Mali groups clash again ahead of talks in Niger

first_imgTuareg rebels in northern Mali attacked the positions of a pro-government militia on Monday, in fighting that is undermining government attempts to pacify the region, sources from both groups said.Secessionist Tuaregs signed a peace agreement in June that Western countries, including France, hope will allow the Malian army to focus on stamping out Islamist groups, some of them linked to al-Qaeda.But tensions have been rising again, and neighbouring Niger is due to host talks to ease the situation on Wednesday.A spokesperson for the Platform, an alliance of pro-government groups, said fighters from the Tuareg Co-ordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) had attacked two Platform positions in the early morning, in the third day of clashes. “I think that they are looking for a pretext to boycott the meeting in Niamey by saying there are clashes in the north,” said Fahad Ag Almahamoud, a leader of the Gatia militia, which belongs to the Platform.last_img read more

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AVB: Fans created tense atmosphere

first_img Spurs had to rely on Roberto Soldado’s late penalty after away defender Ahmed Elmohamady was judged to have handled Jan Vertonghen’s cross in the penalty box. Hull manager Steve Bruce derided referee Michael Oliver’s decision as “a joke” and while Villas-Boas conceded it was a soft award, the Portuguese was more concerned with the mood of his own fans. Villas-Boas claimed his players had to battle against an anxious environment, which he went on to describe as “very negative” and one which prompted a “feeling that invades us”. “We played in a very difficult atmosphere, very tense, very negative and we looked like the away team but we kept our cool,” he said. “We had to dig deep within ourselves because we weren’t getting help from anybody, the stadium reflected this atmosphere, very tense and without a lot of support until the first goal.” Villas-Boas suggested the negativity played into the hands of the visiting team but insisted he was not trying to criticise the club’s support. “I’m particularly happy with the way the players fought hard against that anxiety and kept their cool to take the three points,” he said. “I’m extremely happy with the crowd normally, fans for me represent the essence of football. The away support has been immense. “Sometimes at home it is difficult and it looks like it drags the ball into our goal rather than our opponent’s goal. “I don’t intend with this message to send them a warning, neither do I intend to hurt their feelings but this is something that is felt within the group. It is a feeling that invades us in fixtures like this. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas claimed his side had to battle a “difficult atmosphere” inside White Hart Lane before claiming a contentious 1-0 home win over Hull. “You need that help. We are great believers in emotion and motivation and that is always decisive when you play at home.” Bruce had his own problems to deal with after the match as he fumed at being denied a point following a battling performance that warranted something from the game. “It is an absolute joke decision,” he said. “It hits his leg for a start and then goes up and hits his arm, how do you give a penalty in that situation? “We have more directives and meetings and all this nonsense, they are all getting assessed up in the stands but then they give decisions like that which just baffles me and I have to ask the question, would we have got it? “The disappointment I have is that I have lads playing today who are desperate to play in the Premier League. “They are desperate to make a fist of it and they are now questioning themselves after Everton last week, where we got some decisions against us and today where, in my opinion, he couldn’t wait to give it.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Laudrup ready for Hammer blows

first_img Tuesday’s win over Fulham moved Swansea five points clear of West Ham and the relegation zone and, despite the Hammers’ draw at Chelsea, Laudrup has tried to put pressure on Allardyce and company by claiming they have to win on home turf. “Obviously when you win there is less pressure and maybe more pressure on the opponent,” he said. “Even if they had a draw in midweek, tomorrow West Ham will feel like we did against Fulham as they are at home and I would imagine everyone up there is saying, ‘If we want to avoid relegation we have to beat Swansea at home if we look at the fixtures’.” Laudrup has only added David Ngog to his first-team squad during January, while the Swans have had a £2.5million bid rejected for Leicester’s Jeffrey Schlupp. A deal for the Ghana international could pave the way for Neil Taylor to join Fulham. Swansea rejected an initial offer of £4million from the Cottagers, who are understood to have returned with an improved deal. ”Neil is here now and I don’t want to go into discussion if he’s staying or leaving because you can never know that,” Laudrup said. ”What I’ve said about Neil is that I fully understand his position, especially after going what he’s been through. ”But we will only sell him if we can get a replacement. ”Until the window closes, everything is possible. That’s why I don’t want go into all the rumours.” A potential complicating factor in any move is that Taylor is currently with his wife, who is in labour. One player leaving Swansea is striker Rory Donnelly, who has joined Coventry on loan until the end of the season. The Swans have been linked with Norwich’s Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan, as well as Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli, and later on Friday completed the signing of Falkirk youngster Jay Fulton for an undisclosed fee. The 19-year-old put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Liberty Stadium. Press Association Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has no issues with Sam Allardyce’s tactical approach, and has warned his side to expect a stern physical examination at West Ham. But Laudrup had no issues with Allardyce’s gameplan at Chelsea, believing the ends justified the means. He said: “Every game is different, you have to play the way you think is best for your team in each particular game. “West Ham did that, they were very brave. Yes, they defended inside their own box a lot but they got a point at Chelsea, where under Mourinho they have not lost in I don’t know how long. “We tried a different way up there and we lost so you could say West Ham did better than us. “They could have lost the game, but they didn’t. Whenever you get a result, you are right. So they did well.” And Laudrup fully expects his side to have to deal with a very direct approach from the hosts at Upton Park. “It will be a tough game, not because of what they did at Chelsea but they are very strong physically, and we are not so much,” said the Dane. “The players already know what to expect from Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, James Tomkins, James Collins and company so it will be a tough afternoon for us.” Allardyce came in for criticism from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after the Hammers ground out a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge, with the Portuguese accusing the former Bolton and Blackburn boss of employing “19th century tactics”. Swansea, fresh from a first Premier League win in nine games against Fulham on Tuesday, are the Hammers’ next opponents in another key fixture in the bottom half of the table. last_img read more

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Dino Babers searches for improvements in Week 2 from stagnant SU offense

first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.One game into an unusual season, the 2020 Syracuse offense looked much more like the 2019 version than 2018. Despite the scoreline being close for the first three quarters, the Orange (0-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) “shot themselves in the foot” too many times in their 31-6 season-opening loss to No. 18 North Carolina (1-0, 1-0), Babers said in his press conference Monday. SU struggled in every single facet of offense, and with Pittsburgh’s dominant defensive line looming next week, Babers insisted that the most growth in performances occurs between weeks 1 and 2. The Orange will need to make plenty of improvements across the board if they want to beat Pittsburgh, as linemakers have listed them 20.5-point underdogs. Babers doesn’t like to critique the performances of individual players without first getting a chance to watch the film back on the game, he said after Saturday’s game. Once he did watch the tape, Babers excused Tommy DeVito’s inefficient performance, chalking it up to rust and a lack of practice time with the Orange’s top receiving options. He cited four drops by the wide receivers and a few miscommunications as a cause of the Orange having the lowest offensive success rate of any Atlantic Coast Conference team that played last week. Those issues occurred because there was no spring practice and most of the early summer workouts were in pods that didn’t enable the passing unit to work entirely together, Babers said. He’s expecting improvements offensively headed into Week 2 with Pittsburgh, and implied that he’ll wait to get a larger sample size before making any potential lineup changes. Even though he mentioned some guys were banged up and could be limited in practice, SU’s starting Week 2 depth chart was the same as the one released ahead of the UNC game. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Everybody improves greatly from their first game to the second game,” Babers said. Even though the offensive line struggled as a unit, Babers defended left guard Chris Elmore when asked how the converted tight end/full back transitioned to a position he hadn’t played before. Syracuse’s offensive line allowed a 30% stuff rate and had 2.4 offensive line yards per run, both worst in the ACC of teams that played last weekend.“For someone to play that position at that level vs. the defensive linemen he was playing, he played extremely well,” Babers said. “He was one of the guys who I thought played winning football.” But the running backs might be an even bigger concern, and Babers hinted at that in Monday’s press conference. Jawhar Jordan and Markenzy Pierre shared the rushing workload for SU, and both generated almost nothing at the second level. They combined for 0.4 second level yards per rush, much worse than SU’s metrics from last season and a concerning number. “There was too much penetration,” Babers said. “There were some holes, and sometimes we hit them and sometimes we didn’t.”Babers admitted that the playbook is a bit smaller than usual due to the shortened offseason and two new coordinators gaining experience. But he didn’t say it’s positive or negative. They have enough in their playbook to execute the offense — it’s just been the execution that faltered in Saturday’s defeat. “As the season goes, the book grows,” Babers said.  Subscribe to the D.O. Sports NewsletterWant the latest in Syracuse sports delivered to your inbox? Subscribe to the D.O. Sports newsletter to read our best sports articles, sent to you every Friday morning.* indicates requiredEmail Address * Commentscenter_img Published on September 14, 2020 at 2:51 pm Contact Anthony: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Winning Is In Our DNA, Juventus President Agnelli Reveals

first_imgJuventus president Andrea Agnelli has disclosed that winning is in the club’s DNA adding that opponents also see the Old Lady in the same light.Agnelli further pointed that Italian clubs must performance better on the European scene to avoid losing prestige. He was speaking at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. In his words, he said: “Juve only exist to win,”“I don’t say it with arrogance but rather ambition. Our opponents also think the same way.” Agnelli stated.He was also full of praise for the club’s executives. He said: “These men make the difference: without Marotta, Nedved and Paratici, nothing would’ve been possible. The group makes the difference.“Italy must be watchful of its UEFA ranking because we risk losing fourth position: in the 2019-2020 campaign, we risk being fifth in Europe.“Football’s grown a lot, but the rules are still the same as those in the 1950s. The NFL is the example that football should follow.“2010-11 was the worst financial year in Juve’s history, but we started again from there.“Humility and dedication are the underlying principles of our history. Now we want to make it seven, eight Scudetti in a row.” he concluded.Juventus have outperformed the other Italian clubs in the last decade with six successive Italian Serie A titles and two UEFA Champions League (UCL) finals in three years.Relatedlast_img read more

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Ghana ranked Africa’s second best team by FIFA

first_imgGhana have moved up places on the February edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released Thursday.The Black Stars are also 19th ranked nation in the world for the month of February; one place behind Brazil.Nigeria won their first Nations Cup trophy in 19 years to climb 22 places to 30th-their best ranking since August 2010.Losing finalists Burkina Faso moved up a massive 37 places to 55th.Ivory Coast despite bowing out at the quarter-final stage is Africa best team.The Elephants have also achieved their best-ever world ranking (12th position). Spain continue to reign supreme ahead of Germany and Argentina. England moved to fourth place after their home win over Brazil.The February edition of the ranking is dominated by the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and the CONCACAF qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.last_img read more

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Kyle Busch on finishing second to brother Kurt: ‘Wrong end of the deal’

first_imgKurt Busch and Kyle Busch battled it out until the very end of Saturday’s Quaker State 400 race at Kentucky Speedway, with the elder brother winning and earning his 31st win in the Cup Series.Kyle was supportive of Kurt after the race, though he admitted, “We were on the wrong end of the deal.”  “It was a thriller,” Kyle said. “It’s obviously cool to put on great races and great finishes, and I’ve been a part of a lot of them and not very many — in fact none — with my brother like that. And so that was a first.”The race came down to the final two laps after a caution gave them overtime laps. It appeared Kyle had the advantage, but Kurt held on and took the lead going into Turn 1 on the last lap. They dueled it out right next to each other as Kurt just barely edged out Kyle to give Chevrolet its first Cup Series win at Kentucky. Related News NASCAR standings 2019: Updated points for Cup Series playoffs after the Quaker State 400 NASCAR at Kentucky: Kyle Busch’s reaction to Brad Keselowski cutting him off is hilariouscenter_img “What a battle with my little brother. To race him side-by-side, try to play the chess game at 180 mph in the side draft,” Kurt said (via USA Today). “As we drove down into Turn 3 on the last lap, I just stared straight at the No. 18 on his door and I never lifted until I heard him lift and then I was like ‘wait a minute, I still gotta miss the wall’ and he gave me just enough room as a true racer would.”The only downside for Kurt was the fact that his brother didn’t wait to give him a ride home back to North Carolina, like he initially promised. “I was supposed to fly home with him and now I’m looking for a plane ride,” Kurt laughed (per ESPN). “That’s Kyle. He won’t even wait.” “No hard feelings, and we move on,” Kyle said.WHAT A FINISH!@KurtBusch holds off @KyleBusch to WIN at @KYSpeedway! #QS400— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 14, 2019After the race, Kurt explained what was going through his mind during the final few laps as he wanted to defeat his brother.last_img read more

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Tour de France alters Stage 20; rain, land slides could impact close finish

first_imgMother Nature had the final say on today’s stage! #TDF2019— #TDF2019 on NBCSN (@NBCSNCycling) July 26, 2019MORE: Tour de France standings and winners of each stageThe decision was made to prioritize cyclists’ safety, and as a result, the times for the stage were taken from when the cyclists reached the top of the mountain.Due to damage from the storm, two of the three climbs from Saturday’s Stage 20 have been eliminated, reducing the day’s course from 81 to just 37 miles. There are just two stages remaining in this year’s Tour de France, and with the top of the leaderboard being as close as it has been in recent years, Mother Nature has now thrown another wrench into one of the most unpredicatable finishes in some time.A sudden and violent hail storm in Friday’s Stage 19 brought a sudden and chaotic finish to the day’s cycling. As cyclists began their descent down the Alps from the Tour’s highest elevation of 9,090 feet, the sudden storm caused a landslide further down the valley, covering the road with debris and making it too dangerous for cyclists to continue. Due to the difficult weather conditions expected tomorrow and land slides noticed, the course of the 20th stage of the Tour de France will be modified.— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 26, 2019Stage 20 is the penultimate stage of the race before it concludes in Paris on Sunday, but it is typically the last stage in which any jockeying atop the standings is made. Stage 21 is nearly completly flat as it rolls to the ceremonial finish.Friday’s abrupt end created more chaos in the standings as Frenchman Julian Alaphlippe — the owner of the coveted yellow jersey for most of this year’s race — was passed by Colombian Egan Bernal, the youngest rider in the Tour at 22.Bernal takes a 48-second lead over Alaphlippe and a 1:16-lead over reigning Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas into the shortened Stage 20.last_img read more

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Scott Peterson’s Attorneys Appeal His Death Sentence

first_img(San Francisco, CA) — The appellate attorney’s for convicted killer Scott Peterson want his death sentence overturned. Peterson still sits on California’s death row after being convicted of killing his wife, Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Conner, in 2005.During a virtual hearing before the California Supreme Court yesterday, attorneys argued media coverage tainted the jury. An attorney for the prosecution argued the case was very clear. court will return a judgment soon. Peterson has been on California’s Death Row at San Quentin prison since 2005 after being found guilty for the 2004 murder of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Conner.The last execution in California occurred Jan. 17, 2006, when Clarence Ray Allen, 76, was put to death. No executions have been carried out since.As of March 2019, further executions are halted by an official moratorium ordered by Governor Gavin Newsom.last_img read more

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The absence of Benzema rehabilitates Mariano

first_imgMariano is the only player (along with Asensio, long-term injured) who has not yet played any minute in the official match this season. But you can have your chance and be key in the Spanish Super Cup. In the absence of Benzema, Zidane has included hispanodominicano in the final call of 18 players for the semifinal against Valencia. This is the second time Mariano has been on a list this campaign.. The previous one was in Mallorca, in a match in which the French coach had it as a replacement in his initial bet of playing with two strikers. Benzema and Jovic made headlines that day. The Supercopa can suppose a certain redemption for a Mariano sentenced almost from the start of the campaign. He refused the offers to leave that he had in summer because they did not satisfy his economic pretensions or his sporting ambitions. And this despite In the pre-season friendlies Zidane made it clear his role in the team. Mariano only played 41 minutes, both in the matches of the Audi Cup: 11 ‘against Tottenham and 30’ against Fenerbahçe. The goal was scored by the goal that closed the victory (5-3) against the Turks. Canteranos as De la Fuente, Seoane (now in Huesca) or Javi Hernández played more than Mariano. Finished the preparation, the club took the 7 to give it to Hazard.Suitors do not lack if Madrid takes it to market this winter and the player agrees to leave. Lyon and Espanyol have shown their interest in getting their services … and their goals. Last season, in which his role was also minimal, he scored 4 goals in 746 minutes played (one every 186.5 ‘).last_img read more

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