Egypt Holds Final Round of Parliamentary Elections

first_imgEgypt is holding the final round of runoffs in the parliamentary elections today.The balloting is to elect Egypt’s first legislature since a chamber dominated by Islamists was dissolved by a court ruling in 2012.Tens of thousands of troops and policemen have reportedly been deployed around the country to safeguard the two-day vote which started on Tuesday.These security measures reflect the growing security concerns in the country amid an Islamic insurgency and after a suspected explosive device downed a Russian airliner over the country’s Sinai Peninsula in late October, killing all 224 people on board.An Islamic state affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack.The results of the vote will be announced later in the week and parliament is to hold its inaugural session in December.last_img read more

Player exits likely – Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects some of his fringe players to leave before the end of the transfer window, having told everyone in his squad where they stand this season. “You see everything settle within the squad once the window is shut because people can then focus on their professional life and life with their families as well.” However, while he is happy to let some players go Rodgers insists the likes of Moreno and Lazar Markovic, brought in last summer for £12million and £20million respectively, still have a part to play this campaign. “Both players are very talented players,” he said. “Maybe for the first time in their footballing careers – especially as they are so young – they are finding themselves not being a regular. “They know very well, with the conversations we have had, it is a long, tough season and they will be needed and when the opportunity comes you take that and keep yourself in the team. “There is no player here that hasn’t been told that.” The future of midfielder Lucas Leiva is also in doubt as he was left out of the squad at the Britannia Stadium with reports claiming he had fallen out with the manager. Of that quartet, the Brazil international will be the easiest to offload – Enrique, Balotelli and, to a lesser extent, Borini are reluctant to give up their significant wages – with a number of Italian clubs interested, and, while Rodgers was not definitive on names, he accepts some will want out if they view their chances as limited for this campaign. “It is natural at this stage of the season there will be moves for sure for some players,” he said. “What is clear is that every player is understanding of exactly where he stands in the squad. “The spirit is strong but of course it is a difficult situation with the transfer market still being open until the end of the month. “There is always going to be that speculation but I am sure there will be movement of some of the players that obviously want to play.” Rodgers, who has done his business early with seven signings brought in before the Barclays Premier League kicked off, is not a fan of the transfer window extending into the season because of the unsettling nature it can have on players. “There is obviously a sport issue but there is also a moral issue once the season starts – players are unsure where they stand and it is a very difficult time for them,” the Northern Irishman added. Despite a good opening win at Stoke, much of this week has seen some of those who were not involved in the game air their frustrations in the media, with l eft-backs Alberto Moreno and Jose Enrique both giving interviews to the Spanish press. Enrique, who claimed he , Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli had been “alienated” by Rodgers having been made to train separately from the main squad, seems one of the likely exits. Press Associationlast_img read more

MLAX : Lerman struggles while Lamolinara impresses in net; Faceoffs still a work in progress for SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on February 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.educenter_img Matt Lerman walked to the sideline with his head down, ripping his helmet strap off along the way. A moment earlier, the Syracuse goaltender missed an easy save from nearly 20 yards out and the frustration was starting to set in.With just seconds remaining in the first quarter, it seemed Maryland wouldn’t have time to add to its early lead. But the Terrapins snuck a desperation shot by Lerman with just one second remaining.‘At the end of there, there were definitely a few where I thought I should have had them, and I felt bad that I let my teammates down and got into a little hole there,’ Lerman said.Lerman struggled in his two quarters of action in Syracuse’s scrimmage against Maryland on Sunday in the Carrier Dome. The sophomore and frontrunner to open the season as the team’s starting goalie registered just two saves and allowed six goals in the Orange’s 11-9 win over the Terrapins in its third preseason scrimmage. Lerman seemed a split-second late on Maryland’s shot attempts, and SU went into the break trailing by four goals.Dominic Lamolinara stepped in for Lerman in the second half and gave SU an impressive performance in net, making five saves and surrendering just three goals to keep Syracuse within striking distance. Neither Lerman nor Lamolinara saw action in the Orange’s 11-10 loss to Canisius in its second scrimmage of the day.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU head coach John Desko said he will continue to look at the goalies and their play this week before deciding a definite starter for the season opener against Albany.‘We’re going to stay with our goalies, but I think Dom played well, and especially in the first half against Maryland, the difference was the goalies,’ Desko said. ‘So we’re going to continue to evaluate.’Lamolinara said he was motivated to beat Maryland, the school he transferred from this season.‘I wanted to go out there, and I didn’t want to go out with a loss,’ Lamolinara said. ‘So I played to try to prove myself to get some playing time, and I wanted to also beat them as well.’Syracuse wins crucial faceoffs late against MarylandRicky Buhr stepped into the faceoff X with the game on the line.After SU midfielder Bobby Eilers tied the score at 9-9 with 49 seconds left, Buhr entered and knew the team that gained possession would be in the driver’s seat with a chance to win the game.‘I went into that faceoff thinking, ‘I got this. I got this guy’s number right now. He’s feeling a little intimidated. I’m feeling very confident,” Buhr said. ‘And the only thing I was really thinking about was just getting that ball out.’Buhr chased after the loose ball off the faceoff before being taken down by Maryland for a penalty that gave the Orange the ball and control of the game. SU scored on the possession to move ahead with 16 seconds left, and Buhr added another goal to finish the Orange’s 11-9 victory.Syracuse looked overmatched on faceoffs through three quarters against the Terrapins on Sunday. The Orange won just 5-of-13 faceoffs in the first 45 minutes of action and entered the final quarter trailing by one. But Buhr came up with a huge performance in the final 15 minutes, leading SU as it won 6-of-8 faceoffs, including the final two with less than a minute left.The troubles from last season appeared to carry into this matchup with Maryland right out of the gates.Chris Daddio lost the first faceoff of the game and could only watch as the Terrapins sprinted down the field for a goal 11 seconds in.For Desko, the early issues on faceoffs outweighed the strong finish for the Orange.‘We’re not facing off well, individually or as a unit,’ Desko said. ‘We got better as the game went on, but we have to get better there.Following Buhr’s crucial play to give the Orange possession after Eilers’ goal, Syracuse took a timeout with 35 seconds left. Then SU started its late-game possession, which ended with a goal by Kevin Rice to give the Orange a 10-9 lead.Then it was up to Buhr to preserve the lead and prevent the Terrapins from getting any desperation chances as the clock expired.And he rose to the occasion, scooping up the faceoff and racing down the field to score with seven seconds left, capping the 11-9 victory.‘It definitely felt really great because it was my first goal in any scrimmage or game, and it was definitely the one that sealed the deal in that game,’ Buhr said.rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander focused on cardio

first_imgPLAYA VISTA — Back and forth, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shuffled between the foul line and the sideline, logging a day’s worth of defensive slides before practice began Tuesday at the Clippers training facility.The prized rookie guard hoped the extra conditioning – done, as Gilgeous-Alexander does most things on a basketball court, with a smile – would help him ditch the cement boots he’d found himself wearing in the second half of his pro debut Sunday.The No. 11 pick in this year’s draft, Gilgeous-Alexander had 10 points, four assists and four steals in the Clippers’ 110-91 exhibition victory over the Sydney Kings on Sunday in Honolulu. It was an impressive introduction, but for him, the wake-up call came when his legs went dead.Asked what he learned from watching film of the game, Gilgeous-Alexander didn’t hesitate: “How bad of shape I was in. In the game, I realized it. And then when I watched it, I realized how slow I was moving up and down the court at some point.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates PRESEASON ACTIONRivers said Milos Teodosic, hampered by a hamstring injury, won’t play in their exhibition game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center.The youngsters will play most, Rivers said, adding he doesn’t expect Wesley Johnson, the only holdover from the Lob City era, to get much court time against the Timberwolves (who still haven’t met Jimmy Butler’s reported trade demands).“I know what Wes can do, I want to see what some of the other guys can do,” Rivers said of Johnson, who averaged 5.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and one steal last season.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory STING LIKE A BEEThe Clippers intend for their calling card to be their toughness. Point guard Patrick Beverley described his teammates as “tough as nails” and big man Montrezl Harrell promised opponents are in for a fight every night.It might be good, then, that they face the Eastern Conference’s Charlotte Hornets only a couple times a year.Tobias Harris, the Clippers’ talented 6-foot-8 forward, finally met his match Monday – a bee.“You know what? Twenty-six years, the streak has ended, a bee has stung me,” Harris said. “It stung me on my pinkie actually, and it hurt – it hurt!”Harris said he was stung when he picked up a package that was delivered to his home.“As I went to lift it up, it just stung me, right in my pinkie,” he said. “I was like, ‘Oh, dang, did the box have a nail sticking out?’ And then I saw it was a bee, so I got kind of scared and ran away.”He didn’t cry, mind you.“Mainly because I was with my girlfriend,” Harris admitted. “She was saying I was being dramatic, but I didn’t cry.” Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It’s all part of the ongoing education of Gilgeous-Alexander, who also is absorbing advice from his teammates, Rivers said.“They’re all sharing in that,” Rivers said. “I think Luc (Mbah a Moute) probably talks to him the most, but I think they all pretty much they give him a lot of advice. Shai’s pretty good, though. As they say, the best students out of Harvard only listen to 70 percent of what guys are telling them, the other 30 percent they kind of figured it out.”Gilgeous-Alexander might be one of those guys, Rivers said. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Coach Doc Rivers realized it too.“Shai, in the first half, he was flying, and in the second half, he had the cement boots on,” said Rivers, who acknowledged how emotionally draining a moment a player’s first professional game can be.Gilgeous-Alexander hasn’t been slow to address the issue of endurance. In addition to conditioning, the 20-year-old said he also met with the team’s nutritionist Tuesday morning.“I saw a bunch of different ways you can help your body, things I never even thought were possible,” said Gilgeous-Alexander, who hopes a better-defined meal plan will help improve his stamina and add bulk to his 6-foot-6, 180-pound frame.“Like, I thought eggs were good for me — but too much eggs can be bad for you.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Jonas Valanciunas returns to Grizzlies on 3-year, $45M deal

first_imgFree agent center Jonas Valanciunas has agreed to a three-year, $45M deal to return to the Memphis Grizzlies, CAA agent Leon Rose tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019Valanciunas had previously declined a $17.6 million player option on his 2019-20 contract, which allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent and ultimately negotiate a new deal.However, the average of $15 million per season for Valanciunas is $2.76 million less than he would have made in 2019-20 had he immediately opted in. DeMarcus Cousins free agency rumors: Center open to Kings reunion, but is Sacramento interested? Kemba Walker free agency rumors: All-Star informs Hornets of Celtics decision Related Newscenter_img Jonas Valanciunas is staying in Memphis.According to an ESPN report, the veteran center agreed to a three-year contract worth $45 million to return to the Grizzlies at the start of free agency Sunday. Valanciunas, 27, was drafted fifth overall by the Raptors in 2011 and remained in Toronto until he was traded to Memphis in February. He immediately found his groove with the Grizzlies, averaging 19.9 points and 10.7 rebounds in 19 games.He has averaged 11.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game over his career.last_img read more