30 injured as car rams Germany carnival procession

first_imgBERLIN – Some 30 people includingchildren were injured Monday when a car ploughed into a carnival procession inthe small German town of Volkmarsen, with police arresting the driver butdeclining to speculate on a motive. Police in the Germany town of Volkmarsen said it was too soon to say whether it was a deliberate act. AFP Prosecutors in Frankfurt said the29-year-old suspect was a German national who faces charges of attemptedhomicide over the incident in the western state of Hesse.center_img The investigation was continuing“in all directions”, they said in a statement, after police stoppedshort of calling the incident an attack. (AFP)last_img

Nobody can dictate to me, Rohr declares

first_img Loading… Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, has stated he has a free hand to select his players, insisting nobody can dictate to him on who to pick for national duty. “Each Monday we have our meetings and we speak about the games played at the weekend and what our players did. We have to take the best ones no matter where they are coming from.” Rohr has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016 and qualified the West Africans to the 2018 World Cup in Russia with ease. The former Bordeaux manager guided the three-time African champions to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Nigeria currently leads the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers Group L with six points after back-to-back victories against the Republic of Benin and Lesotho. read also:Perform or get fired, NFF warns Rohr Before the outbreak of the coronavirus, Rohr handed an invitation to 23 players for the Super Eagles’ Afcon qualifying game against Sierra Leone which was scheduled for March before it was postponed. Rohr has been mandated to qualify Nigeria for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and win the 2021 continental title in Cameroon. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Last week, the 66-year-old was handed a new two-year contract by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), following the expiration of his previous deal with the West Africans. In March, Nosa Igiebor claimed he was shut out of the Super Eagles because he was not playing in a top league while the Franco-German tactician has also been accused of not introducing more Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) players into the national team. Rohr, however, revealed he selects players in consultation with his assistants which is strictly based on merit, explaining the best will always have a chance for the Super Eagles. “It is not a part of my contract to take players who are not so good. I can choose my players myself. It is the most important [thing]. So, nobody can tell me ‘You have to pick this one or that one,” Rohr told Channels TV. “I can take the best players and I don’t do it alone. We have a team and our staff. I have my assistant, I have my analyzer.Advertisementlast_img read more

Season riding on wins at CC

first_imgForward Patrick Johnson scored two goals for Wisconsin last weekend against Colorado College.[/media-credit]The first steps toward reclaiming a spot in the NCAA tournament will start with a familiar foe.Both Wisconsin and Colorado College were well aware they might be playing each other not only in the regular season finale, but in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs as well. Lo and behold, the Badgers will indeed head to Colorado Springs for a best-of-three series with the Tigers.So in a way, it’s a best-of-five series with a weeklong break in the middle, which gives the teams plenty of time to reassess each other.“This reminds you a little bit of the NHL playoffs, especially when you’ve played a team twice already,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “So you’ve got an in-depth feeling, so you can sit down, you can get more in-depth about each guy and what they mean to their team. … You get into a little cat-and-mouse game.”“It helps us with the fact that they are familiar,” senior Podge Turnbull said. “We know what they’re going to bring to the table. Obviously every team’s got a few tricks up their sleeve they save for playoffs, but it just helps.”CC won last Friday to extend a UW winless streak to seven games, but the Badgers came back for a 3-1 win on Senior Night to even up the series. But those games came at the Kohl Center. Now Wisconsin heads about 1,000 miles west – and more importantly, 5,172 feet higher – to World Arena.The elevation is being coped with through hydration and some other plans, one of them being to minimize shift lengths. While the Tigers are used to the thinner air, the Badgers will need to be aware of when they’re tiring – especially since a couple of CC goals last weekend seemed to come at the end of long UW shifts.But it might not all be physical.“I think a lot of it can be mental,” Turnbull said. “If you feel like you’re getting sick, you tell yourself you’re not sick long enough, pretty soon you’re not sick anymore.”Eaves noted that the altitude might not affect one position for the Badgers – goaltender.While he hasn’t yet named a starter for Friday’s game, Eaves sounded open to the idea that both Brett Bennett and Scott Gudmandson might get a night in net.“This is something that was in the back of our mind at the beginning of the year that’s come to fruition – the fact that we’ve got two guys, especially if you’re not used to playing at that altitude,” he said. “The fact we have two senior guys that are very capable is a nice thing for us to have, going on the road here.”What isn’t going for the Badgers is their recent record against the Tigers. Wisconsin is 3-10-1 against Colorado College since 2007, with just one win at World Arena.And maybe more important than their recent play against CC is the Badgers’ play in general. Since owning a 19-8-3 record entering February, UW is just 1-6-1 in its eight games since.The drop in winning percentage also saw the team’s No. 1 scoring defense drop to 13th and a once-potent power play unit struggle.So now, nothing less than winning this series will keep UW’s postseason hopes alive. It might actually take winning the WCHA Final Five to get the Badgers into the NCAA tournament field.But it all starts with one win Friday.“It’s going to be huge, especially on the road,” defenseman Justin Schultz said. “If you get that 1-0 lead on the road, it’s going to be huge in our favor.”And while last weekend was important for the team’s seniors, now it’s potentially everybody’s last game of the season.“I think last weekend was a big emotional thing for us seniors,” Turnbull said. “I think it was more of a distraction last weekend than it will be this weekend. It’s playoff hockey now; our lives are on the line.”last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writer’s discuss Syracuse’s ACC Tournament loss to Duke

first_imgHere’s what the beat writers had to say after the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) was knocked out of the ACC Tournament by Duke (27-5, 14-4) on Thursday night. The Blue Devils, behind a 29-point effort from Zion Williamson in which he shot a perfect 13-of-13 from the field, beat the Orange 84-72.More coverage Syracuse encouraged by positive signs as Zion Williamson leads Duke past SU in ACC tournamentFrank Howard, Jim Boeheim insist Howard’s trip of Zion Williamson was unintentionalSyracuse’s ACC tournament run ends, Zion Williamson’s return and more takeaways from SU’s 84-72 loss to Dukecenter_img Published on March 15, 2019 at 1:25 amlast_img