Japan rejoices in having first tennis grand slam champion

first_imgEmployees of Nissin Food Products Co., celebrate after the victory of Japan’s Naomi Osaka, as they watch the live broadcast of the U.S. Open tennis women’s final between Serena Williams of the U.S. and Osaka, at the headquarters of the food company, a sponsor of Osaka, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Japanese tennis and non-tennis fans alike are celebrating one of their own winning a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. (Yuki Sato/Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — Japanese tennis and non-tennis fans alike are celebrating one of their own winning a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.The results came in early Sunday morning Japan time, and television stations interrupted TV dramas and cooking programs with news flashes after Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the women’s final at the U.S. Open in New York.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Osaka — born in Osaka to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father and has lived in Florida since aged three — has been winning hearts in Japan with her antics both on and off the court, with her post-match interviews always fun to watch, as she does her best to answer questions in both English and her less-than-perfect, but loved by the masses, Japanese.Barry Louie, who lives in Japan and is a friend of Osaka’s father, said her father was working as an English teacher when he met her mother.“We used to play basketball together at Kobe University and in Osaka so I feel a close connection,” he said. “Max is so family-oriented. … Just as Naomi said after the match, he can’t bear to watch Naomi’s matches. He gets too emotional.”Canadian fan Vince Degiorgio , who lives in Ontario with his Japanese wife, said that Osaka’s win “will be an inspiration to not only Japanese female tennis players, but all kids of mixed race people in Japan who strive to show pride in their heritage.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “She just let her playing do the talking,” said Tokyo resident Noritomo Kusumoto. “And her words after the match deserve a big warm applause under the unexpected circumstances. True champion and proud of her!”Minori Nakano, a teacher and translator from the city of Kobe in western Japan, praised 20-year-old Osaka’s after-match comments in English as “so cool and yet so Japanese”. Osaka apologized to the crowd for beating the local favorite and thanked Williams for being an inspiration.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I don’t watch tennis, but I have been this week, and will be watching Naomi from now on,” she said.Fellow Japanese player Kei Nishikori, who’s bid to become Japan’s first male grand slam champion was ended by Novak Djokovic in the men’s semifinals on Friday, tweeted “#proud” soon after Osaka’s victory along with a series of thumbs up and trophy emoji’s in a separate tweet. Tyron Woodley defends UFC welterweight title, hands Darren Till 1st loss Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READlast_img read more

Ex-FDA Executives at Risk of being Rearrested

first_imgJudge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court ‘C’ will shortly decide whether to  deny or sustain a US$1.2million bail bond relied on to release from prison, three senior staffs, including former managing director of the Forestry Development Authorities (FDA), Moses Wogbeh.If he denies the bond, he will order the defendants rearrested and remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison, where they will be awaiting their case.Judge Dixon, on Thursday, March 27, did not announce any scheduled date for his decision.Instead, he went on to say, “ruling in the matter will only be scheduled through a notice of assignment.”His action comes after both prosecution and defense team rested final argument over “insufficiency” of the bond.The men were charged with economic sabotage, criminal facilitation, forgery and obstruction of government functions for allegedly issuing 56 private use permits (licensed) to several logging companies amounting to US$6million.Fortunately, they were temporarily released from the Monrovia Central Prison, after Medicare Insurance Company tendered US$1.2million bail- bond to assure their day-to-day appearance while the trial is pending.However, prosecution disagreed with the US$1.2million bail-bond relied on by the company to release the defendants, arguing it does not correspond with the US$6million crime charged.In counter argument on Thursday, a member of the defense team, Atty. Arthur T. Johnson explained that prosecution’s request was unconstitutional and Prosecution was interested only in keeping the accused in prison.Arguing that: “accused persons shall be entitled to a bail-bond and sufficient surety, the Defense pointed out that ‘an excessive bond shall not be used as punishment against an accused person.’”“This is what prosecution is doing: they are using an excessive bond to punish the defendants. They are only interesting in keeping them in prison,” Atty. Johnson insisted.He wondered aloud: “How did they arrive at US$6million? What yard- stick do they use?  What evidence lies in their possession to establish that the defendants did issued the 56 pup? Is it the result of a General Auditing Report?”These concerned he did not answer.“Instead,” Atty. Johnson maintained “bail is a matter of right, but increasing the bond is unconstitutional and should not be considered by the court.”According to him, criminal history of committing offenses and bail-jumping (escaping while under bond) should be the basis upon which a person’s bond may be denied.“In this case the defendants are people without any criminal records and they should remain under the bond pending the disposure of the matter.”Prosecution, on the other hands, concurred with defense team, admitting “under the law an accused person is entitled to bail.”“In the instance case, the US$1.2 million bond secured by Medicare is not sufficient,” adding “the company failed to produce evidence to establish that it possesses the asset or cash to cover the US$6million bond.”In addition, “the company posted about 137 bonds including the US$6million bail bond in almost all of the courts in the country. It also admitted that they do not have the property value of US$6million.“If they can’t provide the US$6million in cash or its equivalent in property value to cover the crime charged, then the bond should be set aside and the defendants remanded to the Monrovia Central Prison until they can make the bond sufficient.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Public Works Launches US$5.6M CIDP

first_imgThe newly appointed Public Works Minister, William Gyude Moore, has officially launched the first phase of the Community Infrastructure Development Project (CIDP), which runs from ELWA junction to Roberts International Airport (RIA).According to the Public Works Minister, the CIDP project worth US$5.6 million will last for a period of three years, with commitments to guarantee that the Liberian people get the best of the deal.Making the disclosure over the weekend at his Lynch Street office, Mr. Moore said the Ministry was committed to building roads and laying out alleys that would help provide increased access to various communities and homes throughout the country.He further explained that the Ministry would be aggressive during this dry season in meeting up with some its plans, including opening of alleys and corridors within communities along the road, installations of sidewalks and the planting of curves.He said the government,  under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is committed to ensuring that the route to RIA is properly zoned, well expanded and improved, thus giving it the befitting appearance its deserves as the link to the country’s leading international airport. Minister Moore further disclosed that the grant for the project is being funded from the Japanese Rice Monetization Program known as the Counterpart Value Fund (CVF) and will support the government of Liberia to begin proper layout of communities along the ELWA to RIA corridor.“We want to be aggressive and move as fast as possible in the construction of roads and laying out of alleys for the smooth connections of residences. We intend to be visible and extend access to roads, especially during the rainy season.”According to him, in Monrovia and  all over Paynesville, people build anywhere they decide to build, which seriously inhibits proper layout of our cities and access to communities and homes.“Before we came, the Ministry had already identified 42 alleys and some of them are laid out and we will verify them and work to ensure that they are properly laid out.”The Minister disclosed that the Paynesville Corporation, the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and the Liberia National Police (LNP) have already been invited to form a working group to help handle these works.At the Cabinet level, Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has promised to work with him to ensure that the plan to enforce the construction of good roads and the laying out of alleys is realized, said Mr. Moore.Minister Ngafuan said he was glad to participate in the official launching of the CIDP which is intended to bring “delight to the people of Liberia.” “To be at Public Works, you must have the passion to work harder and be someone that can deliver for the people,” said Mr. Ngafuan, who is Dean of the Cabinet.He expressed the belief that the newly appointed Minister will perform with the necessary energy, enthusiasm and strategic vision as well as with the passion of doing the Liberian people’s job.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Book details estates of times past

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“Pasadena dominated as the prestige presidential area up to 1915, 1920, then it shifts to the westside,” Watters said. Only five local houses, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s “La Miniatura,” make Watters’ Volume Two, 1920-1935. Earlier, he said, westsiders “would come to Pasadena and see where the good houses were and hire the architect. It was a model residential area.” Not all old houses are created equal, Watters said, although he compared Pasadena’s preservation ethic favorably with that on the west side of Los Angeles. But not everything survived. The 1892 Thaddeus Lowe House on Orange Grove Boulevard – described by Bob Winter, Pasadena’s leading architectural historian, as “so hideous it should have been preserved” – was torn down long ago. Others, like the first Orange Grove mansion built by Adalbert and Eva Scott Fenyes in flamboyant Moorish style, burned down. (The couple’s second effort, The Fenyes Mansion, is now the Pasadena Historical Museum.) Gardens and landscapes, like the extravagant 40-acre Busch Gardens in the Lower Arroyo Seco, have long since been built over. But some houses – including the Villa Merritt-Ollivier House on the former Ambassador College campus, Henry Huntington’s temple of luxury in San Marino and the Andrew McNally House in Altadena – look remarkably the same today. Watters said he found numerous records of gilded, money-no-object estates in some “unusual places,” including attics and scrapbooks, although much local information came from Pasadena Museum of History archives. “Often I’d find photographs of a property, and say `What is this?’ with no idea what I was looking at,” Watters said. “Then you’d find a house with working photos from the architect and later realize they pieced together.” The buildings’ histories document the area’s cultural development and changing tastes, Watters said. “It shows how inventive architects were here … they were inventing a new kind of house,” Watters said, as he stood outside the Craven Estate on Madeline Avenue. “Some really interesting things were going on before 1920.” janette.williams@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – You won’t find Pasadena’s iconic Gamble or Blacker houses in Sam Watters’ hefty, two-volume “Houses of Los Angeles 1885-1935.” “There are 27 books in Vroman’s that take care of that,” said Watters, author of several books on gardens, who teaches at USC’s School of Architecture. What he has done in six years of research is assemble 700 or so photographs of exuberant 19th and early 20th century houses, their lavish interiors and gardens, some famous and many forgotten. All are accompanied by scholarly, often amusing, domestic and historical detail, with 22 of the 75 houses listed coming from Pasadena, Altadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia and La Ca ada Flintridge. last_img

Arcata boys basketball holds off Red Bluff to advance to AIBT championship game

first_imgThe Arcata boys basketball team needed every bit of the 15-point third-quarter lead it had built up, as the Tigers had to hold off … By Danny Penzadpenza@times-standard @penzatopaper on TwitterARCATA >> As much as the Tigers were able to hit cruise control down the stretch in their tournament opener on Thursday night, it was a much different kind of scenario just a little over 24 hours later.Despite the route they took was much different, the end result proved to be just the same.last_img read more

Oldest Language in India Only 4,500 Years Old

first_imgIf modern humans left Africa 185,000 years ago or more, why does the oldest language in India date back less than 3% of that time?How old is the oldest human language? It’s tough to say. Using linguistic analysis and statistics, scientists from the Max Planck Institute have estimated the date of the Dravidian family of languages on the southern parts of India at 4,500 years old. Phys.org reports that Dravidians were present a thousand years before Indo-Aryans arrived in India. 80 derived dialects of the ancient language family are still spoken today by some 220 million people.“The study of the Dravidian languages is crucial for understanding prehistory in Eurasia, as they played a significant role in influencing other language groups,” explains corresponding author Annemarie Verkerk of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Neither the geographical origin of the Dravidian language nor its exact dispersal through time is known with certainty. The consensus of the research community is that the Dravidians are natives of the Indian subcontinent and were present prior to the arrival of the Indo-Aryans (Indo-European speakers) in India around 3,500 years ago. It is likely that the Dravidian languages were much more widespread to the west in the past than they are today.The estimate appears to be on the high side, pushing back the language earlier than previously thought, but not more than 4,500 years in total.The researchers used advanced statistical methods to infer the age and subgrouping of the Dravidian language family at about 4,000-4,500 years old. This estimate, while in line with suggestions from previous linguistic studies, is a more robust result because it was found consistently in the majority of the different statistical models of evolution tested in this study. This age also matches well with inferences from archaeology, which have previously placed the diversification of Dravidian into North, Central, and South branches at exactly this age, coinciding with the beginnings of cultural developments evident in the archaeological record.The paper, published in Royal Society Open Science, cannot rule out 6,000-6,500 years, but concludes that the best-supported date is still 4,500 years ago for the root of the Dravidian language tree. This new date is younger than earlier estimates of 6,000 years or even 13,000 years. In any case, the start date for this language family is far, far younger than evolutionary estimates of the time modern humans have existed in Asia.Coming at this date from another direction, the BBC News had said in January that our species (Homo sapiens) left Africa earlier than thought. Pallab Ghosh wrote,New dating of fossils from Israel indicates that our species (Homo sapiens) lived outside Africa around 185,000 years ago, some 80,000 years earlier than the previous evidence…“We have to rewrite the whole story of human evolution, not just for our own species but all the other species that lived outside of Africa at the time,” the researcher, from Tel Aviv University, explained.Prof Chris Stringer of London’s Natural History Museum, who was not involved in the study, said: “The find breaks the long-established 130,000-year-old limit on modern humans outside of Africa….”The researchers, in fact, believe that even older fossils of modern humans may yet be found in Asia. The article continues pushing dates for human migration back to 250,000 Darwin Years, and possibly more. Ghosh reminds readers of the modern human fossils found in Morocco dating to 315,000 Darwin Years. Ghosh ends,This is much earlier than the generally accepted 200,000-year date for the origin of our species, which is based on genetic studies and fossil finds such as the 195,000-year-old Omo remains from Ethiopia. And it’s possible that future discoveries might push the date back even further.Obviously, one cannot tell from bones what language was spoken by these people. And yet if they were anatomically identical to us, with brains of equal size (sometimes larger on average, as with Neanderthals), it would seem ridiculous to suppose they did not use language, especially when they had the intelligence to migrate across continents.The dates create extreme tension for the evolutionary web of belief. On the one hand, they wish to think that our equals ‘evolved’ over 300,000 years ago, and soon after that migrated into Europe and Asia. Also, when they got there, they had no trouble interbreeding with the Neanderthals. But then, at the other extreme, one of the oldest language groups dates back no more than 4,500 years ago. What did people like us do for 295,000 years? What did they say to one another? Why didn’t they build permanent cities? Did they really live in caves all that time? Why is the first civilization so late in arriving?The tension is forced by evolutionary dating requirements. Darwin needs about 6 million years to get from chimp to champ. All the dates in between are up for grabs, and keep getting shuffled around, as we have reported now for 18 years. Every new find produces the predictable worry, “We have to rewrite the whole story of human evolution.” Why not write out the evolution part? Why not write out the long ages? One would think a theory that fails repeatedly for decades should be first to go.Bible believers are not surprised at the age of the Dravidian language family. It fits very close with estimates of the time of dispersion at the Tower of Babel. Doesn’t it make sense that soon after Babel, those who could understand each other spread out in all directions in tribal groups? Of course it does. That’s what sensible people do. And that’s what the Bible says happened next (Genesis 9-11; the next chapter 12 connects seamlessly with extra-Biblical historical evidence). Clearly, some moved from Babel into the Indian subcontinent, where they found suitable habitat and began multiplying in that region, using their common language. Others moved further east into China, and so for all points on the compass.Language “evolves” by intelligent design, not by natural selection. Once endowed with a common language, people can decide what they want certain words to mean, and what grammatical rules they want to modify for convenience, or to fit new situations. By habit, separate groups will develop dialects, which will diverge further over time. That’s what happened in American English in just a few centuries. Today’s various Dravidian languages and dialects continue to point back to that original grouping that settled in the area long ago after Babel.This implies, of course, that the evolutionary dates of 185,000 years, 250,000 years, 315,000 years, and all the rest of the moyboy mumblings are pure fiction. They never existed. Human history dates back just a few thousand years. Our Creator told us what happened. The evidence fits.(Visited 1,250 times, 2 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

10 months agoAston Villa raiding Wolves for Kortney Hause

first_imgAston Villa raiding Wolves for Kortney Hauseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa are raiding neighbours Wolves for a new defensive signing.The Mirror says Wolves defender Kortney Hause is heading for Aston Villa.Hause only signed a new deal last season but is surplus to requirements at Molineux.The defender is set to undergo a medical with the Championship side. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

‘Bellamy knows nothing about being a coach’

first_imgAnderlecht Under-21s boss Craig Bellamy is “nothing” as a coach, according to former coach Aad de Mos, who launched a scathing critique of the Welshman’s skillset.The 40-year-old was brought to the Belgian club to lead their youth side by former Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany following the latter’s appointment as player-manager.Bellamy, who previously led other junior set-ups at Cardiff City, was once considered for the managerial job at both Wales and Oxford United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? His style and approach, however, has not yet delivered results ahead of the reserve season getting underway, with defeats to Dender and West Ham in friendlies sending warning signs to accompany Kompany’s own tough start as first team manager.Now, De Mos, who found famed success in charge of Ajax during the early eighties before coaching Anderlecht between 1989 and 1992, has blasted the former Liverpool star’s methods.“I saw Bellamy at work at the Ottencup in Eindhoven,” the 72-year-old told La Derniere Heure. “He knows nothing about it. I have never seen such bad coaching in the last five years at Anderlecht’s youth side.“There was no structure in the game. After ten minutes I already understood that he really is nothing as a trainer.”De Mos led Anderlecht to the 1990 European Cup Winners’ Cup final, where they lost to Sampdoria.The club has won none of its first four Belgian Pro League games under Kompany this season, drawing two and losing two, leaving them eight points adrift of leaders Club Brugge.They failed to qualify for Europe last season, too, leaving them seeking a return to form in 2019-20 that is yet to materialise.Bellamy played for nine clubs throughout a busy career that saw him lift the League Cup during a second spell with Liverpool in 2011-12 against former side Cardiff, who he then returned to for another stint before hanging up his boots.He was capped 78 times for Wales and was a member of Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic football team, with whom he made five appearances and scored one goal.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Is Extremely High On This Program’s Future

first_imgespn's kirk herbstreit catches a pass on the field. He recently discussed the upcoming Alabama vs. LSU game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)It hasn’t always been the best first season for Scott Frost leading Nebraska football, but Husker fans should be extremely encouraged by the last few weeks.After an 0-6 start, the Huskers have won four of five games, with the sole loss coming by just five points at No. 10 Ohio State.This week, Frost said that his team is “dangerous,” and can play with anyone in the Big Ten. The Huskers continue to prove him right.Nebraska has done well to adjust to Frost’s modern offense, but on Saturday, it won a classic Big Ten slugfest. Nebraska knocked off Michigan State 9-6, behind three field goals by freshman kicker Barret Pickering.Kirk Herbstreit has been complimentary of Nebraska football over the last few weeks, and it continued today.He tweeted about the Huskers this afternoon.Congrats @HuskerFBNation on a big win!! This team has a BRIGHT future with Scott Frost teaching them a winning culture. Great win!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 17, 2018Nebraska has a chance to finish up on extremely high note on Friday.The Huskers travel to Big Ten West rival Iowa on the day after the Thanksgiving. The Hawkeyes got off the schneid in a big way Saturday, drubbing lowly Illinois 63-0 to break a three game losing streak.That could be a pretty fun one for everyone enjoying leftovers next week.last_img read more

I-League: East Bengal keep title hopes alive with 1-0 win over Minerva Punjab

first_imgI-League: East Bengal keep title hopes alive with 1-0 win over Minerva PunjabEnrique Esqueda scored the winning goal for East Bengal in the 75th minute against Minerva Punjab at the Tau Devi Lal Stadiumadvertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 23:09 IST East Bengal FC will need to win their final match against Gokulam Kerala FC in Kozhikhode on Saturday (@minervapunjabfc Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSEast Bengal’s win on Sunday meant the I-League title will be decided on the final matchday of the leagueWith 39 points from 19 matches, East Bengal are just one point behind leaders Chennai City FCBoth the title-deciding matches will be played at the same time at 5pm on SaturdayEast Bengal on Sunday beat Minerva Punjab FC by a solitary goal in their penultimate round match to remain in the title hunt and take the battle for I-League crown down the wire.Enrique Esqueda scored the winning goal for East Bengal in the 75th minute at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium here.East Bengal’s win on Sunday meant that the I-League title will be decided on the final match day on Saturday.With 39 points from 19 matches, East Bengal are just one point behind leaders Chennai City FC (40 points from 19 matches).The Kolkata giants will need to win their final match against Gokulam Kerala FC in Kozhikhode on Saturday and hope that Chennai City FC either draw or lose against Minerva in Coimbatore on the same day if they want to lift the trophy for the first time.Full Time.MPFC 0 : 1 QEBFCA game well played by Quess East Bengal against Minerva Punjab who put up a good challenge.#LoveEastBengal #EastBengalFC #QuessEastBengalFC pic.twitter.com/kh9qRrFutTQuess East Bengal FC (@eastbengalfc) March 3, 2019For Chennai City FC, a win against Minerva at home ground on Saturday will be enough to clinch their maiden I-League crown.Both the title-deciding matches will be played at the same time at 5pm on Saturday.Holders Minerva, who were out of reckoning for the title long time back, started the game on an attacking note and enjoyed a good spell of possession in the first few minutes, but East Bengal did not allow the hosts an inch in midfield. The game was mostly played in the middle of the park in the first quarter.advertisementEast Bengal, with their urgency for a win, did try pressing high but full marks to the organised defence of Minerva, which ensured that the visitors do not get an opportunity to draw first blood.Esqueda, Santos and Ralte combined well to come close to scoring twice, but some great keeping by Minerva’s Arshdeep and the woodwork played a critical role in ensuring that the first 45 minutes of the game remained goalless.The second half began with East Bengal taking the initiative to go into the lead, but they could not breach the Minerva defence on most occasions.Minerva, on the other hand, kept attacking in short bursts through the combination of Juan Quero and Sreyas VG, but failed to find an opportunity to take the lead.East Bengal came really close to scoring on a couple of occasions but some exceptional goalkeeping by Minerva’s Arashdeep ensured that the visitors did not get the elusive goal.Minerva, who were playing a very organised game, somehow gave way to the visitors, when a wrong clearance saw Enrique Esqueda make no mistake in grabbing the opportunity and find the back of the net in the 75th minute.After the goal, both the teams played on an attacking note, with Minerva aiming for an equaliser, while East Bengal hoping for a double lead but nothing came out in the final 15 minutes.GOKULAM GET 1ST WIN IN 12 GAMESGokulam Kerala FC, winless in 12 games and over three and a half months, carved out an odd goal in the victory over Manipuri side Neroca FC at the EMS Corporation stadium in Kozhikode on Sunday.Second half goals from Ghanaian Daniel Addo and Trinidadian Marcus Joseph secured three points for the home side after Nigerian Felix Chidi had scored his seventh of the 12th Hero I-League, to give Neroca a lead in the first half.The win takes the Gokulam side to the ninth place on the points table. They are just above Minerva Punjab FC, thanks to a better head-to-head record.More importantly, this steers them clear of the relegation zone, as bottom-placed Shillong Lajong can now only equal the Kozhikode-based side if they win their last two games. However, Gokulam have a better head-to-head record with Lajong, and thus cannot mathematically finish in the drop zone.Neroca were using the right wing very effectively and the goal eventually came from there when Malem latched on to a ball on the channel and made a run towards the box. Looking up, he spotted a run from Japanese winger Katsumi Yusa inside the box and delivered a perfect cross.The Japanese failed to connect but Felix Chidi stabbed home for an easy finish. It was the Nigerian’s seventh goal of the campaign.From that point on, Gokulam were stirred into action with Marcus Joseph being the catalyst.He first attempted a snapshot on target in the 28th minute but it brought about a good save from Lalit Thapa in the Neroca goal.advertisementAnother one from Marcus two minutes later was even better and more powerful, bringing about an even better reaction save from Thapa. He then lined up a third shot in the 33rd, a powerful strike this time from outside the box, but Thapa was up to it again.Gokulam got the equaliser as soon as the second begun. Marcus passed seemingly harmlessly to Daniel Addo in the centre of midfield well inside the Neroca half. The former U-20 FIFA World Cup winning Ghanian, trapped, took a touch forward and then looking up to spot the opportunity, unleashed a well-placed powerful right-footed strike to beat Thapa.Bhutanese winger Chencho had a chance to get Neroca back ahead a few minutes later, after Malem had set him up inside the box but Arnab Das Sharma in the Gokulam goal came up with a save this time.A minute later, Emmanuel rounded keeper Thapa, but missed the target from inside the box wide on the left.However, Gokulam were not to be denied as in the 82nd minute, Daneil Addo with the assist found Marcus with a lovely ball from his own half.The Trinidadian broke away, and with the ball on his favourite left-foot in a one-on-one with Thapa, placed it in the Neroca net over the keeper’s left shoulder.Also Read | Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne set for spell out with hamstring problemAlso Read | David Beckham salutes LA Galaxy and Los Angeles as statue unveiledAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow I-League 2018-19Follow East Bengal vs Minerva PunjabFollow Indian football newsFollow I-League points tablelast_img read more