Azkals eye Mid East training

first_img“I think, to be safe, 12 points should see us through to the Asian Cup,” said Palami. “It also depends on the other games, but for us the objective is to win all of our games which will give us a lot of confidence going to the finals of the Asian Cup.”After the Yemen match in Qatar, the Azkals still have two matches left in the third round—an away game against Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14 and a home duel with Tajikistan on March 27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ BACOLOD CITY—Regardless of the result of the clash against Yemen in Asian Cup Qualifying Tuesday night, the Philippines is already planning another training camp in the Middle East next month to prepare for the return leg against the Yemenis who play home matches in Doha, Qatar.Azkals manager Dan Palami believes a more intensive buildup will be key against Yemen in their Oct. 10 match. The Filipinos currently sit on top of Group F with six points from their first two matches.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Can Sen. Pacquiao outfox the sly Bob Arum? Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View commentslast_img read more

Martin O’Neill: Republic of Ireland can go to Euro 2016 inspired by Leicester

first_img1 Martin O’Neill has challenged the Republic of Ireland to follow in Leicester’s footsteps as they attempt to spring a surprise at Euro 2016.O’Neill’s former club are currently defying the odds as they continue the most unlikely of Barclays Premier League title charges, heading the table by five points with just seven games remaining.While he does not believe that necessarily means one of the smaller nations could surge unheralded to European glory this summer as Greece did 12 years ago, the 64-year-old is confident Ireland can call upon a similar spirit in an effort to emerge from a tough group and make an impression on the continental stage.Asked about the example currently being set by the Foxes, with whom he won two League Cups as manager, O’Neill said: “They are the standard-bearers there for the smaller side. I just think they have given people hope now that you can compete – and not only compete, actually be successful.“If they go on and win the league, does that mean that a smaller nation goes on and takes the European Championship? I’m not terribly sure about that.”When the draw was made for the finals back in December, a month after Ireland had secured their passage with a play-off victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina, their hard work was rewarded with a testing group which will pitch them into battle with Sweden, Belgium and Italy.But while qualification from the group will prove difficult, O’Neill, who will sent his side into friendly battle with Switzerland in Dublin on Friday evening, has no qualms about assuming the role of underdog, particularly after their 1-0 win over world champions Germany on the road to France.He said: “After Germany, the players feel as if they are capable of dealing with that. Do you want to go in as underdogs? I think we will naturally anyway, but I don’t genuinely think it will bother us.”Asked if he would be happy to see opposition teams underestimate his players, O’Neill replied:”Absolutely, absolutely. I don’t think they will. As Leicester are proving this year, you underestimate teams at your peril.”O’Neill will use the Switzerland game and the friendly against Slovakia which follows it on Tuesday to run the rule over some of his fringe players, with Blackburn defender Shane Duffy and Brentford midfielder Alan Judge likely to be the main beneficiaries.There will be a start in one of the games for Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot, but skipper Robbie Keane and Cardiff midfielder Anthony Pilkington will miss the game against the Swiss with minor injuries.O’Neill admits it will take some effort for a player to emerge from the pack to make the squad as James McClean did four years ago, but has reminded his hopefuls that a new World Cup qualifying campaign is just around the corner.He said: “Let’s be fair about it: the players who are coming in late here have a bit to do, I must admit, just at this stage here to go and cement something. Everything would probably have to go pretty well for them individually.“But it’s not impossible and it’s happened before, and that’s why I’d like to open the door for them, to feel as if they have got a chance. And for instance, one or two of them – let’s say they didn’t make it – they know they are right maybe for the World Cup campaign coming up almost immediately.” Martin O’Neill believes former club Leicester City can be ROI’s inspiration last_img read more

The rock show

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – A T-shirt emblazoned with the Yosemite Mountaineering School’s slogan, “Go climb a rock” — a gift from a friend — inspired Cindy Shepherd of Newbury Park to try rock climbing. Now she’s honing her skills as a participant at the Go Climb a Rock program on the soaring granite walls of Yosemite Valley. The package combines lodging, food and a two-day climbing clinic. Climbing once was considered an alternative sport but, has it become more mainstream with the proliferation of indoor climbing gyms and climbing walls. According to Hope Wolf, a climbing guide at Yosemite, the increase in climbing facilities has motivated more people to try outdoor rock climbing. It’s important, she said, to learn the fundamentals before starting out on your own. Many people might think rock climbing takes a body builderesque upper body, but the key to successful climbing is the feet. The trick is to figure out where to put them. Wolf helps the students learn to keep the sticky rubber soles of their climbing shoes stuck to the rock. She tells them to maintain pressure on the rock by staying centered over their feet and not leaning too close to the rock in a “fear hug.” “Rock has a heart made of stone,” Wolf said. “When you hug the rock, you get rejected.” At first, climbers practice on a boulder without getting too high off the ground. Then it’s time to put on a climbing harness and go higher. The climbers are “free climbing,” which means they just use their hands and feet on the rock. They’re attached to a rope for protection only. New climbers can be nervous until they learn to trust the equipment. “Fear is healthy,” Wolf said. “It keeps you alive.” The guides at Yosemite help new climbers overcome their anxiety by teaching them proper safety procedures. “We don’t want you to get a nail-bent,” said Wolf, who double-checks every climber’s harness, no matter how many times the climber has gone climbing before. Many people take climbing classes to get over a fear of heights, said Dave Bengston, director of the Yosemite climbing school. Others take classes because they want to accompany friends or a spouse on climbs. Bengston calls climbing a team sport because a partner to needed to manage the rope while one climbs. Wolf doesn’t climb rocks just because they’re there. She loves the heightened perceptions she gets while climbing. She says the rock smells different in the sun than in the shade, and the click of a carabiner punctuates the sound of the wind through the trees. At the end of the second day of her latest climb, Shepherd reached the top of a climb called Bay Tree Flake with a stunning view of the Yosemite Valley floor and Half Dome in the distance. She was all smiles.— Bill Becher covers the outdoors for the Daily News. He can be reached at CLIMB YOSEMITE For more information about Yosemite Go Climb a Rock adventure vacations, call (559) 253-5670. Upcoming dates: Sept. 18-21, 25-28 and Oct. 2-5. The cost is $469 plus tax per person and includes three nights’ lodging in a canvas tent at Curry Village, meals, and two days’ rock-climbing instruction. For more information on classes, call the Yosemite Mountaineering School at (209) 372-8344. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more