Ireland into World Cup quarter-finals after thrashing Samoa

first_imgJohnny Sexton’s two-try turn dragged 14-man Ireland to the World Cup quarter-finals but Bundee Aki’s red card in the 47-5 win over Samoa could end his tournament.Ireland’s bonus-point victory in Fukuoka sealed a safe passage to the last eight, whatever happens in Japan and Scotland’s typhoon-threatened encounter on Sunday.Joe Schmidt’s men moved top of Pool A and booked a quarter-final against either New Zealand or South Africa, thanks to two tries from Sexton and scores for Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Jordan Larmour, CJ Stander and Andrew Conway.Aki’s red card for a high tackle on UJ Seuteni marred the victory, however, and now the centre born in New Zealand to Samoan parents will face a suspension.The Connacht star had badly wanted to impress against his fatherland, but could now be banned for the remainder of the World Cup.Ireland will not know their quarter-final opponents until the resolution of Sunday’s Yokohama clash between the Brave Blossoms and the Scots.World Rugby will rule on Sunday morning whether that match can beat Typhoon Hagibis and be staged as planned.A cancellation would see the game ruled a scoreless draw and both teams awarded two points, with Scotland eliminated and Japan topping the pool.Ireland would then face New Zealand on Saturday, October 19 with Japan taking on the Springboks the following day.Schmidt’s men were at least able to ride out the nation’s first World Cup red card with precious little issue.Aki’s dismissal carried plenty of parallels with CJ Stander’s red card against his native South Africa in 2016. Stander was left gutted to be sent off in his first match against his homeland, but even then Ireland prevailed, winning 26-20 in the first Test of that summer series.So it proved in Fukuoka too, with Ireland moving on easily enough but still counting the cost.A textbook penalty lineout maul handed Ireland the perfect start, with captain Best claiming the first try just three minutes in.Samoa hooker Seilala Lam was sin-binned for a high shot on Jacob Stockdale, paving the way for Ireland to strike again.Another penalty lineout maul pushed Ireland into the 22, and Furlong bulldozed through four defenders to claim a fine try.James Ryan rescued Ireland with a stunning lineout steal in his own 22, and that set Ireland en route to try number three, with Larmour breaking the line and sending Sexton home.Sexton’s third conversion had Ireland 21-0 ahead and cruising at the end of the first quarter.Despite Jack Lam squeezing in for a Samoa try Ireland were still comfortable – but then everything changed with Aki’s red card.The teak-tough centre of Samoan descent thundered into Seuteni, connected with his head – and was standing upright enough in the process to warrant a straight dismissal.And so Ireland were left to battle more than 50 minutes with 14 men, in a huge test of their World Cup resolve.But just as when Stander was sent off against South Africa in 2016, so here too Ireland rode out Aki’s red card.Schmidt’s side even stole the bonus-point score before the break, Conor Murray sneaking down a poorly-defended blindside and sending Sexton in for his second try of the night.Ireland extended that 26-5 interval lead when Larmour crossed on the right flanker, courtesy of more fine work from Murray and Sexton.TJ Ioane was then sin-binned for repeated Samoan infringement, paving the way for another Ireland score.Replacement lock Jean Kleyn was denied a try, held up over the line – but on the very next attack his Munster team-mate Stander bulldozed over.Joey Carbery’s smartly stubbed grubber kick let Conway steam home too to seal the victory late on.last_img read more

Staying true to form

first_imgGuyana’s Attorney General, Basil Williams, has again found himself embroiled in a scandal, after he allegedly threatened a High Court Judge whilst sending a clear signal to judicial officials that they either conform and comply with his expectations by handing down favourable rulings to the Government regardless of the merits or demerits of cases brought against the State, or face the detrimental consequences which could follow if they dissent.The AG, who was recently promoted by his boss, President David Granger, to the coveted post of Senior Counsel, also sought, shortly after the drama which unfolded in the Judge’s chambers, to deny publicly that he had ever directly or indirectly threatened the Judge. He went further by attempting to discredit Anil Nandlall’s version of what actually took place in Court, with the help of two junior Attorneys from his chambers.But just when the public was buying the arguments put forward by the AG, who appeared to be the victim of the nasty politics being played by Mr Nandlall, who is also a former AG, in steps the Judge with a full statement on the matter. In classic Shakespearian style, Justice Franklin Holder’s statement exposed the current AG’s apparent deceptive nature and the fact that he was deliberately misleading the public to shield his misconduct during the court case; as well as his apparent distasteful behavior, which bordered on contempt before the Courts.Now uncertain about what next damage control device to kick into high gear, Mr Williams retreated from the public limelight, which he so often enjoys, but is soon confronted by Guyana’s ever vigilant media. Faced with a series of blistering questions from the media corps, the AG is forced to swallow his pride and demonstrate some sort of humility and regret or repentance. The tone and mood were set by media operatives who appeared sympathetic to his Government, and were appropriate for him to do so, but the Senior Counsel refused, and instead chose to strike again.When one examines the gravamen of his response, he, in essence, declined to offer an apology to the Judge and the Judiciary for the alleged disrespect he demonstrated. By doing so, Mr Williams again has shown disregard for his colleagues in the field of law and the Bar. He has also expressed indifference to mounting public dissatisfaction over the incident and his collective performance as the country’s AG. By his own actions, he has also proven that he is not answerable to the people, but to those who pay him, as he knows that his job in the coalition Government is secure, given Mr Granger’s track record on the subject of disciplining his ministers.And as expected, the President, staying true to form, has already put on his scarce camera face. He claims that he has asked the AG for an explanation, but no one is fooled. As was the case when Ministers Nicolette Henry, Joseph Harmon, Volda Lawrence and George Norton found themselves in similar scandals, no direct disciplinary action will be taken. It will be business as usual until another scandal erupts, maybe in Mr Williams’s Ministry or some other part of the Government.This is most unfortunate, because the Government’s popularity and creditability are sinking because of Ministers like Mr Williams. In fact, it is Mr Granger’s inherent refusal to take direct charge of his ship and crew that will see the coalition Government ultimately being defeated. The public is not likely to demonstrate indifference in 2020, because Mr Granger’s cabinet is demonstrating higher levels of incompetence and mismanagement of public funds that what was demonstrated by any PPP-led government in Guyana’s pre and post- independence history.This Government has also become infamous for the adumbration of some of the poorest socio-economic policies, which threaten the livelihoods of the very same people it claims it wants to protect. It is clear that the coalition’s policies are failing. From the decisions to hike the super salaries of the APNU/AFC Ministers, to VAT on private education, to the controversial parking meters’ project, to the hardship caused by the unbelievable spate of new tax measures, to the pharmaceutical scandals and corruption, to mishandling of probes by the Government-controlled Special Organised Crime and State Assets Recovery units, to the looming increases on tuition fees for students of the University of Guyana, all of the coalition’s policies are failing.The attitude demonstrated by Mr Williams is unforgiveable. His appointment as both a Senior Counsel and AG should be revoked, because he has tarnished both offices and brought the legal profession into disrepute. Recall the scandals with the appointment of the Deputy Registrar; the cases the State lost because of the AG’s actions, as alleged publicly by the Deputy Solicitor General; and a host of other matters which remain unaddressed, including the diatribe of attacks launched on former Chancellor Carl Singh.President Granger must stand on principle, or he will soon lose the moral and political rectitude, or acumen, to lecture the PPP, or anyone for that matter, on the notion of good governance.last_img read more

Nigeria, Congo fans face Ebola screening

first_imgNigeria, the defending African champions, play Congo at the UJ Esuene Stadium in the Cross River state capital Calabar on Saturday.The venue has a 15,000 capacity and previously hosted qualifying matches for this year’s World Cup.Seven people have died in Nigeria from Ebola — five in the financial capital, Lagos, and two in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, which is 150 kilometres (90 miles) west of Calabar.There have been 18 confirmed cases in the country in total.Nearly 2,000 people have died from the haemmorhagic fever in five West African countries this year, with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia the worst affected.The Confederation of African Football governing body has moved Nations Cup qualifying matches from those countries to neutral venues.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ABUJA, September 4- Fans attending Nigeria’s first Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo on Saturday will have to undergo Ebola screening, the sports commissioner in the southeastern state of Cross River said on Thursday.“We are aware of the deadly effect of Ebola and because of this we have mapped out strategies to ensure that all spectators who come to watch the Eagles are tested for the virus before they are allowed into the stadium,” Patrick Ugbe said.last_img read more

Hoop screams

first_img 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBut Clayton White, the chief street services inspector who was supposed to hear the case, needlessly closed the hearing to the public. While it’s true city government is not legally obligated to make such hearings public, there’s no reason for secrecy. It only fuels bad feelings and inflames an already fired-up community activist. YOU’VE got to give credit to Sherman Oaks activist Nate Brogin. Only he could take a petty neighborhood squabble – a dispute over curbside basketball hoops – and turn it into a major issue. Brogin’s b-ball crusade has caught the attention of the media and politicians, who are squabbling over two obscure city ordinances and their enforcement. But city officials have given Brogin plenty of help through bumbling and arrogance. When Brogin showed up for his administrative hearing Tuesday, he tried to bring his neighbors and the press with him – which only seems reasonable, since the issue affects his whole neighborhood and has already garnered media attention. last_img read more

Leicester continue excellent Premier League form with win at Crystal Palace

first_img 3 Getty Images – Getty And Leicester moved back to third place following a seventh win in their opening 11 games, although this wasn’t quite as easy as their 9-0 victory at Southampton last weekend.The Foxes were forced to work hard for the victory in what was an evenly-fought contest.However, despite respectable performances, Palace have emerged from their last three games with just one point.Up next? A trip to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea on a run of five straight wins.Both teams were in the top six before the weekend’s action got underway, but quality was lacking during the opening exchanges with several passes misplaced.Leicester produced a moment of genuine class in the 18th minute when Barnes’ flick took two Palace players out of the game and James Maddison’s pass with the outside of his boot sent Vardy away, but Guaita made himself big and denied the forward an opener. Rodgers was able to celebrate another Leicester win Jamie Vardy became the first player to reach ten goals in the Premier League this season as Leicester continued their fine campaign with a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.The Englishman returned to the top of the goalscoring charts with a late strike to double to Foxes’ advantage following Caglar Soyuncu’s second-half opener. AFP or licensors Getty Images – Getty Kasper Schmeichel was the centre of attention not long after, but not for a save. He had to kick away several objects being chucked onto the pitch from fans in the Holmesdale End.It was one of the main talking points of a dull first half in south London, with the two sides cancelling each other out.Palace did finish strongly with Jeffrey Schlupp’s deflected effort tipped over by old team-mate Schmeichel before Jonny Evans got his face in the way of Luka Milivojevic’s low effort.Evans picked up a yellow card three minutes into the second half when he cynically brought down the rampaging Cheikhou Kouyate and Wilfried Zaha – on his 300th league appearance – curled wide moments later.Both sides had more purpose about their play and Guaita stopped Evans from breaking the deadlock with 56 minutes played with a fine save from his bullet header.It was temporary respite for Palace, though, as Leicester did take the lead a minute later through their other centre back. Soyuncu bagged his first Leicester goal 3 3 Vardy can’t stop scoring Maddison’s corner could only be flicked on by Eagles defender Patrick Van Aanholt at the front post and Soyuncu stooped low to head past Guaita.The contest at Selhurst Park had become a lot more open and Schlupp almost produced a leveller with 20 to go, but Ben Chilwell deflected his shot wide with his knee.Hodgson introduced Christian Benteke and Max Meyer in an attempt to force an equaliser, but Leicester brought on Demarai Gray and Wes Morgan and the former helped them wrap up the points in the 88th minute.Gray found Vardy in the area and the former England striker rifled in on the turn for his 10th goal of the season as the Foxes made it four consecutive wins with a professional performance in the capital.last_img read more

Boys Sectional Draw pits Salem against Madison, Eastern vs. Paoli and WW vs. Crothersville

first_imgThe Championship game is to be played at 7:30p on March 7.Admission tickets will be $6 per session or $10 for all sessions.The second team listed will serve as the home team. The Indiana boys sectional draw was announced on Sunday afternoon. Opening round games will be played on March 3rd and 4th with the semifinals set for Friday March 6th and the sectional finals for Saturday March 7th. CLASS 3 ACorydon Sectional 30 – Brownstown, Charlestown, Corydon Central, Madison, North Harrison, Salem, Scottsburg, Silver CreekSalem will face Madison in the first game of the sectional on March 3 at 6p. Silver Creek and Madison face off in game two at 7:30p. The winners of both of these games will face off in the Semi-Final game on March 6 at 6p.On March 4, Scottsburg and North Harrison battle for a chance to play the winner of the Corydon and Charlestown winner in the semi-final game on March 6 at 7:30p.The championship game will be March 7 at 7:30p.CLASS 2 A Crawford County Sectional 46 will feature Clarksville, Crawford County, Eastern, Henryville, Paoli, Providence.Eastern will play Paoli in the first game of the sectional on March 3 at 6p. The winner of this game will play Clarksville in the semi-final game on March 6 at 6p.Providence will face Henryville in game 2 at 7:30p.  The winner of this game will play Crawford County on March 6 for the semi-final at 7:30p.The Championship game will be played on March 7 at 7:30p.Class 1 AOrleans Sectional 61 will feature Crothersville, Medora, Orleans, Springs Valley, Trinity Lutheran, West WashingtonWest Washington will face Crothersville in the first game on March 3 at 6p. The winner goes to the semi-final game with Trinity Lutheran on March 6 at 6p.Orleans will play Springs Valley at 7:30p. The winner faces Medora in the Semi-final game on March 6 at 7:30p.To get a look at all sectional action around the state – click here read more

Pitch drier than expected: Samaraweera

first_imgSri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera expects the wicket to take spin from the third day as it was drier than expected and said his side would look to pile up runs tomorrow to press for a win in the second cricket Test against India here.Samaraweera, who was unbeaten on 65 in Sri Lanka’s 293 for four at stumps on the first day, said the P Sara Oval pitch was drier than before and more spin-friendly than normally expected.”The pitch has much less moisture than expected. So it is much drier and it will start spinning after Day Two. So we have to score runs tomorrow and we are in a good position now,” said Samaraweera, who averages above 50 in the 60 Tests he has played so far.He said the pitch was not easy to bat on but felt his side’s batsmen had done well on the opening day.”The pitch was not easy to bat on and some balls from fast bowlers were stopping before reaching the bat. So it was not easy to play shots straightaway, you need to settle down.But we had done well so far,” he said.Asked if he was looking for a century tomorrow, Samaraweera said, “I will take an ice bath and think over. I have been doing well in the series. I would be happy if I score big tomorrow.”Samaraweera was unbeaten on 76 and 10 in the second Test while he was out for a duck in the first.last_img read more

Bolts defuse Hotshots

first_img“We got banged up a little because it’s our fifth game in a week,” said Dillinger.That busy schedule helped the Bolts keep the momentum going, especially after a scrambling win over Blackwater in the quarterfinals.“We put that D (defense) on them tonight,” added Dillinger. “The ability to give out the D was the key for us.”After Lee hit a twinner for a 66-57 lead, that “D” held up until the end.Star, despite its array of shooters, failed to take a single shot except for Mark Barocca’s miss in the last 1:16.ADVERTISEMENT Competitive UP good for UAAP Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES It also helped that Meralco import Allen Durham came back from ankle injury to score 23 points and grab 23 rebounds.Ginebra San Miguel and Talk ‘N Text begin their own series at 7 p.m. on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.MERALCO 72—Durham 23, Dillinger 15, Amer 10, Newsome 7, De Ocampo 5, Hodge 5, Lanete 4, Hugnatan 3, Caram 0, Nabong 0, Tolomia 0.STAR 66—Jalalon 15, Barroca 11, Lee 11, Sangalang 9, Acox 7, Simon 6, Pingris 4, Brondial 2, Reavis 1, Dela Rosa 0, Melton 0, Ramos 0.Quarters: 7-21, 32-36, 47-53, 72-66Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans View comments Meralco’s Ranidel De Ocampo eyes the basket off the double team of Star’s PJ Simon and Marc Pingris at the start of their semifinal duel on Sunday in Biñan, Laguna. —PBA IMAGESBIÑAN, Laguna—Jared Dillinger knew that winning the big games means taking the big shots.On Sunday night, the Filipino-American walked the talk as he steered Meralco to a 72-66 win over Star in Game 1 of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-five semifinals series at Alonte Sports Complex here.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Dillinger scored eight of his 15 points in the last three minutes, including the game-tying triple with one minute and 42 seconds left. He followed it up with a barreling drive to hand Meralco the lead for good.“Well you know in the playoffs it’s about taking those big shots,” said Dillinger, who also had five assists for the Bolts who were behind, 7-21, after the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Bolts clamped down on the Hotshots, denying them a basket in the final four minutes to score the win and have a morale-boosting lead in the series which will resume on Tuesday in Santa Rosa, Laguna.But until the final three minutes, Meralco was groping in the dark against Star’s defense that limited the Bolts’ scoring opportunities. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groupslast_img read more

Reader question: How do I get people to open my emails?

first_imgI continue to work my way through the many great reader questions! Thanks for all of them.Today’s question: I’d like to create copy for the subject line for emails that will encourage people to open them. Amazing Results .. Update .. News .. doesn’t seem to work well, especially when trying to reach potential donors. The space is very limited so there’s no room for an explanation of what’s in the email. Any suggestions?Here are some ideas for better subject lines.1. TEST: Before you send out an email blast, test two different subject lines with a smaller subset of your list. Do this always,so you get smarter all the time. 2. PERSONALIZE: Use something personally relevant to the reader to grab attention.3. BE INTERESTING: Make your subject line oddly short, long or different. Above all, make it interesting. My friend Kivi Leroux Miller talks about bad subject lines being a wrapper (example: September Diabetes eNews) and good subject lines being the candy in the wrapper (example: 6 ways to manage your diabetes). Make it interesting, so people open the message in the first place.4. BE FRESH: Don’t say “update” or “news” each time. Focus on what’s actually new!5. BE BRIEF: Put key information right up front since subject lines get cut off. 6. INSTILL URGENCY: Make it clear why your email matters now — “three days left to give”7. BANISH SPAMINESS: Run it through a content-checker, avoid all caps and shun exclamation points.If I had to choose just one of these to convey, I would think it’s #3. My best advice for building a following is to create wonderful content and reflect it in the subject line. People open the emails they know will contain something of value. Provide that value. The rest will follow!For further advice, I recommend Copyblogger’s tips for better email. You can find that here.last_img read more

U.S. government witness in FIFA trial says media companies paid bribes

first_imgA prosecution witness in the U.S. corruption trial of three former soccer officials testified on Tuesday that Fox Sports, Mexico’s Grupo Televisa (TLVACPO.MX) and Brazil’s Globo paid bribes to secure television rights for soccer matches.The testimony came during the first trial to emerge from the U.S. investigation of bribery surrounding FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.Alejandro Burzaco, former head of sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias, named the companies while being questioned by a prosecutor in Brooklyn federal court. Torneos and Fox Sports, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOXA.O), jointly owned a sports marketing venture, T&T Sports Marketing Ltd, according to Burzaco.Fox, Televisa and Globo were not charged by U.S. prosecutors in the case.Televisa spokesman Olmos Cruz Alejandro said the company could not comment without knowing more about the trial testimony. Fox Sports spokeswoman Terri Hines said the company had no immediate comment.Globo denied the allegations and said its internal checks did not find any illegal payments.Prosecutors also showed jurors a contract dated 2008 between T&T and a Turks and Caicos-based entity called Somerton Corp, providing for a $3.7 million payment to Somerton.Burzaco said the contract was signed by James Ganley, former chief operating officer of Fox affiliate Fox Pan American Sports, and was a cover for bribes to people including former Argentine Football Association president and FIFA executive Julio Humberto Grondona, who died in 2014.Ganley is named as a defendant in a 2016 civil lawsuit in a Florida federal court by Florida-based soccer network GolTV, which claims that Ganley and others paid bribes for broadcast rights. Lawyers representing Ganley in that lawsuit could not be reached for comment.advertisementThe three soccer officials on trial in Brooklyn are Juan Angel Napout, former president of the South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL and Paraguay’s soccer federation; Manuel Burga, former president of Peru’s soccer federation; and Jose Maria Marin, former president of Brazil’s soccer federation. Prosecutors claim the three accepted bribes in exchange for the award of rights to soccer tournaments.Burzaco told jurors that he helped arrange bribes paid to all three defendants, though his testimony went far beyond that, describing corruption throughout international soccer.He said Grondona and two other South American soccer officials on FIFA’s executive committee, Nicolas Leoz and Ricardo Teixeira, were bribed to vote for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.After Qatar came up short in the first rounds of voting, Grondona and Teixeira cornered Leoz in a restroom, Burzaco said.”They shake him out and say, ‘What the hell are you doing? Are you the one not voting?'” he said, adding that Qatar was voted host of the 2022 World Cup after the encounter.Leoz, who once led the South American soccer association CONMEBOL, and Teixeira, who led Brazil’s soccer federation, are among the 42 people and entities charged by the United States, but are not in U.S. custody.last_img read more