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Cambodia edge Malaysian U23s

June 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

Cambodia’s match-winner Kouch Sokumpheak skips away from a sliding challenge from Malaysian U23 team’s Abdul Shukur Dusoh during their international friendly game yesterday at Olympic Stadium.

Ahead of their June 29 World Cup qualifier against Laos, Cambodia scored a morale-boosting 1-0 victory yesterday over the Malaysian U23 Olympic team in a  friendly at Olympic Stadium.

The only goal of a match ravaged by rain during the last 20 minutes came early in the first session when Kouch Sok-umpeak’s right foot brokered no answer from the visitors’ goalkeeper, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat.

This is the first win for Cambodia in recent times against a squad from their South East Asian rivals.

The Kingdom’s South Kor-ean coach, Lee Tae Hoon, was guarded in his appraisal, saying the victory was a good sign but he definitely wanted more from the team.

“I want them to perform at a higher level of efficiency,” Lee told the Post.

“There were some good phases during the match, but there were also some terrible choices. What we need is a good balance.”

Striker Sokumpheak put his mark on the fixture after just 10 minutes by displaying superb individual speed and ball control after getting hold of an aerial delivery from mid-field.

He craftily unlocked the defence and crashed the ball through Che Mat to send the sizeable band of home supporters into raptures.

In terms of possession, the hosts were clearly doing a grand job. With a tight back line monitoring the break- aways, the Malaysians were under enormous pressure.

Seconds before the break,     however, came a rare moment of anguish for the Cambodian defenders when a melee brought Malaysian defender Mohamad Fadhli Shas within arm’s length of Ouk Mich, with a goal firmly in sight. Amazingly, the Cambodian stopper recovered in time to avert the danger.

Light rain greeted the players on their return from the break and the floodlights were switched on to deal with the gathering gloom.

Coach Lee brought on Prak Mony Udom for Sam El Nasa and  there were some promising moves by Cambodia.

A header from Chhin Chhoeun sailed over the bar when he had the Malaysian goal at his mercy. On the break, midfielder Faris Ramlan came threateningly close to an equaliser.

The only incident of note in the second half was when a ghastly challenge by Tieng Tiny on Shukur Juoh was penalised with a red card by referee Thong Chanketya.

With conditions on the pitch getting worse by the minute, Lee Tae Hoon pulled out forwards Sokumpheak and Khuon Laboravy to give  Mat Hassan and Sos Souhana, who as Prek Pra Keila team-mates were making their first appearances at international level, some playing time.

Tum Saray and In Vicheka were also substituted in.

The visitors made several of their own changes, but none could make an impact.

Guiding the ball through the puddles in torrential rain was no joke for the players, though there were moments of hilarity at both ends to amuse the crowd.


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Mayweather to end layoff against Ortiz

June 8, 2011 Leave a comment
Agence France-Presse

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Unbeaten US boxing star Floyd Mayweather said Tuesday he will end a 16-month layoff on September 17 when he fights countryman Victor Ortiz for the World Boxing Council welterweight title.

ayweather, 41-0 with 25 knockouts, has not climbed into the ring since May of last year when he won a unanimous 12-round decision over Shane Mosley but he announced on his Twitter microblogging page that he was ready to return.
“My fans have been waiting long enough. Floyd Mayweather vs Victor Ortiz. Sept-17 2011 for the WBC World Championship,” Mayweather tweeted.
Southpaw Ortiz, 29-2-2 with 22 knockouts, claimed the WBC crown last April with a unanimous 12-round decision over previously undefeated Andre Berto of the United States.
“I am ready to return to the ring and give my fans a fantastic night of boxing by fighting the best out there,” Mayweather said. “For me, that is Victor Ortiz.
“He is the current champion and an extremely talented fighter who showed amazing skills, and heart, in his last performance. At this stage of my career, these are the challenges I look for, a young, strong, rising star looking to make his mark in boxing by beating me.
“Ortiz is just going to be another casualty, the 42nd one who tried and failed. Trust me. I will be ready.”
Countered Ortiz: “I know he will be ready, but so will I. I’m a world champion for a reason and I am not going to let go of my title any time soon.”
Fight fans have waited for years to see Mayweather face Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao, but talks have failed and the fighters have battled other foes instead.
Pacquiao defeated Mosley last month in Las Vegas, which is likely where Mayweather’s September fight will be staged. Pacquiao is expected to face Juan Manuel Marquez in November at Las Vegas.
Mayweather, who has fought only twice since stopping Britain’s Ricky Hatton in December of 2007, also faces two court cases, one which could result in a 34-year prison sentence.
Mayweather’s evidence hearing on felony domestic violence charges is set for July 29. He is accused of grand larceny, coercion and robbery felonies stemming from an dispute last September with former girlfriend Josie Harris and could go behind bars for 34 years if convicted on all charges.
Mayweather also faces a September 1 trial date on a misdemeanour battery charge for allegedly poking a 21-year-old homeowners’ association security guard in the face during a scuffle last November over parking tickets. He faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine in that case.
Categories: Boxing, Sport News

Police hold off Shark attack

June 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Chhlam Samuth’s Paul Olabode (left) tries to pass National Police Commissary’s Sob Ravy during their Metfone C-League match at Olympic Stadium yesterday. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

A dominant second half display by National Police Commissary earned them a comfortable 3-1 victory over Chhlam Samuth in their Metfone C-League tie yesterday at Olympic Stadium. Earlier, back markers Prek Pra Keila and Rithy Sen ended their game locked at 1-1.

The later match between the two league newcomers had all the trappings of a goalless affair till well past the half way stage. But all of a sudden, a clash among equals turned dramatically into an exciting late Police charge.

Long Nasy set the ball rolling when he came up with a 69th minute strike. Moeung Phanith doubled the lead nine minutes later, which was immediately followed by a third from Meas Sophanna.

Shell-shocked by this traumatic twist, the Sea Sharks pulled one back through Sim Vutha but it proved too little too late.

The victory brings the Police back on their feet after the fellow promotees Rithy Sen upset the form book when the two sides met a week ago, resulting in an unexpected 3-3 draw. There has been a noticeable decline in the Sea Sharks’ performances after a rousing start to their first campaign in the top tier.

Search for first win continues

Earlier in the day, the battle of the tailenders ended all square when Prek Pra Keila and Rithy Sen emerged with a point each to double their count at the wrong end of the leader board.

Prek Pra had every reason to believe that their 17th minute goal by Sos Souhana might bring a winning smile to their vibrant fan base. But Rithy Sen, obviously relishing their new African reinforcements, had other ideas. 

The man of the moment for the Kampong Chhnang outfit was Tam Yousos, who produced a decisive leveller as late as the 83rd minute. The deadlock meant that both these teams remain winless, approaching the halfway stage of the competition.

Welcome to hockey night . . . in Cambodia!

June 6, 2011 Leave a comment
VANCOUVER — It was Hockey Night in Canada’s Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. And it was Hockey Morning in Cambodia.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) makes a save on Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) during the first period of Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff game in Vancouver, British Columbia, June 4, 2011. Photograph by: Andy Clark, Reuters
By mid-afternoon in downtown Vancouver, an estimated 70,000 hockey-mad fans were gathering to cheer on the Canucks.
At
the same time in Cambodia, it was a little after sunrise when about 30
hockey-crazy boys, girls and their dads clustered around a computer
screen in the community centre in Proyouth. The village is on the
outskirts of Siem Reap, the closest city to the spectacular 12th-century
Khmer temple, Angkor Wat.
At 4:30 p.m. Vancouver time via Skype,
Brian McConaghy and his two Cambodian-born sons made contact with Reaksa
Himm in Cambodia before setting their laptop up in front of the
big-screen TV in their Richmond, B.C. living room.
As Mark Donnelly and 18,000 fans in Rogers Arena belted out O Canada, the Cambodian children sang their own national anthem.
They
didn’t get to see the whole game. Because of a problematic Internet
connection, they missed Alex Burrows scoring the winning goal just 11
seconds into overtime.
But Himm said the children and their fathers were amazed at just how fast the game is when it’s played on ice.
Until January, none of them even knew what hockey was. But Himm changed all that.
“I am too crazy about the Vancouver team,” Himm tells me in an email, adding that he’s convinced the Canucks will win the Cup.
A
Canadian who recently moved back to his birthplace, Himm brought hockey
to the village and to a country where 37 per cent of the population is
under 15.
He did it with the help of McConaghy’s Ratanak International, a non-profit that funds child-focused programs in Cambodia.
Himm
has already built a school in Proyouth and the community centre. With
Ratanak’s help, the library will be completed by late fall.
“When I
built the community centre, I thought about having basketball,
volleyball, badminton and captain ball games,” he says. “But early this
year, when I returned back from Toronto, I thought about bringing hockey
into the community centre.”
In December, he contacted Ratanak staffers Beth Davis-Lauer and her husband, Stephan Lauer.
Could you bring hockey sticks when you come in January?
It was an odd request from a tropical country where 20 C is considered cool.
But
Stephan called Ron Smith — yes, the same Ron Smith who was assistant
coach when the Canucks made Stanley Cup runs in 1992 and ‘94. Smith had
been on the board of another non-profit the Lauers had worked for.
Smith
connected them to his son, Devon, who works with the NHL Players
Association. In January, the Lauers delivered what Devon had given them —
24 top-of-the-line sticks with Sidney Crosby’s name on them, two sets
of NHLPA jerseys in different colours and lots of balls.
Meanwhile,
Himm had built an arena with a cement floor, boards and even hockey
nets. He and the whole village were practically hopping up and down with
excitement when the Lauers arrived.
“It was chaos,” Beth said in a
telephone interview from their home in Ontario. “Everybody was picking
up sticks and balls. There were too many men and boys and girls on the
ice. I was refereeing. It was crazy and it got really rough because
nobody knew what to do with the sticks. . . .
“The next day we went to the market and bought eye protection for everybody. But it was an absolute blast!”
There
are now two organized teams of 15 boys aged eight to 10 and two
15-member teams of 11- to 15-year-old boys. Even in the heat with the
sun beating down on their arena, they wear the NHLPA jerseys.
From
3 p.m., if there is no rain, many boys begin to pour in for the game
that lasts until 5 p.m., says Himm. “From 5 until 6:30, we have many
adult players.
“You know what? I am one of the players too. I
love the game . . . We make our own rules. We do have the same line and
net, but different rules.”
Learning the rules is part of the reason the Cambodians are keen to watch the Stanley Cup Final.
But
it’s mainly because even though they don’t really understand hockey,
they’ve been infected with Himm’s passion for the Canadian game.
One recent afternoon, more than 100 boys and girls showed up to play in the little village arena.
Sadly, most could only be spectators. Because in all of Cambodia, there are only 24 hockey sticks and 24 jerseys.
Vancouver Sun
dbramham@vancouversun.com
Categories: Sport News

England vs Switzerland ( 2-2 ) Euro 2012 Qualifier

June 5, 2011 Leave a comment

A lethargic first-half performance ensured England’s hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012 took a blow with a 2-2 draw against Switzerland at Wembley.

Fabio Capello’s side lacked any real spark in their final game of the season and were punished as three goals in the space of five second-half minutes saw the game at Wembley take an unexpected and enthralling turn.
Tranquillo Barnetta started the deluge when striking twice in quick succession for Switzerland as he exploited some unconvincing goalkeeping and inattentive defending to convert two unconventional free-kicks.
Frank Lampard responded inside two minutes when converting from 12 yards after Johan Djourou fouled Jack Wilshere in the penalty box, and the midfielder’s reward was to be substituted at half-time. His replacement, Ashley Young, then proceeded to produce a wonderful finish from a tidy move to make it 2-2 after 51 minutes as England pulled themselves back into contention.
But Darren Bent was guilty of a horrendous miss and Stewart Downing found the side netting in the final seconds as England were restricted to a draw that kept them top of Group G on goal difference thanks only to Montenegro’s failure to beat Bulgaria later in the evening.
Categories: Soccer, Sport News

Barcelona beats Manchester United 3-1 to win Champions League title

May 29, 2011 Leave a comment

London : FC Barcelona easily defeated Manchester
United 3-1 early Sunday to take the Champions League title in a
one-sided match at Wembley.

It was Barcelona’s third Champions League victory in six years.
Goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa powered the winners.
Wayne Rooney managed to equalise the score at 1-1 but it was not a
serious challenge for the Catalan giants.
Pedro opened the scoring in the 27th minute, Rooney netted a quite brilliant strike after dazzling interplay with Ryan Giggs.
But after the halftime interlude, once again Messi sparkled and put
Barca ahead in the 54th minute. Villa’s incredible third made the result
certain.
Barca dominated the match, the scoring and the statistics. They had
68 per cent posession, 11 shots to just 1 by Manchester United, and six
corners to none at all for the English team. Man United only had the
best of the fouls, by 16-5.
Categories: Soccer, Sport News

Barcelona vs Man Utd: Injury News, Preferred Team & Predicted Score

May 28, 2011 Leave a comment
In a rematch of the final two years ago,
Manchester United head to Wembley to take on Barcelona in the 2011 UEFA
Champions League Final.
On top of having the three of the last
four Champions League titles between them, United and Barcelona, based
on records and performances, have been the two best clubs in European
football this season.
Barcelona are seen as one of the
greatest sides ever assembled and are the clear favorites because of
that, but all that does is set the stage for the Reds to knock another
team off their perch.
In similar fashion, United and
Barcelona’s dominance is not only in Europe, because both of them
finished their domestic seasons as the champions of the Barclays Premier
League and La Liga, respectively. The Catalans overcame a firm
challenge from Real Madrid to secure their fourth in the last sixth
seasons. Meanwhile, United had to stave off competition from four teams
and eventually triumphed to their fourth title in the last five seasons.
Although Barcelona are the unequivocal
predetermined winner of this match, United have registered the best
record in the Champions League this season – and that was not by
mistake, either.
To many people’s amazement, the Reds
have been the only team that has gone through Champions League season
and did not lose any of their 12 matches. What is even more impressive
is that United did not give up a goal away from Old Trafford in any of
their six matches – which secured five victories on the road.
A lot of pundits are failing to
recognize that Barcelona have not been perfect in their route to Wembley
– having lost once and drew another match in the knockout rounds. The
Catalans have faced Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid and,
matches away from the Nou Camp, they have not been impressive, which
will bode well for United’s confidence.
Who
Barcelona have a squad filled of
international superstars from most Spain, Brazil and Argentina and each
of these players have tasted team success on multiple levels. There is
not anything that can be said about any of their players that has been
mentioned before, so there should not going to be an element of surprise
for Sir Alex Ferguson to deal with.
He, like everyone, knows that Lionel
Messi is there go-to guy and special attention needs to be paid to him,
because he has scored an astonishing 52 goals this season – and a
Champions League-leading 11 in 12 matches. Even though he has the
ability to beat multiple players with his tight control and blistering
quickness, the Barca No. 10 has players all around him that make his
life that much easier.
Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Pedro Rodríguez
and Sergio Busquets, who is very lucky to be playing after his racial
proposition, are some of the best attacking midfielders in the world,
not just Europe, so the United midfielders need to be weary of them all
match long. Barcelona also have a couple of defensive-minded
midfielders, Javier Mascherano and Seydou Keita, who will be protecting
against the attacking threat that Reds will have.
Even though they are filled with a team
of very experienced, capable players, L’equip blaugrana, meaning the
team in English, do have some vulnerability in their team. When a team
is set out to attack, like Barcelona is, it could leave gaps at the back
for teams to exploit – especially with Daniel Alves at right-back. In
La Liga, Barca was, by a country mile, the most disciplined defensive
team by only giving up 21 goals, but as people witnessed Arsenal do,
they are quite susceptible against a counterattack, which is really
United’s forte.

News

The best bit of news has to be that Sir
Alex has a fully-fit squad, but that also means that he has a daunting
assignment of having to pick and choose his squad. This tough task will
leave some players with bad feeling in their mouth of not having the
chance to play their part in the final.
The speculation leading up to the match
is that Ferguson will stick with the line-up that expertly saw off
Olympique de Marseille, Chelsea and Schalke 04, which, in all honesty,
gives the formation the most versatility – and that will give them their
best chance of overcoming the odds.
A lot of people would be very foolish to
rule out Manchester United to, what they say, pull off an upset of
Barcelona, because they are very competent club that can beat any team
on any given day.

Treatment

None

Projected

E. van der Sar; Fabio, R. Ferdinand, N. Vidic, P. Evra; A. Valencia, M. Carrick, R. Giggs, J. S. Park; W. Rooney, J. Hernandez

Prediction

Barcelona 1 Manchester United 2
Categories: Soccer, Sport News