President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to Burundi on Thursday, his office said, after the army chief declared that an attempted coup staged when the east African leader was abroad had failed.Mr Nkurunziza said he had come back on the Burundi presidency Twitter site. Meanwhile the army general mutineers who had attempted to overthrow the president have been arrested.But bursts of gunfire in the capital and fighting for control of the state radio during the day indicated there was still determined opposition to the president, who sparked protests and the coup attempt by his move to seek a third term.Critics said his re-election bid violated the constitution and a peace deal that ended an ethnically fuelled civil war that ended in 2005, plunging the nation into a deep political crisis.But before announcing his return, loyalists of the president said they were in control of the major strategic assets, such as the airport and presidential offices.They also said they still controlled the state broadcaster despite the heavy fighting. “President Nkurunziza is back in Burundi after the attempted coup.The coup was launched by Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare, a former ally of the president, on Wednesday after Mr Nkurunziza travelled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, to attend a summit on the crisis.Nkurunziza was in Tanzania at a summit of African leaders on Wednesday when Major General Godefroid Niyombare, who the president sacked as intelligence chief in February, declared he was dismissing the president and his government.A day later, Army Chief of Staff General Prime Niyongabo said the coup had failed. “Loyal forces are still controlling all strategic points,” he said in a state radio broadcast.The announcement of Nkurunziza’s return suggested the government was now back in effective control, although periods of relative calm in Bujumbura on Thursday were broken by bouts of gunfire. By evening, the city had a semblance of calm. A Reuters witness saw one dead soldier lying near the Interior Ministry. The coup was launched by Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare, a former ally of the president
Philippine Drug Enforcement Region 6 director Alex Tablate. PN FILE PHOTO “Bacolod City and Negros Occidental ang focus natin at ng pulisso they’re trying to sell their stuff in Iloilo. Hindi nila alam na nasa surveillance na sila,” said Tablate. “Please help us in our campaign. Giveus information. PDEA and the police could not stop drug trafficking without thehelp of the community,” he stressed. Party drugs, also called club drugs orrave drugs, are recreational drugs that have stimulating properties. Regularuse can lead to the user craving more of the drug, resulting to addiction. PDEA’s Tablate cited the people ofBanate for cooperating with the police. Negros-based drug traffickers could bethinking they were safer in Iloilo because nobody knew them, said Director AlexTablate of PDEA Region 6. Tablate expressed concern that demandfor illegal drugs, particularly party drugs, could rise this holiday season. “We used an asset to transact withhim. He apparently had a contact in Banate,” said Roque. Early this week, the PDEA directorreported that the supply of illegal drugs in Iloilo significantly droppedfollowing the deaths of drug lords Melvin “Boyet” Odicta Sr. in August 2016 inBarangay Caticlan, Malay, Aklan and Richard “Buang” Prevendido in September2017 in Barangay Balabago, Jaro district here. The Banate police prepared forCasumpang after receiving a tip that the suspect was coming to Iloilo. ILOILO City – Relentless antidrugoperations in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental may be driving drugtraffickers there to move their operation to Iloilo, according to thePhilippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). A suspected drug courier from SilayCity, Negros Occidental was recently arrested in Barangay San Salvador, Banate,Iloilo. The 43-year-old Gerardo Casumpang ofBarangay Guinhalaran, Silay City was collared at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday bythe Banate police. “We will be utilizing 10 K-9 dogsaside from partnering with the police,” said Tablate. In Bacolod City and Negros Occidental,however, said Tablate, drug trafficking remains a challenge. Of particular concern to the PDEA arethe seaports where drug traffickers are known to slip their stocks. PDEA has tightened its monitoring ofseaports most especially in northern Iloilo. Its operatives are on the lookoutfor transient drug pushers in coordination with the Police Regional Office 6. Eight more sachets were recovered fromCasupang, added Roque. According to Police Captain GenesisRoque, Banate police chief, an asset managed to buy from the suspect a sachetof shabu for P1,000. “We can be successful of our driveagainst illegal drugs if there’s cooperation from the community. Let’s help oneanother to end the proliferation of illegal drugs,” he said. “K-9” (a homophone of “canine”) are dogs trained to assist law enforcers detect contrabands such as illegal drugs and explosives. “We need to double our efforts in monitoring the entry of illegal drugs. We expect a high demand for them this Christmas season when most people have money,” said Tablate./PN
Press Association The Toffees have confirmed the 24-year-old is to remain on Merseyside to undergo a routine procedure to remove a small screw in his left leg which was inserted after an horrific break in January. Oviedo made his competitive comeback with an hour-long appearance in the Capital One Cup defeat at Swansea last month and came on for the last 26 minutes of Sunday’s loss against Manchester United – his first league appearance since January 20. While Oviedo has returned to fitness other injuries are starting to pile up for manager Roberto Martinez. John Stones was carried off on a stretcher at the weekend with suspected ankle ligament damage and is expected to be sidelined for at least a month while fellow defender Seamus Coleman has not played since mid-September because of a hamstring problem and, although he was named in the Republic of Ireland’s squad to face Gibraltar in a Euro 2016 qualifier, he is unlikely to feature. Forward Kevin Mirallas also has a hamstring strain which will keep him out until next month while midfielder James McCarthy will use the international break, having been left out of the Republic’s squad, to recover from a thigh problem. England midfielder Ross Barkley is progressing well after a knee operation but will not return until next month. Everton midfielder Bryan Oviedo has pulled out of Costa Rica’s friendlies against Oman and South Korea.
â€œExperience counts in these big competitions and it helps to avoid small mistakes. We have a relatively young team, but weâ€™ve shown maturity and have been growing since the tournament started. â€œWeâ€™re solid defensively and have been able to adapt to our opponents. We can also vary our game, which it is a massive strength.â€Belgium showed plenty of attacking flair in their 2-1 win over Brazil in the other quarter-final and Varane singled out forward Romelu Lukaku and playmaker Eden Hazard as two of the players the French would have to be wary off.â€œItâ€™s a World Cup semifinal… there are no favourites,â€ he added. â€œWeâ€™ll have to outdo ourselves and give our best, take each match as it comes, and see how far we can go.â€œBelgium are young, but they are maturing. We know it will be a tough match…. Romelu Lukakuâ€™s physicality can trouble any defence. We canâ€™t leave him any space because heâ€™s a quality player.â€œAs for Eden, Iâ€™ve already played against him when he was at Lille. He has great qualities and is a good dribbler. We canâ€™t give him any space either, so it is going to take a collective effort.â€Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A day after scoring his first goal of the World Cup, France defender Raphael Varane has turned his thoughts to how his team can stifle Belgiumâ€™s potent attack when the sides meet in Tuesdayâ€™s semifinal in St Petersburg.Varane, who headed home Antoine Griezmannâ€™s free kick to open the scoring for France in their 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay on Friday, said he was pleased at how Franceâ€™s relatively young team was maturing as they progressed.â€œIâ€™m happy to have been decisive (by scoring). Itâ€™s a great pleasure,â€ the Real Madrid centre back told reporters yesterday. â€œWe were faced with a physical challenge yesterday and we dealt with it.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse running back Jerome Smith, defensive tackle Jay Bromley and linebacker Dyshawn Davis all made Athlon Sports Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference Teams. Smith was named to the first-team offense, while Bromley and Davis found a spot on the third-team defense.Smith rushed for 1,171 yards in 2012, exploding onto the scene as one of the Orange’s premier playmakers. He became one of just 16 SU running backs to reach the 1,000-yard plateau in a single season, averaging 90.1 yards per game. Smith is expected to once again get significant carries for Syracuse along with Prince-Tyson Gulley and George Morris II.After a successful sophomore season at nose tackle, Bromley earned the starting nod again last season. He finished with 16 tackles, 23 assists and 2.5 sacks. Bromley started 10 games and appeared in all 13. His field goal block against West Virginia helped propel the Orange to a 38-14 blowout win in the Pinstripe Bowl.Davis started all 13 games for the Orange last season, ranking fifth in the Big East in tackles for loss at just more than one per game. His 69 tackles ranked third on the team behind seniors Shamarko Thomas and Siriki Diabate. With Thomas and Diabate gone, Davis will help anchor Syracuse’s defense, a unit that finished fifth in the Big East in 2012.All three players also earned a spot on Phil Steele’s 2013 Preseason All-ACC teams. Davis was named to the first team, while Smith earned a spot on the second team and Bromley was assigned to the fourth team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe trio of Smith, Bromley and Davis will lead the Orange when it takes on Penn State in the team’s season opener at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 31 at 3:30 p.m. Comments Related Stories Syracuse lands 4 on Phil Steele’s preseason All-ACC teams Published on June 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm Contact Trevor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @TrevorHass
Published on October 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm Contact Jon: email@example.com | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Julian Buescher doesn’t have the height of Juuso Pasanen — the two-inch difference preventing him from consistently winning headers. He doesn’t have the physicality either, lacking the ability to muscle opponents off the ball as effectively as his teammate.But for the second game in a row, Buescher will likely have to take Pasanen’s spot on the field.“He has the same role as Juuso did,” midfielder Oyvind Alseth said. “Keep moving the ball and be a shield for our center backs.”Pasanen and midfielder Korab Syla both have “a little way to go” before coming back from injuries, head coach Ian McIntyre said. They’re day-to-day, though Buescher is “pretty sure” Pasanen will be back for the postseason.The injuries have pushed Buescher, Syracuse’s most offensive player, back to its most defensive midfield position. It took the Orange almost 75 minutes to score against North Carolina State on Friday, but SU was able to come back for the 2-1 victory. No. 12 Syracuse (10-4-2, 3-3-1 Atlantic Coast) will try to find a way to do the same in its second— and possibly last — full game with its altered lineup when it heads to Boston College (8-6-1, 3-4) on Friday at 7 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU is currently sits at sixth place in the conference. With a win and some help it could earn the No. 4 seed and host a game in the second round of the ACC tournament along with getting a first-round bye.“It went OK on Friday,” Buescher said. “I hope I do better next Friday. I think then I am done with it for the season, but I don’t mind the position at all.”What Buescher lacks in size and physicality he makes up for in ball handling and stamina, Alseth said. Buescher added that he relies on the “big guys” behind him to win the headers coming his way.From the defensive midfield, Buescher can dictate the game a little bit more, he said. In the past, playing the attacking midfield, he’s often too far forward to maneuver the ball around the field and is the one receiving the pass instead of distributing it.Sometimes Buescher edges up in situations where Pasanen would stay back, midfielder Andreas Jenssen said, forcing him or Alseth to cover defensively. Buescher said he’ll try to go forward even more against Boston College and see how it works out.“Getting that balance in midfield without Juuso in there … everyone is adapting and changing their roles a little bit,” McIntyre said.Buescher has been one of the main catalysts for Syracuse’s 16th-ranked scoring offense — leading the team with seven goals, seven assists, 21 points and 47 shots. Whenever his position shifted from center attacking midfielder earlier in the season, it was to a forward position next to Ben Polk.Friday was just the third time all season he didn’t register a shot on goal — a product of his move to center defensive midfielder.“He has been a guy responsible for a lot of the things we’ve been producing forward so it puts some more responsibility on the rest of us playing up there,” Alseth said. “We’ve just got to embrace the challenge. … It’s time for the rest of us to step up.”Polk has emerged as the Orange’s second-leading point producer and defender Louis Cross netted just his third goal in two seasons with SU to win the game against N.C. State on Friday.Even Jenssen had a prime scoring chance that he pushed just wide.Alseth said there were concerns going into the N.C. State game, but the team learned it could win without Pasanen, without Syla and with one of its most dangerous offensive weapons seldom in the attacking third.Against Boston College, Syracuse will have to prove it again.Said McIntyre: “We’ll find a way as we did on Friday.” Comments
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 31, 2016 at 10:08 pm Contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @A_E_Graham Head coach Paul Flanagan lamented his team’s poor conditioning after unraveling in the third period against Colgate on Oct. 21 in a 3-2 loss.“Losing a step” in the third period every weekend had cost the Orange as its record sat at a disappointing 0-4-2 heading into conference play.Snapping out of a third-period funk seemed paramount to SU’s success heading into a weekend series against Lindenwood. It did just that on Friday and Saturday in wins over the Lions.As Abbey Miller pitched two straight shutouts for the Orange, the offense took over, scoring four goals in both games. Each night, Syracuse tallied a third-period goal. Showing the ability to finish games is a key for Syracuse (2-4-2, 2-0 College Hockey America), and Flanagan said it comes down to the team’s conditioning.“If we’re slowing down in the third period then we need to figure out a way to keep going,” forward Alysha Burriss said. “And if that’s conditioning then that’s what we need to do. I think that for the most part we’re in pretty good shape, but there’s always room for improvement.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLeigh Ann Rodgers | Contributing PhotographerThrough the first six games, SU allowed six goals in the third period, four of which were game-tying, go-ahead or game-winning.The biggest let down of non-conference play came against Colgate when the Orange jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first ten minutes of the first game, only to watch it slowly slip away. Colgate scored the game-winning goal with 4:28 left in the game.One of Flanagan’s biggest takeaways from that game was SU’s pattern of slowing down in the third period, thus letting teams back into games.“I was a little frustrated,” Flanagan said, “I thought we were a step behind the last eight or ten minutes and that resulted in us just standing there watching on Friday night as (Colgate) scored the game winning goal.”Fixing the conditioning problem is relatively simple and just requires a little more time and work in practice to close any gap between Syracuse and other teams, players said.Players agreed with their coach but cited overconfidence and lack of enthusiasm late in games.“I don’t necessarily think it’s our conditioning,” Heather Schwarz said, “I think we’re maybe holding up a bit going into the third. When we have a lead we’re not going as quickly because we’re like, ‘Oh, we have a lead, let’s slow it down a bit.’“It gets to the second and third and it gets quiet on the bench and were not really cheering. We’re not keeping it upbeat.”Syracuse found the solution to its third-period slump against Lindenwood. The Orange jumped out to commanding leads in both games, entering the third period up 3-0 each night.SU did not slow down or let Lindenwood back in the game, notching its first two wins of the season.“I know these girls are working really hard,” Schwarz said. “But you know, more conditioning never hurt anyone.” Comments
National senior women’s team, the Super Falcons, have ended their sit-in protest at a hotel in Abuja after being paid money owed to them monday.They were demanding US$23,650 per player from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for winning the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. The Super Falcons had been at the hotel in the capital since December 6.“The players have all left the hotel in Abuja after they started receiving payments alerts,” the team’s media officer Remi Sulola told BBC Sport.One of the players also confirmed that she and her roommate had been paid.“It’s taken some time, (because banks don’t work over the weekend) but we’ve finally received our money today Monday,” one player, who insisted on anonymity, told BBC Sport.“We thank the government, the fans and media for their roles in making sure we got our hard-earned dues.”To mark the 10th day of their complaint the team protested outside the National Assembly in Abuja while the annual budget was being presented.This led to the government releasing about US$1.2m to the cash-strapped NFF on Friday to pay the ladies.Nigeria’s victory in Cameroon was their eighth African women’s title and means they have only twice failed to win the women’s championship since its inception in 1998.The money was also used to settle outstanding win bonus for the Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
‘Ateyie ma awerεfire’. This popular Akan adage literally translates as “good conditions elicit forgetfulness”. That is the only basis for which a Ghanaian footballer who starts life on a dusty community pitch faced with all the challenges of life in this abandoned continent of ours, would spend his hard earned dollars lavishly on women as if he were the first son of computer magnate, Bill Gates.Great Ghanaian football talents namely Arthur Moses, Bashiru Gambo, Emmanuel Duah, Michael Essien, Odartey Lamptey (pictured below with ex-wife) and so on have once upon a time been victims of dangerous money-chewing Safari women who go after the wallets of innocent footballers.Like boa constrictors in the jungle, these clingy women will start out silently and misleading. At first, it begins with showing her best side. She’ll get close, flirt and be a wildcat in the sack. They are all around our dollar-making Black Stars players so much so that they almost suffocate them with their coils. Not even advice from King Solomon would urge these players to sit up until they are hit hard by the realities of life. Unfortunately such lessons are learnt the hard way – by which time all the dollars might have vamoosed. A fool and his money are soon parted. The average Ghanaian foreign-based player would spend profligately on fleets of cars, women, and friends forgetting that there is tomorrow. How could Afriyie Acquah, allegedly nicknamed ‘monkey’ by his own wife as heard on the viral tape, have put himself in such a mess? From humble beginnings of playing for the Glentoran Academy in the Brong Ahafo Region, Afriyie temporarily moved to BA United but had to leave camp without notice after having some problems with the team’s officials. Fortunately for him, Oliver Arthur’s Bechem United were lurking in the corner. Little did Acquah know that God was going to open an opportune door for him during a Bechem United tour in Italy. Palermo took him on, and the rest of the story is public knowledge.Having got the opportunity to play for the Black Stars under coach Kwesi Appiah, mother luck smiled on him when he scored on his debut for the team in Malawi.Despite putting up a solid performance, he was dropped from the Black Stars squad at South Africa 2013. But by dint of hard work and support from the local media, Acquah finally broke into Avram Grant’s starting XI.The football public was therefore taken aback when news broke that in spite of all these bitter experiences that life had offered Afriyie, he could only find a wife in a certain Amanda, a divorcée. How could it be that a young man starting life would marry a divorcée? Those who attended the grand wedding between Acquah and Amanda had to console themselves with the fact that love is blind. Sometimes, whether a woman is crazy, clingy, reckless, or just can’t stop having sex with other people, you won’t care because she’s hot.After all, dating is like a safari – but on a safari you have qualified guards who know the lay of the land and the predators. In the dating world, however, your only guide is the man downstairs, and he might lead you in the wrong direction.But even those of us with no gift of clairvoyance foresaw that the marriage was not going to work! Barely six months after, a sex tape from Amanda went viral. The sort of venom she spewed against her ex-husband, the business mogul Kenpong, were indescribable. A year into the marriage, the same Amanda – who was praising her current husband – in the first leaked sex tape, is now claiming the Black Stars midfielder is impotent. Among other things, she says on the leaked tape: “Jordan [Ayew] slept with me for four years not four days. If he was going to tell my husband, he would have done it by now. Since I met monkey [referring to Acquah], I have never cheated.”“[Jordan] was begging me to come back. He even asked me what I saw in this village boy [Acquah] that made me leave him [Jordan].”“Afriyie even asked if Jordan loves me. [Jordan] never wanted to speak to me when he saw me in Ghana with Afriyie. But, we [Amanda and Jordan] were childhood friends.””Afriyie is very jealous, I swear. Whenever Afriyie sets his eyes on us [Amanda and Jordan] having a chat or hanging out, he quickly gets furious and stops talking to me until I apologise,” Mrs. Acquah said. “Afriyie used to complain about his ailing relationship with Jordan Ayew. Afriyie once recounted that they travelled to Amsterdam and only Dede spoke to him but Jordan didn’t. He asked for Jordan’s contact but [Jordan] refused,” she added.Amanda is indeed the chimera – a mixture of dangerous women all rolled up into one. Probably, her beauty made Afriyie disregard common sense and good advice sounded like a siren’s call.The bigger picture is that she has set Jordan Ayew and her husband on a collision course and this might have far-reaching consequence for the Black Stars team as a whole.They say pieces of advice don’t change man, but calamities do. This is a big lesson to the current crop of Black Stars players namely: Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah, David Accam and the likes. That is, if what happened to Arthur Moses, Odartey Lamptey and the other senior colleagues in their encounters with women could not serve as deterrent.It’s about time some of you invested properly and stopped the idiocy.–Dan Kwaku Yeboah is sports editor at Accra-based Peace FM and editor-in-chief of Ghana Sports Online.
Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Ohtani, who threw a career-high 110 pitches in his last start on Sunday, played catch Wednesday and Thursday, suggesting he is not injured.After the game, he said through his interpreter that his “body feels fine. I’m guessing (skipping a start) is probably because I threw 110 pitches and they are trying to take it easy on me. I will just do what I do, throw my bullpens and get ready for my next start.”Ohtani pitched as much as 160-2/3 innings in Japan, but in 2017 he pitched only 25-1/3 innings, missing much of the season on the mound because of an ankle injury.So far this season, Ohtani has pitched 40-1/3 innings, which is a pace for about 120. He has a 3.35 ERA, and the Angels have won six of his seven starts.Eppler wouldn’t go into the specific things they saw in Ohtani or the factors that led them to believe now was the time to give Ohtani a break. TORONTO — Citing “workload management” for Shohei Ohtani, the Angels announced on Thursday they will not pitch their two-way star Sunday in New York, scratching the much-anticipated matchup against Masahiro Tanaka.The Angels have not said when Ohtani will make his next start. Ohtani will be allowed to continue hitting, which means he could hit against Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.General Manager Billy Eppler and Manager Mike Scioscia said there is nothing wrong with Ohtani, but they are trying to be careful with the volume of work for a 23-year-old rookie who is playing a virtually unprecedented role as a two-way player.“I have the utmost respect for what pitchers endure,” Eppler said. “They are the most tired people when the game is over. When you make 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120 explosions, that is a lot in my opinion. Then you add on cage work and BP work and games and so on and so forth, there is a lot on this particular individual’s plate. We’re just trying to be mindful of that. We understand where we are in the calendar. Simple as that.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “Yesterday we kind of realized we should probably consider this,” Eppler said.Eppler did say the move had nothing to do with wanting to keep Ohtani’s bat in the lineup. The Angels have struggled at the plate for much of the season. Ohtani has been one of the team’s most consistent hitters, and each time he pitches, they lose his bat for three days, including the day before and after his start. Ohtani had two doubles and two walks in Thursday’s game, lifting his average to .319 and his OPS to .991.Ohtani’s chance to hit on Sunday against Tanaka takes some of the sting away from being unable to pitch against him, he said.“I’m not so disappointed because I have a pretty good chance of facing him as a hitter, so either way I’ll get to face him,” Ohtani said. “Down the road, I’ll probably have a chance to face him as a pitcher also, so I just need to think about my next game and not think too far ahead.”Without Ohtani starting this weekend, the Angels will go with Andrew Heaney on Friday and Garrett Richards on Sunday. They have not announced a starter for Saturday, but they could bring Jaime Barría back from Triple-A to pitch that game.ALSOMartin Maldonado is hitting .377 in May, after finishing April with a .156 average. He had his first three-RBI game of the season on Thursday. …Mike Trout stole his 12th base of the season, without being caught. Trout is on pace for 39 stolen bases and hit 49 homers. …Former Angel Wally Joyner was one of the analysts on the Facebook Watch broadcast of Thursday’s game. Joyner said it was his first time doing in-game analysis.UP NEXTAngels (Andrew Heaney, 2-3, 3.35) at Yankees (Luis Severino, 7-1, 2.35), Friday, Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4