first_imgDefensive Player of the Week: Ferlando Jordan, Southeastern Louisiana – R-So. – Defensive Back – Atlanta, Ga.Jordan intercepted a pair of passes and led the team with four pass breakups in a dominating upset of Central Arkansas. His assignment was freshman standout Tyler Hudson, who entered the day with eight touchdown catches but finished with just one grab. Jordan shares the Southland lead with five interceptions and has returned three of his picks for touchdowns. Fellow Lion and sophomore defensive back Jordan is also a first-time weekly honoree. He intercepted a pair of passes and led SLU with four pass breakups as the Lions limited two-time defending Offensive Player of the Week Breylin Smith to just 193 yards and three interceptions. Tied for the league lead with five interceptions, Jordan contained standout receiver Tyler Hudson to just one catch as SLU handed UCA their first shutout in the Bears’ Division I era. Kelley picks up his first Offensive Player of the Week award after rushing for 39 yards and tying a program record with four scores on the ground in a 34-0 shutout of No. 6/7 Central Arkansas that moved the Lions (6-3, 5-2 SLC) into a share of the Southland Conference lead. He also completed 20 of his 24 pass attempts for 273 yards and another score. SLU begins a two-game road stretch to end the season against Abilene Christian at 1 p.m. CT Saturday. FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Cole Kelley and Ferlando Jordan, along with Northwestern State’s Parker Pastorello, are the Southland Football Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Special Teams Player of the Week: Parker Pastorello – Sr. – Punter – Mandeville, La.Pastorello averaged 47.2 yards on five punts in a win over Lamar. He dropped three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line, including two that pinned the Cardinals at their three-yard line. Lamar’s average starting field position following Pastorello’s punts was the 15-yard line. Pastorello played a vital role in flipping the field on Lamar’s offense in a 34-13 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday. He booted five punts for 236 yards, an average of 47.2 yards per attempt. Three of his five punts were downed inside the 20, including two that pinned the Cardinals at their three-yard line. Winners of two of their last three, the Demons (2-8, 2-5 SLC) look to carry that momentum into a tough road test against Sam Houston State at noon Saturday. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Ife Adeyi, Sam Houston State; Shelton Eppler, Northwestern State; Julien Gums, Nicholls Honorable Mention: Sully Laiche, Nicholls; Will Lockett, Sam Houston State; Jomard Valsin, Northwestern State Honorable Mention: Gamar Girdy Brito, Houston Baptist; Matt McRobert, Sam Houston St.; Max Quick, Stephen F. Austin Offensive Player of the Week: Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – Quarterback – Lafayette, La.Kelley tied a single-game school record with four rushing touchdowns and completed 20-of-24 passes for 273 yards and another score. Kelley was the catalyst for a Lion offense that racked up 490 total yards and helped Southeastern Louisiana earn its second win over a top-10 FCS team this season.last_img read more

first_imgThe coach of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, donated a million euros on Tuesday for medical supplies in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as he has learned EFE.The money destined for the one who was also a coach of FC Barcelona It is addressed to the Ángel Soler Daniel Foundation, which manages the Barcelona College of Physicians, and it is for the purchase and production of sanitary material and equipment in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.The contribution is in addition to the donation campaign promoted by the Barcelona College of Physicians, which aims to collect medical supplies for the purchase of medical supplies and equipment. The donation of the Spanish technician will also serve to finance the alternative production (through 3D printing and others) of respirators and other protection elements for healthcare personnel.The million euros contributed by Guardiola adds to the 33,000 euros that the medical college has collected, in a campaign that began on March 21. The material will be distributed to health centers throughout Catalonia, according to needs and emergencies, and in coordination with the Generalitat’s Health Department.On the other hand, and as you have been able to know EFE, Josep Guardiola has also been involved in research projects to obtain medicines that prevent the transmission of COVID-19, as well as the vaccine against this coronavirus, in which the Doctor Bonaventura Clotet and the researcher Oriol Mitjà.last_img read more

first_imgOrlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9), from Montenegro, blocks a shot by Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — John Wall had 25 points and 10 assists, Bradley Beal added 21 points and the Washington Wizards won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating the Orlando Magic 117-109 on Monday night.Jeff Green added 18 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting for Washington, which lost at Orlando on Friday night to fall to 2-9 before winning at Miami.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college UEFA warns clubs over financial abuses after Man City leaks Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Magic: Failed to win three straight for the first time since Feb. 5-8 last season and three straight on the road for the first time since on Oct. 31-Nov. 10, 2017. … A night after his injury scratch, Gordon led all Orlando players in minutes.Wizards: Waived G Chasson Randle before the game. … Did not commit a turnover until Austin Rivers’ errant pass with 10:41 left in the second quarter.UP NEXTMagic: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday night.Wizards: Host Cleveland on Wednesday night in the second game of a five-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ The Wizards made 24 free throws on 33 attempts, 22 more than the Magic earned, and out-rebounded the visitors 41-34.Terrence Ross scored 21 points off the bench to lead Orlando, which saw a two-game winning streak snapped.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 ChrissAaron Gordon had 18 points and 10 rebounds a night after he was scratched with a sprained ankle, and Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and 11 rebounds.Green made his first six field-goal attempts, including two during a decisive 14-4 Washington run. His fourth 3-pointer of the night, from the right wing off Wall’s feed, gave the Wizards a 99-94 lead. He followed that with an alley-oop dunk, also on Wall’s assist, to push the lead to five again. View comments 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 From there, Wall hit a pair of contested fadeaways and then a pair of free throws to make 108-98 with 4:00 left, Washington’s largest lead of the night.The Magic pulled only as close as five points down the stretch.FIT TO BE TIEDOrlando and Washington were tied at the end of each of the first three quarters. It was knotted at 30 after the first, 55 at halftime and 83 after the third.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

first_imgTwo teenagers from Riverstown Village on the Essequibo Coast were slapped with a robbery with violence charge to which they pleaded not guilty when they appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.The duo, Seewnarine (only name) and Joseph Wilson were granted $40,000 bail each.It is alleged that on June 14, 2016, they robbed Kowsal Mohanlall of $15,000 and immediately thereafter used personal violence against him.Mohanlall, a security guard, was working the night shift when he was attacked by the teens and robbed.The teenagers’ mothers were present in court.As a condition of bail, the teens are expected to report to the Suddie Police Station every Saturday. The case will continue on July 1.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a mostly upbeat assessment of the economy Wednesday, citing improvements in inflation and housing in comments suggesting the Fed will leave interest rates alone for a while. Wall Street liked the message and propelled stocks sharply higher. The Dow Jones industrials gained 87.01 points to close at a new high of 12,741.86. Bernanke said that at present, interest rates are at a level that is “likely to foster sustainable economic growth and a gradual ebbing of core inflation.” “Overall, the U.S. economy seems likely to expand at a moderate pace this year and next, with growth strengthening somewhat as the drag from housing diminishes,” he said as he delivered the Fed’s economic report for the first time to a Democrat-controlled Congress. One is that inflation might flare, which is why the Fed is keeping open the option of a rate increase. It will “be some time before we can be confident that underlying inflation is moderating as anticipated,” Bernanke said. If inflation does not wane as the Fed expects, policymakers are “prepared to take action,” he said. On the other hand, there is the risk that a deeper than expected residential real-estate bust could yet unfold, which could hurt overall economic growth, Bernanke said. The committee chairman, Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., a 2008 presidential hopeful, and some colleagues said they thought Bernanke was doing a good job in managing the world’s largest economy. Even so, Democrats were vocal about their concerns about the middle class. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Fed has held a key interest rate steady at 5.25 percent since August, giving borrowers a reprieve. Before that, the central bank steadily had raised rates for two years, the longest ever stretch of increases, to fend off inflation. Many economists said Bernanke’s testimony to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee buttressed their belief that the Fed will continue to hold rates steady for much of this year. Still, Bernanke was not prepared to declare victory over inflation just yet. Thus, he did not close the door on the possibility of further rate increases down the road. The Fed chief was careful to hedge his bets and pointed out risks that could upset the generally good economic outlook. last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – A defiant President Bush warned Democrats on Tuesday to accept his offer to have top aides speak about the firings of federal prosecutors only privately and not under oath, or risk a constitutional showdown from which he would not back down. Democrats’ response was swift and firm: They said they would start authorizing subpoenas as soon as today for the White House aides. “Testimony should be on the record and under oath. That’s the formula for true accountability,” said Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Bush, in a late-afternoon statement at the White House, said he would fight any subpoena effort in court. “We will not go along with a partisan fishing expedition aimed at honorable public servants,” he said. “It will be regrettable if they choose to head down the partisan road of issuing subpoenas and demanding show trials when I have agreed to make key White House officials and documents available.” He added that federal prosecutors work for him and it is natural to consider replacing them. While saying he disapproved of how the decisions were explained to Congress, he insisted “there is no indication that anybody did anything improper.” Bush gave his embattled attorney general, Alberto Gonzales, a boost during an early morning call and ended the day with a public statement repeating it. “He’s got support with me,” Bush said. The Senate, meanwhile, voted to strip Gonzales of his authority to fill U.S. attorney vacancies without Senate confirmation. Democrats contend the Justice Department and White House purged eight federal prosecutors, some of whom were leading political corruption investigations, after a change in the Patriot Act gave Gonzales the new authority. Several Democrats, including presidential hopefuls Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barrack Obama, Joe Biden and John Edwards, have called for Gonzales’ ouster or resignation. So have a handful of Republican lawmakers. “What happened in this case sends a signal really through intimidation by purge: `Don’t quarrel with us any longer,”‘ said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., a former U.S. attorney who spent much of Monday evening paging through 3,000 documents released by the Justice Department. Bush said his White House counsel, Fred Fielding, told lawmakers they could interview presidential counselor Karl Rove, former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and their deputies – but only on the president’s terms: in private, “without the need for an oath” and without a transcript. The president cast the offer as virtually unprecedented and a reasonable way for Congress to get all the information it needs about the matter. “If the Democrats truly do want to move forward and find the right information, they ought to accept what I proposed,” Bush said. “If scoring political points is the desire, then the rejection of this reasonable proposal will really be evident for the American people to see.” The House Judiciary Committee was expected to authorize subpoenas for Rove, Miers and their deputies today; the Senate Judiciary Committee was to follow suit a day later. Bush said he worried that allowing testimony under oath would set a precedent on the separation of powers that would harm the presidency as an institution. “My choice is to make sure that I safeguard the ability for presidents to get good decisions,” he said. “If the staff of a president operated in constant fear of being hauled before various committees to discuss internal deliberations, the president would not receive candid advice and the American people would be ill-served.” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who is leading the Senate probe into the firings, spoke dismissively of the deal offered by the White House: “It’s sort of giving us the opportunity to talk to them, but not giving us the opportunity to get to the bottom of what really happened here.” Even without oaths, Bush aides would be legally required to tell the truth to Congress. But without a transcript of their comments, “it would be almost meaningless to say that they would be under some kind of legal sanction,” Schumer complained. Fielding’s meeting on Capitol Hill came a few hours after Bush spoke with Gonzales in an early morning phone call – their first conversation since the president had acknowledged mistakes by his longtime friend and lawmakers of both parties had called for Gonzales’ ouster. The White House offered to arrange interviews with Rove, Miers, deputy White House counsel William Kelley and J. Scott Jennings, a deputy to White House political director Sara Taylor, who works for Rove. “Such interviews would be private and conducted without the need for an oath, transcript, subsequent testimony or the subsequent issuance of subpoenas,” Fielding said in a letter to the chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary committees and their ranking Republicans. He said documents released by the Justice Department “do not reflect that any U.S. attorney was replaced to interfere with a pending or future criminal investigation or for any other improper reason.”last_img

first_img0Shares0000Hector Bellerin netted an injury-time equaliser for Arsenal as they rescued a 2-2 draw at the death against Chelsea. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 3 – Hector Bellerin came to Arsenal’s rescue as the defender’s last-gasp strike earned a dramatic 2-2 draw in a heated London derby against Chelsea on Wednesday.Bellerin looked set to be the villain of the piece for Arsenal after the Spaniard’s foul on Eden Hazard conceded a penalty that allowed the Chelsea star to cancel out Jack Wilshere’s opener. When Marcos Alonso put Chelsea in front with just six minutes left at the Emirates Stadium, Bellerin’s misery seemed complete.But the 22-year-old enjoyed a sweet moment of redemption in the 90th minute as he lashed in only his second goal of the season.The frenetic conclusion to a thrilling encounter actually did little for either team’s prospects in the Premier League.Chelsea remain in third place, one point behind Manchester United and 16 adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.Arsenal, who have now won only once in 13 league meetings with Chelsea, are languishing in sixth place, five points behind fourth placed Liverpool in the battle to qualify for the Champions League.Jack Wilshere gave the home side the lead with an unstoppable left-footed effort just after the hour mark on Wednesday night. Photo/COURTESYIn an early sign of the drama to come, Alvaro Morata squandered a golden opportunity to put Chelsea ahead when Arsenal defender Calum Chambers completely misjudged a long pass.Morata pounced on the loose ball and sprinted clear but with only Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech to beat, the Spain striker scuffed woefully wide.Foreshadowing the penalty angst to come for Wenger, Ainsley Maitland-Niles had a spot-kick appeal turned down following Victor Moses’ challenge.It looked a good decision by referee Anthony Taylor however and there was more frustration for Wenger moments later.Alexis Sanchez wriggled into position for a powerful shot that Thibaut Courtois pushed onto one post, with the ball rolling agonisingly along the goalline, then hitting the other post before rebounding into the keeper’s arms.If that was a stroke of luck for Chelsea, there was no fortune about Courtois’s next contribution as he produced a fine save to deny Alexandre Lacazette after the Arsenal forward turned Gary Cahill and unleashed a powerful low strike.Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil almost opened the scoring just before half-time with a stinging drive that whistled narrowly wide.– Conspiracies –But Chelsea were level four minutes later at the Emirates as Eden Hazard sent Petr Cech the wrong way from the penalty spot. Photo/COURTESYCech was called into action twice in quick succession after the interval as he repelled Hazard’s low shot and palmed away Alonso’s header.Courtois was matching Cech save for save and the Belgian produced another brilliant block to stop Lacazette’s close-range effort.But the Chelsea keeper was finally beaten in the 63rd minute.Ozil picked out Rob Holding on the edge of the area and when the defender’s pass was deflected into Wilshere’s path, he reacted instinctively to drive his shot high into the net at Courtois’s near post.It was Wilshere’s first league goal since May 2015, although he might have been fortune to still be on the pitch after avoiding a second booking for a theatrical tumble just before he scored.Yet the crucial moment in a pulsating clash came just four minutes later.As Hazard twisted and turned inside the Arsenal area, Bellerin rashly stuck out a leg to halt his progress and Taylor pointed to the spot.Hazard stepped up to convert the 67th minute penalty for his ninth Chelsea goal this season.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had ranted darkly about refereeing conspiracies after Arsenal’s Calum Chambers conceded a debatable penalty for handball in Sunday’s draw at West Bromwich Albion.The Frenchman has already been charged by the Football Association for his angry protests at the weekend, but his expression after the decision suggests another blast is in the offing.When Alonso timed his run perfectly to meet Davide Zappacosta’s cross with a cool finish in the 84th minute, it seemed certain Chelsea would start 2018 in winning style.But Bellerin was determined not to end the night as the fall guy and the wing-back pounced on Alonso’s weak header to crash in the equaliser.Even then there was almost a sting in the tale when Zappacosta smashed against the bar in stoppage-time.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgLuka Milivojevic drove struggling Palace into a 13th minute lead from the penalty spot after Loris Karius fouled Wilfried Zaha.But Senegal winger Sadio Mane levelled four minutes after the break with a close-range finish.Despite having one of his quieter games of an incredible debut season at Liverpool, Salah proved the match winner as he smashed home in the 84th minute.Salah, who has 37 goals in 42 games in all competitions this term, has scored in the joint-most Premier League matches (21) in a single 38-match season.That ties the mark set by Robin van Persie in 2012-13 and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007-08.“I think the moment you see it is Mo (on the ball) you feel good. It was a very cool finish and long may that form continue,” Klopp said.“It is usual for us that we need to fight here, especially after a difficult start, but it makes it more special at the end.”Liverpool were unable to hold onto second place as United moved two points ahead of them at Old Trafford.Following on from his recent 12-minute press conference rant in defence of his reign, United manager Jose Mourinho wrote in his programme notes that United are a club “in a moment of transition”.United responded to Mourinho’s words as out-of-form midfielder Paul Pogba returned for the first time in four matches.Romelu Lukaku scored for United with a deflected strike from Sanchez’s pass in the fifth minute.Former Chelsea and Everton star Lukaku, who has netted in five times in his last six appearances, now has 100 career Premier League goals.Chile forward Sanchez bagged just his second goal since joining United from Arsenal in January in the 20th minute.The Premier League’s highest paid player had gone seven games without a goal until he finished off Jesse Lingard’s pass.– Happy Hammers –Later Saturday, Manchester City can restore their 16-point lead with victory at Everton which would then set up the chance to wrap up the title by defeating United next weekend.Marko Arnautovic lifted the gloom at West Ham as his double inspired a crucial 3-0 victory against relegation rivals Southampton.Hundreds of fans staged a march against West Ham’s co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan before kick-off in the aftermath of the crowd protests that marred their recent home defeat against Burnley.Amid a tense atmosphere that saw extra security measures to protect the owners, on-loan Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario eased the anxiety with a 13th minute opener for David Moyes’ side.Four minutes later, Arnautovic doubled West Ham’s lead and celebrated by shouting angrily towards Saints boss Mark Hughes, who fell out with the Austrian when they were together at Stoke.And Arnautovic ensured West Ham’s fans went home happy for once with a superb volley in first half stoppage-time.West Ham are five points above the relegation zone, while Southampton drop into the bottom three.West Bromwich Albion look certain to be relegated after Burnley’s 2-1 win at the Hawthorns handed the bottom club an eighth consecutive defeat.Ashley Barnes put Burnley ahead in the 22nd minute and Chris Wood struck against his old team after 73 minutes.Salomon Rondon got one back in the 83rd minute but Albion are 10 points from safety with just six games remaining.Leicester struck late in a 2-0 win at Brighton.Brighton striker Glenn Murray saw his penalty saved by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and Vicente Iborra headed home in the 83rd minute.Leicester had Wilfried Ndidi sent off for two bookings before Jamie Vardy grabbed the visitors’ second in stoppage-time.Ayoze Perez’s 80th minute goal gave Newcastle a 1-0 win against Huddersfield at St James’ Park.Jermain Defoe’s stoppage-time equaliser saved Bournemouth in their 2-2 draw at Watford.Watford scored through Kiko Femenia and Roberto Pereyra either side of Josh King’s leveller.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dramatic winner: Liverpool’s Egyptian star Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal© AFP Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 31 – Mohamed Salah was Liverpool’s hero yet again as the Egypt star clinched a dramatic 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, while Alexis Sanchez ended his Manchester United goal drought in a 2-0 victory over Swansea on Saturday.Despite the huge Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City looming on Wednesday, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp named his strongest side for the Premier League trip to south London.last_img read more

first_imgThousands of crestfallen fans walked away quickly after the final whistle sounded on a giant screen in the town of Waterloo, south of the Belgian capital Brussels.“We’re very disappointed,” 27-year-old Alice Cordier told AFP in Waterloo, where French emperor Napoleon was defeated by a mix of European forces in a huge battle in 1815.“It’s really too bad to lose to France, Belgium’s national bad luck,” she added. “But we are still proud to be Belgian.”Some echoed the love-hate relationship and inferiority complex many French-speaking Walons have with their bigger neighbour France.“We will hear it spoken about for one hundred years,” 26-year-old supporter Stephanie Smeets said. “The French will take the mickey out of us.”French speakers, who share a country with Dutch and German speakers, are particularly sensitive to what they see as France’s condescending attitude toward them.It’s only the second time in history that Belgium have reached the World Cup semi-finals, 32 years after Diego Maradona’s Argentina beat them at the same stage in Mexico in 1986 before going on to win the title.France won the World Cup in 1998 and are now in their third final.But Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel was full of praise for the Red Devils.“Bravo @BelRedDevils for your performance and having thrilled us until the semi-final,” Michel tweeted.– ‘Harsh logic’ –For many observers, this generation of talented players including Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and others had a real chance to come home victorious.“Regrets are eternal. It will not be our day of glory on this 10 July,” a presenter of Belgium’s French-language RTBF television station said after the final whistle.But he thanked the team.“Thanks for having allowed, thanks to football, to forget everything a bit and enjoy moments of pleasure.”Analysts have also praised the multicultural team, including those whose parents are Congolese and Moroccan immigrants, for helping to unite a country split by political tensions over the Dutch and French language.In Brussels, the national colours — black, yellow and red — were draped over cars, balconies and cafes that showed the match on television.In one cafe, Mathieu Geslan, a 32-year-old French baker who has lived in Brussels for nine years, wore Belgium’s red jersey to watch the match with his Belgian partner Aurore Szabo.“The French have won once the World Cup. So why not have the Belgians win this time?” he said at half-time when the score was still 0-0.After the match, there was plenty of analysis of what went wrong.“The Belgians did not manage the last half hour well,” 79-year-old Jean Dhave said in the Brussels suburb of Uccle.“We are sad but it is deserved,” said Dhave, a manager of a tennis club who organised a special evening for the match.He said that key men De Bruyne and Hazard were not on form.Belgian comedian Benoit Poelvoorde had predicted a 1-0 France victory in newspaper Le Soir.“I think our team will lose Tuesday evening because it has every chance of winning. That’s the harsh logic,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Belgian supporters react as they gather at a fan zone in Brussels on July 10, 2018, after defeat in the World Cup semi-final © AFP / Aris OikonomouBRUSSELS, Belgium, Jul 11 – Belgium’s defeat by France in their World Cup semi-final produced mixed feelings of sadness, gratitude and pride from fans at home on Tuesday, who bemoaned a missed opportunity for their “golden generation”.A second-half header from Samuel Umtiti in Saint Petersburg gave France a 1-0 win, earning them a place in Sunday’s final in Moscow against either England or Croatia.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Ugari players celebrating after scoring the second goal. Photo/ Gerald AndersonKISII, Kenya, Dec 9 – Two sublime goals from Emmah Okwoyo and Carolyne Atieno inspired Ugari Starlets from Migori to the final of the Girls Nyanza Region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom after beating Ekenyoro from Nyamira 2-1 in the semi-final staged at the Gusii Stadium on Saturday.Ugari will battle it out with Nyando’s Plateau Queens in Sunday’s final after they thumped Omobera Girls from Nyamira 4-1 in the first semi-final. Ugari took control of the first half and they could have gone up by two goals in the opening half hour had they converted the open opportunities. First Janet Najoro saw her feeble shot easily collected by the Ekenyoro keeper Vickline Nyokoni in the box.The second chance that came minutes later could have seen Millicent Mudegani send her side ahead but the deadly attacker just missed the target by a whisker after her loop effort went over the bar.Mudegari made Nyokoni work more when she unleashed a shot that rattled the woodwork before the keeper saved the danger.Ugari continued to pile pressure on Ekenyoro goal and had a striker reached at the box on time to tap in a Okwoyo’s cross, then the Migori side could be celebrating for the opener but unfortunately no one was there.Ugari’s pressure on Ekenyoro finally paid off after Okwoyo skillfully from a tight angle pulled a thunderbolt that caught the keeper flat foot to open the scores on the stroke of half time.-Second half-Ugari reached the final after beating Ekenyoro 2-1 at the Gusii Stadium on Saturday 9th December 2017. Photo/GERALD AndersonAtieno ensured her Ugari team start the last half with a bang after she rose high to powerfully nod past the keeper just a minute inside the second half and hand the Migori side a 2-0 lead.The Ekenyoro custodian was called to action once more, stopping a low header from Mudegani.However, Ekenyoro pulled one back in the 67th minute courtesy of a well taken shot from Salome Kwamboka, but they could not find the equaliser at Ugari solidified their defence to guarantee them the win and a place in the final.-Plateau Queens-Plateau Queens from Nyando booked a slot in the final after beating Omobera Girls from Nyamira 4-1. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONIn the first semi-final, Mercy Akinyi grabbed a hat-trick while Sylvia Nabwire scored a goal as Plateau Queens thrashed Omobera 4-1 and sail through to the final despite missing a penalty.Margaret Nyaboke netted the consolation for the Omobera Girls in the 72nd minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more