DEFENDING ISSA/FLOW Walker Cup KO champions St George’s College will lock horns with former champions Excelsior High School in the first game of an epic double-header at 1 p.m. at the Constant Spring Field tomorrow.The two former Walker Cup and Manning Cup champions advanced to the Walker Cup as winners of Groups C and F, respectively.The day’s other game, slated to kick off at 3 p.m. at the same venue, brings together Kingston College and St Jago. KC were winners of Group G, while St Jago are the best second-place Manning Cup team overall.JC tackle Charlie SmithOn Saturday, there’s a titanic billing between last season’s treble winning Jamaica College team and the team they beat in the Manning Cup final, Charlie Smith.This game is the first of a double-header and is scheduled for 1 p.m.The day’s other match up will feature two of the competition’s unbeaten teams, Hydel High and Wolmer’s Boys’, at 3 p.m. Hydel won Group B, while Wolmer’s took Group E honours.The matches will be on a play-to-the-finish basis, as a winner has to be decided, either by extra time or penalty shoot-out.0The semi-finals will be played on Wednesday, October 21 at the Constant Spring Field.
Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Without that late goal from Rojo, the 31-year-old Messi might have retired from international soccer for a second time — and for good this time.Instead, it was Messi who was at the center of the celebrations. His teammates formed a circle around him while striker Gonzalo Higuain cried nearby. Messi then clenched his fist as he turned toward the Argentina fans.“He’s above everybody else,” Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said. “The most important thing for Leo is his human side. He cries. He suffers. He’s happy when Argentina wins. I know him.“Many people say Leo does not enjoy playing for Argentina, but I do not agree. He enjoys and suffers like all the other players and that makes him even bigger.”Before Rojo’s goal, Nigeria had been only a few minutes from qualifying for the last 16 for the fourth time.Javier Mascherano gave away a penalty with a pull on Leon Balogun at a 49th-minute corner. Victor Moses converted — and marked the goal with a somersault — to put Nigeria back in control of the race for second place in the group.Argentina was facing finishing a World Cup without a win for the first time since 1934, but instead the team is headed to the knockout stage.“This is Messi,” Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said with a shrug.GROUP DYNAMICSMinutes away from advancing to the knockout stage, Nigeria ended up third in the group — ahead of Iceland but a point behind Argentina. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town From a long pass over the defense by Ever Banega, Messi caressed the ball with his left thigh, took another touch with his left foot, and then delivered a smooth right-footed finish into the corner.Messi fell to his knees and pointed his fingers upward in celebration. At the same time, Maradona crossed his arms with his hands on his shoulders and looked to the sky.“I knew that God is with us,” Messi said, “and he wouldn’t let us get eliminated.”Messi, who later hit the post off a free kick, and Banega controlled the game in the first half. Rojo finished it off in the second by cushioning a volley with his right foot into the bottom corner and ensuring Messi’s quest for a first World Cup title continued.Argentina will play France in the last 16 in Kazan on Saturday. If Argentines win and Portugal beats Uruguay on Saturday, Messi would face Cristiano Ronaldo in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Argentina has four days to prepare for its last 16 match against France. It is the first game of the knockout stage.KEY TO SUCCESSMessi delivered his best performance of the tournament, with his goal allowing Argentina to take early control of the game.Yet the standout player might have been Banega, who was recalled to midfield after being on the bench for the first two games and impressed with his work rate and range of passing.SERIOUS STATSMessi joined Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta as the only Argentina players to have scored in three different World Cups. He has also now scored as a teenager, in his 20s and in his 30s at a World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Denmark advances at World Cup in drab 0-0 draw with France Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentina staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory over Nigeria on Tuesday, getting a late goal from Marcos Rojo. Maradona showed both middle fingers to the crowd after the 86th-minute winner.A short time later, videos posted on social media showed Maradona needing help out of the stands and into an adjoining luxury box at the stadium. He appeared to have his eyes closed and a later photo showed a pair of paramedics attending to him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThere was no immediate information on his health, but about two hours later he was photographed smiling at an airport. Another photo posted on Twitter appeared to show him sitting on a plane.Messi’s goal — his 65th for Argentina — was surely enough to impress even Maradona. 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PETERSBURG, Russia — From his thigh to his foot to the back of the net, Lionel Messi finally scored a goal at this year’s World Cup.The exquisite strike from the Argentina great sparked the first of several celebrations from an animated Diego Maradona, who screamed, shouted and made obscene gestures — and raised concerns for his health.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments