“It was a sporting decision, nothing else,” Solari said. “It is up to all players to be at 100 per cent for the coaches to pick them.”A breathless first half was dominated by Roma but Madrid had the first chance. Vazquez plucked Bale’s cross out of the sky and cut back for Luka Modric, whose deflected shot was well saved by the foot of Robin Olsen.From there, the best chances belonged to the hosts. Raphael Varane diverted away from the boot of Patrik Schick and over his own bar. Stephan El Shaarawy hobbled off and his replacement, Justin Kluivert shot over. Schick failed to connect from close range.Madrid were hanging on, with one Roma assault leaving a handful of white shirts sprawled across the penalty area. Thibaut Courtois saved with his feet, Dani Carvajal blocked, before Aleksandar Kolorov fired off a trademark shot from range that whistled wide.The worst miss of the half, and perhaps the season, was to come. Carvajal dallied in the corner, teeing up Nicolo Zaniolo to cross. At the back post, Madrid had not recovered, neither had Courtois, who was scrambling from the other side of the goal. Under, without pressure, blazed over.He trudged off at half-time and was consoled like he had missed a penalty, but it seemed inevitable Roma would pay for the error.They did, twice in 12 minutes. First, Fazio compounded Olsen’s poor clearance with a worse header back, which landed at the feet of Bale and he made no mistake.Then Bale was involved in the second, a clipped cross finding Karim Benzema, whose clever header down gave Vazquez a simple finish.In between, Bale could have made it two himself when he was set free on the break, as Roma lost momentum, shape and belief.Bale, Benzema and Modric were all taken off, rested for Valencia on Saturday, as an initially close contest became comfortable.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Real Madrid celebrateRome, Italy | AFP | Real Madrid’s magic touch in the Champions League remains undimmed after Gareth Bale inspired a 2-0 win over Roma on Tuesday that ensures they will go through top of the group.Bale scored one and then provided the cross that led to another as Lucas Vazquez wrapped up a clinical 2-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico.Roma squandered several chances in the first half, the best of them falling to Cengiz Under, who was guilty of a shocking miss from six yards, with the goal gaping.Federico Fazio’s mistake then gifted Bale the opener and Roma faded thereafter, allowing Madrid to erase memories of their shock defeat to Eibar last weekend by finishing top of Group G.“It was important to bounce back quickly,” Real coach Santiago Solari said. “We are very happy.”Both teams knew they had already qualified thanks to Viktoria Plzen’s win over CSKA Moscow in the early kick-off, making this a golden chance to secure first place.Madrid seized it, showing once again their immunity in the Champions League, where the team’s problems in domestic competitions are seemingly never transferred.They have gone more than eight hours without a goal and two weeks without a permanent coach but Santiago Solari still leads Real into the knock-out stages as group winners with one game to spare.“We like playing against the best – it brings out the best in us,” Bale said.Solari might have felt relief after the disastrous display at Eibar on Saturday while the pressure mounts for Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco. They have won only one of their last five Serie A games, and Antonio Conte was watching on in the crowd.“We’re playing against a side of champions,” di Francesco said. “The only difference was they scored with their first chance.”There have been a fair few winners from Solari’s time at the helm but Isco is not one of them. After not starting any of the new coach’s first five games, he failed even to make the bench in Italy.
Fifteen thousand devotees packed the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida over the weekend to help Oprah Winfrey kick off her 2020 Wellness Tour. This first stop of the nine city tour featured Lady Gaga. The former talk show host and Gaga talked candidly about physical and mental health.The two super stars spent seven hours with the thousands in Sunrise this weekend as part of her 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus tour. Her mission is to make their lives better.She told the crowd at the BB&T Center healthy is the new skinny, and she’s not trying to fit into a certain size or someone else’s idea of what she should look like.
Authorities are currently searching for a man who reportedly attempted to kidnap a woman while she was walking her dog.The alleged incident occurred at the Highland Village Gardens Park, in Deerfield Beach on Tuesday.The victim told authorities that suspect was a white male in his 40’s or 50’s who stood about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds.The victim additionally reported that the suspect had gray/white hair and appeared to be homeless due to his dirty clothing. aIf you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.
A Michigan man purchased a couch from a thrift store, and what he found in the couch was quite unbelievable.Howard Kirby found $43,000 in the used sofa that was purchased from Humanity ReStore in Owosso, Michigan. According to reports, Kirby said a cushion from the couch felt “off” and when his daughter opened the cushions they discovered the cash.Kirby said he called the shop, and they were was able to track the sofa to its original owner namedKim Fauth-Newberry.Fauth-Newberry said that the sofa belonged to her grandfather.Legally Kirby could have kept the cash, however, he decided to return the money.
The Florida Legislature will have quite the workload when its 60-day session begins on Tuesday. Goals will include passing a budget expected to top $90 billion dollars; lowering the cost of health care; preventing blue-green algae; and increasing teacher pay.Our state’s lawmakers will also consider measures that include banning iguana breeding, protecting nude sunbathers, banning sunscreen bans, giving hunters a sales tax break on guns and ammo, and making shelter animals the official state pet.The full Senate will take up a bill that would prohibit local governments from banning sunscreens, while a House committee considers their version of the bill. That piece of legislation is a reaction to Key West recently banning the sale of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate, which some researchers say could harm coral reefs.Republican Senator Rob Bradley, who is sponsoring the bill, says the research has not been proven and that residents and tourists in the Sunshine State should use sunscreen.He adds, “That science is lacking in rigor. What science is clear and indisputable about is the case around using sunscreen to protect against skin cancer.”Conversely, environmentalists say other sunscreens are available that do not contain the chemicals in question, and that places like Key West should be able to do whatever is necessary to protect the reefs that drive tourism.Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Jason Pizzo plans to introduce a bill that would exempt people on clothing-optional beaches from being punished under a current law that prohibits people from publicly exposing their genitals.Another Senate committee will look Democratic Senator Gary Farmer’s proposed legislation, which calls for a ban on possessing, importing, selling, bartering, trading or breeding green iguanas or black and white tegus.While the Senate considers placing new restrictions on gun sales, Republican Senator Debbie Mayfield will ask for a one-day tax holiday for hunting and fishing. It is intended to exempt sales tax on rifles, shotguns, ammunition, crossbows, spearguns, hunting tents and fishing equipment.A House committee will debate a bill that could result in the creation of the Statewide Office of Resiliency and the Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force.Governor Ron DeSantis believes that sea level rise is a problem the state needs to address.If the bill ultimately becomes law, the Department of Environmental Protection would then be required to act on any recommendations the Sea-Level Rise Task Force makes.
Authorities in Riviera Beach are currently searching for a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing.Deajah Jones was last seen at 901 W. 3rd Street early Friday and is believed to be in danger.If you have any information about Jones’ disappearance, you are asked to contact the Riviera Beach Police Department at 561-845-4123.
The next drawing is on Saturday with the jackpot reset to 40 million dollars. One winning ticket for the massive Powerball lottery was sold in Florida.The ticket worth almost $400-million was sold at a 7-Eleven in Bonita Springs, Florida.The winner has six months to come forward. They can decide to take the full jackpot paid out over 30 years or take the lump sum of just under $275-million.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of Enterprise ServicesOn Monday and Tuesday, July 24 and 25, a contractor hired by the Department of Enterprise Services will replace the screens between Capitol Lake’s mitigation ponds and the main lake. The screens are needed to reduce risk of Eurasian Watermilfoil fragments spreading from the ponds into the lake.To accommodate the work, Enterprise Services will lower the lake level by 2 feet, starting during the high tide the evening of Sunday, July 23.The agency will return the lake to its normal level after the work is complete.Enterprise Services has an ongoing Hydraulic Project Approval for maintenance work on Capitol Lake, issued by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. This work is included under that permit.Enterprise Services originally planned the work for early July, but postponed the work to protect bats who rely more heavily on the lake as a food source in June and early July when pups are nursing. Follow Enterprise Services on Twitter. Learn more about Visitor Services on Facebook.
Catherine O’Keefe of Holmdel poses with one of her paintings. She is one of 71 artists who will be participating this month in the Canterbury Art Show at St. George’s-by-the-River.A trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens when she was a child was a major influence for Catherine O’Keefe. It was the beginning of her love for flowers, color and her passion for creating art. She began painting flowers with a ceramic painting kit, a gift from her parents, and has continued throughout her life with very little formal training.“I’m not afraid of ruining a painting. I just continue to paint and never give up,” said O’Keefe, who works in watercolors.O’Keefe will be exhibiting her paintings during the three days of the Canterbury Fair. It is the first time she has displayed her paintings in a public art show.The Canterbury Art Show, a Tapestry of the Arts, is a premier local exhibition and sale of artwork. Seventy-one artists have chosen to participate in the juried and nonjuried parts of the show. A panel of jurors have selected the “best of the best” from the juried gallery part of the show. Awards will be presented at the Meet the Artists Reception on Friday, Sept. 14, for best in show, awards in excellence and honorable mention.The Canterbury Fair is held at the St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church, 7 Lincoln Ave., Rumson. Hours for the show and sale are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.Proceeds from the Canterbury Art Show will directly benefit St. George’s-by-the-River and its outreach programs
SAN DIEGO–The National League East features reigning Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom, Nationals ace Max Scherzer and tough Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola.The NL Central is loaded with quality hitters like Christian Yelich, Kris Bryant and Paul Goldschmidt who rank among baseball’s best bets to change the game with one swing.The NL West may lack the perceived depth of the league’s other divisions, but winning won’t be any easier for the Giants than it might be elsewhere. Through the first three …