MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (Reuters) – Defender Matthias Ginter scored one goal and was involved in two more as Germany comfortably saw off Belarus 4-0 yesterday to clinch their place at Euro 2020, qualifying for the finals for a record 13th time in a row.The inspired Ginter broke the deadlock in the 41st minute with a clever backheel, provided a dummy which allowed Leon Goreztka to score the second and the pass for Toni Kroos to add the third.Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved a penalty from Igor Stasevich in the 75th minute and Kroos added a fourth to complete his first national team brace since the 7-1 World Cup semi-final win over Brazil in 2014. Group C leaders Germany were given a helping hand by arch-rivals the Netherlands who held Northern Ireland 0-0 away to ensure the Dutch and Germans qualified with one match to spare.Germany have 18 points – from six draws and one defeat – while the Dutch have 16 and Northern Ireland 14. Belarus have four points but could still qualify as they have reached the playoffs of the Nations League which offers four more places.“I’m satisfied, there were some very good passing exchanges,” said coach Joachim Loew, who took over in 2006 and will be in charge at his seventh major tournament. “We did a good job. All in all, I’m very satisfied. Kroos is extremely important for the team, he’s always ready to play, always keeps his cool – he’s elementary for such a young team. He does that very well.”As expected, Germany quickly took control although their early attacks were somewhat predictable. They were given a fright when Stasevich’s dipping long-range shot forced Neuer into a difficult save and they went ahead shortly afterwards.Serge Gnabry wriggled past his marker and fired a low ball across the face of goal which was flicked in by Ginter for his first Germany goal on his 29th appearance.Germany increased their lead four minutes after halftime when Kroos sent a low corner to the edge of the area, Ginter dummied and Goretzka fired home. Six minutes later, Ginter’s pass found Kroos on the edge of the area and he swept the ball home with a trademark first-time shot.Belarus were awarded a penalty when Robin Koch tripped Pavel Nekhaychik but Neuer dived to his right to save Stasevich’s spot-kick. Kroos rubbed it in when he collected the ball in the area, spun past his marker, evaded another and fired a low shot past Aleksandr Gutor to complete the rout.
At about 10 a.m. on Friday, Frank Jenkins, a first-grader from Tom Bradley Elementary Magnet School, arrived at USC to see the president speak.“I wanna see Obama,” seven-year-old Frank said. “I never saw Obama.”Frank — who said he thought Obama would be better to watch in person than on television “because you get to see him” — was one of 40 students from Bradley who attended the “Moving America Forward” rally, which was organized by the Democratic National Committee and hosted by USC’s Student Political Assembly.About 37,500 people came to USC Friday to hear President Barack Obama speak. Obama drew positive reactions from the crowd, and encouraged young people to vote on Nov. 2. – Dan Doperalski | Daily TrojanDavid Harrell, a program director at Bradley Magnet School, said he wanted to bring the group of children to the rally to expose them to someone they would not normally see — the president of the United States.“They’re excited right now. It’s a [once in a] lifetime experience,” said Harrell, adding that one of his students began crying because of how close he would be to the president.Harrell and Frank were two of the 37,500 people who attended Friday’s rally, including USC students, faculty, staff, community members and visitors from across California.Lines began forming at entrance gates beginning at 3:30 a.m., though gates were not slated to open until 10 a.m. Clutching empty coffee cups and using umbrellas to shield themselves from a light rain, attendees said they were excited at the opportunity to hear Obama speak.“I am just so happy that he’s here, not because he’s a black man, but because he’s a fine man,” said Betty Austin, 54, a retired nurse from Inglewood, Calif.“He’s real. He goes and shakes their hands,” said Suzanne Reiman, who traveled from Palmdale, Calif. to USC for the rally. “Other politicians aren’t real like that,”The event was open to the general public, but students from USC and other Southern California schools stood on risers behind the podium from which Obama addressed the students on the need for youth political involvement. Jonathan Brebner, president of USC College Democrats, was one of those students, and said it was an experience he would never forget.A boy holds a sign at the “Moving America Forward” rally hosted in Alumni Park on Friday. Several schoolchildren were in attendance at the event. Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan“It’s really cool to be that close to the president and to get that excited about the political process,” Brebner said. “It was an absolute privilege. It was a lot of fun to be part of the rally — not just in the rally, but be part of it and feed energy into the crowd and feeding from it.”Darryl Yip, a senior majoring in economics at Loyola Marymount University, said it is important for young people to hear their president speak.“I went to the [former President Bill] Clinton rally at UCLA, and he said you can’t expect a president to lead if he can’t govern,” Yip said. “It’s really important for the president to be someone young people can look up to, to get people to vote.”Several students said they believed hearing the president speak in person was a unique experience that many might not have again in their lifetime.“It’s important that we get someone as big as the president to share his views and profess them on students and allow them to be knowledgeable about the world,” said Adam Mintz, a junior majoring in business administration. “I’m certainly willing to listen. I think it’s important for students to listen, whether they agree or disagree.”According to an online Daily Trojan poll, 46 percent of about 700 voters said they were planning on attending the rally, while 32 percent of voters said they would not attend the rally because they had no interest in seeing the president and did not agree with Obama’s policies.A few protests took place the morning of the rally near attendees waiting in line on 34th Street. One was hosted by the USC College Republicans and another staged a mock waterboarding in protest of the war in Afghanistan.The general sentiment on campus, however, seemed to be enthusiastic about the president’s visit and his message promoting political involvement, Brebner said.“Most people, I think, tend to sink into this idea that politics can be boring or it’s not relatable, but that’s not true at all,” Brebner said. “It’s really not boring. It’s completely relatable and it’s really exciting.”Correction: 10/24/10: Adam Mintz was misidentified in a previous version of this story. This entry has been corrected to reflect the change.
Virginia fans storm court after win, provide raucous playing environmentVirginia fans storm court after win, provide raucous playing environment
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — When Virginia’s win over Syracuse was wrapping up and a matter of minutes separated the Cavaliers from their first unshared Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title since 1981, a message appeared on the big screen.It reminded fans not to rush the court when the game was over. A smattering of boos echoed through John Paul Jones Arena, as the fans that watched their team dismantle the No. 4 Orange 75-56 voiced their displeasure.But they weren’t going to be stopped by a message on the board. When the final buzzer sounded, fans rushed the court and partied like it was 1981. They were exuberant and noisy — like they were all game.“Last time I heard it that loud, I was at the Taylor Swift concert.” Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said. “I remember I sat there and there were 14,000 teenage girls screaming and I was like ‘I wonder if we can get it like this for a game.’“And I’m telling you something. It either rivaled or surpassed it. It was that good.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFans frolicked all night long, throwing streamers into the air, chanting “A-C-C” as the clock wound down and jumping as music blared from the loudspeaker.The postgame celebration wasn’t the typical full-fledged storming at first, though. Security guards in vibrant yellow jackets watched as fans trickled onto the court with orange shirts and clever signs. They tried to keep the madness to a minimum.Once the fans got there, though, the chaos entered full swing. Fans hoisted other fans in the air. They swung their fists. Virginia players even cut down the net.The fans and players celebrated what many people deemed a longshot at the start of the season. With Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina and Pittsburgh at the forefront of the ACC, a Virginia regular-season title didn’t seem likely.But the Cavaliers are regular-season champions. Fans were fired up from the get-go. There was a “Tele-Tobey” costume and sign for Virginia forward Mike Tobey. There was a “London #23 Piranhas” sign accompanied by a string of piranhas with London Perrantes’ face on it. There was even an enormous Dick Vitale head that Dickie V himself posed with before the game.“I knew it was going to be electric,” Bennett said, “but that crowd gives you something defensively. I mean it was special how intense it was in there and the passion you got from it.”SU head coach Jim Boeheim wasn’t convinced the crowd affected Syracuse. Crowds don’t win games, he said. Players and coaches do.“The only thing different about this place is their players,” Boeheim said. “There’s no place that scores points. No fans that score points. It’s all myth, mythology that we like to build up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm Contact Trevor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @TrevorHass
Storify: Syracuse community reacts to AD Mark Coyle’s departureStorify: Syracuse community reacts to AD Mark Coyle’s departure
Related Stories Syracuse University Director of Athletics Mark Coyle leaving for MinnesotaSyracuse announces Boise State’s Mark Coyle as new athletic director3 things Mark Coyle said before Syracuse’s basketball teams travel to the Final Four5 things Mark Coyle said at Dino Babers’ introductory press conference Published on May 11, 2016 at 1:31 pm Contact Byron: email@example.com [View the story “Syracuse community reacts to Director of Athletics Mark Coyle’s departure” on Storify] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Zenith Bank WBL: First Deepwater, Customs, Bounce BackZenith Bank WBL: First Deepwater, Customs, Bounce Back
“From proceeding here, I believe that most teams have improved greatly since the first phase in Abuja. The games are closely-fought and we have recorded an upset already with GT 2000 beating Customs.“In the game involving Dolphins and Customs, the Border Girls gave a good fight despite losing to the defending champions. With developments like this, the competitiveness, which was lacking in the league, is gradually returning,” reasoned Ahmedu.The Elephant Girls coach said his team has been able to maintain high standard and win with wide margin because it got to Asaba about two weeks before the league dunked off, which gave his players the opportunity to train and get used to the court, which he termed as substandard.“With what I have seen here, I am happy that we got Asaba early to acclimatise and get use to the court and the environment. I am happy that the owners of the team, First Bank PLC have always supported ideas that will put the team in a good position to excel. I hope our performance will propel us to the title,” he added.He however blamed the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) for opting for Asaba for the second phase of the women’s league.“I must chide the NBBF for bring the league to Asaba. The upright board is made of wood as against fibre, which is approved by FIBA. There are other venues that have fibre uprights where they could have taken this phase of the league to. This is taking us back after we enjoyed tremendous time in Abuja,” reasoned Ahmedu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After conceding to a rare defeat to AHIP on Tuesday morning First Deepwater bounced back to winning ways yesterday at the ongoing Zenith Bank Women Basketball League in Asaba. First Deepwater defeated Immigration Basketball Club 44-33 to leave the fourth day of the series in the Delta State capital with smiles.Custom also defeated Zamfara Babes 70-50 while the IGP Queens crushed FCT Angels 69-39. Coal City Queens lost 28-45 to Benue Princess.Coach Peter Ahmedu of First Bank Basketball Club who watched most of the games played yesterday commended the standard of the Second Phase of the Zenith Bank Basketball League,
France striker Alexandre Lacazette thursday marked his first Arsenal start for two months with two goals as they took control of their Europa League quarter-final by demolishing CSKA Moscow in the first leg.The Gunners scored four first-half goals, Aaron Ramsey’s side-foot finish setting them on their way.Aleksandr Golovin levelled with a sublime free-kick before Lacazette, who has recovered from a knee injury, made it 2-1 with a penalty after Mesut Ozil was fouled by Georgi Schennikov. Ramsey produced a brilliant third with an instinctive volleyed flick, with Lacazette adding a fourth after being picked out by the outstanding Ozil.Arsenal were unable to add to their tally in the second half but they will head to Russia’s capital for the second leg next Thursday with a commanding lead.Arsenal, who have won five successive games in all competitions, should have triumphed by a more handsome margin in what was a cracking match.Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed a great chance early in the second half, while Ramsey fired over the bar after keeper Igor Akinfeev had spilled the ball into his path.Ramsey’s hopes of a hat-trick disappeared when his curling 77th-minute shot hit the post.Nevertheless, Arsene Wenger’s side will be confident of reaching the semi-finals of a competition that provides a team sixth in the Premier League – 13 points off fourth place with seven games left – with their most realistic chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.Arsenal are certainly warming to the Europa League, collecting their eighth win from 11 games in the competition, scoring 27 times and conceding eight.Assuming there is no second-leg upset in Russia, they still need to negotiate a two-legged semi-final to reach the final in Lyon on 16 May.Yet the way they dismantled CSKA, who started their European campaign in the Champions League, was impressive although victory came at a cost.Wenger confirmed after the game that keeper David Ospina, who suffered an ankle injury on the eve of the game, will be out for between two and three weeks while Mkhitaryan, who was substituted, will miss Sunday’s game against Southampton with a damaged knee.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is confident he can handle the expectation of being the first-choice striker at the Stadium of Light.The 25-year-old is currently the club’s only fit forward following Darren Bent’s move to Aston Villa, and injury to Danny Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell.“I don’t doubt my quality, whether I am playing with two strikers or just one,” Gyan told BBC Newcastle.“I think my game is impressive so far, and it’s a good thing for the team.”The Ghana international has responded well thus far, taking his goal tally for the season to 10 in 28 appearances with the opener in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, before Michael Dawson and Niko Kranjcar secured all three points for the visitors.However, defeat means the Wearsiders have now lost three straight games. “It’s sad that we have lost three games in a row, but the whole team is playing well,” Gyan added.“Unfortunately we concede silly goals, but if we keep on concentrating on the game then we can do much better because we are playing good football.”Sunderland signed Gyan from French Ligue 1 club Rennes in August 2010 for a club record fee of £13m.Source: BBC
Deputy Sports Minister calls for reforms in national teams’ travel arrangementsDeputy Sports Minister calls for reforms in national teams’ travel arrangements
The Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports has called for major reforms in Ghana sports; emphasising on “international engagements”.Paul Enam Hadzide said matters relating to travelling of the national teams need major needs to be looked at to save the country’s name. Speaking to sports programme, Joy Sports Link on Joy FM Saturday, Mr Hadzide said the changes should start with the country’s national teams.“We have to drive major reforms…even before the Commonwealth Games, we had started pushing for some reforms as far as the travel of national teams and federations are concerned.”I think that we should push hard on it and ensure strict compliance,” he told host Nathaniel Attoh.His comment comes a month after he was reinstated by President Nana Akufo-Addo following police investigations which cleared the minister of any wrongdoing in the Commonwealth Visa Scandal. At least 50 persons who claimed to be journalists and were in Australia to cover the Commonwealth Games were arrested and repatriated for bearing false identities.Related: Deputy Sports Minister, Acting NSA DG suspended over visa scandalIt was not clear at the time how the suspects obtained visas to travel out of the country.Reports suggested some officials from the National Sports Authority as well as the ministry facilitated the fraudulent visa acquisitions for them.The incident embarrassed the country with the Australian authorities said to be tightening travel arrangements for otherwise genuine Ghanaians who may be travelling to Australia for business and or pleasure. Related: Akufo-Addo reinstates Deputy Sports Minister, NSA Board ChairMr Hadzide was subsequently suspended and later reinstated by the President after full investigations into the matter.Mr Hadzide added that the Sports Minister himself, Isaac Kwame Asiamah is working to ensure that there are changes in the sports sector.“…when we met the federations some time ago he announced a 10 point agenda a shift from the status quo was what we were pushing. We need to make sure that we enforce those our regulations to the latter,” he said.Watch the video of the discussion below:
LA Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell downplays right foot injuryLA Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell downplays right foot injury
HONOLULU >> The positive vibes that stemmed from a warm climate, pleasant beaches and training camp optimism dissipated. Instead, the Lakers experienced a development Thursday that has been a depressing theme throughout three trying seasons.Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell missed the end of day’s two-hour morning session at Stan Sheriff Center because of a bone bruise in his right foot. Russell does not know how the injury happened, but his optimism turned true that he would play in the team’s evening session, which was closed to the media. “I feel fine,” said Russell, who said he just needs to ice his foot. “It’s just a little bruise.”Still, Russell conducted his post-practice interview sitting on a chair. Moments later, Russell walked off the court with a noticeable limp. The success or failure of Kobe Bryant’s 20th NBA season won’t rest on what he does in training camp. But the Lakers’ star still showed some promising moves during portions of “>Thursday’s morning scrimmage that was open to reporters. At small forward, Bryant sank most of his mid-range jumpers and threw crisp passes to teammates. Bryant also dunked softly with two hands on a fast break.“That’s his hot spots,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Bryant. “If we can get him on the elbow, mid-wing and mid-post, he can be so effective for us as he was today. He was making shots, making passes and making plays for other guys.”Bryant sat out of the Lakers’ evening session for the second consecutive day, using that time for treatment and rest. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Russell played in portions of the Lakers’ full-court scrimmage that was open to reporters, showing off a mix of scoring and passing. He also completed some light shooting drills afterwards. But Russell sat out of the Lakers’ sprinting exercises.• VIDEO: Lakers writer Mark Medina recaps Day 3 of training camp in HawaiiLast season, the Lakers fielded a roster that missed an NBA-record 324 games due to injury. The Lakers have a combined 827 games because of injuries the past three seasons. Still, Russell maintains he will not become one of those casualties.“Five more hours, I’m ready to go,” Russell joked. Highlight reel
Will the Giants trade Madison Bumgarner? ‘It’s impossible to say’Will the Giants trade Madison Bumgarner? ‘It’s impossible to say’
“I just figured, until they take (the Giants uniform) away from me, I’m not going to think about it that way,” Bumgarner said. “Mindset is a big thing for me. I feel like that’s a negative light on what we’re trying to do, because we’re trying to win. I’m not focused on whether it’s my last start or not or whether they’re going to decide to make moves or not.”The Yankees, Twins, Brewers, Braves and Astros have all been linked to a potential deal for Bumgarner. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the Giants were still evaluating their options when he spoke with reporters over the weekend.”It’s impossible to say what the next 10 days are going to present, both in terms of what our opportunity to contend is going to be and continue to be and what opportunities the market is going to present,” Zaidi said, via MLB.com. Related News Bumgarner holds a 5-7 record with a 3.65 ERA in 21 starts so far this season.“I feel like I’ve done a good job of blocking it out,” Bumgarner told MLB.com about the trade rumors earlier this month. “Sometimes it’s easier said than done, obviously. But winning solves everything. I’m just trying to win the game. It doesn’t matter what may or may not happen. All we can control is what’s going on right now.”The four-time All-Star has spent his entire 11-year MLB career with San Francisco. He has won three World Series and taken home two Silver Sluggers during his time with the team. MLB trade rumors: Mets believe they can ‘still get a solid return’ for Zack Wheeler despite injury MLB trade rumors: Red Sox could pursue White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson MLB trade rumors: Are the Yankees interested in Rangers starter Mike Minor? The Giants’ trade deadline plans remain unclear.San Francisco was expected to be sellers this month and was reportedly planning to move ace Madison Bumgarner. The team, however, has won eight of its last nine and entered play Monday just 2 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot.