US edges Japan, advances to WBC championship game

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu While manager Jim Leyland’s current roster is missing Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout and many other American superstars, the All-Star-laden group that decided to participate has won two straight elimination games to earn a chance for the U.S.’ first crown.“Coming into this event, I didn’t really want to talk about the fact that the United States has never won it (and) they’ve never gone to the finals,” Leyland said. “I didn’t think that was a big deal. I wanted this, for the players, to be a memory. I’ve talked a lot about it. Make a memory. Hopefully it’s a real good one, regardless of the results (Wednesday). I know it is for me. It’s been an absolute honor.”To reach the final, the Americans had to persevere through an uncharacteristic Los Angeles rain that drenched the playing field several hours before game time. They also had to beat a gifted Japanese team at its own game: pitching, defense and small ball.Ryosuke Kikuchi hit a tying homer off reliever Nate Jones in the sixth inning for Japan, but the two-time WBC champions were twice let down by their normally sturdy defense.McCutchen opened the scoring with an RBI single in the fourth moments after Kikuchi’s two-base error at second. In the eighth, Crawford likely would have been out at the plate on Jones’ innocent grounder, but Matsuda didn’t field it cleanly and had to throw to first.ADVERTISEMENT “Well, two plays,” Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo said through a translator. “Honestly, there were some mistakes, and then a run was scored. … The team that makes mistakes will lose. That’s what it means. I cannot blame them, though, for doing that.”Japan won the first two WBC tournaments before losing in the 2013 semifinals, and Kokubo’s current team was unbeaten in this event.“The players really did their very best,” Kokubo said. “I really appreciate it. It’s do-or-die, one semifinal.”Tanner Roark pitched four scoreless innings of two-hit ball before Leyland pulled him on the instructions of the Washington Nationals, who limited Roark to 50 pitches because he hadn’t faced live hitters in nine days.“I felt good enough to stay out there,” Roark said.Gregerson, the Americans’ sixth reliever, worked a perfect ninth inning after Pat Neshek escaped a two-on jam in the eighth.Leyland is confident he’ll have a capable bullpen Wednesday after receiving texts from various pitching coaches around the majors on the status of their players. Toronto’s Marcus Stroman, the starter, is free to reach the WBC’s 95-pitch limit, Leyland confirmed.Although the crowd of 33,462 strongly favored the team with five California natives in the starting lineup, thousands of Japanese fans showed up early and chanted throughout the game, accompanied by the brass band in the left-field bleachers.Tomoyuki Sugano, the Yomiuri Giants ace with a seven-pitch repertoire, tossed six innings of three-hit ball for Japan, striking out six and yielding only one unearned run.But Sugano was matched by Roark, who gave up just two singles and a walk in his four innings, also hitting a batter with a pitch. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot After Christian Yelich reached second in the fourth inning when his hard-hit grounder was mishandled by Kikuchi, the standout defensive second baseman, Eric Hosmer worked out of an 0-2 count to draw a two-out walk.McCutchen had just two hits in his first 14 at-bats in the WBC, but he drove in Yelich with a sharp single to left.Kikuchi made up for his mistake in the sixth, driving Jones’ fastball barely over the reach of McCutchen in right field for his first homer of the tournament.Japan reliever Kodai Senga struck out the first four batters he faced with a 96 mph fastball and exceptional off-speed stuff, but Crawford then delivered a sharp single before Ian Kinsler doubled to deep left-center.Neshek got cleanup hitter Yoshimoto Tsutsugoh on a fly to right to end the eighth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media MOST READcenter_img Brandon Crawford scored the tiebreaking run when Matsuda bobbled Adam Jones’ grounder to third in the eighth inning, and the United States reached the WBC final for the first time by beating Japan 2-1 on Tuesday night at rainy Dodger Stadium.Andrew McCutchen drove in an early run for the U.S., which will play Puerto Rico for the title Wednesday night. Puerto Rico edged the Netherlands 4-3 in 11 innings Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It means a heck of a lot,” said McCutchen, the Pittsburgh Pirates slugger. “We’ve got a great group of guys on this team who have dedicated this time to be able to try and win some ballgames. Sacrifices had to be made, and there are no egos when that door opens. That’s what’s good about this team. Everybody is a superstar on this team. There are no egos.”The World Baseball Classic final has been played in the United States in each of its four editions, but the home team had never been able to play America’s pastime on what has become its biggest international stage. The U.S. only reached the semifinals once before, in 2009. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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‘Reformed UP’ Under Boakai?

first_imgIn what appeared to be a direct response to criticisms by former Unity Party Chairman Cllr. Varney Sherman that the party has been betrayed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her failure to implement major policies and decisions earmarked by the party at the 2011 Convention in Nimba County, UP’s newly elected political leader, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, says with his election the party has been reborn.Ambassador Boakai said he “is bringing hope to a dying and disintegrating UP” and told many disenchanted partisans that with his election as the Standard Bearer, he is “here to change the dynamics of things.” “This is a new Unity Party. This is not going to be the same UP that you know,” Boakai said, as he changed the name of the party from “The New Unity Party” to the “Reformed Unity Party,” which was greeted with roaring applause from the partisans.Tensions flared up at the opening of the UP Convention in Gbarnga, Bong County, last week Thursday after former Chairman Varney Sherman performed his last official duty – delivering a report on his six-year tenure. During the deliberation, an enraged Sherman was very vocal about the strained relationship between the government and the party during the larger part of his chairmanship.“There is gross dissatisfaction among partisans because our government has done little to satisfy our aspirations,” said a stern Cllr. Sherman, who didn’t crack a smile throughout the convention, adding, “This is because of government’s failure to adhere to the policies and agreements reached by party executives at the party’s last convention in Nimba.”He told the 425 delegates and several partisans and observers at the convention that the UP Government has let the party and its many stewards down. As such he is leaving the chairmanship an unhappy man because his promises to the people were never met due to betrayals within the rank and file of the party, especially at the higher-ups.“In May 2010, I was elected chairman of the new Unity Party. That election was done with much satisfaction, aspiration and ambition of our partisans and the Liberian people,” he said. “But if all that we agreed upon, both written and oral, at that convention had been implemented to the letter, I would have been resigning happily.” Sherman noted later, “I decided to make my report vague [not pinpointing issues or calling names] because these would have caused many pains and opened more wounds.”Meanwhile during the induction of other elected corps of officers, Vice President and standard bearer-elect Boakai said under his leadership, the Reformed UP will be a critical part of government’s agenda. The Vice President was earlier inducted by President Sirleaf, who said she has exclusive confidence in Veep Boakai to lead the party for a better Liberia.VP Boakai admitted that after the slew of exits and internal wrangling within Unity Party, the party was at its lowest ebb. This was when other nationalists began to rally and form organizations to boost the morale of the imminent political leader and the party. Some of these included the Boakai Movement; the Boakai Wings and others. The strain within the UP began to surface just over a year ago, after a President Sirleaf’s successful second term bid in 2011. At that time, some partisans said, many of them were not receiving what had been promised them. Many partisans complained on numerous occasions, at times through demonstrations, that they had been sidelined by the President for what they termed as “imported Liberians who knew nothing about how the UP was elected to power.”The “imported Liberians,” they said, “enjoyed the fruits of the party’s labor,” which caused a lot of disenchantment within and contributed to the mass exodus from the party. Key partisans, many of them, of late, executive members, said the party could no longer unite them.But Boakai said under his leadership those who work hard are the ones that will be rewarded in his government and frowned on what he termed as lip service, thus calling for total involvement and commitment to the cause of the party’s third term bid.He said the party needs to show its strength and maturity by the way it shares its power. “UP is not a Monrovia based party,” he said. He also noted that by his election, the party has chosen well. “Unity Party has chosen,” he said, noting that his experience and number of years in public service gives him leverage over many of his rivals, declaring that he would not be learning on the job.He noted that diversity and democracy are compatible and as such everyone should be encouraged to come on board to make the UP’s quest for a third term a reality.President Sirleaf had earlier called for reconciliation, noting that whatever had transpired within the party was meant to make it better. She apologized to those aggrieved and those disappointed by past events, adding that decisions taken were for the interest of the party and the Liberian state at large. She noted “let bygones be bygones” to a frowned Sherman, who was sitting at her immediate right. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Last tragedy at Camp Street Prison

first_imgIt was Karl Marx who remarked that history repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce: in the sense of the second iteration being a caricature of the first. More than a year after 17 inmates of the Camp Street Prison were killed and eight injured when they were trapped when the Capital Offences building was set ablaze, history repeated itself when another fire set by inmates on Sunday just razed the entire complex. While the reports are still incomplete, one prison guard was killed by inmates, six others had to be treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital along with two prisoners. Six prisoners escaped in the confusion.Following the tragedy of March 3, 2016, a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) had been constituted to enquire into the causes of the fire and more pertinently to make recommendations to rectify identified deficiencies that would have been contributing factors. One primary proximate cause was deep resentment and anger among many inmates at the inordinate length of time they were kept in remand. Structurally, however, the severe overcrowding at the facility combined with an extraordinarily high prisoner to guard ratio created a keg that was always on the brink of exploding.The 132-year-old prison then incarcerated 979 prisoners, even though it was built for 544 on specifications that made conditions extremely cramped based on modern prison norms. The ratio of prison officers to prisoners last year was 10 prison officers to 1000 prisoners; an extremely untenable ratio. In handing over the report in June 2016, the Chairman of the CoI Justice (rtd) James Patterson emphasised, “We would want it to be considered as urgent the improvement of physical and social facilities. We were concerned with the overcrowding.”The high number of prisoners on remand – 258 out of the 979 on March 3, 2016 – more than one-quarter – was also highlighted as a major problem since these individuals would have developed deep resentment to being imprisoned for years before their cases were brought to trial.But the Chairman of the CoI made some pointed remarks when handing over the Report that are most pertinent in the present since some may say, “hindsight is 20/20”. He said presciently, “The major challenge is not only identifying the steps that should be taken to avoid repetition of the tragic events… but also to recommend how to ensure that political support for implementation of recommendations does not wane when the issue disappears from the front page of newspapers.”The Report pointed out that over the past two decades, a stream of reports had been produced from commissions, committees, inquiries and expert consultants – all making identical recommendations for the upgrade of the prisons – but nothing had been done. Obviously fearing the same fate awaited his CoI’s Report, Justice Patterson said resignedly, “When we put forward our recommendations, our job is finished. What they do with them is a matter for them… but our concern is that our concerns are urgent, immediate and we want it done like yesterday.”At the time, the President insisted, “We have a good idea what needs to be done. We are gonna be strengthening Mazaruni and we are going to be continuing the process of redeploying prisoners from Georgetown to Mazaruni but the infrastructure at Mazaruni has to be improved.” However, even though the Government claimed that $2.2 billion would be spent to expand Mazaruni, and $369 million of that was supposed to be spent in 2017, it was not until the end of April 2017 that Cabinet approved the allocation of $58.5 million to “expand and rehabilitate” the Mazuruni Prison and contracts were signed with two contractors. No prisoner has been transferred out of the Camp Street Prison and in fact, the prison population increased since last March to 1018. This lassitude in implementing the recommendations of the CoI has to be seen as the ultimate cause of the last tragedy of Camp Street Prison. It must be rectified.tragedy of Camp Street Prison. It must be rectified.last_img read more

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More homes set for auction

first_imgScheduled sales of foreclosed properties increased 11 percent in Los Angeles County during the second quarter from the prior three months, with the distress concentrated in the Antelope Valley and South L.A., an industry tracker said Thursday. The report from Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Propertyshark.com tracked the number of foreclosure auctions set for the second quarter in Los Angeles, New York and Miami. During the April-through-June period, there were 1,250 scheduled here, equal to 0.04 percent of the 3.1 million households in the region. The Los Angeles total was more than double the number of foreclosure sales in the other two cities, but the area ranked second in the percentage per households, the company said. “The one thing that is interesting is the process of a foreclosure is much faster in Los Angeles than in New York City, where there are slightly different ownership issues,” he said. In New York, it typically takes 15 months from the issuance of a notice of default (the first step in the foreclosure process) to a property sale. In Los Angeles, the process can take about three months, Scully said. The big percentage increase here could suggest a future trend for New York and Miami, the company said. The report also indicates that Miami is the most distressed of the three markets. That city has 374 percent more foreclosure auctions scheduled per household than New York City and 166 percent more than Los Angeles, the company said. “The number of foreclosures per household in Miami-Dade County is particularly high for the quarter. South Florida is definitely one of the first regions we have seen to show clear signs of problems in the housing market,” Ryan Slack, the company’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. That’s not surprising, said Kyser. “Miami was a real hotbed of condo development, and that’s where a lot of investors went,” he said. John Karevoll, an analyst at DataQuick Information systems, said that while the level of foreclosure activity is rising here, it is still low. “The current level is 5 percent of what it was 10 years ago, so the increase is coming up off a very low bottom.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThere were 91 sales scheduled in the Antelope Valley – 56 in Palmdale and 35 in Lancaster – and 70 in the South Los Angeles area. Winnetka had 17, Norwalk 18 and Canyon Country, Reseda and Long Beach 13 each. “The Antelope Valley and Norwalk would both be entry-level markets. Sometimes people have really stretched” to buy a house, said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. This is Propertyshark’s first report so there is no comparable data for the year-ago period, said Brian Scully, the company’s vice president of marketing. But the numbers seem to offer more evidence that the residential real estate market has cooled dramatically. last_img read more

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Brighton complete deal for defender Ezequiel Schelotto

first_imgBrighton have completed the signing of defender Ezequiel Schelotto from Sporting Lisbon for an undisclosed fee.The 28-year-old former Inter Milan right-back has agreed a three-year deal with the Seagulls.Manager Chris Hughton said: “We are delighted that Ezequiel is joining us.“He has made nearly 190 appearances in the top flight in Italy and Portugal and has played in the Champions League, and is the type of experienced player we want to add to the squad.“He can also play as a more attacking wing-back and so gives us some good options in defence.”Although born in Argentina, Schelotto holds Italian citizenship and will not require a work permit to play in the Premier League.He has one senior cap for Italy which came in a 2-1 defeat by England in Berne in 2012. 1 Ezequiel Schelotto in action for Sporting Lisbon last_img read more

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3-day sweep nets 10 in arrests for parole violations

first_img• Photo Gallery: 8/12: Parole Sweep Having a bag of plastic toys was enough to send a paroled sex offender living at a Santa Fe Springs motel back to prison. Although innocent looking, the tiny plastic parachutists could be used as “child lures,” according to parole agents who monitor released sex offenders, and are strictly forbidden. “The toys were found in a bag next to a bed,” state Department of Justice Agent Gabriel Rogers said as he carried them out of the motel room. Hidden inside the parolee’s mattress, police also found a heroin syringe and a scale with narcotics residue. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The motel houses 15 convicted sex offenders. It is one of only a few places in the Whittier area where the parolees can be placed because the management allows it. And it is far enough away from any schools. Since enduring stinging criticism from politicians and community leaders in February for allegedly “shuffling” released sex offenders between motel rooms, parole agents have been under increased pressure to find permanent housing for parolees. It is no easy task. “Finding housing for sex offenders has always been difficult, and now it’s more difficult,” said Jerome Marsh, a district administrator for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Adult Parole Operations. “We have to find placement for them when they come out \ … And we have to look for appropriate locations a half-mile from schools. That drastically shrinks the area we can place people.” Hotels and motels are used only as temporary housing, but it can sometimes take months to find something permanent, Marsh said. It costs the state about $350 a week to house one sex offender in a motel. “The alternative is to have homeless, paroled sex offenders,” Marsh said. “We don’t want that.” Once they are placed in a hotel or motel, sex offenders must be closely monitored. Even the smallest infraction will land them back behind bars. Last week, Marsh joined parole agents and representatives from seven other law enforcement agencies in a three-day, parole-compliance sweep. The surprise searches are a condition of parole for many offenders. The operation was the largest of its kind so far this year. The sweepsTuesday, Wednesday and Thursday involved about 40 officers and agents. In all, 46 convicted sex offenders were targeted in Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk, Downey, Pico Rivera, Bellflower and La Mirada. State parole and probation agents, sheriff’s deputies, Whittier police, California Highway Patrol officers, U.S. Housing and Urban Development personnel, Department of Children and Family Services agents and members of a Department of Justice sex-offender task force started planning for the operation in July. During a final planning meeting earlier this month, the group plotted out the remaining details. “We’ve already gotten word of some violations that are occurring. One guy has been calling \ numbers,” Al Gonzalez, an assistant unit supervisor for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Santa Fe Springs office, told the assemblage. “We’re not worried about how many arrests we’re getting,” he said. “We just want to make sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to.” Then the officials decided on their first target: the Santa Fe Springs motel. “Let’s hit all the rooms at one time, so one guy isn’t throwing his porn away while we’re somewhere else,” Parole Agent Renee Ramos suggested. For the large and complex operation, the officers had to carefully plan how those arrested would be taken to jail, and how they would respond in the event something went wrong. Teams were designated by colors; a common radio frequency was chosen. “We get in, do what we gotta do and get out,” Gonzalez said. Before day-break Tuesday morning, the 36 agents and officers gathered at the sheriff’s Norwalk Station, where they broke into teams and reviewed the files of parolees they would visit. In the dark, a slow-moving caravan of law enforcement officials – armed with guns, bullet-proof vests and a well-organized strategy – pulled up to the to the motel. Fanning out, the team members knocked on 13 doors simultaneously. “State parole. Open up!” the agents yelled. Surprised men and women, jarred from sleep, opened their doors and were immediately handcuffed while agents searched their rooms. Among the offenders were men who had been convicted of molesting children, raping mentally disabled people and elderly women and indecently exposing themselves. Parole restrictions for sex offenders are different than for other parolees. Most are not permitted to live with young children or to use the Internet. “With sex offenders, we’re looking for pornography, child porn, computers, children’s toys or child lures – small pets, stuffed animals, children’s clothing,” Marsh said. Wearing gloves, the officers searched dresser drawers, refrigerators, microwaves, envelopes, trash cans, luggage and other items. A man convicted of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 was quickly arrested when officers found narcotics in his room. Hours later, the searches were completed, five people were under arrest for violating their parole. For the following two days, the team met at 4 a.m. at the Norwalk Station, breaking up into three teams, with each team visiting five locations. They found parolees in possession of pornography, sex toys, cartoon videos and restricted items. At the end of the three-day sweeps, 10 parolees had been arrested, and 13 children were removed from residences and relocated. After Thursday’s sweeps, the tired but excited team members met at the Norwalk Station to sum it all up. “Considering the fact that these guys are watched closely, I didn’t expect to have as many arrests as we did,” Gonzalez said. CHP Officer Raquel Stage said she was surprised that people living with or near the parolees had no idea about their crimes. “We went to a house where a sex offender lived with other people – one was a pregnant woman and her husband. No one knew he was a sex offender. “They said, `He looks so nice and passive,”‘ Stage said. “Something like this really shakes people up.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Officer’s arrest stuns friends

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.“We’re very familiar with Officer Fisher,” said Harold Standerfer, deputy superintendent with Alhambra Unified School District. “He’s well known in the community.” The district typically has two police officers working with the schools, Standerfer said. The cost of their salaries is split with the Alhambra Police Department. The uniformed officers are available to any of the district’s campuses, but spend most of their time at high schools, he said. Officers typically participate in assemblies, take reports when there is a theft, interview students or witnesses, and may talk with parent groups. The district had not received any complaints about Fisher, Standerfer said. ALHAMBRA – A police officer arrested recently on suspicion of child molestation is a well-known figure who grew up in the community and worked on school campuses and with downtown businesses, colleagues and acquaintances said. Alhambra police Sgt. Michael James Fisher, 42, was arrested Aug. 14 by deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Temple Station and is being investigated for oral copulation and sodomy against a minor. Fisher posted $100,000 bail the same day and was released. He has been placed on administrative leave. As of Friday, charges had not been filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Before he was promoted to sergeant, Fisher served as the school resource officer at Alhambra campuses. He was an Alhambra High School graduate himself in 1982. “I’m just saddened by the whole thing,” he said, adding that the district does fingerprint screening in attempts to uncover anyone with a record of sexual misconduct against minors. “We’ve always been vigilant about anyone coming in contact with our kids.” Fisher does not have a prior criminal record. The Sheriff’s Department has declined to release the age of the minor, or any other details regarding Fisher’s alleged crimes. “We’re not going to say anything about the victim at this point, whether it \ is related to work or not,” said Lt. Art Lucas of the Special Victims Bureau. Neighbors at Fisher’s Covina condominium complex described him as a friendly man who often played with his two young daughters at the pool. A neighbor, who declined to be named, said Fisher appeared stressed recently and had said that his estranged wife concocted a story that led to his arrest. The sergeant is a law-enforcement veteran, having joined the Alhambra Police Department about 20 years ago, said Chief James Hudson. Fisher was a supervisor of the Community-Oriented Policing Section, or COPS, Hudson said. He declined to elaborate on Fisher’s schools placement or his other roles. Fisher’s job responsibilities also took him downtown to help business owners with graffiti and skateboarding issues. “I would characterize him as very outgoing and very gregarious,” said Owen Guenthard, executive director of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce. “Always one who would initiate a hello and a handshake.” patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want 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

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Gayle starts: West Brom vs Aston Villa preview, confirmed teams and more

first_img RANKED 2 Where can I listen?West Brom vs Aston Villa will be live on talkSPORT2, kick-off 8pm.Confirmed teamsAlbion have included Gareth Barry and Dwight Gayle in the team to face their rivals as they come in for James Morrison and Hal Robson-Kanu.Meanwhile, the visitors have made just one change from their win over Middlesbrough last time out as Alan Hutton returns at right-back.West Brom: Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Hegazi, Dawson, Gibbs, Phillips, Livermore, Barry, Barnes, Rodriguez, GayleSubs: Myhill, Mears, Brunt, Harper, Hoolahan, Sako, BurkeAston Villa: Nyland, Hutton, Tuanzebe, Chester, Taylor, Hourihane, McGinn, El Ghazi, Bolasie, Grealish, AbrahamSubs: Bunn, Revan, Whelan, O’Hare, El Mohamady, Kodjia, Hogan Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Football News REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardcenter_img 2 Nonetheless, they remain unbeaten in their last four and are within reach of the automatic promotion places in third.Meanwhile, Villa have been unstoppable under their new manager, flying up the Championship table with six wins in Dean Smith’s opening eight games.They’re now within three points of the play-off places after recovering from a dreadful start to the season. ADVICE West From must bounce back from Brentford’s late goal Villa are currently flying Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury West Brom and Aston Villa resume their pursuit of promotion to the Premier League when they lock horns at the Hawthorns on Friday night.The home side lost ground on Championship leaders Norwich after conceding a stoppage-time equaliser to Brentford to register a 1-1 draw on Monday. BEST OF last_img read more

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Injured Andy Murray sees reign as British number one end

first_img“I’ll continue to work hard and represent Great Britain as best as I can.” Australian Open semi-finalist Edmund says the accomplishment feels somewhat diluted given Murray’s stint on the sidelines, with the Englishman insisting he cannot wait for his Davis Cup teammate to return to action. He said: “It is humbling to become the British number one and, perhaps unwittingly, as Andy has dropped down in rankings due to his injury.“As proud as I am, I would have been much happier had Andy stayed healthy and occupied his place at the very top where he belongs.“Wishing Andy a speedy recovery and I hope to battle it out with him in a more legitimate fashion in years to come. Andy Murray’s near 12-year reign as British number one has come to an end after Kyle Edmund overtook him in the rankings.The injured Scot has slipped to number 29 in the world after the 500 points he collected for winning last season’s Dubai Championships expired, while Edmund is up to a career high 24th.Murray had held the number one spot since July 10, 2006, when at the age of 19 he overtook Greg Rusedski after reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon.The 30-year-old has been sidelined from competitive action since hobbling out of Wimbledon last year and is currently rehabilitating following hip surgery.last_img read more

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Parents warned of new Snapchat feature that pinpoints your exact location

first_imgParents have been warned to ensure that their child’s settings on Snapchat are on ‘ghost mode’ as the latest update for the app allows friends to pinpoint your exact location.Your location will not be hidden automatically following the new update, so users will have to open the map and manually disable the location-sharing feature.To turn on ghost mode, open the map and click the settings button on the top right hand corner and enable ghost mode. How does it work?When you open your camera, pinch your fingers as though you’re zooming out of a photo. The Snap Map will appear and allow you to see your friend’s Bitmoji and where exactly they are.Weirdly, Snapchat have turned your Bitmoji (personalised avatar) into an Actionmoji, which changes your avatar depending on what you’re doing. If you’re listening to music, your Actionmoji will be wearing headphones. If you’re driving, your Actionmoji will appear in a car.A Snapchat spokesperson says “Snapchat may look at things like your location, time of day, or speed of travel. Examples of Actionmojis today include things like: at the beach, at the airport, sitting, and a handful more.” Snapchat have also included a heat map for their ‘our story’ feature, while allows people at various events to curate a public story together. Blue means a few snaps have been taken, with red meaning a lot have been taken.Speaking about the update, Snapchat say “We’ve built a whole new way to explore the world! See what’s happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure!”They add; “Actionmojis only update when you open Snapchat.”Parents warned of new Snapchat feature that pinpoints your exact location was last modified: June 24th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:actionmojibitmojifeatureSnapchatsnapmaplast_img read more

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