Intense battles for Manning Cup second-stage spots

first_img EXCELSIOR ATOP GROUP A With the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition preliminary stage nearing completion, there are still a few things left to be settled, with a number of intense battles for the remaining spots in the second stage on the card. Sixteen teams, comprising the seven group winners and runners-up, as well as the two best third-place finishers, will qualify for the second stage, which is set to start on October 24. They will be divided into four groups consisting of four teams each, with the group winners advancing to the semi-finals. Now, it is down to the wire for the nine remaining spots, which could be decided after today’s games spread across the Corporate Area and St Catherine. Reigning champions Jamaica College are among seven teams already certain of spots in the second stage. The others are Kingston College and Denham Town High; from Group C; Holy Trinity High and Charlie Smith High from Group E; as well as Wolmer’s and Camperdown High from Group F. Haile Selassie High are looking for a win against St Catherine High in this afternoon’s game at Barbican Complex set to start at 3:30 p.m. The Geoffrey Maxwell – coached Haile Selassie is in pole position in Group D on 21 points from eight games, while St Catherine, who are under the guidance of Anthony Patrick, are currently on 17 points in third position behind Jonathan Grant High (19). That means, St Catherine will have to gain maximum points to remain in contention for an automatic spot. In Group A, Excelsior High are on top on 16 points, ahead of St George’s College (15) after Friday’s exciting 1-0 win, with Greater Portmore (13) next best. Greater Portmore must win against many-time champions St George’s College to have a chance of making the second stage. Excelsior are expected to get the better of lowly Tivoli Gardens and maintain the lead. In Group G, Bridgeport are on top on 20 points, ahead of St Jago High (16), Hydel (15), and Calabar (15) as the teams in contention. Bridgeport should continue their impressive run when they play away to Campion College. St Jago are expected to get the better of Cumberland, while it’s anyone’s guess in the Hydel-Calabar game. Today’s games Vauxhall vs Jamaica College Greater Portmore vs St George’s College Excelsior vs Tivoli Gardens Norman Manley vs Kingston College Denham Town vs Papine Ascot vs St Mary’s College Ardenne vs Meadowbrook Jonathan Grant vs Pembroke Hall Haile Selassie vs St Catherine Kingston Technical vs Wolmer’s Dunoon vs Camperdown Jose Marti vs Edith Dalton James St Jago vs Cumberland Campion College vs Bridgeport Calabar vs Hydel Clan Carthy vs Holy Trinity Waterford vs Mona (Home teams are named first and all games kick-off at 3:30 p.m.)last_img read more

Real must heed Juventus lesson to beat Bayern – Zidane

first_imgBut having suffered an almighty scare at home in the quarter-finals, when Juventus won 3-1 in Madrid after Real had beaten them 3-0 in Turin, Zidane says nothing is decided despite Real’s slender advantage.“We will have to fight in the second leg, nothing is decided, that showed in the second leg against Juventus,” said Zidane.“We will have to suffer again and face Bayern in a different way at home, because if we don’t, we could have a bad result next week,” he warned.The hosts took the lead at the sold-out Allianz Arena through Joshua Kimmich, but Marcelo equalised just before the break.Substitute Asensio hit Real’s winner after finishing a counter-attack to seal Real’s sixth straight win over Bayern in the knock-out stages of Europe.“We can be happy with the result, we had difficulties at the start of the match in imposing our game,” said Zidane.“It’s not easy to come and win here, we can do better, but we’re happy with the result.”Zidane pulled a surprise before kick-off by dropping Gareth Bale, but insisted he does not have a problem with the Welshman.“I have a lot of quality players here, he has been playing well and I know I can count on Gareth Bale the same way I do those others who also didn’t play,” said Zidane.Toni Kroos was unimpressed with Real’s performance at his former club.– Wasted chances –Golden strike: Marcelo celebrates scoring © AFP / Odd ANDERSEN“It was an average performance from us in the end, we had a lot of work to do, a lot of running,” said Madrid’s Germany midfielder.“The result is good, nothing more than that.“Bayern were probably a bit better than us, but we took our chances well.”Bayern captain Thomas Mueller admits the result does them no favours.To compound Bayern’s woes, they could have lost both Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng for the return.Both suffered leg injuries in the opening half an hour and will be examined on Thursday.“Madrid is Madrid, we saw their how coolly they took their chances,” said Mueller.“We need another mentality in front of goal, which could have been very different in my opinion.”Mueller says last year’s 2-1 second-leg win over 90 minutes at Madrid in the quarter-finals — before Bayern eventually lost 6-3 on aggregate after extra-time — gives them hope.“We won’t give up, we won there last year, but we need a different mentality and a killer instinct,” he said.Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes was not happy to see his team throw away the lead and waste a string of chances.“It was a curious game, we had a lot of chances we didn’t use, so it’s no wonder we lost,” fumed Heynckes“I’m not accusing anyone, but our defence was poor for the goals they scored — we gave them away.“What team has so many chances against Real and doesn’t use them?“We have nothing to lose in Madrid and go there with a free spirit.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Warning: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane wants no repeat of Juventus drama © AFP / GUENTER SCHIFFMANNMUNICH, Germany, Apr 26 – Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid must heed the lessons from their Juventus scare in order to finish off Bayern Munich in next Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final, return leg.Real took a step closer to a third straight European title after Marco Asensio hit the winner in a 2-1 first-leg come-back victory in Munich on Wednesday.last_img read more

THQ Nordics classics coming to cloud streaming platforms

first_img$52.12 TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago US$52.12 Buy $52.12 center_img THQ Nordic is preparing for the industry’s transition towards cloud streaming, and plans to bring its huge arsenal of games to subscription platforms.   One of the biggest worries about new cloud game streaming platforms like Google Stadia is content (well that and latency of course). Any service lives or dies by the content it offers, and Stadia will especially have to rely on third-party games to thrive. Luckily THQ Nordic has signed deals to offer its vast library of IPs, classics, and new releases on new streaming subscription services. “We are operating in a dynamic market with increasing competition between new and established digital distribution platforms, which will benefit content producers, including THQ Nordic Group,”company CEO Lars Wingefors said in a recent financial briefing.  “Since the beginning of 2019, the Group has signed multiple deals with notable value, relating to our content on digital subscription, streaming and download services on various platforms. As we look ahead over the coming years, these deals will help us create compelling content for our players while also reducing financial risk to the company. Revenue recognition will not begin until the games are released.”  We could see THQ Nordic unleash its fusillade of IPs onto streaming platforms like PlayStation Now, Microsoft’s new Project xCloud service, and of course Google Stadia. The latter is the most compelling and could change gaming forever when it launches, but as I said above it’ll rely strongly on games it doesn’t actually own to make a profit. Google doesn’t have Microsoft’s and Sony’s collective game dev might to back it up, so Stadia will need to license big-name AAA games alongside smaller classics and re-releases to fill out its games offering. THQ Nordic isn’t the only one that’s preparing for the new streaming revolution. Other publishers and third-party games-makers are likely signing similar deals to offer their games on streaming services. $55.15 Darksiders III – PClast_img read more