunities. But we went ahead from a set-piece and those are the things we strive on when we are in tight situations, and it worked for us,” he said.
TORONTO (AP):Cleveland’s perfect play-off run went south, north of the border, on Saturday as Toronto beat the Cavaliers 99-84 to trim the deficit in their NBA Eastern Conference finals series to 2-1.DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and Bismack Biyombo set a Toronto play-off record with 26 rebounds, handing the Cavaliers their first loss in this postseason after 10 straight wins.Kyle Lowry scored 20 points, Cory Joseph added 14, and Patrick Patterson and DeMarre Carroll each had 10 for the Raptors. They responded after losing the first two games in Cleveland by a combined 50 points.”It’s a long series,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “It’s not over with yet, but everybody thought we were going to get swept. That fuels us, and if that’s what it takes, so be it.”LeBron James scored 24 points, and J.R. Smith had 22 for Cleveland, which failed in its effort to match the Los Angeles Lakers’ record of 11 straight victories to begin a postseason. The Lakers did it in 1989 and 2001.”We didn’t play our game and they made us pay for it,” James said. “We didn’t start the game as physical as we should have at the point of attack.”James had five assists, moving past Jason Kidd and into third place on the NBA’s career play-off list.ROUGH NIGHTIt was a rough night for Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who scored three points and made just one of nine field goal attempts. Irving also struggled with his shooting, missing 16 of 19.DeRozan scored 12 points in the first, but saw a buzzer-beating 3 waved off after video review. Lowry scored eight points despite picking up his second four at 5:40 as Toronto led 30-24 after one. It was the first time in nine quarters this series that the Raptors had outscored the Cavaliers.Toronto hosts game four today.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas With its confidence on a high, Vietnam continued to pounce on the Philippines as Vu Van Thanh doubled the lead, 2-0, in added time in the first half.Things continued to go down south for the Filipinos in the second half, as Nguyen Van Toan scored at the 50th minute before Ho Tuan Tai squeaked another goal at the 89th minute to cap off the dominating win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The defeat kept the Filipinos at fourth place in Group B with three points and sending them in further danger of missing the semifinals. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal FILE – PH’s Dylan Alain De Bruycker against Cambodia’s Sam Oeun Pidor during the Philippines vs Cambodia’s men’s football match. PH upset Cambodia, 2-0. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZVietnam sent the Philippines under-22 team to its second loss, 4-0, in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games men’s football tournament Sunday at Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor, Malaysia.The Vietnamese, bronze medalists of the 2015 meet, finally got through the Filipinos’ defense in the 38th minute with Nguyen Cong Phuong scoring the first goal past goalkeeper RJ Joyel.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate Bullock shines as Rain or Shine rips TNT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
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FILE – In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country’s national flag over the Olympic rings at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has received 20 more appeals from Russian athletes against Olympic doping bans, taking the total to 42. The athletes’ appeals will be fast-tracked. CAS said those cases will be heard together in the week beginning Jan. 22, and it expects verdicts will be issued by Jan. 31. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has received 20 more appeals from Russian athletes against Olympic doping bans, taking the total to 42.Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko also lodged his appeal against a lifetime ban from the Olympics, the sports court said on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ While Mutko’s case will not be heard until after next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the athletes’ appeals will be fast-tracked.CAS said those cases will be heard together in the week beginning Jan. 22, and it expects verdicts will be issued by Jan. 31.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThat is nine days before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games, and three days after the International Olympic Committee’s deadline for entries, other than those in exceptional circumstances.The IOC has ruled that Russia operated a doping program when it hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and has banned 43 Russian athletes and some officials from the Olympics for life as a result. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense As part of Russia’s punishment, its athletes will compete under a neutral flag in Pyeongchang.Mutko, a sports minister during the Sochi Games, was deeply implicated in the doping plot by two IOC commissions and a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Saudi football player in hot water for dabbing 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES View comments
Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Austria acknowledged that part of his side’s demise was complacency, feeling that Blackwater will be easy pickings for the defending three-time all-Filipino champion.“Maybe we’re so complacent because we thought that Blackwater was easy to beat. But I keep on telling them that this is a very dangerous team. It’s our fault because we’re not able to do what we’re supposed to do. We should attribute this loss to overconfidence,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAustria was dismayed by his side’s 18 turnovers, which led to 32 turnover points for the Elite, something which he believes is the perfect encapsulation of the Beermen’s listless effort.“I told them that whatever game plan we have, whatever we achieved in the past, if we won’t put the effort, we can’t beat any team,” the three-time Coach of the Year said. View comments Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCoach Leo Austria couldn’t help but regard San Miguel’s 96-106 defeat to Blackwater on Friday as “the worst loss” in his coaching career in the PBA.Coming in as heavy favorites, the Beermen were left in a pile of heap following a waxing hot performance from the the Elite, who went 13-of-25 from three to drop the upset axe.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. At 6-2, San Miguel is still ahead of the pack as it sits at joint first place with Magnolia and Alaska.Still, Austria knows that these last three games will be crucial if the Beermen wants to end up with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, starting in their game against the Aces next Saturday in Batangas.“The mindset is we should win in these last three games. We know what can happen and that’s why I’m putting an emphasis in our game against Alaska. That will be the most crucial point for us to get into the top two,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Ravena saves the day as NLEX downs Meralco LATEST STORIES 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
Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters PH bets Miado, Sabanal score shock wins in ONE: Bangkok And in the middle of the run was the scoring partnership of Rondina and Alessandrini whom the Lady Bulldogs had no answer to.Rondina first scored on a crosscourt kill for UST’s 10-5 lead and the Tigresses never let up their assault especially with the return of Santiago in the rotation.Alessandrini scored on her own crosscourt kill for the 17-7 lead before scoring once more, this time on a soft off-the-block kill to make it a 12-point margin.“The respect we have for ourselves is back, this time the results are getting better and all this hard work is finally paying off,” said UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes. “We can’t go back to the past so we will strive harder in our next three games. These players know they’re capable of getting back on track.”Rondina, who put up 25 points, scored on an off-the-block kill for UST’s 23-9 lead before Alessandrini blocked Santiago for the 24-9 match point.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alessandrini was everywhere for UST with 19 points that came off 11 spikes, five blocks, and three aces.Santiago finished with a game-high 27 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs, who have yet to win in the second round.RELATED VIDEO 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 comments Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback READ: Past haunting Lady Bulldogs, says coach The Golden Tigresses have won two straight, their first time to win consecutive games this season, to improve to 4-7 and maintain their hold of the sixth place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDespite the four straight setbacks, the Lady Bulldogs are still at the fourth spot at 6-5 but are now just half-a-game ahead of fifth-seed Adamson that holds a 5-5 card.UST took advantage of Santiago’s absence early in the fourth set and went on a 15-3 run to carve a 19-7 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims LATEST STORIES MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas continued its hunt for a Final Four spot after pouncing on struggling National University, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-9, Sunday in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.After recovering from a slow start, Sisi Rondina and the Tigresses simply took the air out of Jaja Santiago and the Bulldogs in the fourth set and completed the revenge of their first round loss.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next