N. Dakota faces Ft. Wayne in Summit League semis March 9, 2020 Associated Press SAVVY SENIORS: North Dakota’s Marlon Stewart, Kienan Walter and Billy Brown have combined to account for 47 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 56 percent of all Fighting Hawks points over the last five games.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS: Stewart has been directly responsible for 52 percent of all North Dakota field goals over the last five games. Stewart has 41 field goals and 30 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: North Dakota is 0-12 this year when it scores 70 points or fewer and 14-5 when it scores at least 71.UNBEATEN WHEN: Purdue Fort Wayne is a perfect 7-0 when it holds an opponent to 60 points or fewer. The Mastodons are 7-18 when opponents score more than 60.STIFLING DEFENSE: Purdue Fort Wayne has held opposing teams to 70.2 points per game, the second-lowest figure among all Summit League teams. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 7 seed Purdue Fort Wayne (14-18, 7-10) vs. No. 6 seed North Dakota (14-17, 8-9)Summit League Conference Tourney Semifinals, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Monday, 8:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the Summit League championship game is up for grabs as Purdue Fort Wayne and North Dakota are set to face off. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Jan. 30, when North Dakota made only seven 3-pointers on 29 attempts while the Mastodons hit 15 of 29 behind the arc en route to a four-point victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports July 31, 2020 The Latest: Perez says he may have gotten virus in Mexico Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Formula One driver Sergio Perez says he might have contracted the coronavirus during a trip to Mexico between races in Hungary and Britain. The Racing Point driver tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and will miss Sunday’s race at Silverstone and another the following week at the same track while in isolation.Perez says he was visiting his mother in Mexico after she was hospitalized following a “big accident.”Perez says it is “one of the saddest days in my career” missing races “but it just shows how vulnerable we all to this virus.”The Mexican used a private jet to fly home and says he has no symptoms.The pandemic delayed the start of the season by more than three months. Associated Press
LUCKNOW, India, (CMC) – Shamarh Brooks struck a maiden Test hundred and Rahkeem Cornwall became the first West Indies spinner to claim a 10-wicket match haul on the subcontinent, as the Caribbean side dominated day two of the one-off Test against Afghanistan here Wednesday to put themselves on the verge of a comprehensive victory.On another bowlers day at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium when 14 of 15 wickets fell to spinners, West Indies managed to secure an important 90-run lead, after being dismissed for 277 in their first innings.Brooks, unbeaten overnight on 19, faced 214 balls and counted 15 fours and a six to complete three figures in his third Test after making his debut last August against India in the Caribbean.Left-handed opener John Campbell, resuming from 30, made 55 – his maiden Test half-century in his sixth match at this level – while wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich chipped in with 42 in his first Test appearance in nine months following injury.Debutant left-arm spinner Amir Hamza picked up five for 74, leg-spinning captain Rashid Khan claimed three for 114 while Zahir Khan, another left-arm spinner, supported with two for 53.Cornwall then snatched three for 41 and fellow off-spinner Roston Chase, three for 10, as Afghanistan ended the day on the ropes on 109 for seven – a lead of only 19 runs ahead of Friday’s day three.First innings top-scorer Javed Ahmadi led again with a polished 62 as the hosts cashed in on the early overs of seam to coast to 53 without loss.Once Cornwall was introduced, however, Afghanistan declined quickly to lose seven wickets for 56 runs.Cornwall so far has match figures of 10 for 116 – the first 10-wicket match haul by a West Indies bowler in India in 44 years.Resuming the morning on 68 for two – still 119 runs adrift of their target – West Indies flourished nicely as Brooks and Campbell extended their third wicket stand to 82.Campbell struck three boundaries in the day’s third over from Amir Hamza – two audacious successive reverse sweeps and an orthodox sweep – as he raced to his fifty in the fifth over of the morning.All told, he stroked seven fours and a six off 75 deliveries before top-edging a sweep at Hamza for Ihsanullah to take an excellent catch running around to leg gully.Afghanistan struck again when Rashid Khan trapped Shimron Hetmyer lbw for 13 on the stroke of the drinks break and Chase followed 16 balls later for two, taken at short leg off Zahir Khan at 150 for five.Brooks and Dowrich then combined in a 74-run sixth wicket stand which took the Windies to lunch on 195 without further loss, and also frustrated the Afghans early in the second session.The right-handed Brooks played with fluency on either side of the wicket and raised his half-century in the second over after the day’s first drinks break. Unbeaten on 75 at lunch, he reached his hundred about half hour before tea, pinching a single forward of point off Hamza.He lost Dowrich, who faced 91 balls and struck six fours, lbw to Zahir approaching the first hour after lunch, and his departure triggered a slide which saw the last five wickets go down for just 53 runs.Brooks was ninth out, missing a heave at Hamza and having his stumps shattered.In reply, Ahmadi lashed seven fours and a six in a 75-ball knock as he put on 53 for the first wicket with Ibrahim Zadran (23), to give Afghanistan a solid start.But Cornwall, introduced in the ninth over, got the breakthrough 10 overs later when Ibrahim offered no shot and was plumb lbw.In Cornwall’s next over, Ihsanullah (1) was disastrously run out off the first ball and Rahmat Shah inside-edged a defensive stroke and was caught at short leg by Brooks without scoring.When Ashgar Afghan also fell without scoring in Cornwall’s next over, also caught close in by Brooks, the home side had lost four wickets for six runs in the space of 13 deliveries.Ahmadi and Nasir Janal (15) defied West Indies in a 37-run, fifth wicket partnership before Chase snatched three wickets in as many overs to spark another slump.AFGHANISTAN 1st Innings 187WEST INDIES 1st Innings(overnight 68 for two)K Brathwaite lbw b Amir 11J Campbell c Ihsanullah b Amir 55S Hope c Ihsanullah b Rashid 7S Brooks b Amir 111S Hetmyer lbw b Rashid 13R Chase c Ibrahim b Zahir 2+S Dowrich lbw b Zahir 42*J Holder st Afsar b Amir 11R Cornwall lbw b Rashid 5K Roach lbw b Amir 3J Warrican not out 4Extras (lb12, nb1) 13TOTAL (all out, 83.3) 277Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-34, 3-116, 4-137, 5-150, 6-224, 7-243, 8-260, 9-270, 10-277.Bowling: Yamin Ahmadzai 10-3-24-0, Amir Hamza 28.3-4-74-5 (nb1), Rashid Khan 32-5-114-3, Zahir Khan 13-2-53-2.WEST INDIES 2nd InningsIbrahim Zadran lbw b Cornwall 23Javed Ahmadi c Cornwall b Chase 62Ihsanullah run out 1Rahmat Shah c Brooks b Cornwall 0Asghar Afghan c Brooks b Cornwall 0Nasir Jamal b Chase 15Amir Hamza c Cornwall b Chase 1+Afsar Zazai not out 2Extras (lb4, nb1) 5TOTAL (7 wkts, 36 overs) 109Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-55, 3-55, 4-59, 5-96, 6-98, 7-109.Bowling: Roach 4-2-5-0, Holder 3-0-18-0, Warrican 12-3-31-0, Cornwall 14-3-41-3 (nb1), Chase 3-1-10-3.Position: Afghanistan lead by 19 runs with three wickets intact.
A possible shooting occurred Sunday at 1155 W. 24th St., though the incident appears to be an act of vandalism with a bb gun or a rock, said Dept. of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle.The report of the shooting occurred at 7 p.m. by a USC graduate student who lived in the house. The graduate student, who was unidentified, was the only person to report the incident, which led DPS to believe that a large shooting did not occur.“The person reporting the shooting said they heard a large crack,” Carlisle said. “They said that something pierced their window and thought it was a gunshot. No one else around the area heard it though.”Though the Los Angeles Police Department monitors incidents that are reported to DPS, because the incident was contained, only DPS officers, along with the DPS watch commander, went to the scene, according to Carlisle.Though the incident was minor, DPS issued a Trojans Alert to the University Park Campus student body at approximately 7:27 p.m. that urged students to remain away from the area. DPS officials sent an incident resolution email was sent out at 7:39 p.m. to students.“We wanted to send out the [Trojans] Alert just in case it caused danger to any students,” Carlisle said. “But, luckily, the incident was quickly resolved and no one was injured.”DPS will handle the investigation.
Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in Pompano Beach due to pandemic. Instead of allowing a few people to attend the event, Jackson decided to cancel it. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has canceled his annual “Funday with LJ” event in Florida due to surging coronavirus cases in the state and strict gathering limits. – AP On Tuesday, Florida confirmed 7,347 new cases, bringing the total since March 1 to 213,794. Another 63 people died, bringing the total to 3,943. The 45 deaths per day averaged over the last week is a 50% jump since three weeks ago. Statewide, 380 patients were reported as newly admitted to hospitals, a single-day record. The event was scheduled to start a week after Florida reported a single-day record of 11,445 cases. Jackson’s third annual event was set to be held Saturday and Sunday (June 11-12) in his hometown of Pompano Beach, Florida, but a spokesperson told news outlets Tuesday that the event was canceled. Jackson shared a flyer of the event on Instagram Monday, advertising flag football and water slides. It also said adults must wear face masks and waivers must be signed for children to participate.
PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward V.J. Beachem slams the ball for the score against Minnesota in Anaheim on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Lonzo Ball, second from left, locks arms with teammates during the National Anthem before the start of the game against Minnesota in Anaheim on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, center, looks to pass the ball during Saturday’s game against Minnesota in Anaheim on September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondscutline goes here in Anaheim on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers center Thomas Bryant, right, gives forward Larry Nance Jr. a pat on the head after Nance kept control of the rebound in Anaheim on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., right, fights to keep the rebound from Minnesota forward Shabazz Muhammad in Anaheim on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer, second from left, beats Minnesota guard Andrew Wiggins, left, Nemanja Bjelica, second from right, and Jamal Crawford to the ball during Saturday’s game in Anaheim on September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, left, puts up a shot over Minnesota’s Aaron Brooks in Anaheim on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., center, and Minnesota’s Taj Gibson, right, reach for a loose ball in Anaheim on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, grabs the rebound during Saturday’s game against Minnesota in Anaheim on September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, moves under the basket in front of Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica, right, as he tries to score in Anaheim on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, drives toward the basket past Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica in Anaheim on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward V.J. Beachem slams the ball for the score against Minnesota in Anaheim on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)Lonzo Ball, second from left, locks arms with teammates during the National Anthem before the start of the game against Minnesota in Anaheim on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 12Lonzo Ball, second from left, locks arms with teammates during the National Anthem before the start of the game against Minnesota in Anaheim on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandANAHEIM – Half an hour before tipoff, a line of fans snaked between sections 221 and 222, from the concourse level almost to the floor, where LaVar Ball posed for selfies.“I will take them all day,” Ball said.Related Articles Magic Johnson sat courtside and signed autographs, front and smiling center among a sellout crowd of 18,000 at Honda Center. Nine seats down from him the man he replaced as president of basketball operation watched from under a trademark black cap.Yes, the occasion was so momentous that it even lured Jim Buss out of exile. DAWN ANFUSO: Loyal workers often happiest The former UCLA star finished with 5 points in 22 minutes, stuffing the stat sheet with 8 assists and 7 rebounds.“Lonzo is so gifted as far as the way he always makes everybody on the floor a threat,” coach Luke Walton said. “With him we’ve been working on, he’s so unselfish that sometimes he has good shots for himself and he tries to get someone else a shot. We want him taking those.”Ball finished 2-for-9 from the field, but on the Lakers first possession, he naturally looked to pass. He and Larry Nance Jr., the Lakers best leaper, worked on alley-oops throughout training camp – “There’s been some fun ones,” Nance said – and Ball tried to open the exhibition season with a highlight play.“I probably should have threw it a little higher,” Ball said of the play that was ultimately broken up. “I know that Larry can go up and get it.By the time Ball made his first shot, a 3-pointer with 3:47 remaining in the first quarter, Honda Center erupted, releasing the excitement that had been pent up since the Lakers landed the No. 2 overall pick in the lottery way back in May.Since then, Ball has been the subject of intense scrutiny, enhanced by Ball’s showman father LaVar’s ability to stay in the spotlight. A reality series debuted on Facebook over the summer. And Ball released not one, but two generations of his signature shoe.“He seems to not let it really affect him,” coach Luke Walton said. “It’s pretty impressive for a guy his age that has the whole world talking about him all the time. Everywhere we go he’s getting swarmed like an All-Star already.”The Lakers will continue their preseason schedule on Monday, when they host host Denver at Staples Center. Walton, who has stressed the Lakers need to play a fast pace to be successful, said his players “need to get in much better shape to play the way we want to play.”“I felt like fatigue was a big factor,” he said.Ball’s fellow rookie, Kyle Kuzma, led the Lakers with 19 points in 26 minutes off the bench. Selected 27th overall, the former University of Utah star shot 9-of-12 from the field.Julius Randle scored 15 for the Lakers, Jordan Clarkson added 14 and Brandon Ingram finished with 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting.Shabazz Muhammad, a Lakers target in free agency over the summer, led Minnesota with 22 points. Taj Gibson scored 18 points and Jimmy Butler, an All-Star in Chicago, finished with 10 points in his Timberwolves debut. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBack in his seat across the court from the Lakers bench, in the fourth row next to his wife Tina, LaVar Ball declared, “Welcome to the Ball Era.”The Lakers made their long-awaited season debut in a 108-99 exhibition loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, a game that gave fans – as well as Lakers executives and owners – their first look at rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, the hero of Chino Hills, as he stepped into the spotlight of Lakers stardom.The second overall pick in June’s draft and the Most Valuable Player of the Las Vegas Summer League, Ball was the last starter introduced pregame and took the floor to a swell of cheers.“That’s what you dream about as a kid,” Ball said. “It was finally here. That was a great moment, but now at the end of the day, now I have a job to do now I’ve got to come in here and keep doing it.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney likes to divide each season into three parts, the second of which wrapped up at the ACC Kickoff on Wednesday. “We’re getting ready to start what we like to call ‘primetime,’ and that’s the favorite part of our journey,” Swinney told reporters at ACC Kickoff. “I really have enjoyed the first two phases with getting ready and our transformation phase and all that goes into that. It’s still ongoing. We’ve got a lot to do.” Clemson insists it will stay true to what got them to this point. The ACC Network is counting on it. “Primetime” is coming, and the Tigers look ready for a bigger spotlight.Rest assured, with Swinney, that will not change.”It hasn’t been difficult,” Swinney said. “We provide access and a lot of the stuff comes from us. A lot of the things we did in the offseason. I think it’s fun. We’ll figure it out, and we’ll always stay true to who we are and how we do things, but you definitely want to do your part in helping this network be successful. It’s important for all our teams — men’s and women’s teams — and this league.” MORE: Clemson ‘urgency’ translating to rest of ACC in 2019The Tigers are going primetime in more ways than one. Clemson’s presence in the promotional material for the Aug. 22 launch of the ACC Network on ESPN was everywhere in the Westin Hotel ballroom on Wednesday. The hype mashup included Swinney screaming ‘Let’s go!’, Howard’s Rock and a healthy dose of megastar quarterback Trevor Lawrence clips for the Thursday night opener on Aug. 29 against Georgia Tech.The sneak-peeks ended with a three-word tagline for the network: “We do this.”The ACC and ESPN will do that with Clemson football leading from the front. A four-part documentary series on the Tigers will follow the Georgia Tech game, and a look back of last season’s 15-0 championship run will be chronicled with “Greatest Ever: The 2018 Clemson Tigers.”ACC commissioner John Swofford addressed how the football team’s success has impacted the conference — and the network — throughout a one-hour forum.”I don’t think you can even measure it. It has meant a great deal, there’s no question about that,” Swofford said. “The fact that we’ve had, from a football perspective, a team every year of the College Football Playoff in its first few years, that says a lot. The fact that Clemson has won two of the last three national championships, the timing couldn’t be better from a business standpoint and from a network standpoint.Swofford, as most commissioners do at this time of year, reeled off the conference’s recent successes, punctuated by seven national championships in the last five years, including three in men’s basketball (Virginia in 2019, North Carolina in 2017 and Duke in 2015) — one in women’s basketball (Notre Dame in 2018) and one in baseball (Virginia in 2015).The football national championships, however, are starting to weigh more in this traditional basketball conference. The Tigers, who have beaten Alabama in the College Football Playoff championship in two of the last three seasons, have made that possible. They face a new challenge as a result. Clemson and Alabama have the same overall record (55-4) and conference record (34-2). The Crimson Tide helped usher in the SEC Network.Now, the Tigers will be front and center in the ACC.”When you look at the way Dabo and that coaching staff has created such a great culture of good players wanting to go there and performing, it seems like they are doing it the right way,” ACC Network analyst Tim Hasselbeck told SN.MORE: Willie Taggart hot seat talk is premature — at least, it should beThe Tigers must maintain that success as the new network tries to gain traction. The days of ‘Little Ol’ Clemson’ are over, even if Swinney insists the Tigers will start over in 2019.”Every team is a completely new challenge,” Swinney said. “It’s like having a new kid. I got three sons, they’re all different, all different challenges. You guys that are parents can understand that. I love that, though. They all have own personality and strengths and weaknesses. You start over every year.”How will the Tigers wear that this year? Well, senior guard John Simpson wore a blond wig to impersonate Lawrence, who was not in attendance. Simpson and fellow senior safety Tanner Muse represented the program at Media Day, which has always been the approach for Swinney.”I think it comes from the success,” Muse said. “Tasting the success and to be able to continue to strive to get to the top of the mountain, top of the totem pole. We’ve suffered through losses since I’ve been there, and I hate losing more than anything. Just having that bitter taste in our mouths, I always think how bad it was.”MORE: Ranking ACC coaches for 2019 seasonThe tradeoff is everything Clemson does will be over-analyzed even more. It happened in the offseason with the White House visit, the denied drug test appeal — which will keep Braden Galloway and Zach Giella out this season — and Swinney’s misfired one-liner where he called himself “Osama Bin Dabo.” Lawrence will be the most dissected player in college football from now until the 2021 NFL Draft, and there’s the consensus that Alabama-Clemson V is coming to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Jan. 13.The expectation is that Clemson has the same staying power as the Florida State dynasty under Bobby Bowden, which is also getting the documentary treatment from the ACC Network. The Seminoles finished in the top five in the final AP Poll in 14 consecutive seasons from 1987-2000. Clemson has finished in the top five each of the last four seasons.The question is whether Clemson can wear the crown for another decade with Swinney without losing the charm that got them there — or the coach who will always be in the discussion as one of the logical successors to Alabama coach Nick Saban.With Lawrence and fellow Sporting News preseason All-American Travis Etienne in the backfield, the immediate future is fine. The Tigers also are piecing together an all-time draft class for 2020. Swinney can still give a half-page answer to any given question, and does so without any reservations.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2017)–With a carryover from Saturday of $335,216 serving as a pari-mutuel catalyst, more than $2.5 million in “new money” poured into Sunday’s 50 cent Pick 5 pool at Santa Anita, creating a massive total pool of $2,881,240.The popular wager, which features a low 14 percent takeout, paid $11,880.30, as there were 213 winning tickets.Win mutuels on the first five Santa Anita races were $5.60 (Royal F J), $11.40 (Champagne Charley), $11.80 (Pretty N Cool), $15.40 (Broke Away Grey) and $10.60 (Rainbow Squall).Racing will resume at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.
Good football and many goals. Show in Vallecas. Lightning pulled the bench before Logroño and signed a great comeback thanks to the goals of Bulatovic, Altuve and Iris. The Rioja team made a very good first half and went 0-2 (Ida Guehai and Dorine) on the scoreboard, but ended up paying face Carol’s expulsion and the missed penalty.The Logroño jumped to the grass of the Rayo Vallecano Sports City with clear ideas: ball possession and attacks looking for Jade and Ida Guehai. Six minutes were enough to give his first warning, a double occasion saved by Larqué, first and Carla Guerrero, then. Those of Gregorio León They sent and wanted the three points. So, in 11 ‘, Santana He starred in a great arrival on the right and crashed the ball into the crossbar. The next to try his luck was Jade: a cross shot well cleared by the goalkeeper Franjirroja. The Ray lived its worst moment and Logroño, the best. That’s why he found the prize. Quick exit, in-depth Jade pass and spectacular definition of Ida Guehai after leaving Andújar behind. It was minute 35 and the redheads had shown little opposition. For more inri, in 48 ‘, Dorine took advantage of a ball hung on a side foul to put the 0-2 with an unstoppable stub. Lightning made water. Carol, two yellow in a minuteHowever, the match changed in the 57th minute. Carol was ejected for a yellow double (56 ‘and 57’) after two hard innings. At that time, Carlos Santiso gave entrance to Sheila and Bulatovic, One of the great protagonists of the second part. The Montenegrin received a pass from Carla Guerrero from the defensive line and defined before Johansen line With a subtle touch. Seven minutes later, Bulatovic herself won the bottom line and Served a ball in tray to Altuve, who put the 2-2 in the electronic in the 69 ‘. The Logroño, with ten, sought the reaction and caused a penalty. Jade threw it. Larqué stopped him. The red-haired goalkeeper is in a state of spectacular shape. It was the 76th minute and there was time for more.The Lightning understood and threw himself for the three points. In 87 ‘, Saray saw the unchecking of Iris, who had jumped on the grass shortly before, and the Madrid resolved the meeting with a sensational shot. Little was played in the final stretch of a match that ended with nine reprimands and an expulsion. The franjirrojo team pulled the bench and won. Ray’s first victory in 2020. Joy continues installed in Vallecas.Lightning 3-2 LogroñoVallecano Ray: Larqué; Auñón, Guerrero, Andújar (Saray, 66 ‘), Eva Alonso, Sáez; Chule (Bulatovic, 57 ‘), Pilar García, Paula Fernández (Sheila, 57’); Oviedo (Iris, 81 ‘) and Altuve.EDF Logroño: Johansen; Santana, Raquel (Nagela, 76 ‘), Dorine, Leti; Chini, Silvia Ruiz; Neném (Freitas, 72 ‘), Carol, Jade and Guehai.Goals: 0-1 (35 ‘): Ida Guehai. 0-2 (48 ‘): Dorine. 1-2 (62 ‘): Bulatovic. 2-2 (69 ‘): Altuve. 3-2 (87 ‘): Iris.Referee: Sanchez Miguel He admonished Rachel (25 ‘), Chule (33’), Dorine (54 ‘), Carol (56’ and 57 ‘), Ida Gueahi (59’), Nagela (85 ‘), Altuve (90 + 2’), Sáez (90 + 4 ‘).Field: Rayo Vallecano Sports City.
That the George Weah led government is dire straits is open fact. The question is what is this government doing to address the situation given all that is obtaining? From what it appears, rather than devising long term solutions to address the problem, quick fixes are instead being proffered as the solution. But as this newspaper has warned in previous editorials, quick fixes just do not work and this is a lesson which should have been learned from the previous administration which was noted for making policies on the fly.As things currently stand, civil servants are demanding payment of salary arrears else they would stage a go-slow. This is against the backdrop of a planned mass protest set for December 30, 2019. It is being speculated that the GOL has brought in some cash to alleviate the situation. The Daily Observer has sought to no avail confirm reports that Liberian dollar banknotes were printed in Russia and brought into the country recently along with some US dollars believed to have been arranged with help from sources in the US.Whether such will go far enough to assuage angry concerns of civil servants and the public at large remains to be seen. According to Senate President Pro Tempore, Albert Chie, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has promised to provide help not immediately but in February next year. But the caveat to this is the demand placed by the World Bank to have government restitute funds (illegally taken) to the tone of US$11,800, else there will be consequences, which were not specified. But Finance Minister Samuel Tweah is fully aware that failure on the part of any country to meet World Bank benchmarks means the IMF will not provide lending assistance.Thus, It appears unlikely that the IMF will provide the promised assistance in February in the event of failure on the part of this government to the World Bank demands for restitution. In the opinion of the Daily Observer, these are worrying signs which should claim the immediate and urgent attention of this government. However its officials do not appear to be seized of the urgency of the situation. They appear to be more fixed on aborting or taking the wind out of the sails of the December 30 protest that apparently nothing else seems to matter.Already the United States Embassy near Monrovia has announced a placement of restrictions on the issuance of non-immigrant visas but even more dire are reports that the United States Government is pulling out Peace Corps Volunteers from the country. Daily Observer confirmed earlier that the pullout of Peace Corps Volunteers has affected 12 out of Liberia’s 15 counties. From the background of experience, such reports would suggest that such a move is being taken in anticipation of an outbreak of violence in order to mitigate potential risks to the safety of US citizens in Liberia.According to a security expert, the likelihood of violence erupting on December 30 cannot be considered far-fetched because, according to him, government officials at the highest level of government appear to be possessed of a siege mentality. And given that most of the current crop of officials appear to be oblivious of the lessons of recent and contemporary Liberian history, they could encourage the unleashing of violence not being aware of the consequences such would entail.As the countdown to December 30 continues, this newspaper would urge and encourage officials of this government to follow closely developments of the pullout of US Peace Corps Volunteers from Liberia. This newspaper would urge President Weah to place the brakes on hawkish elements in his close company and tread lightly on December 30. He should be mindful that he is about to face a monumental challenge and the longevity of his government may depend on how he responds to these pressing challenges. He should studiously avoid those who encourage him to use the “any bush shake, fire will blaze” approach to the impending crisis.President Weah should read the writing on the wall!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)