By Nemanja BjedovCyprus remain at the rock bottom of World Cup qualifying Group E with four points from seven matches, with not even a mathematical chance to directly progress, after a 2-0 defeat against Norway in Oslo on Friday night.Chances were few and far between early on, although it was Cyprus who started brightly with Efstathios Aloneftis forcing Norway keeper Rune Jarstein into action.The home side steadily started to find their feet and Tom Hogli had the game’s best chance midway through the half, when his strike was superbly tipped away by Antonis Giorgallides, with Brede Hangeland heading wide from the subsequent corner.“Congratulations to Norway as they deservedly won,” assessed Cyprus national team coach Nikos Nioplias. “We were simply not good enough in the first half since we could not keep the ball in our possession in the middle.“We gave our opponents many chances to win free kicks and corners and, as we all know, set pieces are their strong point.”Norway took the lead just two minutes before the half time interval when Tarik El Younoussi headed home from Stefan Johansen’s corner.“In the second half we improved and became more assertive than in the first half, but unfortunately we failed to score,” Nioplias went on.“We should have shown less fear in our game and tried to enjoy it a bit more. We did that up to a point in the second half, but it was never going to be enough to prevent this defeat.”Jason Demetriou nearly levelled out of nowhere just after the hour mark, with his point-blank strike forced away by Jarstein. It proved a crucial save as Norway doubled their advantage soon after, as Joshua King drilled past Giorgallides from Magnus Wolff Eikrem’s left-wing cross.“The score leaves me completely satisfied, but as a team we can play much better football,” said Norway’s coach Egil Olsen whose team is currently second in the standings with 11 points.“It was very important that we took advantage of the opportunities that we created and that we were able to achieve our goal, which was to win.”Switzerland are still on top of the group with 15 points, despite an entertaining 4-4 draw against Iceland, who are in fourth place with 10 points – same as Albania in third, but the Albanians are ahead on better goal difference.Slovenia are fifth overall with nine points ahead of their clash with Cyprus on Tuesday at Nicosia’s GSP Stadium.
Guyanese from all walks of life will today be colourfully disguised as they join in with their Hindu brothers and sisters to celebrate Phagwah or Holi – the Festival of Colours. In extending wishes to the Hindu community, the cohesion of a multicultured people was highlighted.Holi breaks race, religious barriers; fosters social cohesion – PresidentIn his Phagwah Day message, President David Granger said the festival reflectsthe unshakeable belief in God and the inevitability of the triumph of good over evil, while at the same time fostering social cohesion.“Holi is a unifying festival that helps to break down barriers of class, race and religion. When people shower each other with Abrack or Abeer, they do so usually without regard to the status they enjoy in society or the God they worship. Holi is an enduring example of cultural retention,” he said of the festival that was brought to Guyana by Indian indentured immigrants 180 years ago.According to the Head of State, in a multicultural country such as Guyana, Holi celebrations bring people together, especially at the community level.“They play a vital role in social cohesion by reinforcing community identity; fostering healthy and helpful relations between persons of different cultures; dismantling barriers which have traditionally divided our people and by implanting spiritual values of hope and togetherness. I urge communities, countrywide, to celebrate this festival with faith and fervour. I encourage mass celebrations because they promote community identity and reinforce bonds of social solidarity. Respect for cultural diversity is at the heart of social cohesion. Holi must preserveits vitality as a festival which unities communities.PNCR calls for Guyanese to enjoy rich cultural diversityMeanwhile, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) extended Holi greetings, not only to the Hindu community but Guyanese as well, since all embrace the festival. The party said the festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, the end of winter and for many, a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forgive and forget and repair broken relationships.“The significance of Phagwah is two-fold. Its secular significance lies in the advent of the season of spring, and its real and allegorical implications of fertility, rebirth, renewal and regeneration. The religious significance of Holi lies in the conquest of good over evil, manifested by the destruction by Prahalada of his demonic father, King Hiranyakashipu… We urge all Guyanese to use this occasion to refresh their spirit and enjoy life and to participate fully in this colourful festival and enjoy the rich elements of our religious and cultural diversity.”Heed the pertinent messages of Phagwah – PPPThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has said as Guyanese at home andabroad, especially the Hindu community, prepare to celebrate the joyous festival of Holi or Phagwah, the Party takes this opportunity to extend greetings to all on this occasion.“Holi is a festival that has truly become national and one that is most anticipated having transcended religious boundaries. This is manifested through the participation of a wide cross section of Guyanese throughout the country. The fun and frolic that have come to be associated with it remain a catalyst for forging harmony among all of our people,” the Party’s Phagwah 2018 messaged read.It explained that the kaleidoscope of colours that exemplify the celebrations, heralds the dawn of spring, reminding not only of nature’s beauty but the vibrancy of our rich diversity.“Our Party urges all Guyanese to heed the pertinent message of this festival – that of the triumph of good over evil. The story of Prahalad reinforces that hope must always remain alive for in the end, evil will ultimately be defeated,” the Party said.Holi emphasises unity and equality – Dharmic SabhaOutlining that Phagwah signifies the end of the Hindu calendar year and also coincides with the arrival of spring, the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha notes that the festival pervaded an air of joy in homes and communities with persons expressing affection by greeting each other by playfully spraying perfume and squirting Abrak (coloured water) and Abeer or Gulal (coloured powder) on their faces and body. The colours of the Abrak and Abeer reflect the vivid hues of spring as at this time nature blooms in abundance.“Holi is all embracing and possesses an unparalleled social dimension which is conducive to reunion, exchanges and togetherness occurring in an atmosphere of absolute cordiality. The festival is proletarian in outlook with elements which spontaneously fashion an atmosphere of total equality and people from all walks of life and social strata are literally engulfed in merriment, joy and happiness. Holi transcends all barriers. There is complete unity.”According to the Dharmic Shabha, one of the largest Hindu communities in the Guyana, with the passage of time, the legend of Prince Prahalad and his despot father King Hiranyakashyap became associated with the festival, adding the symbolism of the triumph of good over evil.“Hol is a time for reflection and analysis. Consequently the merriment and joy which Holi brings should not make us oblivious of the true significance of the festival. Holi does not license anyone to recklessly and wantonly drench passers-by or to barge into people’s homes and splash water on the occupants. Holi should never be associated in any way with events not in consonance with its spiritual dimension; no alcohol, vulgar and lewd music, barbeques and similar activities should be associated with Holi or Phagwah. These acts are against the spirit of our lovely Holi festival and should not form part of the Phagwah celebration. Every effort made to divest this unique festival of practices alien to Phagwah.”GAWU – Holi is truly national celebrationIn spite of its roots in the Hindu community, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) noted that the Festival of Colours is generally recognised as an integral part of the Guyanese social and cultural history, and Holi has evolved into a truly national celebration.“GAWU sees the togetherness in joyous colourful celebration on this occasion as an example of the need to forge common efforts to bring about and ensure the well-being, peace of mind and steady enhancement of the prosperity of our people. The spirit of unity that is so well manifested on this occasion is testimony to the good prospects we have to strengthen our nation and overcome divisiveness… May the understanding associated by festivals like Holi lead to a united and better country where our people of different faiths will take pride in our progress and developments knowing that a secured future is being built for all.”
He came on in the second half but never lasted more than ten minutes as he was replaced by Dennis Monda with no sign of injury on him.At 1-0 down, the goalkeeper turned striker had a mammoth chance to take his side back on level terms 11 minutes to time, but he hit the side netting less than three yards out.“He had an open chance with the goal at his mercy but never took it. As a coach I have to take a decision and players have to take responsibility. We trained for these things and losing does not mean I am a bad coach,” Sofapaka head coach David Ouma said after the matchAgainst a team that hit them five last season, odds were hugely stacked against Batoto ba Mungu who have won only twice this season.League leaders Tusker though never gave in as much and their pale performance further questioned their title ambitions and their ability to battle with the league’s big boys.Herritier Luvualu who alongside skipper Wycliffe Opondo were the only shining lights in Sofapaka’s performance had an 18th minute effort from a free-kick punched away by Tusker goalie David Okello.Humphrey Mieno, handed the Tusker skipper’s armband in the absence of James Situma was employed in a more advanced midfield role alongside Anthony Ndolo but he seemed to have loosened up his scoring boots.The Kenyan international had a decent chance in the 36th minute after being put through by Ndolo inside the box but he struck high.At the stroke of half time, Ghanaian Stephen Owusu was presented with a superb chance from Ronald Musana’s cut back but his shot on the left foot was deflected for a corner.In the second half, Tusker head coach Paul Nkata pulled off Musana who had struggled to assert his authority in the game bringing in former Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards winger Timonah Wanyonyi.The Aspire Academy graduate brought the much needed speed on the wings and he almost made an immediate impact with one of his trademark runs on the right but his eventual cross was a little bit higher than Owusu’s height inside the box.Wanyonyi was put through by Mieno but he took a heavy first touch allowing George Otieno to nod the ball away to safety.Sofapaka too gave account of themselves and also had two chances, first Francis Otieno’s diving header at the far post from a Luvualu cross going wide in the 56th minute while six minutes later the Congolese had a shot from the left hit the upright.Nkata then made his second change in the 65th minute, bringing off Owusu for Mike Khamati and the former AFC Leopards hit man took just three minutes to assert his presence when he teed up Ndolo for the lone goal of the match from a deep Wanyonyi cross.With 15 minutes left, Nkata switched his playing shape, switching to three at the back by pulling out right back Collins Shivachi for striker Clifford Alwanga.The brewers managed to hold on to the slim lead to the final whistle but were lucky that apart from Tiema’s miss Sofapaka never bothered their back line much.In other matches played on Saturday, Posta Rangers saw their fine run of form nipped in the bud after suffering a 1-0 loss at the hands of Chemelil Sugar at the Nyayo National Stadium with Fred Ajwang scoring the all important goal.In Awendo, Sony Sugar’s resurgence continued as they won by a similar margin against visiting Thika United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000usker FC head coach Paul Nkata issuing instructions to his players.photo/file.MACHAKOS, Kenya May 14- Tusker FC stretched their lead at the top of the SportPesa Premier League table to four points after beating struggling Sofapaka 1-0 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.The biggest talking point of the match revolved around Sofapaka’s Barnabas Tiema.
Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes Spurs are a striker short of challenging for the top four this season.The north London club will rely upon the erratic Emmanuel Adebayor, youngster Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado, who struggled during his first season at White Hart Lane, to fire them into the Champions League.And Sherwood, who was removed from his post earlier this year, claims new boss Mauricio Pochettino is asking too much of the trio.“Tottenham are one striker short of challenging for a top four spot,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “It doesn’t get any easier to break into the top four.“The emergence of Liverpool has put everyone’s nose out because it’s another spot which looks like it’s going to be taken. Brendan has done a great job there.”
LOS ANGELES – Coroners in four counties say as many as 25 people may have died of heat- related causes during an eight-day siege that began to ebb Wednesday. L.A. County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said his office was investigating 15 possible heat-related deaths, the youngest victim a 26-year-old who became separated from his friends while dirt biking Saturday. Deputy Coroner Henry Proo said seven deaths in typically hot Imperial County were considered heat-related. There were also two in San Bernardino County and one in Riverside County. Among the dead was Michael Visser, a dirt biker found in northern Los Angeles County. Utility crews struggled Wednesday to restore electricity to tens of thousands of homes left without power after increased air conditioner use strained power grids. Southern California Edison on Wednesday reported outages affecting 20,500 customers primarily in Long Beach, Irvine, Corona, Ontario, Whittier and Norwalk – nearly 9,000 of whom have been without power for more than a day. Meanwhile, nearly 9,000 Los Angeles customers were without service, Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Gale Harris said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Imperial County, authorities also are blaming 116-degree temperatures for the deaths of an elderly woman found dead last week in her home that didn’t have air conditioning and a 58-year-old man discovered by friends in his trailer, which had no electricity or running water. Proo said authorities also discovered last week and Monday the bodies of illegal immigrants who died in the heat after crossing the border. One, a woman, was 37. The other, a man, was 27. “A healthy adult cannot carry enough water to safely make it across the desert,” Proo said. “I’ve been saying it for years, and I’ve proved it every time I go out on one of these calls.” Temperatures were expected to drop as much as 20 degrees in most parts of Southern California. During the heat wave, temperatures often soared past 110 degrees and nighttime temperatures fell only a few degrees.
This season’s Clippers say they’re removed from their troubled past of perpetual losing. But on Friday night, they did nothing to look any different from all of the past losers. Dallas pounded the Clippers, taking a 26-point lead in the first half and routing them 101-81 in front of 17,883 at Staples Center. Coach Mike Dunleavy lambasted his team’s effort afterward, wondering how the Clippers could trail 63-39 at halftime, but then outscore Dallas by eight in the third quarter. The Clippers do not purport to be the most talented team in the NBA, but they claim to play hard defensively and bring an intense effort every night. Dunleavy was at a loss as to why the effort wasn’t there in the first half, and a writer suggested that the Clippers could be “mentally beat up” after starting the season 14-5 and going 6-11 since. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I don’t want to hear about ‘mentally beat up’ about anybody,” Dunleavy said. “Because you know what? If you’re mentally beat up, great. I don’t want you. Ultimately, I will figure out a way to move you. The only kind of guys I want are the guys who when the going gets tough, they get a lot tougher.” The Clippers had an ugly start, falling behind 37-21 at the end of the first quarter. Somehow, things got even worse in the second quarter, when Dallas continued to get weakly-contested layups and open jump shots. Dallas got six baskets with fouls in the first half. “It’s not even the fact that we’ve lost games,” Dunleavy said. “To me, it’s how you lose and how you play. If you’re playing your butts off and somebody’s making shots because he’s an All-Pro and you’re two years out of college, I can understand it. But I don’t understand the plays we had tonight, guys going to the rim and laying the ball up, guys going right through the middle of the paint and scoring.” The Clippers are in danger of wasting their start and turning into just another in a long string of bad Clippers teams. “We have to make a decision,” Dunleavy said. “You have to decide who you are and who you’re going to be.” Sam Cassell, who had a team-high 23 points and four assists, was calm after the loss and said there would be a players’ meeting in practice today. Where can the Clippers go from here? “Only up, only up,” Cassell said. “Keep hope alive. Keep hope alive. We got to find our swagger.” As for the lapse in effort in the first half, he said, “We do pride ourselves in bringing the effort. We just didn’t bring it. They made layup after layup, three-point play after three-point play. It’s frustrating, man. But we’ll figure it out.” Even Elton Brand, who remains as upbeat as anyone who has entered a seventh NBA season without seeing the playoffs, was critical of himself and his team, repeatedly calling the performance “embarrassing.” A glaring problem this season has been bench contributions, and again, the Clippers’ reserves were annihilated, being outscored 44-18. What Dunleavy says is that all he needs to see from any reserve is a hard-nosed effort with energy. “So far, the only guy who’s doing that is James Singleton,” Dunleavy said. “He’s coming in and playing with great effort, and it’s noticeable. Other guys have to come in and take that lead.” What does he sense about the rest of the guys? “What I sense going on is that we’re feeling sorry for ourselves,” he said. “There’s a whole lot being made that we have a lot of injuries. It’s been well-documented. We know what our injuries are.” Joe Stevens, (562) 499-1338 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
This Thursday morning on Sportsday we look back on last night’s Premier League action as Tottenham ended Chelsea’s attempt to make Premier League history with a 14th successive victory as the title pacesetters were beaten 2-0 at White Hart Lane.We also discuss the rumours linking former Olympiacos manager Marco Silva with the vacant Hull job and Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal future on the back of an apparent dressing room spat following the Gunners’ dramatic draw at Bournemouth earlier this week.All brought to you by Russ Hargreaves and the team.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ENCINO _ A small brush fire threatened six homes this afternoon near a reservoir in the Santa Monica Mountains, before winds shifted and pushed the blaze to a less populated area, authorities said. The 2 p.m. fire blackened more than 20 acres and sent clouds of smoke billowing over the San Fernando Valley. Flames came within about 100 yards of homes on Alonzo Avenue and Via Villarta, but the winds shifted and pushed the fire back toward the Encino Reservoir near the 101-405 Freeway interchange, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. No homes have been evacuated, Humphrey said. About 200 firefighters from around Los Angeles and five helicopters _ including leased Helitankers capable of dropping 2,300 gallons of water _ were assigned to the fire. The Los Angeles County Fire Department also deployed hand-crews to the scene. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles “We were able to hammer the head of the fire,” Humphrey said. A false report of a plane crash in the area prompted authorities to divert about 30 firefighters from the blaze to conduct a search, Humphrey said. Fire officials believe witnesses may have called in about a firefighting aircraft. An official with the Federal Aviation Administration said no planes were missing.
11 11 20. Dele Alli (Attacking midfield) 11 11 11 11 11 Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to follow up their excellent win over Manchester United by defeating another top six rival this weekend.Spurs visit Anfield on Sunday to play Liverpool just three days after their 2-0 victory over the Red Devils.They now sit only two points outside the top four, and can rise into the Champions League qualification spots this weekend – as long as results go their way.Mauricio Pochettino has been boosted by the deadline day signing of Lucas Moura, the Brazil winger, who joined from Paris Saint-Germain of France.However, Lucas is unlikely to start for Spurs this weekend having had only a few training sessions with his new club.So, how will Spurs line-up this weekend? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Tottenham XI listed in squad number order… 11 10. Harry Kane (Centre forward) 15. Eric Dier (Centre midfield) 12. Victor Wanyama (Centre midfield) 11 33. Ben Davies (Left back) 7. Heung-min Son (Attacking midfield) 23. Christian Eriksen (Attacking midfield) 1. Hugo Lloris (Goalkeeper) – click the right arrow to see the rest of the predicted Spurs line-up 6. Davinson Sanchez (Centre back) 5. Jan Vertonghen (Centre back) 11 11 24. Serge Aurier (Right back)
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining BEST OF Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED A talkSPORT caller opened up to Leon McKenzie about his struggles with mental health – and the former footballer and boxer stepped in to help.Live on air, Mark told McKenzie how various events in his life have left him feeling like he has nowhere to turn. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 “I’ve lost everything.”“I don’t know where to turn.”Mark called talkSPORT for advice.@LeonMckenzie1 stepped in to help.One of our most powerful ever calls 👊@talkSPORT x @Samaritans pic.twitter.com/c7gTSnNaYq— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 9, 2019 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars McKenzie, who has experienced his own battle with depression, reminded Mark there are always brighter days ahead.After the show, McKenzie and Mark agreed to go to a game together and continue the conversation.Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 and talkSPORT has teamed up with Samaritans because it doesn’t have to be that way.Listen to the full call below and, if you ever need someone to talk to, ring Samaritans on 116 123 any time. REVEALED Leon McKenzie stepped in to help when Mark phoned talkSPORT for help in one of the station’s most powerful calls REPLY
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