His Malaysian counterpart, meanwhile, says his team’s earlier defeat at Vietnam’s hands in the group stage will have no bearing on the final. Vietnam will play the first leg of AFF Cup final away in Malaysia at 7:45 p.m. today. It will be a special match for the team, Park said at a press conference on Monday. "It’s been 10 years since the last time Vietnam won the AFF Cup, so this game will be a special one for us. Playing an away match under the pressure of 80,000 fans will surely be a challenge. We have to be ready in every way to get a good result." Vietnamese coach Park Hang-seo at a pre-game press conference. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong Park said Malaysia was a tough opponent. "Malaysia has shown a very different appearance compared to the group stage match with Vietnam. They have the most skilled players. However, our 2-0 win in the group stage will give some confidence to the Vietnamese players," he added. Whole different ball game On the Malaysian side, … [Read more...] about AFF Cup: Special game coming up, says Vietnam coach
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Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy It’s through gritted teeth and while in great pain I am going to admit the following. Manchester United is a very good football club. There, I’ve said it. Being from Liverpool it is part of my DNA to hate all things Red Devil. The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United is as intense as any in football. Inter/AC Milan, Celtic/Rangers, Boca Juniors/River Plate. All great games, great teams and great rivals, but there’s something about the match between the two teams from the North West of England that puts it head and shoulders above the rest. For large chunks of the 1970s and 1980s Liverpool were the top team in England and Europe, then along came a tough-talking, no-nonsense Scot by the name of Alex Ferguson. He vowed to “knock Liverpool off its perch,” and he did. United won 38 trophies under Ferguson between 1986 and 2013. There’s a stand named after him at Old Trafford and a statue in his honour outside … [Read more...] about Are we really all united in our hatred?
Viet Nam News by Robert Bicknell Can changing clubs make a difference in your game as a professional? We read all the time that a well-known Tour pro decided to switch brands, mostly due to a ridiculous amount of money being waved in his/her face. What people do not realize is that many of these pros are not entirely stupid and usually demand that the company make a virtual copy of their old tried and true club, with minimal cosmetic or technical changes, and just a new brand stamped on it. What’s old is new… sort of. But occasionally, the manufacturer might demand the player accept the designs they currently have, modified a bit to meet the player’s requirements. This can be something as simple as weighting, or grinding the sole a bit differently than what is actually on the market. But, almost without exception, once the player has a brand new set of clubs in his brand new bag, his game usually goes completely to hell, at least for a short while. Having said … [Read more...] about Can changing clubs make a difference in your game?
Melinda Colite held a picture of her grandson during a Senate investigation about the vaccine AFP/Noel CELIS While Dengvaxia's maker Sanofi has said unequivocally that its world-first vaccination is safe, Philippine authorities disagree publicly over whether it could have contributed to children's deaths. The resulting confusion has prompted a dangerous plunge in vaccination rates in the Philippines for other diseases. It has also added to a swirling political battle, fanned by bloggers who back President Rodrigo Duterte and have an audience of millions of Facebook followers. "The blame game has taken over the main issue," Ronald Mendoza, dean of the Ateneo de Manila University's School of Government, told AFP. "It may be doing damage to public health rather than protecting it." Health authorities have said child vaccination rates against illnesses like measles have dropped by as much as 25 percentage points over the previous year as public anger and mistrust has grown in the … [Read more...] about Confusion, blame game fuels Philippines vaccine scandal
Tiger Woods of USA plays a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP) Tiger Woods excited fans and rivals alike by practising on Monday (Apr 2) at the Masters, the 14-time major champion totally healthy at Augusta National for the first time in five years. Woods, and the potential for his first major victory since the 2008 US Open and first Masters win since 2005, was the talk of the course, even with a dozen other stars on peak form ahead of Thursday's start of the year's first major championship. "When Tiger walked onto the range there was an anticipation and excitement from the crowd to watch him compete again," said Britain's Justin Rose, last year's Masters runner-up and the 2013 US Open champion. Woods hasn't won a title since 2013 but after failed comebacks and four back surgeries, the last a spinal fusion, he's a contender again at age 42. "I got a second chance on life," Woods … [Read more...] about All eyes on Tiger Woods at Masters practice as tension builds