Real cruise into last 16, Liverpool blow three-goal lead

first_imgMadrid players celebrate after thrashing ApoelParis, France | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid thrashed APOEL 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla.Zinedine Zidane’s Real bounced back from their 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last time out by crushing APOEL, with four of the goals coming before half-time. Tottenham sealed top spot in Group H with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the hosts ahead, but with Real’s thumping win sending Dortmund out, Spurs levelled through Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min curled in a 76th-minute winner.– Liverpool collapse –Five-time champions Liverpool threw away a last-16 spot as Sevilla roared back from three goals down at half-time to draw 3-3.Liverpool looked to be cruising into the knockout stage for the first time since 2008/09 when Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane both scored from flicked-on corners. “It was a very good evening for us,” said Zidane.“We’re on the right track. We’re doing things well and we’re building in strength. It’s never easy but it was a complete display and we scored quickly.”The record 12-time winners had to wait until the 23rd minute to take the lead through Luka Modric, but a run of five goals in 15 minutes either side of half-time sent them through in style.Karim Benzema put worries about his recent form to bed with a double either side of a Nacho effort, before Ronaldo got in on the act after the break.The Portuguese climbed highest to power a header into the corner from an inviting Marcelo cross.And the 32-year-old, who has only scored once in eight La Liga appearances this season, scored his eighth Champions League goal this term with an excellent left-footed finish from a tight angle. Winger Insigne made the difference with a magnificent individual effort in the 56th minute, dancing past two defenders before curling into the top corner from 25 yards out.Further late goals from Piotr Zielinski and Dries Mertens gave their goal difference a boost.Manchester City secured first place in the group with a 1-0 win over rock-bottom Feyenoord as Raheem Sterling scored an 88th-minute winner.Napoli need City to beat Shakhtar in the final round of games and see off Feyenoord in Rotterdam to progress.Turkish champions Besiktas reached the last 16 for the first time in 31 years, as a goal from Talisca secured a 1-1 draw with Porto in Istanbul to wrap up top spot in Group G.Last season’s semi-finalists Monaco are out of Europe altogether, after a woeful performance and 4-1 home loss to RB Leipzig.The French champions saw the German tournament debutants race into a 3-0 lead through a Jemerson own goal and a Timo Werner brace, and although Radamel Falcao pulled one back, Naby Keita rounded off a stunning win that keeps Leipzig in the hunt.Leipzig need to better Porto’s result on the last matchday. The Bundesliga runners-up host Besiktas, while two-time European champions Porto take on Monaco.Share on: WhatsApp A rout similar to the 7-0 thrashing of Maribor in Slovenia earlier in the group phase looked on the cards when Firmino tapped in number three, but Sevilla staged a stirring second-half comeback.Wissam Ben Yedder beat Alberto Moreno to nod in a free-kick, before slotting in a penalty.And Argentinian Guido Pizarro struck in the third minute of injury-time to complete the fightback and leave Jurgen Klopp’s visitors deflated.“Fantastic first half and in the second half we made the mistake that we didn’t continue playing football,” said Klopp.“We have to control the game with the ball and we didn’t play football.”Elsewhere in Group E, Russian champions Spartak Moscow saw their chances hit by an injury-time equaliser in a 1-1 home draw with Maribor.Sevilla will book a last-16 spot for the second straight season if they can win in Maribor on the final matchday in two weeks’ time, while Liverpool have to avoid defeat at home to Spartak.Lorenzo Insigne inspired Italian Serie A leaders Napoli to a 3-0 victory over Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk that kept their hopes alive in Group F.last_img read more

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Saints pull front-running TRU back by stopping Spartans 6-0

first_img“TWU is a hard-working team that can be very difficult to break down defensively, and even when you do they’ve got one of the top goalies in the league to stop the puck.””Tonight we made some skilled plays, but we were also tough to defend in how we moved our feet and cycled the puck,” Dubois added.”It’s really how we need to play night in, night out to be successful on a consistent basis.”Cody Fidgett opened the scoring midway through the first period when he converted a feed from Saints captain Logan Proulx and beat Spartans netminder Harry Fredeman high to the glove.And the hosts doubled their lead 22 seconds later when Garrett Kucher created space down the right wing and fed a nifty cross ice pass to Darnell Dyck for a tap-in at the far post. Fidgett and Dyck continued to do the damage offensively in the second period, as Fidgett scored on a tic-tac-toe passing play from Proulx and Jackson Garrett before Dyck fired a shot on a shorthanded rush to extend the lead to four. Mason Spear beat Fredeman from in tight on a Saints’ power play in the third period and Dyck completed his hat trick with just 22 seconds remaining in regulation to cap the scoring. Selkirk netminder Chris Hurry picked up his second shutout of the season, turning aside 23 shots. Fredeman, who entered the game with a 1.15 GAA and .966 SV%, allowed six goals on 53 shots but also made a number of outstanding saves that kept his team close over the first 40 minutes of action. The victory was the fifth straight on home ice for the Saints to open the BCIHL regular season and the ninth overall dating back to preseason play in September.Overall, the team has won 26 of 27 games on home ice since the start of the 2012/13 campaign. “Getting wins at home is something that we pride ourselves on,” says Dubois. “We have great fans and the guys very much appreciate and feed off of the energy in the building on game nights. There’s certainly an extra motivation to perform when you’re receiving such tremendous support.” The two teams return to action, this time for a doubleheader in the Fraser Valley.The series opens Friday at 7 p.m. before the teams wrap up the set Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.Both games can be viewed online at www.FastHockey.com. The Saints’ next home game is on Saturday, November 16th against Simon Fraser University. Selkirk College Saints jumped into a three-way tie for top spot in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League standings after posting a convincing 6-0 shutout over visiting rinity Western University Saturday at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. The win maintains a perfect home record for the Saints in the 2013/14 season.on Saturday, scoring a pair of goals in each period to top Trinity Western University by a 6-0 score at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. TWU entered the game atop league standings with a 5-1 mark.But Saints carried the play through most of the game and outshot their visitors by a finally tally of 53-23.”We headed into tonight’s game off a couple of losses and our whole group came out prepared to dictate the speed and tempo of the game,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.last_img read more

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Jeff Van Gundy: Warriors feel ‘picked upon’ and so do NBA referees

first_imgThere’s a storm a’brewing says Jeff Van Gundy. Between the Warriors and NBA referees. Between NBA referees and the Warriors. Between NBA referees and the league’s rank and file.“I do think the Warriors right now feel as they’re being picked upon,” Van Gundy said on a recent appearance on the Joe, Lo and Dibs show on 95.7 The Game. “And I think the NBA officials think that they’re being attacked, not just by the Warriors, but throughout the league.”To illustrate the dynamic, we return you to …last_img

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Spain to play in South Africa again

first_img25 October 2013Reigning world and European football champions Spain will return to the scene of their greatest triumph, the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, for a friendly international against South Africa on 19 November, SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan announced on Thursday.It will be the first time the world number one ranked Spanish return to South Africa since they clinched the World Cup in 2010 after an extra-time victory over the Netherlands at the same venue – then known as Soccer City – thanks to a goal in the 116th minute by midfielder Andres Iniesta.Making the announcement in Johannesburg, Jordaan the match would kick-start a number of high-profile games featuring top footballing countries against Bafana Bafana.‘Mission’“It is the new Safa executive’s mission to make Bafana Bafana world-beaters again and we have lined up top-class sides to play our senior national team,” he said. “We could not have asked for a better start of this campaign than with the game against the reigning Fifa World Cup champions.“It is a dream come true for many soccer fans to once again see the likes of Iniesta and Xavi in action at the venue where they made history by lifting their first World Cup trophy. This is going to be a block-buster of a game.”The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said it was excited to return to the city and the venue that gave them fame.‘Gratitude’“We wish to demonstrate our gratitude for the wonderful hospitality of the South African sports authorities and the support of the country’s football fans during the 2010 South Africa World Cup, where Spain was proclaimed champion for the first time in history,” Spanish Football Association President Angel Maria Villar Llona said in a statement.“At the end of the match, played on 11 July 2010 at the same stadium, the top officials of the RFEF expressed their thanks for the support received and promised to return to South Africa to play a friendly match, in the same way we did in Vienna after winning the Euro 2008.”Safa CEO Dennis Mumble commented: “We are excited by this honour to play Spain and we ask all football lovers to rush to buy their tickets for this rare occasion as soon as ticket sales open. More information will be released in the next few days.”Previous matchesBafana Bafana have met Spain twice previously, with both matches taking place during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.In Mangaung, the European champions recorded a routine 2-0 victory over South Africa in group play, but a shock loss to the USA, which ended a record unbeaten run of 15 matches, relegated them to the playoff for third and fourth against the hosts.The game turned out to be a cracker, with Spain edging it 3-2 after extra time.After a goalless first half, Katlego Mphela gave Bafana the lead after kneeing Siphiwe Tshabalala’s cross past Iker Casillas in the Spanish goal.EqualiserSpain desperately sought an equaliser and finally, with only three minutes remaining on the clock, Daniel Guiza found it after, beating goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to his right to level matters.Two minutes later, in the 89th minute, it looked as if Spain had snatched victory when Guiza lofted a stunning goal over Khune that made it just inside the far post.An additional three minutes of play was signalled by the official on the sideline, but the contest appeared to be over. With time running out, however, South Africa won a free kick 35 metres out, directly in front of the Spanish goal.Joyous roarTo the joyous roar of the crowd, Mphela unleashed a cracking strike to beat Casillas with a rocket into the top corner of the goal.In extra time, Xabi Alonso found a winner for Spain. He fired in a free kick, Fernando Llorente failed to make contact with the ball, but his run distracted goalkeeper Khune and the ball found its way into the left hand corner of the home team’s goal.South Africa pressed hard for an equaliser, but they couldn’t find it and Spain emerged victorious after a wonderful clash.last_img read more

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Skygone Launches Marketplace for Cloud GIS Apps

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Skygone, an GIS cloud computing company, has launched a marketplace today for pre-configured GIS applications hosted on their cloud infrastructure. TheGISMarketplace.com allows users to search, compare, and buy hosted solutions from many leading GIS vendors.Currently, the software offerings include MapServer, ArcGIS Server , and GeoServer. Skygone says its working with other GIS software vendors and will add new apps to the marketplace as they become available.The pricing includes hosting, but in some cases the apps are proprietary and additional licensing fees apply.Skyline offers a number of enterprise services, including SaaS and system design. Part of their focus is on GIS services, including hosting, map caching, and app-enablement for GIS developers.With the increasing interest in and capabilities of GIS technologies, many GIS services are moving to the cloud to solve both hardware and software needs. And in response, many businesses are offering simple deployment tools and turnkey solutions for cloud-based GIS services. ReadWriteWeb reported last month, for example, that ESRI was offering a bundle with its ArcGIS Server instance launched on Amazon‘s E3 infrastructure.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Tags:#Announcements#cloud last_img read more

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Solar Panels Don’t Make Good Roads

first_imgFour years ago, a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. The first results from preliminary studies have recently come out, and they’re a bit underwhelming. A solar panel lying under a road is at a number of disadvantages. As it’s not at the optimum tilt angle, it’s going to produce less power, and it’s going to be more prone to shading, which is a problem as shade over just 5% of the surface of a panel can reduce power generation by 50%. The panels are also likely to be covered by dirt and dust, and would need far thicker glass than conventional panels to withstand the weight of traffic, which will further limit the light they absorb.RELATED ARTICLESSolar Roads, Pot Growing, Wind Turbines, and Net MeteringAn Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems Because the panels are unable to benefit from air circulation, it’s inevitable that they will heat up more than a rooftop solar panel would. For every 1°C over optimum temperature the panel will lose 0.5% of energy efficiency. As a result, a significant drop in performance for a solar road compared to rooftop solar panels has to be expected. The question is, by how much? And what is the economic cost? The road test results are in One of the first solar roads to be installed is in Tourouvre-au-Perche, France. This road has a maximum power output of 420 kW, covers 2,800 square meters, and cost €5 million to install. This implies a cost of €11,905 ($13,745) per installed kW. While the road is supposed to generate 800 kilowatt hours per day (kWh/day), some recently released data indicates a yield closer to 409 kWh/day, or 150,000 kWh/yr. For an idea of how much this is, the average UK home uses around 10 kWh/day. The road’s capacity factor – which measures the efficiency of the technology by dividing its average power output by its potential maximum power output – is just 4%. The solar road is unveiled in Tourouvre au Perche. Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA In contrast, the Cestas solar plant near Bordeaux, which features rows of solar panels carefully angled towards the sun, has a maximum power output of 300,000 kW and a capacity factor of 14%. And at a cost of €360 million ($415.6 million) or €1,200 ($1,385) per installed kW, one-tenth the cost of our solar roadway, it generates three times more power. In America, a company called Solar Roadways has developed a smart highway with solar panels, including sensors and LED lights to display traffic warnings about any upcoming hazards, such as a deer. It also has heating pads to melt snow in winter. Several of their SR3 panels have been installed in a small section of pavement in Sandpoint, Idaho. This is a 13.9-square-meter area, with an installed capacity of 1,529 Kw. The installation cost is given as $48,734, which implies a cost per installed kW of €27,500 ($31,700), more than 20 times higher than the Cestas powerplant. Solar Roadway’s own estimates are that the LED lights would consume 106 MWh per lane mile, with the panels generating 415 MWh – so more than 25% of the useful power is consumed by the LEDs. This would reduce performance even further. The heating plates are also quoted as drawing 2.28 MW per lane mile, so running them for just six days would cancel out any net gain from the solar panels. And this is before we look at the actual data from the Sandpoint installation, which generated 52,397 kWh in 6 months, or 104,800 kWh over a year. From this we can estimate a capacity factor of just 0.782%, which is 20 times less efficient than the Cestas power plant. That said, it should be pointed out that this panel is in a town square. If there is one thing we can conclude, it’s that a section of pavement surrounded by buildings in a snowy northern town is not the best place to locate a solar installation. However, perhaps there’s a bigger point: solar roads on city streets are just not a great idea. Running out of road Roads don’t actually represent as large an area as we assume. The UK department of transport gives a breakdown of the length of the UK’s different road types. Assuming we can clad these in solar panels, four lanes of every motorway, two lanes on the A & B roads and half a lane for C & U roads (a lot are single track roads and just won’t be suitable), we come up with a surface area of 2 billion square meters. Which sounds like a lot, until you realize that buildings in the UK’s urban areas occupy an area of 17.6 billion square meters. So just covering a fraction of the UK’s rooftops with solar panels would immediately yield more power than putting them on roads. That’s quite apart from the benefits that a more elevated position would yield for greater power generation. All of this suggests that only a small fraction of the road network would actually be suitable. And, given the relatively small size of the road network, solar roads could only ever become a niche source of power and never the shortcut to our future energy supply.   Dylan Ryan is a lecturer in mechanical and energy engineering at Scotland’s Edinburgh Napier University. 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4 days agoPearce tribute to Liverpool veteran Milner

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pearce tribute to Liverpool veteran Milnerby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland great Stuart Pearce has paid tribute to Liverpool veteran James Milner.Pearce managed Milner when he was in charge of England U21’s from 2007-2013.He told talkSPORT: “Three words that I would [use to] describe him: resilient, professional and relentless. I think that sums Milly up.”He covers 12, 13 kilometres a game, so I think somewhere in the midfield three [is his position]. But if you asked him to play anywhere, he’d go on the pitch and play anywhere for you. Sensational professional.” last_img

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More Stars Join Comic Relief Danceathon

first_imgComic Relief can reveal that even more celebrities have pledged to join the line-up for the Comic Relief Danceathon, a six hour non-stop dance frenzy, held on Sunday 8th March at The SSE Arena, Wembley to raise money for Red Nose Day 2015.Additions to the already glittering line up include Comic Relief stalwart Davina McCall and presenter Caroline Flack, who recently danced home with the highly coveted Strictly Come Dancing Glitterball trophy. Property presenter Kirstie Allsopp also pledges to get in on the action, joining her will be dancing DJs Gemma Cairney, Edith Bowman and Sara Cox. Also confirmed to take part are Paralympic medallist Ade Adepitan MBE and wildlife presenter and Strictly star Steve Backshall.Strictly Come Dancing professionals Aljaz Skorjanec, Ian Waite, Janette Manrara, Natalie Lowe and Robin Windsor will also be hot footing it to Wembley to help keep fundraisers on track throughout their epic endurance boogie.These celebs will join the already jam packed line-up previously announced including Claudia Winkleman, Arlene Phillips, Chelsee Healey, Rachel Riley, Rufus Hound, Zoe Ball, Jo Whiley and Got to Dance’s Adam Garcia and Kimberly Wyatt.Places for the star studded Wembley event are limited, but those who can’t make it can still dance along on the BBC Red Button wherever they are, in sitting rooms, village halls and local gyms across the country – all to raise money for Red Nose Day.Caroline Flack said: “Dancing on Strictly was the best experience of my life and I think that the Comic Relief Danceathon is going to be such an amazing experience for everyone taking part. I would urge the lovely public to come and bust some moves with me at Wembley or grab a load of mates and put on their own Danceathon at home. It’s going to be so much fun, so the more people around the UK get involved, the better!”Over 2,000 fundraisers will dance non-stop at the fun filled Wembley event with thousands expected to take part across the country on the BBC Red Button. Participants will be able to get their groove on to a range of genres including 70s disco, 80s power, 90s rave as well as pop, soul, ballroom and musical theatre.The money raised by the Comic Relief Danceathon will be spent right here in the UK, and across Africa, helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around.For more information about the Comic Relief Danceathon head to www.rednoseday.com/danceathon.last_img read more

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Laos dam disaster leaves 24 dead scores missing

first_imgATTAPEU, Laos – Rescuers searched Wednesday for scores of villagers left missing when part of a newly built hydroelectric dam broke in southeastern Laos, flooding the surrounding countryside and killing at least 24 people, officials said.Thousands of people lost their homes when the South Korean-built dam gave way on Monday, flooding surrounding villages.Hundreds took shelter in nearby towns, travelling by bus and pickup trucks and sleeping on plastic sheeting.“The water came so quick we just left the house and ran away,” said Phon Vuongchonpu, whose family of 12 fled as the floodwater rose to roof level. “We’ve lost everything: motorbike, furniture our cows and pigs.”Bounyong Phommachak, a Red Cross official, said 24 bodies had been recovered and 96 people were officially listed as missing. He said by phone that about 6,600 people had been displaced from their homes.China’s state news agency, Xinhua, which maintains one of the very few foreign news bureaus in Laos, reported that Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said at a news conference that 131 people were missing and the homeless totalled 3,060. He did not give a death toll.The discrepancies in the tolls could be due to difficult communications and heavy rains in the area which have hampered rescue efforts.Photos and videos posted on social media showed people sitting on rooftops to escape the surging water, while others were carried to safety or rescued by boat.One of five auxiliary earth-fill dams at the project began visibly weakening on Friday, said Korea Western Power, one of two South Korean partners in the hydroelectric project.SK Engineering & Construction, the other Korean joint venture partner, said the top of the dam was swept away Sunday as workers were struggling to control the damage amid heavy rain. The situation worsened on Monday as water cascaded out of the reservoir, flooding seven out of 12 villages in the area, SK E&C said. It was helping to evacuate and rescue residents and sent its president and a team of 30 people to the disaster zone.Continued heavy rain and strong winds forecast for the area could hinder rescue efforts, and risks from flooding persisted in the mountainous region. A report by the intergovernmental Mekong River Commission said storms had caused water levels along the river to rise by 3-5 metres (9-15 feet) in the past week.Provincial authorities issued a call for emergency aid, and residents in Paksong were streaming to the evacuation shelter bringing food, as doctors attended to those needing help.“I feel safe here, but worry for my husband and son who are still in the village,” said Tem Namsakhunpiraded, who escaped the floodwaters with three of her children and a 6-month-old grandchild.The International Red Cross said food was a concern because village food supplies were drenched in the flooding. It was arranging for water purification units to be sent to the area to ensure supplies of clean drinking water.The presidential office in South Korea said President Moon Jae-in had ordered an emergency relief team to help with the disaster.The $1.02 billion project encompassing several river basins in a remote corner of southeastern Laos is the first hydroelectric dam to be built by a South Korean company, and it was unclear how severe the damage would be to the overall plan. The dam was due to begin operating in 2019, with 90 per cent of the power generated going to Thailand.Shares of companies affiliated with SK E&C sank on Wednesday on concerns over potential costs for compensation and other financial setbacks from the disaster.Laos has dozens of hydroelectric projects under construction and plans for sales of power to neighbouring countries, now accounting for about a third of its exports, to grow substantially.But dam building along the Mekong River and its tributaries, including those affected by this disaster, has raised concerns over environmental impact and other problems.International Rivers, a nongovernmental group generally critical of such projects, said the catastrophe showed the need to improve warning systems.“With over 70 hydropower projects currently built, under construction and planned across Lao PDR — most of them owned and operated by private companies — authorities must immediately review how dams are being planned, designed and managed,” the group said in a statement.___Associated Press writers Tong-hyung Kim and Youkyung Lee in Seoul, South Korea, contributed to this report.last_img read more

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