first_imgIt pushed them up to 29 points, seven clear of defending champions Monaco who face Bordeaux on Saturday.And it was the ideal warm-up ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Anderlecht when they can secure a place in the Champions League last 16.The win also served to erase the memory of last week’s draining 2-2 draw with hated rivals Marseille.Neymar was absent for only the second time since his world record signing, the Brazilian copping a one-match ban after being sent off in that stormy visit to the south coast.“All matches are different. Against Marseille, it was more complicated because the pitch was different and there were many things we could have done better,” said Cavani.“Tonight, we got the goal as early as possible in the first half and that allowed us to play more relaxed and close out the game.”Di Maria filled Neymar’s expensive shoes on only his second start since August.Emery introduced centre back Presnel Kimpembe for Marquinhos with Spanish left-back Yuri Berchiche replacing Layvin Kurzawa.Rightback Dani Alves returned but veteran midfielder Thiago Motta was absent because of a knee complaintMario Balotelli was a welcome starter for the visitors after missing last week’s 2-1 loss to Strasbourg with a calf knock.Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe (C) vies with Nice’s Patrick Burner during their match on October 27, 2017, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris © AFP / FRANCK FIFENice coach Lucien Favre was forced into an unscripted last minute change when keeper Yoan Cardinale suffered an injury in warm-up with Walter Benitez summoned off the bench.The Argentine stand-in keeper was quickly put to work by PSG as Di Maria fired in an inch perfect freekick from the left with the match barely three minutes old.Cavani dived low to head past Benitez by the near post to bring a smile to the face of Neymar and to secure a place in his club’s history with their 2,500th league goal.Balotelli tested PSG keeper Alphonse Areola with a long range effort down at the other end but that proved a rare respite for Benitez.On 31 minutes Cavani claimed his 99th Ligue 1 goal when the Uruguayan ran onto Di Maria’s neat flick to round the on-rushing Benitez and slide the ball into an empty net.Benitez then had to act sharply to deny Di Maria getting his first goal of the campaign off an assist from Kylian Mbappe.The second half was only seven minutes old when a defensive blunder by Nice led to Cavani heading into the box with Alves getting a touch before the ball was helped on its way past Benitez by Nice captain Dante.Mbappe then showed why he will become the world’s second most expensive player when his loan deal is completed at the end of the season, the teenager sprinting round a cluster of Nice defenders before firing into the side netting.As PSG reflected on a job well done Nice were left contemplating their fourth league loss on the bounce to keep them hovering above the relegation zone.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani shoots during their match against Nice (OGC Nice) on October 27, 2017, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris © AFP/File / Martin BUREAUPARIS, France, Oct 27 – Suspended Neymar watched from the stands as Edinson Cavani’s brace inspired Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-0 win over Nice on Friday to send Unai Emery’s side seven points clear in Ligue 1.Cavani’s first half double, both assists provided by Angel Di Maria, earned unbeaten PSG their ninth league win of the season.last_img read more

first_imgIt all started with a trip to Europe to visit his brother a year and a half ago. From then on, Gus Johnson’s desire to play football overseas after his career at Humboldt State came to an end was something he always thought could be a possibility.It’s now become a reality.Johnson, who was the Jacks’ starting right guard this past season, has signed a contract to play in Spain for Murcia Cobras Club de Football Americano, a team that is located in the southeastern part of the country and a …last_img read more

first_imgIt’s been a month since reports of the Houston Astros’ electronic sign stealing broke. And one Oakland A’s pitcher — a former Houston Astros pitcher — was at the center of the story. Manager Bob Melvin spoke about the incident at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.A’s right-handed pitcher Mike Fiers shared his knowledge of the practice to The Athletic, expressing his fears over the disadvantage sign-stealing might pose for young pitchers and players trying to prove themselves in the league.In …last_img read more

first_imgSome of the possible MH370 debris in French satellite images New satellite images showing 122 objects, some 23m long, will give the international team scouring the southern Indian Ocean for MH370 new intelligence to refine the vast search area 2500km south-west of Perth. The image taken on March 23 by the French was provided to the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency.Some are bright, possibly indicating solid material such as part of a wing. Acting Malaysian Minister of Transportation Hishammuddin Bin Hussein said that “this is another new lead that will help direct the search operation.”The new image is the fourth positive sighting from satellites and shows debris located 2557km southwest of Perth between the original Australian image taken on March 16 and that take by the Chinese on March 18.Shot through broken cloud, the images shows debris spread over a very wide area of 400sq km according to the acting Malaysian Transport Minister.Some of the pieces are very large such as 22.5m by 6m, 11m by 4m and 23m by 10m in size.The large pieces are likely to be wing or tail sections. Smaller item are more likely to be from the cabin of the 777.Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority is expected to send out planes to new coordinates to get verification.HMAS Supply and the Chinese ice breaker Xue Long are in the area searching for debris and are expected to be redirected to the new co-ordinates.The three Chinese warships the Kunlunshan, the Haikou and the Qiandaohu have also arrived in the search area.MH370 Tribute Pagelast_img read more

first_imgSAPS officers will be on alert during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Deputy Police Commissioner Andre Pruis and Interpol’s Ronald Noble speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg. Noble believes South Africa will stage a great World Cup. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Senior Superintendent Vishnu Naidoo South African Police Services Spokesperson +27 82 567 4153 RELATED ARTICLES • Police hard at work for a safer SA • Cracking down on 2010 crime • New unit to crack down on crime • 5 000 new police for South Africa • Choppers to curb 2010 crimeBongani NkosiInterpol, the global police organisation, has given its assurance that the strictest security measures are in place for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.Ronald Noble, Interpol secretary-general, announced a massive collaboration plan with the South African Police Services (SAPS) at a recent media briefing at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.While not revealing the total number of police officers Interpol will use during the event, Noble said about 25 member countries will provide South Africa with additional security personnel. Each of the 32 participating countries will also send in their own security officers.Government will spend R640-million (US$88-million) on deploying 41 000 SAPS officers across the country during the tournament, including 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 police reservists. As a further measure, special courts will be set up to deal with cases involving foreign visitors – and these will be open 24 hours a days.“Our security plan is very thorough [and] very comprehensive,” said Noble. “Interpol members will be integrated with the SAPS.”This will be Interpol’s biggest operation in the history of international events, Noble added.SAPS and Interpol officers will head joint operations at venues such as stadiums, hotels, public viewing areas and others related to the World Cup. “We will jointly plan specific operations,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Andre Pruis.High-tech general packet radio service (GPRS) will be used to make communication more efficient during the operations.The location of Interpol’s security command control centre is still under discussion, but the structure will be the nerve centre of operations and the SAPS will have direct access to it, Pruis said.“[Interpol] members should be at the heart of operations. They should be part and parcel of [intelligence] decisions made.”Interpol’s involvement will come in handy to boost intelligence during the spectacular. “…With Interpol’s involvement in the World Cup we have an international information- and intelligence-driven operation,” Pruis added.Entry points first call of defencePorts of entry to South Africa will be the “focal points” of police efforts, said Noble. Police presence and intelligence operations will be beefed up along border posts, coastline ports and airports.The main focus will be exposing people entering the country with stolen passports. Visitors will also be screened to detect potential threats of terrorism and hooliganism. Interpol has a list of names of problematic individuals in a database, and South African police will have access to it during the tournament.“We [Interpol] know individuals whose criminal activity is linked to major world events,” Noble said.Identity documents, funded by Interpol, will be issued to each visitor after he or she is screened.“Our database has not identified any [terrorist] threat linked to the World Cup,” said Noble.Interpol’s cooperation in providing South African police with exclusive information about dangerous individuals was commended by Pruis. “We’re very happy that Interpol will play this major role in giving us access to the rest of the world,” he said.“The risk assessment is based on intelligence from all over the world.”SAPS and Interpol are currently finalising the process of profiling participating countries and the nationalities of each match ticket applicant. The country profiles will uncover threats that players and their entourage might be exposed to, among other things.Intelligence from South Africa’s neighbouring countries and states within the Southern African Development Community will also be critical to operations. “We will cooperate very closely …” Pruis said.“It’s not just a South African event. If you look at security, it’s a regional event, it’s an African but also an international event,” he added.Projects on organised crimeThe SAPS will set up special projects to deal with organised crime in the run-up to and during the World Cup. The focus of these will be on human and drug trafficking, which are both predicted to escalate.There’s currently serious concern about children and women being brought into South Africa for illegal work. “Human trafficking will receive attention,” said Pruis.‘Best World Cup ever’Noble is convinced that South Africa will stage the best World Cup with minor security incidents. “It’s my belief … that this will be the best World Cup we’ll ever have.”Pruis is also confident that hooliganism in stadiums and other viewing areas will be combated with ease. “I’ve been in Germany and I’ve seen hooliganism during the World Cup. I think we can deal with it,” he said.last_img read more

first_img6 November 2013The Volvo Golf Champions, to be hosted by South Africa’s Durban Country Club in January, on Tuesday announced a 50 percent increase in its prize fund to US$4-million. Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen also confirmed his participation in the event.The exclusive, limited-field event serves as the European Tour’s “Tournament of Champions”.Only players who have won on the Tour in the previous year, or current Tour players who have won 10 or more Tour titles in their careers qualify for the prestigious tournament.Winner’s chequeThe winner will walk away with a cheque for $700 000 (approximately R7.17-million). However, thanks to the event’s elite status, every player will be richly rewarded for qualifying for the tournament. Contesting it will also give those players a head start in the Race to Dubai standings.Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen said in a statement: “It is fantastic for South Africa to get to host the European Tour’s ‘Tournament of Champions’ again.“It is an impressive boost to the prize fund and I am delighted to be defending my title at the Durban Country Club. I love the course and enjoy the advantage of playing in front of my home crowd. I look forward to opening my season there very much.”Per Ericsson, the President of Volvo Event Management, said: “We are thrilled to make this announcement underlining the prestige of our Championship and its key position on the European Tour schedule.“As this event is a very important sales and marketing platform for the Volvo brand, we will soon be revealing some amazing Hole-in-One prizes, which will continue our innovative approach from last year.”‘A must-play’Thomas Bjorn, the Chairman of the European Tour Player Committee and speaking on behalf of the players said: “The players are very grateful to Volvo for all they have contributed to our Tour and I believe that this increase in prize money will make this year opening event a ‘must-play’ for those players hoping to qualify for the European Ryder Cup team.“The Volvo Golf Champions is a very prestigious event on our schedule and one that everyone wants to qualify for.”Guy Kinnings, the Global Head of Golf for IMG, the tournament’s co-owners, commented: “This is a very exciting announcement for the Volvo Golf Champions and it’s clear that players qualifying for the Tournament have a great opportunity to get their season off to a flying start.Good feedback“We have had such good feedback from the players about their experiences in KwaZulu-Natal during the Volvo Golf Champions in January, I know that all the players qualifying will be absolutely delighted by this announcement and is yet more evidence of Volvo’s tremendous support of the European Tour.”The Championship is being supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department for Economic Develop and Tourism.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgPresident of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson (left), shakes hands with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cuba, His Excellency Rogelio Sierra Diaz (right), after a meeting at Gordon House on Friday (June 15). At centre is Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles Snr. The Cuban Deputy Minister was in Jamaica last week, where he held discussions with various officials towards strengthening ties between Jamaica and Cuba. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cuba, His Excellency Rogelio Sierra Diaz (centre), signs the visitors’ book at Gordon House on Friday (June 15). Observing are Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles Snr (left); and President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson. The Cuban Deputy Minister was in Jamaica last week, where he held discussions with various officials towards strengthening ties between Jamaica and Cuba.last_img read more