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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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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. 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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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2C Stresses Need for Quality Music in Liberia, If…

first_img2C being welcomed traditionally by the president of the Liberia National Culture Union at the Roberts International Airport (RIA)A U.S.-based Liberian artiste, Romeo Mulbah, known affectionately as 2C has called on musicians to raise the bar. He said there is a need for Liberian musicians to produce quality music, if they must rule the world’s music scene.Mulbah, who spoke to reporters at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) upon his arrival, said many musicians in the country should be mindful of the fact that the profession is no longer a child’s play.  He stressed the need for musicians to embrace professionalism as a code of conduct.“I am unhappy with the way things are going on in the music world as the music market is daily flooded with unpleasant music. All hands must be on deck to get rid of this menace, which has eaten deep into the growth of the Liberian music industry.“As long as you believe in yourself, work hard and chase your dream, you will become successful in life,” he said.The Liberian international star explained that he was 12-years old when he first met his manager, only identified as Charles. He said at the aged of 5 he left the country for neighboring Ivory Coast, where his love for music started.“I am trying to put Liberia on top of music on the international scene,” he said.2C said Liberian musicians should get out of the box. “If you want to be recognized globally, you got to spread your wings as much as possible,” he said.According to him, Liberia has talented individuals but “lots of Liberian musicians are not recognized globally.”Mulbah indicated that he was scheduled to visit Ghana, Senegal, and Gambia but chose to first come to Liberia, adding, “there is no place like home.”Touching on his latest song “Mr. Mechanic”, Mulbah said the song tries to send out a message that whenever a boyfriend breaks the heart of a girl she will definitely find another guy to mend her broken heart. Akon recently signed the artist to his record label Kulture, and the deal is expected to last for four years.“It has been my dream throughout my life to sing alongside Akon,” Mulbah said.The Liberian international singer described Akon as a god of music in Africa, stressing, “everybody looks up to him.”Following the deal with Akon, Mulbah said he had become the happiest person on earth, noting, “when an artist is attached to Akon, more doors are open.”Mulbah called on Liberian musicians to work harder, produce quality music and put aside jealousy. While in the country, 2C met with Minister Len Eugene Nagbe and Ambassador Judy Endee, Liberia’s cultural ambassador. He also met other local artists and engage in some philanthropic work in Bong, where he hails from.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sophia woman charged for assault

first_imgJennifer Duncan, a 56-year-old resident of Lot 192 North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, appeared last week before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly slapped with an assault charge.The charge alleged that on October 26, 2018, at North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, she unlawfully assaulted Rakesh Shaw.Represented by Attorney-at-law Paul Fung-a-Fat, Duncan, a cook by profession, denied the allegation; and in an application for bail, her attorney told the court that his client does not pose a flight risk, and should be granted bail. The Police prosecutor did not object to Duncan being placed on bail, and Magistrate Daly placed her on $10,000 bail. The case will continue today (October 29).last_img

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2 children abused or violated every hour in Guyana – CCPA report

first_imgBy Davina RamdassThe shocking and saddening news that two children are abused every hour in Guyana was revealed by the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) in its annual year-in-review report.The information, which is currently available on the Agency’s Facebook page states, “From the data analysed for the period January to October 2018 every hour… 2 children are abused or violated in Guyana”.According to CCPA, by the end of October 2018, the Agency had already responded to 4352 child abuse reports, which happens to be the highest number of reported cases ever for the period.In fact, a 25.4 per cent increase was recorded when compared with figures for the same period for last year.“This increase is being attributed to the National Multimedia Awareness Child Abuse Campaign and the work done at the community level,” CCPA said.On the other hand, when it comes to teenage pregnancy, the document said the Agency’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Empowerment Programme was a success.According to the Agency, “To date it has reached teens in Regions: I,3,4,5,6,7 &10. It is a programme, in collaboration with key stakeholders and NGO partners, to give teens/adolescents adequate information and support for them to make informed decisions about getting involved in sexual activity that will result in unwanted pregnancies and STDs. It is structurally talking with teens for them to make good choices”. So far, CCPA disclosed that it has worked with 308 vulnerable teens which include boys.As of June 2018, Guyana recorded an increase in reported cases of sexual abuse against children. The eye-widening figure of 481 was revealed by the Director of the Agency, Ann Greene during an interview with <<>>.Greene went on to explain that she believes the high number exposed itself only due to intensive work by the Department.According to her, “it’s not an increase to say it is more now than what it was before because we got more awareness, we got more channels to report. We encourage persons to report more so when we do all these programmes and all these awareness and so on, put in a hotline and all of that, the reports would increase, but it does not signal that there is more child abuse this year than last year”.She sought to point out that she believes the figure exposed is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ since abuse, especially sexual abuse, is often hidden and goes unreported.Greene said she believes a holistic approach is definitely needed, as the Department continues to raise awareness in the heart-wrenching area of child sexual abuse.It was further related by the child enthusiast that most of the children from the 481 figure are under the age of 16. Moreover, Greene said most of the matters reported are still being investigated.last_img read more

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UK issues warning on crime in Guyana

first_img…urges tourists to drive with doors, windows locked; to avoid minibusesDespite the Guyana Police Force’s announcement that it achieved a 10 per cent reduction in serious crime by December, the United Kingdom’s Cabinet Office has maintained an unflattering travel advisory to its citizens on Guyana as a tourism destination.The UK advisory warned about the high crime level in GuyanaIn this advisory, British citizens are warned about the crime situation in Guyana, as well as the “tough” conditions of the prison system, drug trafficking, the “poor road sense” of (other) road users and dangerously driven minibuses.The advisory was issued by the Government Digital Service; part of the UK’s Cabinet Office. It was updated earlier this year and is current as of December 31, 2017. Citing the high crime levels and low Police capacity, the advisory warns citizens to take sensible precautions to protect themselves and their belongings.“Muggings have taken place in broad daylight. Burglary and theft from cars are commonplace. Take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. Try to avoid showing obvious signs of wealth,” the authorities warned in the advisory.Among the precautions the advisory proposes is for persons to “always drive with doors and windows locked”. A warning is also given about travelling to specific areas. Tourists are told to avoid Tiger Bay and Albouystown, while taking extra care in Sophia, South Georgetown, Buxton and Agricola.The UK also warned tourists against using minibuses, affirming that they were responsible for most accidents and were driven by irresponsible driversThe advisory warns tourists to take special care in the Stabroek Market area, where “robberies are a daily occurrence”. It also recalls the January 2011 incident, when a grenade hurled at a shop killed one person. The advisory also warns tourists to avoid “walking alone around Georgetown, even in the main areas and don’t walk anywhere at night”.Warning birding enthusiasts to be particularly vigilant, the UK Cabinet Office noted that several cases of assault have occurred in the Botanical Gardens. As such, it advised these individuals to go with an organised group if possible, and to avoid taking valuables on their person.“If you walk along the seawall, avoid the more deserted stretches and walk at times when other walkers are most likely to be about, around 5 pm to 6 pm,” the advisory notes. “There are regular armed and violent robberies against businesses and individuals. There is a risk of passers-by being caught up in such incidents – the Police tend to respond with firearms if shot at or threatened.“If possible, avoid travel to and from Georgetown Cheddi Jagan International Airport late at night and before dawn. There have been incidents of violence, fatal accidents caused by erratic driving and incidents of violent theft by gangs, who follow cars travelling from the airport and attack their victims when they reach their final destination,” the advisory states.Road usageThere is a separate section dealing with driving on Guyana’s roads and throughways. The advisory urges tourists to drive defensively and warns against using minibuses. According to the advisory, minibuses are responsible for most accidents in Guyana.“Driving in Guyana can be dangerous because of poor road sense of road users, frequent hazards, inadequate lighting and poor road conditions in some areas. Drive defensively and limit driving at night as much as possible. The worst incidents have almost inevitably involved minibuses. When driving at night take extra care to avoid cyclists, pedestrians, and animals.“Avoid using minibuses,” the advisory warns. “They are driven dangerously and are responsible for the majority of road accidents in Guyana. Although some taxis have been the target for robbers, they remain the safest means for visitors to get around town. Only use taxis from reputable companies. Don’t hail taxis from the roadside.”Police statisticsAccording to the Police Force’s latest statistics at the end of November, there was a six per cent decrease in rape, a 27 per cent decrease in murder, a 16 per cent decrease in robbery under arms where firearms were used and a five per cent decrease in robbery under arms where instruments other than firearms were usedThere was, however, an 11 per cent increase in robberies where no instruments were used, a 43 per cent increase in robbery with violence and a 47 per cent increase in robbery with aggravation. Larceny from the person increased by 11 per cent, but burglary and break-and-enter decreased by three and 16 per cent respectively.In terms of traffic cases, the Police had noted that there was a 20 per cent decrease in fatal accidents at the end of November 2017. Serious, minor and damage accidents, the Force noted, were reduced by 10.1, 8.3 and 19 per cent respectively.last_img read more

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Bravery earns heroes honor

first_imgThe heroic acts honored Thursday date from as long ago as 61 years. There was Officer Walter Kesterson, who shot a pair of cop killers in 1946, killing both with his pistol as he succumbed to a gunshot wound. Officers Rudy Barragan and Marco Briones, who yanked an unconscious driver from his wrecked Buick mere seconds before it burst into flames in the Newton Area in May2006. Officer John Porras, who was training rookie James Tuck in Hollenbeck when they traded shots with an assault rifle-toting thug. Officer Joe Meyer, who saved the life of Officer Kristina Ripatti by killing the armed robber who shot her, then applying first aid to keep her from bleeding to death. And the 13 from the retirement home explosion – Officers Stephen Diaz, Guy Dobine and Jude Washington, Sgts. Albert Gavin and Miguel Lopez, Detectives Alberto Junco and Sandy Kim, now with the Santa Ana Police Department, Deputy Sheriff Gerald Jackson and retired Officer Kenyard Bilal. Before they took the stage to receive their medals, they stood to the side of the expansive Hollywood & Highland ballroom. Guns in their holsters, uniforms freshly pressed, boots shined, they shifted uncomfortably as the master of ceremonies, mayor, City Council president, a police commissioner and the chief saluted them as “the best of the best.” None was seeking the blue-and-white ribbon when they ran into the smoke on that night, 11 years ago. All they knew was, the retirement home was on fire, and there were seniors trapped inside. After Wenninger and Castellanos ran out from their first incursion, the 11 cops who had come to their aid busted back into the building. Kicking down doors, crawling on hands and knees, they went in again and again – even after the sprinklers came on and the Fire Department arrived. Perez and Pursel kept close together – Perez had promised his partner’s wife that he would bring him home safely. They dragged out residents unwilling to leave their belongings. They rolled out wheelchairs and carried the feeble down staircases. By night’s end, several of the cops had choked down enough smoke and carbon monoxide to warrant a hospital visit. But not before they had saved 80 elderly residents – and lost none. “This is officers doing what they’re supposed to do,” said Perez, who’s now 42 and a police officer in Burbank, which is closer to his home. “No one questioned it. No one said, `Wait for someone else.’ They just went in.” Tuck, who nearly lost his hand during the brave assault that earned him his medal, downplayed the praise heaped on the cops who stood at sharp attention on the ballroom’s stage. “We signed up to work and be police officers, not to collect medals,” he said. “We do it because it’s our job.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Perez and Pursel dropped their forks and ran for the car. “Once you make the decision, you make the decision,” Perez said Thursday. “You don’t think about it. You don’t wonder, `Did I make a mistake?’ You just do it.” The events of that night made those four cops and nine others heroes in the eyes of their peers. On Thursday, the LAPD made it official, with Chief William Bratton hanging the Medal of Valor around their necks. Along with six others who risked their lives in other incidents in the line of duty, the officers who waded into the smoke and chaos to save residents of the burning retirement home were awarded the department’s most prestigious accolade. After last week’s response to the immigration-rights rally in MacArthur Park, which led to the reassignment of senior officers and widespread criticism of police tactics, the LAPD was relieved to have something positive to discuss. “In moments of great crisis, they performed in a way that was truly exemplary,” Bratton said. “A lot is expected of officers, but until that moment of challenge, they always wonder, `How will I perform?’ These officers, in response to extreme challenges, rose above and beyond.” The night he became a hero, Officer Arturo Perez was eating fish. He was a 31-year-old patrolman on the evening of June21,1996, three years out of the Los Angeles Police Department Academy. He and his partner, Officer Mark Pursel, were settling into an uneventful shift at the Wilshire Division. They had just broadcast Code7, putting them on break as they sat down for a meal about 9p.m. As they dug in, the radio crackled. Officers Jeffrey Wenninger and Jose Castellanos saw a building near Beverly Boulevard and Croft Avenue explode. They were going in and needed help. last_img
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School District 60 issues statement on playground supervision

first_img– Advertisement – Under stage one job action teachers will no longer undertake any mandated supervision of students outside of regularly scheduled classes except as set out by an essential services order, attend any meetings with management other than meetings of the worksite Joint Health and Safety Committee, provide principals or administrators with any routine printed, written, or electronic communication, or receive any printed, written, or electronic communication from an administrator.Administrators will now be supervising students as they arrive and depart schools and other activities at school.last_img

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Daddy and Daughter Princess Ball a resounding success

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first year of the Daddy and Daughter Princess Ball that was held at the Northern Grand Hotel is being hailed a success.Linda Stirling, the Event Organizer, said, “We brought in around $16,000, but there are still bills to be paid.” All funds that have been raised go towards the Order of the Eastern Star and the Fort St. John Oilwives, which means all funds remain in the local community.The event took place on Saturday, September 21, 2019. This event was meant for daughters between the age of 3 and 10, to be accompanied by their father or grandfather.- Advertisement -Stirling shares, the theory behind the evening was to provide fathers with an opportunity to take their daughters out on a date and show them how to be treated appropriately at a young age.Stirling shares, attendees were very excited and lined up early. Men were dressed in suits and ties while their daughters wore beautiful gowns and had fancy hairstyles.Dinner was served, there were auctions, dancing, a candy table and other fun games to enjoy the evening.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Liverpool 0-0 Blackburn: Reds frustrated as resilient Rovers force FA Cup replay

first_img Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge battles with Blackburn’s Alex Baptiste 1 Liverpool and Blackburn will have to do it all again to find out who will progress to the FA Cup semi-finals after the in-form Merseysiders were held to a goalless draw at Anfield.The Premier League side were the more dominant team throughout but were superbly marshalled by the resilient Rovers, who battled well to secure a replay at Ewood Park.Blackburn were solid at the back but were also a very real threat going forward, with Craig Conway going close in the first-half and Alex Baptiste seeing a strong header well saved by Simon Mignolet.The Reds were classy in possession but struggled to create – despite a strong line-up which boasted the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson – with Daniel Sturridge and substitute Mario Balotelli having shots saved, while Kolo Toure had a goal disallowed for offside.Henderson also saw a late volley tipped away by Rovers shot-stopper Simon Eastwood, who stood firm in a late onslaught to seal a deserved replay.There were early concerns for Liverpool as centre-back Martin Skrtel was stretchered off just two minutes into the game.The Slovakian suffered a heavy landing from an aerial battle and left the field in a head brace, though he did give two thumbs up to the applauding Anfield crowd to show he was OK before being replaced by Kolo Toure.The Anfield outfit recovered from the early set-back and perhaps should have had a penalty in the 20th minute for what appeared to be a certain foul on Adam Lallana which was missed by the referee.It was a big let off for Blackburn, as Matthew Kilgallon – who was a mighty rock at the back for Rovers – went through the former Southampton skipper and seemed to get a touch on the ball, though replays showed to only took the man.The Reds were neat and tidy on the ball, with Coutinho and Henderson pulling all the strings in midfield, but their lack of cutting edge allowed the visitors to burst forward on the break.And it was Blackburn who offered the first real clear chance on goal, with Conway drilling a shot just over the crossbar from the edge of the area after cutting through Liverpool’s napping back-three.Toure then appeared to put Liverpool in front with a smashing volley from Sterling’s nodded flick, but his strike was chalked off, rightly, by the linesman’s flag.Towards the end of an entertaining opening half, Sturridge exhibiting brilliant touch to set himself up with a neat swivel and strike, but his effort was well parried by Eastwood, while the high-tempo affair continued after the break.Mignolet kept his side in the contest with a stunning save moments after the re-start, the Belgian stretching to tip a bullet header from Alex Baptiste, which looked destined for the top corner, over his crossbar.But Liverpool really forced the issue in the second-half, as Blackburn began to camp deep in their own half to keep the Reds at bay.The Merseysiders came agonisingly close to the breakthrough when Toure hit post from a free kick, though he perhaps should have done better with his free header at the back post.Rodgers introduced Mario Balotelli for Lazar Markovic with 30 minutes left to play and the Italian soon saw a sidefooted effort well smothered by the Rovers shot-stopper Eastwood, who pulled off a brilliant reaction stop to deny a powerful angled strike from Henderson moments later.Rovers were under siege in the final few minutes as Liverpool piled forward in search of the winner, but the visitors remained steadfast to seal a replay return to Ewood Park.last_img read more

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