Rodriguez key at both ends as Switzerland reaches World Cup

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill said his team’s exit after a spirited second-half Sunday was “a devastating moment.”“It was decided by a really poor decision and a penalty that should never have been,” O’Neill said, 25 minutes after the final whistle. “We should still be playing extra time now.”“It was a privilege to be their coach and manager tonight,” said O’Neill, who shared tearful embraces with players at the final whistle.Northern Ireland came to Basel with aggression in its play that had been strangely lacking in the home leg.Still, Switzerland dominated much of the first half and should have sealed its place at a fourth straight World Cup much earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Switzerland’s players Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka and Ricardo Rodriguez, from right, celebrate winning the World Cup play-offs second leg soccer match between Switzerland and Northern Ireland at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)BASEL, Switzerland — Switzerland is going to the World Cup after left-back Ricardo Rodriguez denied Northern Ireland hope in both games of their playoff at either end of the field.In each leg of Switzerland’s 1-0 aggregate win, the key incident involved one of Northern Ireland’s Evans brothers.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene All three now have at least 50 international appearances. None had been born the last time Northern Ireland played at a World Cup, in 1986.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jimmie Johnson’s title reign ends with wreck in Phoenix Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Center forward Haris Seferovic was most at fault, failing to hit the target with two first-half headed chances and a late shot lofted high over the goal.Though Petkovic declined to criticize the Benfica forward, who was booed by some fans when substituted, the coach acknowledged a regular weakness of his 11th-ranked team.“We have to be more clinical in front of goal,” Petkovic said through a translator. “We had to suffer to the end, especially with this chance Northern Ireland had.”In the first of four stoppage-time minutes, Evans rose at the far post to meet a cross that goalkeeper Yann Sommer misjudged to leave himself stranded.Rodriguez moved across the goalmouth toward the post and hooked the ball clear as he fell backward into the goal.With their spot in Russia secured, the Swiss enter the pot of second-seeded teams for the World Cup draw on Dec. 1 in Moscow.Now the challenge for arguably its most talented team in decades is to go beyond the last 16 at a major tournament.In the past five years, the Swiss impressed in qualifying but failed to beat the best teams they faced — France twice, Argentina and Poland — at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship.“We don’t really set limits for us. It could be even to the final,” said Petkovic, who should have his best players at their peak in Russia.At 26, Xherdan Shaqiri is heading to his third World Cup, while Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and Rodriguez are both 25 and have matured as standouts from the 2009 Under-17 World Cup-winning team. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Switzerland needed only a draw Sunday to advance to Russia, and a tense 0-0 result in rain-soaked Basel was preserved by Rodriguez’s goal-line clearance in stoppage time from Jonny Evans’ header.“In the right moment he was in the right place,” Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said of the AC Milan defender.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt meant Switzerland’s disputed penalty for handball in the first-leg victory in Belfast made all the difference.Rodriguez scored that spot kick on Thursday, when Corey Evans was whistled harshly for an incident that few agreed with. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Blacksoxs 1 and 1 after Saturday

first_imgThe Paladin Black Sox Men’s Baseball team are 1-1 after their double header in Grande Prairie yesterday. The first game was won by Fort St. John in extra innings but unfortunately the second game was won by Grande Prairie. Further game details will be posted shortly.Games 3 and 4 will be played today at the Men’s Diamond near the entrance to the community forest. They were previously scheduled for 11:00 and 3:00 but changes this morning mean a 1-hour game delay so the first game will start at noon. Two wins today would mean the championship victory. Come out and cheer on the boys!- Advertisement –last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick’s Representatives Say NFL Teams Not Interested in Quarter-back

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Colin Kaepernicknflus First Published: October 11, 2019, 8:09 AM IST Los Angeles: Representatives for Colin Kaepernick say there has been “little to no response” from any of the 32 NFL teams after they sought opportunities for the quarterback whose kneeling protests became a national controversy.Jeff Nalley and Jasmine Windham issued a statement on Thursday titled “Facts to Address the False Narratives Regarding Colin Kaepernick.” The two said Kaepernick still wants to play in the NFL and has not made any specific salary demands to teams that might be interested in signing him.”Not a single team has brought Colin in for a workout,” the statement said. “Seattle brought Colin in for a visit but did not work him out. … No other NFL team has interviewed or worked out Colin in the past three seasons, despite other false statements to the media to the contrary.”In 25 years, I have never seen anything like it,” Nalley wrote.Kaepernick, 31, hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016 when he began protesting racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games.He opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017 and has since settled a lawsuit against the NFL alleging collusion to deny him a contract.Former 49ers teammate Eric Reid was also part of the lawsuit, but has since signed with the Carolina Panthers.Reid shared the document on Twitter on Thursday.”There have been so many false narratives in the media regarding Colin, we believe it’s important to set the record straight, again.” Please read this!! Don’t believe the lies being told about my brother .@Kaepernick7″ Reid posted.Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to a 2013 Super Bowl appearance, has declared himself fit and available throughout this season, using social media to show himself working out prior to the start of the 2019 campaign. last_img read more

Marital rape cannot be criminalised in India, says Maneka Gandhi

first_imgMarital rape cannot be “suitably applied in the Indian context” due to factors like poverty, illiteracy and religious beliefs, Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has said.”It is considered that the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context due to various factors like level of education or illiteracy, poverty, myriad social customs and values, religious beliefs, mindset of the society to treat the marriage as a sacrament etc,” Maneka Gandhi said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha in response to a question on whether the government plans to criminalise marital rape.The minister further said that the scheme for globalisation of women helpline has been approved for implementation through states/UTs from April 1 last year to ensure 24-hour emergency and non-emergency response to women affected by violence both in public and private sphere, including in family, community and workplace.”All the states/UTs have been requested to submit the proposals in order to release funds. Funds have been sanctioned/released to 33 states/UTs for setting up Women Helpline,” she said.Though the ministry is planning the formation of a women welfare committee in all districts across the country, no such proposals have been formulated till now.Earlier, amicus curiae Indira Jaising had submitted a report to the Supreme Court, appealing for criminalisation of marital rape, and register forced anal penetration in a marriage under section 376 of the IPC as rape and not under section 377 as unnatural sex. The report also included the restructuring of the laws on consent to let off adolescents from criminal law in cases of consensual sex and strict penal action against army men raping women.advertisementlast_img read more