Big match called off, APOEL hit six in eventful weekend in Cyprus

first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouIt was an eventful weekend in the Cyprus football championship with the top game between Apollon and Anorthosis never kicking off due to security reasons. Elsewhere, champions APOEL hit six past AEL – becoming the highest scoring team in Europe – and staying top of the league while AEL’S coach resigned.The eagerly-anticipated clash between Apollon and Anorthosis had to be called off by the referee 75 minutes after the scheduled kick-off as the person in charge of security at the Tsirion stadium could not guarantee the safety of players or officials.The problem started when the Anorthosis fans, who were fenced in a specific part of the main stand, broke down the barriers, brushed aside the ground stewards and entered the pitch (through an unlocked door!). According to Apollon president Kirzis, the visiting fans then attacked his players and members of the coaching staff.Trouble was brewing throughout last week when Apollon announced the number of tickets allocated for the visiting fans. Anorthosis’ complaints fell on deaf ears and the disagreement continued on social media and fanzine radio stations with tension among fans rising.The Cyprus Football Association’s disciplinary committee will now have to decide whether to award the three points to Apollon or have the game re-scheduled. A similar incident happened a couple of years ago in a game between AEL and APOEL and the committee decided then that the game be re-scheduled.In the other big weekend game, APOEL hit six past hapless AEL turning what many expected to be a close game into a walk in the park for the home side. Argentinian striker Fernando Cavenaghi grabbed his first hat-trick in Cyprus with Efraim scoring twice, the second a peach of a shot from 25 metres out. Midfielder Artymatas got APOEL’s other goal.It could have been much worse for the visitors had APOEL not taken their foot off the pedal with 30 minutes still on the clock, but it was enough for AEL’s Christakis Christophorou to resign from his post as head coach the following day.In the other games, Paphos FC outplayed Ethnikos Achnas from start to finish and recorded an easy 3-0 win.The scorers for the Paphos outfit were Gelasvili, Maachi and Grigarasvili.Omonia had to dig deep to overcome Ermis Aradippou 1-0. The only goal of the game came from Roushias early in the second half after an inviting cross by Kirm.On Saturday, Ayia Napa twice came back from behind to steal a point against Doxa Katokopias. Doxa had taken the lead through Edmar with Doxa’s Femar equalising on the half-hour mark. A Mertakkas own goal before the break restored the visitors lead but Antoniou salvaged a point for Ayia Napa early in the second half. Ayia Napa remain the only team still without a win as Aris, the only other winless team util the weekend, fought to beat Enosis Neon Paralimni 2-1. The winning goal was scored by Aurelio from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute.In the final game of the round on Monday night, AEK blew the chance to join APOEL at the top of the table when they were surprisingly beaten 2-1 at home in Larnaca by Nea Salamina.last_img read more

Ramsay, Woodland shore up T1 clubs

first_imgNFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Ramsay scored for the Azkals in the 2-1 win over the Maldives last month, after playing all 30 league matches for Sukhothai, where he contributed five goals and six assists.Woodland who can play at midfield and in defense, played only 16 matches for Kuala Lumpur FC in Malaysia before he was released early this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Thai League allows three Southeast Asian players per club with Filipinos as the most preferred by teams. Last season, 17 Filipinos were part of T1 clubs. INQ CONTRIBUTED PHOTONational team standouts Iain Ramsay and Luke Woodland will shore up two Thai League One clubs next season after completing their transfers recently.Ramsay, who had a strong campaign with relegation battle survivor Sukhothai last season, has moved to Prachuap FC, a club that finished ninth in the 16-team T1, while Woodland joined Ratchaburi Mitr Pohl, where Manny Ott, Amin Nazari and Javier Patiño played last season.ADVERTISEMENT Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption LATEST STORIES View comments Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down PH bidding to make Asian championship a Tokyo Olympics qualifying event Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’last_img read more

Police secure persons of interest names

first_img14-year-old murderAs Police continue their investigation into the murder of Malika Hamilton, 14, whose body was found in a canal at Hope, East Coast Demerara, they have managed to gather a list with the names of males with whom theMurdered: Malika Hamiltonyoung woman was last seen.A senior Police official in C Division told Guyana Times that over the next few days they are expected to interview those on the list with the intention of getting a breakthrough.He also stated that Police are in close contact with the relatives of the deceased teenager as they might also gather information that could help in the probe. The official is also calling on the public to assist, since there are persons who saw the teenager after she left home.To date no one has been arrested.On Friday the post-mortem proved that the teen was strangled and sustained blunt trauma to the head. It is believed that the teenager might have been strangled and struck to the head before she was thrown into the canal.Due to the fact that the post-mortem revealed that she drowned, it means she was alive when she was thrown into the canal.Hamilton of Lot 11 Two Friends Village, ECD, was last seen in the company of two boys; however, the boys reportedly told her family that they dropped her off at a canal in the village, claiming that she wanted to visit her grandmother.Hamilton never showed up and after several calls to family enquiring of her whereabouts, the matter was reported to the Police. The family then launched a search on Monday evening but came up empty handed.The search resumed on Tuesday and it was then the discovery was made. Immediately the body was pulled from the canal, relatives suggested that foul play was involved.They are working closely with the Police to find the perpetrators.last_img read more

City businesses foresee bleak Christmas

first_imgBusiness owners each year look forward to the Christmas season, as that is the time when business booms, however this is definitely not the case this Christmas.Vendors plying their trade on Regent StreetA walk around the capital City with several stops at business establishments revealed the reality, which was evident on the faces of many proprietors.Guyana Times took to the busy Regent Street and from all indications it seemed as though a blue Christmas is looming.Many business owners refused to elaborate but were quick to highlight “business is slow, nothing ain’t happening!”One Indian national, who has been in Guyana for over four years, said that he has seen a decline every year but that this year is the worst thus far.He noted that most persons are window shopping instead of buying anything: “I don’t know if it is because there is so much competition now with the Chinese being able to sell way cheaper but business is dead, dead!”A floral vendor relayed that if not for her regular customers, she would not be getting any sales: “Right now business is not the way it would usually be, what we are accustom to, we are not getting it, it is pretty slow because the people are not shopping much.”A single mother who has been plying her trade on Regent Street for a number of years is hopeful that business picks up by next week as she is hoping to provide a joyous Christmas for her children.When asked what they think might be the reason for the drop in sales, most business owners highlighted that it is getting harder to live and make a living in Guyana because of the bad economic circumstances.They voiced their dissatisfaction with the present situation, expressing fear for the coming years if things do not change.Some business owners are however keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that as it gets closer to Christmas, sales will pick up and can at least shine some light on their Christmas trees.last_img read more

Opposition continues consultation with civil society organisations

first_imgGECOM Chairman sagaLeader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo, on Wednesday continued consultations with civil society organisations on President David Granger’s “unilateral, illegal and unconstitutional appointment of a GECOM Chairman”.The consultations are being held at the Office of the Opposition Leader on Church Street in Queenstown, Georgetown. Wednesday’s gathering (seen in photos) comprised representatives of women, youth, Amerindian, among several other non-governmental organisations.Over the coming weeks, the Leader of the Opposition will continue to meet various stakeholders countrywide. On Tuesday, he met representatives from the Guyana Trades Union Congress (TUC), the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) and Private Sector bodies.last_img

Ingwe receive timely Wafula boost

first_img“We trained today in the morning (Tuesday) since we arrived from South Africa and I’m happy to say that Wafula will be available for the return leg but (Allan) Wanga is still fighting it out with his injury but we will see by the end of the week how he will be doing,” Nandwa told.The Harambee Stars assistant tactician was however, not happy after five of his key charges were called by his boss Adel Amrouche, for national duty for Stars in their Wednesday’s FIFA International friendly against Sudan, saying it will affect their game plan.First choice keeper Wycliffe Kasaya, right back James Situma, midfielder Peter Opiyo, forwards Paul Were and Jacob Keli, all reported to the national team camp at Safaricom Kasarani Stadium ahead of their Tuesday night departure.“We tried to plead with Football Kenya Federation to pull out our players since we have little time to prepare for our Confederations Cup, but they declined saying it’s a national issue and they must take part.“We were left with no option but to release them and hope they don’t pick injuries, the good thing is I will be traveling along with them while the rest will keep on with the training under Mickey Weche,” he added.This move has forced Ingwe to move their second leg tie to Sunday to at least give them ample time to prepare.Ingwe who lost 2-0 to Matsatsantsa in the opening leg, will have to net three goals and keep a clean sheet to advance to the second round, something that Nandwa says is achievable.“We want to settle in the match as quickly as possible and score goals in the first 15 minutes, I know it’s possible since their defence is shaky.“We played very well in South Africa considering we were away after creating many chances so I believe we can overturn the results since we have the advantage of playing at our home ground.”Leopards will also see dependable midfielder Opiyo, play in the crunch after missing the first leg since his travel documents were being held by the embassy of the country he had gone for trials.Their opponents SuperSport United are due to arrive in the country in the course of the week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 4 – AFC Leopards have been boosted by the return of forward Noah Wafula, ahead of their Sunday CAF Confederations Cup first round return leg tie against PSL side SuperSport United at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.The winger was sidelined for six weeks after picking a groin injury while the team was at pre-season in Mumias early January, but head coach James Nandwa, confirmed to Capital Sport the striker has fully recovered.last_img read more

LBCC men win Palomar tourney title in volleyball

first_imgBiola 7, Dixie State 3 Jordan Litle (1-0) , Greg Matson and Derek Dietzen combined on an eight-hitter to help the Eagles (3-0) complete a series sweep in Utah. Hawkins Gebbers homered for Biola. Cal State L.A. 8-2, Cal State Dominguez Hills 2-2 The Toros (0-3-1) fell in the opener of a home doubleheader before gaining a tie in the finale, which was called after 6 1/2 innings due to darkness. Michael Craig hit a two-run homer for CSUDH’s runs in the first game. Gus Hernandez allowed two runs on four hits for the Toros in the nightcap, in which Craig added a solo homer. Men’s basketballUC Riverside 82, Cal State Fullerton 76 Larry Cunningham (Downey High) scored a career-high 34 points – all in the second half – as the Highlanders (5-17, 1-7) upset the visiting Titans (16-5, 6-3) in a Big West Conference game. Women’s basketballChapman 68, Biola 61 Chapman (17-5) overcame a 34-23 halftime deficit to beat the visiting Eagles (9-13), as Nicole Hayman totaled 33 points for the winners. Megann Alberts had 24 points and 19 rebounds for Biola. UCLA 75, Oregon State 65 Noelle Quinn had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the visiting Bruins (13-12, 7-6) over the Beavers (8-13, 3-9) in Pac-10 play. Oregon 73, USC 63 Chloe Kerr and Jamie Hagiya each had 12 points for the visiting Trojans (14-9, 8-5) in a Pac-10 loss to the Ducks (13-9, 5-7). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Long Beach City College men’s volleyball team won the Palomar Tournament title Saturday, finishing off its day with a 30-28 victory over the San Diego All-Stars in the championship round. The Vikings lost to Moorpark to begin pool play, but then beat San Diego City and the S.D. All-Stars to reach the quarterfinals. Then LBCC beat San Diego Mesa, 30-15, and defeated Palomar in the semifinals, 30-23. The Vikings rallied from a 21-16 deficit in the final. Long Beach City will host Orange Coast on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in its first regular-season match. center_img BaseballChaffey 7, Long Beach City 2 Brian Lewis pitched five innings and combined with two relievers on a six-hitter to help visiting Chaffey top Long Beach City in a nonconference game. Lewis allowed an unearned run and four hits in five frames, after which Garrett Hodges tossed three hitless innings and Andrew Steinmeyer allowed a run in the ninth. Mychal Johnson went 4 for 5 for Chaffey (5-1) and Gary Severson went 3 for 5. Sean Beckley had a double and single for the Vikings (0-6) and Curtis Thompson had a triple and single. LBCC starter Josh Williams allowed six runs – but only one earned – on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings. last_img read more

USC basketball: Trojans in tough stretch

first_img“If we can get the next twowins, we’ll be tied for firstplace,” Lodrick Stewart said. “We know how big this game is for our program. “We’re going to come out fighting.” Tough matchup: Aaron Brooks could be the most difficult player in the conference for USC to guard. The Oregon point guard, who leads the Pac-10 with 18.9points per game, is small (6-foot) and super quick with a scorer’s mentality. He scored 31points against the Trojans last month. USC’s point guards Gabe Pruitt (6-4) and Daniel Hackett (6-5) are both taller and slower. There’s no one on the team that can duplicate Brooks’ speed in practice the way Ryan Francis could last year. “He’s so short to the ground and has a lot of quickness with the ball,” Pruitt said. “Being a taller guard, it’s tough for me to guard smaller guards like that, but I’ve been doing it for a while. I try to use my length. I don’t want to get too close where he can get by me or too far back where he can shoot, so I try to use my length and play in between.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The next three games will determine whether USC is a contender for the Pacific-10 Conference title, a middle seed in the NCAA Tournament or a team on the bubble. There might not be a tougher three-game stretch in any conference in the nation. USC starts with No. 9 Oregon today at Galen Center, then goes on the road to No. 5 UCLA and No. 20 Arizona. The Ducks don’t figure to go down quietly, coming off a loss to UCLA and angry over USC’s 84-82 win in Eugene that spoiled their 13-0 start. With five of its past sevenconference games on the road, a win over Oregon would allow USC to have a few bumps on the road and still make the NCAA Tournament. “We’re going out there with the mind-set that we got to get a win,” Nick Young said. “They’re tough. They’re a powerhouse program. We kind of snuck one out there in Oregon. We got to protect our home court (today).” The Trojans enter this stretch with a record of 17-6 and in a three-way tie for second in the Pac-10 at 7-3. A win over Oregon would set up one of the biggest basketball games ever between USC and UCLA on Wednesday, with first place in the Pac-10 on the line. A loss wouldn’t be devastating to the Trojans’ tournament hopes, but would put the team in a dangerous position. center_img With such difficult away games to follow, the Trojans are looking at today’s game as a must-win. On Thursday, Floyd said beating Oregon is “not an opportunity as much as it is a necessity.” last_img read more

Bosco Tech gets title with forfeit

first_imgBosco Tech, ranked No. 7 in the CIF-Southern Section Division VI, clinched the school’s first league title since the 2002-2003 season, when the Tigers competed in the Del Rey League. “I don’t think we expected to clinch league like this,” Lemos said. “But it’s still an accomplishment to win league, even like this.” Any chance the Arcadia boys had of repeating as Pacific League champions might have been lost last Friday. Despite building a 2-0 halftime lead against host Glendale (4-10-3, 3-7-2), the Apaches (11-6-5, 7-3-2) were unable to close out a weaker league foe and lost, 3-2. Marshall took a giant step toward an Olympic League title by knocking off visiting Paraclete of Lancaster, 2-0, last Friday. “Our game was scheduled for three o’clock,” Bosco Tech coach Alex Lemos said. “(Mary Star) called us at 2:30 p.m. and said that they were going to be late. So we waited until about 4:15, 4:20, when the officials called the game.” The Stars arrived at 4:25 p.m. The Eagles (11-3-3) can clinch the league title by defeating host Cerritos Valley Christian High today at 3:15 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img ROSEMEAD – Sometimes the best things in life are free, and that includes a Camino Real League-clinching win for the Bosco Tech boys soccer team. The Tigers (15-3-2, 7-1-1), the No. 2 team in the Star-News, were awarded a 1-0 forfeit victory over visiting Mary Star of the Sea of San Pedro on Monday after the Stars showed up slightly after visiting hour was over. last_img read more

6-year-old child left tied up and sweltering in hot car

first_imgCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Investigators found a crying 6-year-old boy tied up in a sweltering car at a suburban restaurant after employees reported seeing a man take the child outside and return without him to finish eating. Police believe the boy, whose name was not released, was tied up for about 30 minutes while the outside temperature was in the 80s Saturday in Ringgold, Ga., about 13 miles southeast of Chattanooga, Sgt. John Gass said Tuesday. “He was sitting up in between the two front seats and he was crying,” Gass said. “He had a rope tied to one of his ankles. The child was just sweating, just soaking.” The boy’s mother, Rachel Gilchrist, 35, and her companion, Raymond Minchew, 61, both of Sandy Springs, Ga., were arrested Saturday and charged with cruelty to children and concealing a weapon. Police found a handgun in the car. Gilchrist remained in custody Tuesday at the jail in Catoosa County, Ga. Minchew was released Monday on $5,000 bail. The couple contended the boy had misbehaved, although witnesses at the Cracker Barrel restaurant disagreed, Gass said. “It doesn’t matter what the child did. No child needs to be taken out and put in a vehicle, left alone and put in the heat,” Gass said. He said the boy was placed in state protective custody. 160Want 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