McNeese’s Smith, HBU’s Welch Claim Men’s Outdoor Athletes of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Tyler Smith and Houston Baptist’s Christopher Welch are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Smith’s league recognition is the first for the Cowboys in the outdoor season, while Welch’s honor is the second for the Huskies after decathlete Scott Boon claimed the award last week.Welch, a freshman, posted a Southland-best triple jump of 15.73 meters (51-7.25) to claim top honors in this weekend’s Houston Alumni Invitational hosted by the University of Houston at the Carl Lewis International Complex.Meanwhile, Smith’s running this weekend earned him a first-place medal in the 200-meter race to go with another gold garnered by his 4 x 100 relay squad at the McNeese Spring Time Classic in Lake Charles, La.Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Tyler Smith, McNeese – Sr. – Stonewall, La.Smith posted a new personal-best of 21.0 seconds in his 200-meter race win. The time gives him the fifth-best mark in the Southland this season and is tied for the 46th-best posting nationally.The senior was also a part of the winning 4 x 100 meter relay team that broke the tape at 41.08 seconds.Honorable Mention: Ryan Cleary, Abilene Christian; Chris Jefferson, Sam Houston State.Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Christopher Welch, Houston Baptist – Fr. – Dickinson, TexasWelch’s winning leap bettered the runner-up competitor’s jump by more than a foot and a half. The output represents the seventh-best jump in the West region and 13th best in the NCAA this season. The freshman’s victory helped the Huskies to a third-place team finish in the meet.Honorable Mention: JaCorious Jeter, Northwestern State; Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Spurs blast dictionary definition of ‘yid’ after slur includes their fans

first_imgSPURS have blasted the Oxford English Dictionary’s expanded definition of the words “yid” and “yiddo” after they were linked to the Premier League club.The OED has received criticism for claiming that the Y-word, typically used as an anti-semitic slur, can also refer to “a supporter of or player for Tottenham Hotspur football club (traditionally associated with the Jewish community in north and east London)”.1 Tottenham have criticised the Oxford English Dictionary’s expanded definition of the word yidCredit: Action Images – ReutersIt is predominantly used as an offensive term towards Jewish people and has also been uttered in the past to abuse fans of the Lilywhites.The word has caused controversy in recent years after sections of Tottenham’s supporters attempted to reclaim the word.The “Yid Army” chant is often heard at the club’s home games, despite the fan base being made up of both Jewish and non-Jewish people.A Tottenham survey of 23,000 supporters in December discovered that almost half want the Y-word chanted less or banned completely.The North Londoners said at the time that they have a “zero-tolerance position” on antisemitism, and have since spoken out following OED’s change in “yid’s” definition.We find the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of the word misleading given it fails to distinguish contextTottenham HotspurA Tottenham statement read: “As a club we have never accommodated the use of the Y-word on any club channels or in club stores and have always been clear that our fans (both Jewish and gentile) have never used the term with any intent to cause offence.“We find the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of the word misleading given it fails to distinguish context, and welcome their clarification.”However, the OED has defended the move, arguing that it takes a historical approach in recording the usage as well as the development of words, rather than prescribing how they are used.It said in a statement: “We reflect, rather than dictate, how language is used which means we include words which may be considered sensitive and derogatory. These are always labelled as such.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic“The entry for ‘yiddo’ is labelled as offensive and derogatory and our reference to Tottenham Hotspur is a reflection of the evidence for the word.”As we state at the closely related word ‘yid’, Tottenham Hotspur football club is traditionally associated with the Jewish community in North and East London, and the term is sometimes used as a self-designation by some Tottenham fans.”We will ensure the context for this connection is very clear in both definitions.”Harry Kane shares training video and insists he is ‘making gains’ after injury in huge boost to Tottenham and Englandlast_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgDelroy SeixasKO finalFirst-time entrants August Town will try to upstage defending champions Constant Spring in the Delroy Seixas KO final this Sunday, at Winchester Park, St George’s College, starting at 4 p.m.Constant Spring hammered August Town in Sunday’s Masters League KO semi-final at the same question.The big question is, can August Town turn it around after the walloping or will Constant Spring continue their winning ways?Come and find out this Sunday.USA, Mexico clash sold outMIAMI, Florida:CONCACAF today announced that the CONCACAF Cup play-off – presented by Scotiabank – between the United States and Mexico on Saturday at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California (6 p.m.Pacific Time), is sold out.The winner of the match, which will be televised in the US by Univision/UDN in Spanish and FS1 in English, will earn a berth in the prestigious FIFA Confederations Cup, to be played in Russia in 2017.”This is one of the biggest soccer games to be played on North American soil since the 1994 World Cup, and the fans have certainly responded,” said CONCACAF acting general secretary, Ted Howard.Bouchard retires from opening match at China OpenBEIJING (AP):A teary-eyed Eugenie Bouchard retired from her opening match against Andrea Petkovic at the China Open due to dizziness yesterday, her first match since falling at the US Open last month and suffering a concussion.Bouchard slipped in the locker room after her third-round win against Dominika Cibulkova at the US Open, falling backward and landing hard on the back of her head. She was forced to withdraw from the tournament, as well as subsequent tournaments in Tokyo and Wuhan, China.The Canadian was trailing 6-2, 1-1 against Petkovic yesterday when she decided to call it quits.”I thought I was physically ready, but unfortunately, the symptoms of my concussion came back,” Bouchard said in a statement. “I hope to get well soon and look forward to returning next year.”After Bouchard retired from the match, Petkovic came around the net to check on her.”I just asked her what happened and she told me that she felt very dizzy,” the German said. “Then I asked if it was the same, if it still was the concussion. She said yeah, it tends to come back when she gets physically very active.”Pakistan beat ZimbabweHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP):Bilal Asif took 5-25 and was also his team’s joint top-scorer to help Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets yesterday and clinch their one-day international series 2-1. Playing just his second ODI, Asif was the standout player as Pakistan avoided a first-ever ODI series loss to Zimbabwe.Spinners Asif and Imad Wasim shared eight wickets as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 161 in 38.5 overs. Wasim took 3-36 and both claimed career-best figures, justifying Pakistan stand-in captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s decision to bowl first at Harare Sports Club.Pakistan reached 162-3 in 34 overs to add the ODI series to their 2-0 victory in the Twenty20 contest.last_img read more

Years later, Roger Federer still on top

first_imgAnd there’s the longevity, which is particularly impressive in light of the recent injury woes for the younger members of tennis’ elite: Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.At 36½, Federer is now the second-oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era — Ken Roswell won Australia in 1972 at 37. And after going more than four years without a trophy, he’s added three in the span of four appearances at majors (he skipped last year’s French Open and sounds like someone contemplating doing so again in a few months’ time).“I don’t think age is an issue, per se. It’s just a number,” he said Sunday. “But I need to be very careful in my planning, really decide beforehand what are my goals, what are my priorities. I think that’s what’s going to dictate how successful I will be.”Federer was asked how long he thinks he can continue playing at this level.“No idea. Honest, I don’t know. I have no idea. I’ve won three Slams now in 12 months. I can’t believe it myself,” he said. “I just got to keep a good schedule, stay hungry, then maybe good things can happen.”Take a look at the way Federer earned his sixth Australian Open championship, tying the men’s record for most in history, to go along with his unprecedented eight Wimbledons, five U.S. Opens (tied for the most in the professional era) and one French Open.After letting a lead slip away and getting outplayed by Cilic the fourth set, Federer faced some danger in the opening game of the decider in the form of two break points.“Momentum,” Cilic would say later, “was on my side.”Right when nerves would figure to be most frayed, Federer was steadier. On the initial break chance there, Cilic got a look at a 104 mph second serve and dumped a forehand return into the net. On the next, Cilic pushed a forehand return wide off a 119 mph first serve up the “T,” and Federer yelled out in Swiss German. Two points later, Federer conjured up a cross-court backhand winner that clipped the outside of a line to cap a 15-stroke exchange and grab that game.In the next, Cilic double-faulted twice and Federer took advantage, breaking en route to a 3-0 lead. And that was pretty much that. View comments It’s hard to decide what is most remarkable about Federer’s career.Cilic’s take?“The passion to compete, season after season, especially at this high level,” said the man who has lost two of the last three Grand Slam finals to the Swiss maestro. “Also, being able to challenge himself, first physically and then mentally, as well, to be at the top almost every single week.”The sheer volume of it all does stand out. Federer has won exactly 10 percent of the 200 major tournaments contested in the professional era. Before Federer started collecting his 20, the most any man managed to accumulate was the 14 for Pete Sampras; he now stands No. 3, behind Federer and Rafael Nadal with 16.There’s also that constant work to evolve and improve, most notably during his recent renaissance by adding versatility to his backhand side with a flatter, more powerful shot than his long-preferred slice.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson So let’s recall what Federer said at the All England Club on the day he collected his very first Grand Slam title, all the way back in July 2003.“I hope,” Federer said, “it’s not going to be my last.”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 folkSeems silly nowadays, doesn’t it?Because there he was, nearly 15 full years later, tears dotting his cheeks as he spoke to an adoring Australian Open crowd after beating 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in Sunday’s final in Melbourne. Holding his most recent prize, Federer declared, “The fairy tale continues.” Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Source: Pistons finalizing deal to acquire Blake Griffincenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 MOST READ Switzerland’s Roger Federer poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the men’s singles final at the Australian Open against Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Melbourne, Australia Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Used to be that Roger Federer simply could not win a match, let alone a championship, at major tournaments.That might be hard to imagine now that Federer owns 20 Grand Slam trophies. But you can look it up: He lost in the first round on three of his first four trips to Wimbledon, and three of his first five appearances at the French Open.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Federer was on his way, just like so many times before.“It’s always very, very challenging to play him,” Cilic observed.Wasn’t always that way at the very beginning, actually. Yet it very much is, all these years later.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

International tech firms engage local Private, Public Sectors on business innovation

first_imgAs Guyana’s oil and gas sector matures rapidly, it is crucial that local businesses become more innovative so as to provide efficient and improved ways to deliver the desired quality of service to both Guyanese and foreign end-users.Elo Touch Regional Sales Director Carlos CorredorInformatik Solutions Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Software Engineer Luis Santiago,Spearheaded by Starr Computer Inc, the transformational seminar geared at educating local organisations on innovation in products and services was officially opened on Tuesday at the business’s Brickdam headquarters. Businesses that operate in the areas of healthcare, warehousing, retail, hospitality, manufacturing and asset management are among those targeted.Speakers featured at the event include Elo Touch Regional Sales Director Carlos Corredor and Informatik Solutions Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Software Engineer Luis Santiago, along with Bluestar General Manager Luis Fernando.In opening remarks, Starr Computer President Mike Mohan reiterated that local businesses should change the way they deliver services so as to keep up with today’s innovation-based world.“There’s a lot of disruption taking place today, with the oil and gas technology is changing the way we work, live, and play. And with the oil and gas very close to its production stage, it is really very important that the businesses in Guyana begin to transform the way they do business and move towards the direction of better automation of better quality of services,” Mohan stated.Elo Touch Sales Director Corredor, in his presentation, remarked that significant opportunities for product markets existed in Guyana, as he showcased the range of hardware and software equipment offered by the company.“We see great opportunities in this country; we see great opportunities in the market and the retail and point-of-sale opportunity that we pretty much manage, so this is an example of the influx of people, of companies that have opportunities that are coming in the near future, with the oil and gas industry and everything that’s part of that ecosystem,” Corredor noted.Meanwhile, Informatik Solutions CEO Santiago touched on the software that was interfacing with multiple manufacturers’ hardware to generate the desired results, noting that significant change would come about as a result of Guyana’s oil and gas sector.“So, Guyana is about to go in a very interesting part of its history … as oil and gas come in and starts to develop, a lot of funds are going to become available suddenly, which means that a lot of investments is going to be happening suddenly and that’s going to make a lot of changes happen really fast at the same time,” he stated.Santiago further explained that his company played the role of advising and empowering local businesses on ways to prevent disruption.“This person that is Guyanese, that is local is endangered: they’re going to be displaced probably. Who is telling what to do to prevent that disruption? And this is where this partnership come in, we want to empower those local entrepreneurs to not only think about Guyana as its market, but actually to develop themselves in a way to be globally natured,” he detailed.Some of the solutions offered by these companies include: point-of-sale, payment processing, security and biometrics, and auto identification (ID) software.last_img read more

Give Mexican truck program a chance

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – Detroit News A pilot program is under way to allow Mexican trucks and drivers to enter the United States with cargo as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The move has brought protests from the Teamsters union, but the program deserves a fair chance. Fear of competition is the real issue ? though the Teamsters union has thrown every Chicken Little argument in the book at the public to see if one will stick. It has been claimed that Mexican drivers didn’t speak enough English to read road signs ? here. The union argued that Mexican trucks are dirty and will add untold pounds of pollutants into the environment. It is claimed that Mexican drivers would cross over doped up or drunk and that the companies would smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States. ? ? The Bush administration has agreed to work with the union to address the issues. The pilot program ? would allow 100 Mexican trucking companies complete access to United States roadways after they’ve been inspected and approved by federal transportation officials. ? We’ll soon find out if the doomsday scenarios the Teamsters predicted are realized. We’re betting that’s not likely to happen. last_img read more

Newcastle struggling to offload Emmanuel Riviere as deal collapses

first_img1 Emmanuel Riviere Lille have pulled out of a deal to sign Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere.The Frenchman has struggled for action at St. James’ Park this season, with injuries preventing him from establishing himself in the first team.Newcastle are willing to let the 25-year-old leave and Lille had offered to take him on loan.But, according to La Provence, the deal has now broken down and Riviere will be staying put.The transfer reportedly collapsed as Newcastle wanted to sell the player outright – while Lille only wanted a loan move.German side Frankfurt are also monitoring Riviere, but like Lille they would prefer a loan deal.last_img read more

Luxury Donegal hotel does spa-tacularly well to win prestigious award

first_imgLough Eske Castle, a Solís Hotel & Spa outside Donegal Town is delighted to announce they have been awarded ‘Highly Commended Ulster Spa of the Year 2017’ at the Irish Tatler Spa Awards 2017.This is the second year running that Spa Solís has received an award at the prestigious award ceremony which took place on Thursday 6th of July 2017 in Dublin.Opened 10 years ago in 2007, this year is an exciting year for the team at Lough Eske Castle with 10th anniversary celebrations taking place later in the year and receiving recent awards such Quality Employer Award by IHF and Ulster Venue of the Year by Ms. Denise McDonagh (Spa Manager), Ms. Emma Byrne (Lead Spa Therapist) and Ms. Carol McHugh (Lead Spa Receptionist) accepting their award.Ms. Denise McDonagh (Spa Manager), Ms. Emma Byrne (Lead Spa Therapist) and Ms. Carol McHugh (Lead Spa Receptionist) accepting their award.Spa Solís Manager, Denise McDonagh commented, “My wonderful spa team and I are delighted and overjoyed to be highly commended for the Ulster Spa of the year at this year’s Tatler Spa Awards.“It is a great privilege to have been chosen alongside some of the most prestigious spas in the country.“The spa team work tirelessly to provide our guests with the best treatments and service possible, this great care and attention has been a major contribution to our continued success at the Tatler Spa Awards.”  Luxury Donegal hotel does spa-tacularly well to win prestigious award was last modified: July 10th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:solis lough eske castle hotellast_img read more


first_imgOlympian Brendan Boyce returned to a huge welcome to Co Donegal last night.The 50k walker, who knocked two minutes off his own personal best during his efforts in London, was greeted by dozens of fans when he arrived in Letterkenny. He then made his way to Milford where crowds came in out villages to welcome him home.Brendan said he really enjoyed the experience of the Olympic Games and thanked everyone for their support.We’ll check in again on you a few weeks before the next games in Brazil in 2016.Don’t be knocking too much time off that personal best of yours Brendan!  OLYMPIAN BRENDAN RETURNS TO DONEGAL – IN PICTURES! was last modified: August 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan BoyceHOMECOMINGMilfordlast_img read more

Uefa Champions league starts today

first_imgBarcelona are looking forward to Lionel Messi.The UEFA champions league season is getting under way this evening. PML Daily’s Shaban Lubega takes you through the action today.Manchester United(Eng) vs FC Basel(Swi).Old Trafford, Manchester.Refree: Ruddy Buquet(France).Jose Mourinho will lead Manchester United in the champions league for the first time this evening against a side that they have never beaten at home.United used the Europa league route to confirm their participation in the champions league this season after finishing sixth in the league last season.Both teams (United and Basel) have drawn all of their games at the famous Old Trafford stadium. United are on the back of a two all draw with Stock city in the league, the first points they have drawn all season having won their first three games.For the home game against Basel, they are to be without the suspended pair of Eric Baily and Phil Jones which means Swedish defender Victor Lindolf will most likely partner Chris Smalling at the heart of the defence.The only injury concerns are Luke Shaw and Ashley Young but Maroune Fellaini is subject to a late fitness test after over coming an injury that ruled him out of Saturday’s draw away to Stock.Prediction:Manchester Utd 2-1 Basel.Although united have always found it hard against Basel in the past, Mourinho is a man who always seems to know how to get results against sides like Basel who are currently poor in terms of form having not won any of their last three games.Celtic(Sco) vs PSG(Fra)Celtic Park, GlasgowRefree: Daniel Orsato(Italy)With striker Leigh Griffiths passed fit for tonight’s encounter, Celtic have sure got a major boost for the visit of French giants PSG.Griffiths misses Friday’s 4-1 win over Hamilton Academical but will be expected to start as fellow striker Moussa Dembele has been ruled out along with defenders Dedryik Boyata and Erick Sviatchenko.The Scotish champions take on in form PSG who thrashed Metz on the same day 5-1 with their star trio of Kyrian Mbappe, Neymar Jr and Edinson Cavani all on the score sheet.PSG would want to go one better of last season when their where eliminated by Barcelona in the quater finals 6-5 on aggregate but tonights encounter comes too soon for midfielders Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore who are both out injured.Marco Verrati is expected to start after missing the Metz game through suspension.Prediction:Celtic 1-3 PSG.If PSG are to be known as heavy wights in Europe, they should win games like this comfortably and thats what i see them doing tonight.Barcelona((Spa) vs Juventus(Ita)Camp Nou, BarcelonaRefree: Damir Skomina(Slovenia)A repeat of last season’s quater final in this one as French champions Juventus who eliminated Barcelona last season without conceeding a single goal travel to the Camp Nou on day one.Barcelona who are on top of the table in La liga nad four points clear of rivals Real Madrid start life in Europe minus Neymar.His replacement Ousman Dembele came off the bench and assisted Luis Suarez’s goal in the 5-0 drabbing of Espanyol on Saturday and is expected to start.Juventus are also on top in the Serie A and won easily over the weekend 3-0 against Chievo Verona despite resting several players.These two teams have face each other five times in the past with Barcelona winning only once in the champions league final 2015.Prediction:Barcelona 2-1 Juventus.With Juventus having lost only once in the last 15 games in the group stages, it will be hard to break them down but with Messi who scored a hattrick on Saturday on form, I see Barca edging this one.Chelsea(Eng) vs Qarabag(Arz)Stanford Bridge, LondonRefree: Anastasios Sidiropoulos(Greece).Chelsea return to the champions league after missing out last season and have lost only once in the last 13 in the group stages.Debutants Qarabag couldn’t have got a tougher test in thier firt game in the champions league than they will have on their hands today against English champions Chelsea.Qarabag won thier final qualification game on away goals against Copenhagen but this is a different test all together.Chelsea will have Edin Hazard on the bench tonight as he completes his recovery from a length lay out but captain Gary Cahill is expected to start after completing his domestic ban over the weekend.New signing Danny Drinkwater is still out nursing a calf injury so he is not expected to feature.Prediction:Chelsea 4-0 Qarabag.With only Qarabag’s travel to England ending in a 3-1 loss to Spurs, i dont see that changing as Chelsea will definatly over power them at Stanford bridge.Bayern(Ger) vs Anderlect(Bel).Allianz Arena, MunichRefree: Paolo Tagliavento.German champions go into the first game of the champions league on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.The last meeting between the two side came in 2008 as Anderlect won away to Bayern but alot has changed now and it will be a miracal sort of if they can do it again.This will surely be Carlo Anchelotti’s last season if he fails to win the European most coverted trophy having lost in the semi finals on all of thier last three occassions.Luckily for them, the oppostion in Anderlect are so poor at the moment having won only once in the last four games and that win coming over the weekend against Lokeren.Prediction:Bayern 4-1 Anderlect.Bayern are traditionally a strong side at home and i dont see that changing today against Anderlect.Benfica(Por) vs CSKA Moskova(Rus).Estadio do Sport, LisbonRefree: Alberto Undiano(Spain)Benfica have won all of the last three league titles in Portugal but have failed to replicate that form in Europe.They always seem to get out of the group and will need a clean start here against a CSKA Moskova side who dont always win away from home.CSKA eliminated Young Boys of Switzerland in the final round of qualifiers.Prediction:Benfica 2-0 CSKA MoskovaTraditionally, Portugues side are so sturbon at home and although Benfica lost two key players in the summer, i dont see CSKA causing an upset.Roma(Ita) vs Atheletico Madrid((Spa).Estadio Olympico, RomaRefree: Milorad Mazic(Serbia).Roma have not played competitive football in over two weeks now after thier league game against Sampdoria was post poned.It may be an advantage in a sense that they are the fresher of the two side with Athletico playing and drawing away to Valencia over the weekend.Athletico have become one of the strongest side in Europe of late and will surely pose a big threat tonight against the Romans.This will be the first meeting between the two sides.Prediction:Roma 0-0 Athletico Madrid.Atheletico always struggles away from home in Europe and i dont think today will be an exception.Roma on the other hand dont have enough power to take all three points and will surely struggle to find the back of the net.Olympiacos(Gre) vs Sporting Lisbon(Por).Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki, PiraeusRefree: Viktor Kassai.Two inform sides in Olympiakos and Sporting meet today in the first group game of the 2017/18 season.Both reams have won four of their last five in all competitions.Their only meeting was in a club friendly with Sporting winning 1-0.Prediction:Olympiakos 2-1 Sporting Lisbon.The Stadio Georgios is a hard place to play in especially when you are an away side.All I can see here is a home win as Sporting will surely find it difficult taking the initiativeCommentslast_img read more