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Fernandes penalty lifts Man Utd past dogged Copenhagen

first_imgBruno Fernandes scored a penalty in extra time as Manchester United scraped past FC Copenhagen 1-0 on Monday in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, reshaped into an eight-team straight knockout tournament in Germany due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Portugal international notched his competition-best seventh goal of the season as United set up a semi-final clash against Sevilla or Wolves, joining Inter Milan in the last four following the Italian side’s 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in Dusseldorf. “Third time this season we’ve been to the semis, every competition we’ve been in. Delighted we’ve gone through, we deserved to win tonight,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told BT Sport. “Their keeper was fantastic, unbelievable. We hit the post a few times, there were a couple of VAR decisions against us. It could have been one of those nights that you end up with penalty shoot outs. They made it hard for us.”All games from the quarter-finals onwards in this season’s Europa League are being played behind closed doors as one-off ties across four venues — Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen — in a unique format following a five-month interruption.Solskjaer recalled Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial but the 2017 competition winners struggled early, and 18-year-old Copenhagen forward Mohamed Daramy was twice involved as the Danish underdogs threatened a creaking United backline.Eric Bailly intervened just as Daramy attempted to stab home a bouncing cross, and the Ivorian defender was then played into trouble by Fred with Jens Stage’s subsequent effort blocked. Johnsson outstanding in goal Appearing in their first European quarter-final, and the first Danish club to reach this stage since 1997, Copenhagen continued to frustrate United as they sought a repeat of their 1-0 win when the clubs last met in the Champions League group stage in 2006.Martial nearly won the game in normal time but again a sprawling Johnsson tipped away his curling attempt that appeared destined for the top corner.The France striker was once more repelled by Johnsson at the start of extra time, but Martial won a penalty as United kept the attack alive and the striker was upended by Andreas Bjelland.Fernandes blasted home from the spot on 95 minutes but Solskjaer’s team were left to sweat until the end as Johnsson pulled off sensational stops from the Portuguese and substitute Juan Mata, with Victor Lindelof the third United player to strike the post.United though ultimately ensured their 2019-20 campaign will extend into a second year, having started the season 365 days ago with a 4-0 Premier League win over Chelsea. Awaiting them on Sunday will be Sevilla — who have won the Europa League and its precursor, the UEFA Cup, a record five times — or domestic rivals Wolves.Former United striker Romelu Lukaku grabbed the decisive goal for Antonio Conte’s Inter against Leverkusen as the Serie A runners-up moved a step closer to adding to their titles from 1991, 1994 and 1998.Inter struck first as Nicolo Barella guided in from the edge of the area on 15 minutes, with Lukaku bundling in a second six minutes later.Kai Havertz reduced the deficit in possibly his final game for Leverkusen on 25 minutes after exchanging passes with fellow Germany international Kevin Volland, but Inter held on to seal their place against Shakhtar Donetsk or Basel in next week’s semi-final.”The defense did a tremendous job again tonight. We are growing but we have to learn to kill games off when we have the chances to do it, and we didn’t tonight,” said Lukaku.”Now we have time to recover physically and prepare for another great game. We will have to be ready.” Rashford finally tested Karl-Johan Johnsson just before the interval with a long-range shot — the first of a multitude of saves for Copenhagen’s outstanding Swedish goalkeeper. Greenwood looked to have put United ahead as he drilled in via the far post moments later only for the teenager to be ruled offside following a VAR review.He again went close early in the second half when he slammed against the upright, with Fernandes promptly smacking the opposite post with a dipping 20-yard drive. The Portugal international, who scored five times in the group stage with Sporting, stung the palms of Johnsson with another hit from distance — shortly after Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a desperation block to thwart Bryan Oviedo after a mesmerizing dribble from Rasmus Falk. Topics :last_img read more

Jokowi sees silver lining in coronavirus-induced impact on national sports

first_imgHe added that Indonesian sports needed more household names and inspirational icons whose sporting achievements could shape the industry’s future.Read also: Pandemic creates fresh momentum for new sports blueprintAlso during the virtual event, Jokowi highlighted the importance of developing sports tourism in Indonesia, which could pay dividends to the national economy.Sports tourism also had the potential to create a positive trickle-down effect on regional economies by providing greater exposure to otherwise obscure tourist destinations and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the archipelago, the President said.“As the pandemic continues, more people will [look to] outdoor sports in open nature. We have to use this opportunity to promote Indonesia’s natural beauty,” he said.The COVID-19 epidemic has thrown Indonesia’s sports calendar into disarray, with many high-profile sporting events rescheduled or postponed indefinitely.Earlier this year, the President decided to reschedule the 2020 National Games (PON) to October 2021 because of the health crisis. The games were originally scheduled to be held next month in Papua.Meanwhile, the Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) started its 2020 season in January, but was then suspended the season on March 13 in response to the growing spread of the coronavirus and attendant restrictions.In early August, the sports ministry approved the IBL’s proposal to resume its 2020 season in October. It remains to be seen, however, how the Jakarta administration’s announcement yesterday on reinstating the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) on Monday might affect the sport.Topics : “The current conditions give us the opportunity for a reboot,” said Jokowi. “I call on [all stakeholders] to reflect on themselves and prepare next steps to trigger a massive leap [forward] in the world of sports.”Continuing, he said that sports reform could start by reviewing athlete training and development and bolstering collaboration between independent sports organizations and the Youth and Sports Ministry.Jokowi also urged the sports industry to incorporate the latest scientific and technological advancements, like big data analytics, to absorb more athletic talents and develop a competent management structure.“Remember that we are a country of more than 267 million people, the majority of whom belong to the younger generations. It doesn’t make any sense for us to be short of talented athletes,” Jokowi said. The ongoing COVID-19 health emergency, which has forced Indonesian sports to postpone a host of major events, should be used as an opportunity to “reinvent” the national sports ecosystem, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said.Speaking during a virtual event on Wednesday to mark National Sports Day, the President said that the current circumstances presented a ripe opportunity for far-reaching, system-wide reform to salvage the sports industry, particularly as physical contact was being actively discouraged to protect the public’s health.National Sports Day falls each year on Sept. 9.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf, Former Clinic Escort, Denounces National Effort to Ban Abortion

first_imgPennsylvania Gov. Wolf, Former Clinic Escort, Denounces National Effort to Ban Abortion Healthcare,  Press Release  Harrisburg, PA — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf renewed his vow on Thursday to veto any legislation that infringes on the rights of women to make their own healthcare choices, including abortion. The affirmation comes in the wake of approval of women’s rights-crippling legislation in Missouri, Georgia, and Alabama, and as the Pennsylvania legislature is advancing a new abortion ban.Watch Gov. Wolf’s message to Pennsylvanians on Twitter and Facebook.“Reproductive freedom is under assault across America. The right for women to make their own health care decisions is being corrupted by politicians pushing a cynical and dangerous political agenda,” Governor Wolf said. “These bills are an attempt to criminalize the decisions that women make about their own health care. Horrifyingly, in multiple states, legislation seeks to destroy abortion rights for victims of the horrors of rape and incest.“Let me be clear: I will veto any attempt by politicians to insert themselves in the doctor-patient relationship and ban abortion. From Alabama to Georgia to Ohio to Pennsylvania, women deserve better from their elected leaders. The lack of respect for vulnerable women is stunning. I stand with women in Pennsylvania, and across America, who just want these politicians to give them the privacy and freedom that they deserve.”Gov. Wolf is the first governor in America who served as a Planned Parenthood clinic escort. In 2017, he vetoed a bill that would have criminalized abortion after 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape, incest, health, or tragic fetal anomalies and banned a common procedure used by doctors. May 16, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UK roundup: BHS, TPR, Philip Green, PLSA, Barnardo’s

first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) has started enforcement action against Philip Green and others aimed at making them give financial support to the pension schemes of collapsed UK retail chain BHS.BHS fell into administration in April, leaving the future uncertain for its two defined benefit (DB) pension schemes, the larger of which had a pension deficit of £571m (€641m).The company had been sold to a firm called Retail Acquisition by Green in 2015.TPR said yesterday it sent warning notices (statements of its case) to Green, Taveta Investments, Taveta Investments (No. 2), Dominic Chappell (majority owner of Retail Acquisitions) and Retail Acquisitions. Each notice is more than 300 pages long and sets out the arguments and evidence as to why the regulator believes the respondent should be liable to support the BHS pension schemes, following the sale of the business in March 2015 and its subsequent insolvency.Lesley Titcomb, chief executive of TPR, said: “Our decision to launch enforcement action is an important milestone in our work to attain redress for the thousands of members of BHS schemes who have been placed in this position through no fault of their own.”Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, said: “The Pensions Regulator is doing the right thing today by exercising its powers to begin enforcement action, but, despite the regulator’s best efforts, this is unlikely to result in a quick resolution.”In other news, the pension fund of UK children’s charity Barnardo’s has again lost a battle over the indexing of its pensions benefits so that it follows the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rather than the Retail Prices Index (RPI), after the Court of Appeal of England and Wales upheld an earlier court decision.The RPI has been rising at a faster pace than the other, more recently introduced UK inflation measure of the CPI, and the deficit-hit DB pension scheme may have been able to improve its funding position by switching its indexing basis in this way.The appeals court upheld a ruling that, as sponsoring employer of the pension scheme, Barnardo’s had no power under the 1988 rules of the scheme to substitute the CPI or some other index for the RPI. Fuat Sami, partner at Sackers, said: “Today’s court decision will continue to leave employers and trustees, who have been grappling with this issue, in an unsatisfactory place. “Unless the government moves to consult more widely on amending primary legislation – to relax the existing section 67 requirements that govern members’ rights – the ability of schemes to switch from RPI to CPI will continue to depend on how the scheme rules were originally drafted many years ago. It is essentially a lottery.”Jason Shaw, senior associate at Allen & Overy, said the court’s decision hinged very much on the particular wording of a scheme’s deed and rules, which he said was “an uncertainty that is not particularly helpful for either trustees or employers.”“The Court of Appeal, by majority decision, upheld Warren J’s judgment in the High Court that the wording did not give the trustees a discretion – but the fact there was a disagreement on the wording of the rules shows how complex this issue is,” he said.last_img read more

EMD allocations lead returns at ING, SCA, Unisys

first_imgThe €429m multi-company scheme SCA posted an annual profit of 9.5%. Equity and real estate produced yields of 8.5% and 5.9%, respectively, the scheme said.The pension fund for the hygienic products producer closed the year with a coverage ratio of 98.1%. The Dutch scheme for IT firm Unisys said it had returned more than 9.5% over 2016, with long-duration government bonds and equity delivering 10% and 10.5%, respectively.However, like ING, Unisys had a difficult fourth quarter, losing 2.6%. This included a 6.3% loss on its long government bonds.Equity holdings in the Far East and infrastructure had produced 10.3% and 4.6%, respectively, according to the pension fund. Its coverage stood at 104.3% at year-end.Other Dutch schemes, notably ABP and PFZW, also benefited from strong emerging market debt performance last year. ABP, the Netherlands’ largest pension fund, saw its allocation gain nearly 15%. Emerging market debt was the best performing asset class at the pension funds for Unisys and ING, as well as multi-company scheme SCA.The €27.5bn ING scheme reported an annual return of 10.5%, with equity and credit generating 9.8% and 5%, respectively.The value of its holdings of property and alternative investments increased 11.2% and 10.8%, respectively.However, the pension fund lost 4.6% in the fourth quarter of 2016. Pensioenfonds ING said its funding ratio dropped slightly to 90.4% at the end of the year.last_img read more

The rise of ‘social’ surrogacy

first_imgMail Online 16 April 2014It used to be that surrogacy was considered an option exclusively for infertile couples, but it appears more and more women are doing it for less medically urgent reasons.According to Elle Magazine, ‘social surrogacy’ is on the rise, with mothers choosing not to carry their baby themselves in order not to upset their work life or ‘ruin’ their bodies.‘I call these cases designer surrogacy,’ said San Diego-based fertility doctor Lorni Arnold, whose patients have included a socialite ‘who didn’t want to get fat’ and a runner about to do a marathon.Dr Arnold explained that pregnancy can also be a financial hindrance to women, since it can mean a months-long pause in their career.‘Some women work right up to the moment they deliver, but others can be bedridden for several months,’ she said.That was the reason wedding photographer Mari Smith, who chose not to reveal her real name to the magazine, began considering surrogacy. read more

Mauricio Pochettino keen to keep happy dressing room after Dani Osvaldo mistake

first_img Berahino has cut a divisive figure at West Brom and Pochettino’s desire not to wreck Spurs’ happy camp hints at a cooling of interest in the 22-year-old. “I can tell you now in this case I think it was our mistake, because of what he showed in the problem with Jose Fonte,” Pochettino said of signing Osvaldo at Southampton. “I think in this moment you realise it was a mistake. “I can recognise, and Osvaldo, to be fair, he recognised it was a big mistake for him to come and for us to sign him. But I am very honest about this. “For discipline and good behaviour, it’s important players are always kind with team-mates. It was unacceptable behaviour, and for that we were very strong with him. “Football is a big, big world and it’s impossible for a manager or people in football who make decisions to say they have never ever made a mistake. Anyone saying that is a big liar. “You’ve got to improve and learn from that, to make sure you don’t repeat those mistakes. “It’s a consequence of our decisions that we have a good dressing room at Tottenham now, because it’s not magic. “We have a very good changing room now but we’ve worked very hard to try to build relationships between the players and the staff to create a very good level of training, discipline and mentality. And this is important to keep now. Mauricio Pochettino will not risk Tottenham’s dressing-room harmony after learning from his “mistake” in signing Dani Osvaldo at Southampton. Press Association Spurs boss Pochettino has effectively distanced himself and the north London club from a January deal for West Brom striker Saido Berahino – a long-term target – in highlighting Osvaldo’s unsettling stint at St Mary’s. Osvaldo was suspended by Southampton for two weeks for headbutting Jose Fonte in a training-ground bust-up in January 2014, with three loans then preceding his August 2015 departure. “The most important thing now is to settle and to grow in this idea that we need to work hard, have a good mentality, respect and discipline. This is the most important thing for the future.” Berahino threatened to go on strike after West Brom refused to sell him to Tottenham in the summer, creating a sizeable rift with chairman Jeremy Peace. Taskmaster boss Tony Pulis has continued to clash with the Burundi-born goalscorer as the campaign has unfolded. Both Spurs and Newcastle have been tipped as preparing January bids for the highly rated forward, but Pochettino has vowed to remain hugely discerning on the type of characters Tottenham will recruit. “If you bring someone who is a normal player, and not a good man, then you do it for what? It’s bringing them for the sake of it,” Pochettino said. “You need to bring the right profile and quality enough to help us and improve the squad.” Pochettino insisted Tottenham would only now consider spending £30million on one player if that target could instantly become the club’s biggest star. “For me when you spend more than 15 to 18 million, first you need to bring good things, like good behaviour, responsibility, discipline, professionalism,” the Argentinian said. “Then he should have enough quality to improve the squad, that’s very important. “If we spend 20 to 30 million, we need to be sure this type of player represents a (Gareth) Bale or (Cristiano) Ronaldo for Real Madrid, or (Lionel) Messi or Neymar for Barcelona. “We need to speak about the player that is our best player, and needs to help us achieve a lot of things. “It’s impossible to sign a player for this amount and need to wait for performances. It’s impossible.” last_img read more

Lady Mariner Come Back Falls Short

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) admin Latest Posts Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 DEER ISLE — The visiting Patriots jumped out to an 8-3 lead, then held off the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners in an 8-6 win on Monday at Deer Isle.The Mariners managed just three hits — a solo home run and a single by Anika Powers and a single by Britnie Jones.Erica Hutchins came on in relief of Powers in the pitcher’s circle and didn’t allow a hit in three innings, but the damage already was done. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Bio House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Mexico Set to Announce New Head Coach

first_imgMexico City: The Mexican Football Federation will announce a new men’s national team coach within days, the organisation’s president said. Mexico have been searching for a new head coach since Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio stood down after El Tri’s last-16 elimination at this year’s World Cup in Russia.“We will be announcing decisions and the signing of a contract by the end of the year or in the first days of January,” Mexican federation president Yon de Luisa told reporters late on Sunday. Argentine Gerardo “Tata” Martino is the favourite to assume the role, which has been filled on an interim basis by Brazilian Ricardo Ferretti since August.Fifty six-year-old Martino, whose career has included spells in charge of Barcelona and Argentina, is currently without a club, having parted ways with Atlanta United earlier this month. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Boys volleyball Northstars, Warriors pick up big wins

first_imgWorking from the back line, Brandon Millias finished with 29 assists, adding three kills and two blocks, helped on defense by Trace LaRobardiere, who got 12 digs as Felacsco earned six digs.Another special moment came on Thursday night, when Liverpool, who had lost to F-M 25-16, 26-17, 25-20 last Tuesday, continued its comeback season continued thanks to a dramatic five-set victory over the Baldwinsville Bees.Having lost the first set 25-19, the Warriors were on the brink of a bigger deficit before pulling out the second 26-24 and then controlling the third set 25-16. It was a special Wednesday night as the Cicero-North Syracuse boys volleyball team met Fayetteville-Manlius, as once again area boys volleyball sides joined up to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,The match itself merely reinforced the Northstars’ place atop the SCAC Metro division as it claimed the first and third sets by equal 25-19 margins and the second set 25-16 in between for the sweep.Kevin Felasco and Carter Wisely both finished with seven kills and six digs, leading a balanced C-NS front line where Jon Hendry got six kills and three blocks, Dan Seliger also earning six kills. Then, just as Liverpool was about to close it out, B’ville rallied, taking the fourth set 26-14. The final set, a race to 15 and to win by two, went back and forth, but at 14-14 the Warriors gained the serve and got the match point to win it 16-14.Anthony Pezzino led Liverpool with 12 kills and nine digs, while Elliott DeForge had seven kills. Jeremy LaManche gained six kills and Aidan Shoemaker had five kills.Working the back line, Quinn Moore finished with 31 assists and Jagger Alberici gained 20 digs, Moore adding seven digs and Nolan Feldt picking up six digs.In girls volleyball, Liverpool emerged victorious from its trip to the Marcellus Tournament, taking that title on Sept. 21. The Warriors claimed first place in pool play, and then, in order, defeated Solvay, Fulton and Jamesville-DeWitt to finish on top.Yet that success did not carry over into last Monday’s match at Fayetteville-Manlius, where Liverpool was unable to gain a set in a 25-14, 25-17, 25-20 defeat to the Hornets.Sarah Ayling had 10 kills and four digs, with Kaylah Yarn earning six kills and Veronica DeTota getting four kills to go with her eight assists. Lexi Carfi earned 12 assists as Helen Nash got eight digs.F-M featured a balanced front line of Anna Wiliams (11 kills) and Harper Stoppacher (10 kills), with Morgan Napier getting 30 assists as Juliana Myagkota (19 digs) and Nina Avery (18 digs) leading the defense.Cicero-North Syracuse, off to a 5-0 start this season, offered its challenge to the Baldwinsville dynasty last Monday and held up quite well, even though the Northstars lost in four sets to the Bees.Each of the first two sets was competitive, B’ville claiming them by equal 25-19 margins. Then, in the third set, C-NS grabbed a 25-20 victory, and would push again in the fourth set, even though the Bees claimed yet another 25-19 decision.Jennifer Carl put together 24 assists and eight digs, with Hannah Mingle playing strong defense and earning 28 digsBrooke Segars earned nine kills and got 14 digs as McKenna Johnston earned five kills and Aurora Lesinski had four kills. B’ville’s Rileigh Kimball had 27 kills, 10 digs and six aces as Jenna Garvey (32 assists) and Summer McClintic (15 assists) worked on the back line.C-NS and Liverpool would both play last Saturday in Baldwinsville’s Fall Swing Tournament after the Warriors lost 25-23, 21-25, 25-21, 25-17 to Oswego on Friday, despite 21 assists from Carfi as Sydney Vanterpol and Emma Terzini had six kills apiece, Rowell and Ayling each getting four kills.In the Fall Swing Tournament last Saturday at Baldwinsville, C-NS reached the Silver division quarterfinals, where it lost in three sets to eventual champion F-M. Liverpool fell to Marcellus in the Diamond division after round-robin play.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: C-NSliverpoolvolleyballlast_img read more