Football fan jailed 90 months for attempted murder

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available A Universitatea Cluj fan was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for trying to kill a police officer during a Romanian first division relegation playoff match last year.Vidrean Ovidiu Traian was found guilty of attempted murder after he hit the policeman over the head with a seat during the game in June against AFC Hermannstadt at the Cluj Arena. The attack had left him unconscious and covered in blood.The incident took place amid clashes between Universitatea supporters and police with fans throwing seats, stones and other objects at the officers.A large number of home supporters made their way down to the bottom of a stand.It was to express their fury at what they described as police brutality following a pitch invasion by a Universitatea fan.Traian was also ordered to pay 18,000 euros (15,794 pounds) in damages, the Cluj court said in a statement. The ruling is not final and can be appealed.Reuters/NAN.Tags: AFC HermannstadtCluj ArenaUniversitatea ClujVidrean Ovidiu Traianlast_img read more

Enrique set to sit out season

first_img “The likelihood is he will miss from now until the end of the season,” said the Reds boss. “The priority now is getting him fully fit and getting him ready for next season.” The Spaniard has not played since November and it was initially felt he could be back by February. However, his rehabilitation is going slowly and manager Brendan Rodgers does not think he will feature again in this campaign. Liverpool defender Jose Enrique is unlikely to play again this season after taking longer than expected to recover from a knee operation. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Race to celebrate fish migrations

first_imgMACHIAS — The Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) will host its third annual Smolt Bolt and Bloater Bash on Saturday, May 9, at the East Machias Aquatic Research Center (EMARC).This event is a celebration of two great fish migrations — the Atlantic salmon smolt and the river herring.The race will begin at the Downeast Sunrise Trail across from Dunkin’ Donuts and will follow the trail to the finish line at EMARC.Registration and race number pick-up will begin at 8 a.m. at EMARC, and the race will start at 10. Parking is available at EMARC, and shuttles will be available to take racers to the starting line.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textA post-race social will follow the race. Refreshments and whole-smoked alewives, or bloaters, will be served. The post-race social is free to all, though donations are welcome.Race participants can register in advance for $15 per person at EMARC or online at www.mainesalmonrivers.org. Registration includes a race T-shirt while supplies last. Registration after May 1 is $20.last_img read more

Guerrero to fight ban

first_img(REUTERS) – Peru captain Paolo Guerrero says he is innocent and will fight to clear his name after FIFA reduced his doping ban to six months, allowing him to play at next year’s World Cup.Guerrero, 33, who plays for Flamengo in Brazil, had been suspended by FIFA on December 8 for a year after testing positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine after Peru’s 0-0 draw away to Argentina in October.World soccer’s governing body reduced the ban to six months on Wednesday, but Guerrero is still not happy.“Obviously I am not relieved, it’s important to me to keep (fighting) to prove my innocence,” he told Reuters TV yesterday in Rio de Janeiro.“I am not calm now because they reduced the ban; I am going to continue fighting to prove my innocence. It really is an injustice that they punished me as I have shown I am innocent all along, I proved it, and we will keep proving it until they absolve me.”“They cut the legs from under me,” Guerrero added. “I did absolutely nothing wrong.”Guerrero claimed the positive test was due to contamination and vowed to be back in action in 2018.The former Bayern Munich and Hamburg SV forward, who has scored 42 goals for Flamengo since moving to Brazil in 2015, gives the Peru attack a much-needed physical presence and has a galvanising effect on their less experienced players.The 0-0 draw with Argentina was a crucial result for Peru, who qualified for the Russia World Cup for the first time since 1982.The South American side have been drawn in a group with France, Denmark and Australia.last_img read more

The Latest: Nadal says Djokovic may need vaccine if required

first_img Associated Press May 8, 2020 Most of the other Italian league clubs had already resumed training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18.___Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has complained about being “harassed” and says his family has been “torn apart” after admitting to breaking social-distancing rules again during the coronavirus pandemic.British newspaper The Sun reports that Walker breached regulations three times in a 24-hour period this week by visiting family members and going on a cycle ride with a friend.The England international apologized last month for hosting a party at his home during the lockdown. Nadal tells Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia this week that Djokovic and all players will have to follow the rules when tennis eventually returns to action.Nadal says no one can be forced to take the vaccine and everyone should be free to make their choices but all players will have to comply if tennis officials require “vaccination to travel” and to “protect” everyone on the tour.Djokovic recently said he was against taking a vaccine for the coronavirus even if it became mandatory to travel. He later said he was open to changing his mind.Nadal says “Djokovic will have to be vaccinated if he wants to keep playing tennis at the top level.”He says that “if the ATP or the International Tennis Federation obligates us to take the vaccine to play tennis then we will have to do it.” The Latest: Nadal says Djokovic may need vaccine if requiredcenter_img ___Inter Milan players can resume training at the club’s Suning Center after everyone from the first team tested negative for the coronavirus.Inter had to delay the resumption of training earlier in the week because not everyone on the team had been tested for COVID-19.The club says all tests have now come back negative and that “optional individual training sessions will begin this afternoon.”AC Milan has also reopened its training center for its players. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic will need to be vaccinated to keep playing if tennis bodies make coronavirus shots obligatory once they become available. Walker posted a long statement on Twitter saying he feels he is being followed constantly while also raising mental health concerns.Walker writes “this is no longer solely affecting me but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Brain damage from strokes is repairable, say researchers

first_imgIt might be possible to reverse permanent brain damage induced by stroke, a USC-led study published on Monday has found.Funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the study was carried out by the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the Keck School of Medicine. It was released in Nature Medicine, a medical journal specializing in “basic findings that have clear implications for disease pathogenesis and therapy to the earliest phases of human investigation,” according to the journal’s website.“This USC-led animal study could pave the way for a potential breakthrough in how we treat people who have experienced a stroke,” said Jim Koenig, a program director at the NINDS. “If the therapy works in humans, it could markedly accelerate the recovery of these patients.”An estimated 800,000 people have a stroke every year, according to the Center for Disease Control. Seventy percent of those affected experience some degree of neurological damage such as paralysis or deterioration of muscular tissue. The study identified a protein that stimulates damaged neural stem cells to become functional again. Senior author of the study, Berislav Zlokovic, along with the rest of the research team, identified the protein as “3K3A-APC, a variant of the human protein ‘activated protein C,’” according to a USC News press release.Zlokovic is the founder of ZZ Biotech, a company founded in 2006 to develop innovative treatments for neurological diseases.“We showed that 3K3A-APC helps the grafted stem cells convert into neurons and make structural and functional connections with the host’s nervous system,” Zlokovic said in an interview with USC News. “No one in the stroke field has ever shown this, so I believe this is going to be the gold standard for future studies.”Zlokovic and his fellow researchers aim to start with the second phase of experimentation. They will be testing whether their findings, which were studied using mice, will be successful in human trials. Should they succeed, they plan to expand the uses of the treatment beyond strokes to other neurological diseases.last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Breaking down the regular season for Wisconsin Men’s hockey

first_imgThe Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team has exceeded expectations from day one and looks to continue that into the playoffs, but before tournament time approaches, let’s take a look back at the Badger’s regular season.Where the Badgers standThe No. 18 Wisconsin team has secured the second spot in the Big Ten after preseason predictions had the team finishing fifth in the conference. Despite a tough three-game skid, the Badgers have managed to net a program second-best 12 Big Ten wins and have earned themselves a first-round bye in their conference tournament.Key regular season matchupsThat position did not come easy, as the Badgers faced off against ranked opponent after ranked opponent in the regular season.The team’s first real test came against a then-No. 6 Boston College team, who Wisconsin split with in just their second series of the season. This series was a wakeup call to Badger nation, giving hope to a deprived fan base.The Badgers looked poised to be a solid team but lacked consistency in nonconference matchups. But the truth of the tale would be told when Big Ten play began.Men’s hockey: Badgers score two power play goals to help upset No. 6 Boston CollegeThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team continues to impress under Tony Granato, taking care of No. 6 Boston College Read…In their third conference series of the year, Wisconsin faced a now-No. 5 Minnesota Gopher team who featured one of the best offenses in the country. In a thrilling overtime loss and a dominating victory the following evening the Badgers split with the top-ranked Gophers, proving they were a serious contender in the Big Ten.That win propelled Wisconsin into its hottest streak of the season, winning five straight, including a sweep of a now-No. 13 Ohio State team.It is possible the biggest indication of the potential of this Wisconsin team came in their second series against the top ranked Gophers. In a hostile environment at Mariucci Arena, the Badgers snagged another key victory Friday night, and nearly stole the weekend sweep but succumbed to a tight, one-goal loss the following evening.Men’s hockey: No. 16 Badgers square off against No. 11 Nittany Lions in final road seriesThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will head to University Park, Pennsylvania, to take on the No. 11 Nittany Read…Offensive firepower Much of Wisconsin’s regular-season success is due in part to their highly skilled and highly talented offense, which ranks eighth in the nation with 3.5 goals per game.For the first time since 2009-10, the Badgers have eight or more players with 20 or more points on the season. The team has also scored five or more goals in 13 matchups, again the most since the 2009-10 team did it 18 times.Sophomore forward and team captain Luke Kunin has been the undeniable face of leadership for the Badgers this season. Kunin, who secured a career-high 36 points on the year, including 21 goals, currently ranks eighth in the nation for points scored.Freshman phoneme Trent Frederic has been right behind the sophomore captain all year, earning 33 points on the season and a National Rookie of the Month award in February.“I think as a whole we’ve been pretty successful together, and I think a big part is how easy he is to play with,” Kunin said regarding his line mate Frederic. “He makes guys around him better and he’s just a great player.”Jonah LeurquinTop five moments from Wisconsin fall sportsThe 2016 fall semester produced many memorable moments that Badger fans want to relive. It was tough to narrow it Read…Special specialty unitsFor a good chunk of the season, the Badgers were the only team in the country to rank in the top 11 in power play and penalty kill percentages. They now hold the ninth spot for power-play conversions, but have dropped down to No. 13 on the penalty kill.In Big Ten, play the Badgers hold the top penalty kill percentage and are number three in power play percentage.Youthful squadIf it isn’t apparent already, this Badgers team is young and full of talent.Three of the top five point-scorers for the Badgers this season are of freshman or sophomore status, as is more than half of their roster.“We really like youth,” assistant coach Don Granato said. “The youth mentality is one of the larger appetite. You know you want more, your eyes are open to absorb more, to find ways to get better, to improve and that kind of exemplifies our team.”Included in this young corhort are defensemen Peter Tischke and Toronto Maple Leaf’s third-rounder J.D. Greenway, who have been key contributors in the defensive unit’s improvement.Staying on the defensive end, Wisconsin goaltenders freshman Jack Berry and sophomore Matt Jurusik have been solid all year for the Badgers, taking turns in front of the net throughout conference play.Men’s hockey: Frederic continues to impress in sweep of MichiganUniversity of Wisconsin men’s hockey freshman standout Trent Frederic had another impressive series this weekend as the Badgers swept Michigan Read…New coaches, early impactFollowing two sub-par years for Wisconsin men’s hockey, the program hired a brand-new coaching staff in hope of beginning an improved era of Badger hockey. Former Badgers Mark Osiecki, Don Granato and head coach Tony Granato headlined this group.“I guess they call it the ‘Granato Era’ or something like that; it’s kinda just getting started and you see how successful we already are, so it’s pretty sweet,” Frederic said.The minute the trio stepped onto campus, things seemed to change. With a new look and some fresh talent, the coaching staff has taken this team from last in the Big Ten to a first-round bye in the conference tournament.“They’ve been huge, a big part of it is them [new coaching staff] and what they’re doing,” Kunin said about the change of coaches. “Just as a whole I think everyone’s been doing things to make us successful but for sure it starts with those guys up top.”David Stluka/UW Athletic Communications Men’s hockey: Tony Granato’s hockey journey comes full circleThere aren’t many people who have more experience and exposure to the game of hockey than Tony Granato. He has Read…What’s next?The Badgers have fallen out of the top 16 in the country, making an NCAA bid more precarious but by no means unattainable. With a solid Big Ten Tournament and some help from the committee, Wisconsin could be looking at their first NCAA Tournament since the 2013-14 campaign, when they fell in the first round to North Dakota.Wisconsin heads to Detroit this weekend for the Big Ten Tournament and will see the winner of the Ohio State-Michigan State matchup.“We’ve played each team four times now and we’ve beat each team at least once, so I think we have a good idea what each team plays like and we have a good feeling, we win two games when we’re in the tournament and we win the Big Ten so I think we can easily do that,” Frederic said about the upcoming tournament.Following the conference tournament’s conclusion, teams will discover their fate in terms of the NCAA Tournament Sunday morning.last_img read more

Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin splits first series with No. 3 Notre Dame in thrilling fashion

first_imgThe No. 16 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (6-6, 1-3 Big Ten) split a home series this past weekend against No. 3 Notre Dame (8-1-1, 4-1-1).Friday night, UW handed the Fighting Irish their first loss of the season in an intensely competitive 3–0 victory where the Badger defense could do no wrong.Saturday was a fast-paced back-and-forth affair, and ultimately, the Badgers fell 5–4 during a hectic overtime period.Wisconsin has had one of the toughest schedules in all of college hockey to open the year, so it was an important weekend. Notre Dame was their sixth series against a ranked opponent in the early going, and a series split kept the Badgers at .500. Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin’s inconsistencies lead to split series on road against No. 19 OmahaThe No. 15 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (5-5-0, 0-2-0 Big Ten) split their weekend series for the second Read…Friday night was an all-around show for UW’s defensive end and goalie Daniel Lebedeff. It was Lebedeff’s first shutout of the 2019-20 season, but he only had to make 22 saves to do it.The Irish simply didn’t get many chances to put anything past Lebedeff, and when they did, he was there to shut it down.The Badgers, on the other hand, were able to put 32 shots on net. Notre Dame goalkeeper Cale Morris had a relatively solid game, but Wisconsin capitalized on power plays and fast breaks as a result of their smothering defense to sneak three by him.The first came at 17:10 in the first period when freshman Cole Caufield found the back of the net on a K’Andre Miller rebound. It was Caufield’s ninth goal of the season.In the second period, Roman Ahcan scored from the low slot on an assist from freshman phenom Alex Turcotte. The power-play goal gave the Badgers a 2–0 lead heading into the final period.Turcotte, who assisted on both early goals Friday and one on Saturday, has now recorded a point in each of Wisconsin’s last four games.Late in the final period, Linus Weissbach ripped twine on an empty-netter to seal the win for UW with a final tally of 3–0.Men’s Hockey: No. 12 Badgers routed in away series against No. 6 Penn StateAfter a strong start to the 2019-2020 campaign, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-4-0, 0-2-0 Big Ten) has Read…Saturday was undoubtedly one of the most exciting games college hockey has put forth thus far in 2019.Just 34 seconds after the puck dropped, Notre Dame’s Trevor Janicke found himself free with a loose puck and sent it home from just outside the crease.At 6:37, UW forward Dylan Holloway finished off a beautifully run 3-on-2 breakaway to bring things back even at 1–1. Just under five minutes later, a scrum for the puck saw Notre Dame’s Cam Burke sneak a shot underneath Lebedeff to retake the lead. Another gridlock ensued after Weissbach found the back of the net for Wisconsin on another fast break.Heading into the first intermission, it was all even at 2–2.The Badgers had a couple of opportunities to score in the second, but couldn’t capitalize. The Irish killed off a UW power play to start the period, and a great save by Notre Dame’s Morris against Caufield denied Wisconsin any chance to put up a score.The only goal in the period came on Jesse Lansdell tip-in, which gave Notre Dame a 3–2 lead heading into the third.Men’s Hockey: Crease Creatures craziest student section in hockeyThe No. 7 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-2-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) has impressed in a major way through Read…The Badgers found their first lead of the night after two unanswered goals from Wyatt Kalynuk and Miller put them up 4–3. Notre Dame managed to come up clutch — just as they’ve done all season long — and with seven minutes remaining, Colin Theisen evened the score at four apiece.Both sides locked in on defense after Theisen’s goal, and that meant free hockey in Madison.Unfortunately, luck just wasn’t on Wisconsin’s side in extra time. Morris halted a one-on-none Caufield breakaway, and the Irish turned it around as Alex Steeves got his second goal of the year to win it for Notre Dame 5–4.It was a great weekend of hockey in Madison, and the Badgers shouldn’t be discouraged. They fought hard against one of the best teams in the NCAA and just came up short in game two. That doesn’t take away from the success they had Friday night and won’t hurt their playoff chances later in the year.Next up, the Badgers travel to Minneapolis for their most intense rivalry of the year against a dangerous unranked Minnesota Gophers squad. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.last_img read more

Screening, Accreditation Begin for 2018 Okpekpe Race

first_imgFinal registration of athletes for Saturday’s sixth IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race begins today in Auchi in Edo State.The registration, according to the race’s Director of Organisation, Zack Amodu, entails screening and accreditation of all athletes who have completed the registration format on any of the platforms provided by the organisers.“The accreditation of athletes and officials will commence on Thursday (today) at the Yak Hotel Auchi and it will end midday on Friday. All registered athletes will be screened and accredited for the historic race which will be live on television from seven in the morning with the actual race scheduled to start at 8am.” According to Amodu, the athletes will be provided with their bib numbers as a sign of accreditation for the race and the registration and accreditation point is Yak Hotel which is located along Auchi-Benin Road in Auchi.Amodu also disclosed that all the invited foreign elite athletes will jet in today and they include 2016 winners Simon Cheprot of Kenya and Pauline Nwajiku who won the men and women’s race respectively in 2016.“We are also expecting Diana Kipyogei of Kenya who won the Adana Half Marathon in Turkey in January and the Guadalajara Half Marathon in February. Early last month she placed 3rd in the Istanbul Half Marathon, running a new 1:07:55 personal best.“We also expect Ethiopia’s Jima Bekele Reta to arrive Lagos this afternoon. Reta holds the unofficial second fastest time over the distance in history.”Also set to jet in is Sandrafelis Chebet Tuei of Kenya, the fastest woman over the women’s 10km so far this year.“We are expecting a very explosive race and a new course record for both the men and women race as we have a very quality elite field,” said Amodu.Meanwhile all eyes are now focused on the Okpekpe race as the 46th IAAF label road race to be held this year following the staging of the IAAF Gold Label Volkswagen Prague Marathon in Praha, Czech Republic last Sunday.Saturday’s Okpekpe race is the only IAAF silver label 10km road race for the first half of 2018 and will be live on Satellite (SuperSport) and terrestrial; Africa Independent Television television (AIT).It is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria. It is the first and only road race in Nigeria that has been granted full membership of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and recognised as one of the prestigious road races in the world and the only race with an IAAF silver label status in West Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more