MS Dhoni was seen handing over the match ball to batting coach Sanjay Bangar but this time he made sure to put it on record that he was just giving the ball and not contemplating retirement, as a joke to the rumours which circulated last year after he was seen giving the match ball to bowling coach Bharat Arun in England.For the second match in succession, MS Dhoni remained not out and led India to victory against Australia as the tourists clinched the series 2-1 on Friday.Dhoni top-scored with 87 not out off 114 balls as India chased down the target of 231 with 4 balls to spare at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He was ably assisted by Kedar Jadhav, who made 61 not out, as the duo added 121 runs for the fourth wicket to take India past the finish line with relative ease.With just 1 run required in the final over, Jadhav lofted Marcus Stoinis over the in-field on the leg-side off the second delivery to hit a boundary and finish the match. The win handed Team India their first ever bilateral ODI series victory in Australia.Yuzvendra Chahal also played a big part in setting up the win as he took a record 6 wickets for 42 runs to bag the man-of-the-match award.After the game Dhoni got hold of the match ball and gave it to Bangar and joked, “Ball lelo nahi to sab bolenge retirement le rahe ho (take the ball or everyone will think I’m retiring).”Dhoni’s comments were in reference to the incident last year when he was rumoured to be retiring from the sport.advertisementIs MS Dhoni retiring? The question started doing the rounds after he asked the umpires for the match ball after the Leeds ODI against England in July, 2018.Twitter was abuzz with rumours of India’s most successful captain bowing out of international cricket after a short video of him asking for the match ball went viral.MS Dhoni Announces retirement?He took the ball from umpires after the game. #ENGvIND #Leeds3rdOdi pic.twitter.com/lEahn2hpehFLAME MEDIA (@flamemediaindia) July 18, 2018Coach Ravi Shastri was asked the similar question and he rubbished the rumours in his typical style.”MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like,” Shastri was quoted as saying.”That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere,” he added.Dhoni finished the three-match ODI series against Australia as the second highest scorer with 193 runs at an average of 193 with three half-centuries in succession.Also Read | Maxwell seeks catching tips from WBBL star Haidee Birkett after dropping Dhoni on 0Also Read | Kedar Jadhav on his match-winning stand with MS Dhoni: It’s like batting with 2 headsAlso Read | MS Dhoni kept his cool and took the game forward in Melbourne: AzharuddinAlso Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni is a superstar of the game, says Justin Langer
Among the whirlwind of news on Monday with spring practice beginning and Mike Gundy’s pre-spring presser, some silent but huge news came out that several notable players were not listed on the spring roster for the year. Among the players, offensive lineman Jack Kurzu, receiver CJ Curry, and safety Deric Robertson. But even bigger news, two four-star players: Louis Brown and Chris Hardeman.On defensive end Louis Brown: Brown was a four-star athlete from Burton, Texas, who had a winding road to Oklahoma State. The standout athlete played running back, receiver, and defensive end for his high school team, and his athleticism drew interest from many schools. He committed to Baylor early in the recruiting process, only to flip his pledge to Texas. Then, with weeks left until signing day, Brown mysteriously decommitted (likely as a mutual agreement) and then committed to OSU and eventually signed.From ESPN recruiting insider Tom Luginbill:Brown is a tall, rangy athlete who is just scratching the surface of his potential. Though narrow in base and long and lean, he shows the ability to be explosive and has wiry strength that we see transforming into awesome power at the college level. He can run, close and chase down the quarterback and has a ton of physical tools to develop.Just speculating, but based on his recent twitter follows there is a chance he may be headed the junior college route.On cornerback Chris Hardeman: Hardeman was another four-star athlete and cornerback from Alief, Texas who signed with the Cowboys; picking OSU over OU, Arkansas, LSU, and others. He decommitted from LSU and eventually signed with the Pokes, but never was able to crack the deep defensive back rotation and saw limited playing time on special teams. If I were to take a guess, I would say he is moving to a place where he can look to get more playing time. The Cowboys signed Malik Kearse, Madre Harper, Rodarius Williams and AJ Green as cornerbacks in the 2016 class. The competition may have been enough to realize his impact may have only been made on special teams.Fortunately, Oklahoma State has a wealth of talent at both positions. But with only one four-star signee in the 2016 recruiting class in Tramonda Moore, seeing two former four-star players elect to leave the program is a tough sight. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Tottenham Hotspur How NFL matches in UK will work at Spurs’ new stadium Alex Fisher Last updated 2 years ago 19:53 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal composite Tottenham Hotspur Premier League In order to accommodate American football matches, Tottenham have unveiled a retractable pitch at their new Premier League ground The Premier League and NFL will live together in perfect harmony at Tottenham’s new stadium after Spurs revealed a groundbreaking dividing football pitch design.Work is well under way to build the new venue on the site of Spurs’ old White Hart Lane ground, Mauricio Pochettino’s side currently playing their home matches at Wembley.The arena – which has yet to be named – is expected to be ready for the 2018-19 Premier League campaign. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing As well as being Tottenham’s new home, the ground will also host at least two NFL International Series matches per season, and to accommodate that developers have produced a stunning new concept.SCX will supply a world-first dividing retractable pitch for our new stadium#SpursNewStadium pic.twitter.com/uXBBzHRumM — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 7, 2017 The football pitch will be cut into three sections that roll in and out of the stadium as and when required, with a synthetic NFL pitch underneath.Tottenham’s playing surface will slide into the stadium on tracks before a whole host of electronic gadgets bring the playing surface together, as their latest video shows.
DONE DEAL: Sunderland sign Burnley defender Jimmy Dunneby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSunderland have signed Burnley defender Jimmy Dunne on loan until the end of the season.The 21-year-old spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Scottish Premiership side Hearts.The Irishman, who helped Accrington win the League Two title in 2017-18, could make his debut against Luton on Saturday.”I’m very excited to be here. I’m looking to step up and keep developing my game,” he told the club website. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (left), and his wife, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness (third left), with former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and her husband, the Most Hon. Errald Miller, at the launch of a documentary film on the life and work of the nation’s first female Prime Minister, held at Carib 5, Cross Roads, on February 25.
The winter sportfishing season will open Friday, Jan. 1, and fishing opportunities are expanding this year with 46 lakes open for rainbow trout, brook trout, chain pickerel or perch. “The opening of five lakes to brook trout is a new opportunity for anglers,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “We are seeing more people enjoying the outdoors year round, and winter sportfishing is a great activity for new and experienced anglers alike.” Big Lake, Island Lake, Bell Lake, Snake Cat Lake and Trout Lake will open for brook trout fishing in the Cape Breton Highlands trout management area in Victoria County. Round Lake and Lewis Lake, both near Jerry Lawrence provincial park in the Halifax Regional Municipality, and Eco-Trail Pond on Isle Madame, Richmond Co., will open for rainbow trout. “Angling is a life-long, healthy, outdoor activity,” says Tony Rodgers, executive director, Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters. “It is one of the few sports that young and old can do together.” A 2009 general fishing licence is required to winter fish and can be purchased at Department of Natural Resources offices. The licences are valid until March 31, 2010. Anglers may also purchase one-day licences at a reduced rate. Anglers can also take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend on Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21. Residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sportfishing areas without a general fishing licence. The weekend will also include the Becoming an Outdoor Woman winter workshop, which will be held at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts, St. Anns, Victoria Co. Information on the workshop can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/outdoor . “We want to encourage people who are enjoying winter fishing to always keep safety in mind,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Anglers, whether they are fishing from shore, in boats or through the ice, should remain aware of changing conditions at all times.” For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/angling/winterangling.shtml .
Brussels: The EU’s new president-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday made her first trip to Brussels since being nominated, as senior officials sought to shore up support for her appointment in the European Parliament. Current German defence minister von der Leyen met Jean-Claude Juncker, the man she is to replace as European Commission president, for talks a day after pledging to present her “vision for the next five years for Europe” within a fortnight. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’She must win the approval of the highly fragmented European Parliament, where there have been grumblings about the deal to appoint her, which was cooked up by EU national leaders over three days of tortuous summit wrangling. Juncker and von der Leyen — the first woman to be named to the head of the EU’s executive arm — embraced warmly for the cameras as they met at commission headquarters in Brussels, but neither made any comment. Juncker, whose five-year term has been marked by Brexit and the migrant crisis — two of the biggest upheavals ever to hit the EU — tweeted later that he was “delighted” to receive von der Leyen. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”A true European, we are on the same page when it comes to speaking up for EU interests,” he wrote. Meanwhile, Donald Tusk the president of the European Council of member states, appeared before MEPs at the parliament in Strasbourg to urge them to unite and support von der Leyen. “We must respect each other and cooperate with each other, because only then can we build trust and change Europe for the better,” Tusk told the parliament, sitting this week in Strasbourg, France. Tusk — who led the summit talks that eventually installed von der Leyen — will meet the 60-year-old, who has served in the German cabinet since 2005, for separate talks on Thursday afternoon. Von der Leyen wasted no time in her campaign to court MEPs, travelling to Strasbourg on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after winning the leaders’ nod, for talks with her centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) bloc. May’s European election left the EPP — long the dominant force in EU politics — weakened, and while it remains the biggest single bloc in parliament, von der Leyen will need the backing of other groups as well, such as the socialists and the liberals.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, Grammy award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson helped Musicians on Call (MOC) Nashville raise over $106,000, making it the highest-earning single event ever for the branch.In a rare, intimate setting for the superstar, Clarkson performed to a sold-out crowd at Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville for the MOC Nashville sixth anniversary party presented by Citi.“When I first learned about MOC, it appealed to me for so many reasons,” shares Clarkson. “I love how it creates opportunities for musicians to play for kids and bring music to the families who are spending their time, especially during holidays, in the hospitals away from the comfort of their homes.”Clarkson lit up the room with her characteristic charm and to the delight of all concert-goers, she incorporated fan-favorites “Since U Been Gone,” “My Life Would Suck Without You,” “Stronger” and “Behind These Hazel Eyes” in the show, as well as new selections from her latest Christmas album, Wrapped In Red. Wrapped In Red features holiday classics “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Clarkson’s title track, “Wrapped In Red,” plus more originals. Clarkson brought the holiday spirit alive with her Christmas tracks, and delivered a dynamic set true to her genuine and powerful vocal performance reputation.In addition to generously giving her time and talent, Clarkson donated her 2012 American Music Awards performance dress to Hard Rock Cafe for display in its world-famous memorabilia collection in exchange for a $9,000 contribution to MOC Nashville.“This is by far the biggest event to date for Musicians On Call Nashville,” said Dana Sones, MOC Nashville’s Program Director. “We are beyond grateful to Kelly Clarkson for donating her time and talent to help celebrate our sixth anniversary.“This event not only celebrates how far we’ve come in six short years, but allows us to expand our programs to bring music to even more individuals in the years to come.”The event offered a VIP cocktail reception and open bidding on auction items throughout the night on autographed collectibles from Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Nashville Predators players, Tennessee Titans players and more, plus destination vacation packages and tickets to some of Nashville’s most popular attractions.Since expanding into the Nashville community in April 2007, the local MOC branch has grown to support twelve weekly programs within seven area healthcare facilities and its volunteers have played for more than 70,000 patients, family and staff. All of the proceeds raised from the sixth anniversary party stay in Middle Tennessee and go directly to MOC Nashville and its continued mission to deliver live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.For more information about MOC, please visit www.MusiciansOnCall.org.Source:Musicians On Call
APTN National NewsImagine being forced out of your home before flood waters arrive.Then imagine finding out you’re never going to be able to go back.That’s what happened to the majority of people in Lake St. Martin.A year-and-a-half after the flood, APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler visits the devastated community to see what’s left.
New Delhi: Just a fortnight ahead of the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections, the Opposition parties have started questioning the Election Commission of India (EC) and its alleged ‘political predisposition’. On Wednesday the TDP-ruled state government in Andhra Pradesh filed a petition in High Court challenging the orders of the EC transferring three top cops on Tuesday night. The court accepted the petition.Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed serious concern over the issue and questioned how the Election commission reacts immediately on the complaint of an alleged economic offender Vijayasai Reddy. He further alleged that the Opposition YSR Congress party was trying to terrorise officials. He said that the transfer of officials who will not come under EC purview sends wrong signals. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIG A B Venkateswara Rao, Srikakulam SP Venkataratnam and Kadapa SP Rahuldev Sarma were transferred on the basis of a complaint, lodged by Vijayasai Reddy to the EC. The AP CM further warned of launching ‘Save Democracy and Save Democratic Institutions’ agitation. A TDP delegation of MPs CM Ramesh, K Raveendra Kumar and other senior leaders met the Chief Election Commissioner of India (CEC) Sunil Arora on Wednesday evening and submitted a memorandum. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Trinamool Congress, the ruling party in West Bengal too objected to the appointment of former BSF Director General K K Sharma as special police observer for West Bengal and Jharkhand late on Tuesday evening, alleging that he was present at an RSS function a year earlier. “EC has now appointed KK Sharma, retired DG BSF, as Special Central Police Observer for West Bengal and Jharkhand. Over one year ago (Feb 2018) Trinamool had raised an objection to his presence in uniform at an RSS function,” Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien tweeted. The Election Commission appointed four special observers, two retired IRS and two IPS officer, to spearhead its efforts to check the abuse of black money and illegal inducements to voters and monitor deployment of security forces in select sensitive states during the Lok Sabha polls. Sharma is one of them.
Recalling his recent visit to the South Pacific, where he saw the “brutal” impact of the global “climate emergency”, Mr. Guterres called on countries to redouble efforts to combat climate change in Asia and the Pacific. “This is a battle we can and must win,” he underscored.Informally dubbed the “parliament” of the Asia-Pacific region, ESCAP – the UN’s socio-economic development arm for the area, which is home to more than 4 billion people, or nearly two-thirds of the world population – is a forum for Governments and other stakeholders to discuss key sustainable and inclusive development issues.Established in 1947, it comprises 53 Member States and 9 associate members, stretching from the Pacific island of Tuvalu in the east, to Turkey in the west, and Russia in the north, to New Zealand in the south.‘Opportunity’ to reaffirm ‘shared responsibility’Addressing the opening session, Armida Alisjahbana, the Executive Secretary of ESCAP, urged countries to build on past successes and shape future priorities.“Since this Commission first met in 1947, our countries have travelled a long journey,” she said, noting that many consider Asia-Pacific region as the “engine” of the world economy.“We have yet more to offer. We can provide the global leadership to collectively achieve a transformed and resilient society in our region [and] respond to challenges that transcend borders and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”In her policy statement, Ms. Alisjahbana outlined five key areas central to achieving that transformation: strengthening social protection; strengthening resilience to international trade tensions; fighting environmental degradation; improving resilience against disasters; and “unleashing” the potential of new technologies as a “force for good”.“I am committed to working with all Member States to achieve transformed and resilient societies in our region. The evidence indicates we can be more effective if we empower citizens to support this transformation”, she concluded.The opening session also heard a special address by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand – a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the empowerment of children through education, as well as an FAO Goodwill Ambassador for zero hunger – in which she highlighted the importance of integrated and people-centred approach to development and that it should endure.Development work should integrate dimensions and issues including healthcare, education and employment, she said, adding that “development work should not last only a few years but go on as long as possible.”Mongolian Foreign Minister elected Chair Also on Monday, the Commission elected Damdin Tsogtbaatar, the Foreign Minister of Mongolia, as Chair of its 75th session.In a speech following his election, Mr. Tsogtbaatar reiterated the importance of sustainable development, underscoring that the session is an “opportunity to accelerate the pace of implementation, shape policies and integrate the national strategies to reduce gap between rich and poor and threats from climate change.”The opening day also saw ESCAP Executive Secretary Ms. Alisjahbana sign four Memoranda of Understanding with the regional and global organizations on strengthening cooperation in the areas of disaster resilience, early warning systems, renewable energy, research and evidence-based policy making.Concluding on Friday, 31 May, the seventy-fifth session of ESCAP also includes the Commission’s high-level general debate on the theme “empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality,” the meeting of the Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries, a roundtable discussion with sub-regional organizations in the Asia-Pacific region, and a number of side events hosted by UN Member States and partner organizations. According to a study by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), forming the basis for intergovernmental discussions, while the benefits of economic growth and social progress have reached rural areas, persons with disabilities and women in many countries, the divide between the haves and the have-nots, is widening.“In recent decades, quality of life has improved for most people in the region, yet, growing inequalities present a threat to further advances”, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a video message for Monday’s opening session in Bangkok, Thailand. “The challenge is to ensure that socio-economic progress reaches those left behind,” he added.A call to action❗️At the current pace of progress, #AsiaPacific will not achieve any of the 17 #SDG’s according to our new SDG Progress Report. https://t.co/Xe6E4FxCgK pic.twitter.com/0EzyTG1ePS— United Nations ESCAP (@UNESCAP) May 28, 2019
A mother-of-two who died just hours after having a caesarian told her husband: “I love you – if anything happens just make sure you look after the boys”, an inquest heard.Primary schoolteacher Frances Cappuccini, 30, died just eight hours after the birth of her second son Giacomo – having lost several litres of blood.An inquest into her death resumed on Tuesday after it was halted in 2014. She was one of the greatest people I am ever likely to meet in my life. She was very bubbly, kind, caring and loving personTom Cappuccini Frances Cappuccini died after giving birth by caesarean sectionCredit:PA Dr Errol Cornish, the consultant anaesthetist who treated Mrs Cappuccini, was also told he had no case to answerCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley “The risk was no greater in the morning of the 9th than the evening of the 8th because when that surgery was performed the surgeon had the same good view of the stomach open. In fact the same staff were in duty.”Making an emotional tribute to his wife, Tom Cappuccini said: “She was one of the greatest people I am ever likely to meet in my life.””She was very bubbly, kind, caring and loving person. She had lots of friends and lots of time for her friends.”She was a great mother, a fantastic wife and she loved looking after Luca.”As a teacher her education background enabled her to give him a good start to his young life.”The inquest was originally halted in 2014 when it became apparent that criminal charges could be brought following the tragedy.Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust made legal history by becoming the first NHS trust to face corporate manslaughter charges.But the case was dismissed by a judge at the Inner London Crown Court in February 2016.Dr Errol Cornish, the consultant anaesthetist who treated Mrs Cappuccini, was also told he had no case to answer with regards to gross negligence manslaughter charges against him.Another doctor, Nadeem Azeez, also had charges against him dropped.The inquest, which is due to last 10 days, continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Frances Cappuccini and her husband TomCredit: Appearing emotional in court, Mr Cappuccini said: “I was told that I could see her when she was stable in the ICU but I never got the chance.”At 4pm a group of doctors came to see me and said her blood pressure had dropped and her heart had stopped. They had tried to revive her but they were unable to do so.”Neil Sheldon, a lawyer representing the family, told coroner Roger Hatch the fact Mrs Cappuccini underwent 12 hours of gruelling labour rather than be sent for an immediate elective caesarian was of “paramount concern” to her family.He said: “As you will be immensely aware this inquest represents the only chance for Mrs Cappuccini’s family to have investigated the circumstances surrounding her death and to have answers to the questions they still have as to why she died. Giving evidence at the hearing in Gravesend, Kent, on Tuesday, her husband said: “Frankie was terrified. She had been terrified for months in the run-up to giving birth because of the previous experience and what happened.”She was very certain she wanted me to make sure she had C-section on arrival.”The couple had booked an elected caesarian for the following Monday – just two days later – but had arrived at 8.30pm after she went into labour.He said midwives and doctors at the hospital advised them “not to make a decision based on pain and fear” and told them there was no reason she could not give birth naturally.Following their advice, she endured 12 hours of gruelling labour before being rushed for a caesarian at 8.30am the following morning – where surgeons made the fatal error of leaving a large piece of placenta in the uterine cavity. Dr Nadeem Azeez had charges against him droppedCredit: Tom Cappuccini attends the inquest at Gravesend Town HallCredit:Steve Finn Photography It heard how the mother, from Offham, Kent, was absolutely “terrified” about having her second child after experiencing a traumatic birth with first son Luca, then aged four.Her husband Tom Cappuccini said she entered Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury, Kent, on Oct 8, 2012 “certain” she wanted an elective caesarian procedure following advice from a consultant obstetrician at nearby Maidstone Hospital.But on arrival Mr Cappuccini said midwives had “almost a smirk across their face almost laughing” when he told them she needed a caesarian and had been advised against having an epidural by their doctor. Asked if he felt free to make the choice about the birth, Mr Cappuccini added: “I put my trust and Frankie’s trust in the people that were there. They disregarded previous medical advice and we were made to feel small and insignificant.”In hindsight I wish I had never agreed.”The mother was feeding her newborn son for the first time when she felt blood “flowing between her legs” and midwives found a pool of blood under her sheet.When bleeding did not stop she was rushed to surgery to allow doctors to investigate and stem the bleed.Following the surgery Mr Cappuccini was told a piece of placenta which was described as “raggedy” was found in her uterine cavity.But she was rushed to an Intensive Care Unit when she failed to come around from the general anaesthetic. “There was an early admission of liability by the trust and there has been no civil trial and the criminal trial collapsed – for which the family watched as frustrated and to some extent bemused spectators.”They have waited four and half years for long this opportunity with no little restraint and great patience.”He claimed if a caesarian had been undertaken at the earlier opportunity her death may have been avoided – something the NHS trust denies.He added: “If the c-section had been undertaken in an elected basis promptly on arrival at hospital, possibly by a different surgeon, then that basic error may not have been made.”Representing the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Mike Atkins said the risk of placenta being left behind remained the same regardless of when the surgery took place.
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman will be in Vancouver at 10 a.m. Monday at Clark College in the student center to speak with veterans and students about the Vote in Honor of a Vet program.From 1:30 to 3 p.m., Wyman will be at Washington State University Vancouver in the Firstenburg student commons to speak with students about civic engagement.
Russia survived 120 minutes and then defeated Spain on penalty kicks to cause a major shock and progress to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup.TEAM NEWS!Here’s how #ESP and #RUS will begin in Moscow ?#ESPRUS pic.twitter.com/FtetYgKCtG— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018The approach of both teams was obvious. Spain was going to control possession, Russia was going to try to survive. In the 12th minute, Zhirkov fouled Nacho and on the follow-up free kick, La Roja took the lead. The cross went to the far post, where Sergio Ramos and Sergei Ignashevich got entangled with each other. While they were falling down, the ball hit Ignasevich’s back leg and went inside Russia’s net. For the second consecutive match, the host was a victim of an own goal. Aleksandr Golovin had an attempt on goal go wide off the net in the 36th minute in what was Russia’s first serious threat in the contest.The game was rather monotonous until the 40th minute, when the ball hit Gerard Pique’s extended arm inside the penalty area after a Russian corner kick. Bjorn Kuipers saw the whole thing, pointed to the penalty spot and showed Pique a yellow card. The hand ball was not intentional, but it still doesn’t explain why the Spanish defender had his arm up. Artem Dzyuba took the responsibility. He sent de Gea the wrong way and scored to the delight of all the Russian fans at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. We went into the half tied at 1-1.Vladimir Granat came in for Yuri Zhirkov at the half. The Russians were ultra defensive, while the Spaniards were very predictable. The ball movement was very slow and Diego Costa had no chance to separate himself from the central defenders watching his every foot step. Aleksandr Samedov did his part of the job and was replaced by Denis Cheryshev in the 60th minute. Fedor Smolov, Andres Iniesta and Dani Carvajal were all introduced to the pitch by the 70th minute. Artem Dzyuba, David Silva and Nacho were the players who departed the field of play.Fernando Hierro’s last substitution was Iago Aspas for the invisible Diego Costa. With five minutes to go, the statistics said: 711 completed passed for Spain, 162 for Russia; 74% possession for Spain and 26% for Russia. Igor Akinfeev made a crucial save on Iniesta’s powerful effort in the 85th minute. It was La Roja’s most serious threat of the game. That was pretty much it. A few more semi-circles around Sbornaya’s penalty area and we were off to the first extra time of the 2018 World Cup.For the very first in World Cup history, we saw an additional fourth change – Aleksandr Erokhin for Daler Kuzyayev. Hierro used his fourth substitution to replace Marco Asensio with Rodrigo. 15 minutes of additional time passed in the same manner as the 90 minutes prior to that. Russia formed a wall in front of goal and Spain was trying to find a hole instead of penetrating it. In the 109th minute, some space finally opened up for Rodrigo. He dribbled his way inside the box and made an attempt at goal from a tight angle. Akinfeev made the save and the rebound was subsequently blocked.Raining came pouring down with five minutes left to play, which was as much of a refreshment as it was a distraction. Both teams ran out of energy and Kuipers’ whistle gave us a penalty shootout.PENALTY KICKS Iniesta scored Smolov barely scored (de Gea touched the ball) Pique scored Ignashevich scored Koke missed (poor penalty – Akinfeev made the save) Golovin scored Ramos scored Cheryshev scored Iago Aspas missed (Akinfeev made the save)SPAIN 3 – 4 RUSSIAThe impossible happened. Spain’s inability to score cost them. They were too indirect and didn’t create enough chances against what was supposed to be an inferior opponent. Russia moves on and will meet the winner of tonight’s clash between Croatia and Denmark in the quarter-finals.
Barcelona defender Juan Miranda shared some advice Lionel Messi gave him before he made his Champions League debut against Tottenham on TuesdayThe 18-year-old academy graduate has featured twice for the first-team in the Copa del Rey this season and was handed his European debut by manager Ernesto Valverde against Spurs.Miranda was one of several changes made at Camp Nou as Valverde sought to rest his star players with qualification to the last-16, along with top spot in Group B, already assured.Miranda went on to play the full 90 minutes as Ousmane Dembele’s stunning opener was cancelled out by Lucas Moura’s late equaliser to settle the scoreline at 1-1.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).But, for the Spaniard, having Messi by his side helped take the pressure off him.“Messi told me to just be myself and to enjoy it,” Miranda said on UEFA.com.“Everything’s easier when you’ve got Messi by your side.”The Catalan giants will next face Levante away on Sunday in La Liga.
England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died, aged 81.Banks a former Leicester City and Stoke City player was part of the Alf Ramsey’s team that claimed glory on home soil for the Three Lions in 1966.Widely known as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the game, Banks produced one of the World Cup’s most iconic moments four years later by pulling off an astonishing reaction save to keep out a header from Brazil great Pele in Mexico City.One of the best saves in World Cup and football history.Rest in peace, Gordon Banks. pic.twitter.com/aA4bNAMMtV— FourFourTwo ⚽️ (@FourFourTwo) February 12, 2019Banks helped Stoke to the League Cup in 1972, the club’s only major honour and one he won with Leicester eight years earlier, before a car accident in October of that year cost him the sight in his right eye.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.A statement from Banks’ family, published on Stoke’s website, read: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.“We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.“We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time.”We’re deeply saddened to hear that Gordon Banks, our #WorldCup-winning goalkeeper, has passed away.Our thoughts are with Gordon’s friends, family and supporters at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/nbzncYBCFA— England (@England) February 12, 2019
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in his own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington).#11a) Do you feel Massachusetts residents are over-taxed? Yes.#11b) How will you balance the need to provide government services to the taxpayers and fund the government with most taxpayers’ desire for no tax increases? Can you point to anywhere in the state budget where you believe there is waste, fraud or abuse? What will you do about it?Just this week I heard a Washington politician say “Cutting taxes is easy, reducing spending is difficult!” There is a lot of truth in that sentence. All of my political career I have been a fiscal conservative. Our State Representatives and Senators are guardians of the public coffers. This is an awesome responsibility. To manager that, we must look our for the best interests of the taxpayers while judiciously spending public funds to ensure proper functioning of the government and the effective and efficient delivery of services to the public. Unfortunately, our legislature has a less than sterling track-record in this arena. Examples of violation of public trust, waste, fraud, and abuse include:Three Massachusetts Speakers of the House were convicted for corruption and related charges, one of which served jail time.The corruption and bribery convictions of Representative Diane Wilkerson (tucked bribe money into her bra). This betrayal of public public trust short-cuts the system and usually short-changes the taxpayers.In December 2017, Senator Brian Joyce (coffee guy) was indicted by a Federal grand jury on charges that he collected over $1 million in bribes and kickbacks that he laundered through his law office and another personal business. The 102-page indictment accuses Joyce of turning his law office into a criminal enterprise, going to far as to accept hundreds of pounds of free coffee from a local Dunkin’ Donuts’ owner. Acting United States Attorney William Weinreb stated ; “Brian Joyce represented over 100,000 Massachusetts citizens in the state Legislature,” he told reporters. “He had a duty to serve them honestly, and he violated that duty by accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for his official action.”The state’s latest overtime scandal.The mismanagement of DCS. Despite extravagant funding, our children are dying from gross incompetence.For years the State Legislature has increased the gas tax and maintained the Mass Pike tolls despite a promise to remove them when the Pike was paid off. The reason for this burden on the taxpayer was a commitment to improve roads and bridges. That never happened.The “Big-Dig”. Enough said.Parking lot attendants at Logan making $100,000 per year.Last year the Mass DOT spent $100,000 on a no-bid contract to install a very small bathroom with one small sink and one toilet off of an executive conference room. Just across the hall are large, modern, clean restroom facilities. The reason for this overpriced piece of plumbing was so that the executives could avoid contact with the public during meetings. This was wrong on so many levels.Several winters ago, the MBTA experienced multiple and significant system failures despite lavish funding.These are only a few of the hundreds of embarrassing examples of failure of the legislature and elected officials abandoning their solemn duty to ensure fiscal responsibility. The taxpayers deserve more and have every right to be angry with the status quo.What would Mike McCoy do to change the system?Create legislation that would mandate every state agency to hold a facilitated session with agency officials to brainstorm “Things they can do to cut spending and things they can do to increase revenues.” These lists would be prioritized. Action plans would be created for the ideas with the most potential. These lists will be submitted to and implementation monitored by Administration and Finance.Institute a “Whistle-Blower” protection and reward system for people finding and reporting fraud, waste and abuse in state government.Make the Comptroller’s Office responsible for actively investigating waste, fraud and abuse and working in concert with the Attorney General’s office for prosecution as appropriate.Ensure all agencies have collected any taxes, fees and or fines due to the state.Explore combining agencies with similar functions to reduce operations costs without compromising the mission of the organization.Create a Federal Grants office with a small staff. There are hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grant monies available to state agencies. There is a lot of fruit on that tree but sadly, much of it goes unharvested. This office would explore grand funding opportunities, connect those opportunities to the right state agencies and professional grant writers would write the grant application. This will lessen the burden on MA taxpayers.As long as we have examples like the ones cited above, we have no business asking the MA taxpayers to reach deeper into their wallets. Some may call these examples “Problems”. I see them as “Opportunities”. In short, there are plenty of things that government can do to increase revenue, effectiveness and efficiency before we further burden the taxpaying public lets try that before raising anyone’s taxes. It is the responsible thing to do.Waste, Fraud and Abuse ExamplesIn my response, I have addressed waste, fraud and abuse. These are government terms. Since we don’t all work for the government, I though that it may be helpful to supply examples of each to ensure understanding:A state official gives a high paying job to a family member: This is a clear “ABUSE” of powerA state official padding an expense submission or using their office in the state house to conduct their own separate personal business on the taxpayer’s dime: This is is “FRAUD”Not electing Mike McCoy as your next State Representative would be a “WASTE” of a potentially valuable resource.#12) Former State Rep. Jim Miceli was known through the district for his extraordinary constituent services. Do you pledge to provide a similar level of constituent services if elected? How will you be responsive to requests for help from residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury?My Uncle Jim was definitely a legend in Wilmington and Tewksbury and it will take a Herculean effort to fill his shoes. That being said, while no one can every truly fill his shoes, I can say with 200% certainty that I am up to the task to providing his level of constituent service. I have proven unequivocally my commitment to constituent service throughout my 31 years of being a public servant and 28 of those years and still elected to the Board of Selectmen in Wilmington. Believe me folks, that’s no easy task. That alone speaks volumes about my commitment to constituents.I am not a coat tail candidate; the proof is in the pudding. I am accessible. People know how to get a hold of me. I am a successful businessman who is now retired. I’ve been helping people through the maze of local government throughout my political career for issues such as getting a downed mailbox fixed after a winter storm due to a plow knocking it over and I have also been instrumental in getting a grieving father a water spigot close to his daughter’s grave at the Wildwood Cemetery which helps lots of other families in the vicinity. I have helped more than one resident get a much needed sidewalk in their neighborhood, requested police to do radar in neighborhoods where speeding is an issue and peoples safety is at stake and the list goes on. On the larger end of the spectrum, I was the only Wilmington selectman to testify at a federal hearing to keep New England Transrail from operating on the polluted Olin Superfund site. I am the only Wilmington selectman to support the residents who are fighting against the opening of Global off of West Street. Most recently, I was the lead petitioner who worked with a group of residents known as the Concerned Citizens of Wilmington in North Wilmington and spearheaded Article 2, which was brought to a special town meeting dated December 16, 2017. To get to that point, we went out and collected 1,585 signatures. Of those signatures collected, I got 845 signatures on my own because I understand people have full time jobs, and I was available to go out and do it. The purpose of this special town meeting one week before Christmas was to relocate medical facilities and drug detox centers from all residential districts and business districts to general industrial zones and highway districts. This article won with a resounding 85% of the town meeting attendees. This special town meeting was the last that my uncle Representative Jim Miceli would attend. He got up, walked to the microphone and spoke in favor of Article 2. At the end of the meeting, as people were leaving the auditorium, he beckoned me to him in typical Jim Miceli fashion, put his hand on my arm and said “Good job, nephew.”How will I be responsive to requests for help from residents of Tewksbury and Wilmington?This one is the easiest question of all: Call me at 978-657-5495. If my phone rings, I answer it. If I’m not home, leave a message and I will call you back. If I am out and about in the stores and you see me, come up to me and talk. I’ve been doing this for 31 years and I don’t plan on changing. I will also establish office hours available to Tewksbury residents at the Tewksbury Town Hall and will also offer office hours at the Town Hall in Wilmington as well. For those who may not be physically be able to get to me, I will come to you, just like I’ve been doing for 31 years as a Wilmington official.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tewksbury Residents Should Vote Mike McCoy For State Rep Because…In “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Taxes, Being Responsive To ConstituentsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Wilmington Selectman Mike McCoy On Death Penalty, Sanctuary Cities & Judge Timothy FeeleyIn “Government”
Doug Sanvik took this photo of a Long-billed Curlew on May 3. To the left of it is a Whimbrel. (Photo by Doug Sanvik)A Juneau couple has likely made the first verified sighting of a Long-billed Curlew in Alaska. North America’s largest shorebird, rarely seen in this part of the country, may become No. 502 on the Checklist of Alaska Birds.Download AudioGwen Baluss went to Boy Scout Camp after the initial sighting and also saw the Long-billed Curlew. (Photo by Gwen Baluss)Martina Kallenberger and husband Doug Sanvik were bird watching at Boy Scout Camp on May 3. Kallenberger says they started around 11 a.m. walking the trail and beach and were going through the meadow around 1:30.“We were actually watching a flock of Lapland Longspurs when we noticed these two shorebirds on a little rise by the stream and one of them was a Whimbrel, which we recognized, and the other one was just shockingly different,” Kallenberger says.Kallenberger and Sanvik watched the bird for at least an hour, taking pictures and referring to guidebooks. They had an inkling it might be the Long-billed Curlew.“During the course of the time we were sitting there I was going through the bird book thinking, ‘Well, gosh it can’t be this, it could be— No…’ And I kept coming back to the Curlew, and Doug and I were both like, ‘It sure looks like a match but, gosh, it just doesn’t seem right.’”They had reason to be hesitant.“It is very rare,” says Steve Heinl.Heinl is a lifelong birder and sits on the University of Alaska Museum’s Alaska Checklist Committee, which maintains and decides what goes on the official list of birds documented in Alaska.“There had only been three previous reports of a Long-billed Curlew in Alaska, but none of them were photographed,” he says.Bob Armstrong captured the Long-billed Curlew in flight. Steve Heinl says the bird is most distinctive this way because its underwings are cinnamon colored. (Photo by Bob Armstrong)This is what makes Kallenberger and Sanvik’s sighting a likely entry on the list. Heinl says a sighting can be verified with photographs or a specimen.Sightings of Long-billed Curlews on the unsubstantiated list first took place in 1973 near Juneau’s Eagle River, not again until 1992 on the Stikine River near Wrangell, and most recently in 2008 on the Situk River in Yakutat.Long-billed Curlews spend winters in Mexico and on the west coast of North America. They breed throughout the West from southern Canada to New Mexico.Heinl says the bird in Juneau likely flew farther than it needed to.“I think it overshot its normal breeding range, which means it migrated too far north. Often birds that migrate to the wrong place are younger birds so it perhaps was on its first northward migration,” Heinl says.That’s part of what makes watching birds so great, Heinl says, and why the Checklist of Alaska Birds will likely never stop growing.“They have wings and they fly off in the wrong direction and there’s always potential to see something you’ve never seen before,” he says.Kallenberger and Sanvik are proof of this. Kallenberger says they’ve spent many hours birdwatching at Boy Scout Camp and never imagined they’d see a Long-billed Curlew.“Anytime I see a new species, it’s just hugely exciting,” Kallenberger says. “But to see something as unusual as this bird in this place was even doubly so.”For Kallenberger and Sanvik, it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time.