US coronavirus death toll passes 3,000: Johns Hopkins University

first_imgHarrowing scenes from hospitals in New York and elsewhere revealed a health system unprepared with basic supplies such as face masks, as well as life-saving devices like respirators.On Sunday, Trump cancelled his plans to re-open much of the country by Easter — April 12 — and extended social distancing guidelines until the end of April after his top scientists confronted him with data on the rising coronavirus crisis.Trump said America’s death rate was likely to increase for two weeks, describing as “horrible” a prediction by senior scientist Anthony Fauci that COVID-19 could claim up to 200,000 lives. The US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic passed 3,000 on Monday, according to the running tally compiled by the Johns Hopkins University, with more than 163,000 confirmed cases.The United States has recorded 3,008 deaths, according to the tally, while its 163,429 cases are by far the highest national number ahead of Italy, Spain and China.President Donald Trump has been criticized for an initially slow response by the federal government to the now-accelerating pandemic spread. Topics :last_img read more

Two non-USC men shot and killed near campus

first_imgThree non-USC males were shot Tuesday evening west of Vermont Avenue near the university, resulting in two deaths. The shootings were most likely gang-related, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.The first shooting occurred at 5:20 p.m. near 35th Street and Budlong Avenue when police say a man in a white T-shirt approached the victim and shot him, fatally wounding him.Ten minutes after the first incident, four men shot and killed the second victim near Normandie Avenue and 35th Place. The suspects then drove away from the area in a black Pontiac, according to witnesses.The third shooting occurred near Catalina Avenue and 36th Street at 9:30 p.m., when police said a suspect shot and injured the victim. Witnesses did not see the suspect, but said he might have left the area in a burgundy Cadillac.LAPD requested the assistance of USC’s Department of Public Safety in response to the incidents, said DPS Capt. David Carlisle.“According to LAPD, this appears to be gang related and this appears to be specifically targeted victims,” Carlisle said. “It appears that [the three shootings] are related.”In response to the incidents, DPS plans to increase its presence in the area of the shootings, Carlisle said.“We are going to redeploy a variety of our DPS resources into that neighborhood…in hopes of discouraging any further violence,” Carlisle said.DPS released a university-wide crime alert early Wednesday morning.The victims are not connected to the university, but students in the area should be alert, Carlisle said.“When there’s that kind of violence in a neighborhood, students should be concerned and take reasonable caution,” Carlisle said. “We hope that they take the crime alert to heart.”Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call DPS at 213-740-4321 or LAPD Southwest Area at 213-485-6571.last_img read more

Big Ten slate expands to 18

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoIt seems as if Bo Ryan’s constant complaints on the length of the Big Ten schedule haven’t fallen on deaf ears, after all. For years, the UW men’s basketball head coach has called for the conference’s season to be 20 games, with each team hosting and traveling to every school in the league. On Tuesday afternoon, the Big Ten announced it will be expanding the league schedule to 18 games, meaning teams will now only play two conference opponents once per season, as opposed to four. While it isn’t the perfectly balanced 20-game schedule Ryan is looking for, it is a step in the right direction. “This is a great decision for the league. I’ve been on record as wanting to play a 20-game schedule, which would mean you play everyone home-and-home,” Ryan said in a statement released by UW Athletic Communications Tuesday. “Increasing the number of league games is great for the conference and for the fans of the Big Ten.” It is unclear exactly how the league schedule will play out. The Big Ten won’t be able to rescind byes from teams, since one team will always be exempted from league play — with 11 teams, only 10 can play at once. It is also likely that Big Ten teams will lose two non-conference games to compensate for the addition of the league contests. “There are still some details that need to be worked out as to how everything will play out, but I’m sure the schools will work together to get everything resolved in a fair manner,” Ryan said. Purdue head coach Matt Painter was also pleased at the decision to expand the conference schedule. “I think it gives our conference a more balanced schedule,” Painter said in a statement. “It’s a step toward crowning a truer regular-season champion. I also think it has the potential to help our overall conference RPI and gives our fans another home Big Ten game to watch.” The schedule change will also reportedly apply to Big Ten women’s basketball.last_img read more

O.J. Simpson granted parole after serving nine years in armed robbery case

first_imgO.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday morning in a 2007 armed robbery case after an hour-long hearing in Nevada. He could be released as early as Oct. 1.The former football star, who won the Heisman Trophy at USC in 1968, is currently serving time for his role in a 2007 Las Vegas dispute over sports memorabilia. Simpson has served nine years of a 33-year sentence. Simpson was convicted of breaking into a Vegas hotel room of sports collectors and taking items, which Simpson claimed belonged to him. The Nevada Board of Parole voted unanimously to grant Simpson parole after 30 minutes of deliberation. Simpson said in the hearing he plans to relocate to Florida after his release. The parole hearing was broadcast live across the country. Simpson answered questions about his time in prison as well as questions about the night of the robbery from each of the four Nevada Board of Parole commissioners. Simpson described in lengthy terms the details of the night of the robbery, maintaining that he was not aware of the gun in the hotel room and the property taken was his. Simpson showed flares of anger at the beginning of the proceedings, when claiming that the property he took belonged to him. Simpson seemed to avoid taking responsibility for the incident until the latter half of the proceedings.Toward the end of the hearing, Simpson took on a more subdued tone, describing himself as a model prisoner who simply wants parole so he can spend time with his children, which is consistent with his 2013 parole hearing. “I’ve not complained,” Simpson told the board. “For nine years, all I’ve done is be helpful.”He went further to claim he lived a relatively conflict-free life before the robbery, and plans to continue this after. In fact, the only conflict he mentioned was “struggling with fidelity.”“I’m not a guy that has conflicts on the street, and I won’t have any when I leave here,” Simpson said.Simpson followed his time at USC with a successful NFL and television career that cast him as a leading African-American figure in the country. A replica of Simpson’s Heisman Trophy currently sits in Heritage Hall and his plaque sits among the many on the Walk of Fame across from Howard Jones Field.The version of Simpson at the parole hearing is far different from the one painted of him during the infamous 1995 murder trial where he was charged with the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her companion, Ron Goldman. One point of contention among Simpson and the board came with the issue of substance abuse. The board stated at the beginning of the hearing that they classified the offense as a substance-related offense because Simpson had admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the robbery. Simpson had stated back in the 2013 parole hearing that he would complete Alcoholics Anonymous, but admitted on Wednesday’s hearing that he had neglected to do so.“I think I’ve made it clear back then, I don’t have an alcohol problem … I don’t think anyone has ever accused me of having an alcohol problem or a substance problem,” Simpson said.Another key part of the hearing came with the testimony from the robbery victim in the case, Bruce Fromong. Fromong, who interestingly enough sported a Heisman shirt, maintained that Simpson should be granted parole.“O.J. never held a gun on me,” Fromong said. At the end of the testimony, Fromong even got emotional, stating that whenever Simpson gets out of prison, he will be there for him. “If he called me tomorrow and said ‘Bruce, I’m getting out, can you come pick me up,’ — Juice, I’ll be there tomorrow for you,” a tearful Fromong turned to say to Simpson.Among other unorthodox events, the hearing was marked by an unprecedented sense of levity and humor throughout, starting with the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioner Connie Bisbee misstating Simpson’s age as 90 (he is 70). “You look great for 90!” she said, earning laughs from Simpson and the crowd convened at the hearing. Simpson responded, “I feel like it, though.”Simpson’s fame is at an all-time high after two high-profile television programs about his life aired last year, including ESPN’s 30 for 30 five-part documentary and the FX true-crime series, The People v. O.J. Simpson.He could receive up to a substantial, but unknown amount of money from his NFL pension and a retirement plan at the Screen Actor’s Guild.CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated the parole hearing took place on Wednesday. It took place on Thursday. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more

7 Syracuse players named to Preseason All-American list

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 21, 2020 at 1:17 pm Contact Mitchell: Seven members of the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team were listed on Inside Lacrosse’s Preseason All-American list Tuesday, more than any other team in the nation.Despite being listed at No. 8 in IL’s Face-Off Yearbook Top 20, the Orange feature Nick Mellen, Chase Scanlan, Brendan Curry, Drake Porter, Peter Dearth and Brett Kennedy on the All-American teams. Tucker Dordevic earned an honorable mention.Mellen, a redshirt senior, was SU’s only first-team selection. Mellen was elected as team captain for his senior season after starting all 14 games at close defense, leading the team with 19 caused turnovers and picking up 31 ground balls in 2018-19.Scanlan, Curry and Porter were listed on IL’s second team. After winning a goalie battle heading into last season, Porter started in the cage for the first time in his Syracuse career. With a full season of experience, Porter is more confident heading into his senior season, he said.“I think for me there is less worry personally,” Porter said. “I don’t have to be as nervous not knowing what’s going on.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRounding out Syracuse’s All-American selections were Dearth – a defensive midfielder – and Kennedy – a long stick midfielder –on the third team.Dordevic will join Scanlan and redshirt senior Stephen Rehfuss as key parts of Syracuse’s new-look attack led by newly-hired assistant coach Pat March.“The more they play together,” March said. “The better they will get.” Commentslast_img read more

Sponsorship and brands is the theme of this week’s Esports Roundtable Podcast

first_imgBrands, sponsorships and non-endemic engagement in esports; these are three of the hottest topics in the industry right now. Mercedes, BMW and Audi recently threw in their hats for long term partnerships across the space whilst T-Mobile linked up with Riot and Cloud9. With the formalisation of franchising across League of Legends and Overwatch combined with ever increasing investments and acquisitions by traditional sport teams, the industry needs to mature and professionalise to be able to hit brand expectations and create intuitive activations with fans which will soon become the lifeblood of the industry.But what’s next for brand entry in esports? How can esports organisations better approach and understand what brands prioritise? Why aren’t there more household names in the industry? These questions define the waters in which esports swims and could potentially struggle against if the right approach isn’t taken.The Esports Roundtable Podcast (ERT), hosted by Joe Hills, the Founder of Looking for Group. ERT is a B2B podcast focused around discussing the past, present and future of all things business in esports.For Episode 7 of the Roundtable, Joe was joined by Imari Oliver, Founder and CEO of Bond + Play who shed some light on the current brands vs esports landscape. Before founding Bond & Play, Imari led sales and global partnerships for Esports at WME | IMG. There, he partnered with brands to design esports strategies and roadmaps.You can listen to the full podcast below:-Over the course of the 40 minute chat, Joe and Imari covered the following four major talking points; what esports orgs can learn to better approach brands, what brands can learn from esports in communicating with their audience, where are the biggest areas for collaboration moving forward and what are the next big industries that brands will enter from. Teams need to take a deeper dive into what brands bring to the table in a humble and professional way which ensures that the brand’s public image is “in a safe pair of hands” according to Imari. The discussion moved on to laying out how the industry could better communicate the passion and engagement of esports fans: “Brands are missing on a truly dedicated audience…using ESL One in New York as an example…fans are hooked to the main screen for eight hours a day. No one is looking at their mobile devices, everyone is super focused on the action on screen,” stated Imari. With six episodes in the library prior to this, we asked Joe why he decided to start the podcast. He told ESI: “I found myself having these fascinating chats with clients and candidates around their experiences in, and views on the industry and just knew that everyone could benefit from the transparency I was getting.“The more organisations and professionals in the space that start thinking collaboratively rather than selfishly pursuing their slice of the pie the better it will develop and reach its potential.”He continued: “I’m not arrogant enough to believe that I know everything in the space and having a humble and structure chat with experts is always eye-opening. We aim to keep it casual and entertaining as well which is a bonus!”A lot of esports content can tend to only dwell at the surface level with many podcasts only addressing the games and players at a casual level. The Roundtable represents the business alternative where esports professionals, curious non-endemics and hardcore fans alike can learn more from the transparent conversations around key topics in the space.Previous guests include LoL performance trainer Weldon Green (G2, CLG, TSM), Rob Black, COO of ESL UK, Federico Winer, Head of Entertainment Industries for SAP, Andre Flackel from Lagardere Sport and Simon Bennett, formerly Director of Partnerships for FACEIT.The Esports Roundtable Podcast is available every Wednesday on iTunes and Audioboom.You can also catch Hills moderating the panel session at our next ESI Forum event at Fnatic’s Bunkr on October 26th. Up for discussion will be sponsorship in esports; why, what and how, and will see Hills quizzing the likes of Fnatic, HyperX and DBLTAP on their thoughts and views. Secure tickets for the event herelast_img read more

Zion Williamson is back; so, too, are Duke’s hopes of ACC, national championships

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — There’s healthy, and then there’s healthy, and, to be clear, Zion Williamson was more the latter than the former Thursday night.His pregame layups ignited cheers. A 360 dunk his third time through the line was merely an appetizer for the entree that was to come. MORE: Takeaways from Duke’s victory over SyracuseDuke will be without an injured Marques Bolden, but make no mistake: A North Carolina win in Charlotte would be far removed from any asterisk associated with the previous two. The Blue Devils are a whole different animal with Zion in the lineup. He’s transcendent, jaw-dropping, a human highlight.Zion Williamson is back; so, too, is Duke, and there’s no doubt about it. Looks like he’s feeling OK.— Sporting News (@sportingnews) March 15, 2019Zion was back, and there was no doubt about it.The 6-7 freshman wunderkind scored Duke’s first basket 92 seconds into the game — about a minute longer than he lasted in an appearance for the Blue Devils some three weeks earlier when his sneaker gave way in front of more than 9,000 Cameron Crazies and a former U.S. president — and then followed up that opening score with a steal and tomahawk dunk that turned the Spectrum Center into a madhouse because of course he would.MORE: SN’s updated Field of 68 projections”I wanted to be out there every game,” Williamson said of missing five games with a knee sprain caused by the shoe collapse. “I see my brothers out there battling, and I just wanted to go to war with them.”His return Thursday was more of a skirmish as the Blue Devils (27-5) coasted to an 84-72 victory over Syracuse (20-13) in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. The Orange tied the game early in the second half, but it never felt as though they were capable of spoiling Williamson’s night.Duke fans booed when Jack White failed to see an open Williamson tearing down the sideline for a would-be breakaway dunk. Fans and media had spent weeks building up the legend of Zion Williamson, and they would not be deprived of an opportunity to add to his endless highlight reel.MORE: ACC Tournament TV schedule, scores, live-stream infoAn editor would have chastised a writer for making the script too unbelievable. Williamson didn’t miss from the floor the entire night — just a ho-hum 13-of-13 — and added 14 rebounds and five steals in a performance never before seen in the ACC Tournament’s 66-year history. “I don’t think he missed a shot in practice today, either,” Duke freshman wing Cam Reddish told Sporting News. “Pretty sure he’s like 100 of 100 today.”Almost everything was perfect about his comeback. Aside from nearly being tripped by Syracuse’s Frank Howard and 2-of-9 shooting from the free throw line, the likely top pick in the upcoming NBA Draft was flawless.MORE: Nike says Williamson’s shoe malfunction ‘isolated incident’ “I wouldn’t say perfect,” Williamson said. “I couldn’t really throw a tennis ball into the ocean with my free throws, so I wasn’t perfect.”So maybe he wasn’t “perfect,” but his timing could not have been more so. Duke clearly struggled without the phenom; it stumbled to a 3-3 record to close the regular season. The Blue Devils were swept by rival North Carolina and outscored by a combined 25 points in the two games.Friday night, Duke will get a chance to prove the old adage “Third time’s a charm.” It will have another appointment-television showdown with UNC thanks to the Tar Heels easily handling Louisville in the quarterfinal right before Duke-Syracuse.last_img read more

Repairing Damage to Plants & Garden Post Sandy

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnThe battering of area properties by Super Storm Sandy has not been just to beaches, buildings, cars and boats. Gardens, plants, trees and shrubs have certainly been impacted too.“I think everyone and everything has been so astonishingly devastated,” said Leeann Lavin, a garden and landscape designer and owner of Duchess Designs in Atlantic Highlands. “For some of my clients, their garden was just gone. We walked into the yard … and it was as if Sandy – and Athena after it – just sort of mowed off the side of the earth.”Since shortly after the Oct. 29 storm, Lavin has been helping her clients work through the things they need to do to help ensure their landscaping and gardens will return to their former beauty.“I think the first thing is assessing what has happened,” she said. “Even last fall, right after the storm, I went to my clients to see and assess what the damage was… As soon as we could, we started with a seven-part cleanup plan that I put together.“It’s kind of curious – here are all these tradesman going in to do the kitchen and the flooring to redo the house and then they look at us and say, ‘You know, I never heard about the plants.’ I say, ‘Look at the investment that the homeowners put into the landscaping.’ Plus these are alive, they are living things, they aren’t like a chair.”Clearing the debris and sea grass that was deposited on clients’ property was the first order. Washing vegetation with clear water to clean off the salt came next. She then worked the soil with gypsum to counteract the salt, added lime to correct the pH plus an organic soil nutrient and then soil enriched with horse manure to help restore the earth. She also mulched.“I think it’s really important for everyone to test the soil,” she said. Soil testing kits are available at many hardware and garden stores. Rutgers University also runs a soil-testing laboratory and kits are available from county cooperative extension offices or forms may be downloaded from the lab’s website at problem Lavin has been dealing with is restoring vegetation that has become compromised by pathogens because of the storm. A lot of shrubs have been impacted, “especially you’ll see the devastation around holly. A lot has this Indian wax scale on them … You’ll see this around. A lot of pathogens have set in,” Lavin said.The garden designer recommends that, as she has done for her clients, area gardeners wash their plants, if they haven’t already done it, and add gypsum to the soil. “It can’t hurt it,” she said. Then work to repair and nourish the soil after having it tested to determine what it needs.“In horticulture circles, people often say, ‘If you feed the soil, the soil will feed the plants.’ If you do little else, if you get the soil right, the plants have a better chance.“The other thing that is really, really important is that trees have been devastated.”Some trees were damaged by utility companies cutting branches – she believes strongly in putting utility lines underground. Trees must be properly pruned, she said.“I think we have a disregard for our trees; we don’t take care of them. Sometimes people say to me, ‘I can’t really afford to take care of them.’ I say, ‘If you don’t do that, you will pay somewhere down the line with higher heating or cooling costs or perhaps the tree will fall on a house’ … Much of the devastation was caused by trees falling on houses. The trees were not taken care of,” Lavin said.“I look at gardens as not only art but as outdoor living,” she said. “If you are going to be living out there, you really need to treat the outdoor garden room as an extension of the home.”She recommends gardeners look at the use of “good, native plants” and prune trees and shrubs during the next few weeks.“I will be focusing, now going forward, to do an inventory and see what has survived the winter and see what is good,” she said. “I’ll make up lists … and see what can we do for the plants to help them help us.”Lavin also favors gardens that can feed the gardener. “In general, I think we need to grow more edibles,” she said. “People have gotten away from growing their own food but it makes a difference to your health.”She also is one of the many area residents who are happy to see spring return.“Plants are resilient and hopefully, after the storms and the long, dark winter, everyone will now be looking for the spring and color and a happy time,” she said.Leeann LavinLavin, who works in the New Jersey, New York and Long Island area, describes her work as “artful designs” that feature native plants. She has worked at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She is a painter – working in watercolors – and a writer of food and drink and is the author of the book The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook.She will be appearing 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle, for the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society to give a talk about how to create a kitchen garden.Lavin can be reached by email at or by calling 732-500-7121.last_img read more

NLEX downs Alaska behind Fuller’s 30-20, Alas’ stellar game

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAaron Fuller had a solid PBA debut and NLEX reasserted its dominance over Alaska with a 112-104 win in the 2017 Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Fuller notched a double-double with 30 points and 20 rebounds for the Road Warriors, who improved to 3-0 against the Aces this season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Perlas outlasts UP to stay in hunt for semis spot End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “It’s a different feeling. We only need one win and we’ll be able to tie our record last conference,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao, whose squad finished at the bottom of the standings with a 2-9 card in the Commissioner’s Cup.“This is a validation of our hard work, but there is nothing to celebrate at this point, it’s just the beginning,” Guiao added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Road Warriors broke loose from a 94-deadlock with six straight points by Fulling, including an emphatic putback dunk, giving his team a 111-99 lead with 50 seconds left.“They’re still a physical, rugged, defensive team. More reason for me to look at this as a good sign because Alaska is not a pushover. Alaska is a contender and if you beat Alaska you know you’re doing something right,” Guiao said. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kevin Alas was a spark off the bench for NLEX with 20 points and eight rebounds.LaDontae Henton finished with 27 points and nine rebounds while Calvin Abueva posted 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Aces, whose struggles spilled into the new conference.Alaska has now lost nine straight games dating back to the previous conference.NLEX, on the other hand, has won three in a row after ending last conference with back-to-back victories.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Own-goal earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco at World Cup

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bouhaddouz, covering the near post, dived full stretch. He couldn’t believe where his header ended up.There was an explosion of joy among the Iran squad as coaches and substitutes leapt out of the dugout and sprinted onto the field to celebrate with the players.Suddenly, Iran’s blighted and frustrating World Cup buildup — the scrapped friendly matches, the sportswear sanctions from the United States that prevented players from wearing their favorite soccer shoes — didn’t matter anymore.“The brilliant attitude, the commitment, the soul, the heart,” Queiroz said. “We came here without World Cup preparations. We don’t have camps, we have problems … to (overcome) these difficulties is a source of inspiration, motivation, something special.”There was also a late goal in the first match of the day, with Uruguay scoring in the 89th minute to secure a 1-0 win over Egypt.GROUP DYNAMICSIran would likely secure a first ever place in the knockout stage at a World Cup by beating Spain on Wednesday, though Queiroz is expected to play for a draw in Kazan.As for the Moroccans, they cannot afford another slip-up against Portugal in Moscow on the same day.KEY TO SUCCESSMorocco: Most dangerous on the wings, through Hakim Ziyech on the right and Amine Harit on the left, during its strong start to the game. Ziyech, an Ajax playmaker, was billed as Morocco’s best attacker but he floated in and out of the game and embarrassingly missed an attempted shot completely when teed up for an early chance at the edge of the area. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Ronaldo scores hat trick, Portugal draws 3-3 with Spaincenter_img Iran: Omid Ebrahimi did a crucial job as a marauding shield in the midfield, protecting what was already the strongest international defense in Asia. Iran remains unbeaten in competitive games since the 2014 World Cup, when it only lost to Argentina because of a late winner from Lionel Messi.IN THE STANDSThe vuvuzela is back. Well, almost.A dull droning noise from air horns blown by fans swarmed the St. Petersburg Stadium throughout the game. It revived memories of the vuvuzelas that were the soundtrack of the World Cup in South Africa.LOOK AT THATIranian fans unfurled a banner protesting the country’s ban on women attending soccer matches back home. The banner read “(hashtag)NoBan4Women” and “Support Iranian Women to Attend Stadiums.”After it was initially unfurled, during the first half of the game, there was a brief commotion as it was put away. It then remained unfurled for the remainder of the first half. Then, in the second half, the banner moved up the field near the other goal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours They hugged and danced, savoring the best moment of their careers. Back in Iran, locals poured into the streets in celebration.Considering Spain and Portugal are the other teams in Group B, the match in St. Petersburg was regarded as a must-win game for the two outsiders. The result has already left Morocco struggling to stay alive in its first World Cup in 20 years.Renard said his team “fell into the trap” set by Iran, which sat back and relied on the defensive strength that carried the team through Asian qualifying by conceding only two goals in 10 games. Morocco started well but then faded.“Our plan from the first minute was to create a mental collapse in the Moroccan players,” Queiroz said, “creating frustration and blocking all the playmakers who can create something.”So maybe it was mental exhaustion that led to Morocco conceding two fouls, one quickly after the other, in injury time. After the second, wide on the left, Ehsan Haji Safi whipped over a cross between the goalkeeper and the retreating defenders.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In the second dramatic finish to a World Cup match on Friday, Iran was gifted a 1-0 win over Morocco in Group B because of Bouhaddouz’s own-goal in the fifth minute of injury time.Only on the field as a 77th-minute substitute, the Morocco striker dived to reach an in-swinging free kick from the left and glanced the ball past his own goalkeeper inside the near post.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 crown“We were crucified,” Morocco coach Herve Renard said.It was Iran’s second win in 13 matches at the World Cup, and Asia’s first since the 2010 tournament in South Africa. Showing just how much it meant, Iran’s players threw coach Carlos Queiroz into the air after the final whistle. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz, 20, scores an own goal during the group B match between Morocco and Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Aziz Bouhaddouz, head in his hands and face buried in the turf, was probably unaware of the opposing players and coaches swarming all around him in jubilation.Some teammates tried to console him, but it did little good.ADVERTISEMENT 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 View commentslast_img read more