Sport in brief

first_imgGarcia no favourite for US Open, despite Masters winSergio Garcia’s victory at the U.S. Masters on Sunday was received with delight throughout the golf world, but it seems unlikely to lead to a subsequent flood of major titles for the Spaniard. That is not to say 37-year-old Garcia will fail to add to his first major win, but the best players are too evenly matched in the post-Tiger Woods era to realistically expect him to suddenly run up his major tally in his late 30s.US, Mexico and Canada announce 2026 World Cup bidThe United States, Mexico and Canada announced on Monday that they were making a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, which the U.S. soccer chief said would produce the biggest financial boon ever for FIFA. No nation from CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, has hosted the tournament since the United States in 1994.Ranieri says Leicester’s players not behind his sackingClaudio Ranieri does not believe Leicester City’s players conspired to get him the sack as manager, he said on Monday, reflecting publicly for the first time on his controversial dismissal in February. The Italian helped write one of the great chapters in soccer history by leading the 5,000-1 outsiders to the Premier League title last season but was sacked nine months later amid a poor campaign and media speculation that his under-achieving players had been involved in moves to oust him from the job.Final match-ups determined for Stanley Cup playoffsThe final two match-ups for the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs were settled on Sunday when the Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime to clinch the Pacific Division for the fifth straight season. The victory set the Ducks up in a Western Conference first-round series against the Calgary Flames.Northwestern University rower missing after falling overboardAuthorities were searching a channel in a north Chicago suburb on Monday for a Northwestern University rower who fell overboard during morning practice, officials said. The men’s team was practicing in the North Shore Channel near the Northwestern campus when a rower fell into the water, Alan Cubbage, vice president for university relations, said in a statement.National Football League roundupA group of NFL players who participated in an arm wrestling event at a casino in Las Vegas will be disciplined by the league. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the current players will be fined for violating the league’s policy barring players from appearing at casinos as part of promotional events. The players did not get pre-approval from the NFL.last_img read more

Apollon replace Apoel at the top of the table

first_imgApollon have replaced Apoel at the top of the Cyprus football championship after beating Anorthosis 2-1 following Apoel’s goalless draw against AEK.In the relegation group, Olympiakos’ chances took a hit as they went down 3-1 to Alki and trail their nearest rivas by seven points.In a fiercely-contested game at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium, Apollon managed to take the three points thanks to two goals by their Greek captain Fotis Papoulis, one in each half, to climb above Apoel thanks to their superior head-to-head record.The striker opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark with a brilliant strike from the edge of the penalty box but Anorthosis fought back and deservedly equalised through Duris just before the break.Papoulis struck again in the 69th minute when he was left unmarked in the box to beat Anorthosis goalkeeper Ariel Arush.Much as they tried Anorthosis were unable to hit back again especially without their influential midfielder Ruben Rayos who limped off the field early in the second half.In Nicosia a couple of hours earlier Apoel were unable to breakdown AEK’s well-drilled defence in a game that the champions dominated from start to finish.It was perhaps one of the better performances from the Nicosia team this year despite failing to find the back of the net with Mikael Pote, Guilherme Dellatorre and Lorenzo Embelio all going close.AEL increased their chances of catching AEK in fourth place as they defeated a disjointed Omonia 2-1.AEL took a two-goal lead through Gambionetta and Sassy with Omonia’s Matt Derbyshire pulling one back towards the end of the game.In the relegation group, Nea Salamina came back from a goal down in the first half with a six-goal blitz against group leaders Doxa Katokopias.Tiago and Noor grabbed a couple each with Eloudou and Siathas completing the rout for Salamina.Alki moved nine points clear of the last relegation spot occupied by Olympiakos as they defeated them 3-1.Geoffrey-Luc Malfleury gave Alki the lead twice after Olympiakos’ Castro had cancelled out his opening goal while their top scorer Fabricio added a third deep in added time.last_img read more

San Beda stays in Final 4 hunt, overcomes gritty Mapua

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely San Beda held its ground and stayed alive for a Final Four spot in the NCAA Season 92 women’s volleyball tournament, stopping Mapua in five sets, 25-16, 25-15, 22-25, 20-25, 15-9 Friday at San Juan Arena. The Lady Red Spikers improved to 6-3, solidifying their hold of the fourth spot behind defending champions College of St. Benilde which sits at third. ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Westbrook snubbed for Curry, Harden as All-Star starter Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards San Beda’s 6-3 record is the school’s best since 2014 when Frances Molina, who represented the Philippines as part of F2 Logistics in the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, and Janine Marciano still played for the Lady Red Spikers. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Head coach Nemesio Gavino pulled out most of his starters in the third and fourth set, a move which almost cost them the win as the 0-9 Lady Cardinals tried to pull off a stunning upset. “I wanted to give my second stringers the confidence they need because we can’t just rely on our first six,” said Gavino. “Once the fifth set started I just told them to forget about the first sets and focus on this last one so they can get over those frustrations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFrancesca Racraquin, who suffered muscle spasms on the left part of her abdomen after the game, led San Beda with 16 points while Satrianni Espiritu added 13. Paticia Pena led the Lady Cardinals with 13 points. LATEST STORIES DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’last_img read more

Lawmakers Shun Disabled Kids, Parents

first_imgA group of mothers, who had taken their disabled children to meet with their lawmakers were left stunned and disappointed that none of the legislators came from their offices to see them.The 13 mothers, through their spokespersons, Miatta Stubblefield and Gelian Wackie, said they had gone to the Capitol Building to appeal to the lawmakers to help the proprietress of the First Start Academy where their kids were being cared for before it was closed due to financial constraints.But up to the time our Health Correspondent left the Capitol Building a few minutes past 3p.m. no lawmaker had come downstairs to see the kids with special needs. Even though some of the mothers were seen upstairs shuttling between offices of Senators and Representatives, their efforts did not convince their lawmakers enough.They and their children had arrived at the Capitol Building by 9 a.m. yesterday, September 3 with placards which had inscriptions such as: “Liberian kids with Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down’s syndrome have rights to a daycare, not legislation, only money.”Two of the poster cards read: “Liberia 53rd Legislature, we are disabled but we are Liberia’s children. Disability is not a choice.”The kids were born with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s syndrome and attention deficit disorder (ADD) and so need specialized care, which most of their mothers cannot provide.The Daily Observer caught up with Mrs. Charlesetta N. Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Healthpage Liberia, who manages the specialized home for the kids.Mrs. Williams said she is now financially drained and can no longer afford to keep the center running at this time as every penny to run the facility had come from her meager resources. The school, which was reopened in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia, after it left its 18th Street former home was closed in June 2015, three months after it was reopened in March.Mrs. Williams’ center, which was known then as “First Start” when it operated on 18th Street, Sinkor, added a daycare component for some of the kids, all of whom were “first starters” in formal education, when it reopened its doors in Paynesville.According to Mrs. Williams, whose Health Page has airlifted many Liberian children in need of specialized medical treatment to various countries in the world for the past nine years, opening an institution like the First Start Academy and the specialized home along with the daycare, had always been her dream. Asked if she had encouraged the kids’ mothers to come to the Capitol, she told the Daily Observer that it was the mothers themselves who had decided to come and beg their lawmakers to help them.“I don’t have any trust in them. I don’t think they are willing to help. I have met and interacted with a lot of them, but nothing has been done to help,” she stated.“You don’t get any help from the government, either.”She was, however, grateful to a few people, including the Publisher of the Daily Observer newspaper, Mr. Kenneth Y. Best and others who had assisted her in her endeavor to reopen the home. Asked if there is any hope of reopening the home for the kids, she stated: “I singlehandedly prepared all of this, and have the kids now on waiting list, and have to care for it all: from transportation, to feeding (Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), salaries for workers. I am in sympathy with the parents, who cannot afford it, but I have to think about myself as I am not a millionaire, just a 61-year-old mother, grandmother with passion, but passion has an end.”She said it was a shame that the Liberian government could not afford to boost her efforts for humanity’s sake.Ms. Williams stated that the home will remain closed until she receives help for its reopening.When she reopened the home in March, she had told the Daily Observer that funding such a home was a challenge in Liberia, and she had vowed not to give up in her quest to pursue further aid for the children. On that day, she had stated that including salary payments, she would need at leastUS$70,000 annually to support the 24-physically challenged kids in the home.Efforts to get reactions from lawmakers at the Capitol Building did not succeed because many were not prepared to address the issue.Mrs. Williams can be reached at 00231 886531797.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img Live Stats Matchup History For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  Print Friendly Version WBB: Christine Jurcau with a clutch three! @TorontoBluesWBB trails the No. 7 @CURavens 40-29 at halftime.— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) January 6, 2019 The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s basketball team dropped a 75-63 decision to the U SPORTS defending national champion Carleton Ravens on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 6) at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.TORONTO STATS: Second-year guard Christine Jurcau notched a career-high 17 points, going 6-for-11 from the floor and 3-for-6 from beyond the arc, while adding two rebounds and two assists on the day.Third-year forward Nada Radonjic tallied 13 points and five boards, while sophomore Samantha Roberston added 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. Rookie forward Hayley Neault recorded eight points in the loss.UP NEXT: The Blues head to York University next Friday, January 11 to take on the Lions. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.WBB: WATCH Hayley Neault with a great individual effort. @TorontoBluesWBB trailing the No. 7 @CURavens 22-11 after the first quarter.— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) January 6, 2019 Preview Next Game: at York University 1/11/2019 | 6:00 p.m. WBB: WATCH Charlotte Collyer drain a three in the third quarter!@TorontoBluesWBB down 61-44 to the No. 7 @CURavens heading into the fourth quarter.— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) January 6, 2019 Watch Live Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

Liverpool look for lift against Basel

first_imgBut midfielder Jordan Henderson believes the performance against Everton, which featured a marvellous Steven Gerrard free-kick to put Liverpool in front, means they can go to the St Jakob-Park in a confident frame of mind.“I don’t think it’ll affect us because the performance level was very good,” said the midfielder, who along with Liverpool colleagues Raheem Sterling and Rickie Lambert played in England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland in Basel in a Euro 2016 qualifier just three weeks ago.“We’ve got to take the positives out of that. The goal was in the top corner so we’ve just got to keep going and keep playing like that. “If we keep putting in performances like that we’ll win more than we don’t.”Liverpool go to Switzerland having started their Group B campaign with a 2-1 win against Ludogorets Razgrad of Bulgaria two weeks ago, although they required an injury-time Gerrard penalty to get the three points in their first match in the competition for five years.Brendan Rodgers’s side are on paper strongly fancied to progress to the last 16 along with Real Madrid but a slip-up on Wednesday would put them under pressure ahead of a double-header against the defending European champions.Rodgers confirmed that he would check on the fitness of striker Daniel Sturridge, who has missed the last five matches due to a thigh injury but is now getting closer to a comeback, raising hopes that he might be involved at some stage. – Sturridge close to return – 0Shares0000LIVERPOOL, September 30- Liverpool are confident that they can put a frustrating run of domestic form behind them when they face FC Basel in Switzerland in Champions League Group B on Wednesday.The Reds are currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League, with Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Everton in the Merseyside derby, in which they conceded a stoppage-time equaliser to a stunningPhil Jagielka strike, following three defeats in their opening five matches.center_img “I’ll see how he is. He wasn’t far away for Everton, but he certainly wasn’t fit enough to be on the bench,” said the Anfield club’s boss, who also has Emre Can, Joe Allen, Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan on the sidelines at the moment.“But Daniel is obviously a top talent, whatever part of the game he comes into. And he’s not far away from being back playing.”Basel are top of the Swiss Super League just now, although a 1-1 draw at home to Thun at the weekend — in which they also conceded a late equaliser — suggested that they are not yet up to the standards of the side that beat Chelsea home and away in last season’s Champions League.Midfielder Taulant Xhaka is nevertheless hopeful that the Swiss title holders will raise their game against the five-time European champions, saying: “This will be a different game. We will be well prepared for it and will give everything we have.”Basel coach Paulo Sousa, who was the Swansea City manager before departing for Leicester City in 2010 and being replaced by Rodgers, promised after the crushing 5-1 loss to Madrid in the Spanish capital a fortnight ago that his team would “be stronger in the next matches.”The home side will, however, again be without Chilean midfielder Marcelo Diaz, a stand-out performer at the World Cup who serves the second of a three-match ban in Europe, while Ivan Ivanov is a long-term absentee as he recovers from a knee problem.These clubs last met in the group stage in 2002, when Liverpool, with a sprightly 22-year-old Gerrard in their side, came from three goals down to draw 3-3, although that result could not prevent Basel from advancing at their expense.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Leicester youngster makes Wrexham loan move

first_img James Pearson 1 Leciester City defender James Pearson has joined Wrexham on loan for a month.The 21-year-old, who is the son of the club’s manager, Nigel, joined Leicester back in 2012 and made his Foxes debut in the League Cup in August.He made three appearances during a brief loan spell at Carlisle at the back end of last season and has now been allowed to leave again to gain further first-team action.Pearson, who can play at right-back or centre-back, is in line for his Wrexham debut on Saturday.last_img read more

Many families have no remains of victims

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Geidel cannot remember a time when he wasn’t obsessed with finding things that had been lost or discarded — forgotten marbles on the playground, old coins, false teeth and silver jewelry at the beach. And he was good at it. This is why, on a warm, spring day, Geidel crouched on his knees on the roof of a lower Manhattan skyscraper, his face inches from a pile of gravel, looking for something precious. Looking for traces of his brother, and others killed at the World Trade Center. Gary Geidel was one of 11 members of an elite fire squad who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Not a granule of his remains has been identified, and nearly five years later, Ralph Geidel found himself on this roof, still searching. He stopped suddenly, plucked a small, eggshell-colored object between his fingers and slipped his reading glasses onto his nose for a better look. “Could be part of a vertebrae,” he thought. The piece would join a growing collection. Some 760 specks and slivers of human bones have been discovered in recent months, after demolition began on this 41-story former bank tower known as the Deutsche Bank building, just south of where the World Trade Center once stood. Gary Geidel is not the only one who is still missing. Of the 2,749 people who were killed that day, the remains of some 1,150 have not been found. Their families have nothing — not a sliver of a bone — left of their loved ones. And they have long since given up any hope of finding recognizable human parts. Searchers recovered whole bodies at first — 291 victims were found intact. But as they dug into the 10-story mound of debris with rakes and machines, it was mostly just fragments. Ralph Geidel, a retired firefighter, was among the thousands of searchers at ground zero from the start. Wearing his old FDNY coat, a photograph of his brother fastened to his firefighter helmet, Geidel checked for patterns and signals that might offer clues to hidden remains. “You look for something that doesn’t belong among that rock, the concrete, the steel, the papers and all the other stuff,” he said. “You just kinda develop an eye for that, something that doesn’t quite mix with everything else — certain shapes, like hands. “I found a lot of hands.” Eventually, more than 20,000 parts were collected as the debris was excavated, sifted and carted away. Many were recovered at a second site, the former garbage dump in Staten Island where debris was hauled and combed again. Some families, officials and experts are suing the city in federal court, alleging negligence and violation of their religious rights because the sifted leftovers — more than 1 million tons — are still at the landfill. They believe there are human remains entombed next to New York City’s trash, and are asking the court to order the removal of the debris. Mayor Michael Bloomberg contends it was adequately examined and would cost too much to relocate. “Sift it again, or if you don’t want to take the trouble, just remove and bury it elsewhere,” says Diane Horning, who lost her son Matthew. “We just don’t want our loved ones to be among garbage.” The search for remains was concentrated at the 16-acre World Trade Center site. But debris, human remains and jet parts also rained down on the surrounding area, and some bones turned up on nearby buildings; authorities checked nearby rooftops for pieces of humanity, but some structures were damaged and could not be inspected thoroughly. Then, in the last year, workers preparing to tear down the Deutsche Bank building found so many new bone fragments that officials sent a group of experts, including Geidel, to comb the roof, which is covered with a layer of gravel that authorities say camouflaged many of the smaller pieces. “Now there’s this faint glimmer that perhaps we might have something,” says Lynn Castrianno, whose brother, Leonard, has not been found. “It’s almost as though he existed, and then he didn’t — there’s no real tangible proof that he was there, and that makes a difference in the grieving process … it’s like that final goodbye has never been said.” But many aren’t sure that they want to reopen that wound. It seems like so long ago that they were told the DNA in many of the remains was too degraded by time, heat and humidity to yield a match. Many stopped hoping for an identification and went ahead with memorial services — burying caskets full of memorabilia instead of bodies. The Vigiano family had to do both. Detective Joseph Vigiano was found, but his brother John, a firefighter, was not. Twice a month and on every Sept. 11, their parents visit the incomplete gravesite of their only children. Many families without identified remains numbly came to nightmarish conclusions: Maybe he was vaporized, scattered by the wind or reduced to flecks that were accidentally carried out of the site on a truck or a worker’s boot. “You don’t want to, but your mind goes there and after a while you start to wonder, was he totally incinerated? But even then there’s little pieces,” says Claire Dawson, who lost her brother, Maurice Kelly. “I’m sure there’s some kind of bone fragments or something, but does it matter to me anymore? I don’t know — he’s gone and I don’t know what help bone fragments would be.” Still, scientists are trying to identify more victims. Bode Technology Group, the Virginia company contracted to work on 9/11 remains, has developed new and encouraging processes to extract identifications from bone samples which previously came up blank. Families and some elected officials are calling for the intervention of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a military forensic unit known for finding missing soldiers from long-ago wars. But Bradley Adams, the city’s chief forensic anthropologist used to work for the military unit, and he insisted that this was “the most meticulous recovery project that I’ve ever worked on — the size of the fragments that are being recovered is really impressive, and I have complete confidence. You couldn’t do a better job.” Ralph Geidel is renowned among the searchers. In his retirement, the 48-year-old lives in Northern California, where he looks for gold in old mines and waterways. His lifelong passion for treasure hunting even landed him in South Dakota, looking for dinosaur bones. At ground zero, he had an uncanny knack for finding remains. “He picked things out — it was amazing — that nobody else could see,” said Bill Butler, a retired firefighter who spent months in the rubble, searching for his son, Tom. “We’d go through stuff and you’d glance over it, thinking it was part of construction material or furniture or items from the building, but Ralph seemed to have a special eye for body parts and remains.” Geidel’s father and younger brother, both firefighters, were also there, and the family suppressed their grief to look for Gary, the oldest of four siblings. Obsessed and tormented, Geidel imagined he heard the dead screaming. “I’d follow the scream until I found somebody and then the screaming got less and less,” he said. “The more people I found, the better I felt.” But he never found Gary. “Who knows what’s where, what’s been lost?” he says. “There’s a million reasons he could still be missing, and a million places he could be.”last_img read more

Robbie Neilson signs new Hearts contract until end of 2017/18

first_imgNeilson said: “Stevie and I are very happy to have extended our contracts. We are both young coaches with a lot to learn, and while we’ve enjoyed some real success, we want to deliver more for the supporters.”Chairwoman Ann Budge told the club’s website: “I am very pleased to have secured Robbie and Stevie’s services for the next two seasons, as we continue to build for the future.“This is a win-win for everyone…the club, the players and the supporters. By continuing to pull together, I am confident we will all achieve our goals.”Director of football Craig Levein added: “We came in with a long term plan, we’re ahead of schedule and very happy with the progress our coaching team has made.” Robbie Neilson has signed a new contract with Hearts until the end of the 2017/18 season.The Tynecastle head coach led the club to the Scottish Championship title in his debut season after replacing Gary Locke.Hearts sit third in the Scottish Premiership table with 44 points from 25 games and face Kilmarnock at home on Saturday.Assistant manager Stevie Crawford has also signed a fresh deal to remain in the capital.last_img read more

Patriot Fire Chief Arrested for Theft from Fire Department

first_imgThe thefts allegedly took place between 2014 and 2018 when Turner was the fire chief. At the conclusion of the investigation, the investigation was presented to the Switzerland County Prosecutor’s Office. On February 22, 2019, Turner was arrested without incident on four felony charges of Theft and four felony charges of Official Misconduct.Turner was incarcerated at the Switzerland County Jail pending his initial court appearance in the Switzerland County Circuit Court. Recently, a four month investigation by the Indiana State Police Organized Crime and Corruption Unit ended with the arrest of Patriot, Indiana man on charges of theft and official misconduct charges related to the theft of money from the Patriot Volunteer Fire Department while he was the fire chief.The Indiana State Police was contacted in October of 2018 to conduct an investigation after an audit by the Indiana State Board of Accounts discovered that funds were missing from the Patriot Volunteer Fire Department in Switzerland County, Indiana.During the course of the investigation, Detective Tim Denby learned that the Patriot Fire Chief Gordon W. Turner, Jr., age 45, Patriot, Indiana allegedly stole in excess of $28,000 from the fire department’s bank accounts and used the money to pay his bills and for other personal gain. last_img read more