The Ontario Ministry of Education is investing $2.1 million to increase childcare spaces at Indian Creek public school in Chatham.The provincial government funding will support 49 new childcare spaces and three new childcare rooms at the elementary school, stated a media release from the Lambton Kent District school board on Friday.“From modernizing our curriculum to revitalizing our classrooms and their facilities, we are investing in our students and giving them every tool to achieve their full potential,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce in the release. “Our financing of this childcare addition in Chatham further demonstrates our government’s historic investment in Ontario’s schools and childcares, as well as our overall commitment to supporting our students and families.”Chatham-Kent––Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls called the funding “great news for our community.“This investment will provide choice and flexibility for families and new opportunities for the children of Chatham,” he added.The YMCA of Southwestern Ontario currently operates a before-and-after school program at the school. Through this community partnership, the school board is also able to further support families and promote successful transitions to school.“Partnerships like this greatly enable us to achieve our mission of building healthy communities,” said Jo-elle Rinker, vice-president of children’s educational services of the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario.“The opening of additional licensed childcare spaces aligns with the Ministry of Education’s vision of accessibility, affordability, inclusivity, and quality programming for children and families. This is fantastic news for Chatham-Kent, as we value our children and understand the importance of early brain development,” said Kelly Emery, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent director’s of child care and early years division.The board’s senior administration will be working with the ministry and school to finalize a plan and timelines for construction. The school board will also be meeting with the childcare provider to discuss future plans for the site.“We greatly appreciate the investment of the Government of Ontario to support local families through a new childcare addition at Indian Creek Road public school,” said LKDSB chair Jane Bryce. “The Lambton Kent District School Board and community partners will continue to work together to support families with their child care needs and facilitate a successful transition to school.”
Local artist make big sales at the Bonhams South African art auction in London. (Image: www.artnet.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Julian Roup Bonhams + 0207 468 8259 firstname.lastname@example.org RELATED ARTICLES • Art for all at Joburg Art Fair • South African art • Top price for Tretchi painting • Global demand for South African artNosimilo RamelaLocal artists excelled at the Bonhams South African art auction in London on 24 March, selling 110 works for a grand total of R28.5-million (US$3.8-millon).The sale, the seventh of its kind in five years, showed how well-positioned modern South African art is internationally, Bonhams said, adding that “private buyers, collectors, museum and gallery curators from the US, Europe and beyond expressed strong interest”.Paintings by well-known artists such as Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto and Maggie Laubser all beat their pre-sale estimates,” the auction house said in a statement.Pierneef’s An Extensive View of Farmlands went for R3.9-million – far exceeding the price it was expected to sell for, which was set between R1.3- and R1.9-million.Sekoto’s Market Street Scene, Cape Town sold for R2.1-million, also more than the estimation of between R1.3- and R1.9-million.Valued from R220 000 to R330 000, Laubser’s Woman Wearing a Red Doek, sold for R554 000.“Once again we have been delighted by the response from buyers. After five years of selling South African art I feel that this is not a blip or a fashion, but the start of a long march to real international recognition and appreciation of this vibrant art from the tip of Africa,” said Giles Peppiatt, director of South African art at Bonhams, after the sale.The privately owned Bonhams is the world’s largest and oldest fine art and antiques dealer in the world and maintains a strong presence on the global collectors’ market.The first South African art sale in London was held by Bonhams in May 2006 and attracted a wide range of buyers. Almost all works sold. The famous deal of the day was Sekoto’s self-portrait, which went for R1.8-million – 10 times its estimate.That same year Bonhams sold a further 17 works by Sekoto – including nine evocative watercolour scenes of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre – racking up a total of R4.2-million.Since then prices for work by black urban South African artists have soared by more than 300%, Bonhams said.Preserving historyThe South African flag flown by helicopter at Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration in 1994 and a signed copy of the Freedom Charter were also up for offer at this year’s sale, but sold privately before the auction.A South African businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought the flag, and the charter was secured for South Africa in a deal brokered by Bonhams and the Liliesleaf Foundation.“This is the happiest possible outcome for the Freedom Charter. We are delighted to have been able to arrange a deal with this South African organisation which was determined to see the charter return to where it best belongs,” Peppiatt said.Leon Levy, the charter’s seller, agreed: “This was always my hope, that the charter would be returned to the state and I am delighted that this has now been achieved.”The charter forms a significant part of the country’s history, having been drawn up more than five decades ago as a blueprint for a democratic South Africa.It was compiled from a list of demands submitted by the country’s various liberation movements, which included the need for free and compulsory education – irrespective of colour, race or nationality, land to be given to all landless people, and wages and working hours to be improved.The Freedom Charter was officially adopted on 26 June 1955 at the Congress of the People meeting in Kliptown, Soweto, which was supported by 3 000 black, white, coloured and Indian South Africans. A much younger Mandela was among the delegates in attendance.
The summit saw the arrival and participation of youth around Africa to South African shores, to discuss the issues around climate change and establishing a green economy for future generations. The results of this summit are yet to be seen, but will certainly add value for future generations.CEO of Brand South Africa, Miller Matola, says with the recent achievements in establishing green sustainability, the Generation Earth summit was an encouraging pledge from the youth because it shows that they want to ensure a better future for those of tomorrow.Global warming refers to the rising average temperature of Earth‘s atmosphere and oceans as well as its related effects.In the last 100 years, Earth’s average surface temperature increased by about 0.8 °C with about two thirds of the increase occurring over just the last three decades. Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and scientists are more than 90% certain most of it is caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases produced by human activities such as deforestation and burning fossil fuel.Deforestation and climate change are intimately connected: Globally, deforestation releases nearly 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, and is responsible for nearly 25 percent of man-made CO2 emissions. The destruction of the world’s forests not only harms the communities that depend on them, but increasingly affects us all.We can all Play Our Part. While the root causes of deforestation vary from region to region, there are some common solutions for everybody around the world.Communities need seeds, training, and technical support in order to adapt. Starting nurseries and planting trees is part of this process.Simple ways that you can Play Your Part:Reduce, Reuse, RecycleDo your part to reduce waste by choosing reusable products instead of disposables. Buying products with minimal packaging (including the economy size when that makes sense for you) will help to reduce waste. And whenever you can, recycle paper, plastic, newspaper, glass and aluminum cans.Use Less Heat and Air ConditioningAdding insulation to your walls and attic, and installing weather stripping or caulking around doors and windows can lower your heating costs more than 25 percent, by reducing the amount of energy you need to heat and cool your home.Change a Light BulbWherever practical, replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. CFLs also last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, use two-thirds less energy, and give off 70 percent less heat.Buy Energy-Efficient ProductsWhen it’s time to buy a new car, choose one that offers good petrol consumption. Home appliances now come in a range of energy-efficient models, and compact florescent bulbs are designed to provide more natural-looking light while using less energy than standard light bulbs.Use the “Off” SwitchSave electricity and reduce global warming by turning off lights when you leave a room, and using only as much light as you need. And remember to turn off your television, video player, stereo and computer when you’re not using them.Choose products that come with little packaging and buy refills when you can.You will also cut down on waste production and energy use… another help against global warming.Reuse your shopping bagWhen shopping, it saves energy and waste to use a reusable bag instead of accepting a disposable one in each shop. Waste not only discharges CO2 and methane into the atmosphere, it can also pollute the air, groundwater and soil.Global warming is urgent! We don’t need to wait for governments to find a solution to this problem: each individual can help by adopting a more responsible lifestyle: starting from little, everyday things.ends Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part is a social movement to get all South Africans to actively think about and begin doing something positive; and to recognise and celebrate those who are already doing something; big or small. It is aimed at all South Africans, including civil society, government, corporate and non-governmental organisations, etc. It has been created by the Brand South Africa to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship. All South Africans have access to resources that can contribute to a better future for all including time, money, skills or goods.For more info, visit www.playyourpart.co.za
9 February 2012 While South Africa is doing well in preventing mother-to-child transmission, President Jacob Zuma has called for greater effort in the general prevention of HIV/Aids. “While we are doing well with regards to treatment and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, general prevention efforts must also be accelerated,” Zuma said during his State of the Nation address to Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. “We also wish to encourage South Africans to live healthier lives to reduce the impact of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension,” he said. Zuma congratulated the health sector as well as the South African National Aids Council led by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the success of the HIV/Aids programme. On World Aids Day on 1 December, Zuma launched the new National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV/Aids 2012-2016, which promises to do much more to tackle TB and issues of violence against women. The NSP proposes to deal with HIV, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis by adopting a holistic approach which includes preventative and therapeutic measures. It brings together five succinct goals and four aims, whose combined purpose is to quash new HIV infections. The five goals are: To reduce new HIV infections by at least 50% by using a combination of prevention approaches;To initiate at least 80% of eligible patients on antiretroviral treatment with 70% being alive and on treatment five years after initiation;To reduce the number of new TB infections as well as deaths from TB by 50%;To ensure an enabling and accessible legal framework that protects and promotes human rights in order to support the implementation of the NSP; andTo reduce self-reported stigma related to HIV and TB by at least 50%. The country also adopted the “three zeros” agreed to at the United Nations high level meeting in New York this June as a vision for the next 20 years. In addition, a fourth zero has been added, which aims to eliminate HIV transmission from mother- to-child. The four zeros are “zero new HIV and TB infection; zero new infections due to mother to child transmission; zero preventable deaths associated with HIV and TB, and zero discrimination associated with HIV and TB”. Source: BuaNews
Gian Piero Gasperini regrets conceding “some avoidable goals” against Manchester City, but maintains Atalanta “take everything positive” from the Champions League. Ruslan Malinovskyi had put them in front at the Etihad from the penalty spot, but a Sergio Aguero brace turned it around before Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick. “I am a little disappointed with the penalty. It would’ve been tough anyway, but we had started well, taken the lead and could’ve held on to that for a little longer,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia after a 5-1 defeat. “Manchester City are strong and showed it, but we let our heads drop too quickly and the penalty was avoidable. When Manchester City have space to run into, they’re unstoppable. “It was important that we kept pushing, we could’ve scored another couple of goals and it is all part of the growth process for this team. “I had hoped to make the game last longer, as we conceded avoidable goals.” This is Atalanta’s first ever Champions League campaign and they are yet to pick up a point, but were the first side to score against Manchester City in the competition this season. There were over 2,800 Atalanta fans in Manchester and they never stopped singing throughout, as this club was in Serie B as recently as 2011. “As I’ve always said, we take everything positive from this tournament and we will emerge together – from the club to players and fans – stronger, with more experience and knowledge.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
Delhi University aspirants hoping to make it to a college of their choice through the extra-curricular activity (ECA) quota have been hung out to dry, it seems.After sports quota, now trials for this category have run into rough weather as colleges do not have adequate manpower (teachers) to judge applicants. Consequently, many institutions have been forced to postpone their ECA trials indefinitely.By Tuesday, sought-after colleges such as Miranda House, Kirori Mal College (KMC), Ramjas College and Hindu College had put up notices informing applicants of this decision.While Ramjas and Miranda House were to start their preliminary rounds from Tuesday, Hindu and KMC had trial dates scheduled in the last week of June and first week of July, respectively.And other institutions may soon join this list.Zakir Husain College (day) and Gargi College, for instance, are yet to take a call on whether to postpone ECA trials or not.Though the ECA quota is not mandatory for colleges, most admit students through this category as it helps them form strong teams for debating, dance and quizzing, among other activities.This latest snag in the admission process is just another effect of the ongoing teachers’ agitation at DU. Unhappy with the “autocratic” manner in which the semester system was introduced by Vice- chancellor Deepak Pental in the science departments at the undergraduate level, teachers – in response to the appeal by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) – of as many as 50 colleges have decided to not participate in the admission process this year.advertisementThough on Monday the Delhi High Court had restrained teachers from “obstructing” the ongoing admission process “in any manner whatsoever”, this may not be of much help to the college principals as DUTA has decided to continue with its agitation.”We respect the court’s judgment, but we will continue to appeal to teachers to disassociate themselves from admissions as this does not amount to obstruction. Our agitation is peaceful and it’s our way of telling the vice- chancellor that the teachers will not be party to his autocratic ways,” said Aditya Narayan Misra, president, DUTA. Though college principals had managed to declare the first cutoff list in time without help from teachers, they have taken the call to not bear the onus for the ECA trials.”There’s only so much work one person can do. It’s impossible to conduct trials without the teachers. So I have decided to postpone it till the issue between the university and the teachers is resolved,” said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.”Our preliminary rounds were to begin today, but I have put them on hold till further notice as I want my teachers to be a part of this process. I will meet my faculty members regarding this and take a call soon,” said Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House.Students who had their hopes pinned on the ECA quota are obviously not happy with the latest turn of events. “Students who want to appear for (ECA) trials are required to apply to colleges separately and not through the common admission form. I have applied to KMC and Hindu. Had I known that the chances of ECA trials are slim I would have filled up the common form only,” said Radhika Ghosh, an applicant.However, some institutions such as Kamla Nehru College and SGTB Khalsa College will keep their trials on course by having it judged just by an external jury.SPORTS TRIALS ONDELHI University started its five- daylong centralised sports trials on Tuesday.Despite an agitation by teachers across colleges against the introduction of common trials from this year, the university managed to wrap up trials on the first day without any problems.The sports council conducted the trials with the help of an external jury across five venues for volleyball, shooting, softball, football and wrestling. DU has registered close to 2,500 candidates across 45 colleges for common trials, which end on June 27.
United States Americans Abroad: Weah’s nearly perfect debut while Johannsson saves Bremen Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images United States Bundesliga Borussia M’gladbach v Werder Bremen RB Leipzig v Borussia Dortmund Troyes v PSG Schalke 04 v Hertha BSC Troyes Hertha BSC Borussia Dortmund Werder Bremen PSG RB Leipzig Borussia M’gladbach Schalke 04 Ligue 1 Videos The teenager nearly capped his first team bow with a goal while the Bremen forward netted his first goal since 2016 to save a result for his club Getting on the field for a star-studded team like Paris Saint-Germain as a teenager is something a player will never forget, but for Timothy Weah, his debut for the Ligue 1 leaders almost turned into something beyond special.Weah entered in the 79th minute with PSG up 2-0 over Troyes, nearly 23 years after his father George Weah last suited up for the French giants, and was given the central forward role for the side. He used his pace to create a great opportunity for himself in stoppage time as he was able to simply outrun defenders to a ball just over the halfway line, getting into a one-on-one against the Troyes goalkeeper.Unfortunately for Weah, he put his shot straight at the keeper, denying him the chance to cap his debut with his first ever senior team goal. The whistle blew soon after. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It could’ve been the dream start for PSG’s Timothy Weah!A good save, or should he have done better there? pic.twitter.com/tR3iRD9iew — Goal USA (@GoalUSA) March 3, 2018 “I was really happy to play in Ligue 1 today,” Weah told PSG’s official website after the game . “I would like to thank the coach, the staff and the other players who have been really nice. I came close to scoring, that would have been the icing on the cake.“I hope to be able to play again and score goals. Coming just after my 18th birthday, it’s like a birthday present. I’m happy to play for the club of my heart.” The 18-year-old United States youth international has featured for PSG’s youth side and reserve side this year and impressed enough to earn this opportunity. While it is important to note this was a unique chance – PSG was without Neymar and Kylian Mbappe due to injury while the second leg of their tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday made Unai Emery rest numerous other players – Weah put himself in position to earn it by his strong play outside of the first team this season.Whether or not he gets another run out this year for PSG remains to be seen. But it was a great moment for the youngster, and showed a glimpse of the talent that helped get him there.Johannsson renaissance continues with equalizer Aron Johannsson’s journey from forgotten man to important team member continued this past weekend with the reward he’s been searching for.A goal.Johannsson has been impactful in Werder Bremen’s last month of games, making key plays in the buildup to important goals in the Bundesliga. But while those moments could prove key in keeping Bremen in the Bundesliga for next season, Johannsson had yet to record a goal or assist in the league. His one tally came in the DFB Pokal, in a match Bremen ultimately lost.But that changed this past weekend when Johannsson came on as a substitute at the half against Borussia Monchengladbach, with Bremen trailing 2-0 on the road. Thomas Delaney would get the first goal back for Bremen but it would be Johannsson who secured the club with a share of the points.A low cross was played into the area. Jerome Gondorf, with his back to goal, laid it into the path of the oncoming Johannsson, who blasted it into the net to level the scoreline at 2-2. Left no doubt! That’s two goals in the last month for @aronjo20 . pic.twitter.com/KdiaoKMJEJ — U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) March 2, 2018 It’s exactly what Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt is aiming for with Johannsson. The manager was quoted by BILD as saying : “Aron has a very high priority for us when he comes on. He always creates openings and is very dangerous.”Likewise his teammates are pleased for him.”Aron was a great help to us,” Milos Veljkovic said in quotes published by kreiszeitung.de . “He works very hard on himself.”Johannsson, for his part, hopes to be a starter, but right now is pleased to have found the net once more. It was his first league goal since September 2016, and he knew he needed to capitalize on an opportunity to help Bremen secure a result.”I’m so glad that we got ourselves back into the game,” Johannsson told Bundesliga.com after the game . “I had already had two good chances, so I’m really pleased I managed to put the third away.”And Johannsson, 27, hasn’t given up hopes of representing the United States again on the international stage. He has not played for the U.S. since September 2015, thanks to injuries limiting his time on the field.”The biggest thing for me in football is to play for and represent my country so I hope I can continue to get some minutes on the pitch and to score some goals,” Johannsson said. “In the end, I hope to play for the national team again.”The thought of Johannsson representing the U.S. once more seemed like a far likier thing a few months ago than a successful return into the Bremen side. Now that he’s managed the latter, it’s certainly possible the former could happen as well.But in the meantime, he’ll just need to keep impressing his coaches and teammates. If he can, starts and his desired national team call-up may follow.Pulisic drops to the bench for Dortmund For most of Christian Pulisic’s time as a professional, he’s been on the upswing, earning praise and playing time as he continued to develop at Borussia Dortmund. But now the teenager has suffered through a loss of form, and it’s handed him arguably the first piece of adversity at the club level in his career.Pulisic has found himself relegated to the bench for Dortmund’s last two league games — dropped in favor of an attacking midfield trio of Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, who support central striker Michy Batshuayi. Reus, in particular, has been in sparkling form since his return from injury, as he has now scored three times in his four Bundesliga games.While Pulisic has been on the bench for multiple games before, that was when he was seen as a young player who was more of a key rotation option than as a starter. Under Peter Bosz he had become an important starter, so the loss of his spot under Peter Stoger really cannot be looked at any other way than as a setback.It is worth remembering that this has been the concern for Pulisic for two years. When Marco Reus is healthy, he is an automatic starter. While he can play across attacking midfield, he ideally deployed on the wing. That leaves one spot for Pulisic, and that spot is taken by Schurrle at the moment.Also in the mix for Pulisic is Maximilian Philipp, who showed very well early in the season before missing substantial time with injury. Philipp was the first player off the bench this past weekend in the 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig, replacing Gotze, with Pulisic coming on for a late cameo.Dortmund has a busy slate over the next two weeks. There is a Europa League last-16 tie with Red Bull Salzburg. That tie sandwiches a battle against Timothy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt in a match that has top-four importance, as both Dortmund and Frankfurt are locked on 42 points, with BVB in third due to its superior goal difference. Then finally, a clash against Hannover.There’s not a match in there that Dortmund can afford to lose, so Stoger will likely have to rotate starters or make plenty of use of his substitutes. That should mean chances for Pulisic to make a case as to why he should return to the Dortmund XI.McKennie makes Schalke return Though many of the big American names in the Bundesliga have fallen on hard times of late due to form issues (Pulisic and Bobby Wood) or injury (John Brooks and Fabian Johnson), there was some good news for another American beside Johannsson this past weekend. Weston McKennie made his way back from injury.McKennie made the bench for Schalke’s match against Hertha Berlin and came on in the 80th minute in the 1-0 win. He had last appeared on Jan. 21 when he suffered a partial tear of his medial collateral ligament in his right knee, which was to sideline him for six weeks.The midfielder made an impressive recovery from the injury, returning to games in five weeks, rather than just to training, something he was anxious to do.“It was tough,” McKennie told Schalke’s official website late last week when asked how his rehab was. “I couldn’t do what I love doing most and had to work my way back instead. Running on a treadmill in front of a mirror isn’t as fun as being out on the pitch with the team. You’ve just got to get through it.”McKennie also described what happened when he first suffered the injury and the support he received from his teammates in the early going.“Normally, I always try to get straight back up on my feet and carry on when I’m fouled as I don’t want to get substituted!” McKennie said. “However, in that moment, I thought I’d really seriously injured myself. Thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as I first feared.“What really helped was the support I received from my teammates. The whole team asked after me and wanted to know how I was getting on. Leon [Goretzka] surprised me when I had my MRI scan and came along with me. Naldo, Breel [Embolo] and Thilo [Kehrer] kept asking me how I’m doing and that was great. It helped me concentrate on my rehabilitation.”McKennie returns to a Schalke side in second in the Bundesliga table, though the club is just two points out of fifth place and four from sixth. The teen will look to make a positive impact in that tight race for a top-four spot, with the optimism that perhaps his time away may have helped him grow.“I feel great,” McKennie said. “I’ve been able to train fully for the first time this week and I feel like a brand-new player. Maybe the injury has actually turned me into a better player.”
Roma 1 Shakhtar Donetsk 0 (2-2 agg): Dzeko edges Italians through on away goals Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 05:37 14/3/2018 Twitter (@asromaen) Shakhtar Donetsk fell short of just a second Champions League quarter-final appearance as their 10 men were beaten by Roma and Edin Dzeko. A second-half Edin Dzeko strike earned Roma a 1-0 Champions League last-16 second-leg win over Shakhtar Donetsk, enough to narrowly progress on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.Cengiz Under’s goal and a string of Alisson saves in a 2-1 away first-leg defeat had kept Roma in the tie, and Eusebio Di Francesco’s men edged to victory in the return to reach the quarter-finals despite a dismal display in which Dzeko’s winner was scarcely deserved.Indeed, despite needing only a draw to themselves reach the last eight on Wednesday, this was no backs-to-the-wall job for Paulo Fonseca’s Shakhtar as they sought to enjoy themselves at Stadio Olimpico. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp An assured away performance was led by Manchester City target Fred as Shakhtar had the better of the opening 45 minutes, pressing the Serie A side when out of possession and then attacking at speed.Chances were few and far between, though, and a lack of cutting edge in the final third was ruthlessly punished by Dzeko seven minutes after half-time.Shakhtar’s desperation for the away goal they now required left gaps in defence and Ivan Ordets was dismissed for halting a late Roma breakaway, Alisson holding on for a fourth consecutive home Champions League clean sheet to seal the hosts a place in the draw for the last eight.FT | #RomaShakhtar – (*2-2)Edin Dzeko scores the crucial goal… and #ASRoma are through! pic.twitter.com/vRz9m7DvFZ— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) March 13, 2018It took Dzeko just 22 seconds to work Andriy Pyatov for the first time, but Shakhtar would not bow easily to the hosts’ early pressure and were soon knocking the ball around with confidence in the Roma half.Alessandro Florenzi flicked a risky backwards header just wide of his own goal and a nervous home crowd witnessed the visitors maintaining a level of control throughout the first half, Pyatov intercepting when Aleksandar Kolarov led a rare Roma foray.Taison flashed a 25-yard effort over the top, before Federico Fazio recovered in time to force Facundo Ferreyra wide having cheaply given up possession to his fellow Argentinian.Kolarov then crucially swept the ball away from Ferreyra’s toe inside the Roma box as the sides went in level at the break.Roma did not initially improve from the restart but, when the Shakhtar defence switched off the first time, a clear chance finally fell for Dzeko and he made no mistake.Kevin Strootman hooked a hopeful pass forward to set his team-mate away, Dzeko in the clear and reaching the ball ahead of Pyatov to prod a finish through the goalkeeper’s legs.1 – Edin #Dzeko has scored his first goal in a Champions League knockout phase game. Wait. #RomaShakthar— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) March 13, 2018Diego Perotti fired straight at Pyatov as Roma chased a second and Dzeko then almost struck again with a wonderful curling shot that just faded wide, before Shakhtar redoubled their efforts.Fred recycled the ball and Taison danced by challenges, but they could not muster the necessary response and tempers flared as Ordets tugged back Dzeko to see red with 11 minutes remaining, Ferreyra clashing with a ball boy to earn just a yellow as Roma held on. Key Opta Facts:- Roma have reached the quarter finals of the Champions League for the third time in the club’s history and for the first time since 2007-08.- This is the first time Roma have progressed from a knockout tie in which they have lost the first leg; ending a run of five consecutive knockout tie defeats.- Roma have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four Champions League home games, winning the last three (W3 D1 L0).- Shakhtar Donetsk however, have lost seven of their last eight Champions League away games (W1 D0 L7).- Shakhtar Donetsk failed to register a single shot on target against Roma in this match.- Iven Ordets red card was the second Shakhtar have received in the competition this season – as many as in their previous four Champions League campaigns combined.- Edin Dzeko has had a hand in 55 per cent of Roma’s 11 goals in the Champions League this season (4 goals, 2 assists). read more
On Sunday night, James Washington continued what has been an impressive preseason for the second-year wideout with a 41-yard touchdown grab courtesy of his former college teammate Mason Rudolph.But it appears he had someone else to thank for that play.The Steelers’ No. 1 receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster talked about the situation that ended in him stealing one of Washington’s touchdowns and how he, in turn, let the Biletnikoff winner take his spot on the series that he ended in Washington’s own score.“It was so crazy. We were doing no-huddle and I got tired so I went out for a couple plays,” said Smith-Schuster according to Steelers.com. “Then we got the first [down] and then I go back in and James Washington, that was his play. That was his post. So I go in, I take his place. I take his touchdown, basically. And then a couple plays later, he scores his post. I’m supposed to start that series but I said ‘Like no, bro. You take it.’ and he ends up getting a post.”Washington got just two targets during Pittsburgh’s third exhibition game but turned it into that one deep ball score. He has been one of the more buzzworthy wideouts heading in the NFL this preseason.Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says Washington’s continuing improvement is what they expected for their former second-round pick, and all second-year players.“We talk about all second-year players taking a significant step.” said Tomlin. “He’s done that. But he’s just representative of the group. … We expect big things from those guys who have been a lap around the track and understand the culture and the environment, and that experience should show, and it is.”Tomlin was less forthcoming about the battle that rages between Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs for QB2.“We’ll comb through it great detail tomorrow,” Tomlin said when asked how he evaluates Rudolph’s 75-yard performance.Both Rudolph and Dobbs took snaps after Ben Roethlisberger started his first preseason game, and both were productive. Rudolph went 6-of-9 for 75 yards with one TD and one interception and Dobbs was 4-of-9 for 79 yards and threw a pick in the red zone.The Steelers will cap their preseason slate at 6 p.m. Central Time on Thursday when they had to Charlotte, North Carolina to take on the Panthers. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
World Cup ‘Like rugby players’- Mexico coach’s surprising Socceroos praise Josh Thomas @Joshua_Thomas97 10:21 6/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup Australia Australia v Peru The green and gold have a big fan in Juan Carlos Osorio After inspiring his side to a stunning upset of Germany, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has singled out Australia for some special praise of their own.Under Osorio’s guidance, the El Tri stunned the current World Cup holders 1-0 in their opening group game and the coach is taking note of other nations competing well in Russia.Of those, Osorio surprisingly zoned in on the Socceroos, praising the nation’s spirit and their two central midfielders in particular. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “Personally, I’ve been favourably impressed by Australia,” Osorio said.“I really like Jedinak and Mooy, two central players very competitive in the midfield.“I profoundly admire Australia as a country – what they do in order to recover their players and how they compete honestly and transparently.”Inevitably, the praise did turn to the Socceroos physical prowess with Osorio making a rather stereotypical sports comparison.“In some cases they seem like rugby players playing football,” he said.”They are gentlemanly, they don’t go into personal fights, they fight every single ball with all they’ve got.”But rather than lean on cliches, Osorio showed just how much attention he has been paying to the green and gold highlighting the role winger Matthew Leckie has played in allowing the side to push forward. “Then if we think about Leckie, for example, they play a very appealing, attractive football,” he said. “Not only to control a ball and the game but to attack on the wings.”I think they are one of the great surprises of the Cup.”Despite surprising people with their performances, the Socceroos progression to the knockout stage is out of their hands with Australia needing to beat Peru and hope France see off Denmark in the final games of Group C.