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first_img Nemanja Vidic is set to leave the club this summer, and it remains to be seen what role loyal servant Giggs will take on, with Dutchman Louis van Gaal the leading contender to be appointed David Moyes’ full-time replacement following the World Cup. Ferdinand – who joined United from Leeds in July 2002 for a then record £30million – feels he still has plenty to offer. “I am fit, I am healthy and I want to continue playing,” said Ferdinand, who will be part of BBC’s World Cup coverage team in Brazil. “I have spoken to a lot of mates of mine in the game and they all say the same thing – keep playing for as long as you can. “The club at the moment is in a position where they can’t really make any decisions about anything. “For me to be saying I want to do this or that is irrelevant, because we have got to see who becomes the new manager and boxes will be ticked from there. “I just want the best solution for the club. Whatever it is, then I will respect it. After that I am open to offers. “But I would rather wait and see what happens at United and then there will be a decision to be made.” The 35-year-old former England captain has been in and out of the side in a season of transition at Old Trafford, with his contract set to expire in the summer. Indeed Ferdinand did not make the match-day squad for the final home game against Hull this week as interim manager Ryan Giggs gave a glimpse into the future. Veteran defender Rio Ferdinand remains determined to play on next season – but admits he has no idea if that will be at Manchester United. Ferdinand believes United must look to consign their “disappointing season” to the history books and move on under the new manager. “There is no point harping on about what David Moyes did and what went wrong. We have got to turn the page,” he said. “You can’t move forward if you keep looking back. A new manager will come in and he’s the person we’ve got to get behind, to work with and make sure he gets it right. “It is important everyone works together to continue the process of winning as that is what we are. “We are a team that’s won lots of titles and cups and we want to get back to that.” Ferdinand will join the likes of former England striker Gary Lineker and World Cup winner Thierry Henry and out in Brazil as a pundit, which he admits will offer a “strange” experience to be looking in from the outside. Having played through the continual bitter disappointment of failure by the so-called ‘Golden Generation’, Ferdinand feels a reality check on expectations this summer could be just what is needed for Roy Hodgson’s squad. “It is a brilliant position for them to be in, they have been given almost a free hit to go there and to produce,” he said. “They have a great bunch of young players and I think attacking-wise it is the best condition we have gone into a tournament with for years, in terms of fitness, youth, fearlessness through age, and guys who have done well this season with their clubs. “If they can replicate the form they have shown for their clubs in an England shirt in this tournament, then we are in for some exciting times.” Ferdinand believes disappointing club campaigns for any of the United players selected for the 23-man finals squad will have no impact on England duty. “You can have a Manchester United player with the emotion of winning from over the years, or the disappointment of a season going into a World Cup, but once you go in an England squad, you put it in a box, to one side and you are 100 per cent focused on doing well for England,” he said. “It is so intense and you are so encapsulated in the England scene that what happened before does not come into your mind at all because you are so tuned into what you are doing.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgPlayers for Barcelona, Real Madrid and other clubs arrived for medical tests and to start preparing for the return to training this week.The majority did not wear masks or gloves. Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez were among those without masks when they drove into Barcelona’s training center. Antoine Griezmann, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic had masks on.Real Madrid players Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema arrived without masks like most of their teammates.The training centers of all clubs were disinfected in the last couple of days. All players and members of the coaching staff are going to be tested for COVID-19 before training can resume.Players will initially train individually. The league wants a training period of about a month before it can restart in empty stadiums. It hopes to resume sometime in June. PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi says the charity’s “wide-ranging work in many fields is more essential than ever.”___Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says Premier League clubs have yet to settle on protocols to ensure a safe return to playing during the coronavirus pandemic.The league is trying to find a way to resume in June but group practice sessions have not yet started.Purslow tells talkSPORT radio that “we haven’t got to the crucial protocols that relate to actually playing football. Until we crack the code of making our great contact sports safe then the conversation we’re having is hypothetical.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Soccer players in Spain are going back to their team’s training camps for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus outbreak. Aston Villa has joined Brighton and West Ham in expressing public opposition to the current “Project Restart” plan that would see all remaining games played at neutral stadiums.Purslow says “we have six home games left to play so any Villa fan would agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa and I certainly wouldn’t agree to that unless the circumstances are right.”Villa is in next-from-last place in the Premier League and two points from safety with 10 games remaining.___German soccer could be cleared to resume when Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with the governors of the country’s 16 states. The Latest: Soccer players return to training camps in Spain ___Paris Saint-Germain has donated 100,000 euros ($108,000) to the Action Against Hunger charity amid the coronavirus pandemic.The money provides charity workers helping those at risk with protective equipment such as surgical masks, goggles, gloves, gowns, gels and thermometers.The Parc des Princes has been operating as a support base for the charity in the Greater Paris region.PSG says club volunteers have helped charity staff “make, assemble and store hygiene kits and health equipment for those most at risk.” More than 2,000 people have benefited from hygiene and household kits. Associated Press The dpa news agency reports that May 15 and 21 are being considered by the federal government as start dates for the Bundesliga.The league has introduced blanket coronavirus testing at clubs and is eager to finish the season by the end of June. That is when some player contracts expire.The push to resume has faced a backlash. There have been at least 11 positive tests of players and staff since testing began last week and Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou was suspended after posting a video showing social distancing measures being flouted at the club.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 6, 2020last_img read more

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first_imgBy Valkerie BaynesA career-best innings from Shan Masood answered every question England had asked of Pakistan on the first two days of this opening Test at Old Trafford.Masood batted for nearly eight hours and faced 319 deliveries for his 156, which highlighted an ability to adapt throughout the course of an innings and effectively told the story of his cricketing life so far.Not long into the evening session, it was Pakistan asking all the questions when Shaheen Shah Afridi trapped Rory Burns lbw with the fourth ball of England’s innings and Mohammad Abbas accounted for Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes to put the hosts under pressure at 12 for 3.By the close, Ollie Pope had played a steadying hand with an unbeaten 46, but it was going to take much more from him and Jos Buttler, who was not out 15, come the third day after Joe Root was dismissed by Yasir Shah for a battling 14.Masood resumed on 46 having played a supporting role to Babar Azam the previous day. As opener, Masood had navigated a tricky start in which Stuart Broad and James Anderson bowled tight opening spells.But England’s bowling attack had lost all potency post-lunch on the first day and Masood and Azam cashed in where possible without taking too many unnecessary risks, save for Masood’s ill-advised charge at Dom Bess which ended in a missed stumping by Buttler. Masood had earlier survived a dropped catch by the wicketkeeper off the same bowler.When Azam failed to add to his overnight score of 69 in the face of some improved England bowling on the second morning, Masood took the lead role, although he could have been upstaged had Shadab Khan not got too flashy and skied Bess straight to Root at mid-on after a knock of 45 from 76 balls that was, until that moment, very sharp.Most impressive from Masood has been his ability to show how far he has come after past disappointments against England – and particularly Anderson – learning from experience and changing for the better.Masood left balls on the fourth-stump line that he would prevoiusly have nicked off to and played with soft hands when he had to so as to avoid offering chances to the slips.So when Anderson struck with his sixth ball of the day, luring Azam into an attempted drive that ended up in the hands of Root at first slip, Masood didn’t panic.When Anderson and Broad bowled six maidens on the trot between them, Masood maintained the patient approach that had got him this far. Indeed, it was Asad Shafiq who scored Pakistan’s solitary run from eight overs bowled by Broad and Anderson in that period.Shafiq fell for to Broad for 7, caught by Stokes at second slip, followed by Mohammad Rizwan, caught behind off Chris Woakes, to leave Pakistan 176 for 5. That brought Shadab to the crease and, having negotiated their way to lunch, Masood adapted after the break. The pair fell into a lovely rhythm of shot-making and nabbing quick singles that frustrated England’s bowlers throughout a sixth-wicket partnership worth 105.England had only conceded 48 runs during the morning session but saw Pakistan regain the momentum immediately after lunch, as Bess and Root bowled ahead of the arrival of the second new ball. Masood then stroked his way through the 90s in half-a-dozen balls to bring up his hundred, loudly celebrated on the Pakistan balcony.The partnership should have been more but Shadab’s wild swing at Bess ended things, although it sparked another change in gears from Masood. What looked like being a rebuilding job, became something else when Jofra Archer dismissed Yasir and Abbas with consecutive balls, the former without adding to his score of 5 when he was dropped by Buttler off the bowling of Bess.Masood flicked the switch, seeking as many runs as he could get before he ran out of partners. He took 16 off one Bess over, including two sixes in three balls, was keen to run a second to bring up his 150 and did when Buttler’s relay shy at the stumps went wide and he wore a Broad short ball painfully on the elbow, all before tea.Masood didn’t last long after the break, falling lbw to a Broad delivery that nipped back and struck the back pad on line with leg stump. But by then he had more than done his job, racking up his third consecutive Test century after tons against Sri Lanka in December and Bangladesh in February, the fourth of his career overall.Pakistan’s bowlers kept up the good work with Abbas particularly damaging in picking up the wickets of Sibley and Stokes for nought in the space of eight balls. The delivery that bowled Stokes was an absolute diamond that found just enough late movement to beat the bat and kiss the top of off stump.Naseem Shah showed his pace with no reward and when Yasir chimed in with a faint edge off Root which went through to the keeper, England were left looking to Pope and Buttler to erase a deficit still north of 250. (ESPN Cricinfo) PAKISTAN 1st InningsShan Masood lbw b Broad 156Abid Ali b Archer 16Azhar Ali lbw b Woakes 0Babar Azam c Root b Anderson 69Asad Shafiq c Stokes b Broad 7Mohammad Rizwan c (wkpr) Buttler b Woakes 9Shadab Khan c Root b Bess 45Yasir Shaw lbw b Archer 5Mohammad Abbas c Root b Archer 0Shaeen Afridi not out 9Naseem Shah c wkpr) Buttler b Broad 0Extras (b1, lb 7, nb2) 10TOTAL (109.3 Overs) 326Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Abid), 2-43 (Azhar)3-139 ( Babar), 4-150(Asad) 5-176 (Rizwan), 6-281 (Shadab0 7-291(Yasir, 8-291 (Abbas) 9-317 (Shan ) 10-326 (ShahBOWLING: Anderson 19-6-63-1 (1nb); Broad 22.3-954-3,Woakes 20-6-43-2; Archer 22 -4-59-3; Bess 20-4-74-1; Root 6-0-25-0.ENGLAND 1st InningsR. Burns lbwb Shaheen Afridi 4D. Sibley lbw b Mohammad Abbas 8J. Root c wkpr) Rizwan b Yasir Shaw 14B. Stokes b Mohammad Abbas 0Extras (lb 2, nb 3 5TOTAL (29 overs) 92-4Fall of wickets 1-4 (Burns), 2-12 (Sibley) 3-12(Stokes), 3-12 ,4-62(Root)BOWLING: Shaeen Afridi 9-4-12-1 (1nb), Mohmmad Abbas 7-0-24-2(2nb), Naeem Sha 5-2-18 -0, Yasir Shaw 7-036-1last_img read more

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first_imgChelsea’s boss, Antonio Conte, was happy to hand the 20-year-old his Premier League debut.“Today, I’m pleased because I saw the things we have been working on this week. Above all, I’m pleased for the players because when you work so hard during the week, it’s logical you want to see a good result and a good game.“Now we have a whole week to work and to see who is in the best shape to play the next match. The players know I want to see the right commitment and work-rate, after that I decide the formation. Another young player from the academy, Ola Aina, played his first Premier League game, and showed he is really able,” the Chelsea boss said.Chelsea have long been criticised for failing to provide a pathway from their all-conquering youth sides, who have been crowned European champions in the past two seasons, to the first team but Conte intends to change that.According to him, “People who know me will know I don’t gift a place to anyone,” Conte said. “Only those who deserve to play will play for me. It is important for Aina to understand this. In the future, he can play from the start. Age is not important. I made my first appearance in Serie A at only 16.”Already, Super Eagles’ captain and Chelsea team-mate, Mikel Obi, has already called upon the England Under-20s to represent Nigeria as against the country of his birth after Aina impressed in Chelsea pre-season debut against Bristol Rovers.“I keep asking him: ‘When are you going to come and play for Nigeria?’ and he jokes: ‘Whenever you come and invite me I will play. I think it is something that we would have to discuss, ” Mikel told Goal.“If he wants to play, we would have to speak to the federation and make sure he really wants to play for Nigeria. If he is ready, we can talk about that, but in the few times we have talked about it, he hasn’t given me a very positive, decisive answer to take back to the FA. I need a positive answer for me to take the case forward to the FA. We will see what happens,” Mikel said.Aina’s performance stood out to the midfielder during Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Austria and the United States, where the youngster made three starts and several substitute appearances to force his way into manager Antonio Conte’s plans.“Aina is a very, very good player,” he added. “He has improved quite a lot after playing in a few friendly games and he played really, really well. I was quite impressed by his performance and it is only a matter of time before these kids break into the first team.”In a telephone chat with THISDAY from his base in America, former Nigeria midfielder, Paul Okuku said he had watched some of Aina’s clips and feels that he has a place in the national team if he decides to play for Nigeria.“It is left for the football federation and the national team manager to decide if he is good enough to play for the team, but from the little I have seen of him I have no doubt in my mind that he has a place in the team, if not now, surely in the nearest future,” Okoku noted.Continuing he said, “when you consider the fact that Nigeria is in a very tough group in the World Cup qualifier, we therefore need our best legs notwithstanding where they are from to prosecute the qualifying campaign. In fact, the fact that Aina is a defender is an added advantage as the defence was the weakest link in our first game against Zambia with too many errors of which we cannot afford to repeat in matches against tougher opponents like Algeria and Cameroon which we are still going to play.”Asked if the trend of relying on Nigeria foreign-based players for Super Eagles matches is not a wrong signal to the local league, Okoku said: “Unfortunately, that is the situation we have found ourselves. The Nigeria League is not as lucrative as it was during our days whereby the bulk of the national team players were home-based. But thank God for the effort of the League Management Company, LMC, that is trying to revive the local league and with the way it is going, the league’s glamour will soon return and the national teams will benefit from it.”Aina’s love for his motherland has never been in doubt. Early this year, the Chelsea player exhibited his philanthropic nature when he revealed his plans to ship off all his old football gear to the less privileged in Nigeria and the kind gesture has endeared him to the Stamford Bridge faithful after he announced on Instagram that he would be sending his used “boots, balls and kits” to the less privileged in Lagos.The 19-year-old was born in Southwark, London and has represented England youth sides for years now. He has played in England Under-19s, Under-18s, Under-17s, and Under-16s and has also won trophies with Chelsea Under-21 Premier League 2013/14; FA Youth Cup 2013/14, 2014/15, and UEFA Youth League 2014/15.Aina signed for the club as an Under-11 and started his career as a right-winger before establishing himself as a highly mobile full-back, who is also capable of playing as a central defender.He made his youth team debut as a schoolboy in the 2012/13 season and went on to start in both legs of the semi-final and final of the FA Youth Cup.In his debut season as a scholar, Aina featured regularly for Adi Viveash’s Under-18s and was an ever-present on the way to Youth Cup success. European Under-19 and domestic Under-21 debuts followed, with the defender utilised as a centre-back as the senior age group won their domestic title.Aina’s prominence in the Youth Cup continued in 2014/15 when he won the trophy for the second time. His run of 18 consecutive appearances in the competition across three seasons is unprecedented. He also played in every game in the Under-19s’ triumphant UEFA Youth League campaign, scoring in the group opener at home to Schalke, while establishing himself as an Under-21 regular. Aina signed a first-year professional contract in October 2013 committing him to the club until the end of the 2015/16 season.It remains to be seen if Aina would follow the pathway of Super Eagles players such Moses and Alex Iwobi that dumped England for Nigeria after initially representing them at age-grade level.And with the shaky defence put up by the Eagles against Zambia, with many elementary errors, NFF eggheads might have little choice but to woo the young Chelsea defender.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Wooing European players of Nigerian origin for the Super Eagles is apparently becoming a norm for the eggheads of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF. Chelsea’s new kid, Ola Aina is the latest player likely to be wooed by the NFF and may join Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup qualifying train. Kunle Adewale reportsLast weekend, Ola Aina made his Premier League debut as he replaced compatriot; Victor Moses in Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat of defending champion, Leicester City.After the game, the right-back took to Twitter to express his delight. “So buzzing right now,” he wrote on Twitter before adding, “Another huge milestone for me. Really pleased to have made my Premier League debut @Chelseafc.last_img read more

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first_img*Lille president confirms two EPL teams’ bid for OsimhenBrazil’s Internacionalhave joined Botafago in the race to sign former Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel.Mikel has been linked with a move to Botafago in recent weeks but Internacional are now looking to secure his services. Mikel… target of two top Brazilian clubs The former Chelsea midfielder has also confirmed talks with Botafago, but hinted he has not make up his mind yet on the move to Brazil.Mundo Deportivo reported at the weekend that Internacional officials have got in contact with Mikel and are desperate to bring him to Brazil.Mikel mutually terminated his contract with Turkish Lig club Trabzonspor based on a row over the Coronavirus pandemic.Meanwhile, the president of French Ligue 1 club of Victor Osimhen has revealed Lille have received two concrete bids from the Premier League in England and he also expects about four players to move when the transfer window re-opens.Lille President, Gerald Lopez said: “We have received three firm offers over the past two weeks, including two from England.“I think that a possible drop in prices will not affect us because we have young players with a lot of potential who are in great demand.“There are only three or four players who should leave, not ten, so it won’t affect our transfer window.“LOSC is in a special situation because we played in the Champions League this season, we had a very good last summer transfer window and we had a record year in terms of marketing and ticketing.”Osimhen is one of the top transfer targets of some of Europe’s top clubs after he scored 18 goals in 38 matches this season.He is expected to quit Lille for a record fee.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio ? Sophomore Jason Bohannon continued hisemergence as a legitimate scoring threat in Wisconsin?s 58-53 win over OhioState Sunday.Bohannon reached double digits in points for the fifthstraight game with his game-high 16 points and is averaging 14.8 points pergame over that stretch.?He?s played pretty well,? UW head coach Bo Ryan said. ?He?sa guy that?s opportunistic, not a lot of wasted motion. He?s not the quickestguy. He?s doesn?t jump that high or anything else. He?s just a good, smartbasketball IQ player.?He?s been able to find some pretty good looks and knockthem down.?Following two first-half layups, Bohannon went back to whathe has done best over the last five games: hitting the three. After hitting apersonal best six 3-pointers against Indiana, Bohannon was good from behind thearc four times against OSU. While he hasn?t done anything different with hisgame, Bohannon attributes his recent scoring surge to just being more willingto put up the ball.?Just taking open shots when it?s there, working theoffense,? Bohannon said. ?The big guys are kicking out a lot of times. It?skind of spilling on one thing from another. It?s kind of helped my confidence alittle bit.?The emergence of Bohannon also helped Wisconsin inside againstthe Buckeyes. Ohio State?s zone defense was causing problems for Wisconsin?sbig men in the first half, but a late three by Bohannon gave the Badgers thelead. It also reminded the Buckeyes what Bohannon is capable of from behind thearc, thus forcing OSU to stretch its zone defense out more.?When he?s hitting his shots, he makes the zone come outeven further and that opens up the middle,? junior Marcus Landry said. ?Lateron in the game we got some layups in the middle of the paint. It helps us out alot because they have to focus on him so much that it opens up some otherthings.??Butch reaches 1,000 pointsComing into the game, senior forward Brian Butch neededeight points to become the 32nd Badger to reach the 1,000-point plateau.Despite playing only 18 minutes because of early foultrouble and not playing his best on the offensive end, Butch joined the1,000-point club with his jumper with 6:25 remaining in the game that pushedWisconsin?s lead to five. Butch now has 1,001 points for his career.?Brian struggled on a couple of looks when we got the ball,but I?d like to mention on behalf of the team and the program that puts himover a thousand,? Ryan said. ?What Brian?s been through and all he?s done, Ijoked in the locker room, ?Well, Brian, it only took you six years.??He?s persevered a lot and that?s quite an accomplishment.?For Butch to top the 1,000-point mark in Columbus was extrasweet for him as last time these two teams faced at Value City Arena lastseason, Butch dislocated and fractured his elbow and ended his season early.But the most important thing for Butch was that his team got the win.?It kind of changes things from the last time we were here,?Butch said. ?It?s a pretty unique thing to go through and to do it in a win isthe most important thing to me. If anybody knows me, that?s what I?m allabout.??Defense forces turnoversWatching the first half of the game, nobody would haveguessed that both teams have done a good job protecting the ball this year.Despite shooting over 50 percent from the field in the firsthalf against an Ohio State defense that has held its opponents to 37.8 percentfrom the field for the year, Wisconsin trailed for most of the half and enteredthe locker room tied. The Buckeyes? zone defense put pressure on the Badgersfrom the opening tip, forcing Wisconsin ? which averages 12.7 turnovers a game? to turn the ball over 12 times.On the other end of the floor, Wisconsin was able to stay inthe game by forcing Ohio State to cough up the ball 10 times.?We had some stupid mistakes [Sunday] with the ball andeverything,? Bohannon said. ?Coach Ryan stressed at halftime that we won?t makethose mistakes in the second half.?In the second half, UW protected the ball better with onlythree turnovers, two of which came in the last six minutes when OSU startedpressuring because it was down.The Badgers kept the pressure on the Buckeyes and causedthem to turn it over five times in the second half, which Bohannon credited asone of the reasons UW came away with the win.?In the second half, we started moving the ball a littlebetter, started getting some open looks and stretching their zone a littlemore,? Bohannon said. ?Then we started taking care of the ball, and it reallyhelps us out getting a few extra shots at the basket.?last_img read more

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first_imgMilitary Appreciation Week featured events including the Veteran and Military Families Recruiting Night, where about 45 employers came to recruit military and veterans to work for them. Photo courtesy of Josh Byun.The Veterans Resource Center at USC hosted its annual Military Appreciation Week on campus this week, which featured events from professional development to community service.“We really wanted to emphasize the military community, because it definitely takes an entire family to support their person that’s serving or has served,” VRC Coordinator Jennifer Perdomo said. “We appreciate them for their service and their time and their commitment, as well as show them all the supportive offices and departments that are on campus.”The week kicked off with a “Salute to Veterans” event on Monday, which honored USC’s veterans and military members over lunch, followed by a professional development workshop sponsored by the Veterans Association at USC. It featured a brief informational presentation and allowed veterans to practice one-on-one interview skills and elevator pitches. Perdomo said the largest and most anticipated event of the week was Wednesday’s Veteran and Military Families Recruiting Night, a University-wide collaboration among several organizations, including the Provost’s office.Around 45 employers attended the event, and 465 registered veterans and military family members came from as far as San Diego to participate, Perdomo said. Joshua Lynch, a senior majoring in business administration who helped coordinate recruiting night and was also the lead presenter for professional development workshops, said that career development is important for student veterans. “At this school, with the kind of opportunities you have, it’s not about what you know, but who you know,” Lynch said. “That applies everywhere, but it’s not always apparent to student vets, especially when networking isn’t a common or apparent strategy for navigating your career within the military, at least at lower levels of your career.” In addition to professional development events, free exercise classes were also offered to Military Appreciation Week participants through USC Recreational Sports. The week ended with a community service opportunity for veterans and military members to build homes through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, as well as a free ticket to Friday’s basketball game against Cal State Fullerton and an invitation to a Trojan football watch party with the Veterans Alumni Network. Overall, Lynch said that this year’s Military Appreciation Week was a success. “There were plenty of opportunities to get involved — maybe too many,” Lynch said. “I think we covered most, if not all interests from the University interests and the interests of the student-vets.”last_img read more

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first_imgLast Updated: 18th August, 2020 09:14 IST Cano And Alonso Each Homer Twice As Mets Beat Marlins 11-4 Robinson Cano and Pete Alonso hit two homers apiece to help the New York Mets snap a three-game losing streak by beating the Miami Marlins 11-4 Monday night COMMENT Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Robinson Cano and Pete Alonso hit two homers apiece to help the New York Mets snap a three-game losing streak by beating the Miami Marlins 11-4 Monday night.Cano singled and hit a pair of two-run homers to hike his batting average to .412. He and Alonso delivered back-to-back homers in the sixth inning for a 10-2 lead.Alonso also singled in the third and homered in the fifth. He began the night batting .214 and started in the sixth spot in the lineup, lowest of his career.Nine of the Mets’ 14 hits went for extra bases.Jonathan Villar hit his second homer for the Marlins. They began the night first in the NL East but have lost three games in a row while totaling five runs.Chasen Shreve (1-0), the second of five Mets pitchers, retired all seven batters he faced and struck out five. Franklyn Kilome allowed two runs in three innings for his first save.Neither starting pitcher made it out of the second inning. Miami’s Jordan Yamamoto (0-1) allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings.Yamamoto won the first four decisions of his career in 2019 but is 0-6 since.Marlins infielder Lorgan Forsythe made his major league pitching debut in the ninth and allowed one run.Cano hit a line-drive homer to center field in the third, and his second homer landed in the upper deck, raising his OPS to 1.152.The Mets’ scoring started in the second, when Dominic Smith hit a two-run double and Amed Rosario added an RBI double.START ME UPMets manager Luis Rojas declined to say whether LHP Steven Matz (0-4, 9.00 ERA) will take his next scheduled turn Thursday. Because of the rotation’s struggles, Rojas said, the Mets may rely more heavily on their deep bullpen.TRAINER’S ROOMMets: RHP Jacob deGrom threw on the side and is expected to make his next scheduled start Wednesday. He was scratched Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies because of neck tightness. … C René Rivera was transferred to the 45-day injured list, and he’ll have surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur in his left elbow. The Mets added INF Ronny Mauricio, rated their top prospect, to the 60-man player pool.UP NEXTMets: LHP David Peterson (3-1, 2.91 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday. In his last start he didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and beat the Washington Nationals.Marlins: RHP Humberto Mejia (0-0, 3.86) is expected to start for Miami. He allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings against the Mets on Aug. 7.Image credits: AP center_img First Published: 18th August, 2020 09:14 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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first_imgPARAMARIBO, Suriname, CMC – The search was continuing Friday for survivors after a boat sank on the Coppename River leaving as many as 11 people dead and several others missing.The bodies of seven people, including four children have already been found amid fears that the death toll could rise with several others, including a mother and two children still missing.A villager pulls the body of a child from the Coppename River (CMC Photo)In a brief statement, the government expressed “condolences to the entire community” and said that it is “devastated by the incident”.The National Information Service (NIS) said that Corps Police Suriname, the district council, medical relief services and local residents are “doing their utmost” to assist in the search and rescue operations.Local villagers said at least 20 persons have so far been rescued and that the tragedy has cast a bleak cloud of mourning over Suriname’s usual end-of-the-year festivitiesNot much details have emerged as to what caused the incident during the early hours of Friday morning , but media reports are that the vessel  left the village of Cornelis Kondre, located in the Sipaliwini district, heading towards toward Boskamp in District Saramacca around midnight, carrying at least 30 people, several of them children.The boat sank near the village of Kalebas Creek, about halfway to its destination. Boskamp is a popular transhipment point from where passengers can catch the bus to either Paramaribo in the east or Nickerie in the west, both bustling with year-end activities.The reports say that the boat’s departure time may have been unfortunate; it was pitch dark in the area and a strong wind had been torturing the river.Village Elder, Conchita Alcantara, at Kalebas Creek told local Radio ABC that the boat captain had chosen to set sail at that hour, because the river was too rough at night, but a “big wave” still caused panic. “Everybody shifted to one side of the boat, which caused it to capsize. They still tried to scoop the water out, but it was too late. And then a second big wave came that pushed everybody apart, with the dramatic result,” she said.Alcantra said she had been alerted of the incident around 5.00 am (local time) and that she sent out rescue teams to look for survivors.“We found several people alive, but we also found the first corpses,” she said, noting that by midday seven dead bodies had been found and “more than 20 people having been found alive”.A woman and three children are still missing.Alcantra identified the people on board the boat as the Village Elder of Cornelis Kondre, with his family and several other residents from that village.“It’s all one family. Everybody was from there. This is a disaster. It is also very emotional for me to experience. The village elder himself survived, but he lost many grandchildren today. He is here, together with other villagers, and you can see that he is suffering under this,” she said.The passengers had reportedly not been wearing swimming vests, a prerequisite for private passenger boats that work Suriname’s waterways.“A lot of people in these parts do not like to wear their swimming vests, but now they can see why it’s necessary,” said Alcantra.Residents of Kalebas Creek are continuing the search but Alcantra said any hope of finding more survivors was dim.“This concerns two children and a woman. It has been too long, and it would be a miracle if they survived out there all this time. They were not wearing vests. If they had been wearing vests, I would have had more hope,” she added.last_img read more

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first_imgFreddie Freeman says his “scariest night” while battling COVID-19 was when his fever spiked to 104.5 degrees.The @Braves star said a prayer that night: “Please don’t take me.” pic.twitter.com/xm9DWaEtyl— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) July 18, 2020MORE: Yankees TV broadcast forced into dark stadium because of pandemicThe crazy thing is is, Friday morning I woke up in a pool of sweat, [temperature gunned] my forehead and it said 98.2. So I had no fever that morning, and that was 7:30 in the morning. So I went — since I couldn’t go to the field, I had to wait for that test — I went and threw, I hit, I worked out and I ran at my house and felt completely fine. By 2 p.m., it hit me like a ton of bricks. …Friday night, that was the scariest night for me. I spiked to 104.5 fever. … I said a little prayer that night, because, you know, I’ve never been that hot before. My body was really, really hot. So I said ‘please don’t take me.’ I wasn’t ready. It got a little worrisome that night for me.Freeman said Saturday was his ninth consecutive day without symptoms. He said his wife and his aunt are both recovering after they tested positive for the disease.”I feel great,” he said. “I only lost one pound. … I didn’t lose any strength.” Freeman has received two negative tests for the coronavirus and has been cleared to play.”I feel like I’m a kid in a candy store again,” Freeman said. “You forget sometimes how much you love this game. I did truly miss it. I was so excited when I got to the yard.”Atlanta’s first home of the 2020 season is against the Rays on July 29. Freddie Freeman is happy to be healthy again after a scary experience with COVID-19.During a press conference Saturday, the Braves first baseman revealed that he had a temperature that spiked to 104.5 degrees while battling the coronavirus and thought he was in danger of losing his life.last_img read more

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