Liverpool’s own centre forward Roberto Firmino also made it into Jurgen Klopp’s starting line-up at the Wanda Metropolitano.Firmino had missed Liverpool’s last three games with a groin injury, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane completing the front three.James Milner dropped to the bench, as Klopp picked a midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum, who scored twice in Liverpool’s stunning semi-final fightback against Barcelona.Starting line-ups for the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday (kick-off 1900 GMT):Liverpool (4-3-3)Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson (capt), Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio ManeCoach: Jurgen Klopp (GER)Tottenham (4-2-3-1)Hugo Lloris (capt); Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose; Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko; Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min; Harry KaneCoach: Mauricio Pochettino (ARG)Referee: Damir Skomina (SLO)Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah (R) celebrates with Liverpool’s English midfielder Jordan Henderson after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League final. AFP PHOTOSalah penalty gives Liverpool half-time lead in Champions League finalFT : Liverpool 2 Spurs 0Madrid, Spain | AFP | Mohamed Salah’s early penalty gave Liverpool a 1-0 lead against Tottenham at half-time in Saturday’s all-English Champions League final in Madrid.The Egyptian scored the second quickest goal in Champions League final history as he converted from the spot after just one minute and 48 seconds following a handball by Moussa Sissoko.Italy great Paolo Maldini holds the record for the fastest goal after he scored with just 50 seconds gone in the 2005 final against Liverpool. Kane starts for Tottenham in Champions League finalHarry Kane returned from almost two months out with injury to start for Tottenham in the Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday.Kane has not played since damaging ankle ligaments in the first leg of the quarter-finals against Manchester City on April 9 but gave Spurs a major boost by being passed fit in Madrid.Coach Mauricio Pochettino dropped Lucas Moura to make room for Kane, despite Moura scoring an incredible hat-trick as Tottenham came back to knock out Ajax in the semis.Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min were selected behind Kane in attacking midfield.
Story and photo by Joseph SapiaSHREWSBURY – Out of state in Maine, Katie Kingsberry knew she had to get home, driving for 12 or so hours to get back to the borough by the morning of Independence Day.Why?Kingsberry, 32, wanted to be one of the approximately 30 readers of the Declaration of Independence on this Fourth of July at the historic Allen House. Read as she did last year in the inaugural event.“I think it’s important to remind ourselves of the values our country was founded upon,” Kingsberry said.“I think it’s just good to remember the history of our country,” said Kingsberry’s friend, Jenna Ciongoli, 32, also of Shrewsbury who read a paragraph of the Declaration with her son, Gus, 3. “It’s very emotional.”Ciongoli, who also read last year, noted in these polarized political times that the founding fathers had a “common cause.”“I think we’ve lost that,” Ciongoli said.The event was sponsored by various parties: the Monmouth County Historical Association, which owns Allen House at the corner of Route 35 and Sycamore Avenue; Christ Episcopal Church, diagonally across the intersection; Shrewsbury Borough; Shrewsbury Historical Society; Shrewsbury Garden Club; and the county library. The idea of the Independence Day Celebration is “to remind people where we came from, how historic Monmouth County” is, said Mary Ann LaSardo, a Rumson resident who co-chaired the event. The county was important in the American Revolution, LaSardo said.Will Githens of Neptune City portrays a Colonial patriot at the Shrewsbury reading of the Declaration of Independence July 4. His wife, Pati, works for the Monmouth County Historical Association.“The Battle of Monmouth was a turning point in the war,” said LaSardo, a county Historical Association trustee.An estimated 350, or 150 or so more than last year, attended the reading, said Charles H. Jones III of Rumson, the other event co-chair.“This started as a kernel of an idea,” said Linda W. Bricker, president of the Monmouth County Historical Association. “To see the diversity of the group that gathered here is wonderful.”Leeann Arnts of West Long Branch attended the ceremony because she traces her ancestry back to Elizabeth Allen, sister of Judah Allen who built a house at the site in the late 1600s and farmed the land. She said her family always talked about its history, which also includes the well-established, local Throckmorton and Van Note families.“New Jersey needs to focus on its rich history,” said Arnts, 59, an assistant music teacher at Shrewsbury Borough School.Will Githens of Neptune City portrays a Colonial patriot at the Shrewsbury reading of the Declaration of Independence July 4. His wife, Pati, works for the Monmouth County Historical Association. “Shrewsbury is doing this. The youth need to know the history and keep it going.”Jim Weythman of Red Bank said he liked “just the appropriateness of the ceremony.”“Lots of Fourth of Julys get lost in fireworks, beer, picnics,” said Weythman, 71.Maggie LaRocca, 35, of Rumson attended to “celebrate the true meaning of the day” and try “to share a little bit of history with my son,” Mac, 3.“We talked about it on the way over,” said LaRocca, saying she talked about how people got together in the 1700s to provide for our freedom.“It’s tough to explain history to a child,” LaRocca said. “You try to show it to them.”People stand in line, awaiting their turn to read a part of the Declaration of Independence July 4 in Shrewsbury.The event came to be through a discussion between LaSardo and Pati Githens, executive assistant at the county Historical Association. They were looking to do an event at Allen House.“An idea sprung up over breakfast,” LaSardo said. “We were hoping for 50 people last year and got 200.”“Last year was a shocking success,” said Jones, also a county Historical Association trustee.Freehold Borough’s reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4 is the only other public one of its kind in Monmouth County organizers of the Shrewsbury event were aware of, Jones said.The event kicked off with Christ Church ringing its bell 13 times for the 13 colonies at the time the Declaration was signed in 1776.Lillian G. Burry, a member of the county Board of Freeholders, began the reading, “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands, which have connected them with another…”“It’s just so meaningful to me,” Burry said. “I think it’s a wonderful tradition, so much meaning behind it. This is all where the Revolution occurred.”Borough Mayor Donald Burden read the last paragraph. Burden is co-author with Rick Geffken of Farmingdale of the recently released book, “The Story of Shrewsbury Re-Visited, 1965-2015.”People attended, expressing “patriotic spirit and the incredible history that surrounds us in Monmouth County, particularly regarding the Revolutionary War,” Bricker said.On display was an 1880 printing of Benjamin Owen Tyler’s 1818 published version of the Declaration. F. Neal Warner of Freehold Township had donated the 1880 printing to the county library.While the Declaration remains very alive, certain lines were cringe-worthy for Kingsberry and Ciongoli – such as “that all men are created equal.” And they noted blacks did not have equal rights in 1776.The ceremony was over in about an hour.“It’s not heavy-duty,” Weythman said. “At the same time, (it was) kind of inspirational.”
The Selkirk College Saints began their BCIHL regular season on Friday at Eastern Washington University and former Saints defenceman Adam Makaroff was back on the bus, but this time not as a player.Makaroff joined the Saints coaching staff in August and has had an immediate impact on the bench and in the dressing room.“I’m excited to be back with the Saints as a coach and help the team to another successful season,” Makaroff says. “I hope that my previous experiences can help these young men along the way. It’s going to be a lot of fun,”After spending four years in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) and winning a championship with the Nelson Leafs in 2009, Makaroff attended and played at Selkirk College for three seasons.While serving as an assistant captain, he accumulated 20 points and 101 penalty minutes over three seasons in the BCIHL.“Adam has valuable championship winning experience and is a perfect addition to our coaching staff,” says Saints head coach Alex Evin. “You can’t have enough winners around a sports program and obviously one of our main goals is to compete for another championship.”As a former blueline leader, Makaroff will work with the strong defensive core returning to the Saints.The two time defending BCIHL champion Saints dropped the first regular season game of the 2014-15 campaign with a 4-3 shootout loss to the upstart Eastern Washington University Eagles in Cheney, Washington.Stefan Virtanen, Stephan Gonzales and Jesse Knowler scored for the Saints while James Prigione made 23 saves on 26 shots.In their last exhibition weekend in late-September, the Saints hosted Grant MacEwan University Griffins out of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) in a pair of games at the Castlegar Complex.The Saints dropped the second game of the double header 2-0, but they were able to keep pace all weekend with the Griffins who are touted to be one of the strongest teams in the ACAC this year.The first match up provided one of the most entertaining games in recent memory as the fast paced, end-to-end action continued through three periods of play.Finding themselves down 4-2 midway through the third period, the Saints eventually found their way as they have done many times in the past. Gonzales started the rally at the 10:54 mark and Arie Postmus tied it up with just over four minutes left. The Saints took the momentum into overtime when Thomas Hardy scored his second of the night after charging in on partial breakaway to cap a 5-4 comeback win. Also scoring for the Saints was Alex Milligan.SAINTS NOTES:The Saints will commemorate their second straight BCIHL Championship with a banner raising ceremony at their home opener on October 17. Eastern Washington will be in town for a 7 p.m. puck drop.
Harris is leaving for Mexico, one of the countries offering the procedure, on Friday.Welsh says the overall goal is to raise $80,000 from all of the group’s fundraising efforts. The money will go towards helping both Harris and Osterlund as well as other residents who may wish to have the procedure.Tickets are being sold for $35 a person and can be purchased at the Legion, World Gym, Fort Motors, or by calling Janine at 250-789-3325. It will begin at 6 p.m.MS is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks myelin sheaths in the brain causing of debilitation over time.Advertisement Canada has one of the highest incidence rates of MS in the world.Welsh says there are approximately 275 people living with the disease in the Fort St. John area.Rocky Tompkins, another Fort St. John resident, is an MS sufferer who has already undergone the procedure. He was able to raise money to travel to Mexico in July. Residents of Fort St. John living with multiple sclerosis are getting a funding boost to help send them for an experimental treatment. A local group is holding a fundraiser this weekend to financially support two residents so they can receive the “Liberation Treatment.”- Advertisement -The “Liberation Treatment” made headlines across Canada when it was profiled in a ‘W5’ episode last fall. It was developed by an Italian doctor but is not currently available in Canada.Tickets are currently being sold for a dinner and dance taking place at the Legion, on Saturday. The event will also include both a live and silent auction, and a live band.Janine Welsh is the fundraiser and treasurer of the MS Liberation Support group in the City.She says the two residents who are set to receive the treatment are Brent Harris and Holley Osterlund, who are both under 50 years old and live in an assisted living home in the City.Advertisement
Glenveagh CastleThe Irish Wildlife Trust has written to management of Glenveagh National Park expressing its concern that large areas of sensitive habitat are being destroyed illegally and for commercial purposes.The Park, which is one of only six in Ireland and is home to rare species such as the Golden Eagle, Red Grouse and Red Deer is of immense biodiversity, landscape and economic value.The IWT surveyed four areas in October of this year where machines were being used to extract large volumes of turf on a commercial scale. There is also extensive illegal dumping of tyres and household debris within the boundary of the Park. New drains have been created, designed to dry out the blanket bog habitat to facilitate turf extraction.Blanket bog is a priority habitat under the EU Habitats Directive and the affected areas lie not only in the National Park but within zones designated as Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area. The IWT believes that this is occurring without any regulation or controls but has asked the NPWS to clarify this. To-date we have received no response. In addition, blanket bog habitats lie outside the scope of the much discussed Management and Restoration Plan being discussed by the Peatlands Council (dedicated to midland raised bogs only).Pádraic Fogarty, Campaigns Officer for the IWT, told DONEGAL DAILY: “If Glenveagh National Park is allowed to be destroyed in this way then none of our protected sites for nature is safe.“It has to be asked why NPWS management, based just a short distance away, is allowing this to go on. It is appalling that so little value is placed on a national treasure that is of such value to CountyDonegal from an economic, heritage and recreational point of view.” The lands that now make up Glenveagh National Park were handed down to the Irish State by the Irish American philanthropist Mr Henry McIhenny of Philadelphia. That the State would allow wanton vandalism of this area of outstanding natural beauty is a betrayal of his generosity and the legacy of his family. GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK BEING DESTROYED, SAYS WILDLIFE TRUST was last modified: November 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:destructionglenveagh national parkIrish Wildlife Trust
NAPA — At some point, Antonio Brown will jump in to the Raiders’ passing game with both feet.Until that day arrives, Derek Carr looks as if he can get along just fine without him.That’s the way it appeared Saturday, anyway, as the Raiders held the seventh of 16 practices during the Napa phase of training camp.Carr was sharp, particularly in the red zone, during a non-padded session, spreading the ball around to a host of receivers. There was a jump-and-catch end zone fade to Tyrell …
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fonte asks Arsenal target Pepe: Will you get a game at Man City?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille defender Jose Fonte has urged teammate Nicolas Pepe to think carefully about his next move.Pepe is being linked with Arsenal and Barcelona ahead of the January market.But former Southampton captain Fonte says, “If you go to Manchester City and it does not work, you come out of the team. “And that’s not a problem for (Pep) Guardiola who has another player with the same talent, and he will continue to win. “So if you want to be in City, Barcelona or another big team, you have to work hard.”
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Tonight, Coach Jim Harbaugh swapped his Michigan swag for Cubs attire.The crosstown rivalry game between the Chicago Cubs and White Sox tonight was kicked off by none other than Harbaugh himself.Harbaugh is no stranger to throwing off the mound, as he threw out the first pitch at a San Diego Padres game last year. Tonight, decked out in a Cubs jersey, he lifted his hat to the cheering crowd in thanks before taking his arms above his head in preparation for his throw.You can see Harbaugh’s powerful throw to the Cubs’ Matt Szczur here:Jim Harbaugh throws the first pitch and #CrosstownCSN Game 3 is underway! pic.twitter.com/kNwVIdDt9d— Comcast SportsNet (@CSNChicago) July 27, 2016While it was way too high to be a strike, the coach’s pitch was still an impressive attempt!
On their own, Burns’s numbers are impressive. But when you compare them to those of his peers, they look downright heroic. Since the lockout — and excluding 2012-13, which was a half-season — the top-10 defensemen in the league each season2Ranked by points scored have scored an average of 58 points. This year, Burns scored 18 more points than that. The entire blue line corps of five teams failed to notch more goals than Burns, including the Washington Capitals, who had the best record in hockey. Other blue liners have been snubbed since Pronger’s Hart win. Most notably, Nicklas Lidstrom won seven Norris trophies as the league’s top defenseman, but he was never even named as a finalist for the Hart trophy.3Burns will likely win his first Norris tonight. It’s true that Lidstrom’s reign of dominance coincided with the rise of generational talents like Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, but it’s difficult to believe one of the five best defensemen to ever play hockey wasn’t good enough to at least be considered as one of the three best players in the NHL during that stretch.And if the dearth of defensemen nominated for the Hart since Pronger’s win in ‘99-00 looks suspicious, all you’ve got to do is look at the three decades preceding his win to understand it’s been something of an enduring trend: before Pronger, the last defenseman to win the Hart trophy was Bobby Orr in 1971-72.4Orr won the award three times consecutively between 1969-70 and 1971-72, scoring 376 points over that stretch. It’s the second-best three year span for a defenseman in NHL history. And before Orr? It was Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Babe Pratt, who won the Hart in 1943-44. Hockey writers—apparently—don’t have much love for defensemen.Although it ostensibly honors the best player on the ice, the Hart trophy is basically an award given to the top forward — and really just the top center 5Since Orr last won the Hart in 1971-72, 28 of the 45 winners have been center icemen. That Wayne Gretzky played in that span helped. — and every once in awhile the top goalie in the NHL. Until the Hart’s description reads, “Given to the league’s best centerman (and sometimes it’s best goalie, too),” it’s due time the PHWA begins taking the candidacy of the league’s top defensemen for the league’s top honors seriously. At the NHL’s annual awards show tonight in Las Vegas, the shiniest piece of hardware that will be given out is the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player deemed to be the most valuable to his team by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. The shortlist of nominees includes Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby, Oilers’ phenom Connor McDavid, and Blue Jackets’ goalie Sergei Bobrovsky — all of whom had terrific seasons. But no matter who wins, there’s an argument to be made that it will be the wrong choice. This is because the league’s most outstanding performance came from someone who wasn’t nominated.San Jose Sharks’ defenseman Brent Burns turned heads all season, and often for reasons other than his toothless smile, man bun and ZZ Top beard. His production was everything you could ask of someone on the blue line, notching 76 points, tied for the fourth-highest point total by a defenseman since the lockout of 2004-05. Of those 76 points, 29 were goals, which was 70 percent more than the second-best defenseman and the most by anyone at the position since 2008-09. Burns isn’t only a goal-producing machine—he also led the league in point shares, 1Point shares roughly translate to the amount of a team’s points one player is responsible for. A decent analog is Bill James’ win shares, a complicated formula popular among baseball statheads. accounting for more of his team’s success in the standings than any of the three (still very worthy) MVP candidates nominated above him. He’s also the only player in the NHL to finish in the top five in both offensive and defensive point shares. That’s pretty impressive stuff, but not impressive enough to be a finalist for the Hart, apparently.Despite Burns’s gaudy scoring numbers and clear impact on his team’s success, it shouldn’t come as a shock that the PHWA left Burns off its list: Defensemen, despite representing one third of the players on ice, have a long history of being overlooked. The last time a defenseman was nominated for the Hart trophy, we were all basking in relief that Y2K hadn’t destroyed civilization. Chris Pronger won the award after his brilliant 1999-00 season with the St. Louis Blues. In his MVP-winning campaign, Pronger notched 62 points and led the NHL with 14.2 point shares, both of which fall short of Burns’s numbers from 2016-17.
Cristiano Ronaldo has the right people by his side to give him the best advice possible in regards to his uncertain future at Real Madrid, says Diego MaradonaThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been strongly linked with a shock exit from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer following his comments after Real’s Champions League title victory in May.Reports in the Spanish media have suggested that Juventus are being touted as a possible destination for Ronaldo with Paris Saint-Germain and former club Manchester United also believed to be keeping tabs on the situation.Maradona, who himself turned down a move to Real in 1992 in favour of La Liga rivals Sevilla, remained evasive on speculating Ronaldo’s possible future destination.“If Cristiano has to stay at Real Madrid or not he has to decide, I am not getting involved in that,” said the Argentine, according to The Express.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Ronaldo has people by his side who know how to advise him and they will give him the best advice possible.”Ronaldo’s inability to help Portugal in their last-16 defeat to Uruguay on Saturday has been met with criticism.But Maradona has now sprung to the defence of the 33-year-old.He added: “Well, that is a silly question because he is clearly a star player.“He truly is, there is no doubt.”