Spain hit Argentina for six , England held by Italy

first_imgSPAIN 6 ARGENTINA 1Spain sent out a warning to their World Cup rivals as Isco grabbed a hat-trick in a 6-1 thrashing of Argentina, who were missing the injured Lionel Messi, in a friendly on Tuesday.On what was supposed to be a historic night for Argentina captain Javier Mascherano, who joined Javier Zanetti on 142 caps as his country’s record appearance holder, things quickly turned sour as Diego Costa, Thiago and Iago Aspas also found the net.It will have made uneasy viewing for coach Jorge Sampaoli and emphasised more than ever how reliant his side are on their talisman Messi, who has been struggling with a muscle problem.Should the Barcelona forward be missing at any point during this year’s finals in Russia, Argentina are likely to struggle judging by their meek surrender in the Spanish capital.Without Messi on the pitch there was room for someone to take the game by the scruff of the neck and Real Madrid’s outstanding Isco filled the void.The diminutive midfielder dictated play from the centre of the pitch throughout as Spain ruthlessly and consistently exploited the high Argentine defensive line.“I’m not going to discover anything else about how much I like Isco and having him here with us,” Spain coach Julen Lopetegui said.“We’ve beaten a team with a strong history who got to the final of the last World Cup. Obviously, once we’re there you start from scratch and they had a couple of important absentees but we’re happy – it’s a real match and a deserved win.”Argentina might have taken the lead in the opening five minutes, but striker Gonzalo Higuain volleyed wide from close range which was an omen of things to come.Costa then bravely prodded in from close range after 12 minutes, despite being clattered by goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Both players required lengthy treatment and eventually left the pitch at different stages.Romero’s replacement, Chelsea back-up Willy Caballero, who starred in Friday’s 2-0 win over Italy, suffered a nightmare. A wayward pass with his first touch saw Isco gleefully sweep home Spain’s second in the 27th as they threatened to run riot.Defender Nicolas Otamendi briefly offered the visitors hope as he towered above the defence to nod in before the break.But after the restart it was again all Spain with haphazard goalkeeping and defending all contributing to a procession for the former world champions, who condemned Argentina to their heaviest defeat since a 2009 loss by the same score to Bolivia.ENGLAND 1 ITALY 1England were held to a 1-1 draw by Italy after Lorenzo Insigne netted an 86th-minute penalty, awarded by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), on Tuesday to take the edge off what had been a highly satisfactory World Cup build-up week for the hosts.England went ahead in the 26th minute with a fierce shot by Jamie Vardy and, following their 1-0 win in the Netherlands on Friday, looked on course for another big scalp and a sixth consecutive clean sheet without ever really hitting top gear.Italy, in rebuilding mode after a shock failure to qualify for this year’s World Cup, saw three good early chances missed by Ciro Immobile and looked to be falling to a second successive defeat after their toothless 2-0 loss to Argentina on Friday.However, the referee then consulted the VAR to rule that James Tarkowski had tripped Italy substitute Federico Chiesa, leaving Insigne to lash home the spot kick at Wembley.GERMANY 0 BRAZIL 1Brazil edged past world champions Germany 1-0 in their international friendly on Tuesday to snap their opponents’ 22-match unbeaten run and exact some measure of revenge for their 2014 World Cup semi-final humiliation.Gabriel Jesus headed in the winner in the 38th minute as Brazil, beaten just once under coach Tite and missing injured talisman Neymar, beat a second-string German team to restore some pride after their 7-1 loss to the Europeans four years ago.The Germans were hoping to match their record of 23 games without defeat but they lacked their usual spark, with several key players injured or rested, including Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller.Germany coach Joachim Loew made seven changes to the team that drew 1-1 against Spain on Friday as they prepare for a World Cup title defence in Russia in June. Tuesday friendlies results:(half-time) Côte d’Ivoire (2) 2 Moldova (0) 1 Denmark (0) 0 Chile (0) 0 Egypt (0) 0 Greece (1) 1 Senegal (0) 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina (0) 0 Slovenia (0) 0 Belarus (1) 2 Romania (0) 1 Sweden (0) 0 Luxembourg (0) 0 Austria (2) 4 Germany (0) 0 Brazil (1) 1 Belgium (2) 4 Saudi Arabia (0) 0 Poland (2) 3 Korea Republic (0) 2 Colombia (0) 0 Australia (0) 0 Morocco (2) 2 Uzbekistan (0) 0 England (1) 1 Italy (0) 1 Nigeria (0) 0 Serbia (0) 2 Spain (2) 6 Argentina (1) 1 United States (1) 1 Paraguay (0) 0 Iceland (1) 1 Peru (1) 3 Mexico (0) 0 Croatia (0) 1last_img read more

Yadram, Royal salvage win for Young WI

first_imgPIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa (CMC): Opener Bhaskar Yadram struck a critical half-century, but West Indies Under-19 were forced to overcome a late-innings slump before pulling off a two-wicket win over South Africa Under-19s in the second Youth One-Day International yesterday. Set a modest 208 for victory, the young Windies were coasting along at 165 for three in the 39th over, but suffered a collapse where five wickets tumbled for 35 runs in the space of 31 balls. Tottering on 200 for eight in the 44th, the Caribbean side were rescued by the lion-hearted Jeavor Royal, who ended unbeaten on 31 off 17 deliveries to take the team over the line. Yadram had earlier top-scored with 81 off 116 balls, while captain Emmanuel Stewart chipped in with 45 off 69 balls. Sixteen-year-old fast-bowler Gerald Coetzee led the attack with two for 55. The South Africans had been limited to 207 for eight off their 50 overs, after opting to bat first at City Oval, with wicketkeeper Wandile Makwetu top-scoring with 53 and openers Matthew Breetzke (37) and Jiveshan Pillay (36) playing supporting roles. Left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop claimed two for 30 from his 10 overs while Royal, also a left-arm spinner, laid the groundwork for his eventual all-round display with two for 34. The hosts got a healthy start from Breetzke and Pillay, the pair adding 81 for the first wicket before Royal’s introduction triggered a collapse, where four wickets perished for nine runs in the space of 38 deliveries. The five-match series is tied 1-1, with the next game scheduled for Friday at the same venue.last_img read more

Another day another drama at City Hall

first_imgDear Editor,For the citizens of our capital city, it is always ‘another day another drama’ at City Hall in Georgetown.More recently, it has been the shooting of a prisoner at the Bourda Outpost of the Georgetown City Constabulary by a City Constable that brings to the fore once again the extraordinary level of incompetence, poor leadership and venality of the Council at the highest levels, both administrative and political.The City Constable opening fire at a fleeing unarmed man who was not facing him, not attacking him, nor posing any danger to him or his colleagues at the station, was just simply reckless and uncalled for.Why couldn’t the Constable shoot the prisoner in a non-fatal area? Could he not have fired a warning shot? Could he not have used a baton instead of a gun?Does the City Constabulary have a shoot-first and shoot to kill rules of engagement policy? At the end of this year, we need to elect a Mayor, a City Council, appoint a new Town Clerk and senior administrators that will force all City Constables to be retrained to abide by different rules of engagement.Why the news coming out of City Hall is always so depressing? When will sanity returns there? The Town Clerk is always proudly boasting that the City Constabulary is the oldest Police force in the country, however he does not speak of how uncontrolled, badly trained and dangerous they are. I think the time has come for the national Police to take over this errant Constabulary department. But more importantly, I think it is time for Georgetown to get a new Mayor and a new Town Clerk who can properly lead our capital in this modern enlightened period.Sincerely,Amber Valentinelast_img read more


first_img Print Friendly Version Story Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues badminton team heads to Oshawa, Ont., in search of their fourth straight provincial title at the 2019 OUA championship, presented by Canuck Stuff, February 15-17, hosted by UOIT.Three-time OUA most valuable player Bethany So will look to lead the Blues to their fifth OUA banner in the past seven seasons. The five-time OUA all-star went undefeated for the second-straight year at last season’s OUA championship.Fellow veterans Giselle Chan and Vivian Kwok are also expected to lead the dominant Blues squad this weekend. Both Chan and Kwok have been named OUA all-stars for the Blues for the past two seasons.Rookie standout Katie Ho-Shue is also a Varsity Blues to watch for as she makes her OUA championship debut this weekend.Leading the men’s events will be Marcus Waskiw-Ford and Johnathan Lai.Waskiw-Ford went undefeated at last year’s OUA championship en route to all-star honours. The Montreal native won every men’s singles match her competed in, while also pairing with Chan to go a perfect 5-0 in mixed doubles.Lai makes his return after a one-year hiatus. He earned both OUA rookie of the year and all-star honours at the 2017 championship.The round robin matches between the 10 squads get served up over the first day and a half of competition, starting at 9:15am on Friday, February 15 and wrapping up with the 1:00pm matches the following day. Knockout rounds and championship matches will wrap up the festivities from there, with the banners being doled out on Sunday, February 17.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnaptChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athleticslast_img read more

‘I’d love to see Spurs sign him’ – Midfielder parts ways with the Gunners

first_imgFrench midfielder Abou Diaby has been officially released by Arsenal.The 29-year-old, who originally joined the Gunners from Auxerre in 2006, has endured an injury plagued stay in north London.In truth, he’s spent far more time on the treatment table rather than the pitch.Although Arsene Wenger has kept the faith for several years, hoping Diaby would one day return to full fitness, patience has finally run out and the midfielder is now a free agent.Could another Premier League club take a chance on the France international this summer? Is he capable of doing a job? Or should he call time on his career?Fans have had their say on Diaby and you can see the best reaction to his release below… ‘I’d love to see Pochettino sign him for Spurs’ – Fans react as Arsenal release injury prone midfielder Abou Diaby 1last_img read more


first_imgThis month, October 2012, will see the Peadar O’Donnell Weekend held once again in the Rosses area of West Donegal.This annual event which has been running now for a number of years and has become a fixed date in the calanders of many interested in politics, writing and the arts.It celebrates the life and times of republican, socialist activist and accomplished writer Peadar O’ Donnell, with various events being held ranging from talks and debates, staging of plays, musical performances and historical tours of the area. Peadar O’Donnell was born in Meenmore on the outskirts of Dungloe in 1893. Coming from a working class environment typical of the area and times, O’Donnell excelled in his education.He went on to teacher training college in Dublin straight from school and unlike many of his contempories only spent one short summer in Scotland looking for work.Unsuccessful, his brother sent him back to Ireland but Peadar’s time in Glasgow exposed him to more harsh realities of poverty and of the inequalities in society.After qualifying as a teacher in 1913 O’Donnell returned to Donegal, teaching on the islands of Arranmore and Inishkerragh and soon involved himself in the trade unions. By 1917 he was a teacher’s representive for a local union and soon after became a full-time union organizer for the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. As the Irish War of Independence loomed O’Donnell joined the IRA and was soon within the senior ranks of the movement.Being a follower of James Connolly, Peader O’Donnell believed not only in republicanism, but also in a social revolution living in a time of huge inequalities. Through-out his life he continued to campaign on behalf of the working classes and the most marginalised in society founding movements, political parties and unions such as The Anti-Tribute League, Saor Éire and the Republican Congress.The Peadar O’Donnell Weekend now celebrates the man’s multifaceted life, with this year’s event being no different and is possibly all the more poignant given the current national and global economic meltdown, which once again sees poverty and mass unemployment on the rise.The organisers of this year’s event hope that current social and global conditions will spark interest in the thinking and ideas of Peadar O’Donnell and hope for well attended and lively discussions.This year’s events will begin on Friday 19th October in Dungloe and will feature talks on various subjects from the current state of the euro, oppression, sovereign debt and republicanism with contributions from speakers and veteran activists such as Bernadette McAliskey and Tommy McKearney along with politicians Thomas Pringle, Paul Murphy, Marian Harkin and Greek MP Yiannis Stathas and many others. There will also be other events such as a book fair, debates, book launch, musical evenings, workshops and an archeological tour of the local area. A play entitled ‘Bassam’ by an Israeli playwrite/director and based on a true Palestinian story will also feature with an open discussion afterwards with the playwrite and the Palestinian actor.With a varied mix of events through-out the weekend, which runs from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October, the organisers hope for a good turnout over the three days.More information on the weekend can be accessed on the events Facebook page, “Peadar O Donnell Weekend” or by telephoning  Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig  0868845476.LEADING SPEAKERS LINED UP FOR ANNUAL PEADER O’DONNELL WEEKEND was last modified: October 13th, 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:LEADING SPEAKERS LINED UP FOR ANNUAL PEADER O’DONNELL WEEKENDlast_img read more

Enlarged activities area OK’d

first_imgNEWHALL – The Santa Clarita Senior Center will expand an activity room this fall after receiving some funding and operational approval on Tuesday from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The project extends the center’s multipurpose room by about 1,200 square feet by building onto an existing outdoor patio and enclosing it. The extra space will be used for a conference room and two more activity rooms, each about 350 square feet. “It’s so needed,” said Robin Clough, recreation and volunteer coordinator. “We’re just bursting at the seams here.” About $244,000 toward construction comes from the city of Santa Clarita through a community development block grant program and an additional $30,000 from the county. The Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging, the nonprofit organization that oversees the center, is contributing about $10,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2However, construction costs have risen by about 20 percent since the original plans for the improvements were made five years ago, and the nonprofit needs to find additional funding to cover the difference, said Brad Berens, the committee’s executive director. Still, he said that won’t stop the project, expected to be completed by December. “This project – come hell or high water – we have to make it happen,” he said. In addition, the architect’s design for the project still needs approval by the county Planning Commission before hammers will start swinging and saws will start buzzing behind the center. The expansion will relieve some of the day to day use of the multipurpose room, which often serves as a gym in the morning with aerobic classes, tai chi and ballroom dancing, and then as a lunch room in the afternoon. In addition, it will be ideal for a computer lab where seniors learn about the Internet and take keyboard classes. Today, computers for those classes are stored in cabinets, taken down and set up for each class because there isn’t enough permanent room for them, Clough said. About 800 seniors come to the Market Street facility each day, with the majority coming in for lunch. The center, which opened in 1983, serves about 7,000 seniors throughout the area with home-delivered meals, exercise classes, social activities and medical assessments. As a room full of seniors at the center Tuesday finished their lunch, their cartons of milk and cups of coffee, 82-year-old Miggy Mirabella slipped on her high-heeled tap shoes. Her tap class was starting soon and she hoped the room of diners would quickly clear up so she could start click-clacking away on the room’s hardwood floors. Dance class often starts before all the lunch tables are folded up and stored, she said. “They should put the dining room somewhere else,” she said. (661) 257-5254160Want 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

Senior Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsGroup Crafts, 9 a.m.-noon in Room A2. Computer Training, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room A1. Chair exercise class, 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the dining room. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Computer training for the visually impaired will be offered, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room A3. Canasta will be played, 1-4 p.m. in Room A2. Country-western line dancing will be taught, 2-3 p.m. in the dining room. Cost: $3. Oil painting class, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Room A3. TUESDAY T’ai chi ch’uan class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. in the dining room. Aqua Fitness classes, 8:30, 8:45 and 9:45 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments in Saugus. Bridge will be played, 9 a.m. in Room A1. Low-impact aerobics, 8:45-9:30 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments in Saugus. Mixed Media, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room A2. Country-western line dancing will be taught, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $3. Water aerobics, 8:30-9:30 a.m. (fast paced) and 9:45-10:30 a.m. (slow paced) at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments. Emotional support, 10-11 a.m. in the Modular. Grief support, 11 a.m.-noon in the Modular. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Creative-writing class, open to all ages, 1-2:30 p.m. in Room A3. Cost: $4 per class. Santa Clarita Senior Hams will meet, 1-2 p.m. in Room A2. Tap dancing will be taught, 2-3 p.m. in the dining room. Yoga will be taught, 4-5 p.m. in the dining room. Watercolor class, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Room A3. Duplicate bridge will be played, 6:45-10 p.m. in the dining room. Call Kathy at (661) 253-1105 or Rand at (661) 295-4644. WEDNESDAY Aerobics class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the dining room. Oil painting class, 9 a.m.-noon in Room A1. Archaeology & Anthropology, 9:30-11:15 a.m. in Room A3. Chair exercise class, 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the dining room. Arthritis exercise group will meet, 10:20-10:50 a.m. in the dining room. Blood pressure checks, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Room A3. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Calligraphy class, 1-2:30 p.m. in Room A3. Line Dance, 6:30-8 p.m. THURSDAY T’ai chi ch’uan class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. in the dining room. Aqua Fitness classes, 8:30, 8:45 and 9:45 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments in Saugus. Low-impact aerobics, 8:45-9:30 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments in Saugus. Bridge will be played, 9 a.m. in Room A1. Mixed Media, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Room A2. Computer Training, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room A1. Country-western line dancing will be taught, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $3. Water aerobics, 8:30-9:30 a.m. (fast paced) and 9:45-10:30 a.m. (slow paced) at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Yoga will be taught, 2-3 p.m. in the dining room. Ballroom dancing will be taught, 7-8 p.m. in the dining room. FRIDAY Aerobics class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the dining room. Caregiver support, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Modular.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The following events will take place this week at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. For information, call (661) 259-9444. MONDAY Aerobics class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the dining room. Bridge will be played, 9 a.m. in Room A1. last_img read more

Real Madrid ready to end pursuit of David de Gea as they target Spanish starlet

first_img1 Real Madrid are ready to end their pursuit of Manchester United’s David de Gea in favour of a move for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.Real have been chasing De Gea for a number of years, but they have continually failed to strike a deal for him.Manchester United are absolutely determined to hold onto the Spain international as they see him as a key part of their future.In the past that tough stance has not put Real Madrid off but, according to Marca, they are now prepared to look elsewhere for a new goalkeeper.Specifically, Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa is said to be their No.1 target for the summer and they are aware they can get him for free.The goalkeeper is into the final year of his contract with Bilbao and, as he is unwilling to pen an extension, he can leave for nothing in July 2018. Kepa Arrizabalaga last_img read more