Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration Wednesday announced that New York State will ban the controversial natural gas drilling technique hydraulic fracturing, a decision that ends a long and contentious debate that pitted grass roots environmental organizations against powerful energy companies.The long-awaited decision was announced during Cuomo’s cabinet meeting in Albany, and comes after the New York State Department of Health completed its public health review of the technique. The report concluded that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could pose a health risk, and that science and research has not yet fully answered how those risks could be adequately mitigated. “I have considered all of the data and find significant questions and risks to public health which as of yet are unanswered,” Howard Zucker, the acting commissioner of health, said in a statement. “I think it would be reckless to proceed in New York until more authoritative research is done. I asked myself, ‘would I let my family live in a community with fracking?’ The answer is no. I therefore cannot recommend anyone else’s family to live in such a community either.”Environmentalists have called on Cuomo to ban fracking essentially since he entered office in 2011, warning that it could pollute the water supply and cause underground contamination. A fracking moratorium has been in place since 2008.One prominent Long Island environmental advocate was ecstatic.“This is one of the biggest victories for the public in New York State history,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “At this point we are delighted the governor has banned fracking, we are opening champagne and a four-year campaign has come to end.”“The administration literally dissected the risk and what I mean by that is they adequately assessed that there were everything from birth defects to air quality to drinking water and economic and adverse economic impacts,” she added. “So it wasn’t just a decision on environment and public health reasons, it included the failing economics of fracking.”Fracking involves shooting a mysterious cocktail of chemicals and water deep into the subterranean deposits of ancient shale to release natural gas.The New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s own review found that the “risks substantially outweigh any potential economic benefits,” commissioner Joe Martens said in a statement. Pro-fracking groups have said a ban would hurt upstate New York’s economy, which has suffered since the Great Recession.Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), co-leader of the State Senate, criticized the decision and the health department’s review, which he described as not especially revelatory. Politics, he said, trumped science in this case. “This Executive decision extinguishes the hope that existed for many hardworking Southern Tier families, and is a huge missed opportunity for Upstate New York,” Skelos said in a statement. “The answer to rural poverty is not government hand outs; it’s government getting out of the way and allowing the private sector to create real and permanent high-paying jobs.” But environmental groups inside New York State and around the country would disagree. They expressed their opposition to fracking with rallies in Albany, as well as at Cuomo’s public appearances, where they urged him to ban the technique.“If you have the facts on your side and you have strong organization and strong support of regular people throughout the state you can beat the oil and gas industry,” said Seth Gladstone, field communications director of the environmental group Food and Water Watch.“I’m thrilled,” Zephyr Teachout, Cuomo’s most recent Democratic primary challenger, told the Press. “It’s a great day for all of New York. I’m proud to be in a state where we reject the toxic future promised by fracking and deeply impressed by all the work of New York’s hidden activists who led to this result.”During her campaign, Teachout held rallies protesting fracking, and openly criticized Cuomo for not taking an active stance against it.While Long Island would not have been subject to the drilling, both counties passed laws that ban fracking wastewater from being sent to local sewage treatment plants.The fracking ban won’t be official until early next year, when the DEC releases its Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement. The state health department’s public health review will be included in that statement. -With Jaime Franchi
Rhonda Levell, 48, of Milan passed away Friday, May 22, 2020 at Mercy Health – West Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rhonda was born September 22, 1971 in Batesville, Indiana, the daughter of Ronald “Ron” and Ruth Ann (Green) Shelp. Rhonda attended Cornerstone Baptist Church and she was a homemaker. She loved playing bingo and canasta.Rhonda is survived by her father Ron Shelp of Milan; son Brandon Levell of Indianapolis; daughters Stephanie Levell of Greenwood and Samantha Levell of Indianapolis; sisters: Kathy Shaw of Versailles, Rayejean Duncan of Rising Sun, Dora Price of Milan, and Vera Bearden of Greenwood; grandchildren Khristopher and Kylie Alvis. She was preceded in death by her mother Ruth Ann and son Ronald Levell.A service celebrating her life will be held 6 PM Wednesday, May 27 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan. Memorials may be given in honor of Rhonda to the Multiple Sclerosis organization. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141. You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message or a memory of Rhonda for the family.
However, desperate not to make the same mistake he made a year ago by staying too far out to sea, Mocke opted for an unusual line very close inshore for the last half of the race – a move that backfired badly as he struggled with the westerly swells coming over his shoulder. Clint Pretorius posted an emphatic victory in the Dunlop Surf Ski World Cup Durban on Sunday, beating a powerful field of paddlers in 32 kilometres of downwind racing drama to endg a long streak of second places in major international races. Facing technically demanding two-metre chop, whipped up by the timeous arrival of a south-westerly wind, Capetonian Dawid Mocke moved into a strong position as the race went through the key turn just off the Umhlanga lighthouse, as the top contenders fanned out across the ocean searching for the best runs. A disconsolate Mocke had to settle for fifth place in the end, coming home behind the strong finishing Brett Bartho, another of the paddlers who benefitted from the decision to head further out to sea in search of better swells. RESULTS MenClint Pretorius 1:55:37Matt Bouman 1:57:21Oscar Chalupsky 1:58:12Brett Bartho 1:59:46Dawid Mocke 1:59:59Tom Schilperoort 2:00:24Herman Chalupsky 2:00:57Jasper Mocke 2:01:05Richard von Wildermann 2:03:59Steve Woods 2:04:52 The international challenge failed to make a dent into the top 10 placings, with Frenchman Yannick Laousse spearheading the foreign challenge in fourteenth place, just ahead of Aussie under-21 star Brendan Rice, with compatriot Mark Anderson in finishing in seventeenth place. 13 July 2009 As the enormity of his achievement started to sink in Pretorius drew parallels to his sensational victory in the legendary Molokai Challenge in 2006. “When I won the Molokai I didn’t really know what I was doing. Three years on I can really appreciate this win, and doing it on my home ground makes it really sweet,” said the Durban student, who pocketed R40 000 for his efforts. “This race really favours the locals, and it still remains unfinished business for me,” added the popular Capetonian, who has won just about every other major international surf ski title, but has had to settle for minor placings in the Durban event for the past four years. ‘I really had to dig deep’“I really had to dig deep in the last few kilometres because I had really gone out hard,” he added. The impish 24-year-old, widely known as “Laaitie” in the paddling community, had to dig deep in the final 20 minutes of the race as exhaustion started to take it’s toll, but he was able to jog up the beach to the finish at Westbrook and claim the title with a victorious salute without another paddler in sight. A deeper lineDurban North local Pretorius read the conditions superbly and opted for a deeper line, riding the swell to optimal advantage, as he surged through the field and sliced past Matt Bouman, who was also looking poised to take control of the race at the halfway stage. “I am so chuffed to win this because I suspect that some people think I am a flatwater specialist,” said the Olympic K4 star. Women’s titlePlettenberg Bay star Michele Eray comfortably won the women’s title, setting off on a shrewd deep sea line that saw her separate from most of the B batch that she started in. SAinfo reporter Pretorius then put together a dramatic 20-minute solo charge that changed the race as he streaked into a 500-metre lead as he passed the Umhloti River mouth, leaving Bouman flagging in his wake. Double-SkiWarren Jacobs/Jeffrey Smith 1:56:29Richard Philps/Gary Clarke 2:03:59Iain Searle/Quinton Rutherfoord 2:05:53Bevan Manson/Marcel Keet 2:08:15Nigel Stevens/Michael Stevens 2:08:57 “It was technically demanding out there because the swell was more a wind chop, rather than a deep sea swell, and being lighter I was able to get onto lots of those smaller bumps and use them to my advantage.” World’s bestEray can justifiably lay claim to the title “the best female surf ski paddler in the world” having won every single surf ski race she has entered since the Beijing Games, including the Hong Kong Dragon Run, the Dubai Shamaal and last weekend’s Investec Mauritius Ocean Challenge in big surf off the Indian Ocean island. The race for silverPretorius won by almost two minutes from Bouman, who was put under massive pressure by the sudden arrival of veteran Oscar Chalupsky from a typically deep sea line. The duo was locked together in a needle duel for the silver medal until Bouman found another gear and dropped Chalupsky in the dice to the line. Bouman raced superbly on well-researched lines, but was undone by Pretorius’ spectacular solo charge, which ended Bouman’s unbeaten run in the Discovery Men’s Health Surf Ski Series. The double-ski race went to the potent Durban duo of Warren Jacobs and Jeffrey Smith, whose blitz from Durban to Westbrook left them in second place overall. Sean and Alison Uys took the mixed doubles title. “I actually didn’t even know that I was leading when I turned in at the last major point before Westbrook!” Pretorius revealed. WomenMichele Eray 2:17:52Michele Eder 2:26:04Tiffany Kruger 2:26:55Donna Winter 2:30:37Nathalie Veckranges 2:34:19 GuttedA gutted Mocke was left to rue his tactical errors. “I really thought I was in with a strong chance, but it seems like I overdid it coming too far in-shore, and I battled with the side-on westerly swells,” he said. The big swells, and the fact that the seeded elite paddlers started in the last batch and had to work through all the back markers, made it almost impossible for the leaders to assess where they were lying in the race. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Enter Your Geocaching Video into GIFFGeocaching is ripe for one more acronym. Move aside BYOP* and TNLN** —get ready for GIFF. It’s the Geocaching International Film Festival. The finest videos from the global geocaching community will be showcased as part of the 2013 Geocaching Block Party in Seattle on August 17.You’re invited to submit up to two entries. All entries should be one to five minutes in length. The GIFF final entries will be judged by geocaching organizations around the world. They’ll vote on winners in five categories, including Most Instructional, Best Cinematography, Most Inspirational, Most Adventurous and Most Creative/Experimental. Those watching the final videos live in Seattle on August 17 will choose the winner of the Audience Award.Will your video show on the big outdoor screen in front of a projected crowd of more than a thousand geocachers? The answer to that question begins by checking out the Geocaching Block Party website. You’ll find rules and information about GIFF. And get ready to use one more acronym… LCA (lights, camera, action!)* Bring Your Own Pen** Took Nothing, Left NothingCheck out the Call for GIFF Submissions video to learn more.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Block Party Video and GIFF Winners RevealedAugust 30, 2013In “Community”Enter the Geocaching International Film FestivalJune 18, 2013In “Community”Attend the World’s Mega-EventMay 14, 2013In “Community”
Continuing its move against government officials and employees accused of corruption, the Naveen Patnaik government on Thursday ordered compulsory retirement of an Odisha Forest Service officer and two engineers. With this, the total number of officers given premature retirement in the State since August has increased to 45.Sudhanshu Sekhar Mishra, Divisional Forest Officer of Athagarh, was given premature retirement on charges of corruption. He was booked by the State Vigilance for acquiring wealth to the tune of over ₹5.5 crore.The vigilance sleuths had seized over ₹1 crore in cash during a raid at his residence in 2016. He had also ₹3.46 crore deposited in banks. He was placed under suspension in February, 2016, following his arrest in the case.Similarly, the two engineers who were given compulsory retirement were Prana Krushna Prasad, Executive Engineer at Angul Rural Works Quality Control Division, and Umesh Chandra Tripathy, Deputy Executive Engineer, working in the Works Department in Subarnapur district.Last week, the State government had dismissed an Odisha Administrative Service officer and given compulsory retirement to four other officials after corruption charges were proved against them. Another suspendedMeanwhile, an official of the Agriculture Department was placed under suspension on Thursday by the District Collector of Bolangir on charges of corruption.Subhendu Behera was suspended and a probe ordered after a video clip featuring the official demanding bribe went viral on social media.The government has become more active against erring officials following implementation of the ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative from Gandhi Jayanti Day (October 2) this year to ensure transparency in governance.The new initiative has been implemented in all police stations across the State along with 21 district headquarters hospitals and three government-run medical college hospitals. The programme will be effective at all the 30 district headquarters hospitals in the State by October 30.Besides, the State government has also directed all departments to adhere to the “5T initiative” — transparency, teamwork, technology, time and transformation — of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to further streamline the functioning of all government offices.
Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City FEU tied idle Ateneo at second behind National University’s 4-0 mark.The Lady Bulldogs and the Eagles dispute the first semifinal berth in Group A of the two-division tournament organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeaning on Basas’ 15 hits, the Lady Tams overpowered the Bombers in spikes, 41-18, and pounced on their rivals’ sloppy service reception with nine aces.Alvarez scored nine points for JRU, which closed out its maiden commercial league campaign with a 0-5 card. Earlier, UST repelled St. Benilde, 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, to stay at No. 4 at 3-3 in the men’s division of the event backed by Mikasa and Asics.Ousted University of the Philippines stymied La Salle’s own semifinals bid with a 25-22, 22-25, 27-25, 25-23 decision. The Archers fell to 3-4. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sablan hopeful UST will turn its fortunes around Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments FEU’s Toni Rose Basas hammers a kill past Cay Montojo of JRU during Wednesday’s game at Filoil Flying V Centre.Far Eastern U took some time to hit its stride before pulling away from Jose Rizal U in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan Wednesday.Shaking off the effects of an 11-day break and missing the services of top hitter Bernadeth Pons, the Tamaraws gored the Bombers U, 28-26, 25-14, 25-16, to bolster their Final Four drive with a three-win, one-loss record.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president
Mohamed Salah Salah sets Premier League scoring record as Liverpool hit 100 Ben Valentine 01:16 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Mohamed Salah Liverpool Liverpool v West Ham United West Ham United Premier League The winger became the most prolific left-footed scorer in the league’s history and contributed another goal as the Reds hit the century mark Mohamed Salah’s brilliant Premier League season has now seen him snatch a record for his troubles.The Liverpool winger continued his run of impressive form this season as he scored the second goal for the Reds to put them up 2-0 early in the second half at Anfield against West Ham United.Salah popped up in the right place at the right time as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s run through the Hammers defence resulted in a ball that ended up at the feet of the Egypt international, who slid it past the diving Adrian for his 23rd goal of the Premier League season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It was Salah’s sixth straight game with a goal and seventh tally over that stretch as he continues to be one of the most in-form players in the world.The goal was also Salah’s 20th scored with his left foot this season — no player in the Premier League has ever scored more in a single campaign. Salah is the spearhead of one of the world’s most devastating attacks this season — and one that has now eclipsed the century mark in all competitions.While Liverpool’s forward play has always been good under Klopp, they have never been this good and it is the first time in the manager’s Anfield tenure that his side as eclipsed 100 goals.20 – Mo Salah has scored 20 goals with his left foot in the Premier League this season, the most by a player in a single season in the competition’s history. Phenomenon. pic.twitter.com/M6ybeBTWFF— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018The 100th came off an Emre Can header in the first half. Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane added three more to the tally in the 4-1 victory.Only Manchester City, who have bagged 111 goals this season, have been more productive.It is Liverpool’s best attack since 2013-14’s near-title winning campaign, when Brendan Rodgers’ side put up 110 in all competitions. With 10 Premier League games and likely at least three Champions League contests remaining, Klopp’s side seem almost certain to eclipse that mark in the near future.In the meantime, the Reds will take pleasure in their victory, which sees them move up to second in the Premier League table, with Manchester United to square off against Chelsea on Sunday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. STILLWATER — A lot more is known about Mike Gundy’s football team now that what was last week.At his pre-McNeese media luncheon Monday, Gundy fielded plenty of questions regarding his newly named starting quarterback, his offensive line that pushed the Beavers around and his running back who leads the nation in rushing. Here is what Gundy said at his Monday presser:• The Oregon State tape was what he thought it would be. Offensively, the team blocked and ran the ball well. Spencer Sanders handled the offense well.• OSU tackled well for how early it is in the season.• Gundy said his defense couldn’t get off the field on third down (Oregon State was 13-for-20 on third down). He said they didn’t do a good enough job of pressuring the quarterback. He said most of those times the secondary is in man coverage, and if the quarterback gets 2.8 seconds or more, it usually doesn’t work for the defense.• Malcolm Rodriguez played well in his first game at linebacker. Gundy said he processes information quickly, and he is a good tackler.• Gundy hasn’t had a conversation with Spencer Sanders about jumping over guys or taking contact. “He’s gotta play. There were three occasions where he initiated contact that he didn’t need, in my opinion. He’s played that way throughout his career. To a certain extent, you just gotta let him play.”• On offensive-line play: “It’s early in all phases. Everybody has to be careful about being on the Kool-Aid early, but it was the highest grade that we ever had as an offensive line group since I’ve been the head coach.”• Gundy reiterated that Sanders played and handled the offense well. Gundy said he didn’t feel like Sanders got flustered.• Gundy said the plan was to use Brown some, too, but Sanders’ performance kept him in.• The early high volume of run plays was more because of the safeties trying to take away Tylan Wallace as opposed to letting Sanders settle in.• The freshmen played well. Gundy said Trace Ford and Jayden Jernigan did moreso because of all the snaps they got.• “Trace is really fast and can cover a lot of ground once he sees what’s going on. He seems like he processes information really quick.”• On Ford moving around on defense: “He moves around like Brailford does. We feel like he’s athletic enough to move around and do some things we did with Jordan. He’s not near the player Jordan was at this point, but his athleticism resembles his ability. He’s faster. Jordan’s not as fast as Trace is. But he’s certainly not as experienced and strong as Jordan was last year.”• Gundy said the team got better play than he expected from “the 6-6 crew” (Jordan McCray, C.J. Moore and Patrick McKaufman).• Calvin Bundage had a “setback” about 10 days ago. The decision was made to hold him out. Gundy said he gets updates Tuesday. He said Bundage might be held out again this week. “He’s got a back issue, and they’re hard to determine. Sometimes guys come back quick, sometimes they don’t.”• Gundy said Bundage’s back injury doesn’t require surgery. It’s more on pain tolerance.• Israel Antwine “should be” available this week. He said he’d know in a couple of days. “We have him sitting on G, waiting on O.”• On if he is comfortable with giving Chuba Hubbard the ball 26 times a game: “Sean (Gleeson) asked me the same thing on the bus. I don’t know. It looked pretty good to me. That’s a lot of carries. You’re looking at potentially 300 carries on a year like that. I don’t know if that’s real smart, but we have to ride it right now depending on how we flow as an offense. If they’re gonna play over the top of (Wallace), the guy is gonna get a lot of carries. LD (Brown) and Micah (Cooper) need to get in there and get a part of it. … I guess if you’re asking could it happen again? Sure, he could get 25 carries this week.”• Dezmon Jackson was held out against Oregon State despite being cleared, but he is practicing this week after a wrist injury hampered his fall camp.• Walk-on running back Micah Cooper “has been awesome.” Gundy said his youngest son, Gage, and his friends would work out at OSU’s weight room, and since December Gage kept telling him about this one guy being in there every day alone working out. Gage finally figured out that it was Cooper recently. Gage told Gundy, and Gundy said, “You know, that’s interesting because he’s by far the most improved player that we have.”• Jahmyl Jeter hurt his ankle a couple of weeks ago. Gundy said he practiced a little bit last week.• Gundy said he thinks there were three times the offensive line turned someone loose, twice on one play. He said he knew their performance was “pretty good” because there weren’t a lot of defenders running free.• “My early years here, once we got past the first year we kinda figured out what we were doing, in 06, 07, 08, 09, people didn’t really want to play us based on our physicality up front and our ability to hit you in the mouth and rush the football. We weren’t as, maybe flamboyant as we were in the last six or eight years, but we, I guess maybe me more than anybody, wants to get back to that, the way that we built this program in the early days.”• There is a combination of things that make this offensive line good, experience being a big one.• On the depth of the Big 12: “The only thing I would say is you go to the bowl games. That’s the only chance for us to match up head-to-head. Everybody’s going to have a personality and an opinion all across the country, but in this conference, we’ve fared pretty well in bowl games against people from other leagues. If you’re gonna compete against teams in this league, in most cases, you better score points. We’re gonna score points. It’s fun to watch, and I think from top to bottom, we’re gonna be as competitive as anybody else in the country.”• One of the drink coolers in the press box let out some rattling noise, and Gundy said: “We’ve got a bearing problem over there. I changed one about a month ago at the house. If I have to do it again, I guess I can.”• McNeese quarterback Cody Orgeron is LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s son. Here’s Gundy on having football player kids of his own: “The difficult part is he doesn’t get to see him play. You can watch tape and replays and all that, but it’s not the same.”• Last Wednesday night the team had its travel meeting, and 28 of the 72 players that made the trip had never traveled before. Gundy said most years it’s about 10 or 12 on the first trip.• Gundy said “supposedly” two Oregon State coaches got on the elevator that got stuck because they missed the Oregon State one. “I told (Cowboy backs coach Jason) McEndoo, I said, ‘Were any of their guys as big as you?’ He said no, and I said, ‘Then you should’ve picked them up and put them out of the elevator and said ‘It’s not my fault you missed your elevator. We’re not gonna overweight this car on the way up.””• Gundy gave his first fart noise of the year when talking about a late Oregon State touchdown where two Beaver wide receivers crossed. He said the defenders should’ve switched. Fart noise was light, definitely not in midseason form.• On run/pass balance, Gundy said he doesn’t have any problem rushing for 250 yards and throwing for 250 yards. He said the 250-yard mark is a good mark for OSU running the ball, but it depends on what the defense gives them.• Gundy said he couldn’t tell Sanders was nervous because he isn’t around him pregame. He said the last time he saw him was at the hotel.• Gundy didn’t know what to expect from Sanders. He said he was pleased with how he played, but he wasn’t surprised.
Borussia Dortmund The next Ronaldo!? Dortmund wonderkid Moukoko celebrates title-clinching strike in CR7’s style Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 22:52 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Cristiano Ronaldo The 13-year-old scored the most important goal of his career to date and paid homage to the Portuguese superstar as he marked the event Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko enhanced his burgeoning reputation on Sunday by scoring the winner as his side claimed the German Under-17 championship – and the forward marked the occasion by celebrating in the style of Cristiano Ronaldo.The 13-year-old has caught headlines over the course of the season for his incredible achievements with BVB’s youth teams, playing several age categories up from where he would normally be expected to play.And on Sunday he was once again Dortmund’s hero as they claimed a dramatic 3-2 success over their great rivals Bayern Munich. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Immanuel Pherai gave BVB the lead midway through the first half but Joshua Zirkee, who was sent off along with Dortmund’s Samuel Ors, levelled matters five minutes later.Early in the second half, Pherai netted again for Dortmund but again it was rapidly cancelled out, with Jahn Herrmann levelling.With four minutes left, however, Moukoko stepped forward to snatch what proved the winner before marking the event in a style familiar to football fans all over the world.Born in Cameroon, he scored 37 times as his side won the B-Junioren Bundesliga West after arriving from St Pauli in 2017.He enjoyed a terrific spell with Dortmund’s Under-15 side last season, scoring 33 times in 21 outings.BVB have a number of young guns breaking into their senior squad currently, with Christian Pulisic joined by the likes of Dan-Axel Zagadou, Jadon Sancho and Alexander Isak.
England Allardyce: Lack of pressure on England will help them succeed Tom Maston in Volgograd Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images England World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia Powerade The ex-Three Lions boss is hopeful the likes of Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling will not be inhibited by expectations and dominate games in Russia Former England manager Sam Allardyce is hopeful that the lack of expectation being placed on the Three Lions will benefit their chances of progression at the World Cup.Gareth Southgate’s side kick-off their campaign against Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena on Monday as they look to improve on recent tournament disappointments.England failed to make it past the group stages at the 2014 World Cup before being embarrassed by minnows Iceland in the last-16 of Euro 2016 in France. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar As such, Southgate’s squad has faced less scrutiny than previous iterations, with many England supporters believing a run to the quarter-finals would be an achievement given the lack of experienced stars available to the 1966 winners.But Allardyce, who played his part in England qualifying for the tournament, having taken charge of their 1-0 win over Slovakia before being sacked in controversial circumstances, believes the lack of pressure will enable the likes of Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling to dominate matches as they do for their clubs.”It doesn’t appear to be quite as volatile and as pressurised as previous tournaments, which is hopefully a good thing,” Allardyce told Goal at the launch of the William Hill Arms Pub.”The emergence of some of these younger players is very encouraging. He’s [Southgate] not gone too overboard with that and there are still some experienced players who have gone to other international tournaments.”The young players shouldn’t have that pressure and hopefully will be free to express themselevs and play their best. The level of football that they have played at has been exceptionally good.”England have only won their opening match in a major tournament once since they last met Tunisia in their first game of the 1998 World Cup as goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes secured a 2-0 win for Glenn Hoddle’s side.As such Allardyce is under no illusions as to the importance of getting off to a winning start, particularly with many of the favourites for the competition having slipped up in their own opening matches in Russia.”The most important game isn’t Panama or Belgium. They have to do everything they possibly can to beat Tunisia. That win and that three points would relieve a huge amount of pressure on everybody,” he added.”Then they can look to Panama, who everyone is saying are the weakest team in the group, and be totally professional in that game to try and win it. Then when we get to Belgium there shouldn’t be as much pressure. Obviously they would like to win but there isn’t the pressure of whether we need points to get through to the next stages.”Southgate is set to hand starts to Harry Maguire and Ashley Young on Monday evening, with Belgium playing Panama in the other Group G match earlier on Monday in Sochi.Sam Allardyce was speaking at the William Hill Arms, the pub which will offer fans the ultimate England watching experience including expert analysis, plus free food and drink. For your chance to win exclusive access to England’s group games with Emile Heskey and Sam Allardyce at the pub, head to William Hill’s Twitter or Facebook pages. England are 16/1 with William Hill to win the World Cup. #ThisIsMore #itscominghome