English football pauses to mark Hillsborough

first_imgBy Mike CollettEVERY senior match in England will kick-off seven minutes later than normal this weekend as football marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, when 96 Liverpool fans died at an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.Nowhere will the mark of respect carry greater significance than at Anfield, where Premier League leaders Liverpool face third-placed Manchester City in a match that will have a significant impact on who is going to emerge as champions this season.The 1989 semi-final was abandoned at neutral Hillsborough in Sheffield after six minutes, and an additional minute of silence will complete the seven-minute observation.Liverpool’s game will get underway at 1.37pm local time on Sunday, while every match in England’s senior divisions will start later between April 11 and April 15, the actual anniversary of the disaster.With Liverpool now in sight of their first title since 1990, when the scars from the tragedy were still raw, emotions at Anfield will likely be running higher than normal.Brendan Rodgers’ side, who have won their last nine league matches to go top of the table, can take a major stride towards the title with a 10th successive league win, and Rodgers is aware of what Sunday will mean to the fans.“I know there are 96 people in the sky who will always be supporting this team,” he said following his side’s 2-1 victory over West Ham United at Upton Park last Sunday.That win put Liverpool on 74 points with five games to play, two ahead of Chelsea (72) and four points above Manchester City (70), who have two games in hand.“We want to do this (win the league) for the great support and football family of Liverpool, and if we are to achieve anything this year the 96 in the sky will always be in our thoughts, and their families,” Rodgers said.“There’s a number of great teams in this league, big clubs with titles under their belts in the last 10 years,” he told reporters.“We’re fighting them. Manchester City are strong and have every component to do well. They’re a wonderful club and they’ve invested well in top players. They’ll be looking to come to Anfield and get a result.”Manchester City, clearly, will be intent on taking three points from the game, as they did when Manchester United observed the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster in 2008.City were the visitors to Old Trafford on the day of that anniversary, and after then-managers Alex Ferguson and Sven-Goran Eriksson laid wreaths in the centre circle commemorating the 23 people who died in the crash, City went on to beat United 2-1.A win for City on Sunday would keep the race wide open, as they would move to within a point of Liverpool with two extra matches to play.Chelsea are not out of the race either, despite recent surprise defeats to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.Jose Mourinho’s team – on a high after reaching the Champions League semi-finals with a dramatic 2-0 win over Paris St Germain – travel to Swansea City for Sunday’s late match.With Arsenal playing Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday, Everton have the chance to leapfrog the Gunners and move into fourth place if they win at Sunderland on Saturday.Sunderland are bottom of the table after being thrashed 5-1 at Tottenham Hotspur on Monday, with coach Gus Poyet admitting they now “need a miracle to survive”.Everton are unlikely to be a route to salvation for them.Roberto Martinez’s men have been in superb form, winning their last six league matches, with Martinez hailing last weekend’s stunning 3-0 win over Arsenal as their best performance of the season.Everton are fifth on 63 points, one point and a place behind Arsenal (64) with a game in hand, and they also have a game in hand over Spurs, who are sixth on 59 points.Spurs could keep their faint hopes of a top-four finish alive if they win at lowly West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, while Albion will be desperate for the points as they are far from safe despite last week’s 1-0 win at Norwich City, which cost Canaries manager Chris Hughton his job.The key relegation battle is at Craven Cottage, where Fulham, who won 2-1 at Aston Villa last week, take on Norwich City under former youth team coach Neil Adams, who has five games to save them from the drop.last_img read more

Doping on the rise, but WADA lacks resources to investigate

first_imgMicrosoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday President-Elect of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Witold Banka, left, and President of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie, right, speak during a press conference after the WADA’s extraordinary Executive Committee (ExCo) on the Russian doping data manipulation, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. WADA bans Russia from international sporting events for four years. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)MONTREAL — The World Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday more athletes are being caught cheating but it often lacks the resources to investigate.WADA published statistics showing that 1,804 doping rule violations were recorded in 2017 — the most recent year for which statistics are available — with a 13.1% rise on the year before.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Drug tests aren’t the only tool at WADA’s disposal. Investigations of athletes and coaches are increasingly important, with 345 violations found in 2017, the highest number on record and a 28% rise compared to the year before.However, WADA’s own investigations unit is struggling to cope with an “acute” lack of resources, according to an audit published Thursday.The audit said the quality of work was “exceptional” but investigating a vast archive of Russian doping data — which WADA later found had been doctored — put strain on the unit.Relegating other investigations to “secondary importance” risks that “the department (and through it, WADA) could be criticized for choosing and executing on its objectives arbitrarily,” the audit said.“For the credibility of anti-doping, it is also essential to process all sources of information. That is not currently possible,” the report said, adding that some personnel risked burnout.ADVERTISEMENT Durham vows to lay it all on the line to help Meralco extend semis series Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption MOST READ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations ‘People evacuated on their own’ Italian athletes racked up the most violations with 171, followed by competitors from France and the United States. Russia, which on Thursday said it plans to appeal wide-ranging sanctions imposed by WADA, placed fifth.While the number of offenses is on the rise, the total number is middling in historical terms, ranking below 2013, 2014 and 2015. Bodybuilding was found to be the dirtiest sport with 266 violations, followed by track and field and cycling.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Global sport doping cases up 13% in 2017—WADAcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas LATEST STORIES When Pops met Martin’s son Santino Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee View commentslast_img read more

Hurricanes bank on Barrett magic to end Crusaders curse

first_img0Shares0000Beauden Barrett’s match-up with opposite number Richie Mo’unga will be closely watched in the Hurricanes’ Super Rugby semi-final against the Crusaders. © AFP / Dave LintottWELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jun 27 – Wellington Hurricanes playmaker Beauden Barrett is under pressure to outshine his All Black rival Richie Mo’unga in Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final against the Canterbury Crusaders and reverse his team’s woeful form against the defending champions.The Hurricanes are considered rank outsiders in Christchurch against the Crusaders, who boast a squad bristling with All Blacks as they chase a third straight title and 10th overall. It’s a frustrating situation for the Hurricanes — a side that won more matches than any other this season and features a two-time world player of the year in Barrett.Yet such has been the South Islanders’ dominance over the Hurricanes in recent years that the men from New Zealand’s capital find themselves practically written off by bookies and pundits before a ball has been kicked in anger.The teams have met five times previously in finals matches and the Crusaders have won all of them, including a semi-final last year and the title decider in 2006.The Crusaders have also convincingly won their four most recent matches against the Hurricanes, including a 32-8 thrashing when they last met in March.That’s without even taking into account the Crusaders’ daunting home record in Christchurch, where they have not lost a playoff in Super Rugby’s 23-year history and are currently on a 28-game unbeaten run.– ‘Win the collisions’Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O’Gara said he was relishing the match-up between Barrett and Mo’unga, who is challenging the Hurricanes maestro for an All Black starting spot.O’Gara said that while Barrett had the advantage of incumbency in the fly-half’s number 10 jersey, Mo’unga did not lack motivation with a World Cup in Japan looming.“(Mo’unga’s) been on top of his game for a long time,” said the Irishman, who earned 128 Test caps at fly-half.“He’s looking to dethrone Beaudy, but Beaudy has the advantage of being a superstar at Test level. I think Richie can get to that space, so it makes for an exciting game.”Mo’unga has nine Test caps, with only two starts, compared to 73 caps and 40 starts for Barrett.But Mo’unga’s Crusaders are 4-1 over Barrett’s Hurricanes in the last five matches when both have started, fuelling calls for him to be given a greater role at Barrett’s expense.O’Gara freely admits that the Crusaders’ recent success against the Hurricanes stems from shutting down the halves pairing of Barrett and TJ Perenara, who last week played their 100th Super Rugby match together.It’s no coincidence that the last team to beat the Crusaders at home, way back in 2016, was a Hurricanes outfit that had Barrett and Perenara firing on all cylinders.O’Gara said the hosts’ forward pack — which at full strength consists entirely of established All Blacks — was the key to denying Barrett time on the ball.“For that to happen you need to win up front, it’s as simple as that,” he said.“If you win the collisions and if you win the gain line, no matter how good you are as a number 10 your time is diminished significantly. Our boys have done a good job in that regard in previous campaigns.“But when the ball is in Beauden Barrett’s hands it’s not a good sign for any opposition.”The winner of Saturday’s all-New Zealand clash will face either the ACT Brumbies or Argentina’s Jaguares in the final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Man City can still catch Leicester!’ – Sagna confident title chances NOT over

first_imgBacary Sagna has told talkSPORT Manchester City have not conceded defeat in the Premier League title race and are confident they can catch Leicester City at the top.Manuel Pellegrini’s side currently sit in fourth place, a whole ten points adrift of the table topping Foxes, though their game in hand due to the League Cup final gives them a chance to claw their way back up the standings.Many believed City’s title chances to be over after a run of three consecutive league defeats to rivals Leicester, Tottenham and Liverpool.But after returning to winning ways against Aston Villa last week, and with another seemingly simple tie against Norwich coming up, Sagna is certain City have what it takes to fight their way back into the reckoning.“We have good opportunity against Norwich to show that we’re back in business, to show we’re a strong and consistent team and to show we want to come back into the title race,” he told talkSPORT reporter Warren Haughton.“I was very pleased with the way we played against Aston Villa, we kept a clean sheet and scored many goals, so there’s no reason why we can’t do the same again.“I’m not surprised [with how well Leicester have played this season] to me they’ve been the best performing team since last December. They have quality players, they work really hard as a team and they’ve been doing really great.“We’re ten points behind them, but we still have a game in hand, so we want to catch them, and we know we have to be consistent as a team to do it.“We’re working really hard as a team to come back strongly [in the title race]. I’m not worried about it. There are still 30 point to play for, and if I’m that if we keep playing to the max we can come back.”For your chance to meet Bacary Sagna as part of a new TV Show ‘Meet a Star’ go to www.meetastar.comlast_img read more

Math teacher faces sex charges

first_img“He’s innocent until proven guilty,” Kay said. “He’s out on leave for personal reasons.” Faralan taught algebra and geometry at the Harbor City school, according to Kay. He is also listed as a girls tennis coach on Narbonne’s Web site. Suffolk County police arrested Faralan in Long Beach, and he was extradited to New York. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and returns to court Thursday, according to court records. In a news release, Suffolk police said Faralan was a teacher at Longwood Senior High School on Long Island when he became involved with the student. The student came forward with her allegations in April 2006, after Faralan left the school. Suffolk police could not be reached for comment, but they told Newsday.com that the girl said she and Faralan met outside school and he touched her inappropriately. Murphy said his client could face up to four years in prison for the charges. He described Faralan as a “bright” and “very well-respected” math teacher, and said the situation was “tragic” for Faralan and his family. Faralan is now married, but wasn’t at the time he had a sexual relationship with the student, Murphy said. He said the two engaged in oral sex, but had intercourse after the student was 17. However, Faralan is not charged for having sexual intercourse since she had reached New York’s legal age of consent. Detectives with Suffolk’s Special Victims Section asked any former students who believe they were victimized by Faralan to contact them at 631-852-6531. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Erwin Faralan has signed a confession, his attorney said Tuesday. “I think he rolled over as soon as they questioned him,” said Philip Murphy, Faralan’s New York attorney. Faralan, 34, faces three felony charges of third-degree criminal sex acts, according to Suffolk Supreme Court records. Under New York state law, such a crime occurs when someone over 21 engages in oral or anal sexual conduct with someone who is under 17. Narbonne Principal Linda Kay said the Los Angeles Unified School District has not briefed her on the charges pending against Faralan. COURTS: Narbonne employee is accused in encounters with student at New York school. By Denise Nix and Paul Clinton STAFF WRITERS A Narbonne High School math teacher has been placed on unpaid leave after he was accused of engaging in sexual contact with an underage female student at his previous job in New York. last_img read more

Board wants to draw the line

first_imgA proposed route for a high-voltage transmission line drew opposition Tuesday from the county Board of Supervisors, which wants the state to keep the line away from residents. Southern California Edison wants to build a 500-kilovolt line from Santa Clarita to Lancaster, and has proposed going through an existing right of way in the Angeles National Forest. But the U.S. Forest Service objects, arguing that a 500-kilovolt route through the forest would harm wildlife and complicate fire suppression. Instead, the Forest Service has proposed a route that would skirt the Angeles, but pass through the rural communities of Agua Dulce and Leona Valley. Residents oppose that route, and Tuesday the Board of Supervisors also weighed in against the Forest Service plan. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“These are large, high-power utility towers with wires; they would be very impacting on the community,” said Paul Novak, Antelope Valley deputy for county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. The supervisors, in a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission, have asked that the transmission lines be put underground for four miles in the Angeles and for about 3.5 miles through the city of Santa Clarita. That alternative would avoid Agua Dulce and Leona Valley, by going through the Angeles. The Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to decide on a route in December. A representative from the U.S. Forest Service could not be reached for comment. Edison wants to replace 66-kilovolt lines the utility has running through the Angeles with 500-kilovolt lines, to bring wind-generated power from the Tehachapi Mountains into Southern California. The project, originally budgeted at $90 million, is part of the utility’s goal of increasing its use of renewable energies. Edison opposes the idea of running the power lines underground. That would increase the cost of the project, force street closures in Santa Clarita as crews dig into the ground and complicate efforts to fix future power outages involving the line, according to the utility. The utility still wants to run the line through the existing right of way in the Angeles, along a 25.6-mile route from the Pardee Substation in Santa Clarita to the Antelope Valley Substation in Lancaster. “We try to avoid any communities or putting a line in a place where there is no line today, in effect creating a new corridor,” said Chuck Adamson, project manager for Edison. If the line passes through Agua Dulce or Leona Valley, a couple of homes could be lost to eminent domain, according to a report to the Public Utilities Commission. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want 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

Brazil legend Cafu’s eldest son dies of heart attack while playing football

first_imgThe son of Brazil legend Cafu has died aged only 30 while playing football.According to reports in Brazil, Danilo Feliciano de Moraes suffered a heart attack on Wednesday during a game of football with his friends. stalemate Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son El Real Madrid C. F. expresses its deep regret at the passing of Danilo, the son of Brazilian football legend @officialcafu. The club wishes to convey its condolences to Cafú and his family and shares in his grief in these difficult moments.— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) September 5, 2019As well as Danilo, Cafu had two further children whom he posed with earlier this year for a picture shared on social media. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS latest targets Danilo, wearing a white T-shirt, is pictured with his family earlier this year 2 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Reportedly, Danilo complained of feeling unwell within 10 minutes of the match starting, and he was rushed to Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital.Paulo Sergio, a former team-mate and friend of Cafu’s, later confirmed Danilo’s passing.Tributes were paid to Danilo, the eldest son of the 49-year-old former World Cup winner, including from his former clubs Sao Paulo and Palmeiras.“Sao Paulo Futebol Clube deeply regrets the death of Danilo, son of Cafu,” the former wrote on Twitter. on target Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti BIG PRESENTS UP TOP “The club sympathises and wishes the tricolor idol, family and friends a lot of strength.”Palmeiras added: “The Palmeiras Sports Society mourns the death of Danilo, son of Cafu, and expresses condolences to the world champion and his family.”Real Madrid also offered their condolences on Twitter.“El Real Madrid C. F. expresses its deep regret at the passing of Danilo, the son of Brazilian football legend @officialcafu,” the LaLiga club wrote.“The club wishes to convey its condolences to Cafu and his family and shares in his grief in these difficult moments.” Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January center_img Cafu is widely regarded as one of the finest full-backs in football history, having won 20 honours at club level and a further five on the international stage – including two World Cups. statement 2 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff appointed deals Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman update Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more https://www.instagram.com/cafu2/?hl=en Getty Images – Getty Cafu, pictured playing against England, is a legend of the modern game rookie error last_img read more

DD Gardening: The glory of snowdrops

first_imgI love snowdrops… I mean really love snowdrops – and not just from a gardening point of view, for me they symbolise the coming of spring, the near end of Winter. I love their toughness, I love their resilience, and I love that it’s the first flower of the season that gets people excited about the outdoors!Here in Donegal we have a number of great gardens you can appreciate these carpet of flowers, Glenveagh has some great shows on offer, Dunmore House in Carrigans (Dunmoregardens.ie) has a wonderful display (check out their Local food fair on Valentines Weekend and you can visit the snowdrops then too!), Culdaff House has a good show, and St Muras Church in Fahan has a glorious naturalised display which is just wonderful. Advertisement Although thought of as an Irish native Snowdrops are an alien to these shores. Originally from the Caucuses, Snowdrops have spread throughout Europe and were described as being ‘growing in the wild’ as early as the mid 1700s, so we talk about them as being ‘near-natives’.Snowdrops adore our Donegal climate, largely due to the fact they dislike drying out during the summer months, so they like soil which is moisture retentive and non-puddling and soil which is rich in organic matter such as leaves.So if you’re planting some Snowdrops in your garden remember to include some broken down leaves or some multi-purpose compost into the planting hole.When left alone Snowdrops will flower, set seed and spread out across an area of the garden (ants helping to disperse their seed to a wider area). Advertisement You can also speed things up here by lifting and splitting clumps of snowdrops with your fork just as they go out of flower.This splitting and replanting clumps is the most successive way to introduce new snowdrops in your garden, indeed this ‘in the green’ method is the best way to buy snowdrops.Traditionally you buy bulbs in bags, think of Daffodils and Tulips, but Snowdrop bulbs hate being dry so unless the bulbs are really fresh your best not bothering! There are many mail-order firms that offer fresh snowdrop bulbs, and in-the- green bulbs.Also garden centres will have potted snowdrop bulbs ideal for planting straight away in your garden.Snowdrops, like most bulbs, are pretty foolproof and once planted will need next to no care, but work best when planting in good clumps, so don’t scrimp with these chaps… plant lots for a great effect! Feel free to tag me @GardenerGareth with some of your Snowdrop pics!DD Gardening: The glory of snowdrops was last modified: February 4th, 2017 by Gareth AustinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bulbsdd gardeningGareth Austinsnowdropswinterlast_img read more

What Happened to Toys “R” Us?

first_imgSeptember 2017: Toys “R” Us declares bankruptcy.Early 2018: Toys “R” Us announces the closure of 180 stores.February 2018: Toys “R” Us announces the closure of 200 more stores.- Sponsor – March 2018: Speculation abounds that Toys “R” Us will close all US stores and liquidate.March 14, 2018: Toys “R” Us announces that it will close or sell all 800 of its US stores.I would bet that everyone reading this article has either shopped at Toys “R” Us or received a gift from Toys “R” Us. Founded in 1957 and morphing into its current format in about 1969, Toys “R” Us became the first mega “category killer” toy store. Most kids in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties begged their parents to take them to Toys “R” Us. I know; I was one of those parents. The Toys “R” Us dominance of the toy market made small toy stores and hobby shops almost obsolete. Even KB Toys couldn’t keep up.So, what happened? What went wrong? Some say bad planning. Some say bad luck. Probably both, but the real beginning of the end was the leveraged buy out of Toys “R” Us in 2005 by Bain Capital and KKR & Co. That leveraged buyout resulted in a staggering debt load of $6.6 billion for the company. This resulted in management distraction and put Toys “R” Us in a constant refinancing mode.The tremendous growth in competition from Amazon and Walmart made things worse. With much deeper pockets, both retail giants began heavy discounting of toy prices to get parents to switch loyalties.Then, add kids’ changing tastes to the mix. Toys “R” Us said “kids never want to grow up.” That may be partly true, but online video gaming and phone apps have taken a huge chunk out of the physical toy market. The financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 didn’t help matters.The irony is that Toys “R” Us still sells millions and millions of dollars’ worth of toys, and toy sales rose 5 percent last year. But continued aggressive competition and the Toys “R” Us financial difficulties have taken their toll. Toys “R” Us continuing as a going concern is in doubt by most of the financial community. But there’s still hope. As of this writing, Toys “R” Us has officially announced the company’s liquidation, but it’s working on a possible plan to keep about 200 of its most profitable US stores open, according to CNBC. Can they make it? Maybe. Plans continue to evolve, and as of now, it’s unclear when exactly the doors will close. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more