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Levski will chase the direct euro quota against Loko PD –…

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first_imgLevski welcomes on its “Georgi Asparuhov” the winner of the Cup of Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv. The Blues are in third place in the standings, one point ahead of Slavia and their place in the Europa League is a huge question mark. The two teams exchanged one success during this campaign. In August, Levski defeated Gerena, and Lokomotiv regained it in the „-finals of the Bulgarian Cup. The match starts at 21:00 and you will be able to watch it on DIEMA SPORT and minute by minute on Gong.bg.The executive director of Sofia Pavel Kolev assured the supporters that Levski’s participation in the next championship is not endangered.Deyan Lozev was punished and Holmar Ejolfsson was injured and is recovering from surgery.For the guests, the coach Bruno Akrapovich will not be able to lead his graduates from the bench, as he was punished for his unrestrained reactions during the 1: 2 loss to CSKA in Plovdiv.The team is in a series of 4 consecutive defeats in the championship.The expectations are that the starting 11 will be the same as against CSKA.A total of 11 people from the club are infected with coronavirus. This includes people from the headquarters and the players, including captain Dimitar Iliev.last_img read more

Australian legend Mathew hayden picks Indian fast bowlers who will do…

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first_imgSYDNEY: Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden has been named in the squad for the 13th edition of the IPL in the UAE. It is noteworthy that both are Indian pacers. Hayden said that they will be Jaspreet Bumra of Mumbai Indians and Bhuvneshwar Kumar of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Hayden was part of MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings team for the first two seasons of the IPL.Hayden said the experience will help Bhubaneswar win the IPL. Bhuvi is the highest wicket-taker in the 2016 and 17 seasons and holds the Purple Cap. Bumra, on the other hand, has become one of the most dangerous pacers in the world. He is also a Death Over Specialist and a key player in Yorkers.Hayden said that Bhuvneshwar has always been one of the best players in the IPL and that experienced seam bowlers are always a threat. “Playing against Bumrah is a challenge for any batsman in the world,” Hayden said on Star Sports’ cricket-connected show.When it comes to spinners, this will be a great season for Chennai Super Kings’ Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja. Apart from them, CSK also has Imran Tahir, Piyush Chawla, Khan Sharma and Mitchell Santner as spinners. “This will be a great season for leg-spinners,” Hayden said.Even people like veteran Harbhajan perform well. Bhaji is a player who did not play many cricket matches last year. But he has always performed well in the IPL. Hayden added that CSK’s Jadeja could also perform better this time around.Get the latest news from myKhel. Allow Notificationslast_img read more

All quiet till Ríos HR in 13th lifts Dodgers over Astros 4-2

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first_img Written By Last Updated: 30th July, 2020 10:21 IST All Quiet Till Ríos HR In 13th Lifts Dodgers Over Astros 4-2 The Dodgers and Astros showed no carry-over Wednesday night from a fracas in the series opener that led to suspensions, and Edwin Ríos hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning to lift Los Angeles over Houston 4-2 SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT The Dodgers and Astros showed no carry-over Wednesday night from a fracas in the series opener that led to suspensions, and Edwin Ríos hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning to lift Los Angeles over Houston 4-2.No pitches were thrown above or behind any batters, nobody made any ugly faces and everyone remained in their respective dugouts, even as the game became the longest one so far in this pandemic-shortened season.All was quiet aside from the fake crowd noise that was ratcheted up a couple of notches for the national television audience. The loudest noise was the crack of Ríos’ bat when he took Cy Sneed (0-1) deep for a leadoff homer — a two-run drive under the new extra-innings rule that starts with an automatic runner on second base.The Dodgers played without manager Dave Roberts, suspended one game for his part in Tuesday night’s testy matchup that saw the dugouts clear. Bench coach Bob Geren managed the team in Roberts’ absence.Los Angeles used nine pitchers, but not Joe Kelly. The reliever was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball after buzzing a fastball behind the head of Alex Bregman, then striking out Carlos Correa and mockingly taunting him by sticking out his tongue and pouting his bottom lip.Kelly elected to appeal and can continue to play until the process is complete.The Dodgers won both game in Houston in the first meeting between these teams since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to beating Los Angeles for the 2017 World Series title.Both teams scored a run in the second inning and nobody scored again until an RBI double by Mookie Betts with two outs in the Dodgers 11th.Correa tied it again with an RBI single with no outs in the bottom of the 11th.Kiké Hernández started the 13th on second per the new extra-inning rules before Ríos got his first hit of the season after entering as a pinch-hitter in the 11th.Dennis Santana (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.Cristian Javier gave a strong — and much-needed — performance in his first major league start for a Houston rotation that is without ace Justin Verlander indefinitely. The 23-year-old, who was Houston’s minor league pitcher of the year last season, allowed two hits and one run with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.Corey Seager homered to the seats in right field with one out in the second to give LA a 1-0 lead.Michael Brantley opened Houston’s second with a ground-rule double and scored on an infield single by Myles Straw with two outs.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: Ace Clayton Kershaw (back stiffness) won’t start on Friday, but will throw a bullpen session on Thursday, and Roberts said he expects him to pitch on before this road trip ends. The Dodgers play four games at Arizona starting Thursday and wrap up the road trip with a three-game series at San Diego.UP NEXTDodgers: Right-hander Ross Stripling (1-0, 1.29 ERA) will start for LA on Thursday night in the opener against the Diamondbacks. Stripling allowed four hits and one run with seven strikeouts in seven innings in a win over the Giants on Friday.Astros: Houston is off on Thursday before opening a three-game series at the Angels on Friday night with right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 3.00) on the mound. McCullers yielded five hits and two runs while striking out six in six innings of a 7-2 win over the Mariners on Saturday in his return after missing last season recovering from Tommy John surgery.Image credits: AP First Published: 30th July, 2020 10:21 ISTcenter_img LIVE TV Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

How a beautiful cat named Kitty came into our lives and rescued us with eternal love

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first_imgFive years ago she gazed into my eyes through her pair of shining, beautiful, emerald green windows to her soul and my life would never be the same.From the moment I laid eyes on her and touched her furry little white belly, all I ever wanted to do was protect her and love her and rescue her from the abandonment where we found her in a cage waiting for a home and someone to love.I didn’t want a cat.Let me make that very clear from the outset. Anyone who knows me, knows this is a fact.Some of you might not like cats or understand cats or have ever had a cat but I sincerely hope that you’ve felt the power of the love of an animal once in your life. Our story is about a transcendent little girl that we rescued from Baltimore Humane in 2012 but who, in the end, rescued us and taught me more about unconditional love than any other experience in my nearly half a century on this planet.We lost our beloved Kitty while we were with the Ravens in Europe on our WNST.net trip. Her sudden and completely unexpected death on Thursday has shaken us to the core.My wife is distraught over her death. She would tell you that I am doing far worse.I am unspeakably shaken, more so than when I lost my mother back on August 15th. We prepared and knew for years that my Mom would be leaving us soon. Somehow, we never, ever considered losing Kitty.I’m experiencing a sense of profound loss and sadness that I would’ve thought impossible when we adopted a cat known only as “Bree” back on April 16, 2012. It’s been an incredibly awful month for me – a time of sadness and sorrow and loss that I’ll never want to remember but know that I’ll never forget.If you would’ve told me that my wife’s relentless desire for an animal over the first decade of our marriage would lead me to this emotional black hole of emptiness and incredible appreciation for her precious and wonderful life, I would’ve never believed you.My wife always wanted a cat for us. Honestly, I never understood that emotional grip even though I had a cat named Poe back in the early 1990s long before the Ravens existed. He was a Balinese, peaceful blue-eyed beauty who I adored but loved only in the finite way a 20-something man could love a creature that didn’t have curves, perfume and human characteristics.Jenn and I were married in the summer of 2003 and I was allergic to her cat, Spencer. Two months into our marriage, she gave her cat to a veterinarian here in Baltimore and Spencer lived a fine life but I realize now that I never truly understood her relationship or her emotional parting with herlast_img read more

Nigeria Move 12 Spots in Latest FIFA Ranking

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first_imgNigeria’s men national football team has moved up 12 places, from 45th to 33rd, in the latest FIFA rankings for July 2019 after acquiring 1481 ranking points better than June’s 1433.The Super Eagles finished third in the recently concluded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt, after defeating Tunisia through a lone goal from Golden Boot Winner Odion Ighalo.AFCON 2019 Champions Algeria were the most improved side from Africa in the top 50 after managing to move up 28 places, from 68th to 40th in the rankings. Whereas, Tunisia, who missed out on the AFCON bronze medal to Nigeria, dropped four places from 25th to 29th, however, maintaining their second spot on the continent.Despite finishing in second in Egypt, Senegal moved up two places, from 22nd to 20th, retaining their top spot on the continent.Copa America Champions displaced 2018 FIFA World Cup winners France from the second spot, moving Les Bleus to third on the world ranking, while Belgium retains top spot. Whereas, Spain and Portugal dropped spots to fill the 9th and 6th spots respectively, with Argentina occupying 10th position.Mexico, who won a record eighth Gold Cup title, moved up six places, from 18th to 12th, while runners up the USA moved eight places to occupy the 22nd spot.Relatedlast_img read more

Ravens report card versus the Patriots: The offense

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first_imgThe Baltimore Ravens lost to the New England Patriots 41 to 7. The score was not pretty but the score was close until the last two five minutes.Quarterback: Joe Flacco was obviously hurt in this game. Flacco sprained his knee against the Detroit Lions and it was obvious that his performance was hampered. Flacco went 22 out of 38 for 260 yards and two interceptions and honestly it was probably the best he could do. The numbers were not pretty. Grade CRunning backs: Ray Rice only had 40 yards rushing in a game in which the running game needed to be there. Rice did have a decent average at 3.6 yards per carry but the Ravens needed a lot more. Bernard Pierce had 31 yards on 10 carries. Grade CReceivers: Marlon Brown, Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta each had four catches. With an injured Flacco this unit was not as valuable because even when they were open Flacco had trouble hitting them accurately. Torrey Smith has destroyed the Patriots in the past but only had three catches. Smith did have 69 receiving yards however. Grade BOffensive line: Flacco was not nearly as mobile as in the past and the line really needed to protect him. Allowing four sacks in a big game is not acceptable. The line also needs to get better at run blocking but it may be too late for that. Late in the game when Tyrod Taylor was in they could not even get a shotgun snap down right. Grade DOverall: I am not counting what happened when the backups came in when I am doing this report card. Flacco was hurt and I question why he was playing. Taylor came in too late and had his problems but a different form of offensive might have worked over risking further injury to the teams franchise quarterback. The running game could not come up big when the Ravens needed it to. Grade DPlease follow and like us:last_img read more

Ohio homeboys: Superstars LeBron, Curry both born in Akron

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first_imgIn this Nov. 17, 2009, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, scrambles for possession with Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. James and Curry both hail from Akron, Ohio, the Rubber City best known for tires and now for producing a pair of bouncing baby basketball prodigies. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Welcome to the Rubber Capital, where car tires first rolled, the Goodyear Blimp took flight and two bouncing baby basketball prodigies were born less than four years apart in the 1980s.LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the NBA’s two biggest stars set to square off in the upcoming finals, are from the same city.Genuine homeboys. The prodigal son and the precision shooter. Talk about a long shot.James re-signed as a free agent with the Cavaliers last summer, returning to his home after four years in Miami to chase an NBA title. And as fate would have it, Golden State’s Curry will come back to his Ohio birthplace to pursue his dream.“It’s kind of ironic that he’s going back to Cleveland, where he came into the world, to try and get the world championship,” said his father, Dell Curry.Wardell Stephen Curry was born on March 14, 1988, arriving while his daddy, traded by Utah to Cleveland before his second pro season, was playing in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.Curry made his world debut with almost the same speed in which he comes off a screen, catches the ball and drops one of his 3-pointers — lightning quick. His mom, Sonya, said her delivery was only about 2 1/2 hours, roughly the length of a pro game. Within two weeks, she took her boy to his first NBA game, and from the moment he neared the hardwood, she knew she and her husband had created another ballplayer.“He was asleep,” she said last week after the Warriors won the Western Conference title and advanced to their first finals in 40 years. “We walked in, and his eyes were wide open the whole game — the whole game — and then as soon as we left and went to the family room, he fell asleep.“And so then we knew that he was in tune with that arena and basketball in every sense.”The Currys didn’t spend much time in Ohio as Dell was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the expansion draft and the family was uprooted again.Until he left for Florida in 2010, Akron is the only place James ever knew and where the public first glimpsed his greatness as a high school star. He’s defiantly proud of his city, often referring to his humble upbringing by saying he’s “just a kid from Akron, Ohio.”The four-time MVP said he and the league’s current MVP, who was also the top vote-getter for this year’s All-Star game, have not discussed their Akron bond.“No, we never have,” James said. “I don’t think we’ll talk too much about it, either, coming up.”James has been a fan of Curry’s for years, first recognizing his potential when the Warriors’ guard was at Davidson. James watched Curry play several times, once driving to Detroit to see him in the NCAA Tournament. James said he knew almost immediately that Curry was destined for stardom.“I just thought he was special, a special kid,” James said. “I’m very good at noticing talent and I thought he was special then and he still is.”James appreciates Curry’s game, a blend of finesse, skill and drive.“He has a great motor,” James said. “I think a lot of people don’t understand how great his motor is. He never stops moving. His ball-handling, his ability to shoot the ball off the dribble and off the catch. It’s uncanny. I don’t think there’s ever been a guy in on league to shoot the ball the way he does off the dribble or off the catch, off the ball. He just creates so many matchup problems for your defense and you just always have to be aware.”The Akron boys aren’t real tight. Curry was once a guest at James’ home, but he’s not that familiar with his actual hometown. Still, he and James have a unique connection.“It’s nice to have that in common,” Curry said. “But he has more of a history with the city than I do. Maybe three or four years ago I went to his house in Akron and kind of took a lay-of-the-land kind of deal. But other than that, I’m from Akron, but Charlotte raised. So that’s kind of where it ends.”James speaks with admiration of Curry, a player some believe is heir apparent to become the face of the league. If he wins a championship, Curry’s ascension could happen quicker.Perhaps because Curry comes from Akron, James, who has ‘Akron’ tattooed on his right shoulder and ‘Est. 1984’ tattooed on his left, has gone out of his way to help the 27-year-old.“I’ve had an opportunity to speak to him a few times on the floor in the past. Just talk about the process of being a great basketball player, and being a leader and doing what it takes to get to this point,” James said. “I don’t know if he used it or not, but he’s done great for himself. He has a great family. His dad comes from this pedigree. He’s got so many great people around him, so he doesn’t need nothing from me.”___AP Basketball Writer Antonio Gonzalez in Oakland, California, contributed to this report.last_img read more

Speaking out for fair care

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first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS ANNE McCormick is special. Her work at Outlook in Pakenham has shaped a model of care which…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Joshua Pacio to defend ONE strawweight title vs Rene Catalan in Manila

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first_imgUP falls short in first game minus ‘leader’ Bo Perasol Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Pacio and Catalan are both coming off impressive wins in their previous fight.The 23-year-old Pacio knocked out Yosuke Saruta six months ago in Manila to regain the strawweight strap while Catalan, who is riding on a six-fight winning streak, needed just one round to stop Yoshitaka Naito last March.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Former world champions Eduard Folayang and Geje Eustaquio are also making their return in the card.Folayang, the two-time lightweight king, faces Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu of Mongolia in the co-main event. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View comments Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Photo from ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—The last ONE Championship event in Manila this year promises to be a slam-bang affair.An all-Filipino title showdown between strawweight world champion Joshua Pacio and a surging Rene Catalan will headline ONE: Masters of Fate on November 8 at Mall of Asia Arena, the promotion announced Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Eustaquio, the ex-flyweight champion, meanwhile, clashes with Toni Tauru of Finland in a rematch. Tauru scored an opening round submission over Eustaquio in their first encounter back in 2016.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacueeslast_img read more

Spurs’ AVB in Chelsea revenge mission

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first_imgVillas-Boas was bitter about his exit in March and to make matters worse, his former assistant Roberto Di Matteo oversaw a revival that delivered the FA Cup and the Champions League.Chelsea’s European triumph ensured their return to the competition despite finishing in sixth place in the Premier League, and consigned fourth-placed Spurs to the Europa League.And Villas-Boas claims that will prove the more significant motivation for his team, who face the unbeaten league leaders on the back of a run of four straight wins, than any personal thoughts of revenge.“In the end there is one thing which has been to a certain extent blown out of proportion in some ways – this is certainly not a personal matter,” Villas-Boas said.“I feel this is much more about Tottenham in the sense that Chelsea are the team who took this club out of the Champions League, and who prevented this team from playing in FA Cup final last year.“So in the end we certainly have ingredients for it to be a spectacular match.“But this game is not going to decide the future of both teams in the Premier League, after this game there will be 30 more games to play, and both teams will have to have decisive matches in front of them.“It counts as three points. It doesn’t win us a trophy.”Villas-Boas stood by Terry when allegations were first made against the defender last October, but he admits the centre back’s absence will boost his side’s chances of a win.“Obviously you have to make sure to take into account that this is an extremely good player, an experienced player and Chelsea’s captain,” Villas-Boas said.“A player of this dimension is always surely missed. But the other centre-backs are tremendously good too.“But obviously he is a player of massive experience, and an emotional leader that can push the others through.“He’s certainly someone who will be missed by Chelsea but the options they have are extremely good.”Villas-Boas is expected to stick with England’s Jermain Defoe as his side’s lone striker, with Emmanuel Adebayor remaining on the bench, but faces a tough decision between Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris for the keeper spot.But Spurs will once again be without midfielder Scott Parker and left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto.Di Matteo, meanwhile, will call-up Gary Cahill to deputise for Terry alongside David Luiz with Ashley Cole set to start 48 hours after being fined £90,000 for his abusive tweet directed at the FA following criticism of his role in the wake of Terry’s clash with Ferdinand.Fernando Torres will again lead the Chelsea attack after revealing last week the depth of his personal frustration last season when he struggled to get into the Blues starting line-up ahead of the now departed Didier Drogba.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, October 19 – Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas insists his players will be the only ones on a revenge mission when his former club Chelsea visit White Hart Lane in Saturday’s London derby.With Chelsea captain John Terry suspended after deciding not to appeal the four-match ban imposed for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, the focus will be fixed firmly on Villas-Boas as he confronts the Blues for the first time since his dismissal after just nine months in the job.last_img read more