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VAR has been a success in La Liga, say Spanish referees

first_imgMADRID, Spain (Reuters) – The Spanish Referees Committee (CTA) has said Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) in La Liga has helped in all aspects of the game after the first season with the new system.VAR checked 4 293 actions – an average of 12 per match – in the 380-game La Liga season, intervening a total of 121 times (3.14 per game) and leading to 114 changed decisions.This included the awarding of seven red cards that on-field officials missed, with 60 goals awarded by video technology.The CTA also said player protests were down 17.3%, while simulation dropped by 68% following the introduction of VAR.“Our officials have adapted very well to the changes and so have the fans and media. It’s like we’ve always played with VAR,” said CTA president Carlos Velasco Carballo.Spain was the country most represented in European competition by its officials, with 34 designated for matches across the continent throughout the season, ahead of Italy (33), Germany (32) and England (23),Two Spanish referees were used in the Champions League last 16 and quarter-finals, while Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, who is the fourth official at the final, took charge of Tottenham Hotspurs’ semi-final first-leg home defeat by Ajax Amsterdam.Spurs face fellow Premier League side Liverpool in the June 1 showpiece at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.last_img read more

Comoros hold Egypt in second AFCON Qualifier

first_img0Shares00002021 Africa Cup of Nations: Comoros hold EgyptMORONI, Comoros, Nov 18 – Seven-time champions Egypt were held to their second successive draw of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying as hosts Comoros battled to 0-0 stalemate.The result give advantage to Kenya’s Harambee Stars who can go top of Group G if they beat Togo tonight in Kasarani. Elsewhere, Ghana made it two wins out of two but were made to work hard to edge past Sao Tome e Principe 1-0.After their 1-1 draw with Kenya on Thursday in their opening Group G encounter Egypt held on for another point on Monday in Comoros.The Pharaohs began well with Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdel-Moneim firing a shot against the bar after nine minutes.Two minutes later they had another good chance after the Comoros keeper was ruled to have picked up a back pass only for the resulting indirect freekick to be blocked and cleared by the hosts’ defence.Both sides had their best opportunities to break the deadlock midway through the second haff.Firstly Aston Villa’s Trezeguet was put through for a one-on-one with the keeper only to stab his effort wide of the post.Minutes later Kassim M’Dahoma jinxed his way into the area and his shot was blocked a little fortuitously by keeper Mohamed El Shenawy’s shoulder as he dived to make the save.The game was played in intensely hot conditions with the referee allowing official water breaks in both halves of the match.The result means Comoros are now on four points from their two matches, after their win in Togo, while Egypt are on two.Ghana scored a second-half penalty to edge past Sao Tome 1-0 and take them top of Group C.The Black Stars struggled to break down a resolute Sao Tome defence until just after the break when Emmanuel Boateng was fouled in the area to allow Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew to score the winner.The result means Ghana have the maximum six points from two games, South Africa and Sudan are on three while Sao Tome are pointless.The top two sides in 11 of the 12 groups will all advance to the 2021 finals in Cameroon.Cameroon qualify for the finals as hosts but are taking part in the qualifying campaign to gain competitive match practice which means just one team from Group F will progress to the finals.2021 Africa Cup of Nations results:Monday:Sao Tome and Principe 0-1 Ghana (Group C)The Gambia v DR Congo (Group D)Cape Verde v Mozambique (Group F)Comoros 0-0 Egypt (Group G)Kenya v Togo (Group G)Botswana v Algeria (Group H)Sunday:Chad 0-2 Mali (Group A)Guinea 2-0 Namibia (Group A)South Sudan 1-2 Burkina Faso (Group B)Uganda 2-0 Malawi (Group B)South Africa 1-0 Sudan (Group C)Gabon 2-1 Angola (Group D)Rwanda 0-1 Cameroon (Group F)Eswatini 1-4 Senegal (Group I)Congo 3-0 Guinea Bissau (Group I)Benin 1-0 Sierra Leone (Group L)Lesotho 2-4 Nigeria (Group L)-By BBC Sport- 0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Walrus migration alarms scientists

first_imgAlaska’s walrus, especially breeding females, in summer and fall are usually found on the Arctic ice pack. But the lowest summer ice cap on record put sea ice far north of the outer continental shelf, the shallow, life-rich shelf of ocean bottom in the Bering and Chukchi seas. Walrus feed on clams, snails and other bottom dwellers. Given the choice between an ice platform over water beyond their 630-foot diving range or gathering spots on shore, thousands of walrus picked Alaska’s rocky beaches. “It looks to me like animals are shifting their distribution to find prey,” said Tim Ragen, executive director of the federal Marine Mammal Commission. “The big question is whether they will be able to find sufficient prey in areas where they are looking.” According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, September sea ice was 39 percent below the long-term average from 1979 to 2000. Sea ice cover is in a downward spiral and may have passed the point of no return, with a possible ice-free Arctic Ocean by summer 2030, senior scientist Mark Serreze said. Starting in July, several thousand walrus abandoned the ice pack for gathering spots known as haulouts between Barrow and Cape Lisburne. ALASKA: Their shift onto the northwest coast may be a result of Arctic sea ice melting. By Dan Joling THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Thousands of walruses have appeared on Alaska’s northwest coast in what conservationists are calling a dramatic consequence of global warming melting the Arctic sea ice. The immediate concern of new, massive walrus groups for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is danger to the animals from stampedes. Panic caused by a low-flying airplane, a boat or an approaching polar bear can send a herd rushing to the sea. Young animals can be crushed by adults weighing 2,000 pounds or more. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgGlenree girls are headed to the All-Ireland blitzGLENREE U12 GIRLS HEADING FOR ALL IRELAND BIDMcGinn football grounds in Buncrana was the setting on Saturday last for the next round of U12 girls blitz.Glenree utd along with Swilly Rovers, Kilmacrennan, Moville, Greencastle and Buncrana arrived in high spirits on a beautiful sunny day to compete for a pathway to the next level, all Ireland finals in Dublin. After obtaining the Donegal title a number of weeks earlier Glenree utd were eager to go the distance and some five games later and superb showing of football skills from all teams Glenree U12 girls secured their place in this year’s blitz final in Dublin in three weeks time. Good luck to all the team that will be travelling to Dublin.  Many thanks to all who travelled to McGinn park on the day to support the teams. It is your support and encouragement that keeps the dream alive! A big word of thanks goes to our coach Cathal for all his hard work and dedication for this team. Thanks Cathal!Sincere thanks for Danielle Doherty for all her time, help and support during these past months.A special word also for Michelle, a vital part of the team for all her help and support over the year. GLENREE UNITED GIRLS SET FOR ALL-IRELAND BID was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:All-Ireland bidGlenree United girlssoccerU-12slast_img read more