New Delhi: England overcame a gritty Colombian side to beat them 4-3 on penalties to end a run of five successive shootout defeats at major tournaments and sailed through to the quarterfinals and booked a place against Sweden at the FIFA World Cup 2018.England skipper Harry Kane gave England the lead with his tournament-leading sixth goal just before the hour mark in Moscow by converting a penalty after he was brought down by Carlos Sanchez during a corner.Gareth Southgate’s men looked to be heading into the last eight in regulation time until Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina equalised with a 93rd-minute header, which was also his third goal in three games in a row.None of the teams could find the winning goal in extra-time and the bad-tempered match went to an intense nail-biting penalty shootout.Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina made a stunning save to deny Jordan Henderson, in what was England’s third penalty of the shootout, but Manuel Uribe of Colobia hit the crossbar before Jordan Pickford made yet another superb save from Carlos Bacca.Eric Dier drilled home the decisive spot-kick as England won for just the second time in eight penalty shootouts and reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006.“To get knocked down at the end like we did with that goal in extra time, you know, it’s difficult to come back from that. But we did,” Dier said to the reporters after the match.“We were ready for that. We knew what we had to do, we stayed calm, we stuck to our plan, and we never panicked all the way through extra time.Colombia were dealt a massive blow just before the kick-off as James Rodriguez failed to shake off a calf injury, the Bayern Munich midfielder was not declared fit to even get a place on the bench.The 26-year-old was the Golden Boot winner with six goals in Brazil four years ago, when Colombia reached the quarter-finals for the first time.Kane, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli were among nine players recalled for England after Gareth Southgate rested the majority of his first-choice side for their final group game against Belgium.Kane scored a combined five goals in the wins over Tunisia and Panama, and the Tottenham striker went close when his looping header back across goal landed on the roof of the net.Sterling then did well to spin past the imposing Davinson Sanchez although his left-footed strike was charged down, while Kieran Trippier curled wide from a free-kick.Wilmar Barrios was booked for leaning his head into the chest of Jordan Henderson as the game grew into an increasingly fiesty affair.Pickford made his first save from a fizzing long-range effort from Juan Fernado Quintero, while Jesse Lingard sliced over after Colombia half-cleared a cross.A member of the Colombia coaching staff appeared to deliberately barge Sterling as the Manchester City player headed towards the half-time at the interval, escaping with just a telling-off.Kane made the breakthrough on 57 minutes after he was wrestled to the ground at a corner by Carlos Sanchez, the same player who was shown the first red card of the tournament in a 2-1 loss to Japan.The England captain faced a lengthy wait as several Colombia players protested to the referee but he kept his nerve to beat north London rival Ospina, lifting his penalty just over the Arsenal goalkeeper’s outstretched leg.Alli nearly added a second when his diving header at the far post flashed over the bar, with Lingard appealing for another spot-kick after he was caught by Davinson Sanchez.Juan Cuadrado blazed over with 10 minutes to play, and it appeared Colombia’s hopes were up when Pickford made a terrific save to turn behind Manuel Uribe’s spectacular long-range strike.But Mina rose powerfully to meet the resulting corner, with Trippier only able to help the ball in via the underside of the crossbar in the third minute of added-on time.Substitute Danny Rose almost struck an extra-time winner when his angled shot whistled beyond the far post, and Eric Dier headed over unmarked at a corner before England’s luck deserted them again in all too familiar fashion.Then, unlike so many times before, luck finally smiled on them in the shootout.(With inputs from agencies) For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Kevin Durant (right ankle contusion) will not return to tonight’s game.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) March 11, 2019Durant scored 25 points on the night. He entered Sunday averaging 27.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists.Golden State dropped to 45-21 in the loss, but still have the best record in the Western Conference. Questions now surrounding Durant’s status couldn’t come at a worse time as the Warriors will have to face a piping hot Rockets team in Houston on Wednesday.However, coach Steve Kerr expects Durant to be okay, reports from Oracle Arena said. Kerr noted he wasn’t sure if the 10-time All-Star will need an MRI.Steve Kerr said he expects Kevin Durant to be okay. Kerr said didn’t know if Durant will have an MRI.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) March 11, 2019 Draymond Green, Kevin Durant rush to defend DeMarcus Cousins after Warriors bounce back Kevin Durant suffered an ankle injury in a 115-111 loss to the Suns on Saturday.The Warriors star went down with a right ankle contusion in the fourth quarter and left the court for the locker room shortly after. He did not return to the game. Related News read more
Saturday, Dec. 7GameTime (ET)TV channelNo. 8 Baylor vs. No. 6 OklahomaNoonABCLouisiana at No. 20 Appalachian StateNoonESPNMiami (Ohio) vs. Central MichiganNoonESPN2UAB at Florida Atlantic1:30 p.m.CBS Sports Network, fuboTVNo. 19 Cincinnati at No. 16 Memphis3:30 p.m.ABCNo. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Georgia4 p.m.CBS, fuboTVHawaii at No. 19 Boise State4 p.m.ESPNNo. 3 Clemson vs. No. 22 Virginia7:30 p.m.ABCNo. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Wisconsin8 p.m.Fox, fuboTVHow to watch, live stream college football gamesThe conference championship games will be televised live on national TV, with games appearing on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, CBS, CBS Sports Network and Fox.You can also live stream select college football games with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.College football scoresNo. 13 Oregon 37, No. 5 Utah 15No. 8 Baylor vs. No. 6 OklahomaLouisiana at No. 20 Appalachian StateMiami (Ohio) vs. Central MichiganUAB at Florida AtlanticNo. 19 Cincinnati at No. 16 MemphisNo. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 GeorgiaHawaii at No. 19 Boise StateNo. 3 Clemson vs. No. 22 VirginiaNo. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 10 WisconsinConference championship weekend highlights(All times Eastern) MORE: Watch NCAA football games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Those games include games of great interest to the College Football Playoff selection committee, especially No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Georgia in Atlanta, No. 5 Utah vs. No. 13 Oregon in Santa Clara and No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 8 Oklahoma in Arlington.Other games to watch include the matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 3 Clemson and No. 22 Virginia, as well as the ranked Group of 5 matchup between No. 16 Memphis and No. 19 Cincinnati.Here’s everything to know about the college football schedule for Friday and Saturday, including TV channels and start times for every top-25 matchup during conference championship weekend.MORE: Conference championship picks against the spreadConference championship schedule: What games are on today?Here’s the full schedule for conference championship weekend, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.You can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard. The 15th week of the 2019 college football is reserved for champions. Or, at least, those who might try to become one.The Week 15 slate of games is thinner than usual, but features 10 conference championship games: Five from the Power 5, and five from the Group of 5. read more
Region One (Barima-Waini) farmers are calling on the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) to offer much-needed guidance as an aid to support farmers in that region in proper farming techniques.Farmers are asking for training and other resources to be introduced in the area, since residents there depend wholly on farming for their livelihood.Agriculturist Brijesh Singh, during a recent visit to the Region, disclosed that farmers there were in dire need of proper guidance as to the correct farming techniques.In an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Singh expressed surprise that farmers were not planting cassava in the appropriate manner and it was observed that the farmers, particularly those at Moruca, plant the entire stick when cassava is commonly cultivated from cuttings coming from the stick.“I was surprised. I could not believe that these farmers do not know how to cultivate the cassava the right way and they said they never learnt this. NAREI needs to do more work with farmers in getting them up to speed with farming techniques and so on,” he said. He said the farmers welcomed any training that could be offered to them by NAREI at this point so as to improve their way of cultivating their crops.“These farmers are open to learning about proper cultivation of crops. They are excited and would accept and welcome such at this time,” Singh said.He added that with cassava being a premium staple crop in Moruca, it was disappointing to learn that these farmers were not familiar with proper planting techniques and as a result, he worked with farmers to plant cassava that is drought tolerant. Over the weeks, farmers in the regions have called on NAREI to do much more work in those farming communities to offer training as well as assistance in identifying and treating diseases that have been destroying their crops. Farmers had also made calls for urgent intervention by the Guyana Water Inc in bringing relief to them as they continue to suffer the harsh effects of dry weather.Coffee ProjectMeanwhile, Singh also concluded work on the coffee cultivation project in Moruca, which is expected to provide multiple benefits for farmers and the economy of the communities there.The Moruca farmers are caring for approximately 12,000 coffee seedlings on an effective rotation basis in a nursery which was established in the village. Fifteen farmers are executing the coffee project and also have security arrangements at the facility, which is important at this point in the life of the plants.Moruca’s fertile land has long been known for its ability to produce coffee; however, this venture will ensure farmers receive triple dividends for their efforts, since the seedlings will be reaped and processed to supply the local, regional and later, international markets. This initiative was lauded by the farmers and residents of Moruca, since it will provide great economic benefits for them.A farmer, Trevor Phillips, who spoke to this publication Wednesday, said that the project was progressing effectively and expressed optimism that it would be a continuous one which will bring much-needed economic opportunities for the community. He said too that over the years ground coffee production there had declined and this was a step in the right direction. “I personally am excited about this initiative. It is a good one. It’s been over a month now since this project started and is going well and there will be tremendous benefits for farmers and the community as a whole. I am excited about it and the project will be a continuous one,” he said.The Santa Rosa Ground Coffee Project, as well as other projects that are being implemented by the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, is in keeping with Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy. read more