BLOG: “Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU” at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: “Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU” at the Pennsylvania Farm Show SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 07, 2016center_img By: Dr. Karen Murphy, Secretary of the Department of Health 100th Farm Show,  The Blog To date, influenza cases have been reported in most Pennsylvania counties, with numbers expected to increase in the coming months.However, it is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu is to get vaccinated.This year at the Centennial Pennsylvania Farm Show, the Pennsylvania Department of Health will be continuing our “Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU” Campaign by offering free influenza vaccines.The free influenza vaccines will be available as supplies last from January 9-15 from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and January 16 from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine. No appointments are needed. The booth will be located in the Main Hall by the carousel located near the Maclay Street lobby.The “Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU” education and awareness  campaign highlights the important measures everyone should take to ensure they don’t get or spread the flu.Getting the flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself and those around you from seasonal influenza. The Pennsylvania Department of Health recommends the flu vaccine for everyone over the age of 6 months. It is especially important for older individuals, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions that place them at increased risk of complications from the flu.In addition to getting vaccinated, to best avoid receiving or spreading the flu, everyone should also:Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.Keep your hands away from your face and don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.  This is one way germs spread.Disinfect frequently used surfaces – like doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes, etc.Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing – then throw the used tissue in the trash.Avoid contact with sick people. If YOU are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours until after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.More information is available at FLUFREEPA.COM or by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).last_img read more

The woman who captures Bachelor Matty J’s heart must be prepared to call this block of land home too

first_imgMatthew David Johnson and his mother at Kenmore in Brisbane. He told his Instagram followers: “Insert new home here. Mum’s not excited at all! #watchthisspace” Picture: @matthewdavidjohnson/InstagramLocal fans, and some Sydneysiders too, flooded him with comments about moving to Brisbane, with the post notching over 7400 likes and more than 140 comments, including some expressing regret that they had shifted out of the suburb, while others were rethinking plans to remain in Sydney.Given Mr Johnson was born in Brisbane and has plans for his family to set down roots here, a good tip for anyone wanting to be his love-to-be may be to also love the River City. The Bachelor Matty Johnson has teased fans with plans to build a family home. Picture: Dylan RobinsonTHE 2017 Bachelor Matty J has big plans to set down roots in Brisbane that his new lady love better get used to. Matty Johnson may have got Bachelor fans all aflutter with his Instagram post at 5am that “yes, I will be the next Bachelor”, but it comes hard on the heels of another big build-up.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoA week ago, he posted a picture of himself and his mother jumping for joy at a site labelled Kenmore in Brisbane, where there were plans for a new build.“Insert new home here. Mum’s not excited at all,” the new Bachelor said.last_img read more

Key: Number of pokies in Auckland will drop

first_imgNZ Herald 3 April 2012The number of pokie machines in Auckland will fall in spite of the Government’s deal with SkyCity to allow the casino more machines in return for it building a $350 million convention centre, Prime Minister John Key says. The Government is still negotiating the deal for the convention centre in downtown Auckland which Mr Key said will create 900 jobs during the construction phase and 900 jobs when it begins operating. However, with reports that the Government may amend the Gaming Act to allow SkyCity to operate up to 500 more gaming machines, the Problem Gambling Foundation fears the expansion will drive an upsurge in gambling addiction. Compounding those fears 3News last night reported key indicators of social problems associated with the casino had risen in recent years. That included year on year increases in the number of incidents involving abandoned children found at the casino complex. From 19 incidents in 2009, the number rose to 46 in 2010 and 54 last year.…Mr Key has previously said the Auckland Council’s “sinking lid” policy on gaming machines in pubs and clubs means fewer gaming machines overall. Meanwhile, should the deal reach fruition, any changes to the Gambling Act that would be required would not be conscience vote for National MPs. That was because Mr Key regarded the issue as primarily an economic one. “It’s largely the issue of a piece of infrastructure for tourism and it’s an important part of building that tourism model.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10796342last_img read more

Health Ministry works to mid-2020 date to legalise medicinal cannabis

first_imgNZ Herald 15 October 2018Family First Comment: This is disturbing. Is the government cynically delaying the intro of cannabis medicine to time it with a vote on recreational dope to improve the chances of a yes vote?! Stop playing politics. saynopetodope.org.nz/medicinalPeople in chronic pain and the terminally ill will have to wait until at least mid-2020 to legally obtain medicinal cannabis, according to a Ministry of Health document – a wait criticised as far too long.The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill, introduced by Health Minister David Clark in December 2017 under the Government’s 100-day plan, is expected to become law by March 2019.A Health Ministry document, released under the Official Information Act to National’s associate health spokesman Shane Reti, shows it is working to a timeline that assumes a “go-live date” in mid-2020.“And this is just for the required regulations. It is highly unlikely that dispensing would begin at that point and it would almost certainly be much later. This is unacceptable,” Reti said.National supported the Government’s bill at first reading but then pulled its support in July with its own bill in Reti’s name. National said its bill set out a more comprehensive and well-researched regime for the use of medicinal cannabis.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12142231&ref=twitterlast_img read more

‘High-value’ drug target falls

first_imgBACOLOD City – Police nabbed a“high-value” suspect in a drug sting in Barangay 6, Victorias City, NegrosOccidental. Five sachets of suspected shabu valuedat around of P5, 000 were seized from 37-year-old Claire Pontino, police said. The suspect was brought to the VictoriasCity police station, where he was detained. Charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filedagainst him./PN Pontino – resident of the said village –was arrested after he allegedly sold a sachet of suspected shabu to anundercover officer for P400 around 4 p.m. on Dec. 17. Aside from the suspected illegal drugs,a cellphone and cash which amounted to P613 were also confiscated. last_img

Travelers describe suspected abduction attempt at Batesville rest area

first_imgBatesville, In. — A Zionsville-area woman is warning people to be alert when stopping along the highway while traveling. The woman described the incident that happened at the I-74 rest stop near Batesville and has sent a message of caution to others.Here is her account of what happened:Abby Sue19 hrs ·PSA: so we are driving home from Cincinnati and got off at a rest stop for a quick bathroom break. Just my daughter and I went inside (i didn’t have my phone or purse on me). As we were walking in some lady who appeared to be on something, was trying to talk to my daughter, I held her hand the entire way in and walked swiftly ahead. As the lady was trying to talk to us she was also lighting a cigarette which she immediately extinguished upon us entering building. We went to far end handicap stall and went in together. I heard the lady enter and she was talking to another lady about us heard her say “the little girl”, I told my daughter we weren’t washing hands and I was going to carry her out. As we leave I passed both women and the one that I originally saw had changed clothes and started to leave after us leaving her bag on the floor of the stall she was in. The other lady with her was probably 6’. I then made a dead sprint to the car, threw my daughter in and locked doors. Once we were safely in car I noticed 3 foreign men standing in front of a gold minivan with all the doors open…We called 911 and reported it and I have this terrible feeling that had I not been aware of my surroundings my daughter may have been taken from me. It is a terrifying world we are living in  I wanted to share to try to remind everyone to be aware of your surroundings, hold on to your children and stay off your phones so you are not distracted!!!This was at a rest stop around mile marker 151 (Batesville) heading west on I -74last_img read more

WBB : Orange dominated on boards, inside in loss to Fighting Irish

first_imgSyracuse’s shooting struggles have been present throughout the year, so when the Orange finished just 29.5 percent from the field against No. 2 Notre Dame, it wasn’t too much of a diversion from the norm.SU’s futility on the boards, though, is another story. The Fighting Irish took control of the glass, leaving the Orange without one of its biggest strengths of the season.‘I’m obviously not very happy with the first half,’ head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘And getting outrebounded, it’s just not our character getting outrebounded. I thought on the offensive glass, they just did a really good job of pushing us underneath the basket and taking advantage of second and third opportunities.’Notre Dame (24-1, 11-0 Big East) crashed the glass hard throughout its 74-55 win over the Orange (15-10, 4-7 Big East) on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome, grabbing 47 rebounds while SU pulled down 37. On a night in which the Orange struggled in just about every aspect of the game at one point or another, it was the rebounding deficiency that perplexed SU most of all. If anything, it’s the one part of the Orange’s game that has remained strong for the duration of a rocky season.Syracuse entered the game tied for second in the nation in rebounding with 47.7 boards per game, the same amount No. 1 Baylor is averaging, which is the only team to have beaten Notre Dame this season. In the Big East, SU is first in rebounds and offensive rebounds with 21.2 per game and is third in rebounding margin at 10.8.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo rebounding the basketball was going to be paramount for Syracuse to take down one of the best teams in the nation. But Notre Dame established itself on the glass early in the game and practically stripped SU of its identity as a premier rebounding team.‘When we stop getting the ball high-low, we don’t get the ball to Iasia and they’re not scoring, and we’re not making shots on the outside. We’re not playing like Syracuse,’ guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. ‘And then when we get outrebounded. It’s never a good result.’The Orange’s biggest roadblock to the glass stood in the form of Fighting Irish center Devereaux Peters, who finished the game with an astonishing 16 rebounds to go along with her equally impressive 21 points.Though she had a two-inch height disadvantage against 6-foot-4 SU center Kayla Alexander, Peters’ dominance on the boards gave ND plenty of second-chance opportunities. Overall, the Irish scored 21 second-chance points, though that’s only two more than the 19 put-back points Syracuse scored.A couple more rebounds in SU’s favor and the Orange could have put itself in better position to actually complete an improbable second-half comeback. Peters, though, had other ideas and was relentless on the glass.‘She’s a great player. Her numbers speak for themselves,’ Hemingway said. ‘Honestly, we can’t say much about her. She had a great game. She’s strong, she’s physical, real athletic. We just had to make sure we kept a body on her, and clearly, that wasn’t enough.’Notre Dame was just the fourth team this season to outrebound Syracuse, joining Connecticut, Oklahoma and West Virginia — all four have defeated the Orange.All told, for a team that has failed to consistently find its shooting stroke, rebounding the basketball has helped keep Syracuse afloat. The Orange’s offensive woes continued against the Irish, and combined with its lack of effectiveness on the glass, the end result wasn’t pretty.But SU’s shooting struggles are nothing new. Getting routinely beaten on the glass draws some extra concern.‘Coach came out and said they’re ‘outrebounding us, that’s not normal,” Hemingway said. ‘If we do what we have to do, like rebounding, getting put-backs and offensive rebounds, and making sure we get the ball into Kayla, that’s when we feel confident and we feel like we can make things happen.’cjiseman@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Commentslast_img read more

‘NBA 2K’ Players Tournament results: Devin Booker tops Suns teammate Deandre Ayton for title

first_imgLive stream & how to watch ‘NBA 2K’ Players TournamentESPN, ESPN2 and the Watch ESPN app were the only ways to watch the “NBA 2K” Players Tournament live.Here was the TV broadcast schedule Saturday’s schedule for the semifinals. The tournament could be streamed live through the ESPN app. It was available on each of the NBA’s social channels on Twitter (@NBA2K ,  @NBA), Twitch, YouTube and  Facebook after ESPN’s live broadcast.Matchup, roundWinner, marginClinching scoreMontrezl Harrell vs. Devin Booker, semisBooker, 2-065-62Deandre Ayton vs. Patrick Beverley, semisAyton, 2-074-67Devin Booker vs. Deandre Ayton, finalsBooker, 2-074-62A delayed broadcast of the matches will be reaired on Twitch and YouTube. A feed is included below.’NBA 2K’ tournament bracket early-round resultsRoundMatchupWinnerResult1Kevin Durant vs. Derrick Jones Jr.Derrick Jones Jr.78-621Zach Lavine vs. Deandre AytonDeandre Ayton57-411Trae Young vs. Harrison BarnesTrae Young101-591Hassan Whiteside vs. Patrick BeverleyPatrick Beverley84-541Donovan Mitchell vs. Rui HachimuraRui Hachimura74-711Devin Booker vs. Michael Porter Jr.Devin Booker85-751Andre Drummond vs. DeMarcus CousinsAndre Drummond101-491Montrezl Harrell vs. Domantas SabonisMontrezl Harrell73-512Devin Booker vs. Rui HachimuraDevin Booker71-552Montrezl Harrell vs. Derrick Jones Jr. Montrezl Harrell71-662Trae Young vs. Deandre AytonDeandre Ayton73-662Andre Drummond vs. Patrick BeverleyPatrick Beverley69-62 NBA fans would have been enjoying the last week of the regular season if not for the coronavirus pandemic that shut down live sporting events across the world. They still got to see some of their favorite players in live competition Saturday during the semifinals and finals of the “NBA 2K” Players Tournament.The semifinal rounds were best-of-three series. The first matchup was between Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell and Suns guard Devin Booker, with Booker sweeping. The second semifinal pitted Suns center Deandre Ayton against Clippers guard Patrick Beverley. Ayton advanced in that round in two games to set up a finals series against his teammate. MORE: HORSE tournament schedule, list of playersBooker took care of the championship round with a two-game sweep. The victory earned him $100,000 for charity.Sporting News tracked live updates from the final night of the “NBA 2K” Players Tournament. Follow along below for complete results.’NBA 2K’ tournament live updates, scoresSemifinalsMontrezl Harrell vs. Devin Booker5:05 p.m. — Booker goes with the Clippers, while Harrell rolls with the Rockets. Interesting matchup, looks like Booker might have the advantage as Harrell is forced to play against his own team.”Stop playing with the Klaw, don’t you be in practice with him?”Book off to an early start with Trez’s teammate pic.twitter.com/jycLxtLWlB— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 11, 20205:14 p.m. —  A competitive game early on, but Booker closes the first quarter on a 7-0 run to lead 17-12.5:24 p.m. —  It’s raining threes on both ends. Booker and the Clippers have made six already, Harrell and the Rockets have made three. Booker leads 35-27 with a minute to go in the second quarter.5:29 p.m. —  Booker leads 39-28 at halftime. He’s shooting 67 percent from the field and is having fun with his dog during the break.Devin Booker and a very good boy pic.twitter.com/2LV95iG2OT— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) April 11, 20205:37 p.m. —  Booker is pouring it on now as Harrell says he’s lagging. Booker leads 50-39 with 1:42 to play in the third quarter.5:42 p.m. —  Booker leads 55-40 at the end of the third quarter and he’s talking a lot of trash towards Harrell while locking him up with, you guessed it, Harrell.”Trez that’s how you get paid right there – his ability to guard multiple positions”Booker is lockin up with 2K Trez 🔒 pic.twitter.com/hvZkmpeaO7— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 11, 20205:48 p.m. —  It looks like Booker is gonna cruise to the championship, he leads 60-44 with 3:08 to play.Book dunks on Trez… with Trez 😂🔊 #NBA2KTourney pic.twitter.com/XqXCNCS0cU— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 11, 20205:52 p.m. —  Final: Devin Booker wins it 68-54 and takes a 1-0 lead in the semifinal. Game two set to start in a few minutes.6:04 p.m. —  Booker goes with the Raptors in Game 2, while Harrell, facing elimination, goes with the superteam in the Bucks.6:09 p.m. —  Another competitive start in game two, Booker lead 13-12 with 1:33 left in the first quarter.6:12 p.m. —  After one quarter, Booker leads 18-15 thanks to another 3-pointer from Fred VanVleet.6:20 p.m. —  Harrell ties it up on a layup by Robin Lopez, but Booker goes back ahead 27-25 on a layup by Siakam, 2:20 left in the second quarter.🎮 @NBA2K Players Tournament 🎮 @MONSTATREZZ buries the deep triple with @rolopez42 in Game 2! 👌📺: #NBA2KTourney on ESPN pic.twitter.com/cq6tkdbDHj— NBA (@NBA) April 11, 20206:28 p.m. — Half: it’s tied 31-31 as Harrell gets a layup with Robin Lopez in the final seconds. It’s been a back-and-forth game so far, with Booker trying to punch his ticket to the championship and Harrell trying to stave off elimination.6:38 p.m. — Harrell is starting to find a rhythm with Giannis Antetokounmpo as he leads 41-36 with 3:49 to play in the third quarter.6:44 p.m. — Booker surges back to take a 54-50 lead at the end of the third quarter. He’s one quarter away from advancing to the championship.6:53 p.m. — It’s been a low-scoring quarter, Booker leads 60-56 with 1:30 remaining.6:55 p.m. —  Booker nabs a steal with Fred VanVleet and makes a free throw to extend his lead to 63-60 with 11.8 seconds left.Booker comes in clutch late and is headed to the finals 😤 #NBA2KTourney pic.twitter.com/lPILkEk2Mn— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 11, 20206:57 p.m. — Final: Booker wins 65-62 to sweep Harrell and advance to the championship. He’ll face the winner of Deandre Ayton and Patrick Beverley.Deandre Ayton vs. Patrick Beverley7:04 p.m. — Ayton goes with the Nets, which threw off Beverley, who switched last-second from the Clippers to the Celtics.7:11 p.m. — Beverley goes ahead on a layup with Kyrie Irving. He leads 13-11 with 2:00 left in the first quarter.7:14 p.m. — It’s all tied 18-18 at the end of the first quarter. Neither player able to get much of an edge early on.7:26 p.m — Ayton takes a 33-31 lead at halftime on a basket by DeAndre Jordan.7:37 p.m. — Ayton gets out to an early push with an 8-point lead but Beverley cuts it to 48-45 on a layup with 1:08 in the third quarter.7:41 p.m. — Beverley takes a 54-51 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Big turnaround for the trash-talking veteran.7:48 p.m. — Ayton is cooking with Durant, who’s up to 23 points. Ayton leads 66-59 with 2:45 remaining.7:56 p.m. —  Final: Ayton wins game one 75-69 and is one game away from advancing to the championship.THAT’S GAME. @DeandreAyton wins Game 1 against @patbev21Game 2 is up next 🗣 pic.twitter.com/pckRBTPJeU— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 12, 20208:10 p.m. —  Beverley, facing elimination, goes with the Nuggets. Ayton, to everyone’s surprise, chose to go with his Suns.8:15 p.m. —  Ayton gets out to a fast start with a 13-5 lead, 2:41 left in the first quarter.Deandre dunks with 2K Deandre 🎮🏀 pic.twitter.com/WhYbxdXMll— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 12, 2020Animated Aron (controlled by Deandre Ayton) put Nikola Jokic in the spin cycle 😳 pic.twitter.com/bneaP7wczV— SunOfficial Aron Baynes Fan Club (@BaynesFanClub) April 12, 20208:19 p.m. —  Ayton is rolling now after a trio of triples from Jevon Carter off the bench. He leads 21-12 at the end of the opening period.”Put some respek on it JC” @DeandreAyton hits 3 straight 3’s with his guy @nextlevel_03 and Pat Bev ain’t havin it pic.twitter.com/S3zyyP9i1J— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 12, 20208:27 p.m. —  Ayton still cruising as he forces Beverley into a timeout, 30-21 with 2:57 left in the half.8:30 p.m. — Halftime: Ayton leads 35-29. Jevon Carter has 12 points, because of course he does, and nearly made another 3-pointer at the buzzer. But Beverley is still within striking distance.8:40 p.m. — Ayton is starting to dominate with himself as he leads 51-38 with 1:52 to play in the third quarter.. @DeandreAyton still gettin buckets with himself and Pat Bev says he’s never seen it IRL 🤣 #NBA2KTourney pic.twitter.com/sglTBQ5W3c— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 12, 20208:43 p.m. —  After three quarters, Ayton leads 56-44 and is one quarter away from advancing to the championship.8:53 p.m. —  Beverley cuts it to five, 66-61 with 1:20 remaining.8:56 p.m. —  Final: Ayton wins 74-67 and advances to the final to face his teammate, Booker, in the final. What an impressive performance from the young man.. @DeandreAyton won, and Pat Bev just walked off 😶 #NBA2KTourney pic.twitter.com/vKQk6VxYct— ESPN (@espn) April 12, 2020ChampionshipDevin Booker vs. Deandre Ayton9:05 p.m. — Ayton goes with the Lakers in the opening game, forcing Booker to go with the Rockets.9:12 p.m. —  A 6-0 spurt for Booker cuts Ayton’s lead to 14-12 with 1:22 to go in the first quarter.9:15 p.m. —  It’s tied up at 14-14 at the end of one quarter. Things starting to slow down after an up-tempo beginning to game one.🎮 @NBA2K Players Tournament 🎮”Turn the corner on him James!” @DevinBook punishes the rim with @JHarden13 early in the Championship action.📺: #NBA2KTourney on ESPN pic.twitter.com/EWXym32s4e— NBA (@NBA) April 12, 20209:26 p.m. —  Booker’s been dominating most of the second quarter, but Ayton gets a buzzer-beater from Javale McGee to cut it to 33-29 at the half.. @DevinBook couldn’t believe @DeandreAyton hit the halftime buzzer beater with JaVale lol #NBA2KTourney pic.twitter.com/TnfkNcEkUj— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 12, 20209:43 p.m. —  Booker continues to drain 3-pointers with his ninth of the game as he leads 50-40 with 1:40 in the third quarter.”hE DOn’T liKE GeTtINg DOuBlE TeAmED!” @DevinBook isn’t worried about the double 😂 #NBA2KTourney pic.twitter.com/v64FxBvU1W— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 12, 20209:45 p.m. —  After three quarters, Booker leads 52-47. He’s one quarter away from pulling a big upset.9:54 p.m. —  Booker pushes the lead to 10 on a triple from Eric Gordon, 70-60 with 1:20 to play.9:57 p.m.  —  Final: Booker takes Game 1 72-62 and flips the advantage.10:03 p.m. —  Ayton, facing elimination, goes with the Bucks in game two. Booker, with Lakers still in his back pocket, goes with the Nuggets.10:10 p.m. —  Booker continuing to look strong early as he leads 14-10 with 1:14 left in the first quarter.10:12 p.m. —  Booker leads 19-14 at the end of the first quarter. Not the start Ayton was looking for with the Bucks at home.10:19 p.m. —  A nice surge from Ayton has him out in front 25-22 with 3:13 left in the first half.10:24 p.m. —  Half: Booker has made eight 3-pointers and leads 41-35 at the break.🎮 @NBA2K Players Tournament 🎮”I see you Joker” @DevinBook hits from the perimeter early in Game 2!📺: #NBA2KTourney on ESPN pic.twitter.com/7ZwRDVyW6F— NBA (@NBA) April 12, 202010:35 p.m. —  Booker is cruising early in the second half, he leads 53-40 with 3:27 left in the third quarter.Devin Booker dropping lessons on his way to the 2K title! pic.twitter.com/1PVf7yfFVs— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 12, 202010:40 p.m. — After three quarters, Booker leads 55-45. He’s one quarter away from completing the sweep.10:53 p.m. — This one’s all but over as Booker completes an old-fashioned 3-point play with Paul Millsap to go up 70-55 with 1:24 to play.10:55 p.m. — Final: Booker wins 74-62 and sweeps the tournament, winning all but one game by double digits.last_img read more

Martial takes centre stage in Man United’s stuttering season

first_imgBournemouth, United Kingdom | AFP | Anthony Martial may finally be fulfilling his enormous potential amid a turbulent season at Manchester United as Jose Mourinho plots how best to use his attacking resources.The France forward heads into Saturday’s clash at Bournemouth on a run of four goals in three Premier League matches — a sequence that can only have boosted his fragile confidence.His recent run is reminiscent of the fabulous start he made at Old Trafford, when he scored four goals in his first four games following his move from Monaco in September 2015 for a fee that could ultimately rise to £58 million ($75 million).The forward struggled badly last season. Having become used to sharing duties on the left flank with Marcus Rashford, his opportunities were limited following the January arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.Martial’s form and confidence tailed off, to the extent that he was left out of the France squad that won the World Cup in Russia this summer.The player indicated during the close season, via his agent Philippe Lamboley, that he was ready to leave United, and while Mourinho was apparently willing to sell executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward rejected the idea.This season initially looked as if it would be little better after Martial started just one of United’s opening six matches, but Sanchez’s failure to settle combined with the struggles of Romelu Lukaku in the centre-forward role have pushed Martial right back into the picture.The Frenchman has been restored to his favoured position, on the left of the attack, where he is able to cut inside and create chances for others as well as scoring goals himself — five in eight starts so far. Those goals have come at key times.He scored the equaliser as United came back from two goals down to beat Newcastle in early October, struck twice in a 2-2 draw at Chelsea, and scored what turned out to be the winner as Everton were defeated 2-1 on Sunday.Each goal was a reminder to his manager and teammates about what he can do when he is in the mood.– Confidence –“Anthony is a great player and he needs to understand that,” says United midfielder Nemanja Matic. “He needs more confidence.“He is still young and I think if he continues to score in the next game he will get that. If he reaches his top level he can be one of the best players in the league for sure.”It is not just Martial’s teammates who are talking him up.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Egypt FA chief quits after shock Cup of Nations exit

first_imgEgypt’s coach Javier Aguirre came in for criticism for his management of the side during the African Cup of Nations, with Egypt legend Wael Gomaa accusing the Mexican of having “no tactics or strategy”.Following Saturday’s defeat, Aguirre said he alone took the blame for the host nation’s disastrous campaign and indicated he would hold talks with the Egyptian football association over his future.Egypt had been tipped as leading title contenders on home soil but came unstuck against a South African team that only scraped through into the knockout phase via the last of four spots reserved for the best third-place sides.Thembinkosi Lorch scored the only goal of the last-16 match in the 85th minute to give South Africa a stunning victory.“No decision until this moment. I spoke to the players in the dressing room, and tomorrow (Sunday) will speak with EFA officials,” Aguirre said after the final whistle.“I think the game was open and there were chances for both teams. The only difference was the goal for South Africa,” he added.Share on: WhatsApp South Africa matched Egypt in ball possession, then snatched the winner. PHOTO CAF ONLINECairo, Egypt | AFP | The president of the Egyptian Football Association Hani Abou Rida resigned late Saturday and “sacked” his technical team after the hosts’ shock elimination from the African Cup of Nations.The decision had been “a moral obligation” said the Egyptian FA in a statement after “disappointing Egypt’s supporters” in a 1-0 defeat to South Africa, adding that all board members had been invited to resign.Saturday’s match saw rank outsiders South Africa stun the record seven-time African champions whose line-up included Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and who were among the favourites to win the tournament.Rida had led the Egyptian FA since 2016, in a three-year reign marked by controversy, including a 2018 World Cup fiasco that saw the Pharaohs fail to get out of the group stages after losing all of their matches.The location of the team’s training base in Grozny, the capital of Muslim-majority Chechnya, spurred widespread criticism — especially from human rights groups — over concerns of abuses by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, supported by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.The federation has also feuded with Salah, the reigning African Footballer of the Year and won the Champions League last month with his club Liverpool, who has accused the body of misusing his image inside the country.Recently the reinstatement of a player who had been banned following sexual harassment charges had provoked further widespread criticism of the Egyptian FA on social media.last_img read more