Ronaldo hits five, Messi lifts Barca

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Cristiano Ronaldo netted five goals to become Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer in the Spanish league, while Lionel Messi scored as a substitute to give Barcelona a 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid yesterday.Ronaldo recorded his second career five-goal game to lead Madrid’s 6-0 rout at Espanyol, taking his tally to 231 goals in 203 matches and eclipsing Raul Gonzalez’s mark of 228 goals in 550 games.In the clash between the last two champions, Fernando Torres put Atletico ahead in the 51st minute, only for Neymar to equalise from a free-kick four minutes later.Messi was on the bench following the recent birth of his second son. But he went on for the final half hour and immediately changed the match, scoring the 77th-minute winner from Luis Suarez’s pass.”When we have the best player with us, we all play better,” Neymar said.Barcelona moved to the top of the standings with the defending champion’s third win in as many rounds. Madrid were two points behind and Atletico three behind.At both games, players wore T-shirts before the match in support of aid efforts to help the thousands of refugees arriving in Europe.Valencia winElsewhere, Paco Alcacer headed in Valencia’s injury-time winner for 1-0 at Sporting Gijon, their first win in three league matches.Held scoreless in the first two rounds of the season, Ronaldo exploded with a blistering hat-trick by the 20th minute, scoring from passes by Luka Modric and Gareth Bale in between a penalty kick.Ronaldo set up Karim Benzema to make it 4-0 before half-time and scored again in the 61st and 81st to record his 32nd game with three or more goals for Madrid.Ronaldo’s latest scoring feat also moved the Ballon d’Or holder into fourth place on the Spanish League all-time scoring list. Messi holds the record with 285.last_img read more

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Dwayne Star, Action Man set for showdown

first_imgWith no trophies at stake at Caymanas Park today, the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance races over the straight-five course move into the spotlight with eight horses declared.Indications are that it will come down to a straight fight between old rivals DWAYNE STAR and ACTION MAN, second and third, respectively, to SHINING LIGHT in the recent Easter Sprint Cup over 1100 metres.The Lorenzo Robinson-trained ACTION MAN showed good speed in the Easter Monday feature, only to be relegated to third by SHINING LIGHT and DWAYNE STAR, both of whom went down to the wire in a photofinish, with SHINING LIGHT prevailing by a head.ACTION MAN, who is well drawn at post position seven, is almost sure to set off in front under the in-form jockey Aaron Chatrie. But DWAYNE STAR will be a lot closer leaving the quarter pole, especially with three-time champion Dane Nelson now taking the ride.IN GOOD NICKAlso going for DWAYNE STAR is the fact that he had won his three previous races before the Easter Sprint, including one over the straight, and with trainer Patrick ‘Wacky’ Lynch presenting him in good nick, I expect DWAYNE STAR to make amends and win ahead of ACTION MAN and SUPERIOR QUALITY.Significantly, Nelson, the leading jockey so far this season, will leave the island next Thursday, April 21, to ride in Canada for several months. The 31-year-old jockey did a stint in Canada for the first time last year, riding 48 winners.Other firm fancies on the nine-race programme are down in class UNBREAK-ABLE under top apprentice Linton Steadman in the second race; WARTINE in the fourth; DYSFUNCT-IONAL in the sixth race for maiden three-year-olds; GENUINE ARTICLE in the seventh; and MANDEYA in the closing $180,000 claiming race over the straight five course to be contested by the maximum 16 starters.last_img read more

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CONCACAF sues Warner for US$50m

first_imgMIAMI (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago’s Jack Warner, the former vice-president of football world governing body (FIFA), is being sued for more than US$50 by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association (CONCACAF).The new suit centres around a lavish soccer facility built in Trinidad with millions of dollars in funding from FIFA.The suit accuses Warner, who served as CONCACAF president for 20 years before resigning in 2011, of fraudulently securing FIFA and CONCACAF funding to develop the property.The site now includes a hotel and banqueting facilities and is said to be built on lands belonging to Warner.FIGHTING EXTRADITIONHis wife, his accountant and two companies linked to the 73-year-old are also named as defendants.Warner, who has in the past denied wrongdoing, is also facing corruption charges in the United States and remains in Trinidad, where he is fighting extradition.Warner, who was banned from soccer by FIFA in September, is one of four presidents who have been forced from office amid claims of wrongdoing, with three charged by the US Department of Justice.CONCACAF last week elected Canada’s Victor Montagliani as its latest leader and is on the verge of naming a new general secretary as soon as next week.last_img read more

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Bradley judged on his words as well as results at Swansea

first_imgLONDON (AP): It seems Bob Bradley is being judged on more than just results during his first coaching stint in the English Premier League. Swansea’s American manager knows he is under scrutiny for the vocabulary he is using, too. Bradley arrived at the Welsh club in October aware that he would have to live with British “snobbery” over the terminology used by Americans in football, and that his nationality would bring preconceptions about his credentials for the job. Asked yesterday whether he was concerned about the attention he was getting for using terms like ‘PK’ for penalty kick and ‘road games’ for away games, Bradley said it was “part of the deal” of working in a country that invented the game. “Ninety-five per cent of my football vocab fits without any question,” Bradley said at a pre-match news conference. “Every now and then, there’s something that comes out. It wouldn’t make sense if I sounded exactly like everybody else.” Bradley didn’t appear unhappy about being questioned over his occasional Americanisms, and spoke at length about how he uses phrases picked up from spells coaching in various countries around the world, including France and Norway. “I had German-coaching friends that use the word ‘forechecking,’ in terms of pressing,” he said. “It’s a hockey word, a hockey phrase, but they use that. When I was in Norway, the organisation of a team when you have the ball, they call it offensive marking, some places call that rest defence. Football vocabulary has phrases that come from different places. “Look, when I’m speaking normally, I talk about home form, away form, but there is a part in American sports (for example), if the San Antonio Spurs have a bad game playing outside of San Antonio (head coach), Greg Popovich will say sometimes, ‘We’re not good enough on the road.’ So, yeah, every now and then, a little bit of that comes out of me, but not too much.” Bradley used an example from when he was coaching at French second-tier club Le Havre and he told reporters of the importance of his team keeping a clean sheet. “They looked at me and said, ‘What’s a clean sheet?'” Bradley said, smiling. “This is football.” Bradley is more concerned about Swansea’s form on the field than what he is saying off it. The team is next-to-last in the Premier League standings, only above Hull on goal difference, going into a stretch of three games in a nine-day span over the festive period. Swansea have won two of their 10 matches since Bradley took over. Asked if his future at Swansea hinged on their next two games at home to West Ham on Monday and Bournemouth on December 31 Bradley said: “Maybe. I never know how that works and I don’t spend much time thinking about it. “I think we’ve had moments along the way when we thought we were close to taking a big step forward. We’ve left some points on the table in those 10 games and that would make the discussion different.”last_img read more

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Vox Pop | Are you happy with how the Sligoville Stadium is being used?

first_imgWhat would you want to seeat the Sligoville Stadium?Sashawna Powell”It’s only when events are taking place you see things happening – cleaning up, mostly. They don’t really service the facility as how they are supposed to and we are not comfortable with it. We are looking out for the young people but not only the young people, but the sports facility is supposed to be used more because it is a sports complex.Danario ThomasWe would like to be able to see more big football games, games that we can see on TV. I would like to see the national team train here. We use it to play football on it Monday to Friday, and we should try more to protect the facility when we in the community use itKenrick ThomasWe need more development in the community and the stadium is just there wasting. We would like some more things taking place that it can benefit us in the community. We would like to help maintain it, but we don’t know who is really responsible for it, to know how to go about that.Lionel Baird”I believe it can be utilised some more. The schools should come and use it more for sporting activities, and I heard G.C. Foster was taking over. It has improved. The seating was the main problem but they fixed that and they have cut the field so they can play on it, so it is all right now but we need more activities, that is the key thing.”last_img read more

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Edwin Allen, Jago top Digicel Grand Prix

first_img RECORD BREAKING Like they did a year ago, it was the same story as Edwin Allen and St Jago high schools retained their Girls and Boys’ titles, respectively, at Saturday’s G.C. Foster Classic, the finale of the Digicel Grand Prix, inside the National Stadium. The schools walked away with $1 million each. In the girls’ section, it was a convincing win for the Michael Dyke-coached team from Frankfield, Clarendon. They took over the lead from early leaders Excelsior to score a run-away win with 76 points. Excelsior finished second with 54 points to walk away with $500,000, while Holmwood was third with 52 points and $250,000. It was close going all the way between St Jago, Calabar and Kingston College in the Boys’ section, but in the end it was the Rhansome Edwards-coached team from Monk Street that came out on top with a close 1.5 point win. They tallied 84 to Calabar’s 82.5 points to take home $1 million Calabar walked away with $500,000. Kingston College ended third on 60 points and $250,000 richer. Both Hydel and Calabar ended the meet on a high with recording-breaking performances in the 4×400 metres. Hydel stopped the clock at 3:35.66, getting the better of Holmwood Technical, second in 3:39.5, with the Queen’s School coming third in 3:43.89. Calabar, anchored by the outstanding Christopher Taylor, who earlier clocked a personal best of 20.59 seconds in winning the Boys’ Under-20 200m, took his team to a new mark of 3:09.96, as St. Elizabeth Technical finished second in 3:12.84, with St Jago coming in third in 3:15.77.last_img read more

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SBP bats for longer preparation in Gilas PH bid for world cup berth

first_imgMOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo from Fiba.comThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas knows that the country’s second window in the Fiba Asia 2019 World Cup Qualifying will have the Filipinos as “underdogs in a big way,” and cage body president Al Panlilio is batting for more time to prepare the team.“I am more concerned about our preparation and our lineup,” Panlilio told the Inquirer over the phone on Tuesday, a day after Gilas Pilipinas swept its first window assignment in the hectic qualifying series leading to China 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? PSL tweaks 2018 calendar; Petron takes on cocolife Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Aside from batting for more time to prepare, Panlilio is also evaluating the performances of everyone.“When I say lineup, (the performances of) all players are to be assessed and reviewed, including that of our naturalized (player, Blatche),” he went on after Blatche finished with averages of just 9.5 points and 13 rebounds in close victories over Japan and Chinese Taipei.Isaiah Austin is a candidate for naturalization and is an option for Gilas—if his papers are completed in time—when the Filipinos clash with Australia in Sydney in February next year and have their return bout with the Japanese in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments “The issue on my mind right now is how we can get more preparation time, considering that we have Australia next (as an opponent),” he added. “I honestly believe we need more time to prepare.”Gilas Pilipinas was assembled by coach Chot Reyes just three weeks before its match against Japan, and the squad encountered some snags along the way as naturalized player Andray Blatche joined the team just three days before leaving for Tokyo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd Blatche, a dominant force in past international events for the Filipinos, failed to live up to expectations despite a supposed impressive last two games with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the China Basketball Association before coming over.Team PH gutted out a 77-71 win over Japan before bouncing back from a bum start to churn out a 90-83 decision of Chinese Taipei Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Aldridge leads Spurs’ charge past Knicks

first_imgMOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Spurs: Leonard was a late scratch from the lineup as his playing time remains limited following his return from a quad injury. It was the fourth time Leonard has sat out for what the Spurs listed as “return from injury management.” . Parker has scored in double figures in 930 career games. Among point guards, only Gary Payton (1,035) and John Stockton (1,061) have more games scoring at least 10 points in league history. . Green is the 127th player in league history with 900 3-pointers.UP NEXTKnicks: Visit New Orleans on Saturday night in their final game of 2017.Spurs: Visit Detroit on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew New York Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn (9) drives against San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and every San Antonio starter scored in double figures as the Spurs beat the New York Knicks 119-107 on Thursday night.Pau Gasol added 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for San Antonio.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 The Spurs improved to 17-2 at home while winning their third straight overall.The Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard and lost Rudy Gay to a foot injury only two nights after playing with a full roster for the first time all season. Leonard sat out for rest. Gay exited the game late in the third quarter with a sore right heel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkKyle Anderson had 16 points and eight rebounds starting in place of Leonard. Tony Parker scored 14 points, including 10 in the first quarter as San Antonio bolted to an early lead.The Spurs led by as many as 17 points in an uncharacteristically high-scoring game for them. San Antonio was limiting opponents to 98 points per game, but New York was able to increase the pace. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours San Antonio shot 51 percent from the field while New York shot 46 percent.Reserve forward Michael Beasley led New York with 23 points. Courtney Lee and Kristaps Porzingis had 18 points apiece, but Porzingis fouled out late in the fourth.Danny Green was 5 for 8, all on 3-pointers, in adding 15 points for the Spurs.TIP-INSKnicks: G Tim Hardaway Jr. missed his 14th straight game with a stress injury to his lower left leg. . The Knicks are 5-9 in back-to-back games this season after losing both games for the third time. Chicago defeated New York 92-87 on Wednesday night. . Porzingis was averaging 7.0 points per game in the fourth quarter, third in the league. He had two points in the fourth against the Spurs before fouling out with 2:30 remaining. . Knicks are 2-12 on the road this season, having won Oct. 29 at Cleveland and Dec. 14 at Brooklyn.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Cannavaro to retire and join brother Fabio in China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Draymond Green fined $25,000 by NBA

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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ LATEST STORIES Green made his remarks after Golden State’s 121-105 win against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 25: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts clapping after referee Derrick Stafford #9 called a technical foul on him during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2017 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league’s officiating.The punishment was announced Monday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league’s executive vice president for basketball operations.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defensecenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Murray undergoes hip surgery, hopes to be back for Wimbledon Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View commentslast_img read more

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Davis explodes for 53 as Pelicans trump Suns for 6th straight win

first_imgNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts after his slam dunk on an offensive rebound in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis scored a season-high 53 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked five shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to six with a 125-116 victory over the hapless Phoenix Suns on Monday night.Jrue Holiday scored 20 points for the Pelicans, whose season-best unbeaten run has pulled them into a tie with Portland for fifth place in the Western Conference despite being without All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who was lost for the season Jan. 26 with a torn Achilles.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Emeka Okafor, brought back to the NBA for the first time since 2013 about a week after Cousins’ injury, scored 14 points.Devin Booker had 40 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which lost its 10th straight and still has not won this month. T.J. Warren added 23 points and Josh Jackson had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who led by as many as 17 in the second quarter but fell behind for good with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNew Orleans native Elfrid Payton scored 16 points, and his layup pulled Phoenix within 116-114 with 2:29 left, but the Pelicans scored the next five points on Darius Miller’s 3 and Holiday’s driving dunk, and Phoenix did not threaten again.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry angrily called a couple timeouts in the first half after watching Phoenix easily find open shots — and make them. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 The Suns entered the game ranked 28th in field goal percentage, shooting 44 percent for the season. But they scored at a blistering pace early, with 36 in the first quarter on about 54 percent accuracy. Phoenix led by as many as 17 when Jackson soared down the lane for a one-handed putback dunk and followed up with free throws on the next possession to make it 52-35 with more than seven minutes still remaining in the second quarter.Davis helped the Pelicans get back within single digits by halftime with crowd-pleasing plays on both ends. He dunked three times — twice on alley-oops — to go with a tip-in, three free throws and two blocked shots during the rest of the second period, and New Orleans trailed 65-58 when the half ended.TIP-INSSuns: Phoenix played the last 4:48 with no player taller than 6-foot-8 because their two available 7-foot-1 players, Dragan Bender and Alex Len, along with 6-foot-10 Marquese Chriss, had all fouled out. Bender fouled out with 9:20 remaining and Chriss exited with 8:47 left. … Booker has 18 30-point games this season … The Suns made five of their first six 3-point attempts before missing 16 of their last 18.Pelicans: F Nikola Mirotic had 10 points and eight rebounds. … New Orleans announced it has signed the 6-foot-10 Okafor through the rest of the season. The 35-year-old former UConn star, who is coming back from a herniated disk that sidelined him four-plus seasons, returned to the NBA with New Orleans on a 10-day contract on Feb. 3. He played in his seventh game and started for the fifth time. … Rookie Walter Lemon Jr., signed to a 10-day contract last Wednesday, scored his first career points on a floater high off the glass late in the first quarter. That was his only shot. … Twice in the second quarter, Pelicans players — Lemon and Holiday — turned the ball over by stepping over the end line before releasing an inbound pass.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img George’s 26 lead Thunder past Magic Suns: At Memphis on Wednesday night.Pelicans: At San Antonio on Wednesday night. LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may sufferlast_img read more

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