Cubs beat Indians, force World Series to deciding Game 7

first_imgRussell, who dressed up like a Ninja turtle on Halloween, then put a fright into Indians fans with his shot to deep left-center.With two on, Indians reliever Dan Otero placed a 2-0 pitch over the heart of the plate to Russell, who launched it over the wall spent much of his home-run trot howling.The Cubs were loud all night, and with one more win they’ll be champions.“I hope it’s not difficult to sleep. It’s every kid’s dream. It all comes down to Game 7,” Russell said.FALL CLASSICSBryant and Rizzo became the first 3-4 hitters to combine for seven hits in a Series game. … Kipnis went 3 for 4 with a single, double and home run. He has two in this Series, joining Willie Stargell and Roy Campanella as the only players to accomplish that. … Cleveland’s pitchers have 59 strikeouts, tied for the fourth most in Series history. The 2001 Yankees had 70.SEVENTH HEAVENThe Cubs and Indians each have 0-2 records in Game 7. Chicago lost the 1945 World Series to Detroit and the 2003 NLCS to Florida, both at Wrigley. … Along with the ’97 Series loss, the Indians dropped the 2007 ALCS at Boston. . The Series has gone the distance three times in six years. San Francisco defeated Kansas City in the last seven-gamer in 2014. . Home teams are 18-19 all-time in Game 7.ME AND THE MICKAt 22, Russell became the second-youngest player to hit a grand slam in the World Series. Yankees legend Mickey Mantle was 21 when he hit one on Oct. 4, 1953 against Brooklyn. Russell is the first Cubs to player to connect for a slam in the Series. We are young Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Arrieta wasn’t dominant, but he didn’t have to be. Staked to the early lead, he held the Indians without a hit until the fourth when Kipnis doubled leading off and scored on Mike Napoli’s single.Arrieta worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, and gave up a homer to Kipnis in the fifth but struck out nine.Maddon came to get him in the sixth, the right-hander got several pats on the back from Chicago’s infielders and Cubs fans saluted him with a standing ovation.Tomlin was one strike from getting out of the first unscathed when everything fell apart.He had Bryant down 0-2 when he hung a waist-high curveball that Chicago’s third baseman, who came in just 2 for 17 in the Series but had homered in Game 5, cracked nearly halfway up the bleachers in left field, a 433-foot shot that sent a shockwave through standing-room-only Progressive Field.There was a bigger one to come.Rizzo and Ben Zobrist followed with singles before Tomlin got Russell to hit what appeared to be a routine out. However, right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall and rookie center fielder Tyler Naquin, unable to hear each other over the roaring crowd, looked at each other and let the ball drop onto the grass for a double.While they scrambled to recover it, Rizzo scored easily and Zobrist beat a relay throw to the plate, bowling over Indians catcher Roberto Perez as a sizeable contingent of Cubs screamed with delight.“It was just loud at there,” Naquin said. “It was kind of one of those in-betweeners. Lonnie got a good break, I got a break, it’s just one of those deals. In the moment, me being the center fielder, I need to take charge on that. That’s my mistake.”Although it was early, with Arrieta on the mound, Chicago’s lead felt more like 30-0 than 3-0. Addison Russell hit a grand slam and tied a Series record with six RBIs, and Chicago took advantage of a huge early misplay in Cleveland’s outfield as the Cubs, their offense finally revving, throttled the Indians 9-3 on Tuesday night in Game 6 to push this tense tug-of-war between baseball’s two longest title drought holders to the limit.The biggest, most nerve-wracking day lies ahead.“This is kind of fitting for these two franchises. This is storybook,” Cubs catcher David Ross said. “They’ll make movies about this one day.”Indians ace Corey Kluber, dominant while winning Games 1 and 4, starts again on short rest Wednesday night at home against big league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks.Cleveland’s hopes will rest with their best pitcher, the one guy they’ve been able to count on all season.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Phoenix solves guard problems with Alolino, Javelona Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus View comments Hysteria for one fan base, more heartbreak for the other.Cubs vs. Indians in a winner-take-all Game 7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentAs it should be.“It’s just correct and apt that we’d go seven games,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. Nov. 1, 2016: Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell hits a grand slam against the Cleveland Indians during the third inning of Game 6 of the World Series. APCLEVELAND — One more game. For everything.Either a 108-year World Series championship drought will come to an end, or another that’s lasted 68 years.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” said Jason Kipnis, who homered and had three hits. “We knew they’ve got a great ballclub over there. They were lined up with their three-headed monster of a pitching staff. We’re still very confident.”Kris Bryant homered to spark a three-run first inning, Russell hit the first Series slam in 11 years and Jake Arrieta worked into the sixth as the Cubs, down 3-1 back at Wrigley Field, are now rolling. One more win at Progressive Field would bring their first championship since 1908.The Indians, trying for their first title since 1948, missed a second shot at closing out the Cubs. Cleveland is now forced to play another Game 7 after losing in 11 innings to the Florida Marlins in 1997 in its last trip to the Series.Not wanting to take any chances despite a comfortable late lead, Maddon used atomic-armed Aroldis Chapman for one out in the seventh, the eighth and one batter in the ninth. The lefty, who got the final eight outs in Game 5, threw just 20 pitches and will be on call for the season’s final game when both managers won’t hesitate to use any arm they’ve got.The Cubbies, shut out twice earlier in this Series, brought their clubbies to Cleveland. Bryant had four hits and Anthony Rizzo added three, including a two-run homer.They hammered Josh Tomlin, who couldn’t get out of the third inning and didn’t get any help from his outfield in the first. The right-hander, who was so effective in Game 3 at Wrigley Field, pitched on short rest for the second time in his career but wasn’t the problem as much as his location.Everything seemed to be lined up for a massive downtown street party in Cleveland.On a 71-degree November night, fans came hoping to witness the first championship win at home by a Cleveland team since the Browns took the NFL title in 1964 by shutting out the Baltimore Colts.With Eddie Robinson — the last living member from that ’48 title team — in attendance, and LeBron James and the NBA champion Cavaliers coming over from Quicken Loans Arena after they beat Houston, Cleveland was poised to have a night to remember like the one just 134 days ago in June when the Cavs ended the city’s 52-year championship dry spell.The Cubs blew through those plans like a wicked wind off Lake Michigan.last_img read more

Star on high morale going into playoffs after ‘test of character’ win

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak 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 Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Lee, though, a three from such distance was no fluke.“I was focused on the game and I was confident on my shot because I always practice that,” said Lee. “I knew how far that was, I do that every time in practice. When the shot clock is winding down and you need to take those kinds of shots.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions “Of course the team’s morale is really high right now especially after a win like this,” said Lee who finished with 18 points, five rebounds, and two steals.READ: Star outlasts Alaska in OT thriller FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“That’s what coach Chito [Victolero] said, that we need these kinds of games going into the playoffs because this was a test of our character.”Star outscored Alaska 46-21 in the final 17 minutes of play and three of which came off Lee’s booming triple from 40 feet out to give the Hotshots a 97-93 lead with 1:32 left in overtime.center_img SMB, Star stay in top-2 hunt Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle PBA IMAGESStar guard Paul Lee said Wednesday said the Hotshots are going into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs on a cloud nine after finishing the eliminations with a league-best 9-2 record.The Hotshots earned their ninth win in a comeback victory over an Alaska side that led by as much as 21 points, 73-52, at the end of the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadlast_img read more

Pontillas takes place of ineligible scorer Mau

first_imgTaal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down “We still have time, we need good game plans and hopefully we get the team complete,” Delos Santos said. “But the team is strong and the players stepped up, even the young players.”The team will next play tuneup matches against men’s squads.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motolite gets back at BanKo No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist The national women’s volleyball team tapped veteran spiker Aiza Pontillas to replace Fil-Am Kalei Mau, who failed to secure a release from the United States federation to play for the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games.The development rocked the national team, which is hoping to finish on the podium in the SEA Games volleyball competitions slated Dec. 2 to 10 at PhilSports Arena.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust MOST READ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘People evacuated on their own’ PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:00SEA Games 2019 police assessment as of Dec. 501:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption The 6-foot-2 Mau was counted on to stir up the Philippine offense along with Alyssa Valdez and Ces Molina.“For us, Kalei is part of the team but then we have to make an adjustment,” said head coach Shaq delos Santos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Pontillas is a many-time member of the national team.The Philippines placed second in the Philippine Superliga Super Cup, bowing to Japan’s University of Tsukuba, 25-13, 25-21, 25-19, late Friday in the gold medal match. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

With a baby on the way, Michelle Wie still has eye on golf

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall ‘People evacuated on their own’ Wie worked for Golf Channel in the studio during the Solheim Cup, and CBS Sports announced late last year it was adding her to its broadcast team, including a role on one of its platforms at the Masters, though specifics have not been revealed.Having a daughter on the way has changed her outlook.Wie said the first trimester was a struggle — “I don’t think they should call it morning sickness. It’s 24/7,” she said with a laugh — but she even raised the notion of playing before the baby arrives. She says she has chipped and putted, but mostly stayed in the house upon learning she was pregnant.“Ideally, I would love to have the experience of playing while pregnant. We’ll see,” Wie said. “I’m not ruling anything out.”Wie says she has long admired women on the LPGA Tour who have played after having children, notably Solheim Cup captains Juli Inkster and Catriona Matthew, most recently Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller. She always wanted to fashion herself after Lorena Ochoa, who retired at No. 1 in the world because she wanted to start a family.“When she did that, I thought that was pretty cool,” Wie said.She also thought about Suzann Pettersen of Norway, who stepped away from golf when she had a son, returned at the urging of Matthew and made a 7-foot putt on the final hole to win the Solheim Cup for Europe.And she thought about Tiger Woods and the moment he shared at Augusta National in April.“I see Tiger winning the Masters again, the comments he made about how special it was that his kids were out there and saw him play. Things like that motivate me,” Wie said. “It’s definitely a dream for my kids to be in the crowd and watch me play.”For now, Wie says she has kept busy with various projects. Along with her golf, Wie is known for her artistic flair from painting to fashion. But her spare time does not making clothes for her daughter. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “I will not be knitting baby clothes. I’ll be buying,” she said. “I don’t have the patience.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ On the golf course, she never fully recovered from wrist surgery and played only four tournaments. Her last event was the KPMG Women’s PGA at Hazeltine, where she opened with an 84 and tearfully wondered how much longer she could keep going.Off the course, life was never better. Wie and West, the son of NBA great Jerry West, announced their engagement in March. They were married in August and Wie, who graduated from Stanford, moved back to the Bay Area.And now they’re starting a family.“I’m so blessed — 2019 could have been a bad year for me,” Wie said.Wie, who turned 30 in October, has five victories on the LPGA Tour. The biggest was the U.S. Women’s Open in 2014 at Pinehurst No. 2, one week after the men’s U.S. Open on the Donald Ross design. But her career has been slowed by injuries, even as a teenager, and the most recent injury raised speculation she might be done.ADVERTISEMENT Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee FILE – In this April 5, 2019, file photo, Michelle Wie watches her tee shot on the 118th hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Wie is expecting her first child — a girl — this summer. The often-injured golfer announced the news Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, on Instagram. She married Jonnie West, the son of NBA great Jerry West, in August. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)HONOLULU — Michelle Wie always thought if she ever had children, that would be the end of her golf.Now she is more inspired than ever to return.ADVERTISEMENT US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high Wie, who married Golden State Warriors executive Jonnie West in August, announced they are having their first child — a girl — this summer.“I do know, especially now having a baby girl, the motivation to come back is even stronger,” Wie said during a conference call Friday. “Because I’m having a girl, I want her to see me play, and be a strong woman. That’s really important. I always thought I’d be the person that I’m going to quit when I have kids. Now it’s different.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Wie has been one of the most recognizable players in women’s golf from from the time she was a teen prodigy in Hawaii, coming within one shot of making the cut at the Sony Open on the PGA Tour as a ninth-grader at nearby Punahou School.Her surprise announcement on Instagram capped off 10 months she described as a whirlwind. Heat’s Butler, Pacers’ Warren fined for altercationlast_img read more

Fiji to advertise rugby sevens post as Ben Ryan moves on

first_imgHe has been awarded Fiji’s highest civilian offer, been showered with gifts including a prime parcel of land in the South Pacific island nation, and talks were under way to give Ryan and his family Fiji passports.But Fiji Rugby Union chief executive John O’Connor said it had become apparent that Ryan, who has received several lucrative offers since his Olympic triumph, was going to move on.“The Fiji Rugby Union has today confirmed that after discussions with coach Ben Ryan, that the position of Fiji sevens head coach will be advertised,’ O’Connor said in a statement.“The discussions with Ben indicates his desire to take a break from rugby by returning home to England and to explore options for his future undertaking.”O’Connor said the Fiji Rugby Union would have been glad to renew the contract but they had to respect Ryan’s decision.“Ryan is most welcome to reapply for the position should he have a change of heart,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ben Ryan (centre) led Fiji’s rugby sevens team to Olympic gold in Rio © AFP/File / Philippe LopezWELLINGTON, New Zealand, Sep 2 – Fiji rugby officials accepted Friday that they had lost gold-medal winning sevens maestro Ben Ryan and confirmed they would now advertise for a new coach.Both rugby officials and the government have courted Ryan since the sevens team won Fiji’s first ever Olympic medal, hoping the 44-year-old Englishman would stay.last_img read more

Diana Lynn Love, 67, of Orleans

first_imgShe was a graduate of Orleans High School, class of 1970. She was a 4-H Leader and volunteer for many years and women’s leader of the Farm Bureau. She enjoyed cooking, crafts and watching her grandchildren.She is survived by her husband of Orleans; mother of Orleans; threedaughters, Jennifer Hall (Chad) of Orleans, Allison Brown (J.J.) ofCampbellsburg and Carmen Alston (Pat) of Orleans; two sons, MichaelLove (Abbie) of Orleans and Matt Love (Mandy) of Orleans; thirteengrandchildren; one great grandson and one sister, Tammy Tolbert(Larry) of Orleans.She was preceded in death by her father, Lee Roy Burton and onebrother, Kim Burton “Boomer”.The funeral will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home with Bro. Thomas Bostic officiating. Burial willfollow in Bethel Cemetery, Orleans.Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home on Thursday from4:00 until 8:00 PM.Memorial contributions may be sent Orange County 4-H.Online condolences may be sent to the family at ochstetrick.net Diana Lynn Love, 67, of Orleans, passed away peacefully at her home at2:04 AM on November 20, 2019.She was born November 17, 1952 in Salem, IN, the daughter of Lee Royand Mary Alice (Gray) Burton.She married John Love on October 10, 1970 and he survives.last_img read more

Traffic chaos and road closures caused by icy conditions across Donegal

first_imgThere are reports of accidents, tailbacks and treacherous conditions on roads across the county this morning after an overnight spell of snow and freezing conditions.The Ramelton Road outside Letterkenny is reportedly closed following a collision. The road at Woodlands National School will remain closed for up to one hour after a vehicle struck a pole and authorities are working to remove fallen electrical wires at the scene.Traffic is said to be at a standstill on the Kilmacrennan road to Illistrin NS. A lorry breakdown has been reported as the cause for the delays here. Icy conditions are reported on the road from the Silver Tassie Hotel to Letterkenny. Cars have been sliding on roundabouts around the Letterkenny area, including the Dry Arch, Manor and Mountain Top.Traffic is backed up from Magherabeg National School to the Manorcunningham Roundabout outside Letterkenny.The AA roadwatch is warning motorists to drive carefully and remember stopping distances are 10 x longer in ice and snow.    Traffic chaos and road closures caused by icy conditions across Donegal was last modified: March 21st, 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)last_img read more

Presidential candidate Ní Riada ‘heartened’ by Donegal support

first_imgSinn Féin’s Presidential candidate Liadh Ní Riada brought her campaign to Donegal last weekend to meet with friends in Gweedore.Ní Riada, who is the Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South, attended a rally and concert in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair on Saturday.Before the event, the Cork native visited Grianan of Aileach in Burt. Ní Riada was joined at the historic beauty spot by a group of enthusiastic supporters which included Sinn Féin’s senator Pádraig MacLochlainn, Pearse Doherty TD and Cllr Jack Murray.Cllr Jack Murray, Pearse Doherty TD, Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn,Liadh Ní RiadaSpeaking to those assembled she said it was a privilege to visit the beautiful spot which was a special place for the late Martin McGuinnessNí Riada said: “It is such a special honour for me to follow in the footsteps of Martin McGuinness in running for the Presidency.“It was great to see Martin’s family earlier today in Derry.“My campaign is an all-Ireland campaign, and I am very clear that, if elected, I will be President for the of all the 32 Counties of Ireland.“I have been engaging positively with people in Donegal in this election and the support here has been very heartening.“I have fought hard for ordinary Irish people in the European Parliament since 2014. I will bring this energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the Presidency.“I believe I can be a New President for a New Ireland and will address the Oireachtas on the crises in health and housing which are impacting on our people, as well as the difficulties facing people in rural Ireland in terms of services, investment and employment. I will also seek to lead a positive discussion on a future united Ireland.”Presidential candidate Ní Riada ‘heartened’ by Donegal support was last modified: October 8th, 2018 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:aras 2018Liadh Ní Riadapresidential campaignSinn Feinlast_img read more

World Cup ticket sales simplified

first_imgA Ghanaian journalist walks pastthe Fifa Ticketing Centre in Maponya Mall. World Cup bigshots Jerome Valcke andDanny Jordaan with media personalitySindy Mabe. The World Cup ticket has been unveiled tothe media. (Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• FifaWolfgang EichlerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 471media-sa@fifa.org• 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising CommitteeJermaine CraigMedia Manager+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 0121jermaine.craig@2010oc.comRELATED ARTICLES• Soccer Cinema to inspire SA• Interpol: a safe World Cup • SA starts the 2010 countdown• World Cup ticket sales soar• World Cup fever spreads abroad • World Cup fever hits the road• Top 32 for 2010 Fifa World CupBongani NkosiSouth African football fans will soon be able to buy tickets for 2010 Fifa World Cup matches over the counter, and collect them immediately.Fifa and its partner, the Local Organising Committee (LOC), launched the Fifa Ticketing Centres at Maponya Mall in Pimville, Soweto, on 9 April. The official ticket design was also unveiled at the event.Organisers have set up 11 venues in the nine host cities where fans can buy tickets from 15 April. Johannesburg and Durban have two centres each.Maponya Mall, Soweto’s first upmarket shopping centre, is home to one of the centres, while Johannesburg’s other centre is at Laico Isle in Sandton.“We have always said that it is important that we make this World Cup more accessible to the people and with the over-the-counter sales, we believe this measure is consistent with the needs of the fans,” said Danny Jordaan, LOC CEO.“We are excited about these new initiatives, which make the process much easier for everyone,” he added.The centres will also serve as collection points for tickets that have already been bought through First National Bank (FNB) branches and other Fifa channels.The new centres will be of great help to fans who aren’t too familiar with bank transactions and who do not have access to internet, Pimville resident Benjamin Mashiloane pointed out.He plans to buy tickets for the opening match on 11 June, when South Africa takes on Mexico, but until now has found the ticket application process quite daunting.“If I give money and I get a ticket on the same day it will be much easier,” said Mashiloane, who stays close to the mall. “Some of the football supporters here in the township are not clued up about the process of money transactions. The centre will be convenient for them.”To get tickets, all that Mashiloane and fellow fans need now is to show their identity documents, proof of residence and the cash or credit card to buy them. The centres are open seven days a week from 9am 6pm.About 600 FNB branches across the country, operating five days a week during normal banking hours, will also sell tickets from 15 April. The public can order tickets there and collect them at the 11 Fifa Ticketing Centres or Shoprite and Checkers sales points, of which there are 18 countrywide. “The process is new,” said Fifa.From 15 April, tickets can also be bought through the World Cup hotline, which operates seven days a week from 8am to 10pm. Fans within South Africa can call 083 123 2010, while international buyers should dial 0041445832010.“We have made a big effort to assist football fans by introducing various additional means to purchase a ticket,” said Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke. “We are committed to facilitating the process for all fans and are giving them this last chance to attend the matches and experience the excitement of this first World Cup in Africa.”‘Buy tickets on time’With the last sales phase opening on 15 April, Jordaan reinforced the call to South Africans to buy their tickets in time, and not wait for six days until kick-off. All South Africans qualify for the exclusively reserved category-four tickets, which are priced the lowest to enable as many local fans as possible to see matches live.He said having more South Africans at the matches was part of showing hospitality to the visitors. “The final thing is that South Africans must respond. We must be good hosts, and if we’re good hosts it means we must be there at stadiums.”South Africans snap up ticketsJudging by ticket sales so far, stadiums will indeed be packed with South African football fanatics in their colourful self-styled attire and booming vuvuzela trumpets. Out of the 2.2-million tickets that have already been sold, 925 437 have been snapped up from within South Africa.The US is leading ticket sales overseas, accounting for 118 945 purchases so far. Some 64 654 tickets have been bought in the UK, 32 269 in Germany, 29 657 in Australia and 16 001 in Canada.Only 500 000 tickets are left, although the final, to be played on 11 July at Soccer City in Johannesburg, is already sold out.last_img read more