Kazakhstan defender Mark Gorman is relishing his showdown with Ireland skipper Robbie Keane. He said: “I wouldn’t say that in this match, we are talking about revenge, but of course we would like to get the most points we can in order to finish as well as possible. “This game is going to be about the national pride of the team. Of course we will be trying our best in order to achieve the best possible result for the team because we are very proud that we are taking part in this game. “We will be doing everything possible to defend ourselves.” Ireland created chances in Germany on Friday and on another night, could have scored two or three goals. However, King has indicated they will not take a gung-ho approach in their mission to round off the qualifying campaign with a victory. But Kazakhstan midfielder Andrei Karpovic is expecting a traditionally robust approach from the Irish. He said: “We completely and totally respect our opponents. However, we do hope that we will be able to achieve the best possible result for our team. “We are determined to show that we are a high-quality team and bring some joy to our supporters. “We are aware of the difficulties we are going to face playing against the Irish team because they are known as a strong, very defensive and very aggressive, in the positive meaning, when playing football.” Gorman said: “I will treat him with absolute respect, but at the same time, I do know how much pressure it puts on me to defend and protect my team. “But I do hope that I will be able to play accordingly to a high level and up to his talent. As a team, we will try our best.” The Kazakhs arrived in Dublin on the back of a 1-1 draw with Group C minnows the Faroe Islands in Torshavn, a result which did not go down well with sections of the fanbase. However, Kazakhstan coach Miroslav Beranek is confident there is more to come from his players. He said: “I was not disappointed with the result. I know that the team can play better, and that’s the goal we will be trying to achieve tomorrow.” The two sides met in the opening round of fixtures in Astana in September last year on a night when Ireland’s campaign very nearly got off to the worst possible start. They trailed 1-0 to Kairat Nurdauletov’s first-half strike with just two minutes of normal time remaining when Keane drew them level for the penalty spot to set the stage for Kevin Doyle to win it at the death. However, Beranek is adamant that revenge will not be on his mind in Dublin. The 24-year-old defender could face the task of trying to keep the LA Galaxy striker at bay as his side attempts to end its World Cup qualifying campaign on a high in Dublin. Keane, 33, has 60 senior international goals to his name and having missed on Ireland’s 3-0 defeat in Germany on Friday evening, will be raring to go if he forces his way back into interim coach Noel King’s starting line-up for the game at the Aviva Stadium. Press Association
Press Association “Unfortunately, the negative is that he has soft muscle damage and at the moment it is looking like it will probably be three to four weeks I would think.” Since Shawcross made his return in October from a back operation, Stoke have lost only five times in all competitions. Hughes added: “It is a blow to us because since Ryan came back into the team, we’ve been on a good run. “It was certainly detrimental to our performance on Saturday.” Hughes was speaking at his press conference to preview Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Liverpool, which the Potters head in to trailing 1-0 from the first leg. The Welshman expects forward Marko Arnautovic, who has been carrying a hamstring problem for a while and sat out Saturday’s match, to be available for selection. Hughes said scans had shown there was “just a little bit of tightness” rather than any major damage to Arnautovic’s hamstring and that Stoke would make sure the Austria international, having trained on Monday, was “primed and ready to go” for Tuesday night. Midfielder Geoff Cameron (ankle) remains sidelined but may be able to return in Saturday’s FA Cup game at Crystal Palace. Shawcross came off in the first half of Saturday’s 3-0 Barclays Premier League loss at Leicester. And giving an update on the central defender on Monday, Hughes said: “Thankfully it is not a recurrence of the back injury which required surgery (over the summer) so that is a positive. Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross is set to be sidelined for up to a month by a back injury, Potters boss Mark Hughes has revealed.
Florida is joining 29 other states that are part of an electronic network which is intended to maintain the integrity of voter rolls.According to elections officials, the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) could potentially help local election officials verify existing registration records and detect duplicate registrations to avoid issues at the polls.In making the announcement Wednesday, Governor Ron DeSantis said that he expects our state to join the program before the 2020 election.He also estimated that between 4 million to 5 million Floridians are not registered to vote. However, DeSantis emphasized that our state would be conducting outreach to register new voters only because it is an ERIC requirement, adding, “People spend big money trying to get voters registered. If it was just as easy to send them a postcard in the mail and fill it out, well, that would make it much easier. And typically you’ve [actually] got to do more outreach than that.”Florida, which currently has more than 13.4 million registered voters, would be the largest member of ERIC.The state’s entry to the program follows the release earlier this year of the Mueller Report, which alleged that Russians hacked electronic voter registration records in two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 election.
The annual Springfest event, put on by the Undergraduate Student Government Concerts Committee, was held in McCarthy Quad on Saturday afternoon and lasted into the evening. The concert featured headliners 2 Chainz, Portugal. The Man, BØRNS and GTA (above).
Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves’ team received a major boost Monday when star freshman forward Nic Kerdiles announced he would serve his suspension and remain a Badger.[/media-credit]More than two weeks after the NCAA suspended Nic Kerdiles, the freshman forward for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team announced Monday he would remain in Madison for the upcoming season. The 18-year-old Kerdiles is a recruit out of the U.S. National Team Developmental Program whom the Anaheim Ducks drafted in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft. The Irvine, Calif., native saw his season-long suspension taken to 10 games Friday after the school appealed the NCAA’s decision. “I still do not understand everything that has happened to me in this process or why it has happened at all,” Kerdiles said Monday, reading from a statement at head coach Mike Eaves’ weekly press conference.“My goal is not to take this situation and turn it into any adversity that my team would have to overcome,” Kerdiles continued. “Therefore, I am choosing to move forward and put all my energy and focus into being the best student athlete I can be.”Eaves credited the hard work of the UW administration in this whole process as well as Kerdiles for his maturity in handling a challenging situation.“Every once in a while you have a true freshman come in who’s beyond his years in emotional and mental state, and Nick is one of those people,” Eaves said.After the NCAA’s new ruling on the situation, Kerdiles said there was “never a doubt” he would skip out on professional hockey for at least the next year and instead don the cardinal and white. “I’ve loved every second of my first couple months here even with all this stuff going on,” Kerdiles said. “I truly believe that I’m meant to be here and meant to continue pursuing my ultimate goal of playing in the NHL.”Though Kerdiles has decided to serve the suspension, Eaves believes the recent controversy over Kerdiles will now draw more attention to the process of college hockey recruitment. The freshman fell under NCAA scrutiny after he and his family stayed in hotel rooms paid for by an NHL agent that Kerdiles’ family eventually repaid the agent for. “I’m sure that because of Nick’s situation here that there is going to be a lot of attention to detail,” Eaves said. “With the hockey players coming into college hockey and the situation with family advisors, there is no question.”Though Kerdiles will sit out until Nov. 30 when the Badgers face off with Denver on the road, the team will be looking to its younger players to step up on the road this weekend against Duluth. Eaves and Kerdiles both expressed their confidence that the locker room has not been shaken by the controversy surrounding Wisconsin’s high-profile recruit. “We’re excited about getting on the road, ” Eaves said. “That’s always fun to get on the road … We had a good week of practice last week, we will continue to build this week and see what we can get done on the road.”When UW does hit the road this weekend, they will be looking for the offense to increase its offensive production on the road when it faces an aggressive Minnesota-Duluth (2-2) team. The Bulldogs recently returned from a split with Notre Dame Thursday and Friday.“In watching film this past week, I can say this: They play hard,” Eaves said “As a matter of fact, they probably played too hard for their coach, they had to kill off about three five-on-threes Friday night.”The Badgers will hope to counter the aggressive play of the Bulldogs when they head to Minnesota for their third and fourth games of the season. Wisconsin has yet to win a game in the young season and is looking for more offensive efficiency against its first WCHA opponent. They will be facing a UMD team looking to create an identity after losing much of its offensive firepower with the graduation of last year’s senior class.“As we look at their club very quickly,” Eaves said. “They have seven seniors, they have a bunch of highly-touted young freshmen and a couple young goaltenders that they’re trying to figure out who’s going to be there number one.”
Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Last Updated: 22nd August, 2020 07:44 IST Indy 500 Does Its Best To Shine As Show Goes On In Pandemic The Indianapolis 500 has been stripped almost to the bone for the 104th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Written By COMMENT The Indianapolis 500 has been stripped almost to the bone for the 104th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”The iconic test of man and machine is too important to new owner Roger Penske to cancel in the year of the coronavirus pandemic. Its importance to the survival of IndyCar teams meant the race had to be staged even if the gates at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be closed to fans for the first time in its long, storied history.“Virtually every sponsorship you have is tied to this event. It’s the 800-pound gorilla,” said Bobby Rahal, owner of three cars entered in Sunday’s race that was rescheduled from its traditional Memorial Day weekend slot.“I think the idea of not having the Indy 500 would have been disastrous to probably every team,” he said. “It would have been a death knell to some teams, so, yes, this race had to happen.”Penske, the billionaire businessman who closed his purchase of the national landmark speedway and the series itself in January, will host the marquee race practically out of pocket. The Indy 500 was canceled only during World War I and World War II and Penske’s staff has gone to extreme lengths to make the race still feel like a world-class event even without fans.It’s cachet improved when Marco Andretti won the pole, a feat not done by his famous family since Mario Andretti did it in 1987. Marco was just two months old when his grandfather won his last Indy pole and Marco’s father, uncle and cousin all failed to duplicate the effort.Mario’s victory in 1969 is the only Indy 500 win among five Andretti drivers covering 74 starts. It was Marco, as a rookie in 2006, who last came closest to ending the “Andretti Curse” when he was beaten at the finish line.This is his time, a full 15 years later, and Andretti is up for the challenge .“I feel good and I’m not stressed out. My grandfather and I even talked about it, there’s something about our family that lives for this type of good pressure,” Andretti said. “I feel at home. I feel in my element. Feeling pressure means you are playing for something.”His top competition seems to be his very own Andretti Autosport teammates as the Honda-powered cars trounced Chevrolet in qualifying. The Andretti camp starts four drivers in the first three rows, while Honda took all but one of the nine slots.The front of the pack includes a pair of rookies: Alex Palou in a Honda for Dale Coyne Racing, and 19-year-old Rinus VeeKay, the lone Chevrolet driver to crack the fast nine who is mentored by fellow Dutchmen and two-time Indy 500 Arie Luyendyk.The Chevrolet contingent is mostly stuck in the back of the 33-car field — which filled up late. DragonSpeed Racing with driver Ben Hanley announced its entry just last week and missed almost two full days of practice getting a car prepared.The back of the field includes Penske’s entire four-car fleet, which includes the last two winners in Simon Pagenaud and Will Power, defending IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden, and three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves.For Castroneves, it just might be the winding down of his 20-year relationship with Penske. The sports car arm of Team Penske plans is taking a pause in 2021 and it leaves Castroneves without a full-time job. He very much wants to return to IndyCar next season.“The situations may be with another team. Who knows?” Castroneves said.Castroneves and Tony Kanaan, two wildly popular drivers, are both facing uncertainty after this 500. Kanaan knew he would not run a full IndyCar season but this five-race farewell tour has been ruined by the pandemic and he wants to be back at Indy next year. As the two Brazilians work on their schedules, they have both been among the first drivers announced to compete in Tony Stewart’s upcoming all-star series for veteran drivers.Fernando Alonso is back for a third attempt at closing out the Triple Crown of motorsports. The two-time Formula One champion did not make the Indy 500 last year and this could be his last chance for a bit to add Indianapolis to a resume that includes victories at Monaco and Le Mans.Alonso is returning to F1 next season and will miss the Indy 500 the next two years. He said if he wins Sunday he will have achieved his goal, but the Arrow McLaren SP team has only been mediocre leading into Friday’s final practice. It was only then the McLaren team showed a flicker with teammate Pato O’Ward topping the final speed chart. Alonso, the only driver to crash during Indy 500 practices, was 23rd.Somewhat under the radar of the Andretti-led Honda challenge of Chevrolet is five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon, who will start second alongside Andretti. The Iceman has been phenomenal in this abbreviated season with three wins and four podium finishes. He’s got a cozy lead in the IndyCar championship standings and is seeking to add a second Indy 500 win to his stacked resume.Dixon was genuinely pleased for Andretti after Andretti knocked him from the pole, but the fun is over come Sunday.“I hope it’s us winning the Indy 500,” Dixon said. “That’s what we’re thinking about. It’s honestly all just thinking about us trying to win the race and be best prepared.”Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 22nd August, 2020 07:44 IST FOLLOW US
Jackson…killed in his way home from school Detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Homicide Bureau are investigating a shooting, which resulted in the death of 18-year old Jovantae Jackson.According to investigators, officers were dispatched to the above listed area, reference a man being shot. On arrival they found Jackson suffering from an apparent gunshot wounds.Jackson had been trying to cut ties with a local gang and was beginning to turn over a new leaf when he was shot dead walking home from school.The teen had recently finished a court-ordered house arrest for a gun charge. The senior at Stellar Leadership Academy Charter School had just found a job at a local fast food restaurant and was two weeks from graduating high school.Three weeks ago, he learned he was going to be a father.Jackson was walking with classmates near the intersection of Northwest 82nd Street and 25th Avenue at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, when someone pulled up in a car and opened fire. He was struck five times.Jovantae was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where, he died while undergoing surgery.
Ghana forward, Abdul Majeed Waris, has joined French side, RC Strasbourg on a 6-month loan from FC Porto.The deal was announced by the French club on Thursday evening and it added that Waris could make his stay permanent for two years should the club decide so.Waris has struggled for regular playing time at Porto and the move is seen as a great opportunity for him to put his career back on track.He has already played in France for FC Lorient, Valenciennes and FC Nantes and so, he will be in very familiar territory and Waris said in his first interview with that he was eager to play in France again.“I am very happy to be here at Racing Strasbourg. It was my priority to come back to France and Strasbourg is a team I am familiar with. The head of recruitment, Loic Désiré, and the team have pursued me for a some months now.When I recently played for Nantes, I faced Strasbourg. They have a great atmosphere in their stadium and I wish to experience those moments with the fans at the Meinau.I wish to bring my qualities to a team that already has very good forwards. I know Kenny Lala with whom I played at Valenciennes and Lamine Kone who was my team mate at Lorient. I am also to see that my friend, Alexander Djiku here. We spent the last holidays in Ghana together.I am really looking forward to a good start here and also to learn more about this beautiful city of Strasbourg.”It uncertain when Waris will make his first appearance for the club. On January 18, they face Angoulême in the French Cup and on January 25, they take on Monaco in the Ligue 1.Strasbourg are currently 12th on the Ligue 1 table.
“I was just mad we were down 20, man,” Rivers later told reporters. “Somebody said something. Obviously, I put my emotions, I put everything into my game. He didn’t even say anything about me. He was talking about our team in general and I just took it personally.”Rivers said he sought out the unnamed fan after the final buzzer to apologize.“I went up after the game and apologized to the guy because, at the end of the day, I’m a professional and he’s not, so I’ve got to act professional,” Rivers said. “I apologized. We shook hands. He’s like, ‘It’s all good. It’s my bad.’”Rivers said there was another fan seated near the Clippers’ bench who also got under his skin.“He was talking (stuff) about the team,” Rivers said. “Come on, man. He was cheering the first half. The second half he was talking about Steve Ballmer, Doc (Rivers) and D.J. (DeAndre Jordan), saying demeaning stuff to other teammates, saying ‘Austin, D.J., y’all need help.’ Short-handed Clippers no match for Jazz down the stretch Sam Dekker had a simple message for his Clippers teammates Thursday, after they played without four of their five starters and lost to the Utah Jazz by 19 points, a game in which they were outscored by a mind-boggling 52-26 after leading 81-74 with 6:51 left in the third quarter.“The worst thing you can do is freak out,” Dekker said.Too late.Austin Rivers let his emotions get the better of him as the game slipped from the Clippers’ grasp. He confronted a heckler in a court-side seat at Staples Center with the Clippers trailing 119-110 with 3:14 remaining. Rivers’ parting words were not “happy holidays.” “You don’t say (stuff) like that. I don’t like that, you know what I mean? I like fans who die with you. We have a lot of good ones. Tonight, we had some that chose to say things. That’s fine. That’s not a problem. It is what it is. Every team has that. That didn’t bother me.”Meanwhile, the games continue.The Clippers departed Friday for a two-game trip to play the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. The short-handed Clippers’ three-game winning streak was a distant memory by the time the short-handed Jazz put the finishing touches on a 126-107 win.Blake Griffin (sprained knee), Patrick Beverley (knee surgery), Danilo Gallinari (glute strain) and Milos Teodosic (plantar fascia injury) are sidelined by injuries. Griffin is out two months and Beverley is sidelined for the rest of the season. Gallinari and Teodosic could be back in the lineup soon.“We have four starters out,” Dekker said. “That’s weird. That doesn’t happen much. We have a team that can do a lot. We have a team that added depth for a reason. It’s not all super-household names, but we have guys who have played in this league before.“We’re confident we can build on a lot of the good things we did (against Utah). They made one big long run, otherwise we had the lead or it was a close game the whole night. We’re not freaking out. We’re keeping our spirits high and going into Dallas confidently.“So, I think we have a lot of good things to build on and we’re going to do that.” Blake Griffin’s knee sprain could have been a lot worse for Clippers Heisler: How Doc Rivers went from indispensable Clipper to doomed one Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The first-place Dodgers (85-62) retained their lead of 8 1/2 games over the Giants and also reduced their magic number to clinch the NL West to seven with the Giants’ loss to Arizona.The Pirates (88-60), holding down the first wild-card spot in the National League, snapped their four-game losing streak.Mark Melancon picked up his 47th save.Kershaw was asked about his stuff. He spoke in hushed tones.“It was all right,” he said. “Not bad. It was OK. Just … I don’t know, it was all right. I don’t have much to say, I guess. But it was fine.” There were two keys to this loss that bugged Kershaw. He had Andrew McCuthen in a 1-2 hole in the top of the third inning, yet McCutchen worked the count full before whacking a two-run double down the right-field line for a 2-1 Pirates lead.The Dodgers, who got an RBI single by returning Howie Kendrick in the first, tied the game with an RBI double by A.J. Ellis in the bottom of the seventh. Not long after, Kershaw gave up the double to Polanco to begin the eighth.It was the hit by McCutchen that Kershaw most disliked.“I don’t know if frustrating is the right word,” Kershaw said, “but you don’t want to give up two runs on a hit when you’ve got two strikes on a guy.”Dodgers manager Don Mattingly intimated Kershaw pitched well enough to win. He reminded reporters how good the Pirates are this year.“Those guys aren’t where they’re at for no reason,” he said. “You’ve gotta run through that set of righties, you’ve gotta fight for every out. And that’s what they make you do and that’s what Clayton had to do. It speaks to how good they are and how good he is, obviously.”The good news is, Kershaw now has 272 strikeouts and figures to have a good shot to reach 300 for the first time.“Not really,” he said, when asked if he cares about that. “Not too much. Just trying to get outs.”Hatcher wasn’t thrilled, either, about the double he allowed to Ramirez that plated Polanco.“It was pretty frustrating,” Hatcher said. “Threw a slider, didn’t have any lateral movement on it and he put a good swing on it.”Liriano was very good. Corey Seager, who has been hitting lefties so well, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Liriano.“He’s good,” Seager said. “He was on his game. He commanded well, threw it where he needed to. He was impressive.”Liriano was pleased with his outing.“Everything felt good today, and I was able to throw any pitch in any location,” he said. “I had my good fastball today, and that helped me with my breaking stuff. So I just tried to go as deep as I can. Getting ahead early in the count is the whole key for me.”There was some worrisome news. Third baseman Justin Turner left the game in the seventh inning with left knee soreness. Turner said post-game that he would likely be out of the lineup for Sunday’s series finale.“Earlier in the year I fouled a ball off my knee, same spot, so I don’t know if it’s something that’s lingering from that, scare tissue or whatnot,” Turner said. “It just kind of got almost unbearable.“It doesn’t really prevent me from doing anything, it’s just a bit uncomfortable.” Turner said he was hopeful this isn’t something he’ll have to deal with the rest of the season.“Hopefully, take some medicine, some anti-inflammatories or something and let it calm down for a day or two and get right back on the horse.” Clayton Kershaw was rather subdued about 9:15 Saturday night. He had just pitched seven-plus solid innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but they weren’t solid enough as the Pirates scored a run in the top of the eighth to break a 2-2 tie on their way to a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers before 49,441 at Dodger Stadium.It was the first loss for Kershaw (14-7) since June 27 as he had won nine consecutive decisions. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits. He struck out eight and walked two on 100 pitches, coming out after giving up a leadoff double to Gregory Polanco to open the eighth. His ERA rose from 2.12 to 2.18.Polanco scored on a double by Aramis Ramirez off reliever Chris Hatcher for what proved to be the winning run. Fellow southpaw Francisco Liriano (11-7) picked up the victory. He allowed two earned runs on five hits, striking out nine and walking two over seven innings.