787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano And even though she led the beating, Kim had high praise for the Philippines.“I think they are so much better now, I saw them like two or three years ago and they did not play like that,” said Kim of the 79th-ranked Philippines in the FIVB world rankings. “I mean, they’ve improved a lot especially that they are very young. I’m sure they can improve after this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her The Fenerbahce outside hitter, though, told Hong that she was ready to play against the Philippines in their first game in the classification round.READ: AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeatedFEATURED 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’“I spoke with our coach and he said to be ready for the game so I told him that I was ready,” said Kim Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena.Kim played late against Vietnam in Korea’s final group stage game as she entered the match in the fourth set to lead the 10th-ranked team in the world to a 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22 win. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Korea captain Kim Yeon-koung had played just 10 minutes during the group stages of the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship so it came as a huge surprise when she stepped up against the host in the classification stages.Kim sat out the first two games in the preliminaries as she got permission from Korea head coach Hong Sungjin to take a breather after just competing in the FIVB World Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Playing against royalty in 2017 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Against the Philippines, however, Kim was thrust much earlier when she entered the floor near the end of the first set when the Filipinos were attempting to break the Koreans in the opening period.READ: Facing KYK huge challenge, morale-booster for PH volleybellesKim would finish of the first set and eventually lead the Koreans to a sweep, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12.“It was close in the first set and in the beginning of the second set so I expected to play,” said Kim who had 12 points against the Philippines.The Philippines were leading 10-7 in the second set when Kim made her second appearance, and for good measure she started the third set for Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas
England have long stuttered on the big stage and they last reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 2006, when Beckham was captain. Their only World Cup final was way back in 1966, when they beat Germany at Wembley.“I believe Argentina will play against England in the final,” Beckham predicted at an event to promote China’s largest collegiate football league.“I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country,” he added.But the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, a veteran of three World Cups, warned that the road ahead looked hard for Gareth Southgate’s team.“I’m very happy that we won the first game in the group,” he said. “England is a very young team, they don’t have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”Beckham’s assessment may also have been influenced by the struggles of some of the top teams in the early games, including Mexico’s defeat of defending champions Germany.Argentina, who could meet England in the semi-finals or final, drew 1-1 with Iceland in their first game as Messi, their talisman, missed a penalty.Improving Chinese football at the club and national level has been a priority for President Xi Jinping, who aims to make his country a global power in the sport.But it is a Herculean task for China, who have only ever qualified for one World Cup, in 2002 — when they exited without scoring a goal.Beckham said the world’s most populous country, currently 75th in the FIFA rankings, is heading in the right direction — but that there was still a long way to go.“This is where it starts, with universities, with young children — to educate the children to become professional and then become leaders in the game,” said Beckham, who played an exhibition game with Chinese youngsters.“In the future this country has a real opportunity to become one of the powerhouses in the sport, but this takes a lot of investment and hard work,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Beckham played three World Cups with England. © AFP / FRED DUFOURBeijing, China, Jun 21 – Former captain David Beckham has tipped England to play Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the World Cup final, reflecting rising optimism about the Three Lions’ chances after a positive start in Russia.Beckham was speaking at a promotional event in China after England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game, boosting their chances of reaching the knockout rounds.