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first_imgSamara Heisz/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 45,000 people around the world, including at least 4,361 people in the United States.Globally, more than 905,000 people have been diagnosed with the new respiratory virus, which causes an illness known officially as COVID-19. Over 190,000 of those patients have recovered, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.The U.S. has by far the highest national tally in the world with over 199,000 confirmed cases.Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:2 p.m.: Global coronavirus cases top 900,000Global coronavirus cases climbed over 900,000 on Wednesday, just one day after the number of diagnosed cases topped 800,000.World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday he’s “deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection.”“Over the past five weeks, we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new COVID-19 cases, reaching almost every country, territory and area,” he said.He noted that the death toll has more than doubled in the past week and projected that in the next few days “we will reach 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 50,000 deaths.”1:35 p.m.: 5 who tested positive die at NJ nursing homeThose in nursing homes are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus. Among the nursing homes facing COVID-19 outbreaks is CareOne at New Milford in New Jersey, where five residents who tested positive have died, the center said.As of Tuesday, 16 residents and six staff members had been diagnosed with the coronavirus, CareOne said.“We are actively testing patients and awaiting results, and screening at higher levels than CDC guidelines,” CareOne said.Other deaths at the nursing home are being investigated beyond the five who have already tested positive, CareOne added, but did not specify how many other deaths are being examined.In New Jersey, 93 long-term care facilities are reporting at least one COVID-19 case, officials said Wednesday.12:45 p.m.: 1,941 dead in New York stateIn New York state — the hardest hit by the pandemic — the death toll has climbed to 1,941, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.The second hardest-hit state is neighboring New Jersey, where 267 have died, said Cuomo.The governor warned that the apex — or top of the curve — is projected to be roughly at the end of April. Cuomo referred to the apex as the top of a mountain where the “next battle” will be.Over 83,000 people have tested positive in New York state. Of those, 12,000 patients are in hospital, including 3,000 in intensive care units, Cuomo said.Six-thousand have been discharged from hospitals, Cuomo said.“Anyone can get this disease. Relatively young people, strong people, people who take a lot of vitamin pills, people who go to the gym a lot,” Cuomo said. “There is no superhero who is immune.”The governor said rapid testing at home would be the best solution going forward.“Not only do you get up and get the economy running, you end the anxiety,” he said.Gov. Cuomo said his younger brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, is “doing fine enough” after testing positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday morning.“He has a fever, he has chills, symptoms of basically a very bad flu,” the governor said.The governor admitted that the diagnoses scared him, calling his younger brother his best friend.“I couldn’t protect my own brother … he couldn’t protect himself,” he said.But the governor commended the younger Cuomo, calling him “gutsy” for continuing to anchor his CNN show while quarantined in the basement, even on the same day as his diagnosis.“In some ways this can be very instructive,” the governor said, to “show the country what it means to have coronavirus”“My pop would be proud. I love you little brother,” Gov. Cuomo said.‘Draft Cuomo 2020’ groundswell emerges amid the New York governor’s coronavirus responseThe governor also announced Wednesday that he’s closing down New York City playgrounds after residents failed to comply with social distancing rules.“No density, no basketball games … no violations of social distancing,” he said.Open spaces in New York City parks will remain available, he said. 12:21 p.m.: 10 charged for holding engagement party in violation of distancing ordersTen Lakewood, New Jersey, residents have been charged for holding an engagement party Tuesday, disobeying the governor’s executive order which bans social gatherings.The couple who hosted the party at their home, along with eight guests, were charged with violating any rule or regulation adopted by the governor during a state of emergency, said Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer and Lakewood Township Police Chief Gregory Meyer.The couple who hosted the gathering were also charged with six counts of child engagement because six children were in attendance.The engagement party marked the third day in a row for charges in Lakewood in connection to disobeying the executive order.On Monday, two men were charged with maintaining a nuisance after they hosted a gathering of about 35 people, said police.On Sunday, a couple was charged with five counts of child endangerment after their five children were at a gathering of about 40 to 50 people at their home.11:10 a.m.: Wimbledon canceled due to pandemicThe 2020 Wimbledon championships has been canceled due to the escalating worldwide coronavirus pandemic and will next be held from June 28 to July 11, 2021.Ian Hewitt, chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, said in a statement, “This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen.”“It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships,” Hewitt said.10:22 a.m.: United Kingdom death toll jumps by over 500 in 24 hoursThe United Kingdom’s death toll has climbed to a total of 2,352 — an increase of 563 in the past 24 hours, the country’s highest single-day rise in fatalities since the pandemic began.This comes after the U.K.’s death toll jumped by 381 on Tuesday.Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Charles, Prince of Wales (who is first in line to the British throne) are both among the 29,474 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in the U.K.9:45 a.m.: 1,400 NYPD members test positive for coronavirusIn hard-hit New York City, 1,400 members of the police department have tested positive for the coronavirus, says New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. About 17% of the department — 6,172 employees — are now out sick, Shea said. “We are scrambling but that shouldn’t have a negative connotation,” Shea told CNN. “We’ve added a lot to our repertoire: reaching out to New Yorkers who need help, delivering food.” Despite the large percentage of sick calls, Shea said there are still plenty of cops on corners and in cars. He did concede the department is “planning for all eventualities” should the number of infections within the NYPD climb. As of Tuesday night, 1,096 people had died in New York City due to COVID-19, according to the city’s health department.9:27 a.m.: FBI Academy suspends classesWhile the FBI and other law enforcement agencies continue to insist their security posture has not been hindered by the spread of the coronavirus, the crisis has now led to a temporary pause in training classes for the bureau’s next generation of leaders at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The FBI said training classes will resume “when safe and appropriate as recommended by our chief medical officer.”8:02 a.m.: Spain’s diagnosed cases top 100,000The number of diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in Spain surpassed 100,000 on Wednesday.The Spanish Ministry of Health recorded 7,719 newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 102,136 — an 8% increase.The health ministry also reported 864 new fatalities from the disease, bringing the country’s death toll to 9,053 — a 10.5% increase. Spain has the second-highest nationwide death toll from COVID-19 and the third-highest national tally of diagnosed cases, according to the latest count from Johns Hopkins University.7:18 a.m.: US Surgeon General says extended social distancing guidelines may not be enoughU.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams acknowledged Wednesday that the additional 30 days of nationwide social distancing guidelines may not be enough time for some states and cities to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, “depending on where they are on the curve.” “We’re looking at this next 30 days as an opportunity for the entire country to really understand if we do the right things, then we can flatten our curve in our own different areas and actually get to the other side,” Adams told ABC News in an interview on Good Morning America. “The most important thing to know is that if you are aggressive about mitigation, you can get through to the other side and usually in about three weeks or so to hit your peak and start to see cases come down,” he added. “I feel confident that we can get through to the other side if we all cooperate and do our part together.”Adams said they’ve asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “take another look” at whether having more people wear masks will help prevent transmission of COVID-19. But he emphasized that “the most important thing right now to do is for people to stay at home.” “Initially, the CDC, the World Health Organization and my office recommended against the general public wearing masks based on the best available science at the time, in terms of whether or not it prevented the wearer from catching coronavirus,” he said. “Now, we’ve learned about this disease — and we’ve always said, we’re going to learn more, we’re going to adjust — and we’ve learned that there is a fair amount of asymptomatic spread.”Adams noted that members of the general public do not need to wear N95 masks. “If you take one of those N95 masks, you may be taking it out of the hands of a health care worker who desperately needs it to care for patients,” he added. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at a press briefing Tuesday that both CDC and White House officials are having a “very active discussion” about whether to recommend the broad use of masks in the United States.6:35 a.m.: Congo’s former president dies from COVID-19The former president of the Republic of Congo, Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango, has died in Paris from complications related to the novel coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. He was 81.Yhombi-Opango’s family reportedly said he had been ill before contracting the virus.Yhombi-Opango was an army officer who rose to power as Congo-Brazzaville’s head of state in 1977, following the assassination of the previous president. He was ousted in 1979 by the country’s current leader, Denis Sassou Nguesso.The former president later spent several years in prison after being accused of taking part in a plot to overthrow Sassou Nguesso.Yhombi-Opango served as prime minister between 1994 and 1996 during Pascal Lissouba’s presidency. And when the country spiraled into civil war in 1997, Yhombi-Opango fled into exile in France.5:47 a.m.: Turkmenistan bans the word ‘coronavirus’The government of Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most closed countries, has reportedly banned the word “coronavirus.”The word has been removed from health information brochures distributed in schools, hospitals and workplaces, and state-run media are no longer allowed to use the word, according to independent news website Turkmenistan Chronicle, which is blocked within the country.Police in plainclothes are arresting people wearing face masks or talking about the coronavirus pandemic on the street, according to Radio Azatlyk, the Turkmen-language service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.So far, Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the novel coronavirus. The country’s president has ordered public spaces to be disinfected as a protective measure.“The Turkmen authorities have lived up to their reputation by adopting this extreme method for eradicating all information about the coronavirus,” Jeanne Cavelier, head of Reporters Without Borders’ Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk, said in a statement Tuesday. “This denial of information not only endangers the Turkmen citizens most at risk but also reinforces the authoritarianism imposed by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. We urge the international community to react and to take him to task for his systematic human rights violations.”3:30 a.m.: China reports 1,541 asymptomatic cases under observationThere are at least 1,541 people with asymptomatic infections of the novel coronavirus under medical observation in China, including 205 people from overseas, according to the Chinese National Health Commission.China began publishing the number of asymptomatic cases on Wednesday. The infected individuals, who show no symptoms but are still believed to be contagious, were excluded from the official tally of confirmed cases.“Monitoring data has shown that some asymptomatic people have caused second-generation transmission among their close contacts, and they have set off a small number of clusters of infections,” Chang Jile, head of the National Health Commission’s disease control bureau, said on Tuesday, as quoted by state-run newspaper China Daily.Those with asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 as well as their close contacts will be quarantined in centralized facilities for 14 days. The asymptomatic individuals won’t be released until they test negative for the virus twice, according to Chang.More research is needed to understand the length of the contagion period of asymptomatic individuals as well as the strength and pathway of their transmission, according to China’s National Health Commission.“Some experts believed that because asymptomatic people show no symptoms of coughing or sneezing, the chance of them spreading the virus is relatively small compared to confirmed patients,” the commission said in a statement Tuesday, noting how difficult it is to detect these cases and prevent them from spreading. “It is infeasible to make the discovery and isolation of asymptomatic cases as the dominating virus-control measure, so we will continue to focus on confirmed cases and their close contacts.”Since the first cases emerged in the city of Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province back in December, the country has reported 81,554 confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide, as of Tuesday. It’s unclear whether that figure includes asymptomatic cases.A total of 76,238 patients have recovered from the disease and have been released from hospitals, while another 3,312 patients have died. Seven new deaths were reported Tuesday, all but one in Hubei province, according to the National Health Commission. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgOctober 1, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 10/1 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGirls Soccer2A SouthFILLMORE, Utah-Kara Camp and Rylee Miller each scored as the Millard Eagles played Parowan to a 2-2 draw Tuesday in 2A South Region girls soccer action. Laci Sissener scored both goals for the Rams.Region 12RICHFIELD, Utah-Brittan Tait scored twice as the Richfield Wildcats downed the Emery Spartans 6-2 in Region 12 girls soccer action Tuesday. Kate Robinson, Macey Pace, Nora Foster and Sadie Yardley also scored for the Wildcats in the rout.BLANDING, Utah-Emily Jacobsen scored two goals and the San Juan Broncos topped South Sevier 5-0 Tuesday in Region 12 girls soccer action.Region 14LINDON, Utah-The Juab Wasps exploded for five second-half goals as they routed Maeser Prep 7-2 Tuesday in Region 14 girls soccer action.SPANISH FORK, Utah-Megan Olson amassed four goals as the Manti Templars routed American Leadership 8-0 in Region 14 girls soccer action Tuesday. Brynlee Golding added a pair of goals and Janessa Bridges and Kassidy Alder also scored for Manti. Katie Larsen earned the shutout for the Templars.DELTA, Utah-Savannah Nielson posted five goals and Addison Nielson added a hat trick as the Delta Rabbits pummeled Union 9-1 Tuesday in Region 14 girls soccer action. Cynthia Chavez also scored in the win for Delta.VolleyballRegion 14NEPHI, Utah-The Juab Wasps downed Maeser 3-0 in Region 14 volleyball action Tuesday. The Wasps prevailed 25-20, 25-19 and 25-16 to get the straight sets win over the Lions.DELTA, Utah-The Delta Rabbits smacked Manti 3-0 Tuesday in Region 14 volleyball action at the Palladium. The Rabbits prevailed 25-13, 25-15 and 25-16 to ovepower the Templars.ROOSEVELT, Utah-The Union Cougars pounded North Sanpete 3-0 in Region 14 volleyball action Tuesday. The Cougars gashed the Hawks 25-10, 25-9 and 25-15 to earn the straight sets victory.Region 16SALINA, Utah-The North Summit Braves made quick work of North Sevier with a 3-0 sweep Tuesday in Region 16 volleyball action. The Braves prevailed over the Wolves 25-11, 25-19 and 25-13 to earn the straight sets win.MONTICELLO, Utah-The Gunnison Valley Bulldogs waxed Monticello 3-1 in Region 16 volleyball action Tuesday. The Bulldogs prevailed 25-23, 25-23, 20-25 and 25-23 to earn the victory.Region 18ENTERPRISE, Utah-The Enterprise Wolves stonewalled Kanab 3-1 Tuesday in Region 18 volleyball action. The Wolves prevailed 21-25, 25-21, 26-24 and 25-16.Non-RegionCASTLE DALE, Utah-The Millard Eagles pulled out a thrilling five set win over the Emery Spartans 3-2 Tuesday in non-region volleyball action.EUREKA, Utah-The Milford Tigers swept the Tintic Miners 3-0 Tuesday in non-region volleyball action. Milford won 25-15, 25-16, 25-11.Girls TennisNon-RegionMONROE, Utah-The South Sevier Rams beat Millard 4-1 Tuesday in non-region girls tennis action. The Rams won with Gabby Carter in 2nd singles, Hannah Gay in 3rd singles, Morgan Blackburn and Aubree Robinson in 1st doubles and  Cecilia Corpino and Katelyn Sorenson in 2nd doubles. Written by Tags: Roundup Brad Jameslast_img read more


first_imgTo see Xpressbet’s new wagering interfaces and Pro Shop, simply visit www.xpressbet.com/newfeatures. If you don’t have an Xpressbet account, you can sign up and receive a $125 Welcome Bonus. Xpressbet customers can now choose to use one of three different wagering interfaces when playing the races. Each is tailored to different types of horseplayers: Half-Price DRF Classic PP’s & TrackMaster Platinum Plus Programs Offered through February 28 About XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network. According to Xpressbet President, Ron Luniewski, “At Xpressbet, we are constantly striving to regularly enhance our products and services in order to provide our customers the superior service and experience they’ve come to expect from us. Our new Pro Shop and wagering interfaces allow customers to spend more time doing what they came to Xpressbet to do – play the races.”center_img In addition, the new Xpressbet Pro Shop makes it easier than ever for customers to redeem Rewards Points and purchase past performances, expert picks and handicapping tools they use when playing the races. Products are now sorted by Breed, Track and Product, so customers can quickly browse and identify the items they would like to purchase. Additionally, it is now quicker for Xpressbet customers to redeem their XB Rewards Points for wagering credits, racetrack experiences and other items in the XB Rewards Shop. February 25, 2015 (Washington, PA) – Leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, is excited to announce it has made several enhancements to its website, including the unveiling of several new personalized wagering interfaces and a fully-revamped Pro Shop. To celebrate the launch of its redesigned Pro Shop, Xpressbet will offer Daily Racing Form Classic Past Performances and TrackMaster Platinum Plus Programs at a 50% discount between February 25 and February 28. Wagerpad Classic: Clean and simple, Wagerpad Classic allows players to quickly and easily assemble wagers using the same step-by-step process they use at the racetrack.Wagerpad Pro: Wagerpad Pro makes it easier for customers to place exotic and multi-race bets. Players can build their tickets without toggling between finish positions or race legs, making it the fastest and easiest way to place complex wagers.Wagerpage: Wagerpage combines the step-by-step process of Wagerpad Classic with the exotic ticket-building convenience of Wagerpad Pro. Wagerpage also includes a full tracklist view, oddsboard, results and the day’s wagering history.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 19, 2015)–Bred and owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Honey Ride, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Candy Ride, stalked the early pace and took command under Tyler Baze midway around the far turn en route to an impressive 4 ½ length win in Friday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Trained by John Sadler, Honey Ride got a flat mile in 1:35.93.The second choice in a field of five fillies and mares three and up, she paid $5.20, $3.20 and $2.20. A first condition allowance winner at Santa Anita two starts back, she improved her overall mark to 10-3-1-2. With the winner’s share of $36,000, she increased her earnings to $156,950.“We wanted to get her into the race more, get her more interested so I sat a little closer today,” said Baze, who guided her to a third place finish going a mile and a sixteenth in her most recent start on May 3. “Last time out, I had a bad trip…I was wide and today I thought it might be the same trip but a couple of the guys took hold going into the first turn, so I only had to go two wide, which was good…She ran like a good thing today.”Ridden by Flavien Prat, Uruguayan-bred Gusto Dolce, the longest shot in the field, out ran favored Sky Mega by a half length for second and paid $12.60 and $3.40.Sky Mega, who was the 7-5 favorite under Rafael Bejarano, showed the way to the five sixteenths pole and finished third, 3 ¾ lengths clear of Front Range. Sky Mega paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.92, 46.63, 1:10.93 and 1:23.17.Saturday’s nine-race card will be highlighted by the Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more


first_imgThe world’s most popular internet search engine now offers a South African site.Google now provides searches in Afrikaans, Sesotho, isiXhosa and isiZulu. (Image: Mail & Guardian)Brand South Africa reporterSouth African internet users may have noticed a few extra options on their Google searches recently.Since 14 January 2005, all computers with a South African IP (Internet Protocol) address have been redirected to www.google.co.za when searching on Google. There, users may have noticed the inclusion of the words “South Africa” underneath the Google logo.The world’s most-used search engine now offers searches in Afrikaans, Sesotho, isiXhosa and isiZulu.As well as the language options, there is also the option to limit the search to the South African web only.Arthur Goldstuck, MD of Web Worx and long-time industry analyst, told ITweb that he did not expect the new site to change the way in which South Africans search on the net.He pointed out that South Africans already use Google.com for their searches, and that Ananzi.co.za offers a different type of service.“Yahoo would be more of a threat to Ananzi”, Goldstuck said. “Google is plain vanilla, designed for going directly to a site, made up of automated content, whereas Ananzi and Yahoo are content-rich and multi-faceted portals.”Ananzi MD Mark Budwala also did not expect the newcomer to affect South African searching habits. “Large numbers of South African searches still come to us, whereas the international searching goes to Google and Yahoo, more so to Google”, he told ITWeb.Google now offers over 100 country-specific sites and almost 100 languages. A further 50 languages are in various stages of translation, including Siswati and Setswana.Google currently indexes more than eight billion URLs, 880 million images and 10 000 news sources.Source: Google South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (19.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThere are two kinds of problems or challenges in business. The first category are problems that, while coming with a bit of conflict, they are resolved with a single decision. The second category are problems and challenges are systemic and can’t easily be solved, least of all with a single decision. Here’s how to think about category 2 challenges.Book: The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedBook: The Lost Art of ClosingBook: Eat Their LunchThe Outcomes Planner Sales Accelerator Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation is hosting the Silver Jubilee reflecting 25 years of fundraising and service in the Region.The Silver Jubilee celebration takes place on November 2, 2019, at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre. The Ralph Pomeroy Ballroom will be transformed into a glamorous Silver Bell’s vision as the evening will include a traditional holiday meal with live entertainment from local musician Kevin Hicks. There will be a raffle for prizes such as the Gift of Flight from WestJet, shares the Hospital Foundation. The night also includes a live painting done by Peace Region artist Mary Parslow and a chance to bid on items including Christmas Trees and vacation package. Tickets are available online at www.fsjhospitalfoundation.ca, at the Foundation office by calling 250-261-7563 or in person at the office around the corner from the gift shop. Tickets are $100 per person or $800 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the “Be An Angel” Gala fund the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and help support the purchase of much-needed medical equipment and enhance patient comfort and care at the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa Residential Care Facilities. If you would like to donate an item to the auctions or discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact the office at 250-261-7563 or via email at [email protected]last_img read more


Behind a pair of double-doubles from its star players, the No. 7 OSU women’s basketball team (5-0) overcame a slow start to defeat UNC-Wilmington 88-69 on Sunday at Value City Arena. Center Jantel Lavender scored 25 points to go with 11 rebounds and point guard Samantha Prahalis scored 21 points and recorded 11 assists in her second game back from serving a three-game suspension for committing a secondary violation in the offseason. The Buckeyes struggled to establish a rhythm in the first half, committing seven turnovers and missing five of their first eight free throw attempts. OSU coach Jim Foster said his team is still adjusting to Prahalis’ presence in the line-up. “Without a doubt it’s a work in progress,” Foster said. “In the first half we forced some issues … there’s no bad teams this time of year, let alone, that’s a good team.” UNC-Wilmington led the Buckeyes 17-16 with nine minutes remaining in the first half before a Prahalis floater regained the lead for OSU. Amber Stokes then added to the OSU lead with a jump shot and stole the ensuing inbounds pass, finding Prahalis for another floater, which extended the Buckeyes’ lead to 22-17. Paced by 12 first-half points from guard Brittany Johnson, the Buckeyes failed to push their lead to more than eight points, as UNC-Wilmington cut the Buckeye advantage to 37-32 at the end of the half following a 3-point shot by Abria Trice. Johnson finished the game with 17 points. “Brittany did a very good job at the offensive end,” Foster said. “On this team, if you run, you’re going to get pretty good shots.” The Buckeyes had a difficult time putting away the Seahawks in the second half, as back-to-back 3-point shots from Alisha Andrews and Jessica Freeman cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 57-54 with less than 11 minutes remaining in the game. “When you win a lot of games, you’re targeted by your opponents,” Foster said. “We’re the big game on a lot of teams’ schedules.” The Buckeyes extended their lead to 11 points on a 3-point shot from Prahalis, but the Seahawks answered back again on the very next play when Brittany Blackwell was fouled as she converted a lay-up and made the subsequent free throw. The Seahawks, however, couldn’t find an answer for Lavender in the second half; with less than seven minutes remaining, she scored on six consecutive OSU possessions, pushing the OSU lead to 80-65. “We started running the floor really well, reversing the ball and making the extra pass,” Lavender said. “It was just, basically, attention to detail, running the plays right and reversing the ball.” Lavender’s basket with 6:02 remaining in the second half moved her past former OSU center Jessica Davenport for the school’s record for career field goals. “I’ve been fortunate to coach some very, very talented post players here,” Foster said. “Jantel got that running start as a freshman here and she hasn’t stopped since, so it was just a matter of time until that was going to happen.” The Buckeyes will next face Virginia on Thursday in the Big Ten-ACC challenge, when they’ll play their lone game of the season at St. John’s Arena before taking on No. 11 Oklahoma on Sunday at Value City Arena. “I like the challenge, I like the fact that we’re playing a lot of different teams with a lot of different looks,” Lavender said. “It’s basically preparing us for anything that we could potentially face in the NCAA tournament.” read more


Liverpool midfielders Philippe Coutinho (center) and Steven Gerrard (left) and defender Jon Flanagan (right) celebrate scoring a goal during a match against Manchester City April 13 at Anfield. Liverpool won, 3-2.Courtesy of MCTWhen discussing the history of football — the European kind — there are certain clubs that stand out as giants of the game.Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Manchester United, Ajax and Liverpool.Between all of these clubs, numerous domestic and European titles have been claimed, including 13 of the last 16 UEFA Champions League titles.But one o f these clubs, Liverpool, despite all of its historical success, has been a ghost of its former self in recent years.The club owns 18 English league titles, but hasn’t won one since the 1989-90 season. It hasn’t won a European competition title either since 2005’s epic comeback from 3-0 down against Milan.But now, after taking care of Manchester City 3-2 at home this past Sunday, Liverpool has what seems to be its best chance to claim its first Premier League title (the Premier League was established in 1992 in place of the Football League First Division).As an avid Manchester City fan — judge me all you want, I don’t care — this loss pained me because it means that Liverpool controls their destiny in the race for the title.But not even the most dedicated fans of other English clubs can deny that on some level, Liverpool deserves to win another title eventually.Sure, striker Luis Suarez is deplorable — having the infamous distinction of biting an opponent during a game, on two separate occasions — but the storylines are just too great to fight against.A young manager in Brendan Rodgers, who is so close to reaching the summit at the sprightly age of 41.Suarez and striker Daniel Sturridge combine to create one of the more entertaining goal scoring pairings in recent memory, as they currently sit first and second in goals scored this season.It is also the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.During an FA Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest April 15, 1989, at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, a steel-fenced barrier broke, and 96 Liverpool supporters died from injuries related to the accident.But perhaps the greatest of the storylines is that of talismanic captain Steven Gerrard.Gerrard has been with the club since 1998, making 471 appearances and scoring 111 goals, and is likely to go down as one of the greatest players to ever wear the Liverpool kit. But despite all of his hard work and success with the team, he has never won the Premier League title.At age of 33, his career is likely coming to an end sometime in the next couple years, and it is hard to deny he deserves a title.Gerrard was emotional following the win against Man City, saying at times he felt the game would never end.“That win means so much,” Gerrard said in an interview with Sky Sports 1. “They got back into the game, but I think we showed today that we want to go to the wire. We want to go all the way. That’s the longest 90 minutes I’ve probably ever played in. It felt like the clock was going backwards in some parts of the game.”Sure, the title is likely to come down to the wire — Liverpool is only two points clear of Chelsea, and Man City sits six points back but have played one less game — but for now the Liverpool faithful has hope that the drought will end and Liverpool will be restored to the elite club it once was. read more


first_imgReal Madrid president Florentino Perez says “nothing justifies” Spain sacking coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup in response to Champions League winner appointing him new manager.Lopetegui who said he was initially congratulated by federation president Luis Rubiales insisted he acted in a “professional and honest” manner in accepting the appointment on Tuesday, only to be dismissed the following day.However, the Spanish football federation said it fired Lopetegui two days before Spain’s opening game in Russia because the discussion for the job occurred “without any information” communicated to the organization.On the other hand, Perez said Rubiales’ reaction was “one of pride” and he “disrespected” Real.He also said the agreement was announced before the World Cup to “make it transparent and avoid speculation and rumours”.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…He cited Chelsea signing then Italy boss Antonio Conte before Euro 2016 and Manchester United confirming Dutch manager Louis van Gaal’s appointment before the 2014 World Cup.“We had legitimate freedom to make this agreement,” said Perez, according to BBC.“That agreement has somehow been interpreted as disloyal.“The president’s response was unprecedented. Nothing justifies Lopetegui not being on the bench for tomorrow’s game.”last_img read more