Top Four Teams Battle It Out in a Valentine’s Day Showdown

first_imgAlthough Stephen F. Austin (20-5, 9-3 SLC) currently sits in fifth, the Lumberjacks are right in the mix for the conference championship and a first or second-round bye in the Southland Conference Tournament. SFA is a game back from the Colonels and challenge Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on the road tonight at 7 p.m. The ‘Jacks head into Wednesday’s game following a dominating 97-50 win over Northwestern State (3-21, 0-13 SLC) in which junior guard Shannon Bogues delivered a 35-point showing. The Islanders look to bounce back and remain in contention for a spot in the tournament after they saw their four-game winning streak snapped at Sam Houston in a 66-64 loss before dropping a 62-53 contest versus New Orleans. FRISCO, Texas – Even Cupid could not make more perfect matchups than the ones in the Southland Conference tonight. Additional Storylines: Southeastern Louisiana (16-10, 10-3 SLC) and New Orleans (13-11, 10-3 SLC), the other two teams tied for second, contest each other in the first of two meetings this season. The Lions look to extend a three-game win streak against a Privateers squad coming off a 62-53 win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The two teams rank atop the conference in scoring defense in league action; the Privateers are first with 67.3 points per game allowed while Southeastern trails right behind at 67.8. Tonight’s tilt tips off at 7 p.m. Southland leader Nicholls (10-2, 16-9 SLC) takes on Sam Houston State (10-3, 16-10 SLC), one of the three teams currently tied for second place, at 8:15 p.m. CT. The Colonels, winners of eight of their last nine games, lead the league in field goal percentage (.504) and field goal percentage defense (.403) during Southland play. Two time Southland Conference Player of the Week Roddy Peters is coming off two games where he shot 60 percent from the floor, including a 9-of-13 effort against Houston Baptist (5-20, 1-11 SLC) on Saturday. The Colonels look to remain the only two-loss team in the league by slowing down a Bearkat squad led by senior forward Christopher Galbreath, Jr., one of just two Southland players who have recorded 10 double-doubles this season. The game will broadcast nationally on Eleven Sports and stream online at • Top-Eight: If the 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament began today, Central Arkansas, Abilene Christian and Lamar would grab the last spots while McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi would be the first ones out looking in. The Bears, Wildcats and Cardinals hold a two-win advantage over the Cowboys and Islanders. Over the weekend, UIW and Northwestern State were eliminated from Southland postseason action since neither team can finish with at least seven conference wins.• Still on Top: Nicholls picked up a pair of wins last week to hold onto sole possession of first in the Southland standings. The Colonels began by defeating Abilene Christian on the road 69-65 Wednesday before taking down Houston Baptist 94-67 on Saturday at home.• Triple-Doubles: Central Arkansas freshman center Hayden Koval notched a triple-double in the Bears’ 100-80 victory over Houston Baptist on Wednesday. Koval compiled a school record 11 blocks to go with his 17 points and 10 rebounds. He is fourth nationally for blocks per game with 3.21. UCA is the only team in the nation to have two different players tally a triple-double. The Southland leads all conferences with four triple-doubles this season.• Awaiting Wednesday: The top four Southland teams each have 10 conference wins. This Wednesday will play a big role in how they all will finish as the four teams begin to knock each other off. League leader Nicholls hosts Sam Houston State at 8:15 p.m., while New Orleans takes on Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, La. at 7 p.m. Stephen F. Austin – who is just a game back from the Colonels – travels to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Schedule:Wednesday, Feb. 14Houston Baptist at Northwestern State* – 6:30 p.m.UIW at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.McNeese at Central Arkansas* – 7 p.m.New Orleans at Southeastern Louisiana* – 7 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 7 p.m.Sam Houston State at Nicholls* (ELEVEN) – 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17Stephen F. Austin at UIW* – 3 p.m.Nicholls at Central Arkansas* (ESPN3) – 3:30 p.m.McNeese at New Orleans* – 4:15 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 4:30 p.m.Abilene Christian at Southeastern Louisiana* – 5 p.m.Sam Houston State at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m.* – Conference Game Week eight of men’s basketball league action opens with the top four teams battling in Wednesday evening contests that could prove to be the difference maker in claiming the Southland regular season championship.last_img read more

Tomeu Nadal: “Of the last 50 days, 95% have been spent at home”

first_imgThe Albacete goalkeeper and captain faces his second consecutive quarantine after overcoming mumps. He assures that “I feel part of the city, I suffer for the situation in the city and I am in contact with the mayor.” Regarding the possible return of the competition, the Balearic goalkeeper makes it clear that “Health is the most important thing and if football returns it is because it has the approval of the health authorities.”– It can be said that you have experience in confinements …It was all a fluke. Weeks ago I underwent a viral process and I could not train with the rest of the companions so as not to infect them and now the coronavirus has arrived and it is an atypical situation for everyone. Hopefully this situation can end as soon as possible. Of the last 50 days, I have practically 95% of them at home, because the first quarantine ended just before suspending the competition, I was only able to do three workouts under normal circumstances and now I have been confined at home for three weeks again, it is what it touches and we have to respect the decisions of the health authorities– How does a footballer work at home?It is a very rare situation but the club has provided us with many means to continue with the physical tone and they are very aware of us to be prepared in case the competition resumes at any time. I also take the opportunity to be with my daughter who is 5 months old, study and also killing free time watching movies and series. – It will be strange not being able to train …Very rare, we miss our work, getting into a locker room, being able to have breakfast together and play matches. I also have not played a game for two weeks, we miss the adrenaline of the competition but this virus does not understand jobs and the problem is worldwide. Fortunately, now with the new technologies we can make video conferences to speak between colleagues and club staff. Football belongs to the players and also to the spectators. This situation nobody would have imagined a few months ago but we have no other remedy than to accept it and wait for the decision that is adopted. Now it’s time to stop the curve and stay home.– In addition to being an important footballer in the team, you are a very dear person in Albacete. What message do you send to the population?I am pending the news of the city with the situation of the Hospital and I have contact with the mayor. It is being a hard situation because there are many deaths and I also suffer it for the people. I feel part of Albacete, I am concerned about the problem and I hope that the sooner the curve can go down and the toilets have less work. – One of the few positive aspects of this situation is that you can spend more time with the family …It is appreciated because throughout the season we make many trips, there are many games and that takes time. I also had a daughter months ago and I take the opportunity to be there these days without stopping training at home. Now I can spend much more time with my wife and daughter and do things that I couldn’t do with them before.– You are one of the favorites to be chosen as the best goalkeeper in the historic eleven of Albacete.It is an honor to be able to have that possibility because the club has had great goalkeepers throughout history. Conejo, Molina, Keylor Navas, Roa or Almunia have been some of them and the competition is tremendous. I have been fortunate to be happy here, I came to Albacete in Segunda B, I have been able to play more than 150 games and it would be an honor if finally people choose me in their voting. My daughter is from La Mancha and we are very happy with the treatment that the fans and the club have given us at all times. – Pending the news?We are waiting to know what can happen but we are aware that it is a totally different situation. There is talk of several options, even games can be held behind closed doors because the League wants to prioritize health above all. They are looking at possible scenarios and readjusting the calendars. It is clear that if the League does not resume, the clubs will have many losses, we are already seeing that there are many teams that are raising ERTES, and we do not know what will end up happening. We want to finish the competition but health comes first, we are even willing to lose our summer vacations and we know that before playing matches we will have to do a “mini-season”. If football returns even if it is behind closed doors, it will be a sign that the pandemic has diminished.last_img read more

Houston’s P.J. Tucker’s unique style a hit on, off the court

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film “He came up and told me he has the same jacket,” Goldstein told The Associated Press on Wednesday while wearing a different Balmain jacket. “I couldn’t believe it.”A stunned Goldstein didn’t realize that Tucker was so into fashion.“I’ve never seen him except on the basketball court so I don’t know how he dresses otherwise,” Goldstein said. “But when he told me he had that jacket, one that both of us thought we each had a unique jacket that nobody else had, I gained a new respect for him.”Tucker has also gained his share of respect on the court.He scored a playoff career-high 22 points Wednesday night in a win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. He is an integral part of the Rockets’ success with his ability to shoot the 3 and hold his own in the low post.But Tucker had to work to find an NBA home. He wasn’t a highly regarded draft pick out of Texas; Toronto selected him in the second round in the 2006 draft. He spent just one year in the NBA before heading to Europe to play.It was during those 4 1/2 years overseas that he started taking his fashion seriously.“It wasn’t a moment,” he said. “It was just being there. It started out with suits. Seeing European guys wear suits was incredible. And it wasn’t all like the big fashion house expensive suits, it was like simple stuff but the way the older men dressed in Europe just absolutely amazed me.“In Italy, in France the way the older men dressed was incredible.”Like his game on the court, his fashion wasn’t immediately embraced back in the United States. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding It did.“Everybody in fashion knows of those must-have pieces where you’re just like: ‘I’ve got to have it,’” Tucker said. “And I had to have this.”Then he learned the price of the black and gold open front jacket: $25,000.“I had no idea. I was like: ‘Oh all right, that’s cool,” he said with a nervous laugh. “I was at the point of no return.”But before Tucker could wear his most expensive fashion investment, he learned there were actually two of his “one-of-a-kind jacket” when he saw NBA super fan and eccentric 78-year-old millionaire James Goldstein sporting the same piece while courtside at a game .ADVERTISEMENT One person who’s totally on board with Tucker’s style is teammate James Harden. The pair often arrive at the same time and have turned arriving at the arena into a mini fashion show .“He loves walking in the arena with the swaggiest ‘fit,” Harden said. “That’s what he does and I’m here for it. I have his back 1,000 percent.”While Tucker doesn’t mind that pictures of his pregame outfits have become a hit on social media, he insists he’d dress exactly the same way if no one was photographing him.“It’s just me and how I dress,” he said. “I could never just throw on a sweatsuit and go to a game. No. It puts me in that mindset that I’m going to work. I’m taking care of business.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Off the court, Tucker also defies the norm.He has spent years curating a wardrobe that has helped his style ascend to the upper echelons of fashion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTucker was in the Balmain store in Paris during this year’s NBA All-Star break when the manager told him there was a special one-of-a-kind piece that would be perfect for him.When Tucker first laid eyes on the beaded haute couture jacket at the French luxury fashion house he loved it, but was certain it wouldn’t fit his muscular 245-pound frame. US Open set to open second roofed stadium with new Armstrong In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Houston Rockets’ P.J. Tucker arrives for Game 2 of the team’s NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Houston. Tucker’s playing style and defensive grit helped the Rockets to the conference finals. Off the court Tucker has spent years personally curating a wardrobe that has helped his style ascend to the upper echelons of fashion. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — P.J. Tucker wasn’t a high draft pick and actually is undersized by NBA standards.At 6-foot-6, the Houston Rockets forward’s intensity and defensive grit helps him overachieve against taller opponents on a nightly basis.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I would come home in the summertime and people would look at me like: ‘What in the world does he have on,’” said Tucker, who breezed into the room to talk with AP about fashion with a coffee cup in one hand, two clothing bags draped over the other arm and a large Louis Vuitton duffel bag slung over his shoulder.Tucker, who describes his style as adventurous and spontaneous, beamed while explaining that he assembled three looks for the interview. The first was what he calls his “anywhere outfit,” a floral-print short-sleeved button-down Dries Van Noten shirt with coordinating cream-colored pants from the same designer, and Nike Air Max 1 shoes with a brown suede accent on the toe.His summer ensemble featured a blue and white striped Balenciaga shirt adorned with piece of striking yellow fabric that ran down half the length of the back and white Alexander McQueen trousers. He finished off that look with the impossible-to-get Off-White X Nike Air Force 1 shoes.But the star of the collection was his final look: a made-to-measure plaid Gucci two-button suit with cropped pants, which he wore without a shirt.“It’s really like a 70s suit, with the large cuffs, with the huge lapels,” he said. “Nobody would wear that a year or two ago but now I love it.”He said there’s nothing he won’t wear and scoffs at people who think he should limit his wardrobe because he’s such a big guy.“People get so scared to try things,” he said. “I think the way you dress should be fun. Wearing stuff that people don’t normally wear or wouldn’t particularly think is their style, I love that.“I think that’s fun and I think everybody should do it.”When he debuted his Balmain jacket before Game 1 of the conference finals, which he paired with black skinny jeans and Saint Laurent boots, not everyone was a fan.“‘You’re like a bull fighter in the jacket,’” he said his teammates told him. “Maybe. I love it though. It’s funny.” View commentslast_img read more

Victim still critical, stabbed 23 times

first_imgKitty stabbingBy Romario SamarooSelina Ramotar, 29, who was stabbed at least 23 times about her body is still in a critical state three days after the incident took place.Ramotar of Lot 65 David Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was attacked on Saturday night by her estranged child-father, Uttanpad Sewnarine, 39, also known as Paddy or Omesh of Campbelville, Georgetown.The mother of one is currently in Hospital where she was rushed into the emergency room and immediately prepped for surgery.Selina Ramotar was stabbed at least 23 times about her bodySister of the victim Tricia Ramotar related to Guyana Times that there was an unusual swelling in her sister’s stomach and the doctors could not identify what was the cause: “A tube was attached to her in order to drain out the bad bodily fluids and she had already received two units of blood as well as saline.”The victim’s mother Melina Ramotar indicated that the doctors have told the family that the injuries still remain life threatening and that they could not determine if these injuries will have a lasting effect on her daughter.According to Tricia Ramotar: “Selina and I left to purchase Chinese food around the corner from our home while Paddy was following us but eventually turned back. When we arrived in front of the yard, he was still standing there and upon walking in the passageway, she gave me her cellphone and asked for it to be charged, so I came in the yard leaving her outside with paddy.”The family disclosed that they were in the house when they heard faint screams coming from the passageway, so they rushed out, only to see the gruesome scene.“In the dark, a gunshot was fired and by the time we reached to the front we noticed Selina drop to the floor, gasping for breath with blood gushing from her. We thought she was shot but it was our neighbour firing warning shots to scare off Paddy,” the sister recalled.“We called 911, 912, 913 and all were engaged so we called Kitty Cabs to come who rushed her to the hospital.”The mother of one was stabbed in her abdomen, breast, back, chin and face, with large gashing cuts inflicted on both her hands, a few of which almost reportedly killed her.Sewnarine and Ramotar shared an on-and-off relationship that lasted about ten years but the couple had never lived together.The distressed family revealed that Sewnarine would, from time to time, display violent outbursts by slapping, choking and punching her and he would usually stalk the woman.From Left: Tricia Ramotar (sister), Daughter (eight years old) and Melina Ramotar (mother)It was also disclosed that Paddy is married and living with his wife but still chooses to pursue his child-mother.After the gruesome stabbing incident Sewnarine who is a bus driver on route 40, was tied up by neighbours and turned over to the Police who are investigating the crime.last_img read more

A look at amphibians in northern B.C.

first_imgAttendees will get a copy of a new amphibian guide and will learn about Frog Watch, a program where the public can report information about frogs and amphibians that will be included in a provincial database.Anyone who has questions about the presentations can contact Conrad Thiessen at the Ministry of Environment at 250-787-3287 or Glynnis Maundrell at the Charlie Lake Conservation Society at 250-261-9478. Amphibians of the world and in B.C. will be the focus of two presentations at Charlie Lake Provincial Park, June 28.Purnima Govindarajulu is the provincial herpetologist with the B.C. Ministry of the Environment and has been looking at the conservation of amphibians within the province.Govindarajulu will be giving two presentations on amphibians and their habitats with the first presentation taking place at 2:30 p.m. and the second taking place at 7 p.m.- Advertisement -The presentations will look at the different amphibians that live in the Peace River region, how they are surviving, why they are important to the environment and any threats that exist to their habitat and survival. A trip to Watson’s Slough will take place after the first presentation where people will be able to look at some local amphibians and their habitats.The sessions will take place at the day use area at the Park. Everyone is welcome to attend either session; however the first presentation will be aimed at industry and government whereas the second will be specifically for the general public.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bruins revel at top, but still can improve

first_imgThe defensive lapses Afflalo spoke of have recently been evident in the opposition’s shooting percentage. Before shutting down Washington State in the second half (holding the Cougars to 29 percent shooting), opponents had shot 50 percent or better in five consecutive halves against UCLA. However, during a season in which highly ranked teams are routinely defeated and no dominant team has emerged, dissecting UCLA’s faults may be nit-picking. “I think we’re playing our best basketball,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “We are better (than last season), and part of that is the experience of having last year. (Now it is), `We’re going to win on the road. We’re going to win close games. This is what we do.’ That’s their mindset.” UCLA has won five straight overall and eight consecutive conference games. Collison said playing seven of the last 12 games on the road is helping mold a closer team. “Everybody is real unselfish, our chemistry is improving every day, and that’s all it takes to win a national championship,” Collison said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In so many of No.2 UCLA’s 26 wins this season, Afflalo was the central figure, offensively and defensively. And as it has been since Afflalo announced he was returning for his junior season, he is the one who measures the heartbeat of the Bruins best. So it was striking when Afflalo said that there are shortcomings, on a team that is 26-3, 15-2 in the Pac-10, that still needed fixing. SEATTLE – A few minutes after UCLA guard Arron Afflalo’s latest well-rounded performance, he leaned against a hallway wall, about 30 feet from the Bruins’ locker room, let out a deep sigh and smiled. It was a rare moment of relaxation for Afflalo, UCLA’s unquestioned leader, as he absorbed the significance of a 53-45 defeat of 13th-ranked Washington State on Thursday as the Bruins clinched their second straight Pacific-10 Conference title and 29th overall. center_img “You’re never going to be perfect, but you strive for it and there are some things we still need to work on,” Afflalo said. “We have a few lapses on the way we execute offensively, and then (with) our intensity defensively. There were times last year where we were just focused in and it seemed like every possession was hard for the other team. Every shot was contested, every pass, every move, was complicated for the other team. You could tell. “This year, we still have some little lapses. I think if we take care of those things, we’ll be fine when the time is right.” Today’s contest at Washington (17-12, 7-10) has no bearing on the conference race, but still has great meaning for the Bruins. UCLA likely will be the No. 1 seed in the West when the NCAA Tournament begins in less than two weeks, but a few more wins would help even more in securing it. By the time the NCAA Tournament rolls around, UCLA wants to iron out a few other issues. The Bruins still have too many possessions in which point guard Darren Collison, an Etiwanda graduate, is dribbling out of trouble as the shot clock winds down, and it usually ends in a hurried shot. Also, the post play of center Lorenzo Mata, power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Alfred Aboya, the player who backs up both of them, remains inconsistent. A left knee injury to Aboya is UCLA’s latest concern, and his availability for today’s contest against the Huskies will be a game-time decision. last_img

Collision closes the South Taylor Hill

first_imgAccording to, the road is down to single lane alternating traffic while crews clean up the mess.  We don’t have any official details about what happened just yet, but you can expect up to 20 minute delays if your in the area.If you have any information about this collision, please email Advertisement –last_img

Rapinoe shines brightest at story-packed World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Sealed with a kiss: USA players kiss the trophy after their World Cup final winPARIS, France, Jul 8 – The United States cemented their position as the dominant force in women’s football on Sunday by winning their fourth World Cup in eight editions, beating the Netherlands 2-0 in the final.AFP Sport looks at the biggest stars and stories from France as a landmark tournament comes to a close: – Rapinoe steals show –Megan Rapinoe won matches on the pitch and hearts off it during the women’s World CupIf there is one person to come out of the tournament with their profile raised to that of a global star it’s Megan Rapinoe, winner of the Golden Ball and Golden Boot as she conquered her second World Cup on the pitch and won hearts off it.The 34-year-old, who broke the deadlock from the penalty spot on Sunday, became the face of the tournament for her decisive performances and the way she handled being attacked online by Donald Trump.Rapinoe scored braces in the USA’s wins against Spain and France before being ruled out of their triumph over England in the semi-finals with a hamstring injury.Her double against France came in the middle of a media storm after her comments about not going to the White House elicited a furious reaction from Trump, who accused her of disrespecting the country.Rapinoe did not back down and became an icon with her commitment to social justice, goals and what she described as a “shit-eating grin”.Trump’s congratulatory message for the USA team on Sunday is unlikely to change her opinion of the president.– VAR causes anger, heartache –VAR technology has caused serious controversy, in particular in the tournament’s early stages © AFP / FRANCK FIFEIt was fitting that the penalty from which Rapinoe scored in the final came from a VAR-assisted decision following a tournament in which the video technology and the application of new laws have attracted criticism.After a relatively smooth use of VAR at the men’s World Cup last year, there were accusations that FIFA were using the women’s tournament as a testing ground for law changes.VAR punished several goalkeepers for stepping off the line at spot-kicks, while razor-thin offside and penalty decisions proved decisive in matches as big as the USA’s semi-final win over England.First Ellen White’s leveller was chalked off for offside by what looked like millimetres, before VAR gave her a penalty for a foul that slipped by the referee — a spot-kick missed by Steph Houghton.Scotland were hit hardest with VAR spotting minimal infractions from goalkeepers on penalties, as Florencia Bonsegundo’s retaken kick following her missed first effort sealed a comeback from three goals down for Argentina to draw 3-3 and dump the Scots out.– Goalkeepers improve their standing –Sari van Veenendaal’s fine display on Sunday was one of many from goalkeepers at the women’s World Cup © AFP / Jean-Philippe KSIAZEKCriticism of women’s football before this World Cup often centred on the quality of the goalkeeping, but France has seen a number of world-class displays from stoppers, the Netherlands’ Sari van Veenendaal chief among them.Incredibly the 29-year-old is without a club after leaving Arsenal but will surely have suitors queueing up after star turns in the extra-time semi-final win over Sweden and in the final.Van Veenendaal’s vanquished last-four opponent, Hedvig Lindahl, also shone. The Swede’s spectacular save from Vivianne Miedema’s powerful header in that game was a highlight before she was eventually beaten in extra time.Chile’s Christiane Endler was described as “world-class” by USA coach Jill Ellis after a stunning display in a 3-0 defeat to the holders.England coach Phil Neville also noted the improvements in goalkeeping after Argentina’s Vanina Correa kept the Lionesses down to one goal with a display that included a penalty stop from Nikita Parris, highlighting what can be achieved with increased access to specialised coaching.– Marta asks for ‘smiles at the end’ –Marta wants women in Brazil to come forward after her generations hangs up its boots © AFP / LOIC VENANCEWidely recognised as the best ever female footballer, Marta cemented her status as a great by becoming the all-time leading scorer in any World Cup on 17 goals with a penalty against Italy.The Brazilians were eliminated by France in the last 16 but the 33-year-old was again the story after her impassioned plea for women in her home country to take up the game and carry the baton after she, 41-year-old midfielder Formiga and 34-year-old striker Cristiane retire.“You have to want more, train more, be ready to play 90 minutes, plus 30 minutes extra time and every minute. This is what I ask the girls,” she said.“Formiga is not forever, neither is Marta, neither is Cristiane. Women’s football depends on you to survive. Think about it, Value it more.“Cry at the beginning so you can smile at the end.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Truck explosion kills at least 34 in Mexico

first_imgIt was unclear if the explosive truck’s driver was among the dead. Early reports said he might have fled. Coahuila state has a large mining industry, most of it in coal. The explosion raised further questions about the safety of Mexican trucks. This weekend, Mexico began sending its first tractor-trailers across U.S. territory under a long-delayed, NAFTA-mandated program. Before, Mexican trucks were limited to a zone along the border. Many in the U.S. fought the change, arguing that Mexican trucks are unsafe. But Randy Grider, editor of Truckers News magazine, said Mexican trucks with hazardous materials aren’t included in the new program. “I think it would be a very long time before the border would open to hazardous loads,” he said. The truck that exploded in Coahuila did not appear to be headed for the U.S. It had recently left an Orica explosives plant and was headed west to Coquimatlan, Colima, a federal police officer who was not authorized to give his name told The Associated Press by phone. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Shortly after the crowd arrived, the wreckage caught fire, and the dynamite exploded, sending a ball of fire into the sky that consumed nearby cars and left a 10-by- 40-foot crater in the concrete, said Maximo Alberto Neri Lopez, a federal police official. He said more than 150 people were injured. The force of the explosion blew out the windows of a passenger bus a quarter-mile away. The dead included three newspaper reporters from the nearby city of Monclova, said Luis Horacio de Hoyos of the Coahuila state Attorney General’s Office. By Juan Montano THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico – A dynamite-laden truck exploded after colliding with another vehicle on a busy highway in northern Mexico’s coal country, killing at least 34 people, including three reporters at the scene, state and federal officials said. Authorities said the two vehicles crashed into each other Sunday evening, drawing a crowd of curious onlookers as well as a small army of police, soldiers, emergency officials and journalists. last_img read more

Mackie offered new contract by QPR

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR have offered Jamie Mackie a new contract.Mackie, whose current deal expires this summer, is in his second spell at Loftus Road.Rangers’ financial position means the 31-year-old has been offered reduced wages, and the club are therefore waiting to discover whether he intends to re-sign.Mackie will be available on a Bosman free transfer if he turns down the offer or at least decides to keep his options open.Meanwhile, Karl Henry, whose contract is also due to expire, will be leaving after four years at Rangers.Henry, 34, has not played since December, when he was told he had no future at the club following a fall-out with manager Ian Holloway.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more