Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A blizzard is forecast to dump more than three feet of snow on Long Island with wind gusts up to 65 mph starting Monday, with the blowing snow potentially causing whiteout conditions.The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning from 1 p.m. Monday to 12 a.m. Wednesday for Nassau and Suffolk counties, where 24 to 36 inches is possible, forecasters said. There is also a coastal flood watch in effect from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.“Heaviest snow and strongest winds will occer overnight Monday into Tuesday,” meteorologists from the agency’s Upton office said in a statement, which added that the storm could be crippling, historic and life threatening. “Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.”The same storm is expected to impact the Mid-West before blanketing parts of New England. It may be the biggest storm to hit the region since a blizzard dumped a record-breaking nearly three feet of snow on parts of LI two years ago.The blizzard warning means the heavy snowfall is likely to combine with sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph may reduce visibility to a quarter of a mile or less at times. The storm is likely to cancel flights, make driving dangerous and could impact Long Island Rail Road service.When the storm is expected to hit Monday afternoon, temperatures are forecast to be in the 20s with wind chill values in the teens. Those temps are predicted to hold through Tuesday, when it may drop down into the teens after sundown.Once the storm passes, Wednesday is forecast to be sunny before a 30-percent chance of snow returns Thursday night. The weekend forecast includes sunny skies in the 30s for Friday and Saturday.
Ray Houghton insists Roy Keane is not expecting equal billing alongside Martin O’Neill when the duo take charge of Ireland. Houghton’s former Ireland team-mate Niall Quinn agrees that Keane will not become disruptive to O’Neill’s plans. “I’m not worried that he’s going to want to say different things to Martin O’Neill, I think I’m more looking forward to him getting out there, bringing his presence,” the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Sunderland striker told Sky Sports. “It’s great news for Ireland. People have had opinions about Roy and Martin for many years and we can sit back now and watch over the next couple of years and hopefully it will be a very exciting time.” Former Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given also welcomed the double appointment, writing on Twitter: “Good luck to Martin O’Neill & Roy Keane in new jobs @FAIreland lots of different opinions but all that matters is we qualify for the euros” Current national team players also had their say on Twitter. Hull midfielder David Meyler wrote on his account: “Delighted Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane have taken over. Exciting times ahead for Irish Football!” Sean St Ledger, the Leicester defender, wrote: “Exciting times for Irish football with the appointment of Martin o Neill and Roy Keane!” Keane’s return to the fold has given way to inevitable speculation over his likely influence on the dressing room, but Houghton, who was part of the team tasked by the FAI with searching for a new manager, has no concerns. The former Ireland midfielder spoke at length with Keane during the negotiations and told Sky Sports News: “His enthusiasm, his knowledge, what he thought the Irish team could do was hugely surprising to me. He was very, very good. “He knows what he wants, where he wants to take them alongside Martin. He knows his position: Martin will be the manager; Roy will assist Martin. So there’s no grey area there – it’s not like Roy’s going to be on a level term. “Martin will be the number one and Roy will do everything in his power to help him. “It could be a good learning curve for Roy.” Asked about Keane’s past strained relations with the FAI board, Houghton said: “I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. It took 30 seconds to put everything out the way and now it’s down to business. “We have to leave the past in the past. We can’t do anything about it. We can’t change the past, what we can change is the future. “For Irish football, it shows we’re going in the right direction. It’s exciting times. The next couple of years should be very, very good.” The Football Association of Ireland on Tuesday night confirmed O’Neill as the man to lead them into the Euro 2016 qualification campaign, with the forceful presence of Keane installed as his number two. The strong-willed Keane has been a force for both good and bad for Ireland in the past, with his infamous falling-out with the national team management at the 2002 World Cup a memory that overrides all the positive things he did on the pitch. Press Association
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes Yaya Toure is “very happy” at the club and ready for the start of the new season. City’s player of the year in their title-winning 2013-14 campaign has had a difficult summer, during which his relationship with the club appeared strained. First there were the infamous claims from his agent that he felt unappreciated and disrespected by the club after his birthday was not sufficiently acknowledged during a post-season trip to Abu Dhabi. In June Toure’s younger brother Ibrahim died after a battle with cancer. In the days that followed Toure claimed he had been denied permission by the club to spend time with Ibrahim as his health deteriorated. These matters led to considerable speculation that the Ivory Coast international could leave City, with Paris St German heavily linked, but last month he reiterated his commitment to the club. Pellegrini said: “Really, I spoke with Yaya and he’s very happy. “I don’t know what happened in the summer. Some people talked about his position, but really at this moment he doesn’t have any problems. It has passed, it doesn’t matter at this moment.” It has been suggested that some of the comments from agent Dimitri Seluk may have been in part a tactic to negotiate a new contract. Yet Toure, 31, is just over a year into a four-year deal worth a reported £45million. It is understood that no negotiations are currently taking place, even though new long-term deals this week for Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero led to suggestions Toure could be next. Pellegrini almost gave rise to such speculation himself as he spoke at a press conference to preview Sunday’s Barclays Premier League opener at Newcastle. Asked about the latest batch of deals, he said: “Maybe you will know in the next few days about other players who extend their contracts.” When asked specifically if he was referring to Toure, Pellegrini would not name names. He said: “We will see in the next days what will happen. I’m not saying (he) probably (will), we will see in the next days.” Recent comments from striker Edin Dzeko, however, have suggested that he may well be the next player to re-sign. Pellegrini hopes the issue of Toure’s future can now be put aside. Asked if the whole birthday episode was embarrassing for the club, Pellegrini said: “I think that at this moment, it is not important.” On the issue of contracts, Pellegrini was similarly non-committal when asked whether England goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has two years remaining on his present deal, was set to agree fresh terms. Pellegrini also declined the opportunity to state whether Hart or new signing Willy Caballero, who played in the Community Shield last weekend, would start at Newcastle. He said: “Willy Caballero played in the Community Shield because he worked for around 33 days in pre-season and Joe Hart just seven or eight days. “For me it is exactly the same as all the other positions of the team. “It is very important for the team to have two good players in every position and then we see every week which player starts every game. We have so many games we need a strong squad.” Press Association
Hammed Shittu in IlorinThe Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) wednesday elected Mr. Honour Sirawoo as the National President of the association.He was returned unopposed at the election which held at the Kwara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ilorin. Speaking after his election, Mr. Sirawoo charged the federal government to come up with its strategic blueprint for the nation’s sports development.This, he said that, would go a long way in demonstrating its seriousness in the revamping of the sports sector in the country.He also advocated a reappraisal of the act establishing the National Institute for Sports (NIS) with a view to upgrading the centre to a degree awarding institution in the country.Sirawoo said that such development would properly equip coaches and others in the administration of sports in the country.He also said that, “to facilitate the process of reaping effectively from the three trillion dollars in global sports business, we recommend the establishment of a sports university with campuses and facilities located in areas peculiar to particular sports.“This institution, just like the Petroleum Training Institute, Law, Medical and Journalism schools will refine the raw sports talents abound in our land for a guaranteed market besides putting our youths off vices”.The president decried members of the association seeking financial assistance from the government or corporate bodies under various groups. He also banned the various groups operating independently away from the umbrella body at the congressAccording to him, “All forums and groups within SWAN are hereby banned while every members and officials of the association seeking assistance or support from the government, corporate bodies or individuals in the name of SWAN at all levels must henceforth seek clearance from the national secretariat”.Other elected national officers of the association include, Mr. Wale Alabi, (VP North West), Mr. Ado Salisu, (VP South East), Mr. Cajetan Nkwopara, (Financial Secretary), Mrs. Jibo Zakari, (VP South West), Mr. Ajayi Adeboyen (Treasurer), Mr. Abdulraheem Audu amongst others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
ATLANTA — Order has been restored.The Dodgers broke with expectations and started Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 1 of their National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, not Clayton Kershaw.They won’t do that again.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Monday’s victory over the Braves that Kershaw would start the team’s next playoff game whether it was Game 5 against the Braves or Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Looking forward to it,” he said.Asked if he took any special pride in once again being the team’s Game 1 starter, he wouldn’t admit to it.“No, I don’t know. I want to pitch,” he said. “I’m pitching Game 1. That’s great.”It’s likely Kershaw and Walker Buehler will start Games 1 and 2 (both on extra rest) at Miller Park with Ryu held back to Dodger Stadium, where he has been dominant this season (including seven scoreless innings in Game 1 against the Braves).VETERAN PICKUPSThe Dodgers are supposed to be run by statistically-focused decision-makers who make moves based on the numbers.“Yeah, that’s what I keep hearing,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi.But they have also shown a fondness for adding veteran players late in the season whose skills have diminished, making them more valued for their character and experience – from Chase Utley to Curtis Granderson to David Freese and Ryan Madson this year.Freese and Madson proved critical in turning Monday’s Game 4 to the Dodgers.“We’re not trying to prove anything to anyone. We’re just trying to win a World Series,” Zaidi said. “We’ll continue to make unique moves and evaluate players in a way that gives us the best chance.”FREESE UPFreese laughed off the suggestion that his extensive postseason experience – and success in those situations – gives him some kind of advantage in October.“No, no,” he said. “Every year, guys do great things in the postseason. There’s tons of guys that do really cool things in the postseason.”Freese did some really cool things in 2011 for the St. Louis Cardinals, winning the MVP award in both the NLCS and World Series. He points to that as proof experience doesn’t necessarily mean a thing.“Two-thousand-eleven was the first year I was in the postseason,” said Freese whose two-out, two-run pinch-hit single in the sixth inning Monday gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. “Good things just happen. It’s all about the opportunity. If you get the opportunity good things can happen.”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies The Dodgers advanced to the NLCS for a third consecutive year and Kershaw will start Friday in Milwaukee, at a time to be announced.“It was pretty simple,” Roberts said. “I think that we had our reasons why we decided on Game 1 vs. Game 2. But if there’s a potential Game 5, we feel very confident that Clayton should be the guy taking the baseball.”Kershaw made the best postseason start of his career in Game 2, holding the Braves to two hits in eight scoreless innings. Afterward, he admitted that he took a little extra pleasure from the performance because of the Dodgers’ decision to start Ryu ahead of him.“Yeah, maybe,” he said with a smile after Game 2. “Maybe a tick, for sure.”In the celebratory locker room after the Dodgers’ win Monday, however, Kershaw kept any feelings of vindication to himself. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Shareholders at Suncor and Petro-Canada will decide today whether to approve a merger.The two companies are holding separate shareholder meetings in Calgary, to vote on the 19 billion dollar deal.They first announced their plans to merge back in March and if the deal is approved, it will create one of the top five energy companies in North America.- Advertisement -It will also be the second largest company to trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the Royal Bank. The vote comes at a time, when the price of oil is on the rise again.At last report it was over 67 dollars U.S. a barrel but the Canadian dollar which has for the most part piggy-backed the increase, was down five basis points from yesterday’s close at 90.17 cents U.S.
0Shares0000Lionel Messi cut a forlorn figure as he left the Stadio Olimpico pitch after Roma stunned Barcelona© AFP LLUIS GENEPARIS, France, Apr 11 – Roma pulled off one of the greatest Champions League fightbacks to dump Lionel Messi and Barcelona out at the quarter-final stage, while Mohamed Salah continued his remarkable goalscoring form as Liverpool wrapped up victory over Manchester City.Here are five things we learned from the Champions League quarter-final, second legs on Tuesday: Klopp has the better of GuardiolaLiverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp (L) and Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola look destined to compete for the sport’s biggest prizes for years to comeJurgen Klopp has beaten Pep Guardiola more times than any other manager, with Tuesday’s 2-1 second-leg win taking the tally to seven victories from 13 meetings.Two German Super Cup triumphs with Borussia Dortmund against Guardiola’s Bayern Munich bolster Klopp’s head-to-head record, but three consecutive successes with Liverpool in the last four months show that the German clearly has the better of his counterpart for now.Even Guardiola said himself before the first leg that the way his City side play is perfect for Liverpool, and apart from a stirring first-half effort from City in the return game, the quarter-final proved exactly that.City still vulnerable after half-timeManchester City captain Vincent Kompany is on the verge of winning his third Premier League titleFor all their possession and excellent attacking football, Guardiola’s City continue to find themselves caught out shortly after the interval.Although Liverpool’s three-goal burst last week came in the opening 45 minutes, they hit City with quickfire goals in the 59th and 61st minutes when they inflicted a first Premier League defeat of the season on the English champions-elect in January.Cruising towards a title celebration in front of their home fans in Saturday’s Manchester derby, City collapsed after the break as Paul Pogba’s 53rd and 55th-minute strikes set Manchester United on their way to a famous 3-2 win.That Achilles heel resurfaced on Tuesday, as after a rousing first-half performance gave them hope, Salah’s 39th goal of the season all but ended the tie 11 minutes into the second period.VAR debate will rumble onMohamed Salah celebrates after scoring Liverpool’s equaliser on the night© AFP PAUL ELLISPerhaps the turning point in the tie came shortly before half-time when Leroy Sane had a potentially crucial second Manchester City goal wrongly ruled out for offside.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin in February said that video technology would not be introduced for European competitions next season, citing “lots of confusion”.But VAR will be used at the World Cup and is already in place in Serie A and the Bundesliga. The referee and his two assistants in the Liverpool half failed to notice that it was visiting midfielder James Milner who played the ball back to Sane, meaning that the German winger’s goal should have stood.Dzeko finds cracks in Barca armourEdin Dzeko’s early goal set Roma up for a memorable comeback against Barcelona© AFP LLUIS GENEAn incredible season had seen Barcelona go 40 matches unbeaten in La Liga and the Champions League, but Roma summoned a fightback that brought back memories of Barca against Paris Saint-Germain last season.Eusebio Di Francesco’s hosts — 4-1 down from the first leg — attacked from the off, with Edin Dzeko the driving force that finally pushed Barca into submission.His away goal had given Roma a glimmer of hope, and his sixth-minute strike kick-started a memorable night. Barcelona struggled under a barrage of crosses and set-pieces, with first-leg own-goal villains Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas completing the job from a penalty and a corner respectively.Runaway league leaders come unstuckBarcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 14, 2018.Manchester City and Barcelona are all but certain to wrap up comfortable league titles in England and Spain this season, but both were unceremoniously dumped out of Europe.While opponents have failed to hurt either team domestically, they have found life tougher in the Champions League. Four of City’s seven defeats this season have come in the competition, with the two by Liverpool following losses at the hands of Basel and Shakhtar Donetsk, while Barca collapsed in dramatic style at the Stadio Olimpico.Juventus look set to claim the Serie A title, but head to the Bernabeu on Wednesday facing a 3-0 deficit. French champions-elect Paris Saint-Germain were dumped out by Real Madrid in the last 16.Bayern Munich, already crowned Bundesliga champions, will hope to be the exception to the rule against Sevilla, with a 2-1 lead to defend in Bavaria.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)