Update on the latest sports

first_imgBlue Jackets lose their top scorerUNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost their top goal-scorer for the rest of the season. The team says forward Oliver Bjorkstrand fractured an ankle in Thursday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Friday that Bjorkstrand will be out eight to 10 weeks and might need surgery.Bjorkstrand has 21 goals and 15 assists with 12 penalty minutes in 49 games this season. He leads the club in goals, winning goals with five and multipoint games with 11.Columbus leads the NHL in man-games lost to injury this season. Also sidelined this season: All-Star defenseman Seth Jones, forwards Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh). The Indians, who traded two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber this winter, were already down one starter this spring with right-hander Mike Clevinger recovering from knee surgery and out until mid-April.LUGE-TRACK SAFETYUS, others pull out of Luge World Cup, citing safetyUNDATED (AP) — The U.S. has pulled its entire team out of this weekend’s series of World Cup luge races in Winterberg, Germany, while athletes from many nations are protesting what they are calling unsafe ice conditions.Austria has also withdrawn its entire team from the weekend events and even several sliders from Germany — on home ice, no less — have said they are not willing to race this weekend. The International Luge Federation offered a compromise of sorts Friday by saying it would shorten the race distance, but even that did not solve the intense disagreement between sliders and officials over the safety issue. About 80,000 people are needed at the Olympics to provide free work which the IOC calls “key support to ensure the success of the games.”Tokyo organizers said the postponed sessions are “part of efforts to prevent the spread of infection of the novel coronavirus.”Training will be postponed until May or later, organizers said on their website. More than 200,000 people applied to be volunteers, with about one-third from outside Japan. The Olympics are scheduled to run from July 24-Aug. 9.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR INVESTIGATIONDocuments: Michigan student says he reported doctor’s abuse Update on the latest sports In other NHL news:— The NHL-leading Boston Bruins have freed up salary cap space by trading veteran forward David Backes (BAK’-ehs) and a first-round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks for forward Ondrej Kase (AHN’-dray KAH’-shah). Anaheim also acquired 20-year-old prospect defenseman Axel Andersson in the deal completed three days before the NHL’s trade deadline. The Bruins benefit by trading the 35-year-old Backes, who has spent the past month playing in the minors. He is in the fourth year of a five-year, $30 million contract and had just one goal and two assists in 16 games with the Bruins before being demoted to AHL Providence last month.— The Buffalo Sabres have placed suspended defenseman Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers with the intention of terminating his contract. The move puts the Sabres in position to part ways with a disgruntled player who asked to be traded earlier this season and spent the past week refusing to report to the minors. Bogosian will have an opportunity to sign with another team to finish out the season. But the 12-year veteran will lose what’s left of the $6 million he is owed in the final year of his contract should he go unclaimed by noon Saturday. Under NHL rules, Bogosian must be signed by the NHL’s trade deadline on Monday afternoon to be eligible to compete in the playoffs.MLB-INDIANS-CARRASCO INJURYIndians RHP Carrasco day to day with mild hip flexor strain Associated Press February 21, 2020center_img GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has been diagnosed with a mild strain of his right hip flexor after feeling discomfort while doing squats in the weight room during spring training.The team said Friday that Carrasco was considered day to day after an MRI revealed the strain.Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco felt something in his upper leg when squatting on Wednesday.The 32-year-old pitcher made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. He revealed that in June, and returned as a reliever in September after treatment.Carrasco had said earlier in camp that his health was good and that he was excited about the upcoming season, when he is expected to move back into the rotation. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL LABORUnion committee rejects NFL labor deal; player reps to voteNEW YORK (AP) — The NFL players’ union executive committee voted 6-5 Friday to recommend rejecting the terms of a labor deal approved by NFL owners the previous day. UNDATED (AP) — Documents released by prosecutors show a former University of Michigan student whose 2018 complaint that a late doctor at the school had molested him in the 1970s says he complained at the time to his wrestling coach and the school’s athletic director about the sexual abuse.According to the documents released to The Associated Press on Friday, the student also recalled Dr. Robert E. Anderson being known by athletes as “Dr. Drop your drawers Anderson.”The university announced this week that it has launched an investigation into Anderson’s behavior following sexual abuse allegations made by five former patients. The owners’ proposal features a 17-game season, shorter preseason, larger rosters and limits on the number of international games. It will next be voted on by the 32 player representatives. Even if they reject it, the union is expected to bring the plan to the entire membership.If the NFLPA does not approve the terms, the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires in March 2021, would remain in effect and further talks would be required.Several people familiar with the terms say they feature increases in minimum salaries, changes in practice squad makeup and eligibility, and reduced offseason and preseason requirements as pivotal parts of the deal. Those people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because specific details of the provisions in the agreement that would run through 2030 are not being made public.Objections to an expanded regular season are considered the main stumbling block for player approval.NHL-NEWS Sliders from many nations have said there is too much ice buildup on certain curves, which significantly increases the chance of crashing.Training this weekend in Winterberg has been marred by several crashes and even some injuries to top sliders.OLYMPIC VOLUNTEERS-CHINA OUTBREAKTokyo delays Olympic volunteer training because of virusTOKYO (AP) — While again stating there are no plans to cancel or delay the Tokyo Olympics, local organizers postponed training sessions for volunteers on Friday for at least two months because of the virus outbreak spreading from China.last_img read more

Badgers rout UW-Milwaukee

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald file photoIf the Wisconsin men’s soccer team was looking to make a statement Wednesday night against the UW-Milwaukee Panthers, they certainly made one. Just three minutes into the game, the Badgers tacked on their first goal en route to a 4-0 victory. In fact, all of Wisconsin’s goals were scored in the first 35 minutes of the game.The offensive output was especially vindicating for the Badgers, as goals have been hard for the team to come by.“I think it was important for us to not only play well, but to be able to score some goals,” head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “I feel honestly we’ve been playing this well for two weeks.”The offensive attack started early when freshman midfielder Colin Monasterio drilled a one timer past Panther goaltender Grant Fernstrum. After racing down the left sideline, Kenny Dix’s cross pass allowed Monasterio up to nail the shot before Fernstrum was set.Just nine minutes later, the Badgers were on the attack again, when UWM’s Travis Phillips received a foul call. With a direct free kick just outside the 18-yard line, junior striker Scott Lorenz’s shot found the top right corner of the net. With such a perfectly placed kick, Fernstrum made no attempt to block the shot as it flew just below the crossbar.“Having scored in the past two games, we wanted to come out tonight and at least put a couple in the back of the net,” Lorenz said. “I took the opportunity well and made the most of it.”Before UWM was able to even record its first shot on goalie Alex Horwath, Wisconsin scored their third goal of the game in the 16th minute. After an aggressive attack set up a corner kick on the left side, freshman Austin Spohn’s cross pass found sophomore defenseman Cale Cooper on the right post. Anticipating Fernstrum’s reaction, Cooper was able to head the ball past Fernstrum’s right arm.The first half was a long one for Fernstrum, who also injured himself defending a corner kick from the right side. As several players went up to head a ball in the air, Fernstrum landed awkwardly and lay on the ground for an extensive period. However, his return to the game did not go as well as expected. In the 35th minute of the first half, Lorenz tacked on his second goal of the game, rolling a shot just past a diving Fernstrum.With a 4-0 lead heading into the half, the Badgers cruised through the second half and held on to shut out the Panthers. Although UWM’s aggressive play in the second half created some scoring opportunities, Horwath had an answer to every Panther shot. “I heard him the whole game taking command, having the presence we expect from Alex,” Rohrman said. “We are going to lean a lot on him the next couple weeks or so, so I expect the same performance from him on Sunday.”last_img read more

Despite record start, Orange now looking to prove legitimacy

first_imgFor the first 17 games of the season, everything seemed easy for Syracuse. It went up against opponents who were clearly not as skilled, and disposed of them without a problem. But once conference play started, things got tougher. Wins haven’t come as easily. And heading into the weekend, the Orange is going to look to prove what type of team it really is: Is it a Big East contender? Or just a non-conference bully? ‘I think the girls want to prove that they’re a good team,’ assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. ‘Starting off 1-2 in the Big East gets people talking that we aren’t as good as our (non-conference) record showed.’ After a 17-0 start, the best in program history, SU’s (18-2, 1-2 Big East) dominance hasn’t carried into its Big East schedule. The team is in a good position to turn things around this weekend, going up against two teams that are 0-3 against conference opponents this season in Connecticut and St. John’s.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text UConn has struggled overall, coming into Syracuse with a 2-12 overall record. And although it might be winless in conference, the Red Storm could be a tough challenge as it goes into the weekend 13-7. Despite having the best overall record in the Big East, the Orange’s success against conference opponents has been minimal. Syracuse’s lone conference victory came in a 3-1 win over Georgetown. Its first loss of the season came at the hands of South Florida. Then, SU had its worst game of the season in a 3-1 loss to Villanova. If the Orange could take any solace in its match against the Wildcats, it’s the fact that it didn’t necessarily lose because it wasn’t good enough. Really, SU beat itself, not getting to balls it should have been able to get to. ‘Not everything clicked the way it had been clicking,’ outside hitter Mindy Stanislovaitis said. ‘We just need to keep working on the things that happened this weekend and come out stronger.’ It’s obvious that the level of competition SU faced throughout its non-conference schedule was much lower. So low, in fact, that Syracuse played 10 straight games without losing a single set. Still, the Orange displayed an offense that looked to be capable of beating any opponent. But that hasn’t been the case. And that’s what the Orange will try to turn around this weekend. SU does have an advantage in that both of its next two games are at home. For the first time this season, the Orange will have the crowd behind it for a conference game. ‘It makes such a big difference,’ defensive specialist Sarah Hayes said. ‘When we’re on the road, we’re on a bus for six hours a day. It’s miserable, your body hurts, everything just isn’t right.’ Although it’s still early to start thinking seriously about winning the conference championship, there’s still some significance to this weekend. If SU loses both games, it’ll remain at the very bottom of the Big East, in a position that could be impossible to recover from. The best-case scenario would clearly be to take both games and head into next week with a 3-2 conference record. Also on the line for SU is getting into the top five in the conference, which would be an improvement over its current 10th-place position. Otherwise, Hayes said, SU could play itself out of contention. ‘Definitely teams we need to beat,’ Hayes said. ‘(Head coach) Jing (Pu) was telling us that this is crucial for us to get into the top five this weekend. If we don’t, then we won’t. And that’s where we need to be.’ For the first time this year, the Orange heads into a game with its back against the wall. Not so much because the Huskies are better, but because questions of the Orange’s true skill will linger. This isn’t a position SU is used to. At least not this season. But if the Orange wants to prove that it really is a good team, and deserves to be top five in the Big East, it will have to try to use that to its advantage. Especially if Syracuse wants to prove that it belongs in the conversation for conference contenders. ‘Just come out strong, that’s really what we need to do,’ Stanislovaitis said. ‘When it comes down to it, we’ve been underdogs in the Big East all four years I’ve been here. We need to take on that underdog mentality. That fighter mentality that we’re not going to let anybody roll over us.’ cjiseman@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on October 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

United Thrash Cardiff 5-1 in First Post-Mourinho Match

first_imgVictor Camarasa’s penalty briefly gave Cardiff hope as they reduced the arrears to 2-1, but Jesse Lingard won and scored a contentious second-half penalty and then rounded Neil Etheridge to tap into an empty net at the death to make the result safe.It is the first time United have scored five goals in a Premier League game since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge – a 5-5 draw with West Brom in May 2013.All eyes were on Solskjaer’s first selection as United boss, and Pogba was included in the starting line-up.The World Cup winner and club record signing had been a forlorn-looking substitute for the past three Premier League matches, but returned to a more attack-minded United XI.Pogba was joined by French forward Martial, who made his 100th Premier League appearance, with Romelu Lukaku away on compassionate leave.Luke Shaw and Phil Jones returned to a defence that had conceded 29 goals already this term – their worst record since 1962 – as Solskjaer made four changes.Pogba was involved in the thick of the action inside three minutes, winning a free-kick from Aron Gunnarsson that would give the Norwegian the perfect start to life in the United dugout, Rashford brilliantly finding the bottom corner.The contest proved an ideal opportunity for Pogba to send a message on the pitch rather than on social media and he certainly appeared less inhibited as the visitors passed with a good tempo and closed down effectively.United were superior throughout the first period and it was no surprise when they doubled their advantage just before the half-hour mark when Pogba picked out Herrera, whose speculative effort nicked off Greg Cunningham and gave Neil Etheridge no chance.However, United’s defensive fragility reappeared before the interval, with Rashford handballing carelessly when he moved his upper arm towards the ball under little pressure and Camarasa slammed home the penalty.But in the end, United made light work of a Cardiff side, who had won their past four home games, with attacking flair throughout.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was punching the air in delight with less than four minutes on the clock as he got off to a perfect start as Manchester United manager with a 5-1 thrashing of his former club Cardiff in Wales yesterday.The former United striker succeeded Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in midweek, and got his first win courtesy of a performance that will encourage United fans as some of their more marginalised talent came to the fore in a performance full of attacking intent.Marcus Rashford’s stunning free-kick, a deflected effort from Ander Herrera and a fabulous team goal by Anthony Martial effectively won the contest before half-time for a United side inspired by the recalled Paul Pogba, who had a hand in all three first-half goals.last_img read more

Former Iowa State president Leath leaving after two years on the job as Auburn University president

first_imgAUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University says its president, former Iowa State University president Steven Leath, is leaving after two years on the job.The university said in a statement Friday that Leath and the Board of Trustees’ presidential assessment working group mutually decided to part ways.The president pro tempore of the university’s board, Wayne T. Smith, said trustees are grateful to Leath “for his dedication and commitment as Auburn made strides as a world-class public university.”Leath says he believes the university is stronger now than before he arrived.Before going to Auburn in 2017, Leath was president of Iowa State University and vice president for research and sponsored programs for the University of North Carolina System.Smith says the Auburn board will soon name an interim president.last_img read more

Bolo: “We knew that Isi could happen, we have a plan B”

first_imgAlthough he did not want to advance names on the possible substitute for Murcia, the blue and white coach confirmed that “the plans in the market vary, because before we looked for a profile and now we are looking for two. It is very difficult because Isi is a great player, but we will try to find something similar. ” On the other hand, he said that “we think we have found what we wanted in another profile (a striker), but let’s see if everything goes well.” The Ponferradina coach, Jon Pérez Bolo, admitted Friday at the press conference prior to the match against Alcorcón that the departure of Isi to Rayo Vallecano “It is an important decline, but we knew what could happen and we have a plan B. Let’s see if we want to do what we want to do.” Bolo spared no praise for the player, despite the penalty for his departure: “The circumstances are these and we can only accept them. We are happy for him and it is a pride that a team like Lightning takes notice of us, because it will be that we are doing things right. I can only thank Isi both in sports, for everything she has contributed, as personally. We are leaving a friend and we wish him the best ”. Bolo also acknowledged that he expects ‘to lose weight’ in the remainder of the month after working with 26 players during the first part of the championship: “There are too many players, although we have done well. We do not know how many there will be on February 1, we have talked with some players to find a way out and they can have the minutes here we do not see how to give them, even if they deserve them. It is something that is in your hand, if you decide to stay, I will not fault you, but you know it will be difficult for you to play. ” On the other hand, confirmed that Oscar Sielva will be at eleven in Santo Domingo Once recovered from his injury, while waiting for Saturday’s training to assess whether the last to arrive, René and Iván Rodríguez, enter the call.Silvano celebrates his 20 years in the presidencyLa Ponferradina paid a small tribute yesterday to its president, José Fernández Nieto, on the occasion of his 20 years at the head of the club. Under his mandate, Ponferradina went from fighting to remain in Second B in 2000 to enter professional football, where he has played six of the last ten seasons. Silvano, as he is popularly known, expressed his desire to celebrate the centenary of the club in 2022 “with the Ponferradina as high as possible.”In the event were present, in addition to the members of the current staff and the workers of the club, the president of the Federation of Castile and Leon of Football, Marcelino Maté, and the coach who achieved the first ascent to Second Division in 2006, Pichi Luke.last_img read more

“It was never in my hands, I wanted to stay at Barça”

first_imgRonaldo Nazario counted on DAZN Italy an anecdote hitherto unknown about how his departure from Barcelona. Everyone knows that the Brazilian, after making a historic season in the Barcelona in which he finished as top scorer of the Spanish league and winner of the European Cup Winners Cup, he left at Inter de Milan for an amount of stratospheric money at that time, the 4,000 million of its termination clause. However, he himself acknowledges that his intention was to renew, but that the Barca club chaired by Josep Lluis Núñez, backed out in a matter of days: “I would have signed a renewal contract at the end of the season and I left with the Brazilian team. Five days later, they called me to tell me that they could not continue with the renewal. It was never in my hands. I wanted to stay.” . The forward says he was forced to leave when the negotiations broke down and that he wanted to continue wearing Barca: “If the club did not value me as I thought, then the decision was not in my hands. I would have liked to stay but it did not depend on me.” The former player confessed that it was Roberto Carlos who convinced him that playing at Real Madrid was a great idea, although it took years to follow his advice: “I played with Roberto Carlos in Brazil and he told me everything that Real Madrid represented and his experience there. It stuck in my mind and after a few years I wanted to see it with my own eyes.” He also acknowledges that he exceeded his expectations: “I came to Madrid and it was even better than what Roberto Carlos had told me, bigger than I could imagine. It’s Real Madrid. There is great expectation and great pressure. Of course, there are also the best players in the world. I I was delighted to discover a huge club and could help make it even bigger. “ The president of Valladolid He also talked about ‘Galactic’, which in addition to offering a great show within the playing fields, made the club’s business models evolve in terms of transfers: “There was a lot of expectation for the ‘Galactics’. In the end we gave a lot of show being a winning generation and we changed the way we do business in football. Since then, clubs have generated more money and sold better to their players. That was the big change in the new era of football. “Finally, the Brazilian could not say in which team the best Ronaldo was seen, although he acknowledges that he was happy in all the clubs in which he was until his retirement: “However, I couldn’t tell you which version of me was better. I enjoyed all of them, of course. I love playing football and I love football. I think it’s a question more for the fans than for me. I tried to do my best. throughout my career. “last_img read more

Large-scale joblessness undermines NIS/tax collection – Finance Secretary

first_img…Guyana’s high unemployment rate has economic, social implications – RamThree years after the coalition Government took office, it has been unable to effectively address the current high unemployment rate and according to the Finance Ministry’s Finance Secretary Michael Joseph the firing of 7000 sugar workers along with others has put a burden on the National Insurance Scheme.Chartered Accountant Christopher RamSpeaking at the opening night of the University of Guyana Turkeyen and Tain talks on Thursday at the Pegasus hotel, Joseph said, “what has happened since is that this Government has fired 7000 sugar workers, many others. Let’s say maybe 20,000 more have lost their jobs. Take of the 20,000, just take another 8000 who were paying NIS, so those are people who are not contributing to NIS,” he explained.This, he said, translates to decreased inflow for NIS and a pay-out that would remain constant or increase. In the last financial statement issued by the Scheme, it had shown a deficit of over $800 million.Finance Secretary Michael JosephThen there are the almost 2000 Amerindian Community Support Officers (CSO) who were dismissed soon after the coalition Government came to power in 2015. These officers were previously employed under the Youth Entrepreneurship and Apprenticeship Programme (YEAP).This led to the Amerindian Action Movement of Guyana taking the Government to court, arguing that the dismissals were unlawful and discriminatory. The group in its affidavit had noted that the CSO’s were drawn from approximately 187 Amerindian villages and communities.It was also noted that these CSO’s were afforded steady employment until the coalition Government’s action. For its part, the Government has argued that the programme was not performing on par in a bid to justify the dismissals.In addition to the over 7000 sugar workers who were fired from Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the CSO’s who were dismissed by Government, Barama Company Limited was also forced to close its operations after several of its concessions were taken back by Government. This created further unemployment.At the same time, the Finance Secretary backed his subject Minister, Winston Jordan, who had noted previously that Government cannot provide employment for all. According to Joseph, youths should also look to entrepreneurship as a means of income.Tax collection is not the only thing taking a hit when there is large-scale unemployment, as National Insurance Scheme contributions are also affected. For instance, concern has been expressed that layoffs in the sugar belt could undermine the Scheme’s position.This is particularly so if the Scheme were to pay unemployment benefits. At a previous press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had said that the idea of paying out these benefits did not take into account the current financial status of the Scheme and its ability to meet its current obligations.He noted that the last actuarial report recommended that focus is placed on building the reserve to avoid a deficit. In fact, it was disclosed in that report that the life of the Scheme should come to an end by 2022 unless strategic plans for revenue earnings and expansion of the investment portfolio are effectively implemented. Jagdeo also referenced the thousands of dismissed sugar workers.TaxesTalking about tax collection, Joseph expressed concern about youth unemployment and the impact it has on taxable income and noted the serious effect unemployment has on this process.“Taxes are the lifeline of the Government’s income stream to pay for the provision of public goods. The income base of households and the Private Sector largely constitute the pool by which Government can tax and raise money.”“That pool is taxable income [and] is dwarfed by the large-scale incidence of unemployment and insufficient start-ups to replace business failures. Indeed, joblessness narrows the potential base from which Government can collect income tax and undermines the capacity of the Government.”Joseph also cited the 2017 Labour Force Survey commissioned by Guyana’s Bureau of Statistics. This survey had found that Guyana’s employment rate was a worrying 49.2 per cent.“It was empirically determined that youth unemployment among the 15 to 24-year-old cohort was at 21.6 per cent, representing almost twice the unemployment rate of other adults. This survey confirmed that 35.2 per cent of the youth were not in education, employment or training.”High unemployment rateIn an interview with this publication, on the high unemployment rate in Guyana, Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram spoke of some of the reasons for Guyana’s low employment rate and also expressed the belief that not enough attention is being paid to its economic and social side.“Part of the problem we have is that we have a very low wage economy,” Ram said, adding “and it discourages people entering into the employment sector. If you get the minimum wage and you have to spend 20 per cent of it on transportation alone, it’s not a great motivator for you to work”.“(This) is why we have the paradox of employment and yet it is difficult to get people with even the basic skills. The rate these people earn, they say they might as well hustle here and there, rather than getting involved in the formal economy, having to pay NIS and income tax.”According to the accountant, many do not see their National Insurance Scheme (NIS) in the positive light of being a contribution to their future pension, but rather they see it as a deduction from an already small salary. He noted that another factor that must be considered is how effectively the school system prepares students to enter the workforce. Ram expressed worry about the impact of joblessness and the oil and gas sector.“I think we will have a major challenge in the next couple years. We already have a challenge, in terms of providing the labour necessary not only for the oil industry but for all the spin-off industries. We mustn’t forget we don’t have a Ministry of Labour. Employment is partly economic and partly social.”>>>>>>>>Worry>>>>>>>>Observers have also expressed worry about the link between unemployment as a signifier of the gradual erosion of the traditional sectors of the economy due to neglect by the Government as they wait for oil revenues to start flowing. This will inevitably lead to the dreaded Dutch disease, where the economy cannot stand on one leg. This is most graphically illustrated over the past few years, in the sugar industry where production has dwindled with the dismissal of the sugar workers and the Government has not diversified the prime agricultural lands into other crops to create employment and generate foreign exchange by exporting those crops.In general, Dutch disease is an economic term for rapid changes to a country’s revenue earnings in a resource-extracting sector like oil that results in a reduction in the value of other exported commodities. The situation is often blamed on the sudden development of one sector at the expense of others.last_img read more

Madagascar keep dream run alive with shootout win over DR Congo

first_imgMadagascar captain Faneva Andriatsima nodded the Indian Ocean islanders back ahead with a quarter-hour remaining only for Chancel Mbemba to haul DR Congo level at a corner in the final minute.Marcel Tisserand and Yannick Bolasie both blazed over for DR Congo in the shootout as Madagascar prevailed 4-2 with their reward a meeting with four-time winners Ghana or 2004 champions Tunisia for a place in the semi-finals.“I want to congratulate my players, particularly after we had to deal with that equaliser right in the last minute of normal time,” said Madagascar coach Nicolas Dupuis.“We weren’t quite as good as we were against Nigeria. We lacked a bit of juice but our opponents created us a lot of problems for us.”He added: “I think 25 million will be partying at home. We want to go as far as possible and enjoy it.”Marco Ilaimaharitra’s suspension forced Dupuis to alter his line-up for the first time in the tournament with Rayan Raveloson deputising in midfield for a team that shocked Nigeria 2-0 to advance as group winners.Britt Assombalonga replaced the injured Jonathan Bolingi in the lone change to the DR Congo side that trounced Zimbabwe 4-0, with captain Youssouf Mulumbu describing their qualification as a “miracle” following two opening losses.– Amada rocket –Madagascar’s players could hardly believe they have managed to go so far in the Africa Cup of Nations © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMadagascan President Andry Rajoelina chartered a 480-seater plane to take fans to Egypt, and the travelling support were soon rejoicing when Amada blasted a sensational 25-yard strike that tailed away from Ley Matampi and flew in off the post.The jubilant celebrations were halted midway through the first half though when Bakambu slipped free of the Madagascar centre-backs to glance in Glody Ngonda’s bending cross.Mbemba smashed over as another left-wing cross found the Malagasy defence in trouble, but this was a far more balanced contest than the last meeting — a 6-1 triumph for DR Congo in a 2017 Cup of Nations qualifier.That hiding was the darkest day in Malagasy football history but they have undergone a dramatic transformation, and nearly regained the lead 10 minutes after the break when Jerome Mombris embarked on a driving run, his shot spilled by Matampi with Charles Andriamahitsinoro agonisingly hitting the rebound wide.A battling Madagascar eventually regained the lead against a nation ranked 59 places above them when Andriatsima flung himself at a Romain Metanire cross following a superb long-busting run from the right-back.Bolasie’s tumble in the area provoked furious protests from DR Congo, with VAR not in use until the next round, but the Leopards conjured up another escape act in the 90th minute as an unmarked Mbemba headed in a corner to force extra time.Madagascar goalkeeper Melvin Adrien kept his team level in extra time with a string of vital saves, the best an instinctive one-handed stop to repel another Mbemba header, while some desperate defending allowed the ‘Barea’ to take it to a shootout and add a further chapter to their Egyptian fairytale.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Madagascar’s shootout win over DR Congo sent them into the quarter-finals in their first ever appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jul 7 – Africa Cup of Nations debutants Madagascar kept their remarkable run going on Sunday with a penalty shootout victory over the Democratic Republic of Congo after a 2-2 draw to secure a place in the quarter-finals.Ibrahim Amada’s wonder strike put Madagascar ahead just nine minutes in at Alexandria Stadium but DR Congo responded swiftly as China-based forward Cedric Bakambu headed home his third goal in two matches.last_img read more

Same-sex marriage ban upheld in Maryland court

first_img“Our opinion should by no means be read to imply that the General Assembly may not grant and recognize for homosexual persons civil unions or the right to marry a person of the same sex,” Judge Glenn T. Harrell Jr. wrote for the majority. Plaintiffs said that the judges missed a historic opportunity to strike down a discriminatory law. Legislators on both sides of the debate predicted action on the issue in the next session. The heavily Democratic Legislature has passed several gay-rights laws in recent years but has not voted on legalizing same-sex marriage or civil unions. “I think history will hold them in contempt,” plaintiff Lisa Polyak said of the judges. “To create a legal solution in a vacuum, that doesn’t recognize that the constitution is there to support the people, is to create an ignorant and irrelevant solution.” State Sen. Richard Madaleno, who is openly gay, said he plans to introduce a bill to allow same-sex marriage. He also expects a proposal to create civil unions. “I think we’ll have a lengthy discussion next session about what the options are for legal recognition for gay people,” Madaleno said. By Ben Nuckols THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BALTIMORE – Plaintiffs vowed to take the fight over gay marriage in Maryland to the Legislature after the state’s highest court threw out a suit challenging a law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In a 4-3 decision, the Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s 1973 ban on gay marriage does not discriminate on the basis of gender and does not deny any fundamental rights guaranteed by the state constitution. The court also found that the state has a legitimate interest in promoting opposite-sex marriage. Don Dwyer, one of the General Assembly’s most conservative members, said he would introduce a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage as “insurance.” The ACLU of Maryland, which provided legal representation for the plaintiffs, said the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland would continue. Many of the plaintiffs have children, and they argue that their families are being denied the stability and legal protection that comes from having married parents. Lisa Kebreau, 39, and partner Mikki Mozelle, 31, who live in Riverdale, have three children – ages 20 months, 2 and 17. “We really wanted them to understand how normal and good their family is – that their family is just like any other family,” Kebreau said. Nine same-sex couples and a gay man whose partner died filed the lawsuit in 2004 against court clerks who denied their applications for marriage licenses. Baltimore Circuit Judge M. Brooke Murdock in January struck down the law defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, but the state immediately appealed. 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