Spanish prosecutors call for arrest of Messi’s father MADRID (AP): Barcelona prosecutors are calling for the arrest of Lionel Messi’s father in a tax fraud case. Prosecutors have cleared Messi of wrongdoing but are seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain’s tax office of €4 million (US$4.5 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09. The decision is considered a win for Lionel Messi, who also had been mentioned in the investigation. A Spanish judge had recently rejected an appeal filed by the player’s lawyers to drop the Barcelona star from the case. In the documents made public yesterday, prosecutors also called for a fine of €2 million (US$2.2 million) for the father of the Argentina playmaker. Klopp could take over at Liverpool LIVERPOOL, England (AP): Juergen Klopp appears to be close to taking over as Liverpool manager. Representatives of the former Borussia Dortmund coach are in talks with the Premier League club, which fired Brendan Rodgers on Sunday after the team’s 18-month slump since nearly winning the league title in 2014. Liverpool could make a new appointment by the end of the week. The team’s next game is against Tottenham on October 17. The 48-year-old Klopp has been out of work since leaving Dortmund at the end of last season, after winning two German league titles. He is regarded as one of European football’s most respected coaches. Former Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, is also considered to be a potential candidate to replace Rodgers. Rio Olympics cutting costs RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Olympic organisers, faced with the reality of a country deep in recession, are trimming costs to keep their budget balanced. To keep spending in line, officials say they will cut back on volunteers, reduce staffing at dozens of test events and trim costs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. “This is a very strict budget,” said Sidney Levy, the organising committee’s chief executive officer. “There’ll be no excess, but we are not going to compromise the essentials.” News of the budget austerity comes as hundreds of journalists from around the world are in Rio this week visiting Olympic venues and talking with organisers about how the Games will run when they open August 5, 2016.
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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ POC Super Kids awardees: Kai Sotto (basketball), Tara Borlain (athletics), Marco Imbang Umgeher (alpine skiing), Dexy Manalo (canoe-kayak), Morris Madlos (sailing), Rizumu Ono (table tennis), John Paolo Rivero (weightlifting), Daniel Quizon (chess), Jane Linete Hipolito (weightlifting), Kieth Absalon (football), Justin Ceriola (jiu-jitsu), Trojan Dangadang (canoe-kayak), Christine Talledo (dragonboat, Eya Laure (volleyball).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacquiao’s KL title fight unstoppable LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Filipino athletes 17 years old and below bound for the 18th Asian Games will hog the limelight in the first Phoenix Petroleum Siklab Youth Sports Awards on Wednesday at Century Park Hotel Manila Grand Ballroom.Archer Nicole Tagle, judoka Maria Takahashi, gymnasts Carlos Yulo and Kaitlin de Guzman are among the Siklab awardees competing in the Asiad set Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Joining them are bowler Angelo Kenzo Umali and fencer Samantha Kyle Catantan, who will lead the 50 sports achievers to be conferred with the Philippine Olympic Committee Young Heroes awards.Also to be feted are Andrew Kim Remolino (triathlon), Rex Luis Krog (cycling), Chezka Centeno (billiards), Alex Eala (tennis), Veruel Verdadero (athletics) and boxers Chriztian Pitt Laurente, Kenneth Dela Pena and John Vincent Pangga.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 crownJoining them in the premier honor roll are Mary Angeline Alcantara (taekwondo), Rafael Barreto (swimming), Bea Hernandez (bowling), Sarah Barredo (badminton), Allaney Jia Doroy (chess), Ghen-yan Berdon (muay), Johnzenth Gajo (wushu), AJ Lim (tennis), Rosegie Ramos (weightlifting) and Bhay Newberry (swimming).It will be the first time that an award-giving body such as Siklab will recognize the importance of the accomplishments of junior sports heroes. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments
2018 Rainforest Waters Senior Nationals Squash C/shipsAlex ArjoonTop seeds Alex Arjoon and Richard Chin highlighted the semi-finals of Saturday night’s pre-finals round at the Georgetown Club Courts as the Senior Squash Championships draw to a close.The pair stole the show in their respective matches, thus setting up a thriller in Sunday’s finals. Despite the brilliance, shot retrieval and athleticism of Nyron Joseph, the unrivalled patience and skill of Chin’s thoughtful, near-perfect execution and fortitude could not be overcome.In a punishing five-game thriller, the lengthy rallies, interspersed with what would have at other times been sure winners, forced full use of the court and both players’ abilities.Chin’s far from easy start saw an 11-5 first game victory, and his second closing in at 11-8. Turning the tables, Joseph answered back in the exact same vein with 11-8, 11-5 set wins before Chin closed off with a dominant 11-2 display.The audience were silent for the most part – in awe, but the unison of the gasps, sounds of disbelief and sheer respect, for both players were evidence of their understanding that they were bearing witness to pure genius match play.Richard ChinIn the other main draw match of the night, Arjoon held off a spirited Jason Khalil in a four-match bout, which ended in an 11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 11-5 victory for Arjoon. In a fast-paced, hard-hitting game, the two boys fought hard for their wins before Arjoon finished the task of a 3-1 win.The women’s main draw held no surprise for professional Mary Fung-A-Fat as she shared the court with fast-improving Abosaide Cadogan. Cadogan was not yet ready to combat Fung-A-Fat’s level and succumbed to a 3-0 defeat. Taylor Fernandes made a clean sweep 3-0 over Ashley Khalil. Fernandes’ 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 triumph was testament to her disciplined training regime and game strategy.The remaining semi-finals resulted in movement by Sarah Lewis, Shomari Wiltshire, Regan Pollard, Jonathan Antczak and Samuel Ince-Carvalhal into the finals.Results – Saturday, June 30VetsLloyd Fung-A-Fat beat Tony Farnum 6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4.Women’s Semi-FinalsMary Fung-A-Fat beat Abosaide Cadogan 11-2, 11-2, 11-4.Taylor Fernandes beat Ashley Khalil 11-6, 11-7, 11-6.Classic PlateSarah Lewis beat Tian Edwards 11-2, 11-0, 11-1.Men’s Semi-FinalsAlex Arjoon beat Jason Ray Khalil 11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 11-5.Richard Chin beat Nyron Joseph 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 5-11, 11-2.Classic PlateShomari Wiltshire beat Damien Da Silva 11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 14-12.Regan Pollard beat Robert Fernandes 11-8, 11-7, 11-5.PlateJonathan Antczak beat Adam Alves 10-12, 14-12, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9.Samuel Ince-Carvalhal beat Jason Van Dyk 12-10, 11-3, 11-2.