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

Mexican Visas and Canadian beef

first_imgThe controversial summit was scheduled to be held last year but was cancelled amid, not only the Canadian-Mexican fight over the visa requirements, but also the Canadian-American dispute over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.However, it now comes less than a week after British voters decided to leave the European Union—a decision mirrored by a poll of Canadian voters which shows only 25 percent of them believes the North American Free Trade Agreement is good for this country, and remember NAFTA is what we got in 1994 after it was signed, sealed and delivered by another trio of amigos. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s been a long time coming, but Mexico has finally agreed to open its markets to Canadian beef, a move the Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says could add $30 to $50 million to the nation’s industry. Mexican restrictions were a lingering side effect of alleged fears over mad-cow disease, and Dennis Laycraft says this means Canadian beef, which is more than 30 months old will finally start to find its way back into Mexico.- Advertisement -The news came as Mexico’s President arrived in Ottawa for the North American leaders’ summit with Prime Minister Trudeau and US President Obama.However, there was an agreement price for Canada to pay, and Mr. Trudeau delivered on an election campaign promise, to drop a major irritant in Canada’s relationship with Mexico imposed by the former Conservative government. As of December this year, the Liberals are reversing the Harper government’s 2009 decision to require visas for Mexican visitors.The so-called “three Amigos summit has been labelled by Jim Carr, the Winnipeg musician turned Minister of Natural Resources “An absolutely important moment,” and he adds, it’s occurring as, “We are all in a transition phase where we are reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and increasing our investments in renewable sources of energy and in innovation.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Neymar effect helps Ligue 1 agree ‘major’ African tv deal

first_img0Shares0000Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona has increased interest in Ligue 1 abroad © AFP/File / DENIS CHARLETPARIS, France, Feb 5 – The French league (LFP) has reached a “major agreement” with two networks to broadcast Ligue 1 games in Sub-Saharan Africa, it announced Monday, a clear sign of the impact made by the arrival of Neymar.The deal means French-language network Canal+ and Kwese, in English and Portuguese, will show games in Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and the French League Cup for six seasons from 2018-19 to 2023-24. No financial details were revealed by the LFP or beIN Sports, the network which owns the exclusive international distribution rights for the French league.However, French sports daily L’Equipe said the deal should be worth 33 million euros per year, compared to 13 million euros annually under the existing terms.“This first result encourages us to pursue our defined sales strategy and confirms the growing attractiveness of Ligue 1 thanks to the investment of the clubs to recruit new stars, develop new talent and equip themselves with modern infrastructure,” said LFP director general Didier Quillot.The French league’s income from international rights pales in comparison to the money generated by other leading European nations.The English Premier League brings in 1.3 billion euros a year, while Italy’s Serie A rakes in 371 million euros annually.However, the LFP and beIN Sports are now set to target improved deals in other areas, notably Brazil, as they look to cash in on the presence of Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain.At the moment, the LFP stands to make a modest 80 million euros annually up to 2024 from international rights.Neymar’s world-record 222 million-euro move to PSG from Barcelona last August, and the Qatar-owned capital club’s big-money move for Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, helped drive up interest in the French game at the start of this campaign.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Presentation on Tse’K’wa at the North Peace Museum

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Museum is holding a talk on Tse’K’wa, Charlie Lake caves with a special guest speaker, Professor Jonathan Driver.Jon Driver is a professor in the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. During his talk, he will present a summary of what is know about this early time period, including the results of recent radiocarbon dating and biomolecular studies of animal bones that show how animals migrated into the Peace River region as the glacial ice melted.– Advertisement -On Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 at 7 pm the talk will take place at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum by donation.Tse’K’wa is located just outside Fort St. John and contains a deep sequence of deposits that span the last 12,500 years. Of particular interest are the earliest layers at the site that document the arrival of the first people at the end of the ice age, and the rapidly changing environments in which they lived.Professor Jonathan Driver has undertaken research in western Canada, England and the American Southwest.To view the FB event, CLICK HEREAdvertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal team v Monaco: Outcast gets chance to impress?

first_imgHaving won seven of their last eight games, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be going into the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash with Monaco confident his side can claim a result.The Gunners will be face a French side in good nick too, with Leonardo Jardim’s men losing just once in their last eight matches.And it’s unlikely Wenger will take his foot off the gas against Monaco, with minimal changes expected to his side which defeated Crystal Palace, just about, at the weekend.How Arsenal could line up against Monaco:Now Wojciech Szczesny has been usurped David Ospina in Wenger’s Premier League plans it’s likely the Polish shot-stopper will don the gloves in the Champions League for the foreseeable future, while ahead of him Hector Bellerin, if fit, could come in for Calum Chambers.Elsewhere, Theo Walcott could be handed a start as he looks to continue his return to fitness with Danny Welbeck dropping to the bench to accommodate him. Wojciech Szczesny celebrates with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1last_img read more

Arsenal sign Lille winger Nicolas Pepe for club record fee

first_imgPepe becomes the most expensive African player ever and the fourth most expensive signing in Premier League history after Manchester United pair Paul Pogba (£89 mllion) and Romelu Lukaku (£75m) and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk (£75m).The forward, who will wear the number 19 shirt, will add firepower to an Arsenal attack that saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette score 50 goals between them in all competitions last season.The length of Pepe’s deal at the Emirates Stadium was not announced but is believed to be five years.Arsenal manager Unai Emery said: “Nicolas is a highly rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe.“Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining.“He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.”Pepe scored 22 Ligue 1 goals last season and was linked with a host of clubs over the summer including Manchester United and Napoli.He was behind only PSG’s Kylian Mbappe in the Ligue 1 scoring charts as Lille finished second to qualify for the Champions League.“Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me,” he said in an interview on Arsenal’s website, describing himself as quick and a good finisher.“I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.”Pepe said he was looking forward to playing alongside Lacazette, Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil.“Of course, these are the players who sprang to mind because I used to watch them when I was at Lille,” he said.“Also, Lacazette used to play for Lyon and so I have had the opportunity to play against him and it will be an honour to play alongside him.”The signing of Pepe follows the arrivals of forward Gabriel Martinelli, the season-long loan of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos and the transfer of defender William Saliba — who will spend the 2019/20 campaign back on loan at St Etienne.Arsenal finished a disappointing fifth in the Premier League in Emery’s first season in charge, missing out on Champions League qualification for the third year in a row.Their first match of the Premier League campaign is away at Newcastle on August 11.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal have announced the arrival of Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe on a club record feeLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 1 – Arsenal announced the signing of winger Nicolas Pepe from French side Lille on Thursday for a club-record fee reported to be £72 million (Sh9bn).The deal for the 24-year-old Ivory Coast international eclipses the £56 million spent on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018 as the Gunners add another attacking option to their ranks.last_img read more

12% increase in jobs at Enterprise Ireland firms in Donegal

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has revealed new employment figures that show a 12% increase in jobs at firms supported by Enterprise Ireland in Donegal in 2018.“The strong figures from Enterprise Ireland show hundreds of new jobs were created last year by talented, innovative, homegrown businesses in Donegal,” Minister McHugh said.“The results are solid proof that firms continuing to invest, continue to attract workers and they are looking to the future even with all the concerns around Brexit. “Donegal is a resilient place and the 3,818 people now employed in Enterprise Ireland backed firms in the county is a strong symbol of that.“There was 12% growth in jobs in these companies last year; an overall increase of 416 more people in employment in these firms.“The improvements this Government has made over recent years have helped set the groundwork for more jobs to be created.”The Minister added we now we need to focus more on preparing for the working world after Brexit and with all the tech-led changes that are coming down the tracks. “Enterprise Ireland offers intensive, one-to-one supports for any exporter to prepare for Brexit and I’d encourage any business with cross border trade to seek this out.“We need to embrace the challenges, encourage more people to take up apprenticeships and training, for workers to think about upskilling and for young people to be equipped to make the most of a fast-changing economy.”Minister McHugh said the support of Enterprise Ireland nationally helped with a 4% growth in employment in jobs at Irish business across the country.“It’s impressive to see Donegal pressing ahead with such strong growth at a county level.”12% increase in jobs at Enterprise Ireland firms in Donegal was last modified: January 9th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:IDAjobsMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more

Going swimmingly

first_imgGET your bathing suits on! Well, not just yet. Although ground has at long last been broken on the Northridge Pool, government in Los Angeles moves slowly. This urban oasis won’t actually be complete until September 2007, but the excitement is already palpable. Consider the pool a reflection of better times in the San Fernando Valley. Damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, shut down in 1999 and largely ignored since, the pool was a symbol of a City Hall that spent billions on downtown, but wouldn’t lift a finger for the San Fernando Valley. But the 2002 Valley secession movement forced City Hall to start taking this community seriously, and in 2004 Councilman Greig Smith was able to secure the necessary funds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant It’s been a long wait, but the cool water – and some tangible results out of city government – will be plenty refreshing.last_img read more

Arsenal and Inter Milan locked in battle to sign Ligue 1 ‘wonderkid’

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Sarr dribbles with the ball during a Ligue 1 game Latest Transfer News His outstanding displays last season earned him a place on the Golden Boy shortlist, where he scored five goals and registered three assists.According to the Daily Mirror, Inter Milan are preparing a £20million offer for the youngster in anticipation for a move.However, Rennes are adamant he will not be sold in the New Year – meaning a bidding war involving Arsenal could take place.Sarr scored a sensational goal in the Europa League last week and has drawn comparisons with Dembele for his pace, trickery and direct style of play. Ismaila Sarr is wanted by both Arsenal and Inter Milan ahead of the January transfer window, according to reports.The Senegal international represented his country at the World Cup in Russia and has been likened to Barcelona superstar Ousmane Dembele. If Sarr turns out to be anything like Ousmane Dembele, £20million would be a snip Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED center_img IN DEMAND 2 RANKED targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Although boss Unai Emery has several wide options available to him at the Emirates, it is believed Sarr’s attacking verve and  versatility.Primarily right-footed, the forward has the capabilities to play across all the attacking midfield positions and also up front.last_img read more

Cushing adjust to quiet

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I’m going home for the holidays,’ he said. Cushing said nerve damage in his shoulder prevented him from playing this season. “I would have been back two weeks ago if it was just dislocated,’ he said. “It’s really frustrating, I don’t know how to put it.’ Meanwhile, linebacker Dallas Sartz (dislocated shoulder) barely practiced Tuesday and remains questionable for the Notre Dame game. Defensive back Mozique McCurtis, who has practiced for just three weeks this season after being out with a hernia, is not close to playing because he’s too far behind learning the defense. LOS ANGELES — USC linebacker Brian Cushing might be out for the season with a dislocated shoulder, but playing for the top- ranked team in the country means there’s no shortage of attention for the freshman. Cushing received a letter from a stranger recently asking him to spend the holidays and offering assistance of any kind. It wasn’t exactly what Cushing expected during his first year of college, especially since he played in only one game before getting hurt. “It was a little strange. I wasn’t expecting that kind of stuff,’ Cushing said. Cushing, who is from New Jersey, said he didn’t think he would take up the holiday offer. center_img Cornerback Kevin Thomas (mononucleosis) practiced again and will be available against Notre Dame. “I don’t know who our (third cornerback) is but I’m going to get it,’ Thomas said. Freshman cornerback Cary Harris, who has struggled to learn bump-and-run coverage, is improving, USC coach Pete Carroll claimed. “He’s the closest he’s been,’ Carroll said. “He might be able to help us in a couple weeks.’ Defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey (sprained ankle) will play and might even start against the Irish. Tailback Reggie Bush only participated in individual drills Tuesday and watched most of practice to rest his bruised knee. “I’m still a little sore,’ Bush said. I don’t know if anyone saw what happened but it looked terrible. My whole knee got twisted. I’m happy it wasn’t as bad.’ Bush said it was “more than likely’ he got caught from behind on his 65-yard run because of the knee injury. A more intriguing question for Bush is his voice. Every week, he goes through a period when he sounds like he has laryngitis. “I don’t know what the deal is,’ Bush said. “Maybe it’s because of too many interviews.’ Because Notre Dame did not play last weekend, the Irish did not want to give USC a copy of their fifth game against Purdue until the Trojans played Arizona in their fifth game. But that didn’t stop USC from getting a look at the Irish’s fifth game. They got a copy of the game from Purdue. It’s unlikely linebackers Thomas Williams or Oscar Lua will play on the kickoff team even though Carroll is considering them to improve the awful performance last weekend. Williams is too sore from starting at strong-side linebacker to play special teams. “It’s just wear and tear, nothing serious,’ Williams said. “I want to go back to kickoff but it’s natural wear and tear. I’m not as fresh as I was when I was 18, which sounds funny because I’m only 20.’ Quarterback Matt Leinart’s celebrity status brings some unusual questions and answers on Tuesdays, the only day he speaks to the media. Asked what he wants to buy when he turns pro, Leinart said, “I really want a golf cart.’ Defensive end Kyle Moore can’t wait to play against Notre Dame, because the Irish stopped recruiting him during his senior year. “I was all set to take a trip there and then they stopped talking to me,’ Moore said. “Every team that stopped talking to me I can’t wait to play against.’ Other teams on that list include Texas and Louisiana State. Scott Wolf can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more