Bangui clashes an attemped coup – CAR interim president

first_imgThe Central African Republic’s Interim president has termed the wave of violence that has hit the country as an attempted coup.The leader had to rush back into the country abruptly from New York where she was attending the 70th Annual United Nations General Assembly.Speaking in Bangui, Sampa-Panza said that the situation was nothing short of an attempt to take power by force.Bangui has been rocked by sectarian clashes which have so far killed 36 people and left more hundreds wounded even as another more than 30,000 flee their homes, away from the violence.With a curfew in place, Bangui was deserted on Wednesday night and by morning, the barricades that had been set up on major roads had been removed.Demonstrators manning the barricades had called for Samba-Panza’s resignation and the removal of the UN peacekeepers as well as those from France’s Sangari military, who were deployed to stabilize the country after the sectarian killings of 2013/14last_img read more

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Syracuse’s NCAA tournament hopes hang in balance after being crushed by North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On March 14, 1998, Syracuse played Maryland in the first Division I women’s lacrosse game for SU. The Orange allowed 21 goals, the most it has ever given up. In the 397 ensuing games for Syracuse since, that’s happened on just one more occasion: Boston College’s win to knock Syracuse out of last year’s NCAA tournament. That was until Thursday.No. 19 Syracuse (9-9, 1-6 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 5 North Carolina (13-3, 6-1), 21-12, in the first round of the ACC tournament in Durham, N.C. UNC’s eight-goal margin at the end of the first half was simply too much for the Orange to overcome. A bubble team heading into the conference tournament, SU will have to wait more than a week to find out its NCAA tournament fate.“They’re a very good team, they rode hard,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “They hustled their butts off and made some plays.”UNC had frequent opportunities. The Tar Heels had tallied 29 shots, including 23 on goal, where Syracuse starting goalie Asa Goldstock lasted just more than six minutes, allowing seven goals, before being pulled. If not for stellar play from SU freshman Hannah Van Middelem in goal, including multiple saves that came off of point-blank shots and nine total first-half saves, the Orange could have trailed by an even wider margin at halftime. “We know (Van Middelem’s) a great young goalie,” Gait said. “Asa (Goldstock’s) been playing well, though, so she hasn’t been able to play much.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFive players scored for the Tar Heels in the first half, all with at least two goals. Ela Hazar put up a hat trick and three assists, and Jamie Ortega added her own hat trick. UNC dominated the first half draw, 13-8. The Tar Heels caused nine first-half turnovers by SU, compared to zero caused by the Orange. The rout was on from the opening whistle.“They got after it early,” Gait said. “And again, we couldn’t clear the ball. Made a lot of mistakes, lot of turnovers. And you give a team like that to play offense, they’re going to score goals, and they did.”UNC scored the game’s first three goals before Syracuse could notch one. Then, the next four went to North Carolina as well, before SU added its second. Four more to the Tar Heels, and the game was 10-2 in favor of UNC less than 16 minutes in. Even with the Orange scoring four of the next five goals, that deficit was insurmountable. In the second half, the Tar Heels kept on coming. Ortega finished with six goals. UNC’s goalies combined to save eight of SU’s 20 shots on goal, plenty to back up a powerful offensive showing. SU’s only form of life on offense came from Emily Hawryschuk, who finished with five goals to push her to 54 for the season. The sophomore scored the first goal of the second half to try to give the Orange life. But what was still a seven-goal deficit then never got closer.“We scored on a decent number of our opportunities,” Gait said. “… We just didn’t get many shots.”After Syracuse’s last regular season game — a win over Louisville on Sunday — SU head coach Gary Gait thought back to the Orange’s regular-season matchup with North Carolina a few weeks ago. Syracuse lost by nine goals in the Carrier Dome with what, Gait said, was “flat” play right from the outset. The Orange had scored the final 11 goals of its Senior Day game. But Gait warned that on Thursday against UNC, it would be a new game and that he hoped SU would avoid coming out flat. Unfortunately for the Orange, the result wouldn’t be any different.Now, all Syracuse can do is wait. The NCAA tournament selection show was on May 7 last year, more than a week away, although the NCAA hasn’t updated the date for this year’s selection. Regardless, SU can’t make any more statements on the field. “We wait a week, get ready, and see what happens,” Gait said. “… Try and make sure we’re ready and if we get a chance to play in the tournament, we’re ready and we get a better result than we did here today.” Comments Published on April 26, 2018 at 8:16 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more

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BMW Championship picks, sleepers, betting advice

first_imgThe FedEx Cup Playoffs are hitting crunch time with the top-70 players in the standings making the trip to historic Medinah Country Club for the BMW Championship. We are in for a real treat this week with Medinah, which in my opinion is one of the best tournament venues in all of world golf. We also have a strong field that makes for plenty of betting options.Medinah is a long 7,600-yard, par-72 layout which is likely to be a real test for the best players in the world. The course has hosted three U.S. Opens (1949, 1975, 1990), two PGA Championships (1999, 2006), and a Ryder Cup (2012). The length of the course is eye popping enough, but add in that the fairways are tree lined, and you have one of the most demanding driving courses in the world. MORE: RotoQL Lineup BuilderThe par 3s at Medinah are also all excellent and will likely play well over-par for the week. Tiger Woods ripped up this layout twice en route to his PGA Championship victories in 1999 (-11) and 2006 (-18). The four par 5s will all be reachable and present the best scoring opportunities on the course. The bombers certainly have the edge on this course with its extreme length and scorable par 5s. That isn’t it to say that you should totally discount some shorter hitters, like Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson, but those types of players will have to gain strokes on the field with their long irons and short game. If we look back at some past events held at Medinah, we can see that long iron play from over 175 yards is crucial. This is going to be a fun week, but with this being the best field that we see all year with only 70 players, I’ll only be betting on three golfers this week. Players like Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy have been on fire over the last few weeks, and I would have no problems if you just wanted to load up on those two players up top and call it a week.   Key Stats for Medinah No. 3Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee Approach > 175 Yards Par 5 Scoring Strokes Gained: Around-the-GreenBMW Championship betting adviceOutright Bets to Consider*odds via DraftKings SportsbookJon Rahm 12/1 Rahm has been the most consistent player in the world over the last two months, and his game is right where it needs to be for him to grab a victory against a top-tier field like we have this week. While Rahm couldn’t hold onto the lead on the back nine last week at Liberty National, that shouldn’t deter you from jumping back on him this week at Medinah, which will be a real test tee-to-green. In his last six events, Rahm has finishes of T3, T7, T11, Win, 2nd, and T3 – simply scorching hot form. Players are going to have to drive the ball well this week given Medinah’s long, tree-lined layout, and not many players have driven the ball better than Rahm, who ranks 2nd in SG: OTT and 18th in driving distance on the PGA Tour this season. Xander Schauffele 45/1 It’s tough to find value in a week with a field this strong, but Schauffele is really standing out at 45/1. Much of this price on his odds is likely due to his missed cut last week at Liberty National, but I’m not overly concerned about that. Schauffele has been excellent at bouncing back from missed cuts this season with finishes of T2 at The Masters following a missed cut at The Players, and a T14 at The Memorial after missing the cut in his previous event. This is a player that tends to save his best stuff for the big events, and this week certainly has to qualify as a big one, with it being played at one of the best courses in North America. Tiger Woods 50/1 Golf fans everywhere had to be nervous after Woods was forced to withdraw from last week’s event at Liberty National because of a tight oblique. Thankfully, the injury doesn’t seem to be serious, and Woods is listed as in the field for this week’s BMW Championship. I’ll be honest: Tiger’s form since winning the Masters has been atrocious. He is playing an extremely light schedule and hasn’t sniffed a cut since finishing T21 at the U.S. Open. Tiger has to be getting good vibes from Medinah if he is willing to tee it up this week, and there is no way he would risk his health for a FedEx Cup Playoff event at this stage in his career. Two of Tiger’s PGA Championship victories came at Medina, and even though he is far from the driver of the ball that he was back in 1999 and 2006, he still knows how to get around this track better than anyone. I wouldn’t be interested in Woods at any number lower than 45/1, but the 50/1 offers some value in this stacked field. If Woods end up withdrawing then I will pivot this bet to Brandt Snedeker at 70/1. Snedeker played well last week at Liberty National, and his game profiles well for Medinah as long as he is able to keep it in the fairway off the tee. Before we get into this week’s picks, here’s a reminder to check me out on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy content and gambling advice.last_img read more

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HOSPICE GETS UNIQUE DONATION AND IT COULD BE YOURS FOR JUST A FEW EURO!

first_imgThe Donegal Hospice has been given a rather unusual donation – and it could be yours for as little as just a few euro!A Toyota Avensis like this could be yours for just a few euro!The hospice, which has been a source of comfort to so many local families, received a donation of a Toyota Avensis car.Now the Hospice are holding a blind auction for the 1999 car which even has a full NCT until February 2015. The car has just 92,000 miles on the clock and only had own owner from new.Bidding in the blind auction will end on July 14th.Bids can be placed in a sealed envelope and sent to the Donegal Hospice at Knocknamona, Letterkenny.All the envelopes will be opened on July 15th and the highest bidder will be notified soonafter, For any further information just contact Isobell on 0749125656.Getting bidding now for what is a great cause.  HOSPICE GETS UNIQUE DONATION AND IT COULD BE YOURS FOR JUST A FEW EURO! was last modified: June 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:blind auctiondonegaldonegal hospiceToyota Avensislast_img read more

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