Suarez stars in Liverpool victory

first_img Having had to play catch-up with strike partner Daniel Sturridge in the goalscoring stakes as a result of his 10-match suspension carried over from last season, the Uruguayan is definitely back to full speed. Shortly after the 26-year-old scored a superb first as early as the 12th minute, Reds owner John Henry, watching from his home in America, tweeted “Luis. Magician.” Luis Suarez scored the fourth hat-trick of his Liverpool career as the Reds hammered West Brom 4-1 at Anfield. Suarez picked up the ball in the inside-right channel and skipped past Claudio Yacob before nutmegging Olsson so perfectly the defender was still turning round as the forward beat Boaz Myhill with an angled shot. If that goal was a product of the South American’s nifty footwork his second was more instinctive. Having laid off the ball to Aly Cissokho he continued his run to meet the on-loan Valencia defender’s first-time cross with a bullet header from at least 16 yards out. As he raced away to celebrate even Suarez, not renowned for his aerial prowess, looked slightly surprised that he had scored with his head from that distance. Liverpool should have had the result wrapped up from a well-worked Suarez free-kick to Steven Gerrard in the inside-right channel but when the captain cut the ball back from the byline Martin Skrtel completely fluffed his shot from close range. Yacob, not having the best of games in midfield, then fouled Sturridge – for once being completely overshadowed by his strike partner – but Suarez’s free-kick went just wide. Jordan Henderson, whose movement and powerful running in behind strikers made a mockery of Sir Alex Ferguson’s bizarre criticism of his gait, almost made it three when he curled a shot over after Lucas Leiva, Suarez and Gerrard had combined on the edge of a congested penalty area. West Brom’s first real chance came in added time before the interval when Youssouf Mulumbu’s ball over the top picked out former Liverpool striker Nicolas Anelka who knocked past the advancing Simon Mignolet only for Skrtel to hack into the Kop before the ball crossed the line. That would have given the visitors hope and what they needed to do was come out all guns blazing for the second half. They failed on that count and soon found themselves out of the game. Sturridge bent a free-kick just off target and Suarez had a shot deflected behind before the Uruguayan completed his hat-trick. Gerrard swung in a free-kick from the left and the striker jumped to flick a head and divert the ball into the far corner. Sturridge, who must have already resigned himself to playing second-fiddle, crashed a shot against the bar but the damage had already been done. Even a spot-kick with 25 minutes to go, converted by Morrison after Cissokho had been adjudged by the assistant referee to have fouled Jones, could not alter the outcome as Sturridge’s inch-perfect chip restored the three-goal cushion. It was difficult to argue with that assessment after seeing Suarez ghost past two West Brom players to slot home. By the end of the game there were plenty of more superlatives to use – and that was not even taking into account a superb overhead kick with 10 minutes to go which crashed against the bar. All this against a side with the third-best defensive away record in the league having conceded just two. Suarez’s second and third goals both came from headers, one almost from the edge of the penalty area, to make it 36 goals in his last 46 matches and 57 in 101 Liverpool appearances overall. That is exactly why Henry was so unequivocal in his hard-line stance over the summer when he refused to countenance a sale even after a £40,000,001 bid from Arsenal and complaints from the player about the club reneging on a deal to allow him to join a Champions League club. Even when substitute James Morrison converted from the spot to reduce the deficit, Sturridge ensured the afternoon ended on a high note with a delightful 20-yard chip. Initially it appeared the day may have been one of controversy for Suarez as his ninth-minute fall in the area after tussling with Billy Jones resulted in West Brom captain Jonas Olsson remonstrating with the Uruguayan. It is unlikely that provided any additional motivation for Suarez but within minutes the Baggies’ Swedish centre-back found himself a mere bystander as he was left trailing in the wake of the striker’s brilliance. Press Associationlast_img read more

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CPPC says job market is looking up

first_imgCareer Fest kicks off today, and seniors preparing their resumes and interview skills should know that job prospects for graduates with bachelor degrees should improve this year.According to a survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers expect to hire about 13.5 percent more students this year than in 2010 overall and 22.5 percent more in the western region of the country.Decisions · Kathryn Jacobsen, a junior majoring in political science, looks at some materials at the Career Planning and Placement Center. – Alex Dealy | Daily Trojan “We’ve had an increase in our fall on-campus recruiting this year,” said Lori Shreve Blake, director of Alumni and Student Career Services at the Career Planning and Placement Center. “For our graduates this year, we are characterizing the job market for recent graduates as good. Last year, we characterized the market as fair, but the economy is improving for us and there are jobs out there.”Angie Sabido-Wood, director of Employer Relations and Research for CPPC, also said there seemed to be more recruiters with a larger number of positions to fill, compared to last year.“The job offers that our advisers are seeing that students are coming in with are better as well,” Wood said. “We’re seeing signing bonuses, which we haven’t seen in a while. Last year things slumped a little and things are starting to look better.”Wood also said USC didn’t experience as much of a recruiting drop as other campuses in the area.“I don’t think we ever saw the drop in numbers [that they did],” she said. “We were still having successful career fairs but they weren’t experiencing as many recruiters coming to their campuses.”In addition to USC’s high academic ratings — U.S. News & World Report ranks USC 23rd in the nation — the Trojan family is a factor for students getting jobs, according to Wood.“We are lucky that we have such a tight network of family and friends at USC,” Wood said. “Obviously there are many factors. We have a very strong Trojan family and that does help our students, especially in Southern California.”Alisa Scannell, a senior majoring in public policy, management and planning, said she feels confident about getting a job with a USC degree.“One time I saw a new [real estate] developer looking for an intern on Craigslist and I e-mailed him. He e-mailed me back and told me he was also a USC graduate,” Scannell said. “I definitely feel like the fact that I went to USC helped get me that interview.”As promising at the recruiting numbers are, Dr. Donald E Yett, professor of economics, advised students to take any future predictions with a grain of salt.“Recoveries from big recession take a lot time,” he said. “California has had a higher unemployment rate than other areas in the country and there really is very, very little statistical evidence on changes in the markets for graduates in California recently.”last_img read more

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UW takes 4 points from St. Cloud

first_imgWith momentum on their side, the No. 3-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team entered its weekend series against the unranked St. Cloud State Huskies looking to improve on their six-game win streak and a 5-1 WCHA record.The Badgers did all of that in convincing fashion, sweeping the Sioux with 5-2 and 3-1 victories.”We did a lot of good things this weekend,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “We got the four points on short rest and our players responded well in this survival-of-the-fittest series.”Play got underway Friday night at the Kohl Center, when the Badgers defeated the Huskies 5-2 in a game dominated by Wisconsin. Leading the way for the Badgers was assistant captain and team scoring leader Sara Bauer, who accumulated four points.The Badgers, who recorded a gaudy 38 shots on goal, broke through 5:50 into the first period with a power play goal after Bauer deflected a Bobbi Jo Slusar slap shot right between the goalie’s legs.A mere three minutes and 10 seconds later, a long rebound bounced off the back boards that landed right on the stick of Wisconsin forward Jinelle Zaugg and she buried it for her fifth goal of the season.Finishing the first-period scoring for the Badgers was Slusar, who added a slap-shot goal late in the first that deflected off of a St. Cloud forward and into the net.At 15:50 of the second period, St. Cloud forward Laura Fast scored a rebound goal just over the glove Meghan Horras.After an undisciplined and scoreless second period for the Badgers, they entered the third period leading 3-1.Wisconsin wasted no time in the final period as freshman forward Kayla Hagen scored on a pretty top-shelf, rebound goal passed past Lauri St. Jacques. The goal, which was reviewed but later upheld, was Hagen’s first of the year.After penalties on Zaugg, Burish and Kenyon, the Badgers found themselves in a five-on-three situation.St. Cloud capitalized on it with a rebound goal by Hailey Clarkson.With a 4-2 lead and 30 seconds remaining in the game, Zaugg sealed the deal for the Badgers with an empty-netter from the blue line.Wisconsin goalie Meghan Horras was stellar in net, making 25 saves on 27 shots.Play resumed Saturday afternoon with a different chapter of the same story. Another strong performance by Wisconsin led to a 3-1 victory and a weekend sweep over the Huskies. Similar to Friday night, Bauer began the scoring for the Badgers with a one-timer preceded by a perfect feed by Hagen.Zaugg, who was very effective camping out in front of the Husky net, added her third goal of the weekend late in the first with a quick snap shot. Assisting on the goal were Slusar and Bauer.In the second period, freshman forward Angie Kelsey scored on a bang-bang one-timer after sensational passes by linemates Tia Hanson and Erika Lawler.With a 3-0 lead entering the third period, the Badgers played a defensive style of hockey refusing to allow any form of a comeback by the Huskies. By dropping back their defenders, they effectively neutralized St Cloud’s offensive attack.St. Cloud did add a meaningless goal late in the period, but the Badgers won by a final score of 3-1. Goaltender Christine Dufour got the start Saturday and made a plethora of big-time saves while stopping all but one of the Huskies’ 22 shots on goal.Overall, the Badgers played quality hockey on the weekend, out-shooting the Huskies 75 to 49 on the weekend.Special teams also proved effective for the Badgers this weekend as Wisconsin successfully killed six out of eight penalties. The power play, which has been a work in progress all season long, converted on four out of 14 opportunities.Some contributions that didn’t make the box score go to the defensive play of the Meaghan Mikkelson and Kristen Witting line. They successfully kept the Huskies away from the puck all game long and maintained possession throughout nearly all of their shifts, refusing to allow any quality scoring chances.Stealing the show on the offensive side was Johnson’s go-to line of Bauer, Cole and Zaugg, who combined for five goals and five assists on the weekend.”They’ve been doing well all season long. They’re doing a good job of creating chances and scoring goals, which is obviously very important,” Johnson said.The Badgers will next see action this Wednesday when they take on Minnesota State-Mankato in a makeup game from late October.last_img read more

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Women’s basketball: Johnson’s double-double pushes Badgers past Boilermakers

first_imgAfter what has been a long season for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, the feeling in the media room after Monday’s 64-57 Wisconsin victory was one of jubilation, as Wisconsin (7-15, 3-9 Big Ten) upset Purdue (16-7, 7-5), notching their first win in nearly a month.Coming in riding a seven-game losing streak, the Badgers stormed out of the gates and controlled the pace the entire way, outscoring the Boilermakers in each of the last three quarters. The Badgers were able to use their three-headed monster of guards Dakota Whyte and Nicole Bauman, along with forward Michala Johnson to fend off a late Purdue run and seal the victory.Johnson, a sixth-year senior who has been riddled with injuries throughout her Badger career, had her best game of the season. She controlled the paint and recorded her first double-double of the season, recording 19 points and 13 rebounds. In addition to those stats, she made numerous key baskets down the stretch, including banking in a fade away jumper with under one-minute remaining, which kept Purdue from taking the lead .“I really wasn’t thinking about scoring in this game,” Johnson said. “I was actually just focusing on boxing out and rebounding. All of the coaches are on me in practice and every game about boxing out and rebounds. I knew my points would just come and I was just being patient out there the whole time.”Johnson’s star performance opened up the floor for the rest of the Badger attack as every player who checked into the game recorded at least one field goal.Whyte, who recorded 14 points and five assists in the outing, said from the start, the key was execution in the half court.“I think it was just taking every possession one possession at a time, that’s what I told everybody at the beginning of the game,” Whyte said. “Just making sure that we execute, but it definitely helps when your shots are falling in.”Wisconsin was able to get their first big win of the Big Ten season by playing within themselves and responding every time Purdue made a clutch shot. For most of the second half, the game was within six points, but thanks to some timely shooting and key defensive stops, Wisconsin never trailed.After the game, the entire team was looking forward to using this victory to jumpstart a successful stretch.“We definitely want to build on this,” senior Nicole Bauman said. “We play Michigan next, and then (Indiana). Those two teams are definitely beatable, so we want to keep winning and we want to build on this.”To Wisconsin’s credit, they have not lost their fire during the seven-game losing streak.Though the results have been few and far between this season, they have played tough during every game, and Johnson and the team know they have to work to maintain that fighters mentality.“It means a lot to us,” Johnson said. “Whether we win or lose, we’re still fighting and we’re never giving up. It feels good to win but we have to continue to keep fighting from here on for the rest of the games we have.”last_img read more

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Applications open for Miss Jamaica Florida Beauty Pageant

first_imgMiss Jamaica Florida Applications are now being accepted for the 28th edition of the Miss Jamaica Florida Beauty Pageant.The pageant has four categories and is open to young ladies between the ages 6 to 25 years, who reside in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties, single, never married, nor given birth to a child and are of Jamaican descent.Pageant Director, Keisha Edmond, explained that while potential contestants who meet the pageant requirements live in other sections of the state, logistics would make it difficult for potential contestants from outside the tri-county area to effectively compete.“It is not an exclusion but from past experience we have come to realize that persons who live further north than Palm Beach would have a hard time participating in the activities we have planned such as etiquette and public speaking workshops,” Edmond said.There will be four age categories open for application:The Little Miss Jamaica Florida (ages 6-8 years); Junior Miss Jamaica Florida (9-12 years); Teen Miss Jamaica Florida (13-17 years); and Miss Jamaica Florida (18-25 years).The final pageant will be held on October 29.The winners will be awarded cash prizes, make appearances at select events in South Florida during their one-year reign and will be given a trip to Jamaica.last_img read more

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International banks back BVI recovery efforts

first_imgRecovery efforts currently underway in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are being backed by international financial institutions.This was disclosed by Premier Dr. Orlando Smith on Wednesday following recent meetings held with officials from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).Productive Discussions “We had very productive discussions on the ways in which reconstruction can be financed, both short and long-term. I am pleased we have the full-support of the CDB”, said Smith, who is also the Finance Minister.He added that the banks are also interested in rebuilding local structures to withstand future ‘extreme weather events’ such as hurricanes Irma and Maria.Aim to be model of resilience“Our objective is to become a model of resilience in the region and a center of excellence in infrastructure. This will not only make us more resilient, but also more attractive as a tourism destination and international business center,” Smith said.Minister of Health and Social Security, Ronnie Skelton, as well as Director of the BVI London Office, Benito Wheatley, also attended the meeting which was held in Washington DC.The talks were held as part of the annual World Bank/International Monetary Fund meetings.Improved roads soonMeanwhile, Works Minister, Mark Vanterpool, says residents will start to see better roads in about two months as the government will be filling the pothole-riddled thoroughfares with concrete and other material as a temporary fix.The minister explained that the temporary solution is being employed because the territory’s two asphalt plants were knocked out of commission by last month’s hurricanes.Vanterpool, however, noted that the condition of roads is worsening because of rainfall that continues to affect the already-battered British overseas dependent territory.For more on the progress in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), visit the link: Tourism back on track in November – British Virgin Islands Premierlast_img read more

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Karim Benzema arrested over alleged Mathieu Valbuena sex tape blackmail

first_imgReal Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema has been arrested by police investigating an alleged plot to blackmail fellow international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.Former France international Djibril Cisse was recently taken into custody and questioned by French police over the alleged blackmail plot.Cisse was released by police on October 13 following a raid on his house at 6am in Paris.Now French media agency AFP reports Benzema has also been taken into custody over the allegations.The matter relates to a judicial investigation opened in July over claims that Valbuena, who now plays for Lyon, was the subject of an extortion attempt.In October a prosecutor said of Cisse’s arrest: “Djibril Cisse was taken into custody… in connection with a judicial investigation opened in the district court of Versailles on July 31 2015.” The statement said it was “an offence punishable by at least five years in prison.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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D’Angelo Russell faults himself after two Lakers losses

first_imgStill, Russell also looked at the negative. “Everybody is trying to take that next step. We’re talking and not doing it,” Russell said. “The next step is doing it. We’re listening to each other and not making the adjustments.” Second actIt initially seemed Lakers guard Nick Young returned to the court without any hiccups after missing the six games nursing a strained calf in his right muscle.He scored 15 points while shooting 6-of-11 from the field Sunday against the Knicks. He opened the first quarter of Monday’s game in Sacramento dropping eight points on a 3-of-5 clip. Young then missed his last five shots. “I’m just trying to get the rust off,” Young said. “Coming back on a back-to-back was tough. I didn’t really have my legs.”Young contended he will “be all right” and can manage a heavier workload in Brooklyn after facing a minute restriction against New York (20) and Sacramento (26). “Sometimes when you’re out for a while, the rust doesn’t come back until the second game,” Walton said. “He started the game well, but we didn’t get what we’ve become accustomed to with Nick after the first stretch he had.”Bounce backAfter Lakers forward Luol Deng signed a four-year deal worth $72 million in the offseason, he did not provide the immediate returns expected. But the 12-year NBA veteran has recently matched expectations.Deng has averaged 19 points while shooting 62.5 percent from the field in the past two games. This season, he has averaged a career-low 7.5 points on 37.5 percent shooting.“We never had been worried in a veteran with the production he’s had his whole career,” Walton said. “He’s figuring it out with the new system and new everything. Playing with young guys is a different rhythm for him. He’s seemed to have found a nice groove the last couple of games.” NEW YORK — As he shed rust with every movement he made, D’Angelo Russell gradually brought back the outside shooting and pinpoint passing that once made the Lakers’ offense so effective. Russell said he sees himself “slowly coming along” in the two games he returned since staying sidelined the previous 11 games with a sore left knee. After posting only three points on 1-of-8 shooting, five assists and four turnovers in 17 minutes in Sunday’s loss to New York, Russell responded with a 17-point performance on 6-of-10 shooting, four assists and three turnovers in 22 minutes in Monday’s loss in Sacramento. That left Lakers coach Luke Walton optimistic Russell will play more minutes when the Lakers (10-17) visit the Brooklyn Nets (6-17) on Wednesday at Barclays Center. To help speed that process up, Russell has ridden on a stationary bike and worn a heat pack when not playing.But Russell sounded more focused on something else. With the Lakers still struggling after his return, Russell blamed plenty of the team’s defensive miscues on himself. “It’s always my fault,” Russell said. “Being the point of the defense and being on the ball and trying to make it tough for the next guard, I blame myself here.” First, New York guard Derrick Rose scored 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting. Then, Sacramento guard Darren Collison had 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and four assists. Walton has lamented the team’s season-long defensive problems. But he sounded encouraged Russell and Lakers forward Julius Randle have offered self-criticism about their play without prompting. “I love it. It’s growth,” Walton said. “They’re young players that are going to be leading this team in the future. We’re obviously all in it together and taking accountability and leading as well. Even as leaders, when you make mistakes, you can learn from that. That’s a positive.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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USWNT agrees to mediation in pay discrimination lawsuit after World Cup

first_imgThe 28 members of the U.S. women’s national team that filed a pay discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation have agreed to mediation and will avoid going to court, a federation spokesman confirmed to ESPN on Friday.The mediation is expected to take place after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup ends. The decision appears to be a shift in strategy, Yahoo Sports reports, as the players and their representatives previously turned down the idea of having a third party settle the suit before going to court.  Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match Related News The federation responded to the suit a couple months after it was filed, claiming the men’s and women’s national teams are two separate entities with “different competitions, venues and countries at different times; have different coaches, staff and leadership; have separate collective bargaining agreements; and have separate budgets that take into account the different revenue that the teams generate.”The defending champion USWNT finished up the group stage with a 3-0 sweep after easily defeating Thailand, Chile and Sweden. The Americans managed to keep a clean sheet as they won Group F, and will advance to the round of 16, facing Spain on Monday. It’s not clear when exactly the mediation will take place, but the tournament in France will end July 7. “While we welcome the opportunity to mediate, we are disappointed the plaintiffs’ counsel felt it necessary to share this news publicly during the Women’s World Cup and create any possible distraction from the team’s focus on the tournament and success on the field,” the spokesman said. “We look forward to everyone returning their focus to the efforts on the field as we aim to win another title.”The national team players — including stars Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd — filed a suit in federal court March 8 claiming there is “institutionalized gender discrimination” by the federation through unequal pay when compared to the members of the men’s national team. The suit seeks equal pay and treatment as well as back pay in damages. last_img read more

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Pastor and radio host arrested for sexual battery on child

first_imgOfficials in Winter Park, Florida are reporting that they have arrested a pastor who also host a popular Christian radio show, for sexual battery on a child.59-year-old Bryan Fulwider was arrested on Wednesday after an investigation into the alleged assault that was said to have occurred repeatedly over a five year period.According to the accuser, the assaults occurred between 2005 and 2010, when Fulwider was the senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park.Fulwider and his attorney have denied the allegations.He is currently being held without bail and  faces 30 counts of sexual battery of a person younger than 18 by a person in position of custodial authority.last_img read more

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