Switzerland wins 8th straight game, Portugal stays close

first_imgAn Oct. 10 showdown between Portugal and Switzerland in Lisbon will likely decide which team wins the group to automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Three days earlier, Switzerland hosts Hungary and Portugal plays at Andorra.Earlier Sunday, the Faeroe Islands defeated Andorra 1-0 for its second win, securing its best ever qualifying campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’___PERFECT SWISS OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Andorra has four points from a win over Hungary and a draw against the Faeroe Islands.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacueescenter_img MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite UST, UP dealt with huge blow as imports Akomo, Ouattara ruled ineligible for UAAP Season 80 Switzerland’s Blerim Dzemaili celebrates scoring, during the World Cup Group B qualifying soccer match between Switzerland and Latvia, at Skonto Stadium, in Riga, Latvia, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)Switzerland extended its perfect record in World Cup qualifying by defeating Latvia 3-0 Sunday for its eighth straight victory, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal edged 10-man Hungary 1-0 to stay close at the top of Group B.With two games left, Switzerland has 24 points, three more than defending European champion Portugal. Third-place Hungary stayed on 10 points and is out of contention.ADVERTISEMENT Switzerland scored early and twice shortly after halftime to keep alive its impressive run in qualifying.Forward Haris Seferovic netted his fourth goal in the qualifying campaign with a neat flick from close range, and Blerim Dzemaili and Ricardo Rodriguez added to the lead in the second half.___STAYING CLOSEPortugal kept pace with Switzerland with its seventh straight victory since an opening 2-0 loss to the Swiss.ADVERTISEMENT Andre Silva scored the winner with a header from close range after a cross by Ronaldo just three minutes into the second half in Budapest.“It was a difficult game from start to finish,” Silva said. “We had to give everything we had. I’m glad I scored the winning goal.”Hungary played with 10 men from the 30th after Tamas Priskin was sent off for an elbow on Pepe.“We were always in control, but it was always a difficult and uncertain match,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.___HISTORIC CAMPAIGNGilli Soerensen scored a first-half winner and the Faeroe Islands defeated Andorra 1-0 to guarantee its best qualifying campaign ever.With two games left, the Faeroe Islands is in fourth place and out of contention for a World Cup berth, but it already has eight points — one more than it achieved ahead of the 2002 World Cup.Lars Olsen’s team beat Latvia earlier in its campaign, and drew with Andorra and Hungary.Its final games are against Latvia and at Hungary. View commentslast_img read more

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Single mom a sheriff’s academy success story

first_imgLANCASTER – Vanessa Cromie enrolled in Antelope Valley College’s inaugural sheriff’s training academy because she wanted to make a difference. A single mother of two, Cromie said she had to keep reminding herself of that goal as she ran wind sprints in the early morning hours on frost-coated fields or during boxing and grappling drills that left her exhausted. “There’s no room for failure,” she recalls telling herself repeatedly. “I will succeed.” Her perseverance has paid off. Sgt. Dave Miklos, who heads the academy, said training future Antelope Valley deputies locally will benefit the community from a public safety standpoint. He said most Antelope Valley deputies live in the area, which isn’t the case everywhere. More importantly, he said the creation of the academy illustrates the department’s commitment to Antelope Valley law enforcement. “(Baca) knows that there’s a large pool of recruits from this area that he wants to draw from,” Miklos said. “If you live in the community you work in, you have more of an incentive to take care of business.” Sheriff’s Deputy Don Rubio, who’s also involved in the cadet training, said the program will create opportunities for prospective recruits who otherwise might not consider it. He said before the academy at AVC, Antelope Valley residents spent four hours commuting to Whittier. “That just multiplied the stress level for them,” Rubio said. “Now they have more of a comfort zone being close to home, and they have more time to think and study.” Cromie said she isn’t sure how she’d have gotten through the program if she had to commute, noting that she probably wouldn’t have made it without her family helping her care for her two daughters, Kaylin, 4, and Kiara, 1. And although she acknowledged that she’s concerned about juggling parenting and a law-enforcement career, she continues to remind herself of the words that got her through the academy in the first place. “If my kids go to school here, I want to help keep the area as safe as I can,” Cromie said. “Any single parent out there who wants to do it, you can do it,” she said. “You can achieve anything if you’re willing to put in the work.” [email protected] (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cromie, a former Palmdale High track and field and cross country standout, is among 42 cadets who will receive California peace officer certificates in a graduation ceremony Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. All but one of the cadets is enrolled in Los Angeles County’s sheriff’s training program. The other is in Los Angeles Unified Police School. State Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who’s scheduled to speak at the ceremony, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca are among 100 or so dignitaries who’ve been invited. The AVC program is the newest of six such academies in the county. Four are held in Whittier, and the other is at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. The AVC academy was created amid a push to recruit more deputies, who are needed to fill vacancies in fast-growing areas such as the Antelope Valley. last_img read more

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Wilma relief is happening, Bush tells victims

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, Fla. – President George W. Bush on Thursday predicted a robust response to Hurricane Wilma victims angry that supplies have been slow in coming as he greeted relief volunteers while a political storm gripped the White House back home. “Things don’t happen instantly, but things are happening,” Bush said. He spoke at a relief supply distribution center, as people gathered around him as they waited for a hot meal of barbecue pork, potatoes, bread and crushed pineapple. Alongside his brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the president greeted volunteers with the Southern Baptist Convention who traveled from Tennessee to hand out food and water. Storm victims mobbed the brothers to get handshakes, hugs and, for the women, kisses on the cheek. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week About 2 million homes and businesses remain without power in Florida in the wake of Wilma, which struck the state Monday. Floridians have grown angry about the response as they struggle to find food, water and fuel. Criticism has been directed toward the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is trying to recover from its failures in response to Hurricane Katrina. Gov. Bush said Wednesday that the responsibility is the state’s and promised a huge infusion of supplies. The president said he came to Florida to make sure the federal and state responses “dovetail.” “People are getting fed. Soon more and more houses will have their electricity back on and life will get back to normal,” Bush said. He said gasoline lines would be alleviated by the arrival of fuel-carrying ships. He said generators being brought in from other states and the presence of 6,000 electrical workers from across the country would help restore power – a key step to also addressing the gas shortages, since many stations have gasoline, but no electricity to deliver it to customers. The president, meanwhile, ignored reporters’ shouted questions about Harriet Miers’ surprise withdrawal as his nominee to the Supreme Court. The announcement about Miers roiled Washington on Thursday and the White House is bracing for possible indictments of one or more top aides in the CIA leak case. Indictments could be announced today. After landing at Miami International Airport at lunchtime, Bush took a short helicopter flight to a Goodyear blimp hangar here. His motorcade route to the relief center took him down streets lined with downed branches. 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

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