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Mailbag: will the Sharks trade for a goalie at the deadline?

first_imgSAN JOSE — Before we dive into the mailbag, let’s just get this out of the way: I hate the NHL All Star Game.You can’t replicate hockey’s intensity in the exhibition form, so this is ultimately just a big trade show for the NHL and its corporate sponsors. There’s nothing wrong with that, I just refuse to feign interest when my heart is on the golf course that weekend.But this year’s All Star festivities will be different given that SAP Center is hosting the event and the game’s going to …last_img read more

Libya to face Ghana in Chan final

first_img30 January 2014 Goals were hard to come by as both semi-finals of the 2014 African Nations Championships (Chan) were decided from the penalty spot at South Africa’s Free State Stadium on Wednesday evening. Libya were first to book their place in the title-decider after edging Zimbabwe 5-4 following a goalless draw between the teams after extra time. In the late game, Ghana and Nigeria played to another goalless draw before the Black Stars triumphed 4-1 from the penalty spot. It will be the second time in the three Chan tournaments that Ghana will contest the final. They previously finished as runners-up in 2009 after going down 2-0 to the Democratic Republic of Congo.Poor finishing Heavy rain at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein affected a match that Zimbabwe should have won, but poor finishing let the Warriors down. Libyan goalkeeper Mohamed Abdaula fumbled a shot by Danny Phiri within the first five minutes of the contest and then was forced to steer a long distance effort from Ali Sadiki over the bar. The Warriors’ Simba Sithole headed wide and was again off target early in the second half, while Sadiki continued to test Abdoula with shots from range as Zimbabwe turned up the heat on the Mediterranean Knights. Gilt-edged opportunity Kudakwashe Mahachi then blew a gilt-edged opportunity to put the Zimbabweans ahead when he blasted the ball over the crossbar. In the additional 30 minutes added on after the regulation 90 had ended scoreless, Libya almost stole victory when substitute Elmutasem Abushnaf was wide of the goal after a mix-up between Phiri and goalkeeper George Chigova. Zimbabwe pushed hard for the win, but the Libyan defence held firm and the contest was decided from the penalty spot. One-man advantage Ghana had to deal with Kwabina Adusei being sent off midway through the second half of their semi-final against Nigeria, but the Super Eagles could not make their one-man advantage count. The Blacks Stars adopted a counter-attacking strategy, which they combined with some robust defence, which meant the Nigerians did most of the attacking. Abubakar Ibrahim came oh so close to putting them ahead in the 27th minute with a long distance strike. It beat goalkeeper Stephen Adams, but struck the crossbar and the scores remained level. Spurred on by the narrow miss, the Super Eagles pushed hard for an opener, but the teams went into the break goalless. Red card Ghana’s tough tackling came back to haunt them when Adusei was shown a red card in the 63rd minute following a high challenge on Abubakar. Once more Nigeria heaped pressure on Ghana, but still the Ghanaians held firm and the match moved into extra time. When Barnabas Imenger went down in the box in the 96th minute, the Super Eagles thought they had won a penalty, but their appeals were turned down. Imenger then shot over the crossbar after being set up by Ejike Uzoenyi.Late winner missed Imenger could have fired a late winner for Nigeria, but he was wide of the target with the goal mouth gaping wide open in front of him. The Nigerians were made to pay for their misses when the game went to the penalty spot, where the Super Eagles’ poor finishing continued as Solomon Kwambe and Ugonna Uzochukwu missed their kicks. Final The Chan final takes place at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, kicking off at 20:00. It will be preceded by the third place playoff between Zimbabwe and Nigeria.last_img read more

Interview: Composer Federico Jusid Makes Some Noise in Hollywood

first_imgWe spoke with composer Federico Jusid on creating music for Watership Down, overcoming fear, and working with filmmakers around the world.When Federico Jusid was 9 years old, he loved soccer and playing the piano. His mother also made it a priority to learn English. She was hoping this would inspire him to see the world and “think big.”I asked him if he thought that influenced his music.“I hope that it does and if anyone wants an artistic career, they should think globally. The local references are wonderful, but it is always more enriching to get out of the box to feel comfortable.”Isabel Segunda temporada. Federico Jusid y la Orquesta y Coro de RTVE.Premium Beat: You live in both Madrid and Los Angeles. How does the culture influence the creative? Do you see any difference working in Spain vs. working in the United States?Federico Jusid: Yes, a lot. I mean the core of my work is the same regardless of where I develop it. The goals are the same, but very often the tone is different.In Europe, I am often invited early on when filmmakers are developing the script. This is helpful for the director because there is musical direction before the production starts shooting. So, the director has some ideas, some mockups of the music that can used to influence the cinematography. In the case here, working after, it can be like salsa on top of the food, but in Europe so early in the process, it is part of the food.But usually I am invited when the project is in the cutting room and I have to talk to more voices and the director and the producers, and that makes the process a little bit different. And, it’s common that I am writing a score for a US film while the film is being reedited. So, there is a music editor who has to do the magic to adjust my initial idea to make it fit the last cut, so we don’t lose our intentions within the scenes. In Europe that isn’t the case.Image via Federico Jusid.PB:  Federico, you have over 40 feature films and over 20 television credits. That’s beyond prolific at your age. With working at such a breathtaking pace, how do you keep yourself fresh and creatively open for the next project? Do you have a method to approaching the work or is each score realized differently?FJ: You need to shower your emotion off, to disconnect the last project and start as fresh as you can. Not to repeat yourself but to start from scratch and hopefully in time you get more effective.I don’t have a particular way of working within my environment because often I start a score in one city and finish work in another. I read the script several times to digest the story and get in depth with the material. Then, I conceptualize ideas from scenes and start writing suites of music to define the musical language of the piece. I often play these for the director to get feedback. Then conversations get super interesting, because we start to talk about color or Freud or cuisine or music, of course. Very open discussions. It can seem like a waste of time, but the more you tackle those things early on and you understand those fundamentals, the easier it is to write scene to scene.Image via The Secret in Their Eyes (Alta Classics).PB: The Secret in Their Eyes had to be a special project for you. When you were working on it did you have any idea how well it would be received?FJ: Oh, no. Absolutely not. Had no idea! I work so much in this industry, but hard to know, I just write and sometimes wonderful surprises happen.PB: What did the film winning an Oscar do for your career?FJ: I think it gave me visibility. It allowed me to expand my career, which was happening in Europe. But it helped me to go to the US and United Kingdom and have interesting filmmakers look at my work. And this probably happens to others. It’s not that I didn’t have interesting scores or was proud of other scores, but because this gets a score on a wonderful film, it gets people to check out your other work.Image via Federico Jusid.PB: With a film, you are primarily, I would assume, working with the director, and when you work on a television series or mini-series, probably many voices? How does creating a score differ when you are dealing with several different people with several different opinions?FJ: First of all, I try to listen to all of them to see if they agree or if I find some voices in opposite direction. Art is subjective. I try to hit the red button and get them together and decide what we are going for. For a certain scene, we want to talk about the emotion of the character or tension of the situation, so I have to try to get a summary or condense all those voices and then try to hear my own voice, or it will end up being an empty piece of music.However, in a TV show you always think in a larger scope. You aren’t just another 12 episodes, you have an arc and you have to respond to the journey of that character. You are always contrasting the importance of the moment against the general journey of the score or the character.Image via Watership Down (Netflix).PB: When you work on an animated project such as Watership Down (the mini-series on Netflix), are there any differences in your mind between scoring animation vs. live action?FJ: I think no. My mission is the same. My mission is to go behind the drama, the face of the characters, and the tension of the scene and the unpredictability of the scene. In animation, however, the music canvas can be wider. You can expand yourself a little more without intruding on the film.PB: What about tackling such an iconic literary work? Any fear?FJ: Absolutely! All the fears and insecurities that any person can have! For revisiting a piece that was done wonderfully before, that comes from such an incredible novel. But there is always a moment where you left go and you let fears go and just connect to the film. Thank god there is a moment when you just sit at the piano and you just start writing because what connected you to the project is stronger than the fear and that wins and you are able to do the job.PB: What’s next for you?FJ: Another difference between Europe and U.S. is they have you sign an NDA.PB:  Guess we’ll just have to wait until the Oscars.Cover image via Metronome MP.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Interview: Tracy Andreen on the Romance of Writing for HallmarkScreenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a MethodIndustry Interview: Advancing Your Career from PA to ADInterview: Jennifer Gatti on Bon Jovi, Star Trek, and Leaving L.A.Jonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid90s — and Tips He Learned from the Greatslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Japan

first_imgKeisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa will be crucial for Japan in the World CupKeisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa will be called on to play key roles as Japan attempts to reach the next level at the World Cup.Honda is slowly adjusting to life at AC Milan while Kagawa has seen limited playing time under David Moyes at Manchester United, but both have been effective for the national team under coach Alberto Zaccheroni.Japan surprised critics in 2010 by advancing past the group stage with wins over Cameroon and Denmark before losing on penalties to Paraguay in the knockout stage.Japan’s team this year will feature many young players and Zaccheroni will be counting on Honda and Kagawa for leadership.Here are five players to watch:KEISUKE HONDAWidely regarded as Japan’s best player, Keisuke Honda scored in a 1-1 draw with Australia in June to secure the country’s fifth straight World Cup appearance.Brash and confident, the 27-year-old AC Milan attacking midfielder said Japan won’t be intimidated by any opposition in Brazil.He set up two goals in Japan’s 4-2 win over New Zealand in a friendly in March playing in his preferred central position.Honda is off to a slow start at AC Milan, where coach Clarence Seedorf has been using him on the right side or as a defensive midfielder.SHINJI KAGAWADespite struggling to find his form under David Moyes during Manchester United’s troubled season, Shinji Kagawa has been a major contributor to Japan’s qualifying campaign.advertisementKagawa scored twice in the friendly win over New Zealand, proving that his lack of playing time at Old Trafford hasn’t slowed him down.The 25-year-old midfielder scored 21 goals over two seasons with Borussia Dortmund. And on March 2, 2013, Kagawa scored three times for United in a 4-0 home win over Norwich to become the first Asian player to score a hat trick in a Premier League match.SHINJI OKAZAKIJapan’s top striker, Shinji Okazaki has scored 11 goals in 24 games for German club Mainz this season.The 27-year-old forward moved to Stuttgart in 2011 and scored 10 goals across two seasons before his transfer to Mainz.Okazaki scored the only goal in Japan’s 1-0 win over Argentina in an international friendly, its first ever win over the 1978 and 1986 World Cup champions.Okazaki’s 35 international goals make him Japan’s fourth-highest scorer of all time.YOICHIRO KAKITANIConsidered by many to be Japan’s future star, 24-year-old midfielder Yoichiro Kakitani scored 21 goals in 34 games for Cerezo Osaka last season and added four goals for the national team in 2013 as an attacking midfielder for coach Alberto Zaccheroni.Kakitani has drawn comparisons with Shinji Kagawa, who also played for Cerezo.A strong performance in Brazil could garner more interest from clubs in Europe.YUTO NAGATOMOYuto Nagatomo joined Inter Milan in January 2011 from Cesena and has been an integral member of the back four since then.The speedy 27-year-old left back has made 18 league appearances for Inter this season while scoring five goals.A regular member of the national team, Nagatomo has played in 63 games for Japan with three goals.last_img read more

Fun and games help Beermen surround newcomer Romeo with family atmosphere

first_imgMOST READ “Even if it’s not basketball, if you’re together after you do anything, it brings you closer,” said Pessumal, who helped set up the game and refine it to an actual contest that dangles a tiny replica of a WWE championship belt.The four players line up with in a spot designated by the reigning winner. Players start out with 10 points and alternately take shots, with a point deducted for every miss. The last man with still a point wins a round and the shooter who compiles the most victories emerges as the day’s champion.“A shooter’s paradise, huh?” Marcio Lassiter, San Miguel’ deadliest marksman said.“Actually, I haven’t been this happy since my rookie year,” Romeo told the Inquirer in Filipino. “The last time I felt like this was during my freshman year at GlobalPort (now NorthPort). We weren’t winning that much but I was really enjoying the game.”Romeo, who had an unproductive stint with TNT, is a star so complex that no other team reportedly wanted to have him. His time at the KaTropa camp was highlighted with a bitter exit, allegedly the handiwork of seven players.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer took a lot of heat after injecting Terrence Romeo to a stacked roster. Critics said the star guard, who has had brushes with fans, teammates and even his own coach, was only going to disrupt the Beermen’s championship defense.The results so far? Chemistry has never been better.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants But all that is in the past. After all, Romeo is still looking to reinvent himself.“I’m working on my defense. My scoring won’t taper off. That’s what endeared me to the game in the first place,” he said. “There are ordinary basketball players. I don’t want to be ordinary.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other PLDT scores Grand Prix stunner over F2 Logistics LATEST STORIES That’s all thanks to a mini-game engineered by one of San Miguel’s veterans, Alex Cabagnot, one that has squeezed the best out of Romeo, Von Pessumal and Paul Zamar and has injected fun in to their postgame rounds. Just check their Instagram accounts.“We’re just trying to expedite the process of making him comfortable as possible for him to be able to show his wares,” said Cabagnot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You know, this is just the cloth of this team,” he added. “The PBA is a business … We try to make it a family environment. We’re even the first team to do Zumba. We do a lot of stuff together as a team.”Zamar, who like Romeo joined San Miguel at the start of the season, said their little extra-curricular contest helps: “If you’re enjoying, come game time, it shows.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 Google Philippines names new country director View commentslast_img read more