On fire

first_imgFollowing Monday’s win, Columbus Catholic soccer remains undefeatedBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team could not have asked for a better start to its season.Following a hard-fought 2-1 win over defending conference champion McDonell/Regis on Monday at Carson Park in Chippewa Falls, the Dons are 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Mid-State Soccer Conference.Columbus Catholic has outscored its opponents 44-4 this season, five of its victories being shutouts.“We have good senior leadership on defense,” Columbus Catholic coach Jeff Edwards said. “They really call out their marks. Tim Gruenloh and Tyler Fuerlinger have been outstanding so far for us. We’ve been working in some younger players on the outside of the defense to try to learn those positions, and it helps when you have seniors that we have this season.”In the win over McDonell/Regis, which the Dons tied twice last season, Columbus had to do something it did not have to do so far this year: come from behind.After McDonell/Regis took a 1-0 lead in the second half, Calvin Brown scored with 10 minutes left, and Nick Malovrh hit the game winner with about five minutes to go. Then the Dons’ defense did the rest.“It was an exciting game, and to win at their field was special,” Edwards said. “We hadn’t done that in years. We are almost halfway through the conference season, and this was a big win to put us in control of first.”As was the case last season when the Dons finished 15-2-3 and reached the Division 4 sectional semifinals of the WIAA playoffs, they do not have to rely on any one single player to provide the team with offense.In addition to Brown and Malovrh, Charles Payant, Nadim Torbey, Alex Giles, Fuerlinger, Evan Dieringer, and Ryan Dieringer have multiple goals this season.“There has been a lot of variety in goals and assists,” Edwards said. “We don’t have that really outstanding player again. We just have a lot of players that can put it in the net. That makes it really difficult to defend us because anyone can score on any given night.”The Dons, who play a nonconference match against Mauston on Thursday, will take on three Mid-State Conference opponents next week — Monday at home against Tri-County, Tuesday at Stevens Point Pacelli, and Thursday at home vs. Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.last_img read more

Austrian Lucas Auer clinches JK Racing Asia Series

first_imgMalaysia’s Afiq Ikhwan Yazid set a record of 10 victories in a season, including all four races on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough as Austrian Lucas Auer was crowned JK Racing Asia Series champion. Auer finished with 292 points in the 18-round series, just seven ahead of Afiq.”It feels great, I cannot believe it right now. After the qualifying we thought we will lose the championship,” Auer said after the race.Auer started the first two races in fourth and finished both in second place, leaving him to start from the second spot for the last two races at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.His Eurointernational car had good pace, but was not fast enough to catch Meritus. GP’s Afiq. Yet, Auer’s dominance at the start of the season and his consistency throughout the season got him the title.”It’s a really nice feeling, it’s really important for my future. I had to win this season and now I can see what I will do in the future,” Auer said.It took some time for him to process the fact that he was the champion and he was calm as he got out of his car after finishing third in the 18th and final race of the year behind Afiq and Nabil Jeffri.Afiq was filled with mixed emotions during the post-race press conference, obviously elated with the wins, though disappointed at not winning the championship.”First of all, thank you to my team; they have done a fantastic job. Thank you to Petronas for sponsoring me. I am happy with 10 wins, and even though we didn’t win the championship, we have proved to people that we are a strong team, we are very competitive and we can win,” he said. “I am disappointed with myself, we should have won the championship.”advertisementMalaysian Jeffri of Petronas Mofaz Racing was happy with finishing third in the championship with 186 points. “I did pretty much what I am expected to do, which is to collect as many points for the championship,” he said.last_img read more

Pogba & Solskjaer put smiles back on Man Utd fans’ faces

first_imgIf the yardstick is Jose Mourinho’s final few matches against the Premier League’s relegation candidates, then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first home game in charge of Manchester United was satisfactory after a 3-1 win over Huddersfield.In recent months, United have struggled to put away the likes of Crystal Palace and Southampton, unable to convert territorial and possessional dominance into goals. Admittedly, there was a respite against 10-man Fulham but that was insufficient evidence that Mourinho could turn things around.Missing from those United performances was the belief that they could go out and hammer teams, something that was commonplace in Solskjaer’s days as a player here but sadly lacking of late. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He wrote in his programme notes of the need to re-establish what it is that Manchester United stand for . That starts with an attitude and a mindset that the work will get done on the pitch. He hasn’t had many training sessions with these players but it is clear that they are already focused on attack.It was rare under Mourinho to see so many United players ahead of the ball as they had here. They often had both full-backs, Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot, as well as Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford all as options for a forward pass.The line of three behind the striker – Mata, Lingard and Pogba, interchanged quite a bit and left an enthusiastic but ordinary Huddersfield backline unsure about who to mark.It was exactly what you’d want as a United fan. The Old Trafford faithful have come to games in recent months not expecting much and just hoping that Mourinho would somehow get his team over the line.It might not yet be the New Year but there is a fresh feel about how they are playing. That attitude is appreciated by the fan in the stands, who like Solskjaer, still believes United stand for attacking football. So long as he sends them home happy then all will remain well.The interim manager has also made it known that he will seek to promote young, homegrown talents where he can. He introduced teenager Angel Gomes for Mata as proof of that. And it is already clear that another graduate in Rashford is growing in confidence.The No. 10 appeared occasionally timid under Mourinho; maybe afraid to make a mistake in case he saw his number appear on the fourth official’s board shortly after. But there is a definite improvement in the young England striker, who is trying things and seeking to capitalise on the chance he has been given to fill in up top for the absent Romelu Lukaku.There was one first-half nutmeg and cross in particular with Zanka Jorgensen the victim. Dalot should really have given that cross the finish it deserved.Nemanja Matic Manchester United 2018-19And it was Rashford who provided the corner from which Nemanja Matic scored the opener. He was key for United in an attacking sense, peppering Jonas Lossl’s goal with shots all afternoon. He was involved again just before Mata crossed to Ander Herrera, who laid on Pogba for the second.It had been an uncertain period for United at the beginning of the second half to that point. Huddersfield fought hard and could well have had an equaliser. A well-worked corner routine yielded a shot from inside the area by Laurent Depoitre but David de Gea clawed the ball away from the United top corner.It is the type of save for which the Spaniard has been renowned at United, even if this season he has been beneath his peak. It was enough to preserve the lead for United, and to give Pogba the platform to go and kill the game with two fine goals.He will take the plaudits after a fine outing. He was not shackled in a midfield duo as under Mourinho. That heavy lifting was left to Fred and Matic. Instead, Pogba was free to sprinkle his class on the game, such as his goals and one majestic second-half through ball for Rashford.He is a world-class talent and it is clear that Mourinho could not win him over nor get the best out of him. That looks to have already turned around. Zanka took some of the gloss off late on but many United fans had already set off for the pub by that stage.Two wins in a row then for Solskjaer, an achievement Mourinho managed only twice this season. He could well add a third on Sunday when Bournemouth are in town. Then, who knows, a fourth against Newcastle a few days later.It’s no coincidence that Mourinho was chased away with so many winnable fixtures on the horizon. Any Manchester United manager would benefit from a softish start like the one Solskjaer has been landed with. He’s watched his team score eight times in two games, concede only once, and firmly re-align their season.They are still a mile off fourth but the new man has got to start somewhere. The feelgood factor is back around Old Trafford this festive season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

10 months agoWatford boss Gracia explains holding back goalscorer Doucoure for Newcastle draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Gracia explains holding back goalscorer Doucoure for Newcastle drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford managed to secure a point after a late equaliser for their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.Salomon Rondon put Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle ahead just before the half-hour mark, but they could not hold out for all three points as Abdoulaye Doucoure popped up to make it 1-1 eight minutes from time. Asked initially about the decision to rest Doucoure, Gracia said: “I have to choose in all the games different players and in this moment playing every three, four days I have to give the chances for all of my players.“I’ve many times said all my players deserve the chance to play because they are working very well. We are a good squad, not only a good team and if I don’t do it in this moment when can I do it.“It was the moment to change the players because some of them need rest and today if you see Doucuore this season he is the third player with the most minutes (played).”Pressed further on if six changes was too many, the Hornets boss responded: “If you see the result you can say that but I don’t agree.” last_img read more

It changed my view of women

first_imgNew Delhi: Louie Anderson jumped at the chance to essay the role of a woman “without being cartoony” in the series ‘Baskets’. The Emmy-award-winning star says getting under the skin of the character has altered his view of what women are up against in the world. “It (essaying role of a woman, being a man) did change my perception (about women). I realised how hard my mother worked and how much I took for granted,” Anderson said. “I thought my mom woke up with make-up and her hair done. I learned much more about empathy, and humanity having the opportunity to play Christine Baskets. I was treated differently being dressed as Christine than I was as Louie Anderson,” he added. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaAnderson took on the influences from his late mother Ora Zella Anderson to get the Emmy-winning role of Christine right. “My mother for sure is the architect of this character along with my five sisters. My mom was a strong mother character. She bore 11 children and had a difficult marriage, and yet showered us with love and adoration and gave us hope for our futures.” Did it take a lot of convincing to say yes to the role of a woman? “Almost no convincing, I jumped at the idea. You get to a certain age in life and you realise that you should take chances, you should broaden your horizons. I have five sisters and a mother, I have a good catalogue of gestures, nuances, personalities and points of view to draw from,” he said, adding that he got attracted to the role due to the “chance to play a woman without being cartoony”.last_img read more

NWAC hopeful federal budget will improve life for Indigenous women children

first_imgLucy Scholey APTN NewsThe federal government is finally taking big steps to close gaps in healthcare, housing and job opportunities for Indigenous women and youth, according to an advocacy group.The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) says it’s optimistic the Trudeau government is finally recognizing many issues facing Indigenous women and children.That is, so long as the Liberals act on their 2018 budget promises.“Now that we’ve acknowledged that the government is listening to us, we’re hoping that we can develop partnerships and actually get to work moving forward sooner rather than later,” says Francyne Joe, NWAC president.On Tuesday, the Liberals tabled a budget promising nearly $5 billion for First Nation, Metis and Inuit.The government has pledged $1.4 billion dollars in additional funding for First Nations child welfare services and another $300 million to fix the housing crisis plaguing many Indigenous communities. Those funds are part of a $1.5-billion Indigenous housing plan, spread over 10 years, that the Liberals earmarked under infrastructure in last year’s budget.Joe questions whether the housing envelope specifically set aside for Inuit and northern First Nation communities will be enough, given the timeframe.“Obviously, the expense to build a house in northern or remote communities is going to be substantially higher than in the lower parts of Canada near urban centres,” she says.She applauds the government’s plan to invest $2 billion in a jobs training program – with the hopes of helping 15,000 more Indigenous people find jobs – but she says this plan requires reliable internet service in northern communities.“If you go up north, unless you have your own data plan, you probably aren’t going to be able to take some of these training courses that are available online,” she says. “We need to make sure that it’s fair for all Indigenous people to be able to access the same resources, whether they be in remote and northern communities or if they be in urban centres.”This year’s federal budget also includes an additional $172.6 million for on-reserve drinking water projects and $1.5 billion on health-related spending, including nursing services in isolated First Nation communities and tuberculosis treatments in Inuit communities.last_img read more

US stocks snap higher on hopes of USChina trade resolution

first_imgU.S. stocks climbed in early trading Monday as hopes grew for progress in resolving trade frictions between the U.S. and China. Technology companies, health care stocks and retailers drove much of the broad gains on the last day of a volatile year on Wall Street that has the market on track for its worst showing in a decade.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 15 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,501 as of 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 205 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 23,267. The Nasdaq added 45 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 6,630. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks climbed 5 points, or 0.4 per cent, 1,343.Trading has been highly volatile in December, capping a year of turbulence for markets. The major indexes closed last week with their first weekly gain in what’s been an otherwise painful month. The indexes are still all down around 10 per cent for the month and on track for their worst December since 1931.US-CHINA TRADE: Investors drew encouragement from a tweet from President Donald Trump on Sunday, in which the president said he had a “long and very good call” with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump added: “Deal is moving along very well. If made, it will be very comprehensive, covering all subjects, areas and points of dispute. Big progress being made.” Meanwhile, the official Xinhua News Agency cited a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying that “China stands ready to work with the United States to move forward the China-U.S. ties which are underpinned by co-ordination, co-operation and stability.”Stocks also got a boost in early December when the U.S. and China agreed to a truce on trade, but then plunged when it was unclear what exactly both sides had agreed upon.LOUSY YEAR: The S&P 500 index, the market’s main benchmark, is on track for a loss of 6.5 per cent this year, or 5.2 per cent once dividends are included. The last time the index fell for the year on that basis was in 2008 during the financial crisis, when it lost 37 per cent. The S&P 500 posted tiny losses in 2011 and 2015, but eked out small gains in both years once dividends were included.THAT HEALTHY FEELING: Health care stocks were among the biggest gainers. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals rose 2.4 per cent to $371.40.TECH RALLY: Big-name technology companies, a big driver of the market’s gains before things deteriorated in October, also rose. Advanced Micro Devices picked up 2.6 per cent to $18.29.READY TO SHOP: Traders bid up shares in department store chains and other retailers. Best Buy gained 2.1 per cent to $52.41.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil gained 0.9 per cent to $45.73 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the benchmark for international prices, rose 1.3 per cent to $53.90 a barrel in London.BOND YIELDS: Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.73 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar dipped to 109.99 yen from 110.41 yen on Friday. The euro weakened to $1.1439 from $1.1442.OVERSEAS: In Europe, the CAC 40 of France rose 1.1 per cent, ending the year down about 11 per cent. Britain’s FTSE 100 closed down 0.1 per cent for an annual loss of 12.5 per cent. Germany’s DAX, which was closed Monday, has been one of the worst-performing European indexes. It ended in a bear market, down 22 per cent from a high in January and 18 per cent from the start of the year.Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.3 per cent, while India’s Sensex gained 0.2 per cent. Australia’s S&P ASX/200’s benchmark slipped 0.1 per cent. Most other markets were closed for the New Year holiday.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more

14 call centre staffers held for cheating over 100 people

first_imgNew Delhi: The Cyber Crime Unit of Special Cell has busted a cheating racket running in the garb of a call centre and arrested 14 racketeers including the mastermind.Police said that the accused persons have cheated hundreds of people all over US and Canada by tele-calling on the pretext of providing tech support. As many as 259 Computers have been seized from the possession of accused persons. ISP of internet service is being ascertained. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Anyesh Roy said that a US national filed a complaint with the Cyber crime unit that he had been cheated by a group of persons on the pretext of providing tech support while he was looking online for services to fix his software problems. On this complaint manual and technical enquiry was conducted and a spot in Kirti Nagar was identified, after which a team under close supervision of ACP Aditya Gautam led by InspectorSajjan Singh was constituted and a raid was conducted in Kirti Nagar area and accused persons were successfully apprehended on the intervening night of 26th, 27th March-2018. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”They started recruiting young men and women (mostly aged 19-24) in order to do the tele-calling. They provided them with elaborate training in order to make sure that they are able to convince the victims based in US and Canada that they provide genuine services,” said DCP Roy. Police in their press statement claimed that the team indulging in these operations as created a fake website wh a fake US address. They have 4-5 persons working on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) whose job is to ensure that there fake websites or fake tech support numbers offering fake services turns up as one of the top results on Google search for tech support. When the customer calls on the number provided on the website they take remote access of his computer in order to fix the problem. They, then induce the customer to pay a certain amount of money by promising to fix the problem (genuine as well as fake, created by them) but as soon as money is collected via Google play gift cards or i-tunes cards they stop responding to the client’s calls.last_img read more

May consider releasing illegal foreigners SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said it may consider releasing illegal foreigners detained in Assam detention centres’ provided they are available whenever required for legal proceedings. The top court said it may impose such conditions on the detenues to be released, that they can be traced and made available at the appropriate time before the court or the authorities concerned.last_img

The Rockets Are Finally Playing Their Game In The Playoffs

It’s unlikely that the Rockets will play the rest of the series at the level they played Game 1 — the 27-point loss was the worst of the Spurs’ season. But however the series plays out, it’s progress that the Rockets have finally brought Rockets basketball to the playoffs. The biggest change has been in the number of threes the team gets. Over the previous three seasons, the Rockets led the league in 3-point attempt rate (the share of field-goal attempts that are 3-pointers) during the regular season before seeing significant dropoffs in the postseason. That’s particularly unusual, considering the playoff field as a whole had a higher rate in this span than the leaguewide regular-season rate.This season, the Rockets have seen a similar slide toward the mean. But they began with such an overwhelming cushion that although they’ve gone from 46.2 percent of their attempts being threes during the season to 40.3 being so in the playoffs, that 40.3 number would have led all teams during the regular season.It’s especially promising for the Rockets’ identity that they’ve continued to put up shots even though they haven’t been falling. In the Oklahoma City series, Houston shot 28 percent from three over five games and 169 attempts, including 6-for-37 in the series clincher. This was somewhat because of good coverage — the Thunder held the Rockets to 10 uncontested2No defender within 6 feet. threes per game, five fewer than their regular season average — but mostly it was just a cold spell that seems to have corrected itself. Against the Spurs in Game 1, the Rockets got 14 wide-open threes, right around their season average.Houston’s free-throw rate (a team’s number of free-throw attempts per field-goal attempt) hasn’t seen as consistent a downturn in the playoffs as its 3-pointers, but it’s fluctuated. The team has finished in the top two in each of the last four regular seasons, but the fouls dried up in its 2014 and 2016 playoff campaigns. Through six games this postseason, however, the team is drawing free throws at by far the highest rate in the field. The strangest thing about the Houston Rockets’ 126-99 dismantling of the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night wasn’t the final score, or the Spurs’ bloodless play, or even the 50 3-pointers (and 22 makes) that Houston threw up in the game. Those were all unusual, but in the way that any one-off game in a seven-game series might be. For Rockets fans, however, the big change was that for once in the playoffs, the Rockets looked like the Rockets.Over the last four seasons,1The period for which we have player-tracking data for the league. Houston general manager Daryl Morey has built the NBA’s model of efficiency. The Rockets of the regular season adhere to the fundamental tenets of Moreyball: shooting threes, driving for layups and drawing fouls. Then the playoffs begin. That’s when Houston has gone off script and played the sort of inefficient basketball it’s built to avoid. read more