EVERTON WIN Romelu Lukaku struck twice in the first half and Ross Barkley added a late third as Everton beat Southampton 3-0 for their first win of the season. Swansea joined Everton on four points after winning 2-0 at home to Newcastle, with Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew scoring. Newcastle played the second half with 10 men after Daryl Janmaat was sent off in the 41st for two yellow cards. Watford drew 0-0 with West Bromwich Albion in Saturday’s other game. Man United won 1-0 at Aston Villa on Friday and are the other team on six points alongside Leicester, ahead of Manchester City’s game against Chelsea and Crystal Palace hosting Arsenal today. Leicester were in the headlines for the wrong reasons during the week, with striker Jamie Vardy fined after he was filmed using racist language towards a Japanese man in a casino. Vardy spoke to Okazaki, who joined Leicester in the off season, about the situation and the pair started together up front. They combined for the 27th-minute opener, with Vardy crossing for Okazaki to score at the second attempt after his initial shot was saved. Mahrez doubled the lead in the 38th. West Ham couldn’t replicate its performance from last weekend, when they beat Arsenal 2-0 away, and their hopes of a comeback ended when goalkeeper Adrian was sent off in injury time for a kick on Vardy. No team has scored more points than Leicester (28) in the Premier League since the start of April, yet Ranieri is remaining grounded. “We want to achieve 40 points to maintain the Premier League (status),” the Italian coach said. “That’s our goal.” The season hasn’t started so well for another team that narrowly avoided the drop last season. Sunderland were booed by their own fans during a 3-1 home defeat to Norwich and have lost both their games, conceding seven goals. “It was even worse than last week,” Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat said. “We have to go back to the basics.” Stoke scored twice in the final 12 minutes through Marko Arnautovic, from the penalty spot, and Mame Biram Diouf to salvage a 2-2 draw at Tottenham, keeping both teams without a win after two rounds. REMAINING GROUNDED MANCHESTER, England (AP): After being relegation candidates for most of last season, Leicester could be spending more time at the other end of the Barclays Premier League table this time around. A 2-1 win at West Ham yesterday gave Leicester a second straight victory to open the season and moved the team to top of the fledgling standings, on goal difference above Manchester United. Japan striker Shinji Okazaki and winger Riyad Mahrez, with his third goal already this season, scored for Leicester in the first half to take their tally to six goals in two games after a 4-2 win over Sunderland. Leicester won seven of their last nine games to escape relegation in their first year back in England’s top division and the good form is continuing under new manager Claudio Ranieri, who replaced Nigel Pearson in the off season.
ZURICH (AP):The lack of a written contract and a delay collecting payment led to the 90-day suspensions for Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, a person familiar with the FIFA ethics case told The Associated Press yesterday.Blatter and Platini were handed 90-day bans last week after failing to provide written evidence to justify a payment of two million Swiss francs (about $US2 million) that Platini received from FIFA in 2011 – nine years after the job was completed – according to the person. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorised to speak publicly about the case.Both Blatter, the FIFA president, and Platini, his counterpart at UEFA, face longer bans if the FIFA ethics committee proves its case to ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert. The full verdicts are expected before the 90-day suspensions end.Both deny wrongdoing and are appealing against their suspensions.The ethics case was triggered by Blatter and Platini becoming embroiled in a criminal investigation in Switzerland over the same payment. Blatter was questioned as a suspect, and Platini is being investigated by the Swiss attorney general as something between a witness and a suspect.The payment relates to the time when Platini worked for Blatter as an adviser from 1998 until 2002, when the former France captain joined the FIFA executive committee.Contractually, Platini was to be paid 300,000 Swiss francs per year for his job. He claims an additional 500,000 Swiss francs per year was to be deferred. The Frenchman received 1.05 million Swiss francs for 3 1/2 years of work, the person said, reiterating details first published by The Guardian newspaper yesterday.According to the person, there was only a verbal agreement on the additional 500,000 Swiss francs per year – the amount eventually paid in 2011. Under Swiss law, Platini should have called in the debt within five years.Platini, who was also a FIFA vice-president under Blatter until he was suspended on Thursday, said two weeks ago that he was not paid “the totality of my salary because of FIFA’s financial situation at that time”.ethics committee statementA statement from the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber, which is headed by Eckert, said yesterday that it interviewed Platini for more than five hours on October 1. Eckert “did not see a need for a second hearing” before imposing the provisional suspension, the statement added.UEFA has rebuffed requests by the AP to ask Platini to provide a contract that shows FIFA owed him two million Swiss francs. Some soccer nations have also publicly questioned Platini’s limited public explanation.UEFA said last week that Platini feels “he has given satisfactory explanations to the authorities that are dealing with this case”.The provisional ban looks set to derail Platini’s hopes of standing in the FIFA presidential election, which is scheduled for February 26. But the FIFA executive committee could decide to postpone the ballot when it meets on October 20.In a separate case, FIFA suspended Thai soccer association president, Worawi Makudi, for 90 days. Details of the case were not provided yesterday, but Worawi has been under investigation for his conduct during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.
Overall commitment The question was asked by Damian Collins, the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, who has called on the ECB to answer six questions pertaining to Clarke’s ongoing role and the board’s overall commitment to good governance that he believes the cricketing public deserves to know. The six questions include: “What is the ECB’s vision for how the ICC should be run? Does the ICC feel that Transparency International has been fair in its criticism of the ICC is failing to adhere to recognised governance standards, including increased accountability and transparency? And, if so, as an influential boat at ICC, is the ECB prepared to publicly commit to tackling these problems? “Will the ECB be putting forward Giles Clarke as their nominee for ICC Chairman? And, if so, does the ECB think it is appropriate to be endorsing someone who played such a prominent role in reforms that have been widely condemned as bullying, inequitable, and ignoring the need for those basic governance standards as noted? “Can the ECB give full disclosure as to the terms of Giles Clarke’s presidency of the organisation? And what does Giles Clarke’s duties as president of ECB entail? Are they limited to representing the board at the ICC?” Clarke’s candidacy, however, received a blow earlier this year when it was understood that neither South Africa nor Australia was willing to support his bid to become the ICC chairman, although, at a recent meeting in Dubai, it was agreed that all nominees had to be either a past or present ICC board member. Clarke, who was chairman of the ECB at the time of the ICC takeover, became the ECB president in 2015, and the feeling is that if he takes over as the chairman of the ICC, it would be seen as a “conflict of interest”. That is why MP Collins, who sits on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Select Committee, wants Clarke before the committee to answer the six questions, especially after the move among sporting bodies towards “transparent and accountable governance” and particularly after the Indian court forced Narainswamy Srinivasan to give up his dual role as ICC chairman and BCCI president after he was found to have ownership of IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings. The committee, it is said by a member of the House of Commons committee, decided to look into the conduct of the ECB in relation to cricket because of the recent scandal in FIFA and because of other investigations it has been doing in football, athletics, and tennis as far as sports governance is concerned. While Clarke’s appearance before the select committee of the House of Commons may come to nought as far as the ‘Big Three’ is concerned, it may be the start of something big. In terms of the British parliament’s influence on cricket in particular, and on sports in general, it may be something probably as big as the impact, not only of 50-over cricket and of 20-over cricket, but also of franchise cricket. Cricket, sports in general, and politics should not mix, not according to the ICC, FIFA, IOC, IAAF, ITF, and many international sporting bodies. In most cases, governments toe the line, especially when it comes to influencing sporting policies and selections. Control everything Following the ICC’s interim chairman Shashank Manohar’s broadsided attack on the cricket coup of 2014, cricket’s unpopular takeover by the ‘Big Three’ of India, England, and Australia is coming under increasing pressure to survive. The coup, which was planned in almost secrecy and which promised the other ICC members, among other things, but more important, better financial returns, took place after a long fight headed by South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, who resisted the takeover to the end. The first to come out against it was Manohar, an Indian. Then there was a protest to “change cricket”, organised by Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber outside The Oval on the first morning of the fifth Test between England and Australia, and then there was a film, Death of a Gentleman, named as the Documentary of the Year by the Sports Journalists’ Association in London last week, which was shown in the House of Commons on Monday evening. The fifth and probably most deadly attack on the coup came a week or two ago, and it was an attack bearing far-reaching implications for the official running of the game, and especially so at this time in the West Indies. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been asked by the British parliament, by a member, to “confirm whether it intends to put forward Giles Clarke, the ECB president, as its nominee for the forthcoming election for the ICC chairman in June, in spite of his prominent role in the ICC structural reforms of 2014 that were widely criticised in last month’s ICC board meeting in Dubai”. Other investigations While most countries go along with this quietly, some countries, like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, do not agree with it and sometimes do their own thing. The feeling is that if they control everything else in the country and pay the bill for things to do with sports, and in some cases, all things to do with sports, they should have a say in all sports. In Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, where the sports minister recently made Kumar Sangakkara a selector of the national team, the governments are involved in almost everything and yet the ICC turns a blind eye. In other countries, like the West Indies, the governments follow almost blindly. They toe the line, regardless. Things, however, may change shortly. The tide appears to be changing. With Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh doing their own thing already, with India joining the action, and with Britain seemingly set to follow, it may be, or will be, only a matter of time before it becomes the norm. The West Indies, and their many separate sovereign governments, are probably looking on longingly, hoping for that day to come, and quickly at that, especially after last week’s rejection by the board of the governments’ plan to scrap it. The present confrontation between the West Indies Cricket Board and the heads of governments may have left the governments, the representatives of the people, coming to the conclusion that they who pay the piper, they who pay the bills, especially at the request of the board, have the right to call the tune, not in cases of selection and such technical matters, but especially when it comes to good governance, or as Keith Mitchell, the prime minister of Grenada, said a few days ago, and accountability.
“I have to watch him (Lawrence) to see if he is fit, or not fit. I can’t watch him and then go talk to him live, which is very, very important. We receive Francis as a left defender as that was our problem at the Gold Cup. Kemar Lawrence was out (in the) third match, and one of the problems is we couldn’t find a second player at the same level. Shaun Francis is very good, but I have only seen him on the TV, so I will have to talk to him,” he commented. However, he believes that in order to get the result we need in Panama, everyone must bond together and fight for the country. “We have to fight together. The players need support not only from me, but from everyone. People tell me they are behind the team, and it’s very good. “But we need 100 per cent tactical discipline on the field, fighting, and luck. We need luck. You cannot win without luck, so we need a bit of luck, but you have to fight for luck,” he noted. “We watch for the best for us – which tactics can win and the players we have to go out and do it. So we can (get result) and I believe in the Jamaica team because if I don’t believe, then who will believe?” he added. Jamaica senior footballers will arrive in Panama next Tuesday for their must-win CONCACAF Group B World Cup qualifier against the hosts on Friday, September 2. The players are scheduled to arrive at various times and Schäfer believes this might limit the time he has to fine-tune preparations. However, he remains confident that they’ll get three points, to keep their World Cup dream alive, going into the final match against Haiti days later. “We arrive in Panama on 30th. It will be difficult travelling from London to Kingston to Miami to Panama. There will be seven and six hours difference, but I hope the players make our training in two days and we can have long practice and meeting with the players and work on team work and team spirit,” said Schäfer. “Not all players will come at the same time. So it will be difficult for training (on the) same day of arriving, we will only train in the gym when the players come from England or Germany. The MLS players will come later. But we are ready for this match, we have a very strong team with good spirit,” he added. Omar Holness, Shaun Francis and Corey Burke have all earned a recall after some time out of the squad. Francis impressed Schäfer and was drafted as a possible replacement for Kemar Lawrence, who is in the squad but still not fully recovered from an injury he picked up in the Gold Cup. COULDN’T FIND SECOND PLAYER
The West Indies’ second- highest Test-scoring batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, has expressed delight at being formally recognised by the Jamaica Cricket Association JCA, for his contribution to West Indies cricket. The recognition, which came via a commemorative plaque, as well as tributes from officials of the JCA, was made on Monday following the conclusion of the WICB regional four-day tournament contest between Jamaica Scorpions and Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park. The plaque, which had an image of Chanderpaul enshrined on it, as well as a citation, was presented by JCA president Wilford ‘Billy” Heaven in the presence of the players and officials of both teams. JCA Chief Executive Officer, Courtney Francis, read the citation. ”I am very, very happy about it and very thankful that the JCA has seen it fit to recognise me,” said Chanderpaul, who is second on the list of West Indies leading run-getters behind Brian Lara. ”It really feels special when it is at the back end of your career that people recognise you for the work that you have done, having played cricket in the Caribbean for over 20 years,” he declared. Chanderpaul, 42, who recently negotiated a Kolpak deal to play county cricket in England, played 164 matches for the West Indies, an outstanding average of 51.37, while scoring 11,867 runs. Lara scored 11,953 runs from 131 matches at an average of 52.88. Heaven, who said his association could not have allowed an outstanding player like Chanderpaul, who is likely to have played his final match at Sabina Park to go unrecognised, described the Guyanese as an icon. “Chanderpaul has had a fulfilling and illustrious career, not only for the West Indies, but also for Guyana and the several clubs and counties that he would have played for throughout his career,” stated Heaven. He brought to the game not only his cricketing skill and prowess, but a high level of dedication, commitment and resilience, and throughout has played with such levels of maturity and professionalism. ”These are attributes of a high order, admirable, and what all of our current young cricketers, and others, should look to aspire to.” Thankful
MADRID (AP):Barcelona and Real Madrid won their matches yesterday with the Spanish league title race now guaranteed to go to the final round.Neymar scored a hat-trick for Barcelona in a comfortable 4-1 win at Las Palmas, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored a pair of goals for Madrid in a 4-1 home victory over Sevilla.Madrid scored with an unusual goal by Nacho Fern·ndez, who sent a quickly taken free kick into the net while the Sevilla defence and goalkeeper were preparing to set up a wall.EVEN ON POINTSThe results left the rivals even on points, with Barcelona ahead on the head-to-head tiebreaker. But Madrid can retake sole possession of the lead on Wednesday when it plays at Celta Vigo in a game postponed from February.Madrid needs four points from its last two games to secure the title regardless of Barcelona’s result against Eibar at home next weekend. Madrid’s final game is at Malaga.Madrid is trying to win its first league title since 2012, while Barcelona is seeking its third straight LaLiga trophy.
Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 FILE – Like Gilas, Japan also didn’t send its best players in the Jones Cup. Fiba.comTAIPEI — It’s not only the Philippines that didn’t send its best for the Jones Cup, with the timing of the event not really friendly to two more prestigious regional contests for the remainder of the year.Asian sides priming up for the continental championship in August and the start of the World Cup Qualifying later this year, save for the host nation, have opted to send their second teams to this 10-team, nine-nation event to develop talents for the future.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Federer on verge of Wimbledon immortality 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ It’s no secret that Gilas Pilipinas left a lot of its best players back home – to the disappointment of Canada 150 coach Kyle Julius – as the country has put a premium on the World Cup Qualifying starting in November.“I’d be afraid to play your best team in the future,” Julius said after posting a 90-77 win on Saturday.“This is part of the program, the aim is continuously upgrade the pool of talent, that’s why we have the young guys here,” Gilas coach Chot Reyes said. “It’s important to have a lot of players to rely on in the national team in the future.”Chinese Taipei is using this tournament to sharpen its “A” and “B” teams – which Gilas plays successively starting Sunday – as even its second team is beefed up by an import in Kyle Barone and coached by Charles Parker.ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments Regional power Iran, the champion here in five of the last eight years, sent its ‘B’ team as the 12 players in its roster vie for two slots to the national team proper where they will get to play with the likes of Hamed Haddadi and Nikha Bahrami.Japan’s biggest star, Jojie Takeuchi, stayed home, according to Japanese media here, together with some of the team’s regulars as its 24-Under squad is thrown into the fire which will give coaching staff an idea on who can make it to the regular squad.FEATURED 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’Long-time Gilas tormentor South Korea has assembled a team made up of a couple of national team players led by Lee Jong-hyun.Coached by 1990s national team star Hur Jae, the Koreans are also tipped to contend in the Asian Championship. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Strength in numbers: Thousands of Filipinos in Lebanon rally behind Gilas Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “It kind of distracts me because I would be thinking of them,” she said. “But I guess it’s working because they serve as my motivation and I have become more well-rounded. It’s no longer just archery for me.”Paz-Cojuangco will see action in women’s compound, individual, mixed and team events.She has arrived here Monday along with 16-member Philippine archery team that will start competing Wednesday at Merdeka Square.“We are one big, solid group,” said Paz-Cojuangco of the archery contingent.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “But he’s into football. That’s where his friends are,” said the 31-year-old Paz-Cojuangco said of her eight-year-old son who is now a third-grader at La Salle Greenhills.Motherhood has changed her outlook, but according to her, it hasn’t diminished her passion for archery.FEATURED 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’“It’s very, very different compared to when I was single,” Paz-Cojuangco told the Inquirer. “Now I have to compartmentalise. It’s not just 100 percent for training because I have to spend time for my family.”Paz-Cojuangco said that as much as possible, she doesn’t bring the family to her training and competition. MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Amaya Paz-Cojuangco. INQUIRER/Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — Quadruple Southeast Asian Games archery champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco would like for her son Alfonso to follow her footsteps. But no luck so far.The double gold winner in the 2005 and 2007 SEA Games bought him a bow and arrow just in case it piques his interest some day.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We have a gruelling schedule so we need to be on our feet always,” said Aquino.Perlas plays Indonesia on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I told them that we need to defend very well so we can execute our offense well,” Aquino said of his team’s opening day win in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games here.He singled out Afril Bernardino, the towering forward, who topscored with 16 points.FEATURED 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’“She really came out to play tonight, in the Fiba-Asia she was missing but tonight she deserved being the top scorer,” added Aquino.Providing help was Janine Pontejos and Camille Sambile who had 13 and 10 points, respectively. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Neymar slams Barca bosses after PSG home debut Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Perlas Pilipinas head coach Pat Aquino. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas came away with an 88-54 rout of Singapore, but head coach Pat Aquino was still not happy about it.Aquino felt the Philippine women’s team needed to play with more discipline and hard work despite the team applying full-court pressure all throughout the game and converting baskets in the open floor.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal
Santos, Matias rule Sletba Open Senior Masters A total of 13 kids will comprise the first Milo FC Barcelona team that will take part in a global camp starting Sunday at Camp Nou, the home team of the famed football club.The final cast was culled out of a pool of 150 kids who took part in the Milo FCB Road to Barcelona Training Camp on Sept. 2 and 3. They were picked by an expert panel from Milo Philippines, Philippine Football Federation and FCBEscola Youth Academy.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Lien Dale Manuel (Vicente Lim Elementary School), Lara Angela Amante (Isabelo de los Reyes ES), Liam Arc Villaran (Don Bosco-Canlubang), Kevin H. Hadap (Diosdado P. Macapagal ES), Heaven Andrei Teodosio (Ilaya Barangka Integrated School), Lorenzo Miguel Castillo Plaza (Xavier School), Alexis Caitlin Tan (Keys School Manila), Joseph Kyne Garces (Don Bosco-Cebu), Marcus Lucas Arias (Don Bosco-Canlubang), Lorenz Albert Tortona (Xavier), Enzo Gacutan Courbet (Brent International School), Boris Malcolm Uy (Keys School Manila) and Ethan Jacob Roxas (Paref Springdale-Cebu) are the members of the PH delegation.Activities, which will run until Oct. 23, include a match-viewing at Camp Nou where they will see their FC Barcelona heroes in the flesh.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe program is also highlighted by special training sessions with Barca legend Eric Abidal.“May the journey of these kids inspire more young Filipinos to reach for their dreams,” said Milo’s Robbie De Vera during the recent team sendoff at Abe Restaurant in Bonifacio Global City. —VANESSA B. HIDALGO Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments