Kuridrani gives Australia last gasp win over Springboks

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyTevita Kuridrani scored a last gasp try to give Australia a dramatic 24-20 victory over South Africa in their Rugby Championship opener at Lang Park on Saturday.The centre crashed over the line in a scrum of bodies after the hooter had sounded and it fell to the television match official to adjudge that he had grounded the ball.The Springboks had looked like securing a win on the back of a brilliant defensive effort and tries from lock Eben Etzebeth and debutant centre Jesse Kriel as well as 10 points from the boot of flyhalf Handre Pollard.Australia stayed in the contest, though, with a first half try from winger Adam Ashley-Cooper and flanker Michael Hooper got them within range of the victory with another six minutes from time.It was a first win in four Tests for Australia and will give Wallabies fans hope that coach Michael Cheika can construct a competitive side for the World Cup in England later this year.South Africa, who were without a string of top players and lost skipper Victor Matfield in the 18th minute to a hamstring strain, will count themselves unlucky to leave Australia without a point as they head home to face the All Blacks next week.The experimental Springbok back row of Schalk Burger, Francois Louw and Marcell Coetzee was outstanding, defending manfully and forcing turnover after turnover at the breakdown.The visitors looked assured and well organised from the start and although Pollard hit the upright with his first penalty attempt, he made no mistake with the next two to give them a 6-0 lead in the 25th minute.The Wallabies were finding holes in the defensive line but were struggling to exploit them as the South African loose forwards were that much quicker to the ball.They finally got on the scoreboard in the 34th minute when Matt Giteau took the ball at first receiver and his no-look inside pass sent Ashley-Cooper on his way to the line, the experienced winger touching down at the second attempt.The lead lasted just four minutes, however, before a Pollard cross-kick was batted back by winger Bryan Habana and fullback Willie le Roux’s pass allowed Etzebeth to touch down in the corner.Pollard converted to send the Springboks into halftime 13-7 in front and they moved further ahead four minutes after the break when Kriel weaved his way through three defenders to score in the left-hand corner.Flanker David Pocock then came onto the pitch for his first Test in three years to join Michael Hooper in the back row and the Wallabies were immediately more competitive in the tackle area.Flyhalf Quade Cooper missed a penalty with a poor kick after the Wallabies pack had won a rare decision at the scrum, however, and the Springboks continued to defend fiercely and contest every breakdown.The Wallabies continued to hammer away at the wall of green shirts, though, and finally found a way through six minutes from time when Hooper barged over the line to set up the dramatic finale.last_img read more

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O’Sullivan treats crowd at ‘hellhole’ venue to 15th career 147

first_imgTwo days after Ronnie O’Sullivan described the venue as a “hellhole”, the five-time world champion treated the crowd at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley to the 15th maximum break of his career.The 147 sealed O’Sullivan’s 4-0 victory over Allan Taylor in the second round of the English Open.Earlier in the week O’Sullivan complained that he could smell urine in the player interview area and criticised event organisers for not separating the tournament from other sports being played at the leisure centre.But the TV table at least seemed to be playing perfectly as the 42-year-old potted blacks with each of the 15 reds before clearing the colours, despite claiming to be “twitching” on shots.“I did think about it from the first red because I thought I’ve got to try and do something in this match to get myself excited,” O’Sullivan told Eurosport.“From about 40-odd I was in bits, I was twitching all over the gaff. My back arm was like a bit of fish, flapping all over the gaff and then they’ve (fellow players) all gone quiet to watch the max and I thought, ‘That’s the worst thing you can do, just carry on playing, make some noise, do something’.“When it went too quiet you felt the pressure is on you even more. I didn’t even fancy potting that (last) black to be honest with you, I was feeling it.”O’Sullivan, who also made a break of 135 in the second frame, added: “I felt sorry for Allan out there because you could see he was struggling, he’s a lot better player than that. I think the conditions and just being on the TV table got to him a bit.“I got a bit fortunate earlier on, I missed quite a few balls. We both did and my bad was a bit better than his bad.”O’Sullivan will play either Jimmy White or Matthew Stevens in the third round.last_img read more

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Apoel and Apollon stumble to draws in title race

first_imgWith just three games to go before the end of the season and the two championship contenders, Apoel and Apollon, dropped further points giving third-placed AEK a glimmer of hope of taking the title as they now trail by six points. In the relegation scrap Pafos FC pulled well clear of the danger zone leaving Doxa, Alki and Enosis Neon Paralimniou to fight it out as to which team will join Ermis Aradippou in the second division, with Enosis the team in the worst position.Apoel missed another great chance to pull clear at the top as they went down 1-0 to 10-man AEK at the Arena stadium in Larnaca. This was the seventh time the two sides have met this season and the seventh time the champions were unable to win, a bleak record for Apoel that left their coach Paolo Tramezzani bemused at the end of the game.“We are bitterly disappointed we did not even take a point from this game,” he said.AEK created precious little, especially in the second half, and the winning goal, in the 66th minute by defender Gonzalez was their only attempt on goal. However they did have to play the final 30 minutes with ten men after Acoran received his marching orders for a reckless tackle on Apoel’s Souza. However apart for a last gasp effort by Apoel’s de Vincenti that came off the crossbar the Larnaca side were rarely troubled as Tramezzani’s side was found lacking in the final third of the game for yet another game. Apollon missed a great chance of moving to within a point of Apoel as they could only draw 1-1 with AEL in the Limassol derby.The first half was highly entertaining with both sides throwing caution to the wind and attacking in numbers. AEL managed to take the lead in the 19th minute through Ion Gaztanaga and kept the lead until the break.In the second half Apollon took control of the game and in the 53rd minute it seemed the tide was turning in their favour as they were awarded a penalty and at the same time their opponents were reduced to ten men as Anganovic was shown a second yellow card.However Zelaya’s spot-kick was saved by AEL goalkeeper Vozinia.Apollon continued to press forward and were finally rewarded when Yuste equalised with 15 minutes still to play.Despite a frantic finish AEL managed to hold onto the point with the biggest chance falling to Bru in the final minute of added time.Alki found it tough against relegated Ermis Aradippou who took the lead through Constantinou.Alki managed to equalise just after the hour mark through Fylaktou while Dushko Trajchevski fired in the winner four minutes from the end.In a highly-entertaining game in Pafos, Pafos FC secured the three points thanks to Nemec’s winning goal in the 74th minute.Papafotis had given Doxa the lead with a long-range strike but a brace by Cools had given the Pafos team a half-time lead.Bolievic restored parity midway into the second half before Nemec hit the winner.Enosis Neon Paralimniou and Anorthosis took a point each in a 2-2 draw in Paralimni.Two players, Anorthosis’ Ruben Rayios and Enosis’ Ioannis Pittas, scored in each half with Rayios’ equaliser coming five minutes from the end, denying Enosis what would have been a well-deserved win.Nea Salamina beat Omonia 5-2 in the final game of the round on Monday night.last_img read more

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Dr. Sawyer’s Adult Literacy Initiative

first_imgAs he approached his 70th birthday, which he celebrated on Sunday and Monday, June 15 and 16, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, his wife Comfort and their many friends and associates wondered what they should do that could have a lasting impact on other people. After all, the good Lord had blessed Sawyer to achieve the biblical promise of three scores and ten, and he thought it would be proper to do something special for God and people. So during the Thanksgiving Service at Sawyer’s church, St. Stephen Episcopal, he and his friends announced that to commemorate his 70th they would organize an adult literacy program to empower illiterate and semi-illiterate people in the immediate St. Stephen community in reading, writing and numbers. The crowded St. Stephen parish responded to this selfless gesture with thunderous applause. They felt that Dr. Sawyer was doing the most appropriate thing on his birthday, by focusing not just on himself, but on his fellow human beings, for “that was the way the Master [Jesus] went.” Jesus’ Heavenly Father had empowered Him in spectacular and unique ways, so He “went about doing good” to anyone He could find—the blind, hungry, lame, the poor, imprisoned and marginalized, the lepers, sick, possessed and even the dead, to whom He restored life again. Above all, He paid the supreme sacrifice by dying on the cross to redeem us from our sins and reunite us with God.Yes, Jesus used power for good. See how many of us whom God has blessed with some power use it to put other people down, to sideline them, to humiliate them, to mean them with the things we don’t even want or need anymore, to crush, persecute and even kill.In yesterday’s Editorial we mentioned, as we often do, some of such African leaders who use their God-given power not for good, but for evil against their own people, forcing survivors into exile in the very countries that once colonized them, or elsewhere. How ironic, how sad, how heartbreaking!Well, Amos Sawyer, too, felt that the good Lord had blessed him in many special ways—making him a highly successful student, teacher and political scientist who rose to national leadership—Chairman of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU), and international recognition. Just last month he was in Nigeria presiding over the team of international observers in Nigeria’s presidential elections. At home, he has presided over the Governance Commission and steered the nation through a process that will share the enormous power of the presidency with the people, so that Liberians will, at long last, experience for real that first line in their Constitution—“All power is inherent in the people.” We pray that soon the Legislature will take the necessary action to make this dream a reality. So, in the thinking of the Psalmist, Sawyer asked himself, “What shall I render to the Lord for all his goodness and loving kindness toward me? “I will,” he responded, “take up the cup of salvation . . . and pay my vows to God now, in the presence of all his people . . .”Part of that vow, Sawyer said last Sunday, is helping empower the powerless—those who suffer the disadvantage, indignity and pain of being unlettered (illiterate).One of Sawyer’s fellow St. Stephen parishioners, who chairs the Board of Alfalit, Liberia’s leading adult literacy provider, arranged a meeting with himself, Alfalit Executive Director, Rev. Emmanuel Giddings and Dr. Sawyer, to see how Alfalit could help. Alfalit has taught reading, writing and numbers to tens of thousands in all 15 counties and aims at making Liberia one day 100% literate.Dr. Sawyer happily welcomed the Alfalit team and pledged to connect them with his own team to bring “synergy” (combined action or mutually advantageous cooperation) to the cause and expand it beyond the ninth, 10th, 11th and 12 Streets, Sinkor, St Stephen’s immediate neighborhood, where thousands of unlettered people live. We pray that all people of goodwill will join this noble cause and help promote the unrelenting advance of adult literacy throughout Liberia.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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Morning Star Defeats Carlisha FC 2-0

first_imgLemon-green boys of Morning Star during the weekend got their fourth straight win against Carlisha FC at the Bakar Fence sports pitch in Paynesville in Monrovia.Striker Luis Brown got the opening goal in the 10th minute through his timely response to a left volley cross from a team-mate.Fredrick Dennis made it 2-0 when the midfielder’s shot in the 18-yard beat Carlisha’s goalkeeper.Morning Star struck 3-0 when substitute RalphGeorge’s spot pitch made sure that victory was certain in the 63rd minute.Morning Star now has twelfth points, twelfth goals out of four matches.In another championship match, two penalty goals from Nimely Doe saw Neaco FC defeating Pags FC in the day’s second encounter.A hand ball and foul committed by Pags FC in the 8th and 16th minutes respectively led to Doe’s two penalty goals in the first half.Dominant display by Pags FC in the second half resulted to a penalty but Neaco FC’s goalkeeper Pius Nagbe made sure that the ball did not pass him to enter the goal.Elsewhere, Muscat FC dumped Margobeni FC at the Tusa field 4-0 in their fourth championship match.Two goals from midfielder Arku Morris and a goal each from Darlington Sumo and Clarence Washington were enough for the away boys to secure acomfortable victory.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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Police search for killer of church school assistant

first_imgAlberto Molina Jr. got off work at midnight June 15 and was in a hurry to get to a friend’s birthday party in Pacoima, despite his mother’s protests. He quickly showered, jumped into jeans, threw on a polo shirt and told his mom not to worry, he’d be home soon. It was the last time she saw him alive. He was shot in the heart about an hour later when someone, possibly a gang member, started firing after Molina tried to pat him down for weapons at the party’s entrance. “He’s in the front of the party and the alcohol and the NOX is going on in the back,” Barron said. “As the suspect approaches … Molina indicates in a friendly manner that he’s going to pat him down. As he’s going to pat him down, the suspect pulls out a gun and shoots him. “He was just a kid making it through. Working this was like a second job for him.” Born in Burbank to a construction-worker father and a seamstress mother, Molina worked as a manager of a catering company, his sister said. A baseball fanatic, he played the game until he was 17. He loved it so much that his family dressed him in a Dodgers jersey for his funeral. After he died, his mother rearranged his trophies in his room, hoping to make his accomplishments more visible. He had a steady girlfriend, Delmy Delgado, 19, whom he met at John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley. They talked about getting married someday. “Most of the time, we were together,” said Delgado, adding that Molina had volunteered to help her out in the school’s leadership program and the Senior Council. “He was such a great person. He was always trying to help my family out. He was always just so caring. I really, really miss him.” Mayra Molina said she can’t believe that her brother – a teacher’s assistant at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Sun Valley, who carried a candle during Mass as an altar boy – was the victim of gang violence. About every other day, she said, she calls the detectives hoping for news of an arrest. “We’re still in denial,” she said. “We’re never going to see him again.” jason.kandel@dailynews.com (818) 713-3635160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Mayra Molina saw her brother’s lifeless body at Pacifica Hospital of the Valley hours later, she and her parents broke down. “It looked like he was sleeping. He was still warm,” she said. “I hugged him and I asked him to wake up. I just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe my brother was dead.” As family members recalled the former altar boy, who was not a gang member, police are continuing to search for his killer – described as a thin Latino between 16 and 18 years old with a shaved head, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8, wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants. Molina, 20, had been working security at the party, Los Angeles police Detective Pat Barron said. More than 150 people showed up. Even though there were bags of nitrous oxide being sold out the back door, Barron said it appeared Molina had nothing to do with that. last_img read more

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Police rescue baby trapped in car

first_imgTORRANCE: Mother said she forgot the child was inside as she went into store because it was sleeping quietly. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER Police rescued an infant who was hot, red and crying in a locked minivan while her mother shopped in Torrance, officers said Thursday. “The child was sweating and appeared to be in distress,” Crespin said. The temperature at 6:30 p.m. in Torrance was not available, but the National Weather Service said the high in midafternoon was 82 degrees. “I could see a baby crying and there was lots of trash all over the floor in the van,” said Joe Dominguez, a Hawthorne resident who called 911. An officer reached his arm through the open window and forced open the sliding door, Crespin said. “The baby was very hot, but stopped crying when the officer held her,” Crespin said. Paramedics arrived and checked the baby’s condition. When the mother returned with her two other children, she said she had forgotten the baby was inside, Crespin said. It was unclear how long the infant was in the van before police were called. Dominguez said the Mervyns store manager made an announcement over the public address system but no one came out. When the mother finally emerged from the store, she was not arrested. However, police are conducting an investigation, Crespin said. The baby was returned to her. “Obviously with the heat we just went through, this could have been a very critical situation for the young kid,” the officer said. Dominguez said that had it been hotter, onlookers would have broken a window and freed the child themselves. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The mother, who returned to her vehicle 20 minutes after police arrived and forced open the vehicle, told officers she forgot the infant was inside because she had fallen asleep and was quiet, Torrance police officer Dave Crespin said. The girl appeared to be less than a year old, he said. Shoppers called police at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday when they saw the baby crying in the locked Honda Odyssey in the north parking lot at Mervyns on Hawthorne Boulevard. A rear vent window was open about an inch, but the rest of the windows were closed. The baby was secured in a child safety seat in the middle of the van. last_img read more

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Afghan road risky even near capital

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.We were driving only 45 miles south of the capital, Kabul, on Highway 1, Afghanistan’s main thoroughfare. Later that night gunmen fired machine guns on worshippers praying at a mosque we had passed. Two were killed and 12 wounded. I have been in Afghanistan for more than a year, so I’m familiar with the dangers of overland travel. But those signs of recent bombings were an eye-opener to me and even to a veteran like Associated Press reporter Amir Shah. It showed that travel is now a risky affair, even on the country’s main road an hour outside the capital. Reporters in Kabul increasingly complain they can no longer safely travel by road to Helmand and Kandahar provinces, as they could for several years after the Taliban’s ouster in 2001. Now the danger seems to be migrating north. American and Afghan military officials say part of the reason is that military operations in Helmand, Kandahar and Ghazni provinces are squeezing insurgents out of those southern regions. “I don’t think they’ll try to come closer to Kabul,” said Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, the Defense Ministry spokesman. “It’s only the pressure of the security forces that made them move into Wardak.” In the mid-1990s, the Taliban moved north from a southern power base to take control of Kabul. Though Taliban leader Mullah Omar would like to repeat that bit of history, it won’t happen with 50,000 international troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. is building a new forward operating base in Wardak, where on Sunday an estimated 50 to 75 Taliban insurgents ambushed a patrol of U.S. soldiers with rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire. Twelve 82nd Airborne paratroopers were wounded. “These guys knew what they were doing. These guys were trained,” Staff Sgt. Stephen Edging told an embedded reporter from The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer. Just two or three years ago, a trip to Wardak province was regarded as relatively safe. But Taliban fighters have moved into the area this year through the cover that ethnic Pashtun communities provide, from southern Kandahar province north through Zabul and Ghazni provinces. Taliban fighters are primarily ethnic Pashtun. It’s in the Ghazni and Wardak region that 23 South Koreans and two Germans were kidnapped in July. Private truck drivers have faced an increasing number of ambushes on Highway 1, but those attacks cost poor Afghans, too. The World Food Program has seen 35 of its trucks attacked in the last two years – with 30 ambushes this year alone, said Rick Corsino, WFP country director. The attacks wasted 1,000 tons of wheat, vegetable oil and beans intended for Afghan villages. “More recently, we’ve seen some attacks in the places you’ve been describing, in Maydan Shah in Wardak and in Ghazni, all since the beginning of August,” Corsino said. My trip with Amir Shah last week took us to Ghazni city, where President Hamid Karzai recently named a new governor who was raised in the province and appears to have the respect of the people. Some 50 insurgents already have turned in their weapons to Gov. Faizanullah Faizan, and he thinks even more fighters can be persuaded to join the government in a region now known for the kidnappings of the South Koreans. Fighter Abdul Manan Akmal said he and 25 of his men turned in their weapons because “it’s cruel to the nation to fight,” but also because of the governor’s reputation as a hero of the anti-Soviet mujahedeen in the 1980s. “The governor gave me this idea to reconcile, and the governor helped us come over,” Akmal said. Akmal denied that he or his fighters are Taliban, and the crew turned in 24 AK-47 assault rifles and two rocket-propelled grenades to the government.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HIGHWAY 1, Afghanistan – “Take off your sunglasses and put this around your head,” my Afghan colleague said, with apprehension in his voice as he handed me a checkered scarf. It was a sure sign our road trip was entering Taliban territory. Moments later, our taxi passed two bomb-blast craters in the road, then a burned-out semi-truck lying on its side. “See, it is not safe, this area,” my colleague Amir Shah said, with one hand on the steering wheel, the other pointing at the wreckage. But our journey was not through the wild mountains of eastern Afghanistan or the poppy fields of Helmand province, the Taliban insurgency’s flashpoint this year. last_img read more

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VIDEO: ADO Den Haag fans throw cuddly toys at Feyenoord supporters during game

first_imgEredivisie club ADO Den Haag might just have the greatest fans in the world, as the video above shows.Supporters of the side were encouraged to bring cuddly toys to a game against Feyenoord on Sunday afternoon – to then throw the toys on the opposition fans below them.The recipients were children from Rotterdam’s Sophia Children’s Hospital, who were enjoying a free trip to De Kuip as guests of the club.And ADO fans made their day even better, gifting them hundreds of cuddly toys – although they did watch Den Haag lose the game 3-1.Best fans in football? That would be a yes…last_img read more

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