SAT, OCTOBER 17CHELSEA 2ASTON VILLA 0GOALS: CHELSEA: COSTA 34; HUTTON OG 54.Diego Costa returned from a three-match ban to secure a valuable win for Chelsea and pile more pressure on troubled Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood. The striker converted Willian’s delivery in the first half. And the Blues added a second when Villa’s Alan Hutton deflected in Costa’s shot early in the second.CRYSTAL PALACE 1WEST HAM UNITED 3GOALS: PALACE: CABAYE PEN 23. WEST HAM: JENKINSON 22; LANZINI 88; PAYET 90.West Ham maintained the best away record in the Barclays Premier League against 10-man Crystal Palace. The Hammers extended their unbeaten away run to five games – including four wins – with Carl Jenkinson giving them an early lead. Yohan Cabaye replied from the penalty spot but after Dwight Gayle was red-carded, Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet confirmed the win.EVERTON 0MANCHESTER UNITED 3GOALS: UNITED: SCHNEIDERLIN 18; HERRERA 22; ROONEY 62.Manchester United made amends for their 3-0 defeat at Arsenal with a similar win over Everton. Morgan Schneiderlin claimed his first United goal and the home side fell further behind through Ander Herrera’s header. Romelu Lukaku came close for Everton, as Wayne Rooney coolly tucked in his first away league goal in 11 months.MANCHESTER CITY 5AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1GOALS: CITY: STERLING 7, 29, 45; BONY 11, 89. BOURNEMOUTH: MURRAY 22.Manchester City maintained their charge towards the Barclays Premier League title thanks to a hat-trick from Raheem Sterling and a brace from Wilfried Bony. City were without the injured Sergio Ag¸ero but took the lead when Sterling scored from close range. Bony added a second before Glenn Murray replied from long distance. Sterling added a second and then completed his hat-trick before Bony added a late fifth.SOUTHAMPTON 2LEICESTER CITY 2GOALS: SOUTHAMPTON: FONTE 21; VAN DIJK 37.LEICESTER: VARDY 66, 90.Jamie Vardy maintained his remarkable run of goals to help Leicester City’s sensational comeback at Southampton. Jose Fonte’s first goal for 18 months gave the Saints the lead before Virgil van Dijk added a second from close range. But Vardy headed Leicester back into the match, before claiming home his ninth goal of the season in added time – the sixth game in a row in which he has scored.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0LIVERPOOL 0GOALS: NONE.Jurgen Klopp’s reign as Liverpool manager began with a draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet saved from Spurs substitute Clinton Njie and from Harry Kane in each half. Liverpool also had chances to win as Belgium striker Divock Origi struck the bar with an early header but neither side could break the deadlock.WATFORD 0ARSENAL 3GOALS: ARSENAL: SANCHEZ 62; GIROUD 68; RAMSEY 74.Arsenal are second in the Barclays Premier League after Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring at Vivarage Road. Olivier Giroud came on to claim the second, before Aaron Ramsey slotted in his first for the club this season. Watford’s best chance came in the first half when Odion Ighalo screwed his shot wide from 12 yards.WEST BROM 1SUNDERLAND 0GOALS: WBA: BERAHINO 54.Saido Berahino ruined Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland with the game’s only goal at The Hawthorns. Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon was unable to collect Chris Brunt’s cross and Berahino slotted in the winner from close range. That leaves Sunderland without a win in the Barclays Premier League and stuck at the foot of the table.SUN, OCTOBER 18NEWCASTLE UNITED 6NORWICH CITY 2GOALS: NEWCASTLE: WIJNALDUM 14, 26, 66, 85; PEREZ 33; MITROVIC 64. NORWICH: MBOKANI 20; REDMOND 34.Georginio Wijnaldum scored four goals to ease the pressure on Newcastle manager Steve McClaren and earn the Magpies a first win of the Barclays Premier League season. Wijnaldum struck the first then Dieumerci Mbokani replied for the Canaries. Wijnaldum scored his second and Ayoze Perez added Newcastle’s third. Nathan Redmond made it 3-2 before Wijnaldum (two more) and Aleksandar Mitrovic completed the rout.
In this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, image provided by Super League Gaming, New York Fury team competitors react during a Super League Gaming competition against a team from Boston at City Center 15 Cinema de Lux in White Plains, N.Y. Super League is trying to bring structure to an industry devoid of it at the youth level. The league was founded in 2015 and has teams in 16 cities for its three gaming titles: “Minecraft” for younger players, and “League of Legends” and “Clash Royale” for players as old as their mid-30s. (Maria Gambale/Super League Gaming via AP)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Christian Pineda plays a lot of video games, but he’s best at “Minecraft.” Hunched over a laptop in the front row of a half-full movie theater last month, the 13-year-old eagerly showed off why.“I basically know the controls like the back of my hand,” he said before turning his focus back to a tight match against a rival team from Boston. Christian claims to be shy at school, but here, he’s a vocal leader on a New York team of nearly 20 esports competitors, some as young as 6 years old. With a spot in the league finals on the line, Christian tapped away at his keyboard and excitedly discussed tactics with teammates.ADVERTISEMENT The group was strategizing over pickaxes and archers, not pitchers and catchers, but the focus on teamwork and communication could have come straight from the bench at a youth baseball game.At Super League Gaming events like this, that’s the goal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Like Little League for esports,” says Super League CEO Ann Hand.Super League is trying to bring structure to an industry devoid of it at the youth level. The organization was founded in 2015 and runs national leagues for three esports games: “Minecraft” for players in elementary and middle school, and “League of Legends” and “Clash Royale” for older players. Kids are often introduced to competitive video games via “Minecraft” before graduating to “League of Legends,” giving them a place to train and play throughout their teenage years and beyond — the “League of Legends” competitions don’t have an age limit. Super League Gaming has tens of thousands of players, although not all attend every live event, and its “Minecraft” championship has been turned into a reality TV show on Nickelodeon. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The hope is that Super League can close a major gap in the esports ecosystem for young gamers, particularly in the U.S. The industry is set to eclipse $1 billion soon, and there are more professional opportunities than ever. Pros in the NA LCS — the top North American “League of Legends” circuit — averaged over $300,000 in salary this season, and many colleges now provide esports scholarships. Careers in esports coaching or game design are increasingly in demand, too.But to pursue those jobs, players need to start early. Esports pros often peak in their early 20s, and elite talents in countries like South Korea are being identified before reaching middle school.The relatively weak U.S. gamer pool is holding back North American franchises from competing on an international stage. Esports powerhouse Cloud9 became the first NA LCS club to even make the semifinals at the League of Legends World Championship this year, and it only had one U.S. player in its starting lineup. The lackluster American feeder system was a talking point when NA LCS franchise owners met this summer.“A lot of our amateur system has fallen away,” said NA LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley. “I think we all agree that it is shallower right now than it could be and should be.”Riot Games, which publishes “League of Legends” and manages its professional circuits, is partnered with Super League and hopes the organization can boost the reputation of American gaming. Super League uses proprietary software to pair players with competition at the appropriate skill level, and its weekly in-person events allow for stronger development than if players were left to practice alone. Super League also makes it easier for pro franchises to scout players and evaluate their talent and makeup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? NBA-best Raptors hand Clippers worst loss of season Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ “You can’t really just look at the best players online and use that as your primary way to find the next great pro because the problem is that you don’t know a lot about their behaviors,” Hand said. “Will they be able to handle the pressure of being at the Staples Center or Madison Square Garden?”Just like Little League, it’s not strictly about churning out elite talent. Super League also creates an in-person sense of community around gaming, one that allows parents to watch and even coach. Some have concerns about their kids spending too much time on screens, but at least with Super League, gaming happens in a social, supervised space — better than playing solo in a basement or bedroom.“It’s one of the best decisions we’ve made,” said Alon Rothschild, who drives his 11-year-old son, Frankie Capello, over an hour from Staten Island to compete with New York’s “Minecraft” team.The co-ed organization provides players with uniforms, tech support and access to its digital platform, which allows players to log into Super League competitions from anywhere. But it’s the in-person events that pull kids in.“You’re actually sitting next to each other and you’re talking,” Frankie said. “When you’re talking, you basically are getting the better experience with your friends. I love talking with my friends and doing this.”The league hasn’t turned out any professional players, though it’s taking steps to ramp up its gamer development. It has created a training program within its software for at-home use and is offering boot camps focused on helping players improve. Hand wants to begin hiring former professional gamers to coach at Super League events, too.Super League is also eyeing expansion into games like “Fortnite.” Although Super League’s player base is believed to be the largest of its kind in the U.S., it still represents a sliver of the gaming world, leaving a lot of room for growth before Super League is as synonymous with esports as Little League is with baseball.Getting there could be a boon in an already booming industry.“A kid who does play Little League is an MLB fan for life,” Hand said. “Cultivating that future fan through our youth leagues is really essential.” View comments