Cristiano Ronaldo stamped his authority on the field as Portugal edged past Morocco in their second Group B game in Moscow.The Portuguese scored in the fourth minute of the match at the Luzhniki Stadium to take his team to the top of the table as of now.Ronaldo drilled in a header from a corner and take his goal tally at the tournament to four and lead the line for the golden-boot award early in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Morocco did try and put together some good moves over the two halves but ultimately failed to score and lost the match 0-1 to Portugal and are now eliminated from the tournament.The 33-year-old’s fourth goal was also his 85th for Portugal and now he is the leading scorer in world football from an European nation. He overtook Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas (84 goals)to go on top of the list. They are followed by his compatriot Sandor Kocsis (75) and German great Miroslav Klose (71).2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE Ronaldo has scored 85 international goals now (Reuters Photo)Not only that, Cristiano is now the second Portugal player to net at least four goals at a single World Cup after Eusébio (9) in 1966 and is in second place on the all-time international top scorer list behind Iran’s Ali Daei — and the highest among the active players.With four points in the bag and Morocco almost out, Portugal’s chances of making the next round was handed a slight boost but a lot will depend on the late night kick off between Iran and 2010 World Champions Spain. However, the Real Madrid star is not ready to think about that is happy with the three points from this match.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEadvertisement”I’m happy I scored the goal but the most important thing is that we won the game. We have to think match by match in order to progress,” said Ronaldo.Before coming into the World Cup, Ronaldo had scored three goals from 70 shots in his previous three World Cup tournaments combined for Portugal (2006, 2010 and 2014). But this year, at the 2018 World Cup, he has scored three goals from his first four shots.Since November 9, 2012, the forward from Madeira has scored in more games for his Portugal than he has not scored in. He has played 55 games since 55 games and has scored in 28 of them. His goal today was the 48th goal since then and Portugal will be hoping their captain and star man continues to rake in the goals as they mount a challenge for the World Cup.Portugal coach Fernando Santos however, was not too pleased with the performance despite the win.”We have to look at this and we have to talk about it,” Portugal coach Santos said. “We lost control of the game, we misplaced a lot of passes, we lost confidence.”It was inexplicable. If in a match against players like they have, if you don’t have the ball, they will wear you down and you get into trouble,” said Santos.But, he was all praise for Ronaldo, who he thinks is like port wine.”Cristiano is like a Port wine,” Portugal coach Santos said about his talismanic captain. “He knows how to refine his capacity and age at his best. He is constantly evolving, contradictorily to the other players.He knows himself and he knows what he can do. What he does now is not what he did three or four years ago, and not what he will be doing in a few years from now,” said the 63-year-old. Rui Patricio made some important saves to keep the scoreline 1-0 in favour of Portugal (Reuters Photo)Goalkeeper Rui Patricio had loads of work to do throughout the match as the North Africans kept finding pockets of space and create opportunities. The new Wolves goalie made some crucial saves to earn three points for his team.”Of course, no World Cup match is easy even against teams that are theoretically weaker,” said Portugal defender Jose Fonte.”Today, again it was the same situation. They are a team which caused a lot of trouble. We knew how to suffer,” he added.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: Real football fans understand situationby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says their “real football fans” will understand their slow start to the season.Silva accepts he as manager will inevitably face the fury of fans who want to see instant results.“This will never change, in football, the manager will always be the person who is in front,” he said. “That is something natural.“Those who understand football really, look to the situation and understand what has happened. What we did or not (in the summer) we cannot change anything now. We believe in them, so let’s support them.”
Manchester City, one of the Champions League favourites, has fallen short of expectation in their first outing this season.The concern that they may not be on the same Champions League form as in the previous season has been mounted by their defeat to Lyon, claims Mirror.The result which City got out of their opening game in the Champions League was obviously not what Pep Guardiola had expected from them. The shock of the defeat was obvious across the lines of his face as he watched the game from where he was sitting away, still serving his ban from last season.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…It was the fourth straight time that Lyon is beating City in the Champions League and it was a total fall for City. Even the energy in their performance was not such that could instil fear on any opponent.Although City’s form cannot yet be called questionable, with four wins and a draw in the Premier League coming before a loss in the Champions League. However, it is possible that Guardiola would see this as a huge slack.
River Plate captain Leonardo Ponzio believes team-mate Exequiel Palacios is a suitable player for Real Madrid to signThe 20-year-old midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to Real in the January transfer window with River president Rodolfo D’Onofrio confirming there has been contact.Palacios is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in South America and had reportedly captured the interest of several European giants.Now Ponzio believes his young team-mate would fit in well at Real as he has all the required attributes.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“He has been with us for almost two and a half years,” Ponzio told AS. “He has become a player in River, in Argentine soccer.“Real Madrid? I believe what ability he has. Of course, you cannot ask him to be the same as Luka Modric. He is 20 years old. He goes to another continent, to another kind of football.“But conditions have to grow. He is very of the palate of Real Madrid. Technically he is good, he has a good footing, individually he is good. But he must keep his head. He has to be calm because he is going to make the jump at any moment.”Real have now travelled the United Arab Emirates for Wednesday’s Club World Cup semi-final against Kashima Antlers.
Porsche The reason why those figures, especially the average speed and temperature numbers, matter is that electric vehicles have historically had the problem of losing power and efficiency as their battery packs start to heat up with use. That the Taycan was able to maintain such high average speeds over such a long distance at such high ambient temperatures tells us a lot about the level of engineering that Porsche has put into the Taycan.This is part of why we’re so excited for the first all-electric Porsche, even more so than with other carmakers, because there are very few other organizations that have Porsche’s resources, engineering ability and bull-headed commitment to avoiding compromise.Porsche’s Taycan is slated to make its global debut on Sept. 4. Share your voice 42 Photos Enlarge ImagePorsche’s electric Taycan managed to travel over 2,000 miles in 24 hours at the Nardo test track in Italy. Porsche Everything that Porsche builds has some kind of sporting pretenses as well as a serious commitment to build quality. To see if its first fully-battery electric vehicle, the Taycan, can live up to Porsche buyers’ expectations, the company decided to take it to the Nardo test track in Italy and run it until it broke.Except it didn’t break. Porsche announced on Monday that the Taycan ran for a nearly continuous 2,128.1 miles in 24 hours with breaks only for fast charging and driver changes and was able to maintain an average speed between 121 and 133 mph. And it was able to do that with track temperatures well above 120 degrees and ambient temperatures of up to 107 degrees. Porsche Taycan on ice in Sweden 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride 2020 BMW 745e xDrive review: A plush plug-in with power and presence 2 More From Roadshow Tags 2020 BMW M760i review: For both the driver and the driven Porsche Electric Cars Performance Cars Comments
Jashore district BNP general secretary Syed Sabbarul Haque Sabu and Jashore city BNP president Maruful IslamTwo local leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Jashore have been picked up by a team of plainclothes police on Thursday evening, alleged Jashore BNP while police has denied the allegation.They are Jashore district BNP general secretary Syed Sabbarul Haque Sabu and Jashore city BNP president Maruful Islam.One of the witnesses, district Juba Dal president Tamal Ahmed told the media that the incident occurred while the two leaders were distributing food among destitute people in front of the Zila School on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Road.A team of plainclothes police, in cars and on motorcycles, picked the leaders at around 5:45pm, Tamal added.The general secretary of Jashore city BNP Munir Ahmed Siddiqui said, ‘Saberul Haque and Maruful Islam were on bail. Yet the DB police have arrested them.”Munir Ahmed said, “It is very sad that police has arrested the leaders from such a non-violent program before Eid.”Asked officer-in-charge (OC) Md Moniruzzaman said, “no team of Jashore DB police has picked any BNP leaders.”Jashore Kotwali police station OC Abdul Bashar said he did not know anything about whether or not any BNP leaders were arrested.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When the Utah Royals FC unveiled its updated roster on this week, former Louisville standout Gabrielle Vincent was added as a defender to the roster. Vincent earned second team United Soccer Coaches Association all-region honors for the first time in her career. The senior was a starting centerback for the Cardinals all four seasons. She helped guide Louisville to seven shutouts this season, while dishing out one assist. Vincent also served as team captain the last two seasons and helped guide the Cardinals to their best ACC finish and an NCAA Tournament appearance in her final season.Utah Royals FC opens the 2019 season on April 20 at Rio Tinto Stadium against the Washington Spirit. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. MT with a fireworks show to follow after the match. The Utah Royals FC roster currently stands as follows: 2019 UTAH ROYALS FC UPDATED ROSTER (as of April 13, 2019)GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart, Melissa Lowder (NTR), Abby Smith DEFENDERS (11): Katie Bowen (INT-NZ), Rachel Corsie, Sam Johnson, Michelle Maemone (NTR), Sydney Miramontez, Rebecca Moros, Maddie Nolf (NTR), Kelley O’Hara (FED-USA), Becky Sauerbrunn (FED-USA), Gaby Vincent (NTR), MIDFIELDERS (8): Veronica Boquete, Makenzy Doniak, Gunny Jónsdóttir (INT-IC), Lo’eau LaBonta, Amanda Laddish, Taylor Lytle, Diana Matheson (FED-CAN), Desiree Scott (FED-CAN)FORWARDS (6): Alexandra Kimball (NTR), Christen Press (FED-USA), Brittany Ratcliffe, Amy Rodriguez, Katie Stengel, Raisa Strom Okimito (NTR), Erika Tymrak Print Friendly Version Story Links
The net-casting spider is shown holding the band of wooly silk that it uses to engulf and capture prey. UNL doctoral student Jay Stafstrom spent two months in a Florida state park observing the spider’s hunting behavior. Credit: Courtesy Jay Stafstrom Journal information: Biology Letters © 2016 Phys.org Many visitors to Florida have been alarmed by the sight of a small spider with humongous eyes—the net casting spider, so named because of the unusual shape of the webs it creates—fortunately, the spiders are harmless to humans. Interestingly, until now, no one has gone to the trouble of actual testing the spiders to fully understand why they have such big eyes—the largest proportionally, for any arachnid.To prove the theory that the big eyes evolved to help with night foraging, the researchers started by video-taping several of them as they went about their activities in their natural environment. Then, they captured some samples and applied dental silicone over the single pair of big eyes (net-casters, like other spiders have eight eyes altogether, the others eyes are much smaller) temporarily blinding those eyes. The research pair then recorded the activities of the spiders as they tried to survive without benefit of their huge eyes.In studying the results, the researchers found that the blinded spiders were much weaker hunters when their big eyes were covered. Removing the eye covers allowed the spiders to regain their former skill levels.In a second test, the researchers conducted a similar experiment, except they did it in a controlled environment in their lab. In studying the results, the researchers found almost identical results. Citation: Testing proves giant eyes of net-casting spider help with nocturnal foraging (2016, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-giant-eyes-net-casting-spider-nocturnal.html Explore further Jumping spiders are masters of miniature color vision More information: Nocturnal foraging enhanced by enlarged secondary eyes in a net-casting spider, Biology Letters, rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rsbl.2016.0152AbstractAnimals that possess extreme sensory structures are predicted to have a related extreme behavioural function. This study focuses on one such extreme sensory structure—the posterior median eyes of the net-casting spider Deinopis spinosa. Although past research has implicated the importance of vision in the nocturnal foraging habits of Deinopis, no direct link between vision in the enlarged eyes and nocturnal foraging has yet been made. To directly test the hypothesis that the enlarged posterior median eyes facilitate visually based nocturnal prey capture, we conducted repeated-measures, visual occlusion trials in both natural and laboratory settings. Our results indicate that D. spinosa relies heavily on visual cues detected by the posterior median eyes to capture cursorial prey items. We suggest that the enlarged posterior median eyes benefit D. spinosa not only through increased diet breadth, but also by allowing spiders to remain active solely at night, thus evading predation by diurnal animals.Press release A new study from UNL biologists has revealed that the net-casting spider’s secondary eyes — the largest of any arachnid — likely evolved in part to help it capture walking prey. Credit: Courtesy Jay Stafstrom (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers has tested the theory that the enormous eyes sported by net-casting spiders are to help the spider capture walking prey at night. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Jay Stafstrom and Eileen Hebets, both with the University of Nebraska, describe field and lab experiments they carried out that showed the purpose of the oversized eyes. The research pair suggest their study shows that net-casting spiders use their huge eyes to hunt walking prey at night; they allow for catching prey in near dark conditions—prey which is very often much larger than they would catch with their net only. They noted also that the partially blinded spiders were just as adept at dealing with prey that was caught in the web, which adds more credence to the idea that the evolution of the large eyes, was strictly to allow the spider to catch larger prey while hunting during the nighttime—which the researchers also note, is a much safer time to hunt as there are far fewer predators out looking to eat them. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
20Dec Rep. Griffin announces two local recreational grant recommendations Categories: Griffin News,News State Rep. Beth Griffin today said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board recommended two recreational development grants for South Haven.Griffin, of Mattawan, said the board recommended funding for improvements at Black River Park and Riverfront Park. Funding for the projects is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.“I am delighted the Trust Fund Board has recommended these two improvement projects that are so important to families and boating enthusiasts in the South Haven area,” Griffin said. “We are blessed with an abundance of beautiful natural resources in our community, and every effort should be made to make them easily accessible to everyone.”The projects are:A $300,000 development at an area of city-owned Riverfront Park in South Haven to include construction of a splash pad. The new water feature will be located near public restrooms, parking, the beach and the downtown area. It will provide a safe alternative for water recreation users, especially young children, when Lake Michigan conditions are unfavorable. The splash pad is also designed as an educational tool for the local Maritime Museum as elements of the splash pad are designed to reflect the “Friends Good Will” historic vessel owned by the museum.Construction to replace skid piers at the Black River Park in South Haven, at a cost of $37,500.The Legislature will consider the recommendations in 2018.#####
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