Police tackle, arrest man stealing phones at SunFest

first_imgFriday evening, a man accused of stealing phones at SunFest in West Palm Beach was tackled by police and taken into custody after resisting arrest.The officer was actively on the lookout for a suspect described by victims to be a medium build Hispanic male wearing a black shirt and backward black hat with the letters “AERO” on it.The officer observed a man matching that description, approached him, and asked if he had anything in his backpack.The man, later identified as Jose Ramon Lugo Torres, handed the backpack to the officer and began to create distance between himself and the officer holding his bag, police say.According to the arrest report, the officer attempted to grab Torres’ shirt and told him to stop, but Torres pulled away forcefully.A West Palm Beach officer and a Palm Beach Gardens police officer observed the struggle and assisted by putting the suspect on the ground.Officers then saw two cellphones including a rose gold iPhone X valued at $800 and a red iPhone 8 Plus valued at $800 fall from Torres’ body onto the ground.The owner of the rose gold iPhone X was reportedly located and chose not to press charges against Torres.Jose Ramon Lugo Torres was charged with Resisting an Officer without Violence and Grand Theft.The owner of the red iPhone 8 Plus has reportedly not been located at this time meaning additional charges may follow.last_img read more

Football News Iran Women Freely Attend Football Match For First Time In Decades

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Tehran: Waving flags and snapping selfies, thousands of Iranian women on Thursday attended a football match freely for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the country over its controversial stadium restrictions. Elated female fans wore the national green, white and red flag around their shoulders and over their hair as they streamed into a tiny section of Tehran’s 100,000-capacity Azadi Stadium for Iran’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cambodia.Some donned sporty hats over their headscarves, while others painted their faces with the colours of the flag. Their beaming smiles underscored a day that felt victorious for Iranian women, even before the match began.And with every goal the Iranian team scored, the cheers in the women’s section grew louder. By the middle of the second half, Iran was leading with a blowout of 9-0.For nearly 40 years, the Islamic republic has barred female spectators from entering football and other sports stadiums, with clerics arguing women must be shielded from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men.Last month, world football’s governing body FIFA ordered Iran to allow women access to stadiums without restriction and in numbers determined by demand for tickets.’Women of freedom’ That came after the death of Sahar Khodayari, who set herself ablaze last month outside a court in fear of being jailed for trying to attend a match.Dubbed “Blue Girl” because of the colours of the club she supported — Esteghlal FC — she had reportedly been detained last year when trying to enter a stadium dressed as a boy.Her death sparked an outcry, with many calling for Iran to be banned and matches boycotted.Around 4,500 women managed to get their hands on tickets for Thursday’s match, which was thinly attended overall, with only some 10,000 spectators in total.Even before the starting whistle blew, female fans cheered joyfully as the name of each Iranian player was announced over the loudspeakers, an AFP journalist at the stadium said.But many women who were unable to get tickets in time for the game were left disappointed.”I’m 18 years old, and for 14 years I’ve dreamt of going to a stadium,” student Guelareh told AFP. “But I didn’t get a ticket.” While it is not the first time women have attended football matches in Iran, it is the first time they have been allowed to buy tickets.On previous occasions, attendees have been handpicked by the authorities.Saluting the move, pro-reform newspaper Sazandegui published a photograph of two female football supporters, coupled with the headline:  “The women of freedom.” For some men too, Thursday’s game was worthy of celebration.”It’s a great feeling that we’re here together, finally. We only wish this can continue in the future,” a male fan told AFP.A FIFA delegation attended Thursday’s match to ensure Iran honoured its pledge to allow women in. last_img read more

The Latest: Cricket Australia cancels games, ends season

first_img4 p.m.Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend. On Sunday the historic track announced it would be closed to non-essential guests and set up screening checkpoints for those seeking access.The track says no horses will be allowed at Keeneland and it recommended that horsemen not at the track remain where they are.Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason calls the decision to cancel “agonizing” and adds that the track had exhausted all avenues for safely conducting the meet.The Blue Grass is the second Derby prep to be canceled. The $700,000 Sunland Derby in New Mexico was canceled Sunday. It was set for March 22 and would have awarded 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.” 4:45 p.m.A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that the American Hockey League is allowing its players to return home while determining it won’t be able to resume its season until May at the earliest.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the league has not announced the decisions reached by the AHL’s executive committee during a conference call.The move follows last week’s decision by the 31-team AHL to suspend its season until further notice. The decision coincides with the NHL placing a roster freeze on player movement, as well as pushing back the possibility of resuming its season for several weeks, if not more than a month.Previously, players were encouraged to remain with their teams. The British government has said emergency services are being withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings in the country from Tuesday, so the Jockey Club “has decided that it is no longer appropriate to stage” the Grand National Festival.Sandy Dudgeon, senior steward of the Jockey Club, says “we were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but … this is not a viable option.” ___4:10 p.m.Live horse racing without fans will continue at Aqueduct during New York’s ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people. Cricket Australia declared New South Wales state the winner of the Sheffield Shield, the national firsts-class competition. The last round of the regular season in the Sheffield Shield had already been scrapped.New South Wales won six games, lost two and drew one in the Shield, finishing 12 points clear of Victoria state. International cricket series between Australia and New Zealand had already been canceled.Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts says the measures are aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.“By effectively canceling the remainder of our season, Cricket Australia is playing its part in protecting fans, players, staff, volunteers and match officials during this unprecedented global health issue,” Roberts said.The cancellation comes nine days after Australia hosted and won the women’s Twenty20 Cricket World Cup final against India, attended by more than 86,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.___ ___12:10 a.m.The Kontinental Hockey League is taking a one-week pause in its playoffs to come up with a new format and schedule for the six remaining Russian teams. Finland-based Jokerit and Kazakhstan-based Barys Nur-Sultan pulled out of the playoffs amid the oronavirus pandemic.The American Hockey League, which has the NHL’s top minor league teams, announced that the indefinite suspension of its regular season won’t be lifted before May. The league also announced it is recommending its teams work on returning players to their primary residences, like the NHL is doing.___ 7:15 p.m.WrestleMania in Tampa, Florida is down for the count.The WWE’s annual wrestling extravaganza — often called the Super Bowl of wrestling — will not be held at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium. WWE, however, said it will still hold its scheduled April 5 card on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida. WWE ran an empty arena edition of “Smackdown” last Friday and was set to run Monday’s “RAW” from the performance center.Brock Lesnar is set to defend the WWE championship against Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania. WrestleMania will be broadcast live on the WWE Network. It has been held annually in football stadiums in 2007 and usually draws some of the biggest crowds of the year for any sports entertainment event.___ 1:50 p.m.The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events.In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers.Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.” ___12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19.Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.” The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled Hall of Fame Classic weekend because of the spread of the new coronavirus.The Hall of Fame said advance purchases for the May 22-24 event in Cooperstown, New York, will be refunded.The Hall of Fame is closed to the public indefinitely.___2:30 p.m. Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___ The U.S. Olympic trials are scheduled for June 21-28 in Omaha, Nebraska.USA Swimming says its previous suspension of all events, camps, conferences or any occasion that requires people to travel and gather now extends through April 30.The governing body is asking its member clubs to limit practices and training sessions as recommended by their local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control.— Reporting by Beth Harris___ ___12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944. Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___ ___1 p.m.USA Water Polo has canceled a key tournament set to begin in late April in Indianapolis because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. men and women have already qualified for the Olympics. But the the 2020 FINA Men’s and Women’s Intercontinental Tournament would have been been one of their biggest warmups for the Tokyo Games. The cancellation also hurts USA Water Polo’s effort to growing the sport in the Midwest. The event was scheduled for April 28 to May 3. USA Water Polo also announced the cancellation of the inaugural Division III Women’s National Championship. It was scheduled for May 8-10 in Southern California.___7:10 p.m.The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby quarterfinals scheduled for April 3-5 were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.All eight matches and thus the European club season were suspended by governing body European Professional Club Rugby. But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.” Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks.___ “We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said.Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6. The English Premiership was also suspended for five weeks, following government advice against mass gatherings.The same advice prompted the English Rugby Football Union to suspend all activities until April 14.The activities were at professional and community level, “including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses,” the RFU said.___2:35 p.m. Fans were banned as of last Thursday. Racing resumes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The winter meet ends March 29.The New York Racing Association said horse owners are not allowed access to Aqueduct.Belmont Park’s backstretch and its facilities remain open to horsemen and training is allowed. Owners won’t be allowed in the stable area until further notice.Also, The Jockey Club will close its offices in New York and Kentucky to outside visitors as of Tuesday while contiuning to provide services. All business-related travel has been suspended and some employees are working remotely. The Jockey Club is the breed registry for thoroughbred horses in North America.___ In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.”The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. ___1:35 p.m.The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season. ___5:40 p.m.The Sun Belt Conference has canceled all organized athletics and related activities, including practices, through the remainder of the academic year.In a written announcement the Sun Belt says the decision was made Monday in consultation with the league’s presidents, chancellors and athletic directors “to address growing concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.”The Sun Belt is comprised of 12 institutions in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):8:15 p.m.All professional cricket has been canceled in Australia in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and national organizers are “strongly recommending” that the remainder of the season be called off at all levels — right down to children’s community games.center_img 6 p.m.Watkins Glen International has postponed its opening weekend because of the spread of COVID-19.The traditional opening of the storied road course in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York was slated for April 4-5 and is an important fundraiser for charity.Members of the general public with a valid driver’s license can pay a fee and drive three controlled laps around the 2.45-mile layout used by NASCAR for its August races. Proceeds benefit the facility’s Racing and Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.). Annual turnout is between 1,000 and 2,800 vehicles, track president Michael Printup said. No decision on a new opening date has been made.The International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen also announced it would close after business hours on Tuesday. It’s tentatively scheduled to reopen in mid-April. 2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week. 6:45 p.m.USA Swimming has canceled next month’s TYR Pro Swim Series meet in Southern California and postponed the combined open water national and junior national championships in Florida.The TYR meet was to be held April 16-19 in Mission Viejo, California. It was set to replicate the Tokyo Olympics schedule, with finals in the morning and preliminaries in the evening.The open water nationals were to be April 24-26 in Fort Myers, Florida.The last meet of the TYR series set for May 5-9 in Indianapolis is still being evaluated. If the meet is held, it’s possible the schedule will be switched to morning finals and evening prelims. Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.___3:30 p.m. Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4.The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus.___ 11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.” Associated Press The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments.The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled.___12:20 p.m. Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___1:30 p.m. 9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler. No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home. The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season.___6:40 p.m.The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April.The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings. The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24. The Latest: Cricket Australia cancels games, ends season March 16, 2020 The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___ ___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket. — Reporting by AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow___8:50 p.m.The Grand National Steeplechase, one of the iconic sporting events in Britain, has been canceled following the stringent measures put in place during the virus outbreak.The Jockey Club says the horse racing meeting at Aintree, Liverpool, from April 2-4 will not take place. ___11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics. ___2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.” 1:20 p.m.The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.last_img read more

Moses Simon: A New Lease of Life

first_imgAfter failing to establish himself in the Levante’s starting 11 last season, Moses Simon decided to take his trade to French Ligue 1 side, Nantes, and the move is proving to be a success story-from banging his first hattrick to being voted Player of the Month   Nigeria international, Moses Simon has been impressive since joining FC Nante on loan from Spanish side, Levante. Only last month, he scored four goals including a hat-trick against FC Paris in the French League Cup and it therefore came as no surprise when he was voted the Player of the Month.Simon revealed he was thoroughly enjoying a new lease of life in France. “I am more relaxed and settled at Nantes, no pressure. I am also playing to my full potentials because here I am a very offensive winger,” he explained.“At Levante, I had to fall back to help out in the defence. Now, I am a winger in a 4-3-3 formation as against the 3-5-2 we played in Spain. And so the goals and assists are coming now.”Simon is however optimistic his current scoring form for FC Nantes will continue with the Super Eagles.The on-loan Levante forward, who made his Eagles return in the Africa Cup of Nation qualifiers against Benin after missing the last friendly with Brazil through injury, told AOIFootball.com from his base in France that he now aimed to take his current form to the National team.“It’s been an amazing season for me so far here in France; the team is doing well and I hope to also take the same form to the National team, especially with the AFCON qualifiers fast approaching,” Simon said.The 24-year-old, who is expected to earn his 30th cap if selected against Benin Republic, however stated that he hoped to mark the landmark appearance with yet another international goal but posited that the team’s overall success remained the goal for him and not personal glory.The pacy winger has been a revelation since completing a loan move to France in August as he has scored five goals with two assists in 10 appearances across all competitions, with Nantes sitting second on the French Ligue 1 table with 19 points after 11 games.Simon moved to Levante UD for about five million Euros, which is a figure far from the 20 million Euros a top official had predicted KAA Gent will eventually sell him.Gent sports director Michel Louwagie proudly predicted that his club would break transfer records when they eventually sell the Nigeria winger after they bought him from Slovak club AS Trencin for 650,000 Euros in January 2015.“The transfer record in Belgium will have to be shattered when we sell Moses. We will be talking of about 20 million Euros,” Louwagie predicted. The prediction was prompted by the fact that Moses was an instant sensation in Belgium.But the player will go on to suffer injuries and lack of consistency for such huge hope not to be fulfilled in the three and a half seasons he was there.Altogether, he scored 21 goals and provided 18 assists in 136 appearances for ‘The Buffaloes’.He was handed a five-year deal by Levante to finally live up to his potentials in Spain.He won the Belgian league with Gent in his first season after his transfer from Slovak club AS Trencin.KAA Gent paid glowing tributes to Simon after the player secured a move to Spanish club, Levante.“He leaves the club with his head up and will forever belong to the select group of players who won the first league title in the history for our club and then became part of a historic Champions League campaign stamped in the collective Belgian football memory. The following season, he was also a member of the group of players that beat Tottenham at Wembley in the Europa League,” the club said in its official website then.“Immediately after his transfer, he was the only player who spoke openly about obtaining the title “with the help of God”. It turned out to be prophetic words.“Moses started as a whirlwind in the Belgian league and played regularly for KAA Gent from January 2015 until the start of the playoffs in the same season in the race for the championship.“During his time at the Buffalo’s, he was feared for his vicious dribbles, his incredible speed and his hard shot and loved because of his cheerful personality and his generous smile. He was often the creator of important goals, like last season when he scored the only goal in the penultimate match of the playoffs in the 1-0 victory against Anderlecht.When Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr rolled out his 30-man provisional list for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with Simon included, the player believed he was just inches away from achieving his long-time dream of playing in the World Cup. But it was not to be as injury ruined his dream.Simon sustained a thigh injury in his second training session with the Super Eagles in Uyo and his World Cup dream was shattered. “It is unfortunate Moses Simon will not be travelling with the team to London because he is down with an injury. The nature of his injury is such that he won’t be recovering quickly enough to make the World Cup. We are looking at three to four weeks and thereafter, rehabilitation training will start before getting to match fitness level. You can see that the situation is not good for him and for the team as well,” Rohr had said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Winter wonderland

first_imgFreshmen Carly Shelar, undeclared, and Hannah Yelton, an industrial systems engineering major, enjoy ice skating in McCarthy Quad, where Program Board’s Special Events Committee set up a “Winter Wonderland” skating rink Thursday afternoon.Jennifer Schultz | Daily TrojanThe 45-person synthetic skating rink came complete with special skates to allow students to skate on the plastic surface, as well as fog and snow machines. Still, the warm weather seemed to throw students off.“They should hand out free lemonade and sunscreen [instead of hot chocolate],” said Annie Lee, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering.last_img read more

USC cruises to victory over Nevada

first_imgFollowing a closely-contested win in the first round of the WNIT, the USC women’s basketball team made sure a victory in the second round would be assured from the tip-off. The Women of Troy (21-12) shot 49.2 percent from the field as they defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack, 78-59, to advance to the Sweet 16 of the WNIT.“We just came out and we were all on point,” said junior guard Ashley Corral. “We didn’t have any mistakes, we were all playing together, we hustled after loose balls … we all came out with the same mentality today, and we just put it all together.”Senior guard Jacki Gemelos led the charge with an all-around game, tallying 20 points, six assists, six rebounds and two steals.Corral, USC’s career leader in three-pointers made, came off the bench to score 20 points. But that doesn’t seem to have negatively affected her play. If anything, it has improved it. Corral is eight-for-nine from three-point range and has scored a team-leading 35 points in the WNIT despite being relegated to a sixth-man type role.“With [Corral] coming off the bench, it’s been fun to watch,” said senior center Kari LaPlante. “She’s been having a lot of really good games coming off the bench and just hitting shots, instead of having to run the offense and do other things that she’s had to do in the past.”The Women of Troy started off the game hot, grabbing an 8-0 lead. After a brief rally from the Wolf Pack, USC went on a 12-0 run to gain a 30-11 lead with seven minutes to go in the first half. A 42-26 lead marked the biggest halftime lead that USC had held all season.The lead would extend to 26 points in the second half, but a late scoring run manufactured at the free-throw line by Nevada cut USC’s lead to its final 19-point deficit. The Wolf Pack were led by senior Tahnee Robinson, who scored 19 points and also added 6 rebounds. “I thought we did a very good job of containing [Robinson] and all the players around her,” Corral said.In the WNIT’s third round for the first time in school history, USC will play BYU (25-8), the regular-season champions of the Mountain West conference. The Cougars were relegated to the WNIT when they were upset in their conference tournament by one point Utah. The two teams will tip-off in Provo, Utah on Wednesday at 6 p.m. “BYU is another big opponent, and we’re going to have to play as hard as we did today,” Corral said. “We’re hoping to keep playing hard, and hope to get the next four wins [and win the WNIT championship].”last_img read more

Marlins get outfielder Starling Marte in trade with D-backs

first_img Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE First Published: 1st September, 2020 07:16 IST Miami acquired outfielder Starling Marte in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, giving the Marlins a versatile hitter and defender as they try to make a surprising push for the playoffs.The Diamondbacks received pitchers Caleb Smith, Humberto Mejia and a player to be named.The 31-year-old Marte played most of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he was an All-Star in 2016. The two-time Gold Glove winner in left field was traded to the Diamondbacks during the offseason and played well, batting .311 with two homers, eight doubles and five stolen bases while playing center field.Marte is eligible for free agency at the end of the season. He went through personal tragedy in May when his wife, Noelia, died of a heart attack.The Diamondbacks turned into sellers at the trade deadline after losing 10 of their past 11 games. Earlier on Monday, they also traded All-Star left-hander Robbie Ray to the Blue Jays.The Marlins also traded infielder-outfielder Jonathan Villar to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named. Villar is batting .259 with nine stolen bases and is eligible for free agency after this season.The Marlins are in the running for a playoff spot in this year’s expanded 16-team format. They had a COVID-19 outbreak early in the year that kept them off the field for more than a week but have bounced back and their 15-15 record is good for second in the NL East.The 29-year-old Smith has pitched just once this year, giving up one run in three innings on July 25. He was 10-11 with a 4.52 ERA in 28 starts in 2019. The 23-year-old Mejia made his big league debut earlier this year and has a 5.40 ERA in three starts.Image credits: AP COMMENTcenter_img Written By Last Updated: 1st September, 2020 07:16 IST Marlins Get Outfielder Starling Marte In Trade With D-backs Miami acquired outfielder Starling Marte in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, giving the Marlins a versatile hitter and defender as they try to make a surprising push for the playoffs LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Clayton Kershaw will make Dodgers season debut Monday

first_imgST. LOUIS — Clayton Kershaw will make his season debut for the Dodgers on Monday against the Cincinnati Reds.Kershaw rejoined the Dodgers in St. Louis on Wednesday after making a rehab start with Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he talked with Kershaw on Thursday morning and the decision was made to activate him from the injured list Monday, giving Kershaw five days off between starts.“He feels good. We feel good about it,” Roberts said. “He’s chomping at the bit.”Kershaw was shut down briefly during spring training with shoulder inflammation. Once he restarted his throwing program, he wasn’t able to build up and go through the spring progression in time for Opening Day, ending his streak of eight consecutive Opening Day starts. Playing at altitude, the baseball does “certain things – or doesn’t do certain things,” Roberts said. Breaking balls aren’t as sharp at altitude.“So now when you’re not at altitude, there’s an adjustment that most hitters probably have a tough time adjusting to,” he said. “The numbers say our hitters have had it ”FRESH ARMThe Dodgers sent reliever JT Chargois back to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday after he pitched in the previous two games. Right-hander Jaime Schultz was recalled from Triple-A.Schultz made one appearance for OKC to start the year, allowing one run on one hit and a walk while striking out three in 1-1/3 innings.UP NEXTBrewers (RHP Corbin Burnes, 0-1, 9.90 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Julio Urias, 0-0, 3.12 ERA), Friday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM “It’s going to be determined on how these next couple days go,” he said before Thursday’s game.SEAGER STATUSShortstop Corey Seager left Thursday’s game in the fourth inning after being hit in the left hamstring by a pitch.“It’s alright,” Seager said after the game. “I had some veins that kind of balled up and knotted up and got hard so they wanted to just kind of check it out.”Seager received treatment on the bruise and was feeling better as the Dodgers headed for the airport. He will be re-evaluated Friday to see how the injury responds to the flight. But he said he didn’t expect it to keep him out of the lineup.MILE HIGH HANGOVERIs there a Coors Field after-effect?When the Dodgers followed their sweep in Denver with a four-game sweep by the Cardinals, statistician Rick Krajewski went back through the past six seasons and found the Dodgers have gone 22-36 in the series immediately following a trip to Coors Field.Roberts saw the statistic and wasn’t surprised.“It makes sense,” he said. “Just the recovery of how your body responds (after playing at altitude), that’s one part of it. Also, just kind of what your eyes have seen for three or four days in Denver … I think it’s more the characteristics of the baseball and how your body responds to being at that altitude.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Kershaw made two rehab starts, going 4-1/3 innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City last Friday, then throwing 81 pitches in six innings for Tulsa this week. Roberts said that should be enough to let Kershaw pitch Monday without any restrictions.“If things are going well as far as where he’s built up, absolutely,” Roberts said. “We also have to bake in the intensity of a major-league game. We’ve done what we can to put him in the best chance to help himself and help us and obviously not put the bullpen in jeopardy as far as his workload.”Kershaw pitched five scoreless innings for Tulsa but allowed two home runs in the sixth inning Tuesday. The left-hander’s velocity was 88-91 mph most of the night but Roberts said he did “touch” 92 mph.“I saw all the velocities with the different pitches. I saw the sequencing and obviously talked to him,” Roberts said. “For him, it was kind of a tuneup, Double-A hitters. I’m just kind of going on his words as far as he felt good and felt positive coming out of it.”Meanwhile, the Dodgers have not named a starter for Saturday’s game, when they will need to replace Hyun-Jin Ryu (on the injured list with a groin injury). Julio Urias will start Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers and Ross Stripling on Sunday. Roberts said the choice is either promoting a pitcher from the minors for one start or possibly a “bullpen game, which is not ideal.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

Plea change hearing scheduled for Lake Mills woman accused of pointing gun while drunk

first_imgMANLY — A plea change hearing is set for a Lake Mills woman accused of pointing a gun at another person. 33-year-old Jennie Aasland was accused of pointing a gun at a woman and her family on July 7th in Manly. Authorities say a pistol was found in the gravel between Aasland and the victim, and that Aasland admitted at the time of the incident to driving to Manly with a blood alcohol level of .205, which is two-and-a-half times above the legal limit. Aasland was originally charged with assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, unauthorized possession of an offensive weapon, and second-offense OWI. Her trial was scheduled to start on January 22nd, but online court records show that District Judge Rustin Davenport on Monday approved the scheduling of a plea change hearing in the case for February 3rd in Worth County District Court.last_img read more

SMB up 2-0

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Still missing seven-foot center Greg Slaughter, Gin Kings coach Tim Cone unveiled a trump card in Prince Caperal, who scattered a career-best 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting.Japeth Aguilar had 28 points, but failed to score in overtime, where the Gin Kings also went scoreless in the final minute.In Game 2 of the other Final Four duel, NLEX braces for a big Magnolia fightback when it shoots for a 2-0 lead at 7 p.m. on Monday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.SAN MIGUEL 104—Fajardo 33, Lassiter 25, Cabagnot 13, Ross 13, Santos 11, Ganuelas-Rosser 7, Heruela 2, Pessumal 0, De Ocampo 0, Espinas 0.BARANGAY GINEBRA 102—Aguilar 28, Caperal 26, Devance 11, Thompson 10, Cruz 10, Tenorio 8, Mercado 7, Mariano 2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trailing 98-102 after Joe De Vance’s triple with a little over a minute remaining, the Beermen turned to Lassiter who scored on an outback and a couple of free throws to tie the game at 102 with 15 seconds left.The Gin Kings committed a five-second violation on their inbound play, setting the stage for Lassiter’s heroics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Marcio had the presence of mind but we know we got lucky,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.Arwind Santos sent the game to overtime with a triple with 13.4 seconds remaining after another offensive rebound off a Fajardo miss. Held to just nine points in Game 1, Fajardo had game-highs of 33 points and 19 rebounds in 49 minutes of action. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson FEU, UST rule street dance LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Quarters: 25-30, 42-55, 70-73, 95-95 (reg.), 104-102 (OT)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcio Lassiter knocked in San Miguel Beer’s last six points, including a putback with 3.4 seconds remaining in overtime, as the defending champion rallied past Barangay Ginebra, 104-102, before a huge Sunday night crowd to gain a commanding 2-0 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Lassiter, who finished with 25 points, tipped in a missed layup by teammate June Mar Fajardo for the game-winning basket as the Beermen completed a remarkable comeback from 15 points in the second quarter to move within a win from booking a return trip to the finals.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more