Chile, Germany Seek First Confederations Cup Win

first_imgMeanwhile, Joachim Loew hailed Germany’s “brilliant” 4-1 win over Mexico in the Confederations Cup semifinal and said his youthful squad are ambitious enough to beat Chile in the final.Loew opted not to bring his World Cup winning stars to the Confederations Cup, but Germany’s young guns booked their place in Sunday’s final in St Petersburg after a devastating opening spell in Sochi. “From the beginning, we did exactly what we set out to do — we were very dominant and brilliant in the opening stages,” said Germany’s head coach Loew.“They pushed us back a bit in the second phase of the first half, which was to be expected, and we gave up a lot of ball. All in all, 4-1 is a great result. We wanted to go far, but this is nothing that we could have expected at the start of the tournament.”After Germany drew 1-1 with Chile in the group stages last Thursday, Loew says his team is hungry enough to beat the Copa America champions in the final.“Chile is the most powerful opponent in this tournament, we know them pretty well and we expect them to go for it in the final. They will be trying flat out to pull it off, as they are coming to the end of their season, and we will have to try and counter that,” said Loew.“A lot of work has gone into our wins. We couldn’t pre-empt this (reaching the final) as some players had little experience and you couldn’t calculate how they’d react. We’ve become a team over the last few weeks. There’s fun in the dressing room, but they aren’t over the top. They know there is work ahead and they are ambitious enough to beat Chile.”Goretzka and Werner are now the tournament’s joint top-scorers with three goals each.After scoring twice in Sochi, Goretzka says the Germans have a score to settle against Chile.“I was really happy to help the team with the two goals, our single-minded goal was to reach the final so we’re delighted,” said Goretzka.“There is only one match to go. We’re looking forward to playing Chile again, because in the second half (of the group stage match) we had the feeling the draw was not enough.“Now we have another chance against this top flight team.“In the first few minutes, we didn’t do so well against Chile, so (against Mexico) we really wanted to get down to brass tacks and the two quick goals really calmed the team. We now need to reward ourselves for our hard work and we want to get the title.”The Mexicans play Portugal in Sunday’s third-place play-off in Moscow.Players to look out for:Leon Goretzka  – GermanyThe 22-year-old Schalke central midfielder was die Mannschaft’s shining light on Monday night versus Australia. Omnipresent throughout the fixture, he had the composure to draw in a challenge, leading to a penalty, late on in the first half. Goretzka then smashed an unstoppable shot past Maty Ryan to earn him his first senior goal for the national side four minutes into the second half.  Having only played competitively on two prior occasions for Löw, both versus San Marino, his display against Australia should have cemented him a guaranteed start against Chile.  Playing 41 times for Schalke last season, both domestically and in the Europa League, the central midfielder scored eight times, assisting six—a good return in an overwhelmingly disappointing season for the Royal Blues. His hold up play and defensive contributions allow him to play centrally or as a defensive midfielder.  However, with an ability to cut inside and link up well with those around him, he can be relied upon to play further up the field and build the attack.Arturo Vidal  – ChileVidal will be all too familiar to his German opponents on Thursday night; the Bayern München midfielder is well versed in winning competitions, carrying a significant threat to any side he faces. Scoring La Roja’s opening goal on Sunday, Vidal rose to head home from six yards following a cross by Alexis Sanchez — a powerful header typifying the strength he carries on the pitch. Vidal has the tag as one of the best midfielders in the world for a very good reason—his all-round game is almost perfect. Short or long range passing brings little concern, his ability to hold up the ball, or drive and strike the finish, allows the 30-year-old to play centrally, defensively or as the attacking midfielder.  The only Achilles heel to his game is his tendency to be caught up in a ‘hotheaded moment’. With this game coming in the group stages, and not having the pressure of knock out football, there should be no reason for Vidal to be caught up in any descending red mist. His experience at the very highest levels of competitive football brings a danger that could undo a young German midfield.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Regardless of what happens in the FIFA Confederation Cup 2017 final in St. Petersburg on Sunday, one thing is sure-. a new name on the trophy. After Brazil, France, Argentina, Mexico and Denmark, there will be a new name on the trophy, as both Germany and Chile are in the final of this tournament for the first timelast_img read more

Video: Shafer and Hunt address media after Texas Bowl

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U.S. Capital claims lack of transparency

first_imgSince September, USC has been in negotiations with the Coliseum Commission in an effort to acquire operational control of the 88-year-old facility, which has housed the Trojan football team since the mid-1920s.But the university has also been the only party afforded the chance to negotiate with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s nine-member governing body. And most of those negotiations have occurred behind closed doors.Bid · U.S. Capital LLC, which has not been allowed to submit a formal bid for the master lease of the Coliseum, said it would invest more than $70 million into the facility and host events at the Coliseum 300 days per year. – Photo courtesy of U.S. Capital LLCIt’s an ongoing development that has irked some, in particular U.S. Capital LLC, a San Diego-based sports and entertainment company. Over the last three years, the firm has expressed a desire to obtain the master lease for the federal and state landmark, pledging to pour millions into the stadium as part of an effort to renovate the facility.Linda Paul, U.S. Capital’s executive vice president, said it has not been given the opportunity to submit a proposal to the commission or to bid for management control.“It’s almost being handed over to USC without any other competition or options at all,” Paul said. “That is our main issue. We are not even being responded to.”Paul said she received a letter from David Israel, president of the Coliseum Commission, last year, which said the commission was not interested in negotiating with the company.“No reasoning,” Paul said. “It’s just a one liner.”Israel could not be reached for comment.U.S. Capital hopes — if it were to be given day-to-day control — to spend millions, along with its private equity partners, to build an entirely new stadium.Though USC is expected to spend roughly $70 million in renovations to the facility, Paul said U.S. Capital could spend much more, in addition to commercial hotels and other amenities in the surrounding area as part of an effort to refurbish the Coliseum and host events at least 300 days per year.Under the proposed amended lease released by the commission Tuesday, USC would have the option to limit the number of public events to eight per year.“This is a publicly owned facility,” Paul said. “It should request proposals for bids from other entities, such as ourselves, who can do a better job than an institution that is going to close the facility off primarily for USC events. We want USC events, but we want to open this up, so it can pop 365 days per year.”In an effort, to explain its proposal, Paul, along with chief executive Leonard Bloom, has sent letters and information to Gov. Jerry Brown, senators, members of the Coliseum Commission and acting General Manager John Sandbrook contesting the lack of transparency.Paul also said the negotiations are in violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act, enacted in 1953, giving the public the right to sit in on meetings from local legislative bodies.“They’re making us look like the enemy and we’re not,” Paul said. “We actually want to build a new Coliseum with our money and with support from USC. Whatever they want built in the Coliseum, we’ll work with them.”Los Angeles City Councilmember and Coliseum Commisioner Bernard Parks said the facility should remain public.“It’s a public facility. It’s been a public facility for 80 years, and it should remain a public facility. I do not support that the Coliseum be turned into a private facility.”last_img read more

SCA students create petition to remove Bryan Singer namesake

first_imgA screenshot from the petition on change.orgSeven School of Cinematic Arts students have penned a petition asking USC to formally remove director Bryan Singer’s name from the institution on Monday. At the time of publication, the online petition had over 900 signatures, which included students and alumni.The petition cites former accusations of sexual harassment, pedophilia and sexual assault against Singer, for whom the Division of Cinema and Media Studies is named.“By continuing to associate Mr. Singer’s name with our University, USC is openly supporting a man who has been publicly accused of reprehensible sexual misconduct,” the petition said.  “As USC students and alumni, we hold ourselves to a standard of respect, and the SCA administration’s actions are not representative of that standard.”Emily Halaka and Adrian Vega-Albela Osorio, two co-writers of the petition, hoped to foster dialogue about sexual assault and harassment at SCA. “We hope that the petition inspires more students to stand up for what we know is right, and inspires the SCA administration to make a change,” Halaka and Vega-Albela Osorio said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “As young filmmakers, we refuse to allow our futures to be permeated by power abuse. We refuse to sit quietly as harassment and assault continues around us.”Singer has faced multiple lawsuits throughout his filmmaking career, including one in 1997 concerning child nudity on a film set, according to Entertainment Weekly. In 2014, Singer also faced allegations of sexually abusing a minor, according to court documents obtained by The Wrap. However, lawsuits against Singer have mostly been dismissed before an official trial. “We have known about the allegations against Singer for some time, as have many students — 20-plus years of media coverage on the multiple allegations against Singer have made his history a highly public topic,” Halaka and Vega-Albela Osorio wrote. “We hope that we, the student body of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, can continue to be an example for future generations entering the film industry, making changes little by little.”In a statement emailed to the Daily Trojan, SCA spokesperson Kristin Borella responded to the petition.“We are aware of the petition and appreciate the concerns of our students and alumni,” Borella said. “We want to assure them that we are taking this matter very seriously and are monitoring the situation.” EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect SCA’s statement on the student petition.last_img read more

Men’s soccer: UW’s momentum still surging after 3-0 win over Green Bay

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin-Madison men’s soccer team returned home in rousing fashion Tuesday night against in-state rival UW-Green Bay, routing the Phoenix in a 3-0 defeat.The win pushed UW-Madison’s record to 6-2-2 this season, including a 5-0-0 undefeated stance at home. For the Phoenix, the disappointing season continues as they watched their record fall to 2-7-2 overall.Men’s Soccer: Badgers cruise in a rebound win over St. LouisThe Wisconsin men’s soccer team returned home Tuesday in a solid 2-0 non-conference win over Saint Louis University. The Badgers (4-2-1, 2-1-0 Read…UW-Madison junior forward Christopher Mueller continued his impressive season by opening the Badgers scoring attack with a free-kick strike in the 24th minute that soared past the keeper’s reach and into the upper left corner of the net. The goal was Mueller’s fourth of the season, lifting his point total up to a team-high total of 11.The Badgers kept the pressure on their opponent for the rest of the match, dominating possession and dictating the pace to their whim. The relentless control allowed the Badgers to carefully choose their scoring opportunities, which resulted in two more goals by senior defender Matej Radonic in the 35th minute and junior forward Mark Segbers in the 52nd minute. Both scores were the second of the season for each player.The home team also continued their streak of dominant defense as the Phoenix were held to only seven total shots on the match. The majority of those takes, however, were off target. The visitors only managed one shot on goal, which didn’t come until the 63rd minute, when the outcome of the game had been all but decided. The defense was also able to draw Green Bay offsides three times over the course of the game.As with most in-state rivalry matches, some of the plays got chippy as the scoring margin grew, causing the referees to take action and hand out four yellow cards throughout the duration of the match, including three in the second half. Two of those were signaled simultaneously in the 90th minute when Badgers forward Blake Carr and Green Bay defender Andre Baires got into a heated altercation.The cushioned lead allowed the Badgers to rest some of their starters toward the end of the game, giving some of Wisconsin’s bench to get valuable experience. When the final whistle blew, the Badgers managed to substitute a season-high nine players off the bench. UW-Madison’s backup goalkeeper Casey Bayers and reserve forward Nate Bladecki got to see their first action of the season.UW-Madison returns to action this Friday as the Badgers hit the road for the last away-game of the season this Friday and take on Big Ten leader University of Maryland in College Park.last_img read more

Badgers on ice: Your Olympic preview for everything Badgers in South Korea

first_imgThe Winter Olympics are here, and like any good international event operating under the threat of nuclear proliferation, it’s got plenty of Badgers to keep your eyes on.There are 14 current or former Badgers coaching or competing in the games for three different countries: The US, Korea and Canada.Unfortunately, we have none competing in real sports like curling or the biathlon (James Bond ski scene without the murder). Instead, we will have to settle for Olympic Hockey. It is too bad, the real world applications pale in comparison with the sweeping skills taught by Canada’s past time, curling.Tony GranatoCoach Granato is like the father that told his kids he was going out for a cigarette and never came back. Except, instead of a cigarette, he’s going to coach the Olympics, and instead of his kids it’s a team of highly talented Division I hockey players. Also, hopefully he comes back.J.J Watt named Walter Payton NFL Man of the YearJ.J. Watt may have been born and bred in Wisconsin, but in 2017 it was Houston — his NFL home Read…Granato is in his second year as the head coach for the No. 17 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team and with four games left in the season, they are looking to make a push for the NCAA Tournament.Granato played for Wisconsin back in the 80’s before a successful 13-year NHL career.This will be Granato’s first Olympics as the U.S. National Team CoachMen’s HockeyGranato’s assistant will be Chris Chelios. In 2017, he was named one of the “100 Greatest NHL Players” in history at an NHL All-Star event. Chelios had a storied 26-season career in the league following his stint at Wisconsin in the early 80s.Men’s Hockey: UW splits season series with Michigan, looks ahead to MinnesotaThe No. 17 University of Wisconsin Men’s Hockey Team split their weekend series with No. 19 University of Michigan for Read…Two former Badgers will play on the Canadian team in South Korea: Cody Goloubef and Rene Bourque. They are both former NHL players currently playing in other professional leagues and were chosen because the NHL has decided not to allow its players to play in the Olympics this year.Bourque was a Badger captain in 2004-05 and Goloubef was a standout defenseman that helped win the WCHA title in 2009-10.Women’s HockeyRebecca Baker, a two-year player at Wisconsin, will be the assistant coach on the historic joint North Korean and South Korean team.Meaghan Duggan, Brianna Decker, Hillary Knight and Alex Rigsby will be leading the US Women’s Team and representing the very best Wisconsin has to offer.Badger women’s hockey alumni poised for Olympic runThe 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will feature four former Badger Women’s Hockey players representing the USA Olympic Team. Forwards Read…On Team Canada four recent graduates: Meaghan Mikkelson, Ann-Renée Desbiens, Blayre Turnbull and Sarah Nurse will join up with Emily Clark, who plans to return next year for her senior season at UW.If you like watching Badgers compete on the highest level, women’s hockey will be the event you need to keep an eye on this year. In all 18 World Championships, the gold medal match has featured the U.S. versus Canada. Odds are this event will be chock-full of Badgers till the very end.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Wednesday, September 21, 2016:•10:15 a.m. Robert E. Coleman, 60, South Haven, was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 66 mph in a 40 mph zone.•2:15 p.m. Officers investigated harassment by telecom device in the 2000 block E. 7th, Wellington by known suspect.•2:30 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended in the area of N. A, Wellington by known suspect.•3:10 p.m. Jessica C. Sazama, 31, Wichita, was arrested and charged with driving while drivers license was suspended and defective brake light.•8:06 p.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration.last_img

‘Legislators Have the Right to Protect the Constitution’

first_imgJudge Boima Kontoe accused of delaying Weeks, Sirleaf and others released on bond -Ad Hoc Justice Boima KontoeJudge Boima Kontoe, the ad hoc Justice appointed by President George Weah to cast a decisive vote on the granting or rejection of the Writ of Prohibition prayed for by suspended Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, yesterday said at the opening of Criminal Court A, B, C, D and E, in the presence of Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, that the Legislature is clothed with the right to protect the Constitution.Ja’neh’s writ sought the intervention of the Supreme Court, to which Kontoe was appointed to fill the vacancy created as a result of Ja’neh’s recusal from hearing of his request to prevent him from being impeached by the majority members of the House of Representatives.Earlier, the four remaining members of the Bench arrived at a split decision on the matter. The nomination of an ad hoc justice, therefore, became necessary to meet the quorum required for the full bench.Delivering his charge at the opening of the November Term of Criminal Courts (A,B, C, D and E) at the Temple of Justice, Kontoe, however, did not make any specific reference to the Ja’neh case, but said the Constitution has invested in the Legislature the power to make and pass laws.Kontoe, who spoke on the topic, “The Constitution of Liberia Is the Bedrock of Our National Existence”, said the Legislature has the sole authority to give clarity to the provisions of the Constitution, and that this extended to it the rights, processes and procedures to protecting and securing those rights.The argument of the ad hoc Justice comes amidst contentions by the House of Representatives that Ja’neh has “committed a serious official misconduct by engaging in a wanton and unsavory exercise of his judicial discretion far exceeding the bounds of elementary judicial interpretation of issues simply to satisfy his personal ego.”The lawmakers also want Ja’neh impeached for what they termed as “proved misconduct, gross breach of duty, inability to perform the functions of his office by allegedly allowing justice to be served where it belongs, no matter the status of the party affected.”Kontoe said that the Legislature also has the right to lay out certain procedures of which courts and subordinate courts conducting criminal and civil trial need to follow whenever they are exercising their jurisdiction in the determination of cases that would appear before judges in the country.While explaining about the Legislature’s functions on the importance of the Constitution, Kontoe did not mention anything directly regarding Ja’neh’s writ, despite the fact that he is yet to cast the much talk about decisive vote.He went on to say that the mechanism established by the law enacted by the Legislature “defines the bedrock of our democracy.”Kontoe then lauded Chief Justice Korkpor and the Supreme Court for selecting him as the speaker for the opening of the courts, describing as a “privilege.”Meanwhile, members of the National Trial Judges Association, of which Ja’neh is a part, however, has failed to say anything about the impeachment move for almost four months.Initially, the very association was the same that criticized the Legislature when they were in the process of impeaching three Associate Justices that included Philip A.Z. Banks (retired), Jamesetta Wolokollie and Ja’neh, who ruled on the controversial code of conduct. The lawmakers then accused those justices of violating the Constitution and making the laws instead of interpreting them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prisoner who chopped off handcuffs remanded

first_imgA prisoner who while under arrest at the Stabroek Police Outpost on Thursday last allegedly armed himself with a cutlass and chopped off a pair of handcuffs before making good his escape was on Monday slapped with four charges.Gary Grant of Lot 24 Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and denied the charges.It is alleged that on September 19, 2019 at the Stabroek Market Police Outpost, while being in Police custody on a simple larceny allegation, he escaped.The second charge stated that on September 19, 2019 at the Stabroek Police Outpost, the 41-year-old stole one phone valued $35,000, property of Nadina Maloney. Additionally, it is alleged that on the same day and location, he damaged a wooden door, a bench, and other items valuing $39,000, property of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).He was also charged for behaving in a disorderly manner. In court, on Monday, Grant said, “The Police best go and look for Gary Grant, so he can come and answer these charges and my name is not Gary Grant.”The unrepresented man went on to say, “Me ain’t do nothing; the officer lash me in my head, so I can’t remember nothing. I am Dr Hari patient and I need an evaluation.”Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummell informed the court that on September 19, the defendant was in custody at the Police Outpost for allegedly stealing a woman’s phone. The court heard that the man was handcuffed to a metal bar attached to a wall inside the structure. After being placed on a bench, he began jumping up and down at the Outpost.The court also heard that the man then armed himself with a cutlass that ranks had secured under the counter, chopped off the handcuffs and ran out of the Outpost.The Prosecutor objected to bail being granted on the grounds that the defendant escaped from custody and the charges attract serious penalties.The Magistrate subsequently remanded Grant. The case will continue on October 7, 2019.last_img read more

Jones banned for two European games for insults

first_imgHis fellow United defender Daley Blind was also fined 5,000 euros for “violation and non-compliance” with an order to report to a doping control “immediately”, UEFA said in a statement.United, who beat Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm to win the Europa League, were also fined 10,000 euros for failing to ensure their players were taken “to the doping control station straight from the pitch as soon as the match is over”.Having won the trophy, United’s players spent some time after the match celebrating their triumph.Both players and the club have the right to appeal0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s English defender Phil Jones has been banned for two European matches and fined 5,000 euros for “insulting and directing abusive language towards the Doping Control Officer” © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jul 31 – Manchester United defender Phil Jones will miss the European Super Cup clash with Real Madrid on August 8 after UEFA banned him for two matches for insulting a doping control officer following May’s Europa League final.Jones has been banned for two European matches and fined 5,000 euros ($5,873) for “insulting and directing abusive language towards the Doping Control Officer” and a “lack of cooperation and respect towards the doping control procedure”.last_img read more