Pomi coach Caprara returns to WCWC finals a proud man

first_imgWe are young BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise MOST READ Pomi Casalmaggiore head coach Giovanni Caprara may be wearing a different color but on Sunday, but the Italian will be in an all too familiar scenario.Caprara will face his former team Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul, the defending champions, in the gold medal match of the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship.ADVERTISEMENT And he will go toe-to-toe with Massimo Barbolini who was the coach of Pomi when it won the 2016 European title in April.But the Italian is not the one to focus on sentiments. He’s just happy he’s coaching a team from his home country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“I’m very very proud to play with an Italian club,” said Caprara Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena after Pomi blasted Volero Zürich in the semifinals, 25-27, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23. “I’m very very proud of it.”Caprara, who led Eczacibasi to the 2015 title, added that the 2016 world championships was different. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas BaliPure keeps semifinals hope alive, turns back UP Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila 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 “This tournament is a higher level, because we have eight teams, [while] last year [we] only had six,” he said. “And the two Turkish clubs are very very strong.”Last year’s tournament had six teams, but with the Philippines hosting the 2016 edition, PSL-F2 Logistics Manila was included in the race together with Pomi, who is a first-timer.VakifBank Istanbul, the runners-up in the 2016 European championships, will face Volero for the bronze medal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchiselast_img read more

Spurs, Alli deny Chelsea record win

first_img“We were competitive against a team in very good form, one of the best in Europe, and we feel very proud and pleased because the performance was very solid,” said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.Antonio Conte’s Chelsea must content themselves with having equalled Arsenal’s season record of 13 wins in a row from 2001-02 and they remain five points clear of second-place Liverpool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngBut the end of their winning streak will give hope to their pursuers, not least Tottenham, who rose above Manchester City and Arsenal to third place in the table, seven points below the leaders.“It is a pity to stop this run, but Tottenham is a good team, a really strong team and I think is for sure one of the teams that can fight for the title until the end,” Conte told Sky Sports. Where did they go? 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Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake00:50Trending Articles01:38GCTA mess: BuCor given til March to review records of PDL returnees01:31Taiwan 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 Carbon copyWhereas Spurs had gone with four at the back in November’s 2-1 loss at the Bridge, here they effectively matched Chelsea’s 3-4-3 shape, which made for an attritional first half at White Hart Lane.Spurs saw most of the ball, their wing-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose carrying the fight, but they struggled to pick holes in Chelsea’s rearguard and the visitors posed a threat on the break.In the fifth minute, Nemanja Matic’s lofted pass over Spurs’ right-sided centre-back Eric Dier found Eden Hazard in ample space, only for the Belgian to shoot narrowly wide with his left foot.Victor Wanyama and Eriksen sent low efforts wide from range for Spurs and when the hosts finally got in behind, Dier ghosting in to meet Rose’s deep free-kick, Thibaut Courtois was on hand to save.But in first-half injury time, Spurs struck, Eriksen shaping a cross into the box from the right and Alli, hitherto close to anonymous, leaping to plant a glorious header in the top-right corner.It was the England midfielder’s sixth goal in four games and within nine minutes of kick-off in the second half, he would have a seventh.Urged on by a typically animated Conte, Chelsea flew out of the traps, Diego Costa testing Hugo Lloris with a skidding strike and Hazard nodding Marcos Alonso’s header wide from point-blank range.The celebrations, though, were Tottenham’s thanks to a near carbon copy of their first goal, Eriksen swinging a cross to the back post and Alli outleaping Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta to head home.Conte made three bold changes, sending on Willian, Cesc Fabregas and Michy Batshuayi for Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante and Moses, with Pedro Rodriguez moving to a left wing-back role.But his players, finally, appeared spent and Eriksen came close to adding a third with a dipping free-kick that narrowly eluded the left-hand upright. 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This league is very tough and it is important to continue to work.”Alli, 20, has now scored braces in three successive games and his latest double allowed Pochettino’s men to register a fifth win in a row — their best such run in nearly a year.It also enabled Spurs to claim a measure of revenge, both for their 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in November and the fiery 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge last May that ended their title challenge.Pochettino, meanwhile, could celebrate his 150th Premier League game as a manager with a deeply satisfying victory.“We are in a good position, third in the table,” he said. “But it is a long way to finish the season.”ADVERTISEMENT We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Senators to proceed with review of VFA 105-year-old Frenchman sets cycling record Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Tottenham’s Dele Alli, second right, scores a goal past Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)In-form midfielder Dele Alli scored two near-identical headers as Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 2-0 on Wednesday to torpedo the Premier League leaders’ hopes of a record 14th consecutive victory.Chelsea were bidding to become the first team to win 14 successive games within the same English top-flight season, but Alli’s goals, both set up by Christian Eriksen, brought them down to earth.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more