Netherlands record first death in coronavirus outbreak

first_img“All those in contact with the patient who are suffering from a cold or have a fever have been asked to remain at home. If necessary, they will be tested,” the RIVM added. The Netherlands has recorded its first death in the novel coronavirus outbreak, health officials said on Friday.”An 86-year-old man with COVID-19 who was admitted to the Ikazia hospital in Rotterdam has died,” the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) said, referring to the disease caused by the virus.”This is the first patient in the Netherlands to die of the coronavirus,” the RIVM said, adding that the source of the patient’s contamination was unknown. The number of novel coronavirus cases in the world is approaching 100,000 and more than 3,300 have proved fatal.The Netherlands now has 82 reported cases.”The man was isolated as soon as it became clear that he had COVID-19,” the RIVM said.Everyone who had contact with the patient — including visitors and health workers — is being questioned about their health, the institute said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

AOD jack-up wins three-year extension in Middle East

first_imgAsia Offshore Drilling Limited (AOD) has secured a three-year contract extension for a jack-up drilling rig in the Middle East. AOD owns three jack-up drilling rigs, AOD I, AOD II, and AOD III.An affiliate of offshore driller Seadrill Limited owns a 66.24 percent equity in AOD and the remaining 33.76 percent equity stake is held by services company Mermaid Maritime.Mermaid informed on Monday that the contract extension was awarded to AOD I jack-up drilling rig, serving a client in the Middle East until June 2022.This extension will be in direct continuation to the current contract which is scheduled to expire by end of June 2019 and will add approximately $80 million in contract backlog to AOD. According to data on Bassoe Analytics, the rig’s dayrate under the new extension is estimated to be around $75,000.The jack-up unit has been working for Saudi Aramco since 2013. The previous three-year extension for the AOD I jack-up was agreed in July 2016.The rig is of a Keppel’s “B” Class Independent Leg Cantilever design built by Keppel FELS.last_img read more

Local libraries, authors featured in state program

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — More than 25 cities and towns will host 11 Indiana authors over the next few months as part of a statewide speakers program. Indiana Humanities awarded funds to 27 nonprofit organizations to bring an award-winning Indiana author to their community to speak to a public audience as part of the Novel Conversations Speakers Program.The program, open to public libraries, schools, churches, museums, community centers and other nonprofit organizations, was funded by a grant from The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Awardees were matched with authors that are current and past recipients of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. Speaking events will take place through June 2018.“We’re so thankful for this partnership and the opportunity to provide readers from across Indiana access to some of our most talented authors,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “The generous support from The Glick Fund allows more Hoosiers to connect with impactful literature and thoughtful conversations.”The authors, along with the selected organizations and cities, include:Barker Mansion, Michigan City (Author: Michael Shelden)Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus (Author: Adrian Matejka)Barton Rees Pogue Memorial Library, Upland (Author: Philip Gulley)Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center, Indianapolis (Author: Francesca Zappia)Boston Middle School, La Porte (Author: Edward Kelsey Moore)Brick Street Poetry, Beech Grove (Author: Adrian Matejka)Delphi Public Library, Delphi (Author: John David Anderson)Dubois Branch Library, Dubois (Author: Laura Bates)Fairmount Public Library, Fairmount (Author: Philip Gulley)Franklin County Public Library, Brookville (Author: Lori Rader-Day)Greenfield-Central Community Corporation, Greenfield (Author: John David Anderson)Hamilton East Public Library, Fishers (Author: Adrian Matejka)Huntington City Township Public Library, Huntington (Author: Lori Rader-Day)J.W. Riley High School, South Bend (Author: Bill Kenley)Jasper Public Library, Jasper (Author: Laura Bates)Johnson County Public Library, Franklin (Author: Edward Kelsey Moore)Marion Public Library, Marion (Author: Philip Gulley)Middlebury Community Public Library, Middlebury (Author: Philip Gulley)New Albany–Floyd County Public Library, New Albany (Author: John David Anderson)Oakland City Columbia Township Public Library, Oakland City (Author: Philip Gulley)Osgood Public Library, Osgood (Author: Lori Rader-Day)Owen County Public Library, Spencer (Author: Sarah Gerkensmeyer)Roachdale Public Library, Roachdale (Author: Bill Kenley)Southmont High School, Crawfordsville (Author: Francesca Zappia)Stephen Foster Elementary School, Indianapolis (Author: John David Anderson)Walton and Tipton Township Public Library, Walton (Author: Laura Bates)Washington Carnegie Public Library, Washington (Author: Bryan Furuness)Lori Rader-Day’s debut mystery, The Black Hour, won the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the 2015 Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her second novel, Little Pretty Things, won the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and was a nominee for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Little Pretty Things was named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews and one of the top ten crime novels of the year by Booklist. Her third novel, The Day I Died, will be released by Harper Collins William Morrow on April 11, 2017. She lives in Chicago.In addition to paying the speakers’ fees, Indiana Humanities will provide participating organizations with resources such as a communications toolkit, press release template and event banner. Participating organizations are responsible for working with authors to schedule engagements and cover any travel expenses. Author events must be completed by June 30, 2018.Indiana Humanities’ Novel Conversations program is a free statewide lending library offering sets of books, primarily fiction and biographies, to reading and discussion groups at libraries, senior centers, schools and other places throughout the state. Indiana Humanities makes available 600 titles by more than 500 authors, approximately 45 of whom are Hoosiers. All of the authors taking part in this year’s speakers program are represented in the Novel Conversations library.last_img read more

Indian Premier League Cricket fans unimpressed by Virat Kohli’s send off to Ravichandran Ashwin

first_imgNew Delhi : Well, Virat Kohli has always been on the headlines for obvious reasons. Though most of them because of breaking the records but this time, it is for another reason, as he once again showed his different side on the field against Kings XI Punjab at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday. The incident took place in the final over of the match when Ravichandran Ashwin was dismissed to Umesh Yadav after smashing a six off the first ball over long on. Virat Kohli, who caught the ball at the long-on region has given him a heated send-off, which didn’t go down well with the Twitter users.Well, Ravichandran Ashwin played down by calling that the skipper of RCB and himself plays the game passionately. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli hasn’t responded anything on it, as he wants to enjoy the victory, which is their 3rd on a row. Here are the tweets: For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. What’s wrong with u Virat Kohli. This is not a celebration it’s abusing someone. Ashwin is ur team mate. Give respect ur team mate.This is unacceptable from Indian Captain.At d end of d day you’ll be remembered for ur behaviorBe Aggressive not to be Arrogant#RCBvKXIP #IPL pic.twitter.com/KbaVadBVNC— Rohitian World #MI (@RohitianWorld) April 25, 2019 Did you watch yesterday’s match between Punjab and Bangalore. Virat kohli took catch of R.Ashwin and after then that weird reaction of Virat kohli. He is great as a batsman , bt failed as an Individual. Cricket is game of Gentlemen .#ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/EPu3kaDteIlast_img read more

Adron Homes Unveil Rufai, Ali, Onyali as its Sports Ambassadors

first_imgPeter Rufai One of the Real Estate company in the country, Adron Homes on Tuesday unveiled the former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai and three others as a Sports ambassador of the company.The unveiling was done at the sports complex of the University of Ibadan.Others sports ambassador unveiled includes Bash Ali,  Mary Onyali and a famous Nigerian dancer, Kaffy are expected to promoting the image of the company through sports. Speaking, the Group Managing Director of the company,  Mr Emmanuel Olanipekun said the fourth edition which is named ‘Festival of Fitness’ and is schedule to hold between October 11-13.He said they are an agent to change the abilities of others saying the games is an extension of the celebration of their existence as the foremost Real Estate in Nigeria. “Adron Games is an annual fitness and bonding initiative of Management of Adron Homes aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle,  physical fitness, encourage friendships and networking that benefits every of our stakeholders.“Sport is a rallying activities in most cultures and is also considered as a big business all over the world; we have created this Games to cement friendship and unity within us as a corporate organisation and our nation. To achieve unity, the first three editions of the Games were held in Lagos but now the Games is going through different states in the country and hence the venue Ibadan, Oyo State this year.“As a corporate socially responsible organisation, we ar Adron Homes are convinced that sports and physical activity are essential to the enhancement of well-being and build a more virile and healthier working environment in our nation.Ali thank the managing director of the company for the opportunity of wellness and fitness he created.In her view, one of the ambassadors, Mary Onyali, a product of Lagelu 1983, said that was how she started before she headed for the United States through scholarship.Adding that sports is life, which has given her education and made her looks younger at 52 years with two kids.Peter Rufai, the former Super Eagle goalkeeper, added that he will be part of Adron Homes history. “Sports is back to live and stay”, he said.Present at the programme include ex-internationals, Mutiu Adepoju, Ike Shorunmu, Ajibade Babalade, Aisha Falode among others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

In the balance: Returning from latest setback, Carter has faith based on how he has reacted before

first_img Been there before. Delone, White and Delone’s mother, April Carter-White, have been there before. Many times. Together. But together is not where they were when Delone reacted to his lowest spiritual and emotional points of the past seven years. The binding force between Delone and his parents has been an obvious one: the telephone. And conversations over the course of the time since Hoban tell the stories of how and when Delone has been in unnatural situations before. How he has given a force back after being negatively exerted upon. Through that medium, Robert, April and Delone have maintained and strengthened the bond forged through Delone’s football career. A bond conceived all the way back in 1992, when Delone was a 5-year-old about to be hooked on a game he was meant to play. That game Delone was meant for was almost taken from him prior to his sophomore season at SU in 2007. Via phone, White informed Delone’s Akron football family that that game was perhaps ripped from his son forever due to the injury. The force had been exerted. ‘It’s not good. I just got the phone call I didn’t want to get,’ White said to Delone’s coach at Copley, Dan Boarman. It was the worst-case scenario. Looking back, it was a stark contrast to the cold call Boarman received when Delone was a high school sophomore in 2004. White’s number was unknown, but the outcome was undisputed success for Boarman. It was that natural physics answer to the strife Delone was facing as a backup running back at Hoban. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and the reaction to Delone’s lack of playing time at Hoban was a transfer. It was an answer to the force Hoban inflicted on Delone. It was a 16-year-old, 5-foot-10 force Boarman received. Said Boarman: ‘(Delone) called me up and he said, ‘I would like to come to Copley.’ I said, ‘Do you live in the district?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘All I can offer you is a fair shake.” With that, Delone’s career attained security at Copley. It took off, as he became Ohio’s Mr. Football in 2005. A freshman All-American year at SU in 2006 followed. Then came the injury, and the continuation of the bond forged via phone communication. The kid who had now grown into a man — the kid Boarman himself proclaims he wishes was his own son — was hurt. Delone was down and out. But because of the unity between the Akron football family, Delone bounced back. He became SU’s starting running back once again in 2009, eliciting fear out of opposing Big East defenses. Louisville’s defense took a poll at the end of the year to choose the toughest opposing running back to face in the conference. They chose Carter. But on April 14, Carter hit his lowest point yet. Carter and teammate Ryan Gillum were questioned by the Syracuse Police Department about the alleged incident, and Carter was charged with misdemeanor assault. The suspension followed. Soon, he was back in Akron. Back home, searching for his reaction again. But what Carter found as the force which helped him recover this last time was actually the closest thing to himself. Facebook Twitter Google+ Caden turns 3 on Oct. 2, the same Saturday his father will be off on an SU bye week. The birthday celebration will come about a month after Carter’s homecoming Saturday, when Akron hosts Syracuse. Caden, Pap Pap and Mi Mi will get to see their father and son return from the suspension just a mile and a half down Akron’s East Exchange Street from Hoban. Carter will have come full circle, reacting subconsciously to the sudden actions of would-be tacklers on an Akron football field, just like he did seven years earlier as that 16-year-old at Hoban. ‘Akron is King,’ Carter said, pointing to a tattoo of Ohio on his arm. ‘That is where my heart is… somewhere I always feel safe going.’ But for Carter, now, he is able to grasp everything that has occurred within these last seven years better than he could have as a 16-year-old. Everything that has happened is a small part of it all. With his last go-around at SU starting, it will be more of the same for Carter. He has done it before. He does it every day in the weight room with Hicks and Luther. The ground is where it starts. And again, Carter has recovered from the initial blow of that ‘ground force contact,’ which divulges his story. But, come Saturday, Carter believes he is done letting chance creep back into his life. He knows dads have to take fewer chances as time goes on. And once it’s all over Saturday, the ground will be the place Carter will look toward to find his solution to it all. Anew. There, Caden Carter will assuredly be smiling up at Dad. It’s the one reaction Dad is looking forward to the most. ‘There will be no more butterflies. I’m too old for that,’ Carter said. ‘I am going to be so prepared that I can’t even be nervous. I’m not taking chances. I have to be all the way ready.’ aolivero@syr.edu Pap Pap and Mi Mi were there for Carter when he returned to Akron in April. They were there with the person responsible for those nicknames for Robert White and April Carter-White, respectively — Caden. Caden, Delone, Pap Pap and Mi Mi were back together. No telephone needed. But a telephone was needed on Aug. 9, shortly after noon. That is when Delone called White to inform his father that he was officially reinstated. Delone was back, and White needed to inform one person. An inaugural member of the phone chain: Doug Marrone. ‘The reason that I felt to call Coach Marrone as quickly as I did was because Marrone was very, very supportive of my son,’ White said. With the phone call, Carter was on his way back to Syracuse, leaving Caden behind once again. But it came after an impromptu summer of balance, of father and son home in Akron. If you ask White, despite the uncertainty around the suspension, his son was at his most stable with his son. In any bout between an action and a reaction, balance is everything. The stability was a silver lining for Delone with Caden. ‘No one could take that bond from him,’ White said. ‘(Before the summer) it was a lot about Pap Pap and Mi Mi. Now, when Delone gets up to move, Caden is in his footsteps.’ Published on September 1, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Delone Carter wrestles with Isaac Newton’s third law of motion. Even if it is a simple enough idea, for Carter, simplicity is not a word to use when describing how physics pertain to his life journey and football career. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Reaction is the entity which has engulfed the life and football career of Delone Carter. Reaction is exactly the thing that became of Carter’s 2010 summer after he was suspended from the university and football team. Carter was independent. He remained in Akron, Ohio, reacting to what occurred last spring. Carter was suspended from the team for allegedly punching a fellow Syracuse student in a snowball-throwing incident on Feb. 27. Carter was reinstated to the university and football team on Aug. 9 and will not serve a suspension for any games this coming season. His trial in Syracuse City Court is pending.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘It just shapes the man that you are going to be,’ Carter said of the suspension. ‘Whatever comes in front of me, I am going to be able to handle.’ Carter has handled before. Carter has reacted before. He’s not new to situations like this. The past seven long years have been chock-full of Carter reacting. He believes, whenever given the time to respond, he can mold it into opportunity. It became opportunity for him when he transferred across Akron from Archbishop Hoban High School to Copley High School as a 16-year-old. It became opportunity when coping with his dislocated hip while sitting out the entirety of the 2007 season. It became opportunity this past summer when months spent away from Syracuse, in Akron, marked the longest period of time Carter has spent with his 2-year-old son, Caden. Heading into his final season, Carter is Syracuse’s No. 1 weapon and starting running back. In 2009, Carter amassed 1,021 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. And now, Carter is banking on reaction breathing life into liberty yet again. ‘He went through some things that he had control over and some that he didn’t,’ said Robert White, Carter’s stepfather. ‘(He has) learned a valuable lesson from all of the things that he has gone through.’ Truth be told, situations like these Carter knows better than almost every other Division-I football player. He has traversed the hurdles before. But coming off the suspension, he knows this is his biggest hurdle yet. Carter thinks he can succeed, as long as he can stay stable. For Carter, stability is the key. From the makeup and upkeep of his leviathan body, to his role as SU’s main threat, to fatherhood back in Akron. Maintaining a balance has always been Carter’s challenge. It’s an inherent challenge for an inimitable athlete and person. It’s a test which correlates with what is most important to him: home. Home yields family. Family leads to faith. And faith is where Carter’s mindset and struggle truly resides… Philippians 4:13, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.’ That is the devoutly religious Carter’s favorite Bible passage. He lives by the scripture. For anyone who knows Carter, his faith is no secret. Syracuse strength and conditioning coach William Hicks — who has been with Carter longer than most of the Syracuse coaching staff — says Carter is thankful through his faith for the natural talent he was born with, the bullish body he had as that 16-year-old at Hoban. ‘The good Lord made Delone look the way he does the day we saw him,’ Hicks said. ‘Use his abilities for what would be the best, as opposed to what it would naturally be. ‘We put him in natural and unnatural positions.’ Natural and unnatural positions. Hicks simulates them where he and Carter can harness Carter’s God-given attributes in the football team’s weight room. The natural and unnatural positions Hicks and his partner, Hal Luther, put Carter in are planned. And they are all brewed with the goal of training Carter so that he doesn’t hurt himself. Because, naturally, he would hurt himself. He has before. His muscles are just too dense. He is too much for himself to remain secure. In the simulated unnatural situations, Carter becomes resolute. His body has been stable since devising these plans after the muscular balance around his hip was lost with the injury in 2007, Hicks said. The schemed situations start with the Delone-specific training equipment Hicks and Luther bought solely for Carter: rubber bands and Physioballs. The most paramount of the stability workouts consists of a drill where Carter jumps onto the blow-up Physioball, straddles and clamps onto it with the insides of his knees. Carter then attempts to remain upright, clenching the ball with his legs, almost surfing it while training the muscles around his hips. Luther compares strength coaching to teaching math: Two plus two will always equal four. But when strength coaching, two plus two doesn’t always equal four. When coaching Carter, the sum is ever-changing. ‘If you exert a force against it, it’s giving you a force back,’ Hicks said. ‘Part of speed training is what they call ‘ground-force contact’: The force given is the force received. Strike a surface, the more force you are going to get out of that surface.’ Metaphorically, the ‘ground-force contact’ in the weight room parlays with the physics and motion of Carter’s football career. If you exert a force against it, it’s giving you a force back. The force given is the force received. And Hicks’ words speak directly to the situations Carter has faced. His words speak directly to his suspension. ‘You kind of put yourself in an unnatural position in a controlled environment,’ Hicks said. ‘So that’s what happens in competition when you are in an uncontrolled environment: You’ve been there before.’ Commentslast_img read more

Taylor Cummings, Maryland send Syracuse to 10-8 loss in NCAA tournament semifinals

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 22, 2015 at 10:10 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus CHESTER, Pa. — As the entire Maryland bench emptied onto the field, Syracuse defender Brenna Rainone crouched away from the rest of her teammates, staring at the ground.The Terrapins fans erupted into cheers and Orange defender Mallory Vehar slowly walked over to Rainone, wrapping her arms around her.On one end of the field, UMD players were jumping up and down in a huddle. On the other, SU’s slowly walked into a group, some wiping their eyes.“It sucks,” Syracuse goalie Kelsey Richardson said, her voice wavering. “I really didn’t want to go home today.”For the third time in as many seasons, Syracuse’s postseason run ended with Maryland, this time in the final four. The fourth-seeded Orange (16-8, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) fell to top-seeded Maryland (20-1, 5-0 Big Ten), 10-8, in front of a crowd of 5,994 at PPL Park on Friday. Reigning Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings starred in the draw circle for the Terrapins, helping her team win 14 out of 20 draws, and also added six points, which was too much for SU to overcome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a season where the Orange had enacted revenge on four teams to win the ACC championship and advance in the NCAA tournament, it failed to get that revenge against the team that’s had its number the most.“It’s an incredibly good Maryland team and everybody knows that,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “We came up a little bit short on the draw controls. I think that was the biggest difference in the game.”Syracuse draw specialist Kailah Kempney and Cummings stepped into the circle for the opening draw. The ball flung out to the side and was picked up by Zoe Stukenberg. The Terrapins went on offense before Cummings found a cutting Kristen Lamon for a goal.Back in the circle again, Cummings popped the ball straight into the air, jumped and grabbed it cleanly with her stick. After two wasted possessions by Maryland and SU, Cummings found Lamon backdoor again.The large contingent of Maryland fans in the stands erupted into cheers of, “When I say red, you say white.”Just two draws and two Maryland goals into the game, Syracuse replaced Kempney, third in NCAA history in draw controls, with attack Kayla Treanor in the draw circle, but the results didn’t change.Cummings won the third draw to Maryland midfielder Erin Collins. On the ensuing possession, Terrapins attack Brooke Griffin stood behind the net, waiting, until Cummings ran toward the cage past her defender for an open pass and goal.“It’s four seconds of focus and we knew the draws were going to be huge,” Cummings said. “Once we were able to get the draw I think we could settle down a little and play our way on the offensive end.”The Orange altered its usual backer defense, electing to face guard Terrapins attack and leading goal scorer Megan Whittle with Rainone, but it left players open in front of the net.At the end of the half, UMD led Syracuse, 7-5, and 10-3 in draw controls. The Orange constantly switched between Kempney and Treanor in the circle and multiple other players around it. At one point, SU attack Halle Majorana, who hasn’t been on the draw team all year, nearly ran to the outside of the circle before Gait waved her off.Syracuse opened the second half with a quick goal that had fans in the stands waving signs spelling out “Cuse” and another with a hand drawn Orange, but Cummings countered with a draw win and an assist, starting a three-goal run for the Terrapins that spanned the next 10 minutes.“If you don’t go to her she’s just going to the net and score some goals,” Gait said of Cummings’ assists.With seven minutes left in the game, Treanor scored her second straight goal to cut Maryland’s lead to 10-8 with plenty of time to muster two goals, provided SU won the draw.But it didn’t. For the 14th time in the game Maryland won the draw and it was Cummings who helped snag it.Maryland began running out the clock and eventually time ran out on Syracuse’s season. Once again, Maryland was the team celebrating on the other end of the field.“Tough game,” Gait said. “It seems like it’s always Maryland and once again, today so …” Commentslast_img read more

AUDIO: European transfer window headlines Joy Sports Locker Room

first_imgPreview Friday once again and the Joy Sports Team brings you a comprehensive build up to what to expect this weekend.Benedict Owusu discusses Medeama’s CAF Confederations Cup tie away to Young Africans as well as all seven matches of the Ghana Premier League.The European transfer window is heating up after the Euros. Owurakuu Ampofo and Kweku Arhin dissect all the possible moves expected this window.All this and more on the Joy Sports Locker Room hosted by George Addo Jnr. https://soundcloud.com/gajnr/joysports-lockerroom-15th-july-2016last_img

Egypt coach: Fasting and absence of Salah affecting performance

first_imgMohamed Salah’s absence is affecting Egypt’s World Cup preparations, coach Hector Cuper said after the team played out a goalless draw with Colombia at the start of the weekend.“We are working to cover the absence of Salah. The players responded perfectly to our instructions, but Salah’s absence affects any team negatively,” Cuper said after Friday’s goallesss draw in Bergamo, Italy.The draw means Egypt have now gone five games without victory, stretching back to last October.Salah is still in doubt for Egypt’s opening match in Group A on June 15 against Uruguay in Ekaterinburg after suffering a shoulder injury in the Champions League final for Liverpool late last month.He also missed Egypt’s draws with Kuwait on May 25, as he was still preparing for the final against Real Madrid.Salah will also not be in the line-up against Belgium in Brussels on Wednesday when the Egyptians conclude their preparations before heading to Russia. Egypt last won against Congo last October in the World Cup qualifiers and since then have drawn with Ghana, been beaten by Portugal and Greece in March, and also drew their last two matches.Fasting effect on playersBut Cuper saw positives in Friday’s draw against Colombia.“The result was good, especially as the players’ performances were affected by the fact that they were fasting,” Cuper said, referring to the Islamic month of Ramadan during which Muslims fast during daylight hours.“We are trying to solve this problem with nutrition experts, to avoid the negative effects of the players abstaining from food and water for a large number of hours.’‘ “I’m most worried about turning from defence to attack as quick as we can. We’ve tried to achieve satisfactory form especially playing against a big team like Colombia. The draw was a good result but we want to win in the coming matches.”The seven-time African champions are in Group A at the World Cup, taking on hosts Russia on June 19 in their second game before going up against Saudi Arabia on June 25.Egypt make their first World Cup appearance since 1990, when they were eliminated at the group stage.—See Egypt Team Profile Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.last_img read more

Dodgers can’t solve Francisco Liriano, fall 2-1 to Pirates

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Los Angeles has now lost three in a row after having won six of their previous eight. Manager Don Mattingly was disappointed, to be sure.“I think we’re all kind of frustrated that we can’t sustain anything,” he said. “But we can’t get caught up in that thing of feeling sorry for ourselves. We pitched well, but we didn’t get key hits. We do know we’re capable.”As for Beckett’s performance, Mattlingly didn’t see much difference between his stuff Friday and his stuff five days earlier when he no-hit the Phillies.“It looked the same,” Mattingly said. “It didn’t look a lot different.”Becket bemoaned the pitch he made to Davis in the fourth inning that went for very long home run.“Like I said, if I don’t make the pitch to Ike Davis it’s a 1-1 game,” he said. “That’s really what it boils down to, making pitches when you have to. Even though nobody was on base, I had to make a better pitch than that.”On the bright side, Butera had a fine game defensively. He threw out two runners trying to steal, and picked another off second base.There were some immediate fireworks on fireworks night. Dee Gordon led off the Dodgers’ half of the first with a walk off Liriano. He stole second. Chone Figgins then hit a ball into the dirt that came back up and hit him as he was beginning his sprint to first base. Replays appeared to show Figgins was still in the batter’s box, but umpires ruled he was out of the box and out, period.Mattingly argued, to no avail.Liriano then struck out Puig and Ramirez, stranding Gordon at second.The Pirates got to Beckett in the top of the third. Beckett hit Starling Marte with a pitch, then walked Clint Barmes. Butera, who in the second inning threw out Russell Martin attempting to steal second to end the inning, picked off Marte at second base for the first out.Liriano struck out when he fouled off a bunt attempt with two strikes, but Josh Harrison singled to right to keep the inning alive. Neil Walker then singled to right to bring home Barmes for a 1-0 lead.By the end of that inning, Beckett had already thrown 61 pitches.On Beckett’s 65th pitch, Davis belted a 453-foot home run over the center field fence to lead off the Pittsburgh fourth inning for a 2-0 lead.Liriano, meanwhile, was Mr. Clutch when he had to be.Puig led off the bottom of the fourth with an infield single that saw him end up at second base when Liriano threw the ball away at first. No problem. He struck out Ramirez and Kemp swinging and induced Van Slyke to tap out meekly to catcher Martin.Liriano again showed trememdous mettle when he got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth when he got Puig to pop out to second base, bringing groans from a frustrated Dodgers crowd.It was more of the same in the sixth. Ramirez led off with a double, got to third on a groundout by Kemp on a nice play by Pirates second baseman Neil Walker. Liriano then struck out Van Slyke, who broke his bat over his knee, for the second out.Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle, perhaps remembering that Ethier had doubled off the lefty Liriano in his previous at bat, went with another lefty in Justin Wilson. He got Ethier to strike out swinging. Pitchers Josh Beckett of the Dodgers and Francisco Liriano of the Pittsburgh Pirates had a couple of things in common when they took the mound for their respective teams Friday at Dodger Stadium.Both had pitched no-hitters — Liriano in 2011 as a member of the Minnesota Twins, Beckett just this past Sunday. They both had the same catcher, too — Drew Butera, who started behind the plate for the boys in blue.There would be no back-to-back no-hitters for Beckett, who gave up a single to Russell Martin in the second inning. Beckett was gone after five innings, but Liriano came through with a gritty performance by pitching out of several jams to lead the Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers before 47,503. Beckett (3-2), who took the loss, was not bad. But he did struggle some. In five innings he gave up five hits, two earned runs — one of them a mammoth home run by Ike Davis in the fourth inning — while striking out five on 88 pitches. He also hit a batter and walked one.center_img Liriano pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed five hits while striking out eight and walking two. Liriano (1-5) entered with an ERA of 5.06 and picked up his first victory of the season for Pittsburgh (25-29).The Dodgers (29-27) left five men in scoring position through the first six innings, and another in the eighth when they scored their only run on an RBI single to right by Hanley Ramirez. The heart of their order — Yasiel Puig, Ramirez (2-for-4) and Matt Kemp — went a combined 3-for-12. Kemp is hitless in his past 20 at-bats.Adrian Gonzalez, who has been struggling of late, did not start, but pinch-hit for Scott Van Slyke and grounded out off Pirates reliever Mark Melancon to end the eighth with Ramirez at second. Jason Grilli pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his seventh save.The Pirates had just six hits, the Dodgers seven.last_img read more