Suspected militants killed 24 soldiers in an attack, the army said, while another 29 were injured during a joint operation between troops from Mali and Niger in the Gao border region. REUTERS According to the United Nations, over1,500 civilians were killed in Mali and Burkina Faso since January, withmillions more in need of humanitarian assistance.(BBC) The incident came weeks after 54troops were killed in another attack – one of the deadliest in the past decade. The army added 17 “terrorists” werekilled and 100 suspects were being held in Tiloa, Niger. Details of Monday’s attack wereunclear and authorities have not identified what group the assailants belongedto. MALI – Suspected militants killed 24 soldiersin an attack here, the army said, while another 29 were injured during a jointoperation between troops from Mali and Niger in the Gao border region.
Preparing for his senior season, Scott Firman knew a potential position change could happen. The lone returning starter from the defense, Nick Mellen, had just undergone surgery and his status for fall ball remained unclear.Firman, who’s been a long stick midfielder for the past three years, started dabbling with a possible switch to close defense during the summer.When fall came around, Mellen was not ready. Given the inexperience on the backline, Syracuse assistant coach Lelan Rogers wanted to move a veteran player to play defense to patch up the hole. Firman’s skills as a long stick midfielder and previous experience playing close defense in high school made him the best candidate for the job.“If you can play both, it’s really going to get you on the field a lot quicker,” Rogers said. “Scott’s a kid who can play both up top and down low.”Firman has been an anchor for No. 6 Syracuse (1-0) on the defensive side of the field since his freshman year in 2014. The senior had spent three years as the long stick midfielder, a position he has been most comfortable playing. But with two close defensemen now graduated and Mellen out with injury, Firman will play close defense for SU this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt started with 1-on-1 and 6-on-6 drills in practice. In the former, Firman would work on technique. Each day, Rogers had a new tip or a note for Firman to improve on — whether it be spacing or proper footwork. During the latter, he would be able to see the full field and improve communication down low.The transition came with a degree of difficulty. The main difference was learning to deal with attackmen who’d run behind the net, something Firman wasn’t used to when guarding midfielders.When Firman played close defense in high school, it was because he was one of the best athletes on the team. Now, he needed to learn the fundamentals.“(At Syracuse) it’s more of a ‘We’re going to put you down here,’” Firman said, “’but you’ve got to learn everything in terms of technique and team defense.’”Jamie Archer, Firman’s high school coach, says speed and pushing transition are intangibles crucial to being a long stick midfielder. And to Archer, Firman had that.But at close defense, Firman has to get to the goal line and turn his hips to keep the opposition behind. The angle is completely different and there is more lateral movement. Up top as a long stick midfielder, it’s more turning his hips and sprinting, staying with the midfielder. Close defense also leaves room to recover from a quick slip up.“Behind goal if they beat you initially,” Archer said, “you can recover a little more because they’re behind the goal most of the time.”In Syracuse’s season opener against Siena on Saturday, Firman made his first career start. He had played regularly for three years prior, appearing in 46 games. He picked up four ground balls in SU’s 19-6 win. In only one game, he already has 12 percent of his total ground ball total in 17 games last year.There was some miscommunication in the first game, including a three-goal first quarter. The defense then buckled down, allowing only three goals in as many quarters the rest of the way.“The great ones, of which Scotty is, can adjust quickly,” Rogers said.When Mellen returns to action, Firman may play both long stick and pole, depending on the opposition. With quicker and faster attackmen, Firman will likely stay down low. But with quick midfielders, Firman will move back up to his natural position.Despite the position change, Firman has been a steady constant from preseason to now. He will likely match up on the team’s No. 1 attacker since the other two starters, Tyson Bomberry and Marcus Cunningham, have made a combined 16 appearances in college.“Switching positions from long stick middie done to close and back and forth like that,” senior attack and high school teammate Jordan Evans said, “that’s one of the hardest things you can do.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 13, 2017 at 10:01 pm Contact Charlie: firstname.lastname@example.org | @charliedisturco
Share on: WhatsApp Instead, in his first full season at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho was sacked and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United finished sixth and as close to the relegation zone on points as they were to champions City.But despite winning no trophies, Sanchez has no regrets over joining United rather than City.“I’m very happy I went to Manchester United. I’ve always said that. It’s the club that’s won the most in England,” added Sanchez.“When I went to Arsenal it was fantastic — I was happy there — but United were growing at the time, they were buying players to win something.“I wanted to join them and win everything. I don’t regret going there.” London, United Kingdom | AFP | Alexis Sanchez believes his failure to shine in a dismal 18 months at Manchester United prior to joining Inter Milan on loan was due to a lack of opportunities.The Chilean moved to Italy on a 10-month loan deal last week with United still paying a large chunk of his reported £400,000 ($484,000) a week wages.Sanchez failed to live up to the expectations United had when signing him from Arsenal on a four-and-a-half year contract in January 2018, scoring just five times in 45 appearances for United.However, he started just 31 of 77 games the Red Devils played during his time there and played the full 90 minutes on just 13 occasions.“I’ve always said to my friends: I want to play,” Sanchez told the BBC.“If they would let me play I’ll do my best. Sometimes I’d play 60 minutes then I wouldn’t play the next game — and I didn’t know why.”Sanchez was signed with United second in the Premier League and aiming to close the gap on local rivals Manchester City, who were also interested in reuniting Sanchez with his former boss at Barcelona Pep Guardiola. FILE PHOTO: Alexis Sanchez
Doha, Qatar | AFP | Roberto Firmino scored in extra time to give Liverpool a 1-0 win over Flamengo in Saturday’s Club World Cup final in Doha.The Brazilian’s 99th-minute goal allowed the Anfield club to lift the trophy for the first time in their history at the end of a year in which they also claimed the Champions League and UEFA Supercup. Share on: WhatsApp
5 Jul 2014 Yorkshire women to defend county title Yorkshire will defend their title as the women’s English County Champions after they won a thrilling climax to North Region county match week at Northumberland Golf Club. The champions – who have won the national title 12 times – will be challenged at County Finals at Belton Park, Lincolnshire, from September 15-19, by the winning teams from the other five regions. They are: Lincolnshire from Midlands North; Buckinghamshire from Midlands South; Hertfordshire from the East; Gloucestershire from the South West; and Hampshire from the South. Yorkshire squeezed through to County Finals after a countback of games won at their regional match week, after they tied with Lancashire and Cheshire with four match wins apiece. Yorkshire’s 34 points beat Lancashire (30.5) into second place, just ahead of third placed Cheshire (30). The other North region counties are Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria. Yorkshire are pictured after winning the 2013 national title (image © Leaderboard Photography). Lincolnshire, who won this title in 2011, will be making their sixth consecutive appearance at County Finals and will be playing on home ground at Belton Park. They won the Midlands North regional final at The Leicestershire, winning all five of their matches. The runners-up were Nottinghamshire. The other counties in the region are: Leicestershire & Rutland, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire. Buckinghamshire last represented Midlands South at County Finals in 2012. They clinched their place at their county match week at Northampton Golf Club, where they won four out of a possible five points. Northamptonshire and Worcestershire & Herefordshire both won three matches, while the other competing counties were Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Warwickshire. Hertfordshire, who won the national title four years ago, had a perfect five wins from five matches at the East region week at Gog Magog in Cambs & Hunts. The runners-up were Essex and the other competing counties were Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Cambs & Hunts. Hampshire won all four of their matches at the South Region week at Muswell Hill in Middlesex. The runners-up were Surrey and the other competing counties were Kent, Middlesex and Sussex. Hampshire have won the national title three times, all in the 1990s and most recently in 1995. Gloucestershire emerged as South West champions at Yeovil in Somerset with 3½ points from five matches. They pipped both the hosts, Somerset, and Cornwall, who both had three points. The other competing counties were Wiltshire, Devon and Dorset. The draw for County Finals is: Monday 15 September Gloucestershire v Hertfordshire Hampshire v Lincolnshire Yorkshire v Buckinghamshire Tuesday 16 September Hampshire v Yorkshire Hertfordshire v Lincolnshire Buckinghamshire v Gloucestershire Wednesday 17 September Lincolnshire v Buckinghamshire Gloucestershire v Yorkshire Hampshire v Hertfordshire Thursday 18 September Gloucestershire v Hampshire Hertfordshire v Buckinghamshire Yorkshire v Lincolnshire Friday 19 September Yorkshire v Hertfordshire Buckinghamshire v Hampshire Lincolnshire v Gloucestershire Each match consists of three foursomes in the morning followed by six afternoon singles.