JURGEN KLOPP is set to be ignored as Premier League clubs embrace plans to extend the Champions League.As SunSport reported earlier this month, support is growing among Europe’s elite clubs for a revised format involving more games from 2024.2 Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to Champions League final glory against Spurs on June 1 but is a fierce critic of expanding the competition2 The Premier League’s biggest clubs were determined to resist the plans of Juventus president Andrea AgnelliCredit: Getty Images – GettyLiverpool boss Klopp slammed the plans after his side’s 2-0 win over Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.The straight-talking German, who tasted Champions League glory last season, branded the proposals “absolute b******s”.But as SunSport has previously revealed, Liverpool — along with other members of the Big Six — have been part of extensive negotiations led by Uefa and the European Club Association.And this should lead to clubs agreeing to a redesigned competition.The Prem six were determined not to accept initial plans, drafted by Juventus President Andrea Agnelli.This would have seen 12 games in the initial phase and a ring-fenced structure involving promotion and relegation for the initial elite.CONSENSUS REACHEDBut clubs from across Europe were equally adamant Agnelli’s vision would not fly. Now, though, consensus has been reached over the format meaning ten games in the first phase.There are two models currently being discussed.The first is the so-called “Swiss system”, based on a competition first designed for a chess tournament in Zurich in 1895.That would see 32 teams in one league, but in a series of seeded bands and playing just ten opponents from different seeding groups.The top eight teams in the table after ten games would automatically go to the knockout stage, with the sides ranked 9-24 playing off to join them.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneIt is envisaged that the top eight would also automatically qualify for the next season’s competition.Although there might be a cap of three guaranteed spots per country to still allow clubs to qualify through their domestic league.The other option under consideration is an extension to 36 teams in the group phase — allowing more nations to take part — with the teams split into six groups of six.The top two in each group would go through, with either a play-off system or the best third place teams determining the final four slots.Whatever the precise shape of the plans, it will require eight European games before Christmas and minimum 17 games to win the competition — four more than now.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticThat creates a genuine threat to the long-term future of the League Cup as England will be the only one of the Big Five nations with a second domestic cup from next season.It could also spell the end of FA Cup replays — already scrapped after the fourth-round stage — to free up more space in the fixtures calendar.Discussions will be ramped up in the New Year with an expectation that a final proposal can be voted on at the annual congress of Uefa’s member nations in Amsterdam in early March.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to stay at the club as he signs new five-year contract
La Liga and Movistar put together for the return of soccer with a particular programming that can be broadcast each Sunday on the Movistar LaLiga and #Vamos channels underneath the identify of The Partidazo #VolverEsGanar.The specials will unveil information of the competitors solely, as introduced in a press launch the employers’ affiliation of the golf equipment and the platform.Date for the return of LaLiga.Tomorrow it will likely be the flip to the first installment (#Vamos and Movistar LaLiga, 22:00), directed by Juanma Castaño, and which can have Javier Tebas as a visitor. The president of LaLiga will talk about the present scenario of the competitors and will announce the subsequent steps that each one events will comply with. The announcement comes when the actual date of the return of LaLiga is debated. The president is anticipated to have the ability to formally specify when the championship will resume.The Partidazo #VolverEsGanar It’ll even have the participation of a number of gamers from LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank. It is going to be the second to share their emotions and considerations throughout the interval of confinement, the financial scenario of the golf equipment, the protocol to make sure the security of the protagonists in coaching, journey and matches, in addition to their expectations in the return of the competitors.The first half of this particular program will also be seen on the LaLiga Fb account, in addition to on the social networks of Banco Santander and the relaxation of the LaLiga sponsors.Countdown to get the ball rolling once more with ElPartidazo #VolverEsGanar at LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank.
HARARE, Zimbabwe, (CMC):West Indies coach Hendy Springer has urged his men to be adaptable as they gear up for the challenge of the Tri-Nations Series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka starting tomorrow morning.With the Caribbean side having not toured the African nation in nearly a decade, Springer said it was important the side was mentally prepared to face whatever conditions presented themselves.”The pitches were pretty good [back then] for batting. I don’t know now if things have gotten better or deteriorated, but we’ve got to [have] an open mind and to be able to accept the conditions and deal with the conditions that will be presented to us,” Springer warned.”The last time we went there we won the one-day series, but it’s a bit long now to say we can build on that momentum. The pitches in Zimbabwe and South Africa from my experience are a lot similar … but we’ve got to meet head on whatever confronts us.”WEEK-LONG CAMPWest Indies arrived here Saturday following a weeklong camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa, where Springer said the side were able to rest following the tough tour of the United Arab Emirates, as well as also get their preparation on track.With the preparation having gone according to plan, Springer said it was now for West Indies to focus on executing their plans in the series.”The only thing left is to get our minds in the right place to actually perform,” he pointed out.”We’ve had the benefit of some good opposition and the benefit of some good practice bowlers. I think we’ve done really well as far as preparation is concerned, and the only thing left again is to get our minds focused on the job and the responsibilities we are charged with.”West Indies enter the series on the backs of a 3-0 drubbing in the series against Pakistan last month, and Springer said they were hoping for better fortunes over the next couple weeks.
JRU improved to 2-8, while sending AMA to its fifth straight defeat and fall to a 1-8 card.Robbie Manalang showed the way for the Titans with 26 points and three assists, while Carlo Escalambre had 21 markers and eight boards.The Scores:JRU 98 — Porter 21, Apinan 17, Grospe 17, Pontejos 17, Yu 8, Mendoza 7, De Guzman 6, Dela Virgen 2, Silvarez 2, Esguerra 1, Bordon 0, Sawat 0.AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 87 — Manalang 26, C. Escalambre 21, Martinez 16, Andaya 7, Garcia 6, Paras 6, Lao 5, Antonares 0, Quijano 0, Taganas 0.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Kris Porter scattered 21 markers and six rebounds, while Ervin Grospe and Jeckster Apinan both tallied 17 points and five boards apiece.JRU coach Gio Lasquety commended his players for stepping up to the plate despite the team’s struggles this conference.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 crown“It was evident that the team’s maturity wasn’t there during that eight-game losing skid. Bright side there is we’re learning and we’re gaining valuable lessons in this campaign,” he said.The Heavy Bombers didn’t shy away from seizing this opportunity in a battle between two also-ran squads, setting the tone and taking a 16-5 advantage to open the game before extending the lead to as high as 20, 59-39. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Quarters: 28-13, 53-35, 77-66, 98-87.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina PBA IMAGESJose Rizal University saved some semblance of pride after ending its eight-game losing skid with a 98-87 victory over AMA Online Education in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Paolo Pontejos made the big shots late for the Heavy Bombers as he dropped seven of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to fend off the Titans’ late rally that cut what was once a 20-point advantage down to just seven, 81-74 with 7:19 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao to fellow boxers, athletes: ‘Humble yourself’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments
– gets warm welcome from LindenersFormer President now Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo visited Linden in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Wednesday where he, and his team, met informally with residents, many of whom raised issues and concerns affecting them, their community and the country as a whole.The Opposition Leader met residents informally in the streets, markets, shops, etc, during a walkabout of the mining town. He also addressed residents as a group and listened to their concerns, giving them the opportunity of having their voices heard. Accompanying the Opposition Leader were former Minister Robeson Benn and People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament, Nigel Dharamlall, among others. Below are a few scenes of Jagdeo’s visit to Linden, captured by Guyana Times photographer Carl Croker.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – Hockey Canada has selected 31 kids from Fort St. John and Dawson Creek to participate in their Dreams Come True program starting on this weekend.The event which is part of the development program prior to the start of the U-17 Hockey Championships.The $30,000 investment by Hockey Canada gives 31 children aged six to ten who can’t play hockey due to financial barriers the ability to play. Children were supplied with full body equipment courtesy Bauer and a year’s worth of minor hockey fees paid for.- Advertisement -Organizer Karin Carlson said, “The dual event is taking place in Dawson Creek on November 5th. The kids and their parents will be transported down there via bus and will be given their fitted gear. They will be given lunch, on ice time with Hockey Canada coaches as well as off ice activates. Everything wraps up by 1:30 p.m. so they can attend the opening U-17 Hockey Championship game at the Encana Event Centre, with tickets and food voutures provided for them.”This is one of four such events hosted by Hockey Canada in 2017. There will also be coaching clinics for all hockey positions, jamborees and parent information sessions the weekend of November 3rd at the Pomeroy Sports Centre and Encana Event Centre for the general public.
One day after 17-year-old Jafaun Benjamin, called Eber, reportedly drowned while swimming in the Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), his body was on Sunday afternoon recovered.Police stated that the teen’s body was retrieved around 15:00h by a search party at Teneze Ferme, Lower Pomeroon River, a short distance from the landing where persons in the area saw him go under on Saturday.His body was taken to the Suddie Hospital Mortuary to await a post-mortem. The teen was said to have been a labourer of Moruca and Grant Teneze Ferme, Lower Pomeroon River.According to the Police report, Benjamin left his home in Moruca, Region One (Barima-Waini), to work on a farm at Lower Pomeroon, where he consumed alcohol on a regular basis.His employer, Carl Roberts, told investigators that he went to the backdam on Saturday morning, leaving Benjamin at home. He noted that at approximately 14:30h, he was informed that the teen had been drinking earlier on the farm and had gone into the Pomeroon River for a swim.The man said he was further told that the teenager swam to the deeper part of the river, where he was seen “fighting up” in the water before disappearing. This was reportedly witnessed by two females on the farm.A search team was formed by persons in the area, but the teenager was not located.Just one week before Benjamin’s drowning, a boat capsized in the same river, and although the passenger was rescued by a passing vessel, the boat operator, who was also intoxicated, drowned.Kendol Rodriguez of Kabakaburi Village, Upper Pomeroon, went missing after he fell overboard. His body was not discovered until some 48 hours later.It was reported that Rodriguez, the boat captain, was transporting Joseph Thomas, a sawman, when the boat capsized.Reports are that on the night before the fateful trip, Thomas and Rodriguez had attended a wedding celebration and had been consuming alcohol for hours.Around 02:00h the following morning, the duo left the wedding house to return to their homes via a 15-horsepower boat owned by Rodriguez.However, according to Thomas, they were in the vicinity of Siriki Village, when Rodriguez “suddenly began to swerve from left to right”, causing the boat to capsize and both men to fall into the river.The sawman told the Police that he managed to hold on to a side of the overturned vessel during the commotion, but did not see what happened to Rodriguez.
The Rainbow Warriors, 15-12 after only their second victory in 10 games on opponents’ home floors, are in seventh place in a conference with nine members. And the 49ers (18-7 overall) are 9-2 in the Big West and just one win away from clinching at least a share of the conference title. Hawaii committed 23 turnovers but had little difficulty getting quality shots once it got securely into its half-court offense. The Warriors shot 28 of 50 from the field, as well as 31 of 33 from the free-throw line. And, with Riley Luettgerodt (23 points and eight assists), Matt Lojeski (22 points, seven rebounds and five assists), Ahmet Gueye (16 points and six rebounds), Matt Gibson (22 points, seven rebounds and five assists) and Bobby Nash (15 points and five rebounds) never leaving the floor in the second half, the Rainbow Warriors also contained Long Beach’s dribble penetration and contest most of the 49ers’ jump shots. The 49ers, who next play again Saturday evening at home against UC Davis, used 12 Hawaii turnovers to break out to a 24-12 advantage 8 minutes into the game. Coach Riley Wallace’s team, scheduled to board a flight for Honolulu this morning before turning around and flying back to the mainland Thursday for a game at San Jose State Saturday, snapped Long Beach’s five-game winning streak by outscoring the 49ers 40-16 in the final 11 1/2 minutes. And, in front of 2,385, a season-high home attendance for the 49ers, the visitors used the Bracket Buster matchup to drive home a point to illustrate the overall on-court superiority of Hawaii’s Western Athletic Conference over Long Beach’s Big West Conference. But the 49ers’ own turnovers, and hasty shot selection, enabled Hawaii to build a five-point lead in the first half before Long Beach closed with a 7-2 run to create a 37 deadlock at intermission. A 27-footer by Aaron Nixon gave the 49ers a 62-53 advantage with 11:53 to go. But Hawaii had built an eight-point advantage 78-70 before Long Beach’s next field goal, a fastbreak layup by Sterling Byrd with 3:23 remaining. “We knew this was going to be a tough game,” Long Beach Coach Larry Reynolds said. “They are a very good defensive team, and they do a lot of things offensively that you have to be sharp for.” Long Beach hit just 14 of 38 shots from the field in the second half, including 3 of 14 behind the arc, as Nixon (17 points), Kejuan Johnson (15) and Kevin Houston (11) combined to hit only 16 of 45 for the game. Frank Burlison can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 499-1320. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PhotosLBSU vs HawaiiLONG BEACH – The University of Hawaii team that visited the Walter Pyramid Saturday night figured to be the toughest opponent the Long Beach State men’s basketball team had played host to this season. And that assumption proved right, as the Rainbow Warriors came from nine points down with 11 1/2 minutes left to hand the 49ers their first loss, 93-78, in 11 games in the building.
A manhunt continues for a Moroccan national suspected to have been the driver of a van that ploughed into crowds on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, killing 13, on Thursday.Hours later attackers struck again in Cambrils, 120 kilometres south of Barcelona, where a car rammed into pedestrians, killing one person.Catalonia’s regional police force confirmed there would be additional officers on duty outside the Camp Nou, but encouraged supporters to attend ‘calmly’.“The recommendation is to go calmly, to be able to enjoy a game of football and that people can go reassured because the security presence is adequate for the number of people attending,” said Albert Oliva, a spokesman for the Mossos d’Esquadra.“They are extraordinary and lamentable circumstances,” said Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEJust over 50 miles northeast of Barcelona, concrete road blocks were mounted outside Girona’s Estadi Montilivi as their first ever La Liga match against Atletico Madrid passed off safely in front of a near capacity 13,500 crowd.“They are extraordinary and lamentable circumstances,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde on Saturday.However, Valverde hoped fans wouldn’t be dissuaded by security fears and show the same spirit as huge crowds that gathered in the city’s central Plaza de Catalunya on Friday to chants of “not afraid”.“We are calm. Moreover, we support the reaction of the people yesterday in Plaza Catalunya that ‘we are not afraid’,” added Valverde.“We have to stand up to these circumstances and the best way is by moving forward.“We know the way the world is, we are all potentially victims at any given moment, be it going to the metro station or going to a football ground.“But it is something you can’t control and we can’t hide.”– Maximum security –With the peak summer tourism season still in full swing and thousands of tourists expected to attend for the chance to see five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Barca said the “maximum possible” security measures would be put in place to reassure fans.“Given the increase in situations of danger, terrorism, the club have already taken measures to reinforce security,” said a Barcelona club spokesperson.“The rule is to apply the maximum possible measures, and in extraordinary situations like this, apply them much more strictly.”A minute’s silence will be held before all games in Spain’s first and second divisions this weekend.Barcelona players will also wear black armbands and shirts with ‘Barcelona’ replacing individual names on the back.Former Barca defender Marc Bartra, himself the victim of a terrorist attack when a bomb hit the Borussia Dortmund team bus in April, paid his respects by kissing his black armband after scoring in Dortmund’s 3-0 win at Wolfsburg in the German league on Saturday.On the field, Barca have had a dreadful start to the season as shorn of Neymar following his world record 222 million euro ($261 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain, the Catalans were swept aside 5-1 on aggregate by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.Yet, Valverde conceded events over the past few days had put his professional problems into perspective.“It is our job and we know tomorrow we have an important game, but it is a different day for everyone. “It makes you reflect at times when you have problems that everything is relative. It puts things in their place and that there are far more important things than small problems.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s new signing Paulinho Bezerra kicks a ball during his official presentation, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, on August 17, 2017 © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEBarcelona, Spain, Aug 19 – A huge security presence on Sunday will oversee Barcelona’s first match since two terror attacks in Catalonia killed 14 people and left 120 more injured.Barca host Real Betis (1815GMT kick-off) at the club’s 99,000 capacity Camp Nou to open their La Liga campaign with the country still reeling from the most deadly attack on Spanish soil in 13 years.
Christian Benteke celebrates his goal for Liverpool against Southampton 1 Jurgen Klopp may still be waiting for his first win as Liverpool manager, but fans are pretty happy with what they’ve seen.The Reds went close to picking up three points but were held 1-1 by Southampton at Anfield, though Christian Benteke gave supporters hope with a fine header.Benteke, a £32m signing in the summer, has had his start to life on Merseyside interrupted by injury and supporters are hoping this means the big Belgian is now over his spell on the sidelines.His name was trending on Twitter straight after the game and with Chelsea up next, his goal scoring return appears to have come at the right time.