first_imgRelatedPosts Germany still winless in UEFA Nations League after drawing with Switzerland Blatter faces probe in Switzerland Blatter urges FIFA to suspend Infantino Switzerland revived their hopes of qualifying directly for Euro 2020 with a nervous 2-0 win in rain-soaked Geneva on Tuesday which threw their group wide open.In the process they denied their opponents Ireland the chance to book their place early.Ireland would have qualified with a win but that never looked likely from the moment that Haris Seferovic gave Switzerland a 16th-minute lead.Ireland had a let-off when Ricardo Rodriguez saw a second-half penalty saved before an own goal by Shane Duffy in stoppage time ensured three points for the hosts.Ireland and Denmark top Group D on 12 points apiece with the Swiss one behind.However, Ireland have only one match left, at home to Denmark, while the Danes and Swiss still have two each to play.Switzerland have a much easier run-in as they host Georgia and visit Gibraltar in their final games.Switzerland took early control and Seferovic picked up a loose ball outside the penalty area and scored with a snapshot beyond Darren Randolph to put them ahead.Ireland had to wait 42 minutes for their first effort on target, a Duffy header from a corner which went straight to keeper Yann Sommer.Seferovic fired wildly over from a good position before halftime and, as the hosts became edgy, Ireland enjoyed a long period of pressure early in the second half.After Randolph turned a Fabian Schaer header onto the post, Switzerland won a penalty when Seamus Coleman blocked Breel Embolo’s shot with his hand and was sent off for a second bookable offence.Yet Rodriguez’s weak penalty from a stuttering run up was pushed onto the post by Randolph.Switzerland finally settled matters with the last kick of the game courtesy of Duffy, who slid Edimilson Fernandes’ shot into his own net.Georgia, who cannot qualify from the group, won 3-2 away to Gibraltar in the other game.Giorgi Kharaishvili and Jaba Kankava put Georgia 2-0 ahead after 21 minutes.But Gibraltar, still without a point, hit back to equalise through Lee Casciaro and Roy Chipolina in an eight-minute spell in the second half.It was all in vain, however, as Giorgi Kvilitaia grabbed Georgia’s winner six minutes from fulltime.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Euro 2020IrelandSwitzerlandlast_img read more

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Thursday, January 10, 2013:•On January 9, 2013 at 4:11 p.m. Officers investigated criminal trespass and violation of protection order by a known suspect in the 1000 block. W. College, Wellington.•11:30 a.m. Nathan L. Riggs, 22, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with control of animals (x2).•12:55 p.m. Officers investigated criminal use of financial card by an unknown suspect(s) in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.•12:56 p.m. Officers investigated a theft by unknown suspect(s) in the 200 block N. Washington, Wellington.•1:50 p.m. Lana J. Purkey, 42, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with control of animal.•4:24 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage by unknown suspect(s) to property in the 700 block N G, Wellington.•4:24 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 900 block. N. C, Wellington.•6:23 p.m. Officers investigated domestic violence battery by known suspect in the 200 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•6:48 p.m. James C. E. Warner-Smith was arrested and charged with domestic violence battery.•7:30 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 1000 block. N. Poplar, Wellington involving an unknown vehicle and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Tammy R. Leatherwood, Wellington.•9:03 p.m. Officers investigated harassment by telephone in the 1000 block. N. Washington, Wellington.•11:12 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1200 block. Highland Ct, Wellington.last_img read more

first_imgAlabama head coach Nick Saban is doused with Gatorade in the final seconds of the BCS National Championship college football game against Notre Dame in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)  by Ralph D. RussoAP College Football WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two — No. 1.Nick Saban’s two-time defending national champions are top-ranked in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with the Crimson Tide trying to become the first team to win three straight national titles.Much like the BCS championship game against Notre Dame, the vote was an Alabama landslide. The Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel Saturday to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State. Alabama matched Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.The Buckeyes received one first-place vote.Oregon is No. 3, followed by Stanford and Georgia, which received the other first-place vote.Notre Dame, coming off a 42-14 loss in the BCS championship game to Alabama, is No. 14.Alabama won its record ninth AP national championship last season, third BCS title in the last four years under Saban, and became the first team to win back-to-back BCS championships.The Tide is AP preseason No. 1 for the fourth time, and first since 2010. Alabama was ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll each of the last two seasons. The only time has Alabama started and finished No. 1 was 1978, when Bear Bryant led the Crimson Tide to the fourth of its five national championships with him as coach.Now Saban’s Tide is trying to accomplish something Bear’s boys never could. Twice Alabama won back-to-back championships under Bryant, but couldn’t get the third.Saban is hoping senior stars such as quarterback AJ McCarron, linebacker C.J. Mosley, defensive end Ed Stinson and guard Anthony Steen have enough memories of what went wrong for the 2010 Alabama team to avoid it happening in 2013.“You’re in a position here where we have a lot of players that really haven’t lost much,” Saban said earlier this week. “They have to really want to be good for the sake of being good.Alabama is 49-5 over the past four seasons, with three of those losses coming in ’10.“Most other teams are out there saying we’ve got something to prove,” Saban said. “Well, this team has something to prove. It’s a lot more difficult not to be a little bit complacent, not to keep the same accountability to being successful that’s necessary. You’ve got to challenge yourself every day. You’ve got to challenge each other.”Since the poll started in 1936, 10 times has a school has won consecutive AP championships.The Tide’s task: complete the hat trick.Alabama will also be trying to run the Southeastern Conference’s streak of national championships to eight. For the second straight year, half the top 10 teams to start the season are from the SEC. Joining Alabama and Georgia are South Carolina at No. 6, Texas A&M at No. 7 and Florida at No. 10.The Tide and Aggies meet Sept. 14 in College Station, Texas. A&M and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel handed Alabama its only loss last year. Whether Manziel will be eligible for the rematch remains in question while the NCAA investigates the Aggies’ quarterback. ESPN has reported Manziel is under investigation for being paid to sign autographs.No. 8 Clemson and No. 9 Louisville, led by two other Heisman-contender quarterbacks, round out the top 10. Tajh Boyd and Clemson take on Georgia at home in Week 1 and are the favorites to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals are the heavy favorites to get back to the BCS for the second straight year out of the newly renamed American Athletic Conference.McCarron also makes most of the preseason Heisman contender lists. He passed for 2,933 yards and 30 touchdowns with only three interceptions last season. Now in his third season as a starter, McCarron is the face of the Tide.“Last year there were other people on the offense that had a lot of leadership qualities about them. So it really wasn’t quite as important for (McCarron) to always be that guy, even though his position lends itself to that,” Saban said. “I think that’s a role he can be very good at and it will be important for our team that he is good at it.”The second 10 in the preseason rankings starts with No. 11 Florida State. No. 12 LSU gives the SEC six teams in the rankings, more than any other conference. The Big Ten and Pac-12 both have five.The Big 12 has four teams ranked, all between Nos. 13-20, starting with Oklahoma State. Texas is No. 15, Oklahoma is No. 16 and TCU is No. 20.Michigan is No. 17 and Big Ten rival Nebraska is No. 18.Boise State is No. 19, the only team from a BCS non-automatic qualifying conference to make the preseason rankings.The final five are No. 21 UCLA from the Pac-12; No. 22 Northwestern and No. 23 Wisconsin from the Big Ten; last year’s preseason No. 1 Southern California is No. 24; and Oregon State from the Pac-12 at No. 25.last_img read more