Angel Di Maria celebrates with Mauro Icardi after scoring one of his two goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Real Madrid 3-0 in their Champions League openerParis, France | AFP | Angel Di Maria was hailed as “exceptional” after scoring twice against his former club as Paris Saint-Germain shrugged off the absences of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and thrashed Real Madrid 3-0 on Wednesday to get off to the perfect start in the Champions League.Di Maria beat Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at his near post to put PSG ahead in the 14th minute at the Parc des Princes, but it was his second goal just after the half-hour that really lit up this encounter.The Argentine, who starred for Real for four years and won the Champions League with them in 2014 before moving to Manchester United, gave Courtois no chance with a left-footed shot from 20 yards out that arrowed into the corner.Thomas Meunier added the gloss at the death but it was Di Maria who had cleared the way, stepping into the gap left by the injured Mbappe and Edinson Cavani as well as suspended Neymar.“We can’t be too surprised because he has been showing for more than a year now that he is capable of performances like that,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel. “He was exceptional tonight. He is always dangerous.”After a summer dominated by the saga of whether Neymar would leave, it was a reminder that the French champions have others capable of winning such games.These two clubs are trying to recover some of their lustre after disappointing campaigns in Europe last season, but for PSG this result is a measure of revenge for their defeat at the hands of Real in the last 16 the previous year.They remain unbeaten at home in the Champions League group stage since 2004 and they are already in control of Group A before facing Galatasaray and Club Brugge, who drew 0-0 on Wednesday.“Everyone was saying how could we win with all these players out but maybe that meant we were not the favourites and it can also help when you don’t feel too much pressure,” Tuchel added.– ‘No intensity’ –Real remain far from convincing since Zinedine Zidane’s return for a second spell as coach of the 13-time European Cup winners. There is still much work to be done if they are to go deep in this competition again after being humbled by Ajax in the last 16 last spring. “PSG are a good team and created lots of chances but what worries me is that my team played without any intensity,” Zidane lamented as his team failed to muster a shot on target.“We didn’t really ever get going. We usually create lots of chances and today, well we scored two goals but both were disallowed. Apart from that there was nothing.”– Hazard makes little impact –They had a Gareth Bale goal disallowed for handball after a VAR review just after going two behind, while Eden Hazard struggled to make an impact on his first start since his move from Chelsea.Madrid were also handicapped by the absences of Sergio Ramos, Nacho and Marcelo in defence as well as Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric in midfield.PSG, confusingly wearing white while the visitors wore dark blue, opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Di Maria latched onto a Juan Bernat cutback from the left byline and fired in.Hazard shot just wide at the other end moments later and Bale curled a free-kick over the bar from the edge of the area. Just after that, in the 33rd minute, Di Maria took a touch and smashed a shot into the right-hand corner to make it 2-0.Then came Bale’s disallowed goal, and the Welshman came close again in first-half stoppage time, yet the Spanish giants created little in the second half apart from a Karim Benzema goal that was ruled out for offside.Hazard, meanwhile, departed 20 minutes from time having failed to make his mark, and PSG scored again in stoppage time, Meunier exchanging passes with Bernat before finishing.Both sides should still make it through but for now it is PSG, six months on from their horror show against Manchester United, who have more reason to be optimistic. Especially with so much firepower still to return.Share on: WhatsApp
(Deerfield Beach, FL) — A high school football star’s death in Broward County is being ruled a suicide by train and is prompting his friends to confront mental illness. A candlelight vigil was held last night at Deerfield Beach High School for 17-year-old Bryce Gowdy, a wide-receiver prospect headed to Georgia Tech who committed suicide this week by standing in the path of a freight train in Broward County. His death came just days before Gowdy was to leave for college at Georgia Tech, which had given him a football scholarship. A DBHS teammate tells NBC 6 mental illness is very serious, and it’s hard for others to understand what someone might be going through. The death of a Florida teen football star fatally struck by a freight train has been ruled a suicide, officials said.Gowdy’s mom, Shibbon Winelle, said in a video posted to her Facebook page the teen had been “talking in circles” and asking “a lot of questions about spirituality and life” in the days before his death.She said both she and her son battled their own personal “demons,” alluding to mental health struggles.“I said, ‘Bryce, you have to dig within and fight these demons that you’re fighting,’” Winelle said.“I told him I wasn’t strong enough to help him right now, and I have my own demons that I was trying to fight.”She said the family had recently become homeless and she last saw him when she asked him to get her favorite blanket from the car.He never returned, and hours later his body was found near train tracks in Deerfield Beach.Georgia Teach mourned Gowdy’s death in a tweet posted by the team’s coach, Geoff Collins.“Our entire Georgia Tech football family is devastated by the news of Bryce’s passing,” Collins wrote.“Bryce was an outstanding young man with a very bright future. He was a great friend to many, including many of our current and incoming team members. … Bryce and his family will always be a part of the Georgia Tech football family.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have more tricks up her sleeve as she prepares to finally transmit the article/articles of impeachment to the Senate.On Friday, conservative attorney George Conway, husband of counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, and law professor Neal Katyal wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post suggesting a key way that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) could get the upper hand on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).Specifically, he argued, Pelosi should “split up” the articles of impeachment and only submit the article of obstruction of Congress,to highlight the Senate’s intended obstruction and hold back the article of abuse of power for further investigation.“Separating the two articles would make perfect sense,” they wrote. “When it comes to the second article, all the evidence about Trump’s obstruction is a matter of public record. There’s nothing more to add, so the second article is ripe for trial. But as to the first, although there is plenty of evidence demonstrating Trump’s guilt, his obstruction has prevented all of the evidence from coming to light.”“Since the House voted to approve the articles of impeachment last month, new revelations of Trump’s involvement have emerged, including emails showing that aid was ordered withheld from Ukraine 91 minutes after Trump’s supposedly ‘perfect’ phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky,” they wrote. “Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, has said he is willing to testify before the Senate if subpoenaed, and Bolton’s lawyer has said he has new information, yet McConnell has balked at assurances that Bolton would be called.”“How can one conduct a ‘trial’ without knowing this evidence?” they continued.“As lawyers, we have never heard of a trial without witnesses. Both past impeachment trials of presidents featured witnesses — including 41 in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. And the lack of witnesses is particularly striking given the shell game Trump and his Republican colleagues have played. In the House, Trump prevented executive branch employees from testifying, but said some of them would be able to testify in the Senate. Now that we are in the Senate, Republicans say these folks should have testified in the House. Lewis Carroll would be pleased.”“McConnell claims he is adhering to the rules in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton,” they said. “But there’s one big difference: Clinton didn’t gag all the witnesses and documents in the House and the predecessor investigation; as a result, there was a full record before the Senate. And there were, in fact, witnesses who were deposed as part of the Senate trial nonetheless. This time, the reason this evidence wasn’t generated in the House has everything to do with the defendant in the impeachment case itself. That is the case for sending up the second article now, to put the spotlight on Trump’s obstructionism.”“Holding the first article back and letting the second go forward would be a powerful and precise response to McConnell’s unprecedented attempts to avoid committing to a real trial,” they concluded. “It makes practical sense but also highlights what’s at stake here. Trump would be forced to undergo two impeachment trials instead of one — but that’s a fair price for him to pay for his attempts to hide evidence from the American people.”
With South Florida hosting the Super Bowl, one local city is making a rare change to its laws for the weekend of the big game.Fort Lauderdale has announced that it is lifting its beach ban on alcoholic beveragesThe city will allow open containers from Friday, January 31 through Sunday, February 2, the day of Super Bowl LIV.An area stretching from Sunrise Boulevard south to the city parking lot south of Las Olas Boulevard will comprise the zone in which alcohol will be permitted during those days.Normally, fines range from $50 for first-time offenders to $500 for repeat violations of open alcohol on the beach. That includes people selling, drinking or in possession of the beverages.City spokesman Chaz Adams says the motive behind the temporary change is, “To get folks enjoying themselves and to promote tourism in the beach area. This is something we do for other events too, like the Fort Lauderdale Air Show and Fourth of July.”Several free events approved by the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee will also take place that weekend at Las Olas Oceanside Park, which is at 3000 E. Las Olas Blvd.“Friday night will be like this giant pep rally,” says Arianne Glassman, a Hollywood-based marketing professional who helped organize the weekend events. “Our Saturday events are all about families and children. We have events for all ages, but we’re really putting a focus on our youth.”The lineup includes:“Raised in the 9,” a two-day celebration to pro football players who grew up in Broward County’s 954 area code. The event begins at 4 p.m. January 31 with a Taste the Wave Tailgate Zone featuring dishes from beachfront restaurants such as Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Con Murphy’s Ocean Bar & Grill, Spazio and Tsukuro. Saturday’s Family Fun Day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will focus on Broward County’s strong with the NFL.Raised in the 9 Concert from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. January 31: The 8-member Private Stock Band takes the main stage for a special Friday Night Sound Waves performance.Music and Makers Market from 4 to 10 p.m. January 31: Shop and engage with local artists displaying a mix of handmade and homemade goods.Rise and Shine Yoga Fit for EveryBODY from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. February 1: Rise & Shine Yoga will take place across from the festival site at Las Olas and A1A. The hour-long class is open to all ages and levels.#SuperSweep Beach Sweep + Sand Sculpting from 9 to 11 a.m. February 1: Organizers of the monthly Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep will host a special beach cleanup across from the festival site at Las Olas & A1A. Living Sand artist John May will also create a themed sand sculpture.Young at Art Museum’s YYA On-The-Go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 1: Young at Art Museum will host an interactive football-themed graffiti mural project led by local artist Manish Patel.NFL PLAY 60; Healthy Tailgate Snack Demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 1: The nonprofit FLIPANY will host a series of activities from the NFL PLAY 60 athletic program with past and present NFL players.No events are planned for Game Day, Sunday, February 2. The San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.850 WFTL reminds you to party responsibly.
St Cuthbert’s Mission renamingAmid concerns from a vast section of the residents of St Cuthbert’s Mission about the proposal that was made for their village to be renamed, the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister has announced that the people will decide on the changing of the village’s name to Pakuri.Speaking during an interview earlier this week, the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock stated that the matter was a “sensitive” one and there have been consultations with persons from the community.“This is a very sensitive issue. We have been going to and fro from the community, but it is amazing to see the division on this name change. However, we would take guidance from the majority of the people,” he said.Allicock informed that the Ministry was currently awaiting feedback from the villagers, who will indicate their decision on the renaming process.“We have already given them the opportunity to make a decision, so they’re supposed to send back their results, so we’ll take it from them when we get their decision at a meeting that they’re supposed to have already completed,” he said.When asked if the decision of the people of the community would be the final one, the Minister responded, “That is the thinking.”In September of last year, the Government had expressed its plans to rename the village during the annual Heritage Village Day. At that time, it was related by then Toshao Lennox Shuman that the original name of the village was Pakuri and hence he agreed with the renaming process.The settlement is located on the left bank of the Mahaica River and was first set up by Joseph Ferguson in the late 1800s. Ferguson went on to become the first chief of the settlement, which was named Pakuri after a species of Platonia tree which was abundant throughout the area. However, when the first Anglican missionaries arrived and founded a mission on St Cuthbert’s Day in 1889, the village was renamed.
Rayon are on two points picked from back to back draws against Gor and Yanga and a loss coupled with a Gor win will pull the gap between second and third to six points.This will mean that Gor will need only a point from the remaining two games; away to USM Alger and at home to Rayon to confirm their slot in the group stages of the continental showpiece for the first time ever.But first, they have to find a way past Yanga.“It is not easy as everybody thinks. We won 4-0 away and now all the people think it is going to be easy going to Dar. The expectations are very high on us and the pressure is massive. It is going to be a difficult game,” Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr says.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr embraces winger Samuel Onyango during their CAF Confederation Cup Group D match against Tanzania’s Yanga at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on July 18, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe adds; “I have been reading on all the problems Yanga have but I don’t believe anything. I know they are going to come tough at us and they are playing at home so that is an extra motivation with their fans behind them as well.”Financial problems, player revolt and an unsettled fan base are some of the things pressing down the multiple Tanzanian champions and their performance in the Confederations Cup after losing their domestic title to arch rivals Simba have not made it easy for them.Gor on the other hand have had a brilliant season despite a few blips with players staging go slows over unpaid allowances.The 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions are unbeaten in their league campaign after 20 matches and are in the quarter finals of the domestic cup, a tournament they have played using mostly second choice players.They come into the Yanga game on Sunday night beaming with confidence after beating arch rivals AFC Leopards 2-1 last Sunday before the second team edged out Posta Rangers’ first team 3-1 in the FKF Shield.“We have done really well I think. Rotating the players in midweek ensured some rest to everyone and I know we are fresh for this assignment. I just ask the players to pull up that green jersey with pride and go represent the team to their best ability,” added the coach.Yanga midfielder Papy Tshimbimbi controls the ball under pressure from Gor Mahia’s Humphrey Mieno during their CAF Confederation Cup Group D clash at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on July 18, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaSkipper Harun Shakava meanwhile has rallied his teammates to rise up to the occasion and pick maximum points from Tanzania. Shakava was on the score-sheet the last time these two sides met in Dar during the 2015 CECAFA Kagame Cup, Gor winning 2-1.“It is a very tough match away from home but we know that there is the possibility of qualification if we win this game. That is what is driving us and we will go in to play for a win. As players we are ready and psyched up,” the defender noted.Apart from Ernest Wendo who is yet to recover from a hamstring strain picked up during their CECAFA Kagame Cup campaign, Kerr will have a full strength squad to pick his best 11 from.Defender Joash Onyango returns from suspension while George Odhiambo who missed the first leg tie will be available after returning, and scoring, in the Mashemeji Derby last weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shouts instructions from the touchline during their CAF Confederation Cup Group D match against Tanzania’s Yanga at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on July 18, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25- Record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will set one foot in the quarter finals of the CAF Confederations Cup with a win over Tanzania’s Young Africans (Yanga) in Dar es Salaam on Sunday night.Gor occupy second slot in Group D with five points, three behind leaders USM Alger who play third placed Rayon Sport in Algiers simultaneously.