Russia almost ready for World Cup with a year to go

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp The stadiums are not the only key projects going up around the 11 cities due to hold the event.Transport and tourism infrastructure such as airports and hotels are being rushed towards completion to cope with the influx of foreign visitors to destinations that rarely draw many foreigners.– Security –There are also major security fears surrounding the World Cup in Russia with the shadow of terrorism and hooliganism looming over the event.Moscow has a long history of battling against terror and been the target of bloody attacks.A suicide bombing on the metro in Saint Petersburg killed 15 people in April, just over two months ahead of the Confederations Cup opener in the city.Jihadists from the Islamic State group have repeatedly pledged to attack Russia in revenge for its bombing campaign in Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad.In a bid to stamp out any problems, strongman Putin has ordered ramped up security measures throughout the World and Confederations Cup.“All the necessary work is going on to detect and prevent threats,” said Alexei Lavrishchev, the FSB commander in charge of coordinating security.But it is not just terror that has raised concerns for the tournament.After the brutal scenes in France involving Russian fans last year there were fears that visiting supporters could be in for a tough time.But both hooligans and Russian authorities say there is almost no chance of a repeat as the police have cracked down on suspected troublemakers with a barrage of searches, detentions and criminal probes.Moscow has stuck 191 fans on a blacklist barring them from games and introduced legislation to toughen up punishments and deport foreign hooligans. Moscow, Russia | AFP |  Despite fears over security and construction delays at several stadiums, Russia looks largely on course one year from the kick-off of the World Cup in June 2018.There was already a whiff of scandal around the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe after Swiss authorities opened a probe into possible corruption during the bidding for the event.Then worries of hooligan violence surged after gangs of Russian fans grabbed headlines by rampaging through the streets of Marseille at Euro 2016.But for strongman President Vladimir Putin the World Cup is an invaluable chance to burnish Russia’s prestige as the country has slumped to its worst standoff with the West over Ukraine and Syria.And authorities insist they have all problems firmly in hand as they gear up for a test-run with the Confederations Cup tournament starting in second city Saint Petersburg on June 17.– Stadiums –The World Cup will be the biggest international event that Russia has hosted since it lavished huge sums on staging the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.So far only four of the 12 World Cup stadiums – Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi and the Otkrytie Arena in Moscow — are up and running for the warm-up Confederations Cup.The finishing touches are also being put to the iconic Luzhniki stadium in Moscow — which is set to hold the World Cup opener and final — with a trial game scheduled for the autumn.While most of the arenas are running to time, there has also been a spate of scandals over delays, corruption and poor labour conditions.The stadium in Saint Petersburg ended up taking a decade to build and costing some $800 million (716 million euros), with groundsmen still ending up having to frantically replace the pitch a month before the Confed Cup.In the Volga town of Samara the bill for the 45,000-seater Cosmos Arena has risen to a reported $320 million as constructors had to make late design changes to keep from dropping too far behind schedule.Human Rights Watch documented how migrant workers have faced unpaid wages and dire conditions, with a reported 17 labourers dying at the World Cup sites.Meanwhile Moscow has also conceded that workers from repressive state North Korea were also involved in construction in Saint Petersburg.Despite the scandals, authorities across the World Cup host venues — which stretch from European exclave Kalingrad in the west to the Urals city of Yekaterinburg in the east — insist they will be ready on time.last_img read more

Three nations want to replace Kenya as CHAN hosts

first_imgThey were scheduled to stage the same event in 2015, but withdrew fearing visiting supporters could bring the deadly Ebola virus into the north African kingdom.Equatorial Guinea successfully replaced Morocco at short notice, having co-hosted the Cup of Nations with Gabon three years earlier. Original hosts Kenya fell behind with five-venue preparations for the biennial 16-team tournament, leading them to be stripped of the hosting rights last month.Morocco, widely regarded as favourites to replace Kenya, have not hosted a senior CAF competition since the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations. Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea or Morocco will replace Kenya as hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), the organisers said Monday.A Confederation of African Football (CAF) statement said one of the three countries will be selected this month to host the January 12-February 4 tournament.center_img The last senior CAF competition held in Ethiopia was the 1976 Cup of Nations.CHAN is restricted to home-based footballers, giving them international exposure otherwise largely denied because most African national squads are packed with professionals playing in Europe.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

AFCON: Desabre names 28 in Cranes preliminary squad

first_imgDefenders: Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town- England), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC-Tanzania), Awanyi Timothy (KCCA FC-Uganda), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds-Sweden), Murushid Juuko (Simba-Tanzania),  Godfrey Walsumbi (Unattached), Muleme Isaac ( FK Viktoria Zizkov- Czech Republic), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe-DR Congo).Midfielders: Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers Fc-India), Kirizestom Ntambi- Coffee FC –Ethiopia), Michael Azira (Montreal-USA), Waisswa Moses (Vipers SC-Uganda), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC-Uganda), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica FC- Croatia), Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy-Kazakhstan), Kateregga Allan ( Maritzburg-South Africa), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska FC – Sweden)Strikers:  Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden); Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania); Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda); Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt); Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda). Desabre looks on as Miya does his thing during qualifiers. Miya is one of the foreign based players named on the preliminary squad.Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A Uganda Cranes preliminary squad for the forthcoming AFCON Finals in Egypt heads to Abu Dhabi on May 27 for a preparation camp where they will play two friendly games.Head coach Sebastien Desabre has released a list comprising a mix of local and foreign players, for the camp with a surprise debut call for Sweden based players, Abdul Lumala (Syrianska) and Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United BK). The final 23-man squad will be submitted on 11 June after the camp.Egypt will host the Nations Cup, which has been expanded to 24 teams, from 21 June to 19 July.Abdul Lumala soon after signing for his new side in February. Below, Alexis BbakkaThe Squad to Abu Dhabi:Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns-South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City FC-Ethiopia), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC-Uganda). Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Liverpool destroy Man City to boost hopes of historic title triumph

first_imgCity’s defensive deficiencies have been much publicised without the injured Aymeric Laporte so far this season and they crumbled as Liverpool scored with their first two attacks of the game.But the visitors were furious with some justification at the move that led to the opening goal when a dangerous foray into the Liverpool box ended with the ball striking Trent Alexander-Arnold on the arm.Instead of City being awarded a penalty, the hosts broke down the other end and the ball fell to Fabinho on the edge of the area.The Brazilian is not renowned for his goalscoring, but when invited to shoot by a hesitant City back line, he arrowed a strike beyond stand-in goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.“Ask to the referees, don’t ask me,” said City boss Pep Guardiola on the controversial opener. “I would like to talk about our performance. It was one of my proudest performances as (Man City) manager.”The visitors had more of the ball and plenty of chances even in between Liverpool’s early blitz as Raheem Sterling headed wide Kevin De Bruyne’s in-swinging free-kick.But it was Liverpool who were ruthless as a pinpoint cross by Andy Robertson was headed home on the bounce by Salah.“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a goal like it,” said Klopp of his side’s second. “It was wild, intense from the first second. Liverpool Man City Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool took a huge step towards a first league title in 30 years by beating defending champions Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table.Two goals in the first 13 minutes from Fabinho and Mohamed Salah gave the European champions a dream start before Sadio Mane’s diving header early in the second half sealed City’s fate.Bernardo Silva pulled a late goal back, but a third defeat in eight league games leaves City down in fourth, nine points behind Liverpool, and with a mountain to climb if they are to claim a third straight league title.“It’s nine points but there is a long way to go,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.“It’s not important. Who wants to be first in early November? It’s important to be top in May.” “You could sense it was really important for both teams. We scored two incredible goals, but we had to suffer in moments because of the way City played.”– Damage done –City went on to enjoy the better of the play in the remainder of the first half, but the damage was already done.A purposeful burst forward by Angelino saw his deflected shot come back off the post before Sergio Aguero then dragged City’s best chance of a reply before the break wide after great work by De Bruyne.Any hope of a City comeback was eliminated six minutes into the second half when Jordan Henderson’s teasing cross was met with a diving header by Mane, although Bravo could have done better to stop the ball creeping over the line.RT if you feel like @VirgilvDijk right now— LFC USA (@LFCUSA) November 10, 2019Guardiola’s mood was not improved when another VAR check went against his side after Sterling went down in the area under pressure from Mane.City finally got the goal much of their approach play had threatened when Bernardo Silva swept home Angelino’s cross 12 minutes from time, but it was too little, too late.“Today we showed in the most difficult stadium in the world the reason why we are champions,” said a defiant Guardiola.“There are three teams in front of us that have more chances to win the Premier League than us, but hopefully we can sustain this mentality and try it.”Liverpool agonisingly missed out on the title by a solitary point last season as City ended the season on a 14-match winning run to edge a titanic tussle.Guardiola’s men will need to produce something similarly spectacular in the months to come, but after quickly making up for the disappointment of the title race by wining the Champions League last season, Liverpool look destined to go one better this time round.Salah and Mané were both on the scoresheet vs Man City, but the intelligence and intensity of the defensive work carried out by the front three was integral to Liverpool’s triumph.@joel_archie breaks down how they did it. #LFC— (@Liverpoolcom_) November 10, 2019Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Delray Beach Police delivers bicycles to children as a reward for their great work on their online classes

first_imgDue to the coronavirus pandemic students have been forced to continue their education with online classes.The Delray Beach police wanted to reward some Pine Grove Elementary school students for their great work with their online glasses by delivering them bicycles!last_img

Polk County Sheriff: Triple Murder Suspect “Pure Evil in the Flesh”

first_imgPolk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced the arrest of three suspects in connection with the murder of three friends during a fishing trip on Friday. Grady says they arrested Tony “TJ” Wiggins, 26, his girlfriend Mary Whittemore, 27, and Tony’s brother “Robert” Wiggins. 21, in relation to the murders.Grady Judd WigginsSheriff Judd is updating the media on the arrests of these 3 suspects in the July 17th triple homicide in #Frostproof: 26 yo Tony “TJ” Wiggins; 27 yo Mary Whittemore; and 21 yo William “Robert” Wiggins. We are live on Facebook Release to follow— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) July 22, 2020 Sheriff Judd calls TJ Wiggins “pure evil in the flesh.” He has 230 previous felony charges with 15 convictions while his alleged accomplices have no rap sheet.Sheriff Judd said that TJ Wiggins was in possession of an arsenal of weapons, as a convicted felon. He lawyered up.Mary says she bought the ammunition and Sheriff Judd says there’s video to prove it. She lawyered up.The three friends were slain just moments after gathering at remote boat ramp at Lake Streety in Frostproof.Judd, who has worked at the agency since 1972 called the murder scene “horrific,” describing the deaths as a “massacre.” He said the victims, identified as Damion Tillman, 23; Keven Springfield, 30; and Brandon Rollins, 27, were beaten and shot. Judd says the motive was an alleged stolen truck.Investigators have pieced together what they believed happened, Judd said while adding that Tillman and TJ Wiggins appear to have had a conversation at a store before the incident took place.Judd added the trio of suspects drove to an undisclosed location where they stripped down the gun, took it apart, and threw it away before going to a nearby fast food restaurant to eat.last_img read more

2 children reportedly shot in Hialeah

first_imgOfficials in Hialeah are investigating after two children were reportedly shot while sitting in the backseat of their mother’s vehicle.The incident was reported on Tuesday afternoon along Northwest 19th Avenue and 60th Street.Authorities say the victims are 6-years-old and 8-years old and were driven to Jackson Memorial Hospital in a personal vehicle.They are both listed in stable condition.This is a developing story.last_img

Becky leads 10 players into national final

first_img Staffordshire golfer Becky Wyatt led 10 qualifiers from the Midlands North region into England Golf’s Grand Medal Final.Becky, from Penn Golf Club, played two under her handicap with a net score of 70 to win the regional qualifier at Rothley Park in Leicestershire.The other qualifiers include 12-year-old Hannah Golding, from Brocton Hall in Staffordshire, who came third – and is the youngest player in the country to reach the Grand Medal Final. She was playing off 19 handicap and returned a net score of one-under 71.The 10 qualifiers for the Grand Medal Final to find England’s top woman handicap golfer, are: Becky Wyatt (Penn, Staffordshire), Kelly Morley (Astbury, Cheshire), Hannah Golding (Brocton Hall, Staffordshire), Laura  Morrison (Garforth, Yorkshire), Holly Langford (Perton Park, Staffordshire), Barbara Suffolk (Lingdale, Leicestershire), Wendy Kerry (Ruddington Grange, Nottinghamshire), Judi Downward (Belton Woods, Lincolnshire), Tracy Lane (Staverton Park, Northamptonshire) and Emma Sirrell (Bridgnorth, ShropshireThey’ll play off with qualifiers from five other events at the Grand Medal Final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire on Thursday, 13 August. It will be a feature of the new Golf Week festival, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2014.Becky first played golf as a child, but was never grabbed by the game. Then, three years ago she decided to have another go and “fell in love with it.” She’s made rapid progress, cutting her handicap from 26 to 18 last year, when she qualified for this competition. This season she quickly came down to 16 and, after the regional medal final, is now playing off 15.She played steadily at Rothley Park, helped by an early birdie and by holding her nerve after a triple bogey on the 13th – over the remaining five holes she managed three consecutive pars.This is her first taste of national competition and she said: “It’s been a really amazing experience, just seeing the scoreboard and the set-up. It’s really good and I can’t wait to get to Frilford Heath.” 26 May 2015 Becky leads 10 players into national final last_img read more


first_img10. Well now Part-ner! All you so-called basketball know-it-alls that never made an athletic move in your life but to get out of the way… I told you Boston will win the NBA East. Did you see the Celtic/Heat rematch? Nuff said. 9. OK… Keep standing around “doing nothin’” like it’s not your problem and “we” won’t have a City League school left to have a memory about!8. Does it look or sound like “Cam” Newton, the quarterback for Auburn, or his dad care about the NCAA? Look around boys. It’s a new day? You’re going to have to start paying NCAA athletes if you want them to keep making money for your universities.7. I want the Pitt football team to win, honest I do. I have coaching roots there. But c’mon man! Even money says the Chuck Sanders led Slippery Rock University football team from back in the day could beat this Panther squad (don’t act like you don’t remember).6. Speaking of Pitt. It’s time for the Pitt hoop team to bring home a national title. They’re close, real close. And “Gibbs” shoots the lights out the joint and makes it look easy.5. Speaking of making it look easy, (sorry about the segway but it was sitting right there) anyway… you should see what brother Ernie Bey AKA “E-Bey” can do with his right arm when he’s not sending tennis balls back at you at 200 miles an hour. The man can take a long piece of wood and turn it into a masterpiece…A “staff” of the highest quality.4. Hey “Big Ben” here’s a suggestion. As soon as the ball is snapped just throw it. “Wallace” will catch up to it. Trust me. The man has two speeds…Fast and fast as he needs to be. Santonio who?3. Do yourself a favor and mark Sunday, Dec 12 on your calendar. That’s the day the city honors the great “Sam Bam” Clancy. The man that single handedly changed Pitt basketball forever! He’ll be honored at the 35th Annual Willie Stargell Memorial MVP Awards Banquet. (Call for information 412-607-3697).2. Do I care? I don’t care about the “Dallas Cryboys,” the coach, Jerry Jones, Texas, the Star or the cheerleaders, wait…I can’t lie, I care about the cheerleaders!1. By the time you read this “Pac-man” has won again and the Steelers have beat up on the “Pats”… Take it to the bank.“Game Over” BILL NEAL last_img read more

Woods done as king of the hill, maybe for good

first_imgIt’s premature to pronounce Woods “done,” even for this calendar year. At the latest, he will be back on the golf course by November, in the Australian Open. Maybe sooner. And if he’s desperate, Woods could still pick up a tournament round or two stateside or somewhere in Europe.But his reign as king of the hill is over, maybe for good.Every golfer suffers through lean stretches. Woods was never like any other golfer, but he’s already mired in year two of the longest drought of his professional career. He walked off the course at the Atlanta Athletic Club with his head held high; more telling was the glazed-over look in his eyes. Once he opened his mouth, the words spilled out as if delivered by a punch-drunk heavyweight, certain there was more fight left in him.“Now I’ll have nothing to do but work on my game. That’s going to be good,” he began.Asked if this was a step backward, Woods conceded it was, “in the sense that I didn’t make the cut and I’m not contending in the tournament.“But it’s a giant leap forward,” he added a moment later, “in the fact that I played two straight weeks healthy. That’s great for our practice sessions coming up. We are going to now be able to work and get after it.”He went on to parrot all the optimism and plenty of the mumbo-jumbo that his latest swing coach, Sean Foley, packages as instruction. Woods says he’s “hitting the ball further and that’s something I have to adjust for. I have way more compression now than I ever have, so the ball is coming off cleaner, faster and I’ve got to get used to that.“So again, today was another example … a lot of my shots I missed were over the greens, over the flags,” he added.Several went into the woods and ponds, too, and another 22 into bunkers, but who’s counting? Maybe Woods is in denial. What’s abundantly clear in any case is how far his game has declined.It hasn’t been a steady fall, interrupted by the occasional top five finish and time off to rehab his increasingly injured left leg. Here, though, Woods came out of the starting gate on fire, making birdies on three of his first five holes, and then skidded all the way out of the tournament. He hit the same number of fairways and greens both days—just six of 14 and 10 of 18, respectively—was slightly better saving pars out of the sand and needed one fewer putt, 28 vs. 29 on Thursday. That explained the four strokes Woods managed to shave off his opening round.But as we noted at the end of the first day, Woods’ ranking in several crucial driving, short game and putting categories have all tumbled more than 100 places since his 2009 season. He still oozes talent. What he can’t produce anymore are results.Woods and Foley have been working together for a year. Asked whether even in that short time he’s convinced the changes he’s undertaken will succeed in the long run, Woods replied, “Absolutely.”“So it’s just a matter of just doing the work. I need to go out there and spend hours getting it done,” he said.It seems a fair question to ask whether Woods couldn’t have plowed some of that work back into his game before this. Deep as the hole looked even before he stepped back out on tour two just weeks ago, it suddenly looks a whole lot deeper now.(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at by Jim LitkeJOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP)—Everyone who wanted their pound of flesh has it now, and more.Nearly two years into his free fall, it seemed Tiger Woods couldn’t go any lower. He just did.Love Woods or hate him, the takeaway from his second round Friday at the PGA Championship—where he shot 73 for a 10-over 150 total and missed the cut by six strokes—should be sadness. Once the greatest golfer of his generation, and arguably the best of all time, the same golf swing that thrilled millions around the globe no longer scares anyone in the field. MISSES THE CUT—Tiger Woods answers a question following his second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Aug. 12, at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) last_img read more