Loris Karius made two horrendous mistakes in the Champions League final and he was the main reason that Liverpool lost the game – and Dietmar Hamann criticized him even for his behaviour after the game.The former Reds star believes that it wasn’t right by the keeper to get so emotional after the game and he should have behaved differently after ruining such an important game for the whole squad.Hamann spoke about Karius as he said, according to Rush The Kop:Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I didn’t like was his behaviour afterwards. To publicly show his suffering after the final whistle was just as unnecessary as his tearful asking for forgiveness from the Reds fans.”“Liverpool fans forgive their stars just as well as any other… with one exception: when your ego doesn’t match your performance.”“Karius drives through Liverpool with the personalized number plates ‘LK1’ and makes waves in the city whenever he steps out. Having airs like that is something, Cristiano Ronaldo… can pull off.”
The Argentinean midfielder will have his first test with the Italian club today during the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy match in SpainFootball Italia is reporting that Argentinean striker Gonzalo Higuain could make his AC Milan debut today.His team will play Real Madrid tonight in the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy friendly match.After being transferred from Argentina’s River Plate to Los Merengues in 2007, Higuain enjoyed much success with Los Blancos.In 190 matches played, the forward was able to score in 107 occasions.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Which is why today’s match is very important for him, as he could play again in his old Santiago Bernabeu home against his old team.Gonzalo went to Napoli in 2013, before being bought by Juventus in 2016.This year the striker has been loaned to AC Milan and has yet to debut.The Santiago Bernabeu Trophy match has been played since 1979.Real Madrid has won in 27 occasions, while AC Milan has done the same in two, losing one against Los Merengues.
The Barcelona player believes that the Video Assistant Referee technology would have allowed his former team Bayern Munich to win two titlesArturo Vidal has just arrived at Barcelona, and he’s already making headlines.He lost no time and attacked Real Madrid’s Champions League trophies.According to a report by Four Four Two, the Chilean international said that if the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was available before, Los Merengues would have less European championships.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“With VAR, Bayern would have two more Champions League titles and Madrid two less,” he told Mundo Deportivo.“I want to win everything,” he added.“My favorite title is the Champions League.”Barcelona and Vidal will travel to Valladolid to play on Saturday in La Liga’s second fixture.
Julian Nagelsmann became the youngest coach ever to manage in the Champions League following Hoffenheim’s 2-2 draw with Shakhtar DonetskNagelsmann is already the Bundesliga’s youngest manager, but he has now added the mantle in Europe at just 31 years and 58 days old.However, the German was unable to mark his Champions League managerial debut with a win after Hoffenheim twice surrendered the lead to settle for a 2-2 draw with Shakhtar at the Metalist Stadium on Wednesday.Goals from Florian Grillitsch and Havard Nordtveit seemed to seal the three points for Hoffenheim until de Andrade Barberan’s equaliser for Shakhtar nine minutes from time ensured a draw.While admitting that the result was fair, Nagelsmann was left to lament the missed opportunities.“The result is fair, due to the final quarter of an hour. We purposefully defended deep, to try and counter. The first goal was well worked by us, but we should’ve gone in the lead earlier,” said Nagelsmann in his post-match comments.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“We should’ve decided the game in the second half, but we lacked being able to attack from the back. We saw a very pure and proper game of football and I’m not disappointed with our performance..”Elsewhere in Group F, Lyon pulled off a shocking 2-1 win away to Manchester City.31 – Aged 31 years and 58 days, Hoffenheim’s julian Nagelsmann is the youngest ever manager in the Champions League. Rookie. #FCSDTSG #UCL @achtzehn99_en @ChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/sZBii8zW9M— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 19, 2018
The first reports from Messi’s injury have been disclosed and things are not as grave as they could have been, he won’t play vs Inter and will miss El Clasico.The images of Lionel Messi’s horrific elbow injury are difficult to watch, the worse was expected but we all needed to make sure if he was going to miss El Clasico or even longer.Fortunately for the Argentine player and FC Barcelona, Messi suffered a distal radius fracture which will keep him out for 3 weeks according to reports from Diario Sport.Fortunately for everyone, this type of injury is not as serious as others that sometimes keep players out of competitions for several months, we all know how long bone fractures can take to heal but Messi didn’t suffer the incident in a sensitive area of his body.The player was immediately taken to San Joan Despi’s medical facility after many of the early prognoses were already quite alarming, it was almost certain that he would miss the Champions League match against Internazionale Milano but there was still a small ray of hope that he could make it to El Clasico next weekend.However, the official report from FC Barcelona’s gave us the news that we didn’t want to hear and Messi will stay out of competition for at least three weeks depending on how his recovery process develops.❗ [INJURY NEWS] Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks. #FuerzaLeo pic.twitter.com/kpNcspnfqo— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 20, 2018With this news about his fracture, Lionel Messi will miss up to five matches throughout all competitions during the time that the Argentine will stay injured.First, Lionel will surely miss out on both Champions League matches against Internazionale Milano, the first at Camp Nou in a couple of days and the second one on 6 November at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.Messi will also miss out on next weekend’s El Clasico action, which marks the first time we won’t enjoy a Barcelona vs Real Madrid match without the presence of either him or Cristiano Ronaldo since December 2007.Between the match against Los Blancos and the second one against Inter, Barcelona will travel to play against Cultural Leonesa in Copa del Ray, as well as Vallecas to play against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.And finally, right before the next international break on November, Messi will also miss out on the match against Real Betis at the Camp Nou.All players then go on the final commitment with their respective national teams, and they will return with their clubs on the final week of November.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.”How can Messi get an arm injury when goats have four legs?”– @utdBrett pic.twitter.com/6ETGzVBhAz— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) October 20, 2018Messi’s possible return to activityWhat the Barcelona doctors are aiming for with this new setback in Lionel Messi’s current season, is to have him back in form and ready to play when the final international break of 2018 is over.On 24 November, FC Barcelona has a crucial visit to the Metropolitano Stadium against Atletico Madrid.Apart from the objective of having Messi fit for this match, the club will also have the complicated task of staying as La Liga’s leaders in the next month without their skipper and have him back to keep fighting for it against the Colchoneros.El Clasico doesn’t matter anymore, Messi won’t be in it and we are potentially going to watch a match that will have everyone wondering what it will be like without a player like him or Cristiano Ronaldo for that matter.With the latest injury this Saturday, Lionel Messi has suffered 14 throughout his career with the Catalan club. Most of his physical problems during matches have been of muscular nature, with only a couple of them being more serious like today.Get ready for a full month without Lionel Messi, we know we won’t like it.🇦🇷 Lionel Messi is forced off for @FCBarcelona with a serious arm injury.😢 Get well soon, King Leo. pic.twitter.com/bnYpTSpKz2— SPORF (@Sporf) October 20, 2018Do you think Lionel Messi will make it in time to play against Atletico Madrid a month from now? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Bayern Munich manager Nico Kovac says his team are ready to chase down Borussia Dortmund in the race for this season’s Bundesliga title.Kovac insists his team are “hunters” who are desperate to chase down league leaders Dortmund and win the title after increasing the pressure on Lucien Favre’s men.The Bavarians moved within three points of Dortmund after their 3-1 win over Hoffenheim as the Bundesliga resumed from winter break on Friday.Leon Goretzka’s first-half brace and Robert Lewandowski’s late goal saw the German champions to their sixth successive league victory.Speaking afterwards, Bayern head coach Kovac said, according to FourFourTwo: Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“The first half was sensational. That was our ambition, that’s what we’re able to do.”“The result is good, we got off to a good start to the second half of the season and increased the pressure.”“We’re the hunters, we want to chase Dortmund. We want to chase and seal the championship title. The decisive thing is to be at the top at the end of the season.”
Derby County are reportedly closing on a deal to sign Ashley Cole on a free transfer following his departure from Los Angeles Galaxy.The former Chelsea left-back is expected to have a medical on Monday and sign a short-term deal until the end of the current campaign for little more than the £10,000 a week he was earning in LA, which for the Rams manager, Frank Lampard it’s a win, win situation.The Championship club will get the most ultra-professional defender and Cole will be given the chance to take his first steps in what he hopes will be a coaching career as distinguished as his playing career.Lampard said, according to Mirror Football: “Some of the way the media painted him was out of order. Anybody who knows Ashley Cole knows he’s polite.”Premier League Legends: Ashley Cole, England’s Eternal Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – August 19, 2019 It’s time to talk about one of the hardest-working players in Premier League history, the Legend that is full-back Ashley Cole.Now that we know…“He’s a family man, he adores the people around him.”“He trains diligently every day. He is nice to all the fans – and those things may have been glossed over in the past, but now the truth is coming out.”“If you give him one pound or £100,000 a week, you still get the same professional every day. He will turn up first to the training ground and give everything.”“He will help people around him and leave last. I understand people get obsessed with wages, but it has nothing to do with it.”
Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, #Manyislandsmanypossibilites Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 18, 2017 – The tourist board is touting a new sister islands marketing campaign which will feature not only some of the less visited destinations of the country but some of its most intriguing natives, including now world renowned artist from these islands: Bradley Theodore.In a collaboration which is dubbed, ‘Many Islands, Many Possibilities’ the new video features North Caicos, Middle Caicos, Grand Turk, Gibbs Cay and some roads less traveled in Provo.Pamela Ewing, the Tourist Board’s executive in North America and Oehleo Higgs, Senior PR for the Board based in Providenciales explained that the videos were filmed last week and are in keeping with the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s designated theme for 2017, as the Year of Adventure. TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Photocredit: TCI Tourist Board#MagneticNewsMedia#Manyislandsmanypossibilites
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NationalCrimeAgency Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 30, 2017 – Providenciales – Trainings in policing are in the Turks and Caicos this week from the #NationalCrimeAgency of the UK. DCP Trevor Botting is tweeting a welcome to the officers on Twitter who are here for safeguarding training in an effort to improve police service delivered to victims of special crimes.An image shows a session tailored to beat and patrol officers and how they should and must respond to cases of sexual exploitation and abuse offences related to children.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Xherdan Shaqiri has urged Liverpool to maintain the professionalism and desire they displayed in their 4-1 win against Cardiff City for the duration of the season.Shaqiri came off the bench on the 61st minute at Anfield on Saturday and scored the third goal in their 4-1 home win, but they were faced with strong resistance from Cardiff City and Jürgen Klopp’s side continued to probe until they scored twice in the last 10 minutes to settle the game.After the game, Shaqiri admitted that the 4-1 scoreline flattered Liverpool but the character of the team that led to the result as important for their season.“We had to be brave all game,” Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“You saw in the beginning, we scored very early for 1-0 but it was a tough game to play and it was not nice to play against this team; they are a very physical team.We knew they were very strong in [set-pieces] with big players in their team.“So we had to be brave all game and, in the end, I think the result is a little bit too much for this game but it’s a good sign for the team that we believed until the end and we also tried to score more goals. We fully deserved the win.”
Inter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti is unaware of any interest from Real Madrid for star striker Mauro IcardiThe Nerazzurri captain has been linked with a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu for the past few months.With the likes of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale struggling for goals, Real are understood to be looking to bolster their attacking options.And Icardi, who’s scored 116 goals in 198 Serie A games, is the kind player that Real would favour.But, as far as Zanetti is concerned, Icardi is going nowhere.“Icardi is very happy at Inter and we are not aware of any interest of Real Madrid,” Zanetti told Marca.“We know the situation of our own club, we are under no pressure to sell and Mauro is our star player and our focal point in attack.”Meanwhile, Inter will host Icardi’s former club Barcelona in the Champions League tonight.Report: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…Another defeat to the Catalan side will cost Inter the chance to finish in top spot of Group B.“I expect a very difficult game, they have quality throughout the side but Inter have everything to aim for a win,” added Zanetti.“I don’t think we’ll see a very different Barça [from the first game], they’ll go out and do the same because they never change their philosophy.“They’ll want to control the game and we’ll need to counteract that.“We started well at Camp Nou, but Barcelona made the most of their possession and scored at the right time. They went into the break 1-0 up and that was important.“Lionel Messi? It’s a pleasure to watch him play, but I hope he stays on the bench for a bit… I know him a little though, and he’ll be desperate to get on the pitch.”The Group B game between Inter and Barcelona at the San Siro will begin at 21:00 (CEST).
Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham can beat anyone in Europe ahead of facing Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 first leg at Wembley.Spurs emerged victorious twice against Dortmund in last season’s group stage and the Belgian defender is eyeing a spot in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011.“We can beat anyone,” he told Sky. “We have shown that last year. Over two games we were the better team against Real Madrid who were the eventual winners of the trophy.“That is why it was a shame we could not do better last year because we felt we should have done better. That is why everyone has the feeling we can do it this year.”🗣️ “We’re full of confidence and we want to go through.”#COYS pic.twitter.com/honXDUIBPJ— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 12, 2019Centre-back Vertonghen looks set to start at left-back following injuries to Danny Rose and Ben Davies, with Rose facing a fitness test on Wednesday to see whether he can make the bench.“I’m always available for any position where the team needs me,’ added Vertonghen. ‘Obviously, there’s some difference between the positions. As a centre-back, everyone knows the way I play and as a left-back, I try to do it my way.“I’m different to Danny Rose or Ben Davies but I’ve played there so many times with Belgium at the start of my career and I think I can do it in a way to suit the team.”Vertonghen has called on the Spurs fans to turn up in mass when the Bundesliga leaders visit the national stadium.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It definitely helps when the stadium is full and rocking and I bet we will see that tomorrow,” Vertonghen went on.“It’s a great fixture for everyone in football and that’s why we became football players.“We want to play these games at Wembley, one of the best stadiums in the world and if you can get one of the best crowds in the world that will definitely help us to put a good result out.A huge night under the Wembley lights. 👊🎟️ Join us tomorrow for our #UCL clash with Dortmund 👇— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 12, 2019‘Home advantage is something big definitely in the knockout phase of the Champions League.“We had some great home games in the Champions League last season and we definitely need that again.“It gives you a great lift, we are playing the first leg at home now so we need everyone behind us and it will give us an extra boost tomorrow.”
Mark Schleisman examines his cover crop on M&M Farms in Lake City, Iowa.The American Soybean Association (ASA) presented Mark Schleisman, from Lake City, Iowa, with the 2018 National Conservation Legacy Award during the annual ASA Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif.Prior to Schleisman’s recognition as the program’s national winner, he was named the Midwest Regional winner of the Conservation Legacy Award. The national award winner is chosen from three regional winners. The other 2018 regional winners were Dave and Linda Burrier, Union Bridge, Md. (Northeast Region) and Grant Norwood, Mansfield, Tenn. (South Region).The Conservation Legacy Awards program is a national program designed to recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievements of soybean farmers, which help to produce more sustainable U.S. soybeans. Along with ASA, the program is co-sponsored by BASF, Monsanto, Corn & Soybean Digest magazine, the United Soybean Board/Soybean Checkoff and Valent.Schleisman heads up M&M Farms, a diverse family operation in Calhoun County, Iowa. M&M Farms grows 4,500 acres of crops, including 2,000 acres of popcorn; manages 360 cow-calf pairs; and finish approximately 30,000 head of pigs.With livestock being such an important part of the M&M Farms operation, Schleisman was approached by Practical Farmers of Iowa to do a three-year research project documenting the economic benefits of cover crops and grazing. He and three other farmers documented the feed value of the biomass produced by cover crops.“The amount of cover crop growth we get is very weather dependent, but we have seen a value of $70 an acre or more, with our top year coming in at $76 an acre,” Schleisman said. “The benefit to the cows is tremendous.”The family started with cereal rye as its choice for a cover crop and now is adding other species such as oilseed radishes and rape. “The cows seem more satisfied on the cover crops, because they are not just eating dried up corn stalks, but getting some green material in there,” Schleisman said.The economic benefits became obvious quickly. “By our numbers, we are getting at least a three times return in the short term by grazing those cover crops, in addition to the long-term benefits we are seeing in soil health,” Schleisman added. The soil health benefits realized on M&M Farms led them to also plant cover crops on fields where they don’t have cows graze.M&M Farms is also very engaged in protecting water quality. It is located in the Elk Run watershed, a tributary to the Raccoon River and a source of concern about nitrate. As part of a demonstration project directed by the Iowa Soybean Association in cooperation with a number of partner organizations, Schleisman installed a couple of edge-of-field practices designed to significantly cut nitrate contribution to the Raccoon River.One of these practices is a saturated buffer. It stores water under field buffers by diverting tile water into shallow laterals that raise the water table within the buffer, thus slowing outflow. The other edge-of-field treatment process is a bioreactor. It consists of a buried pit filled with a carbon source (wood chips) through which tile water is diverted. The carbon provides a food source for microorganisms; they use nitrate to metabolize the carbon, converting the nitrate to harmless atmospheric nitrogen gas.“I have seen nitrate levels entering the bioreactor running 15 to 22 parts per million,” Schleisman said. “It is exiting the bioreactor at less than one part per million.”He has shared that story with many farm audiences, and has been featured in many interviews conducted for urban audiences as well.There are many more innovative and sustainable practices that Schleisman and the other recipients of the 2018 Conservation Legacy Awards are putting into action on their farms today. Click here to see a special insert on the winners that was included in a recent issue of Corn & Soybean Digest. Videos on each of the winning operations are available here.Tell us your conservation story and share your thoughts about this award on social media by using #conservationlegacy and #sustainability.
Another drenching June rainstorm will arrive late Thursday evening, punctuating the 19th straight day of measurable rainfall in Vancouver.“It’s not your typical pattern for late spring,” said Steve Starmer, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Portland. “We’ve had a very active, moist jet stream coming across the Pacific.”Forecasters say we may get a break in the onslaught of rain by Saturday. Even then, forecasters say the sky will be “mostly cloudy” with a high temperature of about 70 degrees in the Portland-Vancouver area.Beyond that, forecasters are hedging their bets.The weather service’s seven-day outlook, updated Wednesday afternoon, uses the exact same verbiage to describe the forecast for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Portland-Vancouver:“Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers.”If it rains again on Friday, it will mark the longest consecutive string of rainy days in Vancouver since we experienced 27 consecutive days of measurable precipitation from Dec. 17, 2008, through Jan. 12, 2009. Much of that fell as snow.Vancouver totaled almost three-quarters of an inch of rain through 5 p.m. Wednesday.At Cougar, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Range, the weather service reported 3.69 inches of rain had fallen over 30 hours concluding at 4 p.m. For perspective, that nearly equals Vancouver’s rainfall for the entire month of May.“It’s been pouring nonstop,” said Lindsey Campbell, a bartender at the Cougar Bar and Grill.
The U.S. Capitol Police force is advising members of the House and their aides to “take reasonable and prudent precautions” about their own security in the wake of a congresswoman’s shooting in Arizona.In an e-mail obtained by The Associated Press, the Capitol Police say they are directly involved in the investigation of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.The notice says federal, state and local law enforcement authorities are involved in the investigation.-The Associated PressThe Washington PostTUCSON, Ariz. – The surgeon who operated on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., said he was “optimistic” she would recover from being shot in the head Saturday by a man with a semi-automatic weapon outside a grocery store.Six others at the congressional outreach event did not.Federal law enforcement sources said that John Roll, the senior U.S. district judge in Arizona, was shot and killed in the incident. The Pima County Sheriff’s Office said that five others including a 9-year-old child had died, and 18 people were injured. Earlier in the afternoon, CNN and NPR reported that Giffords had died.In brief public remarks, President Barack Obama said he had dispatched FBI director Robert Mueller to the scene.“We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society,” Obama said. “I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week below 400,000 for the first time in four months, a sign that the job market may be improving slowly after a recent slump.Applications for unemployment aid dropped by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 395,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Applications had been above 400,000 for the previous 17 weeks.The four-week average, a less-volatile figure, fell to 405,000, its sixth straight decline and the lowest level since mid-April. That suggests layoffs have eased.The decline in applications helped lift stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 85 points in the first hour of trading.Applications fell in February to 375,000, a level that reflects healthy job growth. They soared to an eight-month high of 478,000 in late April, and have declined slowly since then.There were fewer layoffs last week in the manufacturing, transportation and service industries, according to the report. Only nine states reported an increase in applications.Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics said the decline shows the job market is at least not getting worse.“Of course, it tells us nothing about hiring, which the market turmoil of recent weeks will not have helped,” said Dales, noting the 16 percent decline in the Dow Jones industrial average since July 21.The economy added 117,000 net jobs in July, the government said last week. That was an improvement from the previous two months. But it’s far below the average of 215,000 jobs per month that companies created from February through April.
PORTLAND — The stakes weren’t monumental, but the show was worthy of a big stage.Abby Wambach delivered two goals in the second half Thursday, and the United States delighted a crowd of 18,570 with plenty of offensive creativity in a 3-0 victory over Canada in an international women’s soccer exhibition match at Jeld-Wen Field.Playing for only the second time since the heartbreaking loss on July 17 to Japan in the World Cup final, the USA dominated on Thursday by using its quickness and short passing to build the attack from many angles.But it wasn’t until the final half-hour that the Americans delivered goals.Not surprisingly, it was Wambach who delivered. Dating to the World Cup, the 31-year-old from Rochester, N.Y., has scored in her last six appearances for the national team. That includes the only goal in a 1-1 draw with Canada on Saturday in Kansas City.“I was proud of everybody. If you create enough opportunities, a few are going to fall,” Wambach said.First came a left-footed dart from the top of the 18-yard box in the 63rd minute that screamed into the left side of the net.Seven minutes later, Wambach struck again with a diving header at the left post to finish off a cross from Kelley O’Hara.The exclamation point came in the final seconds of the match, when Alex Morgan was in the right place to re-direct a Lauren Cheney header into the goal.
Game recapTimbers 2, Fire 1Game changer: Sal Zizzo’s speed on the right wing injected energy into the second half for Portland.Up next: Spanish side Valencia visits Portland for an exhibition match at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.PORTLAND — Sal Zizzo stepped onto the field at halftime Sunday and quickly took ownership of the eastern sideline at Jeld-Wen Field.Playing in Portland for the first time since a knee injury in the Timbers’ final home match of 2011, Zizzo’s speed and assertiveness brought some life into the 2012 season as the Timbers won for the first time in a month, beating the Chicago Fire 2-1.“I think when Sal comes on the crowd appreciate him and it gives you a lift, especially going toward the Timbers Army end,” Portland coach John Spencer said.Zizzo’s speed helped the Timbers regain momentum in the second half, and his corner kick produced the go-ahead goal as the Timbers won for the third time in six Major League Soccer home games this season.Never mind that the winning goal was officially an own goal off of Fire captain Logan Pause. Sunday’s victory was deserved as the Timbers played with a higher tempo and confidence than they have displayed for a month. As a bonus, Sunday’s win moves them out of last place in the Western Conference. At 3-5-3, Portland is one point better than the Los Angeles Galaxy.Both Timbers’ goals resulted from corner kicks Sunday, the first one from defender Eric Brunner for a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute, and the second coming from a Zizzo corner kick that Kris Boyd flicked with his head before it bounced off of Pause and into the goal.
The C-Tran Board of Directors tonight will consider awarding a contract of up to $2.25 million advancing a proposed bus rapid transit line on Vancouver’s Fourth Plain corridor.Awarding the contract to consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff would carry the enhanced bus system through the project development phase. C-Tran hopes to apply for a Federal Transit Administration grant to help build the $49 million system, and faces a September deadline as part of that process. Failure to act on the contract this month could set the project back by at least a year, according to a C-Tran staff report.The project continues to move forward despite having no clear funding source to cover C-Tran’s local share of about $6 million. Last year, voters soundly rejected a sales tax increase that would have covered that share, in addition to the local operating cost of light rail planned as part of the Columbia River Crossing bridge replacement project. When the C-Tran board last discussed bus rapid transit in March, some members expressed reservations about advancing the project without support from voters.Some bus rapid transit supporters have called for C-Tran to use its existing funds to pay the local share of the project. C-Tran holds about $10 million in uncommitted capital reserves.Bus rapid transit uses larger vehicles, raised boarding platforms, specialized signals and other features in an effort to move passengers more efficiently and reliably. C-Tran has proposed putting a line between downtown and the Westfield Vancouver mall.The board meeting begins tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. An earlier board composition review meeting begins at 5 p.m.
PORTLAND — Nine-foot-high fences now line both sides of the Portland’s Vista Bridge, an 87-year-old span known locally as the “The Suicide Bridge.”At least 19 people have jumped from the bridge in the past decade, including five this year.In an effort to prevent further deaths, the group Friends of The Vista Bridge asked the city earlier this year to erect suicide-prevention barriers.Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick agreed and approved spending $236,000 to install temporary fencing until federal money is available for a permanent barrier that is architecturally appropriate for the historic bridge.Work started last month and was completed last week.