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‘Football Remembers’ Christmas Day truce

first_imgUNDER the slogan ‘Football Remembers’ the British High Commission in Nicosia yesterday organised a friendly football match marking a Christmas Day spontaneous ceasefire and a historic football match in 1914, during World War I.Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots braved the rainy weather and joined forces against the ‘international’ team which consisted mainly of UN personnel, at a football pitch in the buffer zone, close to the Ledra Palace checkpoint.The Cypriot team consisted of Greek and Turkish Cypriot negotiators Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ergun Olgun, Semsi Oyuncu, Hasan Sencar, Sertac Yalcin, Huseyin Ekmekci, Ibrahim Diran, Michael Seraphim, Andreas Koulendis, Lambros Lambrou, Mustafa Zurnacilar, Kemal Koseoglu, Huseyin Ercen, Mehmet Kandilli, Halil Cimendag and Ertan Aligullu.“We are remembering today 100 years ago when during the worst conflict the world had at that time seen, there was a pause in hostilities and people on both sides, spoke to each other, exchanged gifts and on occasion played football,” said British High Commissioner Ric Todd opening the event.This is, we feel, he added, “a very important symbol in the world today, when no matter what conflict we may find there is always a scope for optimism and for hope and the human spirit to come together no matter how bad the circumstances may be.”Veteran Cypriot football players Andreas Siantris (APOEL) and Sevim Ebeoglu (AEL) were honoured at the end of the football match.The two men, who both played wearing number 10 in their respective teams at a time when football was united in Cyprus are good friends and enjoyed watching the match together and remembering old times.During half time the two negotiators as well as foreign diplomats took part in a penalty shoot out.The international team won the match by 5 – 2.last_img read more

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Hughes enjoys redemption at Southampton after Stoke sacking

first_imgMark Hughes enjoyed a measure of personal redemption on Tuesday night after guiding Southampton to near certain safety in the Premier League with a vital win at Swansea City after being sacked by Stoke City earlier in the campaign.Hughes had been handed the task of rescuing the south-coast club from the threat of relegation when he was appointed in March and was a strange choice in many people’s eyes, having left his former team in a similar predicament.Yet, his mission was accomplished at the Liberty Stadium when a second-half goal from Manolo Gabbiadini secured a 1-0 victory over relegation rivals Swansea that moved the Saints three points clear of the drop zone.With goal difference handing Southampton a comfortable cushion heading into their final match of the season at home to champions Manchester City, it would take a remarkable turnaround for them to fall out of the top flight.After beginning his spell in charge with three straight league defeats, Hughes’ reputation was hanging by a thread. With Premier League managers enjoying short and often precarious shelf lives, his career was arguably in the balance.Yet Tuesday’s victory was Southampton’s second in three games and left them unbeaten in their last four league games, with the manager able to take credit for guiding his side away from trouble just in time.“I said when I took it on it was never about me or my position or my reputation or standing in the game,” Hughes, a former Southampton player, said.“It was only ever about trying to come in to help a club that obviously I played for and have empathy with and I just wanted to try and help them and keep them in the Premier League.”TRENCH WARFARESouthampton have been frequently heralded as a model of how to flourish on a limited budget, having not finished lower than eighth in the last four seasons.Yet having sought to develop a squad that would allow them to push on into the top half of the table, they looked ill-equipped to deal with the trench warfare of a relegation battle.They had struggled for goals all season – Charlie Austin was their top scorer with seven, while their chance conversion rate was the third lowest in the division.That meant Hughes had little choice but to get his players to roll up their sleeves and scrap.Tuesday’s victory was dogged at best with Southampton creating few chances before grabbing a crucial goal just when the game seemed to be heading for a goalless draw.“It was a huge effort by everybody,” Hughes said. “It was not just this evening. Ever since we took on the challenge in fairness…“Some games we have had things go against us and we have had to pick ourselves up but I thought they were immense today, just weren’t going be denied, so I am really delighted for them.”last_img read more

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Russian police told to keep lid on bad news during World Cup

first_imgRussia’s interior ministry has ordered police to withhold negative news from the media during the soccer World Cup and instead report successes such as crimes being solved, two police sources said on Thursday.A copy of the order, seen by Reuters, instructs police not to release any information about the results of investigations, police raids or other operations before July 25.The World Cup, which Russia is hosting for the first time, ends on July 15 and the Kremlin is keen to use the tournament, which opened on Thursday, to project a positive image of the country as welcoming and open.Russian police usually publish information regularly about crimes including robberies and murders, and also publicise the detention of everyone from suspected murderers to suspected Islamist militants.The interior ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.However, Vladimir Vorontsov, who represents the inter-regional police trade union, told Reuters the order was genuine and had been issued by the ministry.A senior regional police official said the same.“There is a request from the ministry not to provide the media with negative information and to instead talk about solved (crimes), detentions, and so on,” said the official, who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media.last_img read more

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Who’s who? Blatche still confused

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blatche, the 6-foot-11 former NBA regular, will undoubtedly be a big figure in the Philippines’ drive to make it back to the Fiba World Cup as the Filipinos need nothing less than winning the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship title here to make it to the arduous qualifying starting November.This Gilas team is a far different one from the last that Blatche played in, when it failed to log a win in the Olympic Qualifying event under Tab Baldwin about a year ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I’m very excited,” he said.And Blatche, like the rest of the team, is not about to take Burma (Myanmar), or any other team in this competition, lightly. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR “I feel like each game is a statement game for us,” he said as he prepares to play against inferior opponents compared to the ones he played against in the World Cup in Spain, the Asian Championships and the Olympic Qualifying.“We don’t want to go out there and think that because we’re more talented, or go out there and let talent win,” he said. “We want to go out there and win as a team.” —MUSONG R. CASTILLO MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Andray Blatche. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOForget the names. Andray Blatche couldn’t care less as long as he knows how his Gilas Pilipinas teammates play.“I’m still not good with the names yet,” Blatche said after practice on Thursday when asked how he was doing with the getting-to-know-his-teammates aspect. “But I’m starting to know who are the shooters, the drivers, so it’s coming along in my head.”ADVERTISEMENT Gab names Tapales year’s best boxer Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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HARPS MOVE ONE STEP CLOSER TO STADIUM DREAM

first_imgFINN HARPS have moved one step closer to their dream stadium in the Twin Towns.It follows the confirmation that the first phase of the draw-down for the development will be undertaken in January.After years of legal red tape, the club’s Stadium Development officer, Patsy Lafferty, said he expects the prject to begin in the coming weeks.Harps plans to move to the new 6,600 seater stadium has been an uphill struggle for the club after it was first mooted at a shareholders meeting as far back as 2004.But now it appears the project, which will be located on an adjacent site next to the Finn Valley Centre, is now more of a reality than just a dream. So far the Government has pledged €1.25 million to the project with local builder Joseph McMenamin being awarded the building contract in 2006.Mr Lafferty said he was confident that once the first phase of the money is drawn down, then the builders can move in on a full-time basis until such time as the new stadium is completed.HARPS MOVE ONE STEP CLOSER TO STADIUM DREAM was last modified: December 31st, 2010 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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Adam Webster header sees Bristol City sink struggling Middlesbrough

first_imgBristol City moved into the Championship play-off places as Adam Webster’s first-half header secured a 1-0 win at out-of-form Middlesbrough.Having beaten Sheffield United on Saturday, Lee Johnson’s side saw off another of their promotion rivals as they leapfrogged Derby and Aston Villa to move into the top six. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LIVE ON talkSPORT REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Assombalonga saw his goalbound header hacked clear by Bailey Wright, George Saville blazed over the crossbar after Ryan Shotton rolled the ball into his path and Howson took an age to steady himself in the box before firing a wasteful effort into the legs of goalkeeper Max O’Leary.Howson went even closer moments later, firing in a deflected effort that somehow stayed out after cannoning off the inside of a post, and Boro were made to pay for their profligacy when the Robins opened the scoring against the run of play shortly after the half-hour mark.Jay Dasilva swung over a corner from the right, and Webster was completely unmarked as he powered home a header from the edge of the six-yard box. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… BEST OF Middlesbrough had plenty of opportunities, but Jonny Howson and Britt Assombalonga both hit the frame of the goal on another frustrating night for the hosts.Boro have now suffered five defeats in a row, and have slipped two points adrift of the play-off positions as their form has imploded at a critical stage of the season.Even the long-awaited return of Stewart Downing was unable to help them, with the former England international failing to arrest a goalless run that now stands at three games.Downing returned to Middlesbrough’s Championship starting line-up for the first time in 2019 after signing a waiver that scrapped the automatic award of a new one-year contract.The 34-year-old was prominent from the outset, setting up Assombalonga for the first of three golden first-half chances that went begging for Middlesbrough. ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Middlesbrough vs Bristol City (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland (Wednesday 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT huge blow center_img gameday cracker LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Bristol City put in a resolute defensive display against Middlesbrough RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY REVEALED shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Suddenly City were buoyant, and the visitors would have been further ahead at the interval had Downing not produced an excellent sliding block to prevent Josh Brownhill’s shot finding the net.Darren Randolph saved from Jamie Paterson as the game flowed from one end to the other, and Boro’s frustration continued on the stroke of half-time as Assombalonga diverted Howson’s low cross wide of the target.Assombalonga went even closer seven minutes into the second half, receiving the ball from Downing at the end of a well-worked free-kick routine before drilling in a shot that cracked against the base of the left-hand post.Marlon Pack wasted a great chance to make things safe for the Robins, side-footing wide after breaking into the box with 20 minutes left, but the visitors held on for a crucial win.last_img read more

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Hamilton Accies announce signing of three new players

first_imgAttacking midfielder Kelly was a free agent after leaving Grimsby and aims to add creativity to Accies. The 24-year-old told the club’s website: “When I spoke to the gaffer here, it ticked all the boxes. “From the discussions, I tick a lot of boxes for him as well; I’m a creative player, I’m fast and can play centrally or wide.”Fellow attacker Smith joins the club after being Nottingham Forest Under-23s top scorer last season and he ha set his sights on earning a regular first team place.Canning told Hamilton’s website: ”Aaron is one who we think has potential and can develop further in our environment. He’s got good ability, has goals in him from midfield and we’re really looking forward to working with him.” Hamilton Accies have announced a trio of new signings with Aaron McGowan, Sam Kelly and Aaron Smith all joining the Lanarkshire club.Full back McGowan joins from Morecambe, where he was a first team regular and Accies manager Martin Canning says he’s recruited a player who will fit in perfectly at New Douglas Park.Aaron fits the profile of player that has become synonymous with the success of Hamilton Accies in recent years; he’s young, hungry and, despite only being 21, has played over 100 games at first team level.‘He’s another one we’ve been following for a while. He has improved year on year, evidenced with the personal accolades he picked up last season, so we’re delighted he’s chosen Hamilton Accies as the place to continue his development.””last_img read more

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Gibson Jury asks for death penalty

first_imgAn accused serial killer has been sentenced to death.  The jury brought into New Albany from Dearborn County took 17 minutes to find William Clyde Gibson guilty of murder last week.It took them four hours Tuesday to find that he deserved the death penalty for the 2012 murder of 75-year-old Christine Whitis in his New Albany garage. The foreperson of the jury openly cried in court after handing the judge the findings.The family members of Christine Whitis were seen openly weeping in court as well.Gibson also faces separate trials for the 2012 murder of Stephanie Kirk of Charlestown and the 2002 murder of Karen Hodella of Florida.Kirk was found buried in Gibson‘s back yard just days after Whitis‘ body was found.  Hodella‘s body was found near the Ohio River in Clarksville.last_img read more

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GAA season ticket holders warned over ‘abuse’ of system

first_imgThe GAA’s Ticket Office has issued a sharp warning to season ticket holders that they face having their tickets cancelled should they be found in breach of conditions of the scheme.All of the GAA’s season ticket holders were issued with an email notification today, informing them that Croke Park have been made aware of certain violations of the loyalty scheme.County Boards have been instructed to take a note of the number of any cards which are used in a manner that goes against its terms; for example and adult attempting to gain admission on a juvenile ticket or where persons are attemping to have multiple tickets scanned to falsify attendance records. The season ticket entitles supporters to enter all home and away league games and holders also receive a ticket for their county’s opening Championship match.A 60 per cent attendance record enables the bearer to purchase an All-Ireland final ticket should their county reach the decider.This morning’s email read: “With the 2017 Allianz Leagues having commenced in both codes the GAA Ticket Office would like to draw attention to some issues that have been witnessed by the GAA Ticket Office staff and also have brought to our attention over the opening two weekends.“The presentation of multiple season tickets cards or tickets for scanning at turnstiles in order to falsify attendance records for non-attending Season Ticket holders is strictly prohibited. “Adults will not be permitted entry to a fixture using a Juvenile (U16) GAA Season Ticket card at Match Days venues.“Similarly, GAA Season Ticket holders are not permitted to enter a ground using a Season Ticket card and then exit a ground in order to try and re-enter using a different GAA Season Ticket card.“We have witnessed such incidents and have also been informed by County Boards, and by fellow Season Ticket holders that these types of incidents have occurred at multiple venues over the past two weekends.“The above practices completely undermine the entire Season Ticket product and also undermine the GAA Season Ticket Holders who have travelled, some of them huge distances, to attend a particular fixture.“We have issued a directive to all County Boards to note the details of any Season Ticket cards which are abused in this manner. If a GAA Season Ticket card within an account is found to be used in any of the aforementioned ways, we will have no option but to cancel all Season Tickets within that account.” GAA season ticket holders warned over ‘abuse’ of system was last modified: February 13th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

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Guests Can Now Meet the Coca-Cola Bear in Disney Springs

first_imgShare This!©Disney / Coca-ColaWhen the Coca-Cola Store was initially introduced, it was announced that there would be a meet and greet opportunity with the Coca-Cola Bear. Now Guests have the ability to feel the chill of the arctic and meet the iconic polar bear. He can be found on the second floor of the new store.The Coca-Cola Store is a unique location in the Town Center section of Disney Springs. Here Guests can browse a wide assortment of Coca-Cola branded merchandise, including a line of sustainable fashion apparel and other handmade items crafted from recycled materials showcase. Guests can also visit the rooftop beverage bar, which has an incredible view of Disney Springs. Here they can enjoy flavors from around the world, as well as frozen beverages and a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine.The meet and greet experience is available for Guests from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily.last_img read more