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Mexico, Bolivia booed off after 0-0 draw at Copa

first_imgBy Gideon LongMexico and Bolivia were booed off the pitch after playing out a drab goalless draw in their opening match of the Copa America on Friday, leaving hosts Chile top of Group A after the first round of matches.Bolivia hit the post through Ricardo Pedriel with their first real attack, and Mexican stiker Raul Jimenez should have scored after the break with a close range header, but otherwise neither side created much in the way of clear-cut chances.The Mexicans also had a penalty appeal turned down late on after Javier Aquino went down under pressure from Alejandro Pinedo.While on balance a draw looked to be a fair result, it was greeted by whistles and boos at the Sausalito stadium in Vina del Mar at the final whistle.Mexico have never defeated Bolivia at the Copa America in three attempts, though they have beaten them in each of their nine encounters in other competitions and friendlies.The Mexicans now face Chile in Santiago on Monday while Bolivia meet Ecuador in Valparaiso on the same day.Chile beat Ecuador 2-0 in the tournament opener on Thursday.“We know that Chile are coming off the back of a victory that will give them a bit of confidence, and they have some quality players, but so do we, and we’re going to work hard to beat them,” Mexico striker Jesus Corona said.After two slightly disappointing matches on the opening two days, the Copa is expected to come to life over the weekend when favourites Brazil and Argentina, along with defending champions Uruguay, all open their accounts.Uruguay face Jamaica in Antofagasta on Saturday, Argentina take on Paraguay in La Serena the same day and Brazil meet Peru in Temuco on Sundaylast_img read more

Giroud nets hat-trick as Chelsea breeze into next round

first_imgOlivier Giroud plundered a hat-trick as Chelsea marched into the Europa League quarter-finals with a 5-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.The 2013 winners were relentless as they extended their aggregate lead to 8-0 with the Frenchman taking his tally in this season’s competition to nine goals in as many games.Giroud needed less than five minutes to extend his side’s 3-0 first-leg advantage with a tap-in after Willian’s corner had been flicked on, and he doubled his tally 12 minutes before the break when he converted Marcos Alonso’s inviting cross.Alonso himself put the visitors in total control with a third on the stroke of half-time and Giroud completed his treble as he headed Willian’s 59th-minute free-kick past goalkeeper Denys Boyko before Callum Hudson-Odoi rounded off the win late on.Goncalo Guedes emerged from the bench in Russia to rescue Valencia with an injury-time goal as Krasnodar came within seconds of a famous victory.Fellow substitute Shapi Suleymanov looked to have blasted the Champions League drop-outs out of the competition with an 85th-minute strike, but Guedes’ equaliser three minutes into added time made it 3-2 on aggregate.Italian outfit Napoli survived a concerted fightback as they went through despite losing 3-1 at Red Bull Salzburg.Arkadiusz Milik extended the visitors’ aggregate lead to 4-0 with a close-range 14th-minute finish, although Salzburg were level on the night within 11 minutes when Munas Dabour fired home.The Austrian champions, who went into the game undefeated in 17 European fixtures on their own ground, gave themselves hope when substitute Fredrik Gulbrandsen struck with 25 minutes remaining but although Christoph Leitgeb reduced the deficit further in stoppage time, Napoli held on for a 4-3 aggregate win.last_img read more

West: Zimbabwe another chance for development

first_img Played brilliantly HARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC): Head coach Graeme West is expecting another tough series when the West Indies Under-19s square off against their Zimbabwe counterparts in three Youth One-Day Internationals starting here today. The Young Windies are fresh from a 3-2 series win over South Africa U19s last week after pulling off a dramatic two-run victory in Wednesday’s decisive fifth game in Durban. West said that more significant than winning was the chance for the Caribbean lads to continue their build-up towards next January’s Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. “Zimbabwe have played a lot of cricket. They’ve been very active in the last six months,” the Englishman told CMC Sports. “They’ve played in South Africa, and once they play against us, I think they’re off to Australia, so they will be very tough opponents in their conditions. “It will be another test, but more important, another opportunity for the guys to play three more international games of cricket and continue their education.” The Windies side showed plenty promise on the tour of South Africa, where they played brilliantly at key moments of the series. Kirstan Kallicharan and Keagan Simmons both shone with centuries, while Bhaskar Yadram struck two half-centuries in compiling 205 runs to clinch the Man-of-the-Series honour. While there were few standouts in the bowling area, West applauded the team effort, where everyone was forced to contribute on pitches that offered precious little for the Windies talented front-line spinners. “Looking at them (pitches), it was very difficult to work out, initially, how they were going to play because they actually looked quite green but firm,” West explained. “There was some carry and pace for the quick bowlers early on. [There was] very little for the spinners – very little assistance in all five games, so it [wasn’t] easy for spinners to really impose themselves on the matches.” Conditions here are expected to be different from those in South Africa, posing new challenges for both the batting and bowling units.last_img read more

Kompany expects three-way title battle

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, September 23-Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany believes there will be three teams battling it out for the Premier League crown this season.Kompany is confident his own side will be in the mix as the season draws to a close, along with Chelsea and Arsenal. The Citizens currently trail the table-topping Blues by five points, while are four points shy of Jose Mourinho’s men.However, Kompany feels there could well be a reshuffle at the top of the pile when the number of fixtures intensifies in December and January.“It is not fair to call it at the moment,” said Kompany.“First of all we are not even close to Chelsea yet (in the table). Secondly, I have seen good things from Chelsea but I have seen maybe better things from Arsenal so I guess it will all be about consistency and, with the Champions League, it will get messy around December.“It is too early to call. Five points is nothing but Chelsea have five points more than us, it is as simple as that.“But it will get messy in December and January as it always does – or at least the last six years I have been here it has.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Trevor Bolin running for another term

first_imgHe says he wants to continue making the changes he set out to three years ago. “The feedback I’ve heard is that those changes are widely accepted and there’s more work to do. We can’t stop now, we’ve got things going on the track and we need to keep on going and keep on working.” That includes maintaining the fiscal responsibility and management he believes council has shown over the past three years in keeping services going and taxes where they are, even if that means tweaking some spending.- Advertisement – As the owner of real estate agencies in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, Bolin thinks his business background gives him a bit of an edge on council. He says he’s able to bring a perspective on land and leasing perspectives, and how they could potentially save money. “We need to look at what we have before we look at how much money we spend. That’s one of the biggest thing we’ve done these past three years and we need to keep on that same path of ensuring the services, the funding and the families are always there and always going to be here.”Advertisement Regardless of who makes up next year’s council, Bolin says they need to come together to work towards a common goal. He says it’s not a right to be on council, it’s a privilege. There are currently four other people in the running for spots as councillors, including two other current councillors, a school board trustee and a theatre manager. Those interested in running have until Friday, October 14  to hand in their nominations.last_img read more

Ronaldo to make sensational return to Man United? Spanish football expert on Real Madrid star’s future

first_imgGraham Hunter has backed claims Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and is considering his future.Ramon Calderon, ex-president of Real, told talkSPORT on Monday that the former Manchester United winger is ‘fed up’ at the Bernabeu and could be in line for a sensational return to Old Trafford.Hunter has now added further weight to reports Ronaldo could be on the move, revealing the 29-year-old was upset by Angel di Maria’s departure and is questioning the ambition of Perez.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Spanish football expert said: “He was upset that [Angel] Di Maria was sold. They are in the same type of chaos they were 12 months ago, irrespective of how Carlo Ancelotti put it right. I think it is understandable that he is looking around with his agent and I would stress the relationship between Perez and Jorge Mendes, Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, is not the best at the moment.“There is a culmination of circumstances which means they are beginning to look around. It doesn’t mean automatically next summer he will join Manchester United. But he is in the power seat, he is a number one footballer and he is right to be saying, ‘do Real Madrid share my ambitions’ and I would say, right now, the president doesn’t.”last_img read more

Liverpool BLOW? Reds striker target Gabriel Barbosa ‘happy’ at Inter Milan

first_img Liverpool target Gabriel Barbosa The agent of Liverpool target Gabriel Barbosa has insisted that his client is happy at Inter Milan, amid reports he is set to leave the San Siro.The Brazilian has played barely 20 minutes since joining Inter in a massive £26million move this summer from Santos, when he was also being courted by Juventus.“There’s nothing new to report,” agent Wagner Ribeiro told Fantagazzetta. “I’ve spoken to Inter and there are no important developments.”Speculation has been rife of a loan move to Fiorentina, who would certainly give the Brazilian more playing time.The 20-year-old has found himself marginalized by the likes of Antonio Candreva and Eder, to name two players.And Ribeiro claimed that it was “natural that some teams are interested, we’re talking about a player who is [far] above the average in his age range”.“Gabriel is happy at Inter, he really wanted to come here and establish himself. The whole club trusts him. It’s normal that he would need to play more to show his indisputable qualities, but he’s working hard day-by-day”. 1last_img read more

Ice Station teams ready for playoffs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.All four teams in the 18-and-under Midget, 13-and 14-year-old Bantam, 11-and 12-year-old Pee Wee, 9-and 10-year-old Squirt, 8-and-under Mite, and 5-and-under Mini Mite divisions automatically qualify for the playoffs. “It’s an opportunity for a team that’s struggled all year to turn their game up a notch and sneak up on somebody,” Ice Station’s director of hockey operations Larry Bruyere said. “It happens every year.” The 18-and-under Midget division figures to come down to a tight race between the Bruins (11-1) and Sabres (6-4-3). Bruins’ standout Joshua Shin leads the division with 40 points. The Sabres are led by Joe Paredez, who’s second with 17 points. Nick Van Blarkon of the third-place Stars (3-9-1) is third with 13 points. In the Bantam division, the first-place Maple Leafs (9-3-2) are led by Nate Garcia, who is second in the division with 37 points. Paul Fregeau of the second-place Hurricanes (6-7-1) leads the division with 44 points. VALENCIA – Will it be Pee Wee Sharks or the Bantam Penguins? Maybe the Midget Lightning? As the Ice Station Valencia’s in-house summer league hockey teams gear up for next week’s playoffs, the only question in local youth hockey circles is not if, but who will pull off this year’s big upset. The in-house program’s single-elimination format has produced unpredictable results on a predictable basis, the most recent example coming earlier this year in the girls’ winter league, when a 12-and-under team with a losing record toppled a heavy favorite to win a championship. The regular season for all levels of the in-house program from Mini Mites to Midgets will conclude Aug. 20. The playoff semifinals for each age group will be played Aug. 26. Championship games will be played the next day. In the Pee Wee division, Raymond Wilson of the second-place Black Hawks (6-5-2) leads the Division with 26 points. The first-place Blues (10-1-2) feature three of the division’s top scorers. Taylor Hickman is second with 16 points. Chris Mitilian and Nathan Zeza are tied with the Black Hawks Mack Smith for third with 13. The high-scoring Blue Jackets (13-0-1) lead the Squirt division. They are led by Corey Werden, who leads the division with 54 points and Killian Anderson, who has 48 points. Werden’s solid showing helped him qualify for the Ice Station’s Pee Wee B travel team for the 2006-07 season. Car wash: The Vipers’ girls’ program is having a fundraising car wash for all three divisions (19-and-under, 14-and-under and 12-and-under) at the Ice Station on Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. until at least 3 p.m. (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Residents wary of criminals, vagrants in pedestrian tunnels

first_img“I see very little foot traffic going through it since the homeless took it over,” said Powell. Parking lots to businesses facing Ventura Boulevard sit on one side of the Sale Avenue tunnel that reaches into a tree-lined neighborhood off Avenue San Luis. Although concerned about the September attack inside the Sale Avenue tunnel, Helia Rafael, who parks near it for work every day, has never experienced trouble there. “We park in back and have never had a problem,” Rafael said. Today’s public hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodland Hills Academy, 20800 Burbank Blvd. (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’About 50 residents living around Oakdale Avenue – an area that will soon light up as Candy Cane Lane with dazzling holiday displays – signed a petition to have the tunnel closed. Their concerns reached the neighborhood council about a week before Sgt. Gabriel Kearney was hit over the head with a beer bottle and then charged at with a long kitchen knife Sept. 9 in the Sale Avenue tunnel. As a result, both underpasses have come under scrutiny. The 50-foot walkway at Oakdale was once a heavily used shortcut for students walking to Taft High School and others living in the well-groomed neighborhood, seeking access to Ventura Boulevard. Rotten bananas, tomatoes and dried out bagels litter the tunnel today. Black, spray-painted tagging marks the walls smeared in places with feces. Glancing at the tunnel from his front yard, resident Richard Powell said the walkway serves no useful purpose for the area anymore. He wants it closed. WOODLAND HILLS – Two tunnels under the Ventura Freeway built as pedestrian walkways have evolved over the years into cavernous havens for violent criminals, and nearby residents want them closed. Two men, still at large, attacked a Los Angeles police sergeant in September inside a tunnel at Sale Avenue, while the other at Oakdale Avenue has become home to vagrants who often stumble around drunk and naked, residents said. “They drink alcohol and scream in the middle of the night. They go to the bathroom there and have sex,” said one Oakdale Avenue resident who asked not to be named, fearing retaliation. “Everyone is scared.” Residents and business owners with concerns about the two corridors can speak out at a public hearing tonight before the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council, which will consider options for the tunnels at its Nov. 8 meeting. last_img read more

Thinking of Making a Career Change? Where to Start and Who Can Help

first_imgRecruiters, Resume Writers, Career Coaches. These are just some of the professionals that help today’s job seeker navigate through the seemingly impossible process of finding a job. How can you possibly know which avenue to take? Well is starts with figuring out a few basics.Take a deep breath. Poor yourself a glass of your favorite drink and dive in! Let’s start from the beginning. You’ve dug deep and decided that you have so much more to give. Maybe you’re not being challenged and have become bored, or maybe you are feeling unfulfilled and want to try something new. Take solace that you are not alone. Take some time to think about exactly what makes you feel the same excitement you felt when you were a kid! Remember the first time you learned about something so fun and interesting that it’s all you thought about? Being a working professional can and should feel the same way! It’s important to feel that excitement about your work. If you need help figuring out your career goals, or need some motivation and inspiration, consider working with a career coach. Career coaches help you create a strategy and empower you to set and reach your career goals.Next, write out what particular skills you’ve learned over the years that may be transferable to your desired next step. Start with your top ten. See if you can go beyond that. Think about your experiences and what you’ve learned that will be valuable in a new position. When you were a kid, you identified and focused on the things that brought you pleasure and joy. You still gravitate in some way to those very same things. Subconsciously, your inner child has always ensured that you had some measure of those joys in your life, even in your career path. Once you’ve nailed down those skills relevant to what you really want to do, and you’ve decided what you are searching for, write your resume. Don’t be scared. Writing a resume can be tough. A piece of paper can sometimes determine the positions you are considered for. This is where you can make a decision to employ a professional resume writer. They will set up conversations to learn more about you and then prepare a few drafts that will highlight your achievements as they pertain to the job you really want. Some resume writers will also offer to optimize your LinkedIn page so that your online presence matches your resume.Now that you have your resume, goals and LinkedIn polished, you’re ready to see what opportunities out there are a match for what you’re looking for. If you’re having trouble getting noticed by applying online, consider reaching out to a recruiter or staffing agency. Recruiters represent specific companies, or agencies that work with many companies. If you know you’re interested in a certain industry or type of position, a recruiter in that industry can offer a wide range of clients that may be looking for your skills.Remember, start with the basics, and don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way!Originally published on Claire Petrie HR blog.last_img read more