WCup qualifying heating up in Europe

first_img Motivation to win LONDON (AP): As World Cup qualifying reaches the midway point in Europe, several of the top teams will be in action this weekend. In Group A, France coach Didier Deschamps will be without the world’s most expensive player against Luxembourg tomorrow. Even without the suspended Paul Pogba, there is little reason for the leaders to be worried. Deschamps can count on the new crop of French players a gifted generation that includes teenager Kilyan Mbappe. The 18-year-old Monaco striker, who has scored a league goal every 82 minutes this season, is among the five newcomers included in Deschamps’ squad, alongside Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy (22), Marseille winger Florian Thauvin (24), Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso (22) and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (22). France have a three-point lead over the Netherlands, who travel to Bulgaria. Level on points with the Dutch, Sweden host Belarus. In Group B, Portugal could seriously jeopardise the chances of Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal making it to the World Cup if they lose to Hungary tomorrow. It would be some fall for the first-time European champions. “Every team wants to beat the European champions, and that only motivates us to keep doing better,” Portugal midfielder Joao Mario said ahead of the home match. Portugal are only two points ahead of Hungary in second place and are already facing the possibility of having to contest a play-off to make the final tournament in Russia. Switzerland lead the group, holding a three-point advantage over Portugal heading into tomorrow’s game against next-to-last Latvia. Today’s matches: Georgia vs Serbia; Turkey vs Finland; Austria vs Moldova; Croatia vs Ukraine, Ireland vs Wales; Italy vs Albania; Kosovo vs Iceland; Liechtenstein vs Macedonia and Spain vs Israel.last_img read more

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FEU ends Adamson’s perfect run in OT

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University put a stop to the league’s only perfect run after fending off Adamson University, 88-85, in overtime in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Tamaraws improved to 4-2 to stay in third place while the Falcons slipped into a share for the top spot with Ateneo at 5-1.ADVERTISEMENT After losing a 17-point lead, 69-52, in the fourth quarter, the Tamaraws regrouped in overtime and survived the exits of Arvin Tolentino, Prince Orizu, and Kennet Tuffin.Overtime eventually became a show of free throws as nine of the total 13 points in extra period came from the stripe.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 ChrissThe game’s biggest shot, though, came off a mad scramble for the ball after Adamson center Papi Sarr turned the ball over, Hubert Cani raced down the floor and found the trailing Barkley Eboña for the layup that effectively iced the match with 20.1 seconds left.Sean Manganti tried to sent the game to another overtime but Wendell Comboy blocked his three-point attempt with four seconds left. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Walker, Blackwater keep Rain or Shine winless Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments “We just kept on encouraging the players,” said FEU assistant coach Eric Gonzales who spoke to the media instead of head coach Olsen Racela who had to leave early.Tolentino, who was called with a disqualifying foul with 3:43 left in regulation, led FEU’s scorers with 19 points while Hubert Cani added 14 points.Comboy finished with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three blocks for the Tamaraws.Jerrick Ahanmisi led the Falcons with 21 points with six rebounds while Manganti had 20 points and six rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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Judge Gbeneweleh Frustrates Gov’t Again

first_imgMore than a month after he threw out government’s major case against some former executives of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ has again freed another two persons who the state accused of stealing over US$100,000 from the coffers of the International Bank (IB), where they were employed.He was the same judge who brought down a ‘not guilty’ verdict in favor of the late General Charles Julu, when he was accused by government of treason.Government sometime in April 2013 arrested and charged defendants Kelvin B. Saving and Ricks B. Wilson with multiple crimes, ranging from theft of property, criminal facilitation and conspiracy. Unfortunately, they failed to indict and arraign them for trial, arguing that it was because of the Ebola outbreak.They also contended that the delay was due to many cases they had with the grand jury of Montserrado County, which could not permit them to indict those two defendants immediately.In counter argument lawyers representing the defendants asked the court to dismiss and discharge their clients for the failure of government to have proceeded with the case or to have indicted them.Judge Gbeneweleh yesterday in his ruling explained that in April 2013, when the defendants were arrested and charged by the Monrovia City Court, before they were subsequently transferred to Criminal Court ‘C’, there was no outbreak of Ebola in Liberia.He further ruled that the contention of the prosecution that there were several cases before the grand jury did not imply any legal justification not to have indicted the defendants.According to him, Section 18.2 of the Criminal Procedure Law makes it mandatory that “in the absence of a good cause shown the court shall dismiss the complaint for failure on the part of prosecution to indict a defendant for indictable offence.”He went on to say that “the Legislature never contemplated that Montserrado County alone should have more than one grand jury.”“The Lawmakers,” he said, “in their own wisdom created a provision for Special Jury as provided for in Section 15.5.”The intent of the Special Grand Jury is to indict any defendant who committed a criminal offence and who has not been indicted by the Grand jury, Judge Gbeneweleh said.He emphasized that the law provides 42working days for a grand jury and if the days expired prosecution should constitute a special jury, which should remain sitting as long as the public interest is required which the prosecution failed to do.“Therefore, the motion to dismiss for failure to proceed since 2013 in consistence with the law is hereby granted. And prosecution’s complaint is hereby dismissed,” he declared, adding, “the defendants are hereby discharged without prejudice to the state consistent with the law.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Registration open for 59th Annual Oilmen’s Bonspiel

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Petroleum Association is getting ready to host the 59th Annual Oilmen’s Bonspiel, which is set to take place on November 14 to 16.Currently, Organizers are looking for participants and teams to sign up and register for this event.Entry for the Bonspiel is limited to 32 teams for the weekend, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible to ensure a spot. The entry fee is $500 per team and the deadline to enter is November 11.- Advertisement -Events taking place during the Bonspiel include a ‘Rock the Hole’ event, music and dance, and a banquet.The 59th Annual Oilmen’s Bonspiel is taking place November 14 to the 16 at the Fort St. John Curling Club.For more information, call Neil Carlstrom at 250-263-7018 or Victor Moskalyk at 250-261-9449.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Report: Global warming means drought, floods for California

first_imgThe report found a 90 percent chance that global warming in western mountains will cause “decreased snowpack, more winter flooding and reduced summer flows, exacerbating competition for over-allocated water resources.” That means greater water scarcity throughout California and conflicts among western states – especially California and Arizona – and among users, from agriculture to homeowners to the tourism industry, said Roger Pulwarty, a research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report also found a 90 percent likelihood that a rising sea level will increase coastal erosion. Also, the Sacramento River and other river basins with a history of floods will be exposed to an even greater risk of flooding. “The report’s message is water, water, water – more drought in the West, more flooding in the East and higher sea levels along all our coasts,” said Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation. Recent studies by climatologists in California have included similar warnings, from the shrinking snowpack to threats to the purity of water and integrity of levees in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. WASHINGTON – Fierce competition for scarce water among California and its neighbors. Longer droughts and wildfire seasons throughout the West. Heat waves that will tax utilities. More severe storms and floods. Rising sea levels and problems for fisheries. And a mixed bag for agriculture, with some crops benefiting and others hurt. That’s the likely future for California and other western states contained in a mountain of data released Monday showing the potential effects of climate change on North America – part of the international report on global warming compiled by hundreds of scientists. The findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will not surprise Californians who have been following reports on how climate change already is affecting the state. The IPCC report did not include original research, but was a compilation and analysis of data that had already been collected. “What the IPCC report does is apply confidence to the quality of science” in numerous studies, said Stephen Schneider, a Stanford University climate expert. Several scientists said they hope the accumulated findings will lead to urgent governmental action to curb the greenhouse gas emissions that are a major contributor to global warming. Nine scientists Tuesday will brief senators on the findings at a meeting of the Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat. “No one in the United States will escape the effects of climate change. Every individual and industry will be affected,” said Patricia Romero Lankao, a scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. “We must reduce emissions, and the sooner we act the better. It would have been better to act yesterday.” The global IPCC report found that some of the most negative impacts of global warming will hit those already very vulnerable – poor people in the developing world.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Worthington steps down as manager of League Two strugglers York

first_imgNigel Worthington has resigned as manager of York City.The Northern Irishman decided to walk after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Newport County left the Minstermen just one place above the League Two relegation zone.“After Saturday’s result and in the best interests of York City, I have made the difficult decision to leave the club,” said the 52-year-old, who replaced Gary Mills at Bootham Crescent in March 2013.“I feel the timing of my departure will give the players ample number of games to gain the points needed to ensure York City finishes in a good position in League Two by the end of the season.“In recent weeks, performances have not been up to my high standards and I take full responsibility for this as manager.“I would like to thank the Board and the McGill family for their tremendous support during my time at the club. We have had a great working relationship and they have given me all the assistance I have needed.“The supporters and the players should be very grateful to them for their loyalty, commitment and hard work in trying to take this football club forward. I have enjoyed a wonderful time at York City over the past 18 months.“The fans have been fantastic throughout and I have appreciated all their support. The experience would not have been the same without the friendship of all the staff at the club.“In particular, I would like to thank my assistant, Steve Torpey, for his loyalty and dedication to me and York City Football Club. It has been an absolute pleasure and honour to have been manager of York City and I very much wish the club every success for the future.”York came close to winning promotion last season, reaching the play-offs before losing to Fleetwood.In a statement on Worthington’s resignation, the club’s board of directors said: “It is with great sadness that Nigel Worthington has decided to leave the club.“He has been a pleasure to work with and we could not have asked for a more professional and hard working manager. We will always be grateful to him for the huge contribution he made in maintaining our Football League status and for the great times we had reaching the play-offs last season.“We respect the decision he has taken and understand it has been made in the best interests of York City Football Club. We thank Nigel for all he has achieved in making York City a better football club and the legacy he leaves.“He has been a gentleman throughout his time at the club and will be missed by us all. We now must focus on the appointment of a new manager and ensuring we secure the services of the right person to take York City Football Club forward.” Nigel Worthington 1last_img read more

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Another Games cycle for the Phinney name?

first_imgHe might want to consider long sleeves. There could be a lot of Olympics talk in the Phinney household over the next few months because one of the most-storied families in American cycling has a budding star quickly making a name for himself. Taylor Phinney is proving the power of genetics. His father is Davis Phinney, the first American to win a stage of the Tour de France and an elite pro rider for two decades. His mother is Connie Carpenter-Phinney, a four-time national champion and the gold medalist in the inaugural women’s Olympic road race 23 years ago. So it can hardly be surprising that their 17-year-old son is already a junior world cycling champion – and now is a USA Cycling elite track nationals gold medalist as well. Phinney beat Brad Huff by a little less than two seconds in the 4-kilometer final Thursday night at the ADT Event Center in Carson. Not bad, considering the kid never raced on a velodrome before Thursday. “It’s a really nice end to a really good season,” he said. “I’m glad I was able to cap it off.” He won’t turn 18 until a month before those Olympics. Results like Thursday’s certainly suggest he’ll be ready. “My whole motivation to get into doing the pursuit is to see if maybe I can qualify for the Olympics in ’08,” Taylor Phinney said. “So we decided to come out here, and it’s exciting. My first pursuit. I like it.” It’s easy to see why Phinney is considered one of USA Cycling’s brightest hopes for the future, with eyes of trying to find a spot on the Olympic team destined for Beijing next summer. “When you walk around as an Olympian, that’s pretty good,” said Davis Phinney, a 1984 bronze medalist. “When you walk around as an Olympic gold medalist, that’s even better. “So we wanted to instill that spirit, that honor and what it’s like being an ambassador for your country in him.” With parents like his, some might think Taylor Phinney was raised on a bike. They’d be wrong. He didn’t begin riding competitively until 18 months ago, then won 23 races in his first year. He never pedaled on a velodrome until four weeks ago, and wound up stunning a field filled with seasoned pros. The pursuit is a 16-lap event on the 250-meter track, with two riders starting on opposite sides. It’s a race against the clock, not the other rider, but that didn’t stop Taylor from catching his opponent during Thursday’s heats – while he clocked the fastest final-kilometer time among qualifiers for the final. “I know what I’m capable of,” Taylor Phinney said. “I just haven’t proven it on the track to myself.” That is, until Thursday. Four elite titles and two U23 stars-and-stripes jerseys were claimed late Wednesday night at the venue. Michael Blatchford (Cypress/Cody Racing) won the elite men’s 250-meter time trial and Liz Reap (Jim Thorpe, Pa./T-Town Express) won the women’s 500-meter time trial. Stephen Hill (Winston, Ga./East Point Track Club) earned a national title with a 1:06.011 in the men’s kilometer time trial. Reseda’s Matthew Post placed 12th overall, but his time of 1:10.842 as a 22-year-old earned him the U23 national title in the event. In the only national championship category team event on Wednesday, the Slipstream foursome of Colby Pearce (Boulder, Colo.), Brad Huff (Fair Grove, Mo.), Michael Friedman (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Mike Creed (Colorado Springs, Colo.) clocked 4:20.220 in the men’s 4-kilometer team pursuit.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CYCLING: Junior world champ has an Olympic pedigree – and talent. From staff and wire reports Davis Phinney held out his right arm to illustrate his point. “See? Talking about the Olympics still gives me goose bumps,” he said. last_img read more

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Everton defender desperate for Roy Hodgson to be given new England contract

first_imgEverton defender Phil Jagielka has become the latest England international to call for manager Roy Hodgson to remain at the helm after the European Championships in 2016.Following a dismal World Cup showing last summer, Hodgson’s men have hit the ground running in their qualifying campaign for next summer’s tournament in France with four wins from their opening four games.The 67-year-old remains coy about his future after the FA decided to honour his contract, but Jagielka and other members of the England squad have been far more vocal about their demands.“It was nice to see Roy given another chance [after the World Cup]. It was always going to be a nervy opening to European qualifying but the boys are fantastic,” said the centre back.“It proved we backed him, it proved it was the right decision to do. I am sure when we qualify we need to have a good tournament in France to back him if Roy is going to stay on. But the boys are desperate to do that.”FA Chairman Greg Dyke has revealed his plans to open contract negotiations with Hodgson and assured the England boss that he will attend the draw for World Cup qualifying stages when it is made this summer.Dyke said: “We decided in Brazil that we wanted Roy to continue with his contract, we thought ‘he’s got a contract, he sees it through.’““We will have the discussion with Roy in the next nine months to a year.”England face Lithuania at Wembley on Friday night in a Euro 2016 qualifier and will be without Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge, Fraser Forster, Luke Shaw and Danny Rose who have pulled out of the squad through injury. Phil Jagielka 1last_img read more

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Brutal Liverpool assessment – ‘Too many signings, no accountability’

first_imgRay Houghton claims Liverpool got their recruitment all wrong last summer and that cost them dearly this season.The former Anfield favourite says they brought in too many players during the last close season, but not enough quality, and insists there is no accountability for the signings at the club.In a brutal assessment of the club’s approach in the transfer market, he told talkSPORT: “There’s no accountability at Liverpool for the signings because it’s not just down to the manager. There’s a committee that picks the players, which I don’t agree with.“I hope it’s the manager who has the final say because it should be his responsibility. He’s the one who has to work with the players and try to get the best out of them. I think Liverpool brought in far too many [players] to integrate into the side this season.“They had a successful season [last season] and finished second, but they brought in Lovren, Manquillo, Moreno, Can, Markovic, Lallana, Lambert, Balotelli – it’s just too many. For a side that finished second you shouldn’t be bringing in that many players and making so many changes. They should have brought in three of four top quality players. It diluted what they were trying to do.“They should have brought in quality to supplement what they had. They were never going to win the Champions League, they should have concentrated on finishing in the top four and doing well in one of the cup competitions. That would have sufficed and the fans would have accepted that.”last_img read more

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LETTERKENNY CHOSEN AS PART OF NEW €100 MILLION BROADBAND PROJECT

first_imgLetterkenny has been chosen as one of the first locations in the country to be part of a €100 million project by telecommunications giant Eircom in new fibre-optic broadband.The new technology is certain to put the town on the map for prospective employers looking to set up new companies here.Eircom boss Paul Donovan said upgrade work on the current broadband line in Letterkenny and other selected town will start this year. After that it is hoped the overhaul of the current service to a state-of-the-art broadband network service is expected to be complete by the end of 012.“This is the next step in the rollout of high speed broadband services.“We have selected locations which have a geographical reach beyond Dublin and across the country.“We believe there is a strong appetite for new fibre based products and services that will be competitively priced. “Work will commence later this year and we hope to have the network upgrade completed by the end of Summer 2012,” Donovan promisedThe other regional towns chosen as part of the ambitious project include Mervue (Galway); Douglas (Cork); Dooradoyle (Limerick); Tallaght, Ballyboden, Palmerstown, Swords, Donabate in Co. Dublin and Clonee in Co Meath.Once Phase 1 is completed, fibre-optic broadband will pass more than 100,000 homes and businesses within the selected areas, providing speeds of 40 Mbps and beyond.EndsLETTERKENNY CHOSEN AS PART OF NEW €100 MILLION BROADBAND PROJECT was last modified: August 30th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:broadbandEircomletterkennylast_img read more

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