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first_imgNeil Etheridge. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNeil Etheridge more or less knew he was on the block as far as booking a slot in the Philippine team that will make a maiden appearance in the Asian Cup next month.Etheridge, who has 62 caps with the Azkals, understood that it would be unfair to the other squad hopefuls if he were given a slot when he can only play one game for the country owing to his obligations to English Premier League club Cardiff City.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ The players picked by Eriksson and his staff have 608 appearances for the national team between them with Phil and James Younghusband arguably the biggest names and with the most number of caps with 105 and 100, respectively.Paul Mulders is the oldest player in the side at 37 years old, while Patrick Strauss is the youngest at 22.Miguel Tanton, one of the top midfielders in the Philippines Football League, who signed with Ceres-Negros recently, was a surprise inclusion as he was not part of any of the squads in the buildup to the tournament.“I think we have formed a great group of players ready to represent the country in our biggest tournament yet,” said Azkals manager Dan Palami.The Azkals flew to Doha, Qatar, last Friday for the final stretch of their preparations that will include a friendly with Vietnam on New Year’s Eve.Among those who were also surprisingly left out of the team were defenders Amani Aguinaldo and Martin Steuble, who were both part of the squad that reached the semifinal of the AFF Suzuki Cup.Aguinaldo, however, will participate in the Azkals’ camp in Doha together with youngsters Marco Casambre and Jarvey Gayoso.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH’s Nietes shoots for historic stardom PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “It wasn’t an easy decision to make,” Etheridge told the Inquirer on opting to focus on the Premier League. “As people know, I’ve worked so hard to be playing every week in the Premier League. After a long discussion with people involved, it would be unfair for me to take a spot of another player.”Etheridge was left out of the squad because he can only commit to play for one match—against South Korea on Jan. 7—as Cardiff City is currently locked in a tight battle to stay in the top flight in England.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“It’s a fantastic competition and a competition that everyone in Philippine football have worked hard to be a part of,” said Etheridge.“And unfortunately, the Asian Cup falls in January which is a frustration for players like myself when we’re still in season. I don’t believe this will be the final time that we reach the Asian Cup and in the future when situations change, I hope to be a part of it.” With Etheridge out, Michael Falkesgaard is a lock to be the Azkals No. 1 with newcomer Kevin Ray Hansen, who plays for AC Horsens in the Danish League, as his backup.The team will have a third keeper in Ace Villanueva, one of just two homegrown players in the squad, the other being Jovin Bedic.The Azkals, though will still have a veteran team when it marches to battle in the United Arab Emirates.Phil Younghusband and Stephan Schrock will lead the Philippines as the 23-man squad announced late Thursday evening.Swedish coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has assembled a squad with an average age of 28 for the continental showpiece event, where the Azkals will be in a challenging group that includes South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img

‘I Hate Losing’: Daniil Medvedev Suffers Shock Second Round Exit at Paris Masters

first_img ATP TourDaniil MedvedevJeremy ChardyParis Masters First Published: October 30, 2019, 4:22 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Paris: Daniil Medvedev said that he “hates losing” after suffering a shock second-round defeat by French world number 65 Jeremy Chardy at the Paris Masters on Tuesday, ending his bid to reach a seventh straight final.The 23-year-old Russian took the opening set but slipped to a 6-4, 2-6, 4-6 loss at Bercy Arena. The second set ended a streak of 19 consecutive sets won by Medvedev, while the eventual loss snapped a nine-match winning run.”I wasn’t thinking at all about the streak while on court,” he said. “I was just afraid of losing. I hate to lose. But I also know what I can do when I play…”Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Even though I lost, I can take it as an experience.”Chardy, roared on by the home crowd in the French capital, saved nine break points in a dramatic deciding set.”Jeremy played very well, but it’s a shame because I had my chances,” added Medvedev, who is the only current player other than the ‘big four’ of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray to have made six consecutive ATP finals.”The difference was that he was able to take the opportunities that came his way and I wasn’t.”Medvedev’s run of finals dated back to July, during which he had claimed the Cincinnati and Shanghai Masters titles and lost an epic US Open championship match to Rafael Nadal.In New York, he was the first Russian man to reach a Grand Slam final since Marat Safin at the 2005 Australian Open and he has won four ATP tournaments in 2019 in total.Medvedev will next head to London for his maiden appearance at the ATP Tour Finals next month, where he is hoping to emulate last year’s champion and fellow youngster Alexander Zverev.”Now I have more time to prepare for the Tour Finals. It really is a dream for me to be going there.”It’s a tournament where anything can happen, Zverev showed that there last year. It’s going to be a good experience.”It is the first time that Chardy has reached the third round at Bercy, having already come through two matches of qualifying and a first-round tie with Sam Querrey.”To win against a guy like him (Medvedev) is a great feeling,” said the 32-year-old. “At the end there everything was shaking, but I had nothing to lose.”Chardy will next play a last-16 clash against either 15th seed John Isner or Chile’s Cristian Garin. last_img

US Navy to sail more in disputed areas of S.China Sea: admiral

first_imgWashington, Feb 25 (PTI) The US Navy will step up its operations in the South China Sea with “greater complexity”, a top US admiral has warned, drawing sharp rebuke from China which is building military facilities on islands in the hotly disputed area.”Well be doing them more and well be doing them with greater complexity in the future,” Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of the US Pacific Command, told American lawmakers on the growing friction in the South China Sea. “Well fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows,” Harris, who is set to visit India next week, said. He said China was building military capabilities in the South China Sea leading to escalating tension in the region.”In my opinion China is clearly militarising the South China Sea,” Harris, in a hearing on Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Youd have to believe in a flat earth to believe otherwise,” he said.”Chinas intent to militarise the South China Sea is as certain as a traffic jam in DC,” Harris said in reference to congestion on the streets of Washington.The harsh assessment from the US militarys top commander in the Pacific comes amidst a series of reports of increasing Chinese capabilities on disputed islands in the resource-rich South China Sea.In Beijing, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Wu Qian said, “I have noted that according to media reports, Adm. Harris made his remarks while seeking additional defense budget funds from Congress.””We dont interfere in your seeking defense budget funds, but you cant carelessly smear China while asking for more money,” Wu said.advertisementLast week, satellite images showed China had installed a surface-to-air missile battery on the Paracel Islands near Vietnam. And on Monday, reports surfaced that China is installing a high-tech air search radar that may be capable of detecting US stealth aircraft on one of its man-made islands in the Spratly Islands.”We must continue to operate in the South China Sea to demonstrate that that water space and the air above it is international,” Harris said.Since October, the US Navy has carried out two such freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea to emphasise saying the missions are an important way of upholding international law.The Asia Pacific region has witnessed tension after China flexed its military muscle in the South China Sea.The South China Sea is also a major shipping lane. Over half of the worlds commercial shipping passes through the area.China claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, resulting in overlapping claims with several other Asian nations like Vietnam and the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.They accuse China of illegally reclaiming land in contested areas to create artificial islands with facilities that could potentially be for military use. PTI AKJ AKJlast_img

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