The Latest: Atlanta players open to plan to restart MLS

first_imgKaterina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards because they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities.The top men’s pole vaulters competed in the Ultimate Garden Clash at their homes in early May. Mondo Duplantis and Renaud Lavillenie shared the victory with more than 250,000 people watching a live stream.The winner on Saturday will be the vaulter who clears the bar at 4 meters the most times in 30 minutes.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Salzburg commercial director Stephan Reiter says the second-place club is “shocked and stunned” at LASK’s conduct.Soccer is scheduled to resume in the country with the Austrian Cup final on May 29 before the league starts up again next month.___Ireland has postponed its limited-overs cricket matches against New Zealand and Pakistan in June and July because of the coronavirus pandemic.New Zealand Cricket informed Cricket Ireland this week it couldn’t travel and the latter has confirmed putting off the matches in Northern Ireland. The teams were to meet for three Twenty20s in Bready and three one-day internationals in Belfast from June 19 to July 2. May 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta United players Anton Walkes and Fernando Meza say they’re open to the idea of resuming Major League Soccer with all teams playing in the Orlando, Florida, area. Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo says it “wouldn’t make sense” to restart Serie A anytime soon.Pozzo says it’s better to wait until “we’ve passed the critical phase” before thinking about restarting.He says if a team is ordered into quarantine after playing two or three matches because a player tests positive and the season is stopped again “we’ll have made a huge mistake.”Udinese was three points above the relegation zone in 14th place before Serie A was suspended on March 9.___ Teams could head to Florida as early as June 1 for training camps. After such a long layoff, Walkes indicated it would likely take at least a month to get in proper playing shape to start up again.___The Austrian soccer league says it is investigating first-place club LASK Linz for breaking rules on training during the coronavirus pandemic.Clubs in Austria are only supposed to hold training for small groups of players under social distancing regulations before full training begins Friday.But the league says it was sent multiple videos showing “a regular team training session” which supposedly took place “recently.” LASK has been charged with a violation of fair-play principles. The team could be fined or have points deducted. Associated Press center_img Turkish soccer club Besiktas says eight people have tested positive for the coronavirus and training has been suspended.The club says president Ahmet Nar Cebi and a player were among those who tested positive.Turkish teams have resumed limited training sessions following the federation’s decision to restart matches in empty stadiums on June 12.___The three leading women’s pole vaulters get their turn to compete on Saturday in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash. Restrictions on travel and professional sports also forced Cricket Ireland to postpone hosting Pakistan in two T20s on July 12 and 14.The Netherlands legs of both tours by New Zealand and Pakistan had already been curtailed last month after the Dutch government banned all big sports events until Sept. 1.Pakistan is still scheduled to tour England for three tests and three T20s from July 30 to Sept. 2.Cricket Ireland says it is talking with England officials about possibly rescheduling their three ODIs in September in England.___ The Italian soccer federation has set up a pool of inspectors to check that teams comply with new health protocols and government decrees issued during the coronavirus pandemic.Serie A teams were permitted to resume individual training on May 4 while full team training can restart Monday.Lazio has reportedly already been training in groups of three players. The federation says inspectors will verify that practices are held according to the rules.The league said on Wednesday that it hopes to resume playing games on June 13 but the government has not approved a restart yet.___ But Walkes said there are a number of issues that must be addressed before such a plan could be approved.“The safety of everyone is first and foremost,” he said on a video conference call with Atlanta media. Details of the plan are still under consideration, but the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would likely be sheltered in a resort with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. The league suspended play on March 12 after teams had played just two games.Meza said “the logistics of it will be challenging.”Walkes said he’s also concerned about the mental aspect of players being asked to essentially quarantine in one location — especially if it means being without families and friends for potentially several months. 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3 things Dino Babers said: ‘Don’t bet the house’ on Syracuse beating Clemson, Cordell Hudson and the bye week

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Dino Babers addressed the media at his weekly press conference on Monday ahead of Syracuse’s (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) matchup with No. 3 Clemson (8-0, 4-0) Saturday at 3:30 p.m in Death Valley. It was the first time Babers spoke since last Wednesday’s Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference — his only media availability during the Orange’s bye week.Here are three things Babers said.‘Don’t bet the house’ on Syracuse winningBabers described Clemson as “different” from any football team he’s seen. He said the Tigers have no weaknesses, are extremely talented and have a lot of guys that will be millionaires some day.Clemson is undefeated, boasts the 11th best scoring defense in the country and the 26th best scoring offense. The Tigers won the ACC championship last year and lost in the national championship game to Alabama.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBabers said Syracuse would have to play its best game for a shot at a win, Clemson would have to play “not its best game,” and the Orange would need to get several bounces to roll its way.“Then maybe, maybe we get a chance,” Babers said. “Maybe. But don’t bet the house on it, brother.”Bye week and this week’s scheduleBabers opened his press conference running through what the Orange staff and players did during the bye week last week and its schedule for the current week. Here’s what he noted.Syracuse held early practices on Monday and Tuesday at around 6 a.m. following the win over Boston College. Then the players had off through Saturday.“We still wanted to practice the underbelly of the team,” Babers said, “get our threes and twos a lot better, but at the same time we have to get our ones healthy because we’re playing games from the beginning all the way to the end.”The assistant coaches spent the week recruiting, reviewing film of Clemson while they were on the road. Babers went to Texas A&M on Thursday to watch his daughter play volleyball.The coaching staff reconvened on Saturday and started putting together the game plan for Clemson on Sunday. They’ll finish it up tonight.Practice resumed on Sunday with Monday as the normal day off. The players will practice Tuesday through Thursday before the team flies to South Carolina Friday night.Cordell Hudson is not out for the seasonStarting cornerback Cordell Hudson has missed the last two games because of injury. He was notably missing from the pre-Clemson depth chart released Monday.Babers said Hudson is “not a guy that’s out for the entire year.”“It’s a medical thing,” Babers said. “It obviously has to do with when he feels better. … We don’t want to put people back in until they absolutely feel like they’re ready to go. And when the medical people give us the clearance, he’ll be back in.”Redshirt freshman Christopher Fredrick has started in Hudson’s place while he’s been out. Comments Published on October 31, 2016 at 1:14 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

Capacity crowd expected in Croker this evening

first_imgWhile reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin have recalled fit-again Johnny Cooper to their team for their clash with Monaghan at 7.Cooper replaces Niall Scully in the only personnel change from their win over Kildare in the Leinster decider last month.Monaghan are unchanged from last week’s win over Down but Dublin legend Mossy Quinn wouldn’t be surprised if there’s changes ahead of throw-in. A capacity crowd is expected at Croke Park this evening for an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final double header.First up, Ulster kingpins Tyrone tackle their neighbours Armagh at 5pm.Veteran Tyrone forward Sean Kavanagh says he always relishes the matches between the sides.last_img read more

Harden out again for Rockets, likely to return vs Bulls

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Where’s the beef? Cormier, Lewis vie for heavyweight crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 24: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a foul in the second half against the Utah Jazz at Toyota Center on October 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — James Harden is missing his third straight game with a strained left hamstring and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says he will probably return Saturday.Harden has worked out without discomfort but the Rockets are playing on back-to-back nights, starting Friday at Brooklyn.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Because he wouldn’t use Harden in both games after returning from injury, D’Antoni is opting to wait the extra day and bring Harden back Saturday at Chicago. He says if the Rockets were just playing Friday and then been off, Harden likely would have played against the Nets.The league MVP was hurt near the end of a loss to Utah on Oct. 24 and Houston had been routed in both games since.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Suspect in the brutal beating of Zeelugt man allegedly fled to Suriname

first_imgRon “Otsey” RodriguezThe suspect who was held and later released on station bail for the brutal beating of a Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo man has reportedly fled to neighbouring Suriname.This is according to the mother of 29-year-old Ron “Otsey” Rodriguez, who remains “a vegetable” in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).The suspect, who is reportedly a fisherman, according to information received, may have boarded a boat to Suriname after he was released by the police. It was reported that Rodriguez was attacked in Zeelugt while hanging out with friends at Cinderella Park.However, as the group was about to leave, Rodriguez stayed to hang with his friend, who showed up later. Sometime later, his relatives were informed that he was killed but after contacting the police, his mother rushed to the scene where she discovered her son on the roadway with his face badly disfigured.Upon inspection, she realised that her son was still breathing and as such, he was immediately rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital but due to the severity of his injuries, he was transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital and then to GPHC where he is said to be in a “coma-like” state.According to the mother, doctors have informed her that her son received a blunt force trauma to the back of his head and was stabbed multiple times to his face. His injuries have resulted in severe brain damage.Doctors at the medical facility have indicated that there is little they can do at this point in time.last_img read more

Aspiring petroleum engineer tops CSEC with 19 Grade Ones

first_imgBY VAHNU MANICKCHANDHard work, dedication and sacrifices were among the efforts made by the students who copped the country’s top spots at this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination.Fatima Karim, St Rose’s – 19 Ones, 1 TwoKayshav Tewari, Queen’s College – 19 Grade OnesAadilah Ali, Queen’s College – 18 Ones, 3 Twos and 1 ThreeOf the 12,809 candidates who wrote the examination this year, some 157 students secured Grade One passes in eight or more subjects. However, only 46 candidates obtained 11 or more Grade Ones.Securing the top spot this year is St Rose’s High School student, 16-year-old Fatima Karim, who wrote 20 subjects and obtained 19 Grade Ones and one Grade Two. Speaking with Guyana Times, the young woman expressed her excitement and relief with her results, noting that she is proud of her achievement.“I was pleasantly surprised with the grades… I was expecting to do well but I didn’t know that I would top the country. I found out about my grades like two hours before the press conference and was really excited but I still didn’t know I topped the country, and I was watching the press conference with my family and when they called out my name, the house went wild and the phone began to ring and it was crazy after that,” she recalled.Sariah Singh, Queen’s College – 18 OnesThe next move for the young woman will be to further her studies at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) level, after which she is hoping to attend the University of Texas in the United States, where she plans to pursue petroleum engineering, following in the footsteps of her uncles and grandfather.“My uncles, grandfather and one of my cousins are in the engineering field and they pushed me towards it but I wasn’t sure what area I would be getting into until the oil find last year. So I decided that I will get into petroleum engineering so that I can be able to help my country to develop,” she remarked.Meanwhile, Kayshav Tewari of Queen’s College copped the second spot with 19 Grade Ones. The young man said that he knew he would have done well and is pleased with his performance.“I had no doubts in my mind that I would achieve good results, I always knew I could do it… The exams were easy for me but it was preparation that was most difficult and challenging. Many times I would go to bed at four in the morning and get up back at six, so it was a lot of hard work but in the end, it paid off,” he explained.Tewari told Guyana Times that he will be furthering his studies at Nations University after which he wants to study engineering. However, he noted that his main goal is to get into entrepreneurship; as such, he will definitely be pursuing an MBA.Another QC student, Aadilah Ali, came in the third spot with 18 Grade Ones, three Grade Twos and one Grade Three, while her fellow schoolmate, Sariah Singh copped the fifth position with 18 Grade Ones.Ali, who is currently on vacation overseas, told Guyana Times that she did not expect to do so well. “I was surprised at my achievements, owing to the fact that some of the exams were a bit difficult for me but I thank God for all that I’ve accomplished and by mercy I did well,” the young woman said.She plans to continue her studies at the Sixth Form level after which she will pursue medicine in hopes of becoming a paediatrician.On the other hand, the outlining regions have forced their way into this year’s top line-up, dominating most of the top spots. The Sarawati Vidya Niketan (SVN) school in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) copped three spots in the top 10.Ramkumarie Ramdass secured 18 Grade Ones and one Grade Two to cop the fourth position; Kimberly Najab in seventh with 15 Grade Ones and three Grade Twos; Pritisha Baldeo in the ninth spot with 14 Grade Ones, three Grade Twos and three Grade Threes, and at the 10th spot is Narindra Persaud with 14 Ones, three Grade Twos and three Grade Threes.An aspiring entrepreneur, Najab said she was expecting to do a little better but is nevertheless satisfied with her performance. Her advice to next year’s hopefuls is to, “work hard for what you want to achieve in your life and find an inspiration. Motivation is very important in achieving greatness.”For Baldeo, her success was not without hard work, with the many hours that went into studying. “So when I saw my results, I was overjoyed and relieved because I met my own expectations,” said the young woman who aspires to become a paediatrician.Moreover, Persaud said that while he expected to do well, he was overwhelmed with his success and relieved that his hard work had paid off. He related that the exams were a bit challenging but he found that his study strategy helped. “If I felt I was deficient in any way in a particularly area, I would focus on that subject until I felt comfortable,” he explained.Additionally, Kevall Lall of Anna Regina Secondary came in the eighth spot with 15 Grade Ones. The 17-year-old lad is an aspiring civil engineer and said he could not have made this accomplishment without the support of his mother, uncles and siblings. He will be furthering his studies at Nations University.Meanwhile, 17-year-old Joshua Indarjit of Line Path Secondary copped the sixth spot with 17 Grade Ones. Speaking with this newscast, the aspiring engineering was elated with his performance.“I’m very excited about my results and ecstatic about my performance,” Indarjit told this newspaper when contacted. Like the other top performers, the young man explained that he found it challenging when he was doing the SBA’s since it would take up a lot of his time thus preventing him from studying more.Nevertheless, the young man, who has his eyes set on becoming an engineer or physicist, thanked his teacher and family for supporting and encouraging him.last_img read more

5 dead in horrific Mahaicony smash-up

first_imgFive persons are now dead and four others seriously injured following a collision between a minibus and a lorry on the Fairfield Public Road, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Wednesday morning.The truck involved in the accidentDead are minibus driver Seechan Chandilall, 48, of Lot 102 Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice; Keon Sealey, 33, of Farm, Mahaicony; Alana Vaughn, 31, of Farm, Mahaicony, Ewart Reynlods, 64, of Calcutta Mahaicony, and Maxwell Disreali Thom, 76.Meanwhile, several passengers who were also in the minibus, BRR 5478, were taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and are in serious conditions. They are Cecil Gordon, 46, of Farm, Mahaicony; David Jacobs, 60, and Angela Jacobs, 15, both of Moraikobai, Mahaicony, and lorry driver Sherlon Wills, 46, of Helena, Mahaica. They were all initially taken to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where they were treated and then transferred to GPHC.Police in a statement said that shortly after 11:00h on Wednesday, the two vehicles – minibus BRR 5478 driven by Chandilall and motor lorry GPP 9433 driven by Wills – were involved in the accident at the Fairfield Public Road. According to the statement, the minibus was proceeding west along the southern side of the road when it experienced a ‘blowout’ of the left side rear wheel. This caused the driver to lose control and collided with the left front portion of the lorry that was proceeding east along the northern side of the road.The recked mini-bus involved in the accidentSpeaking with this publication, one eyewitness, Reihieram Bhandu, said the two vehicles were heading in opposite directions and the minibus experienced a ‘blowout’ to the rear wheel.“That was the first impact ‘boom’. After I hear that, I see the bus coming up and hustling to come in my yard and the same time the truck hit the bus and after impact, he pushed the bus back over into the bus lane and everybody pitch out on the road. The minibus driver and another passenger leave pin down in the bus,” the man recalled.He said that following the impact, about five persons were left lying motionless on the road while others were seemingly panting for breath.Meanwhile, the injured and dead were taken to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital in a canter as the ambulance service was reportedly not available at the time.Residents of the community said that the driver and a porter were the only persons in the lorry. The porter received minor injuries.Chandilall had been operating the bus for the past month.According to his sister, Nadira, they were informed about the accident via telephone.Meanwhile, Vaughn— a second-year medical student at the University of Guyana – was expecting to deliver her third child soon. She had left home to make her final check-up at the health centre.According to her husband Thaugius Khnai, he and Vaughn were both working on their dreams when tragedy struck.“She was going on the final check for her pregnancy because she had reached the ninth months’ threshold. She told me she was going to go to the hospital and then she would be heading to the health centre,” the grieving husband said.Meanwhile, Assistant Anaesthesiologist Keon Sealey, who was attached to the Mahaicony Hospital and father of one, had been working in the medical field for the past five years and leaves to mourn his parents and five siblings.His mother, Wallie, said she was in the same minibus moments before the accident. According to the grieving mother, it was when she stepped off of the bus that her son started his final Journey.“I came off at a junction there and he joined the bus where he’s living down the road. I received a phone call and I was told my son is in an accident. And then somebody past and told me that he died”.She explained that it was another passenger who was aboard the bus but departed before the accident who provided the information. She and Ewart Reynolds were former classmates.Reynolds, a debt collector for Courts Guyana, was on duty and had boarded the bus taking cash and several documents from his workplace with him.Reynolds was expected to start working at the Mahaica outlet of the company in January. On Wednesday, he had arranged to remove his belongings from his home at Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, to take to his family’s home at Calcutta.According to his wife, Barlima, she saw scenes of the accident on social media but was unaware that her husband was one of the victims.“I was waiting on a call from him. He said he was going to call when he was finished working, so that myself and son can go and meet him at Plaisance to get the stuff up here. I was waiting, it was after 12:00 and he did not call and shortly after that I hear about an accident. My son had a friend just by the fence and he brought the phone and show me and I recognise that it look like Ewart,” she said.Over the past months, there have been numerous fatal accidents. Only on Tuesday, Commissioner of Police, Leslie James said that he believes that motorists and other road users need to change their attitude for there to be a reduction in minor, serious and fatal accidents. Guyana’s road carnage has increased in recent time, with as many as 12 persons losing their lives within seven days. While the Police Force has a major role to play in keeping the roadways safe, the Top Cop said the attitude of motorists is a major factor. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Northern Lights College receives $300,000 grant for Dawson Creek Campus

first_img“This strategic investment reflects the importance of skilled trades for our company and industry,” says Jim Roberts, Encana’s vice-president for Northern Operations. Roberts says the proposed new skilled trades training facility will ‘play a crucial role in building local capacity in northeastern BC for these in-demand careers.’The NLC Foundation awarded more than $500,000 to students in the 2014-15 academic year. Northern Lights College hosted a ceremony this morning in their Energy House to recognize the $300,000 donation from Encana Corporation towards a new proposed trades training centre – which will be located on the Dawson Creek Campus (subject to all appropriate approvals.)“This donation illustrates just how committed our valued industry partners like Encana Corporation are to the process of building strong futures in the North,” said NLC president and CEO Dr. Bryn Kulmatycki in a press release.“It is because of donations like these that our Trades and Apprenticeships programs continue to produce highly trained workers that are among the best Canada has to offer.”- Advertisement -Trades and Apprenticeships programming on the Dawson Creek Campus is delivered in several smaller buildings that were built in the 50’s, so the College is proposing to build a trades training centre to create a consolidated learning space that ‘will foster collaboration across program areas.’The shared teaching-learning environment is aimed to improve access for students, and allow for the delivery of current teaching methodologies, technologies and the installation of new equipment.Encana Corporation says they are a longtime supporter of NLC, having donated over $3.9 million to the school.Advertisementlast_img read more

Home index lowest since 9-11

first_imgThe National Association of Realtors said Wednesday its seasonally adjusted index of pending sales for existing homes fell 16.1 percent in July from a year ago and 12.2 percent from the prior month. July’s reading of 89.9 was the second-lowest ever for the index and its lowest since September 2001, when the economy was jolted by the terrorist attacks. The pending home sales index is designed to predict sales levels over the following two months. A reading of 100 is equal to the average level of pending sales activity in 2001, when the index began. “Numbers like this should put to rest the belief that we’ve reached the bottom” in the housing market, said Joel Naroff, chief economist for Commerce Bancorp Inc. “There’s still a lot of pain that’s ahead of us.” Stock markets slumped after the real estate data were released. Lawrence Yun, senior economist at the real estate trade group, said the weak pending sales data stem from the fact that government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cannot package “jumbo” home loans above $417,000 into securities sold to investors. Some home purchases aren’t closing because mortgage loans have been “falling through at the last moment,” Yun said in a statement. The pending home sales data show the biggest year-over-year declines in western states, which dropped 21.8 percent. The smallest drop was in the Northeast, which declined 10percent. With defaults rising among borrowers with weak credit, lenders have backed off from all but the safest mortgages, and many lenders making jumbo loans have demanded that borrowers pay higher rates. As of last week, 30-year fixed-rate jumbo loans averaged 7.43 percent, while similar loans that can be purchased by Fannie and Freddie averaged 6.5percent, according to publisher HSH Associates. The spread between the two types of loans was 0.2 percentage points back in mid-July. While the jumbo market may return to normal this fall, that process is likely to take a while, said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH Associates. “This dislocation was a sudden event,” he said. “Rebuilding the trust in what those markets represent will take a bit of time.” The Dow Jones industrial average dropped nearly 150points Wednesday afternoon as Wall Street reacted to the report on pending home sales. Shares of Fannie Mae fell $2.66, or 4.1 percent, to $63.05, while those of Freddie Mac slid $2.30, or 3.7 percent, to $59.96. Investors around the world have been spooked by the U.S. mortgage market’s problems amid uncertainty about how much they will grow. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. estimates that 2.5million mortgages given to borrowers with weak credit will reset at higher rates and sometimes dramatically higher monthly payments by December 2008. As of June, 17.5 percent of subprime loans given to borrowers with weak credit nationwide were either 60 or more days delinquent or in foreclosure – more than double the last year’s rate, according to First American LoanPerformance, a research firm that tracks loans that aren’t backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SALES: Stocks slump after index for pending activity is issued by the National Association of Realtors. By Alan Zibel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A near-record low for an index that forecasts near-term home sales suggests borrowers in expensive areas are struggling to finalize home purchases amid mortgage market troubles. last_img read more

‘It was an old-fashioned Stoke battle’ – Wenger pleased with Arsenal’s performance

first_imgArsene Wenger saluted Arsenal for emerging from another Britannia Stadium battle with a point that lifted them back to the Barclays Premier League summit.The Gunners arrived in Staffordshire with just one previous win in the Premier League era, for another instalment of a rivalry that was spawned by Wenger’s dislike of the Potters’ tactics under Tony Pulis.Mark Hughes has promoted a more aesthetically pleasing brand of football since succeeding Pulis, yet Wenger felt their hosts still presented a physical challenge that they were forced to overcome in a 0-0 draw.In a clash that featured few chances and no yellow cards, goalkeepers Jack Butland and Petr Cech took centre stage with brilliant saves from Olivier Giroud and Joselu in either half.“Overall it was a battle, an old-fashioned Stoke battle,” Wenger said.“They made the game very physical, the crowd were up for it, the players were up for it. They went for a very direct game and we had to show physical response, solidarity, fighting spirit, togetherness – which is what we did.“We lacked a bit of creativity to force the way through and on top of that we missed two or three good chances. They were really up for it, they really tried from the first to the last minute.“We of course wanted to win the game but, looking at the history we have here, it is a positive result. Looking at the results of the other teams that play at the top, it’s a positive result. But, overall we missed two points today.”last_img read more