Thailand’s Chaiyawat Buran (L) fights for the ball with Indonesia’s Gavin Kwan during their men’s football Group B round match of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at Shah Alam Stadium, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANAMalaysia’s sports minister admitted Wednesday there were “glitches” with preparations for the Southeast Asian Games after a report said a key venue was not ready and fans had trouble getting into a football game.The Malay Mail Online reported that the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre needed a lot of work as it was only handed over to organizers two days ago, while spectators faced problems getting into Monday’s Malaysia-Brunei match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BaliPure sweeps Pocari Sweat for first PVL crown Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Hosts Malaysia won the first gold of the games Wednesday in sepak takraw, a sport native to Southeast Asia that combines elements of football and volleyball. They beat the Philippines and Brunei in the “chinlone” category of the sport to win.Malaysia is targeting 111 gold medals at the SEA Games, which brings together thousands of athletes from across the region. MOST READ View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “There are some glitches here and there, we are taking care of that now,” Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters, adding that overall the picture was “so far so good”.Khairy, who himself will compete in polo at the multi-sport event, earlier offered assurances that all venues for the August 19-30 games would be ready on time despite the problems, the Malay Mail reported. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEvents taking place at the convention centre include judo, karate, taekwondo and snooker.Large crowds flocked to watch the Malaysia-Brunei game Monday, which Malaysia won 2-1, but some fans with tickets could get in, with media reports blaming poor organization.
Left-handed batsman Haris Sohail, who has been included in the Pakistan’s Champions Trophy squad as replacement for unfit Umar Akmal, has insisted that he is ready to give his all in the tournament opener against arch-rivals India.Earlier, Akmal was recalled from England and was removed from the Champions Trophy after he failed to clear two fitness tests during the eight-team tournament’s preparation camp in Birmingham.On Tuesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) called Haris, left-handed batsman Umar Amin and right-handed batsman Asif Zakir at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Lahore to participate in the fitness test, where Haris was adjudged the best among the trio “based on the reports submitted by the trainer”.The 28-year-old, who last played an ODI for Pakistan in May 2015 during Zimbabwe’s landmark tour to Pakistan, said he was very happy to make a comeback to the national side.Middle-order Batsman Haris Sohail is delighted on his return to the national team for #CT17. We wish him the very best. pic.twitter.com/8mdUwSMUD0- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) May 23, 2017″I will try my best to play my role in the team’s success,” Express Tribune quoted Haris as saying.Pakistan open their Pool B campaign with a high-voltage game against arch-rivals India in Birmingham on June 4.Speaking about the high-octane match, “Every player wishes to perform well against India.””If I get a chance to play against India, I will surely try my best to put up a good performance against them,” he added.In the 22 ODIs he has played for Pakistan, Haris has scored 774 runs at an average of 43 with a strike rate of 82.86. In the same number of ODIs, he has bagged four wickets with his left-arm spin.advertisementAfter the India clash, Pakistan will play South Africa (in Birmingham on June 7) and Sri Lanka (in Cardiff on June 12).
Big Sam: Man Utd could be RELEGATEDby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England boss Sam Allardyce says Manchester United could be RELEGATED this season.The former Bolton, Newcastle and England manager cited United’s side in 1974 that, against all expectations, went down to the second tier. With Solskjaer overseeing the club’s worst start in 30 years, Allardyce has used the side from 45 years ago as a warning to the current crop that they are not too good to be relegated. He told talkSPORT: “It isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that they could catastrophically fall into more problems if confidence goes and injuries stay like they are.”Players tend not to get as fit as quick as they would do when things are going well, that’s an absolute fact. There’s the disturbance of [Paul] Pogba wanting away and who will pop up next saying, ‘I see this going the wrong way, I want to leave?'”Manchester United do not have enough goals and you can see it becoming a struggle. Hopefully it’s not a struggle down the bottom end, but they’re certainly heading that way.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The mantra of “Home Sweet Home” has been the theme for several Ohio State athletic teams that have enjoyed the most success playing on university grounds.The Ohio State men’s volleyball team has been no different. It has made its home at St. John Arena a nightmare for opposing teams.Coach Pete Hanson said that the comfort level at home has really helped elevate his team’s play.“I think some teams have a harder time adjusting to the bigger arena and that helps our guys a lot,” Hanson said.The Buckeyes have been the definition of “perfect” at home, not only winning all five matches this season, but also sweeping all three sets in each of those respective matches. They have won each home set by an average margin of seven points.Hanson said that playing in St. John Arena every day for practice has been important for the players.“It is a great facility that, when set up for volleyball, has a very good feel to it for our guys. Being able to practice every day there makes a huge difference also,” Hanson said. “The great lighting and very good visual surroundings are what help to make St. John a great place to play.”Hanson said that while he is pleased with his team’s home success, he knows that tougher tasks still lie ahead.“We have some very good teams still scheduled to come to St. John Arena and I think our early schedule at home has been a bit easier than what we will finish with,” Hanson said.After facing Carthage this Friday, the Buckeyes don’t return home until early March when they face No. 7 Penn State in a rematch from an early-season meeting. They then go on the road again for a couple of weeks before finishing the regular season with three consecutive matches at home against Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference opponents.Being able to replicate their early home domination during that final, three-match stretch will be essential for the Buckeyes to win the MIVA conference.“Home-court advantage for the MIVA playoffs is huge,” Hanson said. “We always want to win the conference and be the home team for all the rounds of the tournament.”Earning home court advantage in the playoffs would be instrumental for the Buckeyes considering how they have played at home already this season. The winner of the MIVA playoffs gains berth into the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Final Four.Hanson did not understate what that meant to his team. “That is truly one of our top priorities each and every year,” Hanson said.
Cesar Azpilicueta has backed his compatriot and friend Kepa Arrizabalaga to live up to his €80m price tag at ChelseaThe Spain international became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper of all-time after completing his transfer to Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao in a €80m deal on Wednesday.While he has only just arrived at Stamford Bridge, it looks like Arrizabalaga could be thrown straight into the firing line in Saturday’s away trip to Huddersfield in Chelsea’s opening game of the Premier League season with regular number one Thibaut Courtois having now joined Real Madrid.But Azpilicueta, who comes from the same Basque region of Spain as his new teammate, knows Arrizabalaga and is certain he will up to the task.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I know him well,” said Azpilicueta on the club website.“He is a very good goalkeeper. He can reach a very high level here in England at Chelsea, and we are obviously happy to have him with us.“As a person he is a very normal guy, he’s very friendly. He’s very close to his people. On the pitch he is always trying to help. He is very communicative and is always talking to the team, and the defence in particular. He is still only 23 and I am sure he will keep growing.“He is from the Basque area too, quite close to my region. We know each other from the last years in the national team. I have always had a good relationship with him. Our hometowns are quite close and for me to have him here is something special, and I will try to help him settle.”