Netball Ja not in the red – Bernard

first_imgMarva Bernard, the immediate past president of Netball Jamaica (NJ), is refuting a statement made by incumbent president Dr Paula Daley Morris that the organisation is in the red. Bernard, who stepped down as president last weekend after 10 years at the helm of Netball Jamaica, said that while the organisation is in need of funding, it is by no means in the red. Daley Morris, who was officially sworn in as president during NJ’s annual general meeting on Saturday, during an interview with The Gleaner, published on Wednesday, November 18, in reference to the financial standing of the organisation, was quoted saying: “My biggest challenge is funding. We are in the red, and it’s not easy to take over something in the red, and that is why we have got to get a handle on things so we can come out of the red.” But according to Bernard, while Netball Jamaica is not awash with cash, it is not in debt. In an email obtained by The Gleaner, which was sent out to members of Netball Jamaica’s hierarchy, Bernard stated, “In response to the article in (today’s) Gleaner ascribed to President Paula, I wish to apprise you of the fact that the organisation was not left in the red. I agree that our biggest challenge is funding, but we are not in the red.” The Gleaner understands that prior to last weekend’s AGM, there was a board meeting to approve the audited financial statements as at June this year. Daley Morris was in attendance at that meeting along with the Chairperson of the Audit and Finance Committee, Millicent Hughes. An interim report on the income and expenses for July to October was presented to the AGM on the weekend and a balance sheet and cash balance were presented to the new president and her team. In the email, Bernard outlined that as of October 31, 2015, after all expenses associated with Netball World Cup in August had been paid, Netball Jamaica had J$6.2 million in several bank accounts. In addition to the money in the accounts, there was also in excess of $6 million coming in from sponsors, and other contracts were being negotiated. Netball Jamaica also has more than $3 million in investments. Bernard revealed that there are ongoing negotiations with Best Dressed, which is expected to return as sponsors as well as a deal for petrol for the team buses. There are also sponsorship deals from Berger Paints, Sunshine Cereals, Jamaica National Building Society, and Supreme Ventures that will be triggered early next year once the respective domestic leagues begin. There is also a deal in place with Tastee to provide meals for members of the Under-21 team up until December 31, 2015. The Under-21 team is the only one without a sponsor at this time. The past president also outlined the organisation’s debts. “Yes, we owe and the major creditor is the Independence Park Limited. The current portion of that debt is $3million. We must pay down that and I will be vigorously working to get the GOJ to write off the amount of $9 million capped at 2013,” she stated. The immediate past president warned that ill-advised public statements could only harm the association as it seeks to move forward under new leadership.last_img read more

Big clash in the Jungle

first_img His team, he believes, though, have the ammunition and are in the form to come out on top. “Defensively, we are getting stronger and have improved on last year. We have been giving less goals, and when you make a comparison to last year you will see. At the end of the first round last season, we gave up 17 goals. Now, we have conceded just 15 with eight games gone in the second round,” Waite explained, adding that captain and defensive enforcer O’Neil Thompson and Keneil Hyde will return to strengthen the backline. On the offensive end, Waite believes they are just as good. “We are scoring a number of goals and Kemal Malcolm, with 10, is our leading scorer and we still have a lot of games to play. Last year, our leading scorer was Leon Strickland with 11. Strickland has provided goals too and we have players contributing from all around, with Vishinul Harris scoring quite a few from midfield,” Waite gushed. Montego Bay United could be without the League’s top scorer Dino Williams, who is due to depart the island shortly to take up another professional contract. That, though, is not a worry for club president Orville Powell. “Tomorrow’s game should be a competitive one, but we have no fear as we have been playing good football, and outside of Dino, who may not be available, all of our other players are fit and ready,” Powell told The Sunday Gleaner. “Owayne Gordon has scored a few goals for us as well and he is ready. Ottey is fit again after dealing with some injury issues, so we are covered on the attacking end. There are also others like the experienced Dwayne Ambusley, young Woozencroft and, of course, goalkeeper Jacomena Barrett is in good form, so I am confident that the team will put in a good show,” Powell added. – 8:40 p.m: Harbour View vs Portmore United – Harbour View Stadium. – 6 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United – Anthony Spaulding Complex – 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Waterhouse – Barbican Stadium – 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Cavalier – Effortville Community Centre – 3 p.m: Reno vs UWI FC – Frome Complex – 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Rivoli United – Edward Seaga Complex INFORM Today’s Games Humble Lion were let off the hook by UWI FC last week as they held on for a draw. Today, they will have to put in an improved performance when they host Cavalier, who sent a message last week with a 3-0 win over Boys’ Town with all three goals coming from their new acquisitions. The most mouth-watering of all the matches, however, appears to be the matchup between defending champions Arnett Gardens and the team they dethroned and defeated in last year’s final, Montego Bay United. Montego Bay United currently top the league on goal difference over Portmore United with their 37 points. That is just two points more than third-placed Arnett Gardens, who can overtake them with a victory. “These clashes are always some of the big clashes of the season. They are a rounded team, scoring a lot of goals and also defend well, so they will not be easy. Our game in round one ended 2-2, so we are not far apart,” Jerome Waite, coach of Arnett Gardens said as he looked ahead to today’s game. Tomorrow’s game There will be no straightforward or easy matches in this week’s Red Stripe Premier league fixture as all five games on today and the one on Monday night appear evenly matched. Relegation-threatened Water-house gave an improved showing against Arnett Gardens and would have benefited from the inclusion of Hughan Gray and the reported signing of veteran goalscorer Devon Hodges. These moves could give them an edge against Boys’ Town. Boys’ Town, who have themselves beaten title challengers Portmore United 3-0 away from home, were last week spanked 3-0 by Cavalier in what can be described as a yo-yo league. Former champions Reno no longer looked like the team that threatened in the early season to be pacesetters and now find themselves in the bottom half of the table in seventh place with only goal difference setting them apart from today’s opponents, UWI FC. The university men, on the other hand, after struggling at the start of the competition, had some wondering if their entry was an experiment doomed to failure. They have gradually found their footing following their first win of the competition, a 1-0 win over fellow promoted but far more storied team Portmore United. Amal Knight’s quality in goal was never in question, but with Girvon Brown running into form and the addition of a few players through the transfer window, they will look even more competitive. IMPROVED PERFORMANCElast_img read more

Waite focuses on team rotation

first_imgArnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite said the aim is to keep his players fresh in a rotation system in order to repeat their feat of winning the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and Caribbean Football Union (CFU) title.The RSPL champions are atop in this season’s national championship on 46 points, one ahead of Montego Bay United (45).Waite intends to stay on top to first win the trophy and incentive for the team that ends the preliminary stage with the most points.Waite, who guided Arnett to three of the club’s national titles, is also looking at the bigger picture: to win the CFU championship and move to the CONCACAF stage. The CFU championship is set to kick off next month.”We want to win the national title again. It is the first time for this season that we are leading on points. We are in the lead, so I’m pretty much pleased at this point,” Waite told The Gleaner.With Arnett having scored 36 goals in 24 RSPL games this season, Waite said that the team should have scored more. However, he is pleased with the defensive system as the team has conceded 20 goals.MORE GOALS WANTED”We should have scored more goals but, defensively, we are doing well as a team,” said the coach, who guided Arnett to back-to-back titles from 2000 to 2002.”Looking back at last year, despite winning the title, I was concerned about the fact that we let in too many goals, so it is a massive improvement in that area,” he added.”We will continue to take the games step by step. My aim is to keep the team healthy and injury-free. The rotation of players is necessary. It is all about man-management. It is my duty, and I’m always thinking about the long term,” Waite reasoned.”We are also preparing for the CFU tournament in the Dominican Republic early next month. We will leave for that tournament by month end,” he said.Arnett Gardens and last season’s runners-up, Montego Bay United, will participate in the CFU championship. Arnett will play in Group Four alongside AtlÈtico Pantoja of The Dominican Republic, America des Cayes of Haiti, and Notch of Suriname in Santo Domingo.last_img read more

Frome, Rusea’s in 0-0 draw

first_img Keith Blake missed an easy opportunity for Frome in the 33rd minute. He was played through and he took his shot a little too early and saw it zip narrowly past the upright. Both teams came even closer in the second half. Frome, through substitute Ajani Campbell, who struck the crossbar with the Rusea’s goalkeeper stranded, and Jhevoy Diaz’s shot struck the upright. “We wanted to come here and leave with at least a point, so the result isn’t a bad one for us,” said the Frome coach Marvin Quarry. He said it was a fair result seeing that neither team was able to take advantage of their chances. “The focus now is on Green Island, where, if we win or secure a draw, we would be practically set for the next round,” added Quarry. – Marcus Garvey 0 York Castle 0 – Rusea’s 0 Frome 0 – Cornwall College 2 St James 0 Western Bureau: Rusea’s High remain in control of Zone B in the 2016 ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup, although they were held to a scoreless draw by rival Frome Technical yesterday in Lucea, Hanover, on a day when several scheduled matches were not played. With the island under threat from Hurricane Matthew, the teams, it appeared, seemed distracted. Both looked listless especially in front of goal in a game that lacked quality, and although each had their moments, the outcome was inevitable, leaving both coaches unimpressed. Aaron Lawrence, coach of the ten-time title winners Rusea’s, told the Sunday Gleaner that he thought the game was scrappy and that his players lacked focus. “It was a scrappy game from both teams today. I really can’t say why this was so, but we never sparked at all,” said the former national goalkeeper. “It was just a case of us not having the fire today, and it showed. We missed many chances to score, but we still earned a point and we will just have to be satisfied with the result as we are still leading the zone,” Lawrence said. Indeed, Rusea’s lead Zone B on 11 points, three more than second-place Frome, while Green Island High are holding on to third spot. Rusea’s were unlucky not to score in the 18th minute, when forward Sachin Wilmot saw his shot missing the target. Then Okean Johnson also came close with his effort saved on the rebound by Owayne Ricketts, the Frome custodian. Yesterday’s results EASY OPPORTUNITYlast_img read more

Under-17 Boyz held by Cuba

first_img MANY CHANCES CREATED “The positive is that we created that many chances and it is something we can work on. Creating the chances and having persons in the position to score is a good sign, and we want to continue building on that,” he added. The Boyz started shakily but came into their own after 15 minutes and had excellent chances, the best of which fell to Treyvonne Reid, Nickque Daley, and Kaheem Parris. Cuba also had a couple good opportunities, but good defending kept them at bay. Early in the second half, a mix-up in defence resulted in a Cuban player being brought down in the box, and Rodan netted the spot kick to put the Cubans in front. However, after wasting a number of great opportunities in the second half, they eventually got the equaliser when the ball fell to McIntosh, who calmly slotted past the excellent Danny Eduardo in goal. “We expected a tough game. Both teams had control of the ball at different intervals. They both got chances, so the 1-1 score is a good result for both teams,” said Cuba coach Rufino Sotolongo. Jamaica’s under-17 men’s football team had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Cuba in the first of their two friendlies at Winchester Park yesterday. Ribaldo Roldan put Cuba ahead from the penalty spot eight minutes into the second half, but Ricardo McIntosh cancelled that effort with a composed finish on 70 minutes. In what was a fairly competitive contest, the young Boyz were clearly the better team over the 90 minutes and had more and better chances to win the game. Coach Andrew Edwards was pleased with the number of chances the team created but thought their decision making and finishing needs more work if they are to advance from their group of death, which consists of USA, Mexico, and El Salvador in the CONCACAF final round. “I have mixed feelings about the game,” Edwards said. “In the first period, we had problems coming out of the back. We were not smooth and fluid as the defenders were not having good connection with the midfielders to ensure a smooth transition into the attacking third. “But we created nine chances in the first period and put away zero, and that is a major cause for concern. It doesn’t matter how good an opponent is, if you are creating chances and put away these chances, you are going to increase your confidence. But our decision making was not at the level we expect,” he continued. However, he says that creating chances is a positive, and they will have to improve on that for the next game on Tuesday.last_img read more

Chace The Great for Ash Wednesday Trophy

first_imgIT’S holiday racing at Caymanas Park today, with the well-supported nine-race programme featuring the Ash Wednesday Trophy over 1300 metres to be contested by 14 starters.Also on the card is the annual renewal of the $250,000 – $210,000 claiming race over 1200 metres for the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup. Twelve horses have been declared, including top contenders BARS OF GOLD, CHEERS, ROYAL GIRL, MONEY MOVE and LIGHT BRIGADE, who bids for his fourth consecutive win and could well start favourite.The main focus, however, is on the Ash Wednesday Trophy, which should see the likes of CHACE THE GREAT, PROLIFIC PRINCESS, UNCLE TAF, TALENTED TONY K, down-in-class UPPA TUNE and champion two-year-old SOTOMAYOR making his seasonal debut in preparation for the April 8 2000 Guineas, for which he is the winter book favourite.All of the above should ensure a competitive race, especially with much speed present in TALENTED TONY K, UPPA TUNE and CHACE THE GREAT.I am expecting the Dwight Chen-trained 4-y-o colt CHACE THE GREAT to prove strongest entering the straight from his convenient mark of 53.0kg and former champion jockey Wesley Henry aboard.START FAVOURITEOver this trip, the speedy son of Greatness – Our Miss Ruth should not only start favourite, but justify the support in much the same way he did when notching his last win over the distance on September 25, slamming BERRANCA and BLUE DIXIE in the fairly good time of 1:18.2.Since then, CHACE THE GREAT has run some useful races for the most part. True, he was installed a howling 1-2 favourite to win over the straight-five course on February 11, but could only manage fourth, beaten 13/4 lengths by the much-improved KING D. He was badly drawn on the far side that day, however, and was not really disgraced considering that he drifted out badly after coming on to the main track.Having trained well and the distance now ideal, CHACE THE GREAT should stave off the late-closing grey colt SOTOMAYOR, who will not find the distance too short after winning his last race over a mile, the $4.25-million SVL Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes, on Boxing Day. CHACE THE GREAT, however, appears that much fitter and is tipped to resume winning ways.BARS OF GOLD, who won decisively over 1200 metres last time out, should give his in-form trainer Gregory Forsyth and jockey Jevanne Erwin yet another winner in the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup, while other firm fancies are FRANKENSTORM in the opening race over the straight, FEARLESS SAMURAI in the third, and BIG BLACK NATION to stave off PROUD PRESIDENT and FLYING MACHINE in the closing race over 1300 metres.last_img read more

Calabar champs again!

first_imgDefending champs Calabar High School recently ticked off win number four at Olympian Kenneth Edwards’ Jamaica Superstars Martial Arts Open, effectively landing their fifth straight hold on the McKay Security Jamaica Taekwondo Association High School League. Facing Jamaica College in the final bout at the University of Technology, Calabar got the better of their rivals and later learnt that they had won the overall title after it was announced that the Shai-Tai Kick Boxing Open, scheduled for this month, was called off. Shai-Tai’s cancellation left the title race to be decided on seven tournaments, of which Calabar won the first four, making them champions for the fifth consecutive season of the high school league, which started in 2006. Despite Calabar’s premature title win, sponsor Jason McKay said the remaining contests will still provide a top class display among the champions, Kingston College, Jamaica College, St George’s College, Wolmer’s and newcomers Excelsior, coached by Joel Ellis. “I don’t believe the Calabar team is going to roll over and rest with the trophy at Red Hills Road. It’s all about pride and bragging rights. Nobody wants to lose. You’re only as good as your last fight,” he said. “The setting of the next tournament, the Jamaica Taekwondo Association Open, being held in the National Arena in April, that alone will set the stage for major showdowns,” he pointed out. The league will be completed by the Ningen Karate Open in May and the Seido Open, scheduled for June, before the junior martial arts stars take their show on the road, representing Jamaica at the United States Open in Orlando, Florida, in July.last_img read more

Title hopes end as Philippines falls to Korea anew in Fiba Asia Cup

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Korea spoils Gilas bidThe country’s last win over its fierce rival was back in the 2013 edition of the Asian tilt, where the Jimmy Alapag-led Gilas Pilipinas advanced to the final.Oh Se Keun topped Korea with 22 points and five rebounds, while Kim Sun Hyung went 9-of-11 from the field to wound up with 21 markers, four assists, and three boards as the Koreans advance to the semifinals.Kim Jong Kyu also chimed in 15 points, four dimes, and, two rebounds.The Scores:KOREA 118 – Oh 22, Kim S H 21, Kim J K 15, Lee S H 14, Lee Ju H 11, Choi 9, Heo 9, Park 9, Yang 5, Jeon 3, Lim 0.GILAS PILIPINAS 86 – Romeo 22, Standhardinger 17, Pogoy 12, Castro William 11, Aguilar 7, Wright 6, Jalalon 5, Abueva 2, Almazan 2, Fajardo 2, Cruz 0, Norwood 0.Quarters: 26-18, 57-49, 86-62, 118-86. Photo from Fiba.comSouth Korea remains the bane of the Philippines in continental basketball.The hot-shooting Koreans broke the Filipinos’ hearts anew with a 118-86 rout in their knockout quarterfinal duel in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img SEA Games Gallery: August 16 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Terrence Romeo waxed hot in the second quarter as he linked up with Jayson Castro to pull Gilas within six, 56-49, but Korea proved it was simply a superior team.READ: Gilas five needs pluckThe Koreans shot a mercurial 16-of-21 clip from beyond the arc and dished out 34 assists, leading by as high as 34, 112-78, courtesy of a long bomb from Yang Hong Seok with 1:57 to play.Romeo uncorked all of his 22 points in that blazing second frame, but was held scoreless in the second half by the tenacious Korean defense.Christian Standhardinger added 17 markers and four boards, Roger Pogoy had 12 points in the Philippines’ late spurt, and Castro William got 11 markers, four assists, and three rebounds as the ghost of the Korea continued to haunt the Filipinos.ADVERTISEMENT The loss ended Gilas Pilipinas’ impressive run, where they went undefeated in the group stages despite an undermanned line-up, and relegated the Filipinos to the battle for fifth place.READ: Gilas Pilipinas, Korea resume bitter basketball rivalryFEATURED 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’Not only did the Koreans take the Filipinos out of the running for the title, they also assured them of their worst finish since 2011 when Gilas Pilipinas placed fourth.Defense was the biggest issue for the Nationals as they allowed the disciplined Korean crew to shoot 73-percent from the field in the first half to grab a 16-point lead, 49-33. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingslast_img read more

UE, NU keep Final 4 bids

first_imgUniversity of the East kept its bid for a Final Four spot after humbling University of the Philippines, 73-64, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Red Warriors won their third game in four outings to improve to 3-7 and stay on track of getting the fourth spot in the league.The Fighting Maroons slipped to a 4-6 record in a tie with National University, which dealt cellar-dweller University of Santo Tomas its 10th straight defeat, 91-83, earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Mark Maloles and Alvin Pasaol exchanged back-to-back triples in a span of 18 seconds to give UE a 68-58 lead with 2:49 to go in the fourth quarter.Pasaol then delivered the dagger, completing a three-point play for a 71-62 lead with 1:33 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUE head coach Derrick Pumaren is aware of the Warriors’ position in the Final Four race, but remains upbeat on their chances.“Until there’s a fourth team that makes it then we still have a shot at it,” said Pumaren. “We just have to stay positive in the things that are going on. We just have to play as a team and keep playing as one unit.”Pasaol showed his might with 32 points and 13 rebounds to lead UE, while Mark Olayon missed a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. Rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño had 22 points and eight rebounds for UP while older brother Javi finished with 17 points and 11 boards.The Bulldogs, who entered the game having lost five of their last six games, went on a 24-6 run bridging the second and third quarters to take a 69-58 lead.Matt Salem then capped NU’s 11-2 run at the start of the fourth that put the Bulldogs up, 80-65, at the 7:29 mark.“We really needed to win today because we wanted to have a better chance to get to the Final Four,” said NU assistant coach Danny Ildefonso, who handled the team in place of the suspended Jamike Jarin.“I and the other assistants talked at the end of the first half and every one of us gave their insights on how we should adjust in the second half.” —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Unlikely Meralco power source Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Tensions creeping in at PSG as questions asked of two stars

first_imgThe Uruguay striker previously played second fiddle for three years when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was PSG’s star player, and whether he is prepared to do so again could prove crucial to the club’s chances of going far in the Champions League. PSG has failed to get past the quarterfinals despite huge investment since Qatari backers QSI took charge six years ago.But after even bigger spending during the offseason—with Neymar and Mbappe costing a combined 402 million euros ($475 million)—a semifinal is surely the minimum target.The attack of Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar is known as the MCN—continuing the theme for abbreviations first launched when Real Madrid’s BBC (Bale-Benzema-Cristiano (Ronaldo) attack was compared with Barcelona’s MSN (Messi-Suarez-Neymar).Although prolific in attacking terms, PSG’s trio causes an imbalance elsewhere on the field simply soaks up so much possession.Patient approach play is negated in favor of quick passes up to the front three. In turn this means that the midfield invariably stays too deep and makes for a large gap between the midfield and attack— which then impacts on the defense.Given that Cavani is the only member of the MCN who does any significant tracking back to defend, PSG’s low midfield block of three finds itself completely stretched and covering too much ground when other teams attack on the break.“I’ve rarely seen PSG get pushed around so much in recent years,” former PSG winger Jerome Rothen said after the Marseille game.If modest Marseille exploited such a weakness, teams with far bigger firepower will surely punish PSG later on in the Champions League.Nice memoriesNice was the last team to beat PSG in the league, winning 3-1 at home on April 30 in a result that swung last season’s title struggle Monaco’s way. Both players were heavily criticized following in 2-2 draw at Marseille last weekend, which allowed second-place Monaco—the defending champion—to close PSG’s lead to four points after 10 league games.Mbappe didn’t make any impact up front and omitted to track back whenever Marseille broke on the counterattack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNeymar did score his seventh league goal since joining from Barcelona, but his red card gave Marseille the chance to dominate late.It was the Brazil forward’s fifth red card since breaking into the Santos team in 2009 and, not for the first time, resulted from a petulant reaction. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Curry, Durant hit key 3s late, Warriors hold off Raptors But coach Lucien Favre’s Nice is struggling badly for form this time around.Last weekend’s 2-1 home loss to Strasbourg was Nice’s sixth in the league this season—compared with just four last season—and Nice has lost its past four games in all competitions.Despite this, and the fact that PSG is unbeaten at home in league play since April, 2016, Favre is looking forward to Friday’s trip.“We’re delighted to go and play PSG,” said Favre, who guided the team to a 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes last season. “We’ll have to defend as a team and we’ll need to be more compact.”Nice is expected to welcome back Mario Balotelli, who missed the Strasbourg match with a minor calf injury.Balotelli has made a good start with eight goals in 11 games altogether.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, right, challenges for the ball with Marseille’s Adil Rami during the League One soccer match between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain, at the Velodrome stadium, in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)PARIS (AP) — Tensions are creeping in at Paris Saint-Germain with questions raised as to whether Neymar and Kylian Mbappe—the world’s two most expensive players—are so far justifying their price tags.PSG is unbeaten and has scored 43 goals in 13 games overall, yet the mood seems surprisingly quizzical ahead of Friday’s home match against Nice.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ And it almost proved costly. For the second straight league game, PSG needed an injury-time goal—this time from top scorer Edinson Cavani.Criticism of Neymar this week centered on his lack of composure, his reluctance to track back, and his self-indulgence.Neymar’s tendency to hold possession sees him invariably trying to dribble his way through teams, and often leads him to randomly drop deep into midfield to get on the ball as much as possible.When he does pass, his preference to seek out Mbappe often comes at the expense of Cavani—who scored 49 goals in all competitions last season. Cavani and Neymar disagreed last month over who should take a penalty in a league game, and their relationship does not appear to be a particularly harmonious one.Cavani’s patience could well be tested—yet again.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more