RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Bayern Munich midfielder Philippe Coutinho underwent minor surgery on his right ankle on Friday and will start his rehabilitation programme in about two weeks.The 27-year-old Brazil international, on loan from Barcelona for one season, could be back fit for the remainder of the Bundesliga campaign, which has been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak. Chelsea are one of the clubs that have been offered the chance to sign on-loan Coutinho from Barcelona.Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, this month told Sky Sports News his client would “love” to come back to the Premier League, but questioned what the financial conditions of all clubs would be following the coronavirus pandemic.The Bundesliga is expected to restart some time next month with games played without spectators, though an exact date will likely be decided next week at a government meeting.Bayern is four points clear at the top of the table and in the hunt for a record-extending eighth straight league crown.— Tags: CoronavirusKia JoorabchianPhilippe CoutinhoPremier LeagueSky Sports News
West Brom boss Alan Irvine is relying on the Boxing Day visit of Manchester City to wash away the bad taste left by capitulation at QPR. Manuel Pellegrini’s big guns come to the Hawthorns on Friday, nearly a week after Albion’s “extremely galling” 3-2 loss at Loftus Road. Irvine’s side had led 2-0 and were playing well when they somehow let Harry Redknapp’s team turn the game on its head as Charlie Austin’s hat-trick stole all three points. Captain Chris Brunt is in line to return after he was unable to make his comeback from a hamstring injury against QPR last weekend. Victor Anichebe (groin) is still not training but fellow forward Georgios Samaras is back after going home to Greece due to a family matter. Graham Dorrans (calf) and Boaz Myhill (illness) missed training on Tuesday but are expected to be available. Manchester City can equal a club record of nine consecutive victories with success. City have hit form in the past month, with their sequence of eight straight wins carrying them into the Champions League’s last 16 and cutting into Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League. They trail Chelsea by just three points heading into the Christmas league fixtures having – briefly – been as many as nine behind at one stage last month. Chelsea have responded to the champions’ reinvigorated challenge by winning their last two but, after enduring an indifferent spell in October and November, City clearly have momentum. Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “We are playing now with the intensity and in style of play we always do. Again we have players in high level of performance and good moments. “We are trusting in what we do so, in the same way maybe we played in a poor way two months ago, we are doing very well.” Victory at The Hawthorns will see City match a feat of winning nine in succession that they have only achieved twice before. The first time was in the old Division Two between December 1909 and February 1910, with the second their much more recent hot streak of autumn 2011. The latter sequence, when City truly asserted themselves in what was to prove their first Premier League title-winning season, most memorably included their 6-1 destruction of Manchester United at Old Trafford. Last season they did win 18 out of 20 games across December and January but the most they won in succession was seven. Their latest strong run was partly sparked by the brilliance of Sergio Aguero – most obviously by his brilliant hat-trick against Bayern Munich last month – but City have been without their star striker for the last three games. The Argentinian is likely to be out another month with his knee injury and Pellegrini, although confident his team can maintain their momentum, acknowledges they need him back soon. He said: “It is enough for me for us just to continue (playing) in the same way – I don’t know if better things will come. “In this moment we are playing in a high level but we always need to return, as soon as we can, Aguero and all the other players that are injured.” City are also without their other senior strikers, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic. Midfielder James Milner operated as a makeshift centre-forward for last week’s victory over Crystal Palace with David Silva, who scored twice, behind him and that could be repeated. The Scot is relishing the scrap with second-placed City – but particularly so after being left so annoyed by West Brom’s last result. “I’m still desperately disappointed about the QPR result and I need this game to move on completely,” Irvine said. “Overall it was a really good performance last weekend. We deserved to win the game and to come away with nothing at all was extremely galling. “We have to learn from what went wrong but also build on the positives, because there were plenty of them.” Looking ahead to tackling City, he added: “It’s a really good game for us. It’s fantastic to have them coming because obviously they’re a really top team. “A lot was being made of the fact they didn’t have any strikers for the game against Crystal Palace and they won 3-0, so it just goes to show the quality of the players they’ve got. “They’ve got a squad full of players who showed that if you can pass and move and have great awareness and positional sense then you can create chances and score goals. “It’s normal to look for any weaknesses we can find and obviously a team like them do not have many. But hopefully there are a few we can exploit. And obviously we’ll look at their strengths and see what we can do to counteract them. Press Association
The Nigeria international will remain at the Britannia Stadium until the end of the 2015-16 campaign but there is the option of a further 12 months. Odemwingie, who joined the Potters in January 2014, recovered from a serious knee injury which sidelined him for eight months to return to action in April. Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie has been rewarded with a new one-year contract extension. “We’re delighted to that Peter has extended his stay with us at the club until the summer of 2016,” said chief executive Tony Scholes. “He suffered an unfortunate injury last season after making a big impression immediately after joining the club. “Peter has worked incredibly hard to battle back from this to regain full fitness. “He’s a popular figure not just in the dressing room but with club staff and supporters so we are thrilled to keep him on board this season.” Stoke have also appointed John Coates, son of chairman Peter, as vice-chairman because Keith Humphreys is stepping down from his role on the board of directors. “John and I have run the club together since bet365 purchased the club in 2006 and his appointment as vice-chairman serves to formalise his involvement,” said Peter. Press Association
Martin County detectives have made an arrest in the murder of an elderly couple that occurred last month.Martin County Sheriff’s made the announcement via Twitter:MCSO makes arrest in double homicide of elderly Rocky Point couple. Sheriff Snyder to call press conference later this afternoon to release details.— MartinCountySheriff (@MartinFLSheriff) September 9, 2020 Sheriff William Snyder will hold a news conference later in the afternoon.—ORIGINAL STORY—Martin County officials say an elderly couple was found dead inside their home in Martin County on Friday.Detectives are investigating the case as a double homicide.According to reports, a friend of the couple told officials they had not heard from them, and went to go check on them Friday morning. That’s when the bodies were discovered. Deputies arrived to the scene and said they found Donald and Lorraine Smiths’ bodies in a living room with clear signs of trauma.Sheriff William Snyder said the couple’s silver 2007 Lincoln sedan on Jefferson Street in the Golden Gate neighborhood of Stuart. Martin County Sheriff’s OfficeA 2007 silver Lincoln owned by Donald and Lorraine Smith, who were found dead in the Martin County home on Aug. 28, 2020.Officials are still investigating but are seeking the public’s help and is asking if anyone knows or has seen anyone who was driving the couple’s Lincoln over the last couple of days to notify them.
ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth 9-10 softball team defeated Machias 13-3 on Friday to complete a dominant tournament run and win the District 1 championship at DeMeyer Field.Ellsworth outscored its opponents 38-8 over three games to win the tournament. The team had beaten Acadian Little League 11-1 on June 29 to begin the tournament and also beat Machias 14-4 on July 1 in what proved to be a preview of the title game.With the victory, Ellsworth qualified for the state championships in Scarborough, which begin this weekend. The team’s first game will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15.At the 11-12 level, the Acadian Major League team saw its softball season come to an end Saturday with a 9-1 loss to Scarborough. Acadian finished its season as the District 1 champion and had a 1-2 record in the state tournament.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth’s 9-10 baseball team was eliminated with a 15-14 road loss against Calais on July 1. The 11-12 team can clinch the District 1 title with a victory against Machias at 5 p.m. Monday, July 10.
July 23, 2020 NFL-WASHINGTON-TEMPORARY NAME Redskins become Washington Football Team for 2020 seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NFL team formerly known as the Redskins will go by the Washington Football Team for the 2020 season. The temporary name gives the organization time to choose a new moniker. Washington will keep its burgundy and gold colors and replace the Indian head logo on helmets with a player’s jersey number. Owner Dan Snyder recently dropped the Redskins name amid pressure from sponsors and after decades of criticism from Native American advocacy groups. Blake became the Sooners’ first Black head coach in any sport when he was hired in December 1995. He had a 12-22 record in three seasons, but his recruiting success laid the foundation for the program’s resurgence.Blake’s wife, Freda, said he had a “heart-related emergency” at his home in Dallas on Thursday morning. She said attempts to revive him at home failed and he died at Baylor University Medical Center. Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The NHL’s newest team finally has a name: the Seattle Kraken. The expansion franchise unveiled its nickname Thursday, ending 19 months of speculation about whether the team might lean traditional or go eccentric with the name for the league’s 32nd team. Seattle bypassed options like Sockeyes, Evergreens or Metropolitans, the last of which would have been a nod to Seattle’s hockey history.The primary logo is a tentacle shaped into an “S” in the style of the old Seattle Metropolitans jersey and logo. The Metropolitans were the first American team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BLAKE-OBITUNDATED (AP) — Former Oklahoma football player and head coach John Blake has died at age 59. Washington is without slugger Juan Soto. The outfielder tested positive for COVID-19 and was put on the injured list hours before gametime. The second and final game of the day has the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the San Francisco Giants. Dustin May has the starting assignment for the Dodgers against Giants ace Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh). May is making his first opening day start. He was given the opportunity when Clayton Kershaw went on the injured list with back spasms. Like the Nationals and Yankees, the Dodgers and Giants took a knee before the national anthem as a sign of unity for social justice.In other MLB news: — The Twins set their opening day roster on Thursday, with right-hander Jake Odorizzi (oh-duh-REE’-zee) on the 10-day injured list due to mild soreness in his upper back. Rich Hill will take Odorizzi’s place the first time through the rotation, scheduled to start on Saturday in Chicago against the White Sox. José Berríos will take the mound for the opener on Friday. — Nate Pearson was not included on the Toronto Blue Jays’ 30-man roster for Friday’s opener at Tampa Bay, a move that likely will delay free-agent eligibility of the hard-throwing right-hander by a year until after the 2026 season. He was 5-4 with a 2.30 ERA in 25 starts across three minor league levels last season that included three starts at Triple-A Buffalo. — The Orioles placed left-hander John Means on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder fatigue. Means was originally scheduled to start the opener Friday night in Boston but has been replaced by Tommy Milone (mih-LOHN’), who pitched for Seattle last season. Dwight Smith Jr. is on the Brids’ roster after recovering from COVID-19. — The Cleveland Indians will consult with Native American leaders as they consider changing the name of their franchise for the first time since 1915. Owner Paul Dolan gave more details on the steps the team is taking toward a potential name change amid a national movement to remove racist symbols and monuments. — Cleveland’s drummer won’t be silenced on opening day. Although John Adams won’t be allowed in Progressive Field on Friday because of COVID-19 protocols, he’ll be there in spirit and sound. The Indians are placing a cardboard cutout of their famed drummer in the ballpark and playing a recording of his familiar beat. Adams hasn’t missed a home opener since 1955, when he was 4. The defending-champion Washington Nationals are hosting the New York Yankees in the first game of the pandemic-delayed season right now. Nats ace Max Scherzer started against Yanks newcomer Gerrit Cole. Dr. Anthony Fauci had the honor of throwing out the first pitch, a toss that skipped between home plate and the Nationals’ dugout.The Yankees led 4-1 when the year’s first rain delay occurred in the top of the sixth inning. Giancarlo Stanton provided the first home run of the season, a two-run blast in the top of the first. New York had runners on first and third with one out when the game was stopped.Cole allowed just one hit over the first five innings, a solo blast by Adam Eaton in the first frame. Scherzer fanned 11 over 5 1/3 innings but was on the hook for four runs and six hits. PGA-3M Open Werenski has 3M lead BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Richy Werenski sank a short birdie putt on the par-5 18th for an 8-under 63 and a one-shot lead over Michael Thompson through one round of the PGA’s 3M Open in Minnesota. The 24-year-old Werenski is winless in on the PGA Tour and ranked 248th in the world. He broke a tie with Michael Thompson with his ninth and last birdie on the warm, windy afternoon at the TPC Twin Cities. Dustin Johnson withdrew because of a back injury after a 78. Johnson’s departure comes after he posted back-to-back 80s last week at the Memorial for the highest 36-hole score of his pro career. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWS Opening day arrives at last UNDATED (AP) — The Major League Baseball season has finally begun, four months behind schedule. Update on the latest sports — Major League Baseball and the players’ union have agreed to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16 for the pandemic-delayed season. According to MLB, each of the 16 teams will participate in a best-of-three first round before heading into a best-of-five Division Series. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that MLB agreed to guarantee a postseason pool that would be $50 million if the entire postseason is played. — Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will be shut down from all baseball activities for at least a week after he experienced a setback in his return from COVID-19. Manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) says Rodriguez hasn’t had another positive test after testing positive for the coronavirus before the start of summer camp. But he said the left-hander did experience some minor complications that the team’s medical staff felt were serious enough to restrict him from activities for now. — The White Sox have reinstated Yoán Moncada from the injured list. That clears the way for their star third baseman to open the season in the lineup after missing the start of summer camp because he contracted COVID-19. Moncada, hit .315 in a breakout season last year. — The Cubs have placed left-hander José Quintana on the 10-day injured list because of a thumb injury suffered before the start of summer camp. The 31-year-old Quintana wasn’t expected to be ready for opening day after cutting himself washing dishes at his home in Miami last month. The Cubs also placed infielder Daniel Descalso on the 45-day injured list with a sprained left ankle and announced that outfielder Mark Zagunis opted out for the season. — The Cardinals have recalled outfielder Austin Dean, right-hander Junior Fernandez, catcher Andrew Knizner and infielder Edmundo Sosa on Thursday as they finalized their roster for opening day against the Pirates at Busch Stadium. St. Louis also announced that right-hander Kodi Whitley made the initial 30-man roster for the start of the season. NHL-HURRICANES-HAMILTON Hurricanes’ Hamilton doesn’t practice RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton didn’t practice today after leaving Wednesday’s workout early “in some visible discomfort. Hamilton’s status is unclear as the team prepares for the return to play next week. He hasn’t played a game since breaking his left leg in January, but he had returned for the beginning of training camp. NHL-SEATTLE KRAKEN Release the Kraken: Seattle unveils name for NHL franchise NFL-COWBOYS-LAMB Lamb gets his 1st NFL contract FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and rookie receiver CeeDee (SEE’-dee) Lamb have agreed to a four-year, $14 million contract with $7.8 million guaranteed. Lamb joins a young receiving corps led by 26-year-old Amari Cooper and third-year player Michael Gallup, who is coming off his first 1,000-yard season. The Oklahoma product was the third receiver taken behind Alabama teammates Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy (JOO’-dee).
Xinran Ji, 24, came to USC from China to receive his master’s degree in electrical engineering. Photo courtesy of USC NewsAndrew Garcia was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. He was convicted in June of first-degree murder for the beating death of graduate student Xinran Ji.Garcia was one of the four people arrested for Ji’s murder in 2014. Jurors found him guilty for his use of a baseball bat to beat Ji.Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty because Garcia was a minor when the crime was committed. Garcia’s co-defendant Alejandra Guerrero was convicted of first-degree murder last October for her role in Ji’s death and is awaiting sentencing. The two other men charged in Ji’s death, Jonathan Del Carmen and Alberto Ochoa, are still awaiting trial. Ji was attacked on July 24, 2014 while on his way to his off-campus apartment near 29th Street and Orchard Street. Video evidence presented at the trial shows Garcia, Guerrero, del Carmen and Ochoa pulling up in a car and approaching Ji.During the conviction, Deputy District Attorney John McKinney said that the four co-defendants confronted Ji in an attempted robbery and struck him multiple times with an aluminum baseball bat and a wrench. Once Ji ran away, McKinney said Garcia took the baseball bat, caught up to Ji and continued beating him with it. Shortly after, prosecutors say the four co-defendants fled the scene.Following the alleged attack, Ji was able to return himself to his apartment, but was found dead by his roommate the next morning. Medical reports had indicated that Ji suffered skull fractures, facial lacerations, and a broken nose. Garcia, Guerrero, Del Carmen and Ochoa were arrested a few hours after the attack on Ji, after another alleged robbery and beating victim of the four co-defendants at Dockweiler State Beach was able to call the police and identify them.
Published on April 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm Contact Tomer: firstname.lastname@example.org | @tomer_langer Briana Day signed a training camp contract with the San Antonio Stars on Monday afternoon.The former Syracuse center wasn’t drafted in the WNBA’s 36-player draft last Thursday night. Day will be the third member from this year’s SU team to participate in a training camp. She joins Brittney Sykes, who was taken with the seventh pick in the draft by the Atlanta Dream, and Alexis Peterson, who was drafted 15th overall by the Seattle Storm.Kayla Alexander, the all-time leading scorer in Orange history, currently plays for San Antonio.“I want to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way,” Day said in an SU Athletics press release. “I am excited to start my professional basketball career with the San Antonio Stars.”Day averaged 9.5 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game over her career. This past year she upped her scoring to a career-high 12.9 points, scoring at least 20 points on four different occasions.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Raleigh, North Carolina, native is the all-time leading rebounder in program history and is part of the 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds club.“I think she definitely would be great for a team that just needed some backup at the rim in terms of some length,” basketball analyst LaChina Robinson said before the draft. “Sometimes got in a little foul trouble out on the perimeter, but she has that ability, quickness, to help on that end of the floor.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
For the final time in their collegiate careers, the seniors on the Wisconsin volleyball team wrapped their arms around their teammates and swayed side-to-side singing “Varsity” on their home court one last time.Except the season is not over. In fact, the fun part is just getting started.The Badgers (30-2, 19-1 Big Ten) defeated Illinois State (27-6, 18-0 Missouri Valley Conference) in three sets (25-17, 25-19, 25-19) to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before a sellout crowd at the UW Field House Friday night.“You never think your last [home] game is gonna happen,” senior middle blocker Dominique Thompson said. “You always think you have forever left.”“Overall, it’s a rush of emotion,” Thompson added. “It’s still a really exciting time.”With a 1-0 lead in the match, the Redbirds and the Badgers were deadlocked at 12 before Wisconsin cued up a 6-0 run to distance themselves from a feisty Illinois State squad in the second set.“Tonight they gave us everything we could handle,” Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “Their [libero Emily Orrick] was outstanding tonight. She gave us a lot of fits, and I thought their setter [Kaitlyn Early] did a really good job of mixing the ball around. It was tough to score on them.”Orrick had 21 digs, but Wisconsin’s junior libero Taylor Morey led all players with 22 digs. Wisconsin sophomore setter Lauren Carlini had 33 assists, while Early had 32.Two kills from freshman outside hitter Kelli Bates and a service ace from junior libero Taylor Morey put the Badgers up 15-12 in the second set and forced an Illinois State timeout. Following the timeout, kills from sophomore middle blocker Haleigh Nelson and Bates, along with a Redbird error, gave Wisconsin a comfortable 18-12 lead they would hold for the remainder of the set.It was the second time in as many nights Wisconsin had dominated the first set but struggled in the second.“We come out of the first game and we’re trying to focus, and we come into the second game and just happen to get down,” Thomas said. “I think that our team is good at battling back no matter where we’re at in a game, doesn’t matter if its the third game, fourth game or fifth. We came back and took away the game.”The early going of the third was tightly contested as well. Wisconsin’s Courtney Thompson’s physical play at the net paced the Badgers to a 10-10 tie. Then, two solo blocks and a kill in-a-row from senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman gave the Badgers their first real momentum kick of the set and forced an Illinois State timeout.The Redbirds, as they had done the previous night against Marquette by erasing a two-set deficit and winning the next three, refused to go quietly. They evened the score once again at 15, but two key kills from Thompson put the Badgers up 20-17 in the set and UW eased to a set and match win.“I thought we executed our game plan,” Sheffield said. “It wasn’t perfect, but I thought we did a really good job against a really good team that was really doing their darndest to keep us off-balance.”“You’re holding a team that won 27 matches, and they didn’t score 20 points on you,” Sheffield said. “Sometimes you can sit up here and find a whole lot of things to complain about and be frustrated about, but at the end of the day that’s a pretty good effort that we saw from our team tonight.”The first set was the only set the Badgers jumped on the Redbirds early, getting out to a 8-3 lead. Bates had five of her match-high 10 kills in that set alone.Thompson added nine kills of her own, while Thomas, Chapman and Nelson each contributed seven.The Badgers out-blocked (12-3) and out-hit (.240-.131) the Redbirds, something Illinois State head coach Melissa Myers attributed to their size and strength advantage.“At the end of the day they’re a big, strong blocking team,” Myers said. “We knew they were going to have that presence, we just didn’t execute.”The loss ended Illinois State’s 23-match winning streak, while the Badgers upped their winning streak to 21 matches in-a-row. Wisconsin’s Sweet 16 site is Louisville, Kentucky, where they will play the winner of No. 13 Kentucky-Ohio State next Friday, Dec. 12.Following the match, it was a mix of emotions for a senior class that had to grip the idea of never playing another home match but was still advancing toward a national championship.“We’ve had so many moments and so many great times,” Chapman said. “I was sad about that, but I’m not sad about much else, because I know we’re going to accomplish so much more this season. Whether we’re playing here, whether we’re playing in Louisville, it’s more about who you’re with, rather than the place.”Thomas said the tears in her and her teammates’ eyes were tears of joy, not sadness.“We couldn’t be more proud and more happy to end it here [like that],” Thomas said. “It’s awesome.”While Sheffield was happy with his team’s performance, he said the team knows that tougher competition awaits as the tournament progresses.“The teams get more challenging, the stakes are higher,” Sheffield said. “You gotta be prepared to bring it.”
Carrick on Suir’s Michael O’Loughlin lines out in the Under 23 Giro d’Italia today.The Team Wiggins rider will wear the Irish National Champions Jersey for the 8 stage event.The riders are facing a 132 kilometres opening stage which starts and finishes in Imola and includes two 3rd category climbs. Photo © Pixabay