NHL-less Olympics gives Europe-based players a shot at glory

first_imgIn this handout photo released by Salavat Yulaev Hockey Club on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, Canadian goaltender Ben Scrivens tours the locker room at his Russian hockey club Salavat Yulaev in Ufa, Russia. With the NHL out of next year’s Olympics, Canada and the United States are looking to players based across Europe and Asia who might make the team. Among them is Canadian goaltender Ben Scrivens, who left the NHL behind last year and is now playing for a Russian club. APUFA, Russia — As the NHL opened its season, Canada’s potential Olympic starting goaltender was half a world away.On the edge of Russia’s Ural mountains, Ben Scrivens suited up for Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the Kontinental Hockey League, taking on Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk’s SKA St. Petersburg. Scrivens was pulled after giving up four goals to SKA, which started its season 18-0. It was an off night for Scrivens, who has otherwise been solid in the KHL, posting a .918 save percentage last season with Dinamo Minsk of Belarus.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The elephant in the room is what’s going to happen with the Olympics,” Scrivens says. “They’re tentatively holding that window open.”USA Hockey has been tracking Europe-based players like former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin, one of four Americans at Finnish KHL club Jokerit, and making sure they’re Olympic-eligible.“They’ve been prepared, getting the ball rolling and letting us to know be available for dates, setting us up with the drug testing,” Lundin said.The team to beat in Pyeongchang will likely be Russia, thanks to its many ex-NHL players now playing back home. KHL players can hit the ground running in Pyeongchang with experience on international-size ice and the experience of facing players of Kovalchuk and Datsyuk’s caliber.The KHL’s vast geographic reach, from Slovakia in Central Europe to Vladivostok and Beijing on the Pacific coast, imposes a brutal travel schedule on its players, who can cross up to eight time zones between games.“If you can’t get used to the travel, you’re going to have to stop playing in this league,” says Brian O’Neill, a former New Jersey Devils wing who plays with Lundin at Jokerit and has also been contacted by USA Hockey. “When you come home, you get a 12-hour flight back, your body feels the negative side-effects for a week or two.”Still, the first Olympic tournament without the NHL since 1994 feels different somehow.“It’s kind of a strange situation, obviously, knowing if you do make it you’re kind of replacements,” Lundin says. “At the same time, the Olympics, it’s an honor to play for your country on such a big stage. It’ll be exciting to try and make the team and see how it unfolds.”Even though the NHL says its decision is final, Scrivens refuses to believe it’s a done deal.“I’m still anticipating that something’s going to happen with the NHL, that they’re going to be able to come,” he says. “Nothing is certain until it’s already going on. Until they announce final rosters, or until it really is done, all I can do is try and play my game here and make sure that if I do get the opportunity to go, that I’m ready.” LATEST STORIES In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 DAY6 is for everybody Scrivens was mostly a backup goaltender in the NHL, where he took the league record for saves in a regular-season shutout with 59 for the Edmonton Oilers against the San Jose Sharks in 2014. After being bounced between the NHL and farm teams in 2015-16 and admittedly outspoken with coaches, he looked abroad. Now 31, a KHL salary offers Scrivens the chance to “give my family a foundation for the rest of our lives.”Located just west of the Urals that divide Europe from Asia, Ufa is a city of 1 million known for its oil industry and traditionally liberal brand of Islam. Hockey games in the city’s 8,000-capacity arena feature a passionate section of hardcore fans who roar their way through the game, plus a heavy emphasis on scantily clad cheerleaders as entertainment.Scrivens admits adapting to Russia hasn’t been easy. It’s meant a “significant decrease” in his social life and he speaks mostly in a kind of simplified English with his Russian and Scandinavian teammates — so much so that friends and family sometimes tease him for bizarre or ungrammatical speech on calls home.“We don’t have time to do (Russian) lessons, so it’s more what you pick up from the rink. Guys teach you how to swear, that’s about it,” Scrivens said.Scrivens’ wife, Jen, is in North America after spending time with him in Belarus last year. His wife and family are holding off visiting him in Europe because they don’t want to burn vacation time and miss him at the Olympics — if he goes.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ NBA: Lakers play safe with injured rookie Ball How to help the Taal evacuees With the NHL skipping the Pyeongchang Olympics in February, he could star for Canada.Scrivens has been in contact with Hockey Canada and he played preseason games on a roster assembled from KHL players. The Canadians played six games across two tournaments, with three goaltenders each playing two games. Of those three, Scrivens has the most NHL experience (144 NHL games for four teams between 2011 and 2016).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“As a Canadian you just want Canada to win,” he told The Associated Press. “Obviously you want to be part of it.”Without the NHL, the United States and reigning Olympic champion Canada will have to make do with scratch squads of minor leaguers, college players and the many ex-NHL players looking for new opportunities abroad — particularly in the Russia-based KHL, widely considered the best league outside the NHL. The KHL is taking a massive 33-day break for the Feb. 9-25 Olympics while the NHL soldiers on.last_img read more

High-flying Juve crash back to earth with Genoa defeat

first_imgBut Massimiliano Allegri conceded that the win in Turin had taken its toll even if his side still remain 18 points clear on the top of the table before Napoli’s game against Udinese later on Sunday.“It’s not a tragedy, but I’m sorry because we wanted to remain unbeaten,” said Allegri.“The Champions League match certainly weighed heavy,” he said. “You can’t play all the games at your maximum.“In the first half we risked conceding a goal twice, while we did better in the second, when they dropped a little bit, but we conceded goals and gave away the second straight after the restart.“A defeat could have happened (at any time) and it is better that it happened today, now we will have time to rest, recover our energy and the injured players.”Juventus had won 24 of their 27 previous matches in Serie A this season with three draws, including a 1-1 stalemate against Genoa in the reverse fixture in Turin.It was the first league defeat on Allegri’s side since April 2018 against Napoli, and first away since losing at Sampdoria in November 2017.– ‘Time to unplug’ –The Italian champions had already been beaten this season by Atalanta in the Coppa Italia and lost in the Champions League to Young Boys in the group stage and Atletico Madrid in the last-16 first leg.“The defeat could do us good, because maybe we thought we already had the league in our pockets and instead we still have to get five victories,” continued Allegri.Genoa’s Italian midfielder Stefano Sturaro celebrates after opening the scoring against Juventus © AFP / Marco BERTORELLO“Much like the Coppa Italia defeat to Atalanta, we picked the right game to lose, because it’s just before the break for international duty, so we have time to unplug and rest.”In addition to Ronaldo, Allegri rested key players including defender Giorgio Chiellini and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with former Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin taking his place between the posts.Italian international Sturaro, 26, was playing his first game after ten months out with a tendon injury, and scored just two minutes after coming off the bench. Another substitute Goran Pandev sealed victory with ten minutes to go.“I’m happy for him (Sturaro), because he suffered a lot and today he changed the game,” said Allegri of the midfielder who was loaned by Juventus to Genoa in January, a deal then made permanent in February.The last goal Sturaro had scored was for Juventus in the Champions League, a 2-2 comeback against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in February 2016.“It has been a difficult year for me,” said Sturaro, who had been on loan for a season at Portuguese club Porto but did not play any games before returning to Italy.“I’m still a long way off match fitness and this really couldn’t have been a better gift. This has to be the boost we need, because Genoa are largely a young squad, but with solid foundations.”Genoa move up to 12th after this eighth win of the season.Napoli, meanwhile, can cut the gap on Juventus to 15 points when they host Udinese later, with AC Milan, in third, playing city rivals Inter Milan, in fourth, at the San Siro.Roma, are fifth, three points off the Champions League places after a 2-1 defeat to struggling SPAL, with Lazio two points behind in sixth following a 4-1 win over Parma in Rome.Atalanta are equal on points with Lazio after being held 1-1 by bottom club Chievo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus forward Federico Bernardeschi reacts after his side’s first Serie A defeat of the season to Genoa © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Mar 17 – Former Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro scored in his first match for Genoa, a 2-0 victory which ended the title-holders unbeaten run in Serie A on Sunday in the wake of their Champions League heroics.Cristiano Ronaldo was rested after his hat-trick had fired Juventus into the European quarter-finals with a comeback victory over Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

Arsenal FC transfer news: Mathieu Debuchy joins Bordeaux on loan

first_img1 Arsenal star Mathieu Debuchy Arsenal right back Mathieu Debuchy has joined Bordeaux on loan until the end of the season, it has been confirmed.The ex-Newcastle right back has been out of favour at the Emirates after a series of injuries saw him lose his place to Spanish starlet Hector Bellerin.And now, as he looks to revive his career and win a spot in France’s squad for Euro 2016, he has quit the Emirates on a temporary deal.last_img

MAN CAUGHT WITH €200K OF DRUGS SAID HE WAS IN GROWHOUSE TO STRIP WALLPAPER

first_imgA 65 year old man caught at a cannabis growhouse in Ballintra told Gardai he was in the house to strip wallpaper from the walls.The Chinese national was caught at the house on January 24th last following an undercover Garda operation.Gardai raided the house and found an elaborate growhouse in which the electricity was by-passed, an irrigation system had been set up and windows blackened out. Three men were caught on the premises and a total of €212,000 worth of cannabis ready for sale was uncovered.One of the men, Pui Lam Sam, was before Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday, after he previously pleaded guilty to three charges of possession and cultivation of cannabis plants.Defence barrister Peter Nolan said Mr Sam had moved from China to Manchester ten years ago where he worked in many Chinese restaurants.He then moved to Belfast where he worked in a Chinese restaurant there.He met a man there who told him he could make really good money working.He was taken to another part of the country but did not realise it was Ballintra in Co Donegal.Mr Noland said Sam was a prisoner in the house and was not allowed outside and that food was delivered to the house when he requested it.When he asked to leave after a week, he was told he could not and that he must stay there and look after the plants.Mr Nolan said that Sam was basically a prisoner who was forced to live in appalling conditions.He said his health was not good and he got paid no money for the time he had worked there.His mother was 92 and was dying in a hospital in Hong Kong.He had once had three children but one had taken his own life in Hong Kong because of gambling debts.Judge John O’Hagan said growhouses were a serious problem for Gardai across Ireland and he was very familiar with them.“I have to punish him and I must send out message to discourage people getting involved. I can’t give him sweets or pat on the back and tell him to go home and not do it again.“It is not in my power to deport him and many people say he should be deported – if you were to do it immediately then it would almost be a reward. You might not come back but you have not suffered. I can recommend deportation but that is for the authorities to do,” said the Judge.He sentenced Sam to a total of three years in prison on all three charges and backdated the sentence to January 24th when he went into custody at Castlerea Prison.MAN CAUGHT WITH €200K OF DRUGS SAID HE WAS IN GROWHOUSE TO STRIP WALLPAPER was last modified: November 1st, 2013 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:BallintracannabisgrowhousePui Lam Samlast_img read more

Suarez goal sees unconvincing Uruguay advance to World Cup knockout stages

first_imgUruguay booked their place in the last-16 of the 2018 World Cup after labouring to a 1-0 win over minnows Saudi Arabia.Luis Suarez’s goal in the first-half was all that separated the two sides in an uninspiring contest at the Rostov Arena. 3 Uruguay have been unconvincing in Russia so far 3 Sanchez should have scored in the second-half The Green Falcons went close on a couple of occasions but were unable to fully test their lacklustre opponents.The result also confirms Russia’s spot in the knockout stages while Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side exit the tournament.Although Uruguay beat Egypt in their opening game, Oscar Tabarez’s men played poorly and their flatness carried on into the start of their second game.However, they started to find a little bit of joy going forward after the 20-minute mark and Suarez opened the scoring on 23 minutes.center_img The striker took advantage of some dreadful goalkeeping from Mohammed Al-Owais to tap the ball into an empty net after a corner from the left was whipped in the box.Moments later, Edinson Cavani had a shot well blocked and at that point, you started to fear for Saudi Arabia who really collapsed in their first game – a 5-0 defeat to Russia – but the Green Falcons responded well.Hattan Bahebri’s effort from 25 yards needed to be helped over the bar by Fernando Muslera before Bahebri then missed a huge chance to level the game on 29 minutes but he could only sky his effort from six-yards out.After the break, Suarez had a deflected free-kick beaten away by Al-Owais, while Carlos Sanchez headed over Cavani’s lovely cross from the left just after the hour mark.On 68 minutes, Martin Caceres could have put the game beyond any doubt but he headed Sanchez’s free-kick from the right over.Cavani had two decent opportunities to double his side’s lead but the PSG hotshot lacked composure in front of goal as Uruguay settled for the 1-0 victory.STAR MANLa Celeste have been very disappointing in Russia so it’s hard to pick out a player who has performed well.However, Sanchez was the shining light in the Uruguay team. The full-back got himself forward on a number of occasions and put in some good crosses but his team-mates were unable to convert them effectively. 3 MOMENT OF THE MATCHThis was one of the more forgettable games of the World Cup so it’s hard to pick a standout incident.Therefore, Suarez’s goal has to be viewed as the moment of the match as that has been the difference between the two teams.LINE-UPSUruguay: Muslera, Varela, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres, Sanchez (Nandez 82), Vecino (Torreira 58), Bentancur, Rodriguez (Laxalt 58), Suarez, CavaniSubs not used: Campana, De Arrascaeta, Stuani, Gaston Silva, Maxi Pereira, Gomez, Coates, Urreta, Martin SilvaSaudi Arabia: Al-Owais, Al-Breik, Osama Hawsawi, Al Bulaihi, Al-Shahrani, Bahebri (Kanno 75), Al-Faraj, Otayf, Al-Jassam (Al-Moqahwi 44), Al Dawsari, Al-MuwalladSubs not used: Al-Muaiouf, Al-Harbi, Omar Hawsawi, Al-Shehri, Al-Sahlawi, Al-Khaibri, Al-Khaibari, Asiri, Motaz Hawsawi, Al-MosailemtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Suarez celebrates his first goal of the 2018 World Cup finals last_img read more

HOW KILLER CAHOON DID THIS TO ANOTHER VICTIM

first_imgTHIS is the picture which shows how a jury was right to find a killer guilty of murder today – it’s what Stephen Cahoon did to another victim of his evil outbursts.It took the jury at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin nearly five hours to return the unanimous verdict against Cahoon, caught by Gardai in Co Donegal.Cahoon of Harvey Street, Derry admitted killing 30-year-old Jean Teresa Quigley on July 26, 2008, but denied her murder. But we can reveal that in 1999, Stephen Trevor Cahoon, then aged 27, admitted 15 charges against two women, including grievous bodily harm, assault and threatening to kill.One victim, Lynne McGall, then 18, from Ballymena was so badly beaten about the face she was almost unrecognisable.She consented to the release of this picture of her above to show what Cahoon was capable of.Cahoon was also convicted of assaulting his partner, Samantha Brown, and threatening to kill her.After a campaign, Cahoon’s three-year jail sentence was increased to five years and three months.Speaking after Cahoon was sentenced at Downpatrick Crown Court in 1999, Ms McGall said he had shown “absolutely no remorse” as he was taken to the cells.“He turned and looked at Samantha and looked at me and smirked,” she said.“I am totally devastated. It’s a joke. He tried to kill us both and he gets three years. He’ll be out in six months after leaving me for dead. Obviously what he did to Samantha speaks for itself. It’s awful.”HOW KILLER CAHOON DID THIS TO ANOTHER VICTIM was last modified: April 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:HOW KILLER CAHOON DID THIS TO ANOTHER VICTIMHOW WIFE-KILLER DID THIS TO ANOTHER VICTIMlast_img read more

Make it an iPod-free Christmas

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake It’s no coincidence that personal stereos were first marketed during the 1980s, the decade of the self-centered “me generation.” They caught on immediately and have been big sellers ever since. A spokesman for one of the manufacturers touts the devices for “allowing you total immersion in an audio environment that is totally you.” Another urges prospective buyers to “think of them as a mute button for the world around you.” What’s perhaps most disturbing is that so many of the personal-stereo users are in their teens – or younger – and thus learning in their formative years to avoid interaction with others, sometimes including their school teachers. This is not to say that personal stereos are all bad. Think of how it was before they came along. We were a society on the edge of losing any concept of the right of privacy, not to mention our collective hearing, thanks to the huge transistor radios and portable cassette players known less-than-affectionately as “boom boxes” that rocked us and rolled us at the highest decibel levels on street corners, on public transit vehicles, just about everywhere. Finally, however, even the priests of high technology wearied of the incessant racket they had bestowed on us. That, anyway, jibes with one version of how the personal-stereo was born, and that’s the version I definitely prefer – that Sony Board Chairman Akio Morito ordered his staff to develop what turned out to be the Walkman to spare himself from the loud music favored by his children. Many other parents undoubtedly are grateful to also have been spared. Electronic gimmicks are big again this holiday season. But do all of us a favor this year. Don’t give anyone on your list one of those ever-popular iPods, Walkmen or any other version of a “personal stereo.” We already have far more than enough zombielike creatures with fixed straight-ahead stares and electrical cords dangling from their ears. They ride our buses and subway cars, walk our streets and hiking trails, lie on our beaches, jog down our city streets and country lanes, drive their cars or ride their bicycles among us. They’re plugged in, the lot of them, to the little battery-powered boxes. They hum and sing-along to music we can’t hear. They waggle their heads and snap their fingers to beats we can’t feel. They smile and laugh and frown at words we can’t make out. There are millions of them, apart, alone, passive, isolated in an artificial universe in which they are the center and you are not welcome. “It’s escapism,” a Walkman buyer told a reporter. “I don’t need drugs. I don’t need booze. I put on my headphones and I’m at peace with the world.” Problem is that though personal stereos have generally supplanted boom boxes, they’re still out there, as are the thoughtful folks who drive around with open windows and car radios blaring at top volume – kathunk! kaboom! kathunk! kaboom! And car alarms, of course, shrieking out at all hours, and leaf blowers, and that latest and maybe most irritating noise of all – the trilling ring of cell phones and full-voiced users of same, generously sharing their intimate conversations with us. But while it’s true enough that personal stereos can keep those and other rude sounds of daily life from intruding on us, that’s not enough to justify adding more personal-stereo zombies to the millions already among us. So please listen to me: No iPods, no Walkmen. No personal stereos for Christmas!— Dick Meister is a San Francisco writer. Contact him through his Web site, www.dickmeister.com.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

Paulak Leads Women’s Golf On Final Day of JTP Invite

first_img Results The Bulldogs will have a month to prepare for their next outing as they will play at the Bradley Spring Break Invitational on March 12-13 in Dallas, Texas. “The biggest difference between today’s round and yesterday’s afternoon round was our putting. We missed a lot of short putts and it rocked our confidence. We know we can compete in these fields and have to get more consistent to do so. We can’t let a missed shot or putt ruin our scoring confidence,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett. “I saw bursts of really good golf game management this week and I am encouraged by what’s to come.” The Bulldogs posted a final round score of 323 for a total score of 951 (324-304-323) and were just two shots back from seventh-place Weber State (949=313-314-322). Toledo took home the team title with a score of 914 (313-298-303). Junior Grace Dunn and sophomore Sigurlaug Jonsdottir each recorded an 81 for a total score of 241 (86-74-81) and 242 (81-80-81), respectively. Sophomore Aimee Gerschke rounded out the team’s effort with a 247 (83-77-87). BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The Drake University women’s golf team settled to eighth-place out of nine teams at the JTP Invitational, Tuesday at the Boulder Creek Country Club. Freshman Sam Paulak led the team on the final day with a 79 and finished the 54-hole event with a score of 248 (80-89-79).Senior Madison Glennie finished tied for 18th-place, despite shooting an 82 in the final round for a total score of 235 (80-73-82). Story Links  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

North London Derby highlights Premier League Match-Day 29

first_img Tags: premier leaguetop Tottenham Hotspurs vs ArsenalWembley Stadium, LondonSaturday, 02-03-2019 @3:30pmReferee: Anthony TaylorTottenham pair Jan Vertonghen and Harry Winks are nursing hip injuries and will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s North London derby. The injured Dele Alli and ill Eric Dier remain unavailable.Arsenal head coach Unai Emery expects Laurent Koscielny to recover in time from the knee injury he suffered late on against Bournemouth. Stephan Lichtsteiner returns from a back problem, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is available after illness.Spurs are vying to register three consecutive top-flight home wins against Arsenal for the first time since 1961. Arsenal’s only away league victory in this fixture in the past 10 attempts came in March 2014, courtesy of Tomas Rosicky’s early goal (D3, L6). They have met 197 times in all competitions, with Arsenal leading by 82 wins to Tottenham’s 64.Spurs are in danger of losing three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since November 2012 – when the third defeat came against Arsenal. They have gone a Premier League record 32 consecutive fixtures without a draw since April. It’s the longest top-flight run since Portsmouth’s 38-game streak in 1928-29. Tottenham have lost five of their seven league matches against other established top-six teams this season. Mauricio Pochettino has never lost a Premier League home game against Arsenal, winning three and drawing two. Harry Kane has scored eight goals in eight Premier League meetings between Spurs and Arsenal, a joint-record in the division along with Emmanuel Adebayor. Son Heung-min has scored in each of Tottenham’s last four home matches in all competitions. Pochettino and Toby Alderweireld both celebrate their birthday on the day of this game.Arsenal have won five of their past six league games, as many as they managed in their previous 13. They earned a first league away victory in seven attempts at the expense of Huddersfield in their most recent game on the road. Arsenal are winless in 21 Premier League away fixtures against other established top six teams since beating Manchester City 2-0 in January 2015 (D7, L14). They are the only club not to have kept a Premier League away clean sheet in 2018-19. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored an unrivalled six league goals in London derbies this season. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has scored four goals and provided three assists in his last four league appearances.Bournemouth vs Man CityVitality Stadium, DorsetSaturday, 02-03-2019 @6pmReferee: Kevin FriendBournemouth forward Callum Wilson could be available after a six-week lay-off with a knee injury. David Brooks was an unused substitute in midweek on his return from an ankle problem, but Jefferson Lerma is banned and Steve Cook, Dominic Solanke and Junior Stanislas remain sidelined.Manchester City pair John Stones and Gabriel Jesus are fit after missing the past three games with muscle injuries. Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho remain out, along with Fabian Delph. Left-back Benjamin Mendy was on the bench against West Ham after overcoming his latest knee injury.Manchester City are unbeaten in all 13 meetings, winning the seven Premier League fixtures by an aggregate score of 24-3. The Cherries have only avoided defeat in one of their six home games against City, a goalless draw in the third tier 20 years ago. Bournemouth’s only goal at home in those six matches came from Charlie Daniels in a 2-1 defeat last season.Pep Guardiola’s side have won three successive league games without conceding. They last managed four wins with clean sheets in September 2017. City have lost three of their past six Premier League away games, as many defeats as in their previous 35. They have dropped 16 points this season – already two more than in the whole of 2017-18. Three of their four league defeats this season have come after scoring the opening goal. Raheem Sterling has scored in all six Premier League appearances against Bournemouth. Sergio Aguero is the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 18 goals, but only three have come away from home.Brighton and Hove Albion vs Huddersfield TownThe American Express Community Stadium, East SussexSaturday, 02-03-2019 @6pmReferee: Mike DeanBrighton will be without influential midfielder Pascal Gross, who has a minor hamstring strain. Leon Balogun remains out with a shoulder problem but Florin Andone is back after serving a suspension.Huddersfield trio Isaac Mbenza, Adama Diakhaby and Danny Williams remain out, while Tommy Smith sits out the second game of a three-match ban. Demeaco Duhaney is nursing a thigh strain so Juninho Bacuna, who replaced him in midweek, may start.Brighton have won five and lost just two of the past 13 meetings. Huddersfield have never won in six visits to the Amex Stadium (D3, L3). Their most recent victory at Brighton was in League One at the Withdean Stadium in April 2011.Burnely vs Crystal PalaceTurf Moor, BurnelySaturday, 02-03-2019 @6pmReferee: Lee ProbertBurnley are boosted by the return of Ashley Westwood, who missed the defeat at Newcastle because of illness. Aaron Lennon is back in light training but Jonathan Walters and Steven Defour remain long-term absentees.Crystal Palace have right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka available following three games out with a hamstring injury, while Pape Souare is nearing a return. French defender Mamadou Sakho has had surgery on his injured knee and is set to be sidelined for several weeks.Crystal Palace have won the past two meetings, including 2-0 in December’s reverse fixture. Palace’s solitary victory in their last 10 league visits to Turf Moor was by 3-2 in January 2015. There have been 20 goals in the five top-flight fixtures between the clubs at Turf Moor.Man United vs SouthamptonOld Trafford, ManchesterSaturday, 02-03-2019 @6pmReferee: Scott AttwellManchester United forward Marcus Rashford is likely to start on Saturday after an ankle injury restricted him to a substitute appearance in midweek. Anthony Martial, who has been out with a groin injury, has an outside chance of featuring.Southampton forward Danny Ings will miss a fourth consecutive match because of a hamstring problem. Michael Obafemi has been ruled out for the season, while Mario Lemina remains sidelined by an abdominal complaint.Three of the past four league meetings have ended in a draw. Manchester United fought back from 2-0 down to earn a draw in the reverse fixture in December. United have come from behind to win eight Premier League matches against Southampton, a joint-high in the competition.United have won nine of their 11 league games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, drawing the other two. Since Solskjaer took charge, United have won 29 points, at least five more than any other top-flight side. However, they haven’t won any of their last three home matches in all competitions (D2, L1). They could fail to score in three consecutive home games for the first time since October 1989. Manchester United have kept just two clean sheets at Old Trafford in this season’s Premier League – only Fulham have a worse home record. Romelu Lukaku has scored seven goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances against Southampton. Only two of Lukaku’s past 11 league goals were scored at Old Trafford.Wolves vs Cardiff CityMolineux Stadium, West MidlandsSaturday, 02-03-2019 @6pmReferee: Andre MarrinerWolves goalkeeper John Ruddy will make his first league start of the season to help prepare him for the FA Cup quarter-final later this month. Defender Ryan Bennett is currently on nine yellow cards, so one more would trigger a two-match ban.Cardiff’s Victor Camarasa is finally fit after a calf problem. Oumar Niasse returns after being ineligible to face parent club Everton in midweek, while Joe Ralls, who missed the game with a pelvic problem, is fit. Harry Arter and Callum Paterson could both return after being rested in midweek.Cardiff came from behind to win 2-1 in their first Premier League meeting last November. Wolves have lost on three of the last five occasions they have hosted Cardiff. The away team is winless in each of the last 22 Premier League fixtures between two promoted teams since Leicester City beat Burnley in April 2015.West Ham United vs Newcastle UnitedLondon Stadium, LondonSaturday, 02-03-2019 @8:30pmReferee: Chris KavanaghWest Ham forward Marko Arnautovic is ready to play after illness, and defenders Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku are also fit again. Javier Hernandez is one of the players poised to return after being rested in midweek but Fabian Balbuena is not ready to return from a knee injury.Newcastle have no new injury problems. Jonjo Shelvey has requested to play with the reserves on Friday night to improve his match fitness while he battles to regain his place. Goalkeeper Rob Elliot and defender Ciaran Clark remain sidelined with respective back and knee injuries.West Ham won 3-0 earlier this season and are looking to complete a league double over Newcastle for the first time since the 1998-99 season.Watford vs Leicester CityVicarage Road, LondonSunday, 03-03-2019 @3pmReferee: Jonathan MossWatford defender Jose Holebas is available following suspension, while Miguel Britos has recovered from illness. Full-back Kiko Femenia was due to return after six weeks out with a thigh injury but he missed training on Friday as he was sick.New Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is expected to keep faith with much of the side who beat Brighton. Daniel Armartey and Marc Albrighton remain out.A third successive victory against Leicester at Vicarage Road would equal Watford’s longest top-flight home winning streak versus a single opponent. However, Leicester could win three consecutive league meetings for the first time since August 1999. Since Watford’s return to the Premier League in 2015-16, this fixture has seen a league-high five penalties awarded.Fulham vs ChelseaCraven Cottage, LondonSunday, 03-03-2019 @5:05pmReferee: Graham ScottFulham forward Andre Schurrle, who scored a hat-trick for Chelsea at Craven Cottage in 2014, is a doubt to face his former club due to illness. Long-term absentees Alfie Mawson and Marcus Bettinelli remain out.Head coach Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea have no injury concerns, with Kepa in contention to replace Willy Caballero in goal. Defender Davide Zappacosta is available to make a first appearance since 18 February following illness.This is the 50th top-flight fixture between Fulham and Chelsea. The Cottagers have won only three of the previous 49 (D16, L30). Fulham’s current run of 17 games without victory versus Chelsea is their longest top-flight winless streak against any opponent.Chelsea’s win against Tottenham was just a third in seven league matches, drawing one and losing three. They have lost their last three Premier League away games by an aggregate score of 12-0. The Blues could lose four successive away league matches for the first time since a run of five from October to December 2000 under Claudio Ranieri. They haven’t gone four away league matches without scoring since December 1991. Chelsea have the same record after 27 Premier League matches as last season under Antonio Conte (W16, D5, L6). Pedro has scored eight Premier League goals this season under Maurizio Sarri, already double his tally in 2017-18 under Conte.Everton vs LiverpoolGoodison Park, LiverpoolSunday, 03-03-2019 @7:15pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonEverton are expected to welcome back midfielder Andre Gomes, who was rested for the win at Cardiff. Leighton Baines is the Toffees’ only absentee with the rib injury that has ruled him out for a month.Liverpool are hopeful that Roberto Firmino will be fit to return from the ankle problem that caused him to miss Wednesday’s victory against Watford. Defender Dejan Lovren could be back in contention when Liverpool host Burnley next weekend.This becomes only the second fixture to be played 200 times in the top flight, after Everton against Aston Villa. The Toffees are winless in the past 18 meetings in all competitions (D9, L9), their longest run without a Merseyside derby victory. Everton’s most recent Merseyside derby win was 2-0 at home in the Premier League in October 2010. Liverpool have scored five 90th-minute winning Premier League goals against Everton, a competition record against a single opponent.Liverpool’s return of 69 points is already more than their total tally in 16 Premier League seasons. The seven previous sides to have amassed 69 points after 28 games have won the league title. Their 5-0 win against Watford was just a second victory in five Premier League games, having drawn the other three. The Reds have conceded a league-low eight away goals this season. Mo Salah has scored 49 goals in 64 Premier League games for Liverpool. A goal in this game would make him the quickest player to score 50 goals for one club in the competition’s history. Sadio Mane’s 14 Premier League goals is his best return for a single campaign. He has scored six goals in his last six league games. Jurgen Klopp is unbeaten in seven meetings with Everton in all competitions (W5, D2). Only Bob Paisley (10) and David Ashworth (8) have enjoyed a longer unbeaten start against the Toffees.Comments last_img read more

Kansas Elects Two ID-Friendly School Board Members

first_imgAccording to John Calvert writing for Access Research Network, Kansans defeated two pro-evolution candidates for the state school board, electing instead Kathy Martin and Steve Abrams who both oppose the “evolution-only” policy.    Martin won against Bruce Wyatt, an incumbent who based his entire campaign on the need to keep intelligent design or creation out of the classroom.  Apparently voters tired of Wyatt’s one-issue campaign and took more of a liking to Kathy Martin, an experienced school teacher who tried to keep the campaign focused on the needs of students instead of letting it get bogged down over the “E” word.    Despite her efforts, Wyatt and the media kept returning to the evolution vs. intelligent design issue, reminding everyone what a horrible decision the school board made in 1999 when they “downplayed” evolution.  The strategy apparently backfired.  Calvert feels the vote is significant because “it also reflects a defeat of the media that seemed to try their best to hinder the election of Martin and Abrams.”Darwin Party hacks should realize that the public may tire of their tirades, and demand that their board stop the haggling and focus on educating their kids to read and write and learn to become productive members of society.  But the new board members had better get their armor on; round two of the Kansas Ooze-slinging Attack Campaign will begin as soon as they give any faint hint of a suggestion of opening minds to doubts about Charlie darling.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more