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Johnson still 2 options for chance at 8th NASCAR Cup title

first_imgCarpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “I do feel good about getting in,” Johnson said.Johnson is a seven-time winner at Texas, where the Cup Series races Sunday. He won there in April in the first race after the 1 1/2-mile track was completely repaved and restructured in Turns 1 and 2. And in the current driver standings, he is only three points out of the top four spots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAs for Chase Elliott, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate is probably in a must-win situation after being oh-so-close to being locked into a title shot at Homestead.Elliott arrived in Texas eighth among the eight championship contenders, and 26 points out of the top four, after being wrecked by Denny Hamlin when leading two laps shy of the scheduled checkered flag at Martinsville last weekend. His first Cup victory would have locked him into a championship chance, and a top-five finish could have been a points boost. He instead finished 27th. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hamilin, who is seventh in points, qualified second after going 200.617 mph. Kevin Harvick, now holding down the fourth spot, starts third. Points leader Truex starts seventh, two spots behind Kyle Busch.“Definitely confidence is high. Feel good about it. Mile and a half is — obviously they’ve been good for us this year, but honestly, I feel like everywhere we go this year, right now especially, we can run up front and have a shot at winning,” Truex said. “Being able to come here with a pretty nice points cushion feels good, and hopefully we’ll be able to go out here and take care of business.”Brad Keselowski, the other driver currently in the top four spots, starts 10th. That is a spot lower than Johnson, who has gone 20 races without a win.“Comfortable here, we’ve stayed alive. It hasn’t been pretty, but we’ve stayed alive,” Johnson said. “And we’re at one of our best tracks. … We want to win. If we can’t do that, we understand where we are at the points. Hopefully we can do it.”Hamlin has apologized publicly on social media to Elliott, but that didn’t change the frustration for Elliott, who said in Texas that he wouldn’t answer any questions about whether he was going to try to get Hamlin back on the track.That led to Johnson being asked if he had to be extra careful if he found himself behind Hamlin and his teammate Sunday.“Yeah, you stay aware. There is no doubt about it you don’t want to be caught up in something that you don’t need to be,” Johnson said. “But, we will just see how that evolves. Last weekend was crazy on a lot of levels.”There is certainly a lot more room, and a whole lot more speed, at the high-banked oval in Texas. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Alcacer shines in Messi’s 600th game for Barcelona Jimmie Johnson, left, talks to a crew member in the garage during a practice session for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. APFORT WORTH, Texas — Jimmie Johnson still has two very conceivable options for a chance to race for his record-breaking eighth NASCAR Cup Series championship.Win one of the next two races, or just be in the top four in points after that, and Johnson will get one of the four championship-contending spots in two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “As long as the week has gone along, it has given me a lot of time to think about how close we were to going to Homestead,” Elliott said. “I think if anything else that will drive you up the wall more if you think about it.”Making things even more difficult and frustrating for Elliott in Texas, the No. 24 didn’t make it through tech inspection in time to make a qualifying run Friday. He will start 34th while all the other seven championship contenders qualified in the top 10.Martinsville winner Kyle Busch, who held off points leader Martin Truex Jr. in the race that needed five extra laps, is the only driver who has clinched one of the four championship-contending spots in the season finale.Kurt Busch, out of championship contention and with his Cup status for next season still unsettled, is on the pole at Texas after being one of five drivers with qualifying laps of more than 200 mph . He is now with Stewart-Haas Racing, though doesn’t have a deal settled for 2018 with that or any other team.“No updates for me. We are in negotiations,” Busch said, without elaborating after qualifying. “Days like today help quite a bit.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Russell, Harris lead Brooklyn Nets past winless Cleveland Cavaliers

first_imgThe Nets broke a 10-game losing streak in Cleveland and won for the first time at Quicken Loans Arena since April 3, 2013.TIP-INSNets: F Rodions Kurucs (sprained left ankle) was unavailable and will not play Friday at New Orleans. Coach Kenny Atkinson said his status will be updated this weekend. . F Treveon Graham (strained left hamstring) and F DeMarre Carroll (right ankle surgery) remain out.Cavaliers: Veterans Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith came off the bench in the first quarter after not playing Sunday. Korver had two points in 19 minutes while Smith scored seven points in 18 minutes… Cleveland was 6 of 26 from the field in the first quarter. … Love had 10 points in the first half, the only Cleveland player to reach double figures in the first two quarters.UP NEXTNets: Visit New Orleans on Friday.Cavaliers: Visit Detroit on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Nets maintained a lead over 20 points for most of the fourth quarter, causing many in the crowd at Quicken Loans to head for the exits.Dudley scored 12 points for Brooklyn while Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert and Ed Davis had 10 apiece.Kevin Love, Jordan Clarkson and rookie Collin Sexton each scored 14 points for Cleveland.Cleveland will face a difficult task Thursday with a road game against Detroit and Blake Griffin, who scored 50 points in an overtime win over Philadelphia on Tuesday.Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and guard Shabazz Napier made their season debuts. Jefferson, out with a hip injury and the birth of his first child, scored seven points in 17 minutes. Napier, sidelined with a strained right hamstring, scored eight points in 11 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Markieff Morris fined $15,000 for tugging on Seth Curry’s shorts Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers’ George Hill (3) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points, Joe Harris added 16 and the Brooklyn Nets beat Cleveland 102-86 on Wednesday night, keeping the Cavaliers winless this season.Brooklyn outscored Cleveland 38-17 in the third quarter, forcing Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue to use four timeouts in the period. The Nets placed six players in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Cleveland is off to a rocky start as it tries to move on without LeBron James. The Cavaliers lost their first two games on the road to Toronto and Minnesota. Cleveland was coming off a 133-111 loss in its home opener to Atlanta on Sunday.The Cavaliers are 0-4 for the first time since losing their first five games in 2003-04 when James was a rookie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe first half had 11 lead changes and the teams were tied at 45 going to halftime before the Nets took over. Brooklyn hit 16 of 22 from the field in the third quarter to pull away.Harris made a 3-pointer that put the Nets up 50-47 and Brooklyn never trailed again. Jared Dudley’s second 3-pointer of the run pushed the lead to 68-50 with 6:12 remaining in the quarter. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Top performers at NGSA rewarded

first_imgChildren of Albion Sugar Estate employees, who performed exceptionally at the recent National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA), on Thursday received bursaries in the tune of $960,000.The awards were presented to 24 students at the Estate’s Training Centre. The bursary awardees were each given the sum of $6000, and are entitled to an additional $1000 each year for the next five years. This is, however, dependent on their “satisfactory attendance and performance” in school.The recipients of the bursariesBoth the parents and awardees expressed thanks to the Estate for the monetary rewards. The bursary awardees were: Chitra Ramdial, Sangeeta Jaundoo, Alisyah Mahadeo, Meera Mahabir, Shivnane Mahadeo, Maira Chinapen, Niall Phagoo, Jason Welaidum, Netram Ramnauth, Mahesh Ramnarine, Anna Balraj, Pravena Pancham, Tansanya Hooper, Safrana Yunas, Dinesh Ishmael, Shania Ramkishun, Ziyad Birbal, Malachi Chung, Sahana Lallman, Nyesha Graham, Leon Sarju, Feisha Chintyomby, Gavin Seepersaud and Amrita Dhaniram.last_img read more

Makeovers help transformation

first_imgThe Dream Center residents had no idea where they were going when they boarded the bus from downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena Monday afternoon. Some assumed it would be community service, or maybe therapy sessions. But Kristin Hoedge, 20, had other ideas. “Of course, we are all women, so our imaginations got the best of us,” she said. “I was praying it would be something like this.” The 30 women living in the center program came from all walks of life, but most were homeless, many were drug addicts and some were former prostitutes, said spokeswoman Ida Somero. But domestic violence was one common thread throughout most of their lives. Ponce said she began running away at 13 to escape a stepfather who beat her, only to find abuse elsewhere. When she was 20, Ponce said she was locked in the apartment of a new boyfriend, who beat her mercilessly for days. After a particularly brutal attack and attempted rape, Ponce decided jumping out the window was her only escape. She landed a story below on his workout equipment. Knocked unconscious, she said she woke up in an ambulance. “I said this is no way to live; it was just hopeless,” she said. In one year, Ponce said she has gotten off the drugs, found God and developed a new attitude. She’s now studying for her high school equivalency degree on her way to becoming a police officer. While something as simple as a new haircut and makeup might seem trivial after overcoming a life of drugs and abuse, it’s not, she said. “It means so much to look on the outside how you feel on the inside,” she said. “It changes your whole self esteem.” Many of the women in the program have children who they will visit with on Sunday – Mother’s Day – for the first time in months. Former meth addict Maribel Dominguez sat in the salon chair with strips of foil wrapped atop her head. A beautician was kneeling in front of her, massaging her arms and hands to prep the 22-year-old for a full manicure and pedicure. She said she hopes her mother will bring her two children to the center on Sunday, but she isn’t sure. The separation has been hard on the kids, and Dominguez is writing them a letter to explain why she hasn’t come home. “They say `Mommy, Mommy, why aren’t you coming home, don’t you miss us?”‘ While it tears her apart, Dominguez said she knows her actions will benefit her children in the long run. If they do visit on Sunday, it will be nice for them to see her all glammed up with polished makeup and a new hairdo. “It will be a great day for us,” she said. “I’m so grateful.” cortney.fielding@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300 Ext. 4494160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While eking out a living on the streets through theft, beauty treatments had never been at the top of her to do list. “You don’t have much time for salons when you’re living on the streets,” she said. But on Monday, Ponce and 29 other women rebuilding their lives at the Dream Center in downtown Los Angeles received physical transformations to match those taking place in their lives. The event,sponsored by celebrity hair stylist Hasblady Guzman at Bokaos, was part of a new “pay it forward” plan taking place inside the Dream Center. “After doing this, I wonder why I don’t do it more often,” said Guzman, who shut down her salon for half a day and had 15 stylists working for the women. • Photo Gallery: Makeover day PASADENA – Sonia Ponce thumbed through a stack of celebrity magazines as she waited for a stylist to check on her blonde highlights and begin cutting chunky layers into her brown, shoulder-length hair. With a bright smile, meticulously applied makeup and newly sculpted eyebrows staring back at her, the bubbly 21-year-old looked just like the many other young women who routinely make appointments at upscale Old Pasadena salons. Few would guess, Ponce said, that until last year, she had been a methamphetamine addict living inside a dingy Laundromat in Long Beach, sleeping on washing machines and dirt-stained folding tables. last_img

Gasoline analyst says price at the pump should soon decrease

first_imgMcTeague says he still remains confident prices will go down barring some sort of major geopolitical incident. He says gasoline prices have been way too high over the past month.“I think you’re going to see the speculators get burned and do a U-turn here, and start putting prices down that reflect the realities.”At the other end of the list, the three Prairie Province averages were all still below $1.00 a litre, and all more than $0.20 a litre less than the B.C. average, which was $0.10 higher than the national average.At $1.08.1, it was also nearly a nickel less than the common posted price for a regular litre in Fort St. John, which was holding steady at a $1.12.9.Advertisement “The increase has been very exaggerated on the markets, and I think we might be in for a correction for the rest of the year,” says senior analyst for gasbuddy.com Dan McTeague. “But it’s very hard to make long-term forecasts because so many players involved [are] ignoring supply and demand fundamentals, and that’s why prices remain steadily high.”“Just based on supply and demand, the fundamentals don’t support these higher prices, but it doesn’t have to have higher taxes in British Columbia, but that always adds to why prices tend to be much higher…not so much where you are – Vancouver and Victoria particular.”On the other hand, McTeague says the Canadian dollar’s strong position, if maintained, could result a downward price correction.- Advertisement -“It’s gained $0.08 value in the past five weeks – four weeks , so if oil and gasoline prices begin to tumble as they should –reflecting supply and demand realities – we could see prices well below the $1.00 litre range for the Fort St. John area,’ explains McTeague.This comes at a time when gas prices generally increase during tourism season.“It tends to peak at the end of April, and then it starts to come down, but it takes a couple of weeks for that the happen,” McTeague goes on to say. “But remember, depending on what gas stations have in terms of its capacity reservoir they can hold out or have to replace whatever cost is there – it may take a couple of weeks for theses things to make its way through.”Advertisement That put it $0.14 a litre higher than what gasbuddy.com had as the low-end price in the province – which was $0.98.9 98 a litre at the Prince George Costco outlet.That in turn was the only survey price in B.C. below a dollar a litre,  but it resulted in a $0.31 provincial differential because the high end price cited at 15 Greater Vancouver area outlets was $1.29.9.Still things remain much better now than they were a year ago when the B.C. average price was $1.42.9 a dollar, and the national average a $1.37.4.last_img read more

No Neymar as PSG make Cup progress

first_img0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s players celebrate after their fourth goal during their French Cup round of 16 football match against Guingamp in Paris © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTParis, France, Jan 24 – Paris Saint-Germain made light of Neymar’s absence in beating Guingamp 4-2 to secure their ticket to the French Cup last 16 on Wednesday as Edinson Cavani was made to wait for his club-record goal.Despite PSG’s dominance Cavani failed to get on the scoresheet as he pursues a record 157th goal, but it wasn’t for the want of trying as he failed to convert a hatful of chances. The Uruguayan striker is on the verge of becoming PSG’s all-time scorer after drawing level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s benchmark in the 8-0 rout of Dijon last week.Neymar left the pitch after that Ligue 1 outing angered at booing directed at him from Parc des Princes fans when he stepped up to take a penalty rather than allowing Cavani a shot at the record.The world’s most expensive player was missing from PSG’s 2-1 loss at Lyon on Sunday and again for this Cup tie with according to the club “a pain in his right thigh”.A section of the club’s fans – ‘Collectif Ultras Paris’ (CUP) – conveyed a message of support to the Brazilian.“To boo our players runs contrary to our values,” “Neymar PSG Cup united for Paris”, home supporters wrote on banners in the stands.Tackled about Neymar, PSG coach Unai Emery said: “He’s continuing his recovery with the physio, I hope he’ll be back with the team very soon.“He is here, in Paris, and he’s a great player. We must show him affection.”Another high profile absentee was Kylian Mbappe, who was stretchered off after a clash with Lyon’s Anthony Lopes.“He’s fine, we’ll see if he can return on Saturday, but I hope he’ll be ready at the latest for Lille (on February 3). It was a hard knock and the risk is getting another blow,” said Emery.Adrien Rabiot opened the scoring for PSG in the 21st minute followed smartly by Lucas Deaux’s own goal, with Javier Pastore and Marquinhos completing the round of 32 win after the break.Marcus Thuram and Yeni Ngbakoto were on the mark in either half for Guingamp from the penalty spot.On Cavani’s record hunt Emery said: “Today he created lots of chances, but missed the final touch.”In the tie of the round Lyon edged Monaco 3-2.Steven Jovetic opened the scoring for Monaco but Betrand Traore quickly levelled with Mariano Diaz bagging a double.Rony Lopes gave Monaco hope but Lyon held on to join PSG in the next round along with second division Auxerre and topflight Caen but only on penalties from lowly fifth-division outfit Canet-en-Roussillon.On Tuesday, Marseille claimed a 2-0 win at fourth-tier Epinal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chelsea and Manchester City told they have no chance of signing Paul Pogba

first_imgJuventus have told Chelsea and Manchester City to forget about signing Paul Pogba.The midfielder is wanted by all of Europe’s top clubs this summer and it has been rumoured he is ready to leave the Italian champions.Chelsea and City are two of the frontrunners for the Frenchman’s signature, while Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are keen too.However, Juventus director Beppe Marotta has now told any interested clubs to forget about bidding for Pogba.“No Juventus player is on the market at the moment,” Marotta told the Gazzetta dello Sport.“Last summer the club made an important decision about Pogba. For us he has been a key element of the team for some years.“He’s happy with us, he’s improved, he’s become a champion – this is his natural habitat.“So from the club’s point of view, we don’t want to sell our best players, and there’s also the desire of the player to stay here to take into account.” Paul Pogba in action for Juventus 1last_img read more

Get along to the big night for Donegal Rose Zoe

first_imgDonegal Rose of Tralee Zoe McGettigan is having a big night tonight!Everyone is welcome to come along to the Orchard Inn Letterkenny to meet Zoe before she heads off to the Rose of Tralee International Festival representing Co Donegal.The night starts at 8pm and includes some great craic with Host Lee Gooch and a fun Mr & Mrs. Donations on the night are in aid of Bumbleance. This fundraiser is in memory of Jack Crossan who sadly lost his brave battle with Mitochondrial disease last month.Bumbleance makes positive life impacts for sick children . It’s the national and world’s first interactive children’s ambulance service designed specifically for children, with the capacity to operate the latest medical equipment and inter-hospital communication systems. It ensures the transportation of a sick child to and from treatment centres is most safe and as comfortable as possible.This year the Rose of Tralee International Festival is celebrating 57 years and all 65 Roses are going to enjoy the fun of the festival, attending various engagements, individual and group interviews then taking part in a qualifying selection which is also presented by Daithi O Se in the Dome.There are two judging panels and from these selections 32 Roses will be chosen to proceed to the television selection nights on 22nd and 23rd August. The 2016 Rose of Tralee will get to wear the brand new crown for the first time designed by the lead sponsor Tipperary Crystal. Our Donegal Rose Zoe McGettigan will be interviewed in the Dome on stage with Daithi O Se on Thursday 18th August.A preschool and Montessori teacher, Zoe, 24 plans to complete a master’s degree. Exercise is her stress relief “I love my job-it makes me so proud seeing my little kids growing and learning ”Get along to the big night for Donegal Rose Zoe was last modified: August 7th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE: URGENT MESSAGE

first_imgDonegal Junior LeagueURGENT MESSAGEDue to the unpredictability of the current weather conditions and in the interest of safety the executive committee of the Donegal Junior League have decided to cancel the Delegate Meeting of the League which was scheduled to take place tonight, Monday 2nd February, at League Headquarters in Ballyare. The meeting has been re-scheduled for Monday 16th February at 8 p.m.    DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE: URGENT MESSAGE was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Junior Leaguelast_img read more

Belgium vs England: World Cup 2018 preview, live commentary and more

first_img Southgate wants his players to play with pride 5 Kane and Hazard have starred at the tournament But there are a few individual scores to be settled at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.Romelu Lukaku is Harry Kane’s closest rival for the Golden Boot. The Belgian has four goals to Kane’s six.A tie would be settled by assists and then minutes per goal, both of which Lukaku is ahead in. So he will be in no need of extra motivation.Jordan Pickford and Thibaut Courtois are both outside bets for the Golden Glove, but it remains to be seen whether others will be given a chance for the final game.You’ll remember both managers made wholesale changes when they met in the last game of the group stage, with the Red Devils edging it 1-0. Pickford can still return home with a personal accolade 5 Meunier returns for Belgium England have to pick themselves up 5center_img England’s gruelling extra-time loss to Croatia saw Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young come off with niggles.Southgate said he would be ‘very suprised’ if Trippier recovers, but all 23 players trained on Friday and he also wants to pick a strong side. There might be only pride to play for – but the World Cup’s penultimate game could still be a cracker.England and Belgium must pick themselves up from semi-final elimination and battle it out for third place.Neither team will have recovered from the heartbreak of missing out on a World Cup final just a matter of days ago, nor will they care whether they come third or fourth. 5 Despite the crushing disappointment of Wednesday’s defeat to Croatia, the Three Lions have captured the hearts of the nation, and Saturday at least gives Gareth Southgate’s men the chance to end of a deserved high.Join talkSPORT to see if England can seal their second-most successful World Cup ever live from 3pm.What the managers are sayingRoberto Martinez (Belgium): “I am not going to make changes now to give certain players opportunities because they have already received them against England.“Any change will be to make the team stronger.“Even the most important players that have completed a lot of minutes, I’ve seen them fresh and looking forward to the game.” Gareth Southgate (England): “We want to finish well. I think we go home with pride but there is personal pride as well as the nation’s pride to this.“They deserve a medal but they need to go and earn it and we want to keep maintaining the standards.“We have the chance to be the second-most successful team in English football history.”What the players are sayingKevin De Bruyne (Belgium): “Raheem [Sterling] has done really well in the games I saw.“He hasn’t scored goals, but not everything in football is about goals.“Raheem is a wonderful player. He’s an easy-going guy who gives everything for everyone, even with the criticism. Personally, I don’t understand why you would criticise people from your own country when all they are trying to do is win it.” Jordan Pickford (England): “Hopefully I will get the nod against Belgium. I’d love to get the goalkeeper of the tournament. But we came to win this tournament. We can’t do that now but we want to finish third. It will be a tough test against Belgium again.“Of course it will be hard to get ourselves up for it. That’s where character comes in. It’s another chance to show our togetherness. We want to finish a great tournament on a high.”What is the team news? Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Meunier, Chadli, Tielemans, Witsel, De Bruyne, Hazard, LukakuEngland: Pickford, Stones, Jones, Maguire, Trippier, Rose, Dier, Delph, Loftus-Cheek, Sterling, Kane 5last_img read more